First European owner Andy Burchall built his first motorcycle when he was 15 years old, using a box of old parts he bought.
“Mum and dad were pretty convinced I would never get it going, but I put it together and it worked,” he says. “And then I used to sneak out to ride it.” Motorcycling is in his blood. “It’s addictive – it’s like a disease that you either have or you don’t – and if you’ve got it, you can’t get rid of it.”
With 25 years in the motor trade, Andy is an engineer by profession. His passion for the industry is reflected in First European, which he took over five years ago with his wife, Teresa. Transforming it into a centric hub for motorcycle enthusiasts, they added Throttlestop Coffee Club upstairs to create a social space for customers, offering fresh barista-made coffees, food and comfortable seating.
“We wanted to provide more of a community atmosphere, rather than just a bike shop – have a coffee and chat while your bike is being serviced. Many of our regulars have made friends here and we also often provide a range of events for our customers, including ‘shop rides’ every third Saturday of the month.” The expert team are the official sales and servicing agents for Royal Enfield, MV Agusta, Benelli, and SWM motorcycles. From customised, retro and classic bikes, to used bikes, scooters and superbikes, First European also offers a wide range of clothing and accessories.
The second half of the year is ramping up and it’s the time of the year where we start to appreciate our exterior spaces so much more. Creating the perfect area outside can make this experience all the more palatable.
In the spirit of spring’s new beginnings, we have put together a 2018 to-do list of areas the professionals can help ensure you have a great 2019. First up when embarking on your landscaping journey, consider what you want from your space. This might be an area for entertaining where you can host BBQs and outdoor dinner parties, a space for the kids to play, a spot you can relax in over the weekend, or if your garden is on the micro side of size, it might simply be about maximising the space available.
Engage a quality landscaping company to get the gardens looking tip top and you may find there’s less maintenance and upkeep when things are done right the first time. Make a plan and create a budget to get there. Engage your landscaping experts early, as they will know what is achievable and be able to assist with the planning stage.
Consider what you want from your space
A new deck is an easy and affordable way to extend your living spaces that will last for years. Likewise, paving too is a quick and easy way to dress up a tired space. Whether you want to create a special focal point, extend your living space or even just add a small pathway, you can get creative with the shape, size and pattern.
For the best advice in home décor, look no further than Michelle Laming of Ellen Estate Interior Design.
Whether a new build, a renovation, a one room makeover, or a complete house overhaul, Michelle offers not only her extensive consultancy expertise, but also provides clients the opportunity to explore the finest European housewares from her showroom at 107 Abberley Crescent (beside Luxe Hairdressers).
In the last 25 years, Michelle has travelled frequently to prestigious décor fairs Maison & Objet, in Paris, and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan. Because of this, clients can be assured everything in their home, from cutlery, dinnerware, dining and living room ware, through to bedroom and bathroom ware, is the epitome of à la mode.
Register at the showroom to go into the draw to win a Portugal Linen Sheet and Pillowcase Set worth more than $700.
For one hundred years plus, Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph Street, has transformed our art through its exquisite framing and has supported emerging and established artists through exhibitions in its contemporary gallery.
Owners Tracey and Philip Wynands are proud to present exhibition Kiss Gustav by New York photographic artist Lisa Powers. Inspired by Gustav Klimt, Lisa’s style is described as “enigmatic with a slightly surreal narrative”. Co-exhibiting with Lisa is artist Wilhelmus Ruifrok; his exhibition, Inline Form, deals with abstract realities. The exhibition finishes Saturday October 13, but some Powers and Ruifrok works will still be exhibited after this date.
Other artists regularly represented are: Andris Apse, Philip Beadle, John Burns, Keith Morant, Kees Bruin, sculptor Anneke Bester, and charcoal artist Mehrdad Tahan, to name a few. “We showcase contemporary artists of all genres,” Tracey says. “It’s a rich mix of over 100 magnificent works!”
It’s the divisive hue of the colour wheel; in nature, when paired with black, yellow means danger; in Japan it represents courage; in Russia, a psychiatric hospital is known as a ‘yellow house’; it is also the colour of sunshine, happiness and sunflowers.
Yet it seems this happy hue has knocked millennial pink of its popularity perch and this bright and punchy new player is vying for power. Gen Z Yellow is the latest buzz word in home décor circles. While yellow can be a polarising colour to wear, anything on the spectrum from lemon to mustard—which is where Gen Z Yellow lies—tends to be pretty easy to work with when it comes to design. After all, you don’t have immovable facets such as complexions to work with when it comes to our living spaces.
As such, it’s now embraced as energetic but equally relaxing; an ally to homes that want to generate an authentic aura of warmth. Tread carefully, for risk of it dominating and overwhelming the space. Start with the accents – curtains, lighting, cushions, throws and even rugs are great places to start. Say hello to yellow, the hottest colour of the summer, by welcoming a splash of sunshine into your home.
Few design trends are as useful as they are beautiful, but seats are increasingly blurring the lines between form and function, with our living spaces reaping the beautiful rewards.
With their purposeful role in our homes, they are in the prime position to make a design statement. So whether you’re in store for a comfy couch or some bentwood beauties, we’ve got the low-down on the sweetest seats around. Although a lifelong member of the practicality party, dining chairs are getting a cool 2019 makeover. We’re increasingly seeing more creativity injected into their design, like the beautiful Venus Chairs by Pillow Talk, pictured. When it comes to couches, it seems bigger is better, with plump silhouettes and over-sized chaise sectionals all the rage right now, which is a plus when it comes to comfort.
Curvy, rounded edges are having a serious moment in 2018. Traditional ’70s colours such as mustard, sage and deep jewel tones lend a healthy dose of vintage flair, or keep your finger on the contemporary pulse with of-the-moment shades like cobalt blue or millennial pink. Luxe materials such as velvet are making their luxurious mark. If it’s the mid-century aesthetic you’re after, fear not – this art deco-inspired trend isn’t going anywhere soon. This look is all about opulence and glamour, so look for tuxedo or cabriole-style sofas.
Its modern incarnation incorporates many of the same design motifs as when it first hit the style scene in the 20s. Expect glossy blacks, shiny chrome, deep, tonal hues of purples and reds, bold geometric shapes, funky animal skins and ornate detailing.
There are few architectural details that can give a home a sense of mystery and wonder like a secret door leading to a hidden room.
If you’ve ever wanted a private hideaway, extra secure storage for valuables, or an almost magical escape to another world, a hidden room is sure to amaze and inspire. One local Christchurch builder renovating his home had just such a whim for a hidden room – actually a hidden office/workroom. The most common mechanism for accessing a hidden room is via a bookcase that conceals a secret door. That’s where Murray Hewitt Joinery came into the story.
“The client supplied us with a whole lot of recycled rimu and asked us to turn a picture of a bookcase cum door from the Internet into practical reality,” Murray Hewitt says. “Creative engineering certainly came into play as we scratched our heads about how to create the required pivot in the bookcase so it would open as a door, but when shut would look like a single unit. It was a fascinating challenge – something different and out of the ordinary.”
The team at Murray Hewitt Joinery really enjoys the ‘out of the ordinary’. “They had fun working out the complex design then cleaning up any defects in the recycled timber, laminating it and adding details such as architraves to the bookcase itself to fit in with the style of the home. We definitely can turn our hands to anything and everything.”
Dream Doors Christchurch can transform the hub of your home, providing a new look without the new kitchen price.
Owner Adrian Kay leads a dedicated team of four skilled tradesmen, specialising in kitchen renovation/remodelling. “Our kitchen facelifts are what sets us apart,” he says. “We retain the bones of the kitchen and replace the doors, drawer fronts and benchtops for a completely new look.”
The service will not only breathe new life into your kitchen and provide a stunning result with the perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality, but it also saves homeowners thousands of dollars. Using locally sourced materials, it’s also a more eco-friendly option, with as much of the existing kitchen re-used as possible. Adrian established Dream Doors Christchurch six years ago. “I wanted to get involved in the rebuild, to help people get back on their feet and this was a small way to give back.”
The business offers a complete package and a bespoke service, guiding the customer through each stage of the process, from design to installation. Everything is taken care of – from arranging the electrician and plumber, to splashbacks and appliances.
A free upgrade to the latest melamine door technology – laser edging – is currently available, so now is a good time to create your dream kitchen. “Laser edging gives a much cleaner, crisper look. We have a full range of door styles and patterns, and benchtops for any budget and look you’re trying to achieve.”
Metropol caught up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors to get a sneak peek at the latest trends to hit the home.
What trends do you see emerging this spring?
Whether you are intending on a moody dark room or a fresh white palette, all our fabric companies around the world are suggesting more colour. We have pineapples, flowers and large prints coming through, for outside and inside use. We need more people in Christchurch that want to be different and go for an individual look that suits them.
What is your favourite thing to include in your designs right now?
Steel and timber combined in pieces of furniture. We tend to be moving away from built units and cabinetry. Freestanding pieces of bespoke furniture or individually purchased pieces are making a comeback. There are some beautiful pieces available for the look you want. Open and boxed shelving for indoor plants to sit on seem to be popular this spring.
What advice would you give to someone looking to renovate or build?
Engage a designer to help with the large decisions at an early stage. Spending a little bit of money for some good design advice can save you a lot of time, money and mistakes later on. Set a budget and stick to it. Someone who knows what they are doing can help you achieve the look you want by comprising what I call ‘highs and lows’. This means higher priced items and low priced can sit in the same room side by side to achieve the look you want.
What makes a successful interior for you?
When I walk into a room and feel inspired, it is due to the combination of colour, layout, accessories and fabrics used. This can be achieved through colours sitting well together, new products on the market and seeing the enjoyment on my clients’ faces when they see and feel what they are getting. From design choices made early on to the beautiful and homely final touches.
What are you currently inspired by?
I love many different interior design looks, renovated villas, to very modern, minimalist new builds. At present I am working on a range of jobs from a heavy industrial-feel project with elegance in Auckland, to a modern rustic project in Queenstown. I am inspired when I get immersed into each job and creating beautiful interiors.
Oderings Landscaping helps you ensure that the grass is always greener on your side of the fence.
The company specialises in all aspects of lawn installation and lawn care. Whether it’s a new lawn, or bringing an existing lawn back to life, the team has the knowledge and skills to give you a lush lawn that your neighbours will envy. What is the function of your lawn? Is it a show piece or to play backyard cricket with the kids? Will there be pets using the area? A consultation with the landscaping team covers these considerations and the surrounding environment to give you a successful purpose-built lawn.
“We are often asked what our secret for a successful lawn is, and our reply is always the same,” Landscape Manager Jeremy Odering says.
“Success lies in the preparation, do it right the first time and your time and effort will be rewarded with a healthy lawn that looks amazing for years to come.” By using the highest quality methods and materials, Oderings Landscaping takes the time to do it right, ensuring there is a good depth of quality topsoil and that the surface is perfectly level before the installation. Depending on your needs they offer the options of instant lawn, hydroseeding and hand-sown seed.
Don’t forget the irrigation! Take the hassle out of keeping your lawn hydrated through the summer months by installing an irrigation system. Depending on your needs and budget, this can range from simple pop ups through to a fully automated system.
To keep your lawn looking lush in the years to come, it’s important to keep a regular routine of maintenance and care. With its dedicated maintenance service, Oderings Landscaping can care for your lawn all-year-round. Services available include scarifying, dethatching, feeding, weed control and more.
For all your lawn needs get in touch today to organise your free measure and quote.