Home magazines continue to inspire

Lockdown in 2020 has led to a resurgence of home-based hobbies such as gardening, home decorating, TV watching and home cooking.

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Lockdown in 2020 has led to a resurgence of home-based hobbies such as gardening, home decorating, TV watching and home cooking.

While 2020 has undeniably been a year we’re all keen to put behind us, there have been many positive roll-on effects that have changed the way we live.

The return to higher alert levels was a good reminder of what we did — and didn’t — like about the first lockdown, and reinforced how changes to our lifestyles could improve our lives for the better.

More time at home has led to a resurgence of home-based hobbies such as gardening, home decorating, TV watching and home cooking, and that’s where the award-winning magazine titles at Stuff have come into their own.

We’ve had more time and the space to focus on aspects of our homes that we want to change, resulting in an increase in the revamp and renovation of our interiors. Many house-proud Kiwis have turned to the pages of NZ House & Garden magazine for inspiration, just as they’ve done for more than 25 years.

Editor Naomi Larkin says that now more than ever, we’re not just finding solace and refuge in our homes, we’re actively choosing to spend more time there and to entertain at home.

We've not only found solace in our homes this year, we're actively choosing to spend more time entertaining there.

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We’ve not only found solace in our homes this year, we’re actively choosing to spend more time entertaining there.

“At NZ House & Garden we search nationwide for our homes and gardens so we can bring the heart of New Zealand to our pages: through beautiful photography, through the stories of the Kiwis who live there and by sharing the passion that people have put into their homes.”

Alongside celebrating the homes, gardens, lifestyles and creativity of New Zealanders, NZ House & Garden also features inspiring travel, delicious food, latest homewares trends and people and places you need to know about.

Being amongst nature has provided respite for many during these turbulent months, and our gardens have become an even more important extension of our living areas. As well as benefits to our wellbeing, such as exercise and fresh air, the increase in gardening is good for the bees and our environment..

Establishing a vegetable garden, for example, is practical and cost-saving too — we’ve all been enjoying cooking more, and if you can throw a few vegies that you’ve grown yourself into a meal, it’s sure to taste even better.

NZ House and Garden editor Naomi Larkin (left) and NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll continue to inspire and inform Kiwis on home based activities.

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NZ House and Garden editor Naomi Larkin (left) and NZ Gardener editor Jo McCarroll continue to inspire and inform Kiwis on home based activities.

Stuff’s New Zealand Gardener has been the go-to magazine for those with green fingers for more than 75 years. Every issue shares beautiful photography of great gardens of every imaginable size and style from Northland to Southland, and introduces you to the clever people who created them.

Full of tips and tricks, New Zealand Gardener also features guides to edible crops to sow and plant now, practical seasonal advice on beating pests and diseases, recipes for your harvests, and step-by-step DIY projects.

And after a rewarding day in the garden, another Stuff title, The TV Guide, is there for you. Yes, we’ve all been watching a lot more television, and New Zealand’s most comprehensive and interactive entertainment magazine has provided the whole family with TV listings, interviews with local and international stars, gossip, competitions and puzzles, just as it has done every week for more than 25 years.

These three locally owned, market-leading magazines will continue to inspire and inform Kiwis for years to come, as we appreciate and enjoy the home-based activities that enrich our lifestyles and our communities.

Subscribe to NZ House & Garden, New Zealand Gardener and The TV Guide here, or check out Stuff Homed and Stuff Entertainment.

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