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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 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.


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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.




Let your light shine: Trenzseater

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




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).



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.”



Craig South

Balancing architecture with interior design: Craig South

Rather than treating interior design as a finishing touch, architect Craig South suggests a collaborative approach can be much more effective.


Craig South


Architects and interior designers have traditionally tended to work apart but, in my experience, it’s far better to have both on the same page and working together from an early stage. Having a shared design vision is the best guarantee of an inspiring outcome.

There may be a perception that the architect’s job stops at the front door, yet more often than not external form flows through to the interior and this, in turn, will influence how the interior comes together. Good communication between the architect and interior designer ensures both can be focussed on the same goal of creating spaces that people will enjoy living in. That means spaces that are functional and that will work well with a building’s form and aesthetics.

When an architect and interior designer are in sync over key decisions, such as what materials will be used, a high level of overall consistency can be achieved. Built-in features like window seats are a good example of how interior design and architecture can be linked in this way. Some might see them as a bit of a throwback, but window seats are great for storage and, if built in the right places, offer lovely little spots for enjoying views and sun. Similarly, built-in bookshelves and places for ornaments really help breathe life and personality into a home.


Craig South


When planning a new home, I’d suggest getting an interior designer on board as early as possible to kick start these positive design synergies, even if all you have is a concept drawing. Decisions on smart use of space for storage – or how best to frame views or site a fireplace – can be made in unison and with the client’s needs front and centre. Involving the interior designer early also streamlines their own decision-making on furnishing and finishing.

In my day to day practice, I am privileged to work alongside an in-house interiors team and find that being able to bounce ideas between us is very helpful to the overall design process. We also collaborate with other interior designers at various stages of our projects and find that to be invaluable to the end result.

Take something as specific as a kitchen: it makes sense to bring the architect and interior designer together and let them know exactly how you want that space to perform. You can even show them where you envisage standing at your kitchen bench. A good mutual understanding of the space being created will get you off to a flying start.


Craig South


What we constantly strive to do in our own practice, as architects and designers, is to create playful, easy to use spaces. Our goal is not simply to create houses as shelter, but homes with personality that include all those special bespoke touches that add up to an enjoyable way of life.


Architect Craig South
Craig South


At its best, architecture and interior design are a kind of ‘pas de deux’, both working in tandem to produce a harmonised whole.


Armstrong Interiors

Silver linings: Armstrong Interiors

It’s coming into winter, so now is the time to start thinking about how you can create a warm and cosy home, without blowing your heating bills.


Armstrong Interiors


Metropol catches up with award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors about the impact of drapes on style and comfort.


How can we dress our windows for winter?
In Christchurch, a large majority of our homes are single glazed and, with 75 percent of our heating believed to be lost through the windows, heavy drapes and good thermal linings are critical.
The most popular options for linings are blackout and thermal backed lining. Blackout prevents light filtering through your windows, great for bedrooms, TV rooms and home theatres.


What are sheers?
Sheers are used to filter the sun out. They are usually pulled during the day and create softness over the windows. This is a great way to add protection to your furniture and floor coverings. Sheers usually have a blackout lining on a second track to pull at night, for more privacy.
This is the most cost effective way of dressing your windows with drapery. Sheers are usually reasonably priced and linings can be colour matched to your sheers.
This is very popular at the moment for new home builds.


What’s the go in trendy drapes?
It’s all about the ‘heading’ and there are plenty of options – boxed, pleated, wave, pinched.
Your interior designer can advise you on the best heading for the fabric pattern and design you have chosen. My personal favourite is the box pleat.


What is puddling?
Puddling is when your curtain length is longer than the finished floor length and the drapes fall on the floor.
This can be a very effective way to display your drape for a dramatic look. Drapes that puddle usually have tie backs accompanying them. Puddling is also used when you are using a natural fibre to allow shrinkage


What about accessories and beading?
Beading and trims can give you that little bit of added detail you may need to finish off your interior space and are great if you want to make a statement or add extra luxury to your interior design.


If you are looking to upgrade your drapes for winter, come in and see us.


We are able to give you good advice on what you need for your home and lifestyle.  Visit or phone 03 356 2636.


In full swing

In full swing

They’re swinging back into fashion; indoor swings, outdoor swings – swings are everywhere!


In full swing


The mid-century, egg-shaped cane swinging chair hung on balconies in the swinging 60s. Recently new renditions swung back into vogue – then they really took off. Something so fun, cool and comfortable won’t just be a passing trend.

Hanging securely from ceilings and stands in our bay windows, sunrooms, courtyards and lounges, swings come in rattan, cane, black, white, retro, bohemian, futuristic, couches or chairs, simple or oversized bubbles.

Our innate love of a gentle motion to relax is no longer reserved for tropical-holiday hammocks, as homes become havens. Swing chairs are glorious in the garden. A place to catch the afternoon sun and nod off.

Swing chairs are great for kids’ rooms. Reading a book in their own swaying cocoon can’t be a chore.



Gold Rush

Gold Rush

Gold is adding its illustrious touch to our homewares this season. This magical metallic in its purest golden form will now out-shine recent trends of copper and bronze.


Gold Rush


Gold pairs beautifully with silver – a perfect balancing act that is easy on the eye. It doesn’t have to be all matching chrome in kitchens or bathrooms. The two opposing metals work really well, as does gold and black. Antiqued-gold and black furniture is now contemporary glamour.

The minimalism trend of Scandinavian style and neutral colour schemes are making way for décor of the dramatic kind. Think large gold-framed prints, glamorous gold mirrors or lamps, and adding gleam from table cloths and trinkets to ottomans and cushions. Gold is a winning combination when paired with the latest jewelled fabrics and interesting textures.

The secret is to sprinkle the Midas touch sparingly throughout the house – rather than grouping the whole stash – unless it is a cabinet of gilded wine glasses. This especially goes for brass pieces – think classy, not brassy.


Position away from the glaring sunlight however, you can afford to be a little more brazen if there is a dark space to brighten. Paint with a gold shimmer can be used creatively for walls and cornices to cupboards and knobs.