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Fresh finds New products to love Save or splurge Towels, bath mats and beautiful laundry baskets Style stalker Soap dispensers Women we love Lucy Burke of event hire business LL Furniture Hire On trend Conscious cravings We love Sage & blush My favourite room With flora photographer Emma Bass Creature comforts Our furry friends model the latest soft furnishings

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Paradise city A converted historic building in Auckland city hides a home filled with lush tropical plants Who needs more? This modest yet stylish Wanaka new-build is just right for a family of five Golden harvest This cottage amid a Hawke’s Bay olive grove shows what is possible on a small footprint – and the earning potential of Airbnb

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Big & small This family looked to the design of the mid-century era when extending their South Auckland home Resene Colour Home Awards Your chance to enter our 2019 colour design competition Workshop Create a bathroom that’s uniquely yours by choosing the perfect mix of furniture 1 bathroom 4 ways Four designers rework a rundown family bathroom

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We hit the jackpot this month with Ron Goh and partner Matthew O’Brien’s glorious Auckland home, which gives new meaning to the term ‘urban jungle’. Their collection of tropical plants are the perfect companion to an eclectic collection of furniture and accessories, and Ron now sells both plants and vintage furniture on his Instagram shop, Mr Homebody. We’re all obsessed and we’re sure you will be too!

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Room reveal Alex creates an eco nook featuring all natural materials Workshop Styling tips for the heart of your living room – the coffee table Then & now This young couple overhauled a ramshackle 1960s Lockwood home for less than $30k Finder’s Fi Instagram shops to follow for fabulous vintage bargains

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Outdoor diary September’s checklist Garden makeover Carol balances an Auckland couple’s competing agendas in her latest plan Workshop Going potty for the perfect potted garden Feature garden Making the most of mature native trees and an idyllic private lake in Christchurch

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Touch of the wild Amber Rose serves up a luscious, wholesome tea tray full of sweet treats

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Phoenix vivid slimline wall basin mixer set, $645, from Mico.

Domani Celia bath towel range, from $7.99, from Farmers. Missoni Giacomo bath mat, $189.50, from Tessuti.

Kohler kamala basin, $6969, from Mico.

Meir round freestanding bath filler, $999, from The Kitchen Hub.

Manhattan Jeans gloss tile, $125 per square metre, and Garden District tile, $115 per square metre, both from Tile Space.

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indful living: what does it mean exactly? I think it’s different for everybody. For me, it means checking in on how I’m feeling and making adjustments along the way if something in my life needs tweaking. I prioritise things I love doing in my free time to ensure I stay in a healthy mindset (easier said than done most of the time, but I do try!). In terms of the home, candles, lots of plants, flowers from the garden brought inside, and brightly coloured linen on the bed are the little things that make me happy and improve my wellbeing. What are yours? Tastes and circumstances evolve over time so it’s worth checking back in every now and again to make new habits or rituals that make you feel good. Another thing the Your Home and Garden team all agree on is that having pets in the home increases happiness. Check out our ‘Creature comforts’ shoot on page 35, which features a few of our furry friends – needless to say, that was a very good day at the office!

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EDITOR Kristina Rapley ART & EDITORIAL Creative director Tanya Wong Features director Lucy Slight Features editor Fiona Ralph Chief sub editor Stephanie Attwater Sub editor/writer Sally Conor Style director Catherine Wilkinson Designer/stylist Imogen Temm Writer Jessica-Belle Greer

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Sheaves of leaves Usher in the warmer season with this tropical yet cosmopolitan wallpaper from the Vivid collection by Aspiring Walls. Fashionable and playful, these designs incorporate palm fronds and bold banana leaves in soft, matte hues and trending colour combinations. And the best bit? The range is easy to hang with pastethe-wall adhesive for less mess. Available now from all leading wallpaper stockists. Visit to see the whole range.

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Fresh finds

What’s new in the homewares scene – from our place to yours Compiled by Vanessa Nouwens.

LO C K ’ N ’ LOA D OV E R T H E G R A I N BOW We can’t go past this sweet little handmade rainbow toy made from three types of wood: black walnut, cherry and poplar. The wood is sealed with a food-safe, natural sealer which is safe for little ones to chew on. On a shelf as decoration or on the floor for everyday play, this is a simply lovely item. It costs $49 from

If fitting enough storage into your home is a challenge then one of these lockers from Australian company Mustard may ofer the ideal solution. In five stunning colours – blush, mustard, olive, slate blue and white – these sturdy metal lockers are slimline and available in short or tall styles. Check out the full range, priced from $259, online at

C Z EC H I T O U T Inspired by the classic Jan Bocan lounge chair from the Czech Embassy in Stockholm, the Willow Cane Lounger features a curved design which matches perfectly with any interior. Made from natural rattan, making it lightweight yet strong and sturdy, these elegant chairs are $550 each from

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There are so many lovely things about this vase from Kmart’s new home collection – the gold stand, the intriguing shape, the generous size and, best of all, this stunner will only set you back $17. Go on, you know you want one!

We love these reusable glass drink bottles which feature a silicone sleeve and bamboo lid. Each Sol bottle comes with a waterproof pouch and cleaning brush so you can keep it in prime condition. Sol bottles are chemical and plastic free. Get yours for $45 from

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T H I S O N E R E A L LY R E S I NAT E S If you love handcrafted homeware, let us introduce you to Keep Resin. Each cast resin vessel is simple and functional, allowing the fluid patterns created by the material to stand out. The organic contours of each piece emulate the curves of nature and every colourway is inspired by the seasons – we’re particularly loving the jade marble effect. Prices start from AU$24; to see more of the collection visit

FA D E D G LO RY The Anastasia polypropylene rug by Rug Culture combines a delicate hit of pattern with a subtle colour palette and a hint of classic Eastern European charm. This design showcases a soft abrash (aged colour variation) effect, silky smooth feel and, at $699 for 230cm x 160cm, is great value for your bedroom, living room or dining space. Available from

FUZZY FEELINGS This Icelandic sheepskin in a copper tone with caramel tips is an exquisite home decor must-have. As a soft rug or cosy covering to drape over your favourite armchair or the end of the bed, this warm and textural item is a great buy for $245 from

OVER GR OW TH Plant lovers will love this rainbow hanging planter with a playfully functional design that’s sure to keep your house plants happy. Train hanging plants to grow in and around the double arch design or allow the leaves to naturally cascade down. Order yours for AU$129 from

M E E T YO U AT T H E S O U N DBA R If you love pin sharp audio but don’t have room for multiple speakers, the Sonos Beam compact smart soundbar is for you. Perfect for small or mid-sized spaces, Sonos Beam will bring you beautiful sound as you watch movies and TV, stream music, listen to podcasts and more. The stylish soundbar with built-in Amazon Alexa comes in black or white and can be placed on furniture or attached to the wall. RRP $699.

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DRIED & TRUE Towels and bath mats bring softness to a hard-edged world. Here neutral-toned, tactile weaves let the texture do the talking Styled by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

SAVE Aida laundry hamper, $149, from Freedom.

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1 SAVE Home Republic Flinders bath towel in graphite marle, $39.99, from Adairs. 2 SAVE Maya towel bale (6 pieces), $99, from EziBuy. 3 SAVE Home Republic Zanzibar bath mat, $29.99, from Adairs. 4 SAVE Jersey bath mat, $12, from Kmart. 5 SAVE Hammam terry towel, $19.99, from EziBuy. 6 SAVE Casa Linea Wilshire Cotton bath towel, $19.99, from Farmers. 7 SAVE Home Republic quick-dry towel, $29.99, from Adairs. SAVE 8 Living & Co Lincoln bath towel, $8, from The Warehouse. 9 SAVE Mercer & Reid eco absorbent bobble towel in coal, $39.99, from Adairs. 10 SAVE Hammam ombre towel, $24.99, from EziBuy. 11 SAVE Maya towel bale (6 pieces), $99, from EziBuy. 1 SPLURGE Kontex rib hand towel in navy, $59, from Father Rabbit. 2 SPLURGE Kontex flax bath towel in navy, $189, from Father Rabbit. 3 SPLURGE Nodi Summer mat, $95, from Tessuti. 4 SPLURGE Stitch handwoven mat, $29.90, from Citta. 5 SPLURGE Father Rabbit Goods Turkish towel, $59, from Father Rabbit. 6 SPLURGE Blanc bath towel, in oyster, $39.90, from Citta. 7 SPLURGE Jacquard bath towel, $49.90, from Citta. 8 SPLURGE Blanc bath towel, $39.90, from Citta. 9 SPLURGE Missoni Rex bath sheet in graphite, $245, from Tessuti. 10 SPLURGE Morihata Lana XL bath towel, $230, from Simon James Design. 11 SPLURGE Kontex flax hand towel in navy, $59, from Father Rabbit. Wall painted in Resene ‘Quarter Rakaia’. Floor tiles VVS074 Goroka Gris, RRP $85 per square metre, from Tile Space.

SPLURGE SPLURGE Laundry basket, $299, from Citta. SPLURGE Yamazaki Tosca basket, $119, from Father Rabbit.

SPLURGE Tall, thick weave basket, $65, from Father Rabbit.

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PRETTY PERFECT Keep your most lived-in spaces looking luxe for a lifetime by choosing flooring from Carpet Court that can take the hard knocks Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Vanessa Lewis.

RHINO B R O O K LY N One of the softest carpets in our Rhino range, Brooklyn truly has to be walked on to be believed. Its tight construction will last the years and six designer colours will complement any home.





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MALMO SCANDIA With this luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring, you can opt for a high-end look without a highend price tag. This water-resistant and durable flooring is super easy to care for.


MALMO MONTE ROSA If you’re renovating your house to get it ready for sale, look no further than Monte Rosa carpet. It’s well priced, good-looking and comes in a great range of on-trend colours, including solid and tonal finishes.


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soap dispensers Now these workaday items have evolved into beautiful vessels, you can dispense a little style along with the handwash Compiled by Vanessa Nouwens.















1 Living & Co Milano stone dispenser, $7, from The Warehouse. 2 Mehdi dispenser, $27.95, from Freedom. 3 Living & Co casa black dispenser, $8, from The Warehouse. 4 Bloomingville dispenser, $45, from Perch Home. 5 Ugo dispenser, $65, from Amara. 6 Metisse dispenser, $16.95, from Freedom. 7 Dispenser, $3, from Kmart. 8 Mercer & Reid Ebony dispenser, $27.99, from Adairs. 9 Dispenser, $8, from Kmart. 10 Indi dispenser, $8, from Kmart. 11 Gabin dispenser, $27.95, from Freedom. 12 Home Republic Urban dispenser, $32.95, from Adairs. 13 Living & Co ceramic dispenser, $7, from The Warehouse. 14 Living & Co Miro marble dispenser, $7, from The Warehouse.

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Building blocks Through her business LL Furniture Hire, Lucy Burke gets to play a small – yet important – part in the biggest day of her clients’ lives Interview by Lucy Slight. Photography by Helen Bankers.

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ike many burgeoning businesses, LL Furniture Hire was born out of a need. One of Lucy Burke and husband Hayden’s friends was looking for unique furniture for her wedding and, after failing to find what she wanted, construction company owner Hayden was called upon to create the pieces she dreamed of. Fast-forward four years and LL Furniture Hire has a packed schedule throughout summer, providing sleek and stylish furniture for weddings, along with the newest addition to their inventory: quality, locally made, clear marquees. Building relationships with her clients is what she loves most of all about her work, says the Bay of Plenty mother-of-two. “Each client is so different, and to see the process, from initial conversations to receiving imagery of how they styled their day with our pieces, is really rewarding.” What is the ethos behind LL Furniture Hire? From day one we wanted to create an experience, not just furniture for hire. Our customers are the most important part of our business so from the initial email to the delivery and pick-up, we want each customer to feel like they are not only in capable hands, but that the entire experience was a cut above. This is something we are constantly improving on, creating new ways to make the experience just a little bit more special. How would you describe the LL aesthetic? In terms of our furniture, we believe we are the backbone to your wedding or event. We are the building blocks, focusing on core, classic and modern furniture with clean lines and crisp whites and wood so you have room to create your own style and colour palette. Our furniture works around the client, rather than the client having to work around the furniture. How do you like to spend your downtime? Once we finish wedding season we begin event and corporate contracts, so although it does slow down, we are still delivering each week to our clients. I definitely take the slow-down as an opportunity to be with my kids

Lucy, husband Hayden and their two sons, Dusty (18 months) and Mickey (4), live in rural Aongatete on a six-hectare block. The LL Furniture Hire ofice and warehouse are located close by in Mount Maunganui. “It’s a hub of creativity and like-minded business owners, which is so inspiring,” says Lucy.

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“We want each customer to feel like they are not only in capable hands but that the entire experience was a cut above” and my husband more, and spend weekends at home. I’m a homebody and we live rurally, in Aongatete, in a converted barn on six hectares of QEII native bush. I love nothing better than being with my family and friends, drinking some good wine and eating good food. What is one piece of advice you have for someone looking to start their own business? The harder you work, the luckier you get! Owning a business is a crazy beast and can be both the most rewarding and hardest thing you can do. If you really want it and work your butt of, you can definitely achieve everything you want to. Someone told me your biggest successes come just after your biggest struggles and I completely agree. If you can push through the struggles of owning your own business, you will get there. •


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1 Rethink reusable produce bags, $13 for 3, from Oh Natural. 2 Sea sponge, $28.50, from Real World. 3 Rose & geranium hand wash, $5.99, from ecostore. 4 Claska hinoki soap dish, $30, from Everyday Needs. 5 Sultana of Soap, $6.90 per 100g, from Lush. 6 Sea Salted Caramel soap, $8.40 per 100g, from Lush. 7 Common Good & Co dish wash, $29, from Superette. 8 Rose & geranium body wash, $7.99, from ecostore. 9 Sisal market basket, $59.99, from A&C Homestore. 10 Duralex stackable storage container, $17.99, from A&C Homestore. 11 S’well 500ml stainless steel bottle, $69.99, from A&C Homestore. 12 Munch Cupboard Nil beeswax food wraps, $35 for 2, from Oh Natural. 13 Glass storage jar, $12.99, from A&C Homestore. 14 Go Bamboo vege brush, $9, from Oh Natural. 15 Bufy Body Butter bar, $26.90 per 200g, from Lush. 16 Eco Max non-stick pan brush, $17, from Oh Natural.

conscious cravings Choosing reusable and nature-based products that look gorgeous and smell great will not only save you money, they’ll give you that golden, virtuous glow Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

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Bjorn oval mirror, $299, from Shut The Front Door.

Combine soft sage greens with blooming blush pinks to create an on-trend bathroom oasis Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

1 Boyd & Heath Ceramics tumbler, $39, from Superette, with beech comb, $39, and HAY toothbrush, $16, from Everyday Needs. 2 Adin vase, $59.99, from A&C Homestore. 3 Millerighe basin, $899, from Robertson. 4 Uno mixer, $499, from Robertson. 5 Missoni Rex hand towel, $49, from Tessuti. 6 Hand wash, $39, and cleansing oil, $58, from SansCeuticals. 7 Overose candle, $119, from Superette, and wooden hairbrush, $32, from Everyday Needs. 8 Boyd & Heath Ceramics bowl, $39, from Superette, and clay cleansing bar, $29.90, from SansCeuticals. 9 Body brush, $59, from Everyday Needs. Wall painted in Resene ‘Dust Storm’. Floor tiles are Marvel Carrara matte, $109.50 a square metre, from Tile Space.

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Arnold circus stool, $250, from Everyday Needs.

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Artist in residence For flora photographer Emma Bass, home is where the art, and heart, is Text by Jessica-Belle Greer. Photography by Helen Bankers.


uckland artist Emma Bass lives in a 1950s house in Auckland’s Mt Eden with her two children, aged 17 and 9, a cat called Doormat and a cockatiel called Kowhai. An oasis of flourishing creativity, her lounge is a functional, comfortable and heartwarming space for her to work and play in. She’s also just remodelled the fireplace in exquisite earthy shades, to give the room a bit more soul. What do you love about your home? The minute I walked into the house it felt like home. It’s open and light with easy, functioning areas. I used to live across the road and I befriended the previous owners. Whenever I came over for dinner I felt like I was in a timeless space. Luckily, when the owners moved on, we were ofered the house as a private sale. It is my sanctuary, a loving home for my children and where I create my artworks. There is a wonderful community here in the old neighbourhood style of children running between houses. I love my neighbours!

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Why is this room so important to you? I see my lounge as the beating heart of my home. Everything I choose to put in it gives me joy and pleasure. Somehow the busy life that surrounds me in this space gets infused into my works. My artworks happen among all of this, created on a very humble ledge in the lounge, surrounded by the constant flow of life and people. My work appears to be done in a studio, but in actual fact it’s done amid the chaotic swirl of life.

space to hang art. I have been collecting art since I was 19 and I’d like to hang more of it! I recently commissioned my friend artist Lucy Eglington to paint me an unusual portrait of my children and I. It is a wonderful little painting of us all leaping out of clouds naked (pictured opposite). It makes me laugh and reminds me that life is not to be taken too seriously.

How would you describe your interior style? Eclectic and colourful. I have carried on the midcentury design aesthetic with my choice of furniture, such as my retro buttoned velvet lounge suite, G Plan cofee tables and George Nelson lamps. One of the drawbacks of a 1950s house is that, because of the many large windows, there isn’t a huge amount of wall

What’s your favourite thing to do in the room? There are many things that happen in this room. People gathering, children playing, yoga sessions, work, and lots of creation. I love it being full of good people laughing and filling it with life. It’s a pivotal part of the house. Because the lounge is north-facing and has giant windows, it is bathed in all-day sun. On

Tell us about your fireplace. It is a square, brick fireplace typical of the 1950s with a raised hearth, and it’s the focal point of my lounge. It used to have the original raw bricks and I struggled for years to remain a purist – but it was time for a change. I painted it three diferent colours before I settled on Resene ‘Half Pavlova’. It’s calming and sets of my new hearth, which is an exquisite Indian marble in earthy shades of green and brown. It jumped out at me when I was searching for stone at Italian Stone. It was the perfect fit and sits like a jewel in the middle of my lounge.

S What are your favourite homeware pieces here? Well, of course I would have to say my vases. I have a vast collection amassed from all over the world. I used to scour secondhand stores, but have found these diminishing as online selling becomes more prevalent. I am now an eBay aficionado, something I have to temper a bit as I’m running out of space in my house. I love the fact that the vases’ display cabinet cost just $30 on Trade Me.

What homeware stores do you frequent? My brother and his family live in Nelson so whenever I visit them I go to a few little antique stores. Eclectic Antique Centre is brilliant and Richmond has a few gems.

Do you change the decor in this room often? I do keep adding more to the room, including a lovely couple of couches I had made by Forma recently. They are my favourite colour of bluey green and are a peaceful place to sit. I couldn’t resist sprinkling them with floral cushions – I found some special ones at Timorous Beasties and Liberty. I usually have large arrangements of flowers, which can change the mood of the space, depending on the size and colour.

What colour is on the walls? The walls are simple in Resene ‘Sea Fog’ white, a good neutral tone to ofset all the colour and complexities. We have a very old kids’ height chart on one of the walls, which stops me freshening up the room with a lick of paint.

What would be your advice to someone redecorating? Surround yourself with decor that makes you happy. Don’t try to subscribe to a formula. Make it about you and your personality. It should be your sanctuary. •

winter evenings our glowing open fire becomes the soul of the room. I just wish I had more time to sit and stare into space and enjoy some quietness. One day.

Emma Bass’ new artworks, along with those of three other artists, can be found at the Parnell Gallery Flower Show exhibition in Auckland, September 11-25.

LEFT Emma’s work showcases her unique collection of vases. RIGHT A painting by friend Lucy Eglington.

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Kiwi “mum-fluencer” Beth Morris from @themorrismob seamlessly transitions from family mode to influencer mode thanks to her Holden Equinox, AKA her self-described home away from home. We get a behind-the-scenes peek into how she fits more life in to a typical afternoon.




Grabbing the kids from school for gymnastics, I always have snacks, the back seats warmed and my kids’ playlists at the ready to avoid in-car meltdowns (thank you Apple CarPlay* and Equinox for the noise cancelling cabin – no one should have to hear Jojo Siwa if they don’t want to!)

Photography by Vanessa and Michael Lewis.


I’ve squeezed in a workout today—yay!—and now I’m off to my local café to grab a juice and coffee, and answer emails. Then it’s hot chocolates for the kids in preparation for the 3pm after-school rush.

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No hands, no worries! While the kids are busy, I head into the supermarket to pick up dinner… and classic me, I end up with three bags of groceries. Thank heavens for my handsfree boot. (And for the wipes I stashed away in the glove box. Ashton spilt his hot chocolate, so it’s leather seat cleaning for me!)



What’s that saying about best-laid plans going awry? Anyway, I’m late, so I have to drop off the kids and run. Hot tip: hands-free texting in the Holden Equinox is a lifesaver. I can stay in touch with my husband while on the go.

"Got your hands full? I always seem to. I love that I can unlock the Equinox without dropping a thing." PM


I’m off to an event and need to put my influencer hat back on. Thankfully, I’ve got essentials stashed in the various compartments and boot of my Equinox – leather jacket, heels, dry shampoo and makeup kit. A quick zhuzh in the mirror and I’m ready to go.

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C O F F E E Keep a spare reusable coffee cup in your car for those unexpected café stops. M A K E U P W I P E S Always keep wipes in your glove box for a quick fix or for any spills. C O O L E R B A G I keep a cooler bag in my boot so I don’t have to rush home to put groceries away. D A Y - T O - N I G H T K I T Don’t follow a set schedule? A day/night kit in your car is essential. A L W A Y S B E 1 0 M I N U T E S E A R L Y Using GPS and hands-free texting functionality in


your car earns you minutes in the time bank.

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1 Morello cushion, $44.95, from Freedom. 2 Handwoven rug, $690, from Citta. 3 Velvet cushion in dust green, $99.99, from A&C Homestore. 4 Hendrix throw, $12, from Kmart. 5 New Zealand long wool sheepskin rug in light grey, $269.99, from A&C Homestore.







Creature comforts Our cuddly companions snuggle up with this season’s plushest rugs, cushions and throws Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

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1 Alexis pleated cushion, $8, from Kmart. 2 Zachary linen cushion, $19.95, from Freedom. 3 Moon woolblend blanket, $229, from Citta. 4 Dog knot rope, $5, from Kmart. 5 Hunley bowl, $9.95, from Freedom, with Meat Mates Lamb Booster dog food, from $8.49, from or selected supermarkets. 6 Linen throw, $169, from Freedom. 7 Knot cushion, $8, from Kmart. 8 Bohemia Luxe rug, $699, from Early Settler. 9 Sand bauble cushion, $69.99, from A&C Homestore.

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1 Fringed cushion in plum, $89.99, from A&C Homestore. 2 Fur cushion, $139, from Shut The Front Door. 3 Moss stitch throw, $139, from Citta. 4 Cotton velvet cushion cover, $39.90, from Citta. 5 Moosh merino chunky knit pet bed, $150, from Smack Bang. 6 Round velvet cushion, $54.99, from Shut The Front Door. 7 Blush web-weave rug, $1135, from Nodi. 8 Claret cushion, $9, from Kmart.







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1 Gigi white rug, $20, from Kmart. 2 YH&G Tibetan fur cushion, $129.99, from Farmers. 3 Monteray throw in tar, $229, from Father Rabbit. 4 YH&G Mali cushion, $79.99, from Farmers. 5 Cordoba diamond rug, $229, from Early Settler. 6 Woof pet bowl, $9.95, from Freedom, with Meat Mates Beef Booster dog food, from $8.49, from or selected supermarkets. 7 Giselle tassel throw, $20, from Kmart.


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1 Carmen teal cushion, $79.99, from Shut The Front Door. 2 Bianca Lorenne teal velvet pet bed, $495, from Allium. 3 Akori peacock throw, $199, from Freedom. 4 Qashqai kilim rug, $395, from Republic Home. 5 Vintage rug, $899, from Republic Home. 6 Round serving board, $199, from Citta. 7 Woof dog bowl, $45, from Shut The Front Door, with Meat Mates Chicken Booster dog food, from $8.49, from or selected supermarkets. 8 Pear knit wool throw, $239, from Citta. 9 Velvet rectangle cushion, $79.99, from Shut the Front Door.


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1 Kontex marine blanket, $429, from Father Rabbit. 2 Genuine sheepskin, $69, from The Warehouse. 3 Woven cat cave, $25, from Kmart. 4 Blue web weave rug, $1135, from Nodi. 5 Sundai throw, $99, from Freedom. 6 YH&G Fringe BeneďŹ ts cushion, $59, from Farmers.

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1 1 Sintra cushion, $109.99, from A&C Homestore. 2 Bauble throw, $119.99, from A&C Homestore. 3 Lambswool hide, $249.99, from A&C Homestore. 4 Bianca Lorenne Fronzolo throw, $229, from Allium. 5 Crochet cushion, $69.99, from Shut The Front Door. 6 Jute rug, $49, from Kmart. 7 Saigon tray, $34.95, from Freedom. 8 Elevated pet bowl, $9, from Kmart, with Meat Mates Lamb Booster dog food, from $8.49, from or selected supermarkets. 9 Wool and silk throw, $299.99, from A&C Homestore.





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Meet the models

There’s more to these pampered pets than meets the eye. Find out what makes them tick, and where their favourite nap stations, rest areas and sleeping spots are

Alfie age 2 Looks like a Shetland pony, acts like a human. Sydney-born groodle Alfie charms with his teddy-like caramel curls. He enjoys long beach walks with his human friends and snacking on tropical fruits – especially pineapple. He doesn’t mind a cuddle, either!

Noodle age 3 Noodle is accustomed to the spotlight, having featured in previous YH&G shoots. He struggled sharing the limelight with his sister Poppy this time, though. He loves to cosy up in small spaces, with the humble cardboard box his preferred possie.

Ruby age 6 This loving border collie kelpie cross rescue dog comes to work with her dad each day and enjoys playing with balls and receiving tummy rubs. She’s a high-energy dog, but is also happy to snooze in her bed at work until she’s needed for her close-up.

Bruce age 8 Adopted tomcat Bruce is named after Batman’s alter ego Bruce Wayne (another notable orphan). He’s a vocal cat, who enjoys telling his owners long stories. He has a lot of love to give – when he’s not scrapping with the neighbours.

Blue age 3 Lab cross Blue is a sweet-natured boy who loves napping, cuddles and long walks on Bethells Beach in West Auckland. He lapped up the photoshoot, living up to his name by luxuriating in a rich, textured teal setting.

Poppy age 8 Poppy is a cautious cat, who loves to perch up high, out of the way of her brother Noodle. However, she didn’t mind coming down to earth for this shoot, lying low in a knitted cat bed, its blush pink tone perfectly complementing her fur.

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Mash age 1 Mash, a French bulldog, loves to swim and snooze in the sun. He sneezes when he’s happy as a sign of afection. He’s most content snuggled up on the couch or hanging out with his girlfriend Peaches, an English bulldog.

BLISSED OUT B O TA N I C A L S Indulge in a tropical oasis without leaving the living room thanks to these latest finds from Harvey Norman Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

Nia Antique Beige Table Lamp, $449, from Harvey Norman.

Bowie Lamp Table, $499, from Harvey Norman.

Simi Multi Pouf, $269, from Harvey Norman.

Bowie Round Coffee Table, $999, from Harvey Norman.


FURNITURE Start by thinking about your big-ticket items. Take your time with the decision as these will be the largest and most costly pieces in your space. Consider how they will be used, where they will be positioned and how long you intend to have them for as this will be a key factor budget-wise. It’s often best to keep to neutral tones to anchor your styling and colour and ensure longevity. Make sure your chosen furniture will complement your flooring too.

TEXTILES Soft furnishings are a great way to introduce key colours to your space. Start with your choice of print or pattern, then draw out two colours from this to highlight elsewhere. Here we have used the forest green and mustard tones from the palm print cushion as inspiration. We then added elements of subtle texture with the bohemian cushions and pouf.

ACCESSORIES Plants are key to bringing life to this look. Botanicals bring a sense of calm and relaxation and are a fitting addition to the green colour palette. Be strategic when arranging your accessories; don’t over-crowd and make sure to allow even spacing between key elements such as wood or metals.

Indira Spruce Cushion, $89, from Harvey Norman. Indira Ochre Cushion, $89, from Harvey Norman.

Le Mans 3-Seater Fabric Sofa with Chaise, $2999, from Harvey Norman.

Indira Ochre 130x190cm Throw, $209, from Harvey Norman.

Valetta Pumice 160x230cm Floor Rug, $839, from Harvey Norman.

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Creative and inspiring New Zealand homes with heart

Bubble ’n’ sleep

Photography by Guy Frederick.

The trend for including a luxurious soaking bathtub in a master bedroom continues to gain pace and we love this version in Mike and Carol Stanton’s cottage in Hawke’s Bay. Originally intended to house their son and his family, the small but perfectly formed home is now available to rent as an Airbnb. Olive groves surround the building which means an idyllic view is just a sliding door away for the lucky occupant of this room – from bed or bath. See the whole home on page 68.

Paradise city: the ultimate urban jungle Page 48 Who needs more? a modestly sized new-build in Wanaka Page 58 Golden harvest: Airbnb amid the olive groves in Hawke’s Bay Page 68

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Paradise city A converted historic building in Auckland’s central city houses a magical home filled with an array of lush tropical plants – as well as one very stylish couple Text and styling by Tina Stephen. Photography by Helen Bankers.

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H Meet & Greet Ron Goh, 29 (digital designer), and Matthew O’Brien, 35 (customer care manager), plus Ninny the chihuahua and Teddy the miniature schnauzer.

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LIVING A large flokati-style rug helps to define the space in Ron and Matthew’s living area, and patterned cushions add colour and interest.


ehind an oversized oak door flanked by gargoyles and lion statues lies an unexpected sanctuary. A short climb up the stairs to Ron Goh and Matthew O’Brien’s apartment reveals high ceilings, glowing floorboards and up-close views of a city skyline reminiscent of a New York loft apartment. However, it’s Auckland’s tower blocks, offices and cranes that crowd the horizon, rather than the Lower East Side’s. The apartment is located in the CBD’s Victoria Precinct, a far cry from the couple’s previous home in the Auckland region’s southernmost township. “We were living in Pukekohe for three years while working full-time in the city,” remembers Ron. “The long commute was exhausting so we decided to search for a house closer to the city centre, but were blown away by the prices compared to what we had further out. After turning up to a few auctions, we decided to focus on a search for an apartment instead, which led us to this beautiful gem.”

Back blocks to inner city Ron and Matthew’s new neighbourhood enables this couple to enjoy an easy-to-love lifestyle that keeps them close to work without compromising on style. Unlike many cookiecutter apartments in the city, their new home provides an ideal backdrop to their lives.

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“It’s the perfect location, being so close to the city, but it’s still so quiet most of the time,” says Ron. “We are near lots of nice eateries, restaurants, cafes and gyms. We’re within walking distance of anywhere we’d like to go. We enjoy taking the dogs for walks to Ponsonby Road, Victoria Park or even the waterfront and Silo Park. They are all just a stroll away, which is like living the dream compared to where we were before. This is the best location we could ever ask for.”

Outer space The heritage-listed apartment features an original brick facade that is in stark contrast with nearby office buildings and newly completed apartment blocks. A cantilevered deck on the north side of Ron and Matthew’s living space is accessed via double French doors, creating a perfect outdoor space for taking in the view or entertaining friends. “The first year we lived here we hosted a cosy New Year’s Eve party for some of our closest friends,” says Ron. “We’ve got these great views of the Sky Tower, and it was fantastic to spend the evening with people who in previous years might not have been able to make it because we used to live so far from the city. This time, being right in the middle of it meant we could have people over with no worries. It was a very cool evening.”

H Ron’s plant tips > Know the light and dark spots of your place. Is it filtered or direct light? For how many hours a day? Diferent plants do better with diferent types and lengths of sunlight exposure. Read the little cards that come with the plants – they are actually really important! > Unless you know your plants like it, keep them out of direct sunlight. Most indoor plants only like filtered sun. Strong light can burn the leaves, especially new growth. > When the air is dry during winter, misting is important. Humidity is another variable which

changes throughout the year, and can either help or harm your plants. Make sure you take note of what conditions your plant enjoys. If it needs a more humid environment, fill the saucer underneath the pot with pebbles, top it up with water and then place the pot back on top. Rinse and change the water often. > Don’t overwater your plants. I only water my plants once a week unless it’s hot and dry. Keep the potting mix moist but not wet. Again, diferent plants like diferent amounts of water – read up! Some plants enjoy frequent watering but hate wet roots. Ensure water can drain out of the pots.

> Dust your plants every one or two months, or when you notice the leaves aren’t glossy. Dust will block the sunlight and slow down photosynthesis. Plants also don’t look healthy or cared for if they’re grubby. Leaf shine spray is a good investment if you want them looking great. > Try to keep your plants out of reach of kids. This limits damage, of course, but the most important thing to be aware of is that many house plants are poisonous. Look it up if you’re unsure.

Hang oversized rice-paper lightshades as a sculptural element, and arrange fairy lights in the centre to create a soft glow.

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Scour resale websites and op-shops for retro cane furniture and update with sheepskin throws and cute cushions.

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Urban jungle Even with all the essential ingredients for a breathtaking space – huge windows, whitewashed walls and vistas of the Sky Tower and Waitemata Harbour – this home has been taken to the next level thanks to Ron and Matthew’s impeccable taste in furniture and homeware. However, it’s the couple’s beautiful foliage plants that are the star of the show and lush green growth has all but taken over the living space. Clustered in various pots on every available tabletop, ledge and inch of floor space, these specimens seem so at home that it would be easy to believe they’ve always been here. Ron has created a lush, conservatory-style space enhanced by soft, filtered light from the northern windows. “I wasn’t really a plant lover before we started living in this house two years ago,” he says. “Over time, and after many visits to various plant stores, watching trends (some quite adventurous) build and grow online really ignited a passion in me.”

Potty for plants Now a self-confessed

GET THE LOOK Manzil cushion cover, $44.99, from Trade Aid.

Anja chair, $1499, from A&C Homestore.

Roger stool, $399.99, from A&C Homestore.

“crazy plant person”, Ron has amassed a strong following on social media thanks to his burgeoning plant collection and penchant for styling. It is a love affair that started with the purchase of a single plant, which interestingly is often the first one guests comment on. “I don’t think I’d impulse-buy a massive plant from Trade Me again, thinking I could get it into my car when in reality it was way too big and messy to move on my own!” Ron laughs. “Once I got it home, I had to spend hours in the garage hacking it to pieces to get it up the stairs.” This spectacular, and now bigger than ever, bird of paradise plant takes pride of place between the two sets of French doors.

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> Find the things you love from this home on page 160.

Branching out Ron now propagates his own plants and has even begun selling smaller ones via his Instagram store, Mr Homebody. He also has a penchant for vintage cane furniture and chairs, so these items also make an appearance in the store as the apartment becomes overcrowded with finds. Being resourceful comes naturally to Ron and Matthew – the couple also welcome Airbnb guests to stay in their spare bedroom on a regular basis. And they love sharing their little urban jungle with others. “Looking out at the cityscape surrounded by lots of plants is very special,” says Ron. “It’s a satisfying contrast: living in the city but in a home filled with lots of greenery. I feel relaxed and ‘homey’ every time I’m sitting on our couch drinking coffee or wine. I feel so grateful for it.”

A home to love The apartment was renovated prior to Ron and Matthew’s purchase, so there is little left for them to do, apart from a plan to make the outdoor terrace a more functional space in the summer. But it already feels so complete and it’s easy to fall in love with this home’s effortless style and historic character. “There are so many things to love about our place,” says Ron. “At nearly 100 years old, our building still retains a lot of its original charm. I love the high ceilings and all the details from its factory heritage – exposed bricks and beams and the oil-stained floorboards really give it unique character. The filtered light comes from all directions, and the glass lets in sun from dawn to dusk.” •

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H OUTDOORS Ron and Matthew’s apartment boasts not one but two outdoor living spaces, which flow seamlessly from the living space.

Ron’s top five easy-to-grow plants: + Monstera deliciosa + Sansevieria (snake plant) + Alocasia macrorrhiza (elephant ears) + Heart-leaf philodendron + Devil’s ivy


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1 Grove wood basket, $149, from Father Rabbit. 2 Faizen floor cushion, $129, from Freedom. 3 Hugh bar stool, $299, from Parnell & Co. 4 Harlow chaise sofa, $1699, from Target. 5 Vintage Turkish kilim cushion, $149, from Everyday Needs. 6 Melibu rug, $749, from Freedom. 7 Serville rattan chair, $499, from Shut The Front Door.


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Products compiled by Lauren Freeman. Photography by Bauer Media Group Studio.

A relaxed, jungly, tropical vibe is underpinned by old cane furniture, retro pieces and artisanal fabrics

+ Best lessons learned when it comes to decorating? Ron: Don’t rush to buy your furniture. Wait for something you really want. It takes time. When we first moved in, we went out to buy a house lot of furniture all at once. After it was all in place, I realised we could have used less money to buy better quality, used pieces with more character than going for brand new. + Any DIY disasters? So far, we haven’t done any DIY here that has turned out to be a disaster. + One thing you would change about your home if you could? Increase the number of rooms! + What have you changed in the apartment? The only things we have changed are the gas hob and oven as the previous ones weren’t working very well. We’ve also polished up the stainlesssteel benchtop. At the moment we are on a budget and saving up to do something big. + How have you divided up the space in the apartment? Our living and dining area is open-plan. I’ve tried to divide these two spaces using furniture and plants in order to give each area a diferent feel. I love how spacious and sunny our living area is. + What plans do you have for your home? We have two balconies but one is more of a rooftop terrace. We use the small balcony sometimes but hardly ever use the terrace because it’s too cold and windy, especially during winter. We are thinking about how we could enhance these outdoor areas by putting in some protection from the elements; that way, we could have our friends and family over more easily.



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iven the choice, most of us would probably prefer not to spend too much time in the laundry. Leigh Cooper, however, doesn’t mind lingering in the sun-splashed laundry of the Wanaka home she and her husband, Nathan, built last year. It’s easy to see why: Leigh’s previous laundry was located in an uninsulated garage and during cold southern winters the pipes would often freeze. “It certainly wasn’t fun doing the washing in those conditions,” laughs the mother-of-three. Apart from an internal laundry, the couple’s wishlist for their new, 182-square-metre home included three bedrooms, an office space for Leigh’s graphic design business and an ensuite. “My office was previously the kitchen table, which isn’t a good way to work,” she says.

MEET + GREET Leigh Cooper, 39 (graphic designer), Nathan Primmer, 40 (joiner), and daughters Madison, 8, Harriet, 6, and Charlotte, 3.

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KITCHEN, DINING, LIVING The couple love the industrial nature of stainless steel worktops (which reappear in the laundry). Metal Mr Ralph lights and planked rustic oak veneer add to the look. A woollen beanbag and sheepskin, both from Wilson & Dorset, keep things cosy in the living and dining areas.

PLANNING This is the second house the couple have built, so they had a pretty good idea of how the process works. Both love architecture and have the perfect combination of skills: an artistic eye (Leigh) and building ability (Nathan, who works as a joiner). There was certainly room to build a bigger house on the 900-square-metre section, but the couple say they had a budget to stick to, and a more compact house is cheaper to maintain and run, particularly during Wanaka winters. “One thing about building smaller is you get used to

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living with less – ie we don’t need lots of toys or 20 towels or two couches. We find it a much better way to live,” says Leigh. Nathan loves old barns and the couple designed the house themselves around this concept. They then called in Stonewood Homes, who had built their previous house a few streets away, to make their dream a reality. Naturally, Nathan did all the joinery work, which included the kitchen, laundry and bathroom cabinetry and the Tasmanian oak window and doorframes.


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GIRLS’ ROOMS The thick wooden shelves between the bedrooms were made by Nathan from an oak that once grew in nearby Albert Town. The drawers are also his craftsmanship, made when Madison (opposite) was born.

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H NEW MEETS OLD Although grateful

LAYOUT In order to maximise their budget, STYLE The couple’s affinity for pre-loved

for the advantages of modern buildings such as insulation, double glazing and heating, both Nathan and Leigh love character homes, especially villas, so were keen to incorporate some of those features into the new house. That includes the colonial-style skirting and architraves, which took Nathan a week to install, as well as tongue-and-groove doors. Nathan spent a good year painstakingly sourcing vintage spur window catches and solid brass doorknobs online and at garage sales to ensure their home had character. “So many new-builds are lacking in character, but by incorporating these classic elements we’ve managed to bring in another layer of interest,” he says. Externally, the house is thoroughly contemporary, with black Colorsteel cladding that was not only kind on the couple’s pocket but also their time. “It doesn’t need oiling or painting and is pretty much zeromaintenance,” says Nathan.

the couple opted for an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. It also suits a growing family better (the couple have three girls, Madison, 8, Harriet, 6, and Charlotte, 3). “We spend a lot of time together as a family so it was important to have this relaxing, open space,” says Leigh. The whitewashed living room was built around a long (2.1 metres) leather sofa, which the couple bought before the house was even built. “I had it in storage for a year, but knowing its dimensions meant we could design the space to suit it,” says Leigh. Behind the kitchen is the butler’s pantry-cumlaundry, positioned for easy access to a washing line that Nathan has concealed behind a slatted wooden fence. Nathan also made the blackboard outside this utility area, which keeps track of the grocery list and displays the girls’ artwork. In line with their desire for a smallish house, the couple designed one of the bedrooms to comfortably fit two single beds. “Harriet and Charlotte love sharing a room and it’s a great bonding experience for them,” says Leigh.

and vintage style can be seen everywhere, from the wooden skis on the living room wall that Nathan found locally, to the mid-century modern Don Furniture chair that Leigh paid $30 for at a garage sale (it has been reupholstered in a charcoal wool fabric by a friend). Another old armchair was a $40 Trade Me find and is destined to be reupholstered, too. Nathan’s handiwork is also evident throughout the house, from the rustic, recycledrimu stools in the living room, to the couple’s bed and the 1930s dining chairs, gifted by friends, which he sanded back and re-covered. Although operating on quite a tight budget, the couple managed to splurge on lighting, including the three black metal pendants above the kitchen bench, which they sourced online from Paeroa lighting specialists Mr Ralph. Another treasured piece is an artwork from Auckland artist Flox, with whom Leigh did an illustration course a few years ago. “I’d like to do more of my own art because there are a lot of walls in this house to fill!” she says.

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MAIN BEDROOM, BATHROOM, LAUNDRY Peachy cushions pick up the warm-toned Tasmanian oak used for all the home’s doors and windows. Nathan made the bathroom vanity from the same locally grown oak that features elsewhere (he bought a whole tree!) and veneer fronts; he also put together a handy clothes rail in the laundry using piping.

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longer than anticipated (fortunately the family was able to live in Leigh’s parents’ nearby holiday home for the duration), the couple say the process went smoothly and they love their new house. “There are still a few landscaping projects to sort out, but we are so glad to be in here. We love the house and the community and don’t see ourselves moving any time soon,” says Leigh.

> Find out the ‘square metre build rate’ before you start designing the house. This gives you a basic idea of how much you can aford to build. Also talk to your bank to see how much you can comfortably borrow. > Keep a notebook/diary documenting all discussions with tradespeople; just because it has been discussed doesn’t mean it will happen that way! Simple things – like the way the flooring planks run, the position of heated towel rails or the placement of taps – can end up diferent to what was discussed. So document everything. > When deciding on room size, measure existing rooms that you like the size of and think about the

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furniture that will fit into that space. We made mock-up drawings to scale which gave us a better idea of room size. > In a smaller house you really have to think about storage. This includes the attic space and how you can utilise it. We put in attic trusses which allowed us to have ample storage in our roof space. > Take your time with the finishing details – eg light fixtures which can really make a house. Keep paint and flooring samples for a few days and place them in diferent lights as they can change. Choose your flooring, wall colours and curtains at the same time as this way the combination works better. •


Willow bench, $399, from Early Settler.

Sonata bed, $179.95, from Mocka.

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HONESTY BOX + Best lessons learned? Leigh: As a female, don’t be afraid of your tradies; make yourself known and don’t be scared to ask questions or point out errors. Treat them with respect and the relationship should go smoothly. + What would you never do again? There isn’t anything we’d never do again but there are lots of things we’d like to do, including doing another build sometime to incorporate other ideas. + What’s one thing you would change about your home if you could? It would have been good to have had colonial-style doors to carry on the villa feel. Having a formal entranceway into the house would also have been welcome, including a space to hang jackets and store shoes.

Vintage-style furniture, handcrafted wood and cosy textiles fit easily within a lean and clean industrial aesthetic




1 IXXI still life artwork, $329, from Shut The Front Door. 2 Pedro bar stool in walnut and metal, $139, from Cintesi. 3 Lesotho cushion, $99.99, from A&C Homestore. 4 Domani Argo cushion, $59.99, from Farmers. 5 Den armchair, $899, from Freedom. 6 Brilliant Maxwell pendant in bronze, $89, from Bunnings. 3


+ What did your new-build cost? Around $370,000 (not including the land or Nathan’s joinery). + How did your budget compare to your actual spend? We were only over by a couple of thousand dollars. It was very important to us to stick to our budget and having a fixed price from Stonewood made it easier as we knew where we stood. + Any splurges? Our house is a standard build but we splurged on the joinery because Nathan was able to do this, and also on Blum hardware in the kitchen, laundry and vanities. The timber windows were our biggest splurge – Nathan always wanted them and this time round we made it possible. + Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain? Both. We like well-made items and products that last but I always buy on sale, especially cushion covers, as this is a simple way of updating rooms. Furniture-wise, most of the items are either old, secondhand or made by Nathan. + Best advice when building new? Don’t make major changes throughout the build; this will cost you more money and slow the build down. Do your research thoroughly during the planning stage.





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+ Building company Stonewood Homes, Wanaka, Builder Plimmer Building Contractors, 0274 758 879. Electrician Lake Wanaka Electrical, Flooring Flooring Xtra, Wanaka, Painter Eastwood Environmental Painting, 022 630 6716. Hardware Blum,

Products compiled by Lauren Freeman. Photography by Bauer Media Group Studio.



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KEY 1 Garage 2 Entry 3 Main bedroom 4 Wardrobe 5 Ensuite 6 Bathroom 7 Storage 8 Toilet 9 Laundry 10 Kitchen 11 Dining 12 Living 13 Ofice 14 Bedroom

This small secondary dwelling on a Hawke’s Bay lifestyle block was designed to accommodate extended family but has found new purpose as an Airbnb Text by Ady Shannon. Photography by Florence Charvin.

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M E E T + GR E ET Mike Stanton, 74, and Carol Stanton, 74 (both retired).

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SY DNEY- S I DE TO C O U N T RYS ID E When Kiwi couple Mike and Carol Stanton returned to New Zealand after 27 years in Sydney, their intention was to step away from the demands of busy jobs in the big city where Carol was purchasing officer for a prestigious hotel and Mike had a business renovating hotels and motels. The Hawke’s Bay lifestyle block they chose provided an ideal contrast to the fast-paced life they’d been leading, but didn’t exactly offer a quiet early retirement – Mike swapped his building tools for gardening tools and the couple embarked on an ambitious planting programme to establish an olive grove and small vineyard. It has been 19 years since Carol and Mike traded hectic Sydney for a more relaxed, rural life in Hawke’s Bay. Their olive trees and grapevines are now well established and adjoin an orchard of more recently planted fig trees. Another building has also been added: a secondary dwelling, set amid the olives, which the hard-working couple built three years ago for their son, Brett, his wife, Mia, and their little girl, Georgia.

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H LIVING The central living area is flooded with sunlight from huge glass doors which open onto decks on either side. Catering is a breeze as the small kitchen bench is supplemented by a large pantry concealed behind sliding doors.

Keep an eye out for local talent. This stunning dining table and bench seats are made from pre-cut scafolding and locally sourced macrocarpa.

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Raw materials add a touch of rusticity – this solid chunk of macrocarpa makes an ideal side table.

W I T H FA M I LY I N M I ND A council condition of building a secondary dwelling on their site was a floor area limit of 100 square metres. Carol and Mike had long admired the architectural design work of family friend Brian Elliott, co-director of award-winning architecture practice Designgroup Stapleton Elliott. Carol called Brian and asked if he had done any small places that would suit their requirements. “Brian called me back later that day and sent through a plan he had sketched on a blotter pad. It was terrific. The final result hardly deviates from that sketch,” Carol laughs. As the dwelling was primarily for Brett and Mia, Carol invited them to collaborate on many of the design decisions. Tall in stature (both are over 1.8 metres), the couple decided high

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ceilings and extra-tall doorways were a must. Polished concrete flooring with underfloor heating was a priority and Mia decided she wanted the bath to be a feature of the master bedroom rather than the ensuite. During the build, Brett and Mia’s employment circumstances changed and, after less than a year in residence, the family moved to Melbourne. Mike and Carol had to find new occupants for the stunning little cottage located in an olive grove just 500 metres from their own home. “We were left with an extra house and a mortgage,” Carol says. “Short-term guests offered a more favourable option than a long-term let. We were not keen on having tenants living close to us, so using the house for Airbnb was an ideal solution.”


SPACE SAVING Built-in shelves are used to store and display books, baskets, wood blocks and Carol’s ceramic collection. Every internal door is a cavity slider to minimise the use of space between rooms.

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MORE ON AIRBNB… Mike and Carol have found that Airbnb is a great way to let out their deluxe cottage. Carol says the advantages are: > “We meet lovely people who appreciate the house while enjoying all this area has to ofer.” > “Our guests have all been rated by previous hosts; they are reliable and responsible.” > “Our location is well worth sharing. We are surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards and close to extensive bike trails – that makes our location quite unique for passing guests.”

GET THE LOOK YH&G for Farmers irregular vase, $69.99, from Farmers.

Brilliant Lighting Alexander pendant, $89, from Bunnings. YH&G for Farmers disc ornament, $99.99, from Farmers.

N O WAST E D S PAC E The batten and board-clad cottage has three bedrooms and two bathrooms which flank a central, open-plan living and kitchen area. Recessed sliding doors to the north and south of the living room open out to kwila decks. The extensive use of glass gives an immense sense of space and allows guests to transition from inside to out, depending on the prevailing wind or preferred view. Every effort was made to minimise the impact of the cottage on the olive grove and only a few precious trees were moved for the building project. An annual olive harvest party is a highlight for friends and family – after picking the olives, guests are treated to a long lunch served along with copious quantities of Mike’s own wine. Everyone involved can also sample the fruits of their labour. “The olives are pressed within 24 hours at a local press,” says Carol. “Each picker gets a bottle of oil with a personalised label. A Napier bistro uses the oil and Airbnb guests receive a complementary bottle.”

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H INSIDE-OUTSIDE FLOW Although expensive, the choice of commercialstandard window joinery means glass doors can be stacked back to maximise access to the outdoors.

MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK A career as a purchasing officer taught Carol to seek out the best deals for interior fittings. The macrocarpa dining table and seats were built by son Brett with wood sourced from a neighbour. Carol saw a similar table in a Wellington shop but baulked at the $7000 price tag. Her son’s skills enabled her to achieve a comparable dining suite for a fraction of the cost. The hide butterfly chair was not such a steal. “I saw that in a shop in Havelock North and, on impulse, bought it for $500. The same day I saw another one for $100 more. I was very happy until I saw the same thing at The Warehouse for $100!” Carol laughs. Built-in shelving units are decorated with books, baskets and bowls, and the lower cavities are ideal for storing firewood. Throughout winter, guests love to stoke up the central fireplace. In fact, guests love a lot of things about this unique Airbnb, says Carol. “People love holidaying in the middle of an olive grove surrounded by birdsong, quails, rabbits and a resident golden pheasant. Night stars are a bonus. These are things we take for granted but they’re so special to people who live in cities and other countries.” •

Living on a smaller footprint can be financially sound, environmentally sustainable, and very aesthetically appealing.

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High quality materials shine out in simple furnishings that have a penchant for the raw and natural


1 Queen quilt with framed circle design, $239.99, from Trade Aid. 2 Oak dining table, $1668, from CC Interiors. 3 Luca Brando chair in cognac, $699, from Farmers. 4 Christina Wirihana pingao kete, $690, from The Poi Room. 5 Paisley design kalamkari rug, $99.99, from Trade Aid. 6 Fitch sofa, $1499, from Freedom.

TOTAL SPEND $300K + That was the amount we had and all we could spend. This figure includes the cost of the plans, consents and construction.

CONTACTS + Brian Elliott, co-director of award-winning architecture practice Designgroup Stapleton Elliott, is a great architect. There is not a scrap of wasted space in this home., 09 976 8288. + Angus McMillan is a concrete guru. He laid and polished the concrete floors. He lives and breathes concrete and there is nothing he doesn’t know! Angus McMillan Concrete,, 06 873 4428.





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Products compiled by Lauren Freeman. Photography by Bauer Media Group Studio.


+ What would you never do again? Carol: This build was amazing. Everything went according to the plans and there were no surprises either in estimated times or cost or delivery. It was simple and very smooth. + What’s one thing you would change about your home if you could? There is only one thing I would change. We asked to use a couple of our own subcontractors as we thought we could save money that way. We wish we had left everything to the builder as we’re sure his subcontractors were very competent. + Most memorable experience you’ve had in your home? The entire project was a breeze, uncomplicated and smoothly executed. + Were there any budget blowouts? The whole project came in entirely on budget and most rooms were decorated with existing bits and bobs. I opened cupboards at home and found lots of things that are now in the cottage; the porcelain ornaments, cane baskets, books, lamp stands and vases were all sourced from my own shelves and cupboards.







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CAROL’S TOP TIPS Carol and Mike had undertaken a building project once before and say it was a nightmare. This time around, the process was completed without a hitch. Carol shares her top tips to avoid pain: + Recommendations are priceless. Ask around and discuss options with people who have been involved in building. + Selecting a good builder and project manager is invaluable. Our project was unbelievably smooth. There were no surprises; everything was on time and on budget. + If the price is too high, get another quote! Our first building estimate was ridiculously high. I thought the blame was with the architect but he suggested we get another quote and it was totally within the budget we agreed on at the outset. + Don’t necessarily choose the cheapest quote, but be clear about what is included in the price. + Know what you want and what you can aford. We could have built a bigger place for less, but we were restricted to 100 square metres and we wanted that space to be highly specified. + Be aware of the talent, resources and capability of people and suppliers in your region. I found many locals who were able to provide specialised skills for our home and furnishings.

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HOME & DRY Kiwis are becoming increasingly aware that cold, damp homes are bad for our health and wellbeing, particularly during winter. But there are other lesser known downsides to excess household moisture that could cost you money over time



any Kiwi homes have condensation issues. According to the HRV State of the Home survey 2017, 37 percent of the homeowners surveyed say they struggle with it.* Beyond personal health issues, a persistently damp home can quickly start to degrade, potentially causing expensive damage over time. Moisture can prematurely deteriorate internal paintwork, with peeling and bubbling causing the breakdown of even recently completed paint jobs. Repainting isn’t cheap so prolonging the life of your paintwork with better ventilation can save you money, as well as time and effort if you prefer to do it yourself. Condensation also affects wallpaper and carpet, and over time it can warp even the sturdiest wooden window frames. Mould is a major problem, too. Once it gets a foothold in your walls, ceilings and cavities, it can be very difficult and costly to get rid of. Around 34 percent of Kiwi homes have visible mould.* In moist conditions, mould and mildew can also be an issue for furniture, curtains, beds, mattresses and clothes. Cleaning or even replacing big-ticket items like these can put unnecessary pressure on your bank balance.

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HRV offers an effective antidote to your household dampness disasters with a ventilation and heating system. Together, these technologies help reduce moisture and condensation inside your home, providing a drier, more comfortable environment that will help protect your house and contents.

H O W D O E S T H I S W O R K? HRV ventilation and heating systems complement each other nicely. The ventilation system works to flush out damp, stagnant air, replacing it with fresh, dry air from your roof space. The system can replace the air in your home up to three times every hour, quickly helping to remove steam from cooking and any musty smells or aromas. HRV ventilation filters the air at the point of intake and takes advantage of the warmer air in your roof cavity, always working to achieve your set temperature in the home. As your home becomes drier, the HRV heating system becomes more effective – the drier the home, the easier it is to heat, which can also lead to energy cost efficiencies.

THE BENEFITS OF A DRIER HOUSE A well-ventilated home environment can result in less household maintenance such as wiping down damp windows and repainting or rewallpapering walls, and can also have small but significant benefits such as fewer jamming door frames and no more smelly wardrobes. A well-ventilated home is less likely to develop mould issues in walls, ceilings and cavities and homeowners stand to save money

and time dealing with these issues. And in the long run? A healthier home is more attractive to future buyers if you’re considering resale, making it a sound investment for your family’s future.

W H E R E T O S TA R T ? HRV has a number of ventilation and heating solutions that can be tailored to your home. A great place to start is HRV’s Home Solutions Generator at, or call 0800 HRV 123.

* HRV State of the home survey 2017. The participants for this survey were sourced from the buzzthepeople online research panel of 1405 New Zealanders in June 2017. The margin of error on this sample is around 3% at the 95% confidence level.

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egistered Master Builders have been building our homes and workplaces in our country for over 100 years – beautiful, quality homes and buildings that last. Put simply, they represent the best of the industry, so it makes sense to choose a Registered Master Builder. They understand that building or renovating your home can be an overwhelming task and work with you throughout the building process to ensure you achieve the home of your dreams.


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Registered Master Builders have to meet certain quality criteria, including building experience, trade and professional qualifications, and onsite management experience. The assessment criteria also includes workmanship and your builder’s previous clients would have been contacted to ensure the work is of a high standard and has met their expectations. Being a Registered Master Builder also carries financial responsibility, written references have been provided from their bank, accountant and building material suppliers to make sure you are in safe hands. Only a Registered Master Builder can offer you peace of mind with a 10 Year Master Build Guarantee on residential work.

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Renovation Expert advice on home alterations, extensions and updates

Sinking feeling

Photography by Helen Bankers.

This renovated living area in the Auckland home of Grant Leslie and Stephanie Creagh has a strong mid-century feel, and that’s not just because of the Don Furniture chair, peacock blue sofa and details. Like the conversation pits of the 1950s and ’60s, this lounge was designed to sit at a lower level than the other living areas. See this home’s other nostalgic yet modern touches on page 82.

Big & small: a homemade reno in Auckland’s Mangere Bridge Page 82 Workshop: choosing bathroom furniture Page 92 1 bathroom 4 ways: four designers reimagine a dated bathroom Page 98

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Like many before them, this Auckland couple debated for years over whether to stay or sell, before taking the reno plunge. Now the dust has settled, they tell us why it was so worth it Text by Esther Gordon. Photography by Helen Bankers.


MEET + GREET Grant Leslie, 39 (builder), Stephanie Creagh, 45 (photographer), Frankie, 13, and Otis, 11, plus Chloe the dog.

PROBLEM The home was small and felt cramped.

Storage space was limited.

There was just one living area and a single toilet in the house.


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The kitchen-dining room and lounge were switched around to make better use of the space and connect to outdoor areas, creating a feeling of spaciousness. A hot water cylinder was removed and the cupboard repurposed as storage. The new addition includes generous built-in storage.

The garage was demolished and a new carport and second living area built in its place, complete with ensuite and laundry.

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After 13 years in their 100-squaremetre home in Auckland’s Mangere Bridge, Stephanie Creagh and Grant Leslie knew they needed more space for themselves and their two boys. After scouring the market, Stephanie found a house they liked down the road, but unfortunately they were outbid. Overnight, the couple faced reality: they could waste fruitless months searching for a larger property only to find they couldn’t afford it come auction day. Or they could try to work

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with what they had. They chose the latter and plunged headfirst into renovating their home. “Our aim was to have a functional layout with multiple defined areas for the family to be in,” Stephanie says. “We wanted a space that lent itself to us being together but also apart, giving the kids a feeling of independence.” The old layout made winters in the small home (a former state house), with two kids and a dog, rather trying. They had limited storage, one toilet and a kitchen that incorporated the laundry. All this would have to change.


R KITCHEN Yellow and charcoal cabinet doors give this clean design a lemony lift. Open shelves on the island’s inward-facing side mean items are within easy reach of the cook.



The couple engaged the services of architectural designer Jonathan Holmes of Colin Holmes Design. The brief was to create a spacious, open-plan dining and kitchen area, a separate living room, two bathrooms, laundry, rumpus room and three bedrooms, all to be fitted within a 170-square-metre floorplan. The first thing Jonathan did was to flip the layout. The kitchen and dining area changed places with the old lounge. This switch allowed the new, roomier kitchen and dining area to connect to the northern deck, giving the family some indoor-outdoor flow. “Grant, a builder by trade, had a very clear vision of how he wanted to build our home,” says Stephanie. “The plan was always to keep the existing footprint small, but to use the space to better effect. Jonathan’s interpretation of the brief more than delivered on this.” “His idea of having a sunken lounge where the kitchen used to be, really excited Steph,” says Grant, “as it resembles the mid-century look that we both like.” By April 2015 the building work was well under way. Grant opted to handle this himself, which meant working on the house during weekends and holidays and tending to his usual workload during the week.

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THIS PAGE A plywood feature wall brings warmth and a beachy vibe. “We wanted something bright and strong to ensure the Resene ‘Alabaster’ walls didn’t make the room seem boring or sterile,” says Stephanie. OPPOSITE The art in the main bedroom is a favourite image from a series of botanical photographs taken by Stephanie. Otis’ room contains more splashes of yellow – an accent colour in the home, picked for its cheerful, summery feel.



The previous kitchen and dining area were small and south-facing. These rooms were rebuilt on the northern side, where they could connect to the sunny, north-facing deck for outdoor dining and also enjoy plenty of natural light. These areas now have a spacious feel and the interior as a whole works far better than before. The old kitchen became a new sunken lounge, with a two-step drop from the dining area; this den-like retreat is where the family love to escape to every evening. An additional living area was created by converting the garage into a full-size rumpus room, allowing the boys to enjoy their own space and have friends over without disrupting the rest of the household. A breezeway (a roofed outdoor passage), connects the main house to the new addition, which also houses a laundry. A foldaway wall bed in the rumpus room and an ensuite mean it can double as a guest room, too. Having a warm, dry, efficient home was also a fundamental goal for Grant and Stephanie, who insulated to the highest specification and installed a heat pump to keep the house cosy in winter. They wanted a black-stained exterior although they knew this could heat the house up in summer. To offset this, Grant came up with the idea of a long-run roof in the colour Titania, a cooling white.

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One of Stephanie’s pet hates about the old house was the lack of storage. To fix this, they installed 2 metres by 5.5 metres of storage at the back of the carport. It is now home to the multitude of bikes, surfboards, fishing rods and work equipment that so often comes with family life. To Grant’s delight, they also managed to install a beer fridge. Even the wall bed in the rumpus (which folds up to look like a cupboard) comes with a built-in space for bedding underneath. In the main house the couple replaced their internal hot water cylinder with an external Bosch heat pump and converted the cylinder cupboard into more precious storage. The new kitchen is also replete with far more cabinetry to store things in than before.



A key feature of this home is the way Stephanie has softly layered colour to make a statement in each room. The lemon-yellow kitchen cabinets, bright art and soft furnishings all add interest and dimension throughout the house. Stephanie’s trick for styling with colour is to use a neutral background. “I have always loved white walls. I find a blank canvas helps showcase art, photography and the interesting objects we’ve collected over the years,” she says. “We have always loved art and displaying anything that makes us feel happy. We often rotate pieces; if you came over to our house today, the shelving displays may look quite different to what you see in the pictures! The white walls mean we can be brave with kitchen and soft-furnishing colours.” The couch is covered in a peacock-blue woollen fabric from Inter-weave. A pair of Don Furniture chairs have been re-covered by Pompom Home in a botanical print. The Otto Larsen dining chairs were bought from the Danish Club by Grant’s mother and restored and re-covered. “We have an eclectic mix of new and old belongings that stand out well against the neutral palette. I love the idea of giving old furniture a new lease of life,” says Stephanie. This ethos is evident throughout the home, where vintage finds and contemporary pieces rest happily side by side. The home also reflects Stephanie’s love of greenery and plants. “I grew up in Titirangi surrounded by native bush, so I love greenery, but native bush doesn’t work in Mangere Bridge – it’s too dry out here,” she says. “We are trying the subtropical look. We had the south fenceline landscaped eight months ago and it’s doing well. And you can never have too many indoor plants – slowly, we are creating an urban jungle!”

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RENOVATION WORKSHEET BUDGET > How much did you spend on your reno? $220K in total, with Grant doing all the building work. > Spending tips when renovating? – Be realistic about what your budget can cover, remembering that a lot of it goes on ground works and structures you don’t even see. – Try to have a clear vision of what you are trying to achieve and how you want the house to work and flow. – Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions. – Try not to make changes along the way. Each change costs money and time. – Good tradies! We were so lucky to have the most amazing tradies. – Be flexible. We had to make compromises, like our strandboard flooring (glued and pressed wood flakes), which was a much cheaper alternative to floorboards.


Concrete bathroom tiles from Tile Space

Strandboard flooring from ITM

Otis’ wardrobe wallpaper from Resene Kids Collection 237801

> Find the things you love from this home on page 160. renovation stories at

> Kitchen by Dockside 37; A fantastic small company that worked closely with us. > Electrician MDC Electrical; 021 434 284. Matt Carroll is such a great, friendly tradesman and always okay with Grant’s long lists of jobs! > Plumber Travers Plumbing Services; traversplumbing. Derek and team were very professional and provided prompt and quality service. > Plumbing fixtures Plumbing Plus; > Kitchen tap Chesters; For my amazing Hansgrohe tap which I wouldn’t compromise on. > Bathroom tiles Tile Space; > Appliances Harvey Norman; > Landscaping Coastal Landscapes; They gave us plenty of ideas for plant variety. > Wall bed Hiddenbed NZ; > Woollen couch fabric Inter-weave; > Butterfly chair covers (see above left) Flutterdesign; The frames date from the 1970s. > Don Furniture lounge chairs lovingly restored by Pompom Home; > Graffiti wallpaper on Otis’ wardrobe Resene Kids Collection 237801;



MARCH 2015

APRIL 2015


Started concept drawings.

Received council consent.

Building started.

House reno and new addition completed.

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The family have now been in their completed home for over a year and are delighted with the renovation. All the spaces were carefully considered and tailored to their lifestyle, so the home is truly easy to live in. The extra space created by restructuring the layout has made entertaining a breeze, while the lounge and rumpus provide opportunities to escape and enjoy some downtime, either together or separately. “Remembering what the house looked like before, and comparing it to what it looks like now, is very rewarding,” says Stephanie. “Grant worked tirelessly on the project and his attention to detail is reflected in the result – the house is just so well built. We wouldn’t change a thing about it.”

KEY 1 Entrance 2 Lounge 3 Bathroom 4 Toilet 5 Bedroom 6 Dining 7 Kitchen 8 Deck 9 Carport 10 Storage 11 Rumpus 12 Laundry






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EXPERT Q&A GRANT LESLIE HOMEOWNER AND BUILDER What was the biggest challenge you faced with the build? Staying mentally strong and committed, knowing I only had weekends to complete the project. The flipside to this was coming home each night and visualising what I would be achieving in the weekend ahead; that really drove me. We’d been contemplating moving or renovating for such a long time that finally making it a reality really pushed me on. Which aspect of the renovation are you most proud of? Looking at my home as I pull into the carport each day makes me happy. The entrance area really appeals to me; it has a real sense of ‘coming home’. The other thing that makes me proud is how much the family enjoy the house now. It is awesome to see Steph enjoying the new kitchen and bathroom she’d waited so patiently for. And the boys, as they grow older, will be able to escape their embarrassing parents by retreating to the rumpus. The time and energy put in by the whole family has paid of and we are proud of what we’ve collectively achieved. •

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Photography by Florence Charvin.

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WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR • Clever interior colour schemes • Great use of colour in bedrooms • Exciting kids’ rooms • Amazing paint projects & features • Interesting use of exterior colour

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TERMS & CONDITIONS Instructions on how to enter are part of the conditions of entry. This competition is open to New Zealand residents, except employees of Bauer Media Group (LP), Resene, and their immediate families and agencies. The five finalists and overall winner will be notified by telephone and/ or email. All entries are eligible for consideration for the Resene website. Finalists may be videoed for online content to appear on Any non-finalists selected for the Resene website will receive a free gift from Resene.

Bathroom renos can run the risk of being a tad bland, but with the right vanity, storage and seating you can create a space that’s uniquely yours Text by Sally Conor.


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f you’re planning a bathroom reno, you’ve probably got your gorgeous new shower and bath all picked out, complete with dreamy tapware and some shiny new tiles. But have you thought about how you’re going to furnish your bathroom? Yes, you heard us, even bathrooms need furniture! In the modern home, a bathroom is no longer just a functional space for a shower, loo and basin – it’s a fully fledged room, a space for rest and relaxation and an integral part of everyday life, particularly for families with kids. The vanity is the largest and probably the most used piece of furniture in the bathroom, but there’s also storage and shelving to think about, as well as extras such as a chair or stool. These details can make a massive difference to both the functionality of your bathroom, as well as how it looks and feels.

When choosing a vanity, you’ll need to ask yourself: > How many people will use this space? What are their needs? For example, consider the varying heights of your family members and how this will afect how they use the vanity. > Where will the vanity fit in the bathroom design and how much space will it occupy? > How much of your budget do you have to spend on a vanity? The type of vanity you choose will probably depend largely on this last point. With this in mind, you have three main options: ready-made, custom-built or repurposed.


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The vanity is your bathroom’s workspace and will be used repeatedly throughout the day by the family and possibly visitors, too. This area should meet all the different bathroom needs of each household member and, for this reason, versatility is key, as is ease of maintenance.

1 Minimalist hob-mounted faucet, $855, from Methven. 2 Methven Awa vanity tap, $389, from Plumbing World. 1



Buying a vanity off the shop floor is easy and, if you can get a good deal, can be a great way to keep costs down. Although you’ll probably be fairly limited in your choice of finish and materials, with a little ingenuity (and a paint brush) you can customise a ready-made vanity to suit your tastes. The main drawback to this option is that you’ll be lucky to find a vanity that perfectly fits your bathroom so you might end up with a little bit of wasted space.

Probably the best way to get a perfectly fitting vanity is to have it built for you by a cabinetmaker, although this is also generally the costliest option. However, going this way will ensure optimal use of available space, builtin storage tailored to your needs and a mix of materials that suits your taste and decor. You may be able to keep costs down by sourcing recycled timber and by using benchtop offcuts from a marble supplier or kitchen manufacturer.



REPURPOSED One of the strongest emerging trends in bathrooms is for vanities constructed from repurposed furniture such as a chest of drawers, sideboard or table. This option can look amazing and will make your bathroom feel uniquely yours. However, you’ll need to choose carefully: ask yourself whether your selected piece will fit into the bathroom, whether it offers enough basin and bench space, and how high it is. If it’s a little too low, fix it to the wall at the perfect height.


3 Cashmere vanity in Hamptons elm, $1780, from Clearlite. 4 Nikau Classic vanity in Ranfurly oak, $1440, from Clearlite.

When it comes to converting your item of furniture into a vanity, consider getting some expert help unless you’re a confident DIYer. It’s important that your basin and fittings are installed perfectly so you don’t end up with a butchered piece of furniture or a poorly fitting vanity space. Most wooden furniture will need a waterproof surface treatment to ensure it withstands water splashes and damp conditions, and it’s a good idea to consider adding a new benchtop, too.

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SHIPSHAPE Built-in shelving makes the most of a tight space, leaving just the right-sized niche for a laundry basket. A bespoke, open-sided vanity completes this singular space that wouldn’t look out of place on a boat.

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R 5 Locke storage unit, $150, from Freedom. 6 Double Locka, $149.95, from Mocka. 7 Skinny locker by Mustard, $379, from Shut The Front Door.




LOCKER Another emerging bathroom

Photography by Maree Homer, Brooke Holm/

trend is using school-style locker units to provide storage. This easy option is a great way to add an industrial edge as well as a splash of colour. And the best thing about lockers is they have doors, so you can forget about the mess inside!



Although your vanity should provide some storage, most of us also ďŹ nd we need an extra cupboard or shelves to store items such as cleaning products, towels, toilet rolls and all the other stuff that builds up in bathrooms such as candles, bath toys and loofahs.

obvious advantage of built-in shelves is that they will perfectly suit the shape and style of your bathroom and add further functionality to awkward spaces that might otherwise go unused. Make sure you look all the way to the ceiling for opportunities to add extra storage.


8 Hem Verso shelf, $886, from Tim Webber Design. 9 Sampson shelf, $150, from EziBuy.


FREESTANDING SHELVING A ready-made shelving unit is a great way to add storage to large bathrooms with lots of oor area. Look for a unit with shelves that can be adjusted to suit the products or items you need to store away. Open shelves are easier to access but will look messier so consider buying some baskets, bags or boxes to keep everything tidy.



10 Pinnacle bathroom tower in silva strata, $1020, from Clearlite. 11 St Michel Avoka cabinet, $1129, from Mico.

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SOUK IT UP A unique, rustic stool is all that’s needed to take this bathroom’s styling in a Moroccan direction, with handmade textiles and colourful towels layering the look.

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A cute little stool will take up less space than a chair while providing a versatile seat and, if your stool has been treated with a water-resistant coating, it can also be used in the shower for a Turkish-style spa experience… or just for shaving your legs.

Having somewhere to plonk down in the bathroom is super useful, whether it’s for removing your socks before a bath, wrangling a little one out of their clothes or just having a chat with your significant other while they take a bubble bath.


CHAIR A beautiful old dining chair that’s


Photography by Maree Homer/

lost its matching set is ideal as a bathroom seat, particularly if it’s an unupholstered style. Changing your chair out for something more colourful or from a different era is a great option for a quick update later, too.


If you’re really short on space, a wall-mounted seat that can be flipped down when required and flipped back up when not in use can be a fun option for a bathroom. Have a look online for ready-made products, or for a tutorial and a list of materials if you fancy a DIY project.





12 Elm stool, $259, from Green With Envy. 13 Living & Co stool, $10, from The Warehouse. 14 Bamboo and jute rope stools, from $129, from Green With Envy. 15 Daintree chair, $229, from Freedom. 16 Progetto folding shower seat, $669, from Plumbline. 17 Woven chair, $45, from Kmart. 18 Living & Co fan mirror, $59, from The Warehouse. 19 Haines bath rack, $49.99, from EziBuy. 20 Toilet brush with stand, $95, from Father Rabbit. 21 Large laundry basket in turmeric, $299, from Mavis & Osborn. •

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Bathroom concept 0.1 DESIGNER

We asked four designers to modernise this small family bathroom with a budget of $28,000. Working off the general rule that tradies take up 70% of a bathroom budget, we allocated roughly $19,600 for trades (tiler, painter, builder, electrician, plumber), leaving a balance of $8400 for our designers to choose finishes and fixtures. Here’s what they came up with…


Lisa Cruse Bathrooms by Design NZ @bathroomsbydesignnz


SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL Small bathrooms are always a challenge, especially when you are working inside an existing footprint. This house has four bedrooms so it’s important that the bathrooms can service a household of this size. The house has an ensuite and a separate toilet next to this main bathroom. In this situation, it makes sense to remove the toilet from the main bathroom and use this space to fit a decentsized shower plus a small bath. SHOWER SAFE In today’s busy world, showers have long overtaken the bath as the most popular way of washing. That’s why more focus has gone into creating a beautiful showering experience in this case, which includes removing the daily hazard of having to step over the side of a bath to shower. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Bath time is still very important to those with a young family so, if space permits, try to fit both bath and shower. In this bathroom I was able to fit a small freestanding bath where the toilet currently is, as well as a frameless glass shower with sliding door to utilise the original bath waste pipe. CUSTOM VANITY Concrete slab floors mean you are relatively restricted as to where plumbing can move to, but in this case we can adapt the existing waste pipes to suit. To keep a

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streamlined look, I have designed a modern, wall-hung vanity that fits the alcove perfectly. Making it slightly narrower than a standard vanity gives more space in the room, but no surface space is lost due to the extra length. A recessed mirror cabinet is a great place to store electric toothbrushes so I have allowed for a power point to be installed inside. MONOCHROME MATERIALS Using a custommade vanity means you have a greater selection of water-resistant melamines to choose from. For this bathroom I selected Bestwood’s Southern Oak with an engineered stone top made from Uniquartz White Sand, and a matte iStone round basin from Waterware. Because the vanity is slimmer than usual, the taps are wall-mounted to match the bath tapware, also from Waterware. Black tapware and accessories give a monochromatic look that complements the greys and whites throughout the rest of the house. Towels and personal items like soap and shampoo bottles will add splashes of colour.

TOP TIP + The single biggest influence on the look of a bathroom is the choice of tiles. This will determine paint colour, vanity colour, tapware finish and hardware, so spend more time on this and the rest will follow.




DESIGNER’S PRODUCT PICKS Shower glass with sliding roller door, $899, from Lennox. Adjustable picture light for mirror, $110, from Alpha. Genesis Nero 11-bar towel rail, $638.56, from Heirloom. Riverstone graphite matte floor/wall tiles, $49.50 psm ($297 total), Trio Diamond alabaster wall tiles, $58.90 psm ($824.60 total), both from Tile Space. Carbon wall-mounted bath mixer and spout, $386, from Waterware. ITEMS SHOWN IN MOODBOARD: Carbon wall-mounted basin mixer and spout, $386, Carbon shower mixer, $208.40, Carbon shower column, $802.60, iStone matte basin, $383.20, all from Waterware. Vogue Oscar 1200mm bath, $699, from Trade Depot. Industrial white glass wall tiles, $109.50 psm ($766.50 total), from Tile Space. Mirror cabinet, $379, from Trenz. Custom-made wall-hung vanity by Bestwood in southern oak melamine with stone top, $1270. NB psm = per square metre



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Bathroom concept 0.2 DESIGNER Design Haus @designhaus_nz


TROPICAL RETREAT WONDER WALL Wallpaper is a great way to add ‘wow’ factor and make your space modern in a reasonably easy and affordable way. We used ‘Ashford Tropics’ on the back wall to catch the eye as you enter the bathroom. Banana leaf and greenery is in high demand at the moment as it adds a touch of colour and has a natural and soothing effect. IT’S LIT We chose a gorgeous wall-hung vanity in natural oak, going with a narrow vanity to create more space and two drawers for storage. To draw focus to this area, we added an LED strip light under the vanity, which stops it from becoming dark and acts as a night light. We also placed an LED wall light above the mirror for task lighting. LITTLE DETAILS We chose the Waterware back-to-wall acrylic bath for its rounded edge, which softens the space and creates better flow to the toilet. We chose frameless glass for the shower door to create the illusion of more space. Adding two LED feature lights in the recess is a good way to create mood lighting. SHELF LIFE Two floating shelves above the toilet help break up the long toilet wall. This is a great place to add your personal touch. Having these shelves in the same natural oak finish as the vanity adds balance and consistency. We have also lined these shelves up with a 600mm shampoo recess. TILE STYLE We selected simple, modern and timeless tiles, and decided to have the floor tiles stretch up the long toilet wall to add contrast against the white freestanding bath and toilet. We didn’t want to draw attention to the shower wall, so we stuck with simple white tiles here.



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TAPWARE We went with simple, affordable, quality tapware and accessories throughout the bathroom. Meir ticked all the boxes. PAINT We love using Aalto Paint as it offers a premium-grade coating which has excellent opacity, mould inhibitors and is wipeable, making it ideal for bathrooms.






bath screen with hinged door, $713, from Shower Solutions. Meir column shower slider in round chrome, $249, Meir round toilet roll holder in chrome, $89, Meir retro basin mixer in chrome, $209, all from The Kitchen Hub. VCBC Fine Round wall-hung toilet suite, $755, wall-hung floating shelf in timber veneer natural oak, $300, both from Bath Co. White 63mm faux wood venetian blinds, $120, from Spotlight. Solo 900 simple round mirror, $159, Daylight 300 wall light 5W LED, $229, both from St Michel. Genesis 600x1025mm heated towel ladder, $585, from Heirloom. Extractor fan, $345, from Weiss. Florence Grigio tiles, $45 psm ($540 total), pure white tiles, $59.90 psm ($180 total), both from Tile Space. Aalto ‘Spatial’ water-based paint, $135 for 4 litres, from Aalto Paint. ITEMS SHOWN IN MOODBOARD: ‘Ashford Tropics’ wallpaper, $173 per roll, from Aalto Paint. Minimalist wall-mounted bath spout, $285, from Methven. Meir wall shower and bath mixer in round chrome, $300, from The Kitchen Hub. Pinnacle two-drawer vanity, $1118, from Clearlite. Acrylic 1650mm back-to-wall corner bath, $1633, from Waterware. NB psm = per square metre

“We chose frameless glass for the shower door to create the illusion of more space” TOP TIP


+ Bathrooms are the place you start and finish your day, so we think it’s important to create a special place where you feel relaxed and can both recharge and unwind.

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Bathroom concept 0.3



DESIGNER Katie Scott Caro Design @katiescottdesignnz


FUTURE-PROOF All bathrooms are a little different depending on who lives in the house – in this case, a young family with the need for a bath (for now but maybe not forever). As such, the most used spaces in the future will be the shower and toilet. My approach to this bathroom layout was partly inspired by Japanese bathrooms where space is usually restricted and wet areas are popular. BABY BATH I removed the shub (shower over bath) as it’s not always nice having to stand in a bath to have a shower (a bit more slippery, and white baths and grubby feet don’t mix well). To split the bath and shower I rearranged the room, creating a wet area that includes a small bath and a tiled walk-in shower. At first glance, this bath may seem too small but it’s the same size as a Japanese tub and good for either a couple of little ones or a decent adult soak. DETAILS Instead of a vanity I used a wallmounted basin and Caesarstone concrete shelf – this can be used for toothbrushes and soap or even just a plant and candle. I added an LED strip for extra lighting and interest. I repeated the shelf and LED strip above the bath – extra storage and light are always useful in small spaces. BUILT-IN BITS Above the basin and toilet I used a partially recessed mirror cabinet. These are great because they provide good storage, keep items out of reach of kids and create an uncluttered feel in a small space. For the toilet, I went with a cistern built into the wall for a minimal look. In-wall cisterns save about 100mm of depth and simplify the space.



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ROSE-TINTED I tried to keep costs down to allow for rose gold tapware (although this finish did blow out my budget a little). I kept the room light with a large matte white square mosaic tile on the vanity wall running into the shower area, and a concrete-look tile in medium grey for the floor and remaining walls. I’d blend the colour of grout to tie the two different tiles together. I’ve painted the wall opposite the loo in Resene ‘Soothe’ to add some fun – this is something you could easily change in future.

RESENE ‘Soothe’





DESIGNER’S PRODUCT PICKS Buddy low curved spout basin mixer in rose gold, $699, Extreme Buddy 32mm pop-up basin waste in rose gold, $199, Extreme Buddy 32mm bottle trap in rose gold, $399, Evo 45 square wall-mount basin, $299, Evo Plus 56 floor-mount toilet, $749, all from Plumbline. Cassero Bianco 600x600mm tiles, RRP $75.50 psm ($959 total), from Quantum. (Custom shower glass, approx $700, supplied by tradie and to come out of tradie budget.) ITEMS SHOWN IN MOODBOARD: MT0200 matte white 304x304mm mosaic tiles, $9.90 a sheet ($584 total), from Midas. Amy freestanding bath, $999, from Bathroom Direct. Resene ‘Soothe’ bathroom paint, $61.05 per litre, from Resene. Buddy round shower mixer in rose gold, $599, Buddy wall-mount mixer in rose gold, $949, Mia 1200 mirror cabinet, $699, all from Plumbline. Medium Dome pendant, $600, from Monmouth Glass Studio. Black towel ladder, $22, from Kmart. Buddy round shower slide in rose gold, $1199, from Plumbline. NB psm = per square metre

“My approach was partly inspired by Japanese bathrooms where space is usually restricted and wet areas are popular” TOP TIP + We all love the idea of a bath on a cold winter’s day so it is nice to keep a bath in your plans, but if your space is really tiny, sometimes just a nice big shower is a better option. It’s usually a better experience than a shub.

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Bathroom concept 0.4 DESIGNER


Lucy Sargent Pocketspace Interiors @pocketspaceinteriors


YOU’RE SO VAIN The current vanity doesn’t utilise the full space and has gaps down the sides – that’s valuable space that could be used for more storage and it also makes cleaning those awkward areas tricky. By creating a custom wall-to-wall vanity, we can utilise every inch of available space. I chose Resene ‘Fuscous Grey’ for the lacquer finish to create depth and bring out the veining in the marble mosaics. Fitted with an internal Blum drawer, it really is a functional family vanity. HEX-CELLENT I selected a small marble hexagon mosaic for one wall and behind the vanity. This mosaic references the house’s existing traditional style in a modern way. The subtle grey and white tones of the Carrara marble add some much-needed texture and movement to this bathroom. SMOKE SCREEN To really set this bathroom apart I went with a smoky grey glass shower screen and black tapware. Depending on your budget, you could swap the tapware out for a gunmetal finish, which would look spectacular. SUPER TILE For the floor tile I wanted something that would balance out the expense of the feature wall and be really functional. The Florence Grigio tile from Tile Space is a fantastic option. It has a lovely concrete texture that suits the homeowner’s modern taste, and has enough texture to hide any dirt between cleaning. The matte finish is ideal for a family bathroom as it’s not slippery and the large size makes the space look bigger.



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MIRROR, MIRROR My next investment piece was the mirror. I did consider a mirror cabinet for additional storage but felt it imposed on the space too much and made the room feel really enclosed. So instead I opted for an LED-backlit round mirror. The circular shape complements the choice of tapware perfectly and lets the beautiful mosaic tiles shine while still providing functional light. The soft shape is easy on the eye and does not intrude into the space.





DESIGNER’S PRODUCT PICKS Eclisse 800 round backlit LED mirror, $999, from Plumbline. Mizu Drift 200mm wall basin mixer set in black, $458.99, Mizu Drift twin Waterrail shower heads in matte black, $825.22, all from Reece. Custom-made vanity in Resene ‘Fuscous Grey’ with Caesarstone 20mm vanity top in sleek concrete, $1750. Carrara white hex mosaic tiles in marble, $33.93 a sheet ($2375 total), Midas white matte wall tiles, $42.44 psm ($92.25 total), Florence Grigio floor/wall tiles, $51.75 psm ($276.75 total), all from Tile Space. ITEMS SHOWN IN MOODBOARD Mizu Drift shower mixer with diverter in matte black, $308, Mizu Drift curved bath spout in black, $99, both from Reece. Raymor Sapphire round undermount basin, $99, from Mico. Genesis Nero 510 towel warmer, $309, from The Kitchen Hub. Newbury 1675 bath, $655.60, from Caroma. Heirloom Centro Nero toilet-roll holder, $31, from Mico. LECCO toilet suite, $248.99, from Trade Depot. NB psm = per square metre •


“By creating a custom wall-towall vanity we can utilise every inch of available space” TOP TIP + Mounting your vanity on the wall instead of leaving it standing on the floor makes the space beneath the vanity visible, which creates the appearance of a larger room.

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Design, colour and styling advice for simple and afordable transformations

Entry level

Photography by Helen Bankers.

When they first saw their rundown Lockwood house in Coromandel Town, April and Zane Hansby were appalled by the entryway which was via a decrepit carport complete with graffiti and a busted roof. But after an impressive DIY makeover, this area became one of their favourites as it’s “perfect for play and very practical”, according to April. The space was overhauled using just some recycled pallets, local macrocarpa and several licks of paint won through the Resene Colour Home of the Year Awards. See the whole amazing reno on page 116.

Room reveal: a snuggly eco nook Page 108 Workshop: how to style a cofee table Page 110 Then & now: a happy home makeover for less than $30K Page 116 Finder’s Fi Page 125

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Square teak stool, $349.99. Candlestick, $54.99. High Vibrational Beauty book by Cindy DiPrima Morisse and Kerrilynn Pamer, $49.99. Latte mug, $37.99. Firth lamp, $399.99. Leather sling chair, $1099.99. Icelandic hide, $269.99. Framed art, $499.99. Teak bench, $339.99. Large teak floor candle, $319.99. Berber Zulu rug, $2545. All from A&C Homestore. Wall painted in Dulux ‘Rawene’, floor in Dulux ‘Invercargill’. Backdrop is untreated pine ply from


eco nook This snug corner has a rugged vibe created with materials only a few steps removed from their raw state Styling by Alex Walls. Photography by Bayly & Moore.

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iving in New Zealand, we’re spoilt by our remarkable natural surroundings. Even if you live in the middle of a city, you’re never too far from an idyllic beach, forest, mountain or river, and this inspires me every day in my styling decisions. Whether it’s the materials, textures or colours I choose, the interiors I create always reflect my love for the raw, untouched natural landscapes that abound in this beautiful country. This month I’ve dreamed up a cosy corner with a rugged, ‘eco retreat’ vibe – the kind of spot for curling up in the sun with a book and a herbal tea. Here are my tips for creating your own nature-focused nook that pays homage to the beauty of the wild.

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Natural, sustainable pine plywood makes a great wall lining or flooring solution that is not only practical and economical, but a great design feature, too. It adds a beautiful warmth to a room.

Timber features work well with an earthy colour palette of olive green, warm brown and dark charcoal. Here, the Dulux ‘Invercargill’ floor colour perfectly complements the golden woodgrain of the ply wall. Raw textures add a homely and calming touch, like this hand-knotted rug in pure wool. The natural imperfections in the yarn add to the character of the room. One of the easiest ways to bring a taste of the outdoors into your home is with a large landscape print. I’m currently enjoying photographic desert scenes and bright bursts of foliage.

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WORKSHOP Pewter Splice mirror, $299, from Me & My Trend.

CENTRE STAGE The coffee table occupies a unique place in the heart of a living area. A well-styled example both looks gorgeous and offers a sweet spot for your cuppa Text by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

Home Republic Boheme cushion, $44.95, from Adairs.

Cali velvet cushion, $69.99, from Adairs.

Basso sofa, $2695, from Me & My Trend.


Living & Co pedestal pot, $8, from The Warehouse.

he trusty coffee table is one of the most functional pieces of furniture in the home. It usually takes pride of place in the living room, so how your coffee table is styled can have a signiďŹ cant impact on the look of the room as a whole. With these easy tips you can style your table like a pro and compose an arrangement that is both functional and visually appealing.

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M Airy large cofee table, $1045, Airy side table, $426, from Bauhaus. Books: The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams, $70, It by Alexa Chung, $35, It’s Beautiful Here by Megan Morton, $65, Nel Lusso marble tray, $89, all from Crave Home. Pink peonies candle, $10, vase (with flowers), $8, from Kmart. Nel Lusso selenite candleholder, $59.90, from Allium. Presso two-tone vessel, $24.95, Kemer rug, $649, from Freedom. Faux fur cushion, $79.95, from Me & My Trend. Wall painted in Resene ‘Quarter Rakaia’. Other items stylist’s own.

VANESSA NOUWENS Interior designer/stylist

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CHOOSING A TABLE It is really important that the coffee table you choose works with other elements in the room. Its size, shape and colour should be in keeping with your existing decor. If you’re a bit stuck, a round coffee table or side table is a great choice as it softens any space. A round design is also good if you have little kids as there are no sharp corners for them to bang into. Using a coffee table in conjunction with one or more side tables is a popular device in interior design and works well if you have a large room and a big sofa. In open-plan spaces a small coffee table can look lost, so ‘layering’ two or three tables can help fill the space and create interest. Having a cluster of tables also allows you to move them to useful spots when entertaining, such as by a chair or at the end of the sofa to provide handy surfaces for placing drinks or food.

From top Perforated tray, $8, from Kmart. Terrazzo coasters, $6 for 4, from Kmart. Mercer & Reid orbs, $44.99 each, from Adairs. Wabi Sabi Welcome book by Julie Pointer Adams, $69.99, from Paper Plane. Jai walnut tray, $89, from Country Road. Linen throw, $159, from Sunday Homestore. Living & Co tea light holder, $4, from The Warehouse. Palm Springs cofee table, $995, from Me & My Trend. Arroyo vessel, $24.95, from Freedom.

STYLING STEPS A beautifully styled coffee table can really bring a room together. While it may be hard to know where to start, stick to our two key guidelines: create layers and use plenty of texture for interest.

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M Walnut cofee table, $795, Chester ottoman, $995, hall table, $495, Tala rug, $699, all from Me & My Trend. On cofee table: YH&G Artisan agate coaster set, $39.99, YH&G Artisan candle, $39.99, from Farmers. Ginevra gold vessel, $34.95, from Freedom. Ombre Home vase with stand, $34.99, from Spotlight. On hall table: Madras Esperance vase, $99, from Allium. Vanilla candle, $10, from The Warehouse. Acacia pot stand, $17, from Kmart. Linens & More burnt oak velvet cushion, $64.99, Sage & Clare Ari camo cushion, $89.99, both from Shut The Front Door. Wall painted in Resene ‘Chalk Dust’. Other items stylist’s own.

Malus sofa in jade velvet, $2695, from Me & My Trend.

TEXTURE ‘Golden’ by Anna McKay print in raw oak frame, $369, from Endemic World.

We all know how important texture is when styling a space and coffee tables are no exception. Texture instantly adds interest and stops a space from feeling flat. The coffee table is a great area to experiment with mixing wood, shiny metallics, ceramics and glass as all these different finishes look great when combined.

HEIGHT When all the accessories on a coffee table are around the same height, the overall look tends to be a bit dull, so try using a variety of heights to create a dynamic arrangement. As a general rule, avoid using anything that obstructs your view of people sitting opposite. But some height is desirable so try a vase containing some lovely blooms, a hurricane lantern, candlesticks or a decorative bottle. Too many tall items will look busy so stick to one or a group of items, such as candlesticks.

Sage & Clare Resor cushion, $89.99, from Shut The Front Door.

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M From top High Vibrational Beauty book by Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy Diprima Morisse, $49.99, from A&C Homestore. Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers book, $210, from Time Out. Fold tray by Made of Tomorrow, $59, from Tea Pea. Birch ply trays by Kinto, from $42, from Everyday Needs. Desk tray by Gidon Bing, $95, from Everyday Needs. Honey and rose soy candle, $59.90, from Citta. Twilight gardenia candle, $10, from Kmart. Faid vessel, $64.90, from Country Road. White Lexicon vase by Kirsten Dryburgh, $105, from Precinct 35. Vase d’Avril by Tsé & Tsé Associées, $445, from Tessuti. Palm Springs cofee table, $795, from Me & My Trend.

TRAY BIEN A tray really is a secret weapon when it comes to styling a coffee table. They are great for creating a vignette (a group or collection of items) and also make it easy to move multiple objects at once if you need to clear space. The size of your tray depends on what you have to put on it and also how big your coffee table is. If you want to keep your coffee-table look clean and simple, a tray on one side and a pile of magazines or books on the other always looks good – as seen on page 110.

PLANT LIFE Adding fresh flowers or plants to your decor instantly perks up the space and makes it feel alive, and the coffee table is a great place for a bit of greenery. A vase filled with your favourite blooms or a pot plant can work wonders but keep in mind the size of the floral arrangement or plant as it should ideally be in proportion to the table.

BOOKS & MAGAZINES Books or magazines are perfect for creating an elevated surface. Keep it simple and add a small pile of two or three books or five or so magazines, then place a single decorative object on top. This not only adds some height to the arrangement but also breaks up the flat surfaces.

BEAUTIFUL BOWL A bowl is another useful item when styling coffee tables. If you have a big table, a large, shallow bowl is an ideal receptacle for remote controls, which always look messy when strewn over the table. A bowl is also good for displaying decorative objects such as a bead necklace or shells.

CANDLES Candles are great for creating ambience in a room. By standing a pretty, scented candle on top of some books or in a tray, you’ll add both interest and fragrance. The only rule is to not have too many – stick to one and change it when you find a new favourite.

PERSONAL PIECE The final part of the styling puzzle is to choose an object – perhaps something sculptural or quirky – to express your personality. It could be a stunning piece of coral, a glass orb, a metal sculpture, a cube or something that makes sense to you.

EDIT Once you’ve styled your coffee table, step back and look at it from all directions. You want the table to look balanced from wherever you are in the room; if you aren’t happy, simply edit until you are. Happy styling! •

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This Coromandel couple pulled off an amazing overhaul of a ramshackle 1960s Lockwood house, turning it into a warm family home – for less than $30K Interview by Fiona Ralph. Photography by Helen Bankers.

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S N A PS HOT Who lived here? April Hansby, 28 (stay-at-home mum, aromatherapist and skincare maker for and HempFarm, interior design graduate), Zane Hansby, 30 (builder), and Archie, 4, plus four chickens. When did you live here? August 2015-April 2018. Where is the home? Coromandel Town.

BAC KG R OU ND Why did you decide to purchase your home? We had been on the hunt for our first home for a while; we were bursting to get stuck into a project and keen to get onto the property ladder. We are from Hahei but were looking all over the Coromandel Peninsula. We weren’t too fussed about finding the ‘perfect’ place or a forever home, but wanted a good opportunity to put our skills to use, and somewhere we could be happy for a few years. When we came across this three-bedroom Lockwood from

1964, it happened to be the cheapest place in Coromandel township and was waiting for the right people to give it some love. It was pretty much all we could afford but, from the first viewing, we had a good feeling about it. What did you love about it? The all-day sun, privacy, garden and solid bones. Plus it was a small house and we love small! A real bonus was that 95 percent of the work needing to be done was on the exterior so we could move in right away. This was very practical financially because we didn’t have to worry about paying

KITCHEN / LIVING The Hansbys have an eye for a bargain and love giving salvaged and secondhand furniture new life with a lick of paint and some TLC.

rent while also paying our first mortgage. The interior was already painted all white and under the carpet we had a lovely wooden floor. It was a townhouse yet we had a third of an acre and a right-of-way driveway down from the main road, so we had a rural outlook, privacy and it was pretty quiet. The garden was perfect for a baby/toddler on the move while we worked on the house and garden. There was plenty of space for a big vege garden, heaps of fruit trees, chickens, and there were some beautiful mature trees, which gave it so much character.

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What did you not like about it? The house had been tenanted for years and unloved for a long time. Every single part of the exterior was an eyesore – the driveway, fences, roof, garden, paint, entrance, shed, deck and doors. Entry to the house was via a carport with a broken roof, graffiti, punched-in doors, stained concrete, flaking paint – the works! But the minute I saw it I was already visualising what could be done. Inside there was an awful fireplace and a brick wall that seemed to take up the whole living space. The poky deck was falling down and flaky. We did trips to the dump on a daily basis to remove all the rubbish that had been left under the deck and throughout the garden. I just wish I had taken more ‘before’ photos! Were there any issues you needed to fix? The structure of the house was in good shape, but it had not been maintained in the 50 years since it was built. Lockwood homes of that age had an aluminium layer over the wood so it took a lot of experimentation to get it into shape. It was incredibly labour-intensive with endless sanding and scraping, and it took us a whole year to fully finish the paint job – for a little house, it was a massive undertaking.

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MAIN BEDROOM Even picture frames and bedside tables were a product of the Hansby upcycle treatment.

M T HE R E N OVAT I O N What did you do to the house? First we did the major things that needed to be addressed – pulled up the carpet, sanded and oiled floors, fixed the roof, added insulation, replaced the old fireplace and swapped the sliding doors (which didn’t actually open) for French doors. Outside, we sorted fences, pulled down the old deck and started on a new one, and ripped everything out of the little sleepout, which was in a very bad way, and made it into a small office and work room. Then the painting began on the exterior, once we finally decided on a colour. What about the finer details? Between all the big jobs, we just plugged away at small details such as adding some colour to the walls. We are also keen gardeners so the garden was our break from the other labour. This was a bonus because we got the garden looking great and it really set the tone for the place. Describe the style you were going for. We really love contemporary and Scandinavian design, but I couldn’t put a label on our style. I wanted our home to look fresh, light, homely, simple and uncluttered, and to create a small family home that we loved to be in. With furnishings, I love the character of secondhand, vintage and retro items. My biggest love would be for natural and earthy things and handmade creations, yet I often can’t go past a good The Warehouse or Kmart buy, too, as much as I like to keep it ethical. We are lucky to have so many creative friends and family members who make things ranging from woodwork to pottery, drawing, painting and sculpting so a lot of our style is a mixture of those things. Any major disasters during the reno process? No disasters, just lots of learning along the way. Tell us about the upcycling and repurposing you have done. Lots of our furniture has been repainted to suit our house and we upcycled fun little items such as the highchair, rocking horse and frames for the photo wall, which were salvaged from recycling centres. We scored two $5 rimu doors at a garage sale and scraped, sanded and oiled them for our front door and office door. They completely changed the whole feel of the house. We also salvaged wooden pallets from friends and turned them into big storage cupboards in the carport. We did the same with some local macrocarpa for the steps and entrance area. Zane built our garden shed for around $1000. We used nearly all recycled materials from the dump such as windows, corrugated iron and interior shelving. We used leftover materials from our house for the roof and even insulated it so someone could turn it into a sleepout or studio one day. It is so warm and light (and made the perfect ‘bar’ for our wedding!). Then there are the little things such as spoon hooks and lightshades, which were mostly salvaged. The shelving in the house is all recycled rimu.

Did you make any structural changes to the kitchen and bathroom? No, although the kitchen and bathroom were basic kitset set-ups, we decided to stick with what we had because they were in such good condition. We would have been overcapitalising for our house and area if we replaced them. We added personal touches to make them feel like lovely spaces, such as colour on the walls, a new oven and open shelving.

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Why did you decide to sell the house? Our family is growing and we were keen to get back over closer to Hahei again, plus we are so looking forward to starting another project! We will most definitely do a new-build at some stage, but feel we have another renovation to get out of our systems yet.


FACT FILE PAINT COLOURS Kitchen feature wall in Resene ‘Padua’. Bathroom feature wall in Resene ‘Ashanti’. Archie’s feature wall in Resene ‘Wazzup’. Archie’s lightshade and drawers in Resene ‘Botticelli’, Resene ‘Avalanche’ and Resene ‘Ashanti’. Rocking horse and highchair in Resene ‘Botticelli’. Cane table and chair in Resene ‘Fringy Flower’. Plant pots in Resene ‘Padua’, Resene ‘Wazzup’ and Resene ‘Botticelli’. Exterior in Resene ‘Bokara Grey’ and Resene ‘Black White’. LIVING/ DINING/KITCHEN Rugs and writing desk secondhand. Upcycled kitchen stools and dining chairs from garage sale. Dining table from family. Couch from Trade Me. Shelving made from recycled rimu with brackets from Placemakers. MAIN BEDROOM Bedlinen from Farmers. Handmade woollen blankets. Wardrobe existing with doors removed. Wooden hook from Citta. Wall hanging (outside bedroom) from Woven Love. ARCHIE’S BEDROOM Shelf from Decor Handled. Owl-print stool upcycled. Hooks from Kmart. Bedlinen from Cotton On Kids, Kmart and General Collective. Drawers secondhand. Tassels from The Warehouse. Rug from Bed Bath & Beyond. EXTERIOR Cane chair from garage sale and antique shop. Rug from Lighthouse Studio. Shade sails from Trade Me. Outdoor table and chairs secondhand.

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M What did you do to the carport? We removed the ceiling to expose the rafters, painted and polished the floors, built storage and steps and put in a rimu front door. We used the voucher we won when we were finalists in the Resene Colour Home Awards to paint the exterior of the house.




How did the renovated house work for you? It was pretty much perfect, apart from not having a good laundry set-up. Is there anything you’d change if you did the reno again? We probably could have looked at spending extra money on recladding the whole house, instead of painting, to save a lot of time. The painting was super satisfying in the end, though. I would also have incorporated a laundry area into the outside storage. Best moment during the process? Every step we completed felt like the most satisfying accomplishment, but finishing off the exterior painting was definitely up there!

How did you manage your budget? We spent most of our money buying the house, plus paying for the three major costs at the start: the roof, insulation and French doors. After that we just did what we could as we could afford it. We didn’t fork out for anything until we saved enough to do the next project. We paid for a digger to come in and remove the old deck, swimming pool, concrete driveway and a whole lot of noxious weeds, and we paid for a plumber to sign off our fireplace and hook our oven up to gas, but we did everything else on our own. Luckily, with Zane’s skills and contacts, we were able to get heaps of materials at cost price or borrow equipment off friends. We are also both very thrifty people so we make use of what we have, reuse, shop at recycling centres, and thoroughly enjoy it. What did you save and splurge on? After the first few jobs were completed, we splurged on a new fireplace and oven. Pretty much everything else we saved on because we didn’t need to pay for labour, and we were creative with materials.

The home’s interior was already painted white when the Hansbys moved in, which proved to be the perfect canvas for their magpie-style collection of vintage and handmade art, craft and ephemera.



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GARDEN The couple spent months clearing rubbish and overgrowth from the garden before replanting it to create a family-friendly outdoor space.


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What was your favourite feature of the new space? Our entrance and carport area – it’s so perfect for play and very practical. Also the deck and our garden, which Zane went above and beyond in making so beautiful with the garden shed!

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Finder’s Fi Thanks to a growing group of savvy sellers, Instagram is becoming the best place to bag a vintage bargain. Here are eight of our favourite feeds to follow Text by Fiona Ralph. Illustration by Eve Kennedy.



Papamoa’s Natasha Murray has been sharing her love of wicker, wood and pottery on Instagram since late last year. The mother of three, and longtime vintage lover, also makes upcycled children’s bedding from retro fabrics, which she sells over at @mossandfernnz.

Stephanie Uttley of Mt Maunganui runs her shop as a creative outlet alongside a full-time nursing job. Pretty pastel tones pop up in her cane-filled feed, as well as the odd piece of clothing. Profits support her voluntary medical missions overseas, “so every purchase is going towards a good cause”.



It’s a family afair for Lorna-jen Crallan, who runs her natural-fibre and furniture-filled shop with help from her whānau, while studying full time. “Village life back in the Philippines, where our family hails from, inspired us to make the page,” says Lorna-jen, who lives in Otahuhu, Auckland.

Christchurch mum Emily Barrett loves restoring pieces and giving them a new home. Her Insta shop “stemmed from a love of seeking out ‘nuggets of gold’ which people no longer treasure”. New stock drops monthly: look out for light fittings, wicker furniture, wall hangings and more.



Fleur Roelants-Kingsbeer and her partner, Gareth McDonald, run their shop alongside full-time work in aged care (Fleur) and sales (Gareth). “We love reusing all the great products of the past,” say the Northcote, Aucklandbased pair, who favour cane, velvet and wood.

Stay-at-home mum Kristin Scheibe started Hilde + Hü as a homage to her German grandmother. Quality before quantity is the motto of the busy Oamaru seller, who also has a Trade Me shop for her colourful pottery, children’s clothing and other eclectic oferings.



Avid op-shopper Olivia McGusty is passionate about reusing and repurposing. Her feed features blush tones, collectable ceramics and unique accessories. The Rangiora, Canterbury ’grammer sells vintage part time, while working on graphic design, embroidery and other creative pursuits.

Our cover star, Auckland-based Ron Goh, aka @mrcigar, has gathered more than 20,000 followers on Instagram for his perfectly curated, plant-filled abode. Now he has a secondhand finds page, Mr Homebody, selling wicker and wooden pieces and botanics, so you can start your own urban jungle.

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Auckland mum of three, Haley Tukere, believes small environmentally-conscious decisions are an easy way to help make a diference











“When planning and styling events I try to use reusable tableware – it produces less waste and is much nicer to drink and eat from. When disposable tableware is required for an event, it’s about making better choices and sourcing sustainable plates, cups, cutlery and napkins. There are quite a few cool options out there now and corporate clients are definitely behind this, often highlighting the importance themselves.”




“We are trying hard to make environmentally conscious decisions in our household and the kids are great at adopting changes and sharing what they are being taught at school with us. They are certainly more aware of what we need to do to protect our planet, which is great to see and hear! We try to create rubbish-free lunches for school using bento-style boxes, which eliminates the need to wrap things individually.”








Top tip: If you need to wrap food in your kids’ school lunches, opt for reusable beeswax wrap instead of cling film. You can even make your own at home!


“Reusable shopping bags are the norm now. They are so much easier to carry and transport food that I much prefer to use them anyway. My car boot is often full of shopping bags and bags of soft plastics for recycling but it’s not a big deal – it’s a mess with three kids anyway! Recycling our soft plastics is a small but easy change to our routine. I drop the soft plastic recycling off in the bins provided outside supermarkets when doing the weekly shop.”



s a business owner, wife and mama to “three gorgeous ratbags” Noah, Van and Florence, Haley Tukere is the definition of busy. However, she enjoys taking time for herself by walking with friends in her West Auckland neighbourhood of Titirangi and, as an event stylist, she loves to spend time rearranging the décor at home. Haley started her own business, Lovely Like You, after having her second child and has recently rebranded as ‘Fete’ – with a focus on brand event planning and styling. Here she shares the eco-friendly habits that have become part of her everyday.

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Gardening, landscaping, outdoor rooms and plantscaping

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Sansevieria, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant, is a wonderful plant to grow in pots because it produces dramatic, sculptural foliage that looks great in almost any setting. The spikiness of this specimen lends itself well to contrast – style it with soft, fluffy textures such as sheepskin, offset its striped leaves with geometric patterns and juxtapose its vivid green colouring with shades of blue and concrete.

Outdoor diary Page 130 Garden makeover Page 132 Workshop: gardening in pots Page 134 Sweet waters: creating context for a private lake and native trees Page 138

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September’s checklist Text by Carol Bucknell. Illustrations by Pippa Fay.

Bird lovers might want to think about adding more plants that produce nectar or berries to feed our feathered friends when food is scarce. Native birds relish coprosma, corokia, creeping fuchsia (Fuchsia procumbens) and titoki berries. Kowhai, ornamental cherries, aloes, pohutukawa (there are now many cultivars to suit smaller gardens), bottlebrush, tecomanthe, camellia, flax, protea and red hot pokers are rich in nectar, too. Plant now in warmer gardens, later in spring further south.

Working in the garden is considered more beneficial than many other forms of exercise. Give yourself a gentle early-spring workout by topping up mulches and pulling out those little weeds that keep popping up after it rains in garden beds, shell or gravel paths and bark areas.

Don’t forget about container plants in your spring gardening spree. Plants use up all the nutrients in most potting mixes within a couple of years so now is a good time to replenish it. For large plants, you’ll probably only be able to remove part of the mix; do this and top up with fresh stuf. Use good-quality potting mix and wear a protective mask and gloves.

Gladioli – long considered a ‘nana’ flower – are making a comeback, and why not? Their bold flower spikes make a lovely display in the summer garden. Gladiolus hybrids, calla lily, dahlias, hippeastrum and other summerflowering perennials can be planted now in many areas, but wait until late spring in very frosty gardens.

Spring is the best time to sow new lawns, while the ground is still moist but not boggy. (If it’s very wet resist sowing seed as it will probably wash away in the next downpour unless you cover the area.) Start your prep by removing perennial weeds and levelling the ground. Improve drainage in clay soil by using a fork to make holes and working coarse sand into them. Use the same method to add well-rotted compost to light, sandy soils.

As late-winter-flowering plants like camellias, flowering quince, michelias and magnolias finish blooming, trim off crossing or diseased branches and lightly shape plants.

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If your garden is looking a little bare after winter fill the gaps with easy-care flowering annuals such as alyssum, lobelia, marigold and calendula. Most will drop seed and give you more free plants as the growing season continues. Give the kids some sunflower seeds to sow in a sunny spot, too.

Sansevieria (mother-in-law’s tongue) Whether you grow it inside or out (warmer regions only), this attractive succulent is easy-care, tolerating direct sunlight to light shade as well as low moisture levels. Mother-in-law’s tongue is relatively slow-growing, making it a low-maintenance potted plant with plenty of varieties to choose from. These range from taller types with stif, lance-shaped leaves to dwarf rosette varieties, most with distinctive marble patterning on their foliage. Allow potting mix to dry out in between watering, and water with half-strength liquid fertiliser once a month but only during the growing season. Don’t plant or place pots in places where temperatures fall below 10°C.

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G HARVEST > Those in warmer areas may be lucky enough to be picking peas from the garden now. Make sure pods are plump but not veined when picking. Keep picking every few days to encourage more flowers and therefore more pods. > Likewise with broad beans, that versatile vege that’s so perfect for risottos, salads and stir-fries. Plants will keep producing more delicious pods if you pick them regularly. And, like peas, broad beans taste so much better if harvested when young. Slice up young pods whole, or leave them a little longer for shelling. When plants are at full height and have produced plenty of flowers cut the tops off and use these in stir-fries. > Globe artichokes will be ready to harvest in many gardens. Pick heads when roughly the


size of a tennis ball. Steam or boil the heads in boiling water for about 30 minutes. Eat the flesh at the base of the bracts (leaves) and the heart (minus the spiny choke), dipped in butter and lemon, or garlic butter. Don’t leave artichokes too long as they’ll quickly turn tough, though some gardeners prefer to let them be, so they can form those amazing purple-blue flowers that bees, butterflies and florists adore. > Keep harvesting the young and tastiest leaves of spinach, kale, rocket and other leafy greens. This will also keep plants producing new leaves and stop them flowering. > When picking grapefruit, lemons, mandarins and other citrus, the fruit should be firm and heavy, and the skin bright and smooth.

CAROL BUCKNELL Garden editor

In wintry weather sowing seed in trays before planting out gives you a head start on seed sown direct into the garden.



> Parsnips are best sown while soil is cool but only if you have plenty of space as these root veges take 18 weeks or so to mature. Avoid adding fresh manure just prior to sowing or you may get forked roots. There are many varieties to choose from; some suited to deep, well-cultivated soil and others better for pots or shallow soil. Thin out seedlings as you would swedes. > Keep sowing peas if you live in cooler areas but not if frosts are still likely. Easy to grow and great for the soil (they add nitrogen), peas prefer the cooler seasons, making them ideal for sowing in the winter garden when there’s often more space. Peas can cope with light or heavy soil as long as drainage is good. Sow into damp soil in furrows about 2.5cm deep and 3-5cm apart. Don’t water until shoots emerge, unless soil is quite dry. Soaking seed overnight makes germination faster. For climbing varieties you’ll need trellis or some other support. For dwarf peas use wire netting or twigs. > Sow tomato seed into punnets for planting out once seedlings have at least two pairs of leaves. Do the same with climbing beans, capsicum, cucumber and courgettes, either in punnets or in the ground if soil is not too cold. > Now is a good time to sow coriander as plants quickly turn to seed in warmer months. Full sun is best although coriander will cope with light shade. Direct sow into free-draining, reasonably fertile soil and cover with a thin layer of fine soil. In cooler areas sow in containers and keep inside for planting out in late spring.

> If the soil is well-drained and warm at your place plant courgette seedlings in a sunny, sheltered position in the garden or in large tubs. There’s a huge range of different varieties with green, gold or mottled skins including ‘Blackjack’, a popular and prolific hybrid. Give plants plenty of space (60-70cm apart) and choose a mildewresistant variety to reduce the chance of fungal disease. Spraying with a foliar fish extract will also keep these diseases at bay. > Cucumber seedlings can be planted directly into the garden in warmer areas but gardeners further south should protect seedlings with a cloche or similar until temperatures warm up. Cucumbers prefer rich, fertile soil so add plenty of compost and organic matter before planting. Soil also needs to be well drained (raised beds are a good option for these plants). Look out for varieties that are resistant to downy and powdery mildews, which are a common problem with cucumbers. Training plants over a structure (eg bamboo tepees, obelisks and trellis) will save space, reduce diseases and increase crops. Nip out the growth tip when plants reach the top of the support.

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Everyone’s a winner One half of this couple dreams of lush plantings, the other pictures peas and potatoes. Carol’s plan diplomatically delivers on both Text and perspective drawing by Carol Bucknell. Illustration by Imogen Temm.

Hi Carol We have just bought our first home, in Auckland’s Onehunga – a spot renowned for its rich, volcanic soil. My partner’s a keen vege gardener while I’d like to have a low-maintenance outdoor living space for entertaining and to add value to the house. At the moment there are some pavers off the living room and the rest is grass, with a creeper on the west side (which we’d like to keep). The paved area is north-facing and the neighbours on that side have tropical planting, which I like. I’m thinking of a mix of leafy natives and tropical plants (I’d love some florals too) against the fence, with a deck or terrace on one side and lawn on the other. I’d also love to squeeze in a small water feature somehow. But I don’t know how to balance these dreams with my partner’s more down-to-earth gardening desires. We’d love your help! Jenna Wiggill, Onehunga, Auckland





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Expand terrace into garden to make it more spacious and re-pave with larger paving units for a more contemporary look. Choose a finish that complements the house bricks. Consider a shade sail or pergola here for sun and rain protection as well as creating a better sense of enclosure and warmth.

Surround terrace with timber raised beds and plant with veges, herbs and scented shrubs. Trim feijoas near fence into a hedge to make room for beds.


4 LINKED IN Use same terrace pavers to create an informal path linking terrace with garden entrance.

5 IN FOCUS To create a focal point that can be seen from both indoors and the terrace, position a large pot or urn water feature on the outer edge of the terrace. Site it on a direct axis with the French doors to the living room. Surround base with low edging plants.

Plant a subtropical garden between terrace and north fence using tiered tall (about 3m), medium (80cm-1m) and low plantings. Curve western end of bed towards fence to allow space for washing line, kids’ play area and possibly additional vege gardens.

6 SUN LOVERS Plant sun-loving subtropicals along western wall as you enter garden. Plant fragrant climbers on wall as shown, or on entry fence for privacy and scent.

TIP Using layers of plants at diferent heights, starting with taller species at the back, helps to create a lush look in small gardens

Lady palm

Shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet)

Philodendron ‘Xanadu’

Bird of paradise (Strelitzia sp)



TALLER SUBTROPICALS Clumping palms such as lady palm (Rhapis excelsa), sugar cane palm (Dypsis baronii), cluster palm (Chamaedorea costaricana), dwarf umbrella tree (Scheflera arboricola), fairy bamboo (Drepanostachyum falcatum) or similar bamboo, Chinese lantern (Abutilon).

MEDIUM-HEIGHT SUBTROPICALS Ctenanthe species, aspidistra, shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet), blue ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora), Japanese laurel (Aucuba japonica), Luculia grandiflora, vireya rhododendron, cofee plant (Cofea arabica), gardenia, clivia, crinum lilies, hippeastrum, tractor seat plant (Ligularia reniformis).

LOW SUBTROPICALS (FRONT OF BORDER) Impatiens species, Dianella ‘Tasred’, Lomandra ‘Evergreen Baby’, Liriope species, mondo grass, Philodendron ‘Xanadu’.


Need help? Does an area of your garden need a revamp? Garden editor and landscape designer Carol Bucknell will come up with a plan for some lucky readers. All we need are photographs of your problem area, details of where you live, a site description (where north is, the soil type, whether your garden is exposed to wind or heat) and the style of garden you would like. SEND TO Case Study, Your Home and Garden, Bauer Media, Private Bag 92512, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1010, or email We can’t feature everyone’s garden in the magazine, but if you’d like some personal design advice, you can contact Carol at

Plant sun-loving species with taller plants at the back. Try bird of paradise (Strelitzia sp), tibouchina, hibiscus, dwarf Australian frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum), rain lilies (Zephyranthes), Dianella ‘Little Jess’, black mondo grass. NOTE Most of the plants listed here are suitable for the conditions of this particular site, which is warm and sunny. These plant suggestions are a guide only. Check them out at your local nursery and ask about their growth rate, height and spread, and whether they’re suitable for your garden’s conditions.

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Hot pots

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Pot plants are all the rage but getting lush results takes a little planning. Garden editor Carol Bucknell tells us how to create a perfect potted garden Text by Carol Bucknell.


ith outdoor space at such a premium these days, many of us are gardening in containers. And why not? Pot plants are perfect for those with limited space or time, renters, beginner gardeners and children. You can move containers around to catch the sun, use speciďŹ c soil mixes for your special plants, and choose from a huge range of things to grow. However, while gardening books and blogs might tell you it’s easy to grow stuff in pots, success rates will be better if you follow our savvy tips.

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While lack of water is a common problem with container plants, too much water is almost as much of an issue. Unless they’re checked regularly, drainage holes can easily become blocked, resulting in waterlogged roots and dead plants. Another common mistake? Relying on rain to keep your pots watered. If they’re positioned against a wall, a lot of rainwater may get



Containers can be costly so it’s important to select shapes that complement the form, texture and colour of the plants in them. Consider the big picture, too – will the pots work with the overall design of your home? If you’ve gone for a minimalist vibe indoors, one or three sleek metal or resin pots on the deck, either left unplanted or filled with elegant reeds or succulents, will look great. A cute cottage? Fill pretty pots with flowering annuals and place at the front door and on garden steps.



Container planting is an excellent way to grow plants that might need a little more TLC than your average garden specimen. The soil is warmer in pots, making them ideal for heatloving plants, particularly if you live in a colder area. If your garden soil is poor or unsuited to the types of plants you want to grow (eg acid-lovers like azalea) you can choose from a range of different growing mediums for pot cultivation. Containers are movable (buy castors for big pots) so they can be positioned where the best sun or shade is at different times of the year and moved to shelter when it’s frosty.

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deflected. If the wall is north-facing, the potting mix can also get very warm. Likewise with hanging baskets; in hot summer weather you’ll need to water them every day (a little less if they’re planted with succulents). Adding waterretaining crystals to the potting mix will help, as will grouping containers together for easier watering. Mulch the top of the potting mix with pebbles, bark or compost to keep that moisture where it’s needed.


2 HOT SPOTS Cacti and succulents are ideal for hot courtyards and balconies, as are many drought-resistant natives such as Poor Knights lily (Xeronema callistemon), corokia and Marlborough rock daisy. Other sun-loving varieties include plants and shrubs from Africa and the Mediterranean such as pelargonium, strelitzia, leucospermum, lavender, rosemary and santolina.



Whether in the ground or in containers, plants will always perform best if they’re chosen to suit the conditions of your site. Sun, shade and wind are the biggest factors to consider but also remember that the soil in pots will dry out quicker than in the garden, and nutrients will diminish faster. This means regular irrigation and feeding will be essential. If you’re not an avid plant grower, avoid potting up hungry or moisture-loving plants such as ferns, annual flowers and most vegetables.

Shade-tolerant plants come in two main categories: those that prefer dry soil and those that like moist (but not boggy) ground. Try to emulate these conditions with your container plants. Ferns, hostas, rhododendron, impatiens, fuchsia, helleborus, many begonias, and lush subtropicals such as calathea or stromanthe all prefer the latter type. On the other hand, aspidistra, clivia, dwarf palms, hippeastrum, mondo grass or ctenanthe love drier shade, eg under trees or on sheltered sides of buildings.



1 Anchor Ceramics medium funnel planter no 39, $400, from Garden Objects. 2 Tuscan Path extra large stream lite egg pot, $110, from Bunnings. 3 Tulip pots, from $70, from Morris & James.


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POTTING UP > The number-one rule when potting or repotting container plants? Use the best mix you can find. It’s a false economy to opt for cheaper mixes as plants won’t thrive and you’ll end up spending the money you saved on fertilisers and plant boosters, not to mention sprays to combat the pests and diseases that attack unhealthy plants. > A good potting mix will contain materials such as pumice to aid drainage and soil that is not too heavy or easily waterlogged. It will also include an even balance of nutrients and water-retaining crystals so the mix won’t dry out too quickly. Avoid using garden soil in pots as this is usually too heavy (ie it won’t drain well) and can harbour pests, diseases and weed seeds. > Don’t fill pots right up to the brim – leave a gap of 5-10cm to make watering easier. And to reduce the amount of repotting required, don’t choose fastgrowing species. •

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Swee A post-earthquake rebuild was extended to incorporate a garden makeover for this Christchurch section, which includes mature native trees and a private lake

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G At the bottom of the garden a man-made lake is edged with kauri, rimu, tree ferns and other natives. A new deck projects out over the slope, allowing Marisa and Mike to feel as if they are part of their tranquil surroundings.

Text by Carol Bucknell. Photography by Kate Claridge.

acing a complete rebuild of their house after the Christchurch earthquakes, Marisa Bryan and Mike Payne decided to take the opportunity to reshape their garden at the same time. Overlooking a small lake in the leafy suburb of Cashmere, the property boasted existing features such as several semi-mature native trees on its lower slopes. However, other parts of the garden badly needed a lift. “It had a lot of grasses but no colour or fragrance,” remembers Marisa. “We wanted an easy-care garden to complement the existing established natives on the lower level by the lake. I also wanted some flowers.” Builders Mike Greer Hills carried out the reconstruction of Mike and Marisa’s 1970s-style house, which they have lived in since 2010. The new house was built on the original footprint with some changes made to the interior. The builders then recommended Craig Wilson of FORM Garden Architecture for the redesign of the garden and the couple were immediately impressed. “Craig is a wonderful guy and very passionate about what he does,” says Mike. “We had a meeting with him and explained that we wanted an easy-care garden

to complement the natives and lake. Then we left it up to him and could not have been more pleased with the result.”

SITE The 1200-square-metre site slopes down towards a private pond called Swan Lake. With houses quite close on either side and the house’s main entrance adjoining the rear garden, privacy was an issue. Another problem area was the street entrance. Despite the retention of attractive Halswell stone steps, columns and a retaining wall from the original house, this part of the garden was “very stark and bland”, says Marisa. The client brief was for a plant-rich garden. A key priority for the couple and their designer was to clarify and beautify the approach to the house by creating a “clear and logical journey” from the street to the hidden front door set deep inside the property, while also respecting the existing significant native trees. “Plus, there was a great opportunity to highlight and create an outstanding context for the rimu, totara, kauri and tree ferns at the end of the garden,” says Craig.

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From the street, the garden takes visitors on a journey from formal green hedging and colourful exotics to the more naturalistic area of natives planted along the lake’s edge.

STYLE With his clients’ wish for a plant-rich garden in mind, Craig opted for a fusion of lush green and flowering exotics “to blend with the existing spectacular native plants, which are not what you’d expect from a Christchurch garden”. Year-round interest was also important. To improve the transition from public to private spaces, Craig created a welcoming new entry space behind the house’s stone columns with a low wall-cum-seat to encourage visitors to linger a little. An oiled timber boardwalk directs them to the front door. “A plaster-finish wall with climbing fig and a stepped cedar wall provide a visual screen for the rear lawn and garden area that open off the living areas of the house,” says Craig.

LANDSCAPING As is so often the case, the construction process for both house and garden took a long time due to various hold-ups, Marisa explains. “For instance, when the house was demolished, some old crockery and bottles were found so

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it came to a halt while the heritage people collected those and examined the site.” FORM rebuilt the deck at the lakeside end of the garden to create two levels, a larger one for entertaining with steps leading down to a smaller lower deck for the spa pool. Another set of steps leads to the foreshore of the lake with soaring trees above. The entrance garden was also transformed, says Marisa. “I wanted some flowers and fragrance so Craig incorporated roses, lavender, daphne, hydrangeas, jasmine and Michelia trees. He also added lots of lush green plants such as the tractor seat plants (Ligularia reniformis) which obviously love the soil and location as they are huge.”

GARDEN CARE Marisa says she and Mike aren’t avid gardeners, but they enjoy pottering and love the beautiful native trees and roses. “Mike is always in the garden and I get called out for advice on pruning and so forth. But it is a very easy garden to maintain.”

STANDOUT FEATURE The deck overlooking the lake is now one of Marisa and Mike’s favourite places, and they love using it to entertain friends and their family of three grown-up children. “There have been many happy hours and family gatherings on this deck; it’s a fantastic entertainment area and gets very well used,” Marisa enthuses. “It’s beautiful any time really, but we do love summer evenings on the deck or down by the lake.” The couple also enjoy wandering down through the trees to the lake to feed the swans and ducks. The spa is used a lot, too, particularly during the winter. Even their two “gorgeous cats” are happy with their new “adventure playground”, she says. 

“There have been many happy hours and family gatherings on this deck; it’s a fantastic entertainment area”

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BUCKWHEAT SCONES WITH WILD ROSE PETAL JAM & CREAM MAKES 12 VEGETARIAN These are just like regular scones, except that they also have a little nutty buckwheat flour in them. This adds some flavour and a delightful wholesome touch.

INGREDIENTS 2 cups plain flour, sifted, plus a little extra for sprinkling 1 cup buckwheat flour, sifted 5 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp fine sea salt 75g cold unsalted butter, cubed 1-1½ cups whole milk

TO SERVE Whipped cream or cultured cream (recipe below) Wild rose petal jam (recipe opposite) 1 Preheat the oven to 220°C. Grease a baking tray and sprinkle with a little flour. 2 Place the plain and buckwheat flour in a medium-sized mixing bowl. 3 Stir in the baking powder and salt, add the cubes of butter, and rub them into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. 4 Add 1 cup of the milk and use a butter knife or dough scraper to start quickly mixing to form a soft dough. Add small amounts of extra milk if you need them. You don’t want the dough to be completely smooth – some lovely craggy bits and chunks of butter are good. For light and tender scones, the mixture should be soft and a little sticky. 5 Scrape the dough onto your lightly floured baking tray and sprinkle a little flour over the top. Gently pat the dough out into a rough square about 2cm thick, then use a large floured knife to cut it into 12 evenly sized pieces. Carefully separate the pieces, allowing a 3cm gap between each. 6 Brush the tops with a little milk. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack, covering the scones with a clean tea towel to keep them warm. 7 Serve hot or warm, topped with wild rose petal jam and whipped cream or cultured cream, together with a reviving cup of tea. These are best eaten the day they are made.

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CULTURED CREAM (CRÈME FRAÎCHE) MAKES 2 CUPS GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN Crème fraîche is really easy to make, and making it yourself using kefir gives it masses of probiotics and gut-healing properties. It’s amazingly wonderful with both sweet and savoury dishes. Serve it alongside chocolate pudding, apple pie or fruit crumble, or pile it on top of pikelets and scones along with your favourite jam, or add it when sautéing mushrooms or to soups like pumpkin or borscht. You can also use it to make pâté.

INGREDIENTS 500ml double cream ¼ cup milk kefir (homemade or try organic shops)

YOU WILL NEED 1 large, clean, dry glass jar with a well-fitting lid 1 Pour the cream into the jar. Stir in the kefir, put the lid on and set aside in a cool place (not the fridge) out of direct sunlight. 2 Leave it for 24-48 hours, or until the cream has set and become sort of solid, so that it doesn’t pour when you tilt the jar. 3 You now have naturally cultured crème fraîche!

F WILD ROSE PETAL JAM MAKES 3 JARS (180G EACH) OF JAM GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN What could be more romantic or wildly wonderful and dreamy than wild rose petal jam? It’s also deeply delicious, with its rosy hues and fragrant scent, wonderful for drizzling over good-quality vanilla ice cream, roasted fruits such as figs or peaches, or fresh scones and cultured cream (crème fraîche). My mum used to make this using her home-grown heritage roses, which were a light mauve colour and deeply fragrant, and the little jars of rose petal jam that sat on our kitchen shelves seemed so exotic and whimsical to me as a child. I recommend making it when the scented wild roses are

in season, and of course make sure they are spray-free. Store-bought roses will not do the trick, as they are sprayed heavily and generally have no scent.

INGREDIENTS 2 cups quite tightly packed fragrant rose petals 1½ cups water 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups jam sugar 1-2 tsp rosewater (optional; use if your rose petals aren’t very fragrant)

YOU WILL NEED Jam thermometer Jam jars (see notes below) 1 Wash the rose petals and gently shake off excess water. Place the petals and water in a

medium-sized saucepan over a high heat. Bring up to a gentle simmer, turn the heat down to medium, and simmer gently for 2 minutes. 2 Add the lemon juice – this should bring the colour of the petals back to a vibrant hue. Add the jam sugar (and rosewater, if using) and stir until dissolved. Bring to a rolling boil and boil until the mixture reaches 105°C on the jam thermometer. This should take about 10 minutes, depending on how hard or softly you boil it. 3 When the jam has reached 105°C, remove from the heat and pour into hot, sterilised jam jars. Cover while still hot, using a clean tea towel to tighten the lids. Allow to cool completely before using. Sealed jars of jam keep well in the pantry for a few months; once opened, they will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.

NOTES > You can also use dried rose petals: ⅓ cup dried petals = 1 cup fresh petals. Make sure that they are spray-free! > To sterilise your jam jars, preheat the oven to 100°C. Wash the jars and metal lids thoroughly, then rinse well and place them in a deep baking pan. Pop the pan in the oven to sterilise while you make the jam (approximately 15 minutes).

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EXTRACT FROM WILD DELICIOUS BY AMBER ROSE Published by Random House NZ on 3 September, 2018, RRP $55. Text & styling © Amber Rose, 2018. Photography © Greta Kenyon & Claire Mossong, 2018.

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another 5 minutes, or until the pastry is very lightly golden. Set the cooked cases aside while you prepare the fillings.

1 Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm cake tin with a little butter or oil, and line the base and sides with baking paper.

These little beauties are totally simple to make and really decadent all at once. The sweet little blueberries stand up gorgeously against the tartness of the yoghurt, and the crisp, thin pastry provides the perfect biscuity, buttery base. You can use frozen or fresh blueberries, so this can be made at any time of the year.

5 To make the compote, place the blueberries, coconut sugar and vanilla in a small pan, add 3 Tbsp of water and bring to just a gentle simmer. Simmer for a few minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the berries are just starting to burst at the seams. Dissolve the arrowroot in 2 Tbsp of water and add to the blueberry mix, stirring until nicely thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.


6 To make the yoghurt filling, fold the cream through the yoghurt, then stir in the lemon zest and honey.

2 Wrap the beetroots in foil, and roast for about 1 hour. To test whether the beetroot is done, poke a small, sharp knife through the middle, right through the foil – if it’s completely tender all the way through, then it is done. Remove the beetroots from the oven, unwrap, allow to cool a little and then peel. The roasted skin should just slip off, with a little encouragement, if it is tender enough; otherwise, use a small, sharp knife to help the skin off. Chop the beetroot into largish chunks and let them cool a bit more. When cool, place 300g of roasted beetroot in a food processor and blend until you have a smooth paste.


250g plain spelt flour 90g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes 50g coconut sugar 2 large egg yolks 1½ Tbsp lemon thyme leaves, roughly chopped

BLUEBERRY COMPOTE 300g fresh or frozen blueberries ½ cup coconut sugar 1 tsp vanilla paste or powder 5 Tbsp water 1 tsp arrowroot

YOGHURT FILLING ½ cup thickened cream 1 cup thick unsweetened Greek-style yoghurt Zest ½ lemon 2 Tbsp raw honey

TO SERVE Edible flowers, eg borage, little purple violas, rose petals (optional)

YOU WILL NEED 6 Round, fluted 10cm tart tins 1 Place the flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the coconut sugar, then the egg yolks and the lemon thyme, and pulse again to combine. The mixture should immediately come together and leave the sides of the processor bowl. 2 Remove from the processor, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. 3 Preheat your oven to 180°C. 4 Using a box grater, coarsely grate the pastry into the tart tins, then press it evenly into the sides and bases. Prick the base of each tart with a fork and chill again for 10 minutes. Cut 6 pieces of baking paper to fit each tart, scrunch each up into a tight ball, then unscrunch it carefully and lay it on top of the pastry. Fill with baking beans, place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the beans and paper and bake for

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7 Place the tart cases on serving plates, divide the yoghurt filling evenly among the cases and top with the blueberry compote. Decorate with any edible flowers you may have. Serve right away.

ROASTED BEETROOT & CHOCOLATE CAKE SERVES 10-12 GLUTEN-FREE REFINED SUGAR-FREE VEGETARIAN This cake is moist, gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free, and all the kids seem to love it. The roasted beetroot adds an extra sweet, earthy flavour. The avocado icing is both decadent and delicious – and nobody would ever guess it had vegetables in it! This cake is best eaten on the day of baking because the icing doesn’t keep well.

INGREDIENTS 2-3 medium-large beetroots (you need 300g after preparing it) 4 large eggs 6 Tbsp coconut sugar 1 tsp vanilla paste 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder 1½ tsp baking powder 130g ground almonds 200g dark chocolate (I use Green & Black’s 70% cocoa solids), broken into small chunks 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, ghee, olive oil or coconut oil

AVOCADO CHOCOLATE ICING 2 ripe avocados, peeled and stones removed ½ cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder 7 Tbsp pure maple syrup or coconut nectar ¼ tsp vanilla paste or seeds Pinch fine sea salt

CHOCOLATE CURLS (OPTIONAL) About 190g good-quality dark chocolate

3 Place the beetroot purée, eggs, coconut sugar, vanilla, cacao/cocoa powder, baking powder and ground almonds in a large mixing bowl and beat together until fully combined. 4 Place the chocolate and butter, ghee or oil in a small saucepan. Over a low heat, melt very gently until fully melted, then mix together. Remove from the heat and leave to cool just a little before slowly pouring into the beetroot mix, while stirring. Mix to thoroughly combine, then pour into your prepared cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. 5 While the cake is baking, you can make the icing. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to a smooth consistency. Scrape into a bowl and pop in the fridge until you are ready to ice your cake. 6 When the cake is fully baked, remove from the oven and place the tin on a rack to cool completely. Remove the cooled cake from the tin and very carefully place it on a cake plate. Using a spoon or a palate knife, carefully spread the icing over the top of the cake. 7 To make the chocolate curls, simply unwrap your block of dark chocolate and place it upside down on your countertop so that the squares are face down and you have a nice flat surface on top. Take a large, sharp knife in both hands, one at either end of the knife. Holding the knife at a 45-degree angle to the chocolate, firmly but carefully drag it from the top of the chocolate towards you. As you drag the knife towards you, you should create lovely, delicate curls. Use another knife to gently scrape these off the chef’s knife. Keep repeating until you have enough curls, then scatter on top of the cake. •

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G E T T H E LO O K PARADISE CITY PAGE 48 PAINT Resene ‘Black White’ throughout. FLOORS Original rimu restored floorboards. LIVING Vintage green daybed, coffee tables and Morgan Furniture armchairs from Trade Me. Cushions are Idée from Muji, bought when travelling in Japan. Throws from Once Was Lost and Indie Home Collective. Grey couch from Freedom. Moroccan pouf a gift. Cane side tables, brass planters on table, wooden stool and mudcloth rug all from Citta. Brown Ottawa chair from Karim Rashid for BoConcept. DINING Hats on wall a collection from Ron’s home town in Malaysia, all traditionally handmade. Table from Freedom. Set of Cesca chairs, plant stands and Persian rug from Trade Me. Bowls from Japan Mart. Bar cart found at a garage sale. KITCHEN Pendant lights, cabinetry and countertop all existing. Bar stool from Freedom. Custom game machine from Joybox. Wine rack from an op-shop. SECOND LIVING AREA Cane couch from Trade Me. Linen cushion from Nest. Botanical pillow a gift. Sheepskin throw an op-shop find. Planters from Cross Street Market. BEDROOM Bed from Ezi-Rest. Bedding from Nest. Planter from Kings Plant Barn. Couch from garage sale. Coffee table from Trade Me. BATHROOM All existing. OUTDOORS Couch from Trade Me. Chair from garage sale. Coffee table from Cross Street Market. Red rug from Helter Skelter. Round woven chair from Trade Me.

WHO NEEDS MORE? PAGE 58 PAINT AND CLADDING Resene Karen Walker ‘Wan White’ throughout interior. Exterior clad in Colorsteel ‘Ebony’. FLOORS Carpet is Cavalier Bremworth Siren Ena from Flooring Xtra. Vinyl plank is Moduleo Select. OUTDOORS Wire deck chairs from Ico Traders. Cushions from Kmart. KITCHEN Pendant lights from Mr Ralph. Cabinetry made by Nathan Primmer. Tile splashback supplied by Stonewood. Countertop from Wanaka Stainless. Bar stools from Cintesi. Rabat oval basket from Amalfi. Chalkboard made by Nathan Primmer. DINING Table, chairs and bench custom made by Nathan Primmer. Throw from Wilson & Dorset. LIVING Beanbag from Wilson & Dorset. Clock from Karlsson. Vintage skis from a garage sale. Creamoata box salvaged from Leigh’s parents’ farm. HARRIET & CHARLOTTE’S ROOM Upcycled hospital beds. White waffle duvet from The Warehouse. Star cushion from Country Road. The rest from Citta. Bedside table from Mocka. Bedside light from Kmart. Letter art print by Leigh Cooper. MADISON’S ROOM Bed is Leigh’s from her childhood. White linen duvet from Kmart. The rest from Country Road. MASTER BEDROOM Bed made by Nathan Primmer. Bedside lamp and

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bedding from Kmart, with Jamie Kay blanket. Cushions from Citta. BATHROOM Basin from Mico. Cabinetry and mirror made by Nathan Primmer. LAUNDRY Cabinetry made by Nathan Primmer. Baskets and planters from Kmart.

GOLDEN HARVEST PAGE 68 PAINT Resene Zylone Sheen in a forgotten shade of white used throughout. FLOOR Angus McMillan Concrete, Hastings. OUTSIDE Deck chairs from Freedom. KITCHEN Cabinetry from Molloy Joinery, Napier. Countertop from Metalworks. Table and benches made from locally sourced macrocarpa, machined by neighbour, with scaffolding from Steel & Tube, Napier, assembled by son Brett. Pendant lights from Trade Me. Vase and fruit bowl from secondhand shop in Havelock North. LIVING Rug and couches from Freedom. Cushions from Cauliflower, Havelock North. Wooden side tables a gift. Leather chair from Redcurrent. Kete from Paper Mulberry Cafe, Otane. Pasifika patterned kete from Spotlight. MASTER BEDROOM Bed and mattress made to order by Bay Beds, Napier. Bedding from Bed Bath & Beyond. Bedside table and print from Freedom. Wall hanging made by Carol. Bath from Plumbing World. SECOND BEDROOM Bed from Freedom. Bedding from Bed Bath & Beyond. Rug found many years ago at Rozelle Markets, Sydney. BATHROOM Basin from a pop-up shop in Wellington. Mirror from Clive Glass. Crown Lynn swans bought many years ago as part of Carol’s ceramic collection.

BIG & SMALL PAGE 82 PAINT Resene ‘Alabaster’ throughout interior. Dulux ‘Paihia’ (yellow) and Dulux ‘Titirangi’ (grey) used on kitchen cabinetry. Exterior painted in Resene Woodsman ‘Pitch Black’ stain. FLOORING Floor in entry, dining area and first bedroom is strandboard from Hillside ITM, sealed with acrylic polyurethane. ENTRY Sideboard from a secondhand store. Vintage metal desk lamp found on Trade Me. Ceramic fox from Jonathan Adler. Large patterned vase from an op-shop. Small vase from Iko Iko. Wooden apples a gift from Stephanie’s mum. Plates are mostly gifts (from top): floral plate from Japan, vintage plate from Grant’s mum, plate from Homemaker, plate from Odd One Out, Four Seasons plate from Rob Ryan. Rug from Collect Living. Wire plant stand from Kmart. Tiki print by Dick Frizzell. Hang it All coat rack from Homage. DINING Secondhand table and chairs both restored. Otto Larsen chairs re-covered in black leather. Rug from Mocka. Floral poster from Mixt. Urchin pendant from Joug. Black bifold doors from Nulook

Windows 2000, Mangere. SUNKEN LOUNGE Floor is ground concrete with a sealed finish. Couch from Kiwi Bed & Sofas, covered in Inter-Weave wool fabric. Pharrell Cat cushion from Homage. Other cushions from Ikea and Zara Home, bought in Australia. Round mat from Freedom. Magazine rack from Mocka. Pouf from Takapuna Markets. Don Furniture chair from SPCA op-shop, re-covered by Pompom Home in fabric from Martha’s Fabrics. Glass illusion table from a secondhand shop. Large black-and-white photographic print by Stephanie Creagh. Collection of Tretchikoff prints: two were gifts and three were found on eBay. Dark wall light from Trade Me, restored by Chelsea Lighting. Desk, shelf and drawers all made by Grant. Wire baskets on wall from The Warehouse. Bentwood chair from Stephanie’s mum. White plant pot on metal stand from Church Street Garden Central, Onehunga. KITCHEN Made by Dockside 37 in Spectrum Eco birch ply from Plytech. Stainless steel benchtop and splashback from Classic Stainless Steel. Woven fruit bowl from Trade Aid. Appliances from Harvey Norman. Tap by Hansgrohe from Chesters. Ikea stools found on Trade Me. Colourful bowls in kitchen island from Steiner Ceramics. RUMPUS Basket chair from op-shop, with cushion from Citta. Floor lamp from Stephanie’s sister. Brown and white round rug from Indie Home Collective. Sideboard from Grant’s grandparents, made by his great uncle Otto Larsen. Vintage magazine rack from a secondhand shop. Artist’s figures and metal ‘G’ all gifts. Vintage metal wall art from Hospice op-shop. Bed from Hiddenbed New Zealand. Bedding from Thread Design and Kip & Co. MASTER BEDROOM Large botanical print by Stephanie Creagh. Bedding from Once It. Blue comforter from French Country Collections. Bedside table from Collected. Ceramic lamp from Renee Boyd Ceramics. Carpet from Carpet Court. OTIS’ ROOM Furnished and decorated by What Now when Otis won the annual Dream Bedroom Makeover during the renovation. Brick and graffiti wallpapers from Resene. Coco rug from LivingStyles. Bedding from Citta. Wave print from Oliver Jeffers Stuff. Bedside table from Country Antiques. Lamp from Farmers. EXTERIOR Cladding is plain-finish Shadowclad ply with pine battens in ‘Pitch Black’. Pergola posts and beam constructed from kanuka. Yellow butterfly chair covers from Flutter Design on old frames from Stephanie’s parents. BATHROOM Bath from Universal Plumbing Plus. Tapware from Robertson Bathware. Bathroom tiles from Tile Space. PLANTS All house plants from Rogers, Mangere, and Church Street Garden Central, Onehunga.




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FOUR WAYS W I T H ... FRING ING Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.




Give some plain vases or glass votives a new look by adding on-trend fringing. For each vase or votive, wrap the fringing around the neck to work out how much you need, allow a little extra so it will overlap, then cut. Place fringing on a surface, glue one end onto the other with a dab of clear craft glue and leave to dry. Place fringe over neck of each vessel and add flowers or a candle.

CUSHION Bring a little luxe to a plain velvet cushion cover with a strip of fringing. Measure the fringing so it fits across the cover and pin in place. Now simply sew the fringing onto the cover by hand or with a sewing machine. Add a cushion inner and this quick and easy update is complete.



this cute gold bedside lamp an extra dash of glam by adding navy fringing to the plain white lampshade. Wrap fringing around top of shade, allow a few extra centimetres so you can overlap it, and cut. Apply clear craft glue around the top of the shade. Starting at the back of the shade, carefully place fringing on top of glue. Glue one end on top of the other and leave to dry. (Choose fringing that is the same length as the shade; if this is not possible, then buy longer fringing and trim to length once glue has dried.)

MIRROR Take a mirror

Wall painted in Resene ‘White Thunder’. 1 Marble and brass table, $299, from Shut The Front Door. Semco navy fringing, $8.99 a metre, from Spotlight. 2 Annika brass vase, $39.95, Home Republic Belgian vintage washed linen cushion in seal grey (back right), $79.95, Home Republic stonewashed euro pillowcase in silver (back left), $32.99, all from Adairs. Living & Co cushion in mustard, $12, Living & Co velvet cushion (with fringing added), $12, Living & Co cotton flannel duvet set in ink, $30 queen, all from The Warehouse. 3 Living & Co Georgia lamp with white shade, $15, from The Warehouse. 4 Living & Co Quinn mirror in gold, $29, Artisan Homme candle with lid, $15, both from The Warehouse. Glass vases, jar, amber glass and other items stylist’s own.

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(round is best) and measure how much fringing you’ll need to decorate the bottom. Using clear craft glue, stick the fringing along the back edge of the mirror, following the curve all the way around to the other side. Leave to dry overnight. This mirror would look great in a hallway, bedroom or seating area.

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