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Creating zen working from home spaces


You might have missed the boat on creating a zen working from home space ahead of lockdown, but we think this time will just be the starting point for more flexible workplaces. So now’s your opportunity to make a space that is both calm and productive.

 

 

SMART STORAGE: Organisation is key with at home workspaces! There’s nothing worse than a cluttered desk – if it has nothing to do with work (eg. baby toys, gaming consoles or even dirty dishes) then remove it from your area. Incorporate vertical or horizontal shelves for smart storage and make access easy with it being just a chair roll away from your desk. If you’re having clients that are coming into your home office, rolling shelves are a great option. They can be moved to be less visible in a matter of seconds.

LEARN TO LABEL: Invest in a label maker because you will learn to love it. Labelling drawers allows you to know what’s inside each one and means that everything will be put back in the correct spot.

COMFORT IS KEY: The most important piece of furniture in an at home workplace is the deckchair. You’re most likely going to be spending a lot of time sitting down in it, so it makes sense for it to be comfortable. But it doesn’t have to be the only crucial chair in your life… adding a beanbag or lounge to an office can give you a place to unwind for 15 minutes. This prevents you from wandering off into the loungeroom and procrastinating.

SELECT A SCENT: Smell, being one of the five senses, can control your moods and emotions. They also add a personal touch to any space. Create a calming environment by selecting a signature scent for your office.

IT TAKES TWO: As handy and portable laptops are, having a second screen makes working at home that little bit easier. There’s no need to be flicking through tabs, you can write notes down while watching a video or even look over data while talking to your colleague on the other screen. This is especially handy if you’re used to using two screens at your usual work office.

GREEN THUMB: Going green is a movement that is trending for a reason. Adding a low maintenance plant will not only add a pop of colour, some plants even help to improve air quality. Besides, having a living thing in your workspace that requires you to go in and water it gives you good reason to always be in there.


 

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.

 

Highlights


Floor lamps are coming out from dark dusty corners as proud pieces, to create or change the theme. We’ve got all the highlights for you.

 

 

Energy efficient in design, floor lamps often have dimmer switches to transform ambient lighting to bright beams to work, read or dine by.

The secret to selecting is to see floor lamps as sculptures rather than furniture.

These multi-functional, practical décor additions can be a subtle or dramatic décor addition to set a mood, fill a space, add height, colour, art or quirk.

Orb designs are a cool contemporary statement.

These gorgeous moon-like globes timelessly nod from art deco to futuristic.

Retro styles also rule, such as the resurgence of the ’60s mushroom-shape lampshade – but this time, one that balances on a technically modern structure.

From stained glass Tiffany lamp renditions through to bamboo and rice paper columns, any era can be reborn.

Coming in black, gold and chrome or a mishmash of metal finishes or wood, their sleek structure also provides an opportunity to infuse a contrasting pop of colour, without going crazy.

Conversely, white mutes against a white wall, for depth without drama.

Arc-shaped stands add space-age curvature to a room’s straight lines.

Calico shades against wood create a Scandi vibe, whereas rice-paper shades allude to the Orient.

The latest tripod designs are sturdy architectural standouts.

Lower statures brighten the space from below.

Stands can tower two metres with globes positioned in graduating heights, or branching out at the pinnacle with dual bulbs illuminating different areas.

Many are fittingly stretchy or adjustable in height and direction, for easy multi purposing.

Transferable around the house, floor lamps illuminate any area of a room, from mancaves to bedrooms.

Even a lamp under $100 can look surprising expensive – a simple solution to add instant light, without the permanence or cost of an electrical renovation.


 

Tropical goes sophisticated: RESENE


When you think about a tropical inspired interior it often evokes images of green palm leaves, pink flamingos and light-coloured cane furniture in bright sun-drenched rooms. This colour scheme, inspired by the wrapping paper featured in the frame, takes the concept for a more sophisticated spin.

 

* Background in Resene Eighth Bokara Grey, vase in Resene Virtuoso, tealight holder in Resene Rebel and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left) Resene Dreamtime, Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, Resene Virtuoso and Resene Ethereal.

 

The key textural elements and motifs of a tropical theme are all still present in this look but anchored in the deep smouldering tones of Resene Quarter Bokara Grey, it becomes elegant and modern, rather than kitsch.

The designer has doubled down on the moody grey by opting for Resene Eighth Bokara Grey on the floor and the living room sideboard, and by filling the space with grey bed linen, cushions and rugs.

That deep base makes the plum Resene Virtuoso on the bedhead, bedside table and the vase bloom like a tropical flower.

The whole look is kept fresh with notes of barely pink Resene Ethereal on the lightshade and ladder, a duskier tone on the bedside Resene Rebel tealight holder and crisp notes of Resene Dreamtime on the wall planter and bedside vase.

Put a twist on traditional tropical and style with sophistication.

Styling by Vanessa Nouwens, Images by Melanie Jenkins

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


 

Pretty in patterns


At face value, decorating with patterns may seem daunting, but by following a few basic guidelines, your humble home can be enriched by beautiful designs. Beige can be boring, don’t play it safe. A new decade means a new chance to add a little pizazz to your living space.

 

 

Copy and paste: Try to start by using one shape; for example, triangles, squares or circles.

Proceed to use that same shape throughout your entire house. Don’t have one room with hexagons and the other with pentagons – unless you’re a geometrist and that’s what you’re into.


The block: Usually writers detest the ‘block’ but when decorating around the home, there is a ‘block’ we do love – a block of colour!

The simplicity of colour blocking makes it the perfect partner for that daring new pattern you’re wanting to try.

A strong pattern needs a sense of harmony and calm, don’t mix it in with grandma’s heirloom furniture.


Big, bold & beautiful: If you don’t want to go overboard and are just wanting to add a single statement piece, opt for an oversized patterned rug.

There’s a general rule of thumb that the most prominent patterns should be covering the floor.


Clash of the Titans: While we wouldn’t recommend finding every type of pattern under the sun and adding it into your home, there are a few pairings that you can do without it becoming a war of the worlds.

Floral wallpaper is our first heavy-hitter; combined with toile fabric, it makes for a terrific team.


Blending into the background: We’re definitely not suggesting replacing everything in your home with something patterned.

Add little bits where you can, a pop of colour is both eye-catching and exciting.

But in order to give it that pop, it has to be paired with the right background. Combine your patterns with a crisp white background and they’ll make even more of a statement.


Pretty as a picture: …or a painting! Matching the colours that you use in your patterns to a statement art piece that you have hung in your living room is a beautiful way to tie a room together. It also creates a colour palette for the rest of your house to work from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

Sustainable Chic


We’re all about sustainability right now and, as society gravitates towards more eco-friendly lifestyles, we become more ecologically conscious and knowledgeable about the products we fill our houses with and their longer-term use – not just in function, but also in form. Welcome to the ‘Green Age’.

 

 

Bonkers for bamboo: This material is often labelled as the fastest-growing plant on earth, which results in it also acquiring the attribute of being highly sustainable. This is a material that can be used for almost anything around the home such as flooring, cabinets, lightshades and even outside furniture. Just be sure to get good quality bamboo from a sustainable factory, as it’s not always the sturdiest material.

Grow up: Plants are the reason we’re able to provide oxygen to our lungs. So why not get closer to the source? Adding houseplants to your home will improve the quality of the indoor air and constantly remind you that we have to nurture nature so that it can do the same for us.

A bright idea: It’s hard to believe that something as simple as switching your lightbulbs could be a stepping stone to making your home more sustainable. Well, believe it. Energy-efficient lightbulbs are the way to go moving forward. They’re cost-effective and long-lasting. It might be time for you make the switch.


 

Beautifully Bespoke


Rob Carter of Furniture Dimensions knows all about furniture. He has been in the business for more than 40 years.

 


From his workshop in Sydenham, Rob creates unique pieces of furniture for homes across Canterbury.

Each piece at Furniture Dimensions is custom-made to the client’s specific design requirements, whether that is built-in cabinetry, floating shelves, contemporary side boards, entertainment units, bedroom furniture, vanity units or dining tables.

Rob enjoys the challenge of crafting a new piece of furniture, with this often based on a client’s own designs or images they have seen in magazines.

Using quality wood veneers of American oak or walnut and high gloss lacquered finishes, he creates a diverse range of designs to suit his clients’ needs.

Call into his Sydenham premises to discuss your ideas and view a range of his completed work in the adjacent showroom.


 

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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Get excited about your renovation: Armstrong Interiors


Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to wrap your head around renovating.

 

Renovating can be overwhelming, where is the best place to start?

When deciding to renovate, start with your wish list, then plan the most essential things to complete, getting professional advice on the cost of materials and the price of trades.

It is important to do things the right way round, enabling you to be prepared prior to demolition work.

Plan a start and finish time. Have project management under control with a schedule of when jobs will be completed, so you can organise tradespeople and prevent hold ups.

Many people live in their homes during renovations, so working through the house, one room at a time is ideal.


Generally we think of interior designers being at the end of the process when we are adding colour and texture. Should we engage an interior designer at the start of our project?

It depends on the extent of the renovation.

If you’re changing the layout of the kitchen, bathrooms or laundry, there are lots of decisions to be made, so it is good to get professional advice before starting.

If you just want colours, drapes and furniture from your interior designer, a colour schedule can be given to your painter later on in the project after the gib stopping.


How will I know whether I need to get building consent for our renovation?

These days a building consent is expected on the smallest of jobs – adding a bathroom, building a deck, they all need to be consented.

This is not a bad thing, it also protects you when you go to sell! All the ground work is done and ticked off.


How can you choose your tradespeople wisely to avoid “cowboys”?

When it comes to choosing the right people to do the job, you need to listen to people around you.

Do they come highly recommended? Are they master builders? Cheaper isn’t always better!

We provide good advice and can recommend a handful of tradespeople we’ve worked with.

Phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd.


 

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