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Sweet like chocolate


Velvety tones of chocolate and caramel create a delicious bedroom retreat that is perfect for autumn. You won’t want to leave the comforts of your cocoon, as these cool combinations will give you Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory vibes (before things began to turn pear-shaped).

 

BO CONCEPT AUSTIN BED.

 

We’ve come up with ways to drizzle these tones into your sleeping quarters that’ll make you want to lick your lips.

Colour of choice: Cocoa-coloured walls are trending right now. Not only do they serve as a great backdrop for bold and bright colours but should you choose to go the opposite way and pair it with softer tones, the result is welcoming a feeling of comfort into your bedroom.

BO CONCEPT AMSTERDAM SOFA.

It’s all in your head(board): Thinking about adding a bit more oomph or oh la la to your bedroom? Try investing in a headboard (or if you’re feeling daring, try DIY). Why not try adding one in a chocolate shade? While it might resemble a chocolate bar, it’s the perfect bedroom centrepiece for those with a sweet tooth.

BOCONCEPT MANHATTAN WALNUT VENEER.

A match made in heaven: If you fall in love with the headboard, the addition of matching bedside tables might be just what you need to take your bedroom to the next level.

ADAIRS ARIES CUSHION.

 

Tempting textures: Master bedroom paint colours set the mood of the space, whether that’s invigorating or calming and, when it comes to the bedroom, it’s the latter you’re going to be seeking. The beauty of brown tones is they do just that, brown is after all, a neutral. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Texture is a way to give ivory, taupe, grey, or tan a boost. Choose a glossy paint or add a shimmery or opalescent paint finish. Complete with velvet throws and coarse rugs.

LINEN HOUSE DELUXE WAFFLE BRICK EUROPEAN PILLOWCASE

 

Beautifully Bespoke


Rob Carter of Furniture Dimensions knows all about furniture. He has been in the business for more than 40 years.

 


From his workshop in Sydenham, Rob creates unique pieces of furniture for homes across Canterbury.

Each piece at Furniture Dimensions is custom-made to the client’s specific design requirements, whether that is built-in cabinetry, floating shelves, contemporary side boards, entertainment units, bedroom furniture, vanity units or dining tables.

Rob enjoys the challenge of crafting a new piece of furniture, with this often based on a client’s own designs or images they have seen in magazines.

Using quality wood veneers of American oak or walnut and high gloss lacquered finishes, he creates a diverse range of designs to suit his clients’ needs.

Call into his Sydenham premises to discuss your ideas and view a range of his completed work in the adjacent showroom.


 

True design and build


In the home building industry, offering a complete design and build service can be an attractive marketing tool, but whether a company can actually deliver is another matter. Craig Freeman, Director of David Magill Builders says you need to look behind the glossy websites and smooth commentary to discover if a company really ‘walks its talk’.

 

 

The team at David Magill Builders offers design and build in its purest form, demonstrating upfront transparency, true flexibility and an unbeatable ‘can-do’ attitude that puts the client ahead of business.

Flexibility lies at the core of a true design and build service; to earn the title it must be about making ideas into reality in the way the client wants it to happen.

“While we have strong relationships with local designers specialising in every type of home, we happily work with your chosen designer and products you like. We also have our own highly skilled, longstanding sub trades, but can work with contacts and resources that you might have, as long as their standards match ours. It’s a point of difference that we are very proud of!”

Brought to every detail of each project is Craig’s legendary attitude.

“I challenge others saying ‘it can’t be done’ – we disregard reasons not to and through lateral thinking we zero in on how we can get it done,” Craig says.

So intent is Craig that he will engineer solutions himself.

“Bespoke is more than a word; it’s being able to do it. We make it in the workshop or on-site using hand tools – and if you are not doing that you are not true design and build.”

The craftsmanship skills gained from ‘old school’ carpentry experience has bridged the gap between old and modern high-tech systems; resulting in some impressive ingenuity in design and build – often only seen in architectural homes.

For one owner, a copper front door was a heart’s desire.

Difficulty in product supply resulted in Craig and his team custom making it in-house for a fraction of the cost.

Meanwhile an existing house with a double stud height lounge room was designed to have a circular mezzanine floor added to create a library space.

The engineering plans specified an octagon with a circle inside – an ‘outside the square’ request.

An expensive continuous circular 100mm-deep beam was required, so Craig made it in-house, drawing the beam on his steel bench, calculating the dimensions, dividing the circumference into six individual pieces, making a form in the workshop to press the laminates together, cutting and fitting the pieces, before fixing the beam on site.

The end result: another very happy client. Now that’s design and build!


 

Kitchen facelifts!


“We specialise in kitchen facelifts,” says Adrian Kay of Dream Doors Christchurch.

‘Facelift’ is a perfect description. The magic that the Dream Doors team perform means the hub of your home will have a brand new look, but without a new kitchen price.

“A facelift is convenient, quick, non-invasive and certainly saves money. Importantly for many people, it is also environmentally-friendly. Because we retain the bones of a kitchen and its existing cabinets, this material is not being sent to landfill.”

Adrian explains that in many cases small changes to a kitchen’s decor, such as new doors, drawer fronts and benchtops, have a huge impact.

New Zealand materials are used and all the joinery is custom-made in Christchurch.

The company offers a wide range of benchtop options and colours to suit just about any dream kitchen.

European fixtures and fittings are standard and it all comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Dream Doors provides a complete package for either a facelift or a bespoke kitchen design service.

“We can take care of everything from arranging the electrician and plumber, to splashbacks and appliances.”

Dream Doors can also help with other important rooms in the house, such as laundries, as well as garage and study/office joinery.

Dream Doors is located in Wigram. Phone 03 338 1081 or email adrian@dreamdoors.co.nz for a free consultation to breathe new life into your kitchen.

Check out an amazing array of door designs on the website and follow them on Facebook for the latest before/after kitchen renovation photos and design inspiration.

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Home sweet home: Tempting trends for 2020


Contrary to popular belief, sometimes being left Home Alone isn’t all that scary. Especially when you’ve put time and effort into making your humble abode a chic place of comfort. How to achieve this you might ask? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Old school: Whoever said out with the old and in with the new, clearly doesn’t understand the word vintage.

We’re not suggesting that your house becomes a time capsule to the 1800s or 1900s, just include one or two statement pieces that showcase the traditional detailing of the furniture.

Make your new saying ‘what goes around comes around’.


Cozy corner: Gone are the days where the line between knowing whether the throw on the couch is purely decorative or not.

Why spend money on something that doesn’t serve its main function?

Yes, a Versace $3,028 black and white blanket or throw may look appealing and feel as soft as a cloud upon touch, but only the bold (or maybe the Kardashians) would dare to have it wrapped around them whilst indulging in a cheese board or glass of wine.

Buy a shearling blanket and curl up on the couch with a good book.


Colour crazy: It probably feels as if all we suggest is to add a pop of colour to your life – whether that’s in fashion, cuisine or home.

But that’s because without fail, it will always add a little fun into your life.

Imagine walking into your kitchen, living space or bedroom and there’s a bright decorative object amongst your beige everyday items.

Where’s your eye going to be drawn? What’s going to make you smile?


Relaxation royalty: Kiwi singer Lorde said ‘we’ll never be royals’ – while this may be true… we sure can live in the daydream and pretend.

Canopy beds are making a comeback and nowadays you don’t have to drape them with gold-speckled, heavy fabrics featuring the family-crest; this isn’t Game of Thrones.

Modern versions do exist, they just opt for acrylic or metal frames.


Go for geo: While this may seem like a random suggestion, geometric patterns are trending literally everywhere!

There’s something about the way the lines interact that makes it so mesmerising.

Although with the rise of the geo-pattern, comes the opportunity for overkill. Pick and choose your geometric items very carefully – it’s all about balance after all.


 

Get excited about your renovation: Armstrong Interiors


Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to wrap your head around renovating.

 

Renovating can be overwhelming, where is the best place to start?

When deciding to renovate, start with your wish list, then plan the most essential things to complete, getting professional advice on the cost of materials and the price of trades.

It is important to do things the right way round, enabling you to be prepared prior to demolition work.

Plan a start and finish time. Have project management under control with a schedule of when jobs will be completed, so you can organise tradespeople and prevent hold ups.

Many people live in their homes during renovations, so working through the house, one room at a time is ideal.


Generally we think of interior designers being at the end of the process when we are adding colour and texture. Should we engage an interior designer at the start of our project?

It depends on the extent of the renovation.

If you’re changing the layout of the kitchen, bathrooms or laundry, there are lots of decisions to be made, so it is good to get professional advice before starting.

If you just want colours, drapes and furniture from your interior designer, a colour schedule can be given to your painter later on in the project after the gib stopping.


How will I know whether I need to get building consent for our renovation?

These days a building consent is expected on the smallest of jobs – adding a bathroom, building a deck, they all need to be consented.

This is not a bad thing, it also protects you when you go to sell! All the ground work is done and ticked off.


How can you choose your tradespeople wisely to avoid “cowboys”?

When it comes to choosing the right people to do the job, you need to listen to people around you.

Do they come highly recommended? Are they master builders? Cheaper isn’t always better!

We provide good advice and can recommend a handful of tradespeople we’ve worked with.

Phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd.


 

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Chill Factor


Relax, it’s the 2020s and this decade’s décor retreats into a comfort zone that simply says ‘chill’. Home is a sanctuary where we recharge our batteries. We look at ways to do them up, so we can wind down.

 

FREEDOM FURNITURE

A softer palette
Muted, serene shades make a peaceful haven.

Warmer neutrals are snuggling up to hazy pastels for a luxuriously lived-in look as cool colours now give way to more yellow-based neutrals such as creams and all renditions of dirty white.

Star of the season, mustard, melds into this vibe with a cosy dollop of colour. Warm up any cool greys with nude and champagne pinks, washed-out teal, dusky aqua or faded moss greens.


Cutting the corners
The art deco era embraced all those sensuous curves – as seen in those glamorous circular mirrors and artwork, seating with gorgeous curved detailing and those graceful flowing figurines.

Cylindrical-shaped coffee tables are also a cool change. Couches are comfy with soft, sloping sides.

Round or oval tables can squeeze in more diners, inviting conversation – no one is on the edge.


Lounging around
A soft-cornered ottoman really owns the living room.

They can aspire to everything a coffee table can but without the sharp edges – from magazines and trays of morning tea through to extra seating for visitors or a footstool for three.

In deep-button velvet they’re opulent eye-catchers.

Magical Moroccan-style poufs add exotic chill factor; in fact oversized oval cushions in all styles are relaxing up lounge landscape.

Egg swing chairs and circular seating of the swinging ’60s have also become cocoons we love to lounge upon.

Tactile textures
Freedom from formality is frayed fringing, tussled tassels, worn velvets and canvas, linen and cotton.

Pamper with pom poms and mohair rugs and include touchable softness from silks and satins to worn leather and faux fur.


Fade away
Time worn and sun-kissed has earned its place.

Let pale, aged, natural wood have a break from the high polish.

Relax in the imperfect charm of wicker, rattan and cane in a faded shade.

Further invite with paled plump cushions and washed-out cotton throws. Faded evokes well-loved style.


Holiday mode
For a retreat-style home, embrace pale flooring of parquet or light woods, exposed rustic beams and let in plenty of light.

Bedrooms can be 24-hour hibernation hubs with lounging areas and soft dreamy colours to send us into slumber.

On the other hand, lounge couches have become bed-like with the trend in sumptuous wider seating.

Upholstered chairs around lower casual dining tables also become hang-out zones.

After all, who wants a visitor to perch politely on the edge of their seat – we’re now saying welcome, stay awhile and chill.


 

In hot demand


Ethical clothing range Willou has been in hot demand this summer, which has seen stylish new designs added to an already evolving collection that’s all made right here in Christchurch.

 

 

Founded by sisters Sarah and Dominique Dougall, this sustainable brand aims to create “small collections of trans-seasonal pieces” by supporting local businesses and manufacturers along the way.

By working with New Zealand fabric suppliers, cutters and machinists – and both sisters completing garments themselves – they can track every stage of their product’s lifespan.

The range includes tops and tees, jumpsuits, pants and dresses, all in a chic, natural colour palette of ivory, charcoal, olive, dark navy, paprika and oatmeal.

New styles just launched include the Daisy singlet, Poppy blouse and Paper bag pant available in tones of mustard, sage, ivory and dark navy. Linen hair ties and scrunchies are available to purchase online, as are gift vouchers.

Made from 100 percent linen – a material known for its ability to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter – the high-quality wash and wear collection is designed to last for many seasons.

If your New Year’s resolution was to buy sustainably, Willou’s online store is the best place to start. Visit today to browse the exciting new range.


 

Fringe Festival


A retro revival like no other, there’s a mid-century trend bringing refined glamour and a flirty edge to 2020 abodes.

 

 

We’re seeing a healthy dose of frisky trimmings like tassels and fringing spicing things up amongst interior accessories, as designers turn away from the traditional minimalism of yesteryear and embrace rich textures and opulent accessories.

While it’s best to allocate several fringed items to one interior space for continuity, you can keep things simple by swapping existing accessories such as throws, rugs and cushions for funky fringed designs.

Feeling brave?

Fringed furniture like couches, chairs and ottomans make a luxurious statement.

You’re free to use your imagination when it comes to the colour palette, but we recommend deep reds, golds, greens and blues for ultimate elegance.

Jazz up your boudoir with fringed bedspreads, wall hangings and curtains – even mirrors are getting a makeover.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match fabrics like satin, velvet and crushed silk for an old-world feel.

Forget crystal chandeliers, tasteful tassels are where it’s at when it comes to luxurious lighting.

From floor lamps to wall lights to hanging shades, creative lighting is one of the easiest ways to quickly transform the feel of a room.

Create flow through your home by utilising luxe lampshades with fringe detailing.

Inspired? Give your home pizazz and its own individual style with the fun fringe factor!


 

Flooring with a story


This New Zealand story goes back decades, so too does the story of Foret flooring, which was founded almost a century ago.

 

Stephen Goodenough Photographer

At the heart of this local business, is a love of timber and, while sometimes these magnificent buildings can’t remain, Foret’s suppliers carefully and respectfully salvage their essence, providing timber that has stories in its soul. Imagine at the heart of your design project, timber that has a legacy of hundreds of years.

New timber is being sourced all the time and every piece is special – sometimes very rare.

Sourced from reputable suppliers from genuine reclaimed demolition material or declassified mill product, the company’s reclaimed timber is carefully and respectfully salvaged to keep its essence and its story intact for your design project; heritage-rich timber for future generations to enjoy, cherish and admire.

Foret flooring tells a story of how the past meets the sustainable future with its European-sourced French oak.

It is primarily sourced from a family that are true artisans in the French timber industry.

Established in 1921, this third generation family business is truly passionate about timber and their mill, taking immense pride in ensuring a consistently high quality product.

The company only sources timber that is milled from sustainably managed and PEFC-certified forests.

Foret is proud to offer to you this collection of quality French timber flooring and engineered flooring boards from the Loire Valley that is renowned for tradition, innovation and expertise.

Reclaimed, recycled, repurposed timber, where you’ll find a little bit of history in every piece.

Email alan@foret.nz or call 021 766 750