“Is it time to say good­bye to that col­lected sum­mer­time ephemera? How’s your win­ter­weight bed linen hold­ing up af­ter be­ing stashed in a cup­board for six months?”

Homestyle New Zealand - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

CAN YOU BE­LIEVE IT’S AU­TUMN AL­READY?

I never feel en­tirely ready to say good­bye to sum­mer, but I do en­joy the op­por­tu­nity that the change of sea­son of­fers – au­tumn’s in­vi­ta­tion to turn in­wards. The prospect of coats, knits and boots re­turn­ing to my wardrobe helps ease the tran­si­tion too…

If you’re look­ing to switch up your home’s in­te­rior, you could al­ways start by purg­ing un­nec­es­sary clut­ter. Is it time to say good­bye to that sum­mer­time se­lec­tion of shells and other col­lected ephemera? How’s your win­ter-weight bed linen hold­ing up af­ter be­ing stashed in a cup­board for six months?

I’m try­ing to let ‘one in, one out’ be my guide when it comes to home­ware pur­chases, so given shop­ping from these pages is a bit of an oc­cu­pa­tional hazard, there are more than a few cush­ions and what­not around my house that I should part with. Cre­at­ing a cleaner slate can help you to see the pieces you choose to hold on to with fresh eyes, and work out what new ad­di­tions you need to pre­pare your place for the laid-back lux­ury of cosy nights in.

It can some­times be tricky to strike a bal­ance be­tween liv­ing with less and cre­at­ing a per­son­al­ity-filled home, but sev­eral of the tastemak­ers whose houses we visit this is­sue are bound to spark ideas about how to pull it off. We’re crush­ing on the inky-blue hues our cover home­owner Nikki Wil­lis used to give her fam­ily home a sense of calm and el­e­gance – turn to page 66 to find out how she and her hus­band Matt trans­formed a tired old villa into a thor­oughly modern fam­ily abode. If it’s the brand-new­ness of a from-scratch build you’re dream­ing of, take a peek at the house Annika Row­son de­signed, on page 96. Her love of mid-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture led her to skil­fully in­cor­po­rate an en­closed court­yard into the mid­dle of the house, pro­vid­ing her and her fam­ily with a pri­vate sanc­tu­ary. And wait till you see the kitchen!

For sim­ple sea­sonal up­dates that you can achieve right now, flip to our Style sec­tion on page 17 to find out how to dec­o­rate with of-the-mo­ment jewel tones, ac­ces­sorise with hi­ber­na­tion in mind and make your bed­room the best nest.

4 LINES LIKES: 1. A bird’s-eye view of our cover shoot through the atrium at the Wil­lis’s Auck­land home. They’ve used space so clev­erly – build­ing down, not up. 2. A sweet vi­gnette of me­men­tos and green­ery by Clare Cato of Snells Beach. 3. Be­hind the...

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