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It may be simple but it sure is effective. Monochrome is the latest trend to hit interior decorating and it’s taking off around Mid Canterbury with the style suiting old and newer houses. While many think of it as simply black and white, monochrome is as much about placement, simplicity and elegance as it is about colour. Redmonds interior designer, Hayley Sparrow, agrees and says if you’re going down this track with your décor you need to be careful not to overdo it. A few carefully chosen pieces to accentuate the design can make all the difference, she says. The black and white effect was highlighted extensively on the latest series of The Block when popular couple Jamie and Hayden aggressively pursued the monochrome theme even though it wasn’t to the taste of the judges. The couple made $160,000 over and above the reserve price on the house, proving its popularity in the market. Continue >

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But to make your interior work you need to make sure you consider the following points: Catalogue crush:

You know when you walk into someone’s home and it feels familiar? Make sure to have a variety in your room and gather unique pieces. Master the art of the mix!

Unfriendly furniture:

Think of the furniture in your room like friends at a party — the wallflowers don’t have much fun. It’s a common mistake to park your sofa or chairs on a wall or in a corner, but it’s usually not the way to encourage intimate conversation. Imagine yourself doing various activities in your room and group your furniture accordingly. As long as you keep a reasonable flow, you can’t go wrong with a cluster.

Loathsome lighting: An overhead fixture is not your friend. Allowing yourself

to exist in anything other than golden, layered lighting is a huge rookie mistake. A good rule of thumb is that you need at least three separate light sources in any room (and that ceiling monstrosity doesn’t count). Vary the heights and strengths of your lighting to make even your cheapie basics look expertly expensive.

Atrocious artwork:

We’re not knocking your taste in art (by all means, hang what you love) but please make sure to hang it properly. No one wants to crank their necks to see your lovelies. Art that’s too high or low is a dead giveaway of a decorating rookie. Eye-level is the goal.

Forgetting your gut:

This idea can manifest itself in many ways. Are you using handme-downs you hate just because


you feel you “should” keep them? Did you let someone talk you into buying something for your home because it was cheap/ practical/necessary to them but it’s not right for you? Did you pick a wall colour after seeing a beautiful, inspirational image, but

something about it is just wrong? If something isn’t working, you must change it! Even if you spent time and money to get it that way, not addressing what you know isn’t working is costing you even more in energy and satisfaction with your home. 

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Stash palace Had a look at your garage lately or are you too scared to set foot inside that dark place crammed full of all those objects you thought you’d put away just in case you might need them once again in the next 50 years! If it’s the latter you are not alone. Many of us don’t realise what an asset our garages are in terms of storage solutions. So, by de-cluttering and reorganising with these simple tips you can make an ugly area, a haven of tidiness and order! Firstly look through the garage to determine what items should or can be stored together, such as gardening supplies and tools, sports and hobby gear, seasonal items, such as holiday decorations, household tools and hardware, automotive tools and supplies, paints and combustibles and garbage and recycling.

For items that you’re getting rid of, sort into three piles: recycle, toss, and donate. After you’ve sorted, clean your garage from top to bottom. This is a great time to remove stains from your concrete floor. It’s also an ideal time to paint. Now it’s time to draw up a plan. Use grid paper and note measurements, windows and doors, and utilities. Also determine how much room you’ll need for your car. Mark zones for storing your things remembering garden tools work best near the door. Rubbish and recycling should be within easy reach but seasonal items can be stored out of the way. Keep in mind some zones might overlap with overhead storage or shelves. Then select storage options that include bins, boxes, tool

hanging systems, bicycle hangers, shelving and support brackets and cabinetry. When it comes to garage ceiling storage, you have a couple of different choices for what will work best given your specific needs. There are several things to take into consideration depending on which of those choices you make. You can certainly take advantage of an empty ceiling space by adding an overhead garage storage system of your own. This is a great way to store bulky or seasonal items. If you choose to go this route, you can build your own simple storage system or buy a product made specifically for the purpose of storing items in the overhead space in garages. You might choose a storage system that hangs from the rafters or the ceiling joists, for

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Still struggling? Just remember these top five tips and you will be on trend: Floors:

Wall-to-wall carpets never took off in Sweden and all truly Scandinavian interiors will have a wooden, preferably light coloured, floor in all rooms apart from the bathroom.


White walls and cool grey and blue textiles definitely gives off the right ambience of a Scandinavian interior however there are more colourful textiles

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Wood, and don’t be afraid to show it. Incorporate cladding on walls and even ceilings to add texture and warmth. Use a grey oil to take the yellow away from woods like pine or oak.


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If your lawn looks slightly worse for wear then autumn is the perfect time to revitalise it. Remove thatch (old grass clippings) and moss using a spring tined rake and add it to the compost heap. If you have large amounts of moss then you may want to use a moss killer first. In areas that receive a lot of wear (such as paths and play areas) the soil can become compacted. Improve drainage and aeration by making deep

holes with the prongs of a garden fork every 10cm across the entire area. A sandy top dressing can be brushed in afterwards, followed by an application of autumn lawn feed to prepare your lawn for the cold winter months. Autumn is a great time to lay new turf too, giving it plenty of time to establish before next summer.

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The autumn clear up of borders and vegetable plots always generates a lot of plant material for the compost heap. Autumn is an ideal time to clear out last year’s compost and use it around the garden to make room in

compost bins for this season’s garden waste. If your compost isn’t quite ready then turn it to improve decomposition, and create a new heap — you can never have too much compost!

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Evergreens form the backbone of the garden, providing structure and year-round interest, so the more evergreens in your garden, the better it will look in winter! With warm soil and cooler conditions, autumn is the perfect time to fill those gaps in your borders. For a more formal look, why not invest in some box or yew topiary. Lonicera nitida, bay and holly can also be clipped into formal shapes and make excellent evergreen hedges too.

Lift tender species

Make sure that you lift those tender species such as Begonias, Dahlias, and Cannas before the first frosts threaten. Cut back the stems and gently lift the tubers/ rhizomes from the ground. Clean the soil from them and store them in trays of dry compost or sand, with just the top of crown visible. The trays can be kept

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Net ponds

Decomposing leaves can turn your pond water foul and block filters on pumps. Save effort later on by catching leaves before they fall into your pond. Simply spread a fine meshed net across the pond and pin it down with bricks. The leaves can be added straight to the compost heap or collected

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Here are 6 eco living tips • Are you planning on building, renovating or landscaping in the next 12 months? Make sure you include a handy place for your red-lidded and yellowlidded wheelie bins. • Install a rain tank to store water collected from your roof to use on your garden. Your vegetable garden will be even more productive and your water tank will help buffer the effects of big downpours of rain on your stormwater pipes. • Mulch your gardens with layers of soaked newspapers topped with coffee grounds, pea straw,

lawn clippings or bark chips to hold moisture, protect your soil and reduce the need for watering. • Recycle leftover paint. The chemicals and pigments in paint aren’t nice to swim in; so rather than pouring them down the drain, drop them off at the Resource Recovery Park. • Reduce foodwaste. Get creative with leftover food and plan your weekly food shopping list to minimise waste and save money. • Revamp your compost bin or set up a worm farm or bokashi bucket for food scraps. Help is only a phone call away on 0800 627-824 or come along to the monthly FREE compost demo at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park. Email for details.

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Recycle more at rural sites What do I put in the yellow-lidded bins? • Plastics (numbers 1-7 except for polystyrene meat trays) • Paper [all paper magazines, junk mail newspapers etc] • Cardboard [flattened] • Steel and aluminium cans Have you see the new large yellow-lidded bins at the Rural Recycling sites throughout the Ashburton District? You can put all of the above materials in the one yellow-lidded bin including your household plastic containers 1-7 (except for polystyrene and meat trays). This makes recycling so much easier. The yellow-lidded bins are for the same recycled materials as the proposed new yellow-lidded wheelie bin collection in the urban areas. The materials are collected and transported to a mechanical sorting facility for processing just as they are in our cities.

Glass must be sorted by colour into green, brown and clear and placed into the glass bins alongside. Our glass is sent to Auckland for bottle-to-bottle recycling (No window glass, cooking glassware or light bulbs please). Please bear with us while we get the concrete steps in place and the new systems up and running. Thanks to funding from the Glass Packaging Forum and Love NZ to support larger bins, more materials are already being

FREE monthly compost demo When: Monday, March 21; 9.30 – 10.30am Where: Eco Education Centre, Ashburton Resource Recovery Park For help with composting your food waste, lawn clippings or garden waste as well as making your own garden fertilisers. See how worm farms and bokashi can be easily maintained. To find out more call 0800 627-824 or email

collected. No waste/rubbish is accepted at the rural recycling depots it must be taken to the Ashburton or Rakaia resource recovery parks for safe disposal to the Kate Valley Landfill. The Ashburton District Council provides 10 self-serve rural recycling sites throughout the district, with more planned so everyone can recycle no matter where you live. Please help us by keeping your community sites clean and tidy.


Flooring Choosing new flooring for your home can be a daunting process given the number of options that are now available. All products have an ideal purpose, but most times it depends on a couple of things when you choose new flooring. Firstly, the area you are putting it in and secondly, the budget you have available. Carpet Carpet is a tried and true option, but there are now a greater selection of fibres than ever before. These range from traditional wools, to solutiondyed nylons (SDN), to the newer PET soft-touch yarns. One advantage of carpet is that there is also a huge range in price, so whether you are just after something inexpensive to make do for a couple of years, or want to spend a bit more on

something luxurious there is always something for you. Just remember that with carpet you generally get what you pay for! Vinyl Sheet vinyl is a great option. These come in a massive range of colours and patterns so there is always something to suit the look you are after and fit within the budget that you have. Also, as with carpet, vinyl ranges from inexpensive products to quality, hard-wearing products that will last. An advantage of sheet vinyl is that it can be a very costeffective option for hard flooring. Vinyl Planks/Tiles Vinyl planks and tiles are a great way to create a little bit of individuality in your home. These are a good, hard-wearing product that looks fantastic and

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When installing solar you are committing to a long-term purchase, therefore you need to ensure it is installed right the first time by competent installers. Solar installs are a specialised field and while all other systems may be working on day one they may not be in time to come due to poor installation and component failure. Compliance is proving a major hurdle with some installers of late. And under scrutiny from the local network company there are multiple systems that are not being livened due to incorrect installation. Auric Energy has a great reputation with network companies and have undertaken a significant number of solar installs, both big and small. System sizing It is imperative that a solar system is sized correctly for the consumer. Energy retailers do not pay huge amounts for the power

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In today’s drive for efficiency of space, hallways become just a path from one room to another and no space is spared. The narrowness of our hallways often lead to them feeling like a claustrophobic dim space even though they can often be the first area presented in a house when people come through the front door.

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