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Allfrey + South Architects

Let’s talk Architecture: Allfrey + South Architects


Architects Cymon Allfrey and Craig South announce a new brand, along with an exciting new group to draw people together with a shared passion for architecture.

 

Allfrey + South Architects

 

It is energising to have started the year with a fresh new brand, Allfrey + South Architects and to reflect on what that represents. The name change captures the strong partnership within our practice and gives a renewed sense of purpose for the New Year.
While the name is different, we have the same team of creative people on board who love everything about architecture.

We share a culture of collaboration and a desire to achieve extraordinary results. Wrapped up in our name too, is a sense of social responsibility that means we endeavour to create buildings that are completely in sync with their location and community. Above all, we recognise how privileged we are to be invited into our clients’ lives, to turn their dreams into architectural reality.

In truth, we are all totally passionate about architecture and love talking about it whenever we can and to whoever will listen. Wherever we go, we tend to explore and immerse ourselves in architecture and may easily get distracted by the curve of a wall or a choice of cladding. It’s an occupational hazard!

 

Allfrey + South Architects

We can’t help but bombard each other and our friends and family with architectural conversation, but last year we had one of those light bulb moments when we realised other people might also be genuinely interested in what we have to say. That moment arose from an open studio session where we met a lovely couple familiar with our work. They wanted to delve deeper into our design theories and hear about our current projects. Their level of curiosity really impressed us.

It got us thinking that there must be other people in and around Christchurch who would love to discuss architecture and would like to get involved with a group that could make that happen.

 

Architect Craig South
Craig South
Cymon Allfrey
Cymon Allfrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Armstrong Interiors

The perfect position: Armstrong Interiors


Multi award-winning interior design firm Armstrong Interiors has moved into Merivale where you can now find the company’s sassy new work room at 27 Papanui Road.

 

Armstrong Interiors

 

Armstrong Interiors prides itself on offering the latest interior trends and the new office is full of gorgeous samples for you to see and touch, immersing yourself in the creativity of interior design.  The team can help you with all your design requirements, whether it’s for a renovation, or a new build and can fully accommodate you on job size and budget, ensuring you get personalised service and attention to detail.

Working together with your architect, adding value to your home living, whatever your style. Make an appointment for a design consultation and enjoy looking around the much-loved space they have created. Something to look out for every month is the front window which will feature a new interior scheme each month, calling on the company’s favourite suppliers and demonstrating what is achievable.

 

Armstrong Interiors

The new work room has been a long held dream for Angelique Armstrong, but well worth the wait. “This move has been an exciting way to start 2019,” she says.  “I was looking for the perfect position for nearly two years. Now we are in, I just love the feel of our work room, dedicated meeting rooms and shop front windows.

“I wanted to bring something a little bit different to Christchurch, with bespoke interiors and design. When you walk in the space feels quite eclectic and definitely reflects who I am.”

Angelique Armstrong
Angelique Armstrong
Armstrong Interiors Ltd

 

 



 

Oderings

Tailor your garden space: Oderings


Whether it’s a blank canvas or an existing garden, taking the time to reflect on your landscape design now will ensure you have the garden of your dreams for years to come.

 

Oderings

 

The design team at Oderings Landscaping encourages clients to consider the following when planning a new or improved garden.

 

How will you use your garden?
Is it space for your children to play, to throw a ball for your dog, or would you like to grow your own edibles year-round? Maybe the focus is on outdoor entertaining, or a secluded oasis to retreat to after a hard week at work?

 

What is your vision?
Do you have a design theme in mind? Do you like a formal or informal setting? Features to think about are plant textures and whether you like lots of flowers, coloured foliage, fruiting plants, low maintenance, evergreen or deciduous, natives or exotics, scented or edibles. If you don’t know where to start, take pictures of garden features you admire or search the internet/Pinterest for inspiration.

 

What are your must-haves?
What would you like to incorporate into your design? This may include water features, raised garden beds or a deck with plenty of lighting for outdoor entertaining. Don’t forget to think about pathways, seating, BBQ areas and fences.

 

Think outside the square
Are there any issues you would like to address? These include but are not limited to privacy, soil condition, sun and wind issues, noise, drainage and allergies.

 

How much time are you willing to invest in your garden?
This is where you need to be honest. Are you content spending time over the weekend on maintenance? It’s possible to have a garden with wow factor that won’t take up all your spare time. Oderings helps make the correct plant choices to suit any lifestyle.

 

Future Proof:
Now is the time to consider the what-ifs. Consider laying conduits under driveways, paths or decks as they are installed, allowing for any irrigation, power or lighting you many want later. Will you need extra water sources in the future? Consider installing multiple tap points around the property.

Feeling overwhelmed? This is where the professionals come in. The design team at Oderings has a Landscape Architect ready to help make this process as seamless and stress-free as possible, ensuring you get the best garden, every time.

 


For more information contact admin@oderingslandscaping.co.nz.


 

Vintage florals are blooming

Vintage florals are blooming


Vintage florals are adding life and colour to our spaces – and we can’t get enough of their blooming beauty.

 

Vintage florals are blooming
HOUSE OF HACKNEY ARTEMIS BLACK

 

Nature doesn’t get it wrong. The colour-consulting design work has already been done, in a bunch of flowers.  For a dash of yesteryear culture, perhaps include famous vintage floral patterns and materials, such as timeless Liberties or William Morris prints. Chic French Aubusson florals are elegant in a floor rug. Look for fabric detail too, such as floral-art in reversible silk damask or wool-woven crewel embroidery.

 

Vintage florals are blooming
OZ DESIGN FURNITURE

 

Hang old-style artwork of both structural and whimsical bouquets. Perhaps fill a plain wall with vintage prints, to create an art garden. The secret is to group these bunches of beauties. Tablecloths, placemats and dinner plates adorned with granny florals, sets the dinner table for feasting.

 

Vintage florals are blooming
SHERIDAN

 

If the lounge is overtaken with an oversized couch and TV, soften with feminine florals. Re-cover an antique ottoman or chair in a new-but-old floral fabric, to bring it back to life whilst keeping it authentic. Vintage-floral cushions, in tapestry, linens or velvets characterise a plain lounge suite.

 

Vintage florals are blooming
LAZYBONES PILLOWCASE

 

Classic vintage floral is often muted – a sublime match with earthy naturals and stoneware. Or add brighter blooms if your décor palette is clean and crisp. Choose a particular floral species, or colour group that you just can’t get enough of. Say, pale-pink roses, or the deep purple hues of irises, violets, delphiniums and pansies.

 

Vintage florals are blooming
WILLIAMS-SONOMA

 

 

Then ‘plant’ renditions of them throughout – from tea-towels and teacups to the duvet and curtains. Or just deliciously clash and crowd, in an old-fashioned floral fest.

 



 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Easy peasy lemon squeezy


Lovely lemon – it lets the sunshine in. Incorporate this fresh, light, happy hue into the home, as a colour and as in mood. It can be super smart and swish, or funky and kitsch – depending on how you play with it.

 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

 

Lemon is a hard colour not to secretly love. A traditional nursery favourite, it certainly appeals to our psyche. It has a true transformational effect on a small dark room or wardrobe, brightening a dull south-facing space instantly. With lemon, you can go as loud, or as super subtle and soft as you like.

In the ’50s pale lemon was amongst the pretty pastel palette which painted the decade – as seen on Formica tables. In the 60s, a lemon-coloured kitchen was super cool – even before the orange and brown era. Incorporate retro lemon-glazed ceramics and vintage-style kitchenware with modern interiors.

All things fruity are very in vogue – so how about a row of pineapples on the walls and cushions? Lemons adorning tea-towels, mellow yellow kitchen appliances, yellow ducky bath towels all squeeze a little citrus into every room. Windowsills painted pale yellow accentuate the incoming sunlight, with perhaps sherbet-coloured floaty curtains. Lemon-painted furniture instead of the usual white is a pretty change.

This clean, fresh take on yellow is a totally different palette story to its muted golden, mustard cousins. It’s the essence of summer and perfect for cool coastal themes. It blends beautifully with whites, when an all-white room needs a bit of zest. For more intense drama, pair with violet or dark navy.

 



 

Design 5 Upholstery

Bespoke Furniture Specialists: Design 5 Upholstery


The small, talented team at Design 5 Upholstery can bring your ideas to life by creating bespoke furniture from scratch.

 

Design 5 Upholstery

 

Specialising in crafting custom-made seating for interior designers and high-end retailers across the country, past projects include seating for the Christchurch Town Hall, as well as 200 headboards for the Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel.

Whether it’s from a photo or just an idea, Design 5 can design and custom-make anything – from couches, dining chairs and occasional chairs, to squabs for caravans or booth seating for bars and restaurants or office blocks.
Bespoke headboards are popular at the moment, such as custom-made headboard designs with mirrors.

Simon has 25 years of experience in the industry and established Design 5 in 2007. His small team is a strength, he says. “It’s just the two of us and we work really well together.”

 


Follow Design 5 on Facebook or phone 027 494 6706 for enquiries.


 

TopClean

Clean green Commitment: TopClean


Much like a New Year’s resolution, the beginning of a year marks an ideal opportunity to reflect on your business’s core values.

 

TopClean

 

The 2019 year sees some inspiring changes at TopClean and the first to be announced is the company’s commitment to becoming a sustainable and environmentally-friendly cleaning business.

“We value the health and wellbeing of our staff, our clients and the environment. It’s an exciting commitment, one which will see the review of the processes and practices of our entire business.

“Initially this will involve a significant investment, but we see this paying off in the future in more ways than one.”

 


For more information, phone TopClean on 0800 867 2532 or email info@topclean.co.nz.


 

Innovate Renovate

Innovative renovation specialists: Innovate Renovate


They are Ron and Adrian Bradley and together they are Innovate Renovate, specialist renovation managers. “We can carry out renovations and repairs of all types and complexity, from fixing a leaking tap to building a new house around a tap!” says Adrian with a chuckle.

 

Innovate Renovate
BEFORE

 

He is serious though. Since Adrian and his father began Innovate Renovate five years ago they have undertaken many different projects, not only earthquake repairs for which they have earned a deservedly strong reputation, but also bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovations, garage conversions and deck construction, as well as painting, plastering and general drainage works.

Currently they have several projects on the go involving the insulation of rental properties to ensure they meet the requirements of the latest legislation. “We have a number of repeat clients now and word of mouth recommendations about what we can do have spread. We are known for being able to think outside the box to analyse problems and find solutions for them. We are often asked to take on jobs others don’t want to touch. We thrive on challenges and feel a great deal of satisfaction seeing projects completed to a high standard.”

 

 

Innovate Renovate
AFTER

 

Adrian says that Innovate Renovate’s team treats every job in someone else’s home as if it was their own home. Only the best detailing and finish is good enough for them and they take a great deal of pride in adding value to properties through their workmanship.

 


To find out more, visit
www.innovaterenovate.co.nz or phone 03-351 7039 and speak with Ron or Adrian.


 

McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery

Christchurch’s quality furniture specialists: McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery


At McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery Ltd, every single job – big or small – is approached with the same level of care, attention and professionalism.

 

McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery

 

The Christchurch-based re-upholsterery team have more than 100 years’ combined industry experience, specialising in household furniture, re-upholstery, refurbishment and commercial work. Using both traditional and contemporary methods, the highly-skilled crew of experts transform old or damaged furniture into stunning new statement pieces that will enhance your home.

 

Founded by Steve McDonald and Keith Hartshorne in 2004, they pride themselves on their workmanship and specialise in antique furniture, fabric upholstery and leather upholstery. They’ve been known to go to great lengths to get the refurbishment job right for their customers, and no matter the size of the piece of furniture, every project receives the same professional service.

 

 McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery

 

If you’re interested in how McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery can help bring life back to your favourite piece of furniture, Keith can visit your office, home, or work site for a free no-obligation quote. He has a wealth of experience in the furniture industry and can bring a variety of samples to help make decisions.

Back at the factory, Steve – who has been upholstering since the age of 15 – manages the site, overseeing a team of six people. The upholsterers and machinists have been in the trade from a young age and are highly skilled and knowledgeable as a result.

 


For more information, visit www.qualityfurniture.co.nz today.


 

Dream Doors

New Year, New Kitchen: Dream Doors


If your kitchen’s in need of a modern facelift to kick-start 2019, the team at Dream Doors Christchurch is an expert in design transformation.

 

Dream Doors

 

Specialising in replacement kitchens, renovations and new build projects, its goal is to create an inviting, functional space that lights up the heart of your home. Offering a wide range of quality, New Zealand made products, it can help with any stage of the upgrade, whether it be doors and drawers, benchtops, sinks and taps, storage solutions, or handles and accessories.

The best part is the experienced team keeps disruption to a minimum and can fast-track facelifting services, so the whole project could be complete in as little as one or two days.

Adrian Kay has owned and operated Dream Doors Christchurch since 2012, winning the Dream Doors New Zealand Franchisee of the year, every year from 2013. In 2017, Dream Doors Christchurch also won the Westpac Franchise Association of New Zealand ‘Franchisee of the year – Home Services’.

 

Dream Doors
AFTER

 

Already Adrian is starting to notice new trends emerge for 2019 – including classic-style kitchens featuring softer greys and stone benchtops – but there’s something in the range for all tastes. To help you decide, the company offers a free quote and consultation where they will bring a multitude of samples to look through and provide helpful tips.

 


To arrange your visit today, phone 03 338 1081, email adrian@dreamdoors.co.nz and visit www.dreamdoors.co.nz.