Coun­try liv­ing

Simply You - - Editor’s Letter -

With an­other amaz­ing New Zealand sum­mer upon us, the Sim­ply You team has used this is­sue to shine a spot­light on the in­cred­i­ble life­style that this coun­try has to of­fer. Putting this sum­mer bo­nanza to­gether, I was struck by the di­verse styles of ‘coun­try liv­ing’ we have in our own back­yard. From the in­cred­i­ble man­sion and park-like grounds of for­mer Sim­ply You ed­i­tor Bridget Hope in Christchurch (page 48) to the rus­tic charm of a Whit­ford farm­house (page 78), what’s clear is that our rolling green en­vi­ron­ment in­forms the way we live – and dec­o­rate.

On an in­ter­na­tional level, An­gela Mis­soni’s villa in north­ern Italy (page 66) serves as won­der­ful in­spi­ra­tion for eclec­tic, yet con­sid­ered, style.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of our sell-out Colour My Life tour, we’ve also pep­pered this is­sue with styling high­lighted at our two lun­cheons in Auck­land and Welling­ton. I hope you are in­spired by the room sets we de­signed es­pe­cially for the events (page 32). They’re an ex­am­ple of how to layer tex­ture and colour to cre­ate your own lit­tle slice of par­adise at home.

We also cel­e­brate ex­cep­tional tal­ent with pro­files on the women be­hind The Botanist florist, as well as kitchen and bath­room de­signer Luciana Borges. Our ex­panded travel sec­tion takes you to Croa­tia, the wine re­gion of Waipara and around the world with luxe ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­mind­ing us how im­por­tant it is to ex­pand our hori­zons and let the world sur­prise us with its beauty.

Have a won­der­ful Christ­mas and sum­mer!

Sim­ply You ed­i­tor Mar­cel Gull and style ed­i­tor Louise Hilsz (se­cond from right) with guests at Colour My Life in Welling­ton.

CUR­RENTLY COV­ET­ING Omega watch, $7360, from Par­tridge Jewellers; La Prairie Plat­inum Rare Col­lec­tion.

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