ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Simply You Living - - Contents -

WELCOME to The Colour Is­sue of Sim­ply You Liv­ing. Many peo­ple avoid us­ing colour in their home, of­ten be­cause they are un­cer­tain, even ner­vous, about how to make it work or be­cause they pre­fer a more neu­tral pal­ette. Cream, white and grey have be­come pop­u­lar tones as they are both safe and ef­fec­tive. Just look at the Auck­land home of Ian Web­ster, the for­mer owner of women’s fash­ion brand Verge, to see how stylish a mono­tone look can be (page 100). Oth­ers, like fash­ion de­signer Vanessa Kort­lang, op­er­ate at the op­po­site end of the colour spec­trum, em­ploy­ing some­thing of a ‘full noise’ ap­proach when it comes to their in­te­ri­ors (page 118). Our cover home (page 110) demon­strates how the use of a sin­gle bold tone – inky blue in this in­stance – can link and trans­form a space, while the metic­u­lous Herne Bay villa ren­o­va­tion is a master­class in us­ing tex­ture and ac­cents to add lux­ury and warmth to a fam­ily home (page 130).

Our ex­plo­ration of colour is not lim­ited to the Home sec­tion. We present the lat­est fab­rics, paint and floor­ing op­tions (page 52) and turn up the dé­cor vol­ume in Full Sat­u­ra­tion (page 64). Our Trend sec­tion (pages 18-30) in­cludes gold, pale blue, rose quartz, and the more ri­otous com­bi­na­tions in­spired by the mod­ern

Mem­phis move­ment. And if you’d like to be braver with your fash­ion and beauty choices, you’ll be in­spired by the four dy­namic women who fea­ture in My Win­ter Style (page 84) and this sea­son’s lat­est hair (page 168) and nail colour trends (page 170).

This is­sue of Sim­ply You Liv­ing sees the in­tro­duc­tion of a brand new sec­tion, the Style Files (page 74) where we take a sneak peek into three homes that demon­strate in­di­vid­ual flair. Fi­nally, our Kitchen and Bath­room spe­cial (pages 143-163) has all the ideas and in­spi­ra­tion you need to over­haul th­ese hard-work­ing rooms. From metallics and mar­ble to bold­est black, there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

I’m in­ject­ing some colour into my style with th­ese 70s rock chick-in­spired nail pol­ishes by Essie, $23 each. Few do wall­pa­per bet­ter than Cole & Son and the new Cu­rio col­lec­tion, with its metal­lic ac­cents, is a favourite. I’d pair it with this min­i­mal­ist read­ing lamp by Ligne Roset, $2,028, from Domo to give a con­tem­po­rary

touch to any room.

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