DOWN­SIZ­ING IS BIG

Simply You - - Editor’s Letter - Fol­low Naomi Larkin on @naomi_larkin

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.

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