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S TE P IN S IDE OUR FIR S T E VE R INTE RNATIONAL ABODE – A BOHE MI AN BOLTHOLE IN C APE TOWN

URBAN OASIS

Blueprints for inner-city living at its finest

COLOUR CHAMELEON

Reveal your colour personality for your perfect match

COFFEE & CAKE

Quality tools to bake & brew at home


BoConcept is all about making furniture and colours come together in your home. We can visit your home or work off floor plans to complete any scheme, ranging from one piece of furniture, single rooms, small apartments to large houses. Book a free consultation today.


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Beautiful design is in our nature Since inception CDK Stone has been supplying quality Natural Stone products to the New Zealand market. Our wide range of Natural Stone is sourced from the finest quarries around the world. Each piece is as unique and individual as you are, allowing you to make a statement like no other.

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EDITOR'S NOTE

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O MATTER WHERE my travels have taken me over the years, I have always gravitated towards living in apartments. Drawn to the excitement of living amidst the throng of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, theatres, galleries and parks, I love having all of this right on my doorstep. And, while I thoroughly enjoy living alone for quiet contemplation, to rest and recharge, I am still very much a social animal – and, therefore, thrive on living in close proximity to my fellow humans. Discovering a passion for the beach – taking time out for long walks along the shoreline or an invigorating swim in the ocean on a daily basis – I find my thoughts turning towards the idea of building my own tiny house amidst the dunes. So, I was delighted to discover one local building company who may well have the answer to my prayers (page 20). Favouring quality above size every time, considered design that comes in small packages makes my heart sing. And, given my modest budget, the idea of building my own small, yet perfectly formed tiny home is made that much more affordable when designing on a small scale. Whether you adore the vibrancy of urban living or considered design on a smaller scale, we open the doors on a diverse array of homes this issue, from Christchurch to Cape Town – our first ever international abode!

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CONTENTS

47 HOMES 32

URBAN CHIC

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CONSIDERED DESIGN

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BACK TO BASICS

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NATURE’S CALLING

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FAMILY TIES

Townhouse duo – an ode to inner city living

Effortless modern life exemplified

Rustic romance meets modern industrial

Lake Tekapo inspires holiday home aesthetic

Contemporary home honours family heritage

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MAXIMUM IMPACT

An industrial-chic urban bolthole in Cape Town

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CON T E N T S FE AT U R E S

I N N ER- C I T Y L I V I N G

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DESIGNER VISION

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An interior designer’s secret for success

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COUTURE COLL ABORATION

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INNER-CIT Y OASIS

T he winning recipe for an

Musings on the makings of

Curb the clutter and create the ultimate dressing room

successful urban living

exceptional bathroom revealed

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TRANQUIL ABIDING

Local building company offers the ultimate tiny house

Urban lifestyle created for

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TAKE THE PLUNGE

A landscape architect’s expert

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QUALIT Y OVER QUANTIT Y

pool tips

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STREAMLINED SIMPLICIT Y

BIJOUX GARDENING

Top tips for adding colour and living beauty to small spaces

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inner-city revellers

SMALL SPACES, BIG POTENTIAL

Studio Home design blogger imparts advice for diminutive dwellings

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JA M ES D UNLOP TE X TIL ES

ESSEN Z A C O L L E C T IO N BY M O K U M , M AG NO L I A I N M AG E NTA .

DORE’S FOR FLOORS

THE TILE COMPANY

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CONTENTS

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40 24

CO LUM N S 10

INTERIOR TRENDS

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COLOUR CHAMELEON

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PL ACES WE LOVE

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Inspired finds for your home

Your colour personality revealed

Style for hair and home

L AST WORD

A new standard: embracing the superhome movement

LIFEST YLE 78

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BLUEBERRY BUNS

Discover simple treats, Scandi-style

COFFEE & CAKE

Get equipped for home baking and café-quality espresso

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HOW TO: ST YLE INDOOR PL ANTS

Breathe new life into your interior spaces with plants

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THE GOOD LIFE

Best in books, beauty, fashion & culture

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EDITOR’S NOTE SHOP WINDOW & DIRECTORY

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ON THE COVER Get the low down on how to create the look seen in this moody industrial Cape Town bolthole, featured on page 70. Photography: Greg Cox/Bureaux


HOMES

Innovative design for effortless living

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INTERIOR TRENDS

IN S PIRIN G FINDS Furniture, fittings and finishing touches for your home

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INTERIOR TRENDS

Resene Quarter Truffle

Resene Silver Sand Resene Quarter Tapa

neutral palette CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Handle Me Pendant boconcept.com; Uniquestone Chevron Tiles by Ceramiche Piemme brymactiles.co.nz; Resene Quarter Truffle and Resene Quarter Tapa resene.co.nz; Borastapeter Botany Borosan Wallpaper whiteroominteriors.co.nz; The Horse Watch in Rose Gold and Grey Leather paperplanestore.com; Carmo Chair boconcept.com; Panel Lantern paperplanestore.com; Vifa Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker ballantynes.co.nz.

MO Tiles is committed to providing a legacy of quality and service. Our aim is to ensure the highest quality tiling products are combined with exceptional customer service, to deliver your project on time, on budget and to exceed your expectations. Tilers of award winning homes.

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INTERIOR TRENDS

boudoir basics

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Jet Chair by Tim Webber Design thecleverdesignstore.com; Citta Design Net Woven Cotton Duvet ballantynes.co.nz; Blacklist Ocean Noise Print paperplanestore.com; The Darker Side Scented Soy Candle Collection georgeandedi.com; Tosca Round Laundry Basket paperplanestore.com; Copenhagen Wall System boconcept.com.

editor's pick

Set the tone for a relaxing night’s slumber with the latest home fragrance collection from George & Edi. The Darker Side offers four luxurious scents of which Liquorice is our favourite!

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Express yourself

With a home as individual as you

Over seventy years of experience in the building industry has given us a unique perspective on what it takes to truely deliver excellence. We offer quality and transparency, planning and advice that is second to none in Christchurch and Canterbury. We thrive on technical and creative challenges. These qualities have allowed us to build some of Canterbury’s most memorable homes.

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Architectural Design • Quantity Surveying • Project Management • Interior Design • Design & Build • Property Sales


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Resene Yucca

what's your colour personality? Mix and match this season’s statement colour with other on-trend hues.

AUTUMN True nature lovers, autumn personalities revel in colours that reflect the changing of the seasons, from lush green, to burnt orange and chocolatey brown. These warm, welcoming tones work well together and are complemented by rustic elements like dark wood and leather, and curiosities and collectibles.

Resene Permanent Green Resene Middle Earth

WINTER Barren landscapes sprinkled with snow and dotted with accents of winter berries inform the winter colour palette. Stark contrasts between icy tones and intense, vivid colours are complemented by linear furniture, plenty of stainless steel and glass, textured fabrics, strong lighting design, and modern art.

Resene Gondwana Resene Middle Earth

Resene Yucca

Colour chameleon DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE COLOUR PERSONALITY WITH RESENE.

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UST AS THERE are particular colour palettes to suit different complexions for your makeup and wardrobe, there are also seasonal colour palettes based on your specific ‘colour personality’, which can be applied when it comes to decorating your home. Research suggests the colours we’re drawn to time and again align with a particular season that reflects our individual personalities. Equally, if you feel your home’s existing colour scheme doesn’t feel quite right, then perhaps it’s not in accordance with your colour personality. Resene colour specialists have conducted their own tests based on Johannes Itten’s seasonal concepts that reveal your own unique colour palette, which is the ideal starting point when it comes time to redecorate. resene.co.nz/colorshops

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Styling: Vanessa Nouwens

SPRING Drawing on the pale pastels found in a spring bouquet, this palette is best suited to light and airy homes with plenty of windows and natural light. Spring personality types tend to have green thumbs, so an abundance of plants is a key feature, with light coloured timber and delicate furniture design.

SUMMER Inspired by salty summer breezes and respite found under the shade of a tree, summer colours offer an array of cool blues and greens tempered by soft pinks and lemon. Quiet and restrained, summer styling calls on luxurious fabrics, fine china and antiques to create an elegant ambience. Discover your colour personality at resene.co.nz/colourpersonality


Create your perfect life space

We all have different ideas about the perfect home. Nulook has the windows and doors that are right for yours. That’s because we offer you a choice of four different suites – each with its own distinctive style and benefits. Let’s talk about creating a space that suits the way you live.

Call now for a free quote. 0508 800 755 info@nulook.co.nz www.nulook.co.nz


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Designer vision W I T H A R E P U TAT I O N F O R U N PA R A L L E L E D C R E AT I V I T Y A N D EFFORTLESS STYLE, INTERIOR DESIGNER FIONA RENTON OF S A N D A LW O O D D E S I G N S H A R E S H E R S E C R E T S T O S U C C E S S .

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ER LIFE’S PASSION, Fiona Renton’s flair for colour and texture has become a vocation. ‘The moment I began my training, and as I began to hone my craft, it felt like I had “arrived”: finally, I’d found what really made me tick.’ Proud to continue the company’s 35-year legacy in Christchurch, Fiona bought Sandalwood Design ten years ago.

Testament to the stunning results she produces with her sensitive and thorough approach, Fiona’s many clients span generations. Fiona’s deep love of colour and natural textures, together with her skill for assimilating all the elements to create a cohesive whole, are what continue to drive her day in day out. ‘I love the

diversity this job offers’, Fiona says. Every project is unique, keeping things fresh and interesting for both herself and her clients. Fiona’s passion for design is poured into each project. From designing bespoke pieces of furniture, to selecting colour palettes, wall coverings, flooring or window treatments, to deciding on furniture placement, for a single room or whole house, Fiona relishes drawing on her arsenal of skills, together with the expertise of reputable contractors, to produce impeccable results. ‘As I’m often involved right from the getgo, liaising with the client, other designers, architects and craftspeople, I like to completely immerse myself in every aspect in order to achieve the very best finish.’ Forging close relationships with her clients is another aspect Fiona thoroughly enjoys. ‘Building trust is vital as it gives the clients confidence in the process and allows me to do what I do best.’ And, although Fiona has a distinct personal style that draws on high quality natural materials, she works tirelessly to tailor each look according to the specific needs and personal style of each client. Designing interiors is like telling a story – a story of the inhabitants, Fiona shares. And, like any good story, it ought to convey the owners’ personalities. Listening carefully to their wants and needs is the key to success. ‘After all, I’m just a visitor in their home, and they have it for life.’ 03 351 1905 | sandalwooddesign.co.nz

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Apaiser Lotus Bath and Basins in Grey Mist.

Couture collaboration A 2 5 -Y E A R PA R T N E R S H I P B E T W E E N P L U M B L I N E A N D O A K L E Y S B AT H R O O M A N D P L U M B I N G S U P P L I E S O F F E R S A W I N N I N G C O M B I N AT I O N O F E X C E P T I O N A L B AT H WA R E P R O D U C T S A N D U N PA R A L L E L E D K N O W L E D G E A N D S E R V I C E .

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NRIVALLED QUALITY AND expert craftsmanship are cornerstones of the Plumbline products found in Oakleys’ Christchurch and Dunedin showrooms. With a selection of exclusive imported brands from around the world, Oakleys provides outstanding results for their clients informed by expert advice. Lisa Lemon from Oakleys, and Plumbline General Manager, Brad Wallace, share their top picks for bathware products and trends for the year ahead.

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Apaiser Sublime 1700 Freestanding Bath; Apaiser Solar 1660 Freestanding Bath, available in eight colours.


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SEAMLESS SURFACES

Pure 1400 Basin with integrated drawers.

VESSEL BASINS

A modern alternative to inset basins, which are integrated into the vanity, vessel basins sit atop the vanity. Renowned for its natural, organic shapes, the Apaiser range of vessel basins has been designed to create an eye-catching centrepiece or to complement a bath with the same form.

Manufactured from what Brad says is ‘one of the most exciting materials for bathrooms today’, Progetto Solid Surfaces combine natural minerals and resin to create a completely seamless finish that is modern and practical. With no visible joins, this non-porous, non-toxic and stain-resistant material is ideal for bathroom vanities and washbasins as it guards against mould and mildew. This material is ‘remarkably durable’, easy to clean, with customisable dimensions to suit any layout.

Apaiser Orbit Basin.

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Apaiser Sanctum 700 Vessel Basin; Apaiser Jupiter Vessel Bath, available in eight colours.

FREESTANDING BATHS Create the ultimate sanctuary and soak your cares away with the Apaiser couture collection of freestanding baths. The handcrafted baths are made from durable composite stone, with a range of shapes inspired by nature: they are smooth to the touch, ergonomic in design and make a stunning style statement in any bathroom. Manufactured from a unique patented formula, this particular composite comprises 85 per cent reclaimed marble, which is lighter than conventional stone, and achieves a quality feel and finish that is sustainable, and heat and stain resistant.

COLOURED TAPWARE Coloured tapware continues to make a strong style statement in both bathrooms and kitchens. The Buddy collection from Progetto offers a wide range of sleek designs in an array of hues and finishes – from rose gold and brushed copper, right through to matt black and white. And, with wallmounted and freestanding options available for baths and basins, there is something to suit every layout in both contemporary and traditional bathrooms. 03 379 4750 | oakleysplumbing.co.nz 0800 499 411 | plumbline.co.nz M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 8

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What inspired you to begin building tiny houses? As die-hard fans of Scandinavian design, we had noticed that, although their houses aren’t especially big, the space they do have is used efficiently and effectively. And it got us thinking about the typical New Zealand ‘dream’ that generally has four bedrooms, and is not only expensive to build, maintain and clean, but is also seemingly at odds with Kiwis’ love of nature and outdoor living. So we started following the tiny house movement on television and on social media, and we soon realised that the demand for modern, smaller and more affordable housing in New Zealand was quickly gaining momentum. Why build a tiny house? The biggest draw card for many people is the ability to own a beautiful architecturally designed home: building on a smaller scale makes this dream an affordable and achievable reality. Tiny houses make fantastic first homes for those new to the housing market; they are an attractive option for those looking to downsize; and, they may be used as a selfcontained apartment on an existing section – for guests, or to be rented out, generating additional income. As they are built to be transportable, they can go anywhere and on any type of terrain – by the beach, near a lake, in the forest or on a farm. We even had one helicoptered into a remote spot on the West Coast to be used as a hunting retreat.

Quality over quantity R I D I N G T H E WAV E O F T H E T I N Y H O U S E P H E N O M E N O N I S L O C A L B U I L D E R G R A N T WA G H O R N O F R E D + B L A C K C O N S T R U C T I O N .

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BACK DOOR SHOWER

TOILET RECESSED DOOR

WINDOW

What scope is there for customisation? While there is a base package of $94,000 for the standard size, design and materials (including the trailer), as each Nook Tiny House is tailored to suit each individual, there are endless options available. You can increase the scale, introduce additional design elements, and use any number of different materials, fittings and finishings. Add a mezzanine, extend the length, increase storage, or clad it in any number of different timbers or steel: the possibilities are limitless. We particularly love the drop down retractable deck option, which can be used for towing, or for providing ultimate security when you go away. How is a Nook Tiny House a cut above the rest? We offer architecturally designed homes that are usually reserved for the wealthy. Built to a high level of detail and quality, we have enlisted the expertise of a qualified architectural designer and engineer for optimal efficiency, economy and longevity. Designed to stand alone, the standard size can be increased, and any number of modifications or additions made to accommodate each client’s individual needs. They can also be linked to others with a glass walkway. Clad in a solid timber envelope, they can either be stained black or left to silver in the elements. Can Nook Tiny Houses operate off the grid? While the standard package comes with mains power and water, it can be fitted with solar and gas options, and a carbon toilet and grey-water system can be added for total self-sufficiency.

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OPTIONAL SOFA BED

SLIDING DOOR

NOOK TINY HOUSE – AT A GL ANCE THE STANDARD PACK AGE + $94,000 + 6m long x 3m wide x 4.2m high + Coloursteel, baby iron or Kingspan cladding with plywood interior + Pink Batts insulation and doubleglazed windows + Mains water and power + Triple-axle trailer, steel frame and electric brakes

OP TIONAL FE ATURES + Cedar or Siberian Larch cladding + Fold-down deck, front/back + Custom in-built furniture + Mezzanine floor + Longer space + Modular glass walkway to join one Nook to another + Solar power and grey-water system + Bambooloo carbon toilet + Gas hob and gas fridge + Cocoon biofuel fire

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Take the plunge L A N D S C A P E A R C H I T E C T A N D D I R E C T O R O F X T E R I O R S C A P E S , H AY D E N S TA R K O F F E R S SOME EXPERT POOL ADVICE TO ENSURE YOU DON’T GET IN OVER YOUR HEAD.

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HILE THE LAST RAYS of summer may now be a distant memory, this is the ideal time to put plans in motion for when the heat hits again. With a myriad of factors to consider when deciding on a pool, Xteriorscapes is well placed to take you through the options, outline the ins and outs of the design process, offer helpful budget advice, and guide you through the council consent process and planning requirements. The location and orientation of the pool will be driven by a number of site specific factors, including: the flow and access from the house and outdoor courtyards; the desire to establish direct views from the main living areas in order to observe children at play; and, opportunities and constraints posed by existing features, such as ground levels, outbuildings, underground services and existing trees. Added to this, ensuring shelter from the prevailing winds and capitalising on the sun are priorities not to be overlooked. Numerous types of swimming pools are available to cater for all types of budgets, from bespoke concrete or fibreglass swimming pools, to liner pools, to prefabricated in-ground fibreglass pools. The latter is a popular choice especially with families, as they are affordable and offer flexibility in

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terms of sizes, depths, shapes, designs and colours. Pool suppliers will also offer valuable assistance when it comes to assessing your options relating to water types, heating, cleaning and pool covers. Choose between gas, solar or a heat pump, salt water or chlorine treatment, self or robotic cleaning systems, and select from a variety of manual or automated pool covers to maintain the water temperature. To reduce the maintenance required, many people opt for as many automated features as possible, such as a salt chlorinator timer that automatically runs the internal systems that test the pH levels to maintain healthy water quality. Xteriorscape's expertise covers much more than just the selection of plants and design of hardscaping. They can also investigate any specific request you have – be it lighting, built-in seating with integrated pool cover storage, changing shed or pool house, spa locations, as well as shelter and shade options. When the time is right, make sure you call on the professionals to get it right the first time. After all, a swimming pool is an investment you’ll want to enjoy for years to come. 03 421 8460 | xteriorscapes.nz


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EMPLOY THE EXPERTS Xteriorscapes can: Outline the pool type that best suits your lifestyle, while offering helpful budget advice and guiding you through council planning and consent process; Design outdoor spaces that provide that all-important connection between indoor and outdoor entertaining and relaxing areas, and that maximise the sun while offering shelter from the elements; Provide clever storage solutions for outdoor equipment as well as design ideas that hide pool pumps and covers; and, Assist in the selection and implementation of plantings and hardscaping.

SECURIT Y & SAFET Y

To comply with local council regulations, all swimming pools require pool fencing and self-closing gates. Pool fencing can be made from metal, solid concrete walls, timber fencing or frameless glass. In many instances, frameless glass is selected for the area between the main outdoor dining area and the pool to create a seamless visual connection between the two.

PL AY TIME & REL A X ATION

It’s important to incorporate space around the pool for kids to play and adults to lounge and relax. A ‘breakout’ area for sun loungers, beanbags or other outdoor furniture can be created in and around the pool. The pool enclosure usually features non-slip hard surfacing such as tiles, pre-cast pavers and in-situ concrete. Hardwood or composite timbers are commonly used to provide platform areas that also double as storage for the pool cover and other pool accessories. M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 8

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Bijoux gardening ADD COLOUR AND LIVING BEAUTY TO YOUR ABODE WITH T H E S E T O P T I P S F O R S M A L L S PA C E S .


Inner-city living has many benefits, and low maintenance gardening is just one of them. But, just because the footprint for potential planting is limited, it needn’t narrow the possibilities. Make the most of every available space in and around your MIKE PERO Chief Executive, Mike Pero Real Estate

apartment or townhouse to inject a splash of greenery that invigorates, calms and delivers delicious morsels.

Urban dwellings often have small decks and balconies that can accommodate a diverse range of plants. Choose varieties that offer a tantalising mix of visual beauty, fragrance and practicality. DECORATIVE No matter how humble or small your dwelling, plants can breathe life into otherwise neglected nooks and crannies. Adorn your entrance with topiary, standard lavender, or a lemon or olive tree to make an elegant statement. Bookshelves, sideboards, bedside tables, kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities are all surfaces where you can introduce greenery. To add interest, or where surfaces are few and far between, hang trailing varieties like Boston Ivy, Maidenhair Fern, String of Hearts or Lipstick Vine at different heights and in clusters.

VERTICAL Another practical gardening idea for narrow outdoor areas is to opt for a vertical plant wall. These can be designed by a professional landscape architect; or, you can call on expert advice from your local garden centre to create your own. Planter pockets can be attached to a fence, the side of your house or wall of your balcony. Hang pots on a trellis or steel mesh, or stack wooden planter boxes in a pyramid fashion, which can double as a dividing wall.

POT TO PL ATE Having fresh food within arm’s reach is convenient and economical, and doesn’t require a lot of space. Herbs, flowers, fruit and vegetables can all be grown successfully in pots and planters, provided there are sufficient nutrients added to the soil and enough sun. If you have more outdoor space available, raised planter beds can be used to house a larger potager garden.

0800 500 123 | mikepero.com Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA (2008)


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F O R T H E I N S I D E W O R D O N W H AT M A K E S T H E U LT I M AT E I N N E R - C I T Y L I F E S T Y L E , T O C L E V E R S T O R A G E A N D S T Y L I N G F O R S M A L L S PA C E S , OUR INNER-CIT Y LIVING SPECIAL HAS YOU COVERED.

Streamlined simplicity C R E AT I N G A C A R E F U L LY O R G A N I S E D D R E S S I N G R O O M I S EFFORTLESS WITH THE EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE AND E X P E R T A D V I C E O N O F F E R AT S I M P LY WA R D R O B E S .

triple panel doors or glass insert – both available in three colour options: white, grey ash or oak finish. Made locally, the ready-made collection – including the versatile Linen Shelving system – is usually available within three working days.

AC C E S S O R I E S Creating a special place for every last piece in your wardrobe is simple with a wide range of wardrobe accessories available, including: racks for ties, belts and shoes, hangers for pants, felted tray inserts for jewellery, watches and cufflinks, pull out mirrors, and even a space-saving folddown ironing board – all of which can either be integrated into your existing wardrobe or incorporated into the overall design of a new one. For affordable quality wardrobe systems, visit the wardrobe specialists at their Brougham Street showroom. 03 379 0292 | simplywardrobes.co.nz

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HETHER YOU’RE LOOKING to revamp your existing wardrobe or design your dream dressing room, Simply Wardrobes offers clever storage solutions and systems to suit your individual style and budget. A Christchurch-based family-owned company, Simply Wardrobes offers the complete package, from a complementary design service to free delivery and installation, and their wide range of quality products offers flexibility to help keep your wardrobe in order.

TA I L O R- M A D E Created to suit your specific requirements, two custom-made wardrobe options are available with a range of sliding door choices. Pole System – This contemporary design is fully adjustable, allowing the user to create different ‘modules’ to accommodate different types of clothing, shoes and fashion accessories over single 26

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or multiple levels. Manufactured using anodised aluminium fixtures, this system can be attached to the wall or the ceiling, even angled ones. And, for easy access, the three- or four-drawer units have glass fronts and operate on ball bearing runner slides. Cabinet System – A classic wardrobe design, the Cabinet System can be configured according to different requirements, and is suitable as a walk-in or walk-through wardrobe. Constructed from 25mm-thick melamine board, this system has a solid back and features a sleek aluminium top handle on all drawers with full extension soft close runners.

R E A DY- M A D E Ideal for renovations and new builds, or as an upgrade to your existing wardrobe, the basic wall-mounted I-Robe system has aluminium hanging bars and adjustable shelving. Or, there is the free-standing alternative, which comes with a choice of


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ISTORICALLY, WE HAVE taken to nesting in suburbia. This tendency is understandable given Christchurch is flat, which supports the proliferation of spread. However, with the majority of our urban population in ‘depopulated car-centric suburbs’, these have become monocultural landscapes with very little soul. One of the post-earthquake initiatives has been a drive towards a concentration of residential housing in the heart of the city. However, this notion is proving difficult to realise – largely due to the cost of development, but also in part because of the psychology of the typical Christchurch resident, who is used to the idea of more space. The real success or failure of this initiative, I believe, will be driven by its inhabitants and whether the promise of a revitalised inner city will deliver. That challenge poses the all-important question: ‘what would bring people back?’ The need to create stimulating and interesting environments in which people can thrive – whether with private courtyards or communal spaces associated with apartment-style developments – requires more than merely

replicating a traditional suburban yard on a smaller scale: it requires the creation of an oasis at its epicentre. I like to think that the external living space within an inner-city development is a place to escape the daily grind, one that is well considered with layers and meaning. I believe a city tells a narrative, a story about the people who use it; it is a space that reveals our idiosyncrasies and the touchstones of our lives. Our environments impact and shape our behaviour. Therefore, the best small spaces are the ones that do one thing really well. As a landscape architect, I am drawn to refined simplicity where every square inch matters; so, designing outdoor spaces in a densely populated urban area presents the ideal opportunity to design in a way that reflects these values.

In Bob Parker’s book, Ripped Apart: a city in chaos – which details his experience as mayor during the earthquakes – Bob envisions Christchurch becoming a ‘city in a garden’ rather than a ‘garden city’, which resonates strongly with me. The design of apartment complexes involves a careful juxtaposition between private and public spaces. And one of the key design elements is to ensure residents are able to choose a level of engagement that suits them. It can be interesting to see how residents set about delineating these public and private spaces on their own terms, either with the placement of garden pots that both physically and visually demarcate space, or through the placement of outdoor furniture. As one looks to navigate the pressures and stresses of modern life, I particularly like the notion that our own little slice of the inner-city landscape can be one that responds to the rhythm of life, celebrating the diurnal and seasonal nature. We can create spaces that are bursting with vitality, yet relaxing and bucolic. As I look out onto the courtyard from my office, I see the flow of water, sun reflecting off leaves, and Monarch butterflies dancing on the breeze. Blossoms come and go, as do the leaves of the paperbark maples, and our resident bellbird sings to an appreciative audience. We may be in the inner city, but this small area is brimming with life. Inner-city gardens need soul and a touch of the unexpected. All too often we landscape architects can get a little too serious about our craft, but there’s nothing better than creating a slice of paradise in which we can lose ourselves, pick from our harvest, eat, drink and be merry, and sleep and dream of our next adventure or some faraway place. 03 366 3268 | roughandmilne.co.nz

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INTRATHEN GARDENS encapsulates the very best of urban living. Set amidst lush landscaped grounds and within a short stroll of the thriving hospitality hub of Victoria Street and Merivale’s elite shopping mecca, these luxury residences offer effortless living for busy modern professionals and families. With their elegant, clean lines, Shephard & Rout Architects have created an immaculate canvas on which to make your mark. A series of secluded and sheltered outdoor living spaces offer restorative vistas. Expansive floating stone patios allow you to relax to the rhythm of the Wairarapa Stream, while floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room establish that all-important connection with nature. Furnished with the highest quality European appliances and fittings throughout, the well-proportioned openplan kitchen, living and dining areas allow you enjoy the good life indoors. The designer kitchen offers generous workspaces, ample

storage and a butler’s pantry, while the living spaces open out onto the expansive patios providing additional living and entertaining spaces in the warmer weather. At the end of the day, the luxurious bathing and sleeping quarters upstairs invite rest and repose; with each bedroom and en suite, as well as the master bathroom, benefitting from both morning and evening sun. With the third residence in Lintrathen Gardens nearing completion, now is the time to make the most of what city life has to offer. lintrathengardens.co.nz

Rosemarie de Jong Back in 2004-2005 Rosemarie had just begun her foray into the exciting yet demanding world of Real Estate sales. Working within a locally based and well-respected, boutique style company seemed the ideal opportunity to learn the business in a more methodical and thorough manner than that of the larger corporates. Rosemarie found that earning and operating within a team of people committed to supporting each other, thereby offering a superior level of service subsequently lead to superior

results for their vendors. A well timed merger with the Bayleys Realty Group saw Rosemarie literally explode into the premium property market where she has remained a force to be reckoned with ever since. She still values the motivation, work ethic and satisfaction which comes from working within a dedicated team of salespeople who are not only held accountable to each other but to those who began this highly successful, multidisciplinary company over 30 years ago, the Bayleys family.

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Julia and her partner’s rented home in 2016 – The Bachelor Pad, by CoLab Architecture – epitomises how clever styling and design can maximise the smallest of spaces.

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ERSONALLY, I FIND a real romance to designing my life to fit into a compact home. I have always loved the concept of living aboard a boat where everything has its own clever spot and enforced tidiness ensues (something that is a challenge for me). Or maybe it was my childhood years of hut building that led me to seek out smaller spots to live in. Nonetheless, I have really enjoyed my tiny footprint rented homes that rarely felt claustrophobic – as some visitors have remarked on! The tiny homes I have lived in include a cool studio in Queenstown, a semi-detached two bedroom townhouse in Wanaka, a two bedroom apartment stacked over four levels in Auckland’s inner city, and an award-winning one bedroom beauty in Christchurch. studiohome.co.nz

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Barry Connor Architectural Design delivers a duo of townhouses that epitomise understated luxury and effortless urban living. WO R DS & ST Y LI N G MA J K A K AI S ER

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Builders was on site daily to ensure the smooth running of the build – liaising with the council for building consents, and with Barry on all design aspects. As Patrick recalls, there were a few specific design aspects that proved challenging. Given the six-metre height between the floor of the second storey and the ridgeline, additional planning around health and safety processes and hazard management was called for. And, during the course of the project, Patrick explains that five different configurations of scaffolding had to be created to facilitate various design features. Responsible for managing the logistics of the various sub-contractors, ‘particularly on timespecific and time-critical components of the build’ – Patrick's meticulous planning and solution-oriented approach meant that everything ran smoothly and was finished to an immaculate standard just in time for auction day. Powell Fenwick provided professional engineering advice and solutions to ensure the building’s structural integrity. Together with the architect, they created a sense of ‘openness’ on each floor, within the relatively modest footprint. The spaciousness of the open-plan living and dining area


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With entertaining at its heart, the bespoke black and white kitchen is the focal point in the open-plan living and dining area on the ground floor.

on the ground floor was assisted by the steel floor support structure and an engineered timber roof structure was erected to support the vaulted ceiling on the first floor. Determined to avoid the black and white facades typically found in the surrounding area, the natural beauty of cedar cladding was employed. Masterfully handcrafted and finished with exquisite octagonalhead copper nails, Barry explains that it is this kind of ‘considered detailing’ that influenced the product selection at every turn. ‘In keeping with the surrounding million dollar townhouses, and in order to appeal to inner-city professionals and empty nesters, it was important an impeccable standard was achieved’, Barry says. The interior look is both contemporary and timeless. Tasked with creating a cohesive monochromatic interior scheme throughout the townhouses was Sandy Eagle of Sandy Eagle Design. Giving an air of understated sophistication, while meeting the high level of craftsmanship this project demanded, large format black Acidic tiles were used

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in the entry. Covering the wall from floor-to-ceiling, the tiles were also used on the door face to conceal the entrance to the powder room. Supplied by BellaRoc, these exquisite porcelain tiles from Ceramica Fondovalle have been beautifully handcrafted by fusing traditional techniques with contemporary clean lines. To counter the masculinity of the black tiles, engineered timber floor tiles offer warmth and a sense of continuity throughout the ground floor and marry with the blonde timber used for the floating staircase, manufactured by Southern Creations. Commonly used to make wine and whiskey barrels, due to its water- and rot-resistant properties,

American White Oak was used in conjunction with stainless steel fixtures. Southern Creations’ sales manager Scott Bawden says they enjoy working with this particular timber, owing to its hardwearing characteristics, beautiful ‘open grain’, and the aesthetic flexibility it affords – in that it can be stained almost any colour. With entertaining at its heart, the bespoke black and white kitchen is the focal point in the open-plan living and dining area on the ground floor. Barry says that integrating clever storage solutions was key to the kitchen’s design. While storage has been built into the wall-hung cabinetry along the south-facing wall and into the kitchen

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island, a separate pantry provides plenty of room for appliances and dry goods. The crisp freshness of white, high-gloss joinery is framed in black with matching floating shelves and negative detailing in the island drawers, which creates a floating effect. Giving the kitchen its ‘decidedly New York vibe’, Sandy says this is her favourite aspect of this high-spec kitchen. Sleek handleless drawers were incorporated into the custom-made cabinetry and the Corian benchtop with moulded bowl gives a seamless finish. Working in close collaboration with Sandy, Mo Tiles supplied the feature tiles in the kitchen, as well as in the master bathroom and en suite upstairs.

While chevron tiles were used in the kitchen to create depth and interest in the splashback, glossy white tiles serve as the backdrop to both bathrooms, and a mix of both matt and gloss hexagonal black tiles create a focal point for the double shower and bath. Lin-Tech Electrical was responsible for installing all electrics, including all wiring, fitting sockets and light switches, as well as the communication data systems and the electric gates. For director Jason Lindley, his favourite rooms are the kitchens and bathrooms. Jason says negotiating the floor-toceiling tiles and making sure all wiring was hidden within the individual floating towel rails demanded a high level of planning.

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INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Barry Connor Architectural Design 021 203 5992 barryconnordesign.co.nz BUILDER PG Builders 021 227 6686 pgbuilders.co.nz ELECTRICIAN LIN-TECH Electrical 027 546 8325 ENGINEER Powell Fenwick 03 366 1777 pfc.co.nz KITCHEN & BATHROOM DESIGN Sandy Eagle Design 027 710 6900 sandyeagledesign.co.nz STAIRS Southern Creations 027 550 1106 southerncreations.co.nz

For Barry, the ultimate joy comes at a project’s completion. ‘It’s always nice walking through the finished development and experiencing unexpected moments of impact, like the spaciousness in the living area as it comes into view while descending the stairs, or the striking black framed joinery in the kitchen. ‘It’s one thing to have the vision in one’s head that’s then translated into a two dimensional design on paper, but another one entirely when you see how it comes to life. And, when the outcome marries seamlessly with the original intent, it’s a great feeling.’

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Boutique interior architecture studio Eterno Design draws on two decades of experience to create a series of stunning spaces that exemplify effortless modern life. WO R DS MA J K A K AIS ER

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HIS ARCHITECTURALLY DESIGNED home provided the perfect starting point for Christchurch interior architect Emma Morris of Eterno Design. Fusing her keen eye for detail with her clients’ unique style, Emma has created a series of award-winning interior spaces that the inhabitants will enjoy for years to come. Emma’s brief was succinct: to create highly functional spaces, with an effortless ‘flow’ between the kitchen, scullery and preparation areas, and between the indoor and outdoor dining and entertaining areas. Emma says the interior palette was carefully chosen to ‘enhance the strong architectural forms and the interplay of natural light that shines through the varying ceiling heights’. Bespoke joinery components were designed to maximise storage and create a cohesive feel throughout the home. Working in close collaboration with Emma, Mark Allworthy of Bates Joinery manufactured all of Emma’s designs, which can be found in just about every room. From the custommade kitchen cabinetry, to the wall-hung bathroom vanities, to the sleek entertainment unit in the media room, all joinery was made using quartercut American White Oak that was either painted or stained black. A ‘welcoming haven’ where family and friends can come together, the ‘intimate snug’ Emma created in the media room offers a compelling colour palette of inky blues, complemented by plush, velvety textures. The stunning piece of bespoke cabinetry that envelops the gas fireplace and wall-mounted television was a joint effort and real labour of love.

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The heart of the home, the kitchen was designed to be a highly functional space that also connects seamlessly with the outdoor entertaining area beyond.


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Ensuring optimal practicality as well as beauty, the designer and joiner worked tirelessly to achieve the ideal marriage between form and function. In order to meet Emma’s exacting standards, as part of the creative process the pair developed a prototype in the factory, which was then tweaked ‘to perfection’. The heart of the home, the kitchen was designed to be a highly functional space that also connects seamlessly with the outdoor entertaining area

beyond. Quietly elegant, the island is wrapped in stained oak panels that have been designed to form a drop down dining table. As with all aspects of this home’s interior, Emma has chosen all fixtures and fittings to imbue each space with a ‘sense of style and simplicity’. Emma explains that the pared-back appearance she strives for in all her designs belies the complexity of the design itself. The bespoke mirrored cupboards in the master

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As with all aspects of this home’s interior, Emma has chosen all fixtures and fittings to imbue each space with a ‘sense of style and simplicity’.

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en suite, for example, were designed to incorporate storage underneath the marble benchtop. ‘All in all, it is a spatial sanctuary where the inhabitants can completely relax and unwind’, Emma reflects. ‘I love creating functional spaces with clean lines and minimal fuss. To me, paying close attention to the smallest of details is where the real beauty lies.’ The master en suite features large format Casa Dolce Casa Stone Calacatta marble-effect tiles. Selected for their refined elegance and water-resistant properties, BellaRoc also supplied the exquisite Mutina Azulej patterned tiles designed by celebrated Italian furniture designer, Patricia Urquiola, which

were used to create the feature wall in the bathrooms, as well as in the kitchen and scullery. Winning the prestigious Tida New Zealand Designer New Home of the Year Award and the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award in 2017, Emma says it was ‘an incredibly rewarding moment’. However, she says that while awards provide recognition within the industry, ‘at the end of the day what holds the most weight are our happy clients.’ 021 246 5753 | eternodesign.co.nz 03 3 888 111 | batesjoinery.co.nz 03 348 7214 | bellaroc.co.nz

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FOYER A winning combination of polished concrete, weathered wrought iron and raw timber slabs are the epitome of modern industrial dĂŠcor.

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Built by McKenzie Builders, this family home walks the line between rustic romance and modern industrial. WO R DS MA J K A K AIS ER

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KITCHEN An avid cook, Greg McKay adores his dark and moody kitchen, as well as the raw timber beams the couple sourced from the old Rakaia railway bridge.

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UILT BY MCKENZIE BUILDERS, this family home walks the line between rustic romance and modern industrial. With travel and work commitments encroaching on precious family time, Kylie and Greg McKay decided to trade their labour-intensive lifestyle block in North Canterbury for the simple life in Pegasus. Determined to free up the time previously devoted to looking after animals, the pair still sought the tranquillity and open spaces they’d become accustomed to. And, with good friends singing the praises of life in Pegasus, they were sold on the idea. With views out to majestic Mt Grey and over the lake, where they can enjoy paddle boarding, and

with the beach and biking tracks all within easy walking distance, the location was ideal for their family of five. Having decided on a location, the McKays quickly set about enlisting a builder. This being their first building project, they’d be forgiven for feeling apprehensive. Yet, in the capable hands of McKenzie Builders, their confidence soared. With almost 20 years’ experience in the building industry, McKenzie Builders’ Managing Director Louie McKenzie was onsite daily to oversee the construction process and act as a liaison between the crew of subcontractors and his clients. Louie’s relaxed, yet professional approach suited the couple’s personalities down to the ground.

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LIVING Creating a sense of sleek modernity the couple opted for a black backdrop for their kitchen, dining and living spaces, and, as a nod to the couple’s love of High Country living, the high ceilings have been adorned with large rustic timber beams.

And, while other builders may have deemed their demands ‘impossible’, Louie happily accommodated all their requests and saw that these were executed to the highest standards. ‘Louie has exceptional problem solving abilities. Nothing ever seemed to be a problem and we were able to tweak our design ideas as we went to ensure functionality as well as aesthetic beauty’, Kylie shares. Being the pair’s first ever new build, Kylie says they were keen to tick everything off their wish list. High on the agenda was a swimming pool for their three young children. This would act as a pivot point around which the building would form a U shape. The site’s unique shape presented the first challenge for Louie. As space to manoeuvre was limited, the pool had to be completed before the construction of the house could commence. Working closely with McKenzie Builders to excavate the site and form the hardfill for the foundations, Thornz Landscapes also provided hardscaping and planting. Continuing the strong black theme indoors and out, and providing parking for the boat, the driveway was finished with a hardwearing driveway mix of asphalt. To soften the hardscaping, low maintenance plants were selected for their ‘formal, yet natural feel’. Relishing the opportunity to work on architecturally designed homes such as this, Advanced Exterior Plastering achieved outstanding results with a StoArmat Render System. StoColor Lotusan Exterior Paint gives the home’s façade an immaculate finish. Ensuring the rendered surfaces

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Striking the balance between rural tranquillity and modern simplicity, family life and fun with friends, this home fulfills all their wishes.

ENSUITE For Kylie, the ensuite bathroom provides a space for pampering and retreat, where she enjoys long soaks in the generous bathtub.

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remain pristine for longer, this cutting edge paint technology applies the same scientific principles as a Lotus leaf, repelling both dirt and water. Through the weathered corten steel front door, polished concrete floors pave the way for the industrial vibe that characterises the ground floor. Creating a seamless continuity throughout, while offering great thermal properties, the concrete floors were poured and placed by NS Reid Concrete, along with all outdoor paths and patios. Sealed for optimal practicality in high traffic areas, the industrial warehouse effect was created using finishing additives and four machines. Given that polished concrete floors are their specialty, NS Reid Concrete produced exceptional results – for which they are renowned. Creating a show-stopping focal point in the foyer, a hanging staircase sports pitted and pockmarked timber slabs from an old railway bridge in Rakaia. This beautifully aged and naturally weathered timber was also used to create the two impressive sliding barn-style doors off the foyer – both engineered by Christchurch Wrought Iron & Metalwork.

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Having not produced a hanging staircase before, this provided the team with an exciting challenge. And, to match the rust-look corten steel front door, they aged the staircase steel pipes by leaving them out in the elements for three to four weeks. Upstairs serves as a retreat for the adults, comprising the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spacious master bedroom, walk-in dressing room and luxurious bathroom. Downstairs, a separate wing for the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedrooms also houses a separate laundry, bathroom and home office, while the other downstairs wing is dedicated to living, dining and entertaining. To ensure the precise alignment of the large format Casserto tiles, meticulous attention was

paid to the layout and installation. Supplying and installing all tiles indoors and out, Exquisite Tiles achieved a quality finish. By selecting the same tile in different shades for the downstairs bathroom, kitchen and laundry, they created a cohesive feel throughout. Meanwhile gunmetal porcelain tiles were used outside to delineate the area around the swimming pool and complement the timber decking. Raylight Aluminium supplied and installed Nulook AllSeasons thermally broken aluminium windows and doors. Reducing thermal transference of hot and cold, the suite provides greater economy in terms of energy output to heat and cool the home.

With views out to majestic Mt Grey and over the lake, where they can enjoy paddle boarding, and with the beach and biking tracks all within easy walking distance, the location was ideal for their family of five.

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Enhancing the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleek, modern look, matt black frames with grey-tinted Low-E double-glazing were selected. By recessing the stacker sliding doors, which lead from the foyer and living areas out to the swimming pool, Raylight Aluminium achieved a seamless threshold between inside and out. Selected for their premium quality, performance and simplicity of form, all lighting and electrical products and materials were supplied and installed by Regenerate. To match the moody interiors, it was important to Kylie and Greg that all fixtures and fittings were black. Because black fixtures and fittings are surprisingly difficult

to find ready-made, powdercoating was required to achieve the desired look. Finding a way of installing the tread lights into the swinging stairway and hiding unsightly wires required a team effort between the electrician and the building team. Without a doubt, the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favourite place to hang out and entertain their friends is in and around the swimming pool. Providing uninterrupted views around pools, stairs, balconies and showers, while creating the illusion of more space in confined areas, frameless glass fencing is suitable for any architectural style.

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A central point around which the house folds, and a hub of activity and entertaining, the pool is enclosed by a frameless glass fence for safety and aesthetics.

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INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT BUILDER McKenzie Builders 027 431 0001 mckenziebuilders.co.nz ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Thomas & Co. 03 697 4979 tacd.co.nz CONCRETE NS Reid Concrete 021 073 3349 nsreidconcrete.com ELECTRICS & LIGHTING Regenerate 021 487 494 EXTERIOR PLASTERING Advanced Exterior Plastering 027 533 6623 exteriorplasterers.co.nz Sto New Zealand 04 801 7794 sto.co.nz FRAMELESS GLASS Glassforce 03 384 3077 glassforce.co.nz IRON & STEELWORK Christchurch Wrought Iron & Metalwork 03 339 7277 christchurchwroughtiron.co.nz Glassforce products and their professional installation service ensure enduring quality, strength and protection. To meet current compliance safety standards, self-closing gates were installed in conjunction with the Glassforce 175 Pool Fencing System. And, during the hottest summer on record since 1909, the McKays were perfectly positioned to maximise fun in the sun while finding respite from the heat between the swimming pool and the lake beyond. Striking the balance between rural tranquillity and modern simplicity, family life and fun with friends, this home fulfills all their wishes.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN Thornz Landscapes 027 475 2664 thornz.co.nz TILING Exquisite Tiles 03 348 3285 exquisitetiles.co.nz WINDOWS & DOORS Raylight Aluminium 0800 366 567 nulook.co.nz

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na ure's caIIing A lifelong love affair with Tekapo was the inspiration behind this modern holiday home by High Country Carpentry.

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VER THE LAST 25 years, Phil has enjoyed many a family holiday and weekend retreat at his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bach in Lake Tekapo. And, although he and his wife Helen bought a plot of land there several years ago, it was only when Philâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents sold the family bach that they decided it was high time they put their own building plans into action. Phil fondly reminisces how he and Helen would spend hours just gazing up at the clear night sky, spotting satellites and shooting stars. With boating in the summer, skiing in the winter, and fishing, hiking, mountain biking and stargazing all year round, this treasured spot has always had a special place in their hearts. Long before their vision for the ultimate holiday home came to life, Phil and Helen recount that they would sit on the empty site eating ice creams, musing over how their dream would eventually take shape. And, once the decision to build had been made, the pair wasted no time in enlisting a team of professionals to execute their plans. Intimately familiar with the area and its temperamental environment, Lain Hellmrich of

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Phil says the open-plan layout of the kitchen, within the living area, makes entertaining more fun. He loves the high ceilings lined with birch plywood, which lend a relaxed, modern feel with reference to the typical Kiwi bach.


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High Country Carpentry instilled in the couple ‘absolute confidence’ that they would receive a home that was not only sympathetic to the surrounding environs, but that would also withstand the harsh weather conditions year in, year out. Overseeing all aspects of the construction process, Lain managed the logistics and organised the various subcontractors, while keeping Phil and Helen updated every step of the way. With ‘an amazing eye for detail’ and reverence for superior finishes and immaculate detailing, Lain says he was mindful to deliver above and beyond what Phil’s high expectations demanded. Striving for perfection at every turn, Lain says he managed expectations by keeping Phil and Helen abreast of developments throughout the process, and relished the opportunity to make suggestions that would give the final result the impeccable finish they sought. A proven high performance and lightweight render, Dulux AcraTex Exsulite EIFS Cladding System was used in conjunction with Dulux AcraTex Renderwall Float Finish, which produced beautiful ‘clean lines’, says Nathan Hurrell of Elite Plaster Coatings, a division of the Todd Mudie Group. Having worked with High Country Carpentry on many occasions, Nathan says their mutual appreciation of high standards meant the process ran smoothly achieving the desired result. ‘Witnessing the transformation from the bare bones to the fully formed whole is a real buzz.’ Blending seamlessly into the landscape, Oturehua stone from the Ida Valley was selected for its beautiful range of colours, says Craig Holden of

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Mackenzie Stonecraft. From deep grey, through to rich browns with a tinge of green, the rustic, textural quality stands in stark contrast with the clean architectural lines. So that no mortar joins show, the stone has been laid in a ‘tight stack’, explains Craig. Maximising the stunning vistas of Lake Tekapo and the mountains beyond was high on the pair’s list of priorities; and a number of rooms boast frontrow seats to the ever-changing hues of the lake and surrounding flora and fauna. Reflecting the surrounding landscape, and echoing the purity of the lake and the azure skies, an earthy palette is complemented by bright shots of blue throughout the home – from the bold blue front door, through to the accents in the bathroom and kitchen. Working in close collaboration with the couple’s

interior designer and the High Country Carpentry team, Trends Kitchens were proud to deliver an immaculately detailed result for all joinery elements throughout the home. Chosen for its fingerprint-resistant matt surface, Soft Touch melamine panels were used on all kitchen island cabinetry. To complement these panels in Storm Grey, the remaining doors, drawers and panels were finished using the velvety Quarter Thorndon Cream. As the kitchen’s centrepiece, the island sports a polished granite worktop, which offers tantalising views of the lake beyond, which ‘totally transforms the mundane task of washing up into a pleasurable experience’, explains Phil. In accordance with the couple’s design brief, The Glass Room custom-made the bespoke glass splashback to mirror the vibrant greenish blue hues of Lake Tekapo. Bringing a high level of expertise to every project, The Glass Room takes great pride in offering homeowners superior quality architectural art glass; the unique textural finishes they produce elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary. Using quality stopping products from leading brands, Platinum Interior Plastering takes great pride in the premium results they achieve, which pave the way for a perfect paint finish. And thanks to the quality workmanship of the carpenters on the building team, working with perfectly straight walls and flat surfaces makes for a smooth transition from one part of the job to the next. The unique shape of the ceiling in the open-plan kitchen, dining and living room presented a unique challenge for Damon Smith Electrical, who were 60

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Maximising the stunning vistas of Lake Tekapo and the mountains beyond was high on the pair’s list of priorities.

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Sitting up in bed enjoying a morning cuppa while drinking in the amazing scenery is ‘pure heaven’, says Helen.

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A Bath Co Moode wall hung vanity in oak veneer with sleek recessed handles gives a touch of luxury in the master en suite, while the Athena Motio sliding shower features an innovative new sliding system for effortless ease – both from Oakleys Bathroom and Plumbing Supplies.

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Blending seamlessly into the landscape, Oturehua stone from the Ida Valley was selected for its beautiful range of colours.

responsible for supplying and installing the lighting, as well as all electrical services, heat pumps, data networking and security systems. Integrating the LED downlighting within the negative detailing on the ceiling, while ensuring perfect symmetry between the 1.8m lighting pendant suspended between the kitchen island and the ceiling above, required a savvy lighting plan. And, with Damon’s meticulous attention to the finest details, this architectural design feature has been illuminated to great effect. Supplying tapware for the kitchen and laundry, as well as plumbing fittings and fixtures for the bathrooms, Oakleys Bathroom and Plumbing Supplies worked in close collaboration with Brymac Tiles to select the perfect tiles for the bathrooms, as well as the indoor and outdoor living areas.

Masia Blanco glazed ceramic tiles and S&T white gloss tiles form a sleek backdrop for the St Michel Lulu vanities, which have been used in all three bathrooms to create a sense of continuity throughout the home. Meanwhile, a customisable coloured melamine strip in Ocean Gloss was chosen to match the hue of Lake Tekapo’s turquoise waters. The interior and exterior versions of Ariana Ceramica’s Futura Antracite ceramic tiles from Brymac Tiles were chosen for their beautiful pebbled texture – akin to Tekapo’s natural landscape. Used as a border around the living and media rooms, these exquisite Italian tiles create a seamless flow out to the polished concrete deck beyond. For safety, shelter and privacy, toughened frameless glass balustrades, with a grey tint, were supplied and installed by Provista Balustrade

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The way the building merges seamlessly with the surrounding landscape is just one of the design aspects the homeowners enjoy about their holiday home.

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Systems. In order to satisy the new safety regulations that call for top link rails or capping, the surrounding landscaped area was raised. For clean lines and minimal fixings, SingleDisc MB75 frameless glass was used to accomodate the narrow edge of the concrete slab, as it can be secured in place at a single fixing point. Once the project reached completion, Lain says seeing Phil’s and Helen’s beaming faces was ‘a feeling like no other’, as ‘we realised we’d delivered just what they wanted – to the desired level of detail and finish.’ As the pair sit back and take stock of their journey, they look forward to making more memories with friends and family, and developing the love story that Tekapo has woven through their lives.

KITCHEN Trends Kitchens 03 343 5242 trendskitchens.co.nz SPLASHBACKS The Glass Room 03 343 6722 theglassroom.co.nz STONEMASONRY Mackenzie Stonecraft 027 6777 577 facebook.com/mackenziestonecraft TILING Brymac Tiles 03 366 8187 brymactiles.co.nz

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FAMILY TIES Three generations in the making, this contemporary home by Rory Butler Construction pays homage to the past, while paying it forward to the future. WO R DS MA J K A K AI S ER

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INCE CHILDHOOD LIZI REESE has claimed this idyllic part of Banks Peninsula as her own. With farming in the family, Lizi has fond memories helping out on the farm baling hay, rounding up sheep and tailing lambs, and playing with her brothers and sisters. ‘Roaming over many acres, we played in frog ponds, rode horses, picnicked and camped out under the stars – all the things farm kids do’, Lizi fondly recalls. As the land in Takamatua has been in the family since the early 1950s, it has always been Lizi’s dream to return. And, over the years she has worked long and hard to make that a reality. ‘Building this home is not just something for me; but for generations to come, long after I’m gone.’ After obtaining quotes from several contractors, which were ‘way out of [her] league’, Lizi’s son Rory offered to build this special home: a tribute to family, for family, on family land. And, with her future home in her son’s capable hands, she was confident she would get just what she wanted. ‘He said, “Mum, this is your dream home. Whatever you want, I’ll make it happen.”’ Lizi’s brief was simple: ‘to touch the ground lightly’, and employ materials to support a ‘connection to the land’. In such magnificent surroundings, capturing views from almost every room was high on her list of priorities, as was having the fireplace in a central position so she could

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enjoy vistas of the rolling hills and ever-changing seascape, as well as the romance of flickering flames. Ensuring the best deal and a quality result for his mum, Rory also knew this project had the potential to ‘kick start’ his building career. Project managing the build, Rory was on site daily to manage subcontractors and oversee logistics, as


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well as putting hammer to nail. The first challenge he faced, however, came in the very early stages. Due to the exposure of the 4x30-metre incision in the hillside, it was race against time to erect the 33-metre retaining wall, while completing another 70 metres of blockwork for the stepping foundations – before the rain came and threatened to collapse the bank. Another challenge Rory faced required immaculate precision to overcome. To accommodate the large expanse of laser-cut corten steel that wraps around the entire exterior, and to ensure a ‘perfect fit' with the building, all angles and lines had to be ‘perfectly plumb and true’. Each steel sheet had to be integrated one by one around the whole structure, from top to bottom, allowing for different pitches and shapes. Such precise measurements and calibrations were vital. With ‘no room for error’, Rory explains how each and every sheet had to fit seamlessly with the next. Together with his fellow builders, Andy Simmons and Seth Edwards-Ellis, Rory developed a grid system, set up with line lasers and string

The ultimate gift that keeps on giving, Lizi says her new home serves as a constant reminder of the ‘three generations of love’ that have gone into achieving it. EXTERIOR

An honour to build his mum’s dream home, Rory Butler ‘loves it how the building looks great from every angle.’

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lines, which divided the entire building into individual sheets. The geometric laser-cut pattern that formed a feature on the west-facing side also required careful planning – to ensure the pattern appeared balanced over the two windows behind it and so that the doors were perfectly positioned. However, despite the trials and tribulations of working with such an unforgiving material, the final result was well worth the effort and is Lizi’s favourite aspect of her new home. Offering unique patterned views through the two windows in the living room, the ‘exotic Arabian feel’ it conjures up transports the imagination, and also allows a welcome breeze on hot summer days. Running smoothly from start to finish, Lizi says she was astounded by Rory’s knowledge and ability to coordinate and manage the numerous subcontractors, as well as being ‘on the tools’. With his astute attention to the smallest details, Lizi says even the most complex and intricate tasks were executed with the utmost precision. While many people fear the stress of building – especially when embarking on the process with family – Lizi says both she and Rory were determined to approach it with humour and a positive mindset. And their shared intention paid off. ‘We had so much fun and so many laughs’, Lizi cheerfully reflects. ‘And there’s not a thing I’d change. I love everything about it.’ ‘It’s been such a privilege to have my son build my home on the land my parents left me. And it was important that I honour their gift.’ With Rory’s integrity, generosity, precision and skill, he has delivered beyond her wildest dreams. The ultimate gift that keeps on giving, Lizi says her new home serves as a constant reminder of the ‘three generations of love’ that have gone into achieving it. ‘I would not have traded this experience for anything in the world. It is a precious memory that I will carry in my heart always.’ 027 485 6886 | rbconstruction.co.nz 03 379 4750 | oakleysplumbing.co.nz

BATHROOM Oakleys Bathroom and Plumbing Supplies worked alongside Lizi to create two bathrooms with clean lines, plenty of storage and functional lighting. Designed around a pair of matching Grandangolo vanities by Bath Co, Tablo wall hung side cupboards offer ample storage, and the VCBC Drop You Bath by Bath Co was chosen to fit snugly into the bathroom’s stone clad bath extension – where Lizi can enjoy the stunning bay views. M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 8

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With her penchant for moody, impactful spaces, a skilled interior design specialist has transformed her Cape Town apartment into an industrial-chic urban bolthole. WO R DS J E S S I C A ROS S

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OODY YET LIGHT, industrial yet cosy, this modern Cape Town apartment is the epitome of urban sophistication and a study in considered contrasts. ‘I was looking for a personal creative project and an inner-city loft has always been on my bucket list’, says homeowner Kim Smith, ‘so I set out to build something that I would want to spend time in’. As director at Weylandts, an upmarket South African homeware and furniture store, Kim saw this as opportunity to fashion an edgy city bolthole unique to her style – and within close proximity of one of Cape Town’s most sought-after districts. And it’s a shining example of the kind of modern design you’ll find along the popular Bree Street strip, fringed with achingly hip coffee shops, eateries and boutiques, at once straddling the line between contemporary cool and classic chic. When she first alighted on the space, Kim was won over by its surrounds: ‘magnificent views over the city, Devils Peak, Table Mountain and Lions Head.’ Of course, as is often the case with any new home, it wasn’t perfect to begin with. ‘I completely gutted the place and sorted out all the levels to make it more user friendly’, Kim explains.

‘With time, I have honed my design aesthetic’, says homeowner Kim Smith, director at Weylandts, a furniture and homeware store based in South Africa and Australia. ‘I have always liked natural materials and a monochromatic palette with an emphasis on simplicity and authenticity.’

Changing the flow and simplifying the layout, she also extended the mezzanine level and installed strong walls in place of the tin sheets that separated the home into living zones. ‘The reward is when I believe I have unlocked the best solution to space utilisation, incorporating my aesthetic style to create the ideal environment.’ For all intents and purposes, this home should feel cold, enveloped in its moody shades of grey; however, layers of tactile materials, objets and furniture pieces in complementary light hues are peppered throughout its three storeys, softening the steely tone and delivering a good dose of warmth. During the day, light floods the ground floor living area courtesy of expansive windows that let a generous panorama of Table Mountain M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 8

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take your breath away. ‘I was very cognisant of the environment and how the interior relates to the exterior, so I opted to stand the dark in opposition to, and to soften, the brightness of the outdoors’, Kim explains. ‘I wanted this space to reflect and play off the location of the apartment – city living at its best. It’s bold, simple and masculine, with an emphasis on great design and comfort.’ Striking monochromatic interiors are Kim’s calling card, and she’s honed her sensitivity to tone and detail over years of fashioning the homes of others. At every turn you’re met with another carefully curated vignette. Dark mahogany wood and steel finishes play off the bone-dry skulls and cascading greenery smattered over the home. ‘The abundance of indoor plants is critical to creating life and interest in this masculine space’, Kim notes. It’s all cleverly arranged but never overly decorated. ‘Simplicity and good design involve discipline and serious editing and considered layering’, she explains. ‘Often people err by putting everything they like into one project – the result is schizophrenic.’ Through the use of careful spatial arrangement, key design and art pieces from Weylandts become artful talking points – the factory-style pendants in the kitchen, a linen artwork that adds a striking splash of cool indigo, the molecule light at the breakfast table, a shaggy graphic occasional chair that invites you to curl up with a good read.... ‘I

LIVING The Marconi daybed is the perfect answer to languid weekend afternoons spent curled up with a good book. With their marble tops, the Michael Occassional coffee tables are nested to bring another source of stylish layering. BALCONY ‘I love sitting on the benches on the balcony with its olive trees and jasmine creeper looking out across the city towards Table Mountain’, says Kim, who made the apartment’s connection to the outdoors a key focus.

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Kim’s design language – ‘masculine, edited, urban with warmth, character and soul’ – informed how she curated her space.

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selected beautiful, comfortable pieces that are timeless and do not overpower the space but work well in terms of proportion and materiality.’ ‘While it has a universal language, this apartment definitely has an African heartbeat’, Kim says, summing up its essence. When it came to materials, the South African landscape was a strong influence, referenced in the animal hide rugs, artwork and artefacts. In the bedroom, a decidedly pared-back zone geared to relaxation and calm, Kim cleverly used raw steel panelling to divide sleeping quarters from the bathroom, and the mood shifts subtly between the two spaces with the bathroom taking on a tropical character. ‘I wanted to create a cocoon’, says Kim, ‘private, peaceful and unexpected on top of this tenstorey building’. Each area of the home has spaces where you can hole up, from a perfectly placed chair for reading a book, to a spot to sit and absorb the view in the bedroom. ‘The views over Bo Kaap are very special’, she says, pointing out the vibrant boxy homes of the neighbouring Cape Malay district. ‘I love the sound of the call to prayer from the local mosques. This is my idea of city living – a central, stylish and spacious penthouse connected to the city.’ 74

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AHEAD OF THE TRENDS Step inside the new GM Hair Gallery and be prepared to be wowed. The oversized space with high ceilings and minimalistic décor is the design creation of Mike and Glynis Hamel, international award-winning hairdressers. For over 30 years, the husband and wife team have styled hair for some of the biggest fashion shows around the world. The creative pair continue to travel overseas to stay ahead of both hair and design trends – which is evident in their unique approach to the interior design of their salon. Passionate, also, about health and the environment, they have developed Mike Hair Care – a range of hair care products that are gloriously natural and carcinogenic free. If you are looking for a unique salon committed to promoting good health and creating beautiful hair, with its own in-house barista, then drop in and visit GM Hair Gallery. Formerly located upstairs in Ballantynes, discover the creative and capacious new salon at 300 Cashel Street, where there is plenty of parking as well. 0800 464 247 | gmhair.nz 76

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Kanel & kardemummabullar dough Makes 14–16 large buns

Blueberry buns STEFFI KNOWLES-DELLNER LIFTS THE LID ON THE ART O F E AT I N G H A R M O N I O U S LY, S W E D I S H - S T Y L E .

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N HER NEW book, Lagom (which means ‘balance’), Swedish food stylist and cookery author, Steffi Knowles-Dellner takes us from breakfast to dinner and beyond, uncovering the simple beauty of food that is not just good for our bodies, but for our souls too. After all, the secret to life is balance.

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150g butter 2 cups whole milk 50g fresh yeast ¾ cup superfine caster sugar 2 tsp ground cardamom or 1½ tsp cardamom pods, split open and seeds bashed 800g strong white bread flour 1 egg, beaten METHOD

1. Melt the butter in a pan, pour in the milk and heat until finger warm (just warm to touch). 2. Crumble the yeast into your largest bowl with a little of the buttery milk. Stir until the yeast has dissolved, then add the remaining liquid. 3. Add the sugar, cardamom and ½ tsp salt, then 5 cups of the flour. Mix until you have a wet dough, then tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead to come together. It will be a bit difficult to handle, but moving it vigorously around or slapping and folding it will have an impact. Add a bit more flour if absolutely necessary. 4. Return to a clean bowl and sprinkle with flour. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warmish place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. It should now be smooth ‘like a baby’s bottom’, as my mormor used to say. 5. Knock the dough back a bit while still in the bowl, then tip onto a floured surface. 6. Knead for a few minutes, adding more flour if the dough seems very wet. It is ready when it releases from the surface easily and, if you slash into the dough with a very sharp knife, there are evenly distributed small air bubbles. 7. Cut the dough in half and roll each half out to form a rectangle, roughly 30 x 40cm [12 x 16in] and 5mm [¼in] thick, with the longest side facing you. Spread with the softened butter, then sprinkle over the sugar and cardamom or cinnamon (or a combination of both). 8. Preheat the oven to 225°C/450°F and line several baking sheets with parchment. Roll up each rectangle tightly and slice into even pieces, about 2.5cm [1in] thick. Pinch or tuck in the ends and place, generously spaced, on the prepared sheets. Cover with tea towels and prove for about 40 minutes, until doubled in size. 9. Brush with the beaten egg and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden. Allow to cool at least a little on a wire rack, or as long as you can wait.

Lemon & Marzipan Filling INGREDIENTS

3¼ cups fresh blueberries ½ cup superfine caster sugar 1 lemon, zest and juice 3½ Tbsp butter, softened 175g best-quality marzipan, coarsely grated 1 egg, beaten METHOD

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1. While the dough is rising, bring the blueberries, sugar and lemon juice to the boil in a small pan, then lower the heat and simmer for 10-20 minutes (depending on your blueberries), until jammy. Remove from the heat and cool completely. 2. Line several baking sheets with baking parchment. 3. After leaving the dough to rise, knead and roll it out into two rectangles as with the Kanel & Kardemummabullar dough recipe. 4. Spread with the butter and blueberry jam, then sprinkle over the marzipan and lemon zest. Roll up and slice into about 14-16 buns in total, then transfer to the prepared baking sheets, cover with tea towels and allow to prove for about 30 minutes. 5. Preheat the oven to 225°F/450°F. Brush the buns with the beaten egg, then bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden and puffed up. Allow to cool on a wire rack before tucking in.


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The ideal companion to homemade baking is, of course, freshly brewed coffee. Italian brands renowned for their quality workmanship and longevity, Bialetti stovetops and Bezzera espresso machines offer the very best in coffee making.

Coffee & cake E N J O Y S U M P T U O U S B A K I N G A N D C A F E- Q U A L I T Y

Since Alfonso Bialetti revolutionised the art of coffee brewing nearly a century ago, the traditional stovetop method is still a favourite in homes around the world. And, for those seeking to create authentic cafe-style espresso at home, Bezzera’s exceptional coffee machines offer the ultimate in quality and performance. Master the art of espresso, with short blacks, flat whites, lattes and mochaccinos that you can savour along with your morning pastries.

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ITH THE GOLDEN twilight of autumn upon us, delicious comfort food like cakes, breakfast muffins, pastries, fresh rolls and bread can become a regular treat at home with the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. Designed for high performance and built to last for generations, KitchenAid is a trusted brand that’s been around since 1919. The awardwinning design – as we know it today – was launched on the eve of WWII. With a tantalising array of colours to choose from, this stylish appliance is guaranteed to take pride of place in your kitchen. Not just for baking, the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer offers a range of culinary preparation techniques to assist you in the kitchen. The possibilities are endless with a range of attachments and different bowl sizes – so you can make your own fresh pasta, sausages, salsa, and ice cream too. 03 366 6912 | tfe.co.nz

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LIFESTYLE

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ITY LIVING OFTEN means navigating a concrete jungle. Ever-increasing housing density means our homes are becoming smaller and smaller, and many of us now live in apartments and small spaces with limited access to, or views of, greenery. Now more than ever I believe that it is important not to lose sight of nature in our man-made spaces. Houseplants bring the outdoors inside and help visually lift our surroundings. There is an immense range of plants to complement our living spaces. Whether you leave them to grow tall or place them to cascade over shelves, there is the perfect plant out there for every home. Throughout history, humans have used plants to breathe life into all sorts of spaces. Outdoors, we use them to beautify gardens, parks, streets and public spaces, including buildings – think shopping malls and office buildings. In our homes, houseplants add tranquillity, warmth and personality to even the coldest of rooms. Plants introduce organic shapes and colour into an environment otherwise dominated by hard surfaces and sharp edges. With so many houseplants available, there is a never-ending list of options when introducing plants into your home. A home can never have enough plants. As your plant collection grows, you’ll find ways to start layering by curating a collection of plants to create a visually appealing grouping of texture, colour and form. When curating plants, always play with height, size and leaf texture to create interesting groupings. It’s also good to create little ‘plant families’ by grouping your plants according to their light and watering needs. This makes caring for them easier. An example of a grouping with similar care needs is: peace lilies, fruit salad plants, Swiss cheese vines, devil’s ivy and queen of hearts. Another good grouping is radiator plant, begonia, fiddle-leaf fig and peacock plant. Choose a few plants to be the ‘heroes’ and complement them with plainer plants. For example, a variegated Monstera, with its unusually patterned leaves, should be the focus amongst plants with plainer foliage, such as a Philodendron cordatum.

INJECT LIFE INTO EVERY NOOK WITH JASON CHONGUE’S HELPFUL HINTS, FROM HIS INSPIRING N E W B O O K P L ANT S O C I ET Y.

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THE GOOD LIFE A life well lived is a life worth living

READING NOOK

My Floral Affair

by Rachel Ashwell CICO Books Pretty pastels and delicate floral accents dominate this inspiring book. Be whisked away on a tantalising journey through stately English country homes and quaint French cottages to see how flowers cannot only be used to adorn the home, but influence decor choices.

Ce le brating cultural dive r sit y within Chr istchurch , join in the Holi fe stivitie s on 4 M arch in th e inn e r cit y. Forget your troubles an d let your hair d own with family an d fr ie n ds . Reve l in this cultur al m ash-up with v ibr ant colour, music , dance an d ethnic de lic acies .

family af fair Next time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the road south of Christchurch, be sure to pop into the Susan Badcock Studio in Geraldine. Created as a workspace for Susan and a gallery space in which to showcase three generations of artistic talent, Susan holds regular exhibitions featuring her own hand-coloured fine-art photography, alongside traditional oils by her grandfather Douglas Badcock, and vivid abstract oil paintings by her father John Badcock. susanbadcockstudio.co.nz

chia p ower Adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to your diet each day provides the fuel your body needs to sustain energy, increase stamina, improve digestion and heart health, all while encouraging healthy skin, hair and nails. For nutritious and delicious recipes that include these powerful little seeds, visit thechiaco.com.

Inspiring Tiny Homes by Gill Heriz CICO Books

Jump on the tiny house bandwagon and arm yourself with a wealth of divine inspiration that you can pour into your own project. For a simple, more connected way of life, tap into the diverse collection of diminutive dwellings explored in this book, from inner-city containers to countryside cabins. 82

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LIFESTYLE

BEAUT Y BAR 1 2

1 Katherine Daniels Gentle Oil and Salt

Exfoliator is designed for the most delicate skin – simply apply a thin layer and wait just five minutes for it to melt; then rinse to reveal your inner radiance.

2 Oh-so subtle, Kester Black Nail Polish has a stunning array of nudes that we can’t get enough of. With these ethical, sustainable products – minus the toxic nasties – there’s no excuse now for nails to be forgotten.

3 Mecca Cosmetica Glow Getter Essentials is the dynamic duo guaranteed to create a luminous complexion morning, noon and night.

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4 Lovingly handcrafted in the Hawke’s Bay using plant-based ingredients, Real World Manuka & Rose Hand Cream, and the nourishing Coconut Lip Balm are just two of their gorgeous skincare products we’ve fallen for.

5 Aesop Herbal Roll-On Deodorant is kind on delicate skin thanks to its aluminiumand alcohol-free formulation that includes Wasabi extract and a refreshing blend of essential oils.

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6 Nude by Nature Flawless Foundation and

Concealer provides long-lasting coverage while treating your skin like royalty; Baobab Fruit Extract to soften, Bamboo Powder for a matt finish and Vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum to revitalise.

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7 We were wowed at first sight with the stark simplicity of the Nordic skincare range, Nuori. Finnish for ‘young’, optimal freshness and quality is ensured with small batches and zero additives.

8 For irresistible sparkle, Stila Magnificent

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9 For the ultimate ‘airbrushed’ finish, you can’t go past the Rae Morris Jishaku #26 Radiance Brush from Mecca Maxima to seamlessly blend liquid foundations, creams and powders.

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10 The newest addition to the range, Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Brightener No. 42 is an intensive, radiance-boosting treatment that is a quick fix for tired skin. 11 Plantae Sea Buckthorn Berry Night Cream is super hydrating, yet lightweight, and promises velvety smooth skin when you wake.

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To feature your business here call Rebecca Duncan on 021 711 813 or email: rebecca@27publishers.co.nz

ARTISAN COLLECTIVE

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BLUM

blum.com Clever kitchen design calls for the perfect marriage between form and function. Esteemed for its faultless engineering, Blum drawers and pull-outs are especially designed to bear heavy loads, while top quality motion technology enables effortless daily use. Experience the full range of Blum hardware, which includes door hinges and overhead cabinet lift systems, alongside a range of storage solutions in their Woolston showroom.

CORSO MERIVALE

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The Ballantynes homewares department has temporarily relocated in preparation for its rebuild. Just a short walk from the City Mall store, Ballantynes Home Edit store is now on the corner of Dundas and Colombo Streets. A hub of design inspiration, you’ll find the hottest trends and highest quality products, from luxurious linens to innovative kitchen equipment.

Merivale's iconic boutique for quality designer homewares exudes luxury and enduring style. With a distinctly European influence, Corso's carefully curated selection of ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing and jewellery makes them a top design destination amongst the style-savvy of Christchurch. For exquisite lifestyle pieces that make a life well-lived well worth living, visit Corso Merivale today.

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With beautiful blooms to suit every momentous life occasion, Ilam Florist caters to your every floral whim. When words just aren't enough, Ilam Florist's team of passionate floral stylists can create stunning arrangements bursting with fresh, seasonal flowers. Offering same-day delivery within Christchurch, you'll also find the perfect gift, greeting card and homeware accents at 203 Waimairi Road, or simply order online.

TAILORMADE SPACE

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With luxury European textiles available to the public at wholesale prices, there's no need to compromise on style while on a budget. Bringing a mix of cutting-edge contemporary and timeless classic designs, Fabric House offers opulent fabrics in limited quantities for a fraction of the regular retail price. Visit their showroom at 140 Colombo Street in Beckenham – where refreshing your interior has never been a more enjoyable experience.

For stylish, bespoke interiors, Tailormade Space works together with you to create your unique space. With a passion for uncompromising quality, Tailormade Space offers a choice of affordable packages or can customise their services to suit each individual project. Offering creative flair together with innovation and industry knowledge, they work alongside a diverse range of suppliers and craftspeople to deliver exceptional spaces.


SHOP WINDOW

RESENE

COCO GIFTS

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Embarking on a home decorating project but experiencing a colour conundrum? Resene's experienced colour experts are on-hand to help you successfully select colour combinations that reflect your personality in your home. Book a free in-store consultation, or make an appointment with a Resene colour expert to visit you at home â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where they can help you with your Resene paint, wood stain and colour choices inside and out.

Offering a gorgeous selection of global homewares from the likes of Citta Design, CC Interiors, French Country, Le Forge, Maytime and OneWorld Collection, Coco Gifts has the perfect finishing touches to transform your house into a home. Delivering the highest level of customer service, the team enjoys sourcing extra special gifts for weddings and decor accents to complete your interior spaces.

GEORGE & EDI

FEMME DE BROCANTE

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For a gloriously fragrant home, George & Edi introduces a new collection, The Darker Side. This intriguing range comprises perfumed soy candles, tea lights, reed diffusers and room sprays in four exquisite new scents. Handcrafted in their Wanaka atelier, George & Edi infuses a sense of luxury to the every day. Buy online or from selected stockists nationwide.

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Autumn heralds the arrival of new fabrics to adorn your home. From exquisite dual-purpose printed velvets to hard-wearing upholstery textiles, their selection of curtain, upholstery, oilcloth, outdoor and furnishing fabrics is available at wholesale prices. For pretty patterned wallpaper, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and wedding gifts, visit their showroom at 15 Coronation Street, Rangiora, or buy online today.

THE CLEVER DESIGN STORE

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Introducing the new iO2 lighting range. Designed to suit any space, either hang alone as a statement piece or cluster together for maximum impact. Offering an inspired selection of quality pieces to complement the modern home, The Clever Design Store draws from the very finest New Zealand creative talent to bring you inherently clever and beautifully crafted pieces for the home.

Design, curation and collaboration define Paper Plane. Situated in the creative mecca that is Mount Maunganui, their comprehensive online store offers a unique home and lifestyle collection. From New Zealand-made contemporary furniture and handcrafted ceramics, to European utilitarian homewares, Paper Plane promises to pique your curiosity and satiate your creative consciousness.

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BRYMAC TILES

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In operation for over 40 years, Brymac Tiles has a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to draw on. Offering an extensive range of luxury European tiles made from longlasting materials, at the best prices, Brymac Tiles provides a professional installation service that guarantees quality workmanship every time. Visit their showroom at 42 Durham Street for all your interior and exterior tiling solutions.

PAPER PLANE

WHITE ROOM INTERIORS

whiteroominteriors.co.nz Offering a full design service, White Room Interiors draws on an exquisite collection of European wallpapers and textiles, together with a range of furniture and homewares to complement your interior spaces. Exclusive stockists in Christchurch of Cultiver's luxurious bed linen range, White Room Interiors also stocks heavenly scented candles and diffusers to relax or invigorate. M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 8

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Powell Fenwick places a strong emphasis on buildable, cost effective and sustainable design solutions offered with a flexible, service based approach.

Structural Mechanical Electrical Fire Civil Hydraulic Acoustic T. 03 366 1777 E. engineering@pfc.co.nz W. pfc.co.nz

Kevin Williams

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Covering ALL excavating requirements throughout Christchurch & North Canterbury

PLASTERING Best price for quality Quality materials Qualified plasterers Job done right the first time

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LAST WORD

A new standard ABODEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ARCHITECTURAL EXPERT GREG YOUNG SHINES LIGHT ON W H Y K I W I S A R E E M B R A C I N G T H E S U P E R H O M E M O V E M E N T.

A GREG YOUNG Architect and Managing Director of Young Architects

REVOLUTION IS gaining momentum in New Zealand. With people seeking to improve their standard of living, more and more are building homes vastly superior to those we have become accustomed to. The somewhat outdated and deficient New Zealand Building Code is why many New Zealanders find themselves in cold, damp houses. Due to inefficient design, poor construction and inadequate building materials, these homes are not only costly to run, but unhealthy. With one of the highest rates of asthma in children in the developed world, our poor living environments are largely to blame. The Superhome Movement aims to raise building standards, so that all new homes are healthier, more energy efficient and cost effective, through the dissemination of information and ideas.

In many ways the Movement is about site specific, smarter design, rather than just installing more insulation or technology. And, it is about being aware of the environmental effects of building, rather than slavishly specifying materials due to their low carbon footprint. Bob Burnett, one of the driving forces behind the Superhome Movement, was recently recognised at the Sustainable Business Network Awards for his efforts to bring greater awareness of the issues.

And, to support this effort to make New Zealandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes warmer, drier and more efficient, the Superhome Movement has recently partnered with the New Zealand Green Building Council. Lobbying for change, facilitating education and acting as a reliable source of new design ideas, technologies and building techniques, the Superhome Movement connects designers, builders, researchers, education providers, government, stakeholders and leading industry experts to achieve higher building standards for all New Zealanders. A Superhome is a home designed with intelligence, soul and empathy. By designing and building in accordance with Superhome ideals, our dwellings become more efficient to use, and we minimise the impact on our environment. Build beyond the minimum. Build a Superhome. superhome.co.nz

SUPERHOME FEATURES

The roof pitch here maximises solar gain in winter and offers protection from the heat in summer, while the steeper pitch over the entry is designed to accommodate solar panels and collect rainwater for use around the property.

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Use the free Fairview five-step guide at fairviewwindows.co.nz/guide to kick-start your next project, or head to fairviewwindows.co.nz for more inspiration.


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Design, Detail & Performance.

Master Builder: Frost Builders. Master Plasterer: Redrock Plastering Ltd.

In a world of ever changing values, there are still some things upon which you can rely. One of these is that Resene Construction Systems will continue to strive to produce the most innovative, performance based coatings and façade systems that we possibly can, whilst ensuring the professional skills applied to install our systems are the very best available for our clients. We are renowned for our paint and colour systems and now the Resene Construction Systems division offers the premium ROCKCOTE plaster façade systems, such as INTEGRA lightweight AC concrete and GRAPHEX thermal envelope façade systems. All of which are fully BRANZ appraised and incorporate the latest dry cavity technology. Resene Construction Systems - setting the industry benchmark, whilst protecting their clients most important investment – their home. .

Abode Issue 34 March/April 2018  
Abode Issue 34 March/April 2018