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New Neutrals: Resene


Our concept of what a neutral colour looks like is changing. No longer are we talking only about whites, creams, beiges and greys – some surprising new neutrals are in the mix.

 

STYLING BY LISA MORTON, IMAGES BY BRYCE CARLETON

 

Among them are a range of terracotta shades, from subtle apricot tones all the way through to sun-baked clay. While not traditional neutrals, these shades are extremely versatile and work well in lots of – and often unexpected –combinations.

This bedroom is a perfect example of one such surprising but effective combination. Walls in Resene Raindance are given extra drama and interest with graduated layers of terracotta shades; the Resene Just Dance footstool topped with the small vase in pale peach Resene Sorbet, the mid-sized vase in Resene Shilo through to the bold Resene Sunbaked finish of the taller vase and the lightshade. The floor anchors everything with a subtle shade of Resene Colorwood Greywash. The overall result? All the drama and beauty of a desert sunset.

 

Background in Resene Colorwood Greywash. A4 drawdown paint swatches (left to right): Resene Despacito, Resene Just Dance and Resene Raindance. Top vase in Resene Shilo, bottom vase in Resene Sorbet, circle in Resene Sunbaked.

 

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.

 

 


 

Exceeding expectations: DJ Hewitt Builders


A close collaboration between builder and designer created a home where every space suits the realities of family life.

 

 

James and Micayela Hunter have three daughters and their new St Albans home passed the ultimate functional test – a birthday sleepover for 10.

An architectural designer, James has worked with Daryl Hewitt of DJ Hewitt Builders for 15 years; their common bond being exceptional attention to detail.

Light, bright and open plan with a 2.7m stud, cedar fins greet at the front door. Past the wide entrance, office and separate lounge, American Oak fins also form the stairwell and partitioning to a cosy dining area – linking spaces with personality.

Doorways were intentionally kept to a minimum for easy-living flow between spaces. Adjacent to the living area and open-plan kitchen with a steel-framed island, a zigzag walkway leads to a private powder room, laundry and three-car garage.

It was an engineering design achievement for the 5.5m of timber fins connecting the second floor. The landing sports an extra-wide hallway for siblings to run past each other to the four bedrooms, hobby nook, and fully tiled bathroom.

“Daryl’s passion and enthusiasm for building is contagious, nothing is ever a problem and the quality of workmanship is exceptional!” Micayela says. “I am truly delighted.”

“It was a whole-team project – evereryone was so organised. It wasn’t at all stressful, and everything was finished a week ahead of schedule, giving us more time to move in.”

 

Happy homeowners: James and Micayela Hunter with their three daughters.

She’s enjoying her walk-in wardrobe with a light-filled picture window, and ensuite with a double shower and double sink.

The interior consultant, Daryl’s wife Tara, balanced monochromatic tones throughout, and chose a stunning textured-tile backdrop in the kitchen. “In the walk-in pantry she cleverly suggested a window between the bench and the shelves instead of a splashback.”

The 356sqm Rockcote-clad and standing seem steel home has PV solar panels, and underfloor heating. LowE glass and larger eaves keep heat out and warmth in, and foundation-ring insulation was another savvy cost-saving investment.

“It was an evolving project,” James says.

“Too many builds just keep to minimum standard. Everything exceeds minimum here – you have to love what you build!”

 

 


 

Touch of gold


Nothing delights the eye quite so much as the glitter of gold. Wherever gold is, gloom is dispelled. Be it the ring on your finger, the scarf around your neck, or the coverlet adorning your bed, there’s something about gold. Here are a few ways to get a touch of gold in your home this season.

 

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  1. A gold chandelier: Choose an elegant chandelier that concentrates less on the metal but more on the glass – one with touches of gold on the arms will render a soft illumination without harshness.
  2. Window treatments: A single gold sash above the top of your curtains gives instant eye-catching glamour, or curtain hooks of antique gold that deserve to be seen. But for sheer drama, hang drops of gold organza over your existing drapes!
  3. Gold furniture: Swap curtains, linens, rugs and pillows with ones that have colour accents of gold. Create a glimmering gold feature wall, or if that seems too daring, paint a coffee table or the legs of footstools.
  4. Table touches: An exquisite gold runner along the dining room table cannot be underestimated. Pair it with a contrasting centrepiece, such as a dark bowl filled with gold decorative balls, or a black-based candelabra with long gold candles and you’re set for a year of beautiful dining.
  5. Light dark spaces: Gold wall sconces, mirrors with gold embellished frames, or photos framed in gold, will gently effuse a room in light, while side-tables dressed with a neutral lampshade with a gold base, or a black lampshade with gold lining, add that extra touch of warmth and illuminated drama.

 


 

Kitchens with punch: Misco Joinery


Kitchen design in 2020 is going to be all about introducing feature colours and textures that add depth and style.

 

 

Moving away from neutral tones and white features, we’re now looking ahead to a whole new world of design to create a much more personalised, user-friendly influence for the heart of your home.

For more than 30 years, local, family-owned company Misco Joinery has been making ideas come to life throughout the Canterbury region and providing the whole package from design right through to installation.

This year they’re noticing that, in line with global trends, people are moving away from white kitchens and adding more colour, feature shelving and additions that make life in the kitchen much easier.

Waterfall kitchen islands are going to remain popular and melamine boards in grey, or warm wood grains, are being introduced to add texture and depth. Colour is even finding its way onto benchtops in a range of natural grey and marbled tones.

Outside the kitchen, the laundry is also going through changes, as they receive more attention. They are starting to include more design elements, a variety of storage options, and there’s also a growing emphasis on it feeling more like a room of its own.

 

The team at Misco Joinery say that while New Zealanders do tend to follow some of the Australian and European trends, Kiwis always make their homes their own by incorporating clean lines and making space work best for their lifestyle.

Misco Joinery is located at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, employing more than 45 staff who work with residential and commercial builders, as well as private clients in both the South and North Islands.

The team of designers, manufacturers and installers may specialise in creating stunning kitchens, but they’re also the people to call for installing new wardrobes, laundries and commercial fit-outs.

To see the full scope on offer, www.misco.co.nz features a range of imagery to give you an idea of the styles available, and builders’ showhomes are dotted around the country so you can see the product first-hand and discuss your options with the friendly and helpful staff.

For more information on how Misco Joinery can help with your next project, phone 03 383 4384, email enquiries@misco.co.nz, and check them out on Instagram @miscojoinerynz.

 


 

Desert Diamond


Not too long ago, this gorgeous mellow-toned room would likely have been awash in millennial pinks, but there’s a subtle shift away from that side of the spectrum into the trendy tones of peaches and nudes.

 

Left diamond: Resene Tequila Left triangles: Resene Just Right Middle diamond: Resene Cashmere Right triangles: Resene Alpaca Floor: Resene Umber White

 

Why use just one peach or nude tone when you can use a few by way of this striking diamond feature wall? Such a dramatic shape can fall into the trap of becoming a bit overwhelming to the eye, however, painted in desert or sunset tones from Resene, this feature wall creates a beautiful and modern backdrop.

To balance out the oversized pattern, a tonal colour scheme keeps it soft and pretty, using sandy, dusky peaches and pinks to create a grown-up look that’s soft but not effeminate.

While shape trends are shifting from strict geometrics to more organic shapes, by using a tonal colour scheme, this pattern avoids being jarring and too contrasting. It’s also much easier to achieve as opposed to more free-form shapes – just mask with tape and get painting!

The scheme is further softened by adding plenty of natural textures to the room, from fringed cushions to macramé wall hangings. Finish off by painting flooring and furniture in natural tones, such as Resene Umber White (floor) and Resene Bone (coffee table).

Other colours to try with sunset shades could be smoky teals, faded blacks and leather browns.

 

Floor in Resene Umber White, medium vase in Resene Tequila, small vase in Resene Alpaca, A4 drawdown paint swatches from bottom Resene Alpaca, Resene Just Right, Resene Cashmere and Resene Tequila. Props: Eden Scarf Blush from Shut The Front Door, Rogue Mini King Protea 56cm Blush Stem and Rogue Protea 55cm Green Stem from Freedom Furniture.

 


Top tip: Keep busy geometric designs to one wall only, and make sure to use the same complementary shades throughout the space. That way the wall will be integrated into the whole room, rather than being jarring or overwhelming. Incorporate it into the room as you would showcase a piece of art.


Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.

 


 

 

 

Every step of the way: Jennian Homes


From the moment you walk through the door of Jennian Homes’ Canterbury Studio J Design Centre, or one of their stunning display homes, you can be assured the experienced team will be with you every step of the way as you start creating your dream home.

 

 

Specialising in design and build packages, the team wants your input right from the beginning as they work to incorporate unique features and touches that reflect your personality and lifestyle.

With Jennian’s architectural designers, there are the skills to accommodate a myriad of ideas and options, whether it’s a home designed from scratch, or you’re working on proven plans.

They’re the experts at bringing in contemporary design features, options tailored to family life, entertaining and modern living, and always maximise the space to create beautiful areas that capture the best of indoor-outdoor flow.

Jennian Homes Client Liaison Sue Prendergast says everything from design to construction is done in-house, so you get the best possible service moving forward with your home build.

To get the exact feel of what you’re looking for, the best place to start is a show home, and no matter where you are based in Canterbury, there’s a home to visit nearby.

 

Currently, show homes are based at The Borough, Rolleston; Halswell Commons, Christchurch; and Westpark Boulevard, Rangiora. Meanwhile, a brand new display home is to open later this month in the gorgeous subdivision in Oaklea, Ashburton.

This year has seen Jennian Homes Canterbury work on some amazing architectural homes and stunning properties for first-time home buyers.

The Canterbury Firm operates from Kaikoura to Waimate and has an amazing base of staff and tradespeople who make the design and build magic happen.

“It’s a very busy time leading up to Christmas,” Sue says. “We’re looking forward to an exciting new year in 2020. It keeps us motivated.”

For more information on building with Jennian Homes, or to discuss your options, call 03 741 1436, email enquiries@jennian.co.nz; or visit www.jennian.co.nz today.

 

 


 

 

Dream Weaver


Rattan is weaving its way into our homeware dreams – and with the wicker of a finger, the dream becomes a reality.

 

 

Now you can get the island resort feeling in your home year-round; rattan has returned to our Pinterest boards and our homes.

Most often, this type of furniture was confined to porches and outdoor areas and only enjoyed on warmer evenings. This was likely due to it being great weather-resistant furniture. But in order to get more bang for your buck and enjoy your rattan year-round, it may be time to let the outdoors in.

Rattan’s most desirable qualities are that it’s strong and lightweight, making it the perfect option for seating arrangements. This could be in the form of dining chairs, barstools or even a daybed tucked away in a nook. To channel that island-living feel, a hanging rattan chair is ideal.

 

 


 

Whitewashed Wonder: Resene


This fresh, cool room manages to take the essence of trendy Scandi cool and blend it with a distinctly local, natural style.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WENDY FENWICK. STYLING GEM ADAMS

 

The walls retain a modern minimalist look with the use of Resene Colorwood Whitewash, allowing the beauty of the wood grain to show through and add visual texture. The floor, painted in mild-mannered Resene Eighth Stonewashed, acts as the perfect canvas from which to launch the rest of the room in layers of warm neutrals and textures.

The clean lines of the vanity unit are painted in the darker, earthy Resene Colins Wicket to add dimension and depth to the room.This colour also makes the paler accessories – such as the towel ladder in Resene Rice Cake, a simple vase in Resene Half Stone Age and the hand basin – pop against the other neutrals. As a modern interpretation for bathroom storage, a ladder is used for towels and two round hooks, painted in Resene Rococo and Swiss Caramel, for extra hanging space.

This is a colour scheme that cries out for plenty of natural accents and accessories; be inspired by the jute mat, the woven light shade and even the textures of the waffle towels or something as simple as a string bag. Bolder colour, such as the plant pot in Resene Influential and the deep yellow of the hand towel, add interest, while the on-trend round brass mirror and aged brass tapware bring added warmth and lustre.

 

Other colours to try with this natural eco cool colour scheme are:

  1. Use bold verdant green accents and consider layering them in different strengths for a lush glade feel.
  2. Swap out the deep yellow accents used here for dramatic burnt oranges and add in contrasting hooks in smokey greys. Top it all off with plants that flower in orange.
  3. Resene Colorwood Whitewash also works well with greys and blues for a soothing, beachy look. For a more earthy look, opt for rich browns or terracotta shades.

 

 


 

Savvy storage: here’s how


Stuff; we all have it and it’s great – until it gets in your way and becomes unwieldy, annoying clutter.

 

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We need clear space to think; to feel; to be; a space that allows us to gather ourselves while we rest from the stimulation of the outside world.

With smaller dwellings becoming ever more popular, savvy storage solutions are on the rise. It’s all very well to put all your stuff away in the laundry, or that spare bedroom – but if you can’t find what you need when you need it, tempers will fray and homes will unravel.

So, carefully assess your home, its nooks and crannies, with an eye to maximising all the space it holds. With a measuring tape in hand, check out unused spaces and consider putting in appropriate shelving or shelved cupboards. Extra shelf storage above the kitchen bench is handy and if you use clear look-alike containers, they can be stacked one on top of another, or one behind another for clever organisation.

 

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Don’t waste cupboard space, make sure the cupboards are the right height for what you’re putting in them. Make objects clearly visible. Pot handles can be hung on cupboard doors, pots placed on a multi-tier shelf and recessed shelves can add extra storage to a kitchen island. Drawer organisers compartmentalise electricals, jewellery, make-up, keys and more.

In the bathroom, a recessed shower shelf or shelves will take care of all the shower paraphernalia, while in the laundry cupboard, consider using boxes or hampers for separate items, such as towels, sheets, duvet covers, blankets and pillow cases, and make sure your cupboards all fit floor to ceiling for extra storage. The hot water cylinder can be moved to the laundry to create extra space, and a hanging shoe organiser is a great option for holding towels – and toilet rolls too.

 

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If you have a staircase, you can maximise the storage underneath and beside it. In the bedroom, a folding bed with space under the bed and bookshelves on the side will give marvellous extra storage. A wall of empty cylinders can be great storage for lots of little things, including shoes, and, in a loft room, pull out wardrobes of varying heights maximise the space beautifully.

The possibilities are endless; be clever, be savvy – a clear, well organised home is a treasure of great price.

 

 


 

Chalk it up


If you thought that the last time you would encounter the word ‘chalk’ would be in primary school, then you may have to think again. Originally created by the paint brand Annie Sloan, chalk paint is a fun new way to give your house a vintage feel or try something entirely new. The paint is used to give furniture and home décor a matte look and is very easy to apply.

 

ANNIE SLOAN OXFORD NAVY AND ATHENIAN BLACK, CHAISE IN GRAPHITE TICKING

 

One of the many perks to using chalk paint is that it doesn’t require any prep; you can simply apply it to most surfaces (even ones that have already been painted) as long as it is clean and dry. So, whether you’re revitalising, restyling or refurbishing, here’s a few tips to ensure that your house is the chalk of the town!

 

  1. Something old: If your old dresser or wardrobe is looking exactly that… old, then it may be time to give that old girl a new coat of paint. Annie Sloan has 42 shades available on their Chalk Paint Colour Card, each with their own inspiration or story. So, while you’re telling your neighbour about your freshly painted Antoinette cupboard you can also tell them the colour is inspired by the decorative pieces and interiors of 18th century France.
    ANNIE SLOAN ATHENIAN BLACK

     

  2. Something new: This tip isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires a fight against the greys and neutral colours of contemporary stairs. Adding a little bit of colour, even if it’s a subtle pastel or darker colours, onto your stairs at home can really open up the space and provide an interesting talking point for guests.

  3. Something borrowed: The inherited furniture from grandma might have looked good in her house but it may not fit in with your contemporary furniture. While some may think it’s a sin to paint over granny’s beloved old dining room table and repurpose it into a desk, using Annie Sloan’s Athenian Black shade could be a great way to pay homage to your childhood memories.
    ANNIE SLOAN OXFORD NAVY, PURE, BARCELONA ORANGE

     

  4. Something blue… navy: Annie Sloan has just recently launched two new shades of easy-to-use chalk paint: Oxford Navy and Athenian Black. If you really like the matte look of the chalk paint, you can move your brush from furniture to wall. Oxford Navy is the perfect colour to do so. It’s a traditional navy blue that takes inspiration from Annie’s home city – Oxford.