new zealand interior style
The multi talented (Stylist, Shop Curator, Facebook extraordinaire, Writer, Mitre Ten Dream Home Judge, Mother and Pilot) LeeAnn Yare has bought together 24 of the boldest and brightest homes from around New Zealand with photographs by the Lovely Larnie Nicolson all in one special book. What I love about the book almost as much as all the unabashed use of colour, is the fact that all the homes are from The Land of The Long White Cloud. This can only be a good thing. We have plenty of fabulous books that celebrate New Zealand architecture, and what that looks like to us, but there are very few (if any) interiors books. With a wonderful range of houses covered, from beautiful villas, west coast beach homes, urban homes and new builds. There is literally something for everyone with the common thread being homes that have been dealt with both cleverly and bravely. Some of the homes err on the side of minimalism with a fuss free feel, but many (like my own home and that of Alex Fulton’s) have had the colour and personality pumped up a bit! There are a ream of clever ideas that accompany each home, with the owners explaining how they achieved their look, with extra tips and tricks added to educate the reader. We also get to look into LeeAnn’s house as well with her mass of great design and styling ideas.
My favourite houses are those of the wonderful Alex Fulton (of Alex Fulton Design) who has an amazing head for pattern and colour – and who decorates entirely for herself and her family which I greatly admire. Melissa Bowman’s (Owner of children’s furniture store Meluka) home is an amazing combination of elegance and quirk with her shots of deep green velvet in her clever living area and downstairs “colour on steroids” bedrooms that belong to her children. I know her home, and she has managed to use every piece of available space cleverly and made the home feel deceptively large. Amanda Holland’s (owner of Small Acorns in Wellington) home I envy because of all the beautiful Designers Guild fabrics and wallpapers she has used – check out her flowered bathroom! But I actually love something about each and every house – I think that is a huge part of the book’s charm.
I am very honoured to have my previous home included in the book, and it is wonderful to look through all the pictures even though we have left that home nearly two years ago. I love seeing all the pieces of furniture that we still own in that setting, knowing I still have them but they just occupy a different space in our new home. Larnie has done such a lovely job bringing the homes to life, everything looks so vibrant and gorgeous! And let me just say that this is a substantial book – it is a beautiful hardcover, coffee table book that you will want to leave permanently ON the coffee table…
I have one copy of this fabulous book to giveaway, so if you want to comment below, or comment/like my Facebook post then I will draw a winner at the end of the week.
New Zealand Interior Style by LeeAnn Yare with photography by Larnie Nicolson is published by Penguin, it retails for $65 and is available now. I know that Collected by LeeAnn Yare has plenty of copies though I have been told they are selling fast. Luckily I have all my copies. If you are even vaguely related to me, you are getting this book for Christmas – it seems to me this is the perfect gift that keeps on giving!
All images by Larnie Nicolson