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Without these kind people opening their doors, not only would I not have a job, but we wouldn’t be able to bring you such inspiring real homes. I often wonder if the shoe were on the other foot, would I let people in to invade my private retreat, and put my story on paper for the world to read? Our homeowners are brave and wonderful people and we are immensely grateful for their kindness and willingness in opening up their homes to not just us, but to you.

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eople often comment how lucky I am to be able to legitimately walk into someone’s home and snoop around. How amazing it must be to see inside such beautiful homes and talk to such interesting people. And it is. I am incredibly lucky to have found myself a role in which I am able to spend all day chatting about building, design and homewares. A role where I get to see how others live, be inspired by their choices in art and colour, and take motivation from their passion and love for their spaces.

This issue four lovely families opened their doors to me and I am honoured to share their tales.

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The Oxford wallpaper collection creates a range of men’s pursuit theme wallcoverings such as nautical life, nostalgic travel symbolism, architecture, fishing and polo motifs. This collection also includes traditional menswear looks like paisley, plaids and stripes as well as masculine faux effects of metal, stone and wood. Rich in colour and detail, Oxford captures a look that is confident in style and strong in impression Wallpaper offers the ability to bring your personality to life, through new season’s collections like Oxford, pictured above. Be brave - change often. For details of your nearest stockist just click to our website -


FEATURES 14 bathroom buying guide

The what, where and why when it comes to bathroom furniture

16 tap class

Tap technology is making our bathrooms smarter places to be, we talk to the experts

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18 for the love of tiles

From the advances in their use, to the latest in trends, get the lowdown on tiling

20 personalised heating

Gas fires are put under the spotlight – the latest in home heating this winter

22 understanding the Step inside a world of dust particles as we gain an insight into asbestos Three bold looks for curtains and how to get the look in your home

26 to the past, with love

An architectural rebuild on the hill is all about paying homage to what stood before

34 realising the dream

Delectable delights and must-haves for your interior

Discover the benefits and endless possibilities of modular furniture

61 places we love

This is it is all about people we love – meet the men behind the tiles and a creative interior designer


62 food

The latest in treats and accessories for the kitchen and a delicious yet simple crunchy salad

65 colour palette

Earthquake repairs result in a sympathetic renovation with beautiful results

Winter shades are put under the spotlight with warming results

67 diy

52 drab to fab

Building for the first time was a dream come true for these Christchurch homeowners

45 character renovation

12 gather together

24 fabulous fabrics

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A true labour of love results in a Merivale bungalow undergoing a dramatic transformation


A pre-loved piece of furniture gets a new lease on life

69 news

The best of the best in accessories, daily reads and all things home



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74 last word

The importance of sustainability when it comes to building






REGULARS 04 editor’s note 71 shop window 72 directory

Inspired by it’s 1970s predecessor this rebuild is all about wood and architectural statements. See more on page 26. Photography by Kate McCaskill.



trends update

Interior Inspiration The team at Frobisher open the door on the best of the best when it comes to homeware and soft furnishings this winter

Flat Pack Beauty Made in New Zealand from sustainably managed plantations, the iconic flat pack lamps from Kiwi designer David Trubridge continue to get better and better. The latest additions to the range are the Beau & Belle pendants. We love the beautiful atmosphere the Belle brings to interior spaces; available in both black stain and natural they will make a striking addition to any home.


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The Storage Queens Frankie and Johnny was born when two friends decided they needed a project. Armed with three children each and facing a never ending struggle to find attractive and hard-wearing storage they decided to make their own. Simply decorated the boxes come in two sizes, have castors and lids for convenience and are easily stacked. With the storage solutions merely a starting point, this creative duo are confident there is more to come. Frankie & Johnny is certainly one to watch!


Kitchen Sophistication The kitchen is considered to be the heart of a home and increasingly sophisticated kitchen tools bear witness to its importance. The Paffoni range of tapware (pictured here is Paffoni Light) combines design excellence with intelligent functions and sensuous ergonomics.

It’s Back Designed in 1970 Hans J. Wegner’s tray table – with a collapsible base – is now being reintroduced by Carl Hansen & Son. Like the original, the tray is round, oak-edged, reversible, has a smoked oak handle and is available with black and white laminate surfaces. Simple and effective it is a musthave for those with an eye for design.

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Stylish Slumber The Libretto Collection of couture bed linen and home textiles from Bianca Lorenne takes its essence from the world famous ballet of Swan Lake. Opulent costumes, swan forms, delicate plumage and ballet formations inspire the motifs, textures and colour palette. Combined, the collection will bring a romance and subtle elegance to any bedroom.

A Little Bit Different The latest Eijffinger wallpaper collection Venue is full of imagination, and dazzle. Designed to give every space a magnificent effect with seductive illusions and elusive patterns, it is a contemporary array of holographic designs, combined with marble and stylised swirl motifs. Allowing light to play on the wall, this is the perfect collection of wallpaper for those seeking that little something special. MAY/JUNE 2015

2015/16 Athena collection out now: design, innovation and inspiration. Available at Edward Gibbon. Branches in: Hamilton, Napier, Blenheim, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wanaka, Queenstown, Balclutha, Invercargill. For more information visit



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Gather together Hildy Kovacs takes us inside a furniture world of possibilities


ontemporary interior design owes much to the everevolving ways with which we entertain others in our homes. The increased demand for modular seating in recent times highlights this change, while giving us the ability to adapt our space, allowing for social interaction that is both widely inclusive and individually intimate. Able to bring together friends and family in conversation and entertainment, modular seating is all about the value of gathering together. One of the greatest things about modular seating is that you can create your own combination, ensuring you

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ABOVE The chunky shape and careful construction of the Newport collection prove pleasing on the eye and the body. RIGHT Highly versatile, the Tangier collection is ideal for both corner and regular seating layouts.

get exactly what you want and need, while allowing you to adapt should your needs change. It also has the added advantage of being easy to move and rearrange due to its individual pieces, as compared to the extra effort required to move a large settee. While typically used in situations where space is limited it can also be generously expansive, allowing a setting to be scaled up by using more pieces to fill a larger living area. With a variety of seating pieces to choose from, with or without arms, corner units and ottomans, creative and imaginative settings can be designed. | 03 384 2999





Bathroom Buying guide Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon guides us through making informed choices when it comes to purchasing bathroomware Sirocco Soltero 1200 Wall Moorland Oak vanity with Valdama overtop basin

lifetime of bumps and knocks, so consider high-quality laminate finishes over wood veneer and paint. For those with space restrictions the new slim depth cabinets are a great solution as they allow the vanity to be placed into tight spaces, while still delivering the look and functionality you expect from full depth cabinets.

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hen choosing products for your bathroom it is not necessarily the cheapest price that offers you the best value for money, as you need to ensure you are thinking beyond the next few months and creating a future-proofed space. There are several key elements to measuring value, including life cycle, quality and spatial design, and ensuring your bathroomware boasts elements of them all is essential. But what should you look for?

SHOWERS As one of the most used components in the home it is critical to get it right when it comes to the shower. While there are considerations to be made around the showerhead, mixer and shelving which impact its function, it is essential to get the base right first. Safety is a key consideration, and it is essential you are investing in a non-slip base, coupled with glass that has been toughened to New Zealand standards. MAY/JUNE 2015

Depending on your space you may need to consider how the door of the shower opens; and when you are standing in the store it can be all too easy to forget how you need it to work in your space, so make sure you are investing in a shower which has a reversible door, allowing for either left or right hinging. You also want to ensure you are working with a reputable brand that offers a variety of sizes and configurations to ensure you get what is right for your space, not just what was right in the store.

VANITIES As in the kitchen and laundry, bench space in the bathroom is highly sought after and it is essential you opt for a vanity that has not only plenty of landing space for your various bits and pieces but has been selected with how you live, and sustainability, in mind. The finish of your cabinets are also important as they need to resist a

BATHS When buying a bath it is all about creating a luxury space in which to relax, while maximising space in what is often one of the smallest rooms in the home. While drop-in baths achieve a classic aesthetic with the bath pushed hard up against the wall, freestanding baths are rapidly growing in popularity and offer a beautiful focal point for any bathroom. Although it has to be said, a bathroom really needs to be designed spaciously around this type of bath, as they are not easy to clean around when positioned close to a wall. Also growing in popularity are the freestanding back-to-wall acrylic baths which offer the best of both worlds, the freestanding look with the practicality of being positioned against the wall, eliminating those hard to reach cleaning areas. It also allows you to utilise standard tapware options at a price that would compare favourably with a drop-in tiled bath. | 03 366 7137



Things To Look For Not all acrylic shower trays are equal; ensure you are investing in Lucite sanitary grade acrylic, as it is crucial the acrylic has the ability to withstand the many challenges it faces during its life. UV, temperature variation and aggressive cleaners can all have a profound effect on material performance. Sandwich construction in the base of your bath base for optimum strength. Technology. Soft closing door and drawer systems provide precision closing and reduce both noise and impact. Ensure metal internal mounting brackets are provided on all wall hung vanities to keep the cabinets well supported and secure. Shower wall liners should be made from acrylic capped ABS plastic with a minimum wall thickness of 2mm. As well as a standard 5 year warranty, ensure that it includes a minimum 12 month warranty on the vertical & horizontal drip seals when it comes to showers. Soul Shower MAY/JUNE 2015



tapware Talis Select Rainmaker


Class We talk to Ben Bloy from Chesters Plumbing & Bathroom Centre about the latest Hansgrohe tapware



When it comes to tapware in the kitchen and bathroom, where should I start? Always look for quality brands that have stood the test of time. While your labour costs will be by far the most expensive part of your renovation or build, investing in good quality engineered products, with a reputable brand will ensure you are covered by a good warranty and aid in avoiding having to search high and low for a part should you require repair work.


What should I never compromise on when it comes to tapware? ‘Comfort Zone’ is important with tapware - is there enough room between the spout and the basin for all uses of the mixer, such as filling a glass, washing hands and so forth. Does the water hit the waste causing splashing? Is the handle easy to operate, does your hand fit under with ease? Does the handle stay firm over time and frequent use? Is the mixer comfortable and ergonomic to use? Having tested all these aspects bathroomware brand Hansgrohe have created a ComfortZone matrix with most of the major basin manufacturers, so you can have peace of mind that the mixer your chose works effectively with the basin of your choice.



When someone talks about a mixer, what is this? And how do I know what type of mixer I need? A mixer is a single-hole tap which combines hot and cold water to your desired temperature. Mixers come in a variety of shapes and styles so it’s a matter of personal choice. Generally, home builders chose the bathroom basin and then select a mixer to complement it. As above bench basins require taller mixers, Hansgrohe ranges come in five different heights enabling you to chose the design you like and be assured of having the right height mixer.


Will my selected mixer work with any basin? Hansgrohe mixers work with all single hole basins and also come in wall mounted options so you have the choice of what suits your individual bathroom design. However it is important to consider your basin and mixer interaction. Talis mixers are available in a variety of spout heights for different types of basins so that washbasin and mixer not only harmonise in terms of style, but also in terms of practical everyday use, and individual ComfortZone.


Hansgrohe bathroomware seems to embody design just as much as functionality, tell us about this? Hansgrohe products are designed by award-winning Phoenix Design, a company based in Stuttgart, Germany, and their decision to use external designers helps keep them ahead of design trends and innovations and ensure the are bringing fresh ideas to the bathroom. Of particular note is the Talis and Metris mixer collection. Talis Select is available in two versions: with a flat spout or a round, conical spout. The aesthetic appeal of the range lies in its clean lines and the seamless

Shower Select Thermostat with Porter Hose Connection.

Metris Select Kitchen Mixer

transition of the spout to the mixer body. Intuitive controls make handling easy. Now, thanks to the introduction of the Talis Select range, the entire bathroom – from showerheads, thermostats to basin mixers – can be equipped with Hansgrohe Select products.


Are we seeing trends in tapware? There are two key trends in tapware. Firstly, the push button. This easy to use technology in shower mixers has been carried over from push button kitchen mixers and provides a user-friendly solution for all members of the family. And secondly, personalisation of the bathroom space through coloured tapware. Bronze, nickel, black and red-gold finishes are all very popular and provide unique differences to the standard chrome silver finish.


Tell us a little more about the push button mixers. This is really exciting technology, especially in the bathroom where through the simple push of a button you can achieve a preprogrammed constant water temperature through the addition of a thermostatic mixer behind the wall. The Select range embraces this technology and the shower heads take it a step further, by allowing you to then tailor the pressure. The Select range are some of the best products we have seen in a number of years.


How does sustainability come into the Hansgrohe products? Hansgrohe is a pioneer in its sector in terms of the development of water and energy-efficient bathroom products, and is earnest about its environmental and social commitment. Highlighted through the entire Talis mixer range boasting Hansgrohe’s EcoSmart technology. With the help of an aerator, the flow of water is limited to about five litres per minute without sacrificing comfort. But what is more, you can save water quickly and easily by simply pressing the convenient ‘Select’ button which stops the flow of water. Talis mixers are also available with a CoolStart function. When the handle is set to the middle position, only cold water flows from the tap. For hot water, the handle must be turned to the left. This technology makes sure that the pipes are not needlessly filled with warm water and continuous-flow heaters and circulation pumps do not start up unless they are really needed. | 0800 40 40 42 MAY/JUNE 2015




Love of For the

TILES From the advances in their use, to the latest in trends, we get the low-down on tiling from expert, Stu North of BellaRoc


What should I look for when it comes to tiles? Tiles are something, which speak volumes about you, your living style and home so you need to ensure you are selecting something that not only visually appeals, but suits the manner in which you live. If you are wanting to create the palatial effect of revered timelessness, then go for a natural stone; while for those more comfortable with something different, there is some amazing imagery and styling emerging on porcelain tiles, and from there it is simply about picking the one that ‘speaks’ to you. I am in love with the idea of breaking the mould and changing up the format size of your tile into something big or even enormous.

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Am I limited to using tiles only in ‘practical’ areas of the home such as bathrooms and outside? Gosh no, tiles are now so ridiculously amazing and colourful they can be used as wallpaper! Gone are the days of tiles as a veneer or covering, they should be considered as artwork by themselves. Exterior tiled feature walls create an incredible dense visual impact of strength


and class; while porcelain tiles can now be made up to 3.2m long x 1.60m wide and used as a benchtop in the kitchen or bathroom. We can even make furniture such as tabletops or lazy susans out of the right tiles. Advances in technology even allows us to recreate photographs and images onto tiles – so you can bring Big Ben into a feature entrance wall in your home. Essentially it is about selecting the right tile for the purpose and letting your imagination go from there.


What should I never compromise on when it comes to purchasing tiles? How they make you feel. I come home every night to natural stone floors with under-floor heating, kick the shoes off and enjoy the feel of the stone underfoot and the warmth right at the extremity of the body where it’s needed most. Tiles are all about creating wow factor in a home, and the right tile, in the right location, will bring your room to life.


You sell a wide variety of tiles, tell us a little bit about your ranges? We are dedicated followers of fashion and love to bring the latest trends to our shores so ensure we are present at the international trade shows each year. Often we have people contacting us after seeing our tiles used on The Block or similar, and researching where they come from. They are often surprised to find that we have the exclusive licence to these products.

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We stock what we believe are the most suited ranges for the Kiwi lifestyle, surrounds and habitats from natural stone, to porcelains and ceramics.


What are the next big things in tiles? You said it...’big things’. We are now seeing 800 x 800mm tiles as the most popular size with other formats such as 900 x 450mm also gaining in popularity. We are also seeing a trend towards even larger tiles and have 1200 x 600mm tiles and even carry some 1800 x 800mm ones. The next big thing however will be the introduction of the 2400 x 1200 x 6.5mm thick full-bodied porcelain tiles, which can provide seamless installations with zero grout lines to consider. In terms of colours and patterns however, it is all about hexagons, texture and decorative pattern. Odd blocks and random shapes are very in! Casa Dolce Casa - Stones & More


Pine Collection - Rustic Pine Gold & Neutral Grey

Tell us a little bit about your new showroom. Having rebranded from European Ceramics to BellaRoc not only was it a time for change, but with the growth in the market we needed more space to grow. So we have more than doubled our showroom in size and then have all of that again with our warehouse facility. The space also offers us the chance to display our ever-increasing range of products and our super big format sizes, while providing a better all round experience and atmosphere for our clients when choosing tiles. | 03 348 7214 MAY/JUNE 2015






Rinnai Neo

The purchase of a gas fire is no longer just about heat output but about energy efficiency, healthy living environments and aesthetics. Lesley Storm from Edward Gibbon explains



othing beats the cosiness of a fire, and in today’s market the addition of a fireplace into your home can be just as much about aesthetics as it is about meeting your heating needs. With a reputation for innovation, industry leaders Rinnai have long established themselves as experts in gas fireplaces designed to go beyond homeowner comfort. This winter Rinnai takes it to the next level. Featuring clean lines and fully adjustable heat, the Rinnai Evolve 950 is their most powerful fire yet. Customisation means this fire is all about complementing your space - be it contemporary or rustic, with a choice of modern burn media and two fascias. With

a wide landscape design and linear frame you are even able to create impact and reflect your personal style with two easily interchangeable burn media options, be it Silky Oak Logs or glowing River Stones. It also offers easy installation with inbuilt wheels allowing it to be pushed into place after plastering and gibstopping is complete, and thanks to the power flue you can forget about flue and venting restrictions. This allows the Evolve 950 to be easily installed in rooms where other gas fires aren’t an option. Also standing out from the crowd this winter is the Rinnai Neo. The first natural draught gas fire available to Kiwis with an Energy Star. Boasting traditional style


TRADITIONAL STYLE WITH THE LATEST INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY THIS HEATING SOLUTION IS ABOUT KEEPING BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND YOUR WALLET HAPPY with the latest innovative technology this heating solution is about keeping both the environment and your wallet happy. With the blue Energy Star mark identifying it as one of New Zealand’s most efficient products in its category it requires less energy to heat your room, meaning lower running costs, making it the ideal choice for home heating this winter. Like the Evolve, the Neo is able to be individualised for your home, with a choice of the Premium Classic bronze frame for a home that celebrates rustic, warm tones, or the Premium Classic silver frame for a simpler, more minimalistic approach. With precise thinking and detailed design, Rinnai fireplaces offer not only the comfort of home heating but peace of mind. Approved by the Asthma Foundation’s Sensitive Choice programme, the fireplaces come complete with a 4 plus star energy rating ensuring they are not only environmentally friendly but family health focused. A thermostat control, set and forget dual timer and safety features put you in control of everything from the temperature, to when the fireplace switches on and off. Stylish, safe and innovative, the Evolve 950 and Neo gas fires provide the full package when it comes to achieving a comfortable, warm living environment this winter. | 03 366 7137

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Understanding The Danger Lucinda Diack steps into a world of dust particles, and discovers why it is so essential to get it right when it comes to asbestos


knew very little about asbestos until it began to become a buzzword around Christchurch in the wake of the Canterbury quakes. And here is what surprised me most: when it is undisturbed it is safe, it is only when it has been damaged, or disturbed that the negative impacts on our health need to become a priority. However, that is not to say you shouldn’t be aware of it in your home, just that should you have a stipple ceiling, or other areas in which you think it might be present, now is the time to be seeking expert advice. Boasting fire resistant properties, durability and strength, it is little wonder asbestos was used in industries where these properties are so highly sought after – textiles, vehicle brake pads and MAY/JUNE 2015

more critically in construction materials. A natural mineral, it was mined for its wonderful attributes and while no longer used in materials made here, there are no legislation or controls in the market, which prevent the import of materials that contain asbestos; most commonly flooring and roofing materials, which are then used in the construction of our homes. A grim fact, which is of great concern for International Construction Partners (ICP) General Manager Hal Tapley. “Asbestos is still being used and mined in a number of countries around the world including, Russia, Brazil, China, Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan and the list goes on. While not all imported construction materials from these countries will contain it, the issue is, we can’t be sure. And are we really willing

to have our homes and family exposed to something which has such devastating effects on our health?” While far from being an alarmist, Hal is a realist when it comes to the effect asbestos has on our health and is at the forefront of combating its grip on Christchurch. Having been involved with the rebuild from the outset, ICP have been actively testing and removing asbestos across the city. Emerging from founder Mark Quigley’s involvement internationally with asbestos, ICP began as a response to the lack of understanding around the extent in which asbestos is found in our homes. “There was a gap of knowledge in the market about not only where asbestos could be found, but how to safely remove it,” shares Hal. A gap


ASBESTOS IS STILL BEING USED AND MINED IN A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD INCLUDING, RUSSIA, BRAZIL, CHINA, ZIMBABWE, KAZAKHSTAN AND THE LIST GOES ON that with their international experience, Mark Quigley and ICP have filled. “While we are extensively involved in testing for asbestos, we have also spent a significant amount of time working with Fletchers and EQC around education of their contractors and project managers to ensure they are not only comfortable with the removal process but know what to look for.” For many the general assumption around asbestos is that homes built after 1940 won’t contain any. However it is a flawed assumption, especially with the Kiwi attitude to DIY and renovations. “We have to be realistic. There aren’t many houses that haven’t been renovated, or altered in someway and we don’t always know where the building materials are coming from. Be they imported, or those picked up from a second-hand or recycling merchant, you can’t rule out that they contain asbestos,” continues Hal. Our love for renovations has meant that in many homes, asbestos can be present in one area, but not another, which sees ICP undertake extensive surveys, and where necessary composite samples, in every house they visit. “While it depends on the house, we can never assume that just because there is no asbestos present in the soffit on the east side, that its not present in the soffit on the other side.” Negative air pressure systems are employed for the removal of asbestos to eliminate the risk of dust escaping; before all of the contaminated materials are wrapped up and disposed of in the correct manner. At the end of the removal process Hal and

his team undertake air monitoring to ensure no unwanted particles remain. “We know that asbestos dust particles can remain in the air for a long time so it is imperative we ensure it is safe, before allowing people to re enter and inhabit the space.” New legislation being introduced later this year will see air testing carried out prior to the removal process also. ICP however are not limited to the residential market. “Government departments have already been utilising our services for Asbestos Building Surveys and Risk Assessments which are due to become mandatory for all commercial buildings when the new legislation becomes law later this year,” explains Hal. A process which will see the creation of inventories for all public buildings to ensure those working on them, both now and in the future, are aware of what materials are used in the building, and whether asbestos has been detected. Regularly recognised for their dedication to safety and their vast knowledge of such a niche area of the construction sector, it is little wonder ICP are at the forefront of asbestos testing in New Zealand. For less than two hundred dollars per test, why wouldn’t you put the health of your family first - identify the danger and protect your health. | 03 967 1500

OPPOSITE Asbestos can be present in various areas of the home including gables and ridge capping plaster, stippled ceilings, decorative moulding and cladding materials. It is important to remember that with renovations and quick fixes such as overlaid ceilings, we don’t always know what is hidden beneath. TOP Iain Cave and Hal Tapley on site carrying out a building survey. ABOVE The marking of an area for sampling. MAY/JUNE 2015



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Sue White steps into a world of fabrics and curtains with Hubbers


t is all about being bold and having fun when it comes to curtains and fabrics this season and here are three of my favourite looks. 1. This is all about reinventing classy luxury. Mixing the old and new, metallics in gilded bronzes and coppers teamed with exotic timbers, are all great ways to bust out from neutrals with just an accessory and fabric change out! 2. Look two is about contrast. Be brave and using a base colour palette bring together different patterns for a fun space. A united colour palette and the addition of white on the walls to allow the eye to rest will ensure MAY/JUNE 2015

you get amazing results. Colour shows your vibrant personality, find a fabric you love, throw away the ‘safe’ option and just go for what makes you happy. 3. It would be wrong to sit at this table with friends and have a grey conversation about insurance woes with this retro fun fabric going on. The chat would swing towards the thrills of the return of ‘Thunderbirds are Go’, tapping into your carefree happy days! Why would you not want to create a space which is about fun, laughter and happiness? | 03 348 2954

Outside of her day-to-day role of keeping us entertained on The Breeze, radio presenter Sue White is passionate about all things interior as well as being an enthusiastic DIY and home-handy woman. Listen to Sue from 10am Monday to Friday on The Breeze 94.5 FM for a chance to win with Hubbers.

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Expert Advice What you need to know, advice from the team at Hubbers

Dulux Peep-O-Day


Dulux Redcliffs

Dulux Mangatainoka

Dulux Kowhai Park

Papilio Flamingo/Papaya/ Olive from Harlequin.

Amazilia Silver from Harlequin.


Linings: There are a variety available and it can often depend where in the house your curtains are going. Bumph is growing in popularity and gives an extra layer of warmth. It is particularly good for single-glazed windows with the added advantage of adding bulk to your curtains for a luxurious look. Headings: When you have your curtains made, there are many headings to choose from, pinch pleat, wave, inverted, eyelet and so on. They are dependent on the weight of the fabric and how it will look when made up. Environmental: As our sunlight is so strong, the UV rays have a huge impact on fabrics. Even windows that are double glazed are subject to fabric fading. Blinds or sheers are great for extra protection during the daylight hours. Tracks & Rods: Your desired look will dictate where to put your tracks. If you want to make the room look opulent and grand, consider taking the tracks right up to the ceiling. This look is particularly nice with linens that puddle on the floor. Alternatively you can hang your track on the architrave, but be sure to take the drape all the way to the floor rather than just to the sill.

LOOK ONE Curtains in Emeka Zest from Ashley Wilde. LOOK TWO Hoppa Stripe wallpaper combines with Anneke curtains. Both from Scion’s Levande Collection. LOOK THREE Wallpaper and curtains feature Lotta from the Scion’s Levande Collection. MAY/JUNE 2015




Designed by Stephen Crooks, this quake rebuild is all about paying homage to the past, Lucinda Diack explains

to the past

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ucked on the edge of Redcliffs is a small private lane, which prequake boasted forty-four houses. Nearly five years later, thirteen of them have been red-zoned, eight have either been completed or are being rebuilt, eight rebuilds are still to begin, and the rest are facing, or have faced, major repairs. It is a section of Christchurch which has been dramatically changed by the devastating effects of the Canterbury Quakes; yet amongst it all, one family have rebuilt with a clear nod to what stood before. Recognised by lovers of architecture as an exemplar of 1970s modernist


design, complete with strong, sharp geometric lines and a spiral staircase, the original structure on the site was designed by David Allen, and since 2000 has been home to Pip, Matthew and their two children. “When the earthquake struck on 22nd February (2011) we were, thankfully, not here,” recalls Pip. “As the house just crumbled, it could have been catastrophic.” Completely uninhabitable, the young family spent four years in rental accommodation before they could once again call their beloved site home. “We never thought we would

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build,” explains Matthew, “but we had plans for minor alternations already being completed by Stephen Crooks, so when we were faced with a rebuild, he was a natural choice and most importantly, had a strong understanding of what our house had been like.” For Stephen, a director at Chaplin Crooks architects, Matthew and Pip’s rebuild is a beautiful realisation of some of the magic and wonder that has come out of the earthquakes.


“This was our first rebuild following the quakes, and while so many across the city are paying homage to what once was, what makes this rebuild so special, is that the familiarity and essence of the old house has been restored. It is very clearly a relative, just from a different generation.” “It’s a flash relative of the old house,” agrees Pip with a smile. “We have taken the best of what was there and integrated it into a contemporary living environment.”


While the kitchen, living and dining are almost identical to the old house the laundry is now bigger, the master bedroom boasts an ensuite, and the lower level has been utilised so as to cater for teenage living. “Prior to the quakes Matthew and Pip had been looking at altering downstairs from being an underutilised space, into a functional lower level with two bedrooms for the children. “So while the new house falls within the existing footprint, there is now far more livable space,” explains Stephen. Drawing on the 1970s architectural statements of the previous abode, Matthew and Pip opted to retain the use of a spiral staircase. Upon entering the home, it is this bold and integral component which first captivates. Leading guests from the upper level, which houses the living areas and master suite, down to the teenage haven below, it is unsurpassed in its detailing and execution. “The stairwell is the core of the home,” offers Stephen, “and can be likened to a tree trunk. The vertical ship-lap cladding found on the outside is slightly rougher

The kitchen boasts the same view as pre-quake living, despite the home having been completely rebuilt. Where once the skillion ceiling of the kitchen and dining room had dark exposed ceiling beams, the couple have recreated the feel with faux beams. Painted white like the rest of the house they enhance the crisp, architectural aesthetic of the interior. A classic white Mitsubishi Electric Designer Series Heat Pump is discreetly positioned in the living room.





Drawing on the history and beauty of the original 1970s modernist home, is the inclusion of a central spiral staircase connecting the upper and lower levels. Like the original home, wood has been used extensively for warmth and texture, as well as architectural interest. The use of Linea Blend Mosaic tiles from Stone and Tile Solutions ensured the bathrooms were in keeping with the rest of the home. MAY/JUNE 2015


than the timber on the inside, which is smooth and soft to touch, like the wood on the inside of a trunk. The living areas of the upper level then radiate out from the trunk-like branches.” “The attention to detail and execution which went into both the design and construction of the stairwell was amazing,” shares Pip. “It was beautiful watching it come together.” Continuing the striking standard of design and quality was Stone and Tile Solutions. Brought to the team to execute the waterproofing and supply of tiles in the bathrooms and externally, the family-run company specialise in porcelain and natural stone tiles. Opting for a combination of white wall tiles, Anthracite floor tiles and Linea Blend Mosaic, Pip and Matthew were able to continue their simple, yet strikingly effective colour palette into the bathrooms with beautiful results. The home also features five Mitsubishi Electric Designer Series Heat Pumps in classic white, installed by Hartnell Coolheat. Part of a total home Mitsubishi Electric Multi Split System heating solution, they ensure the house is not only warm and cozy in winter, but cool

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rebuild and comfortable in summer. Combining exceptional energy efficiency with awardwinning design they were a natural choice for such a discerning home. It is not only the exceptional detailing and architectural nod to the past, which makes this house so special however. “From an efficiency perspective this house boasts a number of exceptional additions which sadly you can’t see,” shares Stephen. “Most notably is the edge insulated slab, which complements the extensive insulation, high performance glass and thermally broken aluminium window frames.” Essentially wrapping the edge of the foundation in a polyblock sheet, the slab edge insulation completely seals the thermal envelope of the house, ensuring no loss of heat. Sitting at the kitchen bench Matthew and Pip reflect upon the slightly surreal feeling that things are the same but different. “It is all new but so much of it is the same that it feels right,” shares Pip. With the view across the bench and out to the seascape below, one of the many aspects of the house that has been retained, it is little wonder these homeowners were so passionate about recapturing the essence and beauty that first attracted them to this site.

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Lucinda Diack takes us on a tour of a new house, built by Fowler Homes, in West Melton



aving moved to New Zealand from the Netherlands with a desire to enjoy the Kiwi way of life and living, this delightful couple spent nearly a decade gathering inspiration and information before beginning their building journey. “We first meet Ivan from Fowler Homes about eight years ago at a Home Show,” share the couple, “and were immediately drawn in by his passion and knowledge of the building industry.” While they weren’t quite ready to build, they knew when the time was right, Ivan and Fowler Homes were the building company for them. Five years on their dream home was underway. “We really liked that Ivan was to be involved right throughout the process. He listened to our ideas, challenged us to think outside

the square and was always there with solutions. It was wonderful.” “With friends and family regularly coming to visit from overseas, the house needed to be functional for both long-term guests, as well as catering for the daily needs of the couple,” shares Ivan. Functionality which has seen the main bathroom accessible from both the hallway and guest bedroom, ensuring it is able to be used as an ensuite if need be, while ticking all the boxes for day-to-day living at the same time. “It was little things like that where Ivan really came into his own,” says the couple. “We had never built before and being able to tap into Ivan’s experience made the process really easy. He also had a really firm understanding of us, and our lifestyle, and ensured this was

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Once the foundations were laid it was a seamless process from start to finish. An efficient build aided by the supply of prenail frames and trusses from Dyers Road ITM. Arriving on site ready to go, Ivan is quick to recognise the building merchant for their high-quality product. “The end result is all about the quality of the materials used in the home,” he shares. A concept supported by Bruce Ramsay from Dyers Road ITM, “Ivan’s choice of product and supplier is based around his desire that every home he builds, results in a quality end result that he is proud to present to the new owner. And we are proud to be a part of that.” Also proud to be a part of the process are NZ Brick Distributors and James Hardie Building Products who grace the exterior walls. With cladding providing the largest visual aspect of any home, the choice for this house was about not only conforming to the Preston Down subdivision covenants but also ensuring the products selected were suitable to the environment and achieved a textural end result. Selected for their thermal benefits and low-maintenance qualities the couple opted for Austral Bricks in colourway Noosa Pepper. “They are the equivalent of one and a half traditional bricks high,”

translated into both the floor plan and final product.” Working in the construction industry the couple are no strangers to the detailed and expansive engineering that goes into our homes in the current post-quake building environment. ‘”We opted for a waffle foundation,” they explain, “as we wanted to ensure we were protecting ourselves and our home as much as possible from future seismic damage.” Supplied by Allied Concrete, the super slab floor, is comprised of polystyrene, steel and concrete. “It is a fully engineered, quake-strengthened flooring system,” offers Nick Gifford from Allied Concrete. “While the super slab design is supplied by us, it is installed by a local recognised installer, which in this instance was Wayne and the team at Pro Foundations.”





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shares Thomas Mitchell from NZ Brick Distributors. “It is a slightly larger format, which brings a modern spin to an age-old building product.” Complementing the brickwork is the addition of James Hardie Linea Weatherboard and Hardie Soffits. Like its counterpart, Linea boasts a number of benefits and has been designed to battle the elements. “Linea Weatherboard is a top quality alternative to timber cladding,” explains Chris Brown from James Hardie Building Products, “and hits the sweet spot between the latest technology and classic design.” Made in New Zealand to withstand the harshest of our local conditions it is resistant to


fire, moisture damage and rot. “The deep shadow lines give the home an attractive traditional charm, which is enhanced here by its combination with brick,” continues Chris. “And because it won’t warp in the sun, you can paint it any colour you like – even a darker shade.” A challenge that these homeowners gladly accepted with their decision to paint the exterior with Dulux Weathershield X10, in colourway Western Myall. Requiring clean sleek lines on the exterior saw Ivan bring Calder Stewart RoofingSmiths and Canterbury Continuous Spouting to the team. “While our main business is to supply and install both Calder Stewart Long Run

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iron products and Gerard lightweight pressed metal tiles, we use our own gangs of installers so are able to control the quality at every instance,” shares Graeme Willocks of Calder Stewart RoofingSmiths. Offering an alternative to Long Run iron is Shake Textured pressed metal tiles, which in colourway Charcoal Corona, complete this single-level home. “It is a product which is becoming more and more popular,” offers Graeme. Providing the finishing touches to the exterior was Canterbury Continuous Spouting. “Both Ivan and the homeowners were passionate about achieving clean, sleek exterior lines, so 180mm fascia, 135mm quarter round spouting and 80mm

round downpipes were selected to comply with this. In keeping with the harsh Kiwi winters we also ensured snowhooks were fitted,” explains Ian McQuarrie from Canterbury Continuous Spouting. As specialists in handmade “rainwater goods” they are a popular choice for Cantabrians, due to their spouting expertise. Prior to entering the building process most are unaware of the vast and endless array of decisions that await you; paint colours, curtains, right down to architectural hardware such as door handles. Supplied by Independent Doors, the doors in the home were then fitted and finished

The house features a combination of Austral Bricks in colourway Noosa Pepper and James Hardie Linea board, painted Dulux Western Myall. The living area and formal lounge are separated by a nib-wall which is also home to an Escea DX1000 gas fire with a Crystalight fuel bed.




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OPTING FOR DULUX MT ASPIRING ON THE INTERNAL WALLS, THE HOME BOASTS A CALM AND INVITING AESTHETIC with hardware from Interior Effects. With a passion for excellence, owners Greg and Vikki Skene, are market leaders when it comes to service and product offering. “We used Windsor Brass Qube (Brushed Nickel Finish) Lever Handles and Mardeco Flush pulls (Brushed Nickel finish) for the Cavity doors,” shares Greg, “all of which were selected for their quality, style, affordability and durability. Choosing the right door hardware, can literally transform a room, and we work closely with our clients to ensure we are able to achieve the end result they are dreaming of.” Ensuring the home is not only functional but future-proofed and operating in the manner it should was All Wired Up. Charged with all of the electrical work in the home, John and the team at All Wired Up were MAY/JUNE 2015

responsible for working with Ivan and the homeowners ensuring the home was not only functional but operating in the manner it should. Manufacturing high-quality decorative and specialty coatings that protect, maintain and enhance the spaces and places in which we live and work, Dulux offer an extensive array of not only colours but quality premium products. Ensuring no matter where in the home their paints are used, there is a product perfectly suited to its conditions. From Dulux Wash

The kitchen and living space seamlessly interact with one another, while the dining room is found adjacent. Enhancing the conservatory feel in the dining room is the use of Eurosliders from Rylock.

new build Euroglass frameless glass installations are timeless and contemporary. & Wear throughout for the internal walls, to Dulux Wash & Wear Kitchen & Bathroom for the wet areas, Dulux Aquanamel for timber doors, frames, trims and so forth. Preparing the internal surfaces for painting was Mike Sillifant and his team from MJ Sillifant Plasterers and Fixers. “Our role is essential in ensuring the internal finish of the home is perfect,” explains Mike. Plastering and preparing the walls for paint, Mike is quick to point out that only the highest level of quality is acceptable. “We ensure we go above and beyond to produce a smooth, crisp surface ready for paint, every time.” A dedication to detail and quality, which is much appreciated by husband and wife duo, Gretchen and Johnny Pirika. As the owner operators of Complete Finish Decorators they were charged with painting inside and out. “Everyone notices a bad paint job,” shares Gretchen with a smile, “so if no one notices our work we know we are getting it right.” As one of the last steps

in the building process, it is also one of the most important, providing the visual canvas in which life and living is to play out. Working with the couple on their interior décor, including the paint colours was Natasha Wright from nextdore. Opting for Dulux Mt Aspiring on the internal walls, the home boasts a calm and inviting aesthetic, which is enhanced by the beautiful flooring throughout. “As the homeowners suffer from allergies,” shares Natasha, “we selected products which would allow them to literally breathe easy. These include Robert Malcolm Aquilla Low Allergy Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet, colour Rebel, in the bedrooms, and Robert Malcolm Moduleo Select Residential Vinyl Planks, colour 24958 Country Oak in the living, kitchen, dining.” As well as low-allergen products the couple wanted to ensure they had privacy and warmth. “The innovative use of top down/bottom up Luxaflex Duette Blinds offers versatility

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over privacy and light control,” continues Natasha, “while the soft drapes complete the look providing texture and insulation.” Wanting to achieve a floor plan, which provided connection between the dayto-day living areas and the formal lounge, saw the formal area seamlessly integrated into the open-plan space. Dividing the living from the formal lounge area is the inclusion of a double-sided Escea DX1000 MAY/JUNE 2015

gas fire with a Crystalight fuel bed. Offering ambience and warmth to both areas, while enabling them to function as individual spaces. At the heart of the open-plan space is the kitchen. “The homeowners were really excited to be building with Fowler Homes and they came to us wanting to achieve a homely kitchen with a point of difference,” shares Monique Enoka of

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THE CONCRETE LOOK BENCHTOP AND BASALT OAK JOINERY GIVE THE KITCHEN A SLIGHTLY INDUSTRIAL EDGE Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances. “Open to new ideas, colour and texture they were really fun clients to work with, and the end result is a beautiful, textural centerpiece to a brand new home that has a really comfortable homely aesthetic.” “It is all about materials and textures,” she continues. “The concrete-look benchtop and basalt oak joinery give the kitchen a slightly industrial edge, without

being too heavy, while the addition of the pattern in the splashback offers personality and depth.” Wanting to achieve a point of difference from the outset, and with the island benchtop one of the main focal points in the open -plan space, the decision was made to include storage and shelving. “It adds to the versatility of the space,” offers Monique, “and ensures the

island bench becomes much more than simply somewhere to perch.” “There aren’t many clients who are so open to new ideas,” says Monique, “and so it was great to be able to collaborate with them to achieve such a stunning result.” A result the homeowners are equally as thrilled about, right down to the kitchen technology. As for the chef in the family, the icing on the cake was the inclusion of an InSinkErator Instant Hot Water Tap from Parex. “It is my favourite thing in the home, having hot water at the flick of a tap is great! He got his double fireplace, and I got my instant hot-watertap. We couldn’t be happier.” Also involved in the design of the laundry, Monique worked with the homeowners to ensure the practical rooms of the home were the perfect blend of function and aesthetics. “The laundry needed to be a functional working space, while still in keeping with the rest of the home. So we integrated a huge amount of storage, heaps of bench space, and used a complementary colour scheme to the kitchen.” “Part of our brief for the open plan space, was the inclusion of a dining area where we could relax and read the paper in the sun,” share the couple. “And the ‘conservatory’ dining area is exactly that. There is nothing better than on a nice

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new build day being able to open all the doors and sit at the table. It’s like having another outdoor living space.” Enhancing the conservatory is the use of Matt Grey Friars powder coated aluminium joinery from Rylock Canterbury’s Pacific Residential Pro Suite. “The living room features a three leaf fold back bifold door which opens back against the cladding, giving the maximum opening possible without cluttering up the courtyard. While also providing great indoor outdoor flow,” comments Tim Facoory of Rylock Canterbury. “We also worked with the homeowners on the glass which is double glazed with a grey tint to reduce the glare inside while also providing privacy during the daytime.” Priding themselves on being able to make the most of a space and create tailored, personalised wardrobe solutions, Simply Wardrobes were a natural choice when it came to the home’s storage solutions. Be it for expansive walk-in-robes or more discreet inbuilt systems, they can do it all. Selecting the popular I-Robe in Grey Ash for their bedrooms and home office ensured the home was bursting with storage. Moving into their home in December 2013 the couple were delighted to discover their abode pristine on moving day, with Fowler Homes having organised Wisdom Cleaning to clean the house from top to bottom. As specialist builders cleaners they are no strangers to the level of detail required to ensure a new home following construction, is sparkling and ready for habitation. Having finally realised their dream of building and owning their own slice of paradise in New Zealand, the couple are delighted with what they have achieved and wouldn’t change a thing.

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A beautiful Christchurch villa is given a new lease on life

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hen the Canterbury Earthquakes left their home damaged and broken, the homeowners of this beautiful villa decided that as well as the extensive repairs, it was the perfect opportunity to renovate their traditional rambling villa into a contemporary family home. “The floor had become split-level,” explains the homeowner, “and there was a large crack running through the centre of the home. We had always wanted to update the kitchen and create a more seamless

connection between the living areas on the ground floor, and as the quake repairs required us to move out, it seemed like the right time to do it all.” With the ground floor home to the public areas of the house, kitchen, living, dining, formal lounge and study, and the upper level, the bedrooms, the couple have been able to completely transform the atmosphere of the house without shifting any walls. “It is amazing how just rethinking the space can change the whole feel of the home.”








Designed by Ingrid Geldof and manufactured by Advanced Joinery the kitchen perfectly marries the character and history of the house, with modern conveniences.

Having worked with renowned kitchen designer, Ingrid Geldof before, she was a natural choice when it came to the requirements for the kitchen. “Ingrid was great, she was involved in so much more than just the kitchen and in conjunction with the team at Furnishscene, helped us to achieve a far greater result than we could have hoped for.” “The grand old home had been severely damaged in the quakes,” explains Ingrid, “and the kitchen was in need of both repair and updating. It needed a total rethink of the way in which it was situated in the room.” Wanting to create a more cohesive connection between the kitchen and the study, the decision was made to convert an old cupboard into a doorway to connect the spaces. “From there we made the decision to replace a window along the exterior wall of the home into doors so that the kitchen could also seamlessly open up to the pool and western courtyard,” describes Ingrid; a courtyard that previously had been isolated from the primary living areas. The introduction of an L-shape design with a central island bench ensured the spaces not only flow effortlessly into one another but that the kitchen is a now a light, sunny, and easy space in which to work. Designed by Ingrid, the kitchen offers the best of both worlds, a contemporary space boasting the latest of technology and materials, yet with an aesthetic in perfect harmony with the age of the house. Priding themselves on quality and service, Advanced Joinery were brought to the renovation team by Ingrid for the manufacture and installation of the kitchen. “Advanced Joinery have done a fabulous job,” shares Ingrid. “They were able to take our dream for the kitchen and translate it into a tangible reality of the highest quality.” “We also worked with Ingrid and the owners on the manufacture of the exterior timber doors and windows required for the alteration, as well as the ensuite vanity and study joinery,” explains Greg Ayers. “In consultation with Furnishscene we opted for Resene Triple Ash and Fuscous Grey on the framed kitchen joinery to create an interesting effect,

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which couples with Caesar Stone Frosty Carrina benchtops for a hardwearing, serviceable finish and fresh look,” Ingrid continues. Tucked into the edge of the open-plan space, the kitchen opens up to the outdoors and study, and integrates well with the dining and living areas, ensuring it has been well planned for entertaining. As well as the kitchen Ingrid assisted with reworking the layout of the living spaces. “The formal lounge was limited by the location of the doors to the living area, so we took the opportunity to relocate the doors and add window lights above, to increase the amount of light into the lounge, which also helped to make the room work efficiently and provide a more comfortable space to relax in. The addition of new joinery for the storage of books aided this further.” “It was important to all involved that the alterations were in keeping with the age of the house,” shares Bridget Coles from Furnishscene. “And the end result is grand, without being over the top. The home is unique due to both its age and the way it nestles into its section so


it was important we could translate the interior into a space that was not only relevant for today’s living but sympathetic to its history.” “Furnishscene were wonderful,” shares the owner. “We were delighted with all of their ideas and it is really fun to use colour, not just white, in the house.” “The homeowners wanted to not only make better use of their existing spaces, but make each one feel more inviting. Something we were able to achieve through the use of soft furnishings such as the Calucci curtains in the formal lounge, which also have a touch of luxury and colour. While in the study we were able to achieve a masculine feel, while retaining the warmth with the use of Casadeco Pinstripe wallpaper. It creates a cosy den that is great for TV watching and as a workspace,” describes Sophie Orsbourn, who worked alongside Bridget to complete the interior. Not only preparing the walls for their makeover with new paint


The interior decor was completed in conjunction with Furnishscene who worked with the homeowners to capitalise the floor plan, while making the individual spaces more welcoming. Resene Fusion graces the walls in the formal lounge, while the study-cum-TV den features a subtle pinstripe wallpaper. An Escea DL850 gas fire enhances the ambience and warmth of the room.

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The master bedroom has been transformed into a private and luxurious retreat, while the alteration of a small study has allowed for the addition of an ensuite. Wanting to achieve a timeless and classic aesthetic the homeowners opted for Brilliant White wall tiles from Europica Tiles and fittings from Edward Gibbon. MAY/JUNE 2015

and wallpaper, but completing the transformation was Top Cut Painting. “We were responsible for all of the GIB fixing and GIB stopping, as well as all of the painting and wallpapering,” shares Alex McKenzie. “Houses of this size and era don’t come around often so it was a pleasant challenge, and a beautiful alteration to be a part of. Seeing the impact a colour can have on a room is great, and this was particularly evident in the warmth and depth which was achieved in the formal lounge with the bold use of Resene Fusion.” As well as making over the softer areas of the home, the couple continued their alterations upstairs, with the transformation of a small study into an ensuite for their master bedroom. “We simply opened up a door to the bedroom, and closed one

off in the hallway,” explains Ingrid, “which provides not only extra value to the home but convenience to the owners.” Wanting to retain the classic feel of the home, and drawing on the exisiting family bathroom, old English tiles and traditionally styled joinery and finishes were selected, including Brilliant White wall tiles from Europica Tiles, which were laid in a brick format. Combined with fittings from Edward Gibbon the ensuite boasts a classic and timeless finish, and has become a much-loved addition. “Older homes are becoming less common in Christchurch,” finishes Ingrid, “so it is refreshing to be able to make an old home work in such a modern way, while retaining the character and style that is there.” Out of their home for nearly nine months the couple have only been back in their house for a few weeks, and already are well adapted to life in their new contemporary surrounds. “The house was ready for a refresh and the end result is exactly what we wanted to achieve, we love it.”


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tepping into the home of Vicki and Phil Metaxas it is hard not to get caught up in their enthusiasm and passion. Having purchased the 1970s abode in September 2014, the couple have spent the last six months making their mark. “From the moment we walked into the house we could see its potential,” shares Vicki, “and instantly knew it had to be ours.” Transforming the home from ‘drab to fab’ has been a labour of love for the MAY/JUNE 2015


couple, who have lived and breathed the renovation, undertaking most of the work themselves. “As well as project managing, Phil did a lot of the handyman work himself,” explains Vicki, “and getting stuck in and being involved, has allowed us to form a much deeper attachment with the home.” The couple did however turn to a number of experts to assist with the more challenging areas of the renovation, like the kitchen. “We wanted something really

special,” offers Vicki. “And the guys at Misco Joinery achieved that for us.” For the family-run joinery business, Vicki and Phil were dream clients. “They knew what they wanted, right down to the finish,” shares Stacey Williams of Misco Joinery, with a smile. “They had carefully considered their family needs and come up with a functional concept that we were then able to perfect for them.” As well as offering a design service Misco Joinery work alongside their clients

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Nestled in the heart of Merivale, this 1970s bungalow has been transformed into a modern family abode





Designed in conjunction with Micso Joinery the kitchen is one of Vicki and Phil’s favourite rooms in the home; the depth the black granite benchtops from AGM Stone bring is unsurpassed. Wallpaper has been used with brilliant effect in both the powder room and the guest bedroom. Vicki knew before they had even moved in where her beloved Le Forge chandeliers’ would hang.


through the manufacture and installation process, ensuring they are on hand to guide and assist from beginning to end. As well as being streamlined in its design and aesthetic the kitchen also ticks all the boxes when it comes to functionality with the addition of soft close technology, a twin bin system, and Dezignatek cabinetry in Caribbean white gloss, all of which were selected for their high-quality finishes. As well as being suitable for day-today family living, Vicki and Phil wanted to ensure their kitchen was perfectly crafted for entertaining, which saw the inclusion of a walk-in pantry, allowing them to shut away the mess. “In contrast to the kitchen, the walk-in pantry cupboards are melamine Bianco Rift,” shares Stacey. “It is a compact, yet highly functional space.” Taking centre stage in the kitchen however is the bold benchtop. “I knew I didn’t want white,” explains Vicki. “And as I love black it was an easy decision. Black is also one of those great colours that you can change the aesthetic of, simply by changing your accessories. Plus it brings a richness and depth to the space that we just love.”


Having purchased the house in September and moved in October, Vicki and Phil were eager to have their house functional in time for Christmas of the same year, and credit Advanced Granite and Marble (AGM) in helping them to achieve their dream. “While everyone involved in the home was amazing when it came to the tight deadline, AGM Stone went above and beyond, delivering and installing our three benchtops extremely fast.” Having been provided with a picture of the design they liked for their breakfast bar, Andrew Muir and his team at AGM set about recreating it. “There are three benchtops in the kitchen,” he shares, “but it is the breakfast bar which has really become a feature.” Wanting to replicate a waterfall edge with a negative detail it has become a key talking point in the home. “Everyone comments on it,” shares Vicki. “And it is exactly what we wanted.”

As well as modernising the downstairs with a new layout and kitchen, Vicki and Phil wanted to ensure the home was cosy and warm year round. A decision, which saw them bring Southtile to the team. Able to retrofit wall, ceiling and underfloor insulation they were a natural choice when it came to ensuring the thermal envelope of the home was up to scratch. Coupled with Autux Greenstuf insulation, a New Zealand product comprised of recycled plastic bottles, Southtile worked with the Metaxas’ to install a ground vapour barrier. “Essentially it stops moisture rising up into the home,” shares Jason Green from Southtile. “Ensuring you have a drier home, which ultimately is easier to heat, saving you money on your energy bill, not to mention creating a healthier living environment.”





Going hand in hand with wanting to create a warm home was the couple’s desire to be able to shut the door on the noise and hustle and bustle of the surrounding suburb and busy roads. “Where once there was an old 1970s slider, we now have beautiful bi-folds connecting the inside with out,” offers Vicki, “and the added bonus is how quiet it makes the house.” Supplying and installing the new aluminium doubleglazed doors and windows was UDR Joinery. “Vicki and Phil were looking for joinery which gave them maximum heat retention, as well as an additional barrier from the street noise,” explains Fordy Ratahi from UDR Joinery. “With this is mind, as well as the age of the

Large bifolds from Ultimate Design & Renovation, now connect inside with out. Boasting an ensuite and family bathroom the home features high-quality Kohler bathroomware from Mico.



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house we opted for the 40 Series, as it has been designed to achieve an architectural look, while keeping the character of older homes; especially in instances such as these, where we were replacing thick timber windows.� Spread across three levels the home has become a canvas on which Vicki’s love of homewares can play out. As the co-owner and operator of Coco Gifts,

Vicki is no stranger to the ever-changing array of beautiful homeware products on the market. And her home is a timeless example of her talent and eye for detail. Wanting to undertake a sympathetic renovation and transform their 1970s bungalow into a functional, modern family space that still pays homage to its history; it is without doubt that Vicki and Phil have achieved what they set out to do.

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Annual Autumn Upkeep

Spring isn’t the only time of year to have a thorough clean out of your home. Autumn presents the perfect opportunity to have everything ship-shape and prepared for the impending wintery weather. Maintain your Home Heating With the cooler weather on its way, it’s safe to say that your wood burner and heat pump will get a little more attention. Therefore, it’s now the best time of year to call in the professionals to inspect and clean your heating solutions. Wood burners While you can clear out ash and charred wood from your wood burner, a chimney sweep will perform a number of tasks that include cleaning the flue, ensuring the vents are clean and in good condition and they will also check that the damper is tightly closed to reduce drafts. These are just a few of the jobs they will undertake, but all will ensure the safety and efficiency of your chimney.

Heat pumps Annual maintenance is also essential for your heat pump and it will ensure not only efficiency but that your home is circulating clean, fresh air. A professional will clean dirty air filters, vents and check both your indoor and outdoor unit to ensure your heat pump delivers continuous comfort.

Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts Clearing out your guttering is a necessary chore associated with the cooler months of the year and it will prevent debris clogging your gutters that can result in water drainage issues around your property. Safety is paramount, so if it’s a job you choose to undertake yourself then it pays to be extra careful when using a ladder. Alternatively, it could be a job that you leave up to the experts.

Caulking the Cracks Take a look around your windows and doors to make sure there aren’t any gaps that could let in cold draughts. If there are, then you will need to apply exterior caulk. This preventative measure will ultimately keep your house warm while also reducing your power bills. Mike Pero Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA (2008)

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Armstrong Interiors Ever since she can remember Angelique Armstrong has had a love for homes, colour and art, which has manifested into a passion for interior design. Combining her artistic talent with an eye for detail, her beautiful interiors and artworks possess a timeless quality. “There is a formula for creating a home that everyone will desire,” she shares. “The key is to create an interior space that functions well and meets all the fundamental needs within a given space.” Believing the secret to change is to focus all of your energy on building the new, rather than fighting the old, she possesses a unique talent to produce interiors which have the best of both worlds, a nod to the past, with the beauty and must-haves of today. “A well designed interior should allow you enough freedom to create your dream home.” A concept that certainly keeps us coming back for more!

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Europica Tiles

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Stepping inside Europica Tiles on Mandeville Street you are welcomed into a world of inspiration. With floor to ceiling displays of tiles for the kitchen, bathroom, outdoors and even living areas there is something to suit every design style, and every budget. “For us it is all about the client,” shares Andy Lamont. “Understanding them, their home and their needs, and working within that to find the perfect tile solution.” Sourcing exclusive ranges from across the globe, each tile in the showroom has been carefully selected for both its form and function, ensuring there is only the best of the best on offer. From assisting with design, right through to the installation process, Europica are on hand to inspire and guide every step of the way. | 03 348 3766 MAY/JUNE 2015



In Season

Feijoas: These delicious morsels are ideal on their own, in baking, stewed for breakfast or even made into chutney and served with cheese. Yum.


Subtle Geometrics

With geometric patterns taking over in the home, why not bring a subtle version of this latest trend into your serveware with these Harrison & Lane Bowls from The Warehouse.

Akaroa Oil

It is little wonder boutique olive oil, Old French Road have picked up award after award. Their beautiful array of oils are a must-have, and delicious addition, to the pantry.

Spice I am, by Sujet Saenkam Published by Lantern

Leave the Thai takeaway menus in the drawer and get creative in the kitchen with this joyous cookbook of fresh, family favourite Thai recipes.


Salad 2 carrots - julienned (using a mandolin slicer), or coarsely grated Handful of coriander, roughly chopped Handful of roasted peanuts, roughly chopped Dressing 1 tablespoon Fix & Fogg Smoke & Fire Peanut Butter Juice of half a lemon 1 small clove of garlic, minced 1 teaspoon horseradish cream 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons olive oil Pinch of salt A good few turns of the pepper mill In a small bowl, mix the dressing ingredients with a fork, until everything has combined. Set aside. Mix the carrot and coriander together in a large bowl, before adding the dressing. Toss well to combine. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts before serving alongside grilled haloumi, tzatziki and flat breads.

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Cocoon in this winter Resene colour consultant Nikki Morris opens up about winter palettes

A winter palette to get you started... Resene Regatta A deep moody classic navy for feature walls as an alternative to black or grey Resene Quickstep A yummy dusty faded pink-based terracotta

Resene Chapta and Verse A majestic subdued purple with warmth and interest Resene Intrepid A blend of mustard, khaki and ochre gold

Resene Quarter Alabaster A clean and delicate frosty white, perfect for architraves and ceilings Resene Meridian An elusive silken silver metallic that sparkles with a hint of cool glamour


s the weather cools down and the rain rolls in we find ourselves shifting back to living indoors. That means it’s time to get our interiors ready for the wintery months when we hunker down and hibernate at home. Some of our bright summer accents have already been replaced with earthy or autumn tones and rooms are now ready for us to introduce layers of rich and regal winter colours. This time of year is all about textures and patterns that feel snug and uplifting, colours that will work with the greyness of winter, while igniting feelings of warmth and comfort, without being too overpowering. Consider your walls, envisioning them painted in a deep moody classic navy (Resene Regatta) with a contrasting clean

and frosty white for the architraves and ceiling (Resene Quarter Alabaster). Add in your smoky taupe couch with a mix of charcoals and dusty terracotta toned cushions (Resene Wireless and Resene Quickstep), a comfy looking ottoman in a majestic purple (Resene Chapta and Verse) and some snuggly throws in mustard gold colours (Resene Intrepid). Deliciously comfortable and most importantly inviting. Winter colours are quite a mixed palette – bursting with natural earth tones offset with frosty whites, regal blues, birch and charcoals along with foggy greys that can be accented with yellow mustard-tinged greens, soft and smoky taupe, faded pink-toned terracottas, royal purples and mauve-based neutrals. | 0800 RESENE

Wallpaper and Fabric Colour isn’t the only way to change your interior, a striking wallpaper from Resene can not only transform your space instantly but add a sense of wow and texture to your space. Alternatively for those looking to brighten up their space with soft furnishings, now is the perfect time to be investing in thermal lined curtains. And with coordinating cushions to match Resene are well on their way to keeping your family warm, cosy and in style this winter.



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New lease

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Julie Williams puts on her DIY hat and gets creative with an old dresser

YOU WILL NEED: an old dresser or piece of furniture (my dresser was a mahogany colour) sugar soap fine sandpaper paintbrush Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Annie Sloan Soft Wax soft clean cloths


tart by cleaning down your selected piece of furniture with sugar soap to remove any old dirt and grease, before lightly sanding to ensure you are working with an even, clean surface. Once you have prepared your surface apply a coat of your selected Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and leave to dry. Wanting to achieve a classic shabby chic look, I opted for colourway, Old White. While not always necessary, I applied a second coat to some of the areas that looked a little thin or transparent. However, only do this if you feel like you need more coverage.

When the paint has dried lightly sand small areas back down to the wood to achieve a distressed look. A simple search for distressed, or shabby chic, on Pinterest will provide inspiration on this, areas such as corners and edges are a great place to start. Lastly, apply the Annie Sloan Soft Wax with a soft lint-free cloth, apply it to small areas at a time and work in circular movements. Make sure you do it gently so as not to rub off the paint. While the wax will take a week to harden, it protects your surface and ensures it won’t mark.

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READING CORNER ClothBound By Julie Paterson Published by Murdoch Books

Featuring a textured linen cover, this beautiful book is a richly illustrated glimpse into the life of an artist whose timeless fabric designs grace home furnishings the world over. For those with a love of textiles, pattern and homeware, this is a book for you.

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Save the Date

If you’re staring at a blank wall in your home trying to picture your dream work of art, then head to a place where visions come to life. Held from 11th – 14th June The Christchurch Art Show offers you the unique opportunity to view and buy original quality artworks from established and emerging New Zealand artists.


As we rapidly approach the winter months our latest musthaves are all about creating cozy spaces and snuggling up

A New Take Designed by Richard Killen, this rug is from a series of work about collecting objects for observation in clear jars. 1.8m x 1.2 metres the rug has been made in the shape of a jar and offers versatility in the home. With no straight edge requiring squaring off to a wall or piece of furniture, it will lie happily in any space.

Flower of the Moment Anemones, the perfect splash of winter colour.

Reclining Comfort The Space 55/55 Recliners offers a combination of modern styling and advanced functions to ensure you experience the best comfort possible. A stunning looking chair it will make a statement in any interior space, and is guaranteed to be the chair everyone fights over. MAY/JUNE 2015

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Joe Jandals Showcasing the creative talents of Rachael Hemingway, Joe Jandals offers the discerning homeowner a chance to purchase something truly unique. Found at 18L Bower Ave, Rachael’s new showroom is the embodiment of creativity.

Coco Gifts

Frankie & Johnny Nestled amongst a raft of well-known shops on Rutland Street, Coco Gifts is a fabulous French-inspired gift and homeware store. Owner operators Vicki and Leanne are passionate about satisfying their customers’ needs, no matter what the occasion. frankiejohnny6 Crafting plywood storage boxes decorated with fun and quirky patterns, this creative team are all about providing stylish yet functional storage solutions. Whether used for pine cones, magazines, toys or a bed for the family pet, the choice is yours!

Pottery World

Armstrong Interiors Specialising in large architectural pieces, Pottery World offer an extensive array of pots, ensuring they have the ideal solution for every space, be it contemporary or traditional. Visit them in Gardiners and Claridges Road for the best pot deal in town. This is a one-stop-shop whether you’re a homeowner, architect or landscaper. Passionate about all things interior, Angelique Armstrong and her team at Armstrong Interiors provide beautiful solutions to all of your interior needs. From basic fittings through to high-end furnishings, they provide expert advice, creativity, inspiration and solutions for every space.

Harpers Bazaar Interiors

Aromaunga Flowers There’s a lot of merit in the saying “there is no substitute for experience”. Situated in a quaint bungalow at 127 St Albans Street, the experienced designers at Harpers Bazaar offer friendly service, in-store or by appointment in your own home. Pop by the studio for a browse and a chat. Inspired by nature and with an appreciation of sustainably grown flowers from local growers, Aromaunga Flowers will design sumptuous seasonal floral creations for any occasion. Visit them online or pop in and meet the passionate team in store at The Tannery and send flowers to family, friends, even yourself!







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the last word



Architect Stephen Crooks, discusses the importance of sustainability when it comes to building


ustainability is the catchphrase of our times, a vague and emotive word that gets bandied about every day, but what does it actually mean? Politicians use it a great deal when they really mean economic viability, while traffic planners frequently call on the need for sustainable public transport. Even coaches use it to describe a sports team with good future prospects. However these examples have little to do with reducing our dependence on the world’s natural resources or living within our environmental means, which is effectively what sustainability is all about. The definitions of sustainability are of course many and varied but the one I like refers to it as ‘the ability to continue a particular behaviour or process indefinitely’. And for this to happen, we must work within our planet’s environmental capacity. Because buildings account for roughly 40% of the world’s energy consumption, environmentally sustainable design, or ESD, has become an important consideration in every build. Unbridled energy consumption is having an enormous, and some say irreversible, effect on the world’s climate. Architects therefore, have amazing potential to influence future world energy use and the consequential environmental effects. A significant responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. Buildings are very complex creations, built up with hundreds of different products or materials in numerous layers of cladding, insulation, services, technologies, linings, finishes and fittings. The resulting fabric is an intricate weave into which the thread of sustainability must somehow be woven. Design


decisions, for even relatively minor aspects, can have a lasting effect on building performance. And not only do we need to carefully consider how these elements are chosen and assembled together in the finished building, but we must also take account of sources of the materials; the manufacturing processes they go through and shipping distances involved to get here. There are literally thousands of choices available in the building industry marketplace and it can be very difficult convincing a client that a locally made product with good green credentials should be selected over a cheaper ‘less sustainable’ product from overseas that does the same job. This analysis and decision-making process must be repeated many times over in the design of just one building and sometimes it can all seem like too much hard work. But there is one key aim that we should never lose sight of, and that is that every habitable building should be as energy efficient as possible. The Passive House standard has shown that it is possible to design a building that does not require a heating appliance at all - in virtually any climate around the globe. This impressive feat is achieved simply through a combination of good design, high levels of thermal insulation, airtightness, minimising thermal bridging and the use of an efficient heat recovery ventilation system. Utilising these principles will help create buildings that are sustainable, healthy, economically viable and a joy to inhabit! Why would you build with anything else in mind? | 03 384 9602


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Abode May/June 2015  

Issue 17

Abode May/June 2015  

Issue 17