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Geometric shapes that give your home the right angle

Northern fancy A home following its own sense of style

SMALL SENSATIONS Ideas and items to create great kids’ rooms

Saucy spaces The dos and don’ts of great kitchen design


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Geometric shapes that give your home the right angle

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A home following its own sense of style

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The Block’s big winners of 2012, Ben and Libby Crawford, answer quick fire questions from left field


25 Trend setting Interior designer Ann-Marie Appleton reviews the most popular interior trends

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28 Saucy spaces The dos and don’ts of great kitchen design

33 Reviving your outdoor oasis Returning your patio to its former glory

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How to lose clutter and create more space

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42 Natural touch Terrific tiles and how splashes of stone deliver an earthy touch

49 Eat here, go there Where to be and be seen

Shaping up

I don’t buy into the concept of acquiring status through material possessions; what you have isn’t who you are. But what you do with what you have does tell its own story.

Your home and how you decorate it is a reflection of your personality and the wonderful thing is you don’t need a fortune to illustrate your individuality. Often it’s the smaller things which say the most. Trouble is there’s a boggling array of options, making the pursuit of your own style not as simple as you think.

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Ideas and items to create great kids’ rooms


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This is where a few nuggets of educated advice can work wonders, so in this issue interior designer Ann-Marie Appleton outlines some of the mainstream trends. One way of creating a little distinctiveness around the home is with use of simple, repeating shapes, so we feature a collection of geometrically inspired items sure to give your place a bit of an edge. Also Ingrid Geldof offers her top tips on how to get the kitchen design you want. Believe it or not, but spring is actually here despite winter’s

dogged refusal to relinquish its grip. This means two things: spring cleaning and halting your garden’s determined efforts to transform itself into a mini-Amazon. So we’ve dedicated a couple of pages on how to lose clutter and create more space around the home and have included simple tips on getting your vege garden ready to rumble, and about returning your patio to its former glory in lieu of forthcoming al fresco action (when spring does finally decide to turn up). Speaking of which, in this issue Outdure is giving away $3,000 worth of decking – so get in to win. There are ideas and items to create great kids’ spaces and as CERA approaches the half way point of its five year tenure, Roger Sutton talks about sensing renewed hope and optimism in the city. This is good news because few things are more infectious than optimism and, as has been the case for near on three years now, optimism is Christchurch’s first, last and best defence when it comes to confronting the challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead. So read on, arm yourself with information to create whatever kind of shape you’d like your home to take. Jonathon Taylor

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Local moves

Breathing new life into The Tannery Alasdair Cassels is a name synonymous with Woolston and the renowned developer has got a lot more than beer brewing on his Garlands Road site. The brick by brick transformation of the historic Tannery site, bought in 1994 by the owner, property developer and founder of Cassels and Sons Brewing Company, Alasdair Cassels, is becoming a top attraction since the first part of the Victorian arcade was opened in March.

Cassels has invested some $15 million on the shopping, restaurant and entertainment complex which is currently home

to Toi Toi, The Bikery, The Flock, Smiths Bookshop, Dead Set Clothing and Gustav’s Kitchen and Wine Bar to name a few. And let’s not forget our continued favourite and the first establishment on the site four months after the February earthquake, The Brewery, which offers craft beers, sensational wood fire pizzas and live music. With as many as 70 tenants due to find solace under its imported Israeli roof in the beautiful 1875 enclosure by the time the project is completed, The Tannery is likely to become one of Christchurch’s most charming and attractive additions to the city. Alasdair is a man with great vigour for preserving the property which remains a chapter of history. So when the industrial buildings

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on the banks of the Heathcote River on a 1.8 hectare site became available, he didn’t hesitate to lock it in. The historic nature of the site has been the central inspiration for Alasdair; that and the fact that he loves Christchurch and wants to give something back to Cantabrians who have lost so much since the earthquake. “I was part of a big family, I think that has helped me understand the value of family and community,” Alasdair says. “Being able to restore the buildings and maintain the historic facades and truss work is a big bonus. Being able to incorporate an interior based on a 120 year old Victorian shopping arcade, sourcing materials and

By Davina Richards designing the various elements has been interesting. “I wanted to create an environment where customers could escape from the last hundred years and I believe that we have achieved this,” he says. Alasdair, who has always liked to work for himself, says he’s lucky enough not to make too many mistakes and not being afraid to think outside the box. “I guess with every investment there is a risk and particularly so with property development. When I looked at the Tannery project at its inception there was a need, even before the earthquake, for such a development on this side of the city. Being able to develop for investment rather than sale also reduces risk.”

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the complete building solution Libor Group in Christchurch is making it easy for Cantabrians to build their dream home or new commercial premises, or simply upgrade their kitchen, bathroom or joinery. The company offers a full range of construction services through its three divisions: Libor Construction, Libor Interiors and Libor Living. These services include painting, plastering, joinery, architectural design, residential and commercial construction and project management, all offered by friendly and professional staff. Choosing Libor Group means customers only have to deal with one company, ensuring communication and quality are maintained at all levels of your building project.

living – INSPIRING HOMES The team at Libor Living offers clients a range of beautiful home designs to choose from, or will help them create their unique architecturally designed dream home. Libor Living is a team of new home builders creating exceptional residential properties across Canterbury, taking care of all aspects of the project from start to end. These carpentry specialists have many years of experience and are focused on attention to detail on every job, creating eye-catching, beautiful homes of the highest quality. Libor Living offers a range of its own stylish homes, which can be modified to suit requirements. The company also works closely with designers and architects to help clients create a unique architectural home incorporating the best materials and quality craftsmanship.

interiors – FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION Libor Interiors offers a complete interior fitout solution for any residential, commercial or retail project and is made up of two divisions: painting and plastering, and joinery. Libor Interiors operates state of the art equipment in its joinery factory in Christchurch, capable of completing any joinery project in-house. Its painting and plastering division are skilled and qualified tradespeople offer a top level of service on projects small or large. From concept to completion, Libor Interiors undertake interior fitout projects of the highest quality, creating inspiring spaces and stylish functional joinery. Using state of the art 3D design programmes and the latest computerised cutting machines, the Libor Interiors team will customise designs to meet the unique requirements of each individual client. Unique one-off products can be produced to exact requirements, while Libor can also produce large runs of identical products. Producing exceptional finishes for clients in both the residential and commercial sectors, Libor Interiors’ skills encompass everything from kitchens, bathrooms and joinery units to staircases, desks and one-off furniture pieces, while their attention to detail and their commitment to only ever using the finest materials ensures a durable product which will stand the test of time.

Handling everything in-house, Libor Living provides accurate project management and cost projections, while access to every necessary trade means clients can be assured of a seamless building process.

construction – MEN ON THE GROUND Libor Construction focuses on commercial construction and has been involved with many significant Christchurch projects in recent years, including the Christchurch International Airport development, the Art Gallery Apartments, Dressmart stages one and two and the Christchurch Civic Building. Libor Construction works alongside some of New Zealand’s most significant building companies on projects of significant size and scope. Employing a large team of skilled and qualified tradespeople, Libor Construction offers a range of commercial construction services. Since the Canterbury earthquakes the company has been heavily involved in remedial work, working on projects of significant importance to the region.

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A future full of possibilities By Roger Sutton

We’ve just recently marked the third anniversary of the first earthquake that changed our lives in Canterbury, and I’m proud to see so many signs of the recovery springing up around us. I was lucky enough to be there when we opened the first stage of the first of our new central city anchor projects on a beautiful sunny day last month. Watermark, between the Antigua Boatsheds and Montreal Street, is only the beginning of the Avon River Precinct and is about showing people what the possibilities are.

We are narrowing the waterway to improve the health of the river and encourage the wildlife to come back. Things like the boardwalk, grassed areas, lighting and seating

are about attracting the people to come down to the river and enjoy the environment and I can imagine myself having some lunch there, or walking or cycling along the river with my family. I’m also looking forward to the development of an Art Trail along the river that will showcase works from local, national and international artists. The river precinct is just the first of many big projects we will begin to see springing up in the central city over the next year or so. These projects are about providing a better environment for the people of our city; and it is the people who are at the centre of everything we do. I’m very aware that as we move forward in many areas, there are some people who still struggle in very difficult circumstances - whether it be disputes over their homes or businesses, or the

I’m also looking forward to the development of an Art Trail along the river that will showcase works from local, national and international artists. ROGER SUTTON

trauma that still lingers from living through the quakes.

For homeowners in the Port Hills, there is still uncertainty over their living situations and I acknowledge that this is very frustrating for them. Unfortunately the recent Quake Outcasts court ruling has meant we needed to hold off on the planned zoning review announcement for those homeowners. CERA and other agencies are doing their best to help those who are doing it tough with programmes such as the Winter Make it Right campaign - which has ensured emergency housing repairs for people in need, the Residential Advisory Service to help people find their way through difficult issues, and temporary housing such as the Rangers Park village which opened this month. With spring now here, I think there will be a renewed sense of

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hope and optimism in our region. It’s important to focus on the positives, and there are plenty of them. The economy is thriving. The most recent ANZ Regional Trends Analysis shows 6.6 percent yearon-year growth in Canterbury, largely driven by greater Christchurch. That’s more than three times the national average. It was great to be asked to launch the Christchurch Arts Festival late last month. The launch featured performances from children who attend Woolston School and Shirley Intermediate and I can admit to having tears in my eyes as I heard those young singing voices and watched their confident presentations. We have a lot to be proud of here in greater Christchurch and these children demonstrate this so clearly. Finally, the new Cardboard Cathedral is also now open. This is another exciting and tangible addition to Christchurch that demonstrates just how well we are doing. Congratulations to all those involved in all these steps forward.

Roger Sutton is the chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA).


Tender advice By Cymon Allfrey

During recent months a number of people have come to me to gain an insight into the tendering process and how to go about validating the contractor provided to you by your insurance company. The first thing is to understand the procurement process. You have selected your designer, you have your plans and now you need a builder. You have two options. You can go down the competitive process or you can undergo a negotiated process – the second of which I recommend every time.

The competitive process allows you to know simply which construction team can complete the job based on a submitted higher price. Usually, there is no disclosure around how they have arrived at the end result; the focus is on end cost only. Like when selecting your designer, the selection of your builder is a key step in the construction or renovation of your home and one that is essential to get right. You need to be able to communicate openly, clearly and honestly with your builder and establish a relationship that is based on trust. By selecting a builder on price alone, you may be left in the dark as to whether they are able to deliver the project on time, to the quality you desire and above all, whether they are the right fit. It is for this reason that we find many homeowners opt for a negotiated process. The first step of this process sees the project opened for registrations of interest. As a homeowner you might have a builder you would like to ask to tender for the project, or you may rely on your designer to ask for expressions of interest from contractors they are familiar with. 12 | B&R

Once expressions of interest have been received, we are able to gather information that is essential to the end decision – what is their availability, what qualifications do they have, can they illustrate a proven track record and so forth. These are questions which allow you to build an understanding of their capabilities, practice and ethics, offering you a sound base from which you can determine whether there will be compatibility when it comes to the relationship. If at any point there is a bad feeling, don’t work with them! From the pool of registrations we normally select around three for our client to meet with the ultimate goal of selecting a single contractor prior to calling for their price.

You have two options. You can go down the competitive process or you can undergo a negotiated process – the second of which I recommend every time. CYMON ALFREY

Don’t put yourself at risk by bending the rules, as people will hold you to account! Frequent conditions of tender include: • A deadline as to when the tender must be made • Defining the format in which the price should be received and to whom it should be submitted

Stage two of the process sees steps put in place that drive out a fixed cost from the contractor. Essentially, at this point, the end result is the same as the competitive process being a fixed price, but the way in which we arrive there is more transparent.

• A clause which allows the client to appoint a contractor at their discretion

We will ask the contractors to present the best tender in their terms, with secondary pricing behind every subcontractor and supplier in the contract – illustrating their ability to show robust, competitive pricing that is underlined with quality and delivery. You are then able to clearly understand how the builder has reached the fixed price.

For those facing a rebuild or a repair, in most instances your insurance company is dictating the construction team for your project however, this doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t ask questions and undertake your own pre-qualification.

• An understanding that the cost of preparing the tender falls to the contractor • And, most importantly, a provision ensuring you are not bound to accept the tender.

By having the secondary pricing listed, you are able to select quality and capability based on the price.

Ask questions around their quality, competency and timeframes. And again if you get a bad feeling don’t work with them, instead talk to your insurance company and see what other options you have.

What underpins all tender processes however, is that is has to be fair. There are common law obligations when it comes to calling for a price, so set the rules at the beginning and stick to them.

With more than 20 years industry experience, Cymon Allfrey holds the Chair of the ADNZ National Board and has won the ADNZ National Supreme Award three times in the past five years.


Sharp shapes With its fine lines and bold repeating patterns, geometric designs have been a popular trend both on and off the catwalk. From spicing up your average plant pot, to printed art and triangular shelving, styling with symmetry is one design which continues to measure up on the grand scheme of things.

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Cube planter

Shape up

Plants need love too and that means giving them a nice little home to flourish in. This cube planter adds colour and shape to your average pot and fits in perfectly with your thoughtfully planned geometric theme. For a taste of awesomeness, bag one at Etsy.

Geometric shapes that give your home the right angle


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Table swank

Coasters Since cardboard beer mats were first introduced in the 1880s we’ve come to love and appreciate the humble coaster in all its various shapes, sizes, materials and funky designs. These glamorous, handmade peach and gold coasters give your table an instant visual lift. With so many to choose from, no one will blame you for wanting one in every design. RRP: $32 (set of four) Available from: 2 3

Feet friendly

Wool rug Every home requires a bit of floor art and this little number, created by LeeAnn Yare for General Eclectic, will vamp up your space with little effort; and that’s exactly what we appreciate. Grace your bland floor spaces with this stunning blue rug which fascinates and intrigues. RRP: $599 Available from: 4

Meow factor

Black cat painting No room is complete without a little art. It’s a great finish to your interior décor and this handmade watercolour print is purr-fect for cat lovers. RRP: $32 Available from:

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Sharp corners

Triangle shelf This design is all about the strong geometric shape – stunning, inspiring and thought provoking. It can be used as a strikng floor or wall piece and can be reshaped and expanded until you achieve the desired look. Visually appealing, your eyes will be transfixed. An inviting place is a well used place. RRP: $840 Available from: 6

Holding shape

Varpunen sacks This colourful sack is ideal for indoor or outdoor use and can be used for anything you deem appropriate. Place in a kid’s room for toys, in the kitchen or bathroom to hold magazines and newspapers, or use it to hide those filthy clothes.



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Hook me up

Wooden hooks There’s something charming and distinctive about handcrafted items; knowing that each piece isn’t exactly the same as the one before is enticing. Some of the simplest designs, such as your average hook, normally have the least wow factor, but creative types are transforming every day items into fabulous, multi-functional pieces. RRP: $45 Available from:



Functional art

Wooden kitchen trivet No one likes burn rings on their kitchen surface, so here’s a beautifully handmade hot pad made from red oak and black walnut to protect your counter top or table from dreaded marks and stains. Something nice to look at while in the kitchen and it can also be hung up on the wall as art for additional appeal. RRP: $45 Available from:

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Hot homes

Northern fancy By Davina Richards

Sure, an original home may have character and a sense of history, but Aucklanders Dave and Kay Baldwin are big fans of following their own style and have something worth raving about.

The building project on Lennon Access is just one of the many homes built from scratch by owners Dave and Kay; a stunning, masonry home designed by Dave and architect Paul Francis, of Francis Group Architects in Takapuna. What began as a patch of land in late 2006 transformed into a beautiful, contemporary home by 2010. Highlights include a hint of Balinese island flavour,

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plenty of natural light, showers which have floor to ceiling doors and the ability to let the sun pour through the home effortlessly. Dave, a builder, developer and project manager, was able to complete most of the work himself and his wife Kay was able to offer valuable input with the wealth of knowledge she has accumulated from the seven homes they have built together.

Hot homes

What began as a patch of land in late 2006 transformed into a beautiful, contemporary home by 2010. Highlights include a hint of Balinese island flavour, plenty of natural light, showers which have floor to ceiling doors and the ability to let the sun pour through the home effortlessly.

“Many years ago we visited a very captivating development in Port Douglas, Northern Queensland. Although we knew we would never enjoy the same open sided walkways between the different wings of the home, as you can in a true tropical climate, we loved the idea of each functional area of the house being contained within a separate ‘module’,” Dave says.

Although they intended to keep the building costs low, Dave admits they got carried away. But for a home which stands at the end of a small peninsula with a waterfront view on a private and peaceful 1.87 ha property, this home is sublime on all accounts.

“Kay was able to drive home a high expectation of detail, as well as taking complete control of the interior finish and decorating.”

“I have always strived for architectural significance. We should have more outside bathrooms, better indoor, outdoor areas and spend a little less time and money on the structure, and more on the amenity values of our homes. We will be pushing harder to achieve more of this in our next home.”

Dave and Kay are outdoor people by nature and wanted to incorporate elements of this into their home. The home credits true indoor, outdoor living with lots of space to move around freely.

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First home buyer’s guide

Now for the kitchen


By Anthony Patrickson

First home buyer’s guide case study: Anthony and Sarah – part III

To achieve the goal of adding value to our home, it was apparent immediately that… the kitchen must go. In no uncertain terms, it was a hindrance to our liveability therefore it would have impacted upon the value of our home – something drastic had to be done! Pre-renovation

A small stainless steel bench and sink represented our entire bench space and misfit cupboards cluttered the small area we had to prepare and store food. With around 8sqm of floor space, we had to get creative in the design process to maximise usable space.

A water tank in the corner of the kitchen was going to prove too expensive to move, so we again had to work around a number of obstacles in order to achieve our vision, not to mention budget.



Without falling into the ‘borrow money to make money’ trap we decided to save intently for a

After few months prior to renovating and when the time came, we did the laborious work and left only the technical aspects to the tradesmen. But, not everything went as planned. After tearing out the kitchen bench we realised the walls were in a terrible state, they all had to come off. For those of you who have renovated an older house, you will feel our pain as we ripped lathe and plaster out of the walls for days on end. However, with the kitchen back to the bare bones, we took the energy conscious step of insulating our walls (to add to our ceiling and under floor mentioned in the last issue).

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of planning, waiting and saving, our ice-white cabinetry lined by chrome handles complete with granite-look benchtop finally arrived and our kitchen began to take shape. Within a few hours the empty shell of gib board and dust had transformed into a usable area… a pretty good-looking one at that. The very nature of this publication is to highlight building and renovating and with this taken into account, our recent project has been very relevant and hopefully strikes a chord with many readers, especially first home buyers like ourselves. If we were to offer any advice based on our experience it would be plan and seek advice, make sure any investment will add resale value and most importantly, have fun, it’s a learning curve!

LARGE RESERVE AREA SET ASIDE FOR ATTRACTIVE CHRISTCHURCH SECTIONS A new housing development in Christchurch has set aside a substantial share of its total area as recreational reserve space for 53 future home owners. Platinum Grove features not only attractive green spaces, but also very affordable sections starting at $219,000. Only recently released on the market, the development has already sold several sections and has more under offer. For details visit: Sited off Awatea Road, Halswell, Platinum Grove has almost one-fifth of its total area in reserve status, including a large conservation strip on its northern riverside boundary. Harcourts Phoenix real estate agent Chris Heaps says its reserve-to-built land ratio is one of the highest for any sub-division in Christchurch. “When the conservation area is included, it equates to some 230 square metres of green space per residence,” he says. The on site reserve is a 26 metre wide strip running through the middle of Platinum Grove from Awatea Road to the conservation land. Its entire length will be planted in native shrubs and trees, with grass lined walkways and outdoor seating. A total of 16 terraced apartments will occupy the northern boundary overlooking the upper Heathcote River and conservation area. Thirty seven house sections of between 545 and 800 square metres comprise the rest of the development, 15 of them overlooking the reserve area. Chris says tenders have been sought from building firms for constructing the first apartments on four higher density land blocks.

The site plan for Platinum Grove, with numbered individual sections in mid green and higher density apartment blocks in dark green


House sections may be sold individually or in multiples for contract building purposes. “For any new home buyer in Canterbury, the location is very handy to the central city and main arterial routes leading into and out of Christchurch,” he says. “When the expansive reserve spaces and competitive pricing are added to this, Platinum Grove is a very appealing residential proposition.” For more information contact Chris Heaps, NAI Harcourts Phoenix Real Estate. Call 0800 752 846 (0800 PLATINUM) or 027 674 3277, or email:

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By Melinda Collins

Winners of the first ever season of The Block New Zealand, Ben and Libby Crawford answer some quick fire questions, straight from left field.

Libby Crawford

Clutter or minimalism?

In the hall – sculpture or hat stand?

Hard to choose, but I love a recent addition... our dining table we made from timber off an old gate, it’s like art on legs.

Somewhere in between. Relaxed and homely, but with a minimalist slant. Lazy boy or bean bag?

Hat stand/rack... our house is a 100 year old villa, with a big ornate wooden archway in the hall, so that’s like a built-in sculpture.

What’s your favourite object at home?

Are you a hoarder or a chucker? I’m not a visible hoarder in the house, but I do struggle to let go of stuff... our garage houses a few boxes and objects I can’t quite part with yet. What’s your favourite room? Our open plan living/kitchen that is sunny all day, and opens to our back courtyard via four big French doors.

Ben Crawford

What’s your favourite object at home? A large, custom framed photo I took of Lake Wakatipu, just down in front of our family bach where we’ve spent many happy years as a family. It’s my connection to home here in Auckland.

Bean bag all the way. We have a double-size bean bag that has room for one plus our labrador... the only bit of human furniture he’s allowed on as a treat. Classic or contemporary art?

Wine rack or whisky cabinet? Wine rack. If you could change anything about the design or decoration of your home, what would it be and why?

No thanks.

Some more interesting pendant lights throughout are high on the list.  We’re also half way through painting the weatherboard exterior. I’d love to wake up one day and it’s magically finished... it’s definitely one of those jobs that seems endless right now.

Clutter or minimalism?

In the hall – sculpture or hat stand?

Minimalist clutter – you need a bit of personality still.

Hat stand/coat stand.

Contemporary. Rugs – Persian or contemporary? Contemporary. Telly in the bedroom?

Lazy Boy or bean bag? Bean bag. Classic or contemporary art? Contemporary.

Are you a hoarder or a chucker?

Rugs – Persian or contemporary?

I collect a little, then chuck


What’s your favourite room?

Telly in the bedroom?

Is the breakfast bar a room?


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Bath and beyond Bathtub caddy For those who love to soak away the strains of the day and have the time to actually run a bath, then soak in your own filth for an hour, this is for you. The bathtub caddy will suit all your bathing needs… well OK, most of your bathing needs. Ahem. Did I mention it has a wine glass holder? That’s probably the best thing about it, yes? Grab that book, light a candle and pop the wine bottle open. Oh and maybe stick out your pinkie finger when drinking from the wine glass… yeah, nah. RRP: $89.95 Available from:

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Trend setting By Ann-Marie Appleton

I thought this month I’d do a brief review of some of the most popular interior design styles that we are asked about. Many styles are borne out of previous styles in response to the changing tastes of people and have evolved into a distinct type of decorative style. Shabby chic

This is where furniture and furnishings have a distressed appearance, a vintage or antique look, yet rich in detail and soft all at the same time. Fabrics used to achieve this look tend to be cottons, linens, hemps in pastel/ pale colours – bleached and faded works too.

Vintage lace and floral prints are the building blocks of shabby chic. Slip covers on furniture makes this style relaxed and informal. Shabby chic certainly adds a feminine touch to the interior – if you want to toughen this look up, add industrial pieces of furniture. Wear and tear is visible and a key feature of ‘shabby’ is – don’t fight it! Accessorise with chandeliers, wooden candlesticks, faded patchworks, flea market finds. Other variations of shabby chic are cottage chic, beachy chic, French and Swedish chic.

Romans the main inspirations of the classic design. It incorporates straight lines, elegant symmetry, is based on balance, order and harmony, and uses no modern elements or fashion trends. Large focal points are fire, tables and staircase. It uses deep blues, browns, golds, greens and earthy tones on walls and furniture. Think Roman columns, busts and ornate mirrors. Less is more when it comes to accessories, so go for large key pieces which make a statement.

lines, subtle sophistication, high ceilings, bare walls and exposed structural elements. Neutrals and black and white are the main colours accented by bold and bright colour blocks. Upholstered furniture is covered in natural fibres and adds textural appeal. Smooth clean geometric shapes are essential to contemporary design. Furniture pieces are

simple and uncluttered, with exposed legs. Floors feature polished concrete, wood, tiles or commercial carpets. The interior showcases the space, rather than the items in a room. Ann-Marie Appleton is the director of interior design company Frobisher Interiors. She holds a diploma in interior design and is a member of DINZ. Visit

French Think soft whites, dove greys, lavenders, muddy pinks, soft greens, pottery vases brimming with fresh flowers that create a homey, cheerful and very welcoming interior style.

Retro Think 1950s, 1960s and 1970s; bold patterns and colours, and geometric repetitive prints. A fresh modern start engineered to leave World War II behind and get rid of everything old fashioned. Quite a whimsical look, yet sleek and colourful. Mix oranges and browns together, lemon yellow with turquoise, deep blue and rose red – just think bold! Circular and curvilinear forms are classic retro. Moulded plastic chairs, formica and vinyl were used a lot in the 50s, so if you use them in your room it will help with the overall retro style.



This originates from the European culture with the Greek and the

A modern, current style that is right here and right now! Think clean

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Talking walls Ever wanted to decorate your home using an accent which is temporary, can be changed easily when convenient for you and can be customised for a personal touch?

Wall decals are a quality, inexpensive accessory used to decorate your home. You’ll find a new edge to wall art with the evermore popular decals which is at the forefront of home design.

What are they? Forget pins, tape and blue-tack, wall decals are creative sticker transfers which come in a wide range of patterns, colours, shapes, sizes and textures, and are made from vinyl.

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Decals are easy to install, easy to remove, adjustable, reusable, long-lasting, lowmaintenance, won’t fade and come in a matt or gloss finish.

Unlike paint or wallpaper, wall decals will transform your home without the mess of getting yourself covered in paint or cocooned in wet wallpaper and can be removed or replaced whenever you feel like a change.

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Apply them to any flat, smooth and clean surface to give your wall space a visual lift and don’t worry if you change your mind about it later, they can be removed without leaving residue or causing damage to your decal or to your wall. Quick, simple, effective, it’s no wonder they’re becoming a favourite household accent.

Why use them? They can be as simple or as sophisticated as you like; cheerful or elegant, glamorous or old-fashioned, humorous or quirky. Decals are suitable for every room from bedroom to bathroom and occupy as little or as much wall space as you like. They are a welcome change to boring, plain walls which can make a room appear empty.

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For that little something different in your home, personalise by creating your own decal so your individuality can shine through; choose your own colours, fronts, sizes, design, including inspirational words or phrases.

How much do they cost? Wall decals are known for their affordability but the price varies from one to another; depending on your chosen size, material and design. No matter what your style or budget, you will find a decal which is quick to apply, stylish and will refresh your living space instantly. Say goodbye to redecoration problems, wall decals are the way forward. For decal designs, ideas and placement check out some of these websites:

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Inside design

Saucyz zspaces Ingrid Geldof of Ingrid Geldof Design in Christchurch offers her top tips on how to achieve a great kitchen design; stay cool and enjoy the process. Do

• Employ a reputable National Kitchen and Bathroom Association NZ (NKBA) kitchen or bathroom designer to avoid costly mistakes • If building, employ your kitchen designer at the same time as the architect to ensure the kitchen is not compromised and can integrate seamlessly with the architecture. If you are using a building company still insist on an independent kitchen designer if you are particular about your kitchen and want the best • If renovating, get your kitchen designer in first • Have an idea of what your budget might be, kitchens can range from $20K to $150K • Start a scrapbook with pictures of styles and details you would like to give to your designer • Have a look around the appliance stores, such as Kitchen Things, to get a good idea of the appliances you might wish to incorporate • Visit places like Home Idea’s Centre, Hafele, Blum , Artisan Stone, Mercer, Burns and Ferrall showrooms for ideas on materials and fittings • Establish what is important to you and grade their importance, such as function, appearance, adhering to budget, safety, using eco-friendly materials like those from Laminex and Prime Panels. Spend as much as you can stretch to; you will never regret what you spend, but you might regret what you don’t • Ensure that you understand the process, the timing and who is doing what, before you begin • Get excited and enjoy the process.

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Don’t• Don’t expect your builder to be a whizz in the kitchen;

by this I mean don’t expect them to be a kitchen design specialist. There may be talented builders out there who can also be a specialist kitchen designers, but it’s a little like getting your doctor to perform specialist surgery

• Don’t leave it too late to get your kitchen designer involved. Avoid having to compromise • Kitchens are expensive so don’t try to manage it yourself; you may find you have missed out on some critical new development which you will be annoyed about forever • Don’t skimp on the hardware; get the best possible drawer runners and hinges you can afford. Blum, Hettich and Hafele have lifetime warrantees • Don’t select colours or finishes which will date in a hurry unless you are prepared to replace them • Don’t put the dishwasher between the sink and the stove top, as this is where you will stand the most and others will want to put things in or take things out of the dishwasher. Same goes for the cutlery drawer • Don’t put the sink and the cooktop too close together; allow at least 700mm work space • Don’t use delicate products if you have a family - opt for robust • Don’t buy a cheap tap, less than $300 generally speaking, as they are used all the time and need to last the distance. Ensure they carry a warrantee • Don’t get stressed.

Inside design

Creating mood with lighting By Davina Richards

Lighting can be used in a massive variety of ways from decoration to opening up a room, or to draw attention to an object or living space to create a strong focal point. A well thought out lighting plan will help you to bring a room together by creating different moods and tones suitable for each room.

To open up a room consider directional lighting which allows the light to reflect off light coloured walls, objects and surfaces. It makes a room appear larger as well as creating depth and texture by contrasting shadow and light. In a bigger room you may want to break up lighting to take advantage of the space you have. Additionally, an easy way to change the atmosphere of a room is by opting for a dimmer switch.

It gives you complete control over your lighting, enabling you to switch from bright to low lighting and everything in between. Avoid using too many coloured lighting fixtures as this can overpower an environment and is unflattering to the ambience of your home and people’s colouring. Apply coloured lighting sparingly which is less intense and will enhance your space. By working out what mood you want to create, use lighting as a design tool to complement your space and create an overall scheme which works in your home.

Going bare with bulbs Stripped down to its simplest form is the light bulb; one of the world’s most useful and widely used inventions. But these days light bulbs come in a wide range of styles, designs, luminosity, sizes and colours. Contemporary, classic, traditional or industrial, whatever your desired style, you’ll find something that matches your taste. Tear drop bulbs, plumen bulbs, industrial

bulb pendants and suspension bulbs are just some of the many designs coming back into style. Whether you choose a modern cluster of suspended light bulbs or oversized single light bulbs placed separately over a long dining table will make a big impact on your space and draw in the eyes of anyone who walks in. One of the world’s simplest inventions modernised to make your room visually compelling.

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Looking deeper Vessel table lamp Attempting to look inside of a light bulb when it’s turned on (out of curiosity) is neither smart nor achievable, but when you look inside the Vessel lamp, the bulb illuminates and is visible to the naked eye inside the tinted glass. This blown lamp is mesmerising and will stand out like a sculpture in any minimalistic room. RRP: $880 Available from:

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Making wood work Oak Choosing the right type of wood for your floor can be overwhelming Pros: Has visible grain patterns. Holds its stain well. Long-lasting and resistant to dents when you consider the different and scratches due to its hardness. types of wood, their colour, Cons: Strong grain patterns are not for durability, up-keep and cost. everyone. Costly. Wooden floors can be a welcome characteristic to help you uplift your home, whether oak, pine, bamboo or maple is your fancy. But remember that each of them is not equal and you should consider which one will work best in your home.

Pine Pros: Heartwood of a pine tree is popular for its distinctive pin holes and knots. Resists dents and scratches. Has a natural and attractive red/ gold tone. Long lasting. Holds its stain well. Cons: It can be difficult to maintain its glory. Is relatively soft and will dent under heavy furniture.


Pros: Hard wearing. Light coloured. Subtle grain pattern. Long-lasting and dent and scratch resistant. Cons: Won’t absorb dark stains easily. Over time the colour tends to turn more yellow. More expensive.

Bamboo Pros: Is just as solid as oak. Sustainable and long lasting. Can be stained. Has a fibrous grain pattern. Cons: Scratches easily. Cheap.

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Ear it is BeoPlay A8 It’s not always necessary to buy a surround system to get a great sound. Bang & Olufsen can deliver great quality and performance with the B&O Play audio system which comes in black or white with aluminium details and matching power cord. And if you ever want to colour up, you can choose from a choice of coloured fabric speaker covers. RRP: $1,925 Available from:







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Reviving your By Davina Richards

outdoor oasis

With winter’s chill making way for summer’s greener hues, it’s now the perfect time to resurrect your once loved patio, readying it for an influx of good friends, family and food. So here are a few simple steps to return your patio to its former glory and into your perfect, private summer escape spot.

• Bring the inside out – like how every room inside your home has a personal touch, style your patio to match your outdoor space. This reinforces the seamless flow of your home and creates a sense of cosiness. Bring out potted plants, throws, cushions, candles, lanterns and rugs, and framed pictures to give your space an attractive lift and character

• Host an occasion without having to walk the length of one side of Hagley Park to get to the party by keeping tables and chairs in a space closer to where you are likely to serve food and drinks. An easy flow makes hosting simple and not an embarrassing story to tell later on • Make sure you have sufficient tables, chairs, benches and storage, to ensure everyone has a place and will make serving much easier • The outside area needs to be able to cater for different occasions. Incorporating elements such as lighting, plants and space for entertainment, will set the tone in whatever way you like. Think usability and being multi-functional at all times • Rain or shine Mother Nature can turn at any time, so it’s a good idea to prepare your outdoor space for the worst, as well as the

best of weather. Integrate a screen or roof for overhead protection and use waterproof covers to protect furniture which tackle the issue of mildew, dirt and fading. When the party’s over, bring furniture inside to a suitable clean and dry area to keep it looking newer for longer • Gardens which include concrete areas don’t have to be boring. Stone paving comes in different shapes, sizes and natural colours so don’t be afraid to play around. To break up concrete areas and add texture to your landscape why not add gravel • Soften areas by planting trees, plants and hedges, and use fences or walls to create privacy. Hang up lightweight fabrics as an alternative way of breaking up space; blocks of walls and fences can make spaces feel small, whereas fabrics create a feeling of openness whilst still separating areas. B&R | 33


Grow your own By Melinda Collins

Your garden is likely a shadow of its summer self as spring and its accompanying weather slowly but surely creeps in. While there might still be some brassica family greens toiling through the cooler months, the abundance of the warmer months is nothing more than a leafy green memory at this time of year.

But this quiet period in your garden’s yearly cycle does not mean you can absolve yourself of all garden duties. On the contrary, spring is time to get diggin’ and get dirty!

Soil prep Much like priming a wall before you paint, the prep work you put

into your vegetable garden will determine its success. Clear out plant matter and debris before filling with nutrientrich soil.

Make the bed Soil should be workable; moist but not muddy and a handful of soil formed into a ball should break apart when dropped from chest level. Use a spade or fork to dig the soil to a depth of about 30cm, incorporating an 8-10cm layer of compost or rotted manure. Make sure you rake the soil until level because loose, well-aerated soil allows water and oxygen to reach the plants’ roots quickly. Some Cantabrian areas have poor soil; clay-like, or the opposite, sand-like. If this is the case, consider building raised beds.

Raised beds for poor soil

Compost also helps make soil more absorbent, reducing the need for watering.

An excellent idea for growing vegetables on sites with difficult soils, a raised bed is easy to construct and low maintenance. They encourage good drainage and air circulation and warm quickly in spring.

Better yet, it’s easy, inexpensive, and a great way to add nutrients back into the garden.

Measurement matters

If you decide to stain the timber, use water based stains as you want to keep chemicals away from the vegetables. Another great tip is to place newspaper down before you fill the raised beds with soil as this will prevent most weeds from coming up into your new garden.

Get composting Many things we traditionally dispose of – vegetable peels, banana skins and grass clippings – can provide a great source of fertiliser and conditioner for the contents of your vege garden.

Most seed packets and plant labels provide basic information on growing. It can be tempting to set plants too close together, which can limit the amount of sun, nutrients and water that each plant receives, and the requirements will vary depending on what you’re planting. Measure the distance between your thumb and little finger, as this can be a useful measure for spacing seedlings. Alternatively, you can mark the handle of a rake every five centimetres with a permanent marker.

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Remember if you need some advice, visit your local garden centre and ask the experts; they are always happy to help.

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Creating space

Controlling clutter By Davina Richards

Some people say a home and everything inside can speak volumes about the person living in it. In the modern world we live in it’s simply become too easy to accumulate clutter around the home and even easier to not do anything about it. In Feng Shui, clutter blocks positive energy and breeds stagnant energy.

Being clutter-free can be a constant battle for many. We’d much rather be lounging around on the sofa after a long day’s work than having to deal with the overwhelming mess in your home. Whether it’s piles of magazines and junk mail overflowing the drawers, objects you trip over on a daily basis, or stuff hiding in the closet, clutter can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining. It can be especially difficult for families who find their beautifully designed home has become every parent’s nightmare and every child’s Disneyland. A home is a place where you can relax, be comfortable, invite guests around and surround yourself with things you love, whether it’s art which inspires, photographs which motivate, or the colour of your walls to help you unwind. Here are a few tips to help you refresh your space and your mind.

Think about the purpose of each room For example, a formal dining room is where you invite guests over and enjoy a meal or drink. If you can’t remember the last time you entertained and there’s a layer of dust appearing on the surface, don’t feel obliged to keep the table.

think about whether you need the items and if you’ll use them. Avoid buying unnecessarily. By keeping things out of your home in the first place you’ll never find your home flooded with clutter.

Make space Make room for every item, whether it’s a drawer to place mail, a shelf for keys, or a box for toys. Try to get into the routine of spending five to 10 minutes each day dedicated to clearing things away. When you get into the habit you’ll find that the clutter clears up all by itself.

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Avoid buying unnecessarily. By keeping things out of your home in the first place you’ll never find your home flooded with clutter.

Discard One lesson which is hard to sustain is learning how to get rid of clutter. Throw out old newspapers and magazines, sell or give away pieces of unused furniture, kids’ clothes and toys. Anything previously used and loved, learn to let them go. Breathe fresh air into your home by getting rid of the old.

Start small Learning to de-clutter your home isn’t an easy process and takes time. Begin with smaller areas of your environment and work towards bigger areas over time. Small changes make a big impact and you’ll soon find the motivation to tackle more difficult areas around your home.

Suggested reading

Think before you buy

‘Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are’ by Stephanie Bennett Vogt.

Instead of being coaxed by midseason sale signs and filling up your basket until it pours over,

‘Throw Out Fifty Things: Let Go Of Your Clutter and Grab Hold Of Your Life’ by Gail Blanke. B&R | 35

Creating space

Out of sight By Davina Richards

As our personal possessions and other household items build up over time, we can easily find ourselves outgrowing storage space.

It doesn’t matter if you live in a small house or a big house; extra storage is never a bad thing. If you’re building a home, it makes sense to try to incorporate extra storage into your design plan. For those of you who have to utilise the space you already have, try not to overlook small spaces. ‘Dead’ corners can be transformed into something practical for everyday use. Banish clutter with these smart storage solutions: Stairs – ever thought of storing items in the stair risers? Or place drawers inside the steps so you can pull them out when you need something? It’s a great way to hide items and adds visual interest to your home.

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Ceilings – overhead storage is not always the most obvious place you would look to store items, but it’s surprisingly suitable. Narrow


hallways are ideal and if you don’t mind a bit of DIY, attach shelving onto the ceiling to make the most out of your ceiling space. Floorboards – if you’re not looking up, look down. Find storage under the floorboards where you can store everything from precious possessions to jewellery and clothes. Furniture – ottomans, window seats with a lid, sofas with drawers in the bottom, beds with inbuilt storage and trunks. These furniture pieces not only work as storage, but it adds character. Closets – build rows of shelves inside the closet and additionally, add rows of hooks to hold handbags or jewellery on the inside of the door. Hang an over-the-door rack or hook to keep things organised and out of sight. Walls – fringe your hallway with shelves or cabinets, particularly if you have a wide hallway. For something creative, add character with a wall decal. Remember: look up, look down, look inside and look behind for unused storage solutions around your home.

Creating your dream After hearing all the tales of people having to accept a modular wardrobe from overseas… there is an answer. Canterbury owned and operated Innovative Interiors is passionate about designing a storage solution that you want. Owners Quentin and Raewyn Evans take the time to get to know each client’s wish list, identify exactly what you would need and then design the solution accordingly.

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provide a free consultation in your own home to maximise your solution, or if you wish, you can visit the home idea centre in Mandeville St to have a look at some examples.

Innovative Interiors is part of a national group, but your design is manufactured in Christchurch and assembled by the cabinet makers themselves. So if you are looking for something special, it’s not a With years of experience Quentin dream - it can be a reality when and Raewyn not only match client’s you contact Innovative Interiors. requirements but complement Innovate Interiors existing décor and enhance the T (03) 338 2401 overall living space. E christchurch@innovativeBecause Innovate Interiors designs are not prebuilt, Raewyn will The result is you end up with a solution designed specifically for you and because of this, a solution that works perfectly for you.

House of the year

Canterbury’s house of the year By Melinda Collins

A new build in Merivale has been named this year’s top Canterbury property, winning supreme awards in the Canterbury Region Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2013 House of the Year. Design Construction took out the supreme award with its build of a home in the New Homes $600,000 - $1 million category. The home also took out the PlaceMakers Bathroom Excellence Award and the Craftsmanship Award. Design Construction’s build impressed the competition judges who say the large, family home has been meticulously crafted by the builder, with a huge degree of difficulty given the narrow site on which the house was built. “Rich timber floors lead from the entrance way to the informal

living space, while a formal lounge opens off to the main living area featuring a fireplace and rich colouring, creating a cosy adult space. The home also features a media space perfect for the kids, and three outdoor living spaces to make the most of the sun at various times of the day. “All three bathrooms have been beautifully appointed, with natural stone and European fittings, while the kitchen is stunning and sleek.” Contact Phil Benton Builders on 027 436 2967 or:

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Kids’ world

Growing pains

Bouncing babies quickly turn into waddling toddlers and then hormonal teenagers, whose tastes come and go much like their favourite pop act. So it’s important to decorate their room to match the turning times.

By Davina Richards

Time flies, so by thinking ahead you’ll save yourself from having to redecorate every couple of years, which can be expensive and time consuming. Here are some top tips to make sure your design will last beyond the years to come.

Back to basics A theme in a bedroom can look fabulous, but try not to over do it. It’s easy to get carried away with fancy wallpaper, lighting fixtures and decorations, but children grow up fast and that SpongeBob SquarePants wallpaper won’t be ageappropriate in a couple of years. Remember that most kids don’t really care or appreciate designer 38 | B&R

brands, so keep it simple. You can still be create a sense of style by using different designs, patterns, textures and colour, without the brand names and going over budget.

Space Consider giving your child the biggest bedroom in the house - if it’s possible to do so. Although a baby doesn’t use much space, as they get older the room will be filled with more and more items. A good way of keeping the rest of your home free from chaos is by keeping everything in their room.

Furniture Choose quality furniture which comes in neutral tones, such as wood, or white, which is suitable

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Remember that most kids don’t really care or appreciate designer brands, so keep it simple.

for any theme and for a child at any age. Opt for a standard classic style, sturdy bed, which will be big enough and long enough for when little legs grow. Larger storage units are best, as their collection of clothes, toys, magazines, and bits and bobs

mount up. Consider storage options, such as ottomans and benches with lids, to provide attractive hidden storage.

Blackout You’ll appreciate a blackout blind in your children’s room when your child comes running into your bed at the crack of dawn. Children need their sleep as much as you do. Install a blackout blind and include a dimmer switch which will provide suitable lighting whenever they need it. A blackout blind will block out daylight as well as being functional when children reach their teens. For more great ideas visit the ‘kids’ room’ section at

Kids’ world

Accessorise Neutral tones may seem uninspiring and dull, but you can inject some colour by using accessories, such as throws, lamps, cushions, duvet sets and wall decals.

Wall to wall

Accessories are a great inexpensive solution which will enhance a room and can be changed whenever it needs to be.

You might cringe at the thought of your daughter pinning posters of Justin Bieber onto the walls you painted with love, but as children grow, so do their tastes.

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Instead of using bold bright colours, choose neutral colours for the walls and accessorise with colour to brighten the room. Not only will a lighter shade of colour as the main backdrop of the room last until adulthood, it will make a room appear larger and help to promote sleep.

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Kids’ world


Ray of light

Birds little light

Small sensations By Davina Richards

There’s something tantalising about how light illuminates a room. This stunning wooden night light will capture young eyes with its cute little design. Transform a room and set the mood for a bedtime story.


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Talking walls

Thought bubble wall decal Kids can think out loud with this decorative blackboard wall sticker. Easy to apply and ready to remove whenever you need to. Write inspirational words or phrases, play noughts and crosses, practice some maths equations, or let your child draw to his or her heart’s desire. 2

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Swaddle blankie Bambinos need protection from sunlight and that winter chill, so keep tiny toes and fingers warm in this soft, cuddly blanket. It’s light enough to carry around and is made of 100 percent cotton, plus the geometric triangle shape design is spot on the trend right now. You won’t ever want to leave this blankie at home. RRP: $40 Available from: 4

Teepee time

Blue stripe teepee Teepees are popular in the play room – get one now before they run out of stock! Made from 100 percent cotton fabric, it has velcro fasteners and a bell at the top of the door opening. Fun, funky and functional - call the kids… playtime is here! RRP: $149 Available from:

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Kids’ world

Decorating with safety in mind A bedroom is not just for sleeping in; mini-mes love to jump around, run, climb, pull, go under and hide. A bedroom can be a hazardous place for little ones, so safety is crucial.

Decorating a kid’s room? Keep young children safe by following this checklist: • Little fingers are curious – make sure heat sources, such as radiators and electrical outlets are covered

• Take measures when it comes to bedroom furniture; avoid sharp edges and make sure all furniture is secure and stable. Rugs should be non-slip, or secured by placing slip-proof pads under them

• Avoid hanging heavy pictures, or mirrors, above the bed

• Secure any exposed wires, cables, or dangling cords, which could be pulled or tripped over

• Avoid positioning the bed directly against a radiator, underneath a window, or where shelving, appliances, or ledges are fixed above

• Attach child-proof latches, or guards, to drawers and windows

• Avoid breakable and heavy items on tables and shelves

• Lock everything that your child should not have access to, including drawers, doors and cabinets

• Don’t place children’s toys on high shelves which could encourage them to climb • Make sure small pieces of furniture and toys, such as draw knobs, cannot be pulled, and the pieces are too large to be swallowed • Store toys away in an easily accessible place • Choose curtains which cannot be pulled down. For more information, visit:,, or

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A natural touch Natural elements and tones are some of the most soothing around. They can soothe the spirit and cast away negative energy, so why not apply this to the place you call home? Stones and pebbles are a natural material which come in various sizes and colours and can be used to connect the outdoors with the indoors, adding a decorative statement to any home. They add an element of nature, beauty and warmth to your home, as well as being easy to maintain, affordable and durable.

You can use them in bathrooms to create a feature; a pebble floor or wall is a popular option with many pattern choices to choose from. Used on the floor they can outline the shape of a bath to reinforce the main feature of your bathroom

and use creative lighting fixtures where you want specific areas to stand out the most.

Pebbles look stunning underneath glass – a dining table with a flat stone top with a panel of glass over it creates an interesting detail to your kitchen. You could also do the same with small side tables, shelves, ledges, seating areas and many other places. If you fancy getting a bit hands-on and crafty, try making a pebble coaster, or rest a candle in the middle of a glass jar, use sand in the bottom and enclose the candle with pebbles. You can even

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use them to cover the soil of your potted plants.

tones will create a harmony you deserve day after day.

By letting nature into your home you are using natural colours and textures to give that essence of living in a Zen garden. The earthy

So however you intend to use stones and pebbles, you’ll pull off the rustic meets modern look in a sophisticated way.

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Enspire product is made from the world’s finest bamboo species Moso. Growth time from planting to harvest is 5-6 years. Moso bamboo is a bamboo species that is not a food source for the endangered Panda.

• A stunning solid wood flooring décor that is beautifully enhanced by natural light • A durable & cost effective pre-finished flooring that is tough and amazingly easy to maintain • Created from an environmentally friendly renewable source.

Enspire bamboo floors are created using a strand woven process compressing the Moso Bamboo fibre into a very dense lumber from which the highest quality boards are selected, and machined. Boards are a generous 135mm wide and a solid 14mm thick, and 1830mm long. The machine edged Uniclic locking system ensures a positive solid feel underfoot. Factory finished with a long life UV cured water based urethane, Enspire bamboo flooring is tough and provides consistent appearance in both the grain and the colour. Boards are able to be sanded and refinished if required over time. Enspire Bamboo can be used throughout the home including stairs but is not suitable for use in wet areas. Enspire Bamboo can either be installed by a professional floor layer or you can “Do it yourself”. Unlike any other floating floors the unique Univlic interlocking system coupled with the thicker, heavier boards provides superior support across the entire floor area giving the feel of a solid timber floor. For more product information go online at:

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Tile time Tiles look great on furniture pieces such as bowls and vases, but they also suit an array of interiors, from kitchen splashbacks, bathroom walls and floors, feature walls in a living area, as well as exterior decoration. For a different way to decorate, you can find tiles which emulate wallpaper and come in varying textures, shapes, patterns and reflective prints to add volume to your home.

Transform your space, which is unique to you, with a range of different materials such as ceramic, glass, metal, stone, classic marble, granite, slate and more. You can turn your space into a holiday-like mode with Moroccan tiles with historical charm, retro style with geometric designs, make a statement with monochrome black and white

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tiles, add a touch of glamour with printed tiles, or go for a clinical look with simple white tiles. There’s a fabulous range of mosaic, contemporary patchwork and modern designer tiles with an aesthetic appeal. From small mosaics to large rectangles, you can create a striking look which adds value and individuality. Some people may think that smaller bathrooms aren’t worth decorating due to their size, but mosaics or medium sized tiles in a white or pale colour with a reflective finish will create the illusion of space.

Advantages: • Varying sizes and shades • Durable • Don’t fade • Ideal for outdoor/ indoor use • Low maintenance • Easy to clean • Fireproof • Waterproof • Non alergenic product.

Disadvantages: • Possible colour variations in batches • Cold to walk on • Can be costly • May be slippery when wet. Stillness-white with Panache, Courtesy of

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Building a lasting legacy in Christchurch By Duncan Gibb

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team, or SCIRT, aims to leave a lasting legacy for Christchurch. The aim is create resilient infrastructure that gives people security and confidence in the future of Christchurch. We know that replacing huge wastewater pipes, buried metres under the road, will disrupt people’s lives and affect traffic, which is why we have to keep people forewarned and get the work done as efficiently as possible. We are working closely with the other organisations involved; telecommunications companies, Orion, developers, retailers, the Christchurch City Council and NZTA, to work efficiently and safely.

Central city snapshot

In recent months our work has expanded within the four avenues. SCIRT was unable to start its work in the central city while CERA was managing some major building demolitions, before the cordons could be safely reduced.

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This new area of work brings some fresh challenges. We want people to continue to come to the central city and support the retailers, so we need everyone to make an extra effort because it will be busy. Up to 40 SCIRT work crews will be in the central city at any one time during the next three years (compared to around 18 crews in September and a dozen mid 2013). Work intensity in the central city will increase from October onwards.

SCIRT projects in the pipeline: • 57 projects totalling $266 million dollars being estimated • 165 projects totalling $695.5 million being designed • $1.6 billion is the total value of work within the SCIRT rebuild programme. For more information call SCIRT on (03) 941 8999 or email Duncan Gibb has been SCIRT’s general manager since it began in May 2011. Previously he was general manager of Fulton Hogan’s Queensland business and has extensive construction experience with companies like Thiess and several joint ventures not dissimilar to SCIRT.

At Futurewood we are dedicated to providing you with stylish, quality and value added alternatives to traditional timber products. Our decking and fencing products provide improved performance in most building applications and help to reduce our dependence on precious timber species. They look like wood but offer a range of additional features making them great value for money.

Futurewood products are available across New Zealand. Please call +64 0800 88 88 42 for your nearest outlet or visit our website for further information and request a sample pack


The next generation in decking Composite decking or ‘plastic wood’ offers you a timber free option that’s virtually maintenance free, leaving you comfortable in the knowledge that you have made an economically sound decision that won’t hurt the environment. One of the best examples is Futurewood Decking - composite decking designed to allow you the choice of an environmentally friendly and low maintenance deck all in one. “Here at Futurewood we carry a contemporary range of colours, including the option of using a wood grained profile on one side or a plain finish on the other. With Futurewood you can be comfortable in the knowledge that you have made an economic and environmentally sound decision,” the company says. “Delivering a sustainable alternative to traditional timber decking, Futurewood is a recycled

material that enables us to offer a 15 year warranty against splitting, splintering and colour fastness which you would never get using a timber product. “We use a hidden fixing system, so no problems with nails and screws catching on your feet. “With healthy homes currently a big focus for property owners, you can be assured that Futurewood fits the profile of a conscious participant of sustainable awareness.”

Futurewood composite decking

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The simple way to have a smart home Simply put, econnecx™ provides you with realtime remote access and scheduling of electrical fittings and appliances via the internet. Whether you are wishing to control your heat pump from the office, check the alarm from your phone, turn on the lights, open the garage door or manage the hot water in your holiday home, econnecx™ provides the flexibility to match your lifestyle. If you are building from scratch or retro-fitting, econnecx™ is easy to use and install. It is an affordable and effective way to enjoy complete online management of your home, office, bach, giving you complete control over your power usage. The more you

schedule and control the more you save. Basically, a small econnecx™ management unit is installed by a qualified electrician beside your new or existing switchboard, and connected to your appliance network. Then you, as the econnecx™ customer, registers online for an annual management subscription which unlocks a full user-friendly web interface. This gives you complete and secure access to manage the electrical network of your home or office via your computer or phone, for either real time changes or smart scheduling. How much will it cost? The cost is dependent on how much you wish to control, we estimate anywhere between $1,800 to $3,000 including GST, fully installed. B&R | 47

Local faces

A walk in the park Following the success of her first album Here I Am which shot to number five on the New Zealand charts in 2011, Christchurch singer Janice Bateman is back with her new album Reason to Believe. Janice discovered her talent when she was 10 years old and has no shortage of experience in theatre, TV and concerts. She was able to fulfil her dream and record her debut album, which was nothing short of a walk in the park – literally. A kind hearted stranger offered to help Janice share her voice when she was walking through a Christchurch park with her twin teenage daughters and the rest, as they say, is history. Recorded in Manuka Studios with Mike McCarthy, Reason to Believe is filled with inspirational, enjoyable and easy listening songs, including collaboration with singer,

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songwriter and priest of pop, Father Chris Skinner. Due for release on November 1st, Reason to Believe will be available at The Warehouse stores nationwide. Janice is also the sales manager for Build and Renovate Today magazine with Academy Publishing Group – she’s one of our own, but she can be yours too: we have five copies of the new album to giveaway! Have a listen and ‘like’ their page at janicebatemanchrisskinner

Hot spots

Eat here,

go there

By Melinda Collins

As Christchurch’s recovery and reinvention continues, the city’s new shape is one of constant change. This is abundantly clear in the entertainment sector as a new barrage of faces and places continue to pop up.

Lone Star Manchester Street This classic has more history than Aunt Edna’s Mardis Gras story. The Lone Star has celebrated its quarter century with a return to where it all started on September 13, 1988. And it’s just getting bigger and better, quite literally. A third larger than the original, Lone Star Manchester has retained its traditional cowboy themed interior, art, memorabilia and the Indian which stood guard at the door. Even infamous ‘Niggles the Crusaders’ pig’ is back. 26 Manchester Street, Christchurch city, visit:

Cookai Japanese Restaurant Hearts could be heard breaking city wide when Cookai suffered one of those quake enforced absences which we have become all too familiar with in our little corner of Te Waipounamu.

RayK’s Café Nestled comfortably in a cosy little spot off Sawyers Arms Road hasn’t impeded RayK’s outstanding success, nor has its infancy. The café has loyal customers flocking from across the city for its delicious diner foods, just six months after its opening. With a Big Brekky and the famous RayK’s cheeseburger favourites on the menu, RayK’s Café is the classic American diner without the false nails and southern drawl. 102 Sawyers Arms Road, Northcote, visit :

But the Japanese restaurant is bringing brilliant back to the Christchurch dining scene. Now located in Riccarton on Nelson Street, the restaurant is larger and offers a welcoming bar area. 6 Nelson Street, Riccarton, phone (03) 343 2860

Café Cito It’s the diamond in the industrial rough but, despite being hidden away in Sydenham’s industrial area one block from Colombo Street, Café Cito is charming the socks of an already bustling loyal clientele. While it translates roughly to ‘little coffee’ in Spanish, Café Cito makes up for its size in fresh food and flavour. 24 Buchan St, Sydenham, visit:

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