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You & Your Architect – A Creative Partnership: Allfrey + South


Every person is unique. As architect Craig South explains, your home should also uniquely reflect who you are and how you want to live.

 

 

Big weekend get-togethers or coffee for two on the deck? Enjoy reading in the sun or love to garden? We’re all different; good architecture acknowledges this and is responsive to people’s lifestyle choices. We deeply value our clients and recognise that their aspirations are fundamentally important to the whole design process.

 

 

Every project starts with an in-depth conversation on their brief, aesthetics and lifestyle. Having that understanding from the outset is vital to achieving the end goal of a truly bespoke home. We approach every new project with creativity, an open mind and a willingness to listen and respond. We appreciate our clients’ commitment and the trust they place in us. In return, we offer a robust process that is collaborative, thorough and responsive.

 

 

In our own practice, rather than being defined by a particular style, we prefer to be defined by our client-focused process. In turn, this leads to homes that are uniquely designed for them. We are not known for having a defined brand and that is very much a deliberate choice.

 

 

We believe our approach to design is special because it goes deeper than simply asking ‘how many bedrooms’ or ‘what size’. We like to ask the ‘why’ questions and explore what clients are really seeking to achieve to ensure a deeper understanding of what they want out of their new home. We also like to celebrate the uniqueness of every client, creating homes that will fit their aspirations and how they want to live.

 

 

Some people worry about prioritising their lifestyle choices in a design, because they think it could adversely affect potential re-sale value. In reality, by creating a home that’s in sync with you and how you live – rather than a home that you think someone else would enjoy – you are more likely to get something truly authentic that others will positively respond to in the future.

 

www.allso.co.nz


 

Lap of Luxury: The Mighty Staggz


Family is at the very heart of The Mighty Staggz operation, the local Oxford, North Canterbury business that specialises in building unique fibreglass swimming pools.

 

 

It’s what drives husband-and-wife team Quentin and Nicky Stagg who, alongside raising their own four boys, are passionate about creating a product that can provide endless hours – and years – of enjoyment for families like theirs. Quentin, who has worked in the industry for more than 15 years and has vast experience working with fibreglass, decided that in 2017 it was time to go out on his own and create a business with a difference.

“Not only do we see it as a pool, we see our purpose of producing and creating an environment where people can gather, create long-lasting memories with their loved ones, and spend hours unplugging and enjoying their pool. Our business represents our family and our passion for building and constructing custom-built fibreglass swimming pools, a unique one-off design made especially for our clients.”

Specialising in everything from 25m school pools, to small custom-built spas and lagoons, the couple is dedicated to creating quality builds and making sure they fit with their clients’ needs. Working with The Mighty Staggz also means you deal directly with the business owner from start-to-finish, eliminating the need for middle men. “With our unique building method, we can construct anything you imagine, and we can bring it to life,” Quentin says.“We pride ourselves on using quality products to establish a stunning result and provide a genuine down-to-earth service.”

www.mightystaggz.co.nz


 

An expression of love: Ellen Estate Interiors


Home is an expression of love between couples. Interior designers at Ellen Estate Interiors understand that ‘Home’ looks different for everyone.

 

 

With access to globally sourced materials, furniture and home accessories, Ellen Estate can assist with everything involved in creating your home. Business owner and interior designer Michelle Laming sees herself as a facilitator in the creation of clients’ homes. Michelle’s philosophy is that the ‘Home’ should be a refuge, somewhere worries stop at the front door.

Creating your home with Ellen Estate is relaxed, with their approach designed to take the load off your shoulders. With the support of the Ellen Estate team, Michelle can happily share her experience as an international interior designer with you.
Once you’ve found your special someone, head to Ellen Estate’s showroom to create your wedding registry or browse on their website.

Find the showroom at 6 Normans Road, Strowan or visit www.ellenestate.co.nz.


 

Growing Team & Service Range: Oderings Landscaping


As Oderings Landscaping moves into its fourth year of providing landscaping services to the greater Christchurch region, it’s exciting to see how much it has grown. From a small team of three staff, it has grown to a busy team of eight. With this growth the team can now offer even more quality services to clients.

 

The addition of the qualified Landscape Architect Sasha was an integral step in this expansion process. Sasha’s primary role is to support clients through the garden consultation, planting plan and professional concept design process.
“Landscape design gives me the opportunity to get creative with plant composition, landscaping materials and spaces. Seeing a client’s landscape dreams come to life and seeing the joy it brings them is why I love being a Landscape Architect,” Sasha says.
There are many elements to consider when creating the garden of your dreams, especially around plant selection. Sasha encourages clients to think of the following points as part of the consultation process.
• Take stock of your current garden: What are your likes and dislikes? Are there plants that you want to retain? Think about any issues in your garden that you would like to address, for example, are there any privacy or noise issues? Drainage or soil problems?
• What kind of plants do you like and do you have a theme in mind? Do you prefer textured plants, flowers, colourful foliage and does the garden need to have fruit and veggies or be low maintenance? Do you like natives or exotics?
• How much time are you willing to spend gardening? Every landscape requires some maintenance to look good, so the time you intend to spend doing landscape maintenance plays an important role in creating the right design for your lifestyle.
With so much to consider it’s good to know you are in excellent hands. Oderings Landscaping prides itself on being able to see the whole process through. The team has all the experience and knowledge that has seen the Oderings family business thrive since 1929. Oderings Landscaping is there to help with your next project. Whether it’s a full landscape with decks and pathways or help with plant selection and planting plans, they can do as much or as little as you need.
Phone 021 913 747 or email admin@oderingslandscaping.co.nz.

Mid-century Magic


Mid-century décor is attractive, versatile and has staying power, with a classic shape and style that is timeless in its appeal.

 

DULUX LEGACY PALETTE PHOTOGRAPHER LISA COHEN, STYLING BREE LEECH

 

When it came to deciding on designs for my recent flat renovation, I found myself overwhelmed with modern concepts and styles that didn’t truly reflect who I was. With a busy household I needed every piece to have a classic and comfortable purpose while staying true to a minimalist mindset. Mid-century modern décor was the answer.

Form and function are principles that we could live by and the defining characteristic of the mid-century period, which started roughly between 1935 and 1965 in America and throughout Europe. Frank Lloyd Wright, Warren & Mahoney and Arne Jacobsen are names synonymous with the mid-century design period which started roughly between the mid 30s to late 60s.

Juxtaposing sleek lines with organic shapes using new materials to reimagine traditional pieces for the modern household, there are a vast array of colours used from neutral to bold and notable graphic creations in contrasting black and white.
It has a resoundingly large following as of late and due to its popularity, you don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture as there are inspired pieces available at stores everywhere at every price.

Looking to invest in a treasured piece of mid-century magic? Ross Morrison of mr mod in St. Martins can accurately advise you on a piece’s origin, wood type, age, designer and correct restoration process. His recent show at CoCA last summer showcased selections from his vast mid-century collection and multi-generation passion for the genre.


 

Autumnal colours

Autumnal colours


This autumn, Dulux looks to comforting colours to create a rustic-luxe style. Think natural colours, mid-tone timbers and simple yet sophisticated styling. This year it’s all about retreating in doors and creating a cosy, yet joyful space to both nurture and inspire.

 

Autumnal colours

 

Soft grey-green is a palette that combines the best of nature. It is this season’s ‘new neutral’. Pairing well with dusky pinks, olives, rich deep blue-greens and ochre, it creates a sumptuous, but grounded, indoor natural autumn haven.

Four colour palettes from Dulux this year reflect on the societal trends of wellness, rejuvenation, environmental awareness and mindful consumption. ‘Repair’ is one of these key palettes – which includes rich green with accents of burnished gold – that draws from nature to comfort and uplift, while allowing us to slow down and reconnect with the natural world, says Dulux Colour Specialist Davina Harper.

 

Autumnal colours

This perfect autumn palette beautifully offsets interesting spaces and décor pieces that tell a story. She says striking combinations, such as verdant green, chocolate, umber and sienna set a playful, optimistic tone, while the soft, green-based grey is the neutral pairing with these nature-based hues.

This autumn will see layering of natural colours and textures such as richly grained warm timber, time-worn buttery leather, cork and tactile velvets. They go well with handcrafted and vintage simple pieces. On the other end of the autumnal colour spectrum, rich green or blue-green is fabulous for feature walls – creating a bold look. Concrete effect paints, for table tops to planters, also add a natural organic rawness to the muted autumnal tones.

 



 

Active Refrigeration

Creating Comfort: Active Refrigeration


Do you need air conditioning or heating solutions for your home, office or commercial premises?

 

Active Refrigeration

 

Active Refrigeration can assist you with all of your air conditioning, heat pump, ventilation and refrigeration requirements. The company offers full turnkey solutions from initial concept through to full design, installation and commissioning, working with architects, homeowners and all end users to supply well designed and energy efficient solutions.

Active Refrigeration utilises Daikin air conditioning heat pumps as an internationally proven brand to provide quality solutions. Based in Christchurch for the last 18 years, the company has offices throughout New Zealand. Led by Founding Directors Graeme Green and Craig Duff, the team of 40 professional staff, all strive to provide cost effective, high quality solutions for their clients.

 


For more information or to discuss your project with one of the team,

visit www.activerefrigeration.co.nz, phone 03 339 2617 or call into the new site at 112 Hayton Road, Wigram, Christchurch.


 

Wall Candy

Wall Candy


Walls are increasingly doing the talking when it comes to the home, as we explore a taste of the latest flavour in wall candy.

 

Wall Candy
Lumas Gallery Photo by Renaud Delorme

 

Wall real-estate is what home decorators drool over. Blank can be boring – so an infinity of eye-catching ideas is taking over.

Grouping artwork looks stunning. Try arranging similar frames, portraits, vintage, animals, craft art, or a melange of everything you love. Small artworks together create a big effect. Forget the eye-level rule too. Embellish down to the floor and up to the rafters.

Decals are getting more dramatically creative, with larger-than-life vinyl motives taking over from passé inspirational quotes. They also come in patterns, creating the effect of out-there wall paper, which is easily removed.

Bold, colourful, simple shapes, and the quirky, fun and abstract, are now lining walls and gigantean canvas prints make stunning standalone features – gaze-worthy artwork is fixating.

 



 

Burlington Village

Gold Standard Retirement: Burlington Village


When it comes to retirement, naturally you want to enjoy it to the full. Well with the upcoming Burlington Village at 171 Prestons Road, Redwood, you get the means and the facilities to turn every day into a memory.

Burlington Village

 

Burlington Village, owned and run by the Qestral Corporation Limited, marks a new generation of retirement villages, with integrated care facilities. Burlington Village offers the latest standard in retirement living, giving all residents and guests unequal levels of comfort and refinement, with a great selection of units and houses available.

 

Burlington Village

These standalone architecturally designed houses (by award winning MAP+ Architects), have to be seen to be believed. The whole facility rests on three hectares of man-made lakes and contains a large resthome and hospital care suites. Plus the addition of extensive recreation facilities means you are always guaranteed some fun.

 

Burlington Village

Burlington Village is also a few clicks down the road from the Redwood Shopping Centre with New World, and other cafés and retail stores close by. As Burlington has been designed and built using the latest building techniques and materials, everything is of the highest possible standard. Even the ground has been prepared by stripping the base soil, filling, compacting and then testing with a nuclear Densometer to ensure ongoing stability.

 


To find out more about this exciting new retirement village, phone
03 383 0333 or visit
www.burlingtonvillage.co.nz.


 

Misco Joinery

The Craft of Kitchens: Misco Joinery


Misco Joinery has been building and installing kitchens in Canterbury homes for more than 30 years. The locally owned family business has a solid reputation for providing a high quality product and great customer service.

 

Misco Joinery

 

From humble beginnings in farm buildings behind the family home in Mairehau, Owner and Director Michael Chernishoff, along with his fellow Director and brother-in-law Glenn Colenso, built the company which now proudly operates from a 3500sqm purpose-built manufacturing base in Kaiapoi.

The benefits of replacing an old, tired kitchen are well established. In addition to adding value to your home, the look and feel of a new kitchen, one of the most used rooms in any house, adds to your quality of life.
For many homeowners, the prospect of a kitchen renovation can be a little daunting, but the team at Misco aims to make it as stress free and rewarding as possible. The process is straight-forward, transparent and totally customer-focused.

 

Misco Joinery

Any plan to upgrade your kitchen begins with a wish list, including an understanding of how you currently use your kitchen and how you may want to use it differently. Browsing the gallery online, or spending some time in the showroom at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, is a great place to start. In the showroom are several model kitchens, and a vast selection of accessories, swatches, and examples. An initial consultation at your home, usually with Mike, is scheduled, where the wish list is discussed, measurements are taken and a plan is devised.

Misco’s design team works with you to finalise the plans, including any changes you may want. From simple upgrades to complex renovations, qualified builders and installers are on the job.
The joinery is produced at the Kaiapoi plant using the latest computerised equipment, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. There it is assembled and made ready for installation by qualified and skilled tradespeople who pay close attention to the smallest details to ensure complete satisfaction.

 

Misco Joinery

Misco kitchens feature the latest technologies and quality brands such as Hafele fittings and hardware, Marbello and AGB granite, quartz, or acrylic bench tops, and the Biesse Air Force System which provides colour continuity between the edges and surfaces, and a “zero glue line”, improving the aesthetic of your new kitchen.

European soft-close drawers and cupboards are standard, and quality brand appliances such as Bosche, AEG, Westinghouse and more, can be included in the design, sourced through Harvey Norman Commercial and supplied with the joinery.

For homeowners wanting to upgrade the kitchen, Misco is the perfect one stop shop. From concept to installation, their experience, expertise, and quality products guarantee satisfaction. The company also manufactures and installs walk-in wardrobes, laundries, or shelving, providing these ensembles for commercial enterprises such at resthomes, preschools and others nationwide.

 


For more information visit www.misco.co.nz or phone
03 383 4384.