New York might be a city of apartment-dwellers, but for a contingent of its population, home is found in the late 19th- and 20th-Century mansions that are peppered through chichi neighbourhoods like the Upper East Side — offering sprawling, opulent floor plans over multiple levels. This is one such property.
Set on a site that was originally two separate homes before being unceremoniously turned into a small apartment building, this Upper East Side townhouse began with a demolition that allowed its new owners to start from scratch. Taking the 32-foot-wide double lot and constructing a 14,000 square-foot, seven-storey home (with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms), the owners commissioned interior design studio Meyer Davis to finesse the details, a task its longtime director Elizabeth Curry took on readily and executed, alongside associate Josh Suckle, with aplomb.
Architecturally, the house is classical with a dignified, imposing presence that invokes the same kind of stately manner its 20th Century original would have presented.
But for the team at Meyer Davis, it seems, reimagining the old world details through a minimalist lens, and throwing a soupçon of whimsy into the mix for good measure, was how this home would be made to feel contemporary while remaining true to its history.
Between the parquet floors, the simple palette and the panelled walls, the designers introduced ultra-modern touches. A circular, sculptural chandelier by Niamh Berry for example, presides over the walnut-panelled library, while elsewhere, neon artworks by Tracey Emin and a tubular glass light feature by Mathieu Lehanneur offer intriguing, contemporary counterpoints.
Here, the designers have made everything about balance — on the one hand, ensuring classical features are honoured, on the other, subverting expectations. The white porcelain Lily of The Valley tendrils that weave along the panelled plaster wall connecting the first and second floors, exemplify the two ideas coming together in harmony.
Embracing the idea of surprise and delight, the team at Meyer Davis has managed to bridge the significant gap between the old world and the avant-garde, creating an ethereal home that is magnificent in scale and courageous in execution.
Power dressing doesn’t always mean padded shoulders and pin stripes, as anyone who has felt the welcome surge of confidence that comes with buttoning up a blazer will attest. The blazer is one of those mood-enhancing wardrobe essentials, which has been promoted in recent seasons on the runway from corporate staple to a welcome addition to any ensemble, no matter what time of day.
For those wishing to tap into the androgynous energy encompassing luxury fashion houses, boxy silhouettes and single button styles offer a tailored cocoon that adds instant impact on top of denim and leggings, while single button cuts balance out the feminine frippery of pleated maxi skirts and printed tea dresses.
There’s also a more seductive silhouette on offer, with blazers nipped at the waist with elongated sleeves playing with hourglass proportions. Worn with a prim blouse, satin camisole or even a statement bra, these blazers mean business.
As a new parent or parent to be, being presented with the number of items a newborn requires — and how swiftly they no longer need them — can be overwhelming.
Catering to the excess that exists in the newborn realm is a savvy new consignment platform, Lullabuy. Dedicated to addressing the ongoing issues that every parent has, whether it’s finding a cost-effective solution to securing decent products that have been lightly used, or what to do with the pram, capsule or crib once the little one has grown out of it.
Lullabuy’s business model not only helps parents either sell or buy goods, but also contributes to problems of excess in the industry, by extending the life-cycle of these pre-loved items. With a goal to provide new families with quality goods that are no longer of use, while also reducing waste — a pertinent factor now more than ever — Lullabuy has created a successful online platform to buy and sell both new and pre-loved premium and high-end baby accessories.
On the first Monday of each month, Lullabuy holds a sale via their Instagram story, showcasing a slick edit of curated baby items. Often comprising such items as unused Gucci baby blankets, the sought after Nuna Leaf, brand new Stokke Tripp Trapp high-chairs, and gently preloved Bugaboo Prams, the sales have been a huge success.
So if you’re on the hunt for high end baby goods at a fraction of the price, or you just need to clear out the garage of your no longer used items, Lullabuy could be the perfect solution.
In a move that will further enhance Martinborough as one of the country’s most desirable wine destinations, leading New Zealand wine company Foley Wines is establishing a multi-million dollar wine and gin destination in the region, with construction to begin later this year.
Set to include a restaurant, private dining room, tasting room, underground barrel hall and gin distillery, The Old Winery will be home to all Foley Wines’ esteemed Martinborough brands: Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard and Lighthouse Gin.
“Martinborough is a region that more and more wine lovers are getting excited about,” says Foley Wines CEO Mark Turnbull. “We’re committed to investing in the high quality brands we have here, both in terms of winemaking and creating a memorable visitor destination.”
The restaurant at The Old Winery will encompass 100 seats, with an additional private dining room and outdoor terrace. An ideal location at which to host a wedding or event, the menu will celebrate the produce of the local region.
While the tasting room will be home to guided tastings, showcasing Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards wines, Lighthouse Gin’s new distillery will also provide guests with something to look at, as they’ll be able to see the distiller at work while they sip on a Lighthouse Gin and tonic.
Designed by award-winning architect Charlie Nott, whose widely-revered projects include Amisfield Winery and Depot Eatery, the multi-faceted development is set to be the perfect place for an immersive experience to remember.
While lockdown 2.0 may have seen you reignite a passion for power walking, become a local takeaway connoisseur or somewhat of an online shopping addict, there certainly haven’t been any opportunities to be pampered on a professional level. Now as Level 2 edges into sight, we can once again look forward to visiting our favourite beauty therapists for a tune-up. Whether stress has your shoulders aching for a massage or your brows are begging to be tamed, these brilliant local beauty spots are here to help once we settle back into Level 2.
Keep in mind these businesses will be adjusting to altered working conditions, so show kindness and patience when securing a booking. Please check with individual businesses for opening hours and terms and conditions of service, such as wearing a mask.
Brows: Drop the tweezers and let the pros work their magic. From shaping and tinting to lamination and microblading, these local brow bars have all your bases covered. See our round-up of the best brow specialists.
Massage: If there’s anything you deserve for making it this far through 2020, it’s a good massage. Trust the best hands in the business to work out all matter of post-lockdown knots and kinks from our list of the top massage therapists in town.
Facials: Put your best face forward with a restorative and relaxing facial. Knowledgeable therapists will be able to spoil your skin far beyond the at-home sheet mask you’ve been stuck with for the past few weeks. See our list of the best local facialists.
You know the one — the hot ticket TV show people can’t stop talking about. It’s both highly-publicised by the media and highly praised by your peers. It’s also been languishing on your watch-list for far too long. You keep meaning to get around to watching it but never quite do… until now. From gritty dramas to iconic comedies, we’ve rounded up the TV shows you simply must see.
Insecure Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, this compelling series follows two best friends as they wade through the various peaks and troughs of balancing personal lives and professional relationships in Los Angeles. Watch on Neon
Fleabag This multi-award-winning comedy/drama, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, follows a young woman living in London who must come to terms with the death of her friend while manoeuvring dysfunctional family dynamics. Watch on Amazon Prime
Euphoria Based on an Israeli series of the same title, this gritty show, starring Zendaya, offers insight into the lives of high school students and their experiences with love, friendship, identity and trauma. Watch on Neon
The Handmaid’s Tale Follow June (Elisabeth Moss), as she adjusts to life as a handmaid in totalitarian society Gilead, where women are property of the state and life as we know it is over. Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the show’s popularity has seen the story carry on for three seasons past the book’s original plot. Watch on Neon
Chernobyl This historical-drama miniseries centres around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, and the destruction left in its wake. The exhaustively-researched series received 19 Emmy nominations, and is still widely touted as a must-watch. Watch on Neon
The Night Manager Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier who is now the night manager at a luxury hotel, is approached to become a covert operative tasked with infiltrating the inner circle of Richard Roper — a shrewd, underground arms dealer. Watch on Amazon Prime
Fauda With a title that means ‘Chaos’ in Arabic, it’s hardly surprising that this gripping show delves into fraught territory. An undercover agent from the Israeli Special Forces goes behind Palestinian lines to hunt down a Hamas terrorist… conflict ensues. Watch on Netflix
Schitt’s Creek Created by father-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy (who also star as father and son in the show) Schitt’s Creek kicks off with a prominent New York family’s fall from grace, and unfolds as they acclimatise to life in a much smaller town. Watch on Netflix
Afterliferecommended by fashion designer Wynn Hamlyn “Ricky Gervais gives the performance of his life playing a small-town journalist dealing (terribly) with the death of his wife. Cynical, suicidal and angry at the world, he muddles his way out of the darkness, to see that there is, in fact, life after death.” Watch on Netflix
Curb Your Enthusiasmrecommended by wine and espresso bar owner Henry Mitchell Temple “In this classic series, television writer and producer, Larry David, plays a version of himself, as he navigates hilarious misadventures and wades into awkward encounters with his celebrity colleagues in Hollywood.” Watch on Neon
For the ideal weekend drop, look no further than this refreshing cocktail recipe from Princes Wharf’s Coley & Punch. Christened the ‘The Wisdom of Sage’, this recipe combines Lighthouse gin, blackberry liqueur, fresh sage and a citrusy punch of grapefruit and lime. Simple yet quietly impressive, this cocktail is easy accomplished by both amateur bartenders and experts alike.
The Wisdom of Sage cocktail recipe Serves 1
Ingredients: 20ml fresh grapefruit juice 20ml fresh lime juice 15ml blackberry liqueur 1x heaped bar spoon of blackberry jam 15x fresh sage leaves 1 egg white 5ml Laphroaig 10 60ml Lighthouse gin
Method: 1. Add all ingredients to shaker and dry shake to emulsify the egg. Add ice and shake vigorously. 2. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 3. Finish with grapefruit zest, 2 fresh sage leaves and freeze-dried blackberries.
There’s never been a better time to lend your ear to a great podcast. Thought-provoking, captivating and always entertaining, there’s a podcast out there to suit just about everyone. Whether your tastes range from comedy to true crime, take your pick from these popular podcasts.
Comedy The Ron Burgundy Podcast In troubled times the general public turns to a face they can trust and anchorman Ron Burgundy is stepping up to the plate with his podcast. The aural-spin off from the hit film Anchorman features such diverse special guests as Sia, Brooke Shields and Gloria Steinem.
The Worst Idea of All Time Comedians Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt ramble delightfully through a movie every week, applying their unique view to such classics as Gigli, Sex and the City 2 and Cats. The perfect background while you spend hours trying to decide what to stream on your television.
Off Menu Brit comic duo Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite guests into their imaginary restaurant to discuss their favourite entrees, main courses and desserts, as well as a decent tipple. Guests are mostly plucked from the ranks of British comedy, including Katherine Ryan, Noah Scnapp and Ronny Chieng.
Office Ladies Ditch your book club and join a sitcom club as Jenna Fisher and Angela Kinsey take you through every episode of The Office, in which they starred. You can really commit to the podcasts by watching each episode before the actresses dissect the themes and take you behind the scenes.
Learning Bobo and Flex On a “quest to decolonise your minds,” Bobo Matjila and Flex Mami deliver an informative weekly discussion that delves into topics like sex and lifestyle through the lens of race and feminism.
This Podcast WillKill You Pointedly relevant, this podcast is from two disease ecology graduate students who want to share their knowledge of epidemics and medical mysteries with the world.
History of the 90s Whether its discussing legendary film Scream and how it gave new life to the horror genre, talking over the details from the Columbine High School Shootings, exploring the rise and fall of the beloved Beanie Baby toy franchise or delving into our collective devotion to TV series Friends, this podcast has you travelling back in time through the stories that defined a decade.
Every Little Thing Fans of quirky knowledge, this podcast is for you. Ever wondered how nail polishes are named? Or the truth about airplane mode? All will be revealed.
Talking Politics: History of Ideas Host David Runciman explores some of the most important minds and ideas behind modern politics in a bid to put current events into a helpful historical context.
Overheard at National Geographic Have you ever wondered what it’s like to scuba dive under a pyramid? Or how an ancient Roman harbour mysteriously ended up in ruins? Or even what it would’ve been like if women were the first on the moon? National Geographic delves into all of these questions and more as it explores the most curious elements from our bizarre and beautiful world.
Growth Unlocking Us withBrené Brown Bestselling author, Brené Brown, unpacks the universal human experience in this thoughtful podcast, that reminds us to embrace our vulnerability and be kind to ourselves.
Ten Percent Happierwith Dan Harris On his podcast, Ten Percent Happier, acclaimed author Dan Harris discusses happiness from every angle, always returning to the idea that the mind is trainable, for better or worse.
Teenager Therapy Five teenagers sit down to talk about the arduous journey of growing up. Whether you’re a parent of teens or a teen yourself, this podcast is packed with heartwarming, informative stories to keep you engaged.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations The undisputed queen of talk show television and all-around media darling, Oprah, hosts this popular podcast to help connect us to the deeper meaning of the world. Through a series of interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, luminaries and experts on health and wellbeing, this podcast will lift you up and give you pause for thought.
Inspiration Everything Is The Best Positioned as a kind of expert guide on how to not feel so alone, this podcast sees host Pia Baroncini get real with her guests, in an attempt to discover and highlight the things that connect us all. Delivered in a format designed to inspire the listener to follow their dreams, Baroncini invites guests from all walks of life to dig around in their past and divulge experiences that everyone can relate to, regardless of their circumstances. It is a thoroughly uplifting listen that will serve to shift your perspective.
Escapism Bubble This eight episode spoof sci-fi series follows a small band of monster killers, voiced by Alison Becker, Mike Mitchell, and Keith Powell, in the town of Fairhaven, which resembles hipster ground zero Portland. Narrated by Tavi Gevinson, this slick production is addictive and just alternative enough to give you the wry smile you normally get from a barista refusing to serve you a trim flat white. It’s a mix of Daria, Blade Runner and Broad City.
Carrier Over the course of seven episodes, we follow long-haul truck driver (Cynthia Erivo), who, during a night trip across rural America, discovers she’s transporting a trailer with disturbing, mysterious contents.
Homecoming Before it was a hit Amazon Prime series starring Julia Roberts, Homecoming was a gripping podcast where a well-meaning therapist, her ambitious boss and a soldier eager to re-join civilian life all collide at the mysterious Homecoming facility.
True crime White Silence This podcast from Stuff and RNZ explores the shocking story of New Zealand’s deadliest disaster and is perfect for anyone who loves a gripping conspiracy theory. In 1979, an Air New Zealand jet with 257 passengers on board took off from Auckland Airport, destined for Antarctica. Hours later, everyone was dead. With lies and cover-ups in abundance, White Lies will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about the infamous Mount Erebus disaster.
Who The Hell Is Hamish? This fascinating story of a serial conman takes us into the life and crimes of a Sydney surfer with a particular set of skills that allowed him to take on a number of different personas, evade authorities for years and steal tens of millions of dollars.
The Shrink Next Door If you love true-crime, you’ll love this outrageous story about a neighbourly relationship between psychiatrist and patient that turns into something far darker than you could have ever imagined.
Ear Hustle Conceived, recorded and produced from inside San Quentin State Prison, this podcast is the result of a collaboration between two inmates, Earlon Woods and Antwan Williams, and prison volunteer Nigel Poor. It explores the daily lives of those incarcerated and provides insight into the world behind bars, a political and nuanced landscape that at times, doesn’t feel much different from our own.
The first Sunday in September is right around the corner, which means its time to get ready to celebrate fathers everywhere. From simple tokens of love to sublime gestures, these gift ideas are sure to inspire the perfect present for your dad.
Embracing the roaring glamour of the 20s, albeit in a subtle, sophisticated way, the Spanish Queen House by Robson Rak exudes elegance. Taking a 1920’s Spanish mission house in Melbourne’s Southeast and treating it to a thorough renovation for a young family of six, the designers created a space that not only paid homage to its heady origins, but was practical enough to meet the demands of family life, and played into the gregarious, hospitable natures of its owners.
Doing just that (and a little more) Robson Rak employed a bold palette and luxurious textures — a velvet sofa here, a marble island there — while also embracing subtle details that required more up-close attention. Via a mix of carefully-sourced antique and modern furniture, the authenticity of the home is retained, while a layering of materials — silver grey limestone floors, travertine bench tops, tarnished silver light fittings and veneers — evokes the magnificent lustre of the period in which the house was originally built, and injects the overall finish with a contemporary ‘cool.’
One of the most important features of this home is its archways — a direct link to the structure’s architectural beginnings and a shape that is repeated throughout. From the dramatic steel arched doorway to the curved sofas in the living area, this proliferation of the arch shape acts as a counterweight for the residence’s more robust moments. Circular and semicircular pendants also illuminate the main spaces and small sculptural additions sit atop the furniture.
From the moment one enters the front hall, and is immediately met with a travertine, speakeasy-inspired bar, the tone of the home is set. It speaks to the nature of the owners, who wanted a place to welcome friends, host parties and capture some of that same magic for which the roaring 20s was renowned. The Spanish Queen House is all these things, while still being inherently functional, making it the perfect setting in which adults and kids can co-exist under the same roof.