Our latest cover (which will reach subscribers tomorrow, and be on newsstands from Monday December 2) features a photograph by Emily Andrews of the home and studio of artist Jennifer Bartlett (whose work hangs at right), designed by David Berridge. 

Given all the Christmas madness that's about to engulf us, we wanted to create a cover that embodied our simple aims in the upcoming holidays: to rest, relax and reconnect. We hope you get this feeling of calm when you look at this lovely shot. 

Inside, there's a range of inspiring summer escapes, from a beautiful pool pavilion on the Kaipara Harbour by Herbst Architects to a humble Wanaka holiday home by Anna-Marie Chin that was inspired by the region's vernacular sheds. 

You should also look out for the Noble family's fabulous off-grid Northland encampment - made up of a converted shipping container and a clutch of Indian tents - and a magnificent Waiheke Island holiday home by Andre Hodgskin.

We hope you enjoy the issue, and that the promise of post-Christmas calm carries you through the craziness of the festive season.