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Out with perfection

Have you ever swooped in with a coaster, just in the nick of time before your guest puts a coffee cup down on your – eeeek – shiny new coffee table? Relax, and put your feet up – it doesn’t matter so much anymore.



Perfection in the home is out of vogue for 2020. After all, we are now being less wasteful and slowing our unsustainable consumer appetite.

Invest in quality and hang on to those timeless treasures – no matter their age spots.

Unravelled threads of a hand-crafted throw, artwork with a chunk missing or a brazen watermark, a brass fireside piece with a little harmless rust – it all adds to the charm!

Use your imagination and creativity. A case in point: a time-faded pale blue carpet that’s seen better days.

Take a look at the floaty frescos of the Italian paintings – there’s a similarity in the ethereal wish-wash of subtle shade.

Instead of replacing the carpet, work with it – and play up the Latin romance.

Patina is the new perfect. Just think of a time-stencilled, olde worlde tabletop, buffed in French polish to show off its battle scars.

Our modern pieces can equally enjoy the same freedom.

From wallpaper to wall units, you can also buy what will age well anyway and function throughout the tumbles of family life – sticky-pawed infants, bull-in-a-china-shop teenagers and cats who see couches as claw-sharpening stations.

A quality leather lounge suite, for example, can take a lot of battering and will look beautiful for generations, aging like a fine wine – and won’t be harmed by a glass or two being spilled on it either.

Tip-toeing around the edges of a precious new rug defeats its purpose.

Our abodes are for living in – really living. Visitors enjoy a place where they can feel at home – not just admire.

Wear and tear is also a memory diary in a way. If the gouge on the sideboard reminds you of a rollicking New Year’s Eve party, then surely that must be a good thing!


Signature Liveliness

Turquoise is one of most calming and soothing colours you could use to make your space feel relaxing. Named after a mineral of the same brilliant chroma, its hue is reminiscent of Tiffany boxes to some and Caribbean waters to others.




Turquoise is often confused with aqua, teal and light blue. While it’s true that turquoise is pretty similar to all of them, it is still a unique colour all on its own, and is obtained by mixing light blue, light green, and a tiny of vibrant yellow for its signature liveliness.

Turquoise home décor is often perceived as exotic, although it’s considerably easy and practical to combine with a wide variety of styles from bold and vibrant to more traditional looks.

In what would have otherwise been a very basic bathroom, this space has been given a massive mood lift with Resene Yes Please on the tongue-and-groove panelling to complement the creamy yellow undertones of the Resene Elderflower walls.

Staining the floors with Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash nods to a natural, beachy feel, which inspired the incorporation of sea-coloured accessories in Resene Meditation, Resene Kandinsky, Resene Remember Me and Resene Freelance.

By sticking to crisp white bath linens and bathroom fixtures with stainless steel chrome finishes, like the LeVivi Marbella Freestanding Bath and Devon Vanity from Plumbing World, the result feels restful and spa-like.

Timber flooring in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Yes Please, Resene Elderflower, Resene Wishing Well, Resene Mystery and Resene Meditation.


For the love of lagom

We’ve mastered how to hygge our home, by creating a serene and clutter-free space, it’s now time to learn to lagom. While the words appear to be a scramble of Scandinavian slang, beneath the surface lies very interesting inspirations for decorating your home.



While there is no direct translation from Swedish to English, it roughly means ‘not too much and not too little – just right’.

This way of thinking is a great idea to channel when you’re decorating your home this summer.

Niki Brantmark could be classed as the queen of lagom with her book, Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life, that started it all.

She gives eight basic tips to lagom.

  1. De-clutter – this speaks for itself.
  2. Bring in nature – there should be a balance between the home and the environment around it. If you live by the sea, seashells or pebbles are a nice way to incorporate this.
  3. Use muted colours – Swedish homes like to keep it simple with very organic and muted tones.
  4. Try textures – experimenting with throws, rugs and other textures is a great eye-catching addition to your home.
  5. Incorporate plants – low maintenance ones are great.
  6. Pay attention to lighting – utilise that natural light!
  7. Go vintage – creates a comfy and cosy feel.
  8. Keep it pristine – carpet is hard to clean, so get rid of it altogether.

Design defying gravity

One of the coolest bathroom trends of 2020 is floating vanities. Ideal for smaller bathrooms, they can create an illusion of size and space.


Double floating vanities are a practical way to free up floor area.

Because of their clean, minimalistic look, you can update and transform your space without compromising the overall interior design.

A beach-house bathroom, for example, morphs from tired and drab into something sleek and edgy.

Patterned tiles and handsome hardware paired with a white floating vanity bring a timeless elegance, while textured finishes or grained woods make for a visually stunning statement.

Restrict the colour palette alongside floating vanities to two to three colours and cut the clutter – less is, after all, more.

From rustic to modern, floating vanities add pizazz to your bathroom and make cleaning a breeze. What’s not to love?


The crafter of kitchens

Julia Child believed that there is nothing nicer than a kitchen made for a cook and that things that are designed to be used always have an innate beauty. Passionate kitchen designer Sandy Eagle of Sandy Eagle Design could not agree more.



Sandy’s approach is to get alongside her clients, work with them and create their unique, fun, functional space that suits their lifestyle.

Sandy’s initial consultation is for two hours, getting to know her clients, how they use their kitchen, what is important, how they entertain and play in their kitchen.

Getting the function right is extremely important.

Then Sandy creates a look that reflects her clients’ personalities and surroundings, country, modern, eclectic, industrial, a coloured kitchen or natural tones.

She is passionate about them all.

Having more than 20 years in the building industry, Sandy uses the knowledge she has gained to stand back and really look at the space for her clients.

She creates options that can transfigure any space. Sandy’s passion is designing the heart of every home – the kitchen.

Sandy not only completes the design; she oversees the whole process: design, supply and installation.

Using her trusted suppliers, the whole job is completed ready for her clients to enjoy.

Working in Canterbury, the West Coast, Marlborough, and Queenstown, most of her clients are referrals or repeat clients renovating or building their next home – and to Sandy that is the greatest compliment.

Looking at renovating or building? Sandy would love to work alongside you to create your unique kitchen that reflects your personality.


Sandy Eagle

Blending form and function: Sandy Eagle Design

For award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer Sandy Eagle, listening to her clients is the key to the perfect result. Seeking to understand her clients and how they work is integral to creating functional spaces, which she then moulds into the look they want.


Sandy Eagle


With more than 20 years of knowledge and experience, a huge passion for design, impressive talent and skill, this versatile designer can deliver any design – whether it’s bespoke, country, modern, or industrial. Sandy has always had a flair for creativity. Her background includes years in the construction industry, designing concepts for building companies and working closely with architects, builders and joiners. But her true passion is in the detail within the kitchen and bathrooms.


The mother of three has not only helped people across Canterbury and the South Island bring their individuality into their homes, but also designed and built her family’s own homes over the years, some of which have won Master Builder House of the Year awards.
Clients enjoy peace of mind, knowing they are working with a member of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA), of which Sandy is the Canterbury Region Chairperson. She believes in giving back to her industry and loves inspiring young designers.

Recognised nationally with awards for both her kitchen and bathroom designs, Sandy is passionate about design. She believes form and function should blend seamlessly, so spaces look beautiful, while standing up to the pressures of everyday life.


Sandy Eagle
Sandy Eagle


Phone 027 710 6900, email or visit


Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone

The grounding earthiness of stone adds a particular energy to a room that nothing else can. We are increasingly seeing stone wares coming through all areas of the home.


Heart of Stone


Marble, as an interior design element, began beautifying abodes many years ago – and we are craving more. The quirk of this classically white, veined beauty is that it’s equally at home within a minimalist or Scandinavian theme as it is amongst opulence.



Kitchens and bathrooms are havens for its charm. However, the likes of clocks, coasters, candlesticks, lamp bases and side tables look magnificent in marble. Decadent against golds, velvets and rich tones, it also partners stunningly with concrete and gun-metal silver.


Heart of Stone

Other guises of stoneware add drama and quality to living spaces. Plinths, statues, or urns invite at an entranceway, staircase, or patio. A granite coffee table, beautifully crafted onyx bowl, hand-carved sandstone sculpture, quartz vase or Romanesque wall art will inspire its surrounds.


Heart of Stone

Design pieces can also blend with other natural elements, such as a clear glass dining tabletop with the juxtaposition of a solid stone base. The contrast of wood, and metal also combine well. Stone is as old as time, but a new and solid trend that will last.


Heart of Stone



Interior Design Style Choices

Interior Design Style Choices

Which choice is your pick?


Interior Design Style Choices



Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines and a simple colour palette that uses materials such as metal, glass or steel.
Modern designs use simplicity with their furnishing and accessory statements. Sleek is generally associated with the modern look along with simple and minimal accessories.


Modern and contemporary are two styles frequently used interchangeably. Contemporary is different from modern because it describes design based on the here and now.
The primary difference separating modern and contemporary design style is that modern is a strict interpretation of design that started in the 20th century. Contemporary design is more flowing with more curving lines.


Traditional design style offers classic details, elegant furnishings, and an abundance of accessories. Traditional design is rooted with European flavour and offers depth, layering and dimension within their design displays.


Rustic design is drawn from being inspired by nature and uses raw and often unfinished elements including wood and stone.
Rustic design may incorporate accessories from the outdoors with warmth resonating from the design. Architectural details may include features like vaulted ceilings with wood beams or wood floors.


Hollywood Glam is a design style that tends to be luxurious, over-the-top and opulent. It’s a dramatic design style, perfect for a homeowner who enjoys making a statement.



Shelf Life

Shelf Life: No longer are shelves just shelves

No longer are shelves just shelves, today they are architectural objects in themselves.

Shelf Life

They’re no longer just the fixed bracket storage they once were, as form meets function and drives the access to almost limitless possibilities.
When it comes to storage, taking into account storage space such as cupboards and shelving is integral to harmonious design. So we’ve got all the inspiration for how to give your home a greater shelf life.
The Rolls Royce of shelving is custom made, with its ability to maximise the space available, utilising every inch, even those tricky pitched ceilings.

If your space is tiny, you live in a city and you love organisation, the modular shelving unit is another top of the range option. With ample storage, good design and countless configurations, it’s one of our favourite investment furnishings.

For smaller scale storage, wall-mounted, free-standing and even roll-away shelving are viable options and stylish wall-mounted options include modern floating shelves.
When it comes to freestanding shelving, at least locally, earthquake brackets are a must.

Adairs Jardin Quilted Velvet Bedlinen

Time for texture: interior design trends

While hay bales as a decorating tool at parties and events may be pronounced ‘over’, texture is still huge. In fact, you could successfully argue that textural elements in interior design have never been more crucial. Texture is basically where beauty and decadence meet.

Adairs Jardin Quilted Velvet Bedlinen
Adairs Jardin Quilted Velvet Bedlinen

Maybe it’s the rise and rise of fabulous-looking faux furs. More likely it’s the gorgeous feel of velvety, furry, sheepskin-like furnishings and of flocked, patterned wallpaper.
There’s logic in thinking that in the depths of the Southern Hemisphere, textures of the most opulent type are right at home. We want these fabulous items to recline on the ends of our beds, or tossed over armchairs. We like to be able to drop in total comfort to the floor-rug in front of a fire. We need the stuff around us to be sumptuously padded or silkily soft; not office-stark. It’s the glory of winter.