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Outdoor options


Al fresco season feels upon us, or almost, which means it may too be time to update your outdoor entertaining areas. Whether that’s a patio, deck or poolside space – here’s Metropol’s pick for items to consider.

 

Posh perches
Outdoor seating is essential if you plan to while away the days and evenings in your outdoor sanctuary. From elegant outdoor lounge sets, to dining arrangements or comfy and casual bean bags – furnish your exterior entertaining with weatherproof, long lasting materials.

In the shade
A sun umbrella can transform your space from a sauna to a shady haven, while adding a stylish silhouette – and of course protection from UV rays. Choose long lasting fabrics and strong frames and bases which can withstand those nor’westers.

Table talk
An outdoor table is an obvious place to congregate to enjoy meals, beverages and each other’s company. Choose a modern square shape or more traditional round in timber, concrete, glass or resin. Pair with casual bench seats or more formal individual chairs.

Game goals
What are our spaces, if not for having fun? Spice up your exterior area with some outdoor games like giant connect four, Jenga, pétanque or Scandinavian favourite, Kubb. Start a scoreboard and let the games – and competition – begin.


 

Preparing for alfresco living: The Crowded House Furniture Company


It may be winter, but it only takes a few warm nor’westers and a couple of 20°C days for us to start planning for sunny days and al fresco entertainment. So, it’s no surprise September is one of the busiest months for The Crowded House Furniture Company, purveyors of stylish and competitively priced outdoor furniture.

 

Since launching in 2011, the company has sourced and imported its own brand of New Zealand-designed furniture to Kiwi specifications (generous proportions, tough enough to handle sunshine and snow).

Dealing directly with manufacturers keep prices competitive, as does its no-showroom, viewing by appointment model.

Ranges of mix-and-match dining settings, lounge suites, and large bar and stool combos are constructed of UV resistant polyethylene rattan over solid powder coated aluminium frames, in classic black and brown, complete with cushions.

Call Jodi on 0275332298 to arrange a viewing, or shop online.


 

Kitchens of envy: Oakleigh Fine Furniture


“Working with clients to help them realise their concept for a kitchen is extremely satisfying and rewarding.”

 

 

Richard Hutt of Oakleigh Fine Furniture has always been passionate about solid timber and creating fine furniture.

Some years ago he diversified into making kitchens using the full range of materials from timber to laminates, melamine, stone and painted finishes.

“People like working with us because we are a small firm and can give them that individual point of difference. We really listen to clients’ ideas, take them on board and turn them into reality.”

A Kristen Reid-designed kitchen, completed only a few weeks ago in a new home, is one of which Richard is especially proud.

“It’s a large kitchen, including a scullery and an island wide enough to accommodate several people dining – a true entertainers’ kitchen. The client was great to work with as she had a clear vision. It was up to Kristen Reid and us to make that vision into a practical and workable, yet attractive space.”

The kitchen is indeed stunning. It has a classic palette of charcoal, light grey, off white and chrome.

There is an industrial flavour with the huge metal pendants over the island.

The grey concrete-like engineered stone of the bench tops and the brick work of the splashback and range hood further contribute to this style.

Storage and food preparation space is abundant and the appliances are state of the art.

“It was a joy to see our client’s face when everything was finished.”


 

A cut above the rest: Douglas Furniture


Making the most of the lockdown, Douglas Furniture took out the mirror to reflect on its processes and how the team can better improve them. After operating in Christchurch for more than 65 years and being one of the more established joineries in New Zealand, they managed to find uncharted territory. We caught up with Howard Nossiter about their latest expedition in the furniture world.

 

 

The business is more commonly known for providing bespoke joinery and light steel fabrication. Capabilities and experience “cover anything from built-in and standalone residential and commercial joinery, through to a complete design and fit-out service,” Howard says.

But there is something very exciting in the woodworks for this beloved local, a range that will set to put them a cut above the rest.

“We’re in the process of finishing an environmentally friendly furniture range, name yet to be determined,” Howard explains.

What sets this range apart from what is already on offer is where the materials come from.

The range of furniture will be generated from their offcuts, creating a truly unique and bespoke offer.

The team at Douglas Furniture noticed that, because of the truly bespoke nature of their business, “there were increasing volumes of off cuts destined for landfill – it has become a challenge in terms of finding a home for them”.

So, what better way was there to rehome unused materials than bringing to life their latest escapade.

The range includes, “Standard designs where clients can pick and choose what they want – feet, handles, everything that was going into landfill”.

You may be thinking, why now? “We are constantly questioning our practices and how we can reduce impact on the environment,” Howard says.

“Now more than ever, there is a similar push from our commercial and corporate clients.

So, with this range you’ll be told the value of how much landfilled space each piece saved, upon purchase”.

This awesome new idea definitely has our green tick of approval!


 

Here to stay: McDonald & Hartshorne


After recent events, everyone is looking to push the refresh and reset button. You might not be able to control everything in the world, but you can certainly control the look of your beloved furniture pieces thanks to McDonald & Hartshorne.

 

 

The quality furniture specialists offer a professional restoration, repair and reupholstery service to your worn-down favourites.

They carry the latest fabrics, vinyl, and leather from leading New Zealand tanneries.

They can even arrange to get your woodwork restored through their recommended furniture polisher.

Mike has been in the furniture polishing business for more than 30 years and works in with the company.

The team wanted to give a “timely reminder that we are here, we have been going for 16 years and aren’t planning on stopping any time soon”.

As a company they offer free quotes; Keith Hartshorne can go to any home or business and clients can make an appointment and come the showroom.

Free quotes are also welcome via email, sales@qualityfurniture.co.nz.

The team at McDonald and Hartshorne are excited to announced that they have moved into their new store at 424 Asaph Street.

While it was only a small move, it means big things for the beloved locals.


 

Creating zen working from home spaces


You might have missed the boat on creating a zen working from home space ahead of lockdown, but we think this time will just be the starting point for more flexible workplaces. So now’s your opportunity to make a space that is both calm and productive.

 

 

SMART STORAGE: Organisation is key with at home workspaces! There’s nothing worse than a cluttered desk – if it has nothing to do with work (eg. baby toys, gaming consoles or even dirty dishes) then remove it from your area. Incorporate vertical or horizontal shelves for smart storage and make access easy with it being just a chair roll away from your desk. If you’re having clients that are coming into your home office, rolling shelves are a great option. They can be moved to be less visible in a matter of seconds.

LEARN TO LABEL: Invest in a label maker because you will learn to love it. Labelling drawers allows you to know what’s inside each one and means that everything will be put back in the correct spot.

COMFORT IS KEY: The most important piece of furniture in an at home workplace is the deckchair. You’re most likely going to be spending a lot of time sitting down in it, so it makes sense for it to be comfortable. But it doesn’t have to be the only crucial chair in your life… adding a beanbag or lounge to an office can give you a place to unwind for 15 minutes. This prevents you from wandering off into the loungeroom and procrastinating.

SELECT A SCENT: Smell, being one of the five senses, can control your moods and emotions. They also add a personal touch to any space. Create a calming environment by selecting a signature scent for your office.

IT TAKES TWO: As handy and portable laptops are, having a second screen makes working at home that little bit easier. There’s no need to be flicking through tabs, you can write notes down while watching a video or even look over data while talking to your colleague on the other screen. This is especially handy if you’re used to using two screens at your usual work office.

GREEN THUMB: Going green is a movement that is trending for a reason. Adding a low maintenance plant will not only add a pop of colour, some plants even help to improve air quality. Besides, having a living thing in your workspace that requires you to go in and water it gives you good reason to always be in there.


 

Exceptionally bespoke: Gavin Cox Furniture


If you are looking for beautifully crafted furniture to liven up your home, we have the perfect place for you – Gavin Cox Furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The company has been producing top quality furniture for 37 years, with Tim Cridge becoming the owner in 2005.

To say that Tim knows exactly what he is doing is an understatement, as he was a long-serving employee, since 1992, before he took over the business.

So we have to ask, what types of pieces is he frequently asked to construct?

“All of our furniture tends to be signature pieces in the home, with a demand for feature dining table and chairs, console tables, sideboards and entertainment units,” he says.

With everything that has been going on recently, it is now more important than ever to support local and Gavin Cox Furniture is just that.

“We are proud to be a small locally owned and operated business here in Christchurch, where we specialise in making quality solid timber furniture,” Tim says.


 

The white way


We will forever love the white room; it’s clean, serene and the stuff of interior dreams. We’ve pulled together our top tips for painting the white way.

 

  1. The right white

    White has long reigned supreme in the world of interiors – and for good reason; it’s perhaps the most typically used wall colour for our internal spaces due to its safe practicality and versatility.

    But which shade of white does one choose? Will it be pure white, off-white or simply white?

    Taking the time to choose the ‘right white’ makes more of a difference than you might think.

    ADAIRS WHITE GENOA VINTAGE WASHED LINNE CUSHION
  2. Complement with colour

    As with any other interior colour, the shade of white you choose needs to complement the other colours and furnishings in the room – and don’t forget about the lighting.

    Blue undertones give a crisper, cooler shade of white which best suits a modern, urban space where strong, dark colours like navy or black prominently feature.

    Yellow undertones, on the other hand, provide a warmer and creamier appearance that’s more relaxed and works well with rustic, earthy colour palettes like browns, reds and oranges.
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  3. Pick your palette

    When it comes to decorating a white room, it’s important to firstly choose your colour palette – will it be tonal or complementary?

    The danger of a white room is the tendency to stick solely to a neutral colour palette, which can often make a space look washed out.

    Consider the classic décor rule of 60-30-10 – 60 percent of the room should account for the primary colour palette, 30 percent should be the secondary colour or texture, and the last 10 percent is for your accent hue.

    A bright pop of the right colour can go a long way, adding depth and variation.

    While white will always combine particularly well with black for eye-catching contrast, interior trends are telling us to opt for other bold colours like emerald green or crisp yellow.

  4. Let’s talk themes

    It’s also equally as important to pick a theme – namely what textures, furnishings and accessories you will use.

    Gold detailing works best with warmer whites, and silver with cooler tones.

    Warm woods complemented by weathered, whitewashed finishes provide a comfortable, country rustic vibe, but if it’s a sleek, modern atmosphere you’re after, consider materials with a colder feel like metal and stone.

    A carefully curated collection of plants can also add to the atmosphere of any white room.

    PILLOW TALK BENSON TABLE
  5. Fabulous fabrics

    Selecting the right fabrics is critical to creating contrast successfully – texture is your best friend, particularly when it comes to an all-white interior.

    For instance, a carefully chosen rug will tell the textural story of a room, allowing the other furnishings to subtly reference back to it.

    Remember to choose one that’s the right size so it doesn’t look out of place – interior designers recommend that the rug is large enough to stretch underneath all the core furniture pieces like the sofa, armchairs and coffee table.

When executed well, the bright white interior offers serenity and sophistication that truly stands the test of time.


 

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

 

Sustainable Chic


We’re all about sustainability right now and, as society gravitates towards more eco-friendly lifestyles, we become more ecologically conscious and knowledgeable about the products we fill our houses with and their longer-term use – not just in function, but also in form. Welcome to the ‘Green Age’.

 

 

Bonkers for bamboo: This material is often labelled as the fastest-growing plant on earth, which results in it also acquiring the attribute of being highly sustainable. This is a material that can be used for almost anything around the home such as flooring, cabinets, lightshades and even outside furniture. Just be sure to get good quality bamboo from a sustainable factory, as it’s not always the sturdiest material.

Grow up: Plants are the reason we’re able to provide oxygen to our lungs. So why not get closer to the source? Adding houseplants to your home will improve the quality of the indoor air and constantly remind you that we have to nurture nature so that it can do the same for us.

A bright idea: It’s hard to believe that something as simple as switching your lightbulbs could be a stepping stone to making your home more sustainable. Well, believe it. Energy-efficient lightbulbs are the way to go moving forward. They’re cost-effective and long-lasting. It might be time for you make the switch.