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Here comes the sun | homestyle
When we visited Sarah and Danny Carlsen, the owners of our cover home (page 68), we were struck by the light and love that fills their recently renovated Auckland bungalow. As New Zealanders are wont to do, the couple have opened the rear of their house to the great outdoors and transformed the kitchen and dining area into their home’s beating heart; this is where all the family action takes place, from preparing and enjoying meals to entertaining friends. We were charmed by the casual vibe of their mismatched chairs and the pared-back chic of their custom-made shelving, as well as the wonderful openness of their living space. The Carlsens’ home exemplifies how many of us like to live, and in fact, all of the homes we profile this issue let the outside in, whether via a deck or large picture windows, as in the treehouse-like abode on page 94 and the coastal cottage on page 108. If you’re an urban dweller looking to inject a bit of nature into your life, we’ve got you …