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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

 

A forever home: DJ Hewitt Builders LTD


The Robinson family wanted a forever home that had it all – functionality, space and loads of storage with its own special signature.

 

 

After a two-year house hunt and realising building was the answer, Emma and Logan researched wisely and chose Daryl from DJ Hewitt Builders, who also helped choose the best section. The 926sqm site of an old villa in St Albans was perfect.

Now the high-pitched roofline and random-width cedar and plaster exterior, blends with the street’s historic homes. 

“We have two young children so we needed a place to grow with us,” Emma says of the four-bedroom, 296sqm O’Neil Architecture-designed home.

Looking through to the lounge and garden from the front door exudes eternal space.

A cavity slider meets at the media room and kitchen/dining corner, sitting flush with the ground-level kwila deck.

The kids run from lounge to lawn and play cricket or pick homegrown veges and the open pantry leads out to the herb garden.

“Daryl helped us find cost-effective options where we needed them and had solutions for everything. Tara, his wife, was so helpful as our Interior Consultant, with lots of little pearls of wisdom. I always wanted a blue front door, and she suggested changing the aluminium joinery colour to suit, rather than going for our choice for the rest of the house – she was absolutely right.”

For family functionality, a cloakroom resides beside the entrance with an adjacent storage wall.

Other space luxuries are a large laundry, linen cupboard and under-stair storage.

The suntrap alcove with a large inbuilt window seat and library shelving is an inviting and much-admired spot.

“A key reason to build was to have a warm, dry house so we included underfloor and centrally-ducted heating.”

The upstairs bedrooms have separate temperature controls, with sensor lights for the bathroom and stairwell.

The master bedroom has an ensuite at the entrance, then a large walk-in robe incorporates a recessed stepladder leading to useful attic storage.

“The people who worked onsite and in DJ Hewitt’s office were outstanding; always really helpful and professional, nothing was ever a problem. The after sale service has been superb, with clear communication every step of the way and they’ve kept following up with everything.”

“We are so happy with the result – we will never move from here!”


 

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.


 

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.


 

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


 

RESENE: D.I.Y Décor


While colour can seem scary for some to introduce to their walls, a life in a home without any colour at all can be a pretty dismal one. One of the most wonderful things about paint is that you can use it on almost anything, and a just a little bit can go a long way when it comes to transforming your space. Weekend warrior your way to a more colourful kitchen and dining area with a couple of quick and easy D.I.Y projects.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYCE CARLETON

 

Originally looking pretty lacklustre colour-wise, these bar stools needed just a testpot worth of paint spread in a couple of coats to give them a total refresh.

We used Resene Party Zone, Resene Away We Go and Resene XOXO to give our stools a pick-me-up.

For a more whimsical feel, we also masked off the end of each leg below the footrest and gave them two coats of another one of the colours, but you could also paint yours the same colour as the seat for a more uniform look.

The kitchen cabinets coordinate in Resene Aura, a soft minty green that pairs perfectly with warm whites and a range of different greens.

The minimalist lipped shelf, painted Resene Atlas, provides some contrast within the space.

A few small vases, plant pots and accessories were painted in the same vibrant colours used for the barstools to create more unity in the design through colour repetition.

While this look is vibrant, it’s also clean and simple – plus everything is fast and easy to change with a new coat of paint whenever your tastes change or the creative mood strikes.

Background in Resene Rice Cake with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Away We Go, Resene Aura, Resene Party Zone, Resene XOXO and Resene Atlas. The stool seat and decorative mixing spoon are painted Resene Party Zone and the vase is painted Resene XOXO.

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


 

Extend your summer!


Hello summer! We have long awaited your arrival and are happily basking in the great outdoors once again. Summer just can’t help but bring friends and family together for barbecues, enjoying cool beverages outside and finally getting to uncover the patio furniture that has been in hiding for the past several months.

 

 

The timing is perfect for expanding your indoor living into the warm and sunny 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 you’re 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, filter shade or provide solid rain protection.

The roofs are water proof and you will no longer need to cover your outdoor furniture, barebecues and upholstery, as they will be protected from the harsh New Zealand elements.

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. These components will outperform fabric and plastic in heat, wind and rain.

“When we started out, these premium products were prohibitively expensive and reserved for the elite,” Craig explains.

“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.”

There are many benefits to a louvre roof, ranging from aesthetic to practical and environmental.

They are a brilliant addition to homes and can be proactively planned as part of the design and build process or can be retrofitted once the need is identified post construction.

On a practical note, the roofs create shading when required and light and heat from the sun when necessary which can significantly reduce energy required for cooling and heating.

With more than 15 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 an extended summer of outdoor enjoyment.


 

Unique approach to home design: Designer Homes


Designer Homes (DH) Senior Executive, Ajit Kumar, says it’s been interesting to follow the evolution of architectural designs over the last decade. Prior to then, New Zealand homes tended to be of one architectural influence – such as Victorian, English cottage, Greek Neoclassical, Cape Cod, Ranch and Spanish – but a far different approach to home design has since taken root and is flourishing; the finest examples of which can now be seen gracing our landscape up and down the country.

“We don’t see singular architectural designs in New Zealand any longer,” Ajit says.

“Today’s homes are about reflecting the lives of the people living in them. Our designs are client-driven because it’s paramount we meet their needs and requirements.”

Ajit says the typical New Zealand family home of 2020 might be a design that’s a blend of influences and styles – be it European, Asian or American – reflecting their cultural heritage and experience.

“For example, a client might request a kitchen reminiscent of kitchens in India, to give that touchstone of familiarity, as well as function and purpose, but the rest of the plan may well be something that has a ‘Kiwi feel’ to it, which complements and completes the overall design seamlessly.”

With a DH build, clients can choose from either their single level or double level plans and, with a template of pricing based on three build categories – Standard, Grande and Luxe – it makes for a straightforward and simple process when it comes to budget parameters.

Proud to uphold their motto that they build homes literally from the ground up, the team at DH follows an eight-step process (which can be viewed on the website under Our Process), to ensure each project undertaken is a full and collaborative working relationship with clients to achieve their dream home, from the moment the site is chosen right through to build completion when the keys are handed over.

With the team currently working on five residential projects in Auckland and Christchurch, clients are assured that their build is in the hands of extremely competent, professional people whose knowledge on developing bespoke interiors and exteriors is rich and vast.

The underpinning philosophy of DH has always been the close link between the disciplines of architecture and interior design. Key to achieving a home that’s beyond ordinary is to plan the home that is timeless and survives design trends.

“Our homes are distinctive because they not only reflect the individuality of the people with architectural designs of their choice, but they’re also the most innovative in design and, with an attention to detail as to colours and materials, clients are assured their home will look just as superb 30 years from now as it does today,” Ajit says.


 

Surprising & Smart


There is nothing so gripping as a mystery slowly revealed and that is what you get with this surprising and smart Marama Crescent home, designed by Ben Brady of Linetype Architecture and built by Dean Harrison from H3 Builders.

 

 

At street level, the observer sees the garage and entry way, angular and facetted in stack bond concrete block.

Those who make it across the threshold then see the home expand into the courtyard downstairs, with a stimulating range of spaces and orientations.

The sloping site generated three levels: entry, down to main living and master bedroom, down to two further bedrooms on the lowest level.

Extensive glazing provides sight-lines through the building to capture views of the city around to the Kaikoura Ranges, from that vantage.

Large windows frame the vistas from each room while clerestory glazing above the living room captures light.

With easy care in mind, the owners sought low maintenance and solidity, choosing cladding in powder coated aluminium in Bronco and Canvas Cloth, with colourfast timber composite Innowood.

They also briefed a concrete floor to provide solidity, building performance and heat, but this required a robust structure involving plenty of steel with panels underneath, designed by Ben.

“There are almost as many structural drawings as architectural drawings for the house,” he says.

Connected yet separate spaces are a feature, as is a blurred concept of inside and out.

Concrete block is used inside as interior pillars, and an off-form concrete beam plus the courtyard extend in to support the top-level landing.

Vaulted stagger patterned poplar plywood ceiling, in the living areas connect them to the upper level.

Ben found Dean impressive to work with. “He needed very few calls to get his head around the structure. He is so enthusiastic, with high standards and close attention paid to sequencing.”

Dean says, “We loved the build complexity: angles, three-storeys and the sheer variety of elements, which included exposed insitu concrete beams, honed concrete blocks, pre-finished cladding and timber ceiling.”

Hands-on every day from shovelling mud, to project management, Dean loves the challenge of a hill site.

“Ben’s plans were great and he is easy to work with: always ready to discuss ideas and solutions. The enjoyable challenge created a really great house.”