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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

 

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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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.


 

A den for everyone: RESENE


This beautiful serene space has been created to be an inviting and comfortable escape that’s refreshingly gender neutral. Just a quick change of the focus artwork shifts the room subtly from more of a ‘she-den’ to a ‘he-den’.

 

STYLING BY VANESSA NOUWENS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELANIE JENKINS

It might seem like an unusual way to think about a space, but there are key times when a room that appeals to as many people as possible is important.

In a shared office, for example, as this room could be, it really needs to be a space that whoever needs it, wants to spend time in it to get that work done.

This lush jade green space, with its walls in Resene Mother Nature, has the feel of a warm tropical jungle escape.

The layers of green accessories throughout the room – from the darker Resene Permanent Green and Resene Family Tree to the grey-green of Resene Rivergum and the pale Resene Peace on the desk chair – all enhance that feeling.

The delicate and streamlined design of the furniture in this space means the use of Resene Noir never becomes overpowering.

It emphasises the drama of the green walls without weighing the room down.

The floors are stained in Resene Colorwood Greywash for a relaxed, textural anchor to the room.

Extra texture also comes in the leafy green plants for a look that is warm and inviting.

Accessories in greys such as Resene Silver Chalice pull it all together to create a space that is not too warm, not too cool, but just right.

Background in Resene Colorwood Greywash, vase in Resene Peace, boxes in Resene Silver Chalice and Resene Permanent Green, A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from left, anti-clockwise) Resene Peace, Resene Permanent Green, Resene Family Tree, Resene Aura and Resene Rivergum.

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


 

Art-tastic!


Christine Green tells us why she’s been such a fan of Art Metro for nearly a decade.

 


What prompted you to enrol at Art Metro, Christine?
As Art Metro wasn’t far from my home, I thought I’d give painting a go. I could hardly draw, let alone paint, but once I started, I was surprised at what I could achieve with help from my tutor and peers.


What’s your preferred medium?
Oils – much easier to fix or blend when I make a mistake!


What about genre?
I’ve done a few animal portraits from photos. I recently painted a landscape, which I really enjoyed.


What keeps you returning to Art Metro?
We’ve a lot of banter. Everyone’s friendly, encouraging and incredibly honest about each other’s works. I enjoy the different age groups. A friend joined a few years ago, so it’s a chance for a catch up.


Who is your tutor?
I started with Livia and I now have Sarah. I couldn’t achieve what I do without them! They can suggest what to try and paint, but over time I have discovered what I do and don’t like to paint and now have definite ideas of what I enjoy doing.


What does painting mean to you personally, Christine?
I paint for my own enjoyment and to gift to friends and family.


Find Art Metro at 465 Papanui Road, phone 03 354 4438 or email learn@artmetro.co.nz.


 

Art & Soul


When it comes to decorating, there’s nothing quite like creating a space with ‘art and soul’. A gallery wall might just be the state of play if you want to do just that. We’ve got some hot tips for creating a cool wall.

 

 

GET CLEVER WITH COLOUR
Colour plays a key role in almost every aspect of design. So when taking your gallery wall to the next level, think colour… it may just be the link that ties all your elements together.

THINK THEMATICALLY
Displays that have a central concept always look a bit tighter and more put together than those that don’t. Creating an overall theme will help you strike just the right note.

CREATIVE CONSISTENCY
There are endless variations available when it comes to creating a gallery wall, from highly structured and uniform to varied and eclectic.

Keeping it cohesive doesn’t have to mean staid and uniform; mixing different shapes, sizes and hues is a great way to create a polished design, provided you pay mind to balance and visual weight.


 

Pitcher Perfect


Funky jugs and pitchers are as cool as a glass of chilled water (or wine)! Better yet, they don’t just bring style factor to table – why not make the most of their beauty and use them in creative ways too?

 

 

Whether it’s to pour punch at a party on a balmy summer’s evening or orange juice at a breakfast buffet, the traditional jug supposedly has one single purpose – to hold liquid.

But when they’re not being used they hang out in the cupboard collecting dust, only to be pulled out for special occasions. What a waste!

Perhaps it’s time to start making a feature of these useful utensils.

While pitchers and carafes work wonderfully well as receptacles for wine and water, they’re also ideal for holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers on your dining table, or making a spectacle out of your boring wooden kitchen implements.

Add a pinch of pizzaz to your kitchen by adorning open shelves with a colourful collection of jugs in different shapes and sizes – you’re bound to stumble across some pretty pitchers when sifting through your local charity shops.

If you want to give your old jugs a new lease of life, consider making them into decorative features by filling simple, clear jugs with marbles, colourful stones or a thin string of fairy lights – or make them into pots for your favourite indoor flowers, herbs, cacti or other greenery!