It’s been playing a strong supporting role in our Instagram flat lays for the longest of times, but now it seems marble has worked its way into our hearts to play a starring role in the home. Paired with copper, it’s a match made in homewares heaven.
Its popularity is by no means a new phenomenon; marble has after all, tiptoed around the edges of popularity since its time in the spotlight in the 1950s.
And, although it’s a power player in white, its modern incarnation is featuring a much broader colour scheme, with browns, greens and blacks all coming to the décor party.
Whether you’re looking to incorporate investment pieces such as kitchen benches, flooring, or dining, coffee, console, side and bedside tables, there’s an increasing range of smaller pieces to make your room pop, including lamp bases, drink coasters and book ends.
In the kitchen, marble trays, platters, salt and pepper shakers, rolling pins, utensil holders, utensils themselves, fruit bowls, herb planters, wine chillers, cake stands and chopping boards are all popular ways to make this stone shine.
With the likes of the beautiful set pictured by Williams-Sonoma, it’s obvious what the Romans made such as fuss about.
Owner of Dream Doors Adrian Kay is not only celebrating six years in business in Christchurch, but also winning best Dream Doors franchise in New Zealand for a fabulous fifth year in a row.
Dream Doors is best known for giving your existing kitchen a facelift, but how far you wish to go with the concept is up to you. It can be as simple as new cupboard doors and drawer fronts, perhaps adding in a bench top, but it can also mean remodelling a section of your kitchen, or the whole thing. Dream Doors will take care of all the trades you need, as well as assist with splashbacks and flooring, and the company is fully equipped to design and fit a kitchen into your new build as well.
The company offers the full range of materials and colours, but a current favourite with customers is the brand new Lazer Edge Melamine finish. It gives a really clean finish to the joinery, with sharper lines and increased durability. Adrian loves it so much he is offering a free upgrade to Laser Edge for a limited time.
Covering the area from Oxford to Ashburton, Dream Doors Christchurch manufactures locally. It’s all made to measure – Adrian himself comes to you to do the free measure and quote and discuss your ideas, so you know the finished product will be exactly what you want. “We provide great value for money,” Adrian says.
“You’ll receive more kitchen than you dream is possible.”
When building or renovating, tapware choices should be exciting.
Far from just a functional plumbing imperative, taps are rising in the design stakes. They’re top styling statements in themselves. And while there are always trends in tapware, homeowners should be true to their individual tastes.
Edward Gibbon Retail Manager, Lesley Storm, believes if there’s a desired overall look or feel to a room, then taps, basins and sinks play a crucial part. Plumbing styles have the power to impact and personalise a design scheme.
“We guide people through the process of honing in on exactly what it is they want and what will work for their home project,” Lesley says. “For instance, if a client wants a certain metallic finish to be adhered to, we can find a range which offers that shade and effect throughout all the accessories they’d want in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and powder-rooms.”
Such details may not be immediately obvious when starting out with the process of tap, basin or sink choice.
Lesley adds that planning ahead is definitely a good idea. Some vanities or plumbing elements could take up to three weeks from ordering. She says customers often come in with floor or wall-tile samples, which is ideal practice applied to seemingly minute decisions about things like exact shade, gloss or matte surfaces on tapware. In the end, every attention to both function and aesthetic detail pays off of in greater pleasure for the long term.
Every turn of the tap satisfies when function, shape, colour, material and finish are perfect for the room. Metallics are really popular right now, Lesley says, with black and chrome still popular perennial choices also.
Decoding Tap Talk: Taps are sometimes categorised as classic, contemporary, modern, modern-classic, and pictures tell much of the aesthetic story. The choice isn’t just between metallic colours, but black, white, glass, matte, shiny, satin finishes, even porcelain details. Then there are other considerations to ask about, like water usage/volume, size and placement of taps in relation to basins/bowls, plus the potential to fit filters.
Top Tap Tip: Choose heated towel rails when you choose your tap style if they’re to co-habit. Not all bathroom supply companies manufacture heated towel rails in all shades, but a shape or colour match may be possible. Also, consider the form of your taps alongside that of other accessories. Do they echo each other? Are they minimal and simple, or nostalgic and detailed?
If you are after premium quality tiles to give your home distinctive flair, then look no further than the 100m2 Giovanni Tiles selection studio at 3 Lester Lane, just off Dean’s Ave, which holds a selection of more than 1000 premium tiles.
A tile selection studio that recognises the growing interest from homeowners and construction companies alike, Giovanni Tiles has a dedicated team of friendly experts in colour and style to assist you with all your requirements, from tile selection to free measure and quote, and delivery right to your door.
All tiles in the selection studio are sold under the Giovanni brand and sourced from leading tile manufacturers worldwide. “We import our tiles direct which cuts out the middle man, so our prices are very competitive,” Giovanni Tiles owner, Garey Burgess says.
Giovanni Tiles supplies only premium quality porcelain tiles. They feature the latest colours, fashion and textures for every home or commercial environment and, being porcelain means they are durable and keep their as-new look for many years to come.
The selection studio features extensive areas of tile samples from mosaics, to floor and wall tiles, for both interior and exterior environments. Available in all sizes, this gives customers the best possible idea of what tiles are available, and if they don’t have it, they will find it for you!
Giovanni Tiles is able to source other tiles direct from manufacturers and holds more than 40,000m2 on site at all times, so they can deliver to you when you require them.
For more information or to view the comprehensive range, visit
giovannitiles.co.nz or phone 03-423 1696.
Combining state-of-the-art technology with creative expertise, Matt Wilson and the Rocktops team are specialists in handcrafted stone products. Supplying and installing granite, marble, engineered stone and Neolith, the company can produce anything from bathroom vanity tops, kitchen, pantry and laundry benchtops, to fire hearths, table tops and BBQ areas.
Working directly with the public, housing companies, interior designers and specialty joiners, the team focuses on a ‘quality over quantity’ approach, says Matt, who took ownership of Rocktops in 2012 after managing the business for many years. “We provide handcrafted detail and extra attention to quality, priding ourselves on the time and care we put into each client’s tailor-made projects.”
With a new workshop based in Waltham, Matt has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and attributes valuing customer satisfaction and standing by all workmanship as essential to the company’s success. Whether your custom project is large or small, the Rocktops team can bring your vision to life and make your statement in stone.
Visit rocktops.nz or phone 03-348 9490, 022 620 8684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The name Murray Hewitt Joinery goes hand-in-hand with a reputation that has been hard won over two decades. Established in 1999, it has developed an impressive portfolio full of referral and many repeat clients – the latter of which, in many cases, have been with the business for its entire history.
As its name suggests, Murray Hewitt Joinery is made up of a highly skilled and loyal team of experienced craftsmen who take considerable pride in all they do, ensuring a quality product every time. Working with an extensive range of products, the team can deliver joinery services from residential to commercial, kitchens and bathrooms to staircases and more.
Within these environments, the company’s expertise can be channeled into delivering joinery for entry doors, exterior doors and windows; interior doors; stairs and hand rails; wardrobes and shelving; bathroom vanities; kitchens and laundries; lounge entertainment units and commercial and shopfitting.
Murray Hewitt Joinery can also create made-to-measure, hand-crafted furniture to the highest standard. Its high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail produces bespoke furniture which adds value to homes. All pieces are created in the workshop in Christchurch and traditional joinery techniques are utilised to produce cabinetry which will last a lifetime.
Owner Murray Hewitt says, “After all this time in the industry I still have the passion to create beautiful products from solid timber. Oak, walnut, rosewood and mahogany give me particular pleasure.”
Murray’s passion for his work is a common denominator between each of his team members. “Each member of our team is able to follow a project through from its initial concept to completion and installation, so they take real pride in what they do and ensure a quality product every time.
“We enjoy challenges and have earned a reputation for thinking outside the square to find solutions and to make design ideas work in reality. There is nothing we enjoy more than undertaking a whole house – from the front door, to the interior doors, the laundry and the kitchen and everything in between, including one-off items of bespoke furniture such as bedside cabinets and entertainment units. We truly believe there is no reason for our customers to go anywhere else.”
Murray Hewitt is located at 25a Lunns Road. Phone 03-343 0360 or email email@example.com. See the extensive joinery portfolio at www.mhj.co.nz.
When it comes to current tile trends, bigger is definitely better. With an extensive range of large, rectangular tiles for both floors and walls, Tilemax has a team of experts – whether you’re building a new home or renovating your kitchen or bathroom.
Dimensions vary from the most on-trend size of 45x90cm, as well as 30x90cm and 40x120cm, in porcelain for floors and walls, and in ceramic for walls only. “Many of the styles have different texture and surface interest and others have a look reminiscent of marble, stone, cement – as well as plain white glossy finishes,” says Toni Harrison, of Tilemax Christchurch.
The Verona range features a linear directional pattern, with nice variation and movement, giving it a natural feel and look. Available in both matte and polished finishes, the tile is great for all interior designs and creates a spacious, natural looking area. The Spanish-designed Concert range – a high quality porcelain – incorporates NeoTech technology and can be used in living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, external cladding and many more spaces.
The Stellar range is a stunning soft stone-style porcelain floor and wall tile. The surface of the tile has been produced and machined to provide a beautiful feel under foot, like the feel of the worn and natural patina of stone. Catering to both residential and commercial customers, Tilemax has extensive experience in selecting the best value tiles, best design and range from around the world.
Contact Tilemax Christchurch on 03-343 3893 or visit the friendly team at 280 Annex Road, Middleton. Visit www.tilemax.co.nz.
It was 30 years ago that Misco Joinery first opened its doors. And now, nearly a year on from its move to a purpose-built factory, the company’s full potential is being realised – a result of family values, consistent workmanship and solid experience.
Director Michael Chernishoff first launched Misco from the farm shed of his family home in Mairehau Road in support of his father’s building business. Glenn Colenso, a Director and Michael’s brother-in-law, started as his apprentice at the age of 17. When work flourished, they just added another shed. However, 12 years ago Michael had the foresight to purchase land at 62 Williams Street in Kaiapoi.
This future-proofed factory is a true kitchen nirvana. The showroom has four kitchens installed so far – showcasing stone benchtops and European hardware from Hafele through to soft closing doors. “As a move from post-earthquake all-white kitchen styling, we’re now seeing more neutrals, blacks and colour,” says Marketing Manager Penny Abell. She’s been part of the Misco family for 10 years.
“We aim to give clients an X-factor kitchen at an affordable price. Make an appointment for a measure and quote with Michael or a project manager. Using their experience and design flair they will create clever ways to use your available space. After clients talk over recommendations and ideas with our designers, and confirm plans and colours, it’s about eight to ten weeks to your new kitchen installation.”
Misco is spreading its wings fast. Kitchen designer Liselle, along with four installers, are now fully established in the Auckland region. While in Wellington the company has just completed the joinery fit-out at a new preschool. However, the loyal residential clientele in Canterbury will always be a family staple.
Crafted in a fashion from days of old, where quality and longevity go hand in hand, Everhot embraces the future, with cookers that are energy efficient and suitable for solar power generation.
Manufactured in Gloucestershire, England, Everhot is a heat storage range cooker. It steadily transfers the heat from its core into its ovens and hotplates, meeting all your cooking needs with exceptional energy efficiency.
The ability to run any part of your cooker independently means total control and the timed grill means no more burnt offerings.
The sky is the limit with Everhot – slow cooking, baking, roasting, grill or pan and you can do all of those things at once on one range. The smallest Everhot features two ovens and a graduated cast iron hob top. As the size increases, so too do your options. Ovens, plate warmer, induction hobs and simmer plates become opportunities to customise your cooker – and customise in every sense, with each cooker crafted by hand for your order. Colour, size and ovens are among the options to ponder.
Everhot ticks the boxes for quality, control, energy efficient, style and function. The difficult choice is often the colour and with a palette of 14, you can be forgiven for taking your time to decide.
If you are looking to make a statement in your kitchen, enjoy a trip to the country and visit Classic Cookers at 151 Bramleys Road Flaxton, phone
03-310 6534 or check out everhot.co.nz.
You can always count on Total Food Equipment (aka tfe) to be at the forefront of changes in thinking about homewares, cooking and kitchen accessories.
We have been hearing a great deal about the amount of plastic that is finding its way into our planet’s oceans and about how we should reduce our use of the material. Total Food Equipment is definitely fighting the good fight on this environmental
issue. The store stocks multi-
coloured stainless eco-friendly
water bottles for hydration, along with stainless straws and reusable eco coffee cups. Look on another shelf and you will find bio-degradable storage bags, paper snack and sandwich bags and reusable paper towels. One roll of these replaces 18 rolls of conventional paper towels! No cling wrap or plastic bags in sight here. Tfe also has compact under-bench composting bins for saving food scraps and eliminating wastage.
But tfe is forward thinking in other ways as well, constantly searching suppliers and manufacturers for new and more
efficient equipment to help cooks create their culinary
masterpieces. Recently arrived in store is the MasterPro Sous Vide Precision Cooker. ‘Sous vide’ is French for ‘under vacuum’ and the method uses sealed pouches to cook vegetables, fish, poultry, red meat and more in a water bath, achieving succulent, nutritious and flavorsome results. The technique has been used by chefs for decades to lock in natural juices creating food that is evenly cooked from edge to edge. With the MasterPro Sous Vide Cooker we can all achieve chef level perfection.
Another new arrival at tfe is the MasterPro 12 in 1 stainless steel multi-cooker pressure cooker. This clever machine can take over all your cooking tasks and certainly help you to declutter your cupboards of pots and pans. The multi- cooker features six cooking functions (slow cook, sous vide, sauté, steam, yoghurt, pasta) and six pressure (rice, meat/poultry, bean/chilli, soup/porridge, canning,
potato) . There is also a ‘keep warm’ setting and a countdown timer so food is ready when you need it and an easy lock function keeps your pressure cooking safe. The MasterPro Multi Cooker makes
creating a wide range of hearty meals easier than ever.
Total Food Equipment is situated at 218 Moorhouse Avenue in the Mid-Way Moorhouse complex. The store is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am to 4pm and there is easy access with plenty of parking. Don’t forget the store’s wedding register programme while the wedding season is still with us.
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