Behind the scenes of our October/November issue with editor Alice Lines

Okay, I have to confess — I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to spring! It’s so clichéd, but all the optimism of new life budding forth outside my window just gets me every year. We tried our best to steer clear of the tropes when we were putting together this October/November issue, because we’re predominately champions of creating a home for all seasons, as opposed to chasing trends. However, some of that spring cheer has made its way onto the following pages despite ourselves.
Don’t get me started on the delightfully delicate beaded florals by Hollie Ryan of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland’s Hark Handmade, and other stories in this issue convey a literal and figurative lightness too. Frances Shoemack of natural fragrance brand Abel Odor is enjoying the sunny vibes at her new Abel Fabriek factory/lab/office/community hub in Pōneke/Wellington, where we visited her to talk scents. Sculptor Simon Lewis Wards’ light is shining ever brighter as he explores new forms for his captivating glass art at his studio in the Waitākere Ranges, and the clever curator of our cover home, Jodi Newnham of Tāmaki Makaurau-based Mid Century Swag, has manifested many magical interior moments at her place, through the design and fit-out of a family dwelling in which the light hits right and the décor is her own brand of chic.
There’s more where these stories came from, so all this is to say that inspiration is abundant, and we hope our latest issue provides you with maximum motivation to nurture a home you’ll love forever, while enjoying the frivolity of seasonal finds as well. I’m currently finding joy in a fleeting ritual: picking up the petals falling from a vase filled with blossomy branches that I plucked from a tree along our driveway. For me, it’s just another happy aspect of the spring mood boost they bring.

Editor Alice Lines

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