With Studio Home ticking over into her 9th year I have once again examined what both you and I want from this site. The internet, in its wild fluidity, is such an exciting place to experiment, reinvent and quite simply, make your own rules. Given that this is a blog, freely accessed by you at any time of your day at no cost, I feel unrestricted and flexible when making changes to present you guys. You’ve been along for the ride for a while now!
Ultimately it’s important to me that I continue to offer you relevant and RICH local introductions from the clever, creative people that live down our end of the world.
I just think we need to go a bit deeper….and be a little looser.
Philosophising aside…the changes I hope to present to you are both inspired by the activity happening around me in the design and art industry AND where my personal interests lie in reflection of what my life is looking like now (9 years down the track!)
CONTRIBUTED STORIES + DEEPER POSTS
I want to offer you more than “Hey guys! This week you can buy this! …or this!… perhaps this?” and instead put the power back into the hands of the brands and people I share with you in an effort to reveal more about what makes them tick. In a time where we are constantly pounded with “pretty pictures”, I feel I can offer my subjects AND you the chance to dig a little deeper and learn about the humans behind the products/art/projects/stores and stories presented.
Because, to me, the people are as interesting as the end product…
So posts will now come to you in a mix.
There will still be the normal, familiar quickfire introductions stirred in with more Q+A with those I feature. These posts will then be joined by totally NEW voices! I have already begun inviting photographers, film makers, story tellers, adventurers, experts/knowledge collectors and even brands and businesses themselves to compile, shoot, write and share their OWN stories via the Studio Home blog.
I’m really excited about this as I feel these people belong to a part of the creative world in NZ/AUS that I haven’t really given much airtime over the years….yet they are the ones I enjoy and follow more closely than anyone else!
You might expect to see studio tours, home tours, “how-to’s”, travel stories, personal creative projects, behind the scenes of brands, opinions and advice among whatever great, self generated content comes our way.
Ultimately I want to offer a platform that will shine a light on the stories being told AND those telling them.
Work will still be submitted and considered on its merits and relevance to you, the Studio Home audience, but if what is mentioned above pricks an idea or even reminds you of a project you have already completed check out the process here.
You will see the first of these types of features rolling out later this week.
THE HOME FRONT
2017 also marks some changes in my own circumstances that will allow me to dip back into my own design toolbox. Despite running an interior consultancy in my 20’s, I have moved town every 3 years without fail and have never fully been in a position to put some roots down, making a home of my “own” beyond rearranging art and buying indoor plants!
Now with my feet firmly planted in Christchurch I find myself in a pretty cool position involving family, shared interests, handy skills and a desire to create something great!
My partner T and I have recently moved into a very tidy and charming villa in Linwood, a non-ritzy suburb very central to the transforming city centre. My Mum, on a hunt for a property investment, purchased it late last year and in January we moved in, renting as her tenants. Here we have already been able to start making this place reflect the way we want to live. This has included exploring a hidden passion for gardening, space changes on a modest budget AND the painting of my office PINK! Investing in improvements, despite being renters, is due to our plan to purchase the house from Mum following the completion of our new build project we are taking on starting this month!
Yip! It’s home making central this year!
With our powers combined (T is a bricklayer and has built and sold several other properties) we plan to present an interesting and beautiful alternative to the normal, bland and shiny spec home. Armed with a plan completed by an architect friend, the large family home will be built in Prebbleton with us shortly entering consent stage and completing the project in addition to our daily work commitments.
I am super excited to be back specifying and creating a new house for someone, as yet unknown!
It’s an elaborate plan but to be honest, it feels like a welcome re connect with my love of interiors and undertaking something as a team.
And so I plan to be sharing this all with you!
Some of you will have already joined the nesting plus design/build journey on my new @studiohome_ju instagram account. Here you’ll expect to be party to my ideas, progress, day to day and, no doubt, mistakes along the way via imagery and the stories feed. I’m kind of loving that stories business actually!
I will also be sharing a break down of improvements slowly made at the villa as room by room posts on here but, of course, as real life would have it, these will be irregular and simply bought to you as we have the time and money to do them!
You can follow this specifically on instagram via #thebluehousenz
So that’s really it my friends!
I hope you enjoy the transition to a slightly less structured but majorly more personal format here. Studio Home remains strict in its down under creative focus but excited to be freeing up the content and inspiration coming your way.