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CREATE STYLISH SPACES INFUSED WITH A RELAXED HOLIDAY VIBE

EXPERT TIPS

WAYS TO MAXIMISE EVERY ROOM

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MASTER YOUR PANTRY STORAGE

FATHER’S DAY TOP GIFT IDEAS FOR DAD

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WHIP UP A TASTY BARBECUE FEAST

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TECH TALK SMART HOME SOLUTIONS

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Clever garden screening Styling tips for shelves

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Vegie patch essentials

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18V LITHIUM-ION RANGE

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Welcome

A word from our editor Anything that makes life a bit easier gets my vote, and that’s what smart home technology is all about – lights that turn on when you walk into a room, locks you can operate with a programmable fingerprint, so you don’t need to keep track of keys when you have guests, and much

Editor Jane Parbury Associate editor (NZ) Lisa Morton Art director Bridie Mahoney Creative services manager Katharine McKinnon Design Carol Baldas, Judie Siu Associate editor (Aus) Shelley Tustin Chief subeditors Catherine Sanders, Frances Pearson Subeditors Nikki Birrell, Maria Hoyle Market editor Matilda Roberts Content co-ordinator Amanda Ghalaini Contributor Lorna Gow

more. We’ve done a round-up of some of the most useful to help you make an informed decision about which might suit you. See page 42. Kiwi homes tend to be pretty sizeable, but one company has an innovative approach to maximising space; we take a look at the Clever Living Co’s ready-made homes on page 26. And that seems like a good time to share tips and tricks (buys too) on how to make the most of a small zone; check out ‘Amazing space’ on page 22. Of course, we couldn’t let this issue go by without an homage to dads everywhere. Find a great gift for him on page 12, and have a look at our ‘Father’s Day feast’ from page 60, where we’ve gone beyond the sausage sizzle to create barbecue fare the whole family will love. Enjoy the issue!

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Managing director Gerard Reynolds Executive general manager Sally Wright Chief operating officer Fiorella di Santo Chief content officer Margaret Merten Digital strategy director Karla Courtney Social strategy director Scott Drummond Finance manager Leslie To Every effort has been taken to ensure instructions for DIY projects are correct. However, before you undertake any DIY activity, please ensure that you have the appropriate skills for the task at hand, use the correct tools and that you wear the appropriate safety equipment. Any professional installations must be undertaken by a licensed tradesperson.

Hidden gems Scripted style

This romantic wallpaper is our pick of statement wall decor, and with paste-the-wall application, it’s easy to make it yours!

Graham & Brown ‘Concrete Script’ 52cm x 10m wallpaper in Black, $79.95, SKU: 00271039

Hideaway

Say goodbye to garden clutter and hello to a new piece of stylish outdoor furniture with this rather fabulous storage box

Mimosa ‘Silverleaves’ storage box, $179, SKU: 03191957

Lock down

Take your front door into the digital age (and enjoy the freedom of being key-free) with this sleek, illuminated touchscreen keypad.

Yale latching digital door lock, $238, SKU: 08901635

Cute stuff

The sweetest bit of hardware you ever did see, this little guy will add whimsical charm to kids’ cabinets or drawers.

Sylvan large satin nickel plated bear cabinet knob, $4.33, SKU: 00144854

Clean living

From grubby patio furniture to mossy steps, those annoying cleaning jobs are easier with a pressure washer – even, dare we say it, fun!

Karcher ‘K3’ full control home pressure washer, $299, SKU: 06270819

Published by Medium Rare Content Agency NZ Ltd. NZBN 9429047435957, 97 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021 for Bunnings Warehouse, ABN 26 008 672 179, 16-18 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123, Australia. © 2019. All rights reserved. For any queries or feedback, please call the magazine team on +61 3 8831 9777 or forward to the attention of Bunnings Magazine Team, 16-18 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123, Australia. Products featured in the magazine are on offer while stocks last. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. Prices shown are Bunnings prices at the time of publication and some prices may vary in regional areas. Pricing is to be used as a guide only. This publication is not for sale.

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10 IN THE BLACK Bold and beautiful, dark accessories add drama to any interior 12 DADDY COOL Tools and toys to make your Father’s Day extra special 14 THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED Be inspired by global adventures to bring an exotic edge to your home

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20 MOVE OR IMPROVE? If you’ve outgrown your home, there are decisions to be made 22 AMAZING SPACE Feeling the squeeze? Make compact areas seem airy with our ingenious tips and tricks 26 CLEVER PACKAGES Can standardised homes help solve the housing shortage? 28 SOMETHING TO HIDE Clever ways to disguise the ugly ducklings in your backyard bunnings.co.nz

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NATURE’S NEUTRAL Embrace the warmth of brown in all its rich and earthy tones 36 TILE STYLE Bring grout expectations to your bathroom walls and floor 40 IN THE FRAME Transform dated aluminium windows with our quick guide 42 GET SMART Tap into the latest technology to bring your home up to date FIX IT 46  THE DIY PRO TOOL KIT Need to expand your tool kit? Here are some new pieces to play with 50 WATER WISE Waste not with WELS ratings 52 PANTRY PROVISIONS Make the most of your food storage space and save! 54 VEG OUT Prep your vegie beds now for a bumper harvest come summer

12 MAKE IT 56 SPARE THE CANE How to make a retro wicker magazine rack hip again 58 SHELF HELP Style your favourite things into an Insta-worthy wall display 60 FATHER’S DAY FEAST Fire up the barbie and enjoy delicious recipes Dad will love REGULARS 05  A WORD FROM OUR EDITOR Which products inspired the editor? 09 CALENDAR What’s on, and what to do, in August 66 STRAWBERRY DELIGHT Sweet and pretty strawberry plants grow well in both pots and beds


10 year / 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). 5 year / 130,000km New Vehicle Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable).


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Calendar Discover what you should be doing in your garden with The Garden Diaries from Bunnings, which go live on the first of each month. You’ll find great tips and advice. Visit bunnings.co.nz/ diy-advice/garden/garden-diary. Spring is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to give your garden tools some TLC before the heavy work of the growing season. Clean, sharpen and oil blades so they’re in tip-top shape.

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There’s no need to neglect your prized patio area in the colder months. Add a toasty outdoor heater and a stylish throw and cushion to each chair, and outdoor living just got winter-fied.

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Multi-Sharp secateur, pruner and lopper sharpener, $19.98, SKU: 00525401

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30 Seconds ‘Mould Off’ indoor mould remover, $5.93/1L, SKU: 00465508

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Smart Home Products 45cm x 45cm waffle cushions, $9.98 each, in Odessa, SKU 00106609, Bucharest, SKU: 00106607, Seville, SKU: 00106610, and Valetta, SKU: 00106611

Smart Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw rug in Seville, $12.95, SKU: 00086763

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Left your Father’s Day gift buying down to the wire? Buy an eGift card online, personalise with a photo or message and it will be delivered via email instantly.

Father’s Day Family Night Bunnings stores have a great night of celebrations for Dad, including light refreshments and fun activities for big and little kids alike. Check your local store for details.

Connect with us Share your DIY creations with us or get inspiration for your next project. Use the hashtag #Bunningsmag instagram.com/bunningsnz

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11 1 Verve ‘Calvin’ pendant lamp in Black, $49, SKU: 00304646. 2 Brilliant ‘Slater’ mesh concrete pendant in Black, $159, SKU: 00014341. 3 Mondella ‘Signature’ WELS 4 star 7.5L/min wall basin mixer in Matte Black and Rose Gold, $199, SKU: 05004167. 4 Verve ‘Angie’ touch table lamp in Chrome/Black, $22.98, SKU: 00291254. 5 Brilliant ‘Derby’ metal floor lamp in Black, $85, SKU: 04371148. 6 Barelli ‘Midnight Flow’ polyester shower curtain, $14.95, SKU: 04823190. 7 Gainsborough angular privacy lever set in Matt Black, $104, SKU: 00305927. 8 PPG ‘Weathertough’ exterior gloss paint in Black, $74/4L, SKU: 08904850. 9 Stein ‘Select’ 480mm wall hung compact vanity in Black, $369, SKU: 00035764. 10 Stein ‘Easy Clean’ replacement waste cap in Black, $9.99, SKU: 00087116. 11 Matrix ‘Tangle’ 1810mm x 905mm x 9mm decor screen with frame in Charcoal, $99, SKU: 00012564. 12 Fiskars ‘Nyglass’ hand trowel in Black, $4.64, SKU: 03367481. 13 Mondella ‘Vivace’ robe hook in Black, $40, SKU: 04822059. 14 Mondella ‘Vivace’ vitreous china round vessel basin in Black, $179, SKU: 04822126. 15 IXL ‘Tastic Neo’ single fascia in Matte Black, $129, SKU: 00123645.

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16 Verve ‘Ciara’ wall light in Black, $77, SKU: 00079292. 17 Windoware round basket finial curtain accessory in Black, $19.98/pack of 2, SKU: 00178462. 18 Verve ‘Bronn’ LED wall light in Black, $103, SKU: 00079294. 19 Kaboodle custom 30mm square edge premium laminate benchtop in Molasses, from $279/linear metre. 20 WestStone ‘Vienna’ 400mm x 400mm x 40mm paver in Midnight, $10.50, SKU: 08904927. 21 Mondella ‘Resonance’ pin lever shower mixer in Black, suitable for unequal/mains pressure, $99, SKU: 00045725. 22 Feast Watson Black Japan floor finish, $135/4L, SKU: 01520372. 23 Sandleford ‘Slimline’ 120mm numeral 8 with fixing in Black, $22, SKU: 03291821. 24 Barelli 5-bar round heated towel rail in Black, $169, SKU: 00044700. 25 Johnson Tiles 297mm x 97mm ceramic wall tile in Black Gloss, $19.98/pack of 27, SKU: 00111659. 26 Tuscan Path ‘Abbey’ 32cm x 27cm fibreglass pot in Black, $55, SKU: 08903970. 27 Scheurich ‘Anthrazit’ 17cm x 19cm indoor pot, $29.98, SKU: 02891339. 28 Noir 570 granite composite single bowl sink, $338, SKU: 00298392. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. u

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1 3M ‘Worktunes’ bluetooth earmuffs, $129, SKU: 00095130. 2 Arlec 24 LED rechargeable camping lantern with compass, $39.99, SKU: 00279449. 3 Matador ‘Titan’ 4-burner hooded barbecue with side burner, $1,298, SKU: 03180873. 4 Matador 3-piece barbecue tool set, $20, SKU: 03171341. 5 Supatool 105-piece tool kit in bag, $49, SKU: 00315057. 6 Matador 330mm pizza stone stacker set, $89.98, SKU: 03171328. 7 Freestyle ‘Rocker’ camping chair in Indigo Blue, $69, SKU: 00085528 (also available in Cinnamon, SKU: 00085527). 8 Doberman Security multi-purpose alarm with remote, $62.50, SKU: 00228602. 9 Coleman 150cm x 200cm XL picnic bunnings.co.nz

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A Bunnings gift card is built for all kinds of dads!

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blanket, $25, SKU: 03240469. 10 Gift card, from $10. 11 Esky 30-can hybrid cooler with ice brick, $38.97, SKU: 03240507. 12 Makita ‘Impact’ 18V brushless cordless impact driver, $226/skin only (battery not included), SKU: 08903110. 13 Troopers gumboots with safety cap in Black, $29.98, SKU: 00263457. 14 Fuller 3-piece measuring set, $19, SKU: 00271682. 15 Arlec 300 lumen LED head torch with hard hat compatibility, $31, SKU: 04410939. 16 Pinnacle compact garage workbench, $99, SKU: 00221254. 17 Ultimate 730mm x 950mm x 485mm storage tool trolley, $499, SKU: 06120455. 18 Sandleford 150mm x 60mm x 45mm portable key storage safe, $26.30, SKU: 04211377. 19 Jumbuck brazier/barbecue fire pit combo, $89, SKU: 03170945. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ¿ bunningsnz

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The road less travelled Embark on safari-style living in your home with casual furnishings and tropical greenery

An oasis of calm

Soft natural tones of warm timber, jute and wicker set the scene for sharing good food and travellers’ tales Mimosa ‘Infinity’ 250cm x 100cm x 75cm teak table, $1,798, SKU: 03192462. Hartman ‘Brisbane’ wicker dining chairs, $99 each, SKU: 00045800. Brilliant ‘Havana’ DIY plug-in rattan pendant in Deep Natural, $49, SKU: 00089051. Hayman 150cm x 220cm jute rugs in Natural, $199 each, SKU: 00275968 (two rugs used). Macramé wall hanging made using Zenith 5mm x 15m PVC/poly hank clothesline, $11.45, SKU: 00128764. Jointed rush plant in Northcote Pottery ‘Urbanlite Knotch Milan’ 360mm x 490mm pot in Stone, $89, SKU: 02930018. Placemats, ceramic plates, napkins, glasses, salt spoon and throw, all Città, cittadesign.com. Jug, cutlery and pinch pots, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


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et your wanderlust loose within your own four walls with interiors inspired by global travels. This wayfaring trend sets cultural curiosities against a bold monochrome backdrop, warmed by shades of deep chocolate and accented with spicy hues of terracotta and burnt orange. Woven materials, such as jute, rattan and leather, and simple geometric shapes provide pattern. Everywhere the eye falls, there’s textural interest, to create an interior scheme that’s both multi-layered and intriguing.

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Add a touch of the exotic to your relaxation zone with spicy colours, green palms and a bold faux zebra rug

Photography Larnie Nicolson, stylist Sam van Kan

‘Zebra’ 152cm x 201cm polyester faux hide rug in Black and White, $57, SKU: 00098866. Queen palm in Tiki ‘Mod Egg’ 35cm pot in Copper, $45, SKU: 02832610, and Tiki 300mm saucer in Copper, $13, SKU: 02832616. Hartman ‘Brisbane’ wicker dining chair, as before. Leopard cushion, Adairs, adairs.co.nz. Palm print cushion, Penny and Bennett, pennyandbennett.co.nz. All other cushions, Città. 

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Cosy hideaway

Sheltering from the elements takes on a semi-tropical vibe with dark walls offset with warm whites, earthy tones and pops of green Nikau palm in Tuscan Path ‘Stream Lite’ 55cm x 45cm lightweight egg pot in Grey, $115, SKU: 02832819. Lipstick plant in Tiki 23cm ‘Mod Egg’ pot in Cream, $30, SKU: 02830106. Marquee round glass side table, $29, SKU: 00101268. Waxworks ‘Beachcomber’ 36cm lantern, $40, SKU: 00325069. Waxworks citronella wind-resistant tribal drum candle, $13.98, SKU: 00064807. Macramé pot hanger made using Zenith 5mm x 15m PVC/poly hank clothesline, $11.45, SKU: 00128764. Cushions and throw, Città. Mug, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. bunnings.co.nz

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Natural timbers and muted colourways create a breath of fresh air in an indoor-outdoor respite area Mimosa folding director’s chairs in Beige, $58.50 each, SKU: 03190709. Plants, from left: Sago palm in Tuscan Path ‘Stream Lite’ medium egg pot in Black, $54.98, SKU: 00057423. Crepe myrtle in Tuscan Path ‘Stream Lite’ small egg pot in Black, $39.98, SKU: 00057422. Magnolia in Tuscan Path ‘Stream Lite’ 55cm x 45cm lightweight egg pot in Grey, $115, SKU: 02832819. Five finger plant in Tuscan Path ‘Stream Lite’ medium egg pot in Black, as before. Kentia palm in Northcote Pottery ‘Piedra’ 38cm x 35cm pot in Sand, $50, SKU: 02833272. Waxworks ‘Beachcomber’ 36cm lantern, as before. Cushions, throw and stool, Città. Mug, stylist’s own. 


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Toast marshmallows for a holiday-at-home vibe Left: Jumbuck ‘Rustic’ cast iron fire bowl, $189, SKU: 03170943. Mimosa ‘Lava’ 200cm aluminium bench, $249, SKU: 00038432. Mojo square outdoor cushions (on bench) in Charcoal, $22.98 each, SKU: 03191431. WestStone ‘Vienna’ 400mm x 400mm x 40mm pavers in Charcoal, $10.50 each, SKU: 00258688. Cushions, Città. Mug, stylist’s own. Right: Mimosa ‘Lava’ 200cm aluminium bench, as before. Outdeco ‘Star Anais’ 1200mm x 600mm screen, $99, SKU: 00314670. WestStone ‘Vienna’ pavers, as before. Marshmallow melters (see right for how to make them). Serving tray, Città. Mug, stylist’s own.

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Outdoor heat

Create a cosy nook for fireside cuddles by arranging L-shaped seating and using screens to provide shelter from chilly breezes Scandia ‘Round 750’ wood storage, $299, SKU: 03171650. Solid Energy dry pine roundwood firewood logs, $28.60/pack of 20, SKU: 00466401. Solid Energy kindling, $7.45, SKU: 00518438. Jumbuck ‘Rustic’ cast iron fire bowl, as before. Mimosa ‘Lava’ 200cm aluminium benches, as before. Mojo square outdoor cushions in Charcoal, as before. Outdeco ‘Star Anais’ 1200mm x 600mm screens, as before. WestStone ‘Vienna’ 400mm x 400mm x 40mm pavers in Charcoal, as before. Cushions, throw and serving tray, Città. Mugs, stylist’s own.

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Marshmallow melters What you need  Foraged sticks or driftwood  Handsaw  Drill with 4mm drill piece  Epoxy (we used Parfix Epoxy Adhesive 5 Minute Everyday)  Bamboo skewer  Side cutters  Steel skewers (we used BBQ Buddy Steel Skewers)  Cord (we used Zenith Jute Shop Twine) Method Forage for sticks between 1.5cm and 2.5cm thick and at least 25cm long. Using the handsaw, cut each end cleanly. Drill a hole down the centre of your stick roughly 4cm deep. Mix the epoxy well, and use a bamboo skewer to apply this in the hole – just enough to secure the metal skewer without overflowing the top. Cut the holding loop off the steel skewers. Slot the cut end of the skewer into the hole. Depending on how much glue has been used, you may need to hold this upright for a few minutes until the glue has begun to set. On the opposite end of the stick, drill a hole through the centre. Cut cord into 10cm lengths. Thread the cord through the hole in the stick and knot to form a loop.

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A semi-permanent gazebo makes alfresco entertaining easy Mimosa ‘Cairo’ 3m x 4m semi-permanent gazebo, $649, SKU: 03191235. Mimosa ‘Lava’ aluminium corner lounge (with side table, not shown), $1,398, SKU: 00025683. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ◆

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Plan it Property know-how

First impressions count if you’re selling, so freshen up your home’s entry

Bills to pay If deciding to sell, keep in mind the expenses that are involved such as repairs, repainting, a garden tidy-up and staging the property before it goes to market. You’ll also have conveyancing costs and agents’ commission fees, which vary enormously, so be sure to shop around. Then there are moving costs and possibly storage fees to consider, plus all the expenses involved in buying again.

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explains Louise Lucas, CEO of The Property Education Company (thepropertyeducationcompany.com). “A trap to avoid is to sell, rent for a while and take your eye off what property prices are doing,” she says. “In a short period of time they can rise and, if you don’t act, you may find yourself priced out of the market. That’s why, if upgrading, it’s best to buy in the same market you sold, as the loan you need should be lower than if you sold and bought when prices are high.”

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Value adding If renovating for your own comfort now but to appeal to future buyers, doing your homework is imperative. Ask top agents in your area for market information on properties similar to yours and go to open homes to get a realistic idea of what’s on offer and how yours compares. Steve Lovegrove, director and principal at McDowell Professionals in Rotorua, says you can never go wrong by adding a deck – as long as you create functionality; for example, putting a roof over part of it. He’s seen laundries converted to highly desirable sculleries, ranch sliders replaced with more attractive French doors, and he says insulation, quality flooring, retrofitted double-glazing and new facings on kitchen joinery will all add enormously to a home’s appeal. “General kerb appeal is important too, so tidy your fencing and paint the front door for a good impression,” he adds. ◆

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Move or improve?

Cost of perfection Renovating your current home to better meet your needs may be an option worth exploring. Mark Trafford at Maintain To Profit says that costs vary, based on the extent of work and the home’s age and quality, and whether consents are needed, because council fees can be hefty. “It’s pretty difficult to estimate before a firm plan is in place, but you can expect a ballpark figure upwards of roughly $1800 per square metre for a modest renovation.” Mark says it’s not uncommon for a significant single-level extension to come out in the early to mid $100,000s. “You’re really best to start by talking to a licensed building practitioner and an architect to help you decide what to do,” he says.


Classic Christchurch Cottage If you have lots of imagination, the sky’s the limit. And when Shayden and Georgia found their little cottage they could see its potential. The old gem already had Marley Classic™ spouting and RP80® downpipes like many of the traditional style homes in the area. Shayden and Georgia were happy about this as Classic™ suited the house perfectly and is made of tough, low maintenance uPVC. While most runs had years of life left, they were able to replace and repair any damaged portions themselves as Marley rainwater systems are an easy DIY install.

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Small items aren’t always best for tiny spaces. “A few larger pieces – a substantial dining table, a large mirror and a statement pendant – will make the space feel larger, rather than a lot of smaller pieces,” says interior stylist Amanda Smythe (amandasmythe.com).

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Sliding doors mean you don’t need to allow room for the door arc. Sliding door kits are a small-space dream, as you can retrofit them to existing doors. Pick the right width for single and double doors, or choose from bi-fold and cabinet-style kits.

Brilliant ‘Mika’ DIY pendant light in Black, $159, SKU: 00014345

Use lighting tricks to visually expand a room. Direct beams upwards, as an illuminated ceiling will make a small room feel bigger than it is. Don’t skimp on lamps, but consider wall lights instead of table ones to save on valuable surface space.

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Tiny living areas – especially those that don’t receive much natural light – will appear bigger and brighter when painted in warm, pale shades like primrose yellow or cream. Paint the interior window frame a crisp white to reflect as much light as possible.

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Benchtops are valuable real estate in a small space. “Cut the clutter by installing wireware, waste bins and drawer dividers into kitchen cabinets,” says Lisa Mayski of Kaboodle Kitchen. “This way there’s a space for everything.”

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Snug bathroom? The trick is to extend sight lines, so more flooring is exposed. A wall-hung vanity creates space underneath it, while a ‘wet room’ or frameless shower screen avoids the closed-in feeling that shower doors and frames can create.

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If you love greenery but are struggling for room, “Hang plants from the ceiling,” says interior stylist Lauren Keenan of Lauren Keenan Home. “This makes use of an otherwise empty space and helps to purify the air at the same time.”

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Find hideaway opportunities in unexpected places. “This might be a bed with drawers underneath (perfect for extra bedding or out-of-season clothes), or a banquette seat within the kitchen that lifts to reveal secret storage,” says Lauren. Shallow rolling containers are an easy hack, sliding neatly away under beds or cupboards.

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Choose furniture that sits off the ground on tall, thin legs. “Negative space helps to filter light and makes a room appear larger,” says interior designer Shilpa Mohan of DDC Architecture + Interior Design. Or wall-mount furniture so it doesn’t touch the floor.

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Think vertically when planting up your garden, with wall baskets or green wall systems, which often come with built-in irrigation for set-and-forget care. Creeping plants, such as jasmine or white potato vine, provide maximum greenery in a minimal footprint and can also make wonderful privacy screening.

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“The right flooring can do wonders for a small bathroom,” says interior stylist Louise Dammer (thehotelstylist.com). “Large neutral or white tiles will bounce light around the room, creating the illusion of space.” (For more artful styling with tiles, see our story on page 36.) 

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Flexi Storage wardrobe starter kit in White, $169, SKU: 02660942

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To save space in your wardrobe, try a wall-mounted shelf system that you can customise to suit your belongings. Flexi Storage wall strip kits are ideal for this. Ensure they’re securely fixed to your walls.

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“A large rug works wonders at tricking your brain into thinking a space is wide,” says Shilpa Mohan. “Unlike a small one, it allows the floor to seem continuous. Ideally your rug should be large enough to sit completely under your furniture, otherwise the front legs of the sofa should sit over the rug.”

A strategically placed mirror will reflect and bounce light around the room, while leaning an oversized mirror against a wall can create the impression that the room is expanding and opening up at head height. For safety, secure to the wall with invisible fixings.

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A custom-made or DIY bench in a bedroom, living or dining area can multi-task. “It can be a beautiful feature, with timber moulding, fabric and cushions, practical seating and underbench storage,” says Amanda Smythe. Or pop a padded cushion on a sturdy trunk or storage box for extra seating

Go with the flow

The same flooring across as many rooms in your house as you can will create a seamless effect that helps each room flow into the next. If using timber or vinyl planks, choose wide planks over narrow, as fewer seams mean a less busy feel.

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Tucked away

“For the ultimate space-saving toilet, go for a concealed style,” says Luke Di Michiel from Caroma. “By hiding the cistern in the wall, ceiling or under-counter, only the pan remains visible, significantly reducing the footprint of the toilet.”

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Planting for height gives a small garden a layered look and seems to expand it visually by drawing the eye upwards. Opt for columnar shapes over spreading boughs, such as a pencil pine or the tall and slender ‘Kiwi’ apple tree range. You could also try espaliering fruit trees along a boundary wall.

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Johnson Tiles 238mm x 328mm glass mosaic wall tile in Charcoal, $14.55, SKU: 00289640

Senso ‘Rustic’ 914mm x 152mm x 2mm vinyl plank flooring in Walnut, $60.95/2.2sqm per carton, SKU: 06600039

Don’t be afraid of mini tiles in small spaces. “Using a small tile en masse creates a visual illusion that the room is larger than it is,” says interior designer Abby Whiteley Greeff of Whiteley Co. “This is because there are no strong lines breaking up the space.” ¿

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The open-plan kitchen-living area in the Angus version

Clever packages Facing multiple barriers in their quest for a home to call their own, savvy Kiwis have discovered a simpler alternative

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for the plumber. It can also work out considerably cheaper, and with a shorter construction time. Clever clogs A recent addition to the home community is the Clever Living Co, a Bunnings-owned brand that is offering affordable, healthy homes that can be built off-site, then transported, or delivered as a package and built on-site by a registered builder. The idea is you find the land, order your choice of design, and the whole thing can be constructed, down to the light globes, in much less time than a from-scratch build, thanks to the standardised plans. Rachael Wyeth-Barnes of Clever Living Co says the quality inclusions account for the homes’ surging popularity. “They come with Kaboodle kitchens, Europeandesigned appliances, stylish bathrooms plus a Mitsubishi heat pump,” she explains. “We have a close-knit team of builders who we work with, and they’re all certified licensed building practitioners.’’


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Words Louise Richardson and Shelley Tustin. *Source: qv.co.nz. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

A sizeable living and dining area in a Highland home

Homes can be completed quickly

Dexter bedroom with feature wall

The Highland home’s generous bathroom is ideal for families

Clever Living Co homes Homes can be built on-site or delivered

Choose from six home designs

Highland: 106sqm, 4 bed, 1 bath Angus: 95.8sqm, 3 bed, 2 bath Dexter: 102sqm, 2 bed, 2 bath Suffolk: 82.6sqm, 2 bed, 1 bath Oxford: 59sqm, 2 bed, 1 bath

A size for all The company’s homes collection currently runs to six packages, ranging in size from a cosy 37.5sqm to a comfortable 106sqm four-bedder, making them closer to the footprint of a 1970s build (when, ironically, families were significantly larger) than to the average modern home, which comes in at more than 205sqm*. This makes them an ideal scale for a typically sized Kiwi family, while the smaller footprint models could be suitable for a beach bach, or as a granny flat to accommodate families at the sharp end of the rising trend for multi-generational living. Peter Kynoch, of Kynoch Construction in Palmerston North, has constructed a number of Clever Living Co

Merino: 37.5sqm–40.2 sqm – 5 variations homes and is a fan. “They are such innovative plans and very well-designed,” he says. “Some very clever people have put a huge amount of time and care into developing them.” All Clever Living Co homes (see box, above), except the Merino, come with Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) MultiProof certification, enabling speedy progress through the building consent process, as long as you don’t change any major aspect of the design. Bear in mind that you may also need resource consent. u bunningsnz

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Washing day A clothesline is the most economical way to dry your clothes, but it’s unlikely to be your garden’s greatest design asset. The challenge is to find a way to hide the clothesline from sight without banishing it to the darkest corner of the block, where your laundry will never dry. Retractable lines can be neatly wound away, and even the classic rotary clothesline can now be packed out of sight, with newer versions able to be collapsed and removed from a ground socket when company calls.

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Make an attractive feature out of a garage wall with a lattice screen

Screening ideas

PRO TIP Well-thought-out garden screening can transform the feel of a garden, while creating the shelter and privacy we desire in our outdoor spaces A fold-down line attaches to a wall and collapses when not in use, but it’s still a bulky bit of hardware. Try distracting the eye with a green wall, decorative screen or similar statement feature next to the line or on an adjacent wall. For safety, position clotheslines away from thoroughfares to avoid running into them

Make sure your bin storage has ventilation and easy access

Waste warrior There’s nothing beautiful about bins, but somehow they often end up sitting centrestage in the front garden. Though they do need to be accessible – so you don’t have to drag them too far to get them to the kerb – they don’t need to be visible. Screens are an attractive option for hiding unsightly waste receptacles and to section off an area (see more below). Bin housing is an obvious solution too. Low sheds can be turned to this purpose, or there are custom-built options, which ideally should look nice and fit seamlessly into the garden scheme; try Absco Sheds’ ‘Monument’ wheelie bin cover. Bins are best hidden in a semi-open structure so they don’t smell. If you choose a flat-pack shed, ensure it has built-in vents, while custom housing should be built with slatted timber or a similar material that allows airflow. Screen stars Sometimes there’s no way to adequately disguise a garden shed (or bins, or a clothesline) as anything other than what it is, which is where screens can mask all manner of sins. “Garden screens can distract the eye from undesirable views by being features in themselves, for example, lasercut patterned metal screens or sculpted hedges,” says garden designer Catherine Rawnsley (beautifulgardens.co.nz).  bunningsnz

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When using plants as part of your screening, make sure they are a hardy variety, tolerant of wind and full sun

Paint your shed the same colour as the fence so it blends into the background

Solid barriers, such as steel panels or slatted versions, can also force the eye to concentrate on the garden rather than the view. “If a large area of fencing is unattractive or looks too dominating, the screening can be softened with planting,” suggests Catherine. Hedges can be a great option for screening, bunnings.co.nz

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either within a garden or along its boundaries, and come with the bonus of providing a habitat for wildlife. “Unlike solid screens, they filter the wind, which helps to avoid turbulence on the leeward side of a shelter,” explains Catherine. However, “they can take time to grow to their desired height and require regular pruning.”


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Function and form are both possible with the many aesthetically minded options available for your outdoor spaces

Pinnacle 1.5m x 0.7m x 1.8m garden shed in Zinc, $115, SKU: 03318156

Patterned screens allow a glimpse of what’s beyond while disguising it, helping to enhance the sense of space

Shed the mess Between the pool gear, sports equipment and garden tools, most homes have enough stuff to fill a sizeable shed, but beware of going too big. When choosing your shed, avoid buying the biggest available. Instead, base your decision on the size of your garden. This way, the shed will become a nice feature of your space rather than the main one.

Sheds come in all shapes and sizes, but choosing one that matches your home – in style or colour – is the first and easiest way to make it a visual asset, not an eyesore. It’s also helpful to choose a material that can be customised, such as timber. When choosing a colour, you can either paint it to match the main house – like a little ‘mini me’ home – or choose a darker colour so the sun doesn’t reflect off it and it will seem to disappear into the garden. Darker hues such as charcoal are also a striking backdrop to greenery. ◆

Absco Sheds ‘Space Saver’ 1.52m x 0.78m x 1.95m single-door shed in Monument, $215, SKU: 00038028

Daytek ‘M58’ rotary clothesline in Hawthorn Green, $475, SKU: 04510422

Watch it! Bench seats are great for creating extra storage. Find out how to make one with our handy guide: bunnings.co.nz/ makeanoutdoorstorageseat

Photography (far left and middle) Natalie Hunfalvay

Another way for nature to help out is pleaching – trees are planted in a row and their branches interwoven to form a screen. “Pleached trees, trained above head height, can break up the visual impact of an undesirable view, while still allowing light through,” explains Catherine. With any type of screening, important factors to consider are how high it needs to be, the direction of the sun (especially when you want to disguise a washing line or zone off an entertainment area; you’ll obviously want some sunlight in these situations), and the direction of the prevailing wind. “Try to create a balance between shelter and privacy without blocking out too much light or any desirable views,” advises Catherine.

Sunfresh 4-line retracting clothesline, $89, SKU: 04510719

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Walls in Dulux Te Pupuha Point and (right) Dulux Very Terracotta

Earthy tones promote relaxation for sleeping zones, while high-energy areas like kitchens are ripe for spicy hues

Words Vanessa Keys. Photography (top left) Dulux; (top right) Lisa Cohen, stylists Bree Leech and Heather Nette King; (bottom) British Paints; (opposite, backgrounds only) Getty Images. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Why we love it Brown’s appeal lies in its versatility. Fill a space with dark cocoa, taupe and umber and you’ll feel instantly cosy. Or paint your walls a lighter hue to create a welcoming backdrop for every decorating style from rustic to retro. Brown has an earthy and soothing quality and is often referred to as nature’s neutral. So it’s not surprising that it plays nicely with almost every colour, and is the perfect foil for tactile timber, concrete, brick and terrazzo. How to choose Think about the purpose of the space. “In the living room, you’ll want to gravitate towards warm, earthy tones to generate feelings of comfort and relaxation,” says Rachel Lacy, colour category manager for PPG. “Whereas in the kitchen, where you want higher energy levels, go for a spicy brown with undertones of red and orange.”

➜ Planet earth From top left: Exterior wall paint Dulux Te Kaha and front door paint Dulux Benhar. Paint (in pots, from left) Okarito and Football, both Dulux. Senso ‘Essential’ 3m wide medium sheet vinyl in Walnut, $46.35/m, SKU: 06610202. Johnson Tiles ‘Tundra’ 600mm x 600mm matt porcelain floor tile in Latte, $42.01/carton of 3, SKU: 00036328. Johnson Tiles ‘Spectrum’ 97mm x 97mm ceramic wall tile in Coffee Gloss, $0.88, SKU: 00012022. ‘Ritz’ 1800mm x 2700mm plush rug in Taupe, $298, SKU: 00275661. Graham & Brown 52cm x 10m ‘Calico’ wallpaper in Natural, $69.98, SKU: 01662656. Brilliant ‘Havana’ DIY plug-in rattan pendant in Deep Natural, $49, SKU: 00089051. Mimosa ‘Somerset’ folding timber chair, $78, SKU: 03190111. Tuscan Path ‘Galaxy’ 31cm x 27cm pot in Quartz, $36, SKU: 00018444. Bathroom wall paint British Paints Branch Out. Kaboodle modern cabinet doors in Copresso. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Next, look at how much natural light your room gets. Lighter hues reflect artificial light more successfully than darker shades, so if your space has low natural light, go for a pale, buttery brown like amber or suede. Darker hues work best in open-plan spaces and any room where you want to create a cosy atmosphere – think shades of coffee and chocolate. 

“Reddish browns and rich, chocolatey hues make wonderful accents. These add depth and warmth without completely dominating a space” Kelly Magee British Paints expert

To create intimacy in larger rooms with lots of natural light, opt for a deep, rich brown; walls in British Paints Timber Loft

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Update it The great outdoors Lighter browns on exterior walls will reflect the sun and keep the inside of your home cooler, while darker walls will absorb heat and keep your house warmer. There is a trend toward the softer end of the spectrum, shades of brown with grey undertones. “I love the new brown/greys we are seeing coming through, which are becoming more popular on the outside of Kiwi homes,” says Davina Harper. “Colours like Dulux Te Kaha and Torere Double.”

Walls in PPG Taywood and (right) Dulux Nomad; (below right) lower wall in Dulux Beige Artefacts, upper walls in Dulux Natural White and screen in Dulux Sassy

Perfect pairing Dark browns look fantastic with bold colours like orange, or more muted hues such as pale pink. For a soothing 70s palette, pair with cream, apricot, clay and blush. Davina points out too, that, depending on their shade, browns generally tend to go well with other colours found in nature, “Especially the lovely sage greens we are seeing right now.” Combinations of brown and blue can be successful: think camel and navy, tobacco and teal. If unsure, look to colours that sit opposite brown on the colour wheel. “Try colour blocking a terracotta like PPG Warm Wassail against an adjoining wall in dusty blue like Shindig,” says Rachel Lacy. The right white Vanilla and chocolate, coffee and cream – you only have to look at a dessert menu to see why brown and white work so well. When choosing a white, look for a shade that shares a similar tone to your brown. Most browns have a warm undertone, so avoid cool whites that have a bluish base. “We are seeing warmer whites like Dulux Cardrona Half and Sandfly Point becoming more popular. These pair perfectly with warmer browns,” says Davina. ◆ bunnings.co.nz

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Sweet dreams With its associations of calmness and stability, brown lends itself to sleeping spaces. “Deep, dark browns like British Paints Dark Master will create a cocooning feel, while a soft, creamy brown like Set In Stone will make your bedroom feel airy,” says British Paints expert Kelly Magee. Continue the theme with accessories that take their cues from nature: a jute rug or chunky woollen throw over linen sheets.


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For a great go-to combination, Tricia recommends a mid- to dark-tone 60cm x 60cm floor tile, a light or white wall tile – either 60cm x 60cm or 60cm x 30cm – and a mosaic/feature tile on the most prominent wall. “For the feature, choose either a patterned tile or a white hexagonal, subway or penny round, with a darker grout that picks up the floor colour. This combination creates contrast, balance and a great focal point,” she says.

When choosing tiles for bathroom floors, check their slip-resistance classification is suitable for wet areas

Mix and match tiles of different scales for a sophisticated look

Words Kylie Jackes. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Tilly Roberts. pmgdesign.com.au

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says the first step is considering the look you want to achieve: light and airy, warm and enveloping, contemporary or sophisticated? This will get you thinking about colour combinations. “For an interesting designer look, it’s best to use two to three different tile selections. Any more than three and the space starts to look cluttered,” explains Tricia. “Bathroom fixtures and other materials will also impact the overall look, so decide whether you want to create contrast with bold tapware or prefer more subtle accessories, so the

tiles are the star.” When it comes to size, be guided by the dimensions of your bathroom. “A large-format tile will look fabulous in a larger space, but will lose impact in a small powder room. A better option in a compact zone is a 60cm square, a 60cm x 30cm rectangle tile or a softly patterned mosaic,” says Tricia. Though plain at first glance, much-loved neutral tiles offer myriad benefits. “They’re a timeless canvas against which you can layer pattern, colour and texture and be more creative with a striking vanity, 

Opposite page: All tiles Johnson Tiles 1 20cm x 10cm bevelled edge ceramic wall tile in White Gloss, $34.80/carton of 48, SKU: 00012684. 2 300mm x 600mm rectified ceramic wall tile in Marble White, $43.03/carton of 8, SKU: 00012640. 3 ‘Sorrento’ 400mm x 400mm ceramic floor tile in Charcoal Matt, $45.08/carton of 9, SKU: 00289560. 4 300mm x 100mm ceramic wall tile in Grey Gloss, $29.60/carton of 40, SKU: 00012680. 5 ‘Spectrum’ 97mm x 97mm wall tile in Storm Grey Gloss, $0.88 each, SKU: 00012026. 6 300mm x 100mm ceramic wall tile in Charcoal Gloss, $29.60/carton of 40, SKU: 00012679. 7 ‘Ripple’ 300mm x 200mm wall tile in Ultra White, $34.89/carton of 24, SKU: 06661104. 8 300mm x 300mm crystal glass and stone blend mosaic tile, $14.55/sheet, SKU: 06661938 (full sheet not shown). 9 ‘Mars’ 600mm x 300mm semi polished floor tile in Grey, $71.70/pack of 6, SKU: 06661172. 10 Mondella ‘Signature’ WELS 5-star 6L/min basin mixer in Brushed Rose Gold, $149, SKU: 05004177. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Update it A neutral colour scheme doesn’t date and allows elegant tapware to take centrestage

For a streamlined look, run the same tiles over the floor and walls

mirror and fixtures,” says Tricia Mancini. “White neutral tiles are bright, crisp and cheery, while warmer-toned neutrals create a cosy, cocooning feel.” What’s trending There’s a smorgasbord of on-trend options that offer enduring style. One of the most coveted looks is earthy materials, colours and finishes – think raw concrete, large-format marble-look and timber-look tiles. The beauty of these stone- and wood-look tiles is they combine the organic appeal of natural materials with the robust characteristics of ceramic tiles, meaning they’re low maintenance and ideal for wet areas. Matt and lappato (semi-polished) finishes are also popular, as they offer a softer, sophisticated look and are less likely to show water marks or smudges than gloss tiles. Subways remain a perennial favourite. White is the classic, but as with other parts of the home, colour is creeping in here too; from brights to pastels, coloured subway tiles offer an appealing alternative to white, with blues and greens currently popular for those seeking a dash of colour. Visual trickery With a wealth of colours, sizes and patterns available, tiles are a fantastically functional tool for solving any quirks or shortfalls in a bathroom’s size or configuration. Enhance space Tiling from floor to ceiling creates a luxe look and helps enhance the sense of space. Go for large-format tiles with a rectified edge, which minimises grout lines and lends a seamless appearance to a room. Another tip is to install tiles on a 45-degree diagonal, as this will make the tiles and room appear larger. Add character To give a vast bathroom warmth and personality, Nicole Budge, national account manager of Johnson bunnings.co.nz

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Tiles, suggests using patterned tiles or mosaics such as penny rounds to create a feature wall behind the bath or vanity. “Pairing colour with natural materials can also create a more intimate feel,” she says. “A combination of blues with crisp white and a wood-look tile laid in a herringbone pattern offers a contemporary and stylish look.” Boost light Pale colours and glossy finishes have great reflective qualities. There’s a reason why the classic gloss-white subway tiles are so popular; they can work wonders to counteract a dark and dreary bathroom. “Using gloss tiles to reflect light and the use of mirrors to create the illusion of a larger space should always be considered for any bathroom renovation,” says Nicole. Vertical vs horizontal If you’ve got a long, narrow bathroom or a compact, square space, play with tile direction to visually alter the dimensions. Rectangular tiles laid across the floor will create the illusion of width, while if laid vertically on the walls will make the ceiling look higher. Pull focus “The visual ‘busy-ness’ of a patterned tile draws attention, so use

it to your advantage,” says Tricia. “If you have an element like a low bulkhead or a toilet in your direct line of sight, create an alternate focal point with an eye-catching floor-to-ceiling patterned wall.” 3D effects For a bold three-dimensional look, try using contrasting grout that’s significantly lighter or darker than the tile. This is particularly effective as a device to highlight an unusual tile shape, such as fish scales or hexagons, or pattern, like herringbone or diamond configurations. Coloured grouts on feature walls also add an unexpected point of difference. ◆

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brick (stretcher bond) or basketweave patterns; also hexagonal tiles, and grey and white marble.  Organic Tiles with non-uniform edging or a textured surface; tiles that mimic stone or timber.  Contemporary Larger format tiles; raw concrete-look tiles; geometric mosaics as a feature.  Minimalist Neutral, mutedtoned large-format tiles.


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Black, steel-framed windows are bang on trend, and it’s easy to transform your old aluminium windows with a coat of paint to capture this look

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Prep the area Painting is easy, but the time and effort you expend in prepping is what makes the difference. Start by removing window furnishings and fixtures, then take any unfixed windows out of the frame entirely. Thoroughly clean the window, inside and out, removing all dirt and dust. Put down a dust sheet to protect the floors. Tape off around the frame using a good-quality painter’s tape. Press the tape into the corners with a putty knife and use shorter lengths – around 30cm – to make it easier to get a snug fit against the frame. Use sheets of paper kitchen towel or newspaper to cover the reveals (the window’s timber surround), securing it in place with more tape – this will work to protect the timber, as long as it’s not saturated with paint. Tape off the window, and cover the glass completely in paper towel or newspaper.

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1 Dy-Mark mini etch primer metal paint, $9.95/100g, SKU: 01560539. 2 Dulux ‘Duramax’ high performance enamel spray paint in Flat Black, $16.50/340g, SKU: 01400717. 3 ScotchBlue advanced multi surface painter’s tape, $11.54, SKU: 00257839. 4 3M ‘Performance’ reusable paint project respirator, $79.90, SKU: 00216042. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Setting up Smart home set-ups range from the high end – fully integrated, professionally installed systems, which control everything from your blinds to the air-conditioner and garage door – to inexpensive DIY models that can often be fairly easily retrofitted. Many appliances or systems can be controlled using an app on a smart device, connected via bluetooth or wi-fi. However, you may also want to consider the benefits of using a smart hub (see box, opposite), which enables you to coordinate your smart products so they talk to

each other and perform functions or ‘routines’, like turning on the kettle at a set time after your heating comes on. Certain smart home controllers, like Google Home, respond to voice commands. Switching on Easy to retrofit or install in new builds, adding smart LED lighting can be as simple as replacing a light bulb. It can be operated remotely via an app so you can, for example, switch it on and off to give the impression someone is at home – handy for security. And, says Sengled director David Clerk, “You can receive live energy reports on your phone for each smart light so you can easily monitor usage.” Great for entertaining, some smart lights, such as Philips Hue, offer myriad lighting effects, with a spectrum of colours from the one bulb that can be synced to your music, TV and games for an immersive effect. The possibilities with smart lights range from novel effects (bulbs that flash colours when you receive a text message) to the incredibly practical, such as versions that incorporate movement sensors – perfect

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for late-night trips to the toilet. A smart light is also an easy way to add dimmable lights to a lounge or bedroom without the need for electrical rewiring. Smart lights also offer additional home security, with the ability to control your home lighting system remotely through your smart device. Be

aware that completing the set-up will require technical knowledge. Smart lights can talk to each other via their own bluetooth network; this is effective if they’re in close proximity. However, where multi-level homes or greater distances are involved, you could consider using a local

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Embrace the convenience of domestic technology with the latest devices


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Christmas tree powering your decorative lights or behind your entertainment unit serving devices that are in stand-by mode while you’re away, these plugs add the benefit of safety as well as energy savings to previously hard-to-access power points. With smart wi-fi plugs you can plug into a standard general-purpose outlet and, via an app, it will enable you to turn the power on or off. Some models of smart plugs also have the added feature of monitoring energy usage. Connected via your home network, these smart plugs can provide power to devices when triggered by a movement sensor, timer settings or even synced with sunrise and sunset times. Garden gadgets Smart home technology is also inching outdoors. Devices can be used to control garden and path lighting to achieve different effects, which can be

practical as well as a fun touch when you’re entertaining. Products such as the Holman smart tap timer allow you to programme and control watering from your smartphone, while weather buffs can easily gather all the data they crave with gadgets such as the Holman iWeather digital weather station, which collects information like wind speed, rainfall and humidity from a station mounted outside, and transmits it wirelessly to a pad inside your home. Door locks The latest smart security technology can give you control over your front door. The convenience of keyless entry enables you to give access to guests, tradespeople and deliveries when you’re not home to greet them. Bluetooth-enabled locks control the latch with your phone for ease of use, or will 

Learn the lingo wi-fi network, which will allow you to operate lights from different rooms or remotely from your smartphone. Plugging in Smart plugs make inaccessible power points easy to control via your smartphone. Whether they are located behind your

 Smart home hub A central hub that can communicate over a range of network protocols (for example wi-fi or bluetooth) to connect various home automation devices.  Bluetooth Allows fixed and mobile devices to exchange data within wireless personal area networks (WPAN). Limited in range from 10 to 30 metres.  Geo-fencing A location-based feature used to trigger a pre-programmed function when your phone or tablet enters or leaves a virtual perimeter for a geographical area, such as your smart lights turning on when you pull into the driveway.

Holman BTX1 bluetooth smart valve 1 station tap timer, $79.98, SKU: 00011576

Philips Hue 10W A60 LED ES bulb kit, $276/pack of 3, SKU: 00311608

Sengled 4 bulb wi-fi kit and element hub smart LED downlight, $225, SKU: 04332067

Trust Smart Home 2400W DIY wireless switching set, $52, SKU: 00325522

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Smart door locks enable access for yourself, family and friends without the need for myriad keys

send push notifications when members of the family have arrived home safely. Some locks also allow biometric access via fingerprint recognition. Another innovative gadget is the video doorbell, which lets you view your entrance and answer the front door via a smartphone or tablet. When you answer an alert, you can see and hear visitors and speak to them remotely, ideal if you want to let someone in while you’re out and about. Smart security systems send you an alert if the alarm is triggered. Security cameras Wi-fi-enabled outdoor smart security cameras provide round-the-clock surveillance, monitored via your smart device. “You can control your cameras and view footage remotely and, if something happens, be alerted in real time,” says Nick Nigro, account manager for home security firm Swann. Swann cameras use True Detect heat-sensing technology, so they’re about seven times more accurate than cameras that use motion detectors, says Nick. “The camera only records when it senses people, large pets and cars, which preserves battery life and means you only

EXPERT TIP To ensure seamless connectivity between devices, it’s best to call in a tech expert get sent relevant push notifications,” he explains. Renters can also benefit – some devices are battery powered so there’s no need to drill holes or run cables; you just need a phone and a wi-fi connection. Certain cameras even have a built-in speaker, microphone and two-way audio functionality, allowing you to communicate with the person at your front door remotely. ◆

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here comes a time in a DIYer’s life when the basic tool kit begins to seem inadequate. When you find yourself starting to take on tasks such as removing and rehanging doors, building partition walls and then plastering them, or building a deck or pergola, it’s time to consider adding some pro-grade tools, such as the following, to your kit. Clamps A clamp can be your second set of hands. They can hold one end of materials while you fix off the other, they’re an essential tool for temporary props and bracing, they can hold a joint in place while you nail or screw, and hold materials together while glue sets. Look for heavyduty clamps that can be easily operated with one hand, and buy a range of lengths. Chalk line A chalk line or chalk reel is a long, retractable string in a container of powdered chalk. Reel it out, hold taut along a surface where you need a straight line marked and flick the line against the surface for an instant dead straight line five, 10, 20 or more metres long. Chisel set Chisels are used for everything from fine cabinetmaking to fitting locks and hinges. The very sharp blade can shave away timber and cut very precise sections. “Chisels, like good knives, can be resharpened for years. Invest in a good chisel set and sharpening tools and then, most importantly, take the time to learn how to use both correctly,” says Matt Francis of Stanley Black & Decker. Hammer drill Many drills (corded and cordless) have a hammer function that adds impact force behind the drill bit, helping to drill through rock, stone, brick and concrete. For bigger projects and repetitive work, use a rotary hammer drill, which provides a lot more impact energy. Large power saw A smaller blade-size circular saw will only get you so far. You may need to step up to a more powerful larger-bladed model, such as a 235mm blade, which will give you a maximum cutting depth of around 85mm. You could consider a 305mm blade sliding compound mitre saw. These bench-mounted saws allow for accurate straight and multi-angled cutting of timber more than 100mm thick.

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Multi-tool Describing a multi-tool, it’s impossible not to sound like a latenight television infomercial – it saws, cuts, sands, drills, bolts! A multi-tool is a hand-held unit with interchangeable heads, allowing you to swap from an oscillating cutting blade to a detail sanding head to a jigsaw, drill or ratchet head. With its compact head, you can get into tight corners to sand, cut or drill. Laser level Once only the domain of the top-shelf tradie, laser levels are now available in a range of affordable styles. They give you the ability to project a line around a room, horizontally or vertically, giving you instant, super-accurate levels. Be aware that only some models are suitable for outdoor use. Tool storage You might be happy with a simple tool box but as your kit expands, having a place for everything will make your DIY projects run smoother. There are fantastic options – from wheeled tool chests to workbenches with tool-hanging pegboards and integrated or add-on storage units – that will see your shed transformed into a serious workshop.

Safety first in every kit Safety should always be your number-one priority, and that includes anyone watching you work, too. Ensure that your kit contains:  quality earmuffs or plugs safety glasses and goggles  (goggles give side protection from flying debris and dust) breathing protection to suit  your work good-quality gloves  boots, protective toe if needed  safety vest  hard hat  sunscreen  irst-aid kit  f

EXPERT TIP “Historically, a tool belt or apron was an item you only saw on the building site. Nowadays with modern designs and custom pouches available, as a DIYer you can easily take up this practice to hold tools in a handy position on your belt while you work on a project” Mike Jaggs Bunnings hand tools buyer

Sander Sanders are the essential finishing tool for larger projects. They range from small palm sanders to large belt models, so do your research to work out which best suits your needs. Most are corded but there are now a number of good battery models. Power planer This provides the same finish as a fixed-blade plane, except multiple rotating blades are used to shave off timber super fast. It’s a useful multipurpose tool. You can take a piece of rough timber and quickly convert it to a fine finish, remove bumps and imperfections and smooth joints or do tricky fixes, such as removing a millimetre or two from the edge of a sticking door, far more accurately than you could with a power saw. Sliding bevel This is effectively an angle finder and marking tool. It has a thick handle with an adjustable blade that can be locked in place at any angle. Use it to determine an angle then transfer that angle to a piece of timber for cutting or for setting a power saw cutting angle when repeated cuts are needed. Spirit levels A basic 800mm spirit level will do many tasks, but adding other lengths to your kit will make life easier. Long levels, up to 2.4 metres in length, make it simple to accurately check levels and mark lines over longer distances, while shorter torpedo levels – generally 20-30cm long – fit in your back pocket and allow accuracy in tight spaces. If you do a lot of landscape DIY, a multi-sided post level lets you check two post faces and post plumb at the same time. ◆


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The WELS star rating system takes the guesswork out of choosing water-efficient taps and shower heads

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save up to 4.5 litres per minute. If you have an eight-minute shower every day, that’s a saving of more than 13,000 litres per person over a year – that’s 130 bathtubs!* Water technology works While we’re all keen to save water, our appetite for a luxurious wash hasn’t eased – especially when it comes to showers. New technology developed by tapware manufacturers means that water-efficient showers can still feel fabulous. “If you engineer the shower from the beginning, knowing the flow

PRO TIP Looking to update older non-compliant tapware? Consider replacing the kitchen sink mixer first, as it won’t need to match other fittings, like in a bathroom parameters, you can ensure you get the most out of the available resource,” explains Nick Swan, brand manager at Methven. “When you do this right you can easily get a better experience from a nine-litre-a-minute shower compared with a 22-litre-a-minute shower.” Satisfying shower experiences are a result of force as well as coverage, which can be achieved in several ways. Each brand has their own technique, but it will usually involve creating force by colliding jets of water against each other, against angled surfaces or by creating spirals of water. ◆


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1 Methven ‘Amio’ WELS 5 star, 6L/min all pressures sink mixer in Chrome, $299, SKU: 00317477. 2 Caroma WELS 5 star 6L/min basin mixer in Black Jade, $189, SKU: 05004402. 3 Flexispray ‘Krome’ WELS 3 star 9L/min shower system in Chrome, $285, SKU: 00274952. 4 Mondella ‘Signature’ WELS 3 star 9L/min shower arm and head in Brushed Rose Gold, $249, SKU: 05004292. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Pantry provisions A well-planned pantry is a cook’s best friend – and might even slash your grocery bills

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utilise your appliances, rather than storing them at the back of a cupboard and forgetting all about them. When planning your space, measure the ceiling height as well. “If you have high ceilings, make the most of them,” says Jessica. There are always seldom-used platters and servingware that can be stored above head height.

What’s in store Once you’ve mapped out the pantry’s size, choose your storage options. Narrow open shelving – about 300mm deep – is ideal, so you can see everything on the shelves. Drawers or baskets store huge amounts and allow you to see the entire contents at a glance. “You can create easy access storage to maximise


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Display your pantry’s contents in clear containers to make supermarket shopping a breeze – and help to reduce food waste

accessibility with pantry pull-out baskets. By replacing shelves with adjustable pull-out wireware, it compartmentalises the space, putting everything within easy reach,” says Kaboodle Kitchen marketing manager Lisa Mayski. Mesh baskets let air circulate, so food doesn’t sweat the way it would in sealed storage. Customisable storage works wonders. Look for adjustable shelves, or deck out the pantry with a strip and bracket system, and alternate between wire baskets and shelves in varying sizes based on storage needs.

obvious essential if the pantry is housing appliances and operating as a working space, but will also help you keep track of your provisions.

Light meal Pantries can be dim nooks, but the space is far more likely to be used if you can see clearly. Natural lighting is ideal, if you can manage it, but pantries rarely enjoy the luxury of a window. Instead, look at outside-the-square solutions such as a skylight or sun tunnel. Task lighting is an

What goes where The experts’ top tip for shelf stocking is to categorise. “Assigning spaces for everything is life changing,” says Liz Bradley. “You may want to store snacks, hot drink fixings and spreads in a separate area or cupboard – near the toaster or the kettle, if possible. The less often frequent snackers are delving about in the pantry the better.” To avoid the pantry descending into chaos, give everything a home, embrace containers, and label! “The simplest thing to do is – after a really good weed out of expired packets – just get a container that fiddly little packets and jars can all fit inside,” advises Liz. “This also works for floppy packets of soup mix and sauces that never stand up by themselves!” ¿

LTW 350mm handy basket in Chrome, $16.78, SKU: 00108987

LTW 390mm spice rack in White, $7.90, SKU: 00558606

Philips ‘Hue’ 2m light strip, $123, SKU: 00326158

Flexi Storage 185mm 2-runner wire basket in White, $15.70, SKU: 02590158

Buyer’s guide to storage The right storage can save thousands of dollars on your shopping bill each year, not to mention the time and levels of frustration when trying to prepare meals for your family. Here are our top tips: In plain sight Clear storage is the best for finding what you need. Remove items from plastic or cardboard wrappers so you can see the food itself.

Perfect seal Choose airtight storage containers, especially for infrequently used items like flours, nuts, seeds and spices. You can seriously extend the shelf life with highquality sealed containers. Stack it Where space is limited, choose storage based on the height of your shelving. Most of the wasted space in pantries is in the gaps between the shelves.

Kaboodle 450mm 6 tier pantry pullout baskets in Chrome, $469, SKU: 02667708 Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered

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ane furniture is bang on trend, so it’s worth rummaging through the garage (or second-hand shops) for vintage pieces left

over from cane’s last moment in the spotlight. However, while it is pliable, as it ages it becomes brittle, and old furniture is often damaged, with splits or tears in the binding that wraps around the joints. It’s simple enough to replace the broken pieces with new cane, securing with timber adhesive and tapping in tiny nails to hold in place. We’ve mended a retro magazine rack, but the same techniques can be applied to repair vintage chairs, tables or other storage pieces.

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Project and steps photography Natasha Dickins. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Tilly Roberts. Purchase cane and cane binding online at cane and rattan suppliers such as thecanecompany.co.nz or from craft stores

Working on a drop cloth, use a multitool or pliers to pull broken or bent pieces from the frame and remove any loose nails or staples.

To reinforce any wrapped joints, trim off frayed cane then bind the wrapping cane around the joint, pulling under the previous wrap to hold it tight. Tap in a nail to hold the end underneath.

Reuse the removed pieces in other areas, cutting to fit, dabbing adhesive in the holes and securing with masking tape to dry. Wipe away excess with a damp cloth.

Place the rack on a flat surface to work from the inside, tapping nails into the crossover joints. If you’re having difficulties, use a pair of pliers to hold the nail while tapping with a hammer.

PRO TIP Cane isn’t as porous as timber – the most effective finishes to use on it include water-based enamel paint for all-over colour, a highgloss varnish for a lacquered effect or a tinted satin varnish for a matte finish

To fit any new cane pieces, use an 8mm drill bit to widen the holes, drilling at the same angle as the existing holes. Dab some adhesive into the holes, wiping away excess.

Use 120-grit abrasive paper to sand the magazine rack all over, removing the original varnish, smoothing any breakout around the holes and cleaning up around the joints.

TOOLS & MATERIALS  Safety equipment  Drop cloth  Multitool or pliers  Secateurs  Clean cloth  Drill with 8mm bit  10mm bullet-head nails  Small hammer  120-grit abrasive paper  Timber adhesive  Masking tape L engths of 8mm cane   Wrapping cane  Stain and varnish aerosol in Black

Cut new cane pieces, angling the ends for a better fit into the holes, twisting the cane to sit straight. For a tight fit, soak the cane in warm water for 10 minutes to make it more pliable.

Wear gloves and a mask, and work in a well ventilated area to lightly apply coats of spray varnish to the rack, leaving it to dry between each coat and moving the rack each time to make sure you saturate all areas. u

Begonia in Northcote Pottery 15cm Italian terracotta cylinder pot in Greige, $8.60, SKU: 00044329. Brilliant ‘Annette’ 240V timber effect pendant light, $69.90, SKU: 00014343. Monstera deliciosa leaf. Side table, Kmart, kmart.co.nz. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Shelf help

Making the most of your vertical spaces is as easy as arranging objects on floating shelves. Follow our tips for styling success

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loating shelves, stocked with pretty and personal pieces, are an easy way to transform a plain wall into a gorgeous and practical feature. The magic of these shelves lies in the invisible fixings. A metal bracket with protruding tubes fixes directly to the wall (screws and fixings for both masonry and stud walls are included). These slide into a cavity in the back of the shelf, which then conceals all the hardware. Note the load capacity. The larger shelves we’ve used here can handle up to 10kg for masonry walls and 5kg for plasterboard, while the smallest shelf can hold up to 5kg in masonry and 3kg in plasterboard. This makes them perfect for an elegant display, but not suited to storing your entire cookbook collection! Ready to style? Follow our six easy steps to help you ace the art of display.

Read it! You’ll love these clever ideas for shelving: bunnings.co.nz/fiveshelvingideas

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PRO TIP Position items towards the back of the shelf for safety

Flexi Storage 600mm x 240mm x 38mm floating shelf in Oak, $29.98, SKU: 02583899 (top shelf). Flexi Storage 1200mm x 240mm x 38mm floating shelves in Oak, $45.76 each, SKU: 02583901 (two for the middle shelf and one for the bottom shelf). Middle shelf: Succulent. Baskets, Kmart, kmart.co.nz. Picture frame, Country Road, countryroad.co.nz. Bottom shelf: Succulent. Heart leaf philodendron in Northcote Pottery ‘Precinct Lite’ small moon pot in White, $39, SKU: 02831975. Haworthia. Under shelves: Philodendron Hope. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


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Words Shelley Tustin. Photography James Moffatt, stylist Stephanie Powell

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Add greenery A potted plant or a vase of flowers or foliage adds instant vibrancy. Trailing plants look amazing draped over the edge of a shelf, or choose something perkier for height. â—†

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Make it Family entertaining

Father’s Day feast

Recipes Kerrie Worner. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Tilly Roberts. Food stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones. Styling assistants Savannah Cohen and Samantha Torrisi

Light the barbie and invite the family over to indulge in a delicious woodfired spread in honour of Dad

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elebrate Father’s Day with a few of Dad’s favourite things: family, good food and a barbecue with all burners blazing. We’ve catered for a crowd, with recipes to impress your guests (kids included) all cooked on an outdoor grill. It’s a great opportunity to explore the versatility of the backyard barbecue, which can lend a distinctive smoky favour to an enormous range of ingredients. Barbecues are not just for summer, and certainly not just for steaks and snags. 

A rustic fire pit allows for outdoor winter entertaining

A timber table and chairs create a relaxed and comfortable dinner setting Above, left: Mimosa ‘Avani’ timber daybed with grey polyester seat and back cushions and four assorted patterned cushions, $649, SKU: 03192158. Mimosa ‘Honolulu’ timber coffee table, $139, SKU: 00024800. Knit 43cm x 43cm interior cushion in Grey, $14.95, SKU: 00106474. Smart Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw rug in Valletta, $12.95, SKU: 00086765. Lytworx solar flame lanterns, $15 each, SKU: 00064795. Above, right: Mimosa ‘Honolulu’ timber dining chairs with cushions, $109 each, SKU: 00024798. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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BBQ Buddy fish griller, $19.98, SKU: 00912193

Smoked Portuguese snapper

Barbecued Mediterranean vegetables with garlic and hummus Grilled corn cobs with coriander avocado sauce

PRO TIP You can barbecue the Portuguese snapper without the smoker box and chips, but they help to impart a lovely woody flavour to the fish


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Make it Smoked Portuguese snapper

Smoker, for similar try Char-Griller ‘Deluxe’ barbecue, $299, SKU: 03180388. BBQ Buddy long locking tongs, $6.98, SKU: 00911179. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Serves 4–6  1kg whole snapper, cleaned  1 lemon, sliced, plus extra wedges to serve  Olive oil cooking spray  Coriander sprigs, finely sliced red onion and spring onion, for garnish  100g smoking chips, for grilling  1 smoker box Portuguese marinade  3 long red chillies, seeded and chopped  2 garlic cloves, crushed  1 tsp sea salt flakes  1½ tsp sweet paprika  1 tsp ground coriander  ¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper  1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano  2 tbsp lemon juice  2 tbsp olive oil  1 tbsp brown sugar

1 Soak the smoking chips in a bowl of water for 30 minutes. To make the marinade, place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade. Place the snapper on a tray and cut four slashes across the top. Spread the remaining marinade over both sides and inside the snapper; cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. 2 Drain the smoking chips. Heat the barbecue to a medium-high heat. Spread the chips in the smoker box and sit the smoker box on the hot plate. Lower the barbecue lid and allow the chips to heat and smoke for about 20 minutes. 3 Place three lemon slices down the centre of the snapper and the remaining slices inside the cavity. Place the snapper in a fish griller or on a non-stick barbecue mat and spray with olive oil. Place the griller or mat on the barbecue hotplate. Cook with the lid down for 30-35 minutes, turning halfway, until charred and cooked through (the flesh will be white). 4 Transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with the coriander and finely sliced red onion and spring onion. Serve with lemon wedges. Use the reserved marinade to drizzle over the flesh once removed from the bones.

TIP: You can use the marinade for thick fish fillets, green prawns, butterflied chicken, chicken fillets and chicken wings. To increase the heat, add some chilli seeds or ¼ tsp cayenne pepper. Grilled corn cobs with coriander avocado sauce Serves 6  75g soft butter  1½ tsp finely grated lime zest  1½ tsp garlic salt  1½ tsp onion powder  1 tsp smoked paprika  Cracked black pepper  6 cobs of corn (vacuum-sealed)  Dried chilli flakes and chopped coriander, to serve

Coriander avocado sauce  1 ripe avocado  ¼ cup lime juice  1 tsp honey  ¼ cup Greek yoghurt  2 tbsp chopped coriander  ½ tsp sriracha chilli sauce

1 Combine the butter, lime zest, garlic salt, onion powder and paprika, and season with pepper. Spread over the cobs. 2 Heat the barbecue to a medium-high heat. Add the corn. Cook with the lid down for 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred. 3 To make the coriander avocado sauce, blend all the ingredients with ¼ cup of water in a blender or food processor until smooth. Spread some sauce on a serving board. Place the corn cobs on top and spread with more sauce. Sprinkle with the chilli flakes and coriander. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side. Fresh corn option: If using fresh corn, as pictured, peel back the corn husks, discarding the few dry outer husks, leaving the remaining husks intact and attached to the cob. Discard silks. Tie the husks together on each cob with string or discarded corn husk. Trim the dry ends with scissors. Lower the cobs into boiling water, leaving the husks out of the water. Boil for 5 minutes, allow to cool, then follow the recipe from step 1 for vacuum-sealed cobs. When barbecuing, let the husks hang over the edge of the barbecue and cook with the lid down resting on the husks.

Barbecued Mediterranean vegetables with garlic and hummus Serves 4–6  1 large eggplant, cut into 2.5cm cubes  2 large zucchini, cut into 1.5cm cubes  350g cauliflower, cut into 4cm florets  1 large red capsicum, seeded and cut into 1cm strips  1 large red onion, halved and cut into 1cm wedges  ⅓ cup olive oil, plus extra for the pita and serving  1 tbsp chopped rosemary  Texas blackjack barbecue beef kebabs


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Make it  2 tsp chopped lemon thyme leaves  1 garlic clove, crushed  1 tsp ground sea salt  640g bag Greek pita bread (see Tip)  250g tub hummus  200g tub garlic dip (see Tip)  80g baby rocket leaves, rinsed and drained  Sumac, for sprinkling (optional)  1/� cup pomegranate arils (optional)  Caramelised balsamic vinegar, to serve

1 Heat the barbecue to medium. Place the eggplant, zucchini, cauliflower, capsicum and onion in a large heavy-based roasting dish that will fit in your barbecue with the lid down. (You can also cook the vegetables on a lower heat on the flat hotplate in batches.) 2 Combine the oil, rosemary, lemon thyme, garlic and salt in a jug. Pour over the vegetables and toss until coated. Place the dish on the barbecue hotplate. Close the lid and cook for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Remove the pan and set aside to cool. 3 Brush the pita lightly with oil and barbecue for 1-2 minutes each side or until puffed and charred. Transfer to a plate, cut into wedges and cover with foil to keep warm. 4 Spread the hummus on a platter then spread the garlic dip on top. Add the rocket to the vegetables and toss to combine. Arrange the vegies on top of the hummus and garlic, sprinkle with the sumac and pomegranate, drizzle with the balsamic and oil, and serve with the pita wedges.

TIP: You can buy Greek pita bread and garlic dip from greengrocers and delis. Texas blackjack barbecue beef kebabs Makes 20 kebabs; serves 6  1 cup dark beer or ale  1/� cup barbecue sauce  2 tbsp dark coconut syrup or molasses  2 tbsp apple cider vinegar  ¼ cup lime juice  2 tbsp brown sugar  2 garlic cloves, crushed  2 tsp ground chipotle or chipotle hot sauce  700g skirt steak (see Tip, below)  Olive oil, for grilling  Thinly sliced green chilli and herbs, to garnish

1 Combine the beer, barbecue sauce, syrup, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, garlic and chipotle in a pan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Boil for 12 minutes or until thickened slightly. Pour into a heatproof jug; allow to cool. 2 Cut the steak, against the grain, into 5mm slices. Add 2/ � cup of the marinade to the steak and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. 3 Soak 40 x 16cm wooden skewers in cold water for 10 minutes. Thread the meat onto a skewer, then thread another skewer at an angle to secure any loose pieces. Repeat with the remaining meat. (You can use single skewers if preferred.)

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Greek chicken souvlaki kebabs

4 Heat an oiled barbecue to medium-high. Cook the skewers for 5 minutes with the lid down, turning halfway and brushing with more oil until charred and just cooked through. Remove and transfer to a clean plate. 5 Drizzle with some of the remaining marinade and turn until coated. Arrange on a serving platter. Sprinkle with the chilli and herbs and serve with the rest of the marinade on the side.

TIP: With minimal cooking on a hot barbecue, skirt steak produces a tender kebab, but you can also use rump, sirloin, porterhouse or eye fillet to make the skewers. Unused marinade can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to one month.

Roasted baby sweet potatoes with dill ranch dressing

Greek chicken souvlaki kebabs Makes 14 kebabs; serves 6  1kg chicken breast fillets, trimmed  Olive oil, for barbecuing  Lemon wedges and tzatziki, to serve Greek souvlaki marinade  ¼ cup olive oil  Finely grated zest of 1 lemon  1 tbsp lemon juice  1 tbsp red wine vinegar  2 tsp chopped fresh oregano  2 tsp chopped thyme, plus extra for serving  1 tsp chopped dried mint  1 tsp smoked paprika  2 garlic cloves, crushed  Ground sea salt and black pepper


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1 Combine all the marinade ingredients, then slice the chicken into 3cm cubes. Add to the marinade and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Avoid marinating for too long as the lemon juice will begin to cook the chicken. 2 Soak 14 x 25cm flat wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes. Thread the chicken onto the skewers. Heat an oiled barbecue plate to medium. 3 Cook the kebabs for 10-12 minutes with the lid down, turning halfway and brushing with more oil, until cooked through. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with extra thyme sprigs and serve with the lemon wedges and tzatziki.

TIP: The marinade is also suitable for pork and lamb leg kebabs, cutlets, butterflied leg or shoulder. Roasted baby sweet potatoes with dill ranch dressing Serves 6  1kg small sweet potatoes  2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing  2 garlic cloves, crushed  1 tsp sea salt flakes  Crunchy chickpea snacks (see Tip, below)

Dill ranch dressing  ½ cup buttermilk or Greek yoghurt  ⅓ cup whole egg mayonnaise  1 tbsp lime juice  1 tbsp chopped dill  1 tbsp chopped chives, plus extra to serve  Habanero hot sauce or sriracha, to taste

1 Scrub the sweet potatoes under cold water and pat dry. Cut in half lengthways then again lengthways into 3cm wedges. Put in a large bowl with the oil, garlic and salt and toss to combine. 2 Heat the barbecue to medium-low. Place the wedges on the hotplate and cook for 15-20 minutes with the lid down until tender and charred, brushing with oil and turning halfway. 3 To make the dill ranch dressing, combine the buttermilk, mayonnaise, lime juice, dill and chives in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the hot sauce to taste and blend. 4 Arrange the potatoes on a serving platter and drizzle with some of the dressing. Sprinkle with the chives and chickpeas and serve with the remaining dressing on the side.

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8 1 Matador ‘Boss’ 6 burner hooded barbecue with side burner, $1,250, SKU: 03180789. 2 Samba hickory smoking chips, $12.90/1kg, SKU: 08906307. 3 Matador 3 piece BBQ tool set, $29, SKU: 03170922. 4 Big Smoke ‘Bushman’s Blend’ wood chips, $9.90/1kg, SKU: 00521754. 5 Samba fish smoker, $34.50, SKU: 00307761. 6 BBQ Buddy corn cob holders, $6.95/ pack of 4, SKU: 03171448. 7 Samba BBQ fuel charcoal, $9.98/3kg, SKU: 00307715. 8 Jumbuck rustic iron fire bowl, $189, SKU: 03170943. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Read it! More tips to add that smoky flavour: bunnings.co.nz/gasbbqsmoking

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Plant pick

Strawberry delight Name: Fragaria x ananassa What they look like Deep red berries pop against small, vivid green serrated leaves. Dug into a garden bed, this low grower will throw out runners to make new ones, and in time and with the right care, will fill its allotted space with a carpet of greenery and ruby-hued fruit. Where they grow Strawberries will flourish from seed or runners in most climates, but are best grown in full sun to ensure your fruit thrive. Lack of sun will mean little or no flavour for your summer berries. They do well in pots and hanging planters, which also lets you move them if conditions get too harsh. They are shallow-rooted, so ensure the soil doesn’t dry out, especially if planted in a windy spot. Why we love them The best time to plant strawberries is from June to October in the warmer northern regions, and August to October in the cooler southern regions, with the fruiting season running from spring to autumn. Easy to handle, they’re a perfect starter plant for a beginner grower. How to grow them Start with good quality soil or a potting mix designed for fruit, then surround with straw to lock in moisture and keep fruit off the soil. Keep well fed with a solution of Seasol fortnightly. Runners will appear during the fruiting season and should be pruned off and, if you like, potted to make new plants. Once the plants start fruiting, install netting to protect from birds. ◆

Fragaria x ananassa Photography Getty

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Bunnings Magazine NZ August 2019  

Bunnings Magazine NZ August 2019