Finding your interior style means striking that tricky balance between holding on to favourite objects and incorporating up-to-the-moment pieces that reflect the way you’re living now. Not many of us could justify a complete reinvention every year – and would we want to? No – keeping your style up to date is simply about selecting some key new items (whether a focal piece such as a sofa, an assortment of cushions, or an ‘It’ shade for your walls – see page 48) and adding them to the mix of what you already own.
This gradual evolution lets us continue to delight in the things we’ll never let go. The 1930s oak dining set I inherited from my grandparents may have seen better days, but I love knowing that it’s where many a family gathering has been held. I don’t know if I could part with it – though that doesn’t stop me taking note of covetable new tables and chairs! If you find yourself doing the same, flip to pages 29 and 36, where you’ll find plenty of fresh seating ideas and classics reimagined in our international trends features, for which we’ve reported on the best from Denfair across the ditch and the Northern Hemisphere shows.
One trend that isn’t going anywhere is our growing desire to be surrounded by greenery. This issue we indulge our penchant for plant life in ‘Three Ways With’ on page 42, and with stories on artist Paris Kirby (page 62), flower shop Here Among the Wild (page 130) and Jasmin Scott of Jasmin Sparrow Jewellery (page 56). We were green with envy when we left Jasmin’s home, every room of which is either filled with exotic plants or has a view of her tree- and bird-filled garden.
We’ve also totally fallen for the A-frame loft on page 82. When Tauranga-based owner Sammy-Rose Scapens bought it a year ago, it was in need of a complete refurbishment, and her search for a builder led to the happiest of outcomes: Oliver Starr not only collaborated with her on reshaping the house, but also became her beau. A transformational outcome on every level.
In the case of Kate Oppenhuis and her 1930s Wellington villa, the renovation transformation took not one year but 12. Turn to page 94 to see the impeccable result: a home that has evolved to fit its family, with every corner lovingly updated and furnished with treasured finds in a beautifully unique blend of old and new.
Lisa Morton, Acting Editor