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Velvet dark: RESENE


Create a sophisticated look for an outdoor living space, using the velvety depths of Resene Porter on the wall and Resene Woodsman Light Greywash Light on the framed trellis to break up the dark wall. The trellis even has the potential to act as a growing frame for a flowering climber.

Styling by Megan Harrison-Turner, Images by Bryce Carleton

 

The deck is finished in Resene Woodsman Mid Greywash as a tonal complement to the trellis.

The Resene Woodsman finishes on both the deck and trellis, add an on-trend look to any timber product while allowing the beauty of the timber grain to show through.

They are also available in interior formulations under the Resene Colorwood stains range.

Against the neutral appearance of the black and grey, add pops of colour in any shade you like.

This chair and tall pot are painted in Resene She’ll Be Right (turquoise) with other pots in Resene Away We Go (green) and Resene Cleopatra (mustard).

Pour yourself a refreshing drink, grab a book or magazine to read and settle in for some relaxing outdoors time.

Paint colours:
Wall: Resene Porter
Trellis: Resene Woodsman Light Greywash
Deck: Resene Woodsman Mid Greywash
Chair: Resene She’ll Be Right
Plant pots: Resene She’ll Be Right, Resene Away We Go and Resene Cleopatra

 

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


 

Buy now, decide later: Via Sollertia


This would not be a bridal issue without paying tribute to one of our favourite bespoke creation specialists; Via Sollertia Jewellers.

 

 

The team at Via Sollertia are skilled professionals who offer amazing services to all of their customers, from finding the perfect diamond or gem for you, to custom creation and maintenance services.

While investing in the idea of a long future together with your partner is a big decision, so is the piece of jewellery that will cement that union.

The Nu Proposal is a great way to take off a little bit of that pressure.

Via Sollertia explains that “’Nu’ translates to nude in French. By proposing with the perfect diamond or gemstone you get a stripped back, stress free moment”.

Buy the diamond now and decide on the technicalities later.

For more information phone 03 366 8001 or check out their website.


 

Building a bridal bouquet


If you want to add your own personal flair to your big day, why not DIY your own beautiful wedding bouquet? An increasing number of brides-to-be are getting hands-on with the flowers with their bridesmaids ahead of the wedding. So grab the girls and make a party out of it! Check out our top tips and tricks for DIY-ing your own beautiful bouquets.

 

 

  1. Calculate how many flowers you’ll need by considering the venue, your bridesmaids/groomsmen, the number of tables etc. Download a free wedding flower worksheet to help you figure out if you’re going to under or over-order flowers.
  2. As soon as you have the flowers, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and put them in water (you might need a few buckets for this!). This allows them to absorb more water and keeps them super fresh.
  3. Start by picking your first flower, then add a complementary flower. Keep incorporating flowers until you’ve got the bulk of your bouquet ready, then add smaller filler flowers or greenery between them.
  4. The last thing you want is your bouquet coming apart mid-way down the aisle. If you don’t have floral tape, bind your bunches with a few clear hair elastics, then conceal them with fabric or ribbon.
  5. Trim the stems so they are all the same length – but make sure there is room to hold it comfortably. Top tip: measure two hand lengths from the base of the flowers, then add a few centimetres of wiggle room.
  6. Pre-purchase the supplies you need. You’ll probably want floral scissors, floral tape, pins, floral wire and ribbon. If you’re using roses, we recommend investing in a stem stripper to remove thorns and leaves without damaging the stem. You can find these online or at most specialist flower/garden stores.
  7. Order your flowers well in advance and have them arrive the day before the wedding to ensure they’re still fresh. Utilise the help of the florist if you’re not quite sure on the blooms you want. Traditionally, most flowers in a bridal bouquet stick to the colours of white with delicate greenery like eucalyptus. Splashes of pink or other pastel colours are commonly incorporated – think peonies, lilies, pink statice and of course, roses. Got your own unique colour scheme? Pick beautiful blooms to match.
  8. Loose petals or excess flowers? Save them for eco-friendly confetti! Keep the shavings in a vase for guests to toss at the newly-weds. You could also get creative with floral ice-cubes – just press petals into an ice tray filled with water and freeze.

Stunning bridal bouquets: Victoria Florists


When Leanne Lovell of Victoria Florist began her floristry career 35 years ago, dried flowers were all the rage and now they’re back, mixing it up with fresh flowers and looking lovelier than ever!

 

“The differing textures and fabulous colour variations add another dimension of quality to the bouquet that’s simply stunning,” Leanne says.

Popular with brides are hydrangea, statice, nigella, gypsophila and limonium, while dried grasses, like bunny tails, wheat and yarrow, contrast beautifully with roses, freesias and proteas.

Leanne recommends going onto the new Victoria Florist website to check out the dried flowers and foliage available, or call and chat with the experienced and lovely team about any bridal bouquet requirements.

Thrilled to be back in action again, Leanne has this to say to her supportive, loyal clientele: “A mighty big thank you, everyone!”

Find Victoria Florist on the corner of Wairakei and Idris Roads. Phone 03 351 7444.


 

Find your focal point: RESENE


Rooms decked out in dramatic shades from top to bottom are everywhere right now. But while you might be in love with the look of these schemes, implementing them can be intimidating for many.

 

If you’d like to dabble in a bold or moody look, bathrooms and ensuites are the ideal place to try out dark or vibrant Resene paint colours or Resene wallpapers.

If you’re investing the time, money and effort to do a bathroom renovation, why not make it one to remember?

Try something courageous and it’ll surely be the talk of every guest you host.

To start building the look, find a focal point that you are drawn to when you walk into the room – that’s the best place to create a feature with interesting materials, textures or colour that give some real oomph to the space.

This master ensuite is inspired by Resene Wallpaper Collection E384534.

Contrary to the popular belief that they make spaces feel smaller, fully saturated shades can work well in bathrooms.

This deep blue tongue-and-groove panelling in Resene Bunting makes the glossy white bathroom fixtures pop.

The rest of the colours in the space coordinate perfectly with the wallpaper – from the bright coral Resene Apple Blossom on the towel ladder and stool, the dusty rose Resene Coral Tree on the soap and lotion dispensers, and the soap dish in Resene Coriander, to the side wall in Resene Pewter and the rich Resene Coconut Cream floor.

Finish the look with a large statement mirror to help reflect more light around the room, add in layers of soft towels and no-care plants.

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

 

Background in Resene Merino with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top) in Resene Apple Blossom, Resene Coral Tree, Resene Bunting, Resene Coriander and Resene Coconut Cream and a strip of Resene Wallpaper Collection E384534. The soap dispenser is painted Resene Coral Tree and the dish is painted Resene Coriander.

 

Works for me!


We’re slowly getting back into the swing of things post-lockdown, so why not add some stylish new pieces to your work wardrobe? We’ve pulled together some of our favourite things in office wear for 2020 for inspiration.

 

Witchery Spice Road Collection

 

POWER UP: Black and grey are no longer top of the power suit hierarchy; they’ve been pushed out of the top spot by the statement suit! We’re talking animal print, floral and punchy block colours. We’re also loving that you can wear this clever style chameleon in three different ways – make it a twin thing and wear it as a co-ord, or wear the jacket and pants separately.

SILKY SMOOTH: Nobody wants tight skirts or pants that cause discomfort during work hours. You won’t regret transitioning to a silky slip skirt that bounces with your legs when you walk. Like the power suit, one signature skirt is all that is required to create multiple different looks.

A DRESS FOR ALL WEATHER: Sweater dresses are a nice and easy option for the workplace, especially if you’re in a rush in the morning. They’re also great for those awkward days where it’s cold in the morning but hot when you leave for the day.