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Your shopping Fresh finds New products to love Save or splurge Picnic goodies Style stalker Beach towels Women we love Antonia de Vere of floral design studio Mark Antonia On trend The new gingham We love A Zen den Outdoor shopping guide Update your outside with on-trend backyard buys My favourite room Minimalist inspo from a stationery queen Trending now Pastel-toned rainbows








Your homes My new home Join us as we follow the journey of a new-build from the ground up A new vintage Past meets present – and future – in this supersized Mt Maunganui apartment Sunny side up See inside the stylish home of the creative couple behind Blacklist design studio Press play This modular bach on the Awhitu Peninsula provides just the antidote to big-city life




Your renovation Good things take time Caleb and Alice Pearson, former winners of The Block NZ, had their work cut out for them with this 1960s rebuild Workshop Everything you need to know to build your perfect deck

Cover story PAG E 60 On the cover Indoor-outdoor flow enhances the relaxed living style of Jaynie and Nathan Johnson, founders of design studio Blacklist. The couple live in a 1950s brick bungalow in Cronulla with their kids, Willow, Dare and Rocko (pictured here). Styling by Sarah Ellison. Photography by Maree Homer.




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Your makeover Room reveal Enjoy summer evenings outdoors with this relaxed setting DIY project A boho wall hanging Workshop Modern takes on cool coastal style – find out how Then & now A contemporary caravan restoration to inspire wanderlust Finder’s Fi Retro beach brollies, vintage picnic baskets and more



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Your garden Feature garden A splendid pergola is the pièce de résistance of this formal Grey Lynn garden Workshop The latest eco gardening ideas and trends for the new year Outdoor diary January’s checklist Garden makeover Carol plans a relaxing and sociable sanctuary


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Your food Freeze frame Delicious chilled desserts to keep you cool all summer

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We’ve been in our place for two years now, slowly saving up for some much-needed improvements. 2018 was the year of the new kitchen and 2019 is the year of the new bathroom. Watch this space! K R I ST I N A , E D I TO R

After many years of teetering, we finally decided to go ahead with a two-storey extension to the back of our house. The drawing stage is nearly over but it still almost feels like a pipe dream. When will building start? March would be nice.

Last year we took on a big outdoor and pool renovation. It took longer and cost more than planned (surprise, surprise), so I have a very nerdy goal of doing zero reno this year and increasing our mortgage payments instead. It will also give us a chance to focus on finishing the annoying little things we never get around to like the leaking window, broken cupboard, loose handles, light bulbs that don’t work etc. If I’m good this year maybe I can get my dream kitchen next year! S H E L L E Y, E D I TO R I A L D I R E CTO R


We have a big backyard which is just crying out for some attention. My next project is to build a raised-bed vegetable garden for growing herbs and seasonal greens. Perfect timing for all those summer salads!

Our house is a new-build so I am on a constant quest to add personality and character. First up for 2019 will be a large pergola over the deck, followed by a custom-built fire pit for those long summer nights.






Our next project is to turn the shabby guest room into a proper bedroom for our daughter. It has French doors to the outside so I’m excited about creating a beautiful garden room for her to grow up in. S A L LY, W R I T E R

As we’re still renting, I have simple goals to make my home happier: decluttering, cleaning and simplifying spaces, bringing more plants in and planting more outside, hanging paintings that have been sitting on the floor, and swapping out some old furniture for new-tome vintage finds and pieces I have recently inherited from my grandparents. FIONA, F E AT U R E S E D I T O R



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GROOVE IS IN THE ART Enjoy a summery vibe all year round with one of these stunning, limited-edition photographic prints of 1950s - 1980s scenes by Slim Aarons. Aarons is renowned for his evocative photographs of, as he described it, “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”. These classic prints are sure to be a talking point and are a must for all mid-century ury fans fans. Check them out at, from $8 820.

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HOTEL AT HOME Adorning your walls is easy with this range of chic graphic prints by Dutch brand Hôtel Magique. Created by Amsterdam-based creative Milou Neelen, the prints hark back to early 20th-century advertising and hospitality design with their bright colours, bold type and whimsical charm. These A3 prints are just $95 from



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Beach feast Pack the picnic basket with reusable tableware in shades of coral, pink and peach for a rosy new take on plastic plates Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

1 SAVE Embossed acrylic tumbler, $7 for 4, from Kmart. 2 SAVE Turkish towel, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. 3 SAVE Embossed dinner plate, $7 for 4, from Kmart. 4 SAVE Secondhand plate, $3, from Salvation Army. 5 SAVE Coloured bowl set, $2 for 6, from Kmart. 6 SAVE Tumbler, $2 for 6, from Kmart. 1 SPLURGE Jelly tumbler, $40, from Kartell. 2 SPLURGE Beach towel, $54.90, from Country Road. 3 SPLURGE Jelly plate, $60, from Kartell. 4 SPLURGE Bamboo picnic plate, $40 for 4, from Karen Walker. 5 SPLURGE Cink bamboo bowl, $18, from Paper Plane. 6 SPLURGE Cink bamboo cup, $15, from Paper Plane.

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Sand hoppers Stay stylish (and dry) wherever you plant your sun umbrella these holidays with beach towels in retro stripes, hot tropical colours and botanical prints Compiled by Vanessa Nouwens.














1 Logo beach towel, $74.90, from Country Road. 2 Verano Key Largo beach towel, $59.99, from Farmers. 3 Rust classic towel, $29.95, from Rubi. 4 Travel beach towel, $54.90, from Country Road. 5 The Beach People round towel, $119, from Paper Plane. 6 Double-up boyfriend towel, $39.99, from Cotton On. 7 Banana leaf lying round towel, $29.99, from Cotton On. 8 Living & Co hammam towel, $17, from The Warehouse. 9 Kip & Co saffron waffle beach towel, $59, from Moi on George. 10 Monstera Turkish towel, $34.99, from Shut The Front Door. 11 Waffle beach towel, $59.90, from Citta. 12 Turkish towel, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. 13 Izzy & Jean Turkish towel, $45, from Sunday Homestore.

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ntonia de Vere is the quirky, colourful half of floristry and design business Mark Antonia, alongside “multidimensional” husband Mark Seeney. We chat to the creative floral artist about her “chameleon-like” style, why she loves working with dried flowers and how she juggles her hectic schedule.


ROMANCE BLOOMS No two days are the same for floral artist Antonia de Vere, who, with her husband, comprise the creative duo Mark Antonia Interview by Fiona Ralph. Photography by Helen Bankers.

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How would you describe your style? My style is more architectural. My work has a lot of Japanese floral inspiration, from ikebana to wabi-sabi ideals. It’s hard to categorise what I do; I see myself less as a florist and more as a maker/artist, so naturally I am inspired by design, sometimes more so than flowers. My style is rather chameleon-like; I dress and style my home via my emotions. While art and architecture are very serious, my personality is not and that comes out in the way I dress and how I live. I like to have fun with my appearance. What do you love about your job? Working with dried flowers means I have unlimited possibilities. I find you can be more creative with dried flowers than with fresh. I don’t have to worry about my arrangements perishing – they are, as I like to think of it, immortalised. I love the versatility of dried flowers and coming up with designs that no one has done before. It’s like being an Egyptologist of flowers. How do you find working with your husband? We are rather joined at the hip, and to be honest we have never known otherwise. I love being equal and I enjoy having a business with my husband. He’s proud of my work and I am equally proud of his work. We hardly ever fight. Mark is fantastic, he’s so multidimensional and smart. He develops the products I sometimes leave half-finished because I have to get


THIS PAGE Antonia de Vere in the warehouse space which multitasks as her showroom, studio and apartment. The florist stockpiles dried flowers. “I keep almost everything I dry. Some may say it’s hoarding but I only hoard flowers. I keep as much stock as I can because I endeavour to make every arrangement original in some way.”

back to flowers. Mark’s role is sometimes less obvious than mine but he works equally hard, if not harder, on the business. Mark’s furniture and work fills our living space. The man can make anything. I think he is a genius; he can fix any problem. How did you two meet? Mark and I met at uni; he was studying furniture and I was studying jewellery. He was such a nerd and I was so naughty. I hated the strict confines of a jewellery degree and didn’t finish it; he loved learning everything, and when he completed his furniture studies he went on to study architecture. We have been together for nearly 10 years. What prompted you to go into business together? Our business came about rather naturally. We started part time about five years ago with my flowers and then added Mark’s furniture and design. I created floral works in my downtime while working part time. I started creating wedding flowers for friends and

quickly built up a regular gig. When Mark finished school we got married – together we did everything for the wedding, from the flowers to the invites down to our first scented candle, Winter. Our Winter candle was our wedding scent – the scent filled the reception and everyone took home a smaller candle. Our business intuitively grew from there and we haven’t looked back. I love our business; I’m extremely proud of what Mark and I have achieved in rather a short time. Tell us about your space. We are always changing our space; Mark and I can’t help it. At the moment we live and work out of a warehouse in Kingsland, Auckland. It’s split done the middle – one side is our studio/showroom, the other is our apartment. It’s quite a big space, more than we probably need, but for now we are happy here. Our studio, naturally, is filled with flowers – like trees, practically – hanging and drying on every wall

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or spare space. Almost everything is painted in our brand colours: putty pinks and sage greens. It’s a bit like a lolly shop of flowers, especially all the flowers in apothecary jars, which we also use for our seasonal candle and seasonal ‘Scented Dried’ range of fragranced dried flowers. What came before floristry? It feels like I have half-studied a lot of areas in the arts. First fashion, then jewellery, then floral design and aromatherapy. This is where I found I could channel all these artistic avenues into something which suited me. What are your favourite projects? My favourite projects are the ones I have a natural affinity for, the jobs that feed my creativity. I am such a visual person that often I see the project in my mind. I might not have the words always to convey that to my clients. But it’s the clients I have been so lucky to have. They trust my creative process and the more creative freedom I have, the better my work. What does an ordinary day look like for you? Every day is quite different for me because I have so many different jobs running at the same time. I start

late; I would rather work into the evenings than get up at the same time every morning. I know that is a complete luxury; I’m extremely lucky. Every day is making flowers, and designing or communicating about a new project or product. I try to text at least one friend to tell them I love them each day because it’s almost impossible to make plans with me. How do you switch off from work? Switching off is very difficult when you have your own business and sleep right beside it. To switch off 100 percent is near impossible and there is no point in pretending there is a magical solution. I take time to have a quick power nap, I spend time with my cats, and Mark drags me to the park with the lure of a beer and putting our bare feet in the grass. I read when I can and spend time with people that enrich me rather than drain me. Sometimes I have to be selfish – or self-aware – and take time for myself, to energise my secret, introverted self. I love a good podcast too – I fill my head with history, facts, knowledge and exercise my brain. I’m studying Egyptology when I can, without the pressure. Online courses are wonderful. We get away to our bach, thick in native bush, to unwind.

Do you have any plans for this year? We have big plans for our business and ourselves; we want to make more products in so many areas. I’ll never not be making flowers but I hope one day soon I’ll have more time to get the ideas I have in my head (and Mark has in his) into something tangible and real. I want to see so many projects take off but I can’t mention them right now as they are still beginning. We want to be closer to nature, which might mean moving out of the city. To be honest, we don’t 100 percent know our plans. What we do know is that Mark and I will always be creating. Not knowing everything, not having a blueprint, is terrifying but also exciting. What floral trends are you seeing for the year ahead? I see a trend towards the hyper, unreal, almost unnatural aesthetic, just like in makeup. Lots of people are sick of the messy ‘bed head and no makeup’ look. Glitter, metallics, brights – that’s where it’s at!

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Check yourself The grid pattern of gingham is making a comeback in the home, from tea towels and table linen to pyjamas. This heritage look is ripe for reinvention with new colourways and check sizes Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

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1 Umbrella, $159, from Harvey Norman. 2 Plant trellis, $7, from Kmart. 3 Moodi side table in basalt, $89, from Early Settler. 4 Coromandel chair, $429, from Ico Traders. 5 Living & Co Lotus fire pit, $149, from The Warehouse. 6 Floret outdoor dining chair, $129, from Harvey Norman. 7 Malta chair, $299, from Nood. 8 Nodi lounge chair by Tribu, $2229, from Dawson & Co. 9 Lantern, $12, from Kmart. 10Â Plastic plant pot, $15, from Kmart. 11 Aito garden art, $199, from Nood. 12 Lipperli chair by Ennio Mirrino, $99.95, from Zuca.

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1 Tilly@home Lush coasters, $14.99 for 4, from Farmers. 2 Monstera pool float, $89, from Allium. 3 Haven palm tumbler, $6.99, from Farmers. 4 Seaside Supplies Papamoa monkey cushion, $29.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. 5 Emi chair, $145, from Cintesi. 6 Sunday Supply Co umbrella, $339, from Green With Envy. 7 Basket planter, $915, from Jardin. 8 Luxembourg table, $1060, from Jardin. 9 Verano Tropica beach towel, $49.99, from Farmers. 10 Tilly@home tropical coasters, $14.99 for 4, from Farmers. 11 Net chair in spearmint, $159.85, from ByDezign.

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1 Living & Co Shanghai umbrella, $99, from The Warehouse. 2 Hanging chair, $849, from Green With Envy. 3 Cotton rope hammock, $29, from The Warehouse. 4 Design Republique Leon bamboo lanterns, from $79.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. 5 Terrace rattan food cover, $49.99, from Farmers. 6 Terrace salad bowl with bamboo lid, $34.99, from Farmers. 7 Living & Co Waxpond bamboo torch, $10, from The Warehouse. 8 Side table, $399, from Green With Envy. 9 Rotin rattan daybed, $999, from Green With Envy. 10 Chair, $1195, from Me & My Trend. 11 Bubble large outdoor daybed, $3995, from Me & My Trend. 12 Copper side table, $189, from Early Settler. 13 Living & Co ceramic bowl on stand, $16, from The Warehouse.

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1 Flamingo garden stick, $1.20, from Kmart. 2 Blush lantern, $12, from Kmart. 3 Ellis outdoor dining chair, $85, from Target. 4 Embossed acrylic wine glass, $7 for 4, from Kmart. 5 Flamingo garden stake, $5, from Kmart. 6 Terrace Pop flamingo tumbler, $8.99, from Farmers. 7 Terrace Pop flamingo plate, $7.99, from Farmers. 8 Sunnylife ride-on flamingo pool float, $129.99, from Shut The Front Door. 9 Lulu side table, $59, from Early Settler. 10 Weekend stripe cushion, $34.95, from Freedom. 11 Embossed acrylic bowls, $5, and tumbler, $7 for 4, from Kmart. 12 Embossed acrylic platter, $5, from Kmart.


Willowby cube, $299, and Coromandel chair in blush, $429, both from Ico Traders.



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Fresh start After a stint in Sydney, An Organised Life founder Beck Wadworth had a clean slate to redecorate her new home – starting with the lounge Text by Jessica-Belle Greer. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

hanks to a career devoted to helping others stay on top of their busy lives, Beck Wadworth was more than prepared for her move back to Auckland after six years in Sydney. The founder of stationery brand An Organised Life now rents a home in Parnell, Auckland, where she lives with her long-term boyfriend, graphic designer Jason Domancie. The couple are gradually redecorating, starting with a luxurious yet functional lounge, which is not only a place to relax and gather with friends but An Organised Life personified.


Tell us about your new home. When we moved back from Sydney, I wanted to find somewhere we could both live and work from. The An Organised Life warehouse is still based in Australia, so it’s just myself working on the brand in New Zealand. The Parnell property is perfect and it has wooden floors and white walls – my favourite! How have you designed your living room? My general rule is to keep the space two-thirds light and one-third dark. I wanted white and off-white furniture and opted for a St Clements occasional chair with

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When it comes to homeware, do you save or splurge? That’s an interesting question. To be honest, it’s all about the look and feel to me. Furniture wise, we are happy to invest in quality pieces that last. However, the majority of the smaller pieces in our home to date are not expensive at all and still create the same luxe feel we want. I think it’s all about getting creative, and staying true to your style and theme.

S What are your favourite scents at the moment? I’m obsessed with candles! I light one every single morning and usually it’s the Lumira ‘Tonic of Gin’ or ‘Tuscan Fig’ (depending on how I’m feeling). However, I also have Diptyque and Jo Malone London candles floating about.

modern black edging – this became a statement feature in the space. To break up the white, I added in wooden details and neutral tones through the coffee table, gold vase and tray, artwork and picture frames. The circular mirror complements the corner of the room nicely (a great Kmart find!) and I broke up the shelving with a mixture of differently sized vases and candles. I love to finish off a room with greenery too – it’s the one ‘colour’ I add. What are your favourite pieces? The photo above the fireplace – Jason has a great eye when it comes to photography and he took some incredible photos when we escaped to Italy and Paris this year. We decided we wanted to frame a bunch of his images because they brought back special memories and are unique to us. I bought the frames from Country Road. Do you have any tips on how to keep your living area orderly? 1) Less is more! 2) If you don’t need it, get rid of it. 3) Give everything a place and get creative with storage solutions to keep the room tidy. 4) Stay on top of cleaning and tidying so that your home, furniture and homeware stay in good condition for longer. You also work in fashion and contribute to Vogue Australia. Do you follow fashion trends as well as interiors? I love keeping up to date with both, but I never stray far from my core style, which is minimal, understated and chic. I love a neutral colour palette and prefer to play with textures and fabrics. What’s next on your interiors list? I really want to work on our home office area – watch this space! •

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Bay dreams A little colour goes a long way, as this family found when renovating their 1960s Hawke’s Bay home Text by Fiona Ralph. Photography by Florence Charvin.

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lison and Andrew Palairet have put a clever, colourful spin on a mid-century home in Hawke’s Bay. The couple and their two sons, Jack and Angus, “escaped” to the regions from Auckland three years ago and found that this 1965 home on three acres “ticked the boxes”. Alison and Andrew went to work on the mostly original house, bringing the layout “into the 21st century”, adding an extension and giving the home a modern makeover with mid-century touches. “We’ve redecorated throughout; gone are the green walls, mismatched carpet and pink marble fireplace,” says Alison. “In its place is modern decor with a nod to the home’s ’60s roots.” Resene ‘White Pointer’ has been used through the interior. “We love its warmth and the hint of grey and taupe is so versatile and complementary, not to mention a great background for art.” This was paired with Resene ‘Alabaster’ on the interior trims and doors. Splashes of colour give the home its fun factor – there’s the brilliant yellow front door in Resene ‘Supernova’ and a blue feature wall in Resene ‘San Juan’ in the main bedroom. The bathrooms are painted in Resene ‘Half Foggy Grey’ with unique colour-blocked feature walls behind each vanity – Resene ‘Clementine Orange’ in the powder room, Resene ‘Supernova’ in the family bathroom and turquoise Resene ‘Keppel’ in the ensuite. “I’m really happy with the colour choices and the personality they afford the house,” says Alison.

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All over the rainbow Follow the trend for this adorable motif and you’ll strike decor gold Compiled by Vanessa Nouwens.










1 Rael Made Pixie Arc rainbow shelf, from US$74, from Gunn & Swain. 2 Bambury rainbow cushion, $94, from Harvey Norman. 3 Mandi Smethells natural knotted rainbow wall hanging, $244.75, from Etsy. 4 Oyoy Follow the Rainbow wall hanging, $195, from Dapper Mr Bear. 5 Stacking wooden rainbows, $48 pastel, $146 natural, from Dapper Mr Bear. 6 Rainbow beach tote, $39.99, from Acquisitions 7 Sonny round doormats, AU$89 each, from Langdon Ltd. 8 Meri Meri rainbow blanket, $129, from Little Whimsy. 9 Cam Cam rainbow mobile, $69.95, from Little Whimsy.

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Life in colour Make your summer pop with cool colours, hot accessories and vibrant everyday essentials

CARRIE FAIRLEY GM – Home, The Warehouse

STARS OF SUMMER Make a splash with colourful vibes and on-trend pieces this season. Here are my hot picks from our fabulous new summer collection.


he season of sunshine and good times is here, and what better way to celebrate than with impromptu pool parties, summery outdoor entertaining, backyard cricket and laidback beach picnics with family and friends. Life is meant to be lived in colour, so pick out bright, vibrant hues to make your home spaces pop and your entertaining style stand out from the crowd. From tableware to pool accessories, beach essentials and everyday homeware, get al your needs met with The Warehouse’s new summer collection A lively season of socialising, long lunches and poolside fun awaits – and with a carefully curated range that features modern, fun and affordable must-haves for the whole family, The Warehouse has got you sorted. Read on to discover top picks for a stunning summer where colour leads the way. The future looks bright, so keep your shades handy!

NEED IT, WANT IT For chilled-out living that embraces summer vibes, inject a little colour and a lot of style into your home with these a

Living & Co Essentials Plastic Bowl Funfetti, $2 for 4

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Living & Co Essentials Plastic Bowl Funfetti Colourful plates make mealtimes fun for everyone! Pick your favourite hue for each member of the family and set the table for a colour-filled feast. Young Original Kids’ Canvas Beachbag A must-have for smaller family members, a carryall beachbag is the perfect way to stuff all the essentials into one place. Stripey bright colours mean the bag won’t get lost in the sand, either. Living & Co Plastic Tumblers Funfetti There’s something effortlessly cool about tumblers, and when they come in cute tinted colours they’re even better! The perfect partner for refreshing summer drinks. Living & Co Beach Umbrella Throw some shade at the beach with a serious pop of colour and an equal dose of sun safety. With UV30+ protection, you can enjoy happy, picnic-filled days with peace of mind.

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Join us as we follow the journey of a home build




t’s the great Kiwi dream – build a home of your own, designed especially for you, to suit your taste and your lifestyle. In this ambitious first-ofits-kind feature, we follow the story of a real-life home build from dream to reality. Along the way we’ll be documenting the project in a series of articles, backed up by stories and videos online at If you’ve ever harboured a secret desire to build your own place, this landmark home project will inspire you to follow your dreams. Knowing where to start is the hardest part, so with support from industry experts including ne, Carpet Court and Haier, we’ll guide you every the way, from those early days of putting your was a very family- oriented place, but it was in the middle of on paper, until that fabulous feeling when the housing crisis and everywhere we looked at, a developer e in. would buy it before we could, paying more than it was worth ge of unpacking their moving boxes into because they were planning to chop it in half. Houses were walk-in wardrobe that’s going for crazy amounts of money.” ing Auckland couple Oliver Just as they were beginning to feel “It’s a tiny piece of land nd Ella Mizrahi focused over the despondent, a friend suggested they but it’s on a reserve by s it’s taken to bring their home buy the section she was subdividing the creek and there’s a off the back of her Te Atatu Peninsula ct almost to the start line. The couple bought a section in the walkway that goes all the property. “It’s a tiny piece of land uckland suburb of Te Atatu Peninsula but it’s on a reserve by the creek and way around it, so it’s got ore than three years ago. It was at the there’s a walkway that goes all the way a really nice feel” ight of the housing boom and they around it so it’s got a really nice feel,” iving in a rented Mt Albert home says Oliver. “We fell in love with it.” their young family while they looked for a place to buy. They decided to take a leap of faith and buy the land. We wanted to live somewhere that felt like it had a Their brother-in-law, architect David Ponting, offered to al community,” says Oliver. “We really liked Te Atatu design them a house as a wedding gift, and so began the long nsula because a lot of our friends lived there and it and sometimes frustrating process of refining the design to

create something that fitted their budget and complied with cool that we’ve been able to design how it will look. Auckland Council regulations. “My best piece of advice would be to ensure you “This is our first-ever build. We’ve never done anything like understand the entire amount the project will ultimately it before,” says Oliver. “We foolishly thought – and it is foolish cost,” says Oliver. “The biggest ongoing shock for us has – that building would be cheaper,” he laughs. “We now know been the many costs that come at you that you did not it’s not. We should have watched Grand Designs more often factor in. and believed it!” The couples’ next step was to Having tweaked the plans countless find a builder, which they did via a “We wanted to live times to comply with height to tender process, eventually choosing somewhere that felt like boundary regulations and other a small local company, JR Hosking it had a real community” Carpenters & Co. “James is a really Council requirements, and forked out tens of thousands of dollars for fees, talented young guy,” says Oliver. “We inspections and utilities connections, the couple finally had a get on with him really well.” set of plans they were 100 percent happy with. With a contract signed, the section cleared of scrubby “We started out with some really grand ideas,” says trees and earthworks about to begin, the couple can’t Oliver. “Then we found out how expensive they were, so it quite believe the project is finally under way. “We’re super has become quite a simple house but we’re still very excited excited about it,” says Oliver. about the process of building our own home. It’s been really

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We follow Oliver and Ella’s home build over a six-month journey – from dream to reality

CONSENT AND FINANCE DESIGN AND PLANNING The all-important The couple get their leg-work of figuring out dreams on paper and put what’s possible, sizing up a team together to make a budget and deciding to it happen take the plunge!

BUILD START BUILD MIDWAY FITTINGS AND FURNISHINGS AND TECH Ready, steady, go! Site The build is taking INSTALLATION The fun part! Window clearance, foundations, shape. Cladding, joinery, Tradies descend on the treatments, furniture and sub-floor, framing and insulation and wall linings, home to install flooring, personal touches make a the roof shout plastering and painting appliances, bathroomware house feel like a home and the custom kitchen

Meet the family Oliver Driver’s face will be familiar to many New Zealanders from his acting roles on Shortland Street and many other local TV shows, movies and theatre productions, but nowadays he’s more likely to be found behind the camera, and is currently directing a new season of Power Rangers. His wife Ella Mizrahi has an equally high-powered CV, with a background in production, event management, arts curation and set design, and is now contracted to the Auckland Council ACE team. They’re living in a rented home in Mt Albert with their two young children, Etta and Otis, and Harry the dog, while their new home is being built.

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expensive piece Set your budget. There’s no point buying an to your bank of land if you can’t afford to build on it. Talk and how they would about how much you can afford to borrow construction loans structure the loan. Some banks offer special different stages as for new builds, which can be drawn down in building progresses.


r the community, Start looking for a section you love. Conside acy and sun proximity to work, schools and facilities, priv choose a reasonably position. Your build will be much easier if you plications regarding level section with easy access and few com itect or builder lined drainage and engineering. If you have an arch tify any potential up, ask them to look at the section and iden hidden costs.

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find out what Meet with a planner at your local council to whether any sort of development is allowed in that zone, are needed. You building restrictions exist and what consents as engineers’ may also want to get specialist reports, such reports or geo-technical reports. r to capture Find an architect, draughtsperson or designe will use the your vision on paper. Think about how you a clear brief and home now and in the future and give them

e the mo an even clearer budget. Even if you don’t hav the inf the luxury items at the bottom of your list, put in now and they’ll be on track for the future.


for Find a builder or construction company. Ask als recommendations, then check their credenti rance the previous experience, testimonials, what insu ies. Sign guarantees they provide and any contingenc should comprehensive building contract: the builder t’s incl detailed plans and schedules that set out wha in their quote and a deadline for completion.

INTRODUCING THE MY NEW HOME TEAM They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it certainly takes a community of passionate professionals to create a new home. We’re proud to introduce the team of experts joining us on this exciting journey.

Haier is the number one brand of major household appliances in the world by volume sales*. Their stylish, yet functional products will feature in the My New Home kitchen, scullery and laundry, and a high tech ducted air conditioning system will heat and cool the home.

If you can’t tell your thermals from your romans, you need help from the experts when it comes to choosing the right window treatments. Curtain Studio offers a free in home measure and quote consultation to help you put together a look you’ll love. Selling nationwide in store and online, they stock a wide range of affordable, quality ready to hang designs that can be altered to fit in just five working days and potentially save you money.

Because it’s the little things that make a big difference, stylish modern tapware from Voda Plumbingware will feature in the bathrooms, kitchen and scullery of our new home build.

The quality, on-trend bathroom and en suite fittings will be supplied by bathroomware specialists Newtech.

New Zealand’s most trusted paint brand brings colour and personality to the My New Home project. Specialist colour consultants guide our homeowners through the colour selection process, pairing fashion forward paint colours with whimsical wallpapers to create a home that’s as unique as the family who will live there.

Fibre broadband is now considered the fourth utility, alongside electricity, gas and water. If you’re planning a home build, talk to Chorus and your broadband provider early to get fibre installed along with other utilities and make sure your new wiring can cope with the highest level of technology currently available.

The ki les for the M ew o e roject will be supplied by one of New Zealand’s largest tile importers, Tile Space. Their website and showrooms offer a world of inspiration, plus expert advice on putting together a look to suit any style or budget.

Choosing flooring is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your new home. Whether it’s carpet, laminate, wood or vinyl flooring you’re dreaming of, Carpet Court’s friendly flooring experts across 57 stores will guide you through the process and help find the perfect floor for your needs.

Our homeowners, Oliver and Ella, chose kitchen company Innovative Kitchens to design and make their kitchen because of their proven track record and extensive showroom.

The near bulletproof Dekton benchtops will be supplied by Cosentino, producers and distributors of high value innovative surfaces for the world of design and architecture.

Custom designed for Oliver and Ella by David Ponting of leading architectural firm Ponting Fitzgerald, the small but perfectly formed family home will be expertly crafted by James Hosking and his team from J R Hosking Carpenters & Co.


TO LOVE.CO.NZ *Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Consumer Appliance 2018ed, % unit share, 2018 data. Major Appliances category is the sum of dishwashers, home laundry appliances, large cooking appliances, microwaves and refrigeration appliances.

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Creative and inspiring New Zealand homes with heart

Heart wood

Photography by Alice Veysey.

When it came time to build the kitchen at the Kays’ new Mt Maunganui home, Andy Kay didn’t want to stand idly by – so he worked alongside experts at The Kitchen Business to craft it himself. After careful consideration, he selected kahikatea, a pale native timber, for its warm, Scandi feel. See the rest of this impressive, super-sized apartment over the page.

A new vintage: an ambitious apartment build in Mt Maunganui Page 50 Sunny side up: a dreamy family home near the beach Page 60 Press play: a modular bach on Auckland’s Awhitu Peninsula Page 68

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vintage Building a brand-new apartment in Mt Maunganui was a bold step for this couple, but the result is a perfect combination of modern convenience and nostalgia Text by Debbie Harrison. Photography by Alice Veysey.

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Meet + Greet Andy Kay, 63 (project manager Kay Family Trust), Jane Kay, 54 (school guidance counsellor), and Ruby Kay, 25, schoolteacher.

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very day for months, Andy Kay would drive past the ‘for sale’ sign in front of a bunch of old flats on Mount Maunganui’s main drag and dream about what he and wife Jane could do with the site. It’s easy to understand the appeal – directly across the road from the beach, the property had ocean views, was just a short walk from the town centre and, as the site of the infamous Blue Dolphin Motel, represented a little slice of history. A location that good needed to be shared, the Kays thought, so they purchased the block of dilapidated flats and drew up plans for four apartments, including one for themselves. After living in one of the flats for a year to get a feel for the site, the Kays demolished the structure and started to build the four stylish apartments, each with gorgeous beach views, envisioned by their architect, Tane Cox. Nineteen months later, the Kays took their pick of four stunning apartments, which look more like townhouses separated by an internal concrete wall. “It works well – we like the feeling that someone is nearby if needed but mostly we just live our separate lives,” says Andy.

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KITCHEN Despite Andy getting stuck in and building all the joinery and cabinet fronts himself, the space ended up being a splurge – but it was worth it, say the enthusiastic entertainers. Andy made the dining table when he and Jane were first married. OPPOSITE PAGE Jane says she is “hopelessly sentimental” so rarely buys art to collect, but instead looks for pieces that are meaningful. Her favourite works are the ones created by their kids, like the self-portraits in the lounge.

For a couple who love to entertain and host, the kitchen was an integral part of the Kays’ open-plan home design. But having input into its layout wasn’t quite enough for Andy – with guidance from staff at The Kitchen Business, he built all the joinery and the unit fronts himself. A self-described “timber snob”, Andy was dead set on using real wood. His first choice was tawa but ongoing issues with availability led him to reluctantly look at engineered-wood products. However, in the end he steered back to the real deal, choosing kahikatea, a beautiful, light timber that has brought a Scandi look to the kitchen and dining space. The couple added a stainless-steel bench for practicality and finished the scheme with industrial-style vintage light fittings.

THE APARTMENT For their own apartment, Andy and Jane, who describe themselves as “collectors of people”, wanted to create a beautiful space where the people they love could come and hang out. “We’ve always had an open-home policy, so it was important that our home felt welcoming for our friends and family,” says Jane. Although the Kays’ home is officially an apartment, it’s not the shoebox that usually comes to mind when you hear that word. Instead, it’s a substantial, New York loft-style home spread over three floors, with three bedrooms, three lounges, three bathrooms and a two-bedroom self-contained flat. The other apartments have all their living areas on the top floor, but Andy and Jane opted for middle-floor living to feel more connected to their environment and community.

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Although substantial, the home still feels intimate, mainly because of the furnishings and personal touches Jane and Andy have added throughout. For instance, they used wooden flooring and products wherever possible and these natural timber tones warm up the concrete wall that separates their space from the apartment next door. “The concrete wall is our new favourite thing and makes a great photo backdrop,” says Jane.


THE BATHROOMS Crown Lynn Nautilus Sea vase, $125, from Antiques of Epsom.

Wonderland cushion cover, $49.90, from Paper Plane. Vintage map, $119.95, from

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Early on, the couple decided against glass showers, preferring the practicality and appearance of tiled enclosures instead. Jane loved the idea of a typical 1960s bathroom with tiled vanity tops, and wanted one bathroom with brass or copper fittings from Heritage Bathware. However, laying so many tiles wasn’t an easy feat and the project became a balancing act between achieving clean lines and a seamless effect while meeting waterproofing requirements. “Troy, our tiler, was a legend – the three of us spent many hours together in the bathrooms, brainstorming the best problem-solving strategies,” Jane recalls. The end result is a beautiful turquoise bathroom with a warm, beachy vibe. “It was a super-scary risk that went against popular opinion but worked out way better than I hoped,” says Jane. Andy got on the tools to build the wooden vanities, too.

H BATHROOM Jane had her heart set on a retro-style tiled bathroom, with vanity tops covered in small mosaic tiles and brass or copper fittings. The result is a real talking point.

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BEDROOM Jane’s magpie tendencies see her constantly finding new treasures. “Colours, textures and beautiful fabrics (especially florals) seem to be my go-to,” she explains.


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THE STYLE Jane’s eclectic decor style and collection of art and curios have softened the home’s steel, concrete and wood. There’s no hard-edged modernist furniture here – instead, the Kay home is filled with items the couple love or things they’ve kept for sentimental reasons. “I’m hopelessly sentimental and love things that hold meaning and memories for us – gifts, art our kids have made, family heirlooms,” says Jane. She also enjoys discovering new treasures at secondhand shops and garage sales. “I love to find something someone no longer wants and make it useful again,” she says, although these days she tends to cull and curate, keeping only her favourites and buying just the things she truly loves. A set of six Otto Larsen chairs was a recent Trade Me splurge which now adorns the dining area.

THE FUTURE Andy and Jane are pretty happy with how things have panned out. In spite of all the ups and downs of such a challenging project, they have established a family home they can share with their village. They love hanging with family and friends while cooking good food, watching the ocean and enjoying the sunset. “It’s pretty rewarding seeing your dream come to fruition and being able to share it with those you love,” says Andy. • > Find the things you love from this home on page 144.

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HONESTY BOX + What compromises did you make? Jane: Having to complete our house after we moved in to enable the project to be completed and to get the other houses sold. + Any splurges? The window joinery – but it was worth it for the views; tiled bathrooms and showers; and the kitchen, particularly the stainless-steel bench. + Best advice? Pick your battles. Spend the money on the really important structural features and the rest will follow. + Any mistakes you made on the build? Building four houses at once. Underestimating budgets and timelines. We should have put more thought into wind-protected deck areas and more useful outdoor living.

Industrial finishes and fittings are mixed with vivid, retro colours, vintage furniture and a dash of coastal style


+ Maximise your view and make the most of your site. + Create spaces that work for you, your family and the way you live your life. + Go with what you love. For us it was wood, concrete, vintage, colour and sentimentality.






1 Gull lightshade, $130, from Catherine David Designs. 2 Medium drum lampshade, $151.50, from Bolt of Cloth. 3 Kay rattan bar stool, $229, from Freedom. 4 Eden plant hanger, $19.95, from Mocka. 5 Rosewood dining chair, $4500 for 6, from Mr Bigglesworthy. 6 Signature Slope sofa, $1399, from Freedom.

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KEY 1 Entry 2 Rumpus 3 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 5 Lift 6 Garage 7 Media room 8 Kitchen 9 Dining 10 Lounge 11 Void 12 Master bedroom 13 Wardrobe 14 Ensuite 15 Study nook

+ Total spend? $1.8 million for the build as a guesstimate.

CONTACTS + Architect Tane Cox at Red Architecture, + Kitchen cabinetry The Kitchen Business, + Tiler Troy, 021 132 7648. + Electrician Reid Electrical, 027 557 9093.


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Meet + Greet Jaynie Johnson, 34, and Nathan Johnson, 37 (founders of design studio Blacklist), Willow, 7, Dare, 3, and Rocko, 1.

Text and styling Sarah Ellison. Photography Maree Homer/


This home is a haven of fun, friendship and creativity for a family of five

H KITCHEN AND LIVING Jaynie and Nathan’s style is casual and uncomplicated, with clean white providing a backdrop for lots of natural textures and materials. These statement pendant lights are from Les Interieurs in Sydney.

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This large sliding door leads to a sensory playroom which runs the full length of the house.

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H KITCHEN AND DINING The home’s new kitchen is fitted with a secondhand stovetop, oven and rangehood, which sums up Jaynie and Nathan’s no-nonsense approach to their home life.

home where hope reigns and love rules – this was the vision of Jaynie and Nathan Johnson when they bought their 1950s brick bungalow six years ago in the beachside suburb of Cronulla in Sydney’s south. “We both grew up in the area and decided to settle here with our kids as it’s close to the city yet far enough away to feel like we are on holiday,” Jaynie says. But it would be a while before the family could relax. “The house was a total dump,” Jaynie declares frankly. “We got it for a bargain because no one could see past the rotting cork floors, rooms painted different colours and internal windows. But we just saw the walk to the beach and figured the rest would be okay, and it is – it’s better than okay.”


CHANGING ROOMS Admittedly, it took the creative couple – who run art and design business Blacklist – two rounds of renovations to get there. “Before we moved in, we gutted the entire house, changed the layout, combined two rooms to make one master suite, and installed bifolds and the outside deck and bridge,” Jaynie says. More recently, they added two new bathrooms, a new kitchen and a playroom.

PERSONAL TOUCHES “Our home is very open and reflects our lifestyle,” Jaynie says of the laidback, lightfilled space. Art obviously plays a big part, with a constantly changing selection of Nathan’s Blacklist prints and canvases on display in every room, while the children’s rooms are playful and set up to inspire creativity.

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OUTDOOR AREA The home’s backyard pool and deck zone was planned as a place where Jaynie and Nathan could laze while their three kids had fun in the pool. The ‘Surf’ mural was painted by Nathan and a group of friends who create street art under the name @thosejazzcats.

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H BACKYARD BLISS With an affinity for the outdoors, the family can often be found on the deck or in the yard, enjoying picnics, outdoor movie sessions, water play and impromptu concerts. “Our daughter, Willow, was in a speech competition and the topic was ‘your favourite place on Earth’. Willow’s was ‘my backyard’,” Jaynie laughs. “So we’ve decided to cancel all future holidays and just set up camp in the backyard while we can get away with it.”

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FLOORS The beautiful floorboards were original but Jaynie and Nathan had to work hard to reveal their full glory. “They were buried under concrete so Nathan and I spent a weekend jackhammering it all up, then had them bleached and lime-washed.�

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Do your HOMEwork!

A stripped-back palette of black, white and natural materials allows artwork and family fun to take centre stage


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1 1 ‘The Brightest’ unframed extra-large canvas print, AU$290, from Blacklist. 2 Large Firth lamp, $399.99, from A&C Homestore. 3 Bentwood chair No 18, $248, from Thonet. FOR STOCKISTS TURN TO PAGE 145.

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HONESTY BOX + How would you describe your style? Jaynie: We have a very relaxed, uncomplicated style. We like our home to be an easy living space – fussfree, low-maintenance and a place where children can be children and our friends aren’t stressed when they come and hang. + What was the concept behind your kitchen and dining room area? We just wanted to be able to all hang out in the one zone, so that when we are making dinner it is a communal event. Everyone has their own bedroom where they can retreat to when needed, but we wanted the living spaces to be very cohesive. Plus, we only have limited space. + Which items or fixtures did you splurge on and where did you save? We didn’t splurge on anything – only art. We bought a secondhand oven, stove and rangehood and I painted the exterior myself at eight months pregnant!

+ What’s the one thing you would change about your home if you could? We would move the pool and extend the back. + What was your overall renovation budget? Very minimal. When we first moved in we did a AU$15,000 reno, then five years later we did another one for the kitchen, two bathrooms and the extension, all for AU$100,000. + What are your favourite homeware shops? I love Les Interieurs, Water Tiger and MCM House, and thrift stores for vintage finds. •


RESENE ‘Black’





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H Meet + Greet Andrew, 36, and Emma Macdonald, 36 (owners of an import and distribution business), Flynn, 5, and Sienna, 4, plus Ollie the dog.

play After spontaneously purchasing a dreamy section on Awhitu Peninsula, this family planned and built a modular bach designed for many summers to come Text and styling by Tina Stephen. Photography by Helen Bankers.

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tretching northwards into the Manukau Harbour is the hilly, green Awhitu Peninsula, a rugged, rural place that, as the crow flies, lies only a short distance from central Auckland but feels a lot further away. Like many coastal areas of New Zealand, the drive into this sleepy district reveals streets devoid of footpaths and dotted with quirky letterboxes and pastel-coloured, mid-century baches. “Our bach on Awhitu is still in the Auckland region and less than an hour for us to get to from home,” says Emma Macdonald. “This works really well as we can maximise the time we spend at the bach while juggling our work and the kids’ activities at the weekends.” Emma and husband Andrew’s holiday home is as Kiwi as it gets and harks back to a simpler, less rushed time when kids could roam free, build huts and hack secret paths through the bush to the beach. A desire for their kids, Flynn and Sienna, to spend those precious early years flying kites instead of staring at devices was a large part of why the couple took a leap of faith after a chance visit to the area.

At first site “We weren’t planning on buying a section for a bach,” says Emma. “But after going out for a drive, we stumbled upon ‘our’ section. We got out of the car, looked at each other and knew we had to have this land!” With unobstructed views to the north and west, it’s easy to see why they fell in love with it. Despite making a quick decision to purchase the site, the Macdonalds didn’t want to rush into building before they had got to know the unique characteristics of the section. “We camped there for the first two summers, which gave us a good idea of where we wanted to position the bach and how windy it can get,” says Emma. After two years of spending time on the land and experiencing it in all weathers, the ideal bach started to take shape in their minds.

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Use blue-and-white striped linen to create a heritage coastal look that’s perfect for a bach.

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Design and build With a clear budget always uppermost in their minds, the Macdonalds started to design a simple, H-shaped structure comprising two ‘pods’. This scheme would provide the family of four with a living pod and a sleeping pod, the two connected by a covered deck which would also function as a sheltered outdoor living and dining area. The couple’s choice of a prefab build was based not only on budget but also on style, as they found the simple, modern look of Transbuild homes was exactly what they had in mind. “We spent a while researching what we could achieve within our budget that would meet our short- and long-term needs,” Emma says. “We both kept being drawn towards black, square exteriors. I wanted something small that wouldn’t be hard to clean and maintain and made the most of the views. In the end, we sketched out what we had in mind and took it to Transbuild, who reconfigured their prefab buildings to make our sketch a reality. “We knew we wanted the ability to add some more bedrooms in time and, by using

pods, we can easily do this and still have a central deck area to gravitate to.” The Macdonalds were fortunate that their gently sloping section was a perfect fit for the prefab and two years of getting to know the site meant they knew exactly where it should go. From council submission to laying the final plank of decking timber, the house was complete in less than a year. Initial fixed quotes from Transbuild and other contractors ensured the budget stayed on track, but it was Emma’s careful planning and execution of the interior fit-out that ultimately kept things in check. “We planned each room and purchased strictly to that plan,” she says. “Then, once we were in, we added to the basics as budget allowed. We definitely didn’t want it to feel precious or pretentious.” The pods were built in a factory in nearby Papakura, which meant the couple could check on progress easily and, thanks to Emma’s love of spreadsheets, the finished build came in smack-bang on budget.

LOUNGE Floor-to-ceiling fixed glazing in the lounge allows for expansive views to the northwest, making the living pod a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the Waitakere Ranges.

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Rooms with a view Inside, the bach feels clean and fresh, and surprisingly spacious. “I wanted to keep the style simple and low-key so that it’s easy to lock up and leave,” says Emma. “The views are what we love, so maximising those, and keeping the interior colours more neutral so as not to detract from them, was a design focus.” Floor-to-ceiling windows on the north side of both pods frame the view perfectly and allow all-day sunlight to stream in. Simple, slimline furniture in white, grey and oak keeps the aesthetic cool and calm, and white sunscreen blinds are often lowered to shield the interior from the sun’s intensity. Walls painted in Dulux ‘Dannevirke’ throughout ensure the space feels as open and light as possible. Although currently sparse, the garden has been edged with hardy pittosporum hedging, and a fire pit provides a spot to gather after dinner and roast marshmallows. The rest of the large section will provide camping space for extra guests.

The future The Macdonalds are already looking forward: plans for a new storage shed are under way after the original one was blown over in a storm, and another sleeping pod has been allowed for in the plans. A container pool is also on the wish list, but for now trips to the local beaches at high tide, followed by a cold drink and a barbie on the deck, are the order of the day. “It’s about recharging and spending quality time together,” says Emma. “There’s no TV or wifi, and we enjoy getting out the board games, spending time outside and switching off from the pressures of work. I feel relaxed the minute I walk in the door.” • > Find the things you love from this home on page 144.

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OUTDOORS Big skies dominate the property, and a covered central deck provides much-needed respite from the midday sun. The living-pod deck at the end is perfect for evening barbecues.


Matte black jug, $5, from Kmart.

Living & Co stool, $25, from The Warehouse.

Cushion cover, $14.99, from H&M.

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HONESTY BOX + Best lessons learned? Emma: Go with your gut. + What would you never do again? I would do it all again. + One thing you would change about your home if you could? Put an extra bedroom pod on now! + How did your budget forecast compare to your actual spend? Spot on! We ensured we had fixed quotes to work with. + What areas of your home did you save or splurge on? We saved by planning the rooms out and buying only to that plan. Then, once we were in, we added to the basics. + Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain? Seek out a bargain. I definitely didn’t want the bach to feel precious (or to worry about something being ruined or damaged!). + Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home? Ask for advice. + How did you keep track of costs during the build? I love Excel spreadsheets!

Breezy coastal stripes, leafy prints and raffiawork blend with pale neutrals in this low-key, no-worries look


BUDGET + How much have you spent on your home altogether? The section was $360K and the build cost $310K including site works like the septic system and tank. + Any cost breakdowns? $200K for the pods; $55K for decking; $40K for the septic system, tank, plumbing and electrician. The balance went on fees (architect, council etc) and landscaping.


1 African Buhera bowl, $225, from Indie Home Collective. 2 Cushion, $26.99, from Farmers. 3 Stoneware figurine, $39.99, from H&M Home. 4 Vandam tray, $54.95, from Freedom. 3



KEY 1 Kitchen 2 Dining 3 Living 4 Bathroom 5 Laundry 6 Bedroom

DULUX ‘Dannevirke’





Cladding Grooved Shadowclad in Taubmans TimberProof ‘Ebony’.


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Floor Ultimate Oak vinyl in Calais, via Transbuild.

Cabinetry Transbuild custom kitchen in Melteca.




Once you’ve identified your style, it’s easy to build your dream retreat with Mico Bathrooms


our bathroom is where you unwind after a long, busy day and this look encourages escapism. Built on a clean, white backdrop, this style is all about the accessories – greenery and natural textures such as cane, flax and linen. This is a universal look that will suit most homes and budgets.

1 Kohler Kamala basin, $6969, from Mico Bathrooms. 2 Phoenix Vivid Slimline basin wall mixer set, $645, from Mico Bathrooms. 3 YH&G areca palm plant, $159.99, from Farmers. 4 Phoenix Vivid Slimline shower mixer, $525, from Mico Bathrooms. 5 Caroma Noir freestanding bath, $2489, from Mico Bathrooms. 6 Elm wood antique round stool, $259, from Citta. 7 Svenska tulpan matt 20 tile, POA, from Tilespace. 8 Aura Inca Bath sheet in Dove, $99 from The Foxes Den.



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Renovation Expert advice on home alterations, extensions and updates

Flow-on effect

Photography by Helen Bankers.

For more than four decades this Auckland house looked out across a reserve to the glittering sea – without a useable deck to sit on and soak up the view. Now, after an intervention from renovating whizzes Alice and Caleb Pearson, things are finally flowing. Find out more about this problematic project over the page.

Good things take time: The Block NZ veterans Alice and Caleb’s disaster-riddled reno Page 80 Workshop: 10 steps to your dream deck Page 88

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Renovating a rundown home can take far longer than you think – even for The Block NZ veterans Alice and Caleb Text by Esther Gordon. Photography by Helen Bankers.

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MEET + GREET Caleb Pearson, 32, and Alice Pearson, 31 (directors of Pearson + Projects), Alek, 4, and Mika, 2.

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When Alice and Caleb Pearson were approached to transform a dilapidated 1960s house for a television show called The Ultimate Reno on Three, they jumped at the opportunity. The Glendowie property assigned to them enjoyed unfettered views of parkland and out to the Hauraki Gulf, as well as a level of privacy that can be hard to find close to Auckland’s inner city. These attributes, plus its large, north-facing section, were enough for the pair to commit their creative talents to restoring the house, which was largely in its original state.



With a new home to renovate and a camera crew on hand to capture the experience, Alice and Caleb set to work selecting a team that could bring their vision to life. They commissioned the services of Stuart Huggett of Architects Pacific. Alice was a fan of his previous work on resorts in Fiji, which fitted with her plans to create a home with a relaxed, ‘holiday’ feel. With the architect secured, the couple then enlisted the services of QBS Builders, whose positive testimonials and reputation for good attention to detail were a huge drawcard for Caleb.

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PROBLEM The rooms felt dark and closed-in.

The decks were unusable and therefore no indoor-outdoor flow.

The foundations were found to be structurally unsound.

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SOLUTION Large stacker doors were fitted to make the most of the north-facing aspect. The living area gained a cathedral ceiling to provide light and a sense of spaciousness. New decks were built on two sides of the home, creating a connection to the outdoors and giving access to the garden.

The house was lifted and levelled and new foundations laid.



THE BRIEF Alice and Caleb’s

main goal was to capitalise on the home’s spectacular views. The house itself was dark and cavernous with two non-compliant decks which were unusable. To change this, huge windows and doors that opened onto full-size decks were to be added. The basement area, which was a jumble of utility areas including a laundry, was to be reconfigured into usable living spaces. The kitchen and bathrooms were to be totally replaced and an entire third-storey loft with a spacious master bedroom was planned.



With any renovation there is always an element of surprise, and this untouched 1960s home proved to be no exception to the rule. As work began on the house, the couple quickly realised its problems went deeper than poor layout and a lack of decking. Asbestos was found on the site, and the home was damp and generally in a state of disrepair. Then the engineering report revealed that the basement floor was subsiding, making the home structurally unsound. In short, the entire house was slowly sinking. “In parts, the windows and doors couldn’t even be opened,” says Alice. “The house had had so many corners cut in the build, it was a wonder it was still standing.”

FAMILY ROOM A beige linen sofa from Harvey Norman anchors the space, while shiny plants in stone and timber planters add an earthy feel. BATHROOM Chic black tapware and towel rails are warmed up with wooden and ceramic accessories.

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LEVELLING UP “The design

process was a stressful one,” says Alice. “What was originally a renovation essentially became a rebuild in order to strengthen the house and bring everything up to code. Stuart and his team at Architects Pacific had to work very closely with engineer Lucy Edwards and her team at Chester Engineering.” In order to continue with any sort of renovation, the house needed to be made level. The company House Lifters was called in to perform this small miracle, and the building was raised, then levelled and a new foundation laid, making the home structurally sound and ready for renovation.




The couple’s renovation had rolled into the realms of a rebuild and thousands had been spent on unexpected foundation problems, so in order to complete the project within budget, the initial architectural plans had to be abandoned. To claw back money, the third-storey loft was completely scrapped. Stuart instead focused on working within the original framework of the home and giving it a new lease of life. “He added elements that make a huge impact,” says Alice. Huge glass stacker doors do justice to those views and decking areas create wonderful indoor-outdoor flow. Downstairs, an extra bedroom and bathroom were added, along with a spacious family room and study. Upstairs, two bedrooms were converted into one large master suite. An openplan living and kitchen area with a cathedral ceiling creates the “open living and big spaces” that Alice and Caleb envisioned. The new design was much more affordable than the original plans but was still an elegant, stylish and practical solution for family living.

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RENOVATION WORKSHEET DECOR TIPS > Find ways to inject personality – for example, the ‘Be still my soul’ artwork in the family room. It’s the little details that sometimes make a big impact. > Don’t avoid colour. Add colour that is soft and complementary to the space. > Find various textures and patterns. Elements like the living-room rug or beams bring energy and depth and make a space feel inviting. The hide chair in the living room and the layers on the beds also do this. > Invest in plants and take the time to keep them alive! A pot plant in a few places can visually fill a space and give an earthy feel to a room.

RENO TIPS > Always get at least three quotes from tradespeople. It also gives you a chance to meet potential contractors and work out if they are right for your renovation. > Consider the longevity of the products you use. Ask about how long a product is under warranty for as it will give you a great indication of its quality. > To avoid overcapitalising go along to open homes in your area to give you an idea of what a renovated home in your market looks like and what it’s worth. > Don’t underestimate the value of your own time. Doing it yourself is less expensive but it comes at the cost of your time, energy and leisure. CONTACT LIST

Floors Original rimu

Cladding Cedar in Resene ‘Hackett Black’

Carpet Cavalier Bremworth

Family room Resene ‘Gold Coast’

BUDGET Total renovation spend: $480,000



JUNE 2017



Property purchased.

Planning begins.

Building starts.

Building ends.

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> Architect Stuart Huggett, > Builders QBS, > Furniture Harvey Norman, > Paint Resene, > Blinds Santa Fe, > Engineers Chester Engineering, > Switches and sockets Legrand, > Wardrobes Wardrobe World, > Concrete Allied Concrete, > Carpets Cavalier Bremworth, > Repiling House Lifters, > Doors and windows Rylock, > Kitchen cabinets Kitchen Mania, > Plumbing Auckland Plumbers Group, > Timber flooring repairs South Pacific Timber, > Deck balustrades/shower glass NZ Glass, > Real estate Mike Pero, > Mortgage broker Mike Whittaker, > Building equipment Kennards Hire,






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KEY 1 Bedroom 2 Walk-in wardrobe 3 Ensuite 4 Bathroom 5 Laundry 6 Family room 7 Study 8 Parking area 9 Dining 10 Living 11 Kitchen 12 Toilet 13 Entry 14 Deck






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COLOUR CODE Alice wanted

to introduce some bold colour accents to her neutral palette. “Picking a palette isn’t just about wall colours, but all the colours you want to bring into the house. Everything is part of a colour scheme, from the lights to the cabinetry and even a cushion.” Her vision was for a warm, earthy and organic feel. The yellow splash of Resene ‘Gold Coast’ on a wall in the family room is offset by sage green and orange cushions. The dusty blue (Resene Karen Walker ‘Periglacial Blue’) in the master bedroom is married with warm greys and soft pink bedding. Graphic rugs and art also add to the overall palette. Alice chose a sandy Cavalier Bremworth loop-pile carpet, reminiscent of the beach, which contrasts nicely with the black window joinery and kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Hints of black in the soft furnishings and picture frames reinforce the colour scheme.



To add depth throughout the home, the couple focused on introducing texture via wooden shutters and blinds in the bedrooms and warm timber accents in the exposed ceiling beams and internal batten screens. Alice selected elegant and simple Rylock doors to be fitted throughout the house. “The idea was for the doors to blend seamlessly into the walls,” she says.

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Despite its many problems, the one thing the home did deliver was beautiful native timber floors. “South Pacific Timber sourced sustainable rimu for us, and the building team nailed it down by hand to patch up areas that needed replacing,” says Alice. A palette of tactile finishes – including concrete, timber and stone – is echoed in decor such as the rattan and timber bar stools from Harvey Norman, the woven lightshades over the kitchen island, chunky patterned planters and the large wood-and-basketwork pots in the entryway. Plenty of lush green plants are peppered throughout the home, cementing its strong connection to nature.




renovation of this home was a long and, at times, demoralising ride. What started as a 10-week plan turned into a year-long project with more than its fair share of disasters. “Some of us wondered if the house was haunted, as some of the problems we faced seemed too ridiculous or cruel to be true!” laughs Alice. The reality of home renovation is that good things take time, and what Alice, Caleb and their team eventually achieved is a blend of mindful restoration and good design. The home is now not only a beautiful, light-filled space, but also an extremely liveable one. •

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Our 10-step guide to planning and building your dream deck y a y onor.

Photography by Bauer Syndication and Abodo Wood (opposite).


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decking in Pearl finish from Abodo.

decking by Abodo from Bunnings.


“Multi-level decks are perfect for hillsides and where the ground is uneven or sloping. It’s easier and more cost-effective to achieve a decentsized deck by spreading it out over a few levels and connecting them with stairs”


s there anything more Kiwi than a bloody good deck? We love our outdoor living here in New Zealand and a deck represents the ultimate in indoor-outdoor flow that so many of us aspire to. If you’re considering adding a deck at your place this year, the first thing you should ask yourself is: would a paved area or patio do the trick instead? This solution is generally cheaper and easier than deck construction, and is better suited to low sites where moisture is likely to quickly degrade a deck built too close to the ground. However, boggy or uneven sites with good clearance are ideal for a deck, which would create a flat, dry space for relaxing and entertaining. If a deck is definitely your heart’s desire, read on for our 10-step guide to planning and building your dream.

RENO SPECIALIST Jeremy Wyn-Harris has helped us come up with the ultimate guide to planning your perfect deck. Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of, an online service which connects tradespeople with property owners.


Seek out some inspiration from magazines and on Pinterest, and either find an image that sums up what you’re looking for or put together a clear diagram. It helps to be able to show a picture of what you envision to your builder, when you get to that stage. Look at your site and think creatively about how best to utilise its shape to create an inviting and enjoyable deck. Jeremy Wyn-Harris, co-founder and CEO of, recommends creating a few different levels if your site is anything but pancake-flat.



Look at the style of your home and think about how to make your new deck seem like it was there from the beginning. A deck for a villa will look great with some ornate detailing, an art deco house will suit some curvy corners and a more modern build will look best with sharp edges and hi-tech lighting. Also think about how you want to use your deck. Do you need enough room for both outdoor living and dining? Will you incorporate planter boxes to create a herb garden? Are you creating a link between your house and pool area? Do you need to add anchors for a shade sail? These considerations will feed back into your style choices.



Depending on the work you want done, you may need the assistance of a planner to apply for the necessary permits. Any deck over 1.5 metres high will need a permit, which can add a significant cost. Check with your local council, even if you feel sure of the outcome, as you may need additional safety measures in place. “For example, if there are more than a set number of steps, a handrail may be required,” advises Jeremy.

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“Decking comes with a grooved side and a smooth side. Despite what many people think, the ridges are designed to face down. They can channel moisture into the decking when facing up, leading to premature deterioration and mould growth. When facing down, they encourage the deck to shed moisture, leading to a drier, longer-lasting desk”



From hardwood to pine to composite, each decking type has pros and cons. You’ll want to weigh up cost, appearance and environmental impact when you make your choice. Be sure to think about how you want your deck to look in five or 10 years’ time. Composite decking, made from a mix of recycled timber and plastic, is a sleek and attractive option, but questions have been raised about its long-term eco-friendliness. The use of hidden fixings can create a highend finish but you’ll pay for the seamless look. Hardwood timbers, such as kwila and vitex, are very popular choices. “Hardwood is the most desirable type of wooden decking, but deforestation of rainforests in places like Indonesia make popular kwila a controversial choice,” says Jeremy. Pine timber is a simple, cost-effective option which will require frequent staining and maintenance. “Wooden decks do require maintenance, but if done regularly, your deck can last for years,” says Jeremy.

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If your main goal is to get an awesome deck for minimum spend, keep in mind that if you tackle a DIY job without the right skills and tools, you could end up spending thousands for a deck that is missing the professional finish. Be frank with yourself about your level of DIY ability and whether you have the know-how to design a deck as well as build it. “The design of your deck should be carefully planned,” says Jeremy. “This includes specific measurements of various sides and height, as well as any special features such as steps, handrails or balustrades.” You’ll also need to have all the required tools, be able to follow guidelines about the required spacing of posts and bearers, and be sure you can complete the work safely. If you want the experience of building your own deck, consider hiring a capable builder to work alongside you or to take care of the trickier parts of the job.

Work out how much you’re willing to spend, then discuss your ideas and budget with a builder. When looking for a builder, it’s best to look at reviews and examples of their previous work and, if possible, get a couple of quotes. Seek out a builder who specialises in decks to ensure yours will be in good hands.



Decks that include seating, steps, handrails and unusual shapes will be costly. Keep things simple if you’re on a budget. Hiring a professional to build your deck will be more costly in terms of labour but may save you money elsewhere. Experienced tradies will know exactly how much timber to buy, for example. “Overbuying materials is a common mistake when DIY-ing a deck,” says Jeremy. Another way to stay under-budget is to keep your deck small enough to avoid applying for – and paying for – a building consent. “Keep the deck under the minimum height and other requirements determined by your local council to avoid needing a building consent,” Jeremy says.

Photography by Bauer Syndication and Abodo Wood (opposite left and centre).






Woodsman deck stain by Resene

Woodsman deck stain by Resene

Woodsman deck stain by Resene



“The cleaner and clearer your build site is, the better,” says Jeremy. Doing as much as you can before your tradie arrives will save them time and you money. Ensure a convenient power source is available, the grass is mowed and measures are in place to keep children, pets and visitors off the site. If using a builder, leave safety measures to them as they’re experts in running a safe site. But if you’re going the DIY route, identify hazards and prepare an awareness and management plan for each one. Ask yourself: + Can I come into contact with an energy source? + Can I come into contact with any hazardous substances? + Can I be struck by or strike against anything? + Can I be caught in, on or between anything? + Can I slip, trip or fall on the same or lower level? + Can I be injured by poor site management? + Can I strain or sprain a muscle?



Once your deck is built, it’s important to protect it against the elements as thoroughly as possible. Composite decking won’t require staining but timber decking will. Talk to your builder or staff at your local hardware store about colours, finishes and how often you’ll need to reapply protective coatings. You may also need to apply a pre-stain to remove any dust, dirt or residues. The easiest thing you can do to keep your deck looking good is to sweep it regularly – leaves and rubbish can quickly break down and start degrading the timber. Giving the boards a good scrub once a year will also keep your deck looking fresh for longer.


Congratulations – your new deck is ready for year-round enjoyment. Now for the fun bit – the furnishings. A cool outdoor rug will make your deck look more like an extra living area, and some versatile cushions or squabs will help the space feel welcoming and comfortable. Before you buy, think about where you’ll store all of it – for example, stacking chairs are easier to pack away. And if you’ll be placing pots or planters on your deck, make sure they have trays underneath to protect your deck from excess water. •

Check with your local council. Depending on the type of deck you are planning, you may need building consent, resource consent or both. It never hurts to ask!


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Design, colour and styling advice for simple and affordable transformations

Driving this Daisy

Photography by Nicola Edmonds.

Many caravan makeovers go fully retro with Formica, chequered oors and pretty pastel shades. But Lara and Ben Maher kept it simple, using a modern palette of white, grey and plywood. See the surprisingly chic interior of Daisy the caravan on page 104.

Room reveal: summer soiree Page 96 Project: boho wall hanging Page 98 Workshop: two cool coastal looks Page 100 Then & now: a stylish caravan makeover Page 104 Finder’s Fi: create a retro summer look Page 110

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Summer soiree Turn a sheltered deck or patio area into a cosy after-dark hangout with cold drinks, tunes and friends on tap Styling by Alex Walls. Photography by Bayly & Moore.

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here’s no need to trek for miles to find a tranquil spot at the beach or park when you can create a cosy and comfortable picnic possie in your own backyard (with all the amenities just steps away!). With everything you need to camp out for the day, this inviting outdoor retreat is just the place for a cool cocktail and a lazy afternoon of R&R. In the summer, our family love to be outdoors from morning until the sun goes down. The boys will busy themselves playing or working around the house while I keep watch from my comfy throne in the shade of our fringed Hula umbrella. If you choose a large enough tablecloth for your snacks and lunchtime goodies it can also double as a picnic blanket for all the family. I actually used a linen sheet in my favourite colour pop of terracotta and teamed it with a large, olive-toned ottoman which provides a handy place to rest a fruit platter or tray of cold drinks as well as being a lovely seat. With friends often coming over, we love to have some great outdoor lighting sorted for when the rays fade but we’re not quite ready to move inside, and these battery-operated bamboo lanterns are a favourite – simple, stylish and practical. With a comfy, low chair, some plain cushions in earthy, complementary colours and simple serveware finishing the look, I’m all set for some summer relaxation. Hope you are too!

DULUX ‘Golden Downs’

DULUX ‘Raymonds Gap’


Wall painted in Dulux ‘Golden Downs’. Hula umbrella, $299.99. Velvet ottoman, $1099.99. Terracotta sheet, $159.99. Bedouin beach towel, $129.99. Elm serving board, $99.99. Salem vase, $89.99. Bamboo lantern, $309.99 for 2. Sunnydip hat, $109.99. Olive napkin set, $39.99. Willow Kali teak chair, $1299.99. Linen cushions, $149.99 each. Tapas plates, $11.99 each. Mugs, $37.99 each. Side plates, $19.99 each. All from A&C Homestore.

DULUX ‘Thames’

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Hang time

Add an extra layer of pattern and texture to your bedroom with an easy-to-make bohemian wall hanging Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Melanie Jenkins.

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To style the space, pull out the colours in your new wall hanging to create a cohesive look. Add layers of soft bedding and let them drape on the floor (if you have space). Top the bed with luxurious pillows and add a scented candle to your side table to finish. Snuggle down with a hot tea and enjoy!

he bohemian look is back in a big way and fabric wall hangings are key to this decor trend. Layers of floaty fabrics, soft bedding, flowers and candles all combine to create spaces that feel cosy, feminine and good for the soul. A wall hanging has a relaxed, casual feel that suits a bedroom and can even take the place of a bedhead as the focal point. If buying one off the shelf, make sure to measure the wall it is to go on (or the width of the bed if it is to go above it) so you can choose a hanging that’s in proportion to the size of your room. A patterned design will always look best on a plain wall. To make your own wall hanging, simply buy a large scarf or sarong, or pick up a piece of material that catches your eye at your local fabric shop. Look for a soft, floaty style such as silk, crepe or voile. We chose a silk design from The Fabric Store, sold in panels costing $14.99 each. We then simply attached it to the wall with small Velcro dots (you could also use small tacks or hooks). •


Wall and floor painted in Resene ‘Island Spice’. Silk panel, $14.99, from The Fabric Store. Light, $29.90, from Citta Outlet. Living & Co Bowie side table, $29, Living & Co vase, $5, both from The Warehouse. Fruit punch lemonade candle, $7, from Cotton On. Frost cushion cover, $49.90, from Citta. Bellamy duvet cover set (white), from $159.90, Bellamy pillowcase set, $59.90, Matapouri quilt, from $169.90, Matapouri pillowcase, $34.90, all from Wallace Cotton. Anthuriums from Blush. For fabric panels try: + The Fabric Store + Spotlight + Centrepoint Fabrics + Spoonflower

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Coast to coast It’s only natural that we love the coastal look in Aotearoa. Use colour to bring the beach indoors at your place without a shell, anchor or piece of driftwood in sight Created and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

Abalon mirror, $329, from Freedom. Hunter bedside table, $199.99, Bambury white linen throw, $99.99, Hampton linen curtains, from $99, Hampton duvet cover set, from $199, all from EziBuy. Home Republic Cleo white euro pillowcases, $49.90 each, Home Republic Malmo linen cushions in sky and denim, $69.99 each, Pineapple lamp, $179.99, all from Adairs. Suva chair, $349, Forst jute rug, from $299, both from Nood. Glow blue tumbler, $12.90, from Citta. Walls and floor painted in Resene ‘Alabaster’. Books stylist’s own.

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VANESSA NOUWENS Interior designer/ stylist


1 Les Palmiers pillowcase pair, $99, from Kawaiian Lion. 2 Natural floral jute rug, $129.99, from EziBuy. 3 Lulu lampshade, $149, from Flux Boutique. 4 Living & Co small outdoor lantern, $8, from The Warehouse. 5 Linen House Merricks denim throw, $89.99, from Farmers.

This blue and white bedroom has a classic coastal vibe evoked mainly through colour and texture. Linen is key to this look, as are blue stripes, which carry subtle nautical associations. The bed has been dressed casually in a classic striped blue linen duvet cover and pillowcases, with blue linen scatter cushions, white, fringed and textured euro pillowcases and a linen throw to make it feel relaxed and inviting. A jute braided rug and mirror add some contrasting texture and natural colours, while soft, floaty linen curtains let air and light filter into the room and block out the bright coastal sun. White shutters are another classic option.

Walls & floor A tongue-and-groove wall effect is a simple way to add an instant coastal update. Not only does this texture bring extra visual interest, it also elongates a space so it appears taller. Sanded and oiled, whitewashed or white-painted floorboards are another great way to create a coastal look with your existing surfaces. There are also plenty of great vinyl options available that will mimic this look if you’re working within a budget.

Colours Pale neutrals, milky white or soft, sandy colours are always a great choice for a beachy backdrop. Muted greens and washed-out blues add a little more colour while still evoking a calming, coastal feel. Natural tones and textures found in the beachside environment should be your palette for this look.

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“For a larger wall, buy a group of prints and hang them together in a cluster” Surf print, $6.11, from SaraxLara on ‘A day at the beach’ print, $10, from Sydney & Pop. Cuttle wood wall hanging, $179, from Little Additions. Montauk linen sofa, $3900, cotton bridal rug, $779, Rajah scaled coffee table, $1595, Coca Mojo fish scale cushion, $179, black cross (on table), $65, palm mug, $39, all from Republic Home. Carbon rail Mini Mal surfboard, $950, from Fibre Surf. Aloha cushion cover, $89, from Kawaiian Lion. Black stool, $495, Papaya Noah ceramic coasters, $59 for 4, Papaya Camille tall vase, $79, tray, $110, Loobylou Atua candle, $65, all from Indie Home Collective. Bouclair vase, $24.99, Rain ecru cushion, $59.99, both from Spotlight. Living & Co bamboo lantern, $8, from The Warehouse. Beatrice black cushion, $29.95, from Freedom. Planter, $8, from Kmart. Suva chair, $349, from Nood. Wall and floor painted in Resene ‘Alabaster’.

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M MODERN MONOCHROME This more contemporary version of a coastal room is all about contrast. The stylish black surfboard and framed prints evoke summer and look striking against our white tongue-andgroove wall. A white slipcover linen sofa has been laden with a casual mix of contrasting cushions, and a cotton rug anchors the space while adding more dynamic pattern. The real hero of the room is the amazing fishscale coffee table, which adds some unexpected texture while bringing a hint of wildlife into the space.

Artwork The type of artwork you choose for your coastal space can be key to creating the right vibe for you and your home. There are lots of great downloadable prints available at very affordable prices from Etsy – try searching for palm trees, surfboards, beaches and water scenes. For a larger wall, buy a group of prints and hang them together in a cluster. You could also print off some of your favourite beach holiday snaps and add them into the mix. We’ve used black and white pictures to match our modern palette, but you could choose vintage-style images for a retro theme, or nostalgic, sepiatoned imagery for a heritage feel.




Soft furnishings When choosing soft furnishings, stick to your colour palette but look for subtle variations in surface texture, pattern and shape. Openweave rugs in natural fibres are the perfect way to introduce laidback texture into a coastal room. Natural jute is always a great choice, as on the previous page, but here we’ve used a softer cotton rug that adds graphic detail, as well as some fun fringing. On the sofa, a jumble of cushions in shades of black, white and grey each add a little something extra to the space.

Finishing touches Although the coastal look is all about the ocean, creating a connection to nature through plants and flowers will make your coastal space feel more relaxing. Finally, choose a few small decorative elements such as this wall hanging to top off the look. •


1 ‘Kiss the ocean’ print, $29, from Simply Creative. 2 Living & Co lantern, $15, from The Warehouse. 3 Cowrie shell necklace with stand, $139, from Little Additions. 4 Teak bench in black, $198, from Flux Boutique.

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Wheel good fun A whole lotta love went into the restoration of this once-rusty caravan. Now ‘Daisy’ is the perfect mobile holiday home for a young family, who have kitted it out for a lifetime of adventure

Chair, mat, glassware, throw, cushions, wooden board, glass vase, all from Citta. Tables from Freedom.

Interview by Fiona Ralph. Styling by Lara Maher. Photography by Nicola Edmonds.

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M Snapshot Who owns this? Lara Maher, 32 (stay-at-home mum), Ben Maher, 34 (foreman/builder for Planit Construction), Charlotte, 2, Ollie, 2 months.


BACKGROUND Where do you live? Lara: Tawa, Wellington. When did you buy your caravan? January 2017 – one week before we got married! Why did you decide to purchase it? It was a spurof-the-moment decision but one we haven’t regretted. We were planning a big road trip for our honeymoon and thought that with our skills we could do up a caravan over the year and have it for family holidays in the future. Where do you keep it? At home, on the grass beside our driveway. Tell us about your honeymoon in ‘Daisy’ the caravan. We spent a month touring around the South Island, covering over 4550 kilometres. Highlights included an amazing trip to Akaroa, a day trip to Stewart Island, visiting Milford Sound, seeing the glaciers, lake swims and many sunny afternoons lounging lakeside outside the caravan.

Have you taken the caravan on many other journeys? We’ve done a couple of lower North Island weekenders. We’d like to do another longer trip soon. What do you enjoy most about going on holiday in a caravan? It’s nice to just leave the caravan set up and take the ute away from the campsite for day trips. Plus there’s no packing up of tents and it doesn’t matter if it rains! Did you do much camping before you got Daisy? We both have fond memories of family holidays spent camping and wanted the same for our children. Tell us about the buying process. We bought Daisy off Trade Me. The process was pretty straightforward, although we did have to put it on a tow truck as it had a flat tyre and wasn’t anywhere near roadworthy. We had a nervous drive following it home.

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THE RENO What was the caravan like when you bought it? It was in a pretty bad way. It was unlicensed and had not had a WOF since 1992. It was completely gutted, the wiring was shot, the carpet was smelly, the windows were broken, the paint job was peeling and mouldy. It needed a lot of work! Were there any structural changes required? The steel trailer frame was completely rusty, so we stripped the rust (spending many hours under the caravan with a grinder fitted with a wire-brush wheel) and then painted it. Luckily the structure was sound. It was already mostly gutted apart from the carpet, curtains and wallpaper. There was no internal cabinetry so that was all built by Ben. Did you do the work yourselves? We (Ben!) did most of the work. There were many late nights in the last few weeks before we headed away. We did get all the electrical work done professionally by RV Dreams in Lower Hutt. They also installed the solar panel. The plumbing was done by a friend – Andy at Perano Plumbing and Gas. What exactly did you do? Basically everything needed doing! We initially spent weeks scraping wallpaper glue off the walls – that was the worst job. From there, we built all the internal joinery, replaced the broken window with Perspex (saved us the cost of a glazier), added wiring and plumbing, removed rust from the axle, painted it inside and out, installed appliances and a solar panel, and fitted soft furnishings – not to mention all those extra small fiddly jobs.

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Q U I C K TO C O N V E R T The cosy, modern interior is a far cry from Daisy the caravan’s early days. Luckily Ben is a builder, which made the renovation process a little easier. He designed the table to fold away, transforming the seating area into a comfy bed. “We wanted to make sure the squabs would be super-comfortable and durable as we knew we would be sleeping on them for a long time,” says Lara.

M “We wanted it to be relaxing so we kept to a simple palette of whites and greys. The timber adds warmth and we love that the floor vinyl is a bit different to the norm”

How long did the restoration take? It took us all year as having a toddler kept us pretty busy. There were many late nights spent painting once she had gone to bed! How did you paint the exterior? We enlisted a workmate, Nick, to help us do the exterior spray-painting – in our driveway! It was painted with a two-pot Autothane automotive spray paint from Total Bodyshop Supplies. Have you had much experience renovating? Ben is a qualified builder with a lot of experience in high-end residential renovations. I have a kitchen-design background. We’ve also done a number of renovations at home together. What were some of the considerations that were unique to working on a caravan? We did a lot of research on the rules and regulations we had to follow – especially to do with waste water and gas connections and ventilation. We also had to research the intricacies of 230-volt and 12volt electrical systems and what campgrounds expect in terms of self-containment.

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VA N -TAST I C ST Y L E Lara and Ben put in long hours to take their caravan from an empty shell to a stylish home-away-fromhome. Once the structural work was done and the fittings installed, they set about creating a relaxing interior via a simple colour palette. Lara couldn’t wait to replace the old curtains and came up with an affordable solution by making new ones out of secondhand fabric.

M THE INTERIOR What was your inspiration for the interior? As well as wanting it to be relaxing and cosy, getting the layout right was important as we wanted it to feel spacious inside. Key features included creating a daybed at the front instead of bunks and having open shelving rather than full cupboards above. We also wanted it to be really practical and efficient – the three-way fridge (which works on gas, 230-volt and 12-volt power), solar panel and the ability to transform the seating into a fullsized bed all helped to achieve this. We have future-proofed it so the space will still work for us as our family grows. Tell us about the styling. We wanted it to be a relaxing space so we kept to a simple palette of whites and greys. The timber adds warmth and we love that the patterned vinyl on the floor is a bit different to the norm.

DETAILS How did you find the reno experience? It was a fun but very challenging experience, especially doing it for the first time. Everything we know about designing, renovating or styling a house has been squeezed into a tiny space; it all needs to be lightweight but strong, and stand up to the rigours of being towed at 80 kilometres per hour. We learnt that planning is everything.

Best moment during the process? It was a real buzz once we had finished painting the exterior; it was such a transformation! Getting our WOF was also a major milestone and we were able to re-register the caravan with the original number plate, keeping a bit of history. Any major disasters during the reno? Not so much during the reno but our first trial run to Palmerston North on Christmas Eve resulted in us nearly losing a wheel and ending up on the back of a tow truck. Luckily, with the help of a kind stranger, we got back on the road pretty quickly. What was your budget? We didn’t make a budget because it was done over nine months so we could spread out the cost. We also learnt as we went through the process. How much was your total spend? We spent around $15K, not including labour. What did you splurge and save on? We splurged on squabs, exterior paint, the electrics, solar power and appliances. We saved on labour, painting, trailer wiring, curtains (by making them and using secondhand fabric) and by replacing the broken window with Perspex, not glass. •



FAC T F I L E Exterior painted in Resene ‘Half Sea Fog’ and Resene ‘Trojan’. Interior painted in Resene ‘Half Sea Fog’. Vinyl flooring is Magali by Monaco from Carpet Court. Wall tiles are white satin hexagon 50mm MT1118 from Tile Space. Table made by Ben, covered with a marble vinyl from Bunnings. Squabs from Trade Me, re-covered by Reklaw Upholsterers in Keylargo fabric in ash from Warwick Fabrics. Kitchen bench made by Ben, using American oak veneer panels from Bunnings. Skylight, vintage radio and sink/hob unit from Trade Me. Three-way fridge from Challenge Yachts. Curtains made by Lara using secondhand fabric. Hafele storage baskets from Bunnings. Bedding from The Warehouse. Cushions from Bed Bath & Beyond, Kmart and Spotlight. Outdoor chairs from Kmart. Outdoor mat from Mocka.

~ Secondhand shopping guide ~

Finder’s Fi Spruce up your outdoor space and stock your picnic basket with stylish secondhand wares for a wave of summer nostalgia Text by Fiona Ralph. Illustration by Eve Kennedy.


iwi summers conjure up nostalgic memories of beach, bach and camping holidays. Embrace this vintage vibe and hunt out an old-school sun umbrella, retro outdoor furniture and a classic picnic basket to get your backyard and beach set-up looking and feeling like a ’70s dream.

UMBRELLAS Retro sun umbrellas have been making a comeback for a while, which is great news for lovers of nostalgic prints and romantic fringing. While it’s easy to buy a new, retrolook sunshade, buying an authentic vintage one takes a little more time. Umbrellas are harder to come by than other secondhand items – years of exposure to sun and rain means that most are damaged, faded or rusty. For this reason you may struggle to find one at an op-shop, but you can keep an eye out on Etsy, Trade Me, Instagram and in vintage shops. If you find one in good condition, it is worth snapping it up. You can expect to pay higher than usual secondhand prices, but it is still likely to be cheaper than a new model.



If I had $1 for every picnic basket I’ve seen at a secondhand shop, I’d be a wealthy lady. Instead, I’m skint from all the baskets I’ve bought. There’s no shortage of wicker baskets available, but finding your perfect model may take some hunting. Alternatively, vintage markets and fairs are great spots to find picnic sets complete with plates, a Thermos, cups, cutlery and napkins. Another cute idea is to make a custom picnic basket for yourself or as a gift. Just find a basket, and stock it with items sourced from op-shops.

Secondhand picnic rugs and tablecloths are easy to find. Op-shops, Trade Me and markets are the best places to look for New Zealand-made woollen rugs, floral tablecloths and printed throws. Surprisingly, secondhand chilly bins often still function well, and look cool too. The same goes for ice buckets; Mr Bigglesworthy ( has some good options. Salad servers, glasses, Tupperware, cushions and more will complete the vintage vibe.

Vintage floral deckchairs, striped fold-up beach chairs, steel sun loungers and cane or wrought-iron table-and-chair sets will give your outdoor area or picnic set-up a seriously retro vibe. There’s plenty of secondhand outdoor furniture available at op-shops and online. There are also a number of iconic mid-century designs. Lightweight pieces made with cotton or vinyl ‘string’ stretched over a copper pipe or tubular steel frame were popular during the ’50s. If you want to invest in authentic pieces from this era, Christchurch mid-century specialists Mr Mod ( stock outdoor furniture by designers including Vladimir Kagan and Clement Meadmore.

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Photography by @_chloejansen.


Flash in the pan Sinfully good and super quick, Exotic Food Asian-inspired hoisin salmon is healthy, simple and delicious. HOISIN SALMON FILLETS WITH WOK-FRIED VEGETABLES SERVES 4 PREP AND COOK TIME 25 MINUTES INGREDIENTS 3 Tbsp Exotic Food Hoisin Sauce 3 Tbsp Exotic Food Soy Sauce 1 Tbsp dry sherry or Chinese rice wine 3 tsp Exotic Food Sesame Oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated 4 salmon steaks, pin bones removed 500g fresh mixed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, capsicum, onion and asparagus 1 Tbsp fresh chives and toasted sesame seeds to decorate (optional)

1 Combine 1 Tbsp Exotic Food Hoisin Sauce, 1 Tbsp Exotic Food Soy Sauce, sherry, garlic and 1 tsp of ginger in resealable bag. Add the salmon and marinate at room temperature (not in the fridge) for 15-20 minutes. 2 Remove salmon from marinade and pat dry with kitchen towel. Heat 1½ tsp of the Exotic Food Sesame Oil on a medium heat until shimmering and place the salmon skin-side down in the pan. Don’t poke or prod. Cook the salmon until opaque ¾ of the way up the fillets, around 8-9 minutes for thick fillets, 6-7 minutes for thinner fillets. 3 Turn the fillets, flipping them away from you to avoid splattering. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes depending on thickness. 4 While salmon is cooking, stir-fry the vegetables. Heat remaining Exotic Food Sesame Oil sesame oil in a wok, toss in the vegetables with 2 Tbsp soy sauce and 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce. Stir fry until tender-crisp. 5 Divide the vegetables between 4 plates and top with salmon fillets. Add a sprinkle of fresh chives and toasted sesame seeds to garnish if desired.

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WATERMELON SHAVED ICE WITH BASIL SYRUP SERVES 4-6 Watermelon and basil make an unexpectedly delicious combination – here in the form of a watermelon shaved ice paired with a basil-infused sugar syrup. Begin this recipe a day before serving to freeze the watermelon ice.

INGREDIENTS 200g caster sugar 60g liquid glucose 300ml water 2kg watermelon (about ⅓ medium watermelon), peeled and coarsely chopped Juice 1 lime, or to taste

1 Bring sugar, liquid glucose and water to the boil in a saucepan over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil for 1 minute, then cool to room temperature. 2 Process watermelon in a food processor until smooth. Strain into a large bowl, add lime juice and sugar syrup to taste, transfer to a 2-litre container and freeze overnight. 3 For basil syrup, bring sugar and water to the boil in a saucepan over high heat, stirring to dissolve. Boil for 1 minute, transfer to a blender, add basil and blitz until bright green and finely puréed. Strain through a fine sieve (discard solids) and refrigerate until chilled. Add lime juice to taste just before serving.

BASIL SYRUP 250g caster sugar 150ml water ¾ cup firmly packed basil Juice 1 lime, or to taste

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4 To serve, turn watermelon ice out of container and shave with a sharp knife. Spoon into chilled bowls and drizzle with basil syrup.





Resist the temptation to add extra gin here – if you add too much, the mixture won’t freeze. You can always add a splash over the top when you serve it.

Here peaches are roasted to deepen their flavour, then puréed and mixed with a yoghurt base. A raspberry sherbet adds an intense, fruity burst. If you can’t get freeze-dried raspberries, leave them out of the sherbet and freeze fresh berries instead to crumble on top. Begin this recipe a day ahead to freeze the pops.

INGREDIENTS 1 cup caster sugar 160ml water 6 Lebanese cucumbers, lightly peeled (so a little dark green remains), halved, seeds removed 1 cup firmly packed mint Juice 1 lemon, or to taste 2 Tbsp gin 1 cup ice cubes 1 Bring sugar and water to the boil in a saucepan over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil for 1 minute, then refrigerate until chilled. 2 Chop cucumber, spread on a tray and freeze until semi-frozen (2-3 hours). Place in a blender, add mint, lemon juice, gin and ice cubes and blend until smooth. With the motor running, add sugar syrup a little at a time to taste, then freeze until nearly firm (2-3 hours). Serve in chilled glasses.

INGREDIENTS 200g caster sugar 4 ripe peaches, halved, stones removed Juice 1 orange 60ml water 1kg Greek-style yoghurt 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped


for 5 minutes, then turn cut-side up. Drizzle orange juice and water around peaches and roast, basting occasionally, until caramelised (20-25 minutes). Purée peaches and any pan juices in a blender until smooth. 2 Whisk yoghurt, vanilla seeds and 250ml peach purée in a bowl to combine and pour into 100ml iceblock moulds, filling to 1cm below rims. Top up each mould with remaining peach purée, insert a wooden iceblock stick in each and freeze overnight. Dip moulds in hot water to release iceblocks. 3 For raspberry fizz, combine ingredients in a dry airtight container, seal and set aside until required. Scatter the fizz over iceblocks to serve.

60g icing sugar, sifted 2 Tbsp crushed freeze-dried raspberries 1 tsp citric acid ½ tsp baking soda 1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Scatter sugar in a roasting pan just large enough to fit peaches snugly in a single layer. Place peaches cut-side down in sugar, stand

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SCORCHED HONEY CHEESECAKE SOFT SERVE SERVES 4-6 Cheesecake soft serve? Why not? Cream cheese gives it the silkiest of textures, while a crumble of biscuits mimics the cheesecake crust. We like to pipe the soft serve into cups for a traditional look, but feel free to spoon it in. Either way, serve without delay. Begin this recipe a day ahead to freeze the soft serve.

INGREDIENTS 15g cornflour 1 cup milk 500g cream cheese, at room temperature 200g honey 300ml cream 30g liquid glucose 3 tsp sea salt 1 tsp vanilla bean paste Crumbled digestive biscuits, to serve

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1 Whisk together cornflour and 2 Tbsp milk in a bowl, then whisk in remaining milk. Beat cream cheese in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy (4-5 minutes). 2 Boil honey in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until dark caramel (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, gradually add cream but don’t stir (be careful; hot honey will spit), then return to heat, swirl to combine and bring back to the boil. Add glucose and sea salt, boil for 1 minute to reduce slightly, then remove from heat and whisk in milk mixture. Return to heat and whisk continuously until slightly thickened (1 minute). 3 With the motor running, gradually add honey mixture to cream cheese in electric mixer, then add vanilla and beat continuously until smooth and combined (scrape down sides of bowl to ensure there are no lumps). Pour mixture into

large snap-lock bags to half full, squeeze out excess air, seal and place flat on a tray. Freeze until firm (overnight). 4 Remove cream cheese mixture from bags, pulse in a food processor, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth, then process until fluffy (1-2 minutes). Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large fluted nozzle and freeze until firm but still pipeable (3-4 hours). Soft serve will keep frozen in a piping bag or container for a week. Pipe into chilled cups or bowls, scatter with crumbled biscuits and serve.

F PASSIONFRUIT WHITE CHOCOLATE SEMIFREDDO SANDWICHES MAKES 10 It’s hard to beat the zing of real passionfruit – the bright, glorious flavour shines in this delicious dessert. Begin this recipe a day ahead to make the semifreddo.

INGREDIENTS 8 egg yolks 1 cup passionfruit juice (see tip) 80g caster sugar 400ml thickened cream 150g white chocolate, melted Finely grated white chocolate and finely chopped roasted macadamia nuts, for coating

COFFEE MACADAMIA BISCUITS 125g butter, softened 180g brown sugar 180g caster sugar 2 eggs 400g (2⅔ cups) plain flour 80ml (⅓ cup) milk 60g macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp ground coffee Sifted icing sugar, for coating

mixer until light and fluffy (4-5 minutes). Beat in eggs, then stir in flour, milk, nuts, baking powder, coffee and a pinch of salt. Refrigerate until firm (1 hour). 4 Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll heaped tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls. Roll each ball in icing sugar to coat thickly, place on baking trays and flatten with the palm of your hand, leaving 5cm between each for biscuits to spread. Bake, swapping trays halfway through for even cooking, until light golden (10-15 minutes). Cool on trays for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. These will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. 5 Cut out rounds of semifreddo with a cutter the same size as biscuits and sandwich between biscuits. Roll sides in chocolate or nuts or leave plain and freeze on a tray until firm (1-2 hours). These will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

1 For semifreddo, whisk yolks in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (5-7 minutes). Meanwhile, simmer passionfruit juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, until syrupy (4-5 minutes). Whisking continuously, add syrup to yolks in a thin stream and whisk until cooled to room temperature (8-10 minutes). 2 Whisk cream until soft peaks form; fold in melted chocolate, then fold in passionfruit mixture. Spread into a 25cm x 34cm tray lined with baking paper and freeze until firm (overnight). 3 Meanwhile, for the biscuits, line several baking trays with baking paper. Beat butter, brown sugar and caster sugar in an electric

> TIP For passionfruit juice, process pulp in a food processor, then strain through a sieve. For 250ml juice you’ll need about 18 passionfruit.

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MANGO & LIME GRANITA SERVES 6-8 A granita is one of the simplest ices. This version combines summer mangoes with creamy coconut milk. Begin this recipe a day ahead to freeze the granita.

INGREDIENTS 330g (1½ cups) caster sugar 3 kaffir lime leaves 375ml water 4 mangoes, coarsely chopped, plus extra to serve 270ml (1 small tin) coconut milk, plus extra to serve Juice 2 limes, or to taste Lime wedges, to serve

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1 Bring sugar, lime leaves and water to the boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook for 1 minute, then refrigerate until chilled. Discard leaves. 2 Process mango, coconut milk and lime juice in a food processor until smooth, add sugar syrup to taste and process to combine. Pour into a shallow metal tray and freeze until it begins to ďŹ rm up (6-7 hours). 3 Scrape into ice crystals with a fork and freeze, scraping every now and then, until frozen. Serve in chilled glasses or bowls with extra mango, lime wedges and a drizzle of coconut milk.


NO-CHURN STRAWBERRY CRÈME FRAÎCHE ICE CREAM MAKES ABOUT 2 LITRES The key to making good ice cream without an ice-cream machine lies in minimising the iciness when you freeze the mixture. A creamier mixture helps (we’ve used crème fraîche here), as does freezing it quickly. We’ve poured ours into ice-cube trays for a speedy result. You’ll need about 4 ice-cube trays, although you can freeze it in batches if you don’t have this many. Start this recipe a day ahead so you can do the first lot of freezing.

INGREDIENTS 400g crème fraîche 300g thickened cream 70g liquid glucose 8 egg yolks 130g caster sugar 250g strawberries, hulled and puréed Juice ½ lemon 1 Whisk crème fraîche, cream and liquid glucose in a saucepan over medium-high heat to combine, then bring to a simmer. Whisk yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until thick and pale (4-5 minutes), pour in crème fraîche mixture and whisk

to combine, then return to pan. Stir continuously over medium heat until mixture thickly coats the back of a spoon (4-5 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and whisk in strawberry purée and lemon juice. Pour into ice-cube trays and freeze until firm (5-6 hours). 2 Run backs of ice-cube trays under hot water, remove cubes and stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Pulse in a food processor, scraping down sides occasionally until smooth, then process until fluffy. Transfer to a container and freeze until firm (5-6 hours). •

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Salty-Sweet Lemon Beach Pie SERVES 16 PREP TIME 1 hour + cooling and refrigeration 225g packet Jatz crackers 125g butter, chopped, softened ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes ¾ cup (165g) caster sugar 395g can NESTLÉ HIGHLANDER Sweetened Condensed Milk 4 egg yolks 3 egg whites 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind ½ cup (125ml) lemon juice

1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). 2 Process crackers until finely chopped. Add butter, salt and 2 tablespoons of the sugar; process until combined. Press mixture firmly over base and side of a greased 25cm removable-base flan tin. Place tin on oven tray. Bake 10 minutes or until browned. Cool. 3 Whisk NESTLÉ HIGHLANDER Sweetened Condensed Milk, egg yolks, rind and juice in a medium bowl until combined. Pour mixture into base. Bake 10 minutes. 4 Meanwhile, beat egg whites and remaining sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer for 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is thick and glossy. 5 Spoon meringue into large piping bag fitted with 1cm star nozzle. Pipe different sized peaks around edge to make a border. Bake 20 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Refrigerate until set.


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High and dry Florist Antonia de Vere loves the creativity of using dried flowers in her arrangements. “I love that you can create a hybrid that doesn’t exist in nature. People ask, ‘What on earth is that plant?’ Often it’s not one, it’s five all neatly put together.” This bouquet contains russet grass, limonium, echinops, silver dollar, leucospermum, lavender, twisted willow and marram grass.

Feature garden: a pretty perfect pergola Page 122 Workshop: garden goals for the year ahead Page 128 Outdoor diary Page 132 Garden makeover: a lush conversation space Page 134

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Under the pergola

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ost people start with the house first when doing up a property. Not Dianne Ensor and Geoff Cawthorn. Dianne, who is co-owner of The Makeup School and the Makeup Collective store, and Geoff, a television and film director, began work on their Grey Lynn garden four years ago. Guided by Adam Evans of Urbis Landscapes, the couple agreed to start at the back of their plot and work their way forwards, leaving their house renovation (still to come) for the final stage. Adam had worked with Dianne and Geoff on two previous properties and they liked and trusted his design aesthetic. The result has been a garden that has “transformed our place, giving us a beautiful living area at not an enormous cost,” enthuses Geoff.


THE SITE When Dianne and Geoff

A spacious living area beneath soaring white beams has been the runaway hit of this beautifully reimagined garden in Auckland’s Grey Lynn Text by Carol Bucknell. Photography by Helen Bankers.

bought the property it had a rambling cottage garden, featuring old brick planter beds and a semi-circular design. “It had a lovely aspect but it felt lacking as an outdoor living space. There had also been some subsidence at the rear of the section and the bank there needed reinforcing,” Geoff explains. With lots of curved brick walls that had to be removed, a lawn that sloped down to the deck, and “a collection of random plants” including some large trees and a port wine magnolia (Michelia figo) hedge, the garden needed to be brought into the 21st century. Limited access to the back of the garden for large machinery was another factor Adam had to deal with.

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G PREVIOUS PAGE Geoff and Dianne entertain friends Kevin and Samantha beneath their elegant pergola while Mushi the cat watches on. The chairs on the left are from BoConcept. THIS PAGE A sloping lawn has been replaced with a terraced garden, its clipped hedges creating a private, green sanctuary. Adam suggested planting the red-leaved forest pansy as a vibrant focal point.

THE DESIGN The garden’s design was a joint exercise, which the designer was happy to pursue. “Because this was the third garden I’ve done for Di and Geoff, they know my work and I understand their approach, so we shared our ideas together,” he says. Geoff also enjoyed this collaborative approach, particularly in relation to the pergola area. “Our brief to Adam was to give us a sizeable outdoor living area, and to create a more structured garden with a modern feel,” he says. “Di came up with the idea of a pergola, using Pinterest references, and this really set the tone for the collaboration. We ended up with quite a large structure, four metres square, on Di’s insistence. Adam’s knowledge and advice was really important in us trusting that this could be achieved. The broad concrete steps were also Di’s idea, which we all agreed would bring the various levels together in an exciting way. “We have plans to extend and renovate the house, but decided that the pergola outdoor area should be its own distinct feature. Our plan is to then redo the existing deck with wider beams and wrap that around the side path. So, in essence, we’ve started at the back and are slowly moving forwards.”

LANDSCAPING The existing wooden retaining walls were kept but reduced on the lower level to “square off the garden” with Buxus hedging planted in front. To help keep the budget under control it was decided to break the project up into three main areas of work, says Adam. “The back hedging first, then the patio, pergola and concrete steps. Finally the planting of the garden.” Existing plants and structures were reused as much as possible to cut down on costs. The garden design also had to take into account the poor site access: “Some earthworks for footings and the concrete pad were nearly all done by hand and wheelbarrow,” remembers Adam.

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PLANTS Fortunately most of the existing trees, including a plum and a pear, were able to be retained as well as the roses and box hedging. To solve the slippage issue a twotiered hedge now runs along the back of the property, adding crisp definition to the garden. “Adam used his impeccable understanding of trees and shrubs to create a unique mix of structure and freedom, with hydrangeas, magnolias and roses contrasting with rounded topiary balls,” says Geoff. “Both Adam and Di agreed on a strongly ‘white on green’ palette with the roses, hydrangeas and other flowering plants. The one area of disagreement was over planting a forest pansy in a very prominent spot. Adam won out there, and we absolutely love it now – it’s a fabulous blast of colour that announces the arrival of spring.”

ABOVE Geoff and Dianne (on the left) spend many hours in their outdoor living spaces with friends and family. OPPOSITE PAGE The white bench at the back of the garden was from Republic Home while the outdoor sofa and chair came from Dawson & Co. The pink rose is ‘My Mum’.

STANDOUT FEATURE Without a doubt the centrepiece of this garden is its beautiful white pergola. “It’s a fabulous space. We all love the minimal white beams which are so dramatically offset by the lush garden,” Geoff declares. “We get a huge amount of enjoyment out of entertaining here, with barbecues and parties or just hanging out after work or on the weekend. It’s a very relaxing spot – we’ve even held yoga sessions here in summer. Very Zen!” •

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Garden goals You might already be the proud owner of a vertical garden, an indoor jungle or bee-pleasing plants. But what new, planet-friendly trends are on the horizon in 2019? Text by Carol Bucknell.


t’s natural to make a few well-meaning resolutions when a new year dawns. Exercise more, eat better, be kinder to our loved ones, enjoy the outdoors more. Indeed, the latter goal is one we should all aspire to if we want to maintain good mental and physical health, say the experts. What other outdoor objectives should you be aiming for in 2019? Here are a few suggestions.


Gardening chores are not everyone’s cup of tea so if you’re more into winding down than weed-eating why not bring a little automation into your outdoor spaces during 2019? Sit back and watch the robot lawnmower keep lawns in shape then give them a sprinkle with an automatic irrigation system, all controlled by your mobile phone. Scientists are even working on robotic bees to make up for the shortfall in the real critters who normally do all the pollinating. You could even think about replacing the lawn altogether and laying artificial turf. No longer just a commercial solution, contemporary man-made grass looks like the real stuff with none of the work.

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RECONNECT With the world in disarray on so many levels and anxiety now becoming a major health issue, mindful millennials are realising that reconnecting with nature (and turning off their devices) can make huge improvements to their mental wellbeing. After all, we humans evolved as part of the natural world so it makes sense to immerse yourself in it when you need to soothe the soul. As well as getting outside to parks, beaches and forests as much as possible, make your home a natural sanctuary, too. Surround it with plants if you have a garden and also make space for more plants inside.

Sophie hat, $52, from Paper Plane.

Mini hanging planter with strap, $3, from Kmart.

Brass hang ging planter, $70, $ nt from Plan & Pot.

SPACE MISSION With the move towards smaller houses set to continue in 2019 (coupled with smaller building plots), garden sizes will also keep shrinking. But the good news is that products to suit smaller, more urban gardens are on the increase. Vertical gardens will continue to be popular while fabulous new tabletop planters, terrariums, contemporary hanging pots and stunning planter designs will take the mini-garden trend to exciting new levels.

Tabletop planter, $8, from Kmart.


GROW YOUR OWN Our passion for growing our own fruit and vegetables shows no sign of diminishing. Clever plant breeders are continuing to introduce dwarf fruit trees and mini vegetable cultivars to suit smaller gardens, and innovative gardeners are squeezing food crops among ornamental plants or into specially designed pots or planters to help feed the family. A new trend predicted to be big this year is homemade teas and cocktails made with herbs, flowers and weeds such as dandelions, dock, kawakawa and elderberries. No time for foraging? Then try brews from Forage + Bloom or similar.


START AN INSECT-HOTEL EMPIRE While eco-aware gardeners have been planting for bees for some time now, recent revelations on the dire plight of many other ying insects have made the cause more urgent. Keep planting nectar- and pollen-producing owers in 2019 but also consider adding insect-friendly native plants and trees to your garden. Think about creating insect-friendly habitats such as ponds, insect hotels and compost heaps, too. Above all, reduce (or stop, ideally) your use of pesticides.

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IN HOUSE Urban jungles are big in the house-plant department right now and we reckon this look will continue through 2019 and beyond. The emphasis is on lush-leaved foliage plants such as Ctenanthe, Monstera, Philodendron, peace lilies (Spathiphyllum), devil’s ivy, ferns and palms, with splashes of colour from orchids, Streptocarpus or Kalanchoe. Stuck for inspiration? Check out @thepottedjungle and @thejungalow on Instagram.

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Mooon! lamp, $250, from Jardin.

GREEN UP There’s no doubt that interest in eco-friendly gardening products is on an upward trajectory that’s sure to continue. Ditch the plastic and buy recyclable pots or make your own from newspaper, old tins or teapots, even plastic bottles. Look out for glyphosatefree weedkillers too, and use solar power for outdoor water pumps and lighting.



Given the move to smaller houses and sections, outdoor space will be seen as an extension to interior rooms more than ever in 2019. One of the effects of this will be the use of bolder colours and patterns for furniture, fences and other structural elements to allow indoor decor themes to be continued outside. Forget the natural tones and neutral shades of the past – some designers predict we’ll be opting for pink, citrus yellow and bright blue for our garden accessories and structures this year.

Coral pot, $5, from Kmart. Bellevie chair, B $580, from Jardin.

Metal cage solar light, $6, from Kmart.

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It has been forecast that more and more Kiwis will be living in rented accommodation in the next few years, so how will these people garden? In pots, of course – inside and out. Many plants will grow happily in containers outdoors provided they are looked after properly, and there are plenty of lightweight options on the market that are easily transportable. You can buy caddies to move heavy pots or, if you’re DIY-inclined, wheels can be fixed to timber planters. For those who lack green fingers, many garden centres and nurseries now supply pp y pre-planted p p mini gardens in pots which you can n take witth you when you move.

Potted red congo, $55, from Sill Life.

Po otted mon nstera, $120, from Sill S Life.

EMBRACE IMPERFECTION A popular design trend in recent years has been wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of welcoming imperfection, and now garden owners are taking this idea outdoors. Forget the manicured perfection that leaves you exhausted after a day with the clippers and rake; in 2019, savvy gardeners will be embracing a more relaxed look where flowers self-seed in gravel paths, hedges are soft and woolly rather than rigidly clipped, and beds are filled with a colourful mix of flowers to encourage diverse pollinators (and hide the weeds). •

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

+ Mealy bug and spider mite are pests that thrive in hot, dry conditions. If you spray the foliage of infected plants with water regularly they won’t like the moist environment and will move elsewhere. Another pick-me-up for houseplants is giving them the water you use to boil or steam veges – but let it cool first. + An easy flower for newbie gardeners is cosmos. Seed can be sown in summer, either direct into the ground or in seed trays or pots for transplanting into the garden when seedlings have at least two sets of leaves. For a lovely splash of pink, white and magenta blooms among your garden greenery, try Cosmos Unique Mixture from

+ Heading off on holiday? Don’t let plants dry out. Automatic watering systems and kind neighbours can help, as can laying down plenty of mulch before you head off. Give the garden a good drink, then cover bare areas with a thick layer (8-10cm deep). Top up existing mulches that seem a bit thin, too. 132 | yhg

+ To keep gardenias flowering for longer, spray their leaves regularly with water and feed with liquid fertiliser. Sprinkling iron chelates around the drip line and watering in well will help stop leaves turning yellow.

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+ Flowery gardens are back but they do take a bit of work to keep looking beautiful. If you’re a fan of the lovely delphinium, make sure soil is fertile and well drained, with plenty of organic matter added before planting. At this time of year it’s best to plant well-established seedlings rather than grow from seed. Mulch to keep roots cool. In warmer areas delphinium are best treated as annuals and replanted every year, but in colder districts plants can last a few seasons.

+ Well-hydrated and well-fed plants are more resistant to pests and diseases. Spread compost, sheep pellets or any well-rotted animal manure, seaweed and other organic matter around your garden beds before the weather really heats up to add valuable nutrients and help the soil retain moisture. Boost plant health further by sprinkling a slow-release fertiliser around the drip line then watering it in well. Liquid or soluble all-purpose fertilisers such as Tui Phostrogen are also excellent for established plants, and very hungry species such as roses love a little homemade compost tea as well.

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+ Some call it a weed but nasturtium is said to repel whiteflies in the garden. Many gardeners also use the petals and young leaves of nasturtium for salads. Plants are easy to grow from seed and many contemporary varieties are less invasive than the traditional types.

Globe thistle (Echinops) We’re used to regarding common thistles as pest plants but globe thistles (Echinops) are much better behaved and better looking. Echinops has nearly 100 species in the genus, many highly prized for their vivid blue globe-shaped flower heads. Their blooms last well in a vase freshly cut or dried. Plants produce blooms from summer, often until late autumn, attracting butterflies. To keep plants vigorous, divide every 3 to 4 years, in early spring. Plants may be trimmed to the ground in late autumn or left standing for winter interest.

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HARVEST > Keep picking dwarf and runner beans every 2-3 days so plants produce more pods. To ensure continuous crops through summer, sow more seed every couple of weeks. You may get a second crop a week or two after the first if plants are healthy. Beans need moist soil so keep plants watered for best production, but avoid sprinklers in areas with high humidity. > Likewise, with cucumber, picking every couple of days makes sure older, bitter-tasting fruit does not stay on the vine. Cold weather and insufficient water during fruit formation can also cause that bitter taste in cucumbers. > Garlic is traditionally harvested on the longest day (22 December) but some prefer to wait until late January for maximum yield. Bulbs can double in size in the last few weeks of growth.

> The flavour of herbs is at its most intense in summer so throw handfuls of coriander, mint, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme into salads and cooked dishes as often as you can. It’s one of the easiest ways to boost the nutrition levels and taste of food. > Plums, peaches, nectarines and other stone fruit should be ripening in many places. If the birds are attacking fruit, net trees or pick fruit a little hard and let it ripen inside. > Potatoes can be harvested after flowering and when tops turn yellow and die down. Only dig up the plant you need as spuds will keep growing until all the leaves have completely died. But don’t leave any tiny tubers in the ground as they’ll sprout and potentially attract pests and diseases.

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Removing laterals (side branches that grow at an angle between the leaf and stem) from vine tomatoes ensures plants put all their energy into fruit, not leaves. Laterals can be used as cuttings to make new plants. Just strip off lower leaves and plant in potting mix. SOW > New Zealand spinach or kokihi is more heat tolerant than traditional spinach but tastes similar. Sow seed direct into the garden into well-drained soil that has been amended with plenty of homemade compost, animal manure or other organic material. New Zealand spinach prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. Water seedlings well when they emerge. Coriander can be sown now but not in very hot gardens as plants tend to put their energy into flowering rather than producing lots of leaves. At this time of year part shade is best in well-drained soil that is not super fertile. Water regularly. > Sow winter greens such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts (cooler areas), cabbage, cauliflower, kale, leeks and silverbeet into punnets or trays to be planted out when summer crops have finished. In colder places plants need to be well established to cope once winter weather hits. > Keep sowing radish, courgette, beetroot and dwarf and runner beans for continual crops. Sow lettuces, rocket and other salad greens in a cooler part of the garden as they will quickly turn to seed and stop producing leaves in hot weather. Feed regularly with liquid fish or seaweed fertiliser (or similar) and give seedlings plenty of water. > Sow pumpkin and squash in well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. If space is tight, choose varieties such as Yates Golden Nugget.

PLANT > Buy sweetcorn seedlings rather than sow seed if summers are short in your region, as sweetcorn needs around 14 weeks from seed to harvest. There are many different varieties with different temperature requirements so be sure to select one that is quick to mature. Heirloom varieties with different-coloured kernels are available from specialist suppliers such as Kings Seeds ( Avoid hoeing around plants, as sweetcorn is shallow rooted. > Plant well-established cucumber seedlings now to ensure you have plenty of time for fruit to develop (in greenhouses in colder areas). Cucumbers are vines that will sprawl over the ground or climb up some kind of frame. If you are tight on space, the latter option is best. Experts say this increases crop numbers and also helps to keep slugs away and prevent disease. Another option is to grow apple cucumbers which are more productive for the space they need. They tolerate drier conditions and are great for kids to munch on straight out of the garden. Sweet little Lebanese cucumbers can be eaten skin and all. > If you’ve not had much success with growing eggplant, try one of the grafted varieties. They will produce more fruit more quickly than standard types – ideal for areas where there may not be enough warm sunshine or bees to set fruit adequately.

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Talking point To turn this Cambridge backyard into a conversation piece, Carol suggests enhanced seating and lush planting to improve privacy Text and perspective drawing by Carol Bucknell. Illustration by Pippa Fay.

Hi Carol I’m so stuck after the passing of my dad in March, as he was the great garden ideas person. I have a lovely home in Cambridge which we built in August, 2016. I have completed the front gardens and done all the landscaping myself, but I am tired and still grieving. I need you to help me create a lush and tropical back garden; a real sanctuary where we can relax. We entertain a lot and it is no problem for us to have 50 people at our barbecues. We have a fire pit, so a great conversation space with some gabions for seating would be awesome. I am open to having the whole back area covered in trees. The deck is north-facing and, as we have a dog, the grass gets messed up. I have brought up my son on my own for 21 years. This would be an amazing blessing for our ‘famille’. We love your magazine. Michelle Kergozou De La Boessiere, Cambridge




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HOLD COURT Create a private courtyard area beside the deck to enjoy the fire pit. Get rid of the scruffy grass and cover ground with an all-weather surface such as the gravel and pavers shown. The gravel will need to be retained with some form of edging to prevent it spilling into garden and lawn.

4 IN FOCUS Plant a beautiful feature plant as a focal point in front of the fence at the far end of this area to be viewed from the deck. This keeps the focus in the garden.


TAKE A SEAT Position gabions or timber benches around the courtyard for seating. Soften with colourful outdoor cushions or squabs.

5 PRETTY IT UP Plant a pretty flowering screen along the northern boundary, trimming it to a metre above the fence to ensure the garden has plenty of sun while giving privacy to the deck area. Another option is to interplant flowering trees with existing screen trees.


SOCIAL CLIMBERS Stain scruffy fence a dark colour to smarten it up while flowering climbers are trained up the sides to green up the garden. Retain existing roses in front and plant sunloving lush and/or scented shrubs and perennials around them.

6 LUSH & LOVELY Beneath the tall screen, plant shadetolerant shrubs and perennials (taller ones at the back) to create a lush, layered garden to be enjoyed from the deck.


To create a lush look in colder areas, you may be able to source cold-tolerant cultivars of subtropical species. Otherwise position plants in sheltered areas of the garden surrounded by hardy shrubs and trees.

Camellia sasanqua

Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’

Mexican orange blossom

Japanese wisteria



FLOWERING CLIMBERS Japanese wisteria (eg Wisteria floribunda ‘Violacea Plena’), Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’, wongawonga vine (Pandorea jasminoides), climbing roses such as ‘New Dawn’ or ‘Red Flame’, and star jasmine.

SHRUBS & PERENNIALS Sunny areas: existing grasses, gardenia, Mexican orange blossom, euphorbia, Vireya rhododendron, Fijian hibiscus cultivars. Shady spots: existing daphne, farfugium, hydrangeas, heuchera, helleborus, hen and chicken fern (Asplenium bulbiferum), aucuba, astelia.

FEATURE PLANT Forest pansy (Cercis), Mediterranean or European fan palm (Chamaerops humilis), bamboo palm (Chamaedorea microspadix), lady palm (Rhapis excelsa), pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii), Cordyline ‘Red Fountain’, fairy bamboo (Bambusa gracilis).

Photography by Getty Images.


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

Michelia yunnanensis or cultivars ‘Fairy Blush’, ‘Bubbles’ or ‘Mixed Up Miss’; Lophomyrtus ‘Red Dragon’; Viburnum tinus ‘Emerald Beauty’; dwarf magnolia (Magnolia ‘Little Gem’); Camellia sasanqua cultivars eg ‘Transnokoensis’, ‘Yuletide’, ‘Mine-No-Yuki’ or ‘Setsugekka’. NOTE Most of the plants listed here are suitable for the conditions of this particular site, which is north-facing but cold in winter.

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Being a conscious consumer is simple, says Fiona Ralph, who is committed to treading lightly and lovingly on our planet








“I try to remember to ask for no straw when I order a drink at a café or restaurant as straws are such small, unnecessary pieces of single-use plastic that can easily end up in the ocean. I have my own reusable aluminium straw for those times when a straw is ‘essential’.”







“When I can, I take my own reusable container to get sushi or takeaways, and carry my own cutlery and reusable drink bottle. If I don’t have a cup or container on me, I go #toplessforthesea – ask for no lid, that is. You have to always be on your toes to try and cut down on waste!”







TOP TIP: When donating your pre-loved clothing, make sure your pieces are in good condition to ensure the charity doesn’t have to pay to dispose of them if they’re unsellable.


“I shop secondhand or buy ethically made pieces to try to reduce waste from the clothing industry and ensure I’m not supporting unethical manufacturing conditions. I borrow and swap clothes with friends and family and frequent op-shops, vintage stores and flea markets. When I get sick of my clothes, I donate them to charity.”



iona Ralph has adopted eco-friendly, sustainable habits into as many aspects of her lifestyle as possible. The features editor for NADIA and Your Home and Garden magazines prides herself on being a conscious consumer, and is always sharing her achievable tips with friends and colleagues. In her spare time, the 34-year-old Aucklander enjoys scrapbooking, vintage shopping, yoga, travelling, camping and spending quality time with her husband C.P. and adopted cat Bruce. After finishing her fashion design studies, Fiona and C.P. spent over a year living in their house truck and have recently fitted out their van with a bed so they can enjoy intrepid weekends away. We asked Fiona to share a few of her favourite eco-conscious tips.

Be a conscious consumer and help choose a better tomorrow.

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INTRODUCING ECOSTORE ORAL CARE Brushing our teeth is a habit ingrained in us long ago, so make it a more sustainable practice with ecostore’s new oral care range. ecostore toothpaste and mouthwash uses naturally derived ingredients including magnolia bark extract and Kanuka oil to freshen and clean, and protect against germs that cause bad breath. The packaging is made from plant plastic – as is the toothbrush – ensuring they are safer for you and the planet. The ecostore oral care range is available now in supermarkets nationwide, from $4.99.


In store This month’s must-haves for your home

KEEP YOUR COOL Introducing the new LG InstaView Door-inDoor® French Door Refrigerator in matte black stainless steel. The evolution of Doorin-Door® continues with InstaView Door-inDoor® – simply knock twice on the sleek glass panel to illuminate the contents inside without losing your cool. Go to for more information.

FOR THE KIDS… BIG & SMALL Perfect for the beach, park or in your own backyard, Freedom’s range of timber outdoor games will provide hours of fun with family or friends. Crafted from environmentally sustainable hardwood, these games are summer essentials that will last for years. Shop in-store and online at

MULTITAP – A MIXER & KETTLE IN ONE A game-changer in the kitchen and easy to install, MultiTap is the latest must-have kitchen improvement. Providing instant filtered cold or near-boiling water and standard hot water from the same tap, this device will change the way you enjoy your kitchen and entertain guests. Visit for details.

VEG OUT WITH MOTHER EARTH Mother Earth has found a way to make veges taste extra yummy using a delicious blend of real vegetable and fruit purées (more veges than fruit!) wrapped in a soft dough and baked to create a scrumptious lunchbox snack that kids will love. There are four unique flavours in the range, which is free of artificial colours and flavours. RRP $3.79 per box. Available at leading supermarkets.




NESTLÉ HIGHLANDER Classic Sweetened Condensed Milk is the ideal ingredient to make an array of inspiring holiday treats for your loved ones, with quality results every time. Available at your nearest supermarket. RRP $3.69.

Fuze Tea offers an unexpected fusion of tea extracts with lush peach or aromatic lemon flavours which are low in calories and made from quality ingredients. It’s never been so delicious to be good to yourself. With no preservatives and sweetened from natural sources, Fuze Tea is available in three fresh flavours from a store near you.

Your local Guthrie Bowron store has thousands of wallpaper patterns, colours and textures to choose from, including the new Geometrics collection, that will truly transform your interior spaces. Pop into one of the 44 stores nationwide and have a chat with the friendly team, or browse Guthrie Bowron’s extensive range from the comfort of your own home at

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G E T T H E LO O K A NEW VINTAGE PAGE 50 PAINT Interior painted in Resene ‘Quarter Merino’. LIVING Floor is kahikatea from Forest Holdings. Sideboard from Galaxie Traders, Tauranga (the best-kept secret secondhand shop I know, says Jane). Green McAlpine jug, other pink and green vessels, pink lamp, side tables and floral lamp from op-shops. Our friend’s grandad’s piano stool upholstered with Jane’s aunty Shirley’s green velvet skirt. Landscape painting a gift for Jane’s 50th birthday. Lounge suite and velvet/modern cushions from Hunter Furniture. Pink carnation photo by Brian Culy. Picasso-style self-portraits by Ruby Kay, Ella Kay and Josh Kay. Sozo painting a gift to Andy from our artist friend Tina Plunkett. Flower artwork in stairwell by beautiful artist friend Nicky Manthel. MEDIA ROOM Artwork, magazine rack and wicker basket from op-shops. Photos from our photographer friend David Cook. Floral chair salvaged from old Tauranga Numberworks and reupholstered in vintage fabric. Vintage Axminster carpet from Trade Me. Puppy and kitten cushion from cute Wellington designer shop. Floral footstool from Jane’s parents – Dad made the footstool at woodwork and Mum did the tapestry. KITCHEN/DINING Dining table made by Andy. Cornishware from Jane’s mum and opshops. Otto Larsen chairs from Bambery Trading Ltd. Kitchen cabinetry by The Kitchen Business. Kahikatea woodwork by Andy. Pendant lights from So Vintage, Hawke’s Bay. Bar stools from an op-shop. Splashback tiles from Tile Trends, Tauranga. Gold tapware from Heritage Bathware, Christchurch. Steel benchtop from The Kitchen Business. BEDROOM Bedlinen from Bianca Lorenne Fine Linens, Foxtrot Home and EziBuy. Pink cushion a gift. Bedside lamp from a friend’s parents’ home clean-out. Lampshade from an op-shop. Carpet from Flooring Xtra. BATHROOM 1 White mosaic tiles from Tile Trends, Tauranga. Wooden vanity from The Kitchen Business. Exterior wooden cabinetry made by Andy. Tapware from Heritage Bathware and Franklin Plumbers. Round mirror from Flux Boutique. Black pot from Kmart with plant grown and gifted to us by a friend. BATHROOM 2 Blue mosaic tiles from Tile Trends, Tauranga. Gold tapware from Heritage Bathware. Trio of blue bottles from op-shops. Pink dish a gift. OUTDOOR/DECK Outdoor white lounge suite from Modern Style Outdoor Furniture.

PRESS PLAY PAGE 68 PAINT Interior walls painted in Dulux ‘Dannevirke’. Ceilings painted in Dulux ‘Half Dannevirke’. Exterior painted in Wattyl

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Taubmans Timberproof Ebony. OUTDOOR & TABLE SETTING Exterior is grooved Shadowclad. Table, bench seats and chairs from Mitre 10. Plates, bowls and wooden platter from Father Rabbit. Table runner, cutlery, throw, napkins, towels and cushions from H&M Home. Ottoman and cushion from The Warehouse. Beanbag from Hammer Hardware. Wooden tray from op-shop. LOUNGE Lounge suite, ottomans and coffee table from Nood. Cushions from H&M Home. Rug from Freedom. Baskets from Bali. Bell jar a gift. KITCHEN/DINING Kitchen organised by Transbuild. Wooden bowl from Father Rabbit. Banner from Pony Rider. Bar stools from The Warehouse. MASTER BEDROOM Print from Duett Design. Duvet cover from Father Rabbit. Cushions and throw from H&M Home. Lampshades stylist’s own.

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME PAGE 80 PAINT Ceilings painted in Resene ‘Alabaster’. Walls in kitchen, living room, family room, dining, master bedroom and hall painted in Resene Karen Walker ‘Wan White’. Master bedroom feature wall in Resene Karen Walker ‘Periglacial Blue’. Family room feature wall in Resene ‘Gold Coast’. Kids’ bedroom (with bunk beds) in Resene ‘Quarter Truffle’. Hall and staircase wall finished in Resene Rockcote. FLOORING Original rimu floorboards with repairs matched by South Pacific Timber. Carpet by Cavalier Bremworth. KITCHEN Cabinetry by Kitchen Mania. Tapware from Caroma. Appliances and bar stools from Harvey Norman. Pendant lights from A&C Homestore. LIVING ROOM Grey sofa, yellow throw, cowhide

chair, cushions, black rattan chair, reindeer hide, black iron coffee table, rug, planters and side table from Harvey Norman. The circular feather artwork is by Fiona Kerr Gedson. The two black and white artworks are unknown finds. DINING Dining table, chairs, sideboard, rug, white vases on sideboard and rattan decor items from Harvey Norman. Artwork on sideboard secondhand. White tray on table from Alice’s aunty. KIDS’ ROOM Bunks, bedding, rug, cushions and bamboo and woven decor items from Harvey Norman. STAIRS Vessels on floor near foot of stairs secondhand. FAMILY ROOM L-shaped sofa, cushions, rug, concrete planters on wooden stands, coffee table and elephant on table from Harvey Norman. Typography artworks from Etsy. Small black plant pot secondhand. BATHROOM Basin, tapware, vanity and shower from Caroma. Wooden basket from a street market. Mirror from NZ Glass. Towel rail secondhand. GUEST ENSUITE Basin, tapware, vanity and shower fitting from Caroma. Small vessels on vanity secondhand. Shower from NZ Glass. Shower tiles from The Tile Warehouse. Louvred blind from Santa Fe. OUTDOORS/ENTRY Cladding is cedar tinted in Resene ‘Hackett Black’. Plastered walls painted in Resene ‘Truffle’. The back patio is coloured concrete in Oyster from Allied Concrete. The garage and front entrance is a river pebble with exposed concrete finish from Allied Concrete. Louvred outdoor roof from Johnson & Couzins. Lounge suites, cushions, table and chairs from Harvey Norman. White planter from Willow Ave. BEDROOM Bed, cushions, pink bedding, grey throw, side table and vase from Harvey Norman.







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FOUR WAYS WI T H ... FAB RIC Created by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.



MOUSEPAD If your old mousepad is looking a little tired, why not spruce it up with your fave fabric? You can also use an inexpensive new pad, as we did. Apply clear craft glue thinly to the top of your mousepad, spreading it right to the edges. Cut a square of fabric bigger than the mousepad and place this on top, smoothing any bumps. Allow to dry well, then trim around the edge with sharp scissors.

MAGNETS Take some plain black magnets and apply clear craft glue to the top. Cut small fabric squares slightly bigger than the magnets and place them on top. Once the glue has dried, trim around the edges to remove excess fabric. Use on a whiteboard or fridge.



PILLOWCASE Type the word of your choice in a text document, increasing the font to your desired size. Print and cut out the letters. Place each letter on the fabric, trace the outline with a marker pen, then cut a square around each. You will need some two-sided iron-on adhesive for the next step (ours was from Spotlight). Cut pieces of adhesive the same size as your fabric squares. Iron the fabric and adhesive together with a hot iron. Cut out the letters, peel off the backing, then iron into place on your pillowcase.

KEY RING Cut 12 strips

Fabric from Spotlight. Wall painted in Resene ‘Black White’. 1 Mousepad, $3, mug, $6 for 4, from Kmart. 2 Magnets, $3 for 12, from Look Sharp. Gift tag, $4, Rifle Paper Co map of NZ card, $9.90, from Father Rabbit. Magnetic whiteboard, $12, bamboo pen cup, $4, from Kmart. Earth Luxe soy candle in spearmint basil, $34.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Pedestal plant pot, $10, from The Warehouse. 3 Vintage white canopy, $89.99, from Adairs. Cotton velvet cushion cover, $44.90, from Citta. Conscious organic cotton single duvet cover set, $49.99, cotton pillowcase, $12.99, from H&M Home. Lily & George Florence the Flamingo, $34.99, from Shut The Front Door. 4 Key ring hook clips, $2 for 6, from Look Sharp. Dixon leather handbag in jungle, $159, from Citta.

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of fabric measuring 2cm x 36cm and lay them on top of each other. Take a key ring hook clip and thread the fabric through the loop, folding it in the middle so the ends of the fabric strips meet. Take another small piece of fabric and tie it rightly around the top of the looped fabric to secure. Add your keys.

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