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A study in contrast

Decorating with complementary colours can be a challenging look to pull off, but when everything comes together, the results are memorable. The key is finding the right tones that work together – instead of competing with one another – and then working in a mix of darker and lighter shades.



In this space, the sofa and the pendant lamp, vase, dish and small retro nesting table in Resene Wishing Well provide high contrast with the Resene Bluetooth walls and Resene Jailbreak console, while the small bowl in Resene Japonica brings in a softer orange to balance out the look and play off tones in the artwork. Neutral floors in Resene Alabaster lighten things up and keep the bold tones from becoming overpowering, while the floor rug adds another layer of visual texture.


Other colours that look great with high-octane orange are pewters, deep slates or midnight blues – try Resene Artemis, Resene Fast Forward or Resene Twilight Zone.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop,



Expand your indoor living!: Louvre Solutions

Spring is in the air! The days are finally getting longer, the air is fresh and clean, and new beginnings abound.



Hello spring! We welcome your arrival and look forward to comfortably basking in the great outdoors once again. Spring just can’t help but bring fresh starts, clean closets and a renewed excitement about life and what it has in store. The timing couldn’t be better to expand your indoor living into the great outdoors. Louvre Solutions can create a custom space that suits your individual needs with a rain-censored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down side screens, LED lighting and heat lamps.

Entertaining at home has never been easier and Canterbury-based Louvre Solutions, owned and operated by Craig Rogers, knows how to create the perfect outdoor space. Whether entertaining, relaxing, or simply expanding your indoor area, Louvre Solutions can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition. The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection.

Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realise your vision of the ultimate outdoor space. The patio louvre system is strong and conforms to all wind and snow load requirements. The louvres integrate flawlessly into any architectural style. Louvre Solutions manufactures its louvres from extruded aluminium which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat, wind and rain.


“When we started out, these premium products were prohibitively expensive and reserved for the elite. Even with ongoing improvements and advancements in technology to our products, we are able to offer Louvre Solutions at an affordable price to a wider market. We are now able to be accessible to markets from entry-level properties to very high-end spec homes,” Craig explains.

The benefits of a louvre roof are many, ranging from aesthetics to practicality. They are a brilliant addition to homes and can be proactively planned as part of the design/build process or retrofitted once the need is identified post- construction.
With more than 14 years in the industry, Louvre Solutions’ reputation has been built on a solid foundation. Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies.

Louvre Solutions manufactures its products at its Canterbury-based factory. A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks, making today the perfect time to order yours to ensure spring outdoor enjoyment and intelligent preparation for summer.

Visit for more information or contact Craig on 0275 356 286.




Spring in your step

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, so instead of reminding you that we’re quickly heading into the time of year when spring cleaning is in order, we’re going to tell you about the interior opportunities the season of spring offers us.

It’s all about perspective, you see. Instead of the seasonal spruce up, why not look at it as an opportunity to introduce practical perfection and add some spring in your step? Yes, it’s time to invest and we’ve got a moodboard of sophisticated fundamentals that will help you to get your home in order.


  1. Set up: Bathrooms can be a bugbear at the best of times, but this stylish bathroom set will bring style to your wet room.









2. Sleek storage: Organisation has never looked more attractive than these cute little Mustard Made lockers that come in all shapes and sizes. Use it to display favourite ornaments, or to give clutter a home.




3. Standing out: Potted plants are an easy way to bring life and colour to your interior spaces and, when it comes to presentation, naturally plant stands are a great way to make your pots ‘stand out’.



4. Decked out: It’s time to get yourself decked out – after all, sunny days are just around the corner. This deck chair from Bastille and Sons will stand you in good stead.



5. Life of the party: It’s time to get your entertaining mojo back! When it comes to preparing for a busy schedule of hosting over summer, beautiful table linens will ensure you are the life of the party.



6. Printed perfection: Get some colour in your life with this apron from H&M. You’ll feel like cranking up the barbie in no time!





Where old meets new: TMT Construction

The intricate renovation of a beautiful 1900’s villa by TMT Construction won a Gold Award and was the overall category winner for Renovations up to $500,000 at the recent 2019 Canterbury Master Builders House of the Year awards. Located in Strowan, the extension is so seamless it’s impossible to tell where old meets new.



The house was also named in the Master Builder Top 100 houses for 2019 and in November, TMT Construction will be competing in the National Awards against the other winners from across New Zealand. Owner and builder Tim Moriarty say the accolades reflect his team’s exceptional dedication and commitment. “It’s incredibly satisfying to see all our hard work has well and truly paid off – our clients are really happy with their home and we are really proud of the end result.”

Tim’s talent for problem solving and love of working with older-style homes was showcased during the project, with the homeowner’s brief for an additional bedroom and living room extension to accommodate their growing family – while preserving the historic character of the home.

Along with internal French doors flowing into the spacious new living area, new features include a built-in study space hidden behind a handmade large sliding door system, and a woodburner set in a tiled surround, creating a warm, inviting sanctuary. Tim is particularly proud of the handcrafted cedar window joinery, and the rimu panelling that was custom-made on-site to perfectly match the existing home and create a stunning, seamless look. A remarkable ceiling to the new veranda echoes the rimu floors. The handmade elements in the home demonstrate true expert craftsmanship.

Specialising in renovations, as well as architectural homes, Tim established TMT Construction after returning to Christchurch from Sydney with his young family in 2011. The boutique family business prides itself on consistently producing the highest quality work and strives to go above and beyond for the desired result. “At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping our clients happy, and giving them a home they love.”

For more information, visit or phone 03 355 3974 to have a chat about your next project.



Meeting your framing needs: Framemakers

With that crazy time of year approaching fast, now is the time to think about getting those artworks framed or that photograph printed onto canvas or fine art paper.



For a special Christmas gift, make Framemakers in Woodend your one-stop shop. Owners Lynn and Graham pride themselves on taking the time to ensure their customers make the perfect selection for their artwork.

With a wide range of different frame mouldings and mats to choose from, Lynn says it’s not until the moulding is seen with the artwork that a perfect match is made. “While we often have customers seeking quotations over the phone or by email, this can be challenging because of the extensive selection available. Other times, our customers come into the store with a pre-conceived idea of style and colour, but end up selecting something quite different.”

Lynn and Graham say the best idea is to bring your work into the shop and spend some time going over the various options – without obligation. If required, a written quotation can also be provided.

Framemakers can take care of all your framing needs – from sports jerseys, sports memorabilia and medals to embroideries and cross stitches – and of course, regular artworks and posters. They even have the ability to print large format images and canvases. In fact, Framemakers has taken on some challenges which other framers have turned away, so if you have something a little challenging to frame, call into the store and have a chat to Graham or Lynn.



Luxe Linen

Tough and durable yet soft to the touch, linen is a textile oxymoron and, despite being one of the oldest fabrics in the world, it’s making a stylish statement in the home as we look to the warmer weather that is just around the seasonal corner.




When it comes to upholstery and sheets, linen is a firm favourite, with its durability lending itself well to the family environment. Resisting wear from abrasion as well as dirt and stains, this tempting textile even stands its own against pills and stretching.

So, it’s not surprising that its use is spreading across an even greater range of homewares than ever before, with draperies, tablecloths, bedspreads, curtains, drapes and even rugs looking luxurious in linen.

Known rather romantically by the ancient Romans as textus ventilus, or ‘woven wind’, texture is linen’s main allure. Soft and cool, it’s a great summertime addition to the bedroom and it becomes softer after use.

Linen is, by its very nature (pun intended), a sustainable product – with flax plants requiring very little irrigation, pest control and processing energy. Inherently antimicrobial, linen is even resistant to mildew. What’s not to love?



Complete heating and cooling solutions: Future Air Solutions

Playing to their diverse strengths and catering to the market has seen Future Air Solutions grow exponentially since the company was established. Even as recently as six years ago there were around six people involved; now there are more than 20.



Future Air Solutions’ expertise is truly expressed in its name. The company specialises in commercial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and it focuses on finding the right solution for each individual environment.

“We offer a wide range of products – not just one or two brands – so there will be something that is perfect for the various situations we encounter,” the team says. “It might be an elaborate ducted system covering multiple rooms or it could be a simple single heat pump. There are so many options available, many that now come with programmable technology. Our technicians know and understand the advantages and capabilities of every one.”

If you are looking to upgrade your current ventilation system, or are researching a complete HVAC solution for a new build, Future Air Solutions offer the whole package. They will consider all the factors relating to a particular site, will recommend and quote for the appropriate solution, design it for you and install. They also offer an aftercare service.

“Warm, dry homes are so important for our comfort and for our wellbeing. We take pride in looking after our customers from the start of the process through to its completion and them being totally satisfied with the result.”

For a free quotation, phone 03 341 7676.



Bringing ideas to life: Furniture Dimensions

An expertly handcrafted piece of high-quality furniture will last almost a lifetime – making it a much smarter investment than buying cheap items that break within a couple of years.



“Many people come in here with an idea or a picture of something they like, so I then draw it up to scale and make it work for their home,” says Rob, who has worked on a wide range of projects during his career, from smaller jobs to units in award-winning homes.

Using a variety of quality wood veneers and high-gloss lacquered finishes, he can also produce anything from sideboards, dining tables and coffee tables to kitchen and bathroom cabinetry and built-in wardrobe units.

Rob who started his career as a chair and frame maker, started his own business 15 years ago. His Sydenham workshop features an adjacent showroom that allows potential customers to view the finished work firsthand.

If you would like to discuss how Furniture Dimensions can bring your creative ideas to life, with the skill of an experienced furniture craftsman, visit the showroom today, or check out for more information.



From trash to treasure: McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery

A recent couch makeover by McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery is proof that one neighbour’s old sofa can easily be another’s treasure.



Two locals have taken recycling and repurposing to a new level, and successfully given an old piece of furniture a new lease of life.

The McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery team tell us that when the dilapidated couch was spotted on a neighbour’s veranda, headed for the dump, the owner next door decided it would be the perfect shape, size and style for her home.

After negotiating a deal, the new owner’s husband was surprised to see the settee now gracing their lounge covered with a blanket. She had a vision and saw potential in the retro piece, so she called the experienced team at McDonald and Hartshorne Upholstery.

Using both traditional and contemporary methods, the highly skilled upholsterers are the experts in transforming old or damaged furniture into stunning new statement pieces. Keith Hartshorne and staff note that the frame is the most expensive part of any quality piece of furniture, so as long as it’s in good condition, you’re already halfway there.

Checking the framework and springs are all part of the process, as they build furniture back up to its former glory, as well as replacing foams to a density that’s to the client’s liking. The new owner chose Warwick Jenga Sunshine fabric with contrast piping in Warwick Bendigo Storm, and the transformation is clear to see.

To arrange a free, no-obligation quote, visit



Natural Instinct

In Christchurch, one of the best spots to go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life is the Botanic Gardens or Hagley Park. These two places are so popular for escaping because of the plants that surround us with their calming energy. So why not bring that same energy and vibe into your own home?




Some of our favourite homeware stores are catching on to the concept of bringing the outside in because, although florals have long been a popular addition when it comes to our décor, now it seems greenery has followed suit.

Incorporating the beauty of nature into your home through your furnishings is a low maintenance way to bring the relaxing beauty of nature into your everyday life. Duvets, wall prints and even fake plants make your internal spaces feel more light and relaxed.

Fresh and inviting, they offer an easy way to inject life and colour to your internal spaces, and they work particularly well with the clean, minimalist interiors and natural beauty of timber that we’re currently craving in the home.

So let your natural instinct go wild this season because sometimes you just have to fake it ‘til you make it.