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n Canterbury for a long time our reasons for building or renovating have been based on the earthquakes. As a city, building suddenly became the primary topic of conversation at social occasions; we became experts in the various materials and complex engineering needed to combat seismic movement. We knew more about ground repair, foundations and lightweight construction than ever before. We stopped entering into construction projects simply because we wanted to. Until now. This issue of abode we step inside five unique homes. A mix of renovations and new builds, they each have their own story, yet each was inspired by a desire to change, to create – not simply driven by a need. It is refreshing and exciting to once again be talking to people who have elected to build. They possess a sense of ownership and excitement that is not always found in quake rebuilds and repairs. Rather than be dictated by insurance companies and EQC, they set their own pace, budget and outlook. They entered into a project built around a vision, and poured their heart and soul into creating safe, vibrant homes for their families and friends to enjoy. While the rebuild of Christchurch continues, we should be inspired, once again, to create beautiful homes and spaces, simply because we can.

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28 something special


14 embrace winter in style

Be inspired by the latest in winter accessories and fabrics for the home

16 naturally better

Beautiful, yet functional – natural stone tiles are put under the spotlight

18 new + improved

From baths, to vanities and showers, uncover the latest in bathroom furniture

20 the perfect match

We talk to the experts when it comes to match-making

22 raising expectations

Discover two sustainable buildings and the materials that make them special

36 a labour of love

Innovation and energy efficiency combine to achieve the ultimate gas fire

26 the hidden layer

The importance of pre-cladding and why what’s underneath is so important

A renovation of blood, sweat and tears

42 inspiring spaces

24 the future of fire

An eye for design and a passion for detail combine with striking results

Strong lines and creative thinking combine in this stunning new build

48 double sided

This new build was all about creating a haven for family life

54 old bones, new life

A kitchen renovation sparks a full home makeover

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6 interior trends

A showcase of the best of the best in homeware and accessories

12 colour crush

Make a statement with feature walls

61 places we love

Our picks for places to visit this month

63 food

Raspberry Oat Bars – the perfect lunchbox snack

65 diy

Reupholster a stool – the easy way


67 etcetera

Diary dates, must-reads and online inspiration

72 last word

Does your home stand up to the ever-changing weather?


2 editor’s note 68 shop window


Built by Nick Griffin Builder, this renovation exudes timeless elegance. See more on page 28. Photography by Mick Stephenson.




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The latest and best in homeware, furniture and fittings for the home

WITH ITS DEEP and comfortable seating, the Lennon invites relaxation. Perfectly marrying function with style, its well-engineered design appears to float on elegant brushed aluminium or powder-coated legs.

Snuggle up in style this winter with these beautiful New Zealand lambswool Klippan blankets from Coco Gifts

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Handmade from a natural 12mm Manila Rope, these Nannestad & Sons doormats have a beautiful rustic look that will age well. Great both indoors and out.


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BRINGING WALLS TO LIFE, Muros Wall Panels represent quality and innovative European style. Transforming any space with the look and feel of authentic natural materials, there is a finish for every taste, be it industrial warehouse, contemporary chic, New York loft style brick, stone fireplace, or rustic wooden charm. The choice is yours. Pictured here is the Muros Rustic Loft Brick (left) and Muros Roughcast Concrete (right) wall panels.

Handmade in their workshop using Argentinian cowhide and secured to a Teak wood base, this bar stool from Corcovado is both lightly textural and sleek.

The Giant Collection of lamps from Anglepoise is hard to ignore! Whether wall-mounted or freestanding, these lamps are destined to make a statement!

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a bit different Unique, unusual and an instant talking point, the Seletti Hybrid collection of crockery has vast appeal, and will bring a touch of vintage charm to the modern table setting. With its deep and comfortable seating, the Lennon invites relaxation. Perfectly marrying function with style, its well-engineered design appears to float on elegant brushed aluminium or powder coated legs.


the latest in tiles 1. Evoking warmth and character with the lightly textured surface and rumbled edges is the Lorie Series of porcelain tiles. Available in four classic tones, the unique French style range is imported direct from Italy and designed to effortlessly imitate stone. 2. F  or those seeking something with a little bit of punch, we can’t go past the unique hexagon format of the 1741 collection – a natural cement patina style porcelain tile. For a feature space, inside or out, the Old World patterns are destined to make a statement.

FINDING THE RIGHT furniture for your outdoor living area can be a challenge. With an array of seating options and colourful cushions, Obelisk has all you need to create that perfect setting.

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REVOLUTIONISING WOODEN FLOORS is the Listone Giordano collection of timber floors. Exclusive to Metrofloor, the environmentally friendly product, with its unique Italian design, will see it coveted by those with a love of elegant interiors.


The classic combination of navy and gold is en pointe this season. Try teaming luscious velvets and patterned linens to create a textured look.

Add a touch of colourful cheekiness to your interior with the latest artworks from Joe Jandals.

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Taking inspiration from sophisticated mid-century styling through hints of both retro and Scandinavian design, Norway is a fashionable range that features an eclectic blend of shapes and forms.

Crafted from a combination of oak veneers and sculpted solid oak legs, the Norway range is characterised by its striking beauty. Attention to detail such as feature handles and engineered mitre joints all contribute to the quality of this range. The option of four attractively upholstered chair fabric colours completes the look of this vibrant range.




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Wall from top: Resene Spindle (sky), Resene Mischka (left hill), Resene Freestyling (right), Resene Santas Grey (right), Resene Mamba (right), Resene Hammerhead (left, behind sofa), Resene Casper (sea). The floor is Resene Ivanhoe.


Resene Colour Expert Nikki Morris offers guidance and inspiration when it comes to making a statement Feature walls are a great way to give any room added drama, but what about going a step further and adding a freehand masterpiece like this? It’s not as tricky as it looks, and because it’s freehand, if you make a bit of a mistake with your hill profiles, who would know? Just about any colour-way will do. Simply choose a favourite colour and then select complementary colours from the same palette and adjacent palettes that will tone well together. The Resene Multi-finish paint colour range is perfect for a project like this where tonal variations of colour are needed. Purple is a fearless colour, the colour of royalty, luxury and glamour, and it gives a level of richness that few other colours can achieve. The key to using it is to get just the right tone and amount. Try combining with weathered and dusky blues for broader appeal. Whether you use it on the floor or with your furnishings, timber has a similar amber tone to gold so looks great alongside purple.

GET THE LOOK! Use a mix of dusky and muted colours rather than clear and sharp Keep the colours similar in nature Use crisp whites, like Resene White or Resene Alabaster, on trims to frame the feature Accessorise with subtly coloured furniture to avoid furnishings fighting for attention

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American Oak COFFEE TABLE and Guarida Table LAMP with metal shade from Citta Design; Velvet CUSHIONS from the Botanical Beauty Collection by MM Linen; Kenora 3-Seater SOFA in grey from Global Living; Baxter RUG from Designer Rugs. 12

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A subtle blend of French and Italian style Porcelain tiles imitating the French flagstones of yesteryear. Worn natural finish with matching anti-slip surface, available in various sizes from the larger 750x750 to the stunning modular format. V I E W T H I S C O L L E C T I O N AT

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EMBRACE WINTER in style Karin Hubber from Hubbers Furnishings opens the door on how to create a cosy interior in which to hibernate over the cooler months

Boston Black Leather Chair, Frost Black Shrug Mongolian Fur and Frost Black Cushion Mongolian Fur, all from French Country Collections.


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get inspired for winter 1. Le Noir Matt pendant light from French Country Collections; 2. Elm Wood Antique round stool from Citta Design; 3. Khaki Velvet Square and Dusk Velvet Rectangle cushions from French Country Collections; 4. Recycled Wood coffee table with shelf from Citta Design.

Highline drapery and Bedford upholstery from the Contemporary Collection by James Dunlop.


All products available from Hubbers Furnishings.


ith the changing seasons comes a change in the way we live. The summer months see us enjoying the outdoors, throwing open the doors and connecting our living spaces with the garden. Autumn and Spring are times of transition, while the cooler months of winter offer the perfect opportunity to snuggle up inside and hibernate. Drawing on our natural surrounds, darker, moodier colour palettes are often favoured during winter, with touches of gold, timber, brass and copper adding contrast. Think rich, burnt oranges, the deepest shades of green, and warm dusky pinks and greys. Enhanced by furs, velvets and chunky knits – just like your winter wardrobe – this season’s homewares and soft furnishings are embracing texture, allowing you to create a tactile space in which to live and relax. Vanessa Bramley, CEO and Head Buyer of French Country Collections sums up the latest trends for winter perfectly: ‘This season is about the revival of grandeur but with an imperfect twist – throw the styling rule book out the window and think painterly textures, relaxed yet luxurious bedding and unfussy elegance.’ Embracing winter in our homes doesn’t have to be solely about lighting the fire and curling up under a blanket. It can be the perfect opportunity to freshen up your interior. Simple additions like new cushions, throws, rugs and even lamps or new pendants allow you to embrace the latest colours and patterns of the season and achieve a sense of ‘new’, while the introduction and layering of textures will assist in creating a cosy interior with instant appeal. 03 348 2954 |

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We talk to Meranie Oliver from CDK Stone to gain an insight into the world of tiles

ARE TILES LIMITED TO THE FLOOR? Most tiles are suitable for application to both walls and floors, which opens up the realm of possibilities when it comes to their use. In the bathroom we are seeing tiles used more and more from floor to ceiling to achieve a sense of luxury and glamour. It does pay to note, however, that depending on the height of the walls and the weight of your selected tile, additional support may be necessary. So, it is important you consider your tiling needs early in the build process. WHY WOULD I OPT FOR A NATURAL STONE TILE?

Natural stone is timeless. Each piece is different from the next resulting in a unique finish. Natural stone also tells a story of luxury. It has a depth of colour which cannot be fully replicated in man-made tiles, and as the tiles age so does the character of the stone giving a warmth and personality that cannot be reproduced. Our natural stone tiles are sourced from all over the world including Italy, Turkey, China and Brazil bringing a touch of something special to your home. 16

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WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE AND CARE DO THEY REQUIRE? Provided the correct cleaning agents

are used, natural stone tiles are no more difficult to maintain than any other kind of flooring. And like all materials you select for your home it is imperative that you treat and use them in the correct manner. Maintenance can be further simplified with the range of Lithofin products which we have available. We do recommend natural stone be sealed before and after installation: before to create an easy surface for cleaning after grouting is complete; and after to seal the grout. ARE DIFFERENT TILES SUITED FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES? Absolutely. For example: polished tiles

should not be used outside due to the slipping risk; a natural split finish is perfect for a feature wall; and honed or brushed finishes are great for external areas. Before settling on your tile, be sure to talk to your designer or one of our experts to ensure you are selecting the perfect tile for your needs. We have a full range of tiles, including natural



Corsica Ivory Marble Tiles are found on the floor of this kitchen and combine with a Statuario Marble freestanding benchtop and a White Bricky gloss tiled splashback – achieving a contemporary, yet opulent finish.

Paloma Honed and Filled Travertine Tiles

Natural stone is timeless - each piece is different from the next meaning the finish is truly unique stone and porcelain, for both inside and outdoor use, so have something for everyone, every purpose and every budget. Natural Stone tiles are available in many formats. We stock most standard sizes; however can import to your special requirements, provided you have sufficient time with your renovation or new build. In most cases we allow approximately 12 weeks from Asia and 16 weeks from Europe. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE INSTALLATION PROCESS?

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Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon introduces us to the latest collection of bathroom furniture from Clearlite


The trend towards clean simple lines continues and, when it comes to the latest in soaking, look no further. At 1675mm long, 750mm wide and 460mm deep, the new Clearlite Varo bath epitomises simplicity and elegance. As with their Kahlo range, the new Varo baths will be offered with the choice of a factory-fitted upstand, creating a watertight seal between bath and wall lining materials without detracting from the aesthetics. Made in New Zealand, these baths offer the ultimate in relaxed soaking.

Pictured: Varo 1675 Bath Only Island Set - available from June 2016


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Two Door 350 Tower and Cashmere 900 Drawer Open, both in Basalt

Statesman 900 Open Wall Hung in Charred Oak


esigned for living, and informed by customer feedback, the latest collection from Clearlite blends function and aesthetics to achieve practical solutions for one of the home’s most utilised spaces. ‘Our product development focus this year has been about the best use of space and providing practical storage for day-to-day necessities in the bathroom’, explains Tony de Ruiter. ‘The result is a range of new and improved products designed for inspirational, yet practical living.’ So what’s new?


You can never have enough storage and, with this in mind, Clearlite has increased the height of their single-drawer Statesman and Cashmere vanity cabinets by 45mm to enable storage of taller items within the drawer. These ranges will also come with two new cabinet options: the Open Wall Hung style provides a contemporary and cost-effective option for guest bathrooms, and the Single Drawer Open style features a single drawer above an open shelf, perfect for the storage of towels. Also new to the collection are the Pinnacle Slim vanities, ideal for tighter spaces. Available in 600, 750 and 900mm, with the same cabinet options as the original Pinnacle range, this is a versatile storage solution.


If you have a tight space but do not wish to settle for a small shower, the new Cezanne 1200 x 800 round shower may be the solution you are looking for. Designed with renovations in mind, it enables the shower to fit where a bath has been removed; or in the case of a new build, it is the perfect space-saving shower. Having recognised a need for recesses to fit tall shampoo and liquid soap bottles, the new corner mouldings for the Cezanne and Millennium showers tick all the boxes, with three large storage recesses and a footrest.

towers The new storage towers have been designed to enhance practicality, and now come in three styles ensuring there is an option for all needs. CLASSIC – available in two sizes, 300x320mm and 350x380mm, these towers feature a larger door above two drawers with longer runners to provide better access to those hard-to-reach back corners. TWO DOOR – available in three sizes, 250x250mm, 300x320mm and 350x380mm, these towers provide more concealed storage whilst maintaining a space for items on display. The 250x250mm option is perfect alongside a hand basin. GRAFTON – available in three sizes, 250x250mm, 300x320mm and 350x380mm, these towers come with optional mirrored doors. Now 380mm deep, they have been designed with your needs in mind: it is now much easier to fold a towel to fit this space.

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PERFECT MATCH We talk to Graeme Moody about how Canterbury Building Brokers can help you find the right builder for your new build HOW DID CANTERBURY BUILDING BROKERS COME ABOUT? Working for ten years as a Regional

Manager for a local bank, I noticed that there were an awful lot of customers experiencing difficulties with their building company. Most had chosen good companies, but the wrong ones for their particular builds. I had relationships with various building companies, so I thought it would be great to help people by bringing parties together. HOW DOES IT WORK? We assist our customers to find the right building company for them. This means being involved during the planning stage and negotiating the contract, and remaining involved in a more passive way throughout the build. We are there for our customers should there be an issue that cannot be resolved directly with the builders. We manage to get the right companies for our customers, and this means the incidence of issues that require us to get involved is low. However, on the few occasions that we have been involved, our customers have been very grateful to have another voice in the process.

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There is an element of intuition; but the great thing about working with a large number of building companies is that we know what each can and cannot do. We do not have to ‘sell’ the benefits of a particular building company. We review each customer’s wish list and make the appropriate choice from there, considering such things as whether they need a turnkey or whether it can be a progress payment arrangement, or whether the customer wants to do some of the work themselves. It all makes a significant difference in the decision-making process. WHY SHOULD I FIND MY BUILDER THIS WAY?

The first reason is that it doesn’t cost you any money – you have someone helping you for free. Someone genuinely interested in getting the best deal for you, not for any particular building company. Most people ask a friend, ‘who did you use to build your home?’, and then go with that builder. I liken that to asking someone which surgeon they used. The problem with that is one operation may have been on a knee, the other one on the heart. They require different specialists. Most surgeons are recommended by GPs who have a wide knowledge, which is more in line with our business. HOW DOES THE DESIGN PROCESS COME INTO THIS ARRANGEMENT? Generally we use in-house

designers at the building companies. We work on the basis that customers will not pay any money until such time as they know how much the house is going to cost them. For more expensive homes, there may be a small fee once the design is agreed on; but generally speaking there is no design fee. If customers have already got a plan we can get that priced by appropriate building companies as well. 027 556 6001 |


The latest Clearlite bathroom range is now available at Edward Gibbon. Showroom Location: 293 Cranford Street, 03 366 7137



RAISING EXPECTATIONS Discover two new builds and the materials that make them so special


houses feature a combination of James Hardie building products to achieve a timeless result that is also sustainable and cost effective.


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rchitect Bob Burnett is committed not only to rebuilding Christchurch, but to designing exceptionally sustainable and energyefficient homes, and inspiring homebuilders to raise their expectations. Bob emphasises that ‘a little extra thought and good design at the outset will lead to a lifetime of savings and good health.’ Showcasing the possibilities for sustainable design, he has recently completed two show homes in Church Square, Addington, which have achieved 10 star Homestar ratings. Although they top the charts, they also demonstrate the varying levels of specification that may be implemented for 6, 7 and 8 Homestar rating homes. In terms of achieving such high ratings, he explains that ‘an integrated design approach’ is the key. And choosing the right materials for the job is essential. When it came to selecting cladding materials for these outstanding homes, Bob used a range of James Hardie products. As he takes us on a tour and explains his choices, it is evident that Bob recognises the strength, reliability and compatibility of these materials. For the single storey house James Hardie Axon Panel, James Hardie HardieGroove Soffit Lining and HomeRAB Pre-Cladding were used. Axon Panel is a vertically-grooved panel that looks sharp and uniform, with Shiplad edges to help conceal the joint. It is perfect for complementing your other cladding choices and for drawing the eye to a rustic feature wall. This is a product that produces a smart finish, fitting your needs and matching your vision. Sized to fit all common wall heights, which means there is less waste and cutting, it is also pre-primed and ready to paint. And these two houses are more than simply sustainable and energy-efficient: the architecture is elegant and timeless. Green Building Council chief executive, Alex Cutler, describes it as ‘inspirational’. The Church Square build has certainly garnered much ‘interest and enthusiasm from the public and the industry’, says Bob. He is ‘proud to be part of the kind of movement that is happening in this space’, remarking that ‘people are moving away from standard build, code-minimum construction, and asking for something better. Which is cool.’ This project is about dispelling the ‘myth’ that such homes are unattainable, he says. Showcasing the best materials, these exceptional homes fire the imagination and inspire people to raise their expectations. 0800 808 868 |

‘ People are moving away from standard build, code-minimum construction, and asking for something better.’

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THE FUTURE of FIRE Purchasing a gas fire is no longer just about heat output, but about energy efficiency, creating a healthy living environment and aesthetics. Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon explains


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With precise thinking and detailed design, Rinnai fireplaces offer not only ultimate warmth and comfort, but peace of mind

N The Evolve 951 gas fire

othing beats the cosiness of a fire. With a reputation for innovation, industry leaders Rinnai have established themselves as experts in gas fireplaces designed to go beyond homeowner comfort. And this winter they are taking it to the next level with their Rinnai Evolve 951. Featuring a slimmer frame than its predecessor the Evolve 950, the 951 is Rinnai’s most powerful fire yet. Featuring clean lines and fully adjustable heat, it can be designed to suit your aesthetics. With modern burn media or traditional logs, along with a choice of two fascias, this fireplace is all about complementing your space – be it contemporary or rustic. The wide landscape design creates impact, and the two easily interchangeable burn media options – Silky Oak Logs or Glowing River Stones – allow you to reflect your personal style. A mesh guard is also an option for those seeking a rich flame picture with no blurry reflection on the screen. The mesh guard provides an extra layer of protection from the hot glass, as well as added peace of mind. And with features such as thermostat control, a set and forget dual timer and a child lock, your family will be warm and safe this chilly season. With inbuilt wheels allowing it to be pushed into place after plastering and gibstopping is complete, the installation process is simple. And

thanks to the power flue you can forget about flue and venting restrictions; which means the Evolve 951 may be easily installed in rooms where other gas fires aren’t an option. With its incredible 5-Star Energy Rating, the Evolve keeps both the environment and your wallet happy. Easily heating spaces of up to 125m 2, it utilises advanced technology to produce from 2.4 to 8.1kW – so you can enjoy the ambience of a fire no matter the weather. Rinnai Marketing Manager, Kathryn Geck, says the Rinnai Evolve 951 sets the benchmark with its impressive output capacity and energy efficiency. ‘Winter is a time to feel cosy and warm and what better way to achieve this. With its stunning design and clever features, Kiwi homeowners will really feel the difference this season.’ With precise thinking and detailed design, Rinnai fireplaces offer not only ultimate warmth and comfort, but peace of mind. Environmentally friendly, with a 5-Star Energy Rating, they are also approved by the Asthma Foundation’s Sensitive Choice Programme. Stylish and innovative, the Evolve 951 fireplace provides the full package when it comes to achieving a comfortable, warm living environment this winter. 03 366 7137 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 16




THE HIDDEN LAYER Singh Kamboj from James Hardie talks to us about the importance of pre-cladding and puts the spotlight on their latest building product


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WHAT IS HOMERAB PRE-CLADDING? HomeRAB Pre-Cladding is a BRANZ appraised rigid air barrier, offering protection against moisture entering your home. An alternative to traditional building wraps, it is applied to the home during the construction phase as a pre-cladding and rigid air barrier to create a healthier, drier living environment for your family. Designed and manufactured in New Zealand using locally-sourced sustainable materials, this innovative, multi-faceted solution provides increased weathertightness, structural bracing, early lock up, and other construction and cost efficiencies – essentially keeping the elements out, while allowing the home to breathe. YOU TALK ABOUT RIGID AIR BARRIERS – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? A rigid air barrier is a solid

substrate that blocks air flow and prevents air pressure and water infiltration. In New Zealand a rigid air barrier system is recommended for buildings in high wind zones, as it provides a more robust cavity with greater structural bracing; an added benefit for those in Canterbury


HomeRAB Pre-Cladding offers a rigid wall panel system which eliminates drafts and acts as a barrier to moisture, wind, noise and fire - all while providing additional structural bracing.

where combating seismic movement is a key consideration in any build or renovation.

the system. For local architectural designer, Bob Burnett, the system is a more robust and resilient alternative that offers greater peace of mind in terms of weathertightness. Increasingly, homeowners too are recognising the benefits and requesting the use of HomeRAB Pre-Cladding in their homes. Essentially the system offers increased weathertightness and structural bracing. It improves insulation, as well as acoustic performance, and offers resistance to fire and damage caused by moisture ingress. What is more, its simple installation means buildings are enclosed earlier. And by providing temporary weather protection, inside work can be completed sooner, which, ultimately, means homeowners can get into their homes earlier. 0800 808 868 |

WHY IS PRE-CLADDING IMPORTANT? Pre-cladding acts as your home’s second line of defence, protecting the spine and heart of your home from the elements. Where, traditionally, building wraps and flexible membranes have been used to wrap and protect buildings, HomeRAB Pre-cladding offers a rigid air barrier which eliminates drafts and acts as a barrier to moisture, wind, noise and fire. All while providing additional structural bracing. HOW IS IT INSTALLED? Quick and easy to install, HomeRAB Pre-Cladding is simply gun-nailed to the outside of your building frame. All vertical joints are then sealed with construction flashing tape for added protection. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING HOMERAB PRE-CLADDING OVER AN ALTERNATIVE BUILDING WRAP? Introduced over a year ago, architects

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EXTERIOR The exterior of the home was replastered with a Rockcote fibreglass reinforced masonry render from Resene Construction Systems. Coloured Resene Half Wheatfield, with Resene Eighth Rice Cake used as a highlight, it provides an elegant and strong backdrop to the garden. While the hard landscaping was completed by Fowler Landscapes, the garden’s timeless appearance was crafted by Ben McMaster. Three urns are found down the side of the home and have been perfectly positioned as focal points from inside. The entire property has been executed with an eye for detail, setting the scene for a private and tranquil space for both the family and Hugo, the dog, to enjoy. FRONT DOORS Transforming the exterior from ‘mundane to something special’ was the addition of architectural detailing by Accumen Shapes. The custom-made decorative mouldings are evident on the columns, cornices and windows. Designed by the owners, the Cedar front doors were made locally by Alsop Joinery and finished by MF Turnbull Ltd. Striking in their presence they set the scene for the beautiful interior which lies beyond.

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The entranceway features an intricate hand-painted wallpaper. Renovated by Nick Griffin Builder the shape of the building remained unchanged, with the interior remodelled to suit the family’s lifestyle and vision.


rom the moment you enter Candy and Fred Harding’s home, there is little doubt that you have entered something truly special. From the hand-painted wallpaper in the entranceway to the impressive double doors, it is simply breathtaking in its elegance, opulence and detail. Having purchased the home over five years ago, the couple set about transforming the imposing structure into an impressive home. Describing her style as ‘New Hamptons meets New York elegance', Candy has worked tirelessly and with a fierce eye for detail to bring her vision to life. The exterior of the home was re-plastered by Glenn Munro of Properly Plastered with a Rockcote full mesh masonry render from Resene Construction Systems. Reinforced by fiberglass, the system can be applied over an existing brick or concrete block facade, achieving a cost effective exterior solution that offers excellent performance. Low maintenance and versatile, it features the premium Rockcote finishing system that allows it to be pre-coloured any colour in the Resene range, which in this instance was Resene Half Wheatfield, with Resene Eighth Rice Cake used as a highlight. Along with new plasterwork, the exterior was given a facelift with the entranceway opened up and impressive double front doors added, along with architectural detailing by Accumen Shapes. ‘It changed the house from mundane to something special’, shares Candy.


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‘Custom-made decorative mouldings always create an element of uniqueness’, offers Josh Mainwaring of Accumen Shapes. Working with specifiers, installers and directly with homeowners, Accumen Shapes manufacture custom lightweight decorative exterior details with an eye for detail. For the Harding residence DecraShape lightweight mouldings were selected for the columns, cornices and window detailing. A decorative kiln-dried product, they are coated in Accumen’s unique and robust KickIt plaster ensuring longevity. The ultimate addition, however, is the exquisite front entrance moulding, which has been manufactured in ShapeCrete, a decorative lightweight concrete. Also working on the impressive double front doors was Alsop Joinery. Designed by Candy the Cedar doors are the icing on the cake when it came to achieving an opulent and elegant front entrance. ‘All of our work is individually designed to suit homeowner requirements’, explains Dave Coombes. Specialists in wooden windows, kitchens, stairs and bespoke joinery, they pride themselves on their quality finish. With a reputation for exceptional craftsmanship, Candy and Fred also called on their expertise to assist with their walk-in robe, stairs, moulded skirtings, architraves and much more. Working alongside Alsop Joinery was MF Turnbull Ltd. As furniture finishers and spray painters they worked with

Candy to achieve the exact colours she wanted, and for the entrance the perfect stain for the Cedar doors, before finishing them in a high quality urethane suitable for their exterior location. ‘This home was about perfecting a unique look, rather than working with off-the-shelf colours and finishes’, explains Murray Turnbull. ‘We love a challenge and enjoy working with clients to help them create their vision and turn their dreams into a reality.’ Designed to complement the home, while connecting it with its riverside boundary, the landscaping is timeless in its appeal and beautiful in its appearance. Landscaper Ben McMaster worked alongside the owners to ‘marry the garden with the home’, which involved dividing it into three ‘rooms’. The side garden exemplifies the clever interaction between inside and out: running the length of the living and formal lounge, it has been structured around three large urns, ensuring that from inside ‘every window has a focal feature’, explains Ben. Stepping out from the kitchen and dining, the front garden runs down to a tributary of the Avon River and it is here that Candy’s vision and Ben’s design comes into its own. A sweeping lawn gives perspective, and standing at the end of the garden looking back to the home, the addition of Thuja Smaragd – columns of neat, glossy conifers – achieves a strong and timeless aesthetic. ‘Instantly adding formality,

From the hand-painted wallpaper in the entranceway to the impressive double doors, it is simply breathtaking in its elegance, opulence and detail. LIVING The lower level features two living areas: the formal sitting room which overlooks the side garden, and the family lounge which adjoins the kitchen and dining area. Bowers and Wilkins 800 front and centre speakers hint at the expansive home automation system.

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the Thuja achieves a connection with the house and pulls your eye down into the garden towards the stream, all while framing Candy’s roses’, explains Ben. Onsite regularly during the transformation process and afterwards, Ben and his team are no strangers to getting their hands dirty – and return several times a year to trim, shape, train and feed. This commitment ensures the longevity of his designs, as well as their sculptural integrity – imperative that the landscaping is perfect, and remains so. Creating ‘layers and a succession of colour’, Ben and his team have established a lush and texture-filled landscape in which the family and beloved golden retriever Hugo are able to relax and play. Completing the hard landscaping in the garden was Fowler Landscapes. Undertaking the outdoor paving, Richard Fowler designed and built the steps that connect the house to the outdoor living area, laid the lawn, and installed Warner Fences across the property both for privacy and to create a safe enclosure for Hugo. Richard was also involved in the design and build of one of the most picturesque settings on the property – a small jetty, complete with gnome, for those needing a place to dock while kayaking down the stream. As with the garden, the home has been beautifully transformed with impeccable attention to detail – under the watchful eye of Nick Griffin Builder. For Nick it was a project that began as a ‘minor’ job and that – excitingly – ‘evolved as it went on’.

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Describing her style as ‘New Hamptons meets New York elegance’, Candy has worked tirelessly and with a fierce eye for detail to bring her vision to life. ‘The shape of the building has stayed the same; but the entire interior has been remodeled’, Nick shares. While downstairs the floor plan remains the same structurally, the opening up of the stairwell and the upper level have been significant transformations. ‘Upstairs has been converted from a series of smaller rooms into a large landing, two guest bedrooms and the expansive master suite’, explains Nick. ‘We gutted the entire level’, shares Candy. A process, which allowed them to achieve exactly what they wanted. ‘Candy and Fred had an unwavering dedication to quality and detail’, recalls Nick. ‘And it was a pleasure to work alongside them to translate their thoughts and pictures into a reality.’ Sharing the Harding’s passion for quality, Nick and his team have become specialists in large-scale renovations and new builds, bringing to each of their projects an eye for detail, an ability to problem solve and an understanding of intricate structures. One of the most beautiful spaces in the home is the ground level guest bedroom. Fondly referred to as the Ralph Lauren room, it is sumptuous and instantly appealing in its warmth. Designed by Emma Morris of Eterno Design, the adjoining guest ensuite is striking in its simplicity. ‘Every piece in the bathroom was carefully chosen to follow the Ralph Lauren theme’, shares Emma. ‘The combination of the extreme high stud with the interplay of natural light from the angled skylight creates a synthesis of forms within the small but dynamic space. The custom-designed tiled shower and floor makes for a wonderful showering experience, with the tiled drain disappearing in the diamond laid black granite tiled floor.’ ‘The intention was to make use of all the space without feeling too enclosed, all while achieving an elegant, yet functional space. It has become a piece of art and a haven for the owners and their guests’, Emma explains.

CHILDREN'S BEDROOM A haven for the grandchildren, the bedroom is filled with beautiful pieces including a custom-made shelving unit by Alsop Joinery. GUEST BEDROOM The Ralph Lauren-inspired guest bedroom was the first room to be renovated. Old family portraits have been hung with precision by Eco Frame and Mirror.

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While the dining, living and the adjoining formal lounge have been refreshed with new paintwork and custom-made furniture, it is the art work adorning the walls that makes this a home with heart. ‘Art hanging is a great and rewarding job’, shares Graeme Patching of Eco Frame and Mirror. ‘It helps turn a house into a home, and truly allows the personality of those who live there to shine.’ From family portraits to mirrors and landscapes, Graeme and his team work with their clients to get it right. ‘There are a lot of discussions and a bit of up, down, left and right – but it is essential homeowners are involved in where and how their art is hung.’ In this instance the stacking of the family portraits in the living room draws your eye from the kitchen down the length of the room, an effect which is mirrored in the Ralph Lauren bedroom. 'Consultation with the customer was provided in-store and on-site to ensure the best possible result', continues Graeme. 'The mirror and the framing in the Ralph Lauren bedroom are perfectly in keeping with the space.' Taking centrestage in the living room are the impressive Bowers and Wilkins 800 front and centre speakers. As directors of B&W Loudspeakers, home automation was an important inclusion for Fred and Candy. ‘We wanted to have the best theatre in the place where we spend most of our time – the informal living room’, explains Fred. ‘And at the same time not compromise on two channel audio (stereo), which we listen to in the same place.’ They also wanted to have audio in every room of the home allowing them to stream wirelessly, and at the touch of a button have music playing in the bathroom, bedroom or living – a concept achieved through the addition of Bowers and Wilkins ceiling speakers, Classé amplifiers and Marantz Blu-ray player and components. ‘Our sense of hearing is fundamental to our enjoyment of life’, remarks Fred. ‘And buying quality audio like Bowers and Wilkins allows you to participate fully.’ Listening to Candy talk about her home, there is no disguising the pride and passion she has – and rightfully so. Standing tall and proud, the magnificent home is flawless in its finish. However she is quick to point out that there is more to come, with a new kitchen the next phase. ‘Standing back and looking at this finished product is immensely satisfying’, shares builder Nick Griffin. ‘It is a project which evolved as it went on, and one that will continue to grow. It was a pleasure to be part of it.’ 34

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Found overseas, the beautiful dining table is the perfect place around which to relax and enjoy the lush garden views.

ART HANGING Eco Frame and Mirror 03 377 0223 BATHROOM DESIGN Eterno Design 021 246 5753 BUILDER Nick Griffin Builder 027 289 2214 CLADDING Resene Construction Systems 03 338 6328 DECORATIVE MOULDINGS Accumen Shapes Ltd 021 221 1565 FURNITURE FINISHING & SPRAY PAINTING MF Turnbull Ltd 03 365 2519 HOME AUTOMATION B&W Loudspeakers (NZ) 03 365 5677 JOINERY Alsop Joinery 03 348 4666 LANDSCAPING Ben McMaster 03 355 3284 Fowler Landscapes Limited 021 926 226




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t is with warmth and a great sense of humour that Karen Bryant describes her recently renovated home as the product of her vision and husband Graeme’s hard work. ‘Graeme makes it happen’, she enthuses. ‘I would outline what I wanted – be it a small vineyard setting in the garden, or the exterior painted black – and would come home from work, and there it would be!’ That is not to say that Karen hasn’t poured her own blood, sweat and tears into the project. Having purchased the home over three years ago, the couple invested endless hours in those first few months clearing and cleaning both house and garden to achieve a blank canvas on which to ‘build’ their dream home. Drawn to the property due to its unique architectural lines, the couple only ever had the intention of enhancing what was there – and have done so with beautiful results. While the exterior has undergone a makeover – with plaster now covering the brick and a monochromatic colour palette of Resene Spanish White and Resene Ebony highlighting architect Peter Beaven’s distinctive modernist lines – it is inside where the couple’s hard work has truly paid off. Stepping inside, it is immediately apparent


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that the interior is as warm and personable as its owners, with a custom-made wallpaper adding instant wow factor in the entranceway. Wanting to add depth to the narrow space, Graeme and Karen turned a much-loved picture of a French street into an eye-catching feature thanks to Electronic Imaging. Highly regarded for their innovation and quality, the award-winning company is no stranger to large-scale printing. ‘Feature wallpaper allows you to make a personalised design statement’, explains Lloyd Mearns. ‘And in this instance we were able to do so by printing the image on Phototex, a self-adhesive polyester fabric, instantly transforming a run-down space into something special.’ From the entranceway, visitors to the home are welcomed into a large open-plan living area with the kitchen at its heart. With a number of renovations under her belt, Karen had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve here and turned to Roger Syme of Moda Kitchens to translate it into a reality. Working with Karen and Graeme on the design, Roger recalls the Bryants’ requirement to increase the storage on offer, yet ensure it was hidden when


Drawn to the property due to its unique architectural lines, the couple only ever had the intention of enhancing what was there

KITCHEN Designed and manufactured by Moda Kitchens, the heart of the home boasts hidden storage in the form of a walk-in scullery and ample bench space. The Prime White Dezignatek cabinetry and Rocktop engineered quartz benchtop in Ice sit perfectly alongside the character and age of the home.

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BATHROOM Achieving a simple yet elegant finish in the ensuite are the Paris Stone tiles from Floorpride Mandeville Street. The tap was found online and adds a touch of quirkiness to the room. ENTRANCE (left) The personalised custom-printed wallpaper in the entranceway was printed by Christchurch industrial printing company Electronic Imaging. Printed on an HP Latex digital printer, the self-adhesive, polyester fabric is longwearing and easy to care for – not to mention striking. 40

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Stepping inside, it is immediately apparent that the interior is as warm and personable as its owners not in use. ‘We achieved this with a new walk-in scullery and added workable bench space that can be shut away’, shares Roger. ‘It is amazing to see how much extra space they now have to work with.’ Adding to the functionality of the kitchen is the addition of Moda Soft Close Drawers and Hinges, and Heritage Aluminium Extrusion Handles. Despite opting to retain the kitchen in its original location, walls were removed to open the space up, creating more of a connection with the outdoors while ticking all the boxes for practicality. ‘The kitchen is an area where Karen and Graeme spend a lot of time so it was important to give them space that was both social yet workable.’ These considerations saw the use of white Dezignatek thermoformed doors and drawer fronts, complemented by a Moda white engineered stone benchtop. ‘The use of white was introduced to enhance the clients' desire to incorporate a timber top into the island bench’, explains Roger. ‘We love timber’, shares Graeme, ‘and the island bench is actually a table!’ Bringing a homely aesthetic to the space, while perfectly matching the original timber joinery found throughout, the tabletop benchtop is one of Karen’s many beautifully-executed design ideas. ‘We then bought a second one to use as our dining table’, continues Graeme. ‘That one still has its legs though.’ Living in the home throughout the renovation, they recall sleeping in the compact spare bedroom for the first few months. ‘The project was a true labour of love, and it was wonderful to finally be able to move downstairs into the master bedroom’, shares Karen. Like the rest of the home, the master bedroom is a private and restful space, enhanced by the addition of the textured wool carpet underfoot. Working with Karen and Graeme on the flooring of their home was Alastair Murcott and the team at Floorpride Mandeville Street. ‘We wanted to achieve a richness in both tone and texture’, shares Alastair, ‘which saw Cavalier Bremworth Lattice carpet in colour Bramble selected for the bedrooms, stairwell and hallways’. Defined by a precision loop pile construction, the Lattice carpet achieves a tailored appearance, offering comfort and luxury, as well as durability. Paris Stone tiles from the Tile Concepts range at Floorpride carry this luxury through to the ensuite and family bathroom.

From the outside in, this architectural masterpiece has been reinvigorated with care and an unwavering dedication to detail and design. And while they debated long and hard over the initial decision to purchase the home, Karen and Graeme are immensely pleased that they embraced the opportunity it presented. ‘It has been exhausting and painstaking’, continues Karen, ‘and has meant that we have been working seven days a week for nearly three years. But the end result makes it all worthwhile. We love it!’

BEDROOM Cavalier Bremworth Lattice carpet in colour Bramble from Floorpride Mandeville Street is found in the stairwell, hallway and bedrooms.

INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT KITCHEN Moda Kitchens and Wardrobes 03 982 1700 FEATURE WALLPAPER Electronic Imaging 0800 244 770 FLOORING Floorpride Mandeville Street 03 348 0939

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EXTERIOR The Rockcote Integra lightweight concrete facade system can be matched to any colour in the Resene range. Resene Ceremite creates a clean, gentle contrast with the garden and sky.


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reen leaves shimmer in the breeze, the clear water quivers almost imperceptibly, and, above, feathery clouds drift by. In the centre stands a resplendent house that, within and without, opens up new possibilities for living and entertaining. When opportunity arose to build their ‘forever’ home, Russell and Jen Webley knew precisely what they wanted: a light and spacious home that would capitalise on the section and satisfy their penchant for entertaining. Russell recalls the moment they found the ideal spot: ‘It was beautiful, with huge flowering cherries and even a palm’. The stunning two-storey house that stands on the spot today acknowledges the story of the original garden, whilst rejuvenating the outdoor spaces. Comprising a private suite as well as luxury boutique accommodation, the home offers a warm welcome to guests, at the same time that its elegant lines and expansive windows make a striking statement. For the exterior, Russell and Jen opted for a Rockcote Integra lightweight concrete facade system from Resene Construction Systems. Poring over the Resene range in search of the perfect colour, Russell selected Resene Ceremite, a sea fog white that offers a gentle, clean contrast with the garden and sky. This is a home that plays with space. Walking inside, a blonde wooden staircase with glass sides emphasises the light, airy feeling of the space, at the same time that the ingenious design appears to defy gravity. Meanwhile the design of the lounge – as it interacts with the kitchen and outdoors – pushes boundaries even further. From the start the couple were determined to have a sunken lounge. Initially envisaging a connection between this space, which actually sits below water level, and a pool, the couple ended up opting for a pond, which folds around two sides of the house and comes up to elbow height when you’re seated in the lounge. As Russell says, ‘it’s difficult to imagine how the space would work without it’. Opening out above the lounge is the kitchen. For the Webleys, entertaining is an integral part of home life, and so the kitchen needed to be something special. Pouring all their ideas into its conception, they called on award-winning designer Trish Simpson to capture their vision. ‘Russell and Jen wanted to have an entertainer’s kitchen’, Trish explains. Large appliances give the kitchen a

KITCHEN Envisioning an entertainer’s kitchen, award-winning designer Trish Simpson translated the couple’s ideas into a reality, with commercial under-bench fridges, large appliances and ample storage solutions. For the floor, Brymac Tiles sourced glaze porcelain semi-polished tiles from Fanal Ceramicas, the tone reminiscent of the schist of the Central Otago hills. STAIRCASE A blonde wooden staircase with glass sides accentuates the sense of space and showcases the innovative thinking behind the build. 44

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LIVING Fundamental to the warmth and rich ambience of this home are the four fireplaces from Escea. The powerful DL850 gas fireplace sits in the sunken lounge and heats the entire open plan space. A dark classic bevelled fireplace Fascia in Volcanic Black with Black Coals adds to the room’s masculine theme. With seven independent sound systems, the home boasts an intricate, yet easy-to-use audio visual system installed by Mike Gibson from Northbrook Electrical.

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This is a home that stretches out on different axes, incorporating bold design ideas and innovative products to transform spaces for relaxing and entertaining.

LIVING The sunken lounge was the couple’s opportunity to ‘go a bit retro’. The large windows create a seamless threshold between the lounge and the water, drawing the eye outwards to the lovely garden. Hilton, a Premium Solution Dyed Nylon carpet from Nextdore, adds comfort and luxury to this space. BATHROOM Brymac Tiles offered the complete package from expert advice on design, to sourcing the perfect tile, to installation. Classic Austral Blanco wall tiles create a fresh elegance in the bathroom, and these were installed using the complete Ardex waterproofing system. 46

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commercial yet homely feel, while under-bench commercial fridges for drinks reflect their focus on entertaining. While focusing her creative energy on the kitchen, Trish was also involved in the design of the office, laundry and walk-in robe in the master bedroom. For Trish, ‘this house has such a lovely feel; the attention to detail is superb and the utilisation of space totally mastered’. When it came to the flooring in the kitchen, Brymac Tiles came on board, and sourced glaze porcelain, semipolished 590x590mm tiles from Fanal Ceramicas in Spain – especially for the project. As James Thomson points out, ‘the kitchen tiles are similar in tone to the natural schist of the hills of Central Otago, a place where Jen and Russell spend a lot of their time’. The natural warmth of the kitchen tiles is complemented by the chocolate tones of the open-plan living spaces. Desiring comfort and luxury, as well as durability, Jen and Russell turned to Nextdore to help them choose the perfect carpet. For the living spaces, they selected Hilton, a Premium Solution Dyed Nylon carpet, in colour Dune. The dense pile offers superior comfort and warmth, while exuding sophistication. With luxury underfoot and room to stretch out, Russell and Jen shifted their attention to optimising comfort and creating a cosy ambience with the introduction of gas fireplaces from Escea. Offering superior efficiency and heat output, the powerful Escea DL1100 was selected for both of the living areas. With a dark classic bevelled Fascia in Volcanic Black with Black Coals, combined with a concrete floating hearth, this fireplace radiates heat while making a stunning statement. As Sarah Hill explains, the owners can control the heat output from anywhere in the house using the Escea Smart Heat app on their phones. ‘In fact they can even turn on the gas fire before they leave work for the day, and walk in to enjoy a warm and cosy home.’ With such a spacious home, comprising distinct spaces – for family living, for entertaining and for accommodating guests – the couple installed four fireplaces, including the Escea EF5000 outside. Designed to create ambience and to heat smaller rooms, the ST900 was chosen for the master suite. With its zero clearance rating, they were able to fit a television above. Comfort and entertainment go hand-in-hand in this house, with fireplaces as well as audio systems and televisions in its luxurious bedrooms. Specialising in audio visual systems and electrical wiring, Northbrook Electrical completed the audio visual wiring installation – an intricate and exciting undertaking. As Mike Gibson from Northbrook Electrical explains, ‘not many houses have seven independent sound systems, one in each bedroom’. For Mike and the team, every project involves working out the best way of meeting clients’ particular requirements. Russell couldn’t be happier with the service and with the end result, talking about Mike as one of the project’s ‘unsung heroes’.


With ample warm and inviting spaces within, this remarkable home takes living and entertaining outdoors. From the main living room, a deck reaches out to a pocketsized lawn, where an automatic 200 louvre roof from Louvre Solutions can be opened out. With the water hugging the windows close by, the louvre helps to create a wonderfully fluid space, literally opening up possibilities for the space and for those who enjoy it. As Craig Rogers, from Louvre Solutions explains, all of their products can be customised to operate remotely or manually. With such easy operation, the homeowner has considerable control over the temperature, which can reduce heating and cooling costs. Refreshingly outdoors, reassuringly undercover, the louvre optimises the best of both worlds, creating a space that instantly transforms from intimate and cosy to fresh and lively, and back again. ‘The louvres can be made in any shape, size or colour you like’, explains Craig. Powdercoated to match the joinery of the home, Russell and Jen love the way their louvre adds a new dimension and character to the space in such an unobtrusive, sophisticated way. The couple make the most of this inviting, refreshing space and plan to install a teppanyaki plate; and with the louvre overhead they are not restricted by the notorious vicissitudes of Canterbury weather – a considerable advantage with winter upon us. This is a home that stretches out on different axes, incorporating bold design ideas, such as a floating staircase and sunken lounge, and innovative products like a louvre roof to transform what is a popular space for relaxing and entertaining. With all the planning and visualising that went into every stage, Russell and Jen Webley had every confidence that the end result would be great. And yet the house – comprising so many inspiring spaces and interacting so beautifully with its surroundings – managed to blow them away. As Russell says, ‘we can’t believe it is what it is!’

OUTDOOR The 200 louvre roof from Louvre Solutions creates a versatile space. The anodised finish ensures the louvre stands strong against New Zealand’s harsh climate.

INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT CLADDING Resene Construction Systems 03 338 6328 ELECTRICAL & AUDIO VISUAL Northbrook Electrical 027 333 9847 FIREPLACES Escea 0800 17 3000 FLOORING Brymac Tiles 03 366 8187 Nextdore 03 366 9400 INTERIOR DESIGN Trish Simpson Design Ltd 03 343 6694 LOUVRES Louvre Solutions 0275 356 286

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An Escea DX1500 double sided fireplace was the starting point for this new home built by Paul McStay Homes.




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hether building or renovating is on our radar, many of us spend hours poring over magazines seeking inspiration for our dream home and storing away must-have ideas. For Jenny and Tim Edmonds, their build centered on a fireplace: a 'must-have' that Jenny had had her heart set on for a long time, and was waiting for the time to come for when they could build their own home. The starting point for their entire design, Jenny recalls their resolve to have a double-sided gas fire: ‘We had our hearts set on it right from the beginning.’ As well as the fireplace, the first-time builders wanted to achieve a home that was warm and inviting, that centred on family life, and that was ideal for entertaining. With a brief in mind and a desire to build in Lincoln, the couple turned to Graeme Moody at Canterbury Building Brokers for assistance and guidance on the next step – engaging a builder. Working with clients to find the right building company for them, Graeme fills a gap in the market where many homebuilders select reputable builders, but the wrong ones for their projects. When it comes to advising on the best builder for a particular job, ‘there is an element of intuition’, explains Graeme. ‘We review the client’s wish list and budget, and, from there, suggest appropriate choices.’ For Jenny and Tim’s build, one such option was Paul McStay Homes. ‘When we first started the process we were working with two companies around design and pricing’, offers Graeme; ‘and McStay Homes was more responsive around design and their pricing sharper. Brendon and his team are very personable and easy to work with, plus they offer a fantastic product with regard to quality.’ As Graeme says, ‘the choice was obvious’. For Brendon McStay, working with a broker helps to ensure the right fit: ‘clients come to us knowing what we are about, and they can have the confidence in us to fulfil their expectations.’ Building throughout Canterbury for nearly fifteen years, Brendon and his team are driven by the reward and inspiration they find in handing over a client’s dream home. ‘We work with clients from the design stage right throughout the build process’, explains Brendon. The close-knit team has a reputation for organisation and consistency, and are passionate about producing an end result that satisfies every item on the homeowners’ wish list. Their high standards and drive sees them working with a ‘core team of contractors, each selected for their knowledge and service’, Brendon explains. One such contractor is Gardiner Excavating. Fronted by Kevin Gardiner, the company carries out the entire earthwork required inside the building perimeter and across the section. Excavation is not simply the removal of soil and debris, but involves compaction tests to ensure the soil is firm, and precise digging to ensure the foundation of the M AY/J U N E 2 0 16



home can be poured and completed to the specified level. ‘The entire build is subject to the base of the structure’, explains Kevin. ‘If the base isn’t right then the whole job is no good.’ Achieving instant street appeal is the streamlined exterior. Welcoming, yet architectural, the lines of the home are enhanced by the use of a Rockcote Integra lightweight concrete Facade System with their Natural Tasman Mineral Texture Finish. Applied by Licensed Building Practitioner Glenn Munro of Properly Plastered, this premium exterior facade system offers homeowners a full cavity based, weathertight plaster facade system that is BRANZ appraised and guaranteed by Resene Construction Systems. Low maintenance and versatile, the plaster facade also features the premium Rockcote finishing system, which allows it to be pre-coloured any colour in the Resene range. Setting off the bold, warm tones of the red front door, Jenny and Tim opted for Resene Half White Pointer, while the addition of a subtle texture ensures it has an added level of interest. While the landscaping is still a work in progress, Jenny and Tim have engaged Kim Odering Ground Design to help them translate their garden and outdoor living area into a private haven. Run by husband and wife Kim Odering and Zhenya Evgenov, the landscaping team works with clients to the level they require. ‘Jenny and Tim know what they want


Adding warmth and a natural texture to the heart of the home is the addition of Floorworks Vinyl Planks from Nextdore. Norman Ellison Augusta carpet in colour Neco was then selected for the living area and bedrooms. LIVING

The impressive Escea DX1500 double fireplace adds instant wow factor to the interior and ensures the entire house is warm and cosy year round thanks to the addition of Escea’s multi-room ducted technology.


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to achieve, and are able to do the work themselves’, explains Kim. ‘However they need help when it comes to translating those wants into a cohesive plan.’ Taking the architectural lines of the home and Jenny’s brief, Kim has crafted a cohesive and contemporary design solution. ‘Once this landscape is developed they will have privacy and shelter from the wind, and a completely enclosed, heavily planted and scented garden that will open off the master bedroom. Decks will join paved areas to create spaces for entertaining and

for watching the children play’, explains Kim. ‘They will be able to pick apples or pears espaliered along their fence line. A splash of native small-to-medium sized plants and Punga ferns will be visible from the kitchen and living room windows – igniting notions of the West Coast without them having to travel.’ All this within a modest-sized suburban section. With years of experience in the industry, Kim’s top tip when it comes to creating a garden is to utilise what you have. ‘The garden should give you extra space in which to live and relax, offering you more choices for entertaining and living – beyond your four walls.’ Once inside the four walls, there is no escaping the beautiful double-sided gas fire that inspired the build. Found in the heart of the home, the fireplace provides definition between kitchen and living, while creating instant wow factor and of course warmth. Selecting an Escea DX1500 for its beautiful ambience, its ability to heat the whole house and its efficiency, the couple couldn’t be happier with their decision. ‘The Escea fireplace ticked all the boxes’, enthuses Jenny. ‘The length was a draw card, along with its ducting ability’. Using Escea’s Multiroom Technology, the Edmonds’ DX1500 redirects excess heat to other areas of the house through air ducts. The couple installed three ducts from their Escea gas fireplace, one in the lounge, one in the dining room and one in the hallway outside their daughter’s bedroom. ‘It’s perfect and offers great heat’, explains Jenny. ‘We haven’t used our heat pump at all.’ Looking for a way to dress their feature wall and fireplace surround, Jenny opted for a selection of bold wallpapers to frame the fire, settling on a warm wood grain wallpaper on the kitchen side to mimic the wooden floors. Working with the couple on their flooring needs was the team at Nextdore. Ideal for the high-traffic location of the kitchen and dining areas are the Floorworks Vinyl Planks. Rich in colour, they create natural warmth and ambience, which is

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OUTDOOR A work in progress, the outdoor

entertainment areas and garden have been designed by Kim Odering Ground Design and once completed will provide a private and leafy haven.

Describing her home as warm, welcoming and contemporary, Jenny couldn’t be happier with the end result – and the process they went through to get it complemented by the tactile and luxurious Norman Ellison Augusta carpet in colour Neco in the living spaces and bedrooms. Bellingen tiles in White were then selected for the bathrooms. Like many homebuilders, Jenny and Tim wanted to achieve a home with efficiencies at its heart. A desire that saw the inclusion of Isovalves installed. Isovalves, invented by a plumber, provide both an isolation point at each plumbing fixture for servicing – no need to turn off water to the entire house at the street/in the garage – and flow control, which enables the control of water flow – hot and cold – at individual fixtures. As Gilly Southen from Isotec NZ explains, ‘Isovalve is a both a service valve and a flow control valve allowing both energy and water savings for the end user.' Tamara Lee, from Zip Plumbing Plus, agrees that the home boasts a number of energy saving and innovative additions. ‘This home is unique, as the customers hand-picked the majority of the fittings, giving the home a personalised feel. You can really see the owners’ flair throughout.’ While the home’s two bathrooms showcase beautiful fittings and fixtures, including the Methven range of Waipori Tapware and Caroma toilet suites, it is the addition of a feature tap in the kitchen that adds individuality. ‘The Aquatica Kudos Sink Mixer with Coiled Spring is industrial in its aesthetic’, continues Tamara, ‘and is a real feature point of the space’. 52

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Boasting hidden technology, the plumbing of the home includes Isovalves, flow control valves which offer Jenny and Tim both cost and energy savings. The home's two bathrooms feature White Bellingen tiles from Nextdore and beautiful fittings and fixtures from Zip Plumbing Plus.


INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT BROKER Canterbury Building Brokers 027 556 6001 BUILDER Paul McStay Homes 03 351 6837 CLADDING Resene Construction Systems 03 338 6328 EXCAVATION Gardiner Excavating 027 323 2707 FLOORING Nextdore 03 366 9400

Working alongside Paul McStay Homes and their clients, Zip Plumbing Plus provides clients with a oneon-one consultation to go over the plans and plumbing fixtures for their homes. A process which ensures the end result is a reflection of both the client’s personal tastes and Paul McStay Homes’ attention to detail. Describing her home as warm, welcoming and contemporary, Jenny couldn’t be happier with the end result – and the process they went through to get it. ‘Brendon and his team at Paul McStay Homes were wonderful to deal with. We knew what we liked and wanted to achieve from the floor up, and they helped us to make it a reality.’ Brendon McStay shares his enthusiasm about the process and end result: ‘Jenny and Tim were great to work with and made the entire process enjoyable. Their unwavering dedication to quality and their knowledge of what they wanted made it easier for us, and ultimately resulted in a great looking home for very happy clients.’


Working with Paul McStay Homes, Gardiner Excavating carried out the earthwork required on the section. Featuring a Rockcote Integra Panel System, with a Mineral Tasman texture finish, the streamlined exterior is timeless in its appeal.

HEATING Escea 0800 17 3000 LANDSCAPING Kim Odering Ground Design 027 449 4868 PLUMBING Isovalve Isotec NZ 0800 476 832 Zip Plumbing Plus 03 379 8240

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Photo by Andy Brown Photography

The transformation of this integral space spurred a complete interior makeover – breathing new life into the ‘gorgeous old bones’ of the house


he blank-canvas appeal of this modest home was irresistible for Emma Morris of Eterno Design. ‘It needed a magic wand waved over it – to bring love and life back into its gorgeous old bones’, she enthuses. An exciting opportunity – to focus her creative flair into designing the perfect home for her young family. Looking to the interior, Emma wanted to hold onto the character of the home. ‘We wanted to retain the timber panelling in the hallway and lounge. We painted these to create a more Hamptons style, and to lighten and widen the overall interior feel.’ She adds, smiling, that this undertaking was ‘a labour of love’. Lifting the carpet revealed stunning rimu floors, which they also restored, sanding back and finishing with a coffee bean stain. As Emma knows well the kitchen is the heart of home life: a place of production and creativity; a hub for socialising with friends; a junction for the comings and goings of family life. It feeds into the rest of the house, setting the tone for living. As Emma’s vision for the kitchen – and home-life generally – took shape, the original layout of the house was revised. The kitchen now stands in the place of what was once the master bedroom and

lounge – as if it has always occupied this space. In this position, ‘the indoor-outdoor flow from the adjoining lounge to the new deck area is wonderful’, Emma explains. The kitchen needed to be ‘functional and flowing, catering for our family and friends’, she explains. But more than that, Emma desired a kitchen that created dynamic interest and exuded a sense of drama. ‘I wanted to create a mini “Entertainers’ kitchen”, with an industrial, yet theatrical feel.’ The challenge was to do so in such a way that complemented the existing features of the home and created cohesion and flow. The rimu floors certainly create flow throughout the home, and provide a stunning contrast with the modern and petite kitchen. The space is both striking and perfectly at home in the 70-year-old bungalow, showcasing Emma’s flair and finesse when it comes to balancing texture and colour. The island is wrapped in stained noir/black oak, which defines the dining area. This is carried through in the tall units, and blended with the matt lacquer joinery. Emma explains that ‘the open shelves were designed to break the dark kitchen, allowing us to put personality – and colour – into the space’.


Designed by Emma Morris of Eterno Design, the kitchen has an industrial yet theatrical feel. The Carrara Goia Marble Benchtop from Artisan Stone by Trethewey perfectly balances the dark cabinetry, while the Azulej tiles from BellaRoc add drama and wow factor.

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BATHROOM When it came to the bathroom, Paloma Honed and Filled Travertine Tiles from CDK Stone were selected. ‘The natural stone provides texture and warmth, as well as a lovely contrast with the rimu floors’, Emma explains.

When designing for clients, Emma encourages people to be bold and ‘have fun!’ as they embrace features that they love. But she also emphasises the importance of blending features into the design correctly to ensure there is coherence. Seeking that perfect balance of texture and colour, Emma could not go past the Patricia Urquiola tiles from BellaRoc. ‘The Azulej tiles are from our boutique designer range from Mutina’, shares Stu North. ‘This particular Italian company is a concept company that asks interior designers, artists or free thinkers to come up with a possible tile range that they could manufacture and market to the world as art, but in tile form.’ Designed by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, the tiles feature patterns which deliberately combine different aesthetic languages – memories, geometrical schemes and floral designs – all developed in both longitudinal and diagonal directions. ‘This allows clients to utilise the tiles anywhere in the home, in whatever combination they like’, finishes Stu.


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For Emma, they are the perfect addition to the kitchen: 'They create such dynamic interest and add wow factor’. The well-proportioned space balances heavy and light forms and utilises texture to create depth and interest. Nowhere more so than with the stunning marble benchtop from Artisan Stone by Trethewey. Familiar with the unique beauty and properties of marble, Emma knew exactly what she wanted when it came to her own kitchen. The 30mm Carrara Goia Marble Benchtop creates a sense of lightness, while introducing subtle texture and providing a splendid centrepiece. As Tom Molloy from Artisan Stone explains, ‘over time, Carrara Marble builds up a patina; essentially it wears in, providing a sophisticated, timeless quality’. For Emma, this property satisfied her objective of bringing old and new together. Tom adds that ‘marble offers a luxurious feel and classic charm that complements the restoration of this character home’. Ultimately, the combination of the coffee bean stained timber, the glistening marble benchtop and the dynamic, textured tiles generates drama and interest, while blending old and new, and providing the ultimate in function and luxury. Emma might talk of ‘a magic wand’; but the unique vision and clever design behind this renovation is unmistakable. The transformation of this integral space spurred a complete interior makeover – breathing new life into the ‘gorgeous old bones’ of the house. Without extending the home’s original footprint, they managed to turn the two-bedroom bungalow into a fourbedroom home, and utterly reinvigorate the spaces within. 021 246 5753 | 03 348 0680 | 021 828 453 |

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Painted a crisp white, the existing timber panelling in the hallway and living area was given a new lease of life; creating a lighter more modern interior space without compromising on character.

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ake sure you get prepared for the cooler months ahead by getting on to these house tasks early.

CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS The start of a new season is always a good time to check that your smoke alarms are in working order. A smoke alarm can quite literally be a lifesaver by giving you an early warning to fire. A good way to check your alarm is in working order is by simply clicking the test button – if a loud series of beeping or long beep occurs, then you’re good to go. If your smoke alarm doesn’t respond when clicking the test button, then you’ll need to replace the batteries. It’s important to note that your smoke alarm batteries should be replaced once a year – for more information on smoke alarm maintenance, please visit

STORE YOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE Your deck chairs, loungers and outdoor dining furniture will get next to no use over the next six months and, therefore, you should look to clean them down and store them away to ensure they remain in good condition. The chilly winter elements have a tendency to damage outdoor furniture by causing cracks, rusting and splitting (depending on the material of your furniture) and the damp, wet weather can also cause mould and mildew to grow on any outdoor cushions. Before storing your furniture in the garage or storage unit, you should give them a good scrub down, but avoid using highpressure hoses which can often be too harsh. If you have any cushions on your furniture, then you can simply dip a sponge in warm water mixed with dishwashing liquid and give them a good scrub before you store them away.


Autumn may not be the season that instantly comes to mind when it comes to lawn maintenance and while your grass may not be growing, its roots are still active. The start of autumn can still be reasonably warm so you should delay any treatment until the temperatures start to drop and apply the fertiliser after you have completed your final mow of the season. By fertilising your grass in the fall, not only will you promote deep and healthy root growth before the grass goes dormant for the winter, but you will also help your lawn turn green faster in the spring and also make your grass more resistant to disease and drought. It’s important to use a specific fertiliser for application at this time of year and your local garden centre will be able to help you choose the best product. Some other important tasks to attend to going into the cooler weather includes servicing your heat pump, having your chimney and flue checked and cleaned as well as cleaning and repairing any guttering.

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Step inside a world of wonder with our picks for places to visit this month

P OT T E R Y WO R L D Family owned and operated by the Leighs brothers, Pottery World has the largest range of pots in the South Island and is a destination for those after a statement piece for the garden. Their imported collection of planters, pots and vases sits alongside stone outdoor furniture, chimineas and water features, all of which will give your outdoor entertaining area wow factor, while adding that all-important focal point to your surrounds. Plus their expansive offering of Yuccas will provide the perfect finishing touch for inside or out. Having recently moved to a new home in Harewood with The Little Big Tree Company, it is a match made in heaven for customers seeking the perfect pot and plant combination – with all the advice they need on hand to make sure the combo flourishes. 03 359 2244 489 Sawyers Arms Road, Harewood

G U T H R I E B OW R O N CRANFORD Under the watchful eye of Manager Mary Smith, Guthrie Bowron Cranford Street has a plethora of information and inspiration for those in need of decoration supplies and advice. Their extensive range of wallpaper, paint, flooring and window treatments has positioned them as decorating specialists, and ensures there is something to suit every home, every style and every budget. Able to bring expert advice to you with an in-home consultation, or work with you in store, they are taking the hassle and stress out of decorating, while the ‘How-To’ guides on their website provide those with a penchant for DIY the tools to get started. 03 354 3422 484 Cranford Street, Redwood M AY/J U N E 2 0 16




Frame Size Reduction – the outer frame of the Evolve 951 has been reduced by 25mm on both the sides and the top of the fireplace and by 15mm on the base

Introducing the Rinnai Evolve 951

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The Rinnai Evolve is the new fire that puts you in the designer’s chair. Select your choice of surround and then choose either Silky Oak Logs or Glowing River Stones. The Rinnai Evolve installs easily into finished walls and with multiple flue options, it can often fit where other gas fires can’t.

To download the Rinnai Magic virtual fire app from iTunes or Google Play, just search “Rinnai magic” or pick up a life-size poster in store. * Running on LPG using extended flue and 2 bends ** Running on NG using extended flue and 2 bends

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RASPBERRY OAT BARS Makes 12 large bars

When I was working on this recipe, every time I made a batch my sons ate it all up, just like that, and kept looking in the empty tin to check if maybe it had magically filled again. Frozen raspberries are fine; and actually I haven’t tried them but I imagine blueberries or blackcurrants would be delicious as well. BASE 380g plain flour 240g rolled oats 380g brown sugar 1½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon flaky salt 340g butter, melted FILLING 450g raspberries 1½ tablespoons caster sugar 3 tablespoons ground almonds 60g butter, melted TO MAKE THE BASE Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a small slice tin. Put all the base ingredients in a bowl and mix well. TO MAKE THE FILLING Put all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix together.


In her second cookbook, restaurant owner and chef Alexandra Tylee shares the recipes she cooks at home for her family, including one of our favourites

TO ASSEMBLE Spread three quarters of the base mix on the bottom of the lined tin, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Next, spoon the raspberry filling over the cooked base, then sprinkle the last quarter of the base mix over the raspberries. Now bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until a lovely golden brown on top. Let it cool completely in the tin and then cut it into rectangles. These bars will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

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Find an old stool or chair that you want to recover. Unscrew the seat from the base, making sure you keep the screws safe until you need them at the end. This is a good opportunity to repaint the base of your stool if needed. Start by removing the old fabric. Usually the fabric is stapled to the underside of the seat, so you will need a flat head screwdriver or similar tool to lever these staples out. To cut out the new fabric, place the upholstered stool in the centre of the fabric, making sure there is enough to cover the top and approximately 1/3 of the underside, and then cut out. Doesn't matter if the fabric isn't cut perfectly straight â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it will be trimmed up after it's stapled to the seat. Place the seat upside down in the centre of the fabric. Fold in and staple the fabric at the four opposite sides. This secures the fabric so it doesn't slip while you are stapling your way around. Once the four staples are secure, turn the seat up the right way and check that the fabric is sitting straight and looks good before carrying on with the stapling. Staple around the base, making sure the material stays smooth and taut. Keep the staples close together and the same width apart the whole way around. Trim the excess fabric off at 3-4cm away from the staples. Next, cut a circular piece of fabric to cover the whole underside of the seat. It gives a professional finish by hiding all the staples and raw edges of fabric. You can use any fabric for this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it doesn't need to be the same as it won't be seen. To cut this piece out, place your seat in the middle of your chosen fabric. Trace around the seat with a sewing pencil so you have a circle; then cut out the circle 2-3cm inside the line you have traced. To attach this piece, lay it on the underside of the seat so it covers the staples and fabric edges; then staple into place. Place the reupholstered cushion top onto the base of your stool, adjust into position, and then secure into place with the original screws. Sit back and enjoy!


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From gardening advice to online inspiration, events and books, we have you covered R E AD I N G CO RNER

F LOWER OF THE MO MENT POLYMIN ORCHIDS A smaller version of the standard cymbidium orchids, this is the ultimate flower when it comes to vase life – ensuring you have a vibrant splash of living colour.

A NEW OF F ERING Getting your home looking just right can be a challenging and ever-evolving process, and is one that Angelique Armstrong relishes. Passionate about all things interior, the designer is now offering her services as a stylist. Be it creating an updated look for a bedroom, advice on presenting your home for open homes, or home staging, she has the creativity to do it all.

SPARK JOY: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying, by Marie Kondo Published by Vermilion, distributed in NZ by Penguin Randomhouse

Covering every room in the house as well as a wide range of items in different categories including clothes, photographs, paperwork, books and cutlery, Spark Joy is a room-by-room guide to decluttering and organising your home. Despite not being your everyday subject matter, it is an interesting and quirky read, ideal for those curious about different cultural approaches to home organisation.



Get busy outside with our picks for what to plant, do and harvest this month! Dreaming about and hunting down beautiful things for the home, and offering stories about creators, foodie delights and a bit of travel, is the restyled Armoire Pegs and Casserole blog. Picking up an award at the Amara Interior Blog Awards last year, this is a must-add to your bookmarks.

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Found at 484 Cranford Street, Guthrie Bowron is on hand to assist you in turning your house into a home with their extensive range of wallpaper, paint, flooring and window treatments. As decorating specialists, expert advice is always on hand. The perfect mood for your home is just one store away.


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Uniqueness is strived for at Java Furniture & Giftware. With an array of one-off pieces, those with a sense of style and adventure are destined to find something they love. Not constrained by the latest trends, the expansive Blenhiem Road showroom offers traditional, industrial and contemporary – and always original – designs and giftware.


Visit the experienced team at 239 Moorhouse Ave for a complete framing service. From design advice to hanging in your home, they have a large number of mouldings including the Italian Bellini range and the elegant hand finished Gesso collection. You can also find a stylish mirror or amazing work of art to complement your interior.


A world of exclusive timber and tiles for your home, Metrofloor boasts exceptional advice and service when it comes to all things flooring. Their new collection of premium hardwood flooring, Listone Giordano, is hard to go past. Sustainably grown in Listone’s own forests in Burgundy, view the collection today at 114 Montreal Street.

Believing beautiful interiors come from the fusion of timeless pieces, quality fabrics and the juxtaposition of old and new, Kit and Caboodle - Antique and Distinctive Interiors achieves distinctive results designed to stand the test of time. For the perfect centrepiece or whole room makeover, they have the finishing touch.


Passionate about all things interior, Angelique Armstrong and her team are now found in their new studio at 17 Halton Street. Providing beautiful solutions for all of your interior needs – be it colour or furnishings, kitchens or bathrooms – it is a place of ideas, inspiration and guidance.

Corcovado has recently unveiled an exciting new furniture and homewares range at 4 Chapmans Road, Hillsborough. Working with talented artisans, they offer modern, hand-selected and limited edition pieces, ranging from copper lanterns to cowhide ottomans, and everything in between. Actively sourcing original and also antique pieces, this is the place to go for that unique something.






Offering quality design, homewares and exclusive gifts from around the world, this Merivale store is a destination for all things home. Be it something for you, your home or a gift, they have everything from the quirky to the traditional, ensuring there is something for every occasion and style.

This is THE place to shop for affordable curtain, upholstery, oilcloth and outdoor fabrics. Plus, as stockists of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, which requires no preparation work, sanding or priming, they have you covered when it comes to beautiful, time-efficient painting projects. Get inspired at 15 Coronation Street, Rangiora.



Stocking gorgeous homewares from French Country, Le Forge, CC Interiors, One World Collection, Maytime, Citta Design and more, the team at Coco Gifts has everything you want on handďż˝ They can also easily source anything you need, as great customer service is their highest priority.

With a mix of contemporary and classic designs, not to mention all the latest must haves, Fabric House has beautiful curtain and upholstery fabrics, sourced from European mills and available directly to you at wholesale prices. Visit their showroom at 140 Colombo Street, Beckenham, and be inspired. There is something here for every home.


Creating essence, spice and style for your home, Sandalwood Design provides a diverse range of interior design services. Whether you have a love for character, a desire for contemporary or something in between, they can help you create a personal oasis where you can escape, relax and enjoy.

Newly available is the Lille range of mouldings. Crossing over from traditional to contemporary, they come in three profiles and four colours - gold, silver, copper and pewter. Call into the store for advice and assistance centred on your needs to achieve a framing solution that complements and protects your artwork.




Offering a comprehensive interior service, from concept to design to manufacture, this iconic Christchurch destination prides itself on being able to realise the potential of spaces, taking into consideration both function and aesthetic appeal. Belle Interiors has the exclusive ingredients to embellish and enhance your home.

With a focus on the unique, and on enhancing individuality, Obelisk has a stunning array of furniture and homeware available in their Tai Tapu store. Ensuring they can provide a fabulous sense of style and drama for your home and garden is a passion of their wonderful consultants: visit them today.

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Tucked down an alleyway at the Tannery, Joe Jandals HQ offers the discerning homeowner a chance to purchase something truly unique. Having expanded their offering to include interior project design, from conception to completion, this is much more than simply a retail space. Now open Sundays, there is no excuse not to discover this vibrant store.

For new and existing homes, Maree Hynes Interiors offers package deals on curtains, wallpaper, furniture and lighting, with samples brought straight to your door in their mobile showroom. Transform your home with their colour consultations, furniture placement and room dressing service. Call today for a free measure and quote.



Located with Two Rivers CafĂŠ in Cheviot, North Canterbury, the Mt Beautiful Tasting Room is open seven days offering the discerning traveller a delightful space in which to relax. Be informed by the passionate team with a wine tasting of the current vintages, or enjoy a glass of wine and a platter to share.

Planning to decorate but not sure which colours to choose? Resene Colour Experts are here to help, guiding you through selecting the perfect colour for your home and personality. Resene Colour Experts can visit your home and help you choose paint, colours, wallpapers and accessories for your interior and/or exterior, or book a free in-store appointment at your local Resene ColorShop.

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Our houses should be better designed to handle the changing climate – David Killick explains


n case you haven’t noticed, isn’t the weather crazy? We sizzled during one of the hottest summers on record and the warm lazy days lingered well into March. But we can expect wild variations in temperature any time. One week the thermometer plummeted to less than 10 degrees Celsius only to soar again to over 30 the next week. That’s pretty crazy in my book. And now that autumn is turning inexorably into winter, what can we expect? My bold prediction is that we will get more weather! Sunshine, rain, hail, wind blasting in from all points of the compass, and possibly more snow to low levels. You can blame climate change if you like, but the fact remains, we have to live with it. Adapt or suffer. What I find really crazy, is how few of us bother to make sure our homes cope well with changing weather. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum indoor temperature of 18 degrees Celsius for healthy living. Yet too many New Zealand homes bake in summer and freeze in winter. It doesn’t have to be that way, because designing or renovating to handle the weather actually isn’t that hard. Or even that expensive. Other countries have been doing just that for centuries.


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Some examples. The thick plaster-clad masonry walls of Mediterranean houses have what’s called thermal mass. They store the sun’s heat so the home stays at an even temperature, in winter or summer. You simply close the shutters to keep it cool. In really hot places, like India and Southeast Asia, verandas and cross ventilation provide respite from the heat. And when it gets really cold in Europe or North America their homes cope well. Double- or even triple-glazed windows and extra thick insulation help regulate extreme temperatures, whether you live in the frozen tundra or on the fringe of a desert. You can make it even simpler: design for the sun. Place windows so that they capture the sun when required but screen it out when it isn’t. It is not a surprise, or shouldn’t be, that a home in Queenstown or Invercargill has to cope with different conditions than one in Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland. Fortunately, more architects, designers, and building companies – and, crucially, homeowners – are realising the importance of building to regional climatic conditions and achieving greater energy efficiency. It makes good sense. You will definitely save money on power bills. You will also feel a lot more comfy – no matter what the weather throws at you.

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