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Ideas you can use at your place

Make your home a retreat + Layered textures + Dreamy curtains + Luxe bedrooms

COLOUR TREND ALERT Hello, sunset hues!

Indoor plant inspo

Ready, set, snuggle Hayley from Kip & Co’s INTERIOR MASTERCLASS

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Your guide to a chill-proof family home

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Contents JULY


Colouring a home the Kip & Co way


On trend: Velvet va-va-voom!


Shopping: Invest in the nest

> On the cover

Your shopping >

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Fresh finds New products to love Save or splurge Curtains Style stalker Baskets Women we love Amelia Lingonis, retailer to discerning cats, dogs and humans On trend Velvet touch We love Fireside flair My favourite room With Lucy Slight Dress to impress Colour cues from Kip & Co’s Hayley Pannekoecke Winter warmers Readers share their top tips for keeping cosy

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Just add love This new, villa-style Rangiora house was both a dream home and a blank canvas waiting for this designer’s sure touch Daydream believer Building new in Beachlands has brought a little Scandi style to Auckland’s east Character building A design-savvy couple stamp their distinctive retro style on their brand new Tauranga home

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Home for good An unexpected return to home turf resulted in a life-affirming renovation for this Bay of Plenty family Workshop Banish icy draughts, misty breath and mouldy curtains from your home with our save-orsplurge ‘winter warm-up’ workshop

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Food: Scrumptious winter puds

Get the cover look Kitchen nooks are definitely back, as this colourful yet cosy example shows – it’s from the home of Hayley Pannekoecke, co-founder of vibrant lifestyle brand Kip & Co, so its joyous palette comes as no surprise! Custom-made brown leather banquettes contrast with blush velvet chairs, and we reckon those pretty pink walls are just the ticket for banishing the blues on even the greyest winter day.

50 Home: Making memories

in a brand-new villa

Styling by Amber Lenette. Photography by Nikole Ramsay.

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Room reveal Alex unveils a living room you could happily hibernate in Workshop Turn your humble master bedroom into a penthouse suite Finder’s Fi Decor inspo from some of the world’s most unique hotels Then & now This sensitive revival of a heritage home shows the difference a little rejig and a lot of white paint can make

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Urban jungles In this book extract, three city dwellers show us why they love living with plants Outdoor diary July’s checklist Garden makeover Our garden guru Carol finds herself caught between a rockery and another hard place Workshop How to use pavers to create successful outdoor spaces Feature garden A Pacific paradise in the heart of Taranaki

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Comfort zone Allyson Gofton’s saucy and delicious winter puddings

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Resene Colour Home Awards Feast your eyes on the winning home Subscribe and receive a free gift Get the look Find all the things you love from this month’s houses Contacts Stockist details Next time Coming up in August… Four ways with crystals

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Dark grey glazed bowls, $3 each, from Kmart.

Renée Boyd mug, $32, from Sunday Home Store. Henry cashmere bed socks, $88, from Tessuti.

Velvet quilt, $329.90, from Wallace Cotton.


Kristina Rapley Editor

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Photography by Wendy Fenwick. Kristina wears GESTUV

Olive robe in organic cotton, $129, from Penney + Bennett.

elcome to our cosy winter issue. Grab a cuppa, find a comfy spot and snuggle down to savour it page by page. This month we’ve put all the crappy parts about winter aside and embraced the good. Winter style doesn’t have to be dark and gloomy – we say inject a riot of rich colour and make your home feel like your very own retreat. I’m so inspired by our cover home, the colourful sanctuary belonging to Hayley Pannekoecke, co-owner of lifestyle brand Kip & Co. Her interior style is unique to her and her family, which is something I reckon we should all aspire to. Check it out on page 30. Also this month, we asked readers to share their favourite winter rituals, and reading the heart-warming responses got me so excited to welcome in the new season (I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune by August, but work with me here!). One of my favourites was from Kimberley on Instagram: “All the gorgeous vintage woollen blankets and throws come out. We change the oils in the diffuser and sip white ginger tea as we snuggle with two dogs and our cat around a cosy fire. Every night when I get home, I light candles. The sensory banquet reflects winter in all its wonder and winter foraging fills the home with foliage.” Can I come over for a cup of ginger tea sometime, Kimberley? Sounds dreamy.

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

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LIFESTYLE Gardens editor Carol Bucknell DIGITAL Digital editor Lakshmi Beresford Digital content producer Caitlin Beck CONTRIBUTORS Monique Balvert-O’Connor, Helen Bankers, Anieszka Banks, Sophia Bayly, Brooke Campbell, Kate Claridge, Rachel Dobbs, Jane Dove Juneau, Nicola Edmonds, Pippa Fay, Wendy Fenwick, Lauren Freeman, Samuel Hartnett, Sue Hofart, Eve Kennedy, Annick Larkin, Amber Lenette, Vanessa Nouwens, Nikole Ramsay, Michael Rooke, Tina Stephen, Sharon Stephenson, Alex Walls More ideas for your home are only a mouse click away

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Chalk it up

Photography courtesy of Annie Sloan.

Overhauling your kitchen, dining area or living space for winter can be as simple as a quick paint refresh. Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan allows you to instantly update furniture such as kitchen cupboards without sanding or primer, and the colours can be mixed to create your own bespoke hue or effect. In this warm, inviting kitchen scheme, the walls are painted with Wall Paint in ‘Antoinette’, and the cupboards are painted with Chalk Paint in a mix of ‘Aubusson Blue’ and ‘Emperor’s Silk’. Check out the whole range of colours at

Fresh finds Page 13 Save or splurge Page 16 Style stalker Page 18 Women we love Page 20 On trend Page 24 We love Page 26 My favourite room Page 28 A home of many colours Page 30 Resene Colour Home Awards winner revealed Page 38 Readers’ favourite winter rituals Page 46

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Fresh finds What’s new in the homeware scene – from our place to yours Compiled by Vanessa Nouwens and Imogen Temm.

Llamarama The new animal of the moment is definitely the flufy llama. If you are looking for something special for your walls, check out this cute and quirky range of framed llama prints from Shut The Front Door. These would look great in a kid’s room. Prices range from $329-$450.

LET THERE BE LIGHT You can never have too many lights in your home. We love the new Hanna table lamp from Freedom which is ideal for your bedside or study. $44.95 from

Bargain of the

month LINES IN THE SAND Stationery fans will love the new Desert Sands collection from Kmart. In warm colours of blush, terracotta and denim, these handy notebooks, writing pads, pens and cases will bring a slice of desert sunshine to your winter study space. Starting at just $3, items in this on-trend range are ideal for homework, shopping lists or just jotting down your thoughts.

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Cushions to covet

Our latest Instagram discoveries:

Klay cushions are less like sofa accessories and more like works of art. From linen squabs in mudbrick brown and peachy pink to delicate disc cushions and vibrant velvet globes, each piece is made largely by hand by Auckland’s Kirsty McLay, from materials including recycled rag, bamboo and end-of-line fabrics. Check out the range at

@ B E A U T I F U LT R A D E M E There’s a lot of junk on Trade Me but this feed excavates beautiful and uniquely Kiwi objects from all corners of the resale site.

@JAMESLEMON Melbourne-based Wellingtonian ceramicist James Lemon does interesting things with clay and we love his ever-evolving style.

LET’S HANG A bit short of storage in the bedroom or bathroom? This laurel rack is great for organising your towels, storing scarves and winter woollies or drying off wet rain jackets. $199 from

R E C O N N E C T W I T H N AT U R E 365 Nature is the latest book from Anna Carlile, the force behind Melbourne-based communications studio Viola Design. This book is full of projects and activities for making, doing, growing and cooking that entice you to slow down, simplify and spend quality time with your friends, family and, of course, yourself. 365 Nature invites us to “throw open the doors and let nature in”. Get your copy for $55 from

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LOOKING CLASS The Ares mirror is a Scandinavianinspired design that can either be free-standing or hung on the wall. Made from solid ash with a curved ash plywood frame, this stylish mirror is perfect for bedroom dressing or for checking your appearance in the hallway before you leave the house. This timeless item is $475 from

Stylish Shutters /Ă€>Â˜ĂƒvÂœĂ€Â“ĂžÂœĂ•Ă€…œ“iĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ÂŤĂ€>VĂŒÂˆV>Â?] iÂ?i}>Â˜ĂŒ>˜`>vvÂœĂ€`>LÂ?iĂŒÂˆÂ“LiĂ€ĂƒÂ…Ă•ĂŒĂŒiĂ€Ăƒ Aside from their stylish good looks, shutters add a quality touch to any home. Made from sustainable timber, Harvey’s shutters are durable, easy to maintain and offer good insulation when closed. (QHUJ\ HIÂżFLHQW VKXWWHUV Shutters work by trapping a layer of air between the window and the room. This little air pocket keeps the outside air out and the inside air in! In winter, this means that the cold air stays outside, keeping your living areas nice and warm during the colder months. *HW WKLV WLPHOHVV ORRN Allow your shutters to take centre stage by opting for neutral painted walls and accessories that aren’t too distracting. Add texture and warmth with velvet cushions and knitted throws. Below: Harvey’s Super Soft Velvet Cushion Covers in Charcoal & Stone and Wool Blend Metallic Silver Cushion Cover.




SAVE White Voile readymade curtain, $51.95 each, from Harvey Furnishings.

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1 SAVE Express sheer curtain, $37, from The Warehouse.


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swish list From decorative, rich textures that keep the light out, to dreamy linens for an airy feel, the right curtains will give your home that final flourish Styled by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

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SPLURGE Hampton linen curtain set, from $149.99, from EziBuy.




SPLURGE Calais ivory curtain, from $74.95 each, from Curtain Studio.

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1 SAVE Milton blockout curtain, $69.95, from Freedom. 2 SAVE Luna cushion in Alpine, $29.95, from Curtain Studio. 3 SAVE Luna cushion in indigo, $29.95, from Curtain Studio. 4 SAVE Home Republic Malmo linen throw, $97.99, from Adairs. 5 SAVE Monte Carlo Blue Lined Eyelet Readymade Curtains, $269.96 pair, from Harvey Furnishings. 6 SAVE Hudson Mist Blockout Readymade Curtains, from $89.95 a pair, from Harvey Furnishings. 7 SAVE Clarence curtain, $79.95, from Freedom. 1 SPLURGE Velvet curtains, $149.99, from EziBuy. 2 SPLURGE Vintage linen curtain, from $475, from Martha’s. 3 SPLURGE Arlo lined eyelet curtains, from $349.95 a pair, from Curtain Studio. 4 SPLURGE Rocco blockout curtains in marine, from $199.95 a pair, from Curtain Studio. 5 SPLURGE Majestic cushion, $61.95, from Harvey Furnishings. 6 SPLURGE Cushion cover, $39.95, with duck feather inner, $29.95, from Harvey Furnishings. 7 SPLURGE Lambswool blanket, $350, from Everyday Needs. Moda Tubbi chair, $799, from Freedom.

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Hot boxes Whether it’s holding logs for your fireplace or muddy boots from soccer, a beautiful woven basket is a versatile winter essential

Basket basics





1 Tahoma basket, $139, from Freedom. 2 Solano willow dipped black basket, $22, from The Warehouse. 3 Hampshire basket, $55.95, from Freedom. 4 Tapered log basket, $167, from Amara. 5 Rattan black and white basket, $213.95 for two, from Maytime. 6 Plantation cane basket, $59.97, from Mitre 10. 7 Rattan log basket, $119.99, from Storage Box. 8 Savel basket, $69.95, from Freedom. 9 Container baskets, $319 for two, from Citta. 10 Loop basket, $14, from Kmart. 11 Trunk storage box, $399, from Freedom. 12 Black rattan baskets, $213.95 for two, from Maytime.





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Compiled by Vanessa Nouwens.


> Woven baskets are truly multifunctional decorative items which not only add texture to a room but are great for storing items such as kids’ toys, books, sports gear and shoes. > Try grouping baskets in clusters of three to create visual interest in a room. Select a trio in diferent heights and sizes and position a large one at the back and smaller ones in front. > Baskets can easily be painted using a test pot or two if you want to give them a new look.

Live Life Peacefully. Whether you choose to live life peacefully, boldly or something in between, we want you to live life comfortably. With plenty of styles, fabrics and leather options to choose from, visit your local La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery today.

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Style hound Amelia Lingonis loves stylish, unique homeware almost as much as she loves dogs. Her Wellington shop is a haven for pugs and rugs, kitties, kitchenware and more Interview by Sharon Stephenson. Photography by Nicola Edmonds.

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ome is where the dog is’ in huge gold letters adorns the wall behind the counter at Smack Bang, Amelia Lingonis’ shop on Wellington’s Tory Street. The new store, a pink and gold haven for people and their four-legged friends, sees dog and cat collars from New York and pet tepees from South Korea sharing space with skeleton candles and luxurious hand-knitted throws. When the opportunity arose to combine her two loves – homeware and pets – the 29-yearold jumped at the chance. Smack Bang opened in October last year and is already carving out a unique place in the market. Have you always loved homeware? As a child in Hamilton, while others my age were playing with dolls, I’d be cutting out pictures of furniture I liked and sticking them in scrapbooks! I’ve always had a good eye and moved to Wellington in 2007 to do a Bachelor of Design majoring in photography.


Amelia’s eclectic shop stocks a range of practical and playful items for the home, as well as an impressive array of gifts and pet accessories.

How did Smack Bang come about? After I finished university, I drifted into hospo jobs, not really knowing what I wanted to do. It’s how I met my husband Chris, who’s owned bars and restaurants for years. One day I was trying to find a dog bed that wasn’t cheap and nasty or covered in paw prints when I realised there weren’t any stylish, good-quality pet accessories made in New Zealand or available here. People spend a lot of money styling their homes but then they have to make do with unsightly dog bowls and beds. So I spent six months trawling the internet for upmarket, on-trend pet beds, leads, clothing and toys. I also found

homeware, jewellery, books, candles, cards and prints that I couldn’t find here. What did you do then? In the midst of all the research, we were looking around for premises and found some in this building, which dates from 1925. Were there any setbacks? In November 2016, just before we took possession, the Kaikoura earthquake struck. Luckily the building was fine but it was cordoned of, which meant we couldn’t get in to measure up for the shelving. I ended up designing it from photos and it was not till four months later

that my lovely builder was able to do the fit-out. How much of your store caters for pets and how much for humans? I started of with mostly homeware but then discovered all these incredible pet brands and it’s now around 60 percent pets to 40 percent humans! Where does your stock come from? I sell as many New Zealand-made items and pet products as possible, but I also source from the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. I love finding quirky new producers and when the courier arrives it’s like Christmas!

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“My philosophy is harmony in function and aesthetic things should be as useful as they are beautiful” What’s your design philosophy? Harmony in function and aesthetic – things should be as useful as they are beautiful. For example, your dog only cares that his or her bed is comfortable and warm. Humans are the ones who have to look at it, so why can’t pet items be as stylish as the rest of our homes? What inspires you? Hanging out with the dogs who come into the shop every day. Plus, I get to shop for a living – what could be better than that? What are your plans? I’ve been thrilled with the response to Smack Bang and eventually we’d like to expand to Auckland and Christchurch. I’ve also been tossing around the idea of starting my own line of pet accessories and clothing. But right now I’m incredibly happy that I get to do something I love. •


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1. Cotton velvet cushion cover, $44.90, from Citta. 2. Klay globe cushion in old rose pink velvet, $160, from Tessuti. 3. Toulouse brick velvet, $70 a metre, from Martha’s Fabrics. 4. Oakland ottoman, $76.99, from Adairs. 5. Door stop in copper velvet, $35, from Mood Store. 6. Arlo long velvet cushion, $31.49, from Adairs 7. Washed velvet quilted throw, $179, from Citta 8. Velvet house slides in burnt sienna, $229, from Juliette Hogan. 9. Velvet therapy wheat bag, $45, from Mood Store. 10. Velvet therapy eye mask, $24.90, from Mood Store. Fresh orchids from The Botanist.








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Fuzzy feelings Velvet accessories in toasty tones of twilight rose and sunset orange will warm your heart this freezin’ season Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

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fireside flair Warm to winter’s theme with feelgood furnishings, cosy rugs, plush cushions and luxuriously soft throws Styling by Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

1 Lerwick throw, $229.99, from A&C Homestore. 2 Eve two-seat sofa, $3712.80, from Citta. 3 Riviera pitcher, $78, from Tessuti. 4 Olio stoneware teapot, $129, from Everyday Needs. 5 Kinto stacking mug, $29.90, from Father Rabbit. 6 Dust pan, $35, from Father Rabbit. 7 Atollo side table by Calligaris, $919, from Dawson & Co. 8 Alfred armchair in Hermes bronze aniline leather, $2295, from Me & My Trend. 9 Meru Tibetan lambskin, $249.99, from A&C Homestore. 10 Grove basket, $85, from Father Rabbit. Books stylist’s own. Wall painted in Resene ‘Loulou’.

Pyroclassic Mini fireplace and flue, $3500, from Broady’s.



Zoe cushion, $79.99, from A&C Homestore.




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Armadillo & Co Atlas rug, $1395, from A&C Homestore.

La Tribe x Snuggle Feet slippers, $189.90, from Father Rabbit.

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For life’s biggest little moments A bathroom designed around your life and your family is more than its fixtures and fittings. It’s a space to connect, to play, to relax – to revel in the little moments that make life really worthwhile. Plumbing World Home – life happens here.


Turning over a new leaf Your Home and Garden features director Lucy Slight has created an eclectic living room in her heritage Auckland home using lots of secondhand treasures and tropical plants Interview by Jessica-Belle Greer. Photography by Helen Bankers.


n a butter-yellow art deco house built in the 1940s, features director Lucy Slight and her radio broadcaster husband Clint Roberts live with their two British Shorthair cats, Ziggy and Bowie. The couple bought the home in New Lynn, Auckland, almost three years ago and knew it was ‘meant to be’ as soon as they walked through the door. The lounge, where they spend most of their time, is Lucy’s favourite room and she loves finding eclectic pieces for it at op-shops and online stores, and weekends are spent perusing wholesale plant nurseries for tropical specimens.

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How have you decorated your living room? The only things we had when we moved in were the couch and cofee table, so it’s been really fun building up this room over time and creating an interior style unique to our home. Buying secondhand pieces of furniture and decor has helped the styling remain in keeping with the character of the house. What’s your favourite thing to do in the room? Snuggling up on the couch to watch Netflix with my husband and our two cats. We all have our favourite spots – I take the corner with the ottoman, Clint squeezes in next to me, Ziggy takes the couch arm closest to me and Bowie sits like a queen on the chair with the sheepskin.

What are your favourite homewares pieces in the lounge and where did you find them? My favourite is the fireplace screen which I bought for $75 on Trade Me. I came across it during a search for ‘mid-century furniture’ while watching The Block NZ one night; the auction was closing in 10 minutes so I impulsively placed a bid. Next thing I knew, it was mine! I also love the John and Yoko poster, which we bought for $15 from a record store in Wellington; once we got home we put it in a black frame from Spotlight. Are there any homeware stores or markets you frequent in particular? Scouring our local Hospice Shop is such a fun way to find unique pieces. Every time we go in to donate things, we always end up


How would you describe your interior style? I would call the style bohemian with a retro edge, paying homage to the era of the home. While we haven’t done many renovations yet, I would never take away the beautiful original features which include the art deco windows and doors and the tiled fireplace.

How important are plants in your home? Greenery adds so much life to our living spaces. We get lovely light coming through in the afternoon so the monstera and the bird of paradise, which sit close to the windows, are thriving. I love watching new shoots spring up into big, beautiful leaves.

If someone reading this story is thinking about redecorating their living room, what would be your advice to them? Find a style that suits the era of the house as well as your taste. I love that we have nods to art deco and mid-century styling mixed with more modern elements – but this wouldn’t necessarily work in a modern home. Choose a few key colours to bring through the room to make the styling cohesive.

leaving with something new. Trade Aid is another gem for unique furnishings that fit this aesthetic. Our black and white rug is from there – however, it’s currently sporting a stubborn butter paneer stain so it might be time to start looking for another! Tell us about the colouring in the home. The wooden floorboards throughout the house are all original rimu and we feel so lucky to have them. The walls were painted by the previous owner and, while I don’t mind the shade, we’re slowly starting to work our way through the house, painting everything of-white. We’ve just painted our spare room in Resene ‘Rice Cake’ so will likely bring that all the way through the house.

When it comes to homeware, do you save or splurge? We definitely try to save where we can, but will splurge if we really love something. The cactus print on the far wall was a present we bought for ourselves from Shut The Front Door the first Christmas we moved in. It was definitely a splurge at the time considering we’d just taken on a big mortgage! But in my opinion, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of finding a unique piece from a secondhand store for a bargain price. Do you change the decor in this room often? No, never, we just keep adding more plants! •

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Kip & Co co-founder Hayley Pannekoecke’s home offers a masterclass in using quirky colour and texture to create inspirational spaces Text by Brooke Campbell and Sally Conor. Photography by Nikole Ramsay. Styling by Amber Lenette.


Seventies floral carpets, an orange retro kitchen and mission-brown bricks would send most house hunters running for the hills. But Hayley Pannekoecke, co-founder of homeware and clothing brand Kip & Co, saw past the dated decor of a tiny house on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, and visualised what would be her future family home. Within weeks of buying the house, Hayley and her builder husband James began demolition. Fast forward two years and their Scandi-meets-Aussie renovation is complete. We took a look inside this bright, beautiful home and found plenty of inspiration for creating a cosy and colourful winter nest.

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U S E A P L AY F U L PA L E T T E There was no question Hayley’s home would embrace the same playful colour palettes that the Kip & Co brand is known for. “I was born with a love for colour and pattern, I’ve always been drawn to them,” Hayley says. “I wanted to create a space that had a calm, feminine energy, so I chose shades of pink for some of the walls in our kitchen area and bathrooms.” Rosy shades ranging from pale blush to fabulous fuchsia are cooled by deep blues and concrete greys, but eclectic soft furnishings are everywhere and Hayley frequently changes up the colour combos, especially on the beds. “I love a spot of rearranging to freshen things up,” she says.

S MEET & GREET Hayley Pannekoecke, 39 (cofounder of lifestyle brand Kip & Co), James Pannekoecke, 40 (builder), Chloe, 10, Baye, 7, and Floyd, 6, plus dogs Jafa and Cookie.

DINING NOOK These tan leather benches are custom-made and the light is from Jardan, as are the pink velvet and brass armchairs.

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KITCHEN FITTINGS Industrial copper pendants add warm metallic tones that are picked up in the pink bar stools and variegated rug.

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S B E I N S P I R E D BY S U M M E R … Even when it’s cool outside there’s always a coastal vibe at the Pannekoecke family seaside home. Summer style can be spotted throughout – for example, Hayley wanted the kids’ bathroom to look and feel like a pool so she chose navy pool tiles and accessorised with plush Kip & Co towels to create a poolside, holiday feeling all year round. Elsewhere, textures such as rattan are a throwback to retro summer style, while lush tropical plants and cacti can be found in nearly every room.

… B U T E M B R AC E W I N T E R “Our house lends itself really well to a bit of layering,” says Hayley, “so in winter, I bring out the blankets and throw a few on the couch, as well as dragging out a couple of Kip & Co woollen rugs to add some texture and warmth.” And the family’s other winter secret? “We have a double-sided open fireplace! So it’s easy to warm things up when that is alight,” she says.

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OPPOSITE This brown leather armchair is from Dare Gallery and the standout feature wall is painted in Haymes Paint ‘Pearl Lilac’.


“I have always had an affinity for round windows and curved walls,” Hayley says. “They add a real softness and ambience to a space.” The couple added several round windows to their home, which create a gorgeous framing effect, as well as removing hard corners and edges and inviting relaxation. Think about smoothing over awkward corners in your transitional spaces or creating an arched doorway between your dining and living areas to foster a feeling of comfort and enclosure in your home.

U S E U N E X P E C T E D M AT E R I A L S Hayley and James’ home is scattered with surprising textures – a Reduxr O’branch wall light in the master bedroom is actually made from an ostrich eggshell. “These guys are my absolute favourite lighting designers,” Hayley says. Her bedside table is topped with rose quartz from India, while daughter Chloe’s ensuite is tiled in striking stone sourced by Beaumont Tiles. The kitchen features a variety of different textures including concrete panelling for the walls, plaster painted in the softest pink and an American oak parquetry floor. A colourful assortment of rugs, sheepskins, linen curtains and wicker baskets adds to the rainbow of textures throughout this home, delighting all the senses. But the one texture Hayley loves most, especially during winter, is: “Velvet, velvet, velvet! Velvet just screams winter so it is the perfect time to get out the velvet bedding,” she says. Velvety textures also recur throughout the home in cushions and lounge furniture.

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Busy family homes need secluded spots for rest and privacy. As well as enjoying meals at their huge kitchen bench-cum-dining-table, the Pannekoeckes can dine, read or do homework in a kitchen snug furnished with custom-made tan leather benches and pink velvet chairs. Nearby, on one side of the double-sided fireplace, Hayley and James also created a reading nook where the family can chill out and play Uno or the kids can practise guitar. At the top of the house, the loft has been converted into a secluded spare room for family and friends, who can relax in the swinging chair from Byron Bay Hanging Chairs. “I’d like to change up the loft at some stage and convert it into a parents’ retreat, complete with lounge, open-plan bathroom, office and bedroom,” says Hayley.

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H AV E F U N W I T H F U R N I T U R E If you’re looking for an off-white ottoman or a beige banquette, you won’t find it in this home. Pink bar stools, tie-dyed foot stools and a dramatic blue velvet sofa are par for the course. All the beds are decked out in layers of multicoloured linens from Kip & Co and vivid artwork is everywhere, from paintings by one of Hayley’s favourite local artists, Sam Michelle, to the kids’ latest art projects. One of the standout pieces is up in the boys’ shared bedroom – as well as crafting the concrete bathroom vanities, James also built the bunk beds. “They double as a pirate ship, baddies’ base and cubby house!” says Hayley.

OUTDOOR LIVING James made the outdoor table and bench himself. During cold weather, an outdoor fire pit ofers a fun area to entertain family and friends.


Everyone had a say when it came to choosing colours and furnishings for the house, but Hayley says there was method to her madness. “I only gave them a handful of options – a mum edit!” As a result, she loves the space they’ve created together. “Our home is user-friendly and built for a family. I’m not precious about ‘things’ as they aren’t really what’s important in life, after all,” she says. The house is organised around communal spaces where the family can spend time with people who matter. “Our giant kitchen bench doubles as a dining table and servery,” says Hayley. “I’m trying to instil good eating habits and appreciation of food in our kids – we have so many fond memories of meals and good times with friends and family.” •

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COTTAGE INDUSTRY This year’s Resene Colour Home Awards winners have crafted a charming country home with a refreshing palette of colours deftly mixed with neutrals Text by Fiona Ralph. Photography by Jane Dove Juneau and Richard Briggs.

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MEET + GREET Kirsty Wraight, 49 (director/PA at David Wraight Cottages) and David Wraight, 52 (director/builder at David Wraight Cottages).



You won’t see many plain white walls in Kirsty and David Wraight’s newly built character home in Blenheim. The winners of this year’s Resene Colour Home Awards have used a number of Resene colours and wallpapers throughout their house, creating a soft, tonal effect with a lovely selection of pastel hues. It’s been a really personal project: the home was built last year by David, and the interior was created by Kirsty. The home also functions as a bed and breakfast and part-time showroom for the couple’s business (building cottages and transportable homes). “This build has been a lot of fun for me, putting together the colours, flooring and curtains,” says Kirsty. “I love playing with colour and spent a lot of time with fabric samples and paint swatches.”

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KITCHEN, DINING The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area features a timber island with solid oak top, plus a more formal dining table. The soft green of Resene ‘Emerge’ lends a light, fresh feeling to the space.

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COUNTRY GLAMOUR Kirsty and David’s farmhouse-style home, set on 1.5 acres, is clothed in pine weatherboards painted in the warm grey tone of Resene ‘Kensington Grey’ with starchy white accents in Resene ‘Half Rice Cake’ on the trim and verandas. The kitchen is the pièce de résistance, with the soft green of Resene ‘Emerge’ paired with Resene ‘Quarter Rice Cake’, and the spacious scullery featuring units painted in the striking black Resene ‘Blackjack’. “I looked at several French farmhouse kitchens and also a few

Hamptons-style kitchens while designing the kitchen and scullery,” says Kirsty. Pops of colour such as those in the kitchen are offset by simpler tones: ceilings and doors are all painted in Resene ‘Quarter Rice Cake’, as are the ensuites, family room and office. The formal lounge, hallway and main bathroom are painted in the subtle white of Resene ‘Blanc’. “We knew we wanted Resene ‘Emerge’ in the kitchen and the rest of the living areas fairly neutral. We still wanted a home with colour so we decided to put some life into the bedrooms.”

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Resene ‘Duck Egg Blue’

Resene ‘Dawn Chorus’

Resene ‘Half Bokara Grey’

Resene ‘Thorndon Cream’

UNIQUE SPIN The four bedrooms have very individual looks. Three of them feature a dado rail with Resene ‘Quarter Rice Cake’ on the lower third of the wall, and the dusky pink Resene ‘Brandy Rose’, warm beige Resene ‘Truffle’ and earthy green Resene ‘Linen’ on the top. In the fourth bedroom, Kirsty has paired Resene ‘Quarter Rice Cake’ with a blue Eijffinger wallpaper from Resene. Decorating is one of Kirsty’s passions. “It’s something I love to do, and – who knows? – maybe one day I will get around to doing a course in design. It’s a hobby I love at the moment.” She couldn’t have done it without the fabulous painter David Price, she points out. Now that the interior is complete, she is focusing on welcoming B&B guests to the home. “I spent 25 years in hospitality and I have missed the people contact,” she says. Why not see the place for yourself? To book a stay, visit willows-green. ? All the colours seen here are from The Range fashion colours. Resene paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. or 0800 RESENE (737 363).

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BEDROOMS Kirsty opted for a number of diferent looks for the bedrooms in her Blenheim home, which doubles as a show home and B&B.

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Winter warmers We asked our online community to share their favourite family winter rituals and the results had us feeling all warm and fuzzy. Shorter days, darker nights and frosty mornings? Bring it on! Illustrations by Anieszka Banks.

Each winter we have a big bonfire at Nan’s house and the grandchildren collect all the broken branches from her paddock. When it dies down we toast marshmallows. Marni Lynn, from Facebook

Fireeeeee. Plus bowls of tea and hot choccies with the biggest spoon of Nutella.

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All the gorgeous vintage woollen blankets and throws come out. We change the oils in the diffuser and sip white ginger tea as we snuggle with two dogs and our cat around a cosy fire. Every night when I get home from work, I light candles. The sensory banquet reflects winter in all its wonder and winter foraging fills the home with foliage. @kimberley_68


Sleeping in on the weekends with warm, fluffy blankets surrounding me, a nice hot coffee beside me, and a good book in my hand. @elizabethmcmurdo

I wash all the duvet covers, cushion covers, lounge slip covers and throws so they’re all clean and fresh for snuggling up in winter. @thehumblebungalow







HIBERNATING. A big hot bath and a cold beer in it! @heidi_stratford

A nice hot bath, candles and my PJs warmed by the fire. @katherine_bain

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Homes Creative and inspiring New Zealand homes with heart

Pattern making

Photography by Kate Claridge.

Gone are the days of rules such as ‘don’t mix red and pink’ or ‘never use both stripes and spots’. For the large part, anything goes in today’s homes. A plain backdrop such as neutral walls and window treatments can allow plenty of experimentation with colours, textures and patterns, as designer Lee Sinclair has proven in her Rangiora home. Check out how she decorated a villa-style new-build to suit her young family on page 50.

Just add love: a readymade Rangiora villa gets a revamp Page 50 Daydream believers: an Auckland new-build straight out of Stockholm Page 60 Character building: old-school charm in a new-school skin Page 70

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Modernise heritagestyle homes with a soft grey colour palette, contrasted with a striking dark roof and front door.

Just add love This family found exactly what they were looking for in a Rangiora new-build, but the only thing missing was their personal style – and a very special new addition Text by Tina Stephen. Photography by Kate Claridge.

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H Meet + Greet Lee Sinclair, 36 (owner and designer of Cloud Nine Creative), Peter Butcher, 45 (painter and plasterer), and Jack, 1, plus Mouse the cat.


here is a mantra at Cloud Nine Creative: design with honesty, thoughtfulness and a feelgood factor. When entering Cloud Nine designer Lee Sinclair’s home in Rangiora – which she shares with partner Peter Butcher and their baby son, Jack – it is clear this philosophy applies not only to her business but her home, too. After a year of fruitless searching for the perfect character home, Lee and Peter found a new-build with all the trappings of a villa but without the drawbacks of older homes. “I was particularly drawn to villas, with their unique character and timeless style,” remembers Lee. “Unfortunately all the ones we viewed were either too small, built the wrong way around, lacked sun or needed major attention. When this one appeared, we were immediately attracted to it.”

Built by Mike Greer Homes, the house has the characteristics of a classic villa while also being a warm, dry and low-maintenance family home. “It gets a ton of sun which is superimportant to us. It is beautifully warm in winter and has great indoor-outdoor flow,” says Lee. “The higher ceiling gives it a grand feel, and the beautifully thought-out kitchen, with plenty of hidden storage, is the heart of the home.” Nestled within the thriving community of Rangiora, the house is a hop and a skip to Lee’s childhood home, and the Sinclair-Butchers are surrounded by family and friends. “There’s a great community feel here,” says Lee.

Style stamp

In September 2015, with keys in hand and all the hard work done by the previous owners, Lee and Peter moved in. Their redecoration plan reflected Lee’s love of natural colours, shapes and textures.

“One thing that has always been a constant is my love of nature,” she says. “Most of my Cloud Nine designs have been inspired by the outdoors. Flowers, birds, feathers and trees all tend to feature heavily in my work.” The couple set about removing some of the original wallpaper and replaced it with a neutral yet striking colour palette. Warm beige is punctuated by dramatic dark tones in the lounge and master bedroom. “I love the master bedroom, which has recently been painted in a dark shade of inky navy blue,” says Lee. “The peacock headboard was always going to be a feature and was purchased online, along with a matching chair from Trade Me which I painted white to contrast with the navy. I’ve also added lots of greenery, which really pops against the dark walls, and I collected woven trays and hung them together to create an art feature.”

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KITCHEN The traditional cabinetry, which provides bountiful storage, is ofset by industrial-style vintage pieces rescued from local secondhand stores by Lee.

My space The home was swiftly transformed thanks to Lee’s confidence with colour and design, and Peter’s handyman skills. Practical elements such as extra storage space and built-in furniture were designed by the couple, and Lee found she had the space to create a home studio, which has proved essential with a new baby. “I work from my little home studio/converted bedroom,” says Lee. “It is within earshot of Jack’s room when he is napping and is perfect for a quick design or admin session. I’ve kept it light and bright, and Pete painted the entire wall with magnetic paint so I can pin up current collections, inspiration or anything I please.” The studio is full to the brim with evidence of Lee’s magpie instincts, with collections of jewels, beads and craft supplies adorning the walls and shelves. Folding doors can be opened during the day to take full advantage of the sun. “It’s the sunniest spot in the house; it’s my special place,” says Lee.

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MASTER BEDROOM Deep navy walls bring drama and depth, and provide a striking backdrop for artwork and furniture. Lighter textiles create a clean, fresh contrast to the darker hues.

Inspired by art

One of Lee’s favourite pieces in the house is a large, framed protea artwork, which takes pride of place in the entranceway. This image originates from a photograph taken by Lee and is part of her Cloud Nine collection of art prints. “It’s big, bold and the first thing people see when they enter the house,” she says. Another of her artworks will provide inspiration when it comes to redecorating the guest room. “I'm basing it around my latest Cloud Nine print of a floral wreath, which I intend to reproduce on a grand scale,” Lee says. The print’s tones of sage green and soft pink will be used in the scheme, complemented by rattan furniture.

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Lee’s tips > Stick to your own style. Trends will date. Pick pieces you love that will stand the test of time. > When choosing big-ticket items, stay with neutral tones as they won’t go out of style. > Wallpaper, rugs, paint and soft furnishings can all transform a space so choose wisely.

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Create or commission a piece of artwork to be the starting point for a space. Take cues and inspiration from it for the colours, motifs and textures.

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H JACK’S BEDROOM Bringing Jack home to his newly decorated room is one of Lee’s favourite memories of her home. Painted in a neutral hue, the room has been designed to grow and change with its little inhabitant.

Making memories The design of Jack’s room took on special significance for Lee and Peter as his homecoming from hospital in June last year was a cherished moment that will always be linked to their new home. Jack’s room has a pared-back aesthetic but is far from stark, with soft greys punctuated by woodland-themed decor. “We knew we were having a little boy but I wanted to make it a really neutral room that we could update as he got older,” says Lee. “My vision was to stick with a natural, woodland theme, which was originally inspired by a pack of handpainted illustrations by talented artist Nathalie Lété, which I purchased some years ago.” Against a backdrop of Resene ‘Thorndon Cream’ Lee added furniture basics from Mocka, vintage finds and handmade trinkets. Personal touches include a hand-illustrated artwork by Lee and her own hand-knitted baby blanket. “The room is peaceful and calming and a nice cosy area to play and read books in,” she says. Finding a home in near perfect condition meant that Lee and Peter were free to simply redecorate it to suit themselves. The house is evidence that with some great styling, a clever eye and a few creative ideas, you can create a personalised family home without the expense of a full renovation. •


YH&G Apex cushion, $59.95, from Farmers.

Bone inlay drum side table, $1195, from Republic Home.

Middle of Nowhere ‘Highland Friend’ print, $450, from Shut The Front Door.

> Find the things you love from this home on page 152.

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CONTACTS + Lee: I love to shop local and have purchased numerous pieces from my local homeware store, Niche, in Rangiora. They also stock a great range of my Cloud Nine products. + Trade Me, garage sales and secondhand stores are a great place to find pre-loved treasures. + My favourite homeware brands include Pony Rider, Bonnie & Neil and Angus & Celeste.

Heritage designs are combined with on-trend accessories and myriad textures to create a cosy family home

HONESTY BOX + One thing you would change about your home if you could? We think it’s pretty perfect just as it is. + Most memorable experience you have had in your home? The actual moving-in was pretty exciting. We felt we had worked so hard to get to where we were, and felt extremely grateful for our beautiful new home. Also, bringing our son home for the first time.



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+ How much have you spent decorating and tweaking your home? About $2000. + How did your budget forecast compare to your actual spend? We were lucky as Pete is a painter and plasterer so he was able to do most of the work himself. We knew it was just a case of purchasing paint and a few building materials. We paid a local builder to make some more storage and shelving units for my studio. + Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain? A bit of both. These days I tend to only buy pieces I love, regardless of whether it’s from a high-end homeware store, Kmart or a secondhand shop. I think it’s nice to have a mix of old and new. I also have my own creations around the house. + Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home? For resale, consider your street appeal, as it’s the first impression people get of a home. Plant as soon as you can – it takes years to create an established garden. And great storage is a must. A home should be practical and work for your needs. + How did you keep track of costs during the redecoration? Pete is the numbers man; he always keeps a running tally in his head.


RESENE ‘Cinder’

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



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The laundry is one place where size does matter. That’s why Haier offers a range of washers and dryers to suit any laundry space or configuration. Clever features make a difference too. Direct Drive technology makes your washer more efficient, gentle on clothing and (even better!) nice and quiet. Over-drying is a common problem, however all Haier dryers feature smart auto-sensing technology. Auto-sensing prevents over-drying of clothes, plus it saves power. Always an important consideration, water and power economy is a feature of Haier washers and dryers. When dryer venting is tricky, Haier condenser dryers are an alternative, or the

new Twin Tasker Front Loader has two washing drums to help cut down time spent in the laundry. All Haier appliances come with a two-year warranty and 24/7 customer support.

T H E P E R F E C T M AT C H When Lucy and Will (pictured) were renovating their laundry, one of their biggest decisions was which washer and dryer to choose. Haier’s wide range of top load washers, front load washers and sensor dryers made choosing a lot easier. Their front load washer and dryer sit side by side and fit perfectly under their bench, with smart, modern design to enhance the fresh, clean style of the couple’s laundry and home.

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Daydream believers For this savvy couple, building from a pre-designed plan allowed them to realise their vision of a light, bright home near Auckland’s eastern beaches Text by Annick Larkin. Photography by Helen Bankers.

Leap of faith Sometimes just having a dream isn’t enough – you also need the courage to see it through. While living in their first home in Flat Bush, a new development in South Auckland, Becks and Giovanni Luca often found themselves driving to the nearby suburb of Beachlands to see family and friends who lived there. The couple daydreamed of one day making a move to the area themselves. In the meantime, it was becoming apparent that the couple and their two young children – Brianna, now 11, and Santino, now 10 – needed a home with more space. In early 2016, encouraged by Auckland’s hot property market, the couple decided to sell their Flat Bush property. Buoyed by the generous land sizes on offer further east in Beachlands and excited about the prospect of building again, Becks and Giovanni took the plunge and made their daydreams a reality.

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Family in mind

After a great deal of research, Becks and Giovanni chose to build their new home with local construction company Stonewood Homes. They looked for a floorplan that was well suited to their site’s northeast orientation, and settled on the Linkwater, an open-plan, five-bedroom package with two lounge areas, allowing for both casual and formal living. “We are a close family with young children, so being together is important to us,” says Becks. The couple were able to modify the plans to meet their family’s needs and style. “We made some changes including a higher ceiling, larger storage spaces throughout and an increase in size for both living areas,” recalls Becks. They also opted for a larger kitchen island bench which can comfortably seat six. “We are so grateful we installed a larger island as we spend a lot of time there as a family, eating, chatting and doing homework,” says Becks.

H Meet + Greet Giovanni Luca, 47 (technical support manager at StayinFront), Becks Luca, 44 (interior stylist and owner of Designroom), Brianna, 11, and Santino, 10, plus Chipper-Wilson the kitten.

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“We made some changes to the plans including a higher ceiling, larger storage spaces and bigger living areas”

Master plan

Although Stonewood Homes managed the whole design, planning and consent process, the couple weren’t completely immune to challenges. One of the biggest came about because they were using a pre-existing floorplan and had to remain within the home’s designated footprint. This wasn’t a problem per se, but it did require many hours of brainstorming and space planning to ensure the layout didn’t extend beyond the council’s building-area maximums. “We spent hours working and planning with Stonewood Homes and we did a lot of thinking about how and where we spend our time to ensure we got the perfect layout for us as a family,” explains Becks. Once the couple had decided on their layout, and to help them understand how their new house would be situated on the site, Giovanni made a 1:100 scale model of the new home. “It was invaluable to be able to visualise our home in 3D and it helped us with planning the outdoor spaces and the interior and exterior paint colours,” says Becks.

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Future proofing

Having sold their property in Flat Bush, the family rented a house in Beachlands while their new home was being built. “We love the building process so, for us, the year of renting was an opportunity to learn from past mistakes, and to plan and research how we could implement clever ideas into the new-build,” explains Becks. Even though Stonewood Homes was responsible for the design and build, Giovanni and Becks were very handson during the building process. Giovanni visited the site most weekends, proving he was a dab hand on the tools by transforming a Citta oak dining table into vanity benchtops for both bathrooms. Additionally, he pre-wired the ethernet and all the audio/visual components throughout the house, cleverly hiding them in cabinets or behind walls. “This means that all our devices can be remotely accessed, allowing for more space inside the home,” says Becks.

Future-proofing was an important element to this build and the couple researched tirelessly until they found the right solutions for their family. “We wanted to make this home as smart as we could, so we incorporated features such as the Ring video doorbell, Schlage smart lock and alarm, remote-operated garage door, home security system and wireless lighting which allow for both remote motion detection and easier accessibility,” says Becks. OFFICE, LIVING The cabinetry in Becks’ study adds warmth to the workspace’s simple decor. In the living space, although the palette is minimal, texture and pattern have been used to create interest.

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MASTER BEDROOM Simple and symmetrical, the master bedroom has been styled to evoke a sense of calm. Accents of blush and green in cushions, plants and flowers build a soothing palette that is repeated throughout the home.

Simply stylish Becks is a stylist by trade and favours the Scandinavian design aesthetic.“For me it’s about incorporating a sense of light and nature into the home, while keeping it simple and uncluttered,” she says. Becks has used layers of texture, natural elements and a simple paint palette to create a real sense of homeliness and warmth. Her favourite space to decorate was the master bedroom, where she has used a combination of calming natural tones that create a restful haven. “I love knowing that everything in the room has been chosen for its quality,” says Becks. “I’m a huge fan of linen and it appears everywhere in our house, from sheets and duvets to cushion covers and curtains. Not only does it wash well, it always looks and feels robust and earthy.” Her neutral palette flows through to the children’s bedrooms where art, textured furnishings and pots of greenery add life and colour to their spaces.

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“For me it’s about incorporating a sense of light and nature into the home, while keeping it simple and uncluttered”

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GET THE LOOK Mercerr + Reid Pip per throw w, $139.9 99, from Adairs.

Bell basket pendant, $159, from Freedom.

Santarem Jade Leaf outdoor cushion cover, $85, from Bolt of Cloth.

BATHROOMS The ensuite and family bathroom have been decorated using Becks’ signature Scandi aesthetic with cosy, minimal features that ofer simplicity, utility, comfort and style.

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What’s next?

The Luca family have lived in their new abode for about eight months and they couldn’t be prouder of the new home they’ve built. There’s work still to be done, but no house is ever truly finished. “We are now making landscape plans to include subtropical planting, an edible garden with fruit trees and herbs, and a designated area for composting,” says Becks. Sometimes when dreams come true, we miss having something to wish for – is that true for Becks? “As daydreams go, we’re living ours and we couldn’t be happier!” •

Find more Scandi styling inspiration at

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A Scandi-style scheme of blond wood, blush hues and warm neutrals makes this home clean, light and contemporary




1 Home Republic Malmo cushion, $69.95, from Adairs. 2 Astrid mirror, $39.95, from Mocka. 3 Ceramic pot, $3, from Kmart. 4 Hugh bar stool, $299, from Parnell + Co. 5 YH&G reindeer hide, $599, from Farmers. 6 Dahlia sofa in Austria, $2199, from Freedom.

+ Where have you saved money? Becks: My husband and I love to research and find something more special than stock-standard items, without paying the earth for them. So we shopped around and also imported items ourselves both for our kitchen and lighting scheme. The time and efort was certainly worth it. + Where have you splurged? On our balancedpressure ducted heat-pump system with integrated ventilation. We have total control over the temperature in each room and fresh air circulation. Total luxury and comfort year round! + What was your best buy and why? Our extra Citta oak dining table, which Giovanni turned into custom vanity tops for our bathrooms. We love the personality the wood brings to those spaces and the continuity of having gorgeous oak throughout the house. + Best memory in your home? The first evening after moving in, sitting at the kitchen island with my husband, glass of bubbles in hand, looking out at the beautiful sunset over the water, realising that we had made it! All the hard work, all the planning, all the research, all the late nights, all the sourcing – it had all come together. + What would you never do again? I can’t say there is anything we wouldn’t do again. + Best lesson learned? Spend the money on forever things like your wiring, fixtures, fittings and structural preferences, because these are the items you need to plan early so you can incorporate them into the build. Once you move in, it’s often too late.


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1 Bathroom floor Drake Series wood-look porcelain tiles from MDecor Tiles. 2 Bedroom carpet Godfrey Hirst ‘Pleasant Point’ in mussel. 3 Kitchen splashback White subway tiles from MDecor Tiles.

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

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This quirky Tauranga new-build is proof that brand-new doesn’t have to be boring Text by Monique Balvert-O’Connor. Photography by Rachel Dobbs.

M EE T + G R E E T Carly Ward, 37 (co-owner and manager of Nourish Cafe), Cameron Ward, 39 (general manager of clothing company You Know We Ain’t Ltd), Jackson, 9, and Mia, 7, plus Bruce the cat and Bella the dog.

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ENTRY, DINING, LOUNGE This new house was never going to contain only new objects – the reclaimed leadlight front door (above) ofers a hint of the eclectic vintage furnishings within.

I N P L A I N S I T E When Carly and Cam Ward first saw their Tauranga section in 2014 – just before property prices soared – they were baffled. Why was the large, sloping parcel of land, hugged by a lush reserve and with views of Tauranga’s northern inlet, still available, they wondered. “We couldn’t believe the section hadn’t been snapped up,” says Carly. “But we could see its potential straight away.” The couple and their two small children had outgrown a much-loved, character-filled 1950s bungalow and were “really worried” about the prospect of building new, even though it seemed like the right thing to do. “I wanted to recreate the same feel [as the old house],” says Carly. “I like nooks and crannies, interesting spaces.” Her fears about not being able to make a home with character worsened when the builders the couple first approached showed them standard house plans, including brick-and-tile options which were entirely alien to their taste. Then the Wards discovered Federation Homes. “They didn’t come with any plans; instead they offered a listening ear, visited our site and drew up plans,” says Carly. “They just got it and we love the result” – a 160-squaremetre home of white pine and weatherboard.

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KITCHEN CRUSH The kitchen is one of Carly’s favourite zones. “The black sink and tap add something diferent – add some drama. I think it looks very sexy,” Carly says.

DE C OR D ETA ILS > One large wardrobe divides the kids’ bedrooms and can be opened on both sides to create one massive play area (the shelves and rails run widthways and only occupy each end of the giant wardrobe, leaving the middle clear to walk through). “It’s pretty cool and takes up no more room than regular wardrobes,” says Carly. > The house may be new, but the front door is old. Carly and Cam found their 1930s villa door at a demolition yard, complete with kauri frame, distressed paint, leadlights and original doorbell. “It’s so pretty and I love the light it lets in. It provides a point of diference as it contrasts with the newness of the house,” says Carly. “The doorstep is also characterfilled. We love to think of all the people who have stepped over it. Now our family and friends will be part of that door’s history.” > The dining room lights are a blast from the past. Carly spied them in an op-shop for $10 each and they are identical to the ones in her childhood home.

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H ROOM WITH A VIEW The Wards moved into their new home early in November 2015 and, boy, does it make the most of those views. The open-plan living area features large, stacking doors on one corner that open up to a wraparound deck and the glorious view beyond. There’s plenty to look at, with the reserve below including little ponds, tributaries and wetlands, as well as boardwalks. The scene is especially gorgeous when the tide is in, Carly says, and the sunsets are dreamy. Their section includes a fenced-off bank leading down to the reserve, which will soon become home to beehives (inherited when Cam’s mum passed away), fruit trees and other edibles, and a picking garden of flowers.

TOTALLY TUBULAR Carly loves cooking so she wanted her stovetop to face the room and the views beyond. “We had to get a little creative with the extractor fan,” she says.

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MIA’S ROOM The walls may be white but that doesn’t mean this room is colourless – books galore, bright beads, vintage bedding and plenty of natural light bring the rainbow.

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JACKSON’S ROOM Bruce the cat is far from fazed by the wildlife in Jackson’s room. The children enjoy their separate spaces but also like the fact that their double wardrobes open up to create one big room.

Mia and Jackson both enjoy bedrooms with loads of personality. Jackson’s room is creature-themed, with fish-identification charts, a vintage fish door knocker and a plastic grizzly bear (an op-shop win) at his bedside. He is the creative force behind a cross-stitch shark which he made at school. The messaging on the wall outside his room reads: “All good things are wild and free.” Lego and crystals also have their special place in his room. A hot pink desk and a four-poster bed are the heroes in Mia’s room. Carly found Mia’s floral duvet cover in perfect condition at a garage sale. Her feature wall is covered in fruit salad stickers and bunting provides additional quirkiness. Both rooms have Himalayan salt lamps which emit a lovely soft light at bedtime.

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MASTER BEDROOM, BATHROOM A standard bedside table was never going to cut the mustard in the master bedroom. Left Carly found the retro bathroom mirrors and a first-aid cabinet in op-shops.


Forget Me Not linen cushion cover, $65, from Bolt of Cloth.

Salt stone lamp, $30, from Iko Iko.


Ritz drinks trolley, $249, from Freedom. > Find the things you love from this home on page 152.

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Carly believes her decorative style is best described as “eclectic and positive”. “I began buying things way before we started building,” she says. “I trawl vintage markets and op-shops, as well as designer stores… I love anything quirky. “I seem to have lots of pops of yellow, which wasn’t my intention, but maybe I’m just drawn to sunny items? I also have lots of green against white with all our plants – the great thing about white is that you can’t go wrong with other items. It all works.” Cam plays an active role in decor choices, too, bringing back little items from his business trips through China and India. “We have quite a collection of Chinese propaganda posters now, and strange little statues he finds at back-alley markets. His other main input is Steve the stag, who now resides

in our kitchen. He was a congratulatory gift from a friend after Cam completed his MBA last year – the high ceilings really lend themselves to something big on that wall, and Steve is big!” Cam’s mum was a collector of beautiful things such as plates, vases, books and anything to do with beekeeping and nature. “Many of our items have stemmed from her collection,” Cam says. Even though their home is new, the Wards have already imbued it with soul, and Carly likes to use positive affirmations in artwork and signage to inspire her family and friends. “We have a large ‘welcome’ sign at the front and inside is the message ‘All is well with my soul’. A cross-stitch in the master bedroom says ‘We rise by lifting others’ and the dining room art says ‘Live your life in colour’.” This is one family home with a colourful life ahead. •


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Vintage-style objects from various eras are modernised by bright colours, new materials and a crisp white backdrop


+ What are the best bits about your house? Carly: My favourite part is our kitchen. I love the shelving for my plates, the bar where I hang herbs and plants, and the black sink that ties in with the lovely black accents in the room. And I love the cooking area in the island, too – it’s become a real hub. Our extractor fan is a huge, stainless steel tube hanging from the ceiling, custom-made and perfect. + The indoor-outdoor flow the stacker doors create when they’re both open – it feels airy and amazing. The pitched ceilings also add to that feeling. + All the white. We have white interior and exterior walls, white tiles and white windows. It seems there is never too much white. You can build on white with pops of colour, interesting pieces and plants. + Our spa pool. The views are sensational! + What would you change? Very little. We opted for privacy glass in the bathroom but think we will replace it with clear glass at some stage.


1 Carson sofa in retro turquoise, $1699, from Early Settler. 2 Locka, $99.95, from Mocka. 3 Brushed pewter-style tripod floor lamp, $1369, from Leopold Hall. 4 Mansfield bookcase, $699, from Early Settler. 5 Plush button cushion, $49.90, from Wallace Cotton.

+ What was your budget and how did that pan out? The budget for the build was initially $250,000 but we ended up just under $300,000 which, in hindsight, wasn’t too bad. We realised early on that the $250,000 wasn’t going to cut it – we considered painting the outside ourselves but decided against that pretty quickly! + What did you save and splurge on? We splurged on our high ceilings, stacker doors and decking. We saved on flooring, not-too-fancy bathroom fixtures and by making our kitchen as budgetfriendly as possible without sacrificing its charm.




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1 Kitchen splashback White subway tiles from Tile Space, Tauranga. 2 Kitchen floor Plywood from ITM, Te Puna.

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



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KEY 1 Entry 2 Garage 3 Laundry 4 Bathroom 5 Bedroom 6 Wardrobe 7 Study 8 Ensuite 9 Lounge 10 Dining 11 Kitchen 12 Storage 13 Deck 14 Clothesline

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MODERN BESPOKE This Orewa family used clever budgeting and plenty of planning to build a bespoke beachside house for the price of a standard design Text by Jessica-Belle Greer. Photography by Samuel Hartnett.

PROB L E M A cost-efective cladding option was required due to budget constraints. The home needed to be tough to withstand the wear and tear of family life. The home’s position close to the coast called for products that would perform in harsh conditions.

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James Hardie Easylap and Axon panels helped achieve a quality look and feel without using more expensive products. James Hardie Secura Interior Flooring is durable for family living and comes with an added acoustic benefit. James Hardie HomeRAB Pre-cladding was used instead of building paper for its bracing and weathertight properties.


MEET + G R E E T Kirsty Walters, 43 (product manager at Mighty Ape), Tim Walters, 43 (renovation design and build consultant at Refresh Renovations), Eva, 8, and Isabella, 6, plus Maxine the cat.

EXTERIOR The combination of two claddings and an artful arrangement of window shapes gives this home a clean, contemporary edge. The cost-efective Axon panel used here has a wood-grain texture and is tough enough to wear black without warping or cracking.



When you have a growing family, it pays to plan ahead. That’s exactly what Kirsty and Tim Walters did when they set out to design an affordable yet bespoke house that would suit their lifestyle both now and into the future. “We bought the site with the intention of building our forever home as it’s perfectly located for raising young kids into teenagers,” says Tim. As a design and build consultant for Refresh Renovations, Tim used his expertise to ensure his family’s new-build would be unique to their way of life. “We love that it is designed by us, suits our needs and will see us into the future.”


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from central Auckland, the couple moved north over a decade ago, to Hatfields Beach first, before settling in Orewa. “We moved here about six years ago for the flat walks to the beach and town centre,” says Kirsty. They’re just 800 metres from the beach and a short stroll to the shops, where new eateries are always popping up. They feel very grateful to live in one of Auckland’s best beach towns, she says. “We have the advantage of living in a small seaside community while being able to enjoy the spoils of a large city at our feet. We can quite literally holiday in our own home!”

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NEW-BUILD WORKSHEET BUDGET > How much did you spend on the build? $850,000 > Did you stick to your budget? We budgeted the entire build and knew that if we used smart products and design we could create a bespoke house for a standard cost. Fixing all the costs beforehand meant that the only overspends were when we decided to upgrade the quality of some of the items and finishes. > Which areas did you save or splurge on? Indooroutdoor flow was important, so the big spend was on the aluminium bifold doors from Waikato Windows. The kitchen and bathrooms were also splurges as these places get the most use (we used Moda Kitchens and Robertson Bathware for these).

HONESTY BOX > Best lesson learned? Design and planning are paramount, down to light fixtures and art on the walls. Talk to people along the way – you don’t know what you don’t know, so it helps to talk to others about their experiences. > One thing you’d change about your home if you could? Make the walk-in wardrobe bigger! > Most memorable experience in your home so far? Christmas – it was the first Christmas we could have all our family to stay. The open-plan layout made it really easy to host and socialise and also enabled family members to relax in their own space when needed.

CONTACTS > Building materials or 0800 808 868. Kirsty and Tim: “We wanted to use products that would be cost-effective and create a great-looking home without huge ongoing maintenance.” > Architect Reed Marshall at RPM Architecture, or 07 378 7347.


Building begins.

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APRIL 2017 Family move into an existing house at the rear of the site so Tim can be on hand to project manage.

JULY 2017 Family move


into the new house while finishing touches are being completed.

House complete.


KITCHEN, LIVING, DINING Kirsty and Tim love their open-plan living area which makes entertaining so easy, and there’s lots of space as daughters Eva and Isabella grow up.



The upper level of this home is based on the children and their future needs, including two equal-sized kid’s rooms, a bathroom with a double vanity, and a rumpus. The open-plan downstairs is also designed for highly functional family living. The indoor and outdoor areas were conceived as linked zones to make the most of a mix of both open and personal spaces. “We can be doing different things in different zones but are actually all still together,� says Kirsty. “It’s great for kids at this age; they don’t like to be too far from the action, but when they do need to spread out there is plenty of space upstairs.�


TH E LO O K Throughout the

home bespoke details make it that little bit extra-special; for instance, spaces between windows were speciďŹ cally designed to accommodate favourite pieces of art, and allowances were made for DIY shelving to display Kirsty’s mum’s Royal Doulton. On the exterior, James Hardie Axon panel creates a wood-grain look, which, unlike some timbers on the market, is hardy enough to be painted black for a sharp, contemporary feel. The natural texture of this material softly offsets the James Hardie Easylap panels on the ground level which delivers designer-look concrete for a fraction of the price. “We didn’t want our house to look like an off-the-shelf spec home,â€? says Tim. “We both felt that if we were going to spend money on a new-build, there were simple things we could % *% "& * )*$ %+* (%# * ()*5 4

EXPERT TIPS TIM WALTERS, RENOVATION DESIGN AND BUILD CONSULTANT > Get a design specific to your requirements. I spend a lot of time with clients who are undertaking renovations because the original house was generic and not specific to future needs. > Have a clear idea of what you want and stick to the theme. This will make it easier to create a cohesive feel throughout the whole house. > Get a fixed-price build but have a contingency. There are always unforeseen costs and price cost sums (costs that are not fixed) such as excavation.

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Water view

Photography by Rachel Dobbs.

We all love a swimming pool but keeping everyone safe with secure fencing can often lead to aesthetic sacrifices. The Welhams’ pool was surrounded by a “prison-type” fence that also blocked off their garden, making the space cramped and unappealing. But with some clever landscaping and a new glass barrier, the pool went from Alcatraz awkward to Palm Springs perfect and looks great all year round. See the rest of this glorious Tauranga reno on page 86.

Home for good: a lush coastal reno in Tauranga Page 86 Workshop: budget-conscious winter warm-ups Page 94

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GOOD Returning to Tauranga after a spell in the city wasn’t in this homeowner’s plan. But now, after a fresh renovation, being back in the Bay just feels right Text by Sue Hofart. Photography by Rachel Dobbs.

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R MEET + GREET Keri Welham, 42 (writer), Dave, 45, and Lyla, 8, plus Princess Sparkle the rabbit.


PROBLEM The house had poor connections between its indoor and outdoor living areas.

‘Prison cell-type’ fencing enclosed the pool, made the area feel small and restricted its use.

Rampant bamboo and agapanthus made a bank overlooking the water unusable.


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Large bifold windows now open out from the dining room onto the garden and a stacking door connects the living area and pool. The fence was replaced and the perimeter expanded to create lounging areas within the pool enclosure. A Caesarstone ofcut forms a poolside bar leaner. The agapanthus was cleared (the bamboo is next) and a sunken lounge cut into the bank.

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Keri Welham was loving life in Wellington and had no intention of ever leaving. However, when husband Dave received an appealing job offer in Tauranga she agreed to return to her old hometown – but only under protest. “It was hard to imagine my life could be as full and vibrant outside Wellington,” she says. “I hadn’t really updated my view of Tauranga since living there in the 1970s and ’80s.” The family moved in 2011 and, as a trial, rented a house at Mount Maunganui, a 10-minute drive from Keri’s parents’ house in suburban Maungatapu. After a few days of summer barbecues and early evening beach walks, the Welhams were hooked on coastal living and decided to buy a house by the sea. Fate intervened one Christmas night when Dave took an after-dinner stroll around the Maungatapu peninsula with his father-in-law and spotted a ‘for sale’ sign. Dave was certain this was The One but Keri clung to her dream of living by the beach. Eight steps inside the door, she was sold, too. “In Wellington, our whole section was 400 square metres. We couldn’t believe we could buy this for similar money and have a pool, a view and more than twice the land,” she says.

IN THE MIX A large bar built into the kitchen cabinetry is lined in deep blue velvet and includes LED lighting. “When it’s all lit up, it looks really wicked but most of the time it’s tucked away and no one would know it’s there.”

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Three years later, in 2015, the family were feeling a little restless. They yearned for more light, better connection with outdoor living spaces, a new kitchen and bathroom and far more storage. After “real-estate stalker” Keri considered and rejected a series of alternative abodes, the couple found themselves embarking on a major renovation. This was no quick DIY do-up, though; they wanted high quality finishes that would last the distance. “We kept working and got professionals in to do it. It was hard in the beginning because that decision comes with a much bigger price tag, but we had this great collection of mates working on the reno who helped us make smart decisions as we went,” says Keri.



Once the walls and ceiling were all stripped back, the inevitable extras started popping up. The Welhams seized the chance to install a wired security system and double-gibbed the lounge walls so raucous rugby-watching wouldn’t wake sleeping kids. Giant cavity sliders were selected in place of the standard ones they had budgeted for. Swanny, the plumber, suggested they forget about a filtered-water tap and instead prioritise replacing a power-guzzling water heater. And, having ripped off some external cladding, Jazz the builder sensibly proposed replacing all the weatherboard sections with new boards. “Jazz told me when he thought certain features were a waste of money and was equally direct when he could see we were in danger of cutting corners – like with the weatherboards. He didn’t want us spending all this money and then dropping the ball at the end. He was right, but unforeseen expenses like that sure hurt at the time,” Keri says.

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THE PLAYHOUSE Lyla’s miniature house is strung with fairy lights and floral hanging baskets, and kitted out with a pint-sized kitchen.

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BEFO RE OUTDOOR LOUNGE Beyond the pool and landscaped dining area lies Keri and Dave’s favourite outdoor space – a hidden lounge cut into the bank at the edge of their waterside property.

New bifold windows, which throw the dining room open to the garden, evolved into the home’s most expensive feature. Bricks had to be removed, steel beams installed and the switchboard relocated. “But that window has made such a difference to how we live,” says Keri. “Light and sun stream in here and we never used to use the space. Now we sit at the table all the time.” A stacked sliding door opens onto the pool area and the “prison cell-type” fencing that hugged the water’s edge has been replaced and the perimeter expanded, to create lounging areas within the enclosure. Outside the kitchen window, an offcut from the kitchen benchtop has been turned into a poolside bar leaner.



Tempting as it may be for a realestate junkie like Keri to move and renovate another home, she’s fairly certain the garden at this property will keep her occupied for years. With the pergola up, the hedging trimmed and a vegetable garden under way, she’s now focused on annihilating the rampant bamboo that’s killing off the native bush on the bank that runs along the edge of their waterside property. “The best thing we did was eradicate the agapanthus on the bank and put in a retaining wall and sunken lounge. On a beautiful night, it’s an awesome spot to sit into the wee small hours,” she says. “This whole place is also kidtopia for Lyla, her mates – and her bunny.”

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RENOVATION WORKSHEET CONTACTS > Architect Peter Shaw, Upoko Architects,, 021 551 949, > Builder Jared Coombes, JC Builders BOP,, 021 475 299, > Kitchen and shelving Eastwood Kitchens & Cabinetry,, 021 336 079, > Plumber Greg Swanberg Plumbing, 021 626 026 > Tiler Brian Geary,, 021 179 1879 > Painter Aaron Rolls Painting,, 021 718 325 > Wardrobes Daiana Price, Designer Homewares,, 021 849 659 > Tapware Trudy Smith, Greens Global,, 027 221 0028

PAINT COLOURS > Interior Walls painted in Resene ‘Merino’, doors and ceilings in Resene ‘Quarter Black White’, trims in Resene ‘Half Black White’ > Exterior Gables and feature weatherboards in Resene ‘Transmission’. Window heads and weatherboards in Resene ‘Fuscous Grey’. > Playhouse Resene ‘Tiara’ (same as pergola) with accents in Resene ‘Oslo Grey’ and ‘Grey Friars’.



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Bought house.

Renovation began.

Work starts on The Pit (outdoor lounge).

Reno and landscaping completed.

Lounge carpet

Kitchen floor Mi

Kitchen cabinets

Bathroom tiles

Incarico tiles in nero from Tile Depot.

Tasmanian blackwood veneer.

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‘Everest’ in anthracite from Flooring Xtra.

> A small bath can look deceptively large if it’s deep. The Welhams chose a ‘piccolo’ model, the smallest on the market at the time. > Consider repeating kitchen benchtop and cabinetry B E FO R E materials in the bathroom for potential cost savings from using ofcuts. Keri and Dave used Caesarstone and Tasmanian blackwood veneer. > Extend tiling beyond the glass shower wall to give the illusion of a larger shower cavity. > Tile the shower grate for the same reason. > Think ahead. “By the time work finished, Lyla was mostly having showers so we could have saved on the bath. However, the bath is still a welcome occasional treat,” says Keri.

R HONESTY BOX > Name one of the things you love about your renovated home. Keri: The sunken lounge cut into the bank by the waterfront. I drew many, many scribbly drawings of the ‘infinity lawn’ and sunken lounge I wanted – I had a firm vision of a nook dug into the earth where we could sit and watch the tides roll in and out. Sitting there with a fire going as the sun goes down is amazing.

PROBLEM SOLVING > I was stumped by the super-comfy, golden brown couch in the small lounge. I didn’t want to spend thousands getting it re-covered but loathed the colour. In the end, I got in stylist Kim Farrant from Tilly & Tifen and she came up with a solution that met all our parameters (okay for kids, uncluttered, understated and not too pricey). The plan: upholster two of the seat cushions and buy a handful of items to create a den-like feel in a palette of gold, black, ruddy brown and indigo. Her fee and all the items cost a fraction of reupholstering. >I hated the size of the lounge before. It felt as though the room was too big and the furniture was crouching round the edges. By scaling it back to make a cosier space, we gained a vast amount of storage which is accessed from the hallway.

SAVES AND SPLURGES > I bought a rumpty old couch of Trade Me for $100 and then spent a small fortune re-covering it. I also spent hours deciding exactly which shade of yellow to use on which cushion, and which colour buttons and piping would go where. But the result is unique and the colours make me smile. > The drinks trolley, which I load up with candles and plants, was given to me by a friend. I covered the Formica with $2.99 Warehouse Stationery wrapping paper and it’s still going strong three years later.

RESEARCH > For months before and during the reno, I spent two hours every night doing research. One week it was wardrobe layouts, another week benchtops or ovens or curtains. I scoured magazines, Instagram and the websites of local suppliers. Then I’d visit as many outlets as possible and pick up samples. > I carried around a wee box and as I landed on each piece of the puzzle, I’d add it to the box: half a tile, a scrap of carpet, a Caesarstone ofcut, an acacia jar lid, aluminium samples, cardboard paint swatches, a white bowl, and my yellow clock to make sure everything I chose would work with bright colours. > At every shop I’d ask the owners what lamps, benchtops etc they had in their own homes, and why they’d made those choices. > For big-ticket items, like lighting, I convinced retailers to come on site to do free consultations. Then I just picked the options I liked best. > I paid a brilliant colour consultant to spend one hour checking my paint choices because I just didn’t want to get that wrong. • > Find the things you love from this home on page 152.

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Follow our guide to making your home 100% chill-proof this winter, whether your reno budget is humble or humungous Text by Sally Conor.

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The older your house, the more likely it is to be leaking warm air through cracks, gaps and disused or degraded fittings. Common problem areas include unused chimneys, cracks between floorboards and old or warped windows and doors.

Double-glazed windows (two panes of glass with air or gas trapped in between) can slash heat loss through windows, improve the feeling of warmth and dryness in your home, reduce noise from outside and reduce or remove condensation build-up in cold weather. Double glazing is standard in new houses but it’s also worth installing in existing homes. If you need to prioritise where your money goes, install double glazing in the main, heated areas of your house as well as in large windows. For the best results, look for windows with frames that have insulating properties such as wood, PVC or thermally broken aluminium, and low-emissivity (low-E) glass. Some companies offer retrofit double-glazing options that can be installed into your existing windows. SAVE Lower cost alternatives to double glazing include DIY window insulation kits and low-E window film.

A GOOD START IS TO > Block unused chimneys > Seal obvious holes and gaps with sealant and expanding foam > Replace ill-fitting windows and doors or put seal strips and draught excluders around them.

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Well-fitted blinds or curtains can go a long way to stopping heat loss through draughty windows or thermal transfer. A little known fact is that the effectiveness of curtains is all about the quality of the seal you create between the curtain and the window. Cold air that forms near your window gets heavier and, if your curtain is too short or too far away from the window, that cold air will drop into the room. Warm room air is then drawn in at the top of the window, creating an undesirable current that cools down your home.

It may seem crazy in the depths of winter, but one of the best things you can do to ensure a warm, healthy home is to throw open the windows. Ventilating your home daily to circulate the air and allow moisture to escape will make it easier to heat and less likely to get mouldy. Installing a home ventilation system will accomplish this automatically. The other half of this equation is to ensure no unnecessary moisture is being trapped inside your home. Install extractor fans in your bathroom and kitchen, and ensure they’re blowing steam outside rather than into your roof. Dry clothes outside whenever you can and vent your clothes dryer externally, too. Dehumidifiers can chew up lots of electricity, but can also be very effective for drying out damp rooms or cupboards.

TO PROVIDE GOOD INSULATION YOUR CURTAINS SHOULD: > Be full-length and touch the floor > Fit tightly against the wall or window frame > Be wider than the window frame > Be double-layered with a thick lining > Net curtains installed very close to the window, and in contact with the window frame, can be helpful in stopping cold air currents, too.

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1 Patterned heated throw, $45, from Kmart. 2 Stanley 1L classic vacuum insulated flask, $69.90, from Bivouac Outdoor. 3 Camden Co green velvet therapy wheat bag, $45, from The Mood Store. 4 Sänger GmbH hot water bottle, $36, from Everyday Needs. 5 Laxo 100% wool throw, $299, from Father Rabbit.




SPLURGE BUILD IN PASSIVE HEATING Passive design is the eco-friendly future of modern building. This approach aims to maximise a home’s orientation to the sun and landscape to ensure it is naturally heated and cooled with minimal energy use. Materials such as poured concrete are used in walls and floors to store the heat of the day’s sun for gradual release throughout the night. Insulation is essential and window size and placement are carefully considered. Fittings such as louvre windows are then deployed to naturally ventilate your home and keep it at an even temperature. If you’re building a new home or doing a big renovation, using passive heating technology could save you big bucks on heating and cooling your home well into the future.

PERFECT PEOPLE HEATER Snuggling up with a favourite pet is a cheap and easy way to stay warm, although it might cost you a few scratches!

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Portable heaters, electric blankets and cosy jumpers are fine, but at the end of the day your home is still going to be cold. Investing in modern, efficient heating will save you money in the long run, improve your quality of life and keep your family healthier during winter, and you can’t put a price tag on that. Even a single heat pump can make a big difference to the air temperature in your home, and there are so many options available now that there’s sure to be one in your price range. If you’re building new or carrying out major renovations, underfloor heating or a whole-house central heating system is worth considering as these technologies are super-efficient, cosy, potentially invisible and are integrated with your hot water system, which means maximum benefit for minimum cost. The initial outlay is no joke but the investment will lift the value of your home and offer years of improved health and comfort.

If your budget can’t stretch to a built-in heating solution, using a heater is the next best way to warm up a space. However, freestanding heaters can also end up costing you a lot in power bills so choose your model wisely by doing your research. Models with a thermostat (to maintain an even temperature), a timer (so you can set the heater to warm up a space before you need to use it), and a fan (helps to warm a room faster and more evenly) will help to keep costs down. And remember, portable heaters are designed to quickly warm a small area so don’t leave it on for hours and, if you’re using it in a large space, find ways to restrict the airflow to your immediate area using curtains, room dividers and furniture. LOVE AN OPEN FIRE? Enclosing your fireplace or installing a modern wood-burner is a far more efficient way to generate heat from burning wood. Check your local council regulations for the installation and use of fireplaces.

1 1 Arlec 2000w fireplace heater with remote control, $279, from Bunnings. 2 De’Longhi Capsule ceramic heater HFX30C18AG, $99.99, from Briscoes. 3 Euromatic 2000w retro fan heater, $69, from Bunnings.






DID YOU KNOW, ABOUT 10% OF A HOME'S HEAT CAN BE LOST THROUGH THE FLOOR, 24% THROUGH THE WALLS AND A MASSIVE 40% THROUGH THE CEILING? For this reason, insulating your home is easily the best thing you can do to keep it warm and healthy, and to keep heating bills low. There are various funding schemes available to help you do this if you don’t have the funds right now, and some banks and lenders are starting to offer interest-free insulation loans. If you can’t afford to insulate your whole home, prioritise the areas that are heated (so you don’t waste money on heating air that will just escape through your tin roof) or that are vulnerable to cold and damp. Alternatively, you may wish to start by insulating the roof and attacking your home’s walls and underfloor spaces at a later stage.


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Makeover Design, colour and styling advice for simple and afordable transformations

Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

Warming up white All-white everything is a trend that shows no sign of fading but, when it comes to adding interest, not all white homes are created equal. In this amazing makeover on page 114, homeowners Brittany and Lowry used a number of materials such as marble, mosaic and bamboo, as well as lots of indoor plants, to add texture to their all-white decor. Homes like this prove that pure white can actually be surprisingly cosy.

Room reveal: couchside cosiness Page 104 Workshop: turn your bedroom into a suite retreat Page 106 Finder’s Fi Page 112 Then & now: taking a cottage from ’80s awful to modern marvel Page 114

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SNUGGLE D OW N There’s nothing better than a cosy nest when it’s bitterly cold outside. Make your bedroom a sanctuary with romantic bedding and soft carpet Styling by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Michael Rooke.



Stack a scented candle and a vase of foliage on top of your favourite book for a pretty bedside table arrangement.

Magnolia vase, $259, from Citta.

Scandia Aarhus from Carpet Court.

Concrete pipe stool, $169.99, from A&C Homestore.

Monte Rosa ‘Perfect Taupe’ from Carpet Court.

WA R M U P Changing your flooring can make a dramatic difference in the bedroom, especially if your existing flooring is wood. Here we have laid Carpet Court’s Urban Luster (2074) from the Malmo range. Soft underfoot, durable and cosy – it’s the perfect choice for bedrooms.

GO NEUTRAL FACTFILE Urban Luster carpet, $58 a square metre, from Carpet Court. Walls painted in Resene ‘White Thunder’. Blush Tide cushion (at front), $85, Bloomingville brown glass vase (inset), $69.90, both from Crave Home. Smith & Co candle, $29.99, from The Aromatherapy Company. Home Republic silver euro pillowcases (far left of bed), $32.99 each, Home Republic washed linen grey euro pillowcases (at back of bed), $79.95, Home Republic Himalayan fur cushion, $69.99, all from Adairs. Concrete stool, $159, from Thread Design. Grey glass vase (holding willow), $9, from Kmart. Living & Co glass vase (holding protea), $6, from The Warehouse. Reindeer hide, $499, Aura fringe mink cushion (on chair and bed), $74.99, Aura velvet sham pillowcases, $59.99 each, Aura velvet king duvet cover, $369, all from Shut The Front Door. Nina pendant in rust, $279.90, from Lighting Direct. Trim chair in dark grey velvet, $1395, from Me & My Trend. Other items stylist’s own.

Scandia Viborg from Carpet Court. Navy velvet cushion, $55, from Crave Home.

Go for a neutral-coloured carpet to make sure any bedding colour combo works. This light charcoal style features warm tones and blends in seamlessly with this moody and romantic colour palette featuring deep crimson and blush tones in varying strengths and textures. Greys, browns and navy tones are the most versatile carpet colours and will go with almost any decor colour scheme.

T E X T U R E P L AY To get your bedroom winter-ready, the rule is layer, layer, layer! Choose your most important layer first: your carpet. This is your starting point, after which you can take your pick of soft furnishings in complementing tones and textures to pile on top. Think cushions, pillows and throws – all in colours you love, to ensure you can use them again year after year.

Cotton velvet cushion cover, $44.90, from Citta.


Winter’s silver lining ‘A cosy night in’ is the upside to darkness and pelting rain. Here, comforting layers are lifted by a serene, moody blue Styling by Alex Walls. Photography by Sophia Bayly.

Iron nesting tables, $899.99, from A&C Homestore.

Sherpa rug, from $1315.

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M Etienne sofa, $5130. Slouch chair, $2099. Thatch (patterned) linen cushions, $209.99 each. Zoe velvet cushion in ebony, $79.99. Blue stonewashed linen cushion, $59.99. Empire silk throw, $349.99. Grey NZ sheepskin, $259. Saul slides, $239.99. Glass water jug, $39.99. Glasses, $49.99 set of 4. Platform plate, $49.99. Slate coasters, $12.99. All above products from A&C Homestore. Studio Trafic vinyl flooring in soft elm brown, $43 a square metre, from Flooring Xtra. Curtain fabric ‘Laconia Air’ in cloud, $119 a metre, from James Dunlop. Wall painted in Dulux ‘Rangitikei River’. Books stylist’s own.


inter has well and truly set in and so too has our mood for hunkering down and staying warm indoors. With this in mind, I’ve created a living space that I think would be perfect for a cosy night in by the fire with a hot beef stew on the stove and your favourite TV show all cued up to watch. Many people avoid using blue in a living area as they believe it is too cold but I think there are loads of ways to make blue feel warm and cosy. For instance, on the walls for this room I’ve chosen a blue (Dulux ‘Rangitikei River’) with a slightly grey undertone which steers it away from those chilling, icy tones at one end of the blue spectrum. This shade is soothing and relaxing and I found it went easily with other blues and greys in my styling. The dark walnut flooring injects richness and warmth and helps to ‘close in’ the space a little, making it feel intimate and inviting. Having established the frame, it was time to add the vital component when creating a sense of comfort – texture. A beautiful woollen rug brings instant warmth underfoot and visually, while a grey-toned New Zealand sheepskin and layers of cushions (in greys, blues and black) create a cosy nest. The sofa of course provides yet more texture; in this case, a nice thick tweed. And don’t forget the lighting: a low-hanging light will amp up the cosiness factor, creating an atmospheric pool of light and narrowing the focus to just the sofa and its immediate surrounds. So for all you blue-lovers out there, this snuggly scheme is proof you can still feel toasty surrounded by your favourite colour.


Artwork, $599.99, from A&C Homestore.

Firth lampshade, $399.99, from A&C Homestore.

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Dawson brass floor lamp, $189, from Freedom.

CHECK Take a break from the bustle of a busy home and create a hotel-style retreat in your very own bedroom Text by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.

Hampton linen curtains, from $149.99, from EziBuy.

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Hugo velvet armchair, $1695, from Me & My Trend.

M OPPOSITE Jovi brass side table, $399, from Freedom. Black vase, $8 for set of 3, from Kmart. Cafe cup with gold handle, $29.90, from Citta. Gold velvet deco cushion, $160, from Forma. BELOW Velvet bench, $49, Gigi rug, $20, both from Kmart. Max bedside table in black oak, $1095, from Bauhaus. Burke brass lamp, $69.95, from Freedom. See page 110 for bed credits. Walls painted in Resene ‘Alabaster’. Urban carpet in damask, $58 a square metre, from Carpet Court. Other items stylist’s own.


VANESSA NOUWENS Interior designer/stylist



1 Sevillian neroli candle, $84.95, from Maraca. 2 Peony room spray, $37, from George & Edi. 3 Arabian Nights candle by Glasshouse, $54.95, from Redcurrent. 4 Set of mottled gold side tables, $795, from Me & My Trend. 5 Jewel box, $269, from Citta. 6 Breakfast velvet button cushion, $8, from Kmart.


o you ever wish your bedroom could feel like a stylish, pristine hotel room where you can escape from it all? Now you can achieve the hotel vibe in your home by creating your very own luxury suite. Be warned: you may never want to leave your room again!


A luxe bedroom makeover starts at ground level. A thick-pile carpet with a good underlay will instantly change the look and feel of your room, giving it that super-silent, velvety quality. Walking on it will make you feel like you’ve stepped into your very own penthouse suite.

BED The centrepiece of a bedroom is




always the bed but, in a hotel bedroom, the bed should be taken to the next level on every front – size, snuggliness and luxury. Go for the biggest bed you can fit (ideally a king or super king) but even if a double is all you can manage, there’s a lot you can do to make it feel lavish. A buttoned velvet headboard will create a luxe focal point in your bedroom and is the perfect backdrop for layered bedding and cushions. We’ve used a steel-grey style but you could take it up a notch with a more vivid velvet, if your heart desires.

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BELOW Sully brass bowl, $34.90, from Country Road. Jacket and shoes stylist’s own. OPPOSITE Poller small cofee table, $2495, from Bauhaus. Blossom & Gilt waxed perfume candle, $49.95, from Ashley & Co. Black and brass metal trays, $12, from Kmart.


Lesso coat rack, $560, from Bauhaus.

You will never see mismatched furniture in hotels – these spaces are always coordinated and furnishings feel solid and substantial. In this room we have two black oak cabinets which are the perfect height for reaching from a reclining position in bed. There is also a velvet bench seat at the foot of the bed which not only finishes off the look, but is also a great spot to remove shoes or sit down for a moment. To give the bench an extra dose of luxury we added a faux sheepskin. While most bedrooms have a wardrobe, a simple coat rack is a great alternative and is very handy for organising the day’s outfit. A chest of drawers is a must-have for storing smaller clothing items such as underwear, socks, T-shirts and so on. Keep the top of the dressing table pared-back and simple with just a tray and jewellery box.

Fold table mirror, $129, from Thread Design.

Velvet Noir difuser, $85, from Thread Design. Studio of Glass jewellery box, $89.90, from Allium.

Max chest of drawers, $2245, from Bauhaus.

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Abbey Rose room spray, $30, from Allium.

READING CHAIR Sometimes it’s nice to take yourself away from it all and curl up in your room with a magazine and a cuppa. For this reason, a reading nook with a chair and side table can be a useful inclusion if you have the space. Remember to add a floor or table lamp for extra task lighting.


Nothing creates a hotelstyle sense of calm and luxury better than crisp white bedlinen. If you are unsure where to start with bedding, just remember to always go for 100 percent cotton (Egyptian cotton is best) and a thread count of at least 200. A simple white bed skirt or valance is a must for dressing a luxe hotel bed. Once the bed skirt is in place and the sheets are on, it’s time to add a simple white duvet cover and play with pillows and cushions. Most hotels will even tuck the duvet in, but that’s up to you!

PILLOWS, CUSHIONS & A THROW For a chic, tailored look, you can’t go past stacked cushions. Start with euro pillows at the back against the headboard, then add two sets of standard pillows and finish off with some cushions. Keep pillow covers simple with minimal or no pattern. If you like your pillows to meet in the middle, try extra-long lodge pillows to avoid leaving gaps in the middle or at the edges of the bed. Finish your bed styling by draping a quilt or blanket over the foot of the bed. Ensure it is long enough to hang down either side without touching the floor.


Left Atticus brass table lamp, $199, from Shut The Front Door. Below Noir candle, $75, from Abbey Rose Candles.

Keep accessories to a minimum in the room and always have matching bedside lamps. The classic lamps we’ve used are typical of the style you might see in a lot of hotel rooms and aren’t too big or too small. A small vase with a few blooms arranged in it is a nice touch but don’t go too big with flowers – keep it simple.

FRAGRANCE A room spray, candle Left Set of nesting tray tables, $865, from Me & My Trend.

or reed diffuser are all good options to consider for your bedroom. Not only do they add a lovely scent to the room, they are also a great way to tie your theme together.

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WHAT IS YOUR PILLOW PERSONALITY? Pillow and cushion placement is a matter of taste, but the way you arrange them might say something about your personality. Read on to find your style.



If your pillows are arranged symmetrically, you probably prefer to have all your ducks (or pillows) in a row. You have a tailored or classic style. This arrangement is best suited to people who are orderly and detail-orientated.



If your pillows are balanced but you like a single accent pillow, you prefer a look that isn’t too perfect. Your style is traditional and classic but with a twist. You aren’t too prim or proper and don’t give in to the latest trends.





Are your pillows and cushions tossed about in no particular order? Your unfussy style indicates that you are a relaxed, easygoing person who is open to new things. Remember to stick with a unified colour palette when selecting pillows and mix up prints, patterns and textures to keep the look interesting.

This tower of pillows indicates you have a modernist style and are not a fan of clutter. If someone saw your bed they might think you’re artistic, creative or an intellectual.

THIS PAGE Queen grey velvet button headboard, $599, Black Velluto rectangle cushion, $49.90, Black Velluto euro cushion cover, $39.90, Plush rectangle button cushion, $49.90, Harley queen bed skirt, $84.90, Imperial white duvet set, from $279.90, Imperial white sheet set, $319.90, all from Wallace Cotton. Marble cushion, $120, from Forma. Black tape pillowcases, $89, from Thread Design. Gold and black alarm clock, $42.90, from Allium. OPPOSITE Betty desk in black oak, $1795, Emmanuelle dining chair, $495, both from Bauhaus.

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Most hotel rooms offer guests a small desk to use. If you have the space in your room and would find a desk handy then select one that is in keeping with the rest of your furniture. Don’t go for an office chair but choose a simple upholstered one that matches the luxe look you’ve created. •

Nel Lusso lamp, $219, from Allium.

Canvas oil painting, $950, from Sonya Anderson of Bare Living Interiors.

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Finder’s Fi Take inspiration from the vintage vibe of these retreats and hotels, whether it’s for your next vacation or to rejig your living room Text by Fiona Ralph. Illustration by Eve Kennedy.

F O R R E T R O LOV E R S There’s plenty of retro inspo on Route 66 in the US, but not many motels are as perfectly preserved as the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. From the bright neon lights, to the blue swallowclad bedspreads and pastel paint job, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the 1940s.

FOR GLAMPING G U R U S Head to Vienna in Austria


for the ultimate city camping experience. At Hotel Daniel you can stay in a luxurious caravan, with a bathtub, heating and wifi. The Trailer room, in the hotel’s garden, is a 1952 Silver Streak Clipper which has been fitted out by a boat designer. (There’s also a boat on the roof of the hotel – an artwork by Erwin Wurm.)

Attack is a boutique Airbnb in Joshua Tree, California, renovated by creative duo Kathrin and Brian Smirke. They transformed a rundown 1957 cabin into a cool, cosy getaway, complete with outdoor tub, curated vinyl selection and retro Smeg fridge. Repurposed materials from the original home were used to make the sink, and the feeling of the original shack is still very much alive. The couple have also renovated a number of other homes in the area which are available for rent.

F O R P I N K FA N S The bubblegum pink decor at the iconic The Royal Hawaiian Resort has been inspiring visitors since the establishment opened in 1927. Now that millennial pink is having an extended moment, it’s worth taking another look. Right on Waikiki Beach, the glamorous hotel was designed in a Moorish style, which was popular at the time of opening.

F O R H I S T O RY B U F F S Care to sleep in a former

FOR ANTIQUE F I E N D S Il Melograno, bookable through Small Luxury Hotels, is a converted 17th-century masseria (a fortified farmhouse) set in an ancient olive grove in Puglia, southern Italy. The hotel was the first masseria to open its doors to guests. White stone walls lined with bougainvillea, stone courtyards and an enticing pool create a dreamy outdoor aesthetic. Inside, antique furniture is offset by modern artworks.

military fortress? Visit Cap Rocat on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The building, part of the Small Luxury Hotels stable, has been refurbished by Antonio Obrador, who kept the unique 19th-century architecture intact while creating beautiful rooms built into the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Palma.


The owners of the Sherwood have turned a 1980s mockTudor motel into Queenstown’s coolest joint. Everything in the stylish, rustic retreat has been designed to leave the smallest footprint possible. Vintage touches include recycled French and German army blankets and saris as curtains, and you’ll spot a few kitsch features of the original hotel still in place.

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Clockwise from above: Waikiki’s perfectly pink The Royal Hawaiian Resort; California’s desert-chic The Shack Attack; The Trailer room at Hotel Daniel in Vienna, Austria. Photography by Mark Silverstein (The Royal Hawaiian).

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Light & bright Minimalism rules in this simple scheme perfect for a beautifully modern home


aving a neutral colour scheme doesn’t have to be boring. By using the right mix of materials and adding interest with hardware and accessories, a simple colour palette can make a serious style statement. A mainly white look can create the illusion of space, making it perfect for smaller spaces. Louise Cook, National Product Manager from Mico Bathrooms, shows us why the minimalism trend is still going strong in bathroom design.

LOUISE’S BATHROOM RENO TIPS > Choose your style What style suits you as a person or family and fits best with the era of your home? Mico Bathrooms’ Bathroom Book is a great source of inspiration. It can help you find a style that’s right for you – and that balances with the look of your home. > Plan your space Mico Bathrooms’ interactive bathroom planner (find it at allows you to visualise your space in 3D before making any big decisions. > Choose your statement pieces Pick out the big-ticket items first. Your choice in vanities and bathtubs will influence and impact your other purchases.


HOW TO ACHIEVE A MINIMALIST LOOK > Room layout and design is key You want it to feel spacious, so the size of your bath, vanity, toilet, tiles, tapware and accessories need to be in proportion. Balance is the goal. > Keep your colour neutral White and grey are your stars but a pop of matte black in tapware can ofer an industrial edge. If you’re after a more classic look, go for chrome instead. > Plenty of storage Ensure storage is built in so you can keep everything tidily away. Hidden shelving behind the mirror is a great place to store everyday necessities like toothbrushes and toothpaste.


3 1 DCS Hanging Rail, from $1019. 2 Phoenix Vivid Slimline Basin Wall Mixer, $535. 3 St Michel Dante Plus 3-Door Mirror Cabinet, $972. 4 Adesso Memphis Freestanding Clearstone Bath, from $2199. All from Mico Bathrooms.




White cabinetry

Matte black

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This young couple brought their sweet heritage cottage into the 21st century by both preserving its details and brightening the decor Text compiled by Fiona Ralph. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.



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Snapshot Who lives here? Lowry Gladwell, 31 (senior legal counsel for Vend), Brittany Phillips, 29 (stay-at-home mum, owner of The Innkeeper, an Airbnb host management company), Mila, 3, and Jack, 1, plus cat Mimi. Where is the home? Devonport, Auckland.


KITCHEN A Carrara marble benchtop and brass hardware created a heritage feel in the new kitchen while also modernising this tired zone.

Background Why did you decide to purchase this home? Brittany: We had a twobedroom unit that we had renovated and sold, and we needed to upsize as I was pregnant with our first child. When did you move in? January 2015. What did you love about the home? We loved that there was potential to restore it back to a charming cottage. We also loved that it had views and a large outdoor living area (for Auckland and our budget). What did you not like about it? We didn’t like that it had been stripped of all its lovely cottage features. In the 1980s it was relocated from the street front to the back of the section and ‘modernised’. The original cottage veranda roof had been roofed over with decramastic tiles and the ceilings had been lowered. The garden was very overgrown and wild with little thought put into it. The decks were so rotten that we kept putting our feet through them and the steps down to the house were steep and not very inviting. Were there any other issues you aimed to fix with your makeover? The third bedroom was super dark and opened straight onto the living area, which made it noisy. We moved the bedroom door to open into the second hallway to fix the issue. We also installed a Velux opening skylight that gave the room amazing natural light and a cool breeze on hot summer days.

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BEDROOMS Fresh coats of Resene ‘Alabaster’ in all the bedrooms gave them a crisp, new feel and created a neutral backdrop for bedding, furnishings – and cute new additions!


The reno What work did you do on the exterior of the house? We started by planting lots of trees (lilly pilly and Ficus ‘Tuffy’). We planted 86 shrubs that grew to form a thick hedge around the perimeter of the section. We then replaced the roof and all the rotten decking and painted the exterior of the house. And what about the interior? We painted over the tea-coloured bedrooms with a crisp white, along with the living room, hallways and bathroom. We painted the old, varnished tongueand-groove ceiling white, which brightened the room massively and gave the house a beachy, coastal feel. We removed an old woodburner and sanded and varnished the floors. We carpeted all the bedrooms in super-soft, solution-dyed nylon with an extra-thick underlay to give it a luxury feel.

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FACT FILE Painted in Resene ‘Alabaster’ and Resene ‘Quarter Black White’. Early Settler dining table and chairs, Nest bar stools, rattan cofee table and white cane chair all from Trade Me. Rug is an ofcut from Carpet Time, cut into a circle then overlocked. Sofa from Dawson & Co. Kitchen by Nice Kitchens, with surfaces by Architectural Stone. Tiles from Tile Warehouse. Kitchen hardware from Etsy. Bath and basin existing. Filing cabinet in bathroom from Kmart. Main bedroom bedlinen from The Art Room. Bedhead homemade. Kids’ room wall dots from Shut The Front Door. Kids’ bed from Mocka. Cot from Touchwood. Decking from Premium Pine. Outdoor chairs from Trade Me (originally from Freedom and The Design Warehouse). Horse swing inherited and restored.

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The details What did you do with the kitchen? We removed the old kitchen and replaced it with a galley-style space that worked much better in terms of flow. Did you use tradies or do the work yourself? We did most of the painting ourselves, but used tradies for the rest. Best moment during the process? Getting rid of the horrible 1990s kitchen, complete with peeling laminate and broken hinges, and installing the new one!

The process Any major disasters? When ordering our cabinetry, we wrongly presumed there was only one ‘Alabaster’ white, but there are many variants of the colour across different companies. We wanted the kitchen to match the walls, but the cabinets came in a creamy, ivory shade, while the walls are a very pure white. We grew to like the different tones of white, but we will be a bit more careful next time to colour-match properly! How did you keep the character in your home? We kept it simple and didn’t over-spec things. We drew inspiration from modern, country-styled cottages when we designed the kitchen and avoided modern elements. We chose gold or brass fittings and hardware rather than stainless steel to tie in with the cottage feel.


The results Describe the style you were going for. Our style morphed over three years from modern Scandi to a country, beachy, relaxed look that fitted with the character of the cottage, with softer, more natural tones, wicker, cane and tongue-and-groove. What’s your favourite feature? As our trees grew around the house, it developed an amazing feeling of privacy and seclusion. The little courtyard at the front of the house became a fabulous spot for having a drink in the afternoon sun while the kids played on the deck or enjoyed bucket baths. How did the improvements afect your lives? We loved the garden, lawn and large decks, and the open-plan kitchen/living area. We loved that the house was small enough that our renovation was quite manageable, but the place felt transformed! Why have you decided to move on? We’ve had two kids in the time we’ve been in the house and, at 100 square metres, we were starting to outgrow it. The new place we’ve bought is almost twice the size, which is what we need.

Budget What was your budget? We spent $100-120K over three and a half years. Of that, $30-35K was spent on the interior. What did you save on? We scrapped our plans to extend and saved

a lot by making small adjustments to the layout of the house to make it work for us. We painted over the old varnished ceiling instead of spending money getting it ripped down and the original ceiling reinstated. What did you splurge on? We splurged on a beautiful honed Carrara marble benchtop which we adored. It gave the house some wow factor. 1



OUTDOORS A border of 86 shrubs has grown into a sheltering hedge, its greenery beautifully ofset by black fencing and retaining walls. An all-over exterior paint job and a new gate and steps completed the outdoor makeover.

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A good old-fashioned pud is just what’s needed on these dark, chilly evenings. And don’t hold back on the custard and cream, says Allyson Gofton Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.

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“A winter crumble is easily given a makeover by including rhubarb and raspberries” TOFFEED TAMARILLO UPSIDE DOWN CAKE SERVES 8 Garnet-red tamarillos, with their deep, fruity flavour and touch of acidity, brighten the winter fruit tray, being available from late autumn to the beginning of spring. The tropical fruit is actually related to the tomato and potato, and grows well here. Poached tamarillos left immersed in the sweet cooking liquid will absorb the colour from the skin, the flesh becoming intensely ruby-red while remaining firm, making them a really special fruit to cook with. Their unique taste marries well with star anise, cinnamon, orange, vanilla, ginger and, as here, with toffee hidden under an almond-rich cake batter that benefits from being served hot with crème anglaise or pouring cream.

TAMARILLOS AND TOFFEE Grated rind and juice 1 orange 2 cups water ¾ cup sugar 5-6 tamarillos

ALMOND CAKE 250g butter, softened 1 cup caster sugar 4 eggs ½ cup flour ½ tsp baking powder 1½ cups ground almonds 1 Bring the orange juice, water and ½ cup of the sugar to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves (the orange rind will be used in the cake batter). Make a small cut – only skin-deep – in the base of each tamarillo and add to the syrup. Poach gently for 5 minutes. Turn off and allow the tamarillos to cool for 2-3 hours in the liquid. Peel and halve lengthwise, discarding the stems. 2 Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease the sides of a 23-24cm round cake tin and line the base with baking paper. 3 Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of sugar evenly

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over the base of the prepared cake tin. Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the sugar has melted to a golden toffee. 4 Remove from the oven – it is okay if the toffee sets hard at this stage. Place the halved tamarillos cut-side down on the toffee. Lower the oven temperature to 180°C.

INGREDIENTS 250g butter, softened ¾ cup caster sugar 1 egg Grated rind 1 lemon 2 tsp baking powder 2½ cups flour ½ cup pinenuts

FILLING 5 Beat the butter, caster sugar and orange rind well until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating very well after each addition. Sift the flour and baking powder together and fold into the creamed mixture with the ground almonds.

3 pears, peeled and thickly sliced Pulp 2 passionfruit ½ cup cream 2 egg yolks 1 Tbsp caster sugar

6 Spoon the cake mixture on top of the tamarillos.

1 Preheat the oven to 170°C. Set the rack just below the centre of the oven.

7 Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the cake is golden and has shrunk slightly from the sides of the tin. Cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a serving platter. 8 Serve with crème anglaise or pouring cream.

PASSIONFRUIT, PEAR & PINENUT TART SERVES 6-8 The flavour medley that these three friends – passionfruit, pear and pinenuts – bring to this tart, sharpened by a smidge of lemon in the buttery shortcake, is simply delicious. A more intense passionfruit flavour can be achieved by adding 1-2 tsp of freeze-dried passionfruit powder, which you can find at flash food shops – it’s amazing. Ivory-coloured, long, pearl-shaped pinenuts – which are actually a seed of the pine tree – should be fresh as, with their high oil content, they quickly become rancid if left to live in a warm cupboard for any length of time. (This is why nuts are best kept in the fridge or freezer.) As pinenuts brown quickly, watch the tart as it cooks and cover with a piece of baking paper if browning too quickly.

2 Lightly grease and flour the base and sides of a 23cm round, loose-bottomed flan or cake tin. 3 In a bowl or food processor, mix together the butter, sugar, egg, lemon rind and baking powder. Pulse or stir in the flour until the mixture forms chunky, dough-like crumbs. Press a generous half of the mixture onto the base and up the sides of the flan tin (if using a cake tin, press the dough up the sides to about 1-1.5cm deep). 4 Arrange the pears over the base. Stir together the passionfruit pulp, cream, egg yolks and sugar and pour over the pears. Toss the remaining crumb-like dough with the pinenuts and scatter over the top of the filling. 5 Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the tart is golden brown and the filling has set. 6 Stand for 10 minutes before dusting with icing sugar, if desired, and serving with whipped cream. Best enjoyed warm. 7 Keep in an airtight container and consume within 3 days.


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ORCHARD OAT CRUMBLE SERVES 6-8 Historically speaking, crumbles are relatively new, rising to fame through the war years, probably in part due to their simplicity to make, and the fact that a crumble does not have to be perfect like a pie; in fact, an uneven crumbliness combined with butteriness is a prerequisite. Today, the traditional crumble of flour, sugar and butter has been expanded to include nuts, coconut, spices and whole grains such as oats. A winter crumble prepared from orchard windfalls – apples or pears – is easily given a makeover by including rhubarb and raspberries. Don’t forget the custard – packet variety is just fine – it’s a quintessential escort for any fruit crumble.

INGREDIENTS 3 large apples or pears 500g rhubarb, trimmed ¼ cup water 2 Tbsp honey 1 punnet fresh raspberries or 1 cup frozen, optional

OAT CRUMBLE 1 cup flour 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup soft brown sugar 1 tsp ground ginger or mixed spice 150g butter, diced ½ cup sliced almonds, chopped hazelnuts or desiccated coconut – coconut thread is nice here 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2 Peel, core and thickly slice the apples or pears. 3 Cut the rhubarb into 3-4cm slices and place in a saucepan with the apples or pears, water and honey. Simmer gently for about 8-10 minutes or until the fruit has wilted but has not cooked to complete softness. 4 To make the crumble, sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the oats, sugar and ginger or mixed spice. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles crumbs. 5 Stir in the nuts or coconut. 6 Place the cooked fruit into a 6-8 cup-capacity ovenproof dish and fork through the raspberries if using. Scatter over the crumble mixture. 7 Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the crumble is golden and the fruit is bubbling hot. Serve with lashings of custard or cream.

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RICH CHOCOLATE SELFSAUCING PUDDING SERVES 8 I’m sure this oldie is every kid’s favourite pudding. It’s the luscious, smooth, chocolate-rich sauce hiding under a dark chocolate sponge that, when the cream is poured on, swirling into the sauce and soaking into the spongy top, scores high on the preferred pudding ratings. Rather than use the oven, prepare this pudding in the slow cooker. It’s an ideal way to make a dessert to take out, or to have for a bigger gathering such as your kid’s sports team or a sleepover. The alcohol will cook out of the rum or liqueur; however, for an alcohol-free recipe use only water.

INGREDIENTS 3 cups self-raising flour ¼ cup cocoa 100g butter, chilled and diced 1 cup sugar 2 cups milk 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla essence 3½ cups boiling water ½ cup dark rum or cofee liqueur 1 cup sugar ¼ cup cocoa 1 Turn the slow cooker on to low to pre-warm while gathering and preparing the ingredients. 2 Sift the flour and cocoa into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre. 3 Beat the milk, eggs and vanilla together and mix into the dry ingredients using a holed spoon to form a stiff batter.

that – when served with vanilla ice cream and a hearty dollop of whipped cream, both of which will be lovingly soaked into the sponge topping – tastes great and certainly has plenty of dash for the little cash spent to make it!

INGREDIENTS 1½ cups self-raising flour 100g butter ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup sugar ¼ cup desiccated coconut 1 cup milk 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence 50g butter, diced ½ cup golden syrup 2 cups boiling water 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease the base and sides of a 6-8 cup-capacity ovenproof dish. 2 Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the oats, sugar and coconut and make a well in the centre. 3 In a separate bowl or jug, mix together the milk, egg and vanilla. Pour into the well and gently stir together to form a smooth but stiff batter. Spread into the prepared dish. 4 Stir together the butter, golden syrup and boiling water until the butter melts. Pour carefully over the batter. 5 Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. The sponge will rise to the top and the sauce will float sneakily underneath. 6 Serve dusted with icing sugar if wished. •

4 Into the pre-warmed slow cooker put the boiling water, the rum or coffee liqueur, sugar and cocoa and stir to dissolve the cocoa. 5 Carefully spoon the batter evenly into the slow cooker and cover with the lid. Cook on high for 1 hour. 6 Turn the slow cooker down to low and cook for a further 1 hour. Then serve hot with ice cream and cream.

ANZAC SELF-SAUCING PUDDING SERVES 4-5 Anzac biscuits, so loved by every Kiwi family, get their more-ish taste from the golden syrup and oats that form the basis of the recipe. Taking inspiration from these two ingredients, I’ve combined them to create a self-saucing pudding

EXTRACTED FROM SLOW COOKED BY ALLYSON GOFTON Published by Penguin NZ, RRP $50. Text © Allyson Gofton, 2017. Photography © Manja Wachsmuth, 2017.


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Monstera deliciosa, or Swiss cheese plant, is a firm favourite of many plant lovers. Why? It’s easy to care for, is a natural climber (so grows nice and tall), and makes a dramatic indoor statement with its large, graphic leaves. Turn to page 138 for garden editor Carol Bucknell’s tips on how to look after monstera, and meet three creatives who worship the plant (and all its leafy friends) over the page.

Plant people Page 130 Outdoor diary Page 138 Garden makeover: Carol faces double trouble Page 140 Outdoor workshop: paving Page 142 Feature garden: a breathtaking Taranaki treasure Page 146

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Urban jungles Three plant-lovers take us on safari through their foliage-filled spaces, which take the concept of ‘bringing the outside in’ to a whole new level Text by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan. Photography by Luisa Brimble and Anna Batchelor.

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G Dappled light in the living space encourages the most abundant growth of Swiss Cheese plants (Monstera adansonii and deliciosa). The popular plants are one of Sydney stylist Tahnee Carroll’s favourites. See more of her home over the page.

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Tahnee Carroll Freelance stylist Tahnee lives in a two-bedroom unit in Sydney

Tell us a bit about yourself: your background, what you do, the space we are shooting you in. I am an interior stylist. I studied interior design straight out of school and gradually made my way across to the media industry. I have worked my way up from an assistant stylist to where I am now. I now style large campaigns for furniture and homewares brands as well as major publications, such as Real Living. I am the co-creator of Citizens of Style, a photographic and styling agency that creates imagery and motion for brands, artists and magazines. I live in Sydney’s inner west with my dog Rue, a Catahoula cross border collie and my housemate Cloud Tuckwell, a ceramicist who works at Mud Australia. Our house has a very eclectic mix of old and new; I am quite the queen of finding amazing stuf on the side of the road, but also have a taste for expensive mid-century antiques and ceramics. The colour palette is earthy with black and brass accents and loads of plants in every corner. Indoor plants were incredibly popular in the 70s and it seems that trend is well and truly back. Why do you think they’ve had such a resurgence? I guess everyone just got sick of the minimalist trend – I know I did. I think indoor plants have become popular again because people are realising the benefits they bring, especially living in the city. With so much pollution outside it’s nice to come home to clean fresh air. As a stylist you’re constantly creating beautiful images. How do plants play a role in setting these scenes? I feel as though a room isn’t complete without a natural element and, for me, it’s as simple as adding an indoor plant, whether it be a large sculptural plant to add height and depth to a room, or a trailing vine draping from a fireplace or shelf. A touch of greenery instantly removes any clinical vibes a room might give of.

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Jin Ahn & Giacomo Plazzotta Jin and her partner Giacomo are co-founders of Conservatory Archives in London Jin, tell us a bit about yourself: your background, what you do, the space we’re shooting you in. I was born and raised in Seoul, the most crowded city in the world. I moved to the UK in 2010 to improve my English skills and make a change from my career as a fashion designer. Spending time in the English countryside was inspiring. I come from a huge city with a lot of concrete. I thought, if I can work with nature, I‘ll live happily ever after, so I decided to study horticulture. While I imagined I’d be working in a botanical garden or a nursery, the reality of working outside in the English weather wasn’t ideal for this city girl. After completing my degree and moving to London, I realised I could use my previous experience and background in design and business to open a store dedicated to indoor gardening in the context of a big city, and so Conservatory Archives was born. How did you come to open Conservatory Archives, and what is it all about? Once I had finished my degree it seemed weird to me that people gave little attention to indoor gardening, and not many stores and businesses in London specialised in indoor plants. Seoul has a very diferent lifestyle than here, as the majority of people live in high-rise buildings, which means no outdoor gardens. So I grew up seeing loads of houseplants. The creative locals in East London are very supportive of what we are doing so it seems we made the right choice. How has your design background influenced your work with plants? My background in design, as well as growing up in the city, means I feel very comfortable with interior spaces. I like to see plants in buildings, surrounded by furniture and other things. My interest in design and vintage furniture definitely influenced the idea of what Conservatory Archives would be as well as the look and feel of the store itself. I believe choosing a plant is not dissimilar to choosing a piece of furniture, so why not do both in the same place?

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Georgina Reid Sydney-based Georgina is the founder and editor of online magazine The Planthunter The Planthunter explores the relationship between plants and people. How do people benefit from having a life filled with plants? The bonds between people and plants, while often hard to articulate or quantify, run incredibly deep. Firstly, if plants don’t exist, we don’t exist. That’s enough of an impetus to live a life surrounded by plants, right? Secondly, tending to plants teaches so many lessons about the intricate connections between all life. The poet Stanley Kunitz once wrote, ‘The universe is a continuous web, touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.’ I love this sentence, because it illustrates both the incredible beauty and fragility of existence, and the interconnectedness of all life. Plants, and the act of gardening, teach us about life and perspective in a way few other pursuits can. On the flip side, do plants benefit from being around people? I guess it depends on context. An indoor plant needs people otherwise it’ll die a long, slow death due to starvation. But people, clearly, are not always good for plants. I imagine the millions of trees that have lived for centuries – standing tall and silent in forests, along rivers, in bushlands – that have been razed to the ground as a result of mindless human desires. They clearly haven’t benefitted from being around people. What are some of your favourite indoor plants? I love Hoyas. They’re subtle and beautiful and tough. Then there’s Rhipsalis – I’ve got plenty of them. And Lepismium, Peperomia and more. I love them all, and have an ever-revolving collection hanging out in my living room and kitchen.

EXTRACTED FROM LEAF SUPPLY A GUIDE TO KEEPING HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS by Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan, $59.99. Published by Smith Street Books.

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

The more you prune hydrangeas, the better the flowering next season. These shrubs can still be pruned in warm areas, but in colder places wait until you’re certain there’ll be no more frosts. Cut dead or spindly stems back to the ground and trim remaining branches back to a pair of fat buds. Give bushes a side dressing of blood and bone and dig in a bit of compost. Don’t throw all the trimmings onto the compost, though – use them for cuttings so you’ll have new plants for gifting or to fill gaps in the garden in spring. Choose stems with around 5-6cm below a pair of leaves.

Hedges can be planted in warmer areas while the ground is moist and not too cold. This also gives shrubs time to establish new roots before growth slows down. Mark out a straight row with a string line and dig a trench around 50cm wide by 40cm deep. Mix compost, well-rotted manure and/or sheep pellets into soil well before planting.

Avoid pruning trees and shrubs like conifers and lavender right back to bare wood as they often won’t sprout new leaves. Roses are the opposite; a hard prune reduces disease and encourages more flowers. Always cut just above an outward-facing bud for roses and most other shrubs, sloping the angle of the cut away from the bud so that water won’t run into it.

Tidy up Dietes species by removing old leaves, but leave some of this season’s flower stems to produce more blooms in spring. Divide overgrown clumps, keep the newer outside parts and compost woody inside bits. It grows easily from seed so sprinkle it wherever you’d like new plants. 138 | yhg

Newly planted trees need looking after when the weather is foul. Frost cloth is a must in cold areas and stakes are imperative for the first season or two, particularly if wind is an issue at your place. Use 3-4 good, strong stakes in a triangle or square and tie with hessian sacking or an old stocking.

It’s a little late for planting spring bulbs but you can still plant flowering summer bulbs and tuberous perennials such as calla, canna, lilies, hippeastrum, gladioli and nerine in warmer areas at this time of year. Where heavy frosts are likely, dahlia tubers and gladioli bulbs need to be dug up and stored in a cool, dry place.


If you didn’t get around to tidying up the garden at the end of summer, get onto it now. Remove old leaves and weeds as they are the perfect hiding spots for pests. Spray copper mixed with spraying oil on roses and other shrubs to discourage fungal disease and smother insect eggs.

Monstera Also known as Swiss cheese plant due to their signature holey look, Monstera deliciosa is a natural climber. In the wild it climbs up the bark of trees, so a monstera houseplant will need its stems supported as they develop – small ponga logs are ideal. Bright, filtered light and normal room temperatures will suit this species. In hot spaces, place the pot on a tray with damp pebbles to improve humidity around the plant. Feed every 2 weeks during the growing period (spring to autumn) with a standard liquid fertiliser.

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G HARVEST > Feijoas are abundant in many gardens so gather as many as you can for eating with a spoon or peeled, sliced and marinated with a little sugar. Feijoa chutney is also big in our household. Watch out for guava moth, the scourge not just of guava and feijoa trees but also citrus and many other fruit crops. To stop the infestation spreading, pick up fallen fruit but don’t compost it. Place it in a bucket with a lid and cover with lime or gypsum to kill larvae first. > Who doesn’t love macadamias? Considered by some to be the queen of nuts, many macadamia varieties (eg ‘Beaumont’, ‘Maroochy’, ‘GT 205’) are harvested at this time of year. For some varieties like ‘Beaumont’ that don’t drop their fruit naturally, you’ll need to cut the nut clusters off the tree. For those that do fall to the ground,


placing a net under the tree helps make harvesting easier. Try to pick up your macadamias every second day so they don’t become diseased or attract the local rats. > Mandarins, lemon and other citrus fruit ripen all through winter. With most citrus it’s best to leave the fruit on the tree until you need it but don’t leave it too long as the birds might start to peck at the skins. Mandarins can also dry out if left on the tree for long periods after ripening. > When harvesting Brussels sprouts, remove the lower leaves first to make it easier to pick them and to allow the plant to direct energy into cropping. When the sprouts are firm and about 3-5cm in diameter, twist them until they break off at the stem, picking from the base upwards.

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Watch out for slugs and snails when there’s more moisture about, particularly on lush-leaved plants such as hosta, clivia and rengarenga lily.

SOW > Grabbing a sprig of fresh parsley or coriander will improve the taste and nutrition of any meal. Sow seed in containers at a depth of 20-60cm. Try shallow-rooted veges such as radishes, salad greens, Asian vegetables and spinach in containers at this time of year. Wait until spring for annual herbs such as basil and parsley unless you have a warm, sheltered spot. > Fast-growing and highly nutritious, kale seed can be sown now for a spring harvest, either directly into the ground or into trays filled with seed-raising mix for planting out later. For a treat try ‘Pink Stem’ or sow a mesclun-kale blend ( and eat fresh or steamed. Protect seedlings from snails. > A sunny position is best for broad beans. For maximum light and more flowers lower down the stems, plant rows north to south, if possible. Stake well and, on taller varieties, pinch out tops when plants are covered in flowers. > Keep sowing peas for continual harvests if you have plenty of space. Peas do well in good-sized containers if you don’t allow soil to become too dry. Try snow, sugar snap and other pea varieties to use in salads and stir-fries.

> If the soil in your garden doesn’t get too cold during winter it’s safe to plant feijoa trees, which are actually tolerant of frost (down to about -10°C). To prolong the fruiting season, plant 2 or 3 trees. > Plant strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and other soft fruit now so you’ll have plenty of delicious berries for your Christmas table. > If you do nothing else in the garden this winter, plant seedlings of leafy greens such as spinach, bok choy, silverbeet and kale. They’re easy-care, nutritious and versatile. Also plant 6-week-old cauliflower seedlings 50-70cm apart in fertile soil with plenty of compost in all but very frosty areas. Keep feeding with a balanced fertiliser every 3-4 weeks and keep soil moist for large, firm heads. Choose a self-blanching green or purple variety to avoid the hassle of tying leaves over heads to keep them white.

PLANT > A hot bed (a covered timber box filled with compost) is a great way to grow early potatoes and other crops if you live in a cold area. Look online for easy DIY instructions.

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Two become one This month’s problem garden is double trouble – a rockery on one side and terraces on the other. Carol’s planting plan unifies and beautifies both Text and perspective drawing by Carol Bucknell. Illustration by Imogen Temm.

Hi Carol I would love some help to revamp my tired front gardens. One is a rockery and the other is terraced. We live in Waikoikoi, which is 20 minutes from Gore. We get plenty of rain but nevertheless these gardens are quite dry – they seem to grow weeds very well! The soil drains freely and it’s a very sunny spot but the ground is very hard to dig because it had lots of stones on it in the past. I want something that is easy-care but looks really nice when people drive up to the house as it is the first thing they see. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Jann Robertson, Waikoikoi, Gore



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Waterblast mould and moss from timber retaining walls in tiered garden, then stain them a dark grey to create a crisper, more finished look.

To contrast with the geometric form of the house and the paved driveway, plant naturally mounding shrubs (or clip shrubs into rounded shapes) at the back of the rock garden.

To improve growing conditions for new and existing plants, remove some of the stones and replace with good-quality planting mix and plenty of organic matter such as stable or poultry manure, compost or seaweed. Retain some of the larger rocks in the rockery to add interest.

4 FLOWER POWER In both sets of beds, plant medium-height flowering plants near the front for some seasonal colour.

5 GROUND WORK Plant groundcovers and cascading shrubs between existing roses and on the lower levels of both gardens. Allow them to drape over the edges of the timber and concrete walls so they softly beautify the approach to the house.

6 VERTICAL CONTRAST Plant flaxes, grasses and species with upright, vertical forms in the middle level of both gardens to contrast with the round and cascading plants thus creating dynamic visual interest.

TIP Flower carpet roses don’t need fancy pruning like most other roses. You can trim to shape them at any time of year, or wait until late winter or early spring and cut them back by two-thirds.

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

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SHRUBS TO BE CLIPPED INTO MOUNDS OR ROUNDED SHAPES Choose one species: try Pittosporum ‘Golf Ball’, silver germander (Teucrium fruticans), Californian lilac (Ceanothus), lavender, Muehlenbeckia astonii, Corokia species, Artemisia eg ‘Lambrook Silver’ or ‘Silver Fairy’, lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus).

MEDIUM-HEIGHT FLOWERING PLANTS Choose 3-4 diferent types and plant in groups of 5-7. Try bearded iris, daylilies, salvia eg ‘Caradonna’ or ‘Blue Hills’, sea holly (Eryngium), Marlborough rock daisy (Pachystegia insignis), Hylotelephium spectabile eg ‘Autumn Joy’, flowering annuals such as zinnia, calendula and lobelia.

CASCADING OR GROUNDCOVER PLANTS Prostrate rosemary, white or red flower carpet roses, Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’ (can be invasive in some areas), prostrate manuka eg Leptospermum ‘White Cascade’, Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’, wormwood species such as Artemisia ‘Alba Canescens’, woolly thyme, lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina).

PLANTS FOR VERTICAL CONTRAST Try coloured flaxes eg ‘Merlot’ or ‘Black Rage’, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ or ‘Variegatus’, red tussock (Chionochloa rubra), dwarf toetoe (Chionochloa flavicans), wind grass (Anemanthele lessoniana), Astelia banksii, New Zealand iris (Libertia peregrinans). NOTE Most of the plants listed here are suitable for the conditions of this particular site, which is sunny (yet in a colder, frost-prone area), sloping and rocky. These plant suggestions are a guide only. Check them out at your local nursery and ask about their growth rate, height and spread, and whether they’re suitable for your garden’s conditions.

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Paving the way Creating paved living areas and pathways in the garden requires careful planning. Check out Carol’s top tips for flat-out fabulous footpaths Text by Carol Bucknell.

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hether it’s a stable platform for outdoor living, an area for lounging by the pool or an all-weather route to the compost bin, hard surfaces are essential in the modern garden. The options are numerous so how do you decide what’s right for your place? Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your outdoor floor.



A paving plan is essential for all but the tiniest gardens. An accurate scaled plan of your site will help you work out exactly how much paving is required for each element: terrace, footpaths, driveway and so forth. If budget constraints mean you need to develop the garden in stages, a paving plan will help you decide where and when the money is best spent.



It makes sense to allocate most of your paving budget to areas of high use such as outdoor living terraces, swimming pool surrounds and front paths. Here you might opt for sandstone, bluestone or custommade concrete pavers, while cheaper materials such as standard concrete pavers set into gravel or pebbles can be reserved for side paths and service areas.

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Granite pool coping, from Stone Direct.



As paving is one of the most expensive items in landscaping, a little planning will help avoid costly mistakes. Be clear on the functional requirements of your paving as some products will be a better fit than others. For instance, if your small courtyard also has to provide space for parking, look at poured concrete or thick, interlocking pavers that are designed to cope with heavy loads. However, if there’s a tree planted close to the proposed paving, its roots may cause cracks or lifting. An area of gravel or pebbles around the root zone might be the answer.



As is true for many types of building or renovation, a significant proportion of your budget will likely be spent on areas that won’t be seen when the project is complete. This includes soil excavation, drainage, compacting and laying a base course (usually coarse stone chip sometimes called builder’s mix and/or sand). Don’t be tempted to skimp on these stages as poor preparation can ruin the look of even the most expensive paving. You may wish to look into how much you can achieve yourself to keep costs down, but only attempt significant landscaping works if you’re a confident handyperson.



If you live in a very cold area, consider the effect regular freezing and thawing may have on paving. Live in a warmer part of the country? When choosing paving for swimming pool surrounds go for products that are not too dark in colour to avoid excessive heat absorption. And remember pool paving also needs to be non-slip and resistant to chlorine or salt.

Limestone beige paver 20mm, $100-150 per square metre, from Tile Warehouse.

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Simplicity rules when selecting paving. For most gardens, three diferent materials should be your maximum. In smaller areas, such as this entranceway, restrict it to two.


6 Hydropavers permeable pavers in yellow, black and grey, from Jagas.



Aesthetics are just as important as practicalities with paving, especially over large areas. The materials you choose will have a major impact on the overall look of your garden, whether it has an existing style or one you’re keen to create. For an informal look, try sandstone crazy paving with groundcovers in between, or bluestone slabs set into fine gravel. Crushed gravel, limestone chip, pebbles or shell are perfect for paving around formal gardens with box hedging. Custom-made concrete pavers flush with the lawn work well in contemporary gardens, as does sandstone, slate, honed concrete and terrazzo paving. Recycled bricks are best in traditional gardens; stone slabs are ideal for Japanese-style gardens.


With stormwater run-off now a major issue in our towns and cities, pavers are often a better environmental option than poured concrete as they allow water to trickle into the ground. Growing low plants such as mondo grass, pratia and ajuga around pavers increases their green credentials. Better still, consider paving products that are specially designed for permeability: some hold water in the base layer below, slowing down the flow rate. Others can filter pollutants, too.



A professional paving contractor or top-notch DIY skills are essential for large areas of poured concrete and high-end stone paving. If you’re keen to save money by installing your own paving, concrete pavers bedded in sand are much cheaper and easier to lay. Remember, a level, well-compacted base that slopes slightly to drain away from the house is essential for any paved area.

White porphyry setts, from Designsource.



Generally, the more pricey the paving, the greater its durability, stain resistance and colour fastness. Top-of-therange porcelain and stone pavers usually require little maintenance, whereas porous materials such as concrete and sandstone may need to be sealed to protect against staining (barbecue grease, berries, birds, etc). This is often cheaper to do when they’re being laid. As well as making them easier to clean, sealing also helps to retain the colour in concrete pavers, but it can also make them more slippery and will need to be reapplied at regular intervals. If your paved area will be in shade, mould and moss could be a problem. Use an antimould cleaner like 30 Seconds on concrete or a water blaster for natural stone paving.

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PACIFIC PARADISE This remarkable couple have turned a corner of Taranaki wilderness into a lush idyll with a uniquely Pacific flavour Text by Carol Bucknell. Photography by Jane Dove Juneau.

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“It was very sheltered among the trees and had a lovely peaceful feel to it. Fortunately, it wasn’t swampy as the land sloped”


t’s been nearly 40 years since Ian and Elsie Lind first moved to their bush-covered section in the heart of New Plymouth. During that period they have raised three daughters, pursued busy careers and created Nikau Grove, a garden that earns the admiration of hundreds of visitors every year. They’ve even managed to score the ultimate accolade for garden aficionados in this country, the five-star Garden of National Significance rating.

SITE The roughly half-hectare site is in a valley with a creek running through it less than three kilometres from New Plymouth’s CBD. “There was an open area in the centre and on the banks but most of it was covered in bracken, gorse, blackberry, tradescantia and very large ‘trunks’ of old man’s beard, smothering much of the bush,” remembers Elsie. “We weren’t deterred. It was very sheltered among the trees and had a lovely, peaceful feel to it. Fortunately, it wasn’t swampy as all the land sloped and drained towards the creek. We cleared the bracken and rubbish to make way for a house, choosing the highest point that faced the sun.”

STYLE Apart from a swimming pool for the children, the couple had no clear idea of what they wanted to do with the garden. Nevertheless, they started work clearing the weeds and making paths as soon as they moved in. With two pre-schoolers in the family at that stage, the pace was very slow as time and money were in short supply. A plan by local landscape designer Bryan Pollock helped them with the overall layout. “It was the best thing we ever did as our plant knowledge wasn’t very extensive in those days,” says Elsie.

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G The old mooring ropes (left) used as handrails for the property’s boardwalks and bridges are a hit with visitors. Native plants, interspersed with exotics, have been planted throughout the garden to make for a strong Pacific feel.

As they worked they noticed the property was full of young nikau palms, most of them seedlings from a tall mature specimen, the seed dispersed naturally by wood pigeon. It quickly became obvious that the garden should be in a lush, South Pacific style, planted with a mix of natives and exotics. “I’m always trying to perfect the garden, constantly changing planting schemes, altering colour schemes and using contrasts in foliage, aiming for a natural New Zealand, South Pacific feel,” Elsie explains.


One of the first tasks was building tracks through the bush to allow better access round the site and prevent new native seedlings from being trampled. Next was retaining the creek sides, which eroded every time it flooded. The swimming pool followed, its creation pure serendipity. After using a digger to remove a large clump of invasive bamboo growing at the front of the house, the couple were left with a substantial hollow which, they realised, was in the ideal spot for a pool. “Until our finances allowed, Ian built a little frame around it, which we filled with sand, and our children had a perfect sandpit to play in. The swimming pool was finally built in the late ’80s/early ’90s,” Elsie says. Fast-forward several more years and the couple had started building boardwalks and

bridges through the bush and over the creek. For the handrails Ian, whose engineering business is located in the port area, has recycled old mooring ropes, drawing many comments from the visitors who flock to the garden during the annual Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular.

PLANTING To complement the thousands of nikau in the garden Elsie planted a variety of exotic palms including Butia capitata, Chinese windmill (Trachycarpus fortunei), Washingtonia, queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffianum), king palm (Archontophoenix Alexandrae) and Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana). Large native pukatea trees form a canopy in the bush area around the creek with kohekohe, karaka, titoki trees and king ferns creating a moist, lush feel. “We leave the bush to remain natural; our mixed plantings are in the areas we have created such as around the house and the lawns,” Elsie says. “We like a strong use of native plants with exotics mixed in. I like the garden to say, ‘You are in New Zealand’ first, but we can grow these other plants, too. Of course we are constantly having to change things as our environment changes. Our earlier plantings were in a lot of sun. As trees mature and cast more shade I have to rethink the plants I use.”

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A tranquil patio area provides the perfect space for the couple to relax and enjoy the sound of the native birds they have worked so hard to attract to Nikau Grove.


Although there are many beautiful areas within Nikau Grove, the Linds’ last big project is one of the most spectacular. What was once a paddock for their children’s pet lambs was converted into a cascading waterfall by Ian over a two-year period using a digger and local rock. “Ian borrowed a Hiab from work to help place the rocks, and plastered the slopes first to stop too much water disappearing,” says Elsie. “A large underwater pump is hidden in the bottom, recycling the water. The result is just what we imagined now that the native plantings around it have matured.” Not only have this determined couple created a verdant paradise in their valley which they share with many visitors, they have also worked hard to expand the native bird population by planting trees which provide food for them such as taraire, titoki, miro and tree fuchsia. There are even a couple of ‘hotels’ for the local wetas. “One of them is very well occupied most of the time. Sometimes they’re fully booked,” says Elsie. “It’s great to be able to show our overseas visitors what wetas look like, too. They are also an important food for the moreporks, which we often hear calling at night.” •

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G E T T H E LO O K JUST ADD LOVE PAGE 50 PAINT Living room Dulux ‘Bushy Park’. Master bedroom Resene ‘Cinder’. Nursery Resene ‘Thorndon Cream’. Studio Resene ‘Black White’. Kitchen/living Resene ‘Half Thorndon Cream’. OFFICE Desk and table from George & Willy (painted). Pendant from Superette, Christchurch. Office chair from Warehouse Stationery. Copper lamp from Freedom. Carpet existing. KITCHEN Bench, benchtop, taps, tiles and flooring existing. Stools from Cintesi. Cabinets and drawers from Millbrook Kitchens, Rangiora. Stove from Smeg. Black replica storage cabinet from Charbon Industrial Furniture. LIVING ROOM Leather pouf from Onceit. Grey ottoman from Furniture Concepts (part of couch). Coffee table from Niche Gifts in Rangiora. Armchair and fur throw from Reincarnation, Christchurch. Carpet, light fitting, fireplace and shelves existing. Woven plant holder from Corcovado. Navy/ rust basket next to fire Design Dua. MASTER BEDROOM Curtains and rails existing. Bed from Smiths City. Bedhead and white chair from Trade Me. Duvet cover from Let Liv. Throw from H&M. Pillow slips from Farmers. Cross cushion and cushion on pouf from Cloud Nine Creative. Table at foot of bed from Rangiora Auction Rooms. Plant holder from Niche Gifts Rangiora. Bull artwork from Society6. Windowseat cushions from (striped) H&M, (textured) Freedom, (grey) Citta. Leather pouf from Onceit. BATHROOM All fittings existing. JACK’S ROOM Fawn decal from Nathalie Lete. House-shaped shelves from The Warehouse. Jack name print, cushion (floor) and box on table from Cloud Nine Creative. Curtains and carpet existing. Cot and chair from Mocka. White basket, table and grey fur rug from Kmart. Cow hide rug from The Cowhide Company. Cot blanket from Citta. Wooden chest next to cot from Rangiora Sales. Wooden animals from Little Folk in the Tannery, Christchurch.

DAYDREAM BELIEVERS PAGE 60 PAINT Ceilings Dulux ‘Waitoa Half’. Architraves, doors and walls Dulux ‘Mt Aspiring Quarter’. Carpet Godfrey Hirst Pleasant Point in mussel. LIVING ROOM Black plant pot with pink strip from Kmart (hand-painted). Coffee table and pink throw from Adairs. Reindeer hide and pink sheepskin from Lapco. Side table and woven pouf from Spotlight. White vases and Himalayan salt rock from Country Road. Woven armchair and sofa from Nood. Cushions from Citta. Art from Danske Mobler. KITCHEN/DINING/STUDY Dining table, bench seat and kitchen chopping boards from Citta. Chairs from Danske Mobler. Reindeer hide from Lapco. Dining pendant from Heaven In Earth. Vase on table from Freedom.

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Kitchen cabinetry from Elite Kitchens & Cabinets. Overhead shelves in Melteca Sublime Teak. Kitchen pendants from Lighting Plus. Stools from Cintesi. Wine rack from Freedom. Tiles from MDecor Tiles. Benchtop from TrendStone. Basket on desk from Kmart. MASTER BEDROOM Bed from Dream Beds. Bedhead from Freedom. Bedlinen from Briscoes. Cushions from Citta. Bedside pendant from Lighting Plus. Bedside tables from Adairs. Seagrass basket from Flux Boutique. Vases (bedside table) from Country Road. BRIANNA’S ROOM Bed and trundler from Dream Beds. Bedlinen from Briscoes. Throw and grey pouf from The Warehouse. Pink sheepskin from Lapco. Plant in basket from Adairs. White chair from iFurniture. Pink cushion from Kmart. Desk from Warehouse Stationery. Shelf handmade. SANTINO’S ROOM Bed and trundler from Dream Beds. Bedlinen, throw and cushions from Adairs. Chair from iFurniture. Desk from Warehouse Stationery. Artwork purchased online. Frame and pencil pot on desk from Kmart. GUEST ROOM Bed from Dream Beds. Bedhead from Onceit. Silver stag on wall from Umbra. Cushions from Citta. Throw from Nood. Bedside table from Farmers. BATHROOM Bath, tapware and sink from Danik Homeware. Mirror from Bunnings. Pendant from Lighting Plus. Bathmat from Citta. Stool from Kmart. Wood-look porcelain tiles MDecor Tiles. OUTSIDE Sofa and table from Target Furniture. Plant in basket from Briscoes. Throw from Adairs. Cushion from Hawaii.

CHARACTER BUILDING PAGE 70 PAINT Resene ‘Black White’ throughout. LIVING Elephant wall hooks from Punnett, Hamilton. Bookcase from Cam’s mum. Sofa from Freedom. Cushions from op-shops. Black metal lamp and woven wall hanging from The Warehouse. Soldier with gun print (top of white lockers) from China (original Chinese propaganda poster). ‘We are the Wards’ artwork from Kmart. White lockers found and renovated. Side table, wooden crate (and blankets inside it) and swan terracotta plant holder from op-shops. On bookshelf: Chairman Mao porcelain figure from China. ENTRY/DINING/KITCHEN Blackboard in entry from Bear & Fox. ‘Welcome’ wall sign, white pendant lights, kitchen clock and pink striped circular mat from General Eclectic. White stag head from The Warehouse. Dining table from garage sale. Bench seat from Junk & Disorderly. Chairs from Southern Hospitality (cafe supplier). Dining pendants from Hospice Shop. Kitchen cabinets, island, sink and tap from HK Kitchens. Blackboard paint on door from Resene. School desk from op-shop. Little

stool from Kmart. Kitchen tiles from Tile Space. Bar stools from Mocka. Plywood flooring from Te Puna ITM. ENTRANCE Blue plant holder from Villa Ridge Garden Centre. Doormat from Dontbeadoormat. MASTER BEDROOM Bed from Big Save Furniture. Bedlinen from Farmers. Pillowcases and serving trolley from op-shops. Blue velvet cushions and bedside metallic stool from Kmart. Wall lamps above bed from Ikea. ENSUITE Bathroom mirror and vanity from op-shop. MIA’S ROOM Pink stool, white wooden tree, wall decals and diamond shelves from Kmart. Rabbit lamp and You Are My Sunshine art from The Warehouse. Desk from General Eclectic. Desk seat and bedlinen from opshop. Bed from Harvey Norman. Bunting from craft market. Light at end of bed from Ikea. Dreamcatcher from Kmart (Mia made it from a DIY kit). Plywood flooring from ITM. JACKSON’S ROOM Bed from Harvey Norman. Stag head from Nood. Blue drawers from General Eclectic. Wooden desk, globe and bear from op-shop. Bedlinen and cushions from Ikea. Bear cushion from Farmers. Triangular shelf from Kmart. Salt lamp from Herbal Clinic and Dispensary Tauranga. BATHROOM Bath, tapware and basin from Franklin. Mirrors and towel ring from opshops. Tiles above bath from Tile Space.

HOME FOR GOOD PAGE 86 PAINT Walls Resene ‘Merino’. Doors and ceilings Resene ‘Quarter Black White’. Trims Resene ‘Half Black White’. Master bedroom Resene ‘Half Ash’ with ‘Quarter Black White’ doors, ceilings and edges. Lyla’s room Resene ‘Quarter Ash’. KITCHEN/DINING Table made by Dave and his brother Graham. Chairs and bar stools from Cintesi. Cabinetry from Eastwood Kitchens & Cabinetry. Pendants from Vogue Lighting. Tiles from Tile Depot. Fruit bowl on island from Crate & Barrel. HALLWAY Black pendant from Lighting Plus. Hall table/shoe rack, cushions and throws from Tilly & Tiffen. Pot on bar cart, brown/grey sofa and grey/blue sofa from Trade Me. Zebra artwork from Zoo Warehouse. Side table from Greenslades Furniture. Everest Anthracite carpet from Flooring Xtra. MASTER BEDROOM Bedding and artwork from Tilly & Tiffen. Side tables are stools from Cintesi. Light existing. LYLA’S ROOM Bedding from Farmers. OUTSIDE Playhouse made to order. Woodburner and pool chairs from Mitre 10. Pool fence from Tauranga Glass. Bar stools from Cintesi. BATHROOM Vanity made by Eastwood Kitchens using Cygnet basin from Robertson Bathware. Tiles from Tile Depot. Bath from Chesters Plumbing & Bathroom Centre. Taps from Greens Tapware. Towel from Ikea.




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FLAVOURS OF FIJI Fiji’s food scene is a perfect representation of the country’s mix of indigenous Fijian, Indian, Chinese and European cultures. The Flavours of Fiji cooking school offers a fun and immersive introduction to Fijian cuisine, teaching visitors how to cook popular traditional dishes using local produce. At the end of the three-hour class, everyone gets the chance to enjoy eight delicious favourite island dishes. The cooking classes are FJ$155 per adult.

MICO The Adesso Urban vanity available exclusively at Mico Bathrooms is the perfect fit for any home. It comes in six colour options and five sizes, including the practical and on-trend double bowl configuration. RRP from $715.


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FOUR WAYS WITH... CRYSTALS Created by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.



PUSH PINS Give basic gold push tacks a stylish new look by adding crystals to the front of them. Use liquid nails to glue your tack to the back of the crystal and leave to dry. Then pin your favourite bits and pieces to your pinboard. Simple yet so effective.

JEWELLERY HANGER Keep your dresser free of clutter by creating a simple jewellery hanger. This is super-quick and easy to make; you can do it within an hour. Paint a small piece of pine (we used a small testpot of Resene ‘Alabaster’ paint). Once it’s dry, use Liquid Nails to glue the crystals onto the pine, spacing them out evenly. Leave to dry for 24 hours. Attach two flat picture hangers to the back of the pine and hang on the wall. 3


FRAMES Crystals look great on display but equally beautiful when framed. Take a basic white picture frame, remove the glass and put in a piece of white cardboard which sits under the picture mat. Use liquid nails to glue the crystal to the cardboard in the frame and leave to dry for at least 24 hours. If your budget allows, a cluster of frames with crystals would make for a great wall display, but if not, mix crystals with framed prints, or simply pop your frame on a bookshelf or sideboard.


All crystals from Waihi Beach Markets. 1 Crystals, $3.40 each. Felt pinboard, $129, from Ostrich necklace, $60, from Shut The Front Door. Kris chair, $249.95, from Mocka. Mulberi Lyford throw, $75, from Crave Home. 2 Amethyst crystals, $4.50 each. Nava console table, $189.95, from Mocka. Smith & Co tabac and cedarwood candle, $30, from The Aromatherapy Company. Hazel tassel necklace, $30, pyrite and silver ring, $95, and rose quartz and silver horseshoe pendant, $135, all from Elemental Jewellery. Ruby and Jet Frida crystal bracelet, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. Elk bangle, $59, from Crisp Home. Lily clutch, $210, from Crave Home. 3 Frames, $6-$10 each, from Kmart. Art prints, $12 each, from Etsy/The Printable Concept. Amethyst crystal (in frame), $14. Cushion, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. Livi seat, $199.95, from Mocka. 4 Crystal, $12. Oxx gemstone EDT, $8, from Kmart. Houston necklace, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. Ombre mirror, $19.99, from Spotlight. Stella + Gemma earrings, $35, from Crisp Home. Other items stylist’s own. Wall painted in Resene ‘Ebb’.

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Give a simple box a new stylish look by adding a crystal topper. We took a plain wooden box from Kmart and painted it using a testpot in Resene ‘Ebb’. Once the paint is dry, glue the crystal to the top of the box using Liquid Nails. When glue is dry, pop on your dressing table and use for storing jewellery and other bits and bobs.

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