Sally Duggan - December 2014

From the editor December 2014

It’s easy, in this job of mine, to be overcome by lust for lovely stuff. Right now, for example, I’m in thrall to the white fountain pen on our gift ideas page. I want it so much that I’m almost tempted to put a Post-it note on the page (“Sally’s Christmas present here”) and leave [...]


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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Sally Duggan - September 2014

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 [...]


Plug ugly

It’s the bane of the older kitchen – a gaggle of gadgets short of a socket


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 [...]