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I keep it simple at Christmas – classic brown paper, some ribbon or twine (no tape) and I use a set of alphabet stamps to print the names of my family members on their gifts in red ink. It looks sweet and old-fashioned, like a gift from the 1940s.

I love wrapping presents neatly, making sure the seam is underneath, but never tie them with ribbon, even though I have lots of it in a box (it never seems to go with the paper!). Then I get the kids to make me gift tags out of last year’s cards and attach them with ribbon or natural string. STEPHANIE, C H I E F S U B E D I TO R



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I tend to leave my wrapping to the last minute. But when I get around to it, I like to use a mix of papers – usually a simple colour combined with a beautiful print. I use natural twine for tying, then add a handwritten note for each family member. F I O N A , A RT D I R E CTO R

I save all the A3 paintings and drawings the kids do at school throughout the year and wrap pressies in those – people love the personal touch and it requires very low efort from me!

I’m notoriously bad at wrapping presents, so much so that I avoid the task altogether. I usually opt for a gift bag, but this year I’m feeling inspired by our ‘30 steps to a sustainable celebration’ (page 52) and will use cloth bags that the recipient can use as a shopping bag afterwards. On the day, I’ll head into the garden to find a special bloom for each person and tie it to their gift with string.

I’m all about using free or reused paper. Each year, I love the gift wrap that comes with the YH&G December issue, and this year’s prints are particularly cute! Plus they come with matching cards and gift tags so my wrapping is sorted. F I O N A , F E AT U R E S E D I T O R



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I hit up my local fabric store when they have a good sale and collect scraps of fabric to tie my presents in the Japanese furoshiki style. I love to choose patterns that work together and aren’t traditionally ‘Christmassy’. I also wrap bottles of wine in fabric and tie them of with a decoration.

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Heavy petal The Christmas tree needn’t always be dressed in baubles and tinsel. Find out how to recreate this abundantly floral centrepiece at your place Text by Sally Conor. Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

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Tie the knot Knotted-fabric wrapping is an attractive and eco-friendly way to present your gifts. This method works best with boxed items and you won’t need any sticky tape or ribbons. STEP ONE Place a large piece of fabric patternside down on a flat surface. Make sure you have enough fabric to go around the gift and leave long enough ends to tie together. Place your boxed gift in the centre of the fabric on the diagonal. STEP TWO Fold the fabric over the sides of the box just as you would with gift paper, and fold or roll the corner pieces over a few times in the middle. Flip over the box so the folded fabric is now on the bottom. STEP THREE Neatly bring the two remaining corners up to meet each other, tucking in the rough sides to create a neat fold. STEP FOUR Tie the fabric ends in a knot and tuck the rough edges under the knot to hide them.


ur glorious floral Christmas photoshoot was originally inspired by the luxe brass countertop in Blush, Kelly Karam’s Auckland floristry shop, but on the day, some very special blooms muscled their way into the spotlight. “There was some wisteria available on the morning of the shoot so I felt we had to add it in!” says Kelly. “I love colour and am inspired by unexpected combinations. The dark berry, lilac, blush and white we used here is a dream.” With the addition of pale marble, warm, luxurious brass and, you guessed it, blush pink into the palette, our bold yet feminine Christmas setting was ready for its close-up. Although it may seem complicated, this look is actually easy to achieve at your place. It’s all about having fun with colour, planning your arrangement, buying flowers that are in season and making it work for you on the day.

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“I love being surrounded by natural beauty. We mostly provide flowers for happy occasions so it’s always really positive. Flowers make people happy — they just do!”

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Christmas Q&A

> Fresh or fake? Start by deciding if you want to use fresh blooms or faux flowers. To enjoy a floral tree for the whole of December, we recommend using a base of faux flowers and adding in a few statement blooms from the garden – or the florist – on Christmas morning. > Draw up a plan Make a rough sketch of your tree from its main vantage point. Plan how your decorations will be placed and use flowers to lead the eye around your arrangement. > Get creative with colour It’s fun to deviate from the traditional palette so have a play with some bold hues. Choose your hero colours then use neutral tones to create balance – on our tree, white orchids break up the crimson, pink and lilac blooms. > Fake it to make it If using faux flowers, head to your nearest craft store to see what colours are on ofer before you decide on a palette. Most faux flowers have wire stems that can easily be wrapped around the Christmas tree fronds. > Keep it fresh Our arrangement was put together by florist Kelly, so each stem has a small greenery tube attached to make it last. If using fresh flowers, ask your local florist for some tips if you need your floral tree to look fresh beyond the big day. > Wrap presents in the same colour palette you’ve used on the tree, but don’t try to compete with your flowers if you’ve gone bold. We used gold paper for glam, then softened the glitz with blush linen and ribbon.

Blush owner and florist Kelly lives in Ōrākei, Auckland, with husband Richard and 9-year-old son Hugo. After our photoshoot we sat down for a little chat about what she’s looking forward to this Christmas. What floral trends are you seeing for Christmas? Colour! I love mixing colours at Christmas. This year, I will be using blush and red. Metallics are also big, so I may include a little brass in the way of vases or a beautiful piece from Tom Dixon. How do you decorate for Christmas? We love the smell of a fresh pine tree so always have a couple in the house. I like to nestle lights into the tree so you don’t see the cords during the day. I’ve ordered lots of blush and red wooden balls to hang over the tree and will wrap all the gifts in complementary colours – I love Kikki.K for gift wrap. What does Christmas morning look like at your house? Lots of presents, ham-and-cheese croissants, chocolate, cofee and a little bubbles. I think this may be the last time Santa visits our house since Hugo is now 9! What do you love about owning your own floristry business? I love being surrounded by natural beauty. We mostly provide flowers for happy occasions so it’s always really positive. Flowers make people happy – they just do! What are you working on at the moment? Many, many weddings! Wedding season has kicked of and we are crazy with weddings until April 2019. We are also branching out into a full styling and event design service in the new year. •

CREDITS Side table and base rug from Freedom. Pink rug from Nodi. Cofee table and brass candleholder from Simon James. Pink velvet chair, gold baubles on tree, round blush cushion all from Citta. Sheepskin from Babelogue. Pink vase and other ceramics from a range of Blush homeware created by Kelly in collaboration with Rachel Carter Ceramics. Kelly wears Maggie Marilyn. Hair and makeup by Hayley Amundsen Beauty (Kelly’s sister).

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C OASTA L CHIC Relax and unwind in a retreat bedroom inspired by the colours, textures and Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick. To the Beach Oil Painting, $329, from Harvey Norman.

Coolmore Queen Bed Frame, $1599, from Harvey Norman.

Indira Chambray Square Cushion, $89, from Harvey Norman.

Coolmore Bedside Table, $499, from Harvey Norman. Indira Chambray Throw, $209, from Harvey Norman.

Nautica Queen Duvet Cover Set, $189, from Harvey Norman.


Paden 32cm Ceramic Vase, $99, from Harvey Norman. Coolmore 7-Drawer Tallboy, $1499, from Harvey Norman.

Delu Table Lamp, $279, from Harvey Norman.

FURNITURE The Coolmore Bedroom Suite from Harvey Norman is the perfect starting point for creating a coastal-style space. Its varied wood tones and chunky, rustic style brings a beachy look to any bedroom, and the bed frame even features handy shelves for displaying your favourite sea shells, mementoes or books. Black handles on the drawer units add an industrial edge, making this bedroom a stylish place to retreat to and rest.

TEXTILES Linen bedding is key to creating

Meika Lanterns, from $92 each, from Harvey Norman.

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that relaxed, lived-in look – and you don’t need to iron it! Washed-out blue tones are perfect for this look and balance out the striped duvet cover and crisp, white sheets. Layer cushions and throws on top for a relaxed look that invites a luxurious afternoon nap. Place a soft, neutral rug underneath the bed for added texture.

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bedroom with items that remind you of beach holidays and the outdoors. Arrange some toe toe fronds or dried leaves in a large, simple vessel to create that foraged feel. Use natural fibres and textures wherever possible and place a few tealight candles on surfaces for burning during warm summer nights. Stacks of books ready for curling up with are essential, as is a simple wooden bedside lamp. Finally, hang a gorgeous photograph or artwork that reminds you of your favourite beach. Make a fresh cuppa, lie back and dream of the sea!

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If a real tree isn’t practical for your home, you can still enjoy the delicious scent of pine forest with a Fresh Pine madison jar candle blended with pine, citrus and rosewood. $54.95 from

Kikki.K has all your Christmas decor sorted this year with wrap, cards and tags all designed to mix, match and create stylish combinations. The Swedish stationery company also has a range of boxed gifts to suit all ages and interests, and their tree decorations are just too cute. We love the felt cat and snowman, $16.90 each, from

Tree lights GOING DOTTY Eddy & Moss Dots fitted sheets are made from 100 per cent certified-organic cotton muslin, a beautifully soft fabric that is lightweight and gentle against a baby’s skin. We love this new turmeric spot design, available in fitted bassinet and cot sheets, as well as in a muslin wrap and bib. A fitted cot sheet is $54 from

As a gift for someone special or to add a festive touch in your own home, a cute candle tin by Kiwi brand Annise Designs is the ideal choice. Annise has two new seasonal scents – Mistletoe and Christmas Pine – just $15 from

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MERRY MARKETS General Collective has your Christmas gift-buying covered with a series of curated markets in four fabulous locations around Auckland. he first market is on 2 December at ASB Showgrounds – visit generalcollective. for a full list of dates and venues.

Icily done La Grotta Ices is the culmination of Londoner Kitty Travers’ obsession with creating new ice cream, sorbet and granita recipes. This mouth-watering new book is perfect for gifting at $55 from

PURE & SIMPLE We love this clever hanging tree from Adairs. A perfect choice if you want to keep your Christmas decorating simple and natural, this tree also packs away really easily when the fun is over. Grab yours for $69.99 from

SWEET HOME These glazed porcelain house ornaments from Citta are a subtle way to decorate for Christmas. In three colours (white, red and gold), two sizes and with LED lights inside, you can group them together to create a teeny village on a console, desk or shelf, or simply let one stand on its own. And the best part is, these little homes could also be left on display year-round to provide a warm, welcoming glow. From $12.90 from

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SET THE SCENE Celebrating Christmas is easy with Freedom’s range of table-setting and decor options. Whether you like the coastal look (above) or a more glam Christmas (the Natalie wreath, $74.95, right) visit to find your style.

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When the world is so busy and the influences so many, how do we filter out the noise and focus on what really matters? Join us as we take you through the latest colour trends designed to nurture and empower. In 2019 it’s all about creating your happy place and living your best life. ——— Explore the new colour trends at Dulux, Worth doing, worth Dulux and the Sheepdog device are registered trade marks of DuluxGroup (Australia) Pty Ltd. Due to limitations of the printing process, images may not represent the true colour. Always confirm your colour choice with Dulux Colour Swatches or Sample Pots.

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rear seats, you’re set for anywhere the road takes you. In the driver’s seat, the Escape ST-Line’s cabin is uber-comfortable, with a stylish new leather combination trim and detailed red stitching. Driver- and passenger-friendly, the Escape STLine’s slightly recessed 8-inch touchscreen is home to the SYNC®3 infotainment system. SYNC®3 is smart and simple – with enhanced voice control and updated commands, even the kids can have a turn talking to it. Easy to connect to, simply integrate your smartphone through Apple Carplay™ and Android Auto™ for hands-free control. What’s under the hood? The Escape ST-Line’s 2.0L EcoBoost engine combines turbocharging and direct injection technology to maximise power while also helping you save on fuel costs. With 178Kw of power, there’s a satisfying surge in power when your foot hits the accelerator.


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1 Honeycomb paper decoration, $11.99, from Shut The Front Door. 2 General Eclectic large marble candlestick, $20, and medium, $15, both from Shut The Front Door. 3 Rose dining candle, $5.50, from Citta. 4 Jepi brass candleholder, $13.95, from Freedom. 5 Small glass dome, $19.90, and Loobylou candle, $65, from Indie Home Collective. 6 SOH Melbourne Mr Rosado candle, $99, from Indie Home Collective. 7 Night Bloom candle, $48, from Living Light. 8 Christmas tree pillar candle, $5, from Kmart. 9 Living & Co gold tealight holder, $2, from The Warehouse. 10 Lanterncove candle, $30, from Allium. 11 Living & Co tealight holder, $10, from The Warehouse. 12 Melt candleholder in carbon, $39, and rose dining candle, $5.50, both from Citta. 13 Down to the Woods reindeer tealight holder, $79.99, from Shut The Front Door. 14 Honeycomb paper decoration, $11.99, from Shut The Front Door. 15 Globe candle, $24.90, from Citta. Wall painted in Resene ‘Chalk Dust’. All other items stylist’s own.


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Rosy glow Candles add soft light, a gentle scent and also encourage contemplation at Christmas. We chose some of our faves and added a dusky pink twist to this festive setting Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

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We Are Feel Good Inc sunscreen, $32, from Paper Plane.

Campfire fi survivall cards, $39.99, from A&C Homestore.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal barbecue, $1299, from Harvey Norman.

Beach tennis set, $180, from Kubb Brothers.


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Cushion cover, $4.99, from H&M Home.

The Carry On cocktail kit, $38.50, from Milly’s.

Portable charging stone, $99, from Paper Plane.

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S P H E R E FA C T O R This clever box with ball lid is a great hiding place for spare change and the like. Mini container, $49, from Good as Gold.

Hay scissors, $40, from Everyday Needs.

Grassie 2019 diary, $49, from Sunday Homestore.


Gigi vase by Have You G Met Miss Jones, $55, from Bolt of Cloth.

Darling Clementine box set, $69.90, from Sunday Homestore.

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Colchik overalls, $250, from Garden Objects.

Black plant stand, $89.90, from Sunday Homestore.



I T ’ S O N LY N AT U R A L A beginner’s guide to ecofriendlier living. Sustainable Home by Christine Liu, $32.99, from Allen & Unwin.

Monstera print, $49, from Sunday Homestore.


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Your seasonal survival kit We asked you to share your top money-saving and organisational tips to help make Christmas as stress-free as possible – and boy, did you deliver! We gathered some of your cleverest tricks to create this tried-and-tested festive cheat sheet Compiled by Fiona Ralph. Illustrations by Anieszka Banks.

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S My wife and I gift each other an experience. his year we took the family to Kapiti Island. he whole family got to enjoy our gift, and we didn’t have to pay for it at Christmas time when money was tighter. All I had to do was think about what would be a meaningful experience for my wife, and surprise her with the idea on Christmas day. We then had 12 months to make it happen. Hayden Baylis Pay in cash wherever you can. It’s easy to get caught up in credit cards and overspend, even if it’s just an extra $10 or $20. It all adds up and, before you know it, you will have blown your budget. Dianne Nel We do a $20 secret Santa, and I buy things like preserves from our school fair. @ang__nz

Get creative and make something unique, like a pot plant, and decorate it to make it special. @catherineee91

get more ideas and keep an eye on prices, so I know how much I’m spending and where the best deals are. @kiwi_cottage_life

GrabOne vouchers! It’s always good to give experiences rather than things. @shelleycarolm

I use an app on my phone to collect present ideas for family members throughout the year. Then I make a comprehensive list before hitting the shops. @sarahjleov

I buy secondhand toys for my son on Trade Me or Facebook Marketplace. He doesn’t know the difference between new and secondhand. @clairet0620 Instead of buying for all our nieces and nephews we buy a board game for each family. Saves money and creates family time! @lisasheaandco The key is shopping at stores with knowledgeable assistants, where you know your family members like to shop. My mum’s favourite gift store has the most wonderful assistant. She remembers what my mum has her eye on or knows her taste so can point out what she would like. @rachelmartinx Once I have decided on my Christmas list, I compare prices online. But before I go through checkout, I do a thorough search for any online discount codes or coupons that might be floating around, or I look to see if there is an email list or newsletter I can sign up to in exchange for a first-time discount. You can save 10-20 per cent just by taking that extra couple of minutes before entering your credit card details! Andrea N Fry In July, I draw up a grid with all the people I need to buy for. I jot down any ideas I have for them and do lots of online window-shopping to

I use Laybuy and Afterpay to make Christmas shopping easier with manageable payments, and buy throughout the year. I also buy presents that’ll be used all through summer, like togs, a beach towel or boogie board. Lisa Green

Instead of gifts, we each buy something fancy and delicious that we wouldn’t normally buy (like a sauce, expensive cheese or decadent chocolate) to contribute to the family feasts. It’s cheaper and easier than buying everyone an individual gift, and we’re all foodies so it ticks a few boxes! @brit_ningham

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We have the barest minimum budget – so for Christmas lunch, I combined with a couple of people who would otherwise be on their own, and each of us contributed one main and one dessert item. It took the pressure off me trying to provide a feast and gave a little Christmas cheer to others who would’ve otherwise spent a lonely day. Sarah Rowland Often those who are coming for Christmas want to contribute food, but it’s nuts to travel with food or brave the supermarket on Christmas Eve, so we request they spend the equivalent amount on a supermarket voucher so we don’t have to worry about the shopping for a couple of weeks (while the bank balance recovers). I also make sure I have pizza bases in the freezer as it’s a great way to use up leftovers. @jessie_fleur1981 We are having a combined family garage sale this year… We all pitch in unwanted goods and the money goes towards Christmas breakfast/ lunch. So our host this year (Mum) won’t be stressing about money. Nikki Gisby

At the beginning of the year, I start an automatic payment to go into an account that I cannot transfer money from online, and start putting in $10 a week. Marie Barrett Our bank has a ‘save the change’ option. Every time you swipe your Eftpos card, it rounds your purchase up to a designated amount and pops the rounded-up amount in your account. At the end of the year it buys all our family presents and usually a good portion of our Christmas food. Megan Walters

During the year, each member of our immediate family puts $5 a week into a shared account. This then gets used in December to buy the food and drinks for Christmas Day, and anything extra. Amelia Norgrove

Start a ‘Christmas cupboard’ in your kitchen where you stock up on 2-3 non-perishable items each time you do a supermarket shop. Write a list of the items you want to stock up on and tick them off each time you add to the cupboard/freezer so you cover everything. By the time Christmas rolls around, you’ve filled the cupboard. Gillian Burton

Christmas club at your local supermarket is a must. I don’t miss a small amount each week, and it’s really good at Christmas time and makes the food shop easier. Stacey Hanright

I buy strawberries when they are cheap in the month before Christmas and make sorbet with them so we have that burst of flavour on the day without the huge cost. Megan Kingston-Burke

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When packing up from Christmas, wrap your Christmas lights around an old paper-towel tube. No more untangling Christmas lights every year. Victoria Bates I take a cute family photo of the kids. I then get personalised cards printed at Warehouse Stationery for about 10 cents each – can’t beat that! Jacqui Bath I always buy Christmas wrapping paper that isn’t Christmassy eg plain colours, spots etc, and then I can use the paper all year round. Kelly Blackie I always cook dishes that maximise leftovers and use them in the coming days, giving me more time to enjoy Christmas and less time stuck in the kitchen. Selina Wyeth Start buying early but don’t wrap until just before Christmas, so you know what you have got everyone and you don’t over-shop! @oliviamaysnowden

Our family has a tradition of ‘the Christmas pig’. We have a piggy bank that we add to every week. he cash is kept safe until the middle of November, when we can break it open! Amanda Deans

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WELLINGTON SHOP Whether you’re looking for a crisp designer shirt or a sleek dress for a show that evening, it’s hard to come away empty-handed after stopping off at Caughley. Pop your goodies in the Honda HR-V’s surprisingly large boot, then nip over to the Art Stable Gallery for your culture fix. EAT Post-shopping, treat yourself to a well-deserved lunch at Prefab. A whole pizza to yourself? Good idea. Afterwards, perk yourself up with a coffee from Caffe L’affare; their flagship roastery has been around for 25 years, so you can be sure it’s a good brew. TREAT All the world’s a stage, so why not see a play? It’s a lovely opportunity to get dolled up and there’s always something wonderful on at Circa Theatre. Park the trusty HR-V in the Te Papa carpark; even if it’s a late night, you’ll be able to spot the orange hue easily in the dark. REVIVE There ain’t no party like a spa party. Grab your ladies and book in for an afternoon at Forme Spa. A manicure, pedicure, facial and back massage in the heart of the bustling city – bliss! In the HR-V, there’s room for five.


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REVIVE Nothing makes us feel better than looking after our skin. After an invigorating class at Kcöre Pilates Studio, head into The Facialist for a Spring Clean Facial (trust us, you’ll be glowing). City Works Depot really is a haven for pampering – if you need to detox a little more, a few doors down you’ll find The Raw Kitchen for a freshly squeezed juice. Pop it in the Honda HR-V’s cup holder and you’re good to go.

H ON DA H R-V R S Ideal for the urban scout, the Honda HR-V RS model is now available nationwide. Sporty, sleek and spacious? Tick.

EAT If you’re after a leisurely bite, sit down at Odettes; their signature whipped feta is a go-to for any big brekky. For a healthy takeout lunch, &Sushi is your best bet: their delightful kimchi adds a Korean twist to Japanese dishes. TREAT There’s nothing quite like a fresh bunch of flowers next to your bed. The Botanist does everything from pretty posies to extravagant bouquets. After, jot into Dry & Tea for a blowdry and a lick of polish at Pop Nails. SHOP After perusing the pretty jewels at Zoe and Morgan, head out of the CBD to Orakei Bay Village for some retail therapy. While inner city traffic can be manic, the Honda HR-V’s City Brake Assist (a function that helps prevent nose-to-tails in low-speed zones) is a reassuring way to get from A to B. Once you’re in Orakei, get your fitness fix at People Like Us – they’ve got the goods for activewear – then treat yourself to a new candle at Father Rabbit. Finish the excursion with some on-trend homewares from The Block NZ 2014 winners Alex and Corban Wells’ store, Alex & Corban.

S PAC E TO B O O S T A good city adventure equals a great shopping spree. The Honda HR-V’s boot has room for all your new purchases. We’ll leave the self-control up to you.


Little details make a big impact – the Honda HR-V RS’s black chrome detail such as the sports grille is no exception.

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30 ST E P S TO A S U S TA I N A B L E C E L E B R AT I O N Christmas can be a rather wasteful time of year. Fortunately, you can use these tips to ensure your gifting, feasting and decorating is a little kinder on the environment Text by Fiona Ralph.

Simplify the season. Buy fewer presents and less food, and opt to travel as little as possible. Slow down and make the most of the family moments instead.

Is your family doing secret Santa? Suggest that everything gifted is either secondhand, homemade or eco-friendly in some way.

Reuse paper and ribbons or use cloth bags for wrapping. If you are buying new, opt for recycled and recyclable paper, or use natural string or raffia.

Plywood trees and wreaths are made from natural materials and can be reused year after year. makes trees and Love Bradbury offers cute wreaths that foraged blooms can be added to.

Consider whether the presents you’re buying, or asking for, are ethically made. Trade Aid has a number of gift options, plus decorations, gift wrap and cards, or you can hunt out Fairtradecertified or other ethically produced presents.

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Instead of cutting down a tree or buying an artificial one, which will eventually end up in landfill, opt for a potted tree you can keep inside or plant out later. You could also consider decorating an outdoor tree.

If you buy a real tree, make sure you dispose of it properly by recycling it into mulch, compost or firewood. Some Christmas-tree farms and transfer stations offer this service, or you can enlist a Christmas-tree removal company or garden-bag collection service.

Buying clothes as a gift? Use the Good On You app to see what rating brands have earned for their labour policies, animal welfare and environmental impact, and adjust your shopping list accordingly.

Homemade gifts are the most meaningful and often the

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most sustainable. Some home baking, knitting or a DIY voucher (promising babysitting or gardening services, a fun day out or a home spa treatment for example) will always be well received.

Don’t forget to take your eco bags when you go shopping for presents, food and other supplies!

Choose gifts, decorations and groceries with minimal


packaging, or opt for those in recyclable or compostable packaging.

Rather than disposable gifts pick ones that will last the distance. For an eco and charitable alternative, purchase gifts and decorations from op-shops.

Say no to palm oil, or choose products made with sustainable palm oil. Check the ingredients in shop-bought mince pies, pastry and chocolates, as well as any skincare or body products you are gifting. A lot of these contain palm oil, the farming of which leads to deforestation and loss of habitat for animals such as orangutans and Sumatran tigers.

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Minimise your lighting. You don’t need to deck the whole house out in Christmas lights. For those you do use, choose energy-efficient LED lights, replaceable bulbs and solar-powered bulbs for the outdoors.

Send digital Christmas cards or make your own from recycled paper or last year’s cards – simply cut the front off and write on the back like a postcard.

Free-range and organic meat will make for a more sustainable Christmas feast. Freedom Farms offers freerange turkeys, hams and more. You can also visit your local butcher or buy online from

Alternatively, go meatless for Christmas lunch. If that’s too controversial, consider offering just one meat option.

Skip disposable plates and cups, as well as straws and paper napkins. Ask everyone to bring their own plates or get them to pitch in with washing the dishes.

Purchase presents from charities, or give a donation on someone’s behalf (many charities have gift catalogues to choose from, with items such as mosquito nets, schoolbooks and chickens). You could also donate any unwanted gifts to charity.

Go without plastic-filled Christmas crackers. Make your own instead using paper-towel rolls and recycled paper, or buy a DIY cracker kit, so you can pop your own homemade gift inside.

If you are indulging in seafood over the silly season, check out to ensure you are eating sustainably caught fish or shellfish.

Give practical presents to those starting out on their sustainability journey. An eco-friendly lunch box, reusable straws or food wrap, or even a bokashi bin are useful gifts that will help minimise waste throughout the year.

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Plan ahead and only buy what you need for your Christmas meal so less food is wasted.

Search ‘leftovers’ on foodtolove. for inventive ways to use up spare food. also has lots of ideas. Compost any food that can’t be salvaged.

Grow your own flowers and food to give as gifts, to feast on, and to decorate your Christmas table with.

Shop local and seasonal to minimise your carbon footprint.

After a big day celebrating, recycling will be the last thing on everyone’s minds. Make it easy by setting up bins at the start of the day so people know where to put any paper, bottles or packaging.

Reuse decorations, make your own or purchase those made from natural or recycled materials.

Bring nature inside in place of a pine tree, ensuring you choose branches or plants, such as toetoe, that will regenerate. •




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Christmas at ours When the YH&G team gathered for a Christmas lunch, we pooled our talents to create the ultimate festive table setting. Check out our top tips for sharing your special moments Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Michael Rooke.

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etting together with the people in your life to mark the end of another year is one of the best things about the holiday season. Whether it’s breakfast with extended family, dinner with friends or drinks with workmates, it feels good to take stock and share those rare moments of rest and reflection. When the Your Home and Garden team gathered at editor Kristina’s house recently, style director Catherine and art director Fiona put together a festive table that you can easily recreate at your place. Here’s how they did it…

Flowers & foliage When you think about Christmas foliage, the colour that commonly springs to mind is evergreen, but shades of crimson and rose were the order of the day at our YH&G lunch. Especially with a lush backdrop like the native bush at Kristina’s West Auckland home, adding colour through flowers and foliage is a great way to bring your table to life. Fiona chose flowers such as carnations, manuka, sweet william and hemlock to provide colour in vases, then at the last minute Catherine dashed off to forage for slender eucalyptus branches, which she draped along the centre of the table. This gave the setting a beautiful lushness as well as being in keeping with our Antipodean Christmas.

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Food & table With a strong colour palette established, the next step was to add contrast. Catherine did this by using plenty of glowing gold and brass tones in the place settings, which created a rich, festive effect alongside the deep reds and pinks. Soft grey plates and linen napkins help to ground the arrangement, while pure white candles added light and a touch of formality. It’s up to you whether to use a tablecloth – Catherine and Fiona opted not to, as the occasion was casual and they loved the colours in this Vitrine table and bench set. However, a vintage rug beneath the table, plus a few velvet cushions, made this relaxed outdoor setting feel a little bit luxe and kept the overall effect from being too austere. When it came to the food and drink, our resident foodie Kristina really turned it on. Casual yet beautiful plates of cheese, fruit, nuts,

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fresh hummus, charcuterie, crackers and bread looked gorgeous with our stylists’ table decor. And we all learned a good trick – a cut tamarillo on a cheese board instantly makes it look more appealing!

Capturing the moment Don’t forget to capture Christmas memories while you catch up with loved ones. Vodafone’s Social Pass gives you endless social data on your favourite social apps from only 36c per day when you buy a 28 day Vodafone Social Pass, keeping you connected all summer! Our team snapped selfies and shared laughs with the Vodafone Smart X9. The dual camera experience and features such as auto HDR and slow mo made remembering our busy year super-fun, and the huge 5.7” touchscreen helped us make sure there weren’t poppy seeds in our teeth!

FESTIVE MINI MERINGUES Arrange store-bought mini meringues on a serving plate. In a bowl, whip 500ml cream and then combine with 3 Tbsp good-quality maple syrup, 1 Tbsp vanilla paste with seeds and 200g crème fraîche. Dollop this mixture on top of each meringue, sprinkle with freeze-dried raspberry powder and scatter with sliced fresh strawberries.

NON-ALCOHOLIC BERRY FIZZ Pour a selection of frozen berries (we used raspberries and boysenberries) into the bottom of a large jug until it’s a quarter full, then stuf a large bunch of mint down each side. Fill with lemonade, top up with more frozen berries and mint, and serve.


The Vodafone Smart X9 was the perfect phone for perfecting our selfies.

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Gifts & tree Our clever styling team kept the Christmas tree really simple with tiny fairy lights, aged brass-effect baubles and sprigs of beautiful eucalyptus to tie it in with the table. As the native bush setting was already so green and lush, letting the tree simply sparkle in the background was a great way to keep things festive without going overboard. Some natural baskets and a vintage rug from Babelogue underneath completed the organic effect. Gifts were wrapped in simple brown paper with sprigs of manuka tucked under gold cord. Giving presents is one of our favourite things at YH&G (check out our gift guide on page 32 to see how obsessed we are). Phones make great gifts for the whole family, and Vodafone has the right model for every member of your clan. If you’re considering buying someone their first smartphone, the Vodafone Smart C9 is an ideal entry-level option, or if you’re looking for a high-performing smartphone at a fraction of the price of popular high street brands, the Vodafone Smart X9 is a great choice. With a brand new phone, everyone can stay in touch and share all their Christmas highlights.

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How to take the perfect Insta pic • Don’t try to fit in the whole scene, just choose a beautiful corner or detail and focus on that instead. The challenge is to try and tell the whole story, without showing the entire setting. • Make sure there is a mix of textures in your shot. For our table setting, rustic wood platters are ofset with some beautiful soft linens and luxe brass. • Add in some nature. Greenery or flowers always make an image pop. • For the best photos, use a phone with a great camera like the Vodafone Smart X9, with it’s high performance 16MP camera and 8MP selfie camera. Vodafone’s Social Pass helps you stay connected all summer long, giving you endless social data on your favourite social apps from only 36c per day when you purchase a 28 day Vodafone Social Pass. You can design your perfect Christmas on Pinterest, keep in touch with friends and family near and far over Facebook and upload all your Christmas photos to Instagram.

See their smiles as they unwrap their gifts this Christmas.


Vodafone Smart N9 lite $129*

Vodafone Smart N9 $199*

Vodafone Smart X9 $299*

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Under the tree Gifting is made even better this year thanks to Vodafone Social Pass. Pick the perfect phone for your loved one and rest assured they’ll stay connected all summer long. Here are our top picks...

My younger brother would be thrilled if I gifted him the Vodafone Smart N9 lite. This phone packs a punch at the afordable price of only $129*. Featuring both an 8MP camera and a 5MP selfie camera, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to capture those holiday moments when he goes camping with friends this summer. Catherine Wilkinson, style director

My father-in-law doesn’t like using technology, which means we don’t get to talk to him as much as we would like, so the Alcatel 3026 (at $59*) is the perfect way to help him stay in touch. The large ergonomic keypad is great for his big panelbeater fingers — and the extra-loud HD sound will help him pick up our calls in time! The Alcatel 3026 is also compatible with some types of hearing aids, and has an assistance feature which means he can easily contact us if he needs our assistance. Sally Conor, sub editor

My husband owns his own business, which means the Vodafone Smart N9 is the perfect gift for him this Christmas. As he’s often on the go and needs to stay connected at all times, the speedy device means there is no time wasted. With its large 5.5” HD display, it’s the perfect smartphone for him to jump between apps, stay on top of his emails and take the perfect snap. At $199*, it’s a great value smartphone. Fiona Ralph, features editor

I’m constantly bugging my husband to take photos while we’re on holiday, so it’s only fair I provide him with the appropriate tools right? The Vodafone Smart X9 (available from mid-November for $299*) ofers superior performance with a fantastic dual camera experience (16MP + 8MP selfie camera), plus other features such as auto HDR, slow mo and super night mode. The fingerprint sensor means it’s modern enough to satisfy his techy side, while the huge 5.7” touchscreen will come in handy for his TradeMe obsession! Kristina Rapley, editor

The Huawei Nova 3i (at $499) in stunning Iris Purple is the perfect treat for me this Christmas. The four integrated cameras bring to life rich and beautiful colours in a spectacular way, allowing me to capture all my summer occasions in style. With endless social data on my favourite social apps from only 36c per day when I buy a 28 day Vodafone Social Pass, I can instantly share my summer snaps on my social pages thanks to Vodafone Social Pass. And with a huge 128GB internal memory, there’s plenty of storage space for my photos. Fiona Kerr, art director

My youngest son, 11, currently uses my phone to make videos and play games, so perhaps it’s time we got him one of his own. The Vodafone Smart C9 comes with a 4” touchscreen, two cameras (a 2MP and a VGA 0.3MP selfie camera), GPS, phonejack and FM radio. Amazingly, this Smartphone is just $49* and comes with a free MyFlex Prepay SIM, so I can design a monthly prepay plan of data, minutes and texts to suit him (and with plan prices starting from only $13 it’ll suit my budget too!) Stephanie Attwater, chief sub editor

DID YOU KNOW: Social Pass from Vodafone enables you to share how cool your Christmas is looking, with endless social data on your favourite social apps (including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest) from only 36c per day when you purchase a 28 day Vodafone Social Pass. Social Pass keeps you connected all summer long; design your perfect Christmas on Pinterest, keep in touch with friends and family near and far over Facebook, upload your festive snaps to Instagram, hashtag your Christmas on Twitter – Vodafone Social Pass gives you endless social data for sharing!

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Creative and inspiring New Zealand homes with heart

Happy dahlia

Photography by Helen Bankers.

Choosing a Christmas table centrepiece is easy when you live down under – the abundance of flowers and summer foliage is out of control! At Milly Van Der Hoeven’s Waikato flower farm, dahlias are the order of the day as “there is such a wide variety of forms and colours to play with”. See Milly’s floral family Christmas over the page.

Primm & proper: Christmas on a Pirongia flower farm Page 66 Full circle: a bush-clad new-build in Muriwai Page 78 No place like home: we visit Amy & Stu from The Block NZ Page 88 Work of art: a hilltop haven in Dunedin Page 98

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Primm & proper Business meets leisure at florist Milly Van Der Hoeven’s open-plan Pirongia haven, where flowers bloom with abandon and the holiday season is rooted in family traditions Text by Debbie Harrison. Photography by Helen Bankers. Styling by Tina Stephen.

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H Meet + Greet Milly Van Der Hoeven, 33 (farmer/florist at Primm Gardens), Paul Johnson, 32 (business development manager), Max, 12, Isla, 10, and Ruben, 7, plus dogs Honey and Rosie, cats Bella and Blackberry, and five chooks.

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GARDEN PARTY “Flowers and herbs are a beautiful way to add colour, texture and fragrance to your table,� says Milly. The brass dragonflies, peacock candlestick, Champagne bucket, cloth and vases are all from H&M Home. The ceramic leaves are from Shut The Front Door.

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or Milly Van Der Hoeven, Paul Johnson and their three kids, it’s not Christmas until their home is filled with the scent of pine. “We hand-pick a real tree every year as a family – it has to be a real one,” smiles Milly. The family look forward to their annual outing to The Christmas Tree Farm in Hamilton, where they carefully choose that year’s pine tree, before hauling it back to their Pirongia home to decorate. It’s not just the fragrance of pine that wafts through their Waikato abode at Christmas. Their 170-square-metre Lockwood home sits on an acre of land, much of it planted in roses, dahlias, annuals, perennials, herbs and foliage for their flower-farm business, Primm Gardens. Here, Milly grows (and designs) seasonal blooms for weddings, events, wholesale orders and Christmas displays. “In December, I go to town, filling the house with floral wreaths, garlands and arrangements, as well as large bowls of fresh fruit and nuts,” she says. “It smells wonderful!” Although Primm Gardens has more than 500 roses in 70 varieties, it’s dahlias that are the focus of Milly’s own Christmas floral arrangements. “At that time of the year, the dahlias are just starting to bloom. There is such a wide variety of forms and colours to play with, so it’s fun creating with them!”

FREE SPIRIT Milly describes her decorating style as eclectic, fun and family-friendly. “I don’t have any set style rules. Our home is a mix of everyone’s favourite things and colours. It’s a busy, creative and well-loved place to live.”

PRESENTS OF MIND When asked what she loves about Christmas, Milly laughs. “Everything! I’ve always loved Christmas. It’s a magic time for kids, and as parents we get to relive that joy and excitement with them. It’s my favourite time of year.” The kids all get new pyjamas on Christmas Eve and they all hang out as a family, playing board games and watching Home Alone as they

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BEDROOMS The bedrooms are positioned at opposite ends of the house – a layout that works well as the children get older. Tongue & groove whitewashed ply softens the white rooms and provides a neutral backdrop for splashes of colour.

wait for the man in red. For Christmas Day, Milly continues an old family tradition in which the children exchange gifts with each other. “I’m the eldest of five and as young kids we would always hunt out a gift for each other at Christmas. Our three now do the same. It’s awesome watching them take time to think about their siblings, to make or find them something heartfelt, and to focus on giving rather than receiving,” she says. Christmas is either spent at home or close to home, with Milly’s and Paul’s families all living locally. “We alternate hosting lunch, which is the main meal of the day for us all. Christmas is always fun and relaxed, with good food and music, outdoor games and lots of laughs,” she says.

OPEN-HEARTED The family’s Lockwood was built in 2012 and designed to be simple yet modern, following timeless principles. “It’s open-plan living at its best,” says Milly. “It’s north-facing with generous decking and a big lawn we can use to enjoy Kiwi summers.” The family moved in three years ago, buying the place from friends who were relocating to Australia. The couple wanted something semirural with enough space for their kids, flowers and dogs, so when the opportunity arose “it felt like it was meant to be”, says Milly. The aesthetic of the home was already established. The land, on the other hand, was almost bare with only a few young fruit trees in evidence – yet full of promise. “We’ve slowly been working on our plantings over the past few years, adding trees, hedging, rose beds and cutting gardens,” Milly says. They also put their own touch on the house, adding a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, as well as a large garage to give them more storage. At the moment, the living area doubles as Milly’s studio as she juggles flower-arranging with family life, but she says it’s a small price to pay to have the flexibility to be present for her family while also working.

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H PRESENT TIME! The family’s Christmas tree is bedecked with handmade paper roses, ceramic decorations from Shut The Front Door and a star garland from Misery Guts. A kilim from Two Foxes keeps things cosy on the black-washed concrete floor (which, says Milly, always attracts positive comments from visitors).

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GROWING PASSION Flowers and gardening have been Milly’s passion for the past decade, since having children. She’s self-taught, in both floristry and growing flowers, so building Primm Gardens from scratch has been a handson endeavour. Milly’s had to studiously learn the right way to do things, discovering what plants do best in their soil type and climate and building on that knowledge year by year. There are always challenges. With no hothouses, the weather can really make or break a ‘flush’ (the point at which all blossoms are open). Most of the plants Milly grows are fairly resilient, but too much of anything – heat, rain, wind – can be stressful and encourage bugs and disease. These risks are constant, with no two seasons the same. But it’s all worth it to Milly. “It’s an outlet for my love of growing and creating,” she says. “It’s a privilege to work with nature and the seasons; the pace and beauty involved. I love that my work is so varied and creative, and that I get to meet so many special people along the way. The floral styling has been a beautiful consequence and something that brings me immense joy.” With her gorgeous family, home, pets and beautiful Primm Gardens, Milly has to pinch herself because she’s truly living her dream. > Find the things you love from this home on page 176.

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H GET THE LOOK CHRISTMAS QUIZ What will you be eating on Christmas Day? Milly: My dad owns Magills Butchery in Te Awamutu, so we are spoilt for choice in the meat department. We’ll have roast leg of lamb, whole scotch fillet and glazed ham. Everyone brings their own specialty salad – Greek, Caesar and Caprese – and we have freshly dug spuds from the garden. What will you be drinking? Champagne with strawberries. We’re also big craftbeer fans, so there’s always a good supply of Garage Project brews on hand. What do you do to style your home for the festive season? Every year we each find a new decoration for the tree, so we have a decent collection now and a pretty unique-looking tree! Each decoration is so special to us, because they each represent a time, place and memory for our family. What’s your advice for using florals at Christmas? Try your hand at some festive florals – a herb-filled wreath or a lush garland for the dinner table brings a beautiful, natural vibe to celebrations. •

Dahlia Dream silk velvet cushion, $190, from Helen Bankers.

Icelandic sheepskin, $399, from Superette.

Torquay three-seater outdoor sofa, $699, from Freedom.

OUTLOOK SUNNY Working from home is wonderful and exhausting all at once, Milly says – but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Once the weather warms up, blooms come in flushes all at once and you have to be consistent with harvesting and maintenance.

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HONESTY BOX + Which is your favourite room? Milly: My favourite place is in our bedroom. There’s a very well-loved orange tweed Ken armchair (from Danske Mobler) which looks out over the roses and the mountain – it’s the best spot to read and chill at the end of the day. + Best memories in your home? There have been so many happy times shared with family and friends here over the past three years. We love throwing parties for birthdays and Christmas; our home is a go-to for our extended-family gatherings and it’s such fun to get everyone together. It’s a relaxed and welcoming space. + Your favourite rose? I try not to play favourites, but I’m always a sucker for blush roses. ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ and David Austin’s ‘St Swithun’ and The Wedgwood Rose are beautiful soft pink garden roses. + What easy-growing rose would you suggest for new gardeners? ‘Pierre de Ronsard’ is a vigorous French climber that never needs much attention and flushes reliably throughout the season. It has soft white-pink blooms edged with carmine and double, fully cupped flowers that cut well. Just give it a bit of space.

Rustic and industrial materials brightened with colourful accessories all add up to a liveable, lovable home


1 Wooden Metro chair, $169, from Kiwi Living. 2 Picardie glass, $7 each, from Tessuti. 3 Lego storage head, $54.99, from Toyco. 4 Original BTC Spun Reflector pendant, POA, from ECC. 5 Blooming Day quilt cover, $149-$255, from Kip & Co. 6 Studio roller, $298, from George and Willy.



RESENE ‘Black White’


DULUX ‘Motutapu Island’


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1 Bedroom wall is whitewashed tongue-and-groove ply. 2 Kitchen splashback is made from aluminium pressed-tin panels from di Rosa, Matamata. 3 Front door painted in Resene Karen Walker ‘Blanched Pink’.


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Full circle A lifelong connection to Muriwai Beach led this family to a home that seemed destined for them from the beginning Text and styling by Tina Stephen. Photography by Helen Bankers.

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Meet + Greet Dharlia Lynch, 42 (kindergarten teacher), Ty Lynch, 39 (cellar hand), and Dusty, 7, plus Ash, a local farm dog the family looks after most weekends.

Forage for pine, eucalyptus and ivy on Christmas Eve and add the fronds to your presents and table settings.

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Background When Dharlia and Ty Lynch returned from an extended OE in Margaret River, Western Australia, deciding where to settle was a no-brainer. Muriwai on Auckland’s west coast is where Ty grew up, as well as where he and Dharlia first met. With its famous surf beach, as well as a location and community vibe that suited them both personally and professionally, it was a match made in heaven. “Muriwai is a pretty special place for us,” says Dharlia. “Ty grew up out here, I moved here 15 years ago, we met here 14 years ago and our son has lived here since he was born. We’ve hit the jackpot as far as our lifestyle goes, plus the community here is unreal. There are bush walks, a bike park, skate park, golf course and the beach, all just minutes from home.” Serendipity played a hand in the Lynches’ journey to home ownership. While living in a rental, they watched as the Auckland property market escalated and even the most modest Muriwai baches quickly became unaffordable. But the township’s tight-knit community didn’t disappoint and it wasn’t long before the family found a solution within their reach. While out walking one morning, a casual chat with friends in the driveway led to an offer for Dharlia and Ty to purchase an 1800-metre section next door to the home they were renting. “Funnily enough, we stored all our belongings in the owner’s shed next door years before, when we were living overseas,” remembers Dharlia. “I used to fantasise about building a house on the plot where our neighbours now live. It’s funny how things come full circle. We made a private offer to the owners in January 2015 and by March 2015 it was ours.” Nearly two years of clearing invasive weeds followed, revealing groves of mature nikau, kanuka and ponga in the process, and allowing the couple to map out a building platform.

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Think outside the box and opt for a non-traditional tree such as this printed banner from Pony Rider.


Dress the kitchen up for the big day with a cluster of vases, candles and bowls of spiced nuts

KITCHEN The kitchen was designed with a clear budget in mind and a ply benchtop kept costs down. Dharlia splurged on the hero piece, a Douglas & Bec Y chandelier in brass.

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The build The idea of bringing a relocatable home to their site was ruled out early – a covenant protecting native trees on the property meant Dharlia and Ty were limited as to where they could build. Instead, they began researching building companies. Building a new home seemed daunting, especially with limited funds, but then the couple discovered Durapanel, a flatpack system which would enable them to design their own home and have it manufactured off-site. “We designed all the aspects of the house ourselves, from the kitchen through to bathroom layouts and wardrobe design, and spent many nights doing cut-and-paste mock-ups of our home,” recalls Dharlia. “Durapanel took care of the concepts and building-consent drawings, which were included as part of the package.” As luck would have it, the covenant was then lifted under the new Auckland Unitary

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Plan, meaning resource consent was no longer required, but by then the Lynches were happily committed to their home design. Dharlia and Ty enlisted Nest Builders to bring their vision to life and the home quickly took shape on-site. The couple worked with Nest to outsource to local contractors, which was another cost-saving factor. “Nest worked through the most horrendous winter on record and delivered a home we are so proud of, in record time,” says Dharlia. “Kris from Nest was also happy to hand over as much or as little of the outsourcing for subcontractors as we wanted. Apart from Durapanel, all our contractors and subcontractors were locals, whom we felt really good about supporting.”

Ready for living The finished house is fresh, open and modern, with the white Durapanel system providing a clean canvas

OUTSIDE The family love to spend time outdoors, so 100 square metres of deck was an essential part of their home’s design. Dusty and his friends spend hours circling the house on their skateboards and utilising the mini ramps dotted around the property.






the house completed in time for Christmas last year, the Lynches decided on a casual approach to festivities and invited family over to enjoy their new home.


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for the Lynches to add their personal stamp. Describing their home as a “mash-up of eras and styles”, Dharlia and Ty say their aesthetic is inspired by mid-century ranch homes but has a modern coastal twist that includes heaps of vintage furniture and local art. “Just about all our furniture has either been inherited, gifted, found by the side of the road, upcycled or made by us. People have told us that for a new-build, our home has soul, which I think is due to the nature of our inherited goods. We like the fact that these things were made to last and we’re still enjoying them decades later,” says Dharlia. Art is a major focus in the house and the couple have chosen some large pieces to create drama against the minimal white walls. “We love art and tend to go for large pieces imbued with colour. We’re lucky in that there’s a talented pool of local artists (and friends) out here and we have invested in or been gifted pieces by Catrina Lloyd and Matt Sinclair, and we also love Tanya Blong and Cherise Thomson.”

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Invest in linen tablecloths and napkins to create a luxe canvas, then add fresh foliage and simple tableware

“Last year we hosted our first Christmas in the house and it was really lovely,” remembers Dharlia. “Intimate but fun, with all the food served up on our island bench and then casual eating around the table. Ty’s mum makes a beautiful ham, and my mum and the rest of our family put together lots of fresh salads and some yummy desserts. I’m a sucker for pavlova, a berry fool or an Eton mess, so there’s definitely one of those on the cards.” This year, the Lynch family are excited about continuing their new traditions. Weather permitting, they are planning a lazy beach afternoon at Muriwai, with hopefully a surf and a few family games. “We plan on doing archery with a homemade target again,” says Dharlia. “We had a ball doing this with the whole family last year, followed by some hammock time in the sun. Ty and I always

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BATHROOM Simple square tiles keep the aesthetic modern and fresh, while a back-to-wall bath creates the illusion of space and avoids the cleaning hassle of a freestanding bath.

hope for a Christmas Day surf, too. We just love it if we don’t have to leave the beach!” This year, Dharlia intends to move the dining table outside for an al fresco meal with the nikau providing a natural backdrop and all-important midday shade. Decorating is likely to remain minimal, with a focus on natural materials. Dharlia loves foraging for local flowers – hydrangeas are abundant in December in her area and provide a relaxed reminder of the warm summer days to come. Driftwood, linen, simple wrapping and a pared-back table setting will complete the picture and, since Dharlia and Ty are both allergic to pine, they’ll be thinking outside the square when it comes to a tree. “Dusty and I decorate the tree together each year,” says Dharlia. “Last year we used a fake one, which I loathe, so this year we’ve got a cool printed banner from Pony Rider. We also love using linen bows and lovely wooden ornaments we inherited, plus a bit of tinsel and baubles for good measure.”

CLEAN CUT White matte mosaic tiles from Tile Warehouse.

Natural flow The home’s 145-square-metre floor area provides ample space for family gatherings, while the pitched ceilings and big windows create an organic sense of flow out onto 100 square metres of decking. Proving to be functional and warm during winter, the house has shown it’s well up to the challenge of life on the wild west coast, but summer is when this special home really comes into its own. “The flow of our home works beautifully and we wouldn’t change a thing,” says Dharlia. “We love how sunny and private it is, as well as the wide wraparound deck and the gorgeous outlook of native trees and the abundant birdlife. It is a very calming space as it is so nestled in the bush. We love seeing our son and his friends playing outside while we socialise or make meals. It really is a house that’s all about family and community.” • > Find the things you love from this home on page 176.

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ORANGE ZEST Resene ‘Tango’ is the home’s sole splash of wall colour.


Awan rug, $450, from Me & My Trend.

Fionia stool, $587, from Design Denmark.

Large brass mirror, $519.90, from Mood Store.

Planter in brass finish, $3, from Kmart.

Ombre Giorgio pendant, $99, from Bunnings.

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Inherited objects and a subtle mid-century leaning lend soul to a white interior where textures can shine


3 1 Hanging advent calendar, $99, from Father Rabbit. 2 Peace light, $359, from Iconic. 3 Glow tumbler, $12.90, from Citta. 4 Ecole bar stool, $125, from Zuca.


+ Best lessons learned? Dharlia: Do your research online, then visit the suppliers in person to see if the quality matches the price. + What would you never do again? We loved the whole process. It was a pretty exciting moment when we could walk through our house after the walls had been erected just two days before! + Most memorable experience you have had in your home? We invited all our nearest and dearest to our ‘house-warming’ and surprised everyone by announcing we’d got married the day before! That was a pretty epic celebration of our love in our beautiful new home. + How did your budget compare to your actual spend? We came in on budget. We had to! + What areas did you save and splurge on? We saved by only investing in what we needed. New furniture, drapes and a refrigerator will come further down the track. Through saving on construction costs with Durapanel and our wastewater system we were able to up-spec all our kitchen, bathroom and laundry ware. + Do you tend to buy high-end or seek out a bargain? We tend to seek out a quality product at a great price. Both our dishwasher and oven were top-of-the-line but outdated shop floor models that came much cheaper than out-of-thebox prices. This enabled us to purchase quality products without breaking our budget.



+ Durapanel kitset and plans – $35K + Fencing, wastewater system, drainage and water tanks – $30K + Completed build including decking – $290K + Kitchen and bathroom fitout, window treatments, carpet, paint – $80K





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+ Kitset wall and ceiling system Durapanel NZ, + Builder Kris McAlpine at Nest Builders, + Kitchen Ross at Spaceworx, 021 207 5713. + All taps The Kitchen Hub, + Bathroomware Chesters, Kumeu, + Carpet Carpet Link, Wairau, + Bathroom mirror Joska & Sons,

Products compiled by Lauren Freeman.

KEY 1 Main bedroom 2 Ensuite 3 Bedroom 4 Entry 5 Bathroom 6 Kitchen 7 Dining 8 Lounge



No place like home The Block NZ winners Amy and Stu are relishing life back in good old Gizzy and looking forward to a family Christmas in their stunning beachside home Text by Debbie Harrison. Photography by Florence Charvin.

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Meet + Greet Stu Watts, 46 (plumber), Amy Moore, 39 (interior designer and stylist), Amy’s daughter, Nina, 13, Stu’s kids, Flynn, 13, and Zoe, 11, and cats Pearl and Pepper.

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I ABOVE “I have always loved the feeling of warmth that ply gives when it’s done well,” says Amy, who chose this material for both the walls and ceiling in the open-plan living area. In summer, the doors are opened wide to the deck and beach beyond, while in winter the couple get the woodburner going: “I love nothing more than a roaring sea outside and a roaring fire inside,” says Amy. RIGHT A Smeg fridge was something Amy had always wanted but could never justify the price. “But they had a half-price sale when I was shopping for appliances so I took it as a sign!” OPPOSITE PAGE The retro yellow armchairs in the living room were an SPCA charity shop find – $25 each.

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t goes without saying that proud Gisbornites (“Gizzy hard!”) Amy Moore and Stu Watts – winners of this year’s The Block NZ– will be spending Christmas in their favourite place: their personal slice of heaven right across from the beach in their home city. After a massive year – which included spending 12 gruelling weeks away from home as they competed on the TV show to transform a brand new townhouse in Hobsonville, Auckland, into a dream home – the couple are looking forward to some downtime and bringing their family together to celebrate Christmas. “We are not traditionally super-Christmassy but we love to get together for food and drinks and enjoy the company of anyone and everyone,” says Amy. “For us, Christmas is about the kids. We just have our fingers crossed that it’ll be a cracking Gizzy summer’s day.”

Yule be right On 25 December, you’ll find the blended family (Amy has a daughter, Nina, 13, and Stu has two children, Flynn, 13, and Zoe, 11) chilling out with family, friends and no shortage of food. “There’s always a ham,” says Amy. “My Dad usually does pork on the Weber and there are salads and lots of sweets, including Mum’s famous brandy and chocolate ice cream.” On The Block, Amy’s styling prowess stood out from day one, but she takes a more laidback approach when it comes to decorating for the festive season. “I love Christmas lights and am a big fan of the things the kids make to hang on the tree, but that’s about as far as it goes – a few fairy lights and sometimes a little tree decorated haphazardly with homemade decorations is about the extent of it,” she says.


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“What I love about styling is being confident to mix old with new. There’s nothing better than a shiny green plant in an old, weathered pot or a secondhand chair with a stylish new cushion and throw. Just mix it up”

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OPPOSITE PAGE Top The self-contained studio downstairs is rented out on Airbnb. “It has the best view from the bed ever!” Bottom left A flamingo print from 100% NZ sets a nostalgic tone in Nina’s room, along with vintage bedding (one of her mum’s passions). “She’s so obliging,” says Amy. “There were no cartoon duvet covers for her. Sorry, Neens!” Bottom right The kete on Amy and Stu’s bedroom wall is by a local weaver, who also created the other weaving around the house. The doll next to the bed is made by the women of Ibu-Ibu which empowers impoverished mothers in Indonesia to set up their own businesses.

Highs and lows At some point during their relaxed celebrations, you can bet Amy and Stu will raise a glass of bubbles (actually, make that a beer for Stu) to toast the year that’s been – and their win on The Block which saw them scoop $169,500 and a new car. “It was such a cool experience. Being on The Block was a total rollercoaster of emotions with the highest highs and the lowest lows. It has definitely strengthened our relationship and made us appreciate the amazing city we both come from even more than we already did,” Amy says. The pair had separate reasons for entering the reality show: Amy wanted to put her love for interior design and styling into practice and “Stu just wanted to be on telly and be famous!”. They struggled a bit with the social media trolls – “I honestly think some people thought we were just characters on a TV show and not real people with the ability to read. That was really hard, for me especially,” says Amy, but

they found the experience brought them closer. “It reinforced our strengths as a team. We both worked to our individual strengths, which I think was the key. We have both done a bit of reno and DIY but never together.”

Beachside bliss The home the couple share was taken through a major renovation by Amy before she and Stu moved in together. It had been a small, two-bedroom 1970s bach belonging to Amy’s family, occupying the back of a large section overlooking the beach – “Potential plus,” says Amy. She redesigned it with the help of a local architect, keeping the existing roofline but changing pretty much everything else, and got stuck into the makeover in the middle of last year. Turning it from a beach shack into a four-bedroom home with a self-contained studio downstairs (which they rent out on Airbnb) and a brand-new double garage entailed an almost complete rebuild.

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Amy’s growing mostly herbs and succulents in the retaining beds – “Anything hardy enough to withstand the coastal elements” “Following the reno, Stu and I thought it was a good time to combine forces and families and start the journey of living together as a blended family. We have never looked back,” she says. To reflect their seaside environment, Amy used plenty of natural materials in the build – such as plywood and wooden floors – as well as concrete, which she softened by adding textured accessories in muted, earthy colours: yellow, burnt orange, emerald. Cane and wicker are particular favourites and feature in lightshades, stools, chairs, planters and outdoor furniture. Amy says there’s no easy way to describe her decor style. “It’s a little unique. Maybe old-meets-new, a bit of boho, urban jungle and lots of warmth. I’m not a fan of cold colours and spaces. I love nice linen, my bits of taxidermy, and our quirky collection of cushions.”

New direction When you visit their amazing home, it’s easy to see why the couple love living in Gisborne. They’re making the most of all the city offers, with the kids swimming and surfing all summer long while Amy and Stu watch from the deck of their lowslung house which sits right on Wainui Beach. “One thing that was a must when we rebuilt was a toilet in our garage for sandy, wet children to use,” Amy laughs. The couple relish being in their own space and having a home that makes entertaining easy. “We have a pretty much open-door policy and live in a community where it’s still okay for kids to ride their bikes around and play cricket on the beach until dark,” she says. Unlike The Block, where value is added to a home for a quick sale, there are no plans to sell this beachside beauty. “We’ll be staying for ever,” Amy says emphatically. But there is change in the wind: their TV success has encouraged Amy to look at new ways to enrich her work life. After 20 years as a beauty therapist, she’s hung up her wax strips and started an interior design and styling business in Gisborne, renting office space in her friend’s homeware shop, kō. “I feel like I have so much more to give,” Amy says. “I’m excited to be able to turn my Block experience and passion for design into a business and can’t wait to help others with their interior projects.” • > Find the things you love from this home on page 176.

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Christmas quiz What will you be drinking on Christmas Day? Amy: A nonexpensive prosecco, followed by many cups of tea. Favourite bring-a-plate? I always like to make something a little spicy, like a warm bean dip or a ceviche, and a good old potato salad. What sort of Christmas tree do you put up? Never plastic!

H This beautiful home right by Wainui Beach used to be Amy’s family’s old bach until last year when a major renovation endowed it with a new layout, two more bedrooms and a garage.


Dahlia armchair, $1399, from Freedom.

Basket, $144, from Indie Home Collective.

Iver spot cushion, $169.99, from A&C Homestore.

Kip & Co velvet quilt cover, $329 queen, from Superette.

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HONESTY BOX + What was the most challenging part of the reno? Amy: It was pretty straightforward – I was in my element! + What gave you the biggest bang for your buck? Nothing in particular. Building is not cheap but we had excellent tradies and it made such a diference to getting it done.

Natural materials such as rattan and ply mixed with lashings of vintage keep this beach home’s feet on the (sandy) ground




1 Corfu rattan lampshade, $145, from Indie Home Collective. 2 Jieldé clamp lamp, $795, from Flotsam & Jetsam. 3 Kinto stacking mug, $36.50, from Father Rabbit. 4 Drum chair, $689, from Indie Home Collective. 5 Sideboard, $2750, from Mr Bigglesworthy.

+ Architect Shane Kingsbeer, + Builders Character Building, + Kitchen benchtop by Craig Jenkins, + Kitchen cabinetry by Cherrywood Joinery, + Kitchen over-bench light custom made by BJ Moss, Gisborne, + Smeg appliances Kitchen Things,


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Plywood walls, floor and ceiling are all BD grade pine finished with satin Resene Aquaclear.

Airbnb studio wall made of concrete blocks.



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Work of art Meet + Greet Doug McConaughy, 47 (structural engineer), Shelley McConaughy, 44 (artist and company director), Oscar, 15, and Eli, 13, plus Rose the cat and six chickens (aka The Girls).

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This creative couple – and veterans of a whopping 11 house builds – decided to plan, design and project manage their latest masterpiece on a Dunedin hilltop. The result is a home that blurs the lines between architecture and art Text by Annick Larkin. Photography by Emma MacDonald. Styling by Alexandra Weston.

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KITCHEN The cinder-block wall was designed to passively heat the family home as well as being a nod to Shelley and Doug’s favourite architectural era – the 1960s.


rt is a vital part of Doug and Shelley McConaughy’s life – they collect it, Shelley creates it and their home is an extension of it. So when Your Home and Garden visited them recently, it wasn’t a surprise to find the family Christmas tree adorned with a delightful collection of handmade treasures. Equally unsurprising is that this creative couple opted to sell their recently renovated villa in order to build a brand-new home. In early 2016, Shelley and Doug bought a five-acre block on the outskirts of Dunedin. Part of a working farm right up until the time of sale, the site was still fenced into three paddocks when the couple took possession. Just a few months later, in September, the property, which had not a stick of planting on it and possessed breathtaking harbour views, began its journey from blank canvas to stunning contemporary home.

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H CREATIVE FORCE With Doug’s background as a structural engineer and artist Shelley’s natural flair, combined with a wealth of house-building experience (the pair have clocked up an astonishing 11 new-builds and one renovation), the McConaughys decided to design their new home entirely on their own. That’s right – no architect and no draughtsman, just a blank piece of paper and their joint creative powers. “We designed everything from the floor plan to the cladding; from window placement to interior design. Even the council consent lodgements were done by us,” says Shelley. They were also keen to build a home that exceeded current building regulations for insulation and efficiency. “When considering a new-build, it’s important to think about futureproofing – such as installing an electric car plug outlet and choosing fittings and finishes that will last the distance,” she explains.

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NEXT LEVEL The build took six months and the family lived in their former villa home in Dunedin while it was under way. Not satisfied with simply designing their home, the couple also decided to project manage the build, despite being well aware that the role would require making daily – and often difficult – decisions on-site. But they weren’t daunted by the prospect and thoroughly enjoyed the whole building experience. “We tried to help out on-site as much as possible – together we laid the cork flooring and stained over a kilometre of weatherboards,” says Shelley.


TOP Oversized windows frame the beautiful view. “I remember standing in the house once the frames went up and being super-happy with the window placements,” says Shelley. ABOVE Vintage ceramic deer add to a mid-century table.

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definitely the focus of this impressive home. Clever lighting has been used throughout to highlight beautiful pieces created or collected by Shelley. The colour palette is earthy and natural to ensure the vast collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures are able to shine. Shelley’s favourite design feature is the cinder-block walls between the lounge and dining area and the hallway and older son Oscar’s room. Not only do they look beautiful and provide an interesting backdrop, the blocks help to heat the home during winter.

“Just as stones soak up warmth, the cinder blocks absorb heat from the fire or the sun and release it throughout the day,” says Shelley. As well as being designed with passive heating in mind, this home also takes maximum advantage of its position. Sunlight floods through huge windows which also frame views of rolling green pastures and the sparkling Otago Harbour, creating natural artworks that can be enjoyed from every room.

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS Every year, the McConaughy family Christmas tree tells a story. “I have some of my grandma’s decorations that she handmade and I love that we think about her every year when we decorate the tree,” says Shelley. The family also treasure trinkets made by Oscar, 15, and his brother Eli, 13, when they were at Playcentre and primary school, baubles given to them by friends, and others that Shelley has made or repaired. “Decorating the tree this way is a lovely way to link some really special times and people to us every year,” she says. Christmas this year will be spent at home with family, many of whom will be travelling to Dunedin from around the country and haven’t yet seen the finished house. A white linen

H TABLE Every year, Shelley forages for leaves, wild red berries and seasonal flowers to make a lush Christmas centrepiece.


Citta linen cushion, $119.90, from Moi on George.

tablecloth kept for special occasions will be draped over the dining table and Shelley will forage for greenery to arrange on top, alongside vintage deer ornaments, candles and fairy lights for a truly festive feel.

THE END Although the McConaughys show signs of new-build addiction, they say this house may well be their last. “We have a history of building, but this home is absolutely my favourite as far as location, function and form goes,” Shelley says. “We can never say never, but we have no intention of building again at this point.” Christmas is sure to find this harbour house looking its best, and Shelley looks forward to many more within its walls. “We absolutely love it here. It’s peaceful, beautiful and endlessly changing.”

Figures on White painting by Philip James Frost, POA, from Gallery De Novo.

> Find the things you love from this home on page 176.

Seagrass basket, $10, from Kmart.

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HONESTY BOX + What would you never do again? Shelley: Buy a garage door without checking its suitability. We live in a high wind zone and that is a factor we didn’t fully consider in this instance. + Best lesson learned? Get several quotes and look carefully at the products or service each supplier is ofering. + Best memory in your home? When the kids first arrived and just really loved having the space to run wild. Oscar cooked food over an open fire in the front yard (before there was a lawn), and Eli dug huge holes and played in the mud.

A respect for quality design and an eye for collecting art give this home a distinctive voice



2 1 Arnold circus stool, $250, from Everyday Needs. 2 Industrial Barn pendant, $69.95, from Zuca. 3 Storage basket, $29.99, from H&M Home. 4 Maine pigeon shelving, $649, from Early Settler. 4


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+ Total build cost? Approx $500K (excluding land, earthworks and landscaping) + Kitchen joinery $12K + Kitchen appliances $7K + Home ofice $20K + Landscaping ongoing; $3K so far + Large shed $8K + Where have you saved money? Using macrocarpa cladding instead of cedar; laying the cork flooring ourselves; and paying labour only to the builder (we directly paid all the subcontractors and for all materials). We didn’t pay for a draughtsperson or architect, and have also planned and executed all the landscaping. + Splurges? The flooring – it’s a costly floating cork product. Also, we used blocks for the retaining wall running parallel along the length of the house, as opposed to timber. + What was your best buy and why? The kitchen; I designed it myself and found a great joiner at a great price.




+ Buy original art. If you are near an art school, go to their shows and buy the students’ work. + Beg, borrow, steal, love other people’s style ideas and make them your own. + Keep in mind what you’d like to be the feature of the space – a lightshade, artwork, the curtains etc – so you can ensure it isn’t eclipsed.

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COASTAL CHARM A fresh white paint job with beachy blue accents has brought out the character of this Dunedin cottage by the sea


Text by Fiona Ralph. Photography by Guy Frederick.


edecorating her 1950s house in Anderson’s Bay, Dunedin, required a lot of planning for Kathy Baughan. “For years I’ve cut up design magazines and pasted pictures in a journal to create my wish list and personal style,” she says. Once ready, Kathy, who works in childcare and as a sales consultant, gave the seaside home a “modern, beachy” makeover, with a fresh white

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and blue palette. The crisp white of Resene ‘Half Bianca’ is complemented by shutters in Resene ‘Opal’, a front door in Resene ‘Shadowy Blue’ and a patio in Resene ‘Traffic’, a charcoal grey. Kathy’s friend Shelley Wright Chalmers, an interior designer, helped her to finalise colours and Frank Tainton did the painting. Kathy has lived here with children Isadora and Alasdair (pictured) and Annabelle for eight years.

W IN $ 5000 ENTER OUR COMPETITION You could be one of five finalists to appear in Your Home and Garden and also receive a $250 Resene paint voucher. The overall winner will be chosen from the five finalists, taking the Resene Colour Home Award title and winning $5000 in cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in our June 2019 issue.

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Foodie heaven in the heart of the city Seeking a culinary getaway, Sophie Gray, Food Editor for Nadia, Taste, Food and enjoyed a weekend at Cordis Auckland and was delighted delighted with what she discovered.’



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5 1 My delicious locally–distilled gin aperitif. 2 Starting the day well with an à la carte breakfast and baristamade cofee. 3 Octopus and oysters to start. 4 A High Tea dream in the hotel lobby. 5 A small selection from the dessert bufet.

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rriving on a Friday night, I was definitely ready for cocktails and conviviality, and the Cordis Lobby Lounge didn’t disappoint. The contemporary elegance of my surroundings blended perfectly with traditional Kiwi hospitality - in no time I was sipping a delicious aperitif made with locally-distilled rhubarb gin. Famished later and unsure what I felt like eating, I headed to Eight restaurant, with its signature “interactive dining” – eight specialist kitchens offering grill, seafood, salads, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian and delectable desserts, all under one roof. Under the guidance of executive chef Volker Marecek, the emphasis on locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal products was clear to see. Cordis kitchens produce very low waste, too, something which staff are justifiably proud of. After my chosen starter of octopus and oysters, it was time for meltingly tender lamb accompanied by coriander naan fresh from the tandoor ovens, followed by a thorough trial of the dessert buffet. I love a leisurely hotel breakfast, so in the morning I opted for the Executive Club - which, if you can tear yourself away from the view, serves crisp bacon, eggs, warm pastries, continental selection and a daily fresh smoothie. Club privileges also include complimentary snacks and beverages all day, or drinks and canapes come evening.’


No visit to Cordis is complete without experiencing High Tea by Cordis, and the resident tea sommelier ensures you don’t confuse your Assam with your Oolong. When it comes to flavour-matching, I always take advantage of expert advice and the staff were both charming and knowledgeable. The food is outstanding, clever and intricate, but the highlight was a house-blended tea of camomile and butterfly pea flowers. Bright blue when poured, turning to violet when lemon was added, this liquid magic concluded a marvellous meal. By now a soak in the jacuzzi was calling, followed by a delicious dinner in the quiet comfort of my room. Morning found me enjoying excellent coffee and a delectable porridge that was almost too pretty to eat – almost. The Cordis free shuttle will drop you within an easy stroll of the CBD eateries, and ethnic dining options abound in nearby Karangahape Rd and Newmarket, however Cordis provides such a comprehensive range of offerings I simply had no reason to leave.

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Style Beautifully themed Christmas rooms, dreamy seasonal styling and quick festive hacks

Merry glitz-mas

Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

If all this Christmas colour inspo has you feeling bamboozled, just relax – a glimmer of gold or brass is always an easy festive fix. Add a simple gold candle or cocktail shaker to your table, or invest in a brass console or coffee table for year-round glamour. Check out our goldthemed Christmas on page 118.

Season’s eatings: 8 tasty table settings Page 110 Festive trio: beautiful Christmas themes to choose from Page 118 10 festive style hacks Page 126 Room reveal: a non-traditional take Page 132 A camping Christmas Page 134

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3 This unexpected colour combo of peachy coral and soft lilac isn’t a traditional holiday colour scheme, but the addition of a small bunch of red berries instantly creates a festive feel. One way to keep costs down when it comes to table decorations is to sew your own linen napkins. These are easy to make. Simply take some linen in your preferred colour and sew around the edges to make a tidy border. Use any spare linen to wrap small presents and team them with a gift tag. Glazed side plate, $3, from Kmart. Bespoke wrapping paper for oversized placemat, $8.90 a sheet, from Father Rabbit. Vase, $12.99, glass tumbler, $5.99, from H&M Home. Linen for napkin and gift wrap, $16.99 a metre, from Spotlight. Other items stylist’s own.

1 2 Fresh flowers are a lovely way to add some glam to your table setting this summer. The orchid is such a stunning flower you don’t need much else to create impact. The delicate pink of this dish and tablecloth teamed with burgundy and gold details creates a truly elegant look. Living & Co Coast dinner plate, $2, from The Warehouse. Salt & Pepper gold-rim glass plate, $34.95, from Farmers. Charm cutlery, $89 for 16 pieces, from Freedom. Cotton tablecloth, $24.99, glass votive, $7.99, bud vase, $12.99, from H&M Home. Cocktail glass, $29.95, from Green With Envy. Other items stylist’s own.

If you’re spending time at the beach over the holidays, this relaxed table setting will serve you not only on Christmas Day but throughout the summer season. This scheme is all about texture, with a relaxed linen tablecloth, whitewashed placemats, textured dinner plates and palm-frond place settings. Add a little glow with coconut-shell tealight holders. Textured dinner plate, $2, from Kmart. Ultimate Essentials cutlery, $34.95 for 16 pieces, from Freedom. Rattan placemat, $19.90, drinking glass, $17, from Green With Envy. Hampton white linen tablecloth, $79.99, from EziBuy. Rattan coasters, $39.90 for 6, Dine linen napkin, $12.90, from Citta. Coconut tealight holder, $30, from Annabelle’s. Other items stylist’s own.

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4 If you’re going for something fun, bright and non-traditional these holidays, this punchy tropical table setting could be for you. Navy plates were chosen to tie in with the tablecloth, while gold accents were added to amp up the glamour. To ensure everyone ďŹ nds their seat at the table, a simple place card on each setting is all you need.

Jett dinner plate, $4.95, Jett bowl, $2.95, Charm cutlery, $89 for 16 pieces, from Freedom. Tablecloth, $29.99, from H&M Home. Palm tray, $69.99, from Nood. Place cards, $3 a packet, from Kmart. Gold foil stemless wine glass, $20, from Green With Envy. Nel Lusso Champagne glass, $69.90 for 4, from Allium. Tilly@home tealight holder, $14.99, from Farmers.

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6 If your interior design scheme is natural and earthy, you can easily carry this style into your table setting. Textured stoneware plates are layered and teamed with a cute wooden decoration, which guests can take with them as a keepsake. Nuts and dried foliage feature alongside natural linen napkins, wooden bowls and copper cutlery, which all serve to tie this down-to-earth scheme together.

Nomad dinner plate, $18.99, Nomad side plate, $13.99, Tilly@home plant, $19.99, from Farmers. Reindeer decoration, $4, from The Warehouse. Teak scatter dish, $19, from Green With Envy. Glass tumbler, $1, rose gold cutlery, $19 for 16 pieces, from Kmart. Dine linen napkin, $12.90, from Citta. Other items stylist’s own.

5 Festive nutcracker fabric was the starting point for this cute table setting. From this, colours were picked out for the dinnerware and glassware. Gold cutlery was the perfect match here. Remember you can also use your existing Christmas tree decorations to create a festive feel on the table.

Lipped dinner plate, $14.99, lipped side plate, $7.99, from H&M Home. Living & Co side plate (on dinner plate), $2, gold-look cutlery, $15 for 16 pieces, from The Warehouse. Nutcracker fabric, $12.95 a metre, from Etsy. Gold-wrapped eclairs, $3 a packet, from Kmart. Cut glass tumbler, $12, from Redcurrent. Champagne glass, $29.95, from Green With Envy. Napkin, $14.99, from Farmers. Other items stylist’s own.

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7 A fun twist on a classic red and white Christmas theme, this circus-inspired setting will be a hit with young and old alike. Kids especially will love the animals with their little red noses. To make these, we simply bought some cheap plastic animals, painted them white and glued small red pom poms to their noses. We also sewed pom poms onto the corners of some plain white cotton napkins to create a complementary look. Hampton & Mason dinner plate, $16.99, Quid Novi cutlery, $8.99 each, from Briscoes. Rosie’s Studio ribbon, $3 a roll, glass tumbler, $2, from The Warehouse. Cotton tablecloth, $12, cotton napkins, $2 for 2, bowl, $3, from Kmart. Plastic animals, $12 a bag, from Look Sharp.

Good ideas don’t need to cost a fortune – it’s all about thinking outside the box

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8 When we think of Christmas, green is one of the first colours that comes to mind. It is also very on-trend in interiors right now, with sage and muted greens appearing everywhere. If you are looking for a table setting that is classic yet modern, give this one a go. Here we took 2m of linen and turned it into a chic yet affordable tablecloth. Our Christmas crackers, meanwhile, were made with festive wrapping paper. Once the day’s food has been decided, you can also set the scene with a menu. Whether it’s printed or handwritten, your guests will appreciate this special touch. •

Dinner plate, $2, Champagne glass, $1, from Kmart. Greenwick cutlery, $179 for 16 pieces, from Citta. Linen for tablecloth, $19.99 a metre, from Spotlight. Bespoke wrapping paper for cracker, $8.90 a sheet, from Father Rabbit. Ecology rice bowl, $12.99, from Briscoes. Green glass vase, $29, from Green With Envy. Himla linen napkins, $75 for 4, from Allium.

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A tiger may not be able to change its stripes, but a bedroom can change its colours – and gain a DIY bookshelf for some wild style Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.



f you’re looking for a child’s bedroom scheme that’s neither too young or too grown-up, take inspiration from this punchy, tiger-themed room. A bookshelf that also doubles as a headboard takes centre stage, adding personality as well as a practical place to store and showcase favourite items. If you have the room, add a chair and stool to create a reading area, and finish with some faux or real greenery to bring this jungle-style space alive.

ART ATTACK To create this simple ‘Welcome to my jungle’ artwork, paint a round art canvas in Resene ‘Quarter Sisal’. While it dries, hand-cut letters from a sheet of contact adhesive or print out your chosen message, trace the letters onto the adhesive and cut out. Peel of the backing and stick letters onto canvas, smoothing down the edges so no paint will bleed underneath. Coat entire canvas in a paint colour of your choice – we used Resene ‘Noosa’. Dry overnight then peel of the letters.

Wall painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in ‘Palm Green’, bedhead-cum-bookshelf painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Noosa’, bedside lamp painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Nero’, all from Resene ColorShops. King single duvet cover, $169, green euro pillowcase, $35, ochre pillowcase, $55 a pair, all from Foxtrot Home. Home Republic Omaha pom pom throw, $139.99, from Adairs. Side drawer (painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Quarter Sisal’), $35, from Kmart. Brass tiger, $129.99, from Nood. Rectangular tiger cushion cover, $12.99, square tiger cushion cover, $12.99, rafia cushion cover (on floor), $29.99, all from H&M Home. Bamboo pendant light (painted in Resene Lustacryl in ‘Quarter Sisal’), $99.80, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Animal postcard set, $39.99, from Father Rabbit. How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere, $17.99, Maileg mini lion and gorilla soft toys (on shelf), $53 each, Felix the tiger animal head (on wall), $145, lion paperweight, $69.95 (on shelf), all from Little Whimsy. Chisum planter, $59.95, Rogue faux palm, $179, Albion floor runner, $129, Rogue hanging fern, $69.95, all from Freedom. Clement tan chair, $1070, and Marlboro leather stool, $335, both from Williams Road. Plastic animals, $12 for 8, round art canvas, $10, both from Look Sharp. Malmo Scandia flooring in Aarhus, from Carpet Court. Other items stylist’s own.

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SHELF SAFAR I This DIY bookshelf-cum-headboard provides a great focal point for a bedroom, as well as being a fun and functional way to keep books or a glass of water handy. Ours is 2.2m wide by 1.8m tall with 6.5cm-deep shelves. Look for an online tutorial to make your own or find a secondhand bookshelf for an upcycling project.

PA I N T E D I N R E S E N E ‘ N O O S A’

All the colours seen here are from the Resene Total Colour System. Paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. or 0800 RESENE (737 363).

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trio Seeking some Christmas decoration inspiration? Take a tour of these cool themed living rooms – complete with easy styling hacks to try at your place Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

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All that glitters Creating a sense of luxury is all about the details. In this setting, a panelled wall, plush velvet sofa and brass or gold elements come together to evoke a feeling of classical elegance. In contrast, we kept the festive pieces simple and understated. Alternative tree Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the most impact. In place of a tree, we hung three glittery stars against a cool, white backdrop to create a subtle, festive feel. The sparkle of the stars sits well alongside the brass items, artwork and the star on the coffee table, and makes the room work as a whole. Wrapping To allow the glittering elements to take centre stage, we kept the presents simple yet chic with glossy black paper, gold cord and luxe gift tags.

Wall painted in Resene ‘Chalk Dust’. Down to the Woods Superstar star decorations in Champagne, from $29.99, Sunnylife gold martini glasses, $39.99 for 2, from Shut The Front Door. Button Chesterfield three-seater sofa, $3495, from Me & My Trend. Zofany cushion in water iris, $199, Nel Lusso Champagne glasses, $69.90 for 4, Glamorous Cocktails book by William Yeoward, $29, The Art of the Bar Cart book by Vanessa Dina, $45, Nel Lusso marble tray, $89.90, all from Allium. Heavy linen cushion cover, $79.90, from Citta. Discus cofee table, $599, Adeline console, $799, Rogue Phalaenopsis orchid, $269, Tinibu small deco object (on book), $13.95, Goldie wall canvas, $299, Himsi rug, from $299, all from Freedom. Oro wine cooler, $199, Oro cocktail shaker, $99.90, Oro spirit measure, $35, Oro ice bucket, $239, all from Green With Envy.

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Peachy keen A neutral scheme promotes ease of living and gives you the freedom to add a few hints of colour, as we’ve done here with peach and apricot. This room is filled with natural elements that create interest yet are still harmonious. Alternative tree If your style tends towards the minimal, this pot and branch ‘tree’ could be perfect for you. Select your pot, place four oasis blocks (also known as floral foam) in the base and position screwed-up newspaper around them to keep them in place. Stick your chosen branches into the blocks and tweak until you’re happy with the arrangement. Cover the foam with straw or a piece of fabric, then decorate the branches. We upcycled some old ceramic decorations, painting them with testpots of Resene ‘Nullarbor’, Resene ‘Okey Dokey’ and Resene ‘Sour Dough’ and, when dry, threading twine through the holes for hanging. Wrapping To coordinate with the minimal style of this room, we kept the wrapping simple, using a combination of natural brown gift boxes and plain peach-toned wrapping paper. We also wrapped a few smaller presents in fabric. To decorate, use natural string or twine with a simple gift tag and add some dried foliage or a tree decoration.

Wall painted in Resene ‘Quarter Sandspit Brown’. Downloadable prints, $9.59 each, from Etsy/Heartsincolors. Picture frames, $12 each, amber glass vase (on ottoman), $6, from Kmart. Curve sideboard, $999, Elias rug, $399, Giuseppe vessel (on sideboard), $29.95, all from Freedom. Gardenia apothecary votive candle, $35, from Annise Designs. Brown gift boxes, from $3, from Look Sharp. Wrapping, $2 a roll, from Ike’s Emporium. Dot planner in grey, $44.99, Juniper: The Happiest Fox book by Jessika Coker, $34.99, from Shut The Front Door. Hansen three-seater sofa in biscuit, $2995, cofee table ottoman, $995, from Me & My Trend. Heavy linen cushion covers, $79.90 each, cotton velvet round cushion cover, $49.90, from Citta. Living & Co clay pot (for tree), $45, from The Warehouse. Natural sticks, $24.95 for 3, from Nood. Wonki Ware Etosha bowl, $37.90, from Indie Home Collective. Other items stylist’s own.

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Colour styling tip For an accent colour to have impact, you need to include it in the room at least three times, ideally at diferent heights

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Colour styling tip For a room scheme to be cohesive, it’s important to keep tones similar when selecting furniture and decor

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Tropical feel If you have a laidback, tropical vibe going on in your home, you may be inspired by our palm room. The combination of Resene ‘Forest Green’, crisp white and textured elements such as the rattan table, light, basket and rug, makes for a fresh, festive feel. Alternative tree This strong green wall is the perfect backdrop for a DIY palm-leaf wallpaper tree. To make it, take a sheet of plywood and cut into a triangle (ours is 181cm tall by 120cm wide). Lay the triangle on the floor and roll a piece of wallpaper down the middle. Use either glue or double-sided tape to fix the wallpaper to the board. Trim off excess and secure the edges at the back of the triangle. If the lower corners are still showing, cut two more pieces of wallpaper to cover them up, ensuring you line up the pattern; trim and secure as before. Now simply lean your ‘tree’ against a wall and top with a star. Wrapping To harmonise with the palm theme, use the leftover wallpaper from the roll to wrap presents. Team with raffia ribbon and gift tags. If you have lots of presents, keep them tidy by storing some in a basket.

Wall painted in Resene ‘Forest Green’. Floor painted in Resene ‘Rice Cake’. Bell basket pendant, $159, Teke green cushion, $54.95, Palm Springs sofa, $1399, marble tealight holder, $15.95, Hampshire basket, $69.95 large, Madras tassel rug, from $159, Rogue bird of paradise plant, $269, all from Freedom. Vivid palm wallpaper, $102.99 per roll, from Aspiring Walls. Jungle blanket stitch cushion, $79.99, Amos vase in sage, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. Evergreen cushion (in middle), $59.90, from Wallace Cotton. Rattan and walnut cofee table, $795, from Me & My Trend. Glass Co Collective green tea candle, $32.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Rafia ribbon, $2, from Look Sharp. Merry Christmas gift tag, $3.90, from Father Rabbit. Other items stylist’s own. •

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Style your summer Create a swoon-worthy table setting this festive season, with fresh, chic and classic picks from the new summer collection at The Warehouse


ressing up shouldn’t be limited to your party season wardrobe! Awaken your inner stylist and make your table settings shine this summer with simple, chic setups that embrace the season of entertaining with family and friends. For an Insta-worthy table setting your guests will love, combine a laid-back Kiwi vibe with subtle, luxe touches that give your space a touch of Christmassy finesse. From crisp, classic white tableware to natural wooden accents, pops of gold and lush green complemented by the twinkling ambience of

oversized lanterns, dressing your dining space is as fun as it is festive. Sitting down to a festive meal is one of the most precious moments of the year, so there’s no excuse not to pull out all stops for a seasonal table setting that wows. It doesn’t have to blow your budget either – thanks to an everyday low price guarantee, you’ll be surprised what you can find in store. The new summer dining collection from The Warehouse has it all, from furniture to tableware, serveware and accessories. Read on for top tips and advice to celebrate the season of entertaining...


CARRIE FAIRLEY GM – Home, The Warehouse


SET THE SCENE Opposite page: Tear drop tableware, items from $3 each, wooden serveware, items from $8 each. Clockwise from above: Table, $499, bench seat, $199, dining chair, $79 each, reactive glaze tableware, items from $4 each, assorted outdoor candles and lantern holders from $5 each.

Get set for stylish entertaining with stunning tableware, furniture and accessories. Here are my favourite picks from our new summer dining collection. Living & Co Ceramic Serve Bowl. All-white everything is the inspiration behind a beautiful table setting that embraces the pure aesthetic of using a single, fresh colour. From linens to tableware and serveware, white is a fail-safe styling option. Living & Co Acacia Paddle Board Cheese Knife set. Wooden accents make perfect partners for classic table settings. Whether its your serving bowl, salad bowl or servers, touches of natural wood add an element of rustic chic to any setup.


Living & Co Outdoor Lantern. With their soft, warm glow, lanterns make a stunning addition to any summer dining setting. Choose an oversized lantern for a statement piece that brings a sense of peaceful, intimate ambience to festive entertaining with family and friends.

Dress your table to perfection with these inspired picks for th season of celebration. From gold accents and natural wood to fresh whites, lush gree for styling success.

Living & Co Salad Servers gold finish, $7

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Living & Co Succulent Ceramic Innu Aztec, $6

Living & Co Acacia Paddle Board Cheese Knife set, $19

Living & Co Outdoor Lantern large, $25

Living & Co Succulent Ceramic Innu Aztec. The colour green brings a lush, vibrant element to the table – artificial stems, dark foliage and quirky, characterfilled succulents all work to brighten up your table. Even better, they’ll last for the duration of the season! Living & Co Salad Servers. Subtle gold accents will add a touch of luxe to your entertaining space without overpowering the overall vibe. Go for small yet punchy pops of gold with serveware and tableware such as salad servers or napkin rings.

Living & Co Ceramic Serve Bowl on stand, $16


10 Christmas styling hacks

Holiday decorating needn’t be a chore. Here are our top tips for bringing fuss-free festive cheer to your living spaces Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

1 A TREE OR THREE A decorated Christmas tree is the starting point for most festive schemes – and some families like to go for more than one. A mini tree or two can be a lovely way to introduce a Christmassy feel into the home. Mini trees cost as little as $5 and can live in a family room, on a hall table, on the kitchen bench or wherever you have the space. You could also add one to a playroom or child’s bedroom and the kids could choose a few special decorations for it or make their own.

2 CANDLES & DIFFUSERS For an easy dining-table centrepiece, create an arrangement of candles down the middle of your table. Mix things up by including different sizes and heights. For an aromatic option, introduce an oil diffuser with a festive scent, such as pine, cookie dough or cinnamon spice. This is a simple way to add a subtle touch of Christmas.

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When decorating your tree, mix up the size and shape of ornaments for interest


Interior designer/stylist

Van ornament, $6.99, from Adairs.

Muskhane France felt star, $24, from Tea Pea.

Reindeer doorstop, $55, from Tea Pea.

Christmas Morning candle, $29.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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5 TOWELS & LINENS Christmas doesn’t usually make its way into the bathroom, but there is fun to be had with festive towels. We love these “naughty” and “nice” hand towels from Kmart. Christmas tea towels in the kitchen can also add a merry touch. Get the kids even more excited about Santa’s visit by adding a cute pillowcase or even a duvet cover to their bedroom. Along with a simple garland, this will create a real air of anticipation.

4 STEP IT UP A ladder rack is a great way to display greeting cards. After Christmas, it can be used to hang magazines and kids’ books in a living space or towels in the bathroom.

3 LIGHTBULB MOMENTS Festive lights are a growing trend in New Zealand, from simple strings to full-on Christmas displays. Why not start the movement on your street and take your decorating outside?

Mesh lights, $18.99, from Adairs.

Pom pom garlands, garlands $19.99 $19 99 each, from EziBuy.

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6 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN Advent calendars are a super-fun way to count down the days to Christmas. But if you want to avoid dreaming up 24 gifts (or dealing with all that chocolate in the morning), consider creating a countdown using a simple lightbox that can be found in most stationery stores. Change the days with the letters and numbers provided or get creative with a whiteboard marker.

Reindeers, from $18, from Adairs.

Under the Mistletoe candle, $29.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond.

7 GRAND ENTRANCE Faux or freshly made, wreaths are a favourite front-door decoration for many. For something different, try adding a giant bow to your entryway instead. Make one yourself or ďŹ nd a nice bright option in a festive shop.

Berry wreath, $159, from Freedom.

Berry cushion cover, $12.99, from H&M Home.

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STYLE WORKSHOP Pashom Nepal bunting, $96, from Tea Pea.

8 SOFT TOUCHES Cushions are one of the most cost-effective ways to refresh a space. Why not add a holiday-themed one to your favourite chair or sofa?

Quilted stocking, $34.90, from Country Road.

Cushion cover, $7.99, from H&M Home.

Bouclair doormat, $24.99, from Spotlight.

Christmas duvet cover set, $29.99 single, from H&M Home.

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9 S TA R S & GA R L A N D S A garland is another quick way to make your home feel more festive. Kids’ rooms, entranceways and dining rooms are all perfect places to hang one. If the budget is tight, hang a group of paper or card stars on a wall or doorway for a touch of fun.

10 S A N TA’ S C O M I N G A Christmas stocking is a must in preparing for St Nick’s arrival, but a festive doormat can help to show Santa the way inside. A strategically placed reindeer won’t go amiss either. This could be a good spot to leave treats for the hardworking critters. •

Hanging advent calendar, $12, from The Warehouse.

Pashom Nepal felt Christmas tree, $37, from Tea Pea.

Page 126: Endless Line framed print, from $49, from Simply Creative. Christmas cookie candle, $7, from Kmart. Page 127: Grey paper ornaments on tree, $11.99 each, from Shut The Front Door. Page 128: Naughty and Nice hand towels, $4 for 2, from Kmart. Stars pillowcase set, $39.90, from Wallace Cotton. Santa Stop Here pillowcase, $4, from Kmart. Pom pom garland, $19.99, from EziBuy. Merry Christmas greeting card, $8.50, from Father Rabbit. Dear Santa and mulled wine greeting cards, $8.99 each, from Shut The Front Door. Page 129: Gingerbread Cookie candle, $29.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Black house LED light, $34.90, red house LED light, $22.90, from Citta. Santa sack, $39, from Henry and Co. Page 130: Cushion, $8, from Kmart. Jewel candle, $27.99, from Shut The Front Door. Doormat, $29.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Bunting, $2, from Kmart. Page 131: Mini illuminated twig tree, $24.90, black bear and polar bear ornaments, $11.90 each, pom pom ornaments, $2.90 each, zebra, hippo, penguin, star and tree ornaments, $8.90 each, from Citta. White geometric reindeer, $7, hanging advent calendar, $12, from Kmart. Tea towel, $19.90 for 2, from Wallace Cotton. All other items stylist’s own.

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A crafted Christmas Alex says goodbye to one set of Christmas traditions (and decorations) and looks forward to inventing some new ones with the help of a clever local ceramicist Styling by Alex Walls. Photography by Bayly & Moore.

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or me, Christmas is going to be a bit different this year – the family home I grew up in was recently sold and our annual family dinner is up for a rethink. It’s sad to see this tradition come to an end but, on the bright side, it means our family has an opportunity to start afresh and create a new way of doing Christmas. I can’t say I’m sad to say goodbye to Mum’s favourite purple decorations! Instead, a lighter, brighter palette of gold, yellow and fresh green will adorn this year’s table. I’m also steering away from the customary huge Christmas tree and instead bringing in some festive wall hangings, such as these two lovely gold paper wreaths entwined with a faux olive branch. We’re not abandoning tradition altogether, though – we’ll still be enjoying all our favourite Christmas food but this time served in bowls handmade by our friend Yon from Claybird Ceramics. We’ve also collaborated with Yon on some special tree ornaments, which add a beautiful, handmade touch to our festive table. Finally, as a nice personal touch, I’ll be placing a beautifully wrapped gift of chocolates on each table setting. Who said presentopening can’t last the whole day? Wall painted in Dulux ‘Waiau Bay’. Gold paper wreaths, $49.99 each. Faux olive stem, $9.99. Vaasa oak dining table, from $1699.99. Vaasa oak bench seat, from $659.99. Leather dining chairs, $499.99 each. Outdoor rug, $699.99. Mini Christmas tree, $49.99. Terracotta pot, $19.99. A&C x Claybird Ceramics Christmas ornaments, $12.99 each. Placemats, $16.99 each. Serveware by Claybird Ceramics, from $24.99. Serving dish (with roast), $79.99. Large bowl, $69.99. Brass salad servers, $49.99. Stainless-steel cutlery set, $389.99. Olive napkin, $39.99 set of 4. Pale napkin (on chair), $16.99. Linen tablecloth, $89.99. Cedar garland (on table), $159.99. Elm platter board, $74.99. Red wine glasses, $34.99 each. Leather coasters, $36.99 set of 6. Battery-run candle set, $59.99. All from A&C Homestore.

DULUX ‘Waiau Bay’

DULUX ‘Mt Stevens’

DULUX ‘Waihi’

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INTO THE WILD Very Kiwi and just a little bit glam, you can create the ultimate festive camping experience using elements from nature Styling by Melle van Sambeek. Photography by Helen Bankers.


here’s nothing more Kiwi than a campsite Christmas where the living is easy. Take the stress out of the holiday season by heading to your favourite campsite or glamping location, then sit back and enjoy the incredible views. We set up camp at Wainamu Luxury Tents in West Auckland, and added some festive cheer and foraged foliage to the luxuriously furnished tents. Keep your decorating fuss-free and simple so you can enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. When the sun goes down, spend your evenings toasting marshmallows around the campfire before nodding off under the stars. Pure bliss.

FORCE OF HABITAT Just because you’re in the great outdoors, you don’t have to let your decor standards drop. Choose a colour theme that’s in keeping with your surroundings for a little bit of campground style. We took our cue from the rolling green hills and trees, opting for a muted palette of neutrals with hints of soft pink and green. With the decor settled, it’s time to create what every campsite needs: a fun zone for festive drinks and board games. We decorated ours with a rug from Mitre 10 and an ottoman from The Linen Store. The stool, stemless wine glasses and marble drinks tray are all from Citta.

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Decorate your sleeping space with a couple of pretty vases ďŹ lled with foraged foliage

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BRANCH OUT Have fun making your own Christmas tree – the more rustic and makeshift the better. We cut some long flower stems from nearby flax bushes and tied them into a tree shape with string, as seen above right. Little stars handcrafted from twigs and string finished the look, along with a few other decorations we had to hand. The pretty presents are wrapped in white and pale pink paper and tied with white string. The gift tags are made from foraged leaves and flowers with the names of each recipient inscribed in gold marker. The collection of pine cones have simply been spray-painted white for a Christmassy feel.

BEDROOM BOOST Even when camping, you can add some glam to your space. Our luxury campsite included a bed and bedside tables, but even if you’re on a blow-up mattress, there is no reason why you can’t decorate your sleeping area with a couple of pretty vases filled with foraged foliage (don’t fill them with water, though; just replace the greenery every day or so). Our printed pillowcases are by The Fabric Queen, the throw and cushions are from The Linen Store and the star on the chest is from Bed Bath N’ Table.

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Finding the way from the campfire to your tent is easy – and magical – if you illuminate the path with a tealight walkway

A STAR IS BORN We made a star for the top of our tent and you can, too. Buy a sheet of MDF from your hardware store, draw a star shape and cut it out with a jigsaw. If you’re lucky, your friendly hardware store staff may be kind enough to do this for you.

FLORAL & HARDY When it comes to making a wreath, take inspiration from what’s around you. We made a quick and easy toetoe wreath by wrapping the fluffy foliage around a wire circle. You could use any foliage that will easily bend into shape.

FINISHING TOUCHES You won’t miss the twinkling fairy lights on your Christmas tree at home if you hang jars with tealights inside them from nearby branches. The addition of handmade macramé bunting will take your decorations up a notch or two – but remember to keep to your colour palette. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials if you fancy making some yourself. Stylist Melle van Sambeek of Sailor and Scout made ours (you can see more of her decorating ideas at @sailor_and_scout_home).

WALK THIS WAY Finding the way from the campfire to your tent is easy if you illuminate the path with a tealight walkway. Simply fill brown paper bags with a little sand and a tealight candle each, then wait for sundown to experience the magical effect (don’t leave them unattended, though; and use battery-powered tealights if kids are around). •

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Projects Make this a DIY Christmas with cute and quick crafts plus clever gift-wrapping ideas

A Christmas cuppa

Photography by Wendy Fenwick. Geo cofee mug, $6 for 4, chocolate eclairs, $3 a packet, from Kmart.

Gifting vouchers is easy and practical but can also be a little on the safe side. With a little creativity, it’s easy to make your vouchers look and feel a bit special. Here we’ve popped a gift token inside a nice mug, added some chocolates, and tied a little jingle bell on the handle. For more great voucher-wrapping ideas, turn to page 144.

Happy feet: make this cute advent calendar Page 142 Extra credit: 7 stylish ways to wrap a gift voucher Page 144 Fabric 4 ways: take your Christmas from ho-hum to ho-ho-ho! Page 148

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Happy feet

If you’re looking for a fun and easy activity to get you and the kids in a festive mood, this cute and quirky advent calendar starts with a simple pair of socks Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

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STEP BY STEP You’ll need: 12 pairs of socks in a colour scheme of your choice (pick ones the family can wear afterwards); embellishments to decorate them with (eg small Christmas decorations, gift tags, paper rosettes, tassels, bells, buttons, pom poms, wool, tinsel); a hot glue gun or needle and thread; small gifts to place in socks; 2 x 1.5m twine, sturdy cord or thick ribbon; 4 push pins or small nails; 24 mini pegs or clips. + Decorate each sock with 1-2 embellishments and secure them with hot glue or a few stitches. If you like, you could also add a number – cut from felt or card – from 1-24. + Place small gifts inside each sock. You could use tiny Christmas decorations, small wrapped chocolates, a nice pencil or eraser, or a small figurine. You could even write a funny joke on some card, or type up some holiday challenges such as ‘make gingerbread men’, ‘decorate the tree’ or ‘sweep the driveway for Santa’. + To hang the socks, attach your twine, cord or ribbon to the wall with a push pin or a small nail at either end. Leave a little slack so your socks will hang nicely, but not too much. + Clip all the socks onto the ribbon with mini clips or pegs and let the kids open one each day in December as they count down to Christmas.

Rubi Dot the Spot socks and Glinda rib sparkle socks, $6.95 a pair, from Cotton On. Craft Wise Rose Blush stickers, tags, rosettes and paper, $3 a packet, from The Warehouse. Wire copper pegs, $3 for 10, from Kmart. Wingback Rosa chair, $1495, from Me & My Trend. Radial side table in walnut, $599, from Citta. Giada pink vessel, $26.95, Morjim copper candle, $12.95, Nova rug, $399, all from Freedom. Ceramic copper reindeer, $21.99, from Spotlight. Wall painted in Resene ‘Rice Cake’. All other items stylist’s own.

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Extra credit One of the certainties of Christmas is that you’ll either give or receive at least one voucher. This year, rather than presenting your loved one with a standard envelope or card, try one of our eight creative ways to wrap and present a gift card. These simple ideas can be used all year round and will make receiving a practical token just that little bit more magical Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

1 TH AT ’S A W R A P With scarves currently trending and some gorgeous versions readily available in shops, give the fashionista in your life a gift voucher wrapped in a beautiful scarf. Find a small box and place your voucher inside. Fold the scarf into a triangle shape and place the box in the middle. Fold the bottom, pointy end up over the box, bring the top side down, then fold the two outer ends towards each together and tie in a knot to secure.

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2 BA N G FO R BU C KS If you like to make your own crackers and are also planning on giving someone a gift voucher, then combine the two by using a DIY cracker kit large enough to fit a voucher inside. Add a few sweets or chocolates as an extra treat and don’t forget a nice loud banger!



SUPER SLURPRISE If the teen in your life loves smoothies, treat them to a fab new smoothie cup (ours was $3 from Kmart) and pop a voucher inside.

4 BAG S O F J OY If you have some basic sewing skills, whip up a few voucher-sized bags. They can be made in minutes and decorated with a mini bell, tag or tassel. Use some leftover fabric or buy a pre-cut square of fabric (called a ‘fat quarter’) from your fabric shop for around $5. You can get three bags out of one fat quarter, so this is a very cost-efective option.


Make your voucher feel more personal by packaging it inside something else your recipient might like. Coffee lover? Pop it inside a mug. Flower fancier? How about a gardening glove?

5 Y E S W E CA N I ST E R ! You can’t beat a stylish canister filled with favourite treats and a gift card for a winning Christmas present. Canisters can be picked up relatively cheaply and are an inexpensive way to dress up a voucher. Simply fill with chocolate, nuts or sweets, pop the voucher in the middle, add the lid and secure with ribbon and a gift tag.

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6 W ILD R ID E Kids will love this cute idea. Take some plastic animals and give them a coat of paint using a testpot. Place a gift voucher in a small box and tie it to the back of the animal using ribbon or twine. This way they’ll have a toy to play with now, as well as a token to spend once the excitement is all over. CREDITS Soho satin scarves, $9.95 each, from Cotton On. DIY bonbon (cracker) kit, $6.99, metallic cotton fat quarter, $5.99, Cristina Re gold perforated envelope wallets, $17.99 a packet, all from Spotlight. Tassel decorations, $3 for 4, from The Warehouse. Glitter straw cup, $3, gold glass canister, $4, from Kmart. Animals, $8 a packet, gold bells, $2 a packet, from Look Sharp. Background is Capiz table runner, $59.95, from Freedom. All other items stylist’s own. •

7 EPIC ENVELOPES If you are posting a voucher and need to keep the weight and size down, look out for some envelope options that can be dressed up and easily popped into a postage bag. Here we simply placed the voucher in a gold cardboard envelope and sealed the flap with a cute pom pom and gift tag.

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Fabric 4 ways A simple length of velvet-look fabric can be the starting point for an array of Christmas projects. Try your hand at one of these easy yet luxe-looking decorations Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

Galena fabric in mustard, $13.99 a metre, from Spotlight. Beautiful Element print, $49, from Simply Creative. Picture frame, $12, from Kmart. Jewel Noir candle, $29.99, from The Aromatherapy Co. Tealight, $7.99, from H&M Home. Meritt tall vase, $31.95, from Freedom. Marble hook, $39.99, from Shut The Front Door. Wall painted in Resene ‘Surrender’. Star decoration stylist’s own.

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SANTA STOCKING This simple project can be whipped up with a sewing machine in around 30 minutes and will set you back about $15. A nice velvetlook fabric will give your Christmas stocking a luxurious yet festive feel. YOU’LL NEED: 50cm velvet-look fabric, tailor’s chalk, scissors, sewing machine and thread, ribbon for hanging and a decoration if desired. TO MAKE: Use an old Christmas stocking as a template or print one out from Pinterest. Place stocking or template on the fabric, draw around it with chalk (ours was about 45cm x 27cm; you can adjust the size to suit your requirements) and cut out. Turn template over, draw around it again and cut out. Pin the 2 pieces on top of each other, right sides together. Sew around the stocking, 5mm in from the edge, leaving the top open. Sew a loop of ribbon at the top corner for hanging and turn stocking right side out. Add a decoration if you wish – we attached a plastic star with craft glue but pom poms, fringing or bells would also work well.

CRACKER Give your Christmas crackers a chic update with a velvet and ribbon makeover. This no-sew project is a quick and easy way to take your table setting to the next level. YOU’LL NEED: A DIY cracker kit, a small gift, a 37cm x 21cm piece of velvet-look fabric, double-sided tape, 2 x 25cm ribbons. TO MAKE: Assemble a cracker using a DIY kit (ours was from Spotlight) and place your gift inside. Wrap the fabric around the cracker and secure with double-sided tape. Tie a ribbon around each end to finish.

Grey linen (for tablecloth), $21.99 a metre, from Spotlight. Plate and bowl, $2 each, 16-piece black cutlery set, $19, marble inlay coasters, $6 each, starburst decoration (on marble stand), $6, all from Kmart. Grey wine glass, $12.99, tealight, $7.99, both from H&M Home. Other items stylist’s own.

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TRIANGULAR TREE CUSHION This stylish ‘tree’ cushion looks great on a sofa or bed or under the tree. Festive yet subtle, the cushion takes just 30 minutes to whip up and would be perfect in a minimalist decor scheme.

YOU’LL NEED: Tailor’s chalk, 50cm velvet-look fabric, scissors, sewing machine and thread, stuffing, needle and a star decoration. TO MAKE: Using chalk, mark out 2 triangles on the fabric – ours were 42cm on all sides. Cut out, place right sides together and sew along 2 sides, 5mm in from edge. For final side, start from each corner and sew about a third of the way along, leaving a gap in the middle (for stuffing). Turn cushion right way out and stuff to your liking. Hand-stitch the gap closed. Add a star decoration to the top (we glued ours on with craft glue).

Vesey marble and brass table lamp, $79.95, Noho marble table, $299, both from Freedom. Picture frame, $8, from Kmart. Downloadable Picasso dog print, $10.62, from Etsy. Home Republic king single linen duvet cover, $239.99, silver bamboo pillowcase, $69.99 a pair, Home Republic black stripe euro pillowcase, $32.99, and single fitted sheet, $69.99, all from Adairs. Glass tumbler, $5.99, from Shut The Front Door. Dog ornament and star decoration stylist’s own.

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Add a warm shimmer to Christmas decor with a sumptuous, velvet-look tablecloth or a cute minimalist cushion ‘tree’

TABLECLOTH Add a delicious shimmer to Christmas lunch with a sumptuous, velvet-look tablecloth. You can leave it unhemmed if you prefer the rustic look, or use your sewing machine to create a neat and tidy finish. TO MAKE: Measure the width and length of your table, then add about 30cm to each. Cut out your velvet-look fabric to these measurements and hem the edges or leave as they are. • Irving carver chair, $249, Meritt tall vase, $29.95, both from Freedom. Large gold picture frame, $12, matte black dinner plates, $2 each, 16-piece black cutlery set, $19, all from Kmart. Grey wine glass, $12.99, from H&M Home. Smith & Co candle, $29.99, from The Aromatherapy Co.

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7 pavs of CHRISTMAS The arrival of a mighty pavlova is always a festive highlight. These extra-special creations – including a fabulous frozen version – will give your celebration a truly grand finale

Frozen spiced chocolate pavlova

Recipes and food styling by Emma Knowles. Photography by Ben Dearnley. Styling by Lynsey Fryers.

PAG E 1 5 7

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Coconutcaramel pavlova PAG E 1 5 7

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BERRY & PISTACHIO STACKED PAVLOVA SERVES 4-6 This three-tiered berry and pistachio pavlova is a real showstopper. The meringue and raspberry ripple cream can be prepared a day ahead, then simply assemble the dessert at the last minute and serve without delay.

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RASPBERRY RIPPLE CREAM 125g (about 1 punnet) raspberries 2 Tbsp icing sugar 600ml cream 300g (1¼ cups) crème fraîche 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped


1 Preheat oven to 150°C. Trace a 16cmdiameter circle on each of 3 pieces of baking paper. Place each paper, pencil-side down, on lightly oiled baking trays.

225g (about 6) egg whites ¾ cup caster sugar ¾ cup raw caster sugar 1¼ tsp white vinegar 1¼ tsp cornflour 20g shelled pistachios, chopped finely, plus extra, chopped coarsely, to serve Raspberries, sliced strawberries and edible flowers (optional), to serve

2 In an electric mixer, or using electric beaters, whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With beaters running, gradually add sugars and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in vinegar, then fold in cornflour and pistachios. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle and pipe evenly

within circle templates to create 3 discs of meringue. Place in oven, reduce to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1¼-1½ hours). Turn off heat and leave in oven with door closed for at least 6 hours or overnight. Meringues will keep in an airtight container for 1 day. 3 For raspberry ripple cream, crush raspberries and mix with icing sugar in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk cream, crème fraîche and vanilla seeds to firm peaks. Fold in the raspberry mixture to form ripples. 4 To assemble, place a meringue disc on a flat serving plate and spread with a third of the raspberry ripple cream. Repeat layers twice more, finishing with raspberry ripple cream. Top with berries, flowers (if using) and extra pistachios. Serve immediately.


1 Preheat oven to 150°C. Trace an 18cm circle on 2 pieces of baking paper. Place each paper, pencil-side down, on 2 lightly oiled oven trays.

This double-layer pavlova is the perfect doahead, festive crowd-pleaser. It’s perfumed with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, which marry beautifully with the chocolate semifreddo sandwiched in between. Begin this a day early to freeze the semifreddo.

2 Whisk egg whites and pinch of salt in electric mixer (or use beaters) to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With motor running, slowly add sugar and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in vinegar, then fold in cornflour and spices.

INGREDIENTS 225g (about 6) egg whites 1½ cups raw caster sugar 1½ tsp white vinegar 2 tsp cornflour 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp finely grated nutmeg 300ml thickened cream 150g sour cream Dutch cocoa, chocolate curls or shavings and hazelnut praline, to serve CHOCOLATE SEMIFREDDO 6 egg yolks 70g raw caster sugar 50ml brandy 300ml thickened cream 150g sour cream 200g milk chocolate, melted 200g dark chocolate (around 60 per cent cocoa solids), melted

3 Spread a third of meringue over one circle, smoothing the top. Pile remaining meringue in the other circle, forming peaks and swirls on top. Place in oven, reduce to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1¼-1½ hours). Turn off heat and leave in oven with door closed for at least 6 hours or overnight. 4 For semifreddo, whisk yolks, sugar and brandy in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water until mixture is thick, pale and falls from a lifted whisk in a thick ribbon (6-7 minutes). Whisk in an electric mixer until cooled to room temperature (4-5 minutes). 5 Meanwhile, in a separate bowl whisk creams to soft peaks. Fold both melted chocolates into egg mixture, then fold in the whipped cream. 6 Place flat meringue in a 22cm round cake tin lined with baking paper. Spread semifreddo on top, smooth, then top with larger meringue. Freeze overnight, then cover top of tin and keep frozen (it will keep for 2 weeks). 7 Whisk creams to soft peaks. Run a hot, wet knife around tin and remove pavlova. Place on a plate, top with cream, dust with cocoa and decorate with chocolate and praline, then serve.

INGREDIENTS 150g (about 4) egg whites 190g caster sugar 30g coconut sugar (see note) 1½ tsp white vinegar 50g shredded coconut 1 tsp cornflour 500g coconut yoghurt Thickly sliced banana, coconut flakes, coarsely chopped salted peanuts and lime wedges, to serve COCONUT CARAMEL 150g coconut sugar (see note) 80ml water 1 cup coconut cream Juice ½ lime 1 Preheat oven to 150°C. Trace a 15cm x 30cm rectangle on a piece of baking paper and place, pencil-side down, on a lightly oiled oven tray. 2 Whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With motor running, gradually add both sugars and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in vinegar, then fold in shredded coconut and cornflour. Spread evenly over rectangle template, place in oven, reduce to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1¼-1½ hours). Turn off heat and leave in oven with door closed for at least 6 hours or overnight. The meringue will keep in an airtight container for 2 days. 3 For coconut caramel, stir coconut sugar and water in a pan over medium-high heat to dissolve sugar. Bring to the boil and cook until it has reduced to a thick syrup (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the coconut cream and lime juice. Transfer to a container and chill in the fridge until thick (1-1½ hours). The caramel will keep in a lidded container in the fridge for a week.

COCONUT CARAMEL PAVLOVA SERVES 6 Tropical flavours are at the fore in this gorgeous dessert. We’ve used banana on top, but fresh pineapple or lychees would work well, too. The coconut yoghurt topping makes this a good choice for guests eating dairy free.

4 Top pavlova with coconut yoghurt, banana, artistic drizzles of coconut caramel, coconut flakes and peanuts. Serve immediately with lime wedges for squeezing. NOTE Coconut sugar is available from some supermarkets, health-food shops and organic stores.

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PASSIONFRUIT & MANGO PAVLOVA SERVES 6-8 Mangoes are a deliciously juicy Christmastable treat. Here they crown a lime-scented pavlova piled high with a feather-light passionfruit curd.

INGREDIENTS 150g (about 4) egg whites 1 cup caster sugar 1½ tsp white vinegar 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 1 tsp cornflour Finely grated zest ½ lime, plus extra to serve 300ml thickened cream 250g crème fraîche Thickly sliced mango and passionfruit pulp, to serve

PASSIONFRUIT CURD 150ml passionfruit juice (see note below) Finely grated zest and juice 1 lime 6 egg yolks 110g (½ cup) caster sugar ½ leaf titanium-strength gelatine, softened in cold water for 5 minutes 90g unsalted butter, coarsely chopped, at room temperature

1 Preheat oven to 150°C. Trace a 20cm circle on a piece of baking paper and place, pencil-side down, on a lightly oiled oven tray. 2 Whisk the egg whites and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer (or with electric beaters) to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With the beaters running, gradually add sugar and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in vinegar and vanilla, fold in cornflour and zest, and pile onto the tray within the circle, forming peaks and swirls on top.

225g (about 6) egg whites 1½ cups caster sugar 1½ tsp white vinegar 1 tsp cornflour Finely grated zest 1 lemon, plus extra to serve 300g mascarpone

LEMON CURD 4 egg yolks 50g caster sugar 100ml lemon juice 60g butter, diced

BLACKBERRY SYRUP 3 Place in oven, reduce to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1½-1¾ hours). Turn off heat and leave in oven with door closed for at least 6 hours or overnight. The meringue will keep in an airtight container for 1 day.

100g blackberries, plus 24 extra to serve 100g caster sugar 1½ Tbsp Chambord liqueur Juice 1 lemon 2 Tbsp water

4 For the passionfruit curd, whisk passionfruit juice, lime zest and juice, yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water until thick and pale (10-15 minutes), then remove from heat. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, whisk into passionfruit mixture, then whisk in butter, a little at a time, until incorporated. Refrigerate until chilled and set (3-4 hours). The curd will keep for 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Whisk to loosen slightly just before serving.

1 Preheat oven to 150°C and line 12 largish (125ml) muffin holes with paper cases.

5 Whisk cream and crème fraîche to soft peaks. Spread passionfruit curd over pavlova, top with cream, sliced mango and passionfruit pulp, scatter with extra lime zest and serve. NOTE To extract passionfruit juice, process pulp in a food processor, then strain. About 12 passionfruit will yield 150ml juice.

BLACKBERRY & LEMON MINI PAVLOVAS MAKES 12 (PICTURED on page 161) We love these little beauties baked in paper, but you could place quenelles (elegant scoops shaped with a spoon) of meringue straight onto baking paper instead. A tarter-thanusual lemon curd offsets the sweetness of the pavlova, while juicy blackberries add a burst of summer fragrance.

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2 Whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer (or use electric beaters) to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With beaters running, gradually add sugar and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in vinegar, fold in cornflour and lemon zest, then spoon into cases. 3 Place in oven, reduce to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1¼-1½ hours). Turn off heat and leave in oven, door closed, for 3-4 hours. Meringues will keep in a container for 1 day. 4 For lemon curd, whisk yolks and sugar in a pan, add lemon juice and butter, and stir over medium heat until thick and smooth (3-4 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and chill. The curd will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days. 5 For the blackberry syrup, stir all the ingredients in a small pan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and cook to a light syrup (5-6 minutes). Cool then swirl through mascarpone. 6 Serve mini pavs topped with curd, blackberry mascarpone, extra lemon zest and blackberries.


hickly cut slices of juicy mango crown a lime scented pavlova piled high with a feather-light passionfruit curd

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WATERMELON-ROSE PAVLOVA WREATH SERVES 6-8 This wreath-shaped pavlova ramps up the festivity factor. A topping using drained yoghurt makes a change from the usual cream and cuts through the sweetness of the meringue. Begin a day ahead if you’d like to drain the yoghurt.

1 For yoghurt cream, line a sieve with muslin and place over a bowl. Whisk yoghurt and honey together then transfer to sieve, cover and refrigerate overnight to drain. Just before serving, add cream and whisk to soft peaks. 2 Preheat oven to 150°C. Trace a 23cm circle on a large piece of baking paper and place, pencilside down, on a lightly oiled baking tray.

INGREDIENTS 225g (about 6) egg whites 370g caster sugar 3 tsp rose water, or to taste 1½ tsp white vinegar 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 2 tsp cornflour 2 Tbsp firmly packed mint leaves Watermelon balls, diced Turkish delight and organic rose petals, to serve YOGHURT CREAM 1kg Greek-style yoghurt 80g honey 100ml cream

3 In an electric mixer, or using electric beaters, whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With beaters running, gradually add 330g of the sugar and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in rose water, vinegar and vanilla, then fold in half the cornflour. Place heaped dessertspoons of meringue around the circle template to form a ring. Place in oven, reduce to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1¼-1½ hours). Turn heat off and leave in oven with door closed for at least 6 hours or overnight. (The meringue will keep in an airtight container for 2 days.) 4 Blitz mint, remaining cornflour and remaining sugar in a small food processor to finely chop. 5 To serve, spoon yoghurt cream over pavlova wreath and scatter with watermelon balls, Turkish delight, rose petals and mint sugar.

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Blackberry & lemon mini pavlovas PAG E 1 5 8

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PEACH PAVLOVA TRIFLE SERVES 10-12 Trifles are things of beauty, as are pavlovas, so why not blend the two? Here mini pavs are the crowning glory of a summery peach trifle – another excellent do-ahead dessert.

INGREDIENTS 150g (about 4) egg whites 1 cup caster sugar 1 tsp white vinegar 1 tsp cornflour PEACH JELLY 750ml rosé 2 cups caster sugar Juice 1 orange and 1 lemon 1 litre cold water 6 peaches, bases scored with a cross 6 leaves titanium-strength gelatine, softened in cold water for 5 minutes BRANDY CUSTARD 300ml cream 300ml milk 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped 6 egg yolks 1½ Tbsp plain flour ½ cup caster sugar 50ml brandy, or to taste TO ASSEMBLE 50ml brandy 16 savoiardi biscuits (sponge fingers) 300ml cream Fresh peach wedges and crumbled freeze-dried raspberries, to serve

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1 Preheat oven to 150°C. Line several oven trays with baking paper. 2 In an electric mixer or using electric beaters, whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With the beaters running, gradually add sugar and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in vinegar, then fold in cornflour. Using two 2 dessertspoons, form mixture into rough quenelles (elongated egg shapes) and place on trays. Place in oven, reduce to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1-1¼ hours). Turn off heat and cool in oven with door closed for 3-4 hours. (Meringues will keep in an airtight container for 1 day.)

Squeeze water from gelatine, add to pan and stir to dissolve. Cool, then pour into a 2.5-litre trifle bowl and refrigerate until set (4-5 hours). 5 Meanwhile, for brandy custard, place cream, milk, vanilla bean and seeds in a medium-large saucepan and bring to boil. Whisk yolks, flour and sugar in a large heatproof bowl, strain in cream mixture and whisk to combine. Return to pan and whisk over low heat until thick (4-5 minutes). Whisk in brandy, transfer to a container, cover surface directly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled. (Custard will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.)

3 For the peach jelly, stir rosé, sugar, orange and lemon juice and water in a large pan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Add peaches, bring to a simmer, then weight with a plate to submerge peaches. Reduce heat and simmer until peaches are just tender (10-15 minutes). Allow to cool in the syrup.

6 To assemble, pour 250ml reserved peach syrup into a bowl; mix in brandy. Add savoiardi and leave to absorb liquid (2 minutes). Arrange half the savoiardi in a single layer on peach jelly in trifle bowl. Top with a layer of poached peach (use half), pour custard on top, then top with remaining savoiardi and remaining peaches. Cover and refrigerate until needed (up to 2 days).

4 Strain 1 litre of syrup into a clean pan. Pour remaining syrup into a container. Peel peaches, cut into wedges, add to container and refrigerate. Bring syrup in pan to a simmer.

7 To serve, whisk cream to soft peaks, spread onto trifle and top with mini pavlovas. Arrange wedges of fresh peach on top and scatter with crumbled freeze-dried raspberries. •


Mirror Glaze Cake SERVES 12 PREP TIME 50 mins + freezing 340g packet vanilla cake mix 1 cup strawberry jam 270g NESTLÉ BAKERS CHOICE White Melts Chocolate, plus 360g extra 10 sheets gelatine 3 cups (750ml) cream ²/³ cup (160ml) water ¾ cup caster sugar 200g NESTLÉ HIGHLANDER Sweetened Condensed Milk White and red gel food colouring Mini meringues, raspberries and edible gold shimmer powder, to decorate

1 Prepare butter cake in 20cm round pan according to packet directions. Cool, then split in half. Line a 20cm round springform cake pan and spread with jam. Top with one cake round. Freeze 2 hours. 2 Melt 270g white chocolate. Soften 4 gelatine sheets in cold water for 5 min. Heat ⅔ cup of cream until just boiling, remove from heat. Squeeze excess liquid from gelatine, whisk into cream to dissolve. Whisk in melted white chocolate until smooth, then cool. Whip remaining cream to firm peaks. Fold cream into chocolate mixture. 3 Grease and line the base and sides of a 22cm round springform pan with a smooth sheet of baking paper. Pour in half the mousse. Place frozen cake jam side-down in centre. Cover with remaining mousse then press second cake layer cut side down into mousse. Freeze 3 hours. 4 Soften remaining 6 gelatine sheets in cold water for 5 min. Stir the water, sugar and NESTLÉ Sweetened Condensed Milk over medium heat until just boils, then remove. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, whisk into condensed milk mixture. Add remaining 360g chocolate and set aside for 3 min. Blend with stick blender until smooth. Tint white with food colouring. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a large jug. Pour ½ cup into a smaller jug. Tint larger jug with red food colouring. Tap jug on bench to remove bubbles and cool. Pour ¼ cup of white mix into red. 5 Unmould mousse cake and invert onto a flat bottomed inverted bowl over a large tray. Pour glaze over cake to cover completely and create swirled patterns. Pour over dollops of remaining white glaze. Allow excess to slowly drip of. Trim drips underneath, then lift onto a serving platter. Keep chilled. Decorate with mini meringues, halved raspberries and gold shimmer powder, if desired.

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G E T T H E LO O K PRIMM & PROPER PAGE 66 PAINT Resene ‘Black White’ for trims, ceilings and master bedroom. Dulux ‘Motutapu Island’ in main living room and kitchen. Isla’s room is a custom colour from Resene. Feature walls are whitewashed ply. DINING Table and metal chair from Freedom. Wooden chairs and Persian rug from Trade Me. On table: plates from Renee Boyd Ceramics. Champagne glasses secondhand. Cutlery from Kip & Co. Crown Lynn swan and vase inherited. Black vases, peacock candlesticks, brass Champagne bucket, pink vases, tablecloth, brass dragonflies, all from H&M Home. Brass candlesticks from Two Foxes Styling. Amber glasses and ceramic leaves from Shut The Front Door. Napkins from EziBuy. Framed tea towel from Small Acorns. Floral wall art from IXXI. Paper roller from George & Willy. Hanging light from Lighting Direct. KITCHEN Pendant lights from Neeco Industrial Lighting. Matte black gooseneck sink mixer from Greens Tapware. Dutch ceramic swallow set, first aid box and beehive bowl, all from Trade Me. Other crockery/ceramics from op-shops, Trade Me, George Sand Studio. Chopping board with metal handle from Kmart. Small wooden board an antique French import. Somekind heart light from Federation. Wire egg basket from Father Rabbit. Pepper mill, pink teapot from Stevens. Glass jug from French Country. Bowl secondhand. Black coffee mug from Acme & Co. MAIN BEDROOM Bed from Sealy. Bedside tables from Ben Glass Furniture. Pink planter from Paper Plane. Framed picture from George Sand Studio. Wall hanging from And She Flew. Bedlinen, orange blanket from Wallace Cotton. Floral duvet from Kip & Co. Castle cushions from Small Acorns. ISLA’S BEDROOM ‘I Like Nice Things’ picture from Perch Home. Tiger cub picture from George Sand Studio. Bed from Kiwi Living. Sprinkles duvet cover, donut pillow from Kip & Co. White euro pillowcase from Bed Bath & Beyond. Lowboy from Milly’s childhood. Blue lamp from Collected. LIVING Santa sack and black cushion from Kip & Co. Leather ottoman from Onceit. Pink cushions from H&M Home. Cushion and kilim from Two Foxes Styling. Couch from BoConcept. Drawers secondhand. Bookshelf from Danske Mobler. Sideboard and black and cream rug from Freedom. Pink fluffy throw from Collected. Nikki Apse framed tea towel from Gorgi. Blue/ pink artwork by Milly. Yellow/green painting from George Sand Studio. Hanging light from Lighting Direct. On tree: Paper roses handcrafted. Ceramic decorations from Shut The Front Door. Star garland from Misery Guts.

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EXTERIOR Decking is kwila. Couches and chairs from Freedom. Outdoor dining set from Early Settler.

FULL CIRCLE PAGE 78 PAINT Resene ‘Quarter Black White’ used throughout. Resene ‘Tango’ feature wall in Dusty’s room. COCKTAIL CABINET Cabinet from Design Warehouse. Advent calendar and Seedlip from Father Rabbit. Pink vase and glasses from Kmart. LIVING Tree banner from Pony Rider. Woodsman Flare fireplace from 4Seasons. Star garland from Misery Guts. Rug from Flooring Xtra. Brass vase from Kmart. Sofa inherited and reupholstered. Flag garland from Kmart. Basket from @finders_keepers on Instagram. Artwork by Catrina Lloyd. Cabinets from Ikea. KITCHEN Cabinetry by Spaceworx. Stools a roadside find from a friend. Light from Douglas & Bec. Splashback tiles are white matte mosaic from Tile Warehouse. Tapware from The Kitchen Hub. EXTERIOR Tablecloth from EziBuy. Candles from Kmart. Bowls from Renee Boyd Ceramics. Cutlery from Freedom. Blue glasses from Citta. Candlesticks from Tessuti. Napkins from Hemptech. Nikau garland from Misery Guts. Flag garland from Kmart. White chair a roadside find. BATHROOM Mirror from Joska & Sons. Pendant lights from Mr Ralph. St Michel vanity and Athena bath from Chesters Kumeu. Tapware from The Kitchen Hub. Tiles are white matte mosaic from Tile Warehouse. Towels from Citta. Plant pot and plate from The Warehouse. BEDROOM Artwork by Tanya Blong. DUSTY’S BEDROOM Pillowcase and duvet cover from Pony Rider. Blanket from Wayby Wools. Artwork from Greg Straight. Homemade skateboard art by Dusty. Hooks from Kmart. Pendant light from Mitre 10. Carpet from Carpet Link.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME PAGE 88 PAINT Resene ‘Alabaster’ throughout. PLY Plywood flooring, ceilings and walls are BD grade pine finished with Resene Aquaclear in satin. KITCHEN Flooring is marmoleum in yellow from Carpet Court. Kitchen cabinetry by Cherrywood Joinery, finished with Resene Aquaclear in satin. Concrete benchtop made by local builder Craig Jenkins. Plumbing hardware from Plumbing World. All Smeg appliances from Kitchen Things. Lights from Lighting Direct. Light over bench custom-made by BJ Moss. Bar stools secondhand. Rug under stools from Kmart. DINING Cowhide from a popup shop. Dining table custom-made by Michael Burt using old beehives. Chairs secondhand. Wooden display unit and shell lamp from Retro,

Gisborne. Cornet-shaped plant holders from a garage sale. LIVING Masport woodburner from Tile & Heating Centre, Gisborne. Pottery urn on fire secondhand. Rhino carpet from Carpet Court. Print of man with gun from So Vintage. Cane plant stand from garage sale. Wood and metal stool from retro shop in Opotiki. Dahlia couch from Freedom. Throws on couch are secondhand Woolrest underlays hand-dyed by my friend Julie in Hawke’s Bay. Coffee table free from local electrical supplies store. Yellow armchairs secondhand. Wallpaper is ‘Smile’ 69842505 from Aspiring Walls (available through Resene). AIRBNB STUDIO Bed from Bedpost. Duvet cover from Onceit. Dahlia pillowcases made by friend Robyn McIldowie (Mossi). Crochet blanket from garage sale. Round bedside table secondhand. Bedside drawers from Fenns Furniture. Mats from Classic Sheepskins. Globe lamp from The Warehouse. Mirrored print from garage sale. Raffia lightshade from Freedom.

WORK OF ART PAGE 98 PAINT Resene ‘Quarter White Pointer’ throughout. FLOORING Carpet is Akaroa 750 from Harrisons Carpet. ReadyCork in slate from Flooring Xtra. EXTERIOR Cladding is macrocarpa from Pankhurst Sawmilling. Table and bench seats from Mitre 10. KITCHEN Cabinetry from Bellford Building & Joinery. Tapware from Oakleys Plumbing. Appliances from Smith City. Lights from Lighting Direct. Glass jug and cups (on bench) from Farmers. LIVING Fireplace and wood basket from Mitre 10. Lights from Mr Ralph. Shelving, wire side table and cream leather chair from McKenzie & Willis. Pink sofa from Nood. Arnold Circus stool from Everyday Needs. Wicker chair from Nood. DINING Pendant light from McKenzie & Willis. Table from a shop in Arrowtown that has since closed. Blue dining chairs from Vitrine. Ceramic bowls from Amanda Shanley, Gallery 33 Wanaka. BEDROOM Industrial drawers from Interior Design Online. Bedlinen by YH&G for Farmers. Throw from Moi on George. Bedside table from McKenzie & Willis. Yellow jug from homeware shop in Arrowtown. Bedside pendants from Mr Ralph. BATHROOM Tiles from Tile Direct in Manhattan white. Sink from Oakleys Plumbing. Mirror from McKenzie & Willis. Stool from Moi on George. Basket from Kmart. Medicine cabinet from Denmark. OSCAR’S BEDROOM Vintage lights. Bedding from McKenzie & Willis. Yellow cushion from Moi on George. Shelves from a homeware store now closed. Bedside light from Lighting Direct. Yellow chair from Nood. Wooden table from Oamaru homeware shop.



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FOUR WAYS W I T H … TINS EL Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.



NAPKIN RINGS Save a few pennies with tinsel napkin rings. Cut a length of tinsel (about 25cm long) and wrap around a folded napkin. Tuck the ends in at the back.

WREATH Add some sparkle to your front door or living area with a tinsel wreath. You will need a 350mm foam ring (ours was from Spotlight), 3 x 2m lengths of thick tinsel, clear packing tape and some cord, twine or ribbon. Attach one end of some tinsel to the back of the foam ring with clear tape. Wind tinsel closely around ring so none of the ring shows through; secure end with clear tape. Repeat with other pieces of tinsel until ring is covered. Tie cord, twine or ribbon around the wreath and hang on a wall or door. 3


GIFT TOPPERS If you’re looking for a change from using ribbon on your presents, try these easy tinsel toppers. If you have fine tinsel, cut a short piece, tie some cord around the middle and smooth the strands lengthways on either side (like a middle parting) for a ‘bow’ effect. With thicker tinsel, cut a small piece (size depends on size of present), tuck the ends under to make a loop, and attach to your gift with double-sided tape.


1 Kingdom candle, $47.90, from Good Thing. Series matte black dinner plate, $12.95, from Freedom. Rose gold 16-piece cutlery set, $19, from Kmart. Tinsel, $2 a strand, from Look Sharp. 2 Walnut wishbone chair, $329, from Me & My Trend. 3 Vela large hurricane lamp, $89.90, from Country Road. Ventura low sideboard in walnut, $1995, from Me & My Trend. 4 Plastic baubles, $5.99 for 6, from Spotlight. Wall and surface painted in Resene ‘Gumboot’. All other items stylist’s own.

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Looking for a super-quick and easy tree decoration? We found these reusable baubles at Spotlight – you can fill them with anything from sweets and toys to small decorative items or, in this case, tinsel. Simply cut 5cm pieces of thin tinsel, place them in the baubles and add some matching string for hanging.

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