Your Home and Garden - - Hello - Kristina Rap­ley Ed­i­tor

It’s amaz­ing to break out of the rou­tine and be ex­posed to new ex­pe­ri­ences ev­ery now and again, isn’t it? For me, trav­el­ling (even if it’s to some­where close to home) is like a cre­ative re­set – a chance to have some time out from the busy­ness of life and just be. It’s a chance to re­con­nect, not just with your travel com­pan­ions, but also with your­self. I’ve just re­turned from a few weeks in Italy feel­ing truly re­freshed and in­spired – there’s so much to love about this spe­cial part of the world.

One great thing about liv­ing in to­day’s hy­per-con­nected so­ci­ety is that we don’t have to travel the world to gather in­spi­ra­tion from other cul­tures – it’s all there at the touch of a but­ton. We’ve been in­clud­ing a bit more over­seas in­spi­ra­tion in the magazine lately and I hope you’ve found it in­ter­est­ing! Real Kiwi homes will al­ways be the back­bone of Your Home and Gar­den, but we like to mix it up some­times, so do let me know what you think.

I’m not the only YH&G fam­ily mem­ber to jet over­seas this month – style di­rec­tor Cather­ine has been in Palm Springs, USA, our chief sub ed­i­tor Steph has been in Europe, and ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor (and this month’s cover girl) Shel­ley has been in beau­ti­ful Bali. Read all about the in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion she brought home, plus how you can achieve the same vibe at your place, on page 36.

So much pink in La Mad­dalena, Sar­dinia

Arches and beau­ti­fulmorn­ing light at the Colos­seum, Rome

Ital­ian ar­chi­tec­ture andwild­flow­ers. Swoon!

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