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Natural Instinct


In Christchurch, one of the best spots to go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life is the Botanic Gardens or Hagley Park. These two places are so popular for escaping because of the plants that surround us with their calming energy. So why not bring that same energy and vibe into your own home?

 

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Some of our favourite homeware stores are catching on to the concept of bringing the outside in because, although florals have long been a popular addition when it comes to our décor, now it seems greenery has followed suit.

Incorporating the beauty of nature into your home through your furnishings is a low maintenance way to bring the relaxing beauty of nature into your everyday life. Duvets, wall prints and even fake plants make your internal spaces feel more light and relaxed.

Fresh and inviting, they offer an easy way to inject life and colour to your internal spaces, and they work particularly well with the clean, minimalist interiors and natural beauty of timber that we’re currently craving in the home.

So let your natural instinct go wild this season because sometimes you just have to fake it ‘til you make it.

 


 

Lights Up!


Much like fashion, lighting trends often reflect on bygone eras. Here are some styles currently lighting up 2019.

 

 

Mid-century Modern reigned from the 1920s to 1970s. The atom-influenced Sputnik chandelier is a fine example of this style. Much in vogue from the 1950s onwards, it’s been updated through the decades, with finishes such as brushed nickel, brass and gold. It’s a perfect fit with contemporary and transitional décor.

Industrial and Retro are definitely here to stay, with traditional Industrial now sporting an alternative softer version, known as Modern Retro. Popular for kitchen work spaces, above dining areas or as wall lights, Modern Retro gives a unique twist and can even be considered as a statement art piece.

Vintage Victorian, as in Edison lightbulbs, just gets better and better! Available in both LED and incandescent form, this is soft retro at its best. An Edison chandelier, or row of Edison connected lights above your work space, will charm for years to come.

Rustic Modern is beautifully captured in the ED Ellen DeGeneres lighting collection. It is influenced by some of Ellen’s favourite, world-renowned artists and features signature details inspired by Ellen’s own treasured pieces throughout her homes.

For those not fussed on eras, but who love gentle illumination, Soft Gold, which imitates the soft matte finish of brushed silver and brushed gold, while focusing on the mellowness of gold, is for you. Illuminate your favourite cubby-hole with a soft gold lamp for an extra cosy glow.

 


 

Revitalising Your Most Used Space: M F Turnbull


Thirty-one years and counting – that’s how long M F Turnbull has been finishing furniture and joinery in Canterbury and beyond.

 

With an expanded facility, Kitchen Renewal is a new division of M F Turnbull that specialises in refurbishing kitchens and furniture. No matter what the current finish of your kitchen, it can be repainted or refinished to a colour and look that you want. Even pre-finished boards such as melamine, despite the common belief that it can’t, can be refinished. When it comes to kitchens, often the most used space in the house, people don’t realise that with some relatively small changes and a quality refinishing, you virtually get a new kitchen, says Co-Owner Monique Turnbull. “Very often, kitchens are really well designed,” she says.

So if you are staying with the same layout, you could make small changes, like removing unused overhead cupboards or replacing a cupboard with a set of drawers, she says. With a refinish on the cupboard doors, drawers and benchtops, new handles and hinges, your kitchen is totally transformed. Not only is this process cost effective, it is much more friendly to the environment, creating less waste as many pulled-out units end up in landfills. This has become a particular focus for M F Turnbull – Kitchen Renewal. Specialising in making the old new again, the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ model is at the core of the business.

It also applies to so much more than just kitchens. Any piece of furniture can be revitalised; heirlooms or that tired old coffee table that you like but needs either a new stain or a new colour. Chairs, side tables, drawers and more can be brought up to date to suit new décor. Individual pieces or entire suites can be revamped and revitalised to any colour or look. In their 31 years, the team at M F Turnbull has saved some very unique items, things that may otherwise have been consigned to the trash heap; items such as filing cabinets, desks, or even things like pianos. In one instance a treasured vase was given a new look to bring into line with a new décor.

Steve Baker is the Manager at M F Turnbull. His experience and expertise is called upon to advise clients of just what is possible. If you know what you want, he is able to guide you through the process and achieve your goals. If you don’t know what you want, he can have a look at your existing kitchen and offer advice on what can be done. Often, he and the team can suggest options you may not have considered.

With a free consultation and quote, and a fast, efficient removal and reinstallation process, your kitchen can be looking bright and new in as little as ten working days. Contact the team at www.kitchenrenewal.co.nz or www.mfturnbull.co.nz.


 

Joining the dots: Murray Hewitt Joinery


Murray Hewitt Joinery Ltd has celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Even after two decades of providing Cantabrians with the absolute best in joinery for a wide range of building projects, the company shows little signs of slowing down.

 

 

 

Formed in 1999, Murray Hewitt Joinery’s team of highly skilled joiners and cabinet makers have gained a sterling reputation within the industry, consistently growing, with plenty of repeat business gained from working closely with customers from early days and beyond. From your bathroom, kitchen, bespoke furniture and right down to your windows and doors, the customer can rest safely in the knowledge that this team will be with with you every step of the way, giving you advice from the start to the finish of your project.

The company has an extensive joinery portfolio, with solid timber playing an important part in the product range and is something they are passionate about. Murray Hewitt Joinery Ltd works with a broad range of products so there will always be a wide range to choose from — there is quite simply no need to go anywhere else. By choosing Murray Hewitt Joinery for your next project you’ll benefit from their personal service, experience and quality workmanship. Head in to see for yourself as they continue to grow.

www.mhj.co.nz


 

Wall Candy

Wall Candy


Walls are increasingly doing the talking when it comes to the home, as we explore a taste of the latest flavour in wall candy.

 

Wall Candy
Lumas Gallery Photo by Renaud Delorme

 

Wall real-estate is what home decorators drool over. Blank can be boring – so an infinity of eye-catching ideas is taking over.

Grouping artwork looks stunning. Try arranging similar frames, portraits, vintage, animals, craft art, or a melange of everything you love. Small artworks together create a big effect. Forget the eye-level rule too. Embellish down to the floor and up to the rafters.

Decals are getting more dramatically creative, with larger-than-life vinyl motives taking over from passé inspirational quotes. They also come in patterns, creating the effect of out-there wall paper, which is easily removed.

Bold, colourful, simple shapes, and the quirky, fun and abstract, are now lining walls and gigantean canvas prints make stunning standalone features – gaze-worthy artwork is fixating.

 



 

Misco Joinery

The Craft of Kitchens: Misco Joinery


Misco Joinery has been building and installing kitchens in Canterbury homes for more than 30 years. The locally owned family business has a solid reputation for providing a high quality product and great customer service.

 

Misco Joinery

 

From humble beginnings in farm buildings behind the family home in Mairehau, Owner and Director Michael Chernishoff, along with his fellow Director and brother-in-law Glenn Colenso, built the company which now proudly operates from a 3500sqm purpose-built manufacturing base in Kaiapoi.

The benefits of replacing an old, tired kitchen are well established. In addition to adding value to your home, the look and feel of a new kitchen, one of the most used rooms in any house, adds to your quality of life.
For many homeowners, the prospect of a kitchen renovation can be a little daunting, but the team at Misco aims to make it as stress free and rewarding as possible. The process is straight-forward, transparent and totally customer-focused.

 

Misco Joinery

Any plan to upgrade your kitchen begins with a wish list, including an understanding of how you currently use your kitchen and how you may want to use it differently. Browsing the gallery online, or spending some time in the showroom at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, is a great place to start. In the showroom are several model kitchens, and a vast selection of accessories, swatches, and examples. An initial consultation at your home, usually with Mike, is scheduled, where the wish list is discussed, measurements are taken and a plan is devised.

Misco’s design team works with you to finalise the plans, including any changes you may want. From simple upgrades to complex renovations, qualified builders and installers are on the job.
The joinery is produced at the Kaiapoi plant using the latest computerised equipment, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. There it is assembled and made ready for installation by qualified and skilled tradespeople who pay close attention to the smallest details to ensure complete satisfaction.

 

Misco Joinery

Misco kitchens feature the latest technologies and quality brands such as Hafele fittings and hardware, Marbello and AGB granite, quartz, or acrylic bench tops, and the Biesse Air Force System which provides colour continuity between the edges and surfaces, and a “zero glue line”, improving the aesthetic of your new kitchen.

European soft-close drawers and cupboards are standard, and quality brand appliances such as Bosche, AEG, Westinghouse and more, can be included in the design, sourced through Harvey Norman Commercial and supplied with the joinery.

For homeowners wanting to upgrade the kitchen, Misco is the perfect one stop shop. From concept to installation, their experience, expertise, and quality products guarantee satisfaction. The company also manufactures and installs walk-in wardrobes, laundries, or shelving, providing these ensembles for commercial enterprises such at resthomes, preschools and others nationwide.

 


For more information visit www.misco.co.nz or phone
03 383 4384.


 

Kit and Caboodle

Interiors of the Heart: Kit and Caboodle


Yearningly desirable yet rare in New Zealand homes, familiar in essence but elusive to imitate, the aesthetic at Kit and Caboodle speaks to the heart with its cosy warmth accented with elegance, and its appealing cohesion of beautiful colour elements highlighted with sophisticated and surprising pieces.

 

Kit and Caboodle

 

It is the sublime skill of Alex Marie and Andrea Tudehope at Kit and Caboodle which led Melbourne-based designer, Tigger Hall, to select them as the exclusive New Zealand agents for her stunning fabric range, Nine Muses Textiles. Launched this month, Alex and Andrea are showing the beautiful and innovative range nationally to interior designers.

The gorgeous fabrics are suitable for all furnishings including upholstery, curtains, lampshades and cushions. Printed onto Libeco Belgian Linens using digital technology, Tigger Hall has hand painted every design, bringing the imperfections and colour variations, and keeping the aesthetic and beautiful feel of traditional textile processes.

 

Kit and Caboodle

Nine Muses Textiles is a truly broad range. “There is something for everyone; modern and contemporary colour juxtapositions through to traditional colour palettes,” Alex says.
“The range feels fresh and clean, and designs are inspired by Tigger Hall’s varied travels,” Andrea adds.

There are four collections within the range and each is inspired by nature rather than trend driven, “so they will have great longevity over time,” Andrea says.
Alex and Andrea say their favourite designs change daily, but they would happily have all of them in their own homes. “Each design comes in a broad variety of colourways, so it’s very versatile,” Andrea says. “We stock a lot of the samples in our showroom, so clients should come in for a browse.”

 

Kit and Caboodle

“Colour is now really popular in homes,” Alex says. “It is having a renaissance – people are no longer afraid of introducing colour.”  They always begin with the premise that it’s essential that people create a home with things they love. “Home is a reflection of personality; you don’t want it being anonymous,” Alex says.

Leaning to European and American in style, softer lines, fabrics, colour, and pattern are Kit and Caboodle trademarks. “Interiors have to be fun but have longevity and age gracefully, have some elegant pieces. We favour mood lighting not just task lighting, mirrors are great for reflecting light and space but also elegance, and we are big on rugs; they add a layered effect, creating rooms within a space,” Alex says.

 

Kit and Caboodle

Andrea and Alex run the gamut of interior design service. “We have many strings to our bow,” Alex says. They do one-off upholstery, interior design from paint schemes to project management and procurement of entire homes, the finishing touches, repainting of furniture, gilding of mirrors.

 


Visit their new website at www.kitandcaboodle.co.nz.


 

Suite Temptation

Suite Temptation


Lounge suites can make or break the look and comfort of a room. It’s an investment that will be worth its weight in cosy nights.

 

Suite Temptation

 

This year, the lounge suite is less of a suite and more of a pairing. The great news is the chairs don’t have to match the couch, and two couches don’t need to be a pigeon pair. Contrasting, complementing or quirky clashing is now ultracool.

This means there’s so much flexibility in choice and design – and no two homes will look the same. Pieces then can be updated at different times. Curvy is the latest shaping in furniture design, so a mix of tub-like, egg shaped and wavy-edged chairs go nicely with couches of both informal or structured design.

Blush is now a much-revered neutral. So match up with perhaps deeper colours from jewel-like jades to burnished golds. Mustard as a colourway is so hot again. Comfort materials are the go to for cosy couches this year. Plush textured velvets, hard-wearing Draylon and the softest chenille are the new comfort luxe.

Natural linen is for our natural cravings. Interest detailing such as piping, casual flanged seams or exposed stitching, which pairs well with sustainable natural fabrics. The Danish Hygee trend of creature-comfort is getting even more rugged up. Creatively piling on textures and patterns of cushions and throws individualises and updates a tired lounge suite, especially over the colder months.

 



 

All smoke & mirrors

All smoke & mirrors


Mirrors are clever design pieces that can make or break your décor.

 

All smoke & mirrors

 

Taking on many roles, they can be a piece of wall art, for lightening and brightening, creating optical illusions, distracting, or highlighting – checking out your reflection is just a bonus! Hanging a mirror certainly has a multifaceted effect.

Facing a large mirror adjacent to a view is like gaining another window. Whether a gorgeous garden or dreamy view, it is double the pleasure. What they reflect is key – a vase of flowers on a table will double in beauty – but avoid them facing less illustrious corners. Assess if it will do the surroundings justice.

Full length mirrors dramatically open up a space and offer the best way to accurately assess your outfit from head to toe. As a full-wall feature they glamorise and open up the space.
Thick baroque gilded frames are as current as geometric quirky designs. Bevelled mirroring is a luxurious option and backlighted options are perfect for bathrooms and bedrooms.

A grand frame around a modest mirror can steal the limelight, whereas a fine frame on a large mirror gives all the attention to the reflection. There is no ‘fairest of them all’ – they all simply mirror personality.

 



 

Trenzseater

Let your light shine: Trenzseater


It goes without saying that the right lighting can transform a stylish house into a much-loved home.

 

Trenzseater
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The advice of a good interior design specialist can take the headache out of choosing and positioning lights – especially one that has the world’s top lighting companies at his fingertips. Enter Trenzseater’s Ben Lewis, a New Zealand design talent with a notable pedigree.

Trenzseater is distinguished by its truly international style – modern but also sophisticated, playful and elegant. The company’s interior design projects have been recognised within New Zealand and internationally for two consecutive years with three honourable mentions at the International Design Awards (IDA).

 

Trenzseater

The business offers a portfolio of European light fitting brands handpicked by Lewis and his brother Hamish for their style, name, quality and heritage. Citing the Bomma, Buster + Punch and Eichholz names as some of his clients’ favourites, buyers can see examples of all

Trenzseater products in the showroom. Lewis says one of the hottest looks emerging from Europe are metallic finishes done in a fresh way, with gold and silver leaf among recent standout offerings. “We are even seeing gold and other metallic tints on glass, which looks amazing and is very hard for mainstream manufacturers to copy.

There are also dulled down and worn-in bronze and matt black features,” Lewis adds, “which create a lived-in feel that lends a touch of understated elegance. Many of the designs arriving in the showroom have a truly timeless look about them, meaning you will love them for a lifetime rather than a season.”