DOWNSIZING IS BIG
these days. There are multiple reasons why people are opting to live in smaller spaces – convenience, empty nest and location, just to name a few. But chances are they are not downscaling on style. As this issue demonstrates, your home can still have a beautiful and generous heart, despite its modest size.
Photographer Christine Bauer has used soft pastels, gentle curves and whitewashed floors to create a feeling of calm weightlessness in her one-bedroomed Munich apartment (page 96), while architect Adriana Natcheva’s tiny London flat (page 108) is a “masterclass in elegant solutions for a small space.” Although by comparison Valeria Carbonaro-Laws’ contemporary Auckland home is far larger, clever configuration and an eye-catching use of colour and mixed materials have created a place that looks and feels even bigger than its footprint (page 84).
Both our Kitchen and Bathroom sections (from page 129) are full of tips and ideas for homeowners wanting to better utilise these compact spaces. Sleek finishes, creative storage, carefully curated lighting, floor-to-ceiling tiles and mirrors are just some of the tricks you can employ to ensure these key areas work even harder.
With spring finally here, it’s time to modernise your home’s mix. Wood, concrete, velvet, tropical prints along with blush pink and the pairing of blue and green are some of this season’s decor trends we’ve chosen to showcase (from page 18). Our Textile Update (page 56) introduces fresh fabrics that will uplift tired furnishings. And, with Outdoor Spaces (page 150), we show you how to extend your living areas by taking it all outside.
Clean and green is the latest buzzword in skincare, with local brands leading the way. Beauty editor Elise Wilson delves into what ‘green’ beauty means (page 162). We’ve also included some great recipes from Megan May’s new Little Bird Goodness cookbook
(page 168). You will find there is a big serving of goodness and flavour in each one.
Now you will be all ready when summer comes.