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Setting an interior trend: Canterbury Exterior Plasterers

While the name over the door is Canterbury Exterior Plasterers, this little powerhouse company also creates beautiful interior feature walls.


The concrete-look walls are made with Rockcote, a lightweight material which is able to be moulded into architectural and interesting shapes for an of the moment aesthetic popular with residential and commercial clients.

Finished in natural concrete colours, the wall is then clear sealed in gloss, semi-gloss, or matte.

“Our clients are creating feature walls in residential living and kitchen areas, and they are very popular in commercial spaces too, with a Christchurch gym recently installing them in changing rooms and reception,” says director Scott Lee.

Plastering for 33 years, Scott and his team of five work all over Canterbury on commercial and residential properties, do EQC repairs, and are also helping to preserve heritage buildings.

“We did an interesting job using strengthening compound on a Hereford Street project just recently,” says Scott.

In addition to exterior and interior plastering in Rockcote, the team are experts in large and small concrete finishing jobs, doing quality work and creating satisfied clients.

“I love the job, meeting contractors and clients, having the satisfaction of completing a job and being proud of our finish,” he says.”


70s roar in: RESENE

Mellow mustards, bitter oranges, toasted terracotta and spicy browns – the tell-tale tones of 1970s design aesthetic – have recently made a roaring comeback in the world of decorating and are among some of the most desirable shades to include in a trend-forward interior.

Styling by Melle Van Sambeek | Photography by Bryce Carleton


Wall in Resene Gold Coast
Floor in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath
Hall table in Resene Noir
Nesting tables in
Resene Hairy Heath (large)
Resene Pendragon (medium)
Resene Gold Coast (small) with legs in Resene Noir
Vase (with twigs) in Resene Hairy Heath
Candlesticks in Resene Noir

This retro lounge, inspired by the best elements of 1970s’ design, is the ideal place to put up your feet and enjoy a beverage among the company of family and friends.

Walls in Resene Gold Coast set the stage for dark and moody details, including the artwork, pendant lamps, art objects and console table painted Resene Nero to pull you in, while the saffron shades of the velvet chair and ottoman invite you to sit and stay awhile.

The bold pattern of the scalloped floor was created using a stencil, evoking a parquet or tiled floor, with alternating shapes painted in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath.

For something different, pale tans like Resene Gold Coast look lovely with a soft ochre like Resene Smooth Operator or a reserved wine red like Resene Vanquish.

A rich redwood brown like Resene Hairy Heath, on the other hand, is a great fit for a clean blue green like Resene Deep Teal, a dungeon grey blue Resene Bastille or an oxidised green olive like Resene Planter.

When it comes to a crusty ciabatta tan like Resene Pendragon, a chalky, calm cream beige like Resene Blank Canvas, a creamy yellow like Resene Melting Moment and an authentic blue like Resene True Blue are ideal pairings for a country-chic bedroom or dining space.

Stencilled ‘tile’ background in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top to bottom) in Resene Nero, Resene Hairy Heath, Resene Pendragon and Resene Gold Coast, candle stick in Resene Nero and vase in Resene Hairy Heath.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop,


Gifting Trenz: Trenzseater

Personalise your living spaces with the covetable range of furniture, furnishing and fixtures from Trenzseater. Shop the range of international and local designs perfect for the gifting season in-store or online.


Model behaviour. Kate Moss, Life is a Joke print, $1023


Ornamental elegance. Mr Pinchy & Co Brutus the Bull in Large, $1134 or Small, $298


Seek out inspiration with an apt coffee table tome. Louis Vuitton Catwalk, $196


Glow up your outdoor areas. Derby Lantern Marine Grade Antique Black Small, $513


Everlasting florals are always in season. Magnolia and Budding Branch, $609


Race up your walls. Roaring Bullet Large – Q262, $1078


Mull the day over while swilling in style. Brady Decanter Set, $599


Natural fibres are tending indoors and out. No.1 Wooden Bread Board – Small, $125


Ambience on demand. Côte Noire Diffuser Set in French Morning Tea Gold, $57


An exotic aesthetic

You may not be able to indulge in any globetrotting right now, but even more reason to bring the exotic aesthetic into your home.


Art, lighting, rugs, cushions and beaded decorative accessories are some of the key tools in your decorating arsenal when it comes to achieving a luxurious exotic look.



Think vibrant colours, mother of pearl inlay, ornately carved wood, richly hued upholstery, and intricate mosaic or terra cotta tile details.



Perhaps it’s time to pull out your own travel photos and ornaments? Here’s some Metropol inspiration for how to exotify your space.






Innovative inside and out: Blum

A new Christchurch showroom is not just displaying internationally recognised kitchen interior design – its architecturally-designed building is noteworthy too.



Blum has opened its innovative new South Island showroom, office, trade training, warehouse and distribution hub in Wigram, designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.

The kitchen hardware specialists’ architectural property is purpose built, focusing on sustainability, wellness and employee wellbeing, says Warren & Mahoney Architects Christchurch Senior Associate, Simon Laurie.

This meant incorporating natural light, outdoor time out areas, acoustic design for comfortable noise levels, and materials to complement the natural local environment.

“Architecturally, the design expresses a streamlined, finely tuned and engineered outcome closely aligned with the precision of products the building will deliver,” he says.

A pitched frontage design was used to break up the scale of the warehouse for a more urban appearance.

“The showroom is a splendid double height light filled space that visually connects with the outside and features a cantilevered stair clad in blue steel.”

The key features are geothermal heating, natural ventilation systems, solar thermal for hot water generation, water recycling system and charging station for electric cars.

Blum New Zealand Managing Director Michael Hawkins says the design aligns with Blum’s own business philosophies.

“The architectural design matches our heirloom, but we also want to be relevant in the current business climate, supporting local businesses by hosting events, industry meetings, seminars and training workshops for architects, designers and cabinet makers.”

Inside, the showroom presents moving ideas and concepts for innovative kitchen and cabinetry solutions, allowing customers to experience a full-scale kitchen test drive.

The Austrian manufacturer wants to show its South Island customers how creative interior design can be when implemented with high-quality fittings in kitchens, bathrooms and living areas of all sizes.

Visit the Blum showroom at 16 Avenger Crescent, Wigram.


Museum exhibits new concept designs

The concept designs for Canterbury Museum’s proposed $195 million redevelopment have been revealed, unveiling plans to celebrate heritage buildings while providing twenty-first century visitor facilities and modern exhibition and storage needs.


East facade viewed from Rolleston Ave


The concept designs by Athfield Architects have captured public feedback and include the addition of a new entrance and café, a new three-storeyed building, and strengthening to bring the site to 100 percent of building code.

The concept designs propose the walls on the northern sides of the original Benjamin Mountfort-designed buildings will be revealed and original exterior elements, including the flèche (slender roof-top spire) on the Rolleston Avenue façade, will be reinstated to celebrate its Gothic Revival character.

A new three-storeyed building will wrap around the north side of the heritage buildings, exposing the original walls to public view. The building will include mezzanine floors, multifunctional spaces such as a new lecture theatre and increased space for permanent and temporary exhibitions.

A second Rolleston Avenue entrance is planned to cater for the more than 750,000 visitors a year and will also house a café with sidewalk seating.

Interior Araiteuru space

Floor to ceiling glass will be added to part of two floors of the Roger Duff Wing – offering dramatic views across the Botanic Gardens to the Arts Centre – and which will house a split-level family café alongside Discovery, the Museum’s natural history centre for children.

Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright says the museum has listened very carefully to public feedback, and as a result will put the 26.5-metre blue whale skeleton back on display and place a greater emphasis on Māori, Pasifika and multicultural exhibits.

“The design increases the sense of discovery, surprise and the feeling of never being quite sure of what’s around the corner,” he says. “The way people move through the museum will definitely be improved.”

At the heart of the new museum is a new space called Āraiteuru, housed in the central full-height atrium, which will tell the story of mana whenua and tangata whenua and be home to a new contemporary whare – a ceremonial and educational space.

The new Atrium concept featuring the museum’s historic blue whale skeleton


Sporting win for Ashburton

The sale of land for a $50 million high-performance sports facility bordering Lake Hood Aquatic Park has gone unconditional and will be designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.



The Southern Parallel Sports Campus will include indoor and outdoor G3 pitches, running tracks, tennis and basketball courts, swim therapy, medical and therapy suites, a nutrition centre, lecture hall, a lodge – the existing Lake House building, but extended – and 20 residential-style accommodation units when building commences in 2021.

The real estate purchase for the site went unconditional recently, and Inovo Projects have been appointed to manage the project.

Inovo, supported by Tonkin & Taylor environmental and engineering consultants, have commenced the first phase of the project to secure required consents in co-operation with the Ashburton District Council.

Concept designs show a modern, multi-building design on the shores of Lake Hood, a 72 hectare man-made aquatic park with water-skiing and boating facilities, which also hosts national rowing events.

The campus will offer “a safe haven in a secure and stress-free environment catering to one’s every need whilst continuing to develop fitness, skills and education,” according to project proposals on Southern Parallel Sports’ website.

The campus is intended to cater for high performance, injured and disabled athletes, as well as returned servicemen and women, youth and the local community.


Dream team, result: Ingrid Geldof

They make a dream team, Ingrid Geldof Design (IGD) and the joiners at Advanced Joinery. Their recent collaboration on a Beachville Road kitchen has won the 2020 Canterbury Chapter Kitchen of the Year from the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA).


This kitchen also won a Distinction Award in its price category from NKBA and was runner up in the Certified Designers’ Society (CDS) awards.

Ingrid is no stranger to winning such awards – she has amassed over 50 since setting up her business in 1992. Advanced Joinery too, has many awards to its name.

Both companies share a passion for quality, seeking to create kitchens that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. “IGD’s forte is

space planning,” says Ingrid. “We make spaces work cohesively, so that clients have a joyous place to live and work in.”

IGD had a clear brief from the homeowners for the kitchen at Beachville Road, also known as The Ship House.

It was to enhance the architecture of the house design itself – full of light, with plenty of room to entertain in and with an uninterrupted view through to the estuary.

“It’s a very high tech kitchen with several built-in features – a Hafele vacuum system in the toe space, a concealed audio system and an integrated charging station on the Corian benchtop. The materials are natural for the desired light, streamlined, yet warm effect.”

Greg Ayers of Advanced Joinery was delighted to be part of the project. “We’ve worked with Ingrid on a number of occasions. We both want to achieve the very best for the client and we are very proud of the final outcome, especially the attention to detail.”

The homeowners, who engaged Bruce Banbury of Banbury Architects and James Warren of Upoko Architects for the project, are full of praise for both IGD and Advanced Joinery.

“They have given us everything we wanted in the kitchen. It’s just perfect and a breeze to work in. It certainly deserves the awards.”


An eye for Detail: Detail by Davinia Sutton

Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton was informed she had been recognised in the prestigious Trends International Designer Awards (TIDA) during lockdown.


The awards were judged online, and Davinia was up against competition from Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, North America and Australia.

Davinia’s runner-up kitchen (left) was designed for a new build family home. Strong structural forms respect and complement the architectural context, resulting in a design that incorporates the use of colour, light and texture to enhance the space and modern form.

Her highly commended kitchen (right) was for a home on Leinster Road, and adds a strikingly contemporary touch to a classic monochrome palette, preserving the special character of a traditional home with a modern spin.

“Our work is bespoke; it’s not something pulled together overnight,” Davinia says. “Success comes from a strong collaboration – with our tradespeople, who are willing to go on a design journey with us, and with our clients, who put their trust in what we do and are prepared to push boundaries. It’s very humbling to get these results on the world stage.”




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Trend to know: Japandi

We’re not going to lie, 2020, we won’t miss you. In fact, we’re already looking ahead to your replacement. But it’s not all bad news; we are going to use you for inspiration for a bit of lounging around in 2021.



That’s right, if you would rather put 2020 behind you, we’re with you! But this rather average year is shaping up to play a pivotal role in our living spaces.

We’ve checked out the ways 2020 is influencing our 2021 living rooms – and would like to introduce trend to know, Japandi.


We’ve long honoured and admired the Scandinavian aesthetic in the home; a design movement characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

Now we’re taking that to the next level with Japandi – an amalgamation of Scandinavian and Japanese design aesthetics.


Each has a focus on simplicity, natural elements and comfort. Combined, the look is minimal, functional, warm and calming, with touches of wabi-sabi enthused imperfection.

Etch Soapstone Vessel from Citta

So, it’s no surprise we’re craving Japandi and all it represents in a Covid-19 world.