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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.


Rocking the stone look

Using exquisite materials like Italian stone, marble and granite, talented craftsman Shane Boyd has become highly skilled at creating functional works of art for the home.



Specialising in benchtops, fireplaces, tables and feature pieces, Shane and his team of five staff are becoming known across the South Island for their stunning designs, quality finishes, and attention to detail.

While they’re Canterbury-based, recently they have been in high demand with projects keeping them busy in Queenstown and Wanaka.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, Shane has spent time in Australia and the UK where he has worked as a head mason at Buckingham Palace and the homes of celebrities.

With all this experience and know-how, the best part is, if you chose to work with the company, you’ll deal directly with Shane throughout the building and design process.

“Most of the work is handmade which results in a far better finish,” he says. “We work with marble, granite and European stone; most of it comes from Italy.”

For more information, visit, phone 021 240 0124, or check out their Facebook page for up-to-date news and details.


It’s all in the detail: Davinia Sutton

Multi award-winning Christchurch designer Davinia Sutton’s stunning kitchen and bathroom projects for two Canterbury homes were recognised at the recent 2019 National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Awards (NKBA) New Zealand, where she was also named 2019 Designer of the Year.



Held in Melbourne, Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton attained 12 awards altogether on the night, with the majority of the accolades won for the two homes. One of the projects (pictured), constructed by Ainsworth Builders and manufactured by Ashburton Joinery, was a large open kitchen featuring traditional cabinetry, a custom-made steel rangehood, a dark-stained solid timber island bench top, brick bond tiled splashback, off-white joinery and engineered stone.

Described as elegant, well-proportioned and textural, the design incorporated the early 1900’s architecture of the home. The ‘elegant and refined’ bathroom ensuite from the same home renovation also received two awards, featuring a ‘stunning tessellate tile floor of white and charcoal.’

The second award-winning kitchen, constructed by Mike Greer Architectural and manufactured by Woodshack Kitchens, blended effortlessly into the beautiful architecturally designed family home – sleek and modern, with an urban edge. The home’s award-winning bathroom featured a bold palette, with the selection of finishes providing a sense of sharpness and personality.

Davinia says the awards are a great reflection of local workmanship and it’s a privilege to be recognised by industry peers. “NKBA is an amazing organisation that really supports designers and the awards provide a fantastic launching pad and exposure that can lead to international recognition.”

Contact Detail by Davinia Sutton on 03 356 2722 or visit




Creative and Co

Setting the stage: Creative and Co

A good first impression is essential, and your home is no exception. If you are selling, the best way to help potential buyers to visualise living there, is by home staging. This is where Creative and Co can help.


Creative and Co


Creative and Co has gained a solid reputation for providing home owners with a certain zest few can match. Packages are available for a wide variety of clients and budgets and the company has all the equipment needed to furnish, style and accessorise your kitchen, living area, bathroom and any other room you care to mention.

Home staging is no longer an option in the marketplace; it’s a necessity. Therefore it pays to go with the best; it pays to go with Creative and Co.



Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone: Marble in the starring role

It’s been playing a strong supporting role in our Instagram flat lays for the longest of times, but now it seems marble has worked its way into our hearts to play a starring role in the home. Paired with copper, it’s a match made in homewares heaven.

Heart of Stone

Its popularity is by no means a new phenomenon; marble has after all, tiptoed around the edges of popularity since its time in the spotlight in the 1950s.
And, although it’s a power player in white, its modern incarnation is featuring a much broader colour scheme, with browns, greens and blacks all coming to the décor party.
Whether you’re looking to incorporate investment pieces such as kitchen benches, flooring, or dining, coffee, console, side and bedside tables, there’s an increasing range of smaller pieces to make your room pop, including lamp bases, drink coasters and book ends.
In the kitchen, marble trays, platters, salt and pepper shakers, rolling pins, utensil holders, utensils themselves, fruit bowls, herb planters, wine chillers, cake stands and chopping boards are all popular ways to make this stone shine.
With the likes of the beautiful set pictured by Williams-Sonoma, it’s obvious what the Romans made such as fuss about.

Dream Doors Christchurch

Creating dreamy kitchens: Dream Doors Christchurch

Owner of Dream Doors Adrian Kay is not only celebrating six years in business in Christchurch, but also winning best Dream Doors franchise in New Zealand for a fabulous fifth year in a row.

Dream Doors Christchurch

Dream Doors is best known for giving your existing kitchen a facelift, but how far you wish to go with the concept is up to you. It can be as simple as new cupboard doors and drawer fronts, perhaps adding in a bench top, but it can also mean remodelling a section of your kitchen, or the whole thing. Dream Doors will take care of all the trades you need, as well as assist with splashbacks and flooring, and the company is fully equipped to design and fit a kitchen into your new build as well.
The company offers the full range of materials and colours, but a current favourite with customers is the brand new Lazer Edge Melamine finish. It gives a really clean finish to the joinery, with sharper lines and increased durability. Adrian loves it so much he is offering a free upgrade to Laser Edge for a limited time.
Covering the area from Oxford to Ashburton, Dream Doors Christchurch manufactures locally. It’s all made to measure – Adrian himself comes to you to do the free measure and quote and discuss your ideas, so you know the finished product will be exactly what you want. “We provide great value for money,” Adrian says.
“You’ll receive more kitchen than you dream is possible.”

Edward Gibbon

Tap into your own trends: Edward Gibbon’s retail manager Lesley Storm gives us her take on choosing a tap

When building or renovating, tapware choices should be exciting.
Far from just a functional plumbing imperative, taps are rising in the design stakes. They’re top styling statements in themselves. And while there are always trends in tapware, homeowners should be true to their individual tastes.

Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon Retail Manager, Lesley Storm, believes if there’s a desired overall look or feel to a room, then taps, basins and sinks play a crucial part. Plumbing styles have the power to impact and personalise a design scheme.
“We guide people through the process of honing in on exactly what it is they want and what will work for their home project,” Lesley says. “For instance, if a client wants a certain metallic finish to be adhered to, we can find a range which offers that shade and effect throughout all the accessories they’d want in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and powder-rooms.”
Such details may not be immediately obvious when starting out with the process of tap, basin or sink choice.
Lesley adds that planning ahead is definitely a good idea. Some vanities or plumbing elements could take up to three weeks from ordering. She says customers often come in with floor or wall-tile samples, which is ideal practice applied to seemingly minute decisions about things like exact shade, gloss or matte surfaces on tapware. In the end, every attention to both function and aesthetic detail pays off of in greater pleasure for the long term.
Every turn of the tap satisfies when function, shape, colour, material and finish are perfect for the room. Metallics are really popular right now, Lesley says, with black and chrome still popular perennial choices also.

Edward Gibbon

Decoding Tap Talk: Taps are sometimes categorised as classic, contemporary, modern, modern-classic, and pictures tell much of the aesthetic story. The choice isn’t just between metallic colours, but black, white, glass, matte, shiny, satin finishes, even porcelain details. Then there are other considerations to ask about, like water usage/volume, size and placement of taps in relation to basins/bowls, plus the potential to fit filters.

Top Tap Tip: Choose heated towel rails when you choose your tap style if they’re to co-habit. Not all bathroom supply companies manufacture heated towel rails in all shades, but a shape or colour match may be possible. Also, consider the form of your taps alongside that of other accessories. Do they echo each other? Are they minimal and simple, or nostalgic and detailed?

Giovanni Tiles

A top tiling team: Giovanni Tiles

If you are after premium quality tiles to give your home distinctive flair, then look no further than the 100m2 Giovanni Tiles selection studio at 3 Lester Lane, just off Dean’s Ave, which holds a selection of more than 1000 premium tiles.

Giovanni Tiles

A tile selection studio that recognises the growing interest from homeowners and construction companies alike, Giovanni Tiles has a dedicated team of friendly experts in colour and style to assist you with all your requirements, from tile selection to free measure and quote, and delivery right to your door.
All tiles in the selection studio are sold under the Giovanni brand and sourced from leading tile manufacturers worldwide. “We import our tiles direct which cuts out the middle man, so our prices are very competitive,” Giovanni Tiles owner, Garey Burgess says.
Giovanni Tiles supplies only premium quality porcelain tiles. They feature the latest colours, fashion and textures for every home or commercial environment and, being porcelain means they are durable and keep their as-new look for many years to come.
The selection studio features extensive areas of tile samples from mosaics, to floor and wall tiles, for both interior and exterior environments. Available in all sizes, this gives customers the best possible idea of what tiles are available, and if they don’t have it, they will find it for you!
Giovanni Tiles is able to source other tiles direct from manufacturers and holds more than 40,000m2 on site at all times, so they can deliver to you when you require them.
For more information or to view the comprehensive range, visit or phone 03-423 1696.


A statement in stone: Rocktops delivers handcrafted stone solutions

Combining state-of-the-art technology with creative expertise, Matt Wilson and the Rocktops team are specialists in handcrafted stone products. Supplying and installing granite, marble, engineered stone and Neolith, the company can produce anything from bathroom vanity tops, kitchen, pantry and laundry benchtops, to fire hearths, table tops and BBQ areas.


Working directly with the public, housing companies, interior designers and specialty joiners, the team focuses on a ‘quality over quantity’ approach, says Matt, who took ownership of Rocktops in 2012 after managing the business for many years. “We provide handcrafted detail and extra attention to quality, priding ourselves on the time and care we put into each client’s tailor-made projects.”
With a new workshop based in Waltham, Matt has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and attributes valuing customer satisfaction and standing by all workmanship as essential to the company’s success. Whether your custom project is large or small, the Rocktops team can bring your vision to life and make your statement in stone.
Visit or phone 03-348 9490, 022 620 8684 or email

Murray Hewitt Joinery

Innovation in action: Murray Hewitt Joinery leads the way

The name Murray Hewitt Joinery goes hand-in-hand with a reputation that has been hard won over two decades. Established in 1999, it has developed an impressive portfolio full of referral and many repeat clients – the latter of which, in many cases, have been with the business for its entire history.

Murray Hewitt Joinery

As its name suggests, Murray Hewitt Joinery is made up of a highly skilled and loyal team of experienced craftsmen who take considerable pride in all they do, ensuring a quality product every time. Working with an extensive range of products, the team can deliver joinery services from residential to commercial, kitchens and bathrooms to staircases and more.
Within these environments, the company’s expertise can be channeled into delivering joinery for entry doors, exterior doors and windows; interior doors; stairs and hand rails; wardrobes and shelving; bathroom vanities; kitchens and laundries; lounge entertainment units and commercial and shopfitting.
Murray Hewitt Joinery can also create made-to-measure, hand-crafted furniture to the highest standard. Its high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail produces bespoke furniture which adds value to homes. All pieces are created in the workshop in Christchurch and traditional joinery techniques are utilised to produce cabinetry which will last a lifetime.
Owner Murray Hewitt says, “After all this time in the industry I still have the passion to create beautiful products from solid timber. Oak, walnut, rosewood and mahogany give me particular pleasure.”
Murray’s passion for his work is a common denominator between each of his team members. “Each member of our team is able to follow a project through from its initial concept to completion and installation, so they take real pride in what they do and ensure a quality product every time.

Murray Hewitt Joinery “We enjoy challenges and have earned a reputation for thinking outside the square to find solutions and to make design ideas work in reality. There is nothing we enjoy more than undertaking a whole house – from the front door, to the interior doors, the laundry and the kitchen and everything in between, including one-off items of bespoke furniture such as bedside cabinets and entertainment units. We truly believe there is no reason for our customers to go anywhere else.”
Murray Hewitt is located at 25a Lunns Road. Phone 03-343 0360 or email See the extensive joinery portfolio at