Inside MiNDFOOD DÉCOR Summer 2018

MiNDFOOD DÉCOR Summer 2018 is on sale this Monday. The new 192-page issue has everything you need to know about seasonal trends and luxurious summer living.

Keep your home stylish with light, bright and modern furnishings that encapsulate a carefree LA spirit. Playful peppermint, inky blue and copper blush are the palette of the season, and our product picks will help you redecorate whether it’s wallpaper, tableware or furniture you’re looking for.

Showcasing the best of New Zealand’s creative talent, we meet 13 makers reinventing the design world. Get inspired by stunning houses around the globe, from Moscow and Copenhagen, to Charleston and Muriwai, and step inside local fashion designer Caroline Sills’ dream Waiheke home

Plus, learn about the new museum in Morrocco dedicated entirely to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and discover the latest in kitchen, decor, and textile news with our seasonal report

MiNDFOOD DÉCOR Summer 2018 is on sale Monday 27.

Turn your home into a jungle

The bigger our cities get, the more difficult it can become to stay in touch with nature. But you don’t have to have a national park on your doorstep as there’s something magical about filling a room with greenery; and we’re not just talking about their capacity to purify the air. Just find an area in your home with a smattering of natural light and let your imagination (and the greenery) go wild with some simple ideas.

And you don’t need much space. Construct a cool, contemporary wall in an instant using cheap and cheerful pegboard. Leave your living installation on show in a hallway, bathroom or living room, or give yourself something green and tranquil to look at while sitting at your desk in your home office. Air plants are especially suited to this kind of display.

You can also decorate with an array of pots and objects that you make yourself. Wrap hardcover books in coloured paper and place these on racks to create shelves for displaying small vessels filled with plants, pebbles and other organic ephemera. Conjure up the charming atmosphere of a Victorian botanist’s study by displaying greenery in an antique cabinet, vintage shop fitting or other quirky storage unit. For maximum whimsy and nostalgic appeal, apothecary bottles and glass lab beakers make ideal containers. Scour markets for old gardening accessories to include in your collection.


Decorative foliage is often better  suited and more adaptable to indoor environments than flowers. Select plants with various shapes, textures, colours and patterns for graphic effect. Group plants the way you would other objects and display them in a living vignette on a tabletop or shelf. Some suggestions:
• Climbing: Philodendron scandens

• Hanging: vanda or cattleya orchids

• Table: staghorn fern, African violet, scandens stem

• Leafy: Blechnum nudum (fishbone fern), Monstera deliciosa


• All plants have general needs but it’s worth checking requirements for the optimal conditions for different species.

• Ask your local nursery for a nutrient feed that’ll keep plants healthy.

• Ensure all pots have proper drainage. A lump of charcoal will keep water sweet and plants happy.

• Potted plants benefit from a mix of indoor and outdoor living. Allow plants that look like they’re past their prime to recover outdoors before moving them back inside.

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