From the editor November 2014

Tucked away amid the splashy resort-like spaces of the Carliers’ award-winning indoor/outdoor area in Auckland is a tiny enclosed deck: just one chair, looking out to the view. It was used, says homeowner Amanda Carlier, when her son phoned his long-distance girlfriend for a chat. Elsewhere there’s an infinity pool where the Carlier boys frolic [...]


From the editor October 2014

There are few things in life more satisfying than having exactly the right tool for a job. A sharp knife that surgically slices tomatoes. A non-stick baking tin that plops your cake onto the stand without a stray crumb. A regiment of favourite pens at hand in the top drawer of your desk. A soft-touch [...]

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From the editor September 2014

I’m in a quandary,” writes reader Caroline Blair on our Talk back page in this issue, “No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to make our home reflect who we are now.” Caroline lives with her growing family in a simple, modern Auckland home, much of it decorated with country cottage style homewares [...]


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From the editor August 2014

It is 10pm and I’m just back from an evening seminar. I am hungry and I want buttery, Marmite-y toast and a big mug of tea. It’s a modest enough craving but, because I’m staying in a hotel on a work trip, it is impossible to make Marmite toast. This makes me want it even [...]


From the Editor July 2014

Want to get your home on the cover of NZ House & Garden? You’ll need interesting furniture, cohesive colours. Your space will display a sure sense of style and – most important – it’ll need a fresh twist to grab attention at the news-stand. It’s a big ask. In the past the people behind our [...]