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The Dreaded Clean-Up

The Dreaded Clean-Up


I’m lucky if you’re still reading. Mention ‘cleaning’ and it’s time to turn the page, right? Exactly. That’s why this issue needs a New-Year resolution devoted to it.

 

The Dreaded Clean-Up

 

There are things in life we’d rather not deal with, and household tasks beg to top the list. That, and picking up canine poo. It may be our colonial roots… our ability and willingness to roll up our sleeves, or there could be slight embarrassment or distaste about paying someone else to deal with personally created mess. Whatever the reason, it’s probably time to get over it.

Stay with homeowners who use cleaners and it’s a strangely freeing feeling. Ok, you’re not about to make huge domestic chaos for the sake of it, but it’s nice knowing the way you live won’t be overly scrutinised by your hosts. As January has for time immemorial been the month of analysis and goal-setting, how about deciding to institute an annual (or even quarterly) commercial clean? Also – family and friends might have stayed over during summer, so there’s likely already been extra bed-changing workload.

This is something that will de-stress lingering dirt-lurking issues caused by festivities and holiday abandon. Dang; just finding the camping gear in totality is enough to unearth plenty of housekeeping opportunities at mine!
So when the to-do list is overwhelming, cleaning is one thing you can successfully outsource to professionals. Then there’s time to mindfully declutter, something you alone can tackle.

 



 

MF Turnbull

Restored, renewed, revitalised: MF Turnbull


Celebrating 30 years in business, MF Turnbull has earned its place as an iconic Christchurch business. Experts in paint, stain, polyurethane and polished finishes on furniture and joinery, there is very little in the home that Monique and Murray Turnbull and their team cannot regenerate.

 

MF Turnbull

 

While finishing new items is a large part of the business, Monique says that word of their success in revitalising kitchen cabinetry has spread. While so many Christchurch homes are looking gorgeous after their earthquake repairs and redecorations are complete, existing kitchens can look a little drab in comparison, and that’s where ‘Turnbulls’ comes in. Kitchen cabinets in melamine, paint, lacquer and timber can be refinished to create a new and modern look. “We have a great product to go over melamine which is so hardwearing. And a bonus is that it contains Teflon – it makes the surface really easy to clean,” Monique says.

 

MF Turnbull

 

The process is simple; Manager Steve Baker goes out to clients’ homes to discuss what they would like to achieve and provides a free quote. Turnbulls then arranges for the removal and reinstallation of all the parts that will be resurfaced in the workshop. “Clients find it’s an ideal time to turn out their kitchen cupboards because they can see everything once the doors are off. It’s a real refreshment of the kitchen inside and out!”

Monique says. The team of 22, which now operates across three Christchurch sites, also rejuvenates bedroom and dining furniture, doors, wardrobe doors, anything in your house that might be spray painted. They can also do French polishing of antiques and the modern equivalent – staining and clear polyurethane. “I really like the idea that it’s an environmentally friendly way to refresh your house. Our approach means reuse of the kitchen or piece of furniture, rather than throwing it out and buying new,” Monique says.

 

MF Turnbull

 

“The challenge can be getting out of people’s heads the vision that they have. Not everyone wants plain finishes; French provincial or distressed is often called for, but everyone’s idea of that is different. By talking through the end goal using samples and options to clarify, the team is very good at turning visions into reality,” Murray says. The team takes pleasure in clients’ joy when they have had something old and it has received its reincarnation at Turnbulls. “I’ve seen some amazing things happen to furniture over the years,” Monique says.

“We removed camouflage paint from a tallboy, to discover the timber was beautiful underneath. The owner arranged for her father, who had originally made the piece, to collect it. He didn’t realise what it was until he saw his name and the date he made it on the back. His face was a picture!”

 


Turnbulls is open 7:30am to 4pm weekdays with easy parking at the front door.

For more information, visit
www.kitchenrenewal.co.nz,
www.mfturnbull.co.nz or phone
03 365 2519.


 

Snow White snow Bright

Snow White snow Bright: Brightening up your homeware.


Move over moody grey, bright white has entered the room. Who would have thought this colour would be capable of packing so much punch and giving our homewares a much-needed revamp?

 

Snow White snow Bright
LINEN HOUSE PALM SPRINGS

 

White light is made up of all the colours of the rainbow – no wonder we are drawn to its reflective vitality. As the bright summer sun now dances off the walls, white upon beautiful white is the in colour from furnishings to figurines.  Rugs and mats take on a completely cool summer story. There’s nothing like stepping barefoot on a soft snowy sheepskin rug. White brightens a room, from the ground up. Treat the couch to summery-white throws and cushions festooned with trims and fringes. Tie back the ivory curtains with tassels. Texture is key with this year’s most pale colour combos.

 

Snow White snow Bright
MUSTARD MADE THE SHORTY

As bringing the outside in is now popular, pick the white flowers! Showcase them in a stunning white geometric planter. White orchids in the conservatory are exotic, white cyclamens are easy to care for and scented jasmine can be grown indoors. Pick fluffy iceberg roses for a voluptuous white centrepiece vase. This hue partners to perfection with the latest magical metallic accents. They keep to the neutral palate but with an indulgent light-enhancing effect. The depth of natural light woods and fibres will also soften and complement a foundation of white.

 

Snow White snow Bright
STUDIO ENTI DAWN PENDANT

This clean colour for every room imparts serenity. Use it in porcelain pendant lighting, de-stressed wood, linens, marble, sculptures, shelving and seating. Food presents so well on fine white crockery and pillars of scented white candles create romance on a balmy summer evening.

 

Snow White snow Bright
COUNTRY ROAD TEA SET

 



 

Colour of the Year

Colour of the Year


Coral has long symbolised a range of uplifting emotions from health to happiness, with amulets of the aragonite mineral used to drive away misfortune and illness in Ancient Greece.

 

Colour of the Year

 

Whether recognising the talismanic qualities of nature’s bounty or simply a happy coincidence, Pantone has revealed that its official colour of 2019 is living coral.  A vibrant pinky-peachy-orangey hue that is said to “embrace us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy”, we can’t think of anything better to inject into your home palette for the year ahead. With tropical holidays full of sand and sun still fresh in mind, we’re happy to acquiesce with Pantone’s colourful wisdom and introduce these tropical tones in our own homes.

 

Colour of the Year
KAS AUSTRALIA NESSLIE CORAL CUSHION

 

Colour of the Year
OUTLIVING WOOL TASSEL GARLAND

 

Colour of the Year
ESSENTIAL LIVING MONROE CHAIR

 



 

Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers

A talent for transformation: Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers


With a strong focus on sustainability and upcycling, Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers (RDU) is an expert at transforming both antique and contemporary furnishings into stylish pieces that appear brand-new.

 

Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers

 

Thanks to a reputation that extends across the globe, the company has worked on top-quality projects for royalty, celebrities, country estates and multi-national businesses. All this experience – an impressive 80 years between all three staff, to be exact – is now available right here in Christchurch. Ronnie’s expertise is well-known in New Zealand. He started his career by completing a four-year apprenticeship with respected furniture store Anderson & England in Elgin, Scotland and, after a few years, formed RDU Ltd. Following more than 20 years in Scotland, he made the move to Queenstown in 2008.

Building a strong reputation for genuine customer service, he saw a growing demand for the company’s services in Christchurch following the earthquakes and set up a branch working on both commercial and domestic projects. The company is a specialist at combining modern materials with traditional techniques, offering a range of services that includes re-upholstering and re-covering, antique upholstery, bespoke upholstery, upholstered headboards, window pelmets and even wall art.

From start to finish, the team focuses on making sure every detail is perfect, undertaking repairs, respringing, webbing and padding. So, if you have a beloved piece of furniture that could do with a makeover or modernisation to restore its original beauty, call RDU for a consultation and quote today. To save time, you can even make the most of the pick-up and delivery service.

 


For more, visit
www.rdu-upholsterers.com.


 

Natural Instinct

Natural Instinct: Home & Living


Natural fibres are bringing authentic warmth to our decor. We look at how to introduce this knotty and nice aesthetic to refresh and lighten the home.

 

Natural Instinct

 

Easy on the eye, to the touch, and for the planet, natural fibres appeal to our instincts in woven, knitted or knotted renditions. Natural fibres are non-toxic, which is reassuring for little family members especially, and are usually low maintenance and affordable.

Strong and durable linen is a breathable fabric that creates beautifully hanging curtains, sumptuous duvets and the ultimate cool summer cushion. As anyone that has owned a time-softened linen tea-towel knows, it’s a practical fabric that endures.
Natural woven mats are the latest practical investment. Jute, often dubbed the ‘golden fibre’ for its silky sheen, is an affordable, tough material suitable for a stampede of family members – but which still feels soft under foot.

 

From large lounge-floor covers to creative circular mats, they grace everything from entrances to hallways. Ethnic looks, fine traditional herringbone design, or colourful-dyed quirky patterns with knotted edging, it’s all in. Sea grass gives a beachy vibe, whereas sisal is the strongest, its thick fibres trapping dirt which is easily vacuumed out.

Fulfilling our love of the natural, textural and the handmade is original and traditional artwork from macramé to tapestry. Baskets can be made from coconut fibre and hemp table-runners will grace the dining table. Bamboo and rattan will be the natural choice for indoor and outdoor furniture, even lampshades and headboards. Nature has woven its way back into the heart of the home this season.

 



 

Vision Kitchens

Bring your vision to reality: Vision Kitchens


Whether you are building a new home, your current kitchen layout needs renovating or you are tired of the old design and want to refresh your kitchen, you should visit Vision Kitchens, where you will realise that building a new kitchen can be very enjoyable.

 

Vision Kitchens

 

Vision Kitchens is the Christchurch-based sister company of Concept Kitchens, which has more than 20 years of experience in cabinet design and manufacturing in Auckland. The team is an expert in quality construction of all types of cabinetry, including kitchens, laundries, vanities and wardrobes.

The business has a huge variety of materials and a wide price range to suit your preference and budget. Every square foot of a kitchen is potential work or storage area, so adequate cabinet space is a huge plus point. Vision Kitchens is also specialised to listen to what is deep down in your heart, to the dream you have for a prefect kitchen. With the company’s expertise, it can absorb your creative ideas and put them into practice in your kitchen. By using local and high-quality brands with their professional designing and production team, they can make your dream kitchen a reality.

This is a one stop kitchen company. You don’t need to deal with different people or travel around to look for colours and materials. It team can also source splashback tiles, LED lights or special kitchen hardware and everything else to meet all your demands. All you need to do is talk to one of their design team.

 



 

NaturalFlow

Waste not, Want not: Natural Flow South


Are you looking for a simple, environmentally friendly sewage treatment system that doesn’t require expensive, on-going maintenance? The NaturalFlow system not only provides an eco-sustainable sewage solution and produces a high quality result to treat wastewater, but saves money and time.

 

NaturalFlow

 

Keeping it simple is the company’s philosophy – using power-free, natural processes to treat wastewater. Owner/director of NaturalFlow South, Kingsley Kepple, says the vermiculture system is an alternative to aerating treatment systems which require pumps, electricity and computers – which can break down over time – and there is no noise! “It’s a natural system, which replicates what is done in nature. It’s really economical to run as there are no ongoing pump costs and it works all day, totally on aerobic treatment processes, doing everything for you.”

The system is also very flexible, he says. “It’s ideal for the more awkward sites where you can’t get a big concrete tank to, such as in the Marlborough Sounds. It’s made of modular plastic and weighs only up to 600kg per unit. You don’t need power, so it’s perfect if you are off the grid.”

 

NaturalFlow

Produced in the North Island for more than 18 years, Kingsley began installing NaturalFlow systems in the South Island after the earthquakes, when he was working in Christchurch on commercial road drainage. “We decided it was such a good system, that I took over the agency for the South Island, selling and supplying them to a range of customers, from farmers and lifestyle block owners, to camping grounds and homestays.”

 


Visit naturalflow.co.nz for more information or phone 03 323 8541.


 

Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone


The grounding earthiness of stone adds a particular energy to a room that nothing else can. We are increasingly seeing stone wares coming through all areas of the home.

 

Heart of Stone
SLABSBYDESIGN SIDE TABLE

 

Marble, as an interior design element, began beautifying abodes many years ago – and we are craving more. The quirk of this classically white, veined beauty is that it’s equally at home within a minimalist or Scandinavian theme as it is amongst opulence.

 

SLABSBYDESIGN SIDE TABLE
COUNTRY ROAD STONE VASES

Kitchens and bathrooms are havens for its charm. However, the likes of clocks, coasters, candlesticks, lamp bases and side tables look magnificent in marble. Decadent against golds, velvets and rich tones, it also partners stunningly with concrete and gun-metal silver.

 

Heart of Stone
CAPRA DESIGNS DOME HANGING POT

Other guises of stoneware add drama and quality to living spaces. Plinths, statues, or urns invite at an entranceway, staircase, or patio. A granite coffee table, beautifully crafted onyx bowl, hand-carved sandstone sculpture, quartz vase or Romanesque wall art will inspire its surrounds.

 

Heart of Stone
JAMES LANE POLISHED CONCRETE TRAY

Design pieces can also blend with other natural elements, such as a clear glass dining tabletop with the juxtaposition of a solid stone base. The contrast of wood, and metal also combine well. Stone is as old as time, but a new and solid trend that will last.

 

Heart of Stone
SHERIDAN PEYTON BOWL

 



 

Piccadilly Bookshop

Bursting With Books: Piccadilly Bookshop


For 25 years, Piccadilly Bookshop has made sure quality bestsellers fill the stockings of Canterbury book lovers each Christmas.

 

Piccadilly Bookshop

 

No matter who you’re buying for this year, there’s something in stock for everyone. The shelves are packed full of new releases, young adult novels, paperbacks, biographies, magazines, and cover a wide range of specialist topics, like local history, military information, travel, science and sports.

Every single book has been hand-picked by the staff, a network of regular contacts from New Zealand and overseas publishing companies, as well as customer recommendations, so you know it’s advice you can rely on. To make your experience even easier, customers can first scour the store’s Summer Reading Guide, distributed to more than 30,000 households, available instore and on the website. Then, pop into Piccadilly Books in Avonhead Mall, where the expert staff can guide you to the perfect purchase.

While you’re there, you’ll also discover bargains! A huge influx of new books has meant they’ve had to create extra shelf space, so there’s now permanent price reductions on books at the sales tables, “Last Copy – Last Chance”. It’s not only books on offer this Christmas and holiday season, they also have you covered with Christmas cards, wrapping paper, calendars, diaries, gift stationery and toys.

And, they can help to choose, wrap, calculate postage and send your presents from the Avonhead Postshop and Kiwibank in-store. So, support local this festive season, and help celebrate 25 years of expert service with the staff and customers at Piccadilly Bookshop.

 


Visit www.piccadillybooks.co.nz.