Behind the scenes of our June/July issue with editor Alice Lines

Hello, winter. For some, it’s a time to hibernate; for others, it’s when ideas begin to percolate.So many of my recent décor-related a-ha moments have come via conversations in my own head, so it felt fantastic to actually sit down with interior creative/artist/fellow Virgo Alex Fulton in person and hear how she’s been putting her unique stamp on her renovated Ōtautahi/Christchurch home. Alex and
I don’t necessarily share an aesthetic, but the approach she takes when designing spaces that sing speaks to me. My main takeaway from our chat about how she tackled the ‘from the ground up’ overhaul
of her family abode? That personality-filled spaces are made when you follow your creative instinct.
How do you do that exactly? I suggest keeping the creative side of decorating your home simple by laying the groundwork with an established set of ‘rules to live by’ during the design process. In Alex’s case, these included referencing geometry to create pleasing spatial arrangements and sticking to a clearly defined colour palette. Within the structure she put in place to inform her project, she found the freedom to explore myriad possibilities for how she could tailor her home to suit her family’s lifestyle. For more of Alex’s insights into successfully navigating her way through a standout revamp, flip to page 62.
Trusting your gut like Alex and I have learned to do is a skill anyone can develop. Knowing what you really like can be half the battle, so perhaps that’s why many people default to the safety of what’s been done before. I can assure you, though, that good things come from formulating ideas, getting some advice, taking your time to add personal touches to spaces piece by piece and never considering colour off limits. 

Editor Alice Lines

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