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Setting an interior trend: Canterbury Exterior Plasterers


While the name over the door is Canterbury Exterior Plasterers, this little powerhouse company also creates beautiful interior feature walls.

 

The concrete-look walls are made with Rockcote, a lightweight material which is able to be moulded into architectural and interesting shapes for an of the moment aesthetic popular with residential and commercial clients.

Finished in natural concrete colours, the wall is then clear sealed in gloss, semi-gloss, or matte.

“Our clients are creating feature walls in residential living and kitchen areas, and they are very popular in commercial spaces too, with a Christchurch gym recently installing them in changing rooms and reception,” says director Scott Lee.

Plastering for 33 years, Scott and his team of five work all over Canterbury on commercial and residential properties, do EQC repairs, and are also helping to preserve heritage buildings.

“We did an interesting job using strengthening compound on a Hereford Street project just recently,” says Scott.

In addition to exterior and interior plastering in Rockcote, the team are experts in large and small concrete finishing jobs, doing quality work and creating satisfied clients.

“I love the job, meeting contractors and clients, having the satisfaction of completing a job and being proud of our finish,” he says.”


 

Natural instinct


It’s not hard to see why one might be yearning for a more laid-back, relaxing vibe when it comes to our post-2020 homes. In fact, many of the trends creeping into our spaces are related by virtue of their soft and earthy nature.

 

 

Natural elements such as timber and stone not only support the creation of warm, comforting spaces, but they also work well with any number of chosen aesthetics.

Whether its darker wood and ceramics for your modern mid-century moods, or light woods and stone for coastal, Nordic or Japandi looks – incorporating natural textures and colours is an instant room-booster.

Nodi Looped Jute rug

We’re also using our natural instinct to select colours, with those such as olive and sage greens playing starring roles in 2021 abodes.

Incorporating natural materials into your space can be as simple as refreshing your soft furnishings and decorative knickknacks:

James Lane Nova Mirror

Think linen cushion covers, an artistic wooden bowl coffee table ornament or wall hanging.

Linen House Marble Pink Set

Or, it can be part of a larger scale renovation or build: Think wooden flooring and wall paneling, or stone bench tops and tiles.

Mocka Asta Luxe Armchair

Whatever you do, just choose what feels natural.


 

70s roar in: RESENE


Mellow mustards, bitter oranges, toasted terracotta and spicy browns – the tell-tale tones of 1970s design aesthetic – have recently made a roaring comeback in the world of decorating and are among some of the most desirable shades to include in a trend-forward interior.

Styling by Melle Van Sambeek | Photography by Bryce Carleton

 

Wall in Resene Gold Coast
Floor in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath
Hall table in Resene Noir
Nesting tables in
Resene Hairy Heath (large)
Resene Pendragon (medium)
Resene Gold Coast (small) with legs in Resene Noir
Vase (with twigs) in Resene Hairy Heath
Candlesticks in Resene Noir

This retro lounge, inspired by the best elements of 1970s’ design, is the ideal place to put up your feet and enjoy a beverage among the company of family and friends.

Walls in Resene Gold Coast set the stage for dark and moody details, including the artwork, pendant lamps, art objects and console table painted Resene Nero to pull you in, while the saffron shades of the velvet chair and ottoman invite you to sit and stay awhile.

The bold pattern of the scalloped floor was created using a stencil, evoking a parquet or tiled floor, with alternating shapes painted in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath.

For something different, pale tans like Resene Gold Coast look lovely with a soft ochre like Resene Smooth Operator or a reserved wine red like Resene Vanquish.

A rich redwood brown like Resene Hairy Heath, on the other hand, is a great fit for a clean blue green like Resene Deep Teal, a dungeon grey blue Resene Bastille or an oxidised green olive like Resene Planter.

When it comes to a crusty ciabatta tan like Resene Pendragon, a chalky, calm cream beige like Resene Blank Canvas, a creamy yellow like Resene Melting Moment and an authentic blue like Resene True Blue are ideal pairings for a country-chic bedroom or dining space.

Stencilled ‘tile’ background in Resene Pendragon and Resene Hairy Heath with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from top to bottom) in Resene Nero, Resene Hairy Heath, Resene Pendragon and Resene Gold Coast, candle stick in Resene Nero and vase in Resene Hairy Heath.

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


 

Embrace your curves


Take the edge off 2020 with soft, curved upholstered furniture. Cocoon-esque chairs, couches and ottomans are not only a nod to 1960’s style, it’s exactly what we need right now; something soft and cushy to melt into at the end of another inevitably weird 2020 day.

 

BOCONCEPT CHELSEA SOFA

 

Homely comforts have taken on new meaning this year as consumers are spending their money in the same places they’ve been spending their time – at home.

David Trubridge Navicula Pendant

And those purchases are reflecting all the things we want from our safe places; comfort and aesthetic appeal.

 

Oz Furniture Benny Irregular Mirror

 

Curved, puffy seating has been making an appearance in interior design schemes of note; with jelly bean shaped couches and round, padded chairs becoming lounge centerpieces.

Trenzseater Brice Chair

Designs by Australian furniture maker Sarah Ellison, as featured in our October 1 issue, have acquired a particularly strong following, as have those curvaceous options by BoConcept, Trenzseater, and David Trubridge.

Mocka Oslo Bar Stool

The pull of circular motifs does not end there, as we see the shapes occur in mirrors, tables, light fittings, rugs, banquets, paintings, coffee tables, vases and ornaments, too.

Marken Large Round Ottoman in Rose

Curves offer a departure from the straight lines our abodes often feature, providing both balance and interest in well-rounded measures.


 

Springtime crush


Freshen up your habitat for spring with these interior picks we’re currently crushing on.

Sage advice – Sage greens have a calming earthiness which brings the outside in. Resene Peace

Classy glasses – Channel your inner Gatsby with a 1920s champagne saucer.  Ferm Living Ripple Champagne Saucer.


Refresh your walls for the season of regeneration. Hotel Magique Tout Est Magique print


Nice & dry – Do the dishes in style. Citta Muriwai Tea Towel

Natural materials in interesting shapes prevail. Mark Tuckey Slat Round Bedside Table

Brighten the mood with a standout floor lamp. Trenzseater Studio Floor Lamp in Hand Rubbed Antique Brass

Architectural vases add interest with or without flowers. Kristina Dam Studio Dual hand-blown vase
Turn up the texture with a jute rug. Nodi Looped Jute Rug

Don’t wait for a special occasion to add a beautiful and cosy occasional chair to your lounge or sitting room. Huggy (faux-shearling) chair by Sarah Ellison

A fruit bowl Van Gogh could only dream of. BoConcept Expose Tray


Add intimacy and a sense of occasion to any meal with table linens in natural hues. Lovely Linen Misty Napkins in Meadow

Add to the ambience with a revitalising scent. Lyttelton Lights Lemongrass and Ginger candle


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.