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All smoke & mirrors

All smoke & mirrors

Mirrors are clever design pieces that can make or break your décor.


All smoke & mirrors


Taking on many roles, they can be a piece of wall art, for lightening and brightening, creating optical illusions, distracting, or highlighting – checking out your reflection is just a bonus! Hanging a mirror certainly has a multifaceted effect.

Facing a large mirror adjacent to a view is like gaining another window. Whether a gorgeous garden or dreamy view, it is double the pleasure. What they reflect is key – a vase of flowers on a table will double in beauty – but avoid them facing less illustrious corners. Assess if it will do the surroundings justice.

Full length mirrors dramatically open up a space and offer the best way to accurately assess your outfit from head to toe. As a full-wall feature they glamorise and open up the space.
Thick baroque gilded frames are as current as geometric quirky designs. Bevelled mirroring is a luxurious option and backlighted options are perfect for bathrooms and bedrooms.

A grand frame around a modest mirror can steal the limelight, whereas a fine frame on a large mirror gives all the attention to the reflection. There is no ‘fairest of them all’ – they all simply mirror personality.



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


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


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 or phone 03-351 7039 and speak with Ron or Adrian.


Bold black bathrooms

Bold black bathrooms

The spa-inspired bathroom trend has officially returned – back to the spa, that is. These days it’s all about bold, dark, sultry bathroom designs that evoke an indulgent high-end experience.


Bold black bathrooms


Bathrooms are often south-side windowless rooms, so take a walk on the dark side and enhance the cosiness. Black fixtures are now a mainstay in most bathroom ranges. They create a feature out of the functional, such as matte black shower surrounds and tapware. And finger marks won’t show.

Spa baths have lost popularity to the free-standing bath, which can be a focal feature in black. Add a black chandelier and candles to elevate to movie-star status.  Monochromatic bathroom wallpapers look striking in geometrics, metallics or vintage prints. Black-tiling combined with black-painted walls is effective, particularly with 1920s-style pedestal basins.

Black makes a statement around the edges in cornices, framing, mirrors and shelving. A dark vanity in a corner stands out, where white would otherwise just blend. Black ceilings are inviting, especially if the room is small with a tall ceiling. And against black aluminium windows, a black and white theme is a classic.

Marble blends magnificently against ebony surrounds – instant five-star luxury in white with grey marbling, or black with white marbling. Incorporate dark woods and wrought iron features. Other opulent bathrooms hues include dark cherry, burgundy, chocolate brown or inky blue, which come alive with metallic fixtures. Charcoal walls and tiles add depth against natural stone. A Persian rug adds the sensuality of a Turkish spa. And you can’t dispute the practicalities of a fluffy oversized black spa towel.



Aquapro Plumbing and Drainage

Blissful Bathrooms: Aquapro Plumbing and Drainage

Aquapro Plumbing and Drainage does exactly what it says on the label: working with all things water, plumbing and drainlaying, plus gasfitting as well. Accredited Master Plumbers operating in both the residential and the commercial sector, no job is too big or small for their do it once, do it right ethos.


Aquapro Plumbing and Drainage


Bathroom renovations are a specialty, and the company offers the complete design and build package. Architectural Designer, Licensed Building Practitioner and co-owner, Rochelle Foster (also of Yardley and Foster Architecture) says, “if you’d love a new bathroom, but you’re just too busy to take the project on, we’ll take care of everything”.

The process begins with initial free consultation. Rochelle will take you through design concepts and planning, they’ll choose fixtures, select tiles, lighting, ventilation, heating and colours and the in-house quantity surveyor will provide you with the complete cost proposal.

Before work begins, Rochelle can show you a three-dimensional image of your finished product. Aquapro handles all of the consenting required, as well as managing all the subcontractors, through to the final clean.


Aquapro Plumbing and Drainage


Rochelle’s design approach is client-driven and sees her create stunning classic renovations for both historic Fendalton homesteads as well as for those who seek something minimalist and clean-lined, or luxuriously dramatic, or practical and easy to clean for a young family.

Inspired by New Zealand architects and architecture, Rochelle “loves creating relaxing, yet functional spaces”. She says bathrooms rich in texture and materiality are timeless and is seeing a lot of greenery introduced to the bathroom space, which adds another dimension.

Established 10 years ago and now with a team of 30, Aquapro has cemented a reputation as an expert in high-end architectural work: the technical expertise and the attention to detail. The team works all over Canterbury and in Queenstown, and is delighted with the range of projects that sees them working on full bathrooms for central city hotels, to changing tapware in a residential ensuite.


Aquapro Plumbing and Drainage


Managing Director and Master Plumber Keith Foster says, “We’re a name built on quality, and we take pride in supplying our clients with the best possible plumbing experience at a reasonable rate”.


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David Reid Homes

Raising the Standard: David Reid Homes

You have taken the plunge and decided to build your dream home. Naturally you want to have complete confidence in the right business capable of turning that dream into a reality. That’s why popular favourite David Reid Homes should be top of your list.


David Reid Homes


According to Sales and Design Consultant, Chloe Brewer, the national award-winning builder is constantly “raising the standard”. “Few building companies are able to consistently provide you with the same level of quality, innovative house design, and the personal service and expertise you need,” she says.

David Reid Homes knows every taste of living is different, therefore, every bespoke design is tailored to meet your requirements. “Whatever your budget, we will ensure you get the best quality materials and advice as we walk you through the build process step by step, from initial design, to build and finally, you moving in,” Chloe says. “We stand by our rock-solid guarantee. Whether you look at architectural designers, quantity surveyors and builders/engineers, you are dealing with professionals, who can build anywhere in Canterbury.”


David Reid Homes can bring your vision of home to life, as it has done for a generation of Cantabrians. For more information, visit or email “We are looking forward to meeting with you soon.”


National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations

Stopped in their Tracks: National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations

Canterbury’s own Ingrid Geldof has made the province proud again by bringing home nine awards from the National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations (NKBA) awards presentation. Ever modest about her achievements, Ingrid quietly admits it is the highest number of awards ever won by a designer in a year.


National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations


You can see how her design for the ‘Georgian Bathroom’ stopped the judges in their tracks. The bath forms a focal point sited beneath two mullioned windows. It is approached via an avenue lined with twin vanities set against partition walls, which screen the shower on one side and the toilet on the other.

The bathroom is flooded with light, enhanced by the glossy large format marble-look porcelain tiles. The twin vanities are in dark stained solid oak, with Caesarstone bench tops. In the kitchen, the marble-look tiles cover the floor, while lighting is classic spotlights, under bench, and lit glass-fronted and shelved cupboards. The empire crystal chandelier is a dramatic focal point over the convivial dining space at the end of the 6.5m island.

Ingrid worked closely with co-designer Rachel Barnes on the intricate details, while Bridget Sullivan of Room Interiors worked with Ingrid on the home’s colour choices and drapes.
Advanced Joinery manufactured the joinery. They have worked with Ingrid for a number of years and, with Ingrid, achieved the NZ Manufacturer Craftsman Award. Director Greg Ayers says, “It is a pleasure to work with Ingrid, her plans are detailed and easy to use”.


National Kitchen and Bathroom Associations


Ingrid says Advanced Joinery has been amazing with the detailing required. “You can see the workmanship that has gone in and the award is well deserved.”
Greg says, “it’s a thrill for the team to receive this award for the detailed work they did”. Advanced Joinery has also won the Canterbury Region 2018 NZ Master Builders Heart of the Home Kitchen Award for another project with Ingrid.

The Georgian kitchen and bathroom brought home six awards plus the new award: NKBA Designer of the Year, earned for the two kitchens Ingrid entered; Canterbury Bathroom of the Year sponsored by Artisan Stone, Certified Designer Bathroom of the Year sponsored by The Kitchen Hub, Overall NKBA Bathroom of the Year, sponsored by St Michel, Classic Kitchen of the Year, sponsored by Schneider, Kitchen $80,000-$100,000 sponsored by Gaggenau, and the Manufacturer Craftmanship Award, sponsored by Burns and Ferrall, which Ingrid is proud to share with Advanced Joinery.



Harrison Bloy

Where form and function collide: Harrison Bloy

Choices like never before make it possible to create a functional bathroom that’s dripping in personality.

Harrison Bloy

The spacious luxury showroom at Harrison Bloy has a unique and quite stunning display of options. As sumptuous as it all seems, there are many surprisingly affordable quality entry-level products, that are still stylish. With an impressive variety ranging through to high-end luxury, Harrison Bloy has captured the niche bathroom business by being price competitive, with attentive and professional customer service.
Project manager Kathyrn Barr suggests a bathroom’s main fixtures are worth a little extra consideration. “If you are on budget, it’s the first thing you see – so splashing out on a beautiful bath or vanity is a good idea. You can have practicality and eye-catching style – they go hand in hand.”

She says classical accents of the old-world style within a contemporary bathroom is an exciting trend. There’s no need for stiff brass taps or tarnished porcelain. The latest quality ranges are superior in practicality to yesteryear models, while still retaining that grace and charm of a traditional style. Comfortable but opulent replica clawfoot baths can be finished to any colour. Three-piece tapware is making a comeback too, whether it’s sleek black or classical-styled pewter with porcelain handles.
Slinking into a hot bubble bath is one thing, but they also make a stunning focal feature. Dependent on lifestyle, design is all important. Perhaps a freestanding bath filler or waterfall spout for a dramatic effect? Is it for relaxing in and enjoying the view, or for small children to splash about in – requiring a practical height and a wide edge for parents to rest their elbows? It is surprising how a bath can fit in a smaller floor plan. The latest corner baths are installed flush into a corner, for easier cleaning and extra room. With their broad knowledge, staff help narrow the options to fit budgets, dreams and application.

Small spaces are a welcome challenge at Harrison Bloy. Slim long vanities are an option and floating vanities are more the focus now, lending a spacious feel to the room. Tower storage for towels and toiletries can be custom made as high as desired, to smartly utilise a narrow gap. Mixed materials of painted wood vanities with a marble-effect Carrera stone composite basin is a cool look and finer edging is replacing the chunky-block trend. There is more vertical groove detailing in cabinetry, and handle-free drawers are so practical. The classic shaker recessed-style panel drawers create a touch of traditional detail. Vessel basins have made a comeback too and there’s an inspiring line up, using different shapes and materials.

Tapware can be anything from art deco and classical, to futuristic. Brushed nickel is a finish that has become popular – finger prints are less obvious, for one. Choose from antiqued copper through to smart edgy black for taps and shower heads. It’s easy to compare subtle differences and effects with the showroom’s diverse line up. There’s plenty to match a colour palette to, from entry-level Elementi, to the stunning Italian Fantini range.
Harrison Bloy, the destination for everything bathroom, also has amazing Waterware heating, offering Stilly, Imas and Blitz Italian radiators, to suit your home’s required length and height. They provide a constant radiant heat throughout, in variations of classic vertical panel design. Silent and toasty warm, they can remain set on low all day.

Bring along your floor plans to Harrison Bloy and consultants will be able to assist with the design and the best configuration for renovations or new builds. “It’s helpful to create a ‘mood board’ from magazines or Pinterest and bring them in so your ideas are in the end result,” Kathryn says. “If there’s something you see elsewhere, we’ll source it. With any idea, budget dependant, it’s pretty much a ‘yes, we can do that’ – and if you’re unsure where to start, just come in for inspiration!”
Bathroom-design fantasies begin and end at Harrison Bloy, 221A Annex Road, Middleton. Showroom opening hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm and weekends 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

There’s ample off-street parking or visit Facebook, or phone 0800 508 8009 for the Christchurch, Queenstown and Timaru showrooms.

Bright Bathrooms

Bright Bathrooms

Colour is a complex phenomenon and theories about its effect on our minds and emotions range across the scientific and artistic realms.

Bright Bathrooms

All it takes is a paintbrush and a pot of fresh paint to demonstrate the power of colour to dramatically alter a space.
The transformative capabilities of colour go above and beyond the emotional, to also alter how we perceive size and space.
As dark colours tend to absorb light, they have the ability to make a room look smaller. On the other hand, light and bright colours open up your space, making the area seem larger.

Bright Bathrooms

In a small space, everything counts. With bathrooms traditionally one of the smallest rooms in the house, we can’t think of a better reason to add some colour. But in case you need it, there is the simple fact that due to its small stature, it is a quick and easy re-paint if it doesn’t work out.
So why not experiment with some fun colour palettes to transform your bathroom into a stylish retreat after all, change is only a lick of paint away.