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Fabulous Finishing


Understanding colour, having good taste, and knowing how to select individual elements to create a beautiful and inviting whole is not something that can be taught. It comes from the heart, it is innate and, combined with attention to detail plus a natural empathy with clients, it leads to an interior design house of the calibre of Christchurch’s own Kit and Caboodle.

 

 

At the studio, Alex Marie and Andrea Tudehope have created a temple of gorgeous fabric, furniture and finishing touches that are just a tempting hint of the luscious comfort that they can create for your home.

Inspired by the great designers, Alex and Andrea follow the William Morris ethic – that you should not have anything in your home that you do not believe to be beautiful or useful.

European designers such as David Hicks, Robert Couturier, Colefax and Fowler, and more latterly the Americans such as Albert Hadley and Daniel Romualdez have shaped their approach.

Distilling the giants of interior design and adding their own flair has created an ethos of comfort and soul at Kit and Caboodle, which means they are well on their way to becoming one of the ‘greats’ themselves.

While never trend-driven, “it does follow that fashion in clothing design filters down to influence things that are happening in interior design,” Andrea says.

For them it’s about layering to get a beautiful room to come together.

“A beautiful room must be personal; it must never look like a ‘stage set’ and we would never fit out entirely in one brand,” Alex says.

“Not everyone gets everything new,” Andrea says. “We often work from at least one existing item that is staying in the room, such as a work of art or a sofa.”

If they are working with a blank canvas, they start with floor, walls, and curtains.

“We begin with the most expensive items and then it is about layering to create the intimate and comfortable style of life, with accents or surprises to stimulate the senses,” Alex explains.

Freshening up antique or classical style furniture with contemporary fabrics or with bright colours is a passion, and this is a delicious task to undertake with clients given the huge range of fabrics available.

New Zealand agents for the stunning range from Melbourne, Nine Muses Textiles, the gorgeous fabrics are suitable for all furnishings including upholstery, curtains, lampshades and cushions.

Printed onto Libeco Belgian Linens using digital technology, artist and director of Nine Muses Tigger Hall has hand-painted every design, bringing the imperfections and colour variations, while keeping the aesthetic and beautiful feel of traditional textile processes.

“There is something for everyone, modern and contemporary colour juxtapositions through to traditional colour palettes,” Alex says.

“The range feels fresh and clean, and we’ve done some lovely projects with it over the years,” Andrea adds.


 

Merry Christmas!


Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong has been sharing her top tips for creating successful interiors throughout 2019.


This issue, she simply wants to wish all her readers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

“Enjoy the break with your family and relax!” she says.

“It’s been a fabulous year and I thought I would inspire you all with some images we have worked on.”

If you’re looking for something special for friends this Christmas, there’s plenty of options at Armstrong Interiors. “Come in and see what we have,” Angelique says.

“We also have some special works in from ceramic potter Kim Henderson if you’re looking for a one-off, original piece.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, from the Armstrong Interiors team.”

Visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd

Find Armstrong Interiors at 27 Papanui Road, visit www.armstronginteriors.co.nz, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram, armstronginteriorsltd


 

Rich in Citrus


This rich, warm dining space is a sophisticated take on a classic citrus. Rather than using the fresh, light colours normally associated with a citrus-inspired scheme, this one opts for a richer, full-bodied look instead.

 

 

The orange rear wall packs a punch in Resene Twisted Sister, while the complementing accessories pop in softer, more muted shades, such as a short round vase in Resene Thumbs Up, a small bowl in Resene Moonlight, a tall angular vase in Resene Yuma and a table bowl in Resene Crowdpleaser. The sideboard they sit on is painted in Resene Swiss Caramel, the chair in Resene Moccasin and the pendant light in Resene Spanish White.

The room is fresh and appealing but escapes being too pretty and light, plus it’s a citrus scheme that will transcend the seasons and not be locked into summer or spring. Other walls in the space are painted in Resene Half Spanish White as a neutral counterpoint, while golden-stained Resene Colorwood Natural finished timber adds further oomph to the warm glow of the room.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WENDY FENWICK. STYLING GEM ADAMS

 

Despite this deep orange being such a striking colour, it is surprisingly adaptable to a variety of interior styles; here it has a clean architectural look. By changing out some accessories, colour accents and furniture, you can style to your own taste for a completely unique look. Here’s some tips to get you started:

  1. Swap the table for a chunkier version, add leather chairs, a potted cacti and denim blue accessories and you have an American dessert theme.
  2. Go for mid-century furniture and teal and mustard accents for retro appeal.
  3. Stay with the mid-century furniture but add pop art and palms for a Californian cool vibe.
  4. Add textured pots, baskets, an old oak table, potted lavender or daisies, and classic cream earthenware for a Mediterranean feel.
  5. Or how about touches of turquoise, antiqued silver, purple, large urns and tiles for some Moroccan magic?

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

 

 


 

Joiner expands repertoire: Murray Hewitt Joinery


Any joiner operating at the top of their game in the twenty-first century understands how to work with a vast range of materials and master the gamut of styles. Murray Hewitt, Director of Murray Hewitt Joinery, delights in the fact that the craft of joinery once relied on wood, screws and glue, and now it has added the latest in modern construction technology to its repertoire.

 

 

 

The head office of Ray White in Papanui is a case in point. Lining the walls are Muros lightweight fibreglass panels which give the effect of old railway sleepers. They are textured with deep aged wood grain, knots and weathered imperfections. In the staff relaxation area, tiles cleverly create artificial hedging to make a feature wall, while the reception area is lined in Plytech Light Beton – an MDF product surfaced in real concrete at just 2mm thick. The reception counter is also clad in the hedging tiles and flooring is T&G planking in Burnt Larch.

“This was a great project, coming in with completely new and disparate products and seeing how great the finished look is; the new products work together beautifully,” Murray says.

Another job utilised Kiwi innovated Kaynemaile – interlocking plastic rings like chainmail – to form a screen between vanity and toilet.

“Of course, we still relish the opportunity to utilise our traditional skill and craftsmanship on work in timber doors and windows,” Murray says. “And to rebuild and restore an original kauri staircase is a real joy.”

 

 


 

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?

 

LINEN HOUSE BEDSPREAD

 

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.