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Habitat - how trends happen
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habitat magazine issue 27

Bright ideas - get paint happy

Bright ideas – get paint happy

Create this easy DIY artwork straight onto the wall with a few Resene testpots and a roll of masking tape. Roughly paint the various colours onto the wall in a circular shape, then place a grid of masking tape on top. Paint the entire wall in a neutral colour – this is Resene Quarter Spanish White. Remove the tape, and voila, your own artwork to wow your guests… more

Colourful person – Sarah Heeringa

Colourful person – Sarah Heeringa

Homes provide a retreat from the world outside; a private space underpinning our sense of wellbeing and self-expression. “Some houses feel impersonal, others inviting. I’m fascinated by how the interior elements come together to create a feeling of home,” says author and stylist Sarah Heeringa… more

Decandence rules - luxurious bathroom

Decadence rules

Demolishing three little rooms to make way for one large luxurious bathroom was an obvious move to Sandy and Eric, but it wasn’t as simple as it seemed. Working with five different ceiling levels in the separate shower, toilet and bathrooms was just one of the challenges. Creating the perfect new bathroom with just the right style was another… more

Dee's bees - adding bees to the garden

Doing it – Dee’s bees

As a landscape designer, Dee has always had a love of flowers, edibles and fruit trees, so adding bees into the mix a few years ago was a natural progression. She has always been interested in the environmental and sustainability issues around bees, local populations of which have been under threat in recent years… more

8 easy exterior spruce ups

8 easy exterior spruce ups

Whether your home needs a seasonal freshen up or you’re getting ready to sell it, here are some exterior spruce ups to try... more

Colourfull interiors

Heavenly union

You’d expect a modestly sized new house to have modest new interiors. Well, that’s not the case with Kaye Coyne and Dwight Whitney’s home on the hills south of Auckland. Open up the door and you’re treated to a rich sensory experience of colour and character. And it’s not just any colour. The vivid blue, rich red, bright yellow and emerald green have very special significance to the couple… more

Interior trends

How interior trends happen

Who decides that deep green is the new must have wall colour, and that copper should be replaced by antique brass? That bitter yellow accessories are on the up, and that red is out? As Resene colour expert Carolyn Atkinson says: “Our homes are so often… more

Kitchen rebuild

It’s only natural

When the Johnstones of Christchurch were in line for a complete rebuild of their 1920s quake-wrecked house, they decided to let the professionals lead. The kitchen, as they say, is the hub of the home, so when architect Ashley Muir of Mason & Wales thought it should open to the garden and be bathed in day-long sun, many decisions followed naturally… more

Garden landscape design

Making it her own

Most people who buy a house with a well established garden would be tempted to let it be. Not so with Louise Dunning. After all, she is a landscape designer. The garden had been developed in the mid-1990s in a traditional planting style. The house had been more recently rented however, and the garden was past its best. So out came all the plants and in came lots of creativity and hard work… more

My favourite colours

My favourite colours – Melissa Greenough

Interior designer Melissa Greenough brings her talents to the fast-paced HOMEmade makeover show on TVNZ1… more

Mixing it up

Mixing it up

They didn’t set out to impose a particular style on the house, only to break up the cream. But as time has gone on, the interiors have evolved into what Jessica describes as “contemporary with a country twist”. It reflects the home’s outlook across the rural outskirts of Cambridge, where cows happily graze in the paddock next door… more … more

Off the shelf

Off the shelf

New products and ideas for the home... more

Dark bathrooms

On the dark side

Most homeowners follow the theory that bathrooms benefit from light and bright colours to make them look clean and spacious. Jenna and Paul Sims didn’t follow the rules. When they moved into their new builder’s spec house, Jenna knew that the bathrooms needed more personality. Rather than go to the expense… more

Be inspired by our collection of outdoor spaces

Open air style

Be inspired by our collection of outdoor spaces, from contemporary to cute... more

Make this nifty fold-out bar

Step by step

Make this nifty fold-out bar and cupboard for your outdoor living space... more

Childrens rooms renovation

Super mum

When Zoe and Mark Hembury renovated their house, the kids’ rooms were the first to be tackled. Working on them when the kids were asleep, Zoe discovered a deep well of creativity that saw the remarkable results you see here. And of course, her kids are pretty happy... more

Bright kitchen

Take 5

Tired of seeing a seemingly endless parade of white kitchens? Homeowners Daniel and Kate Bristow-Smith certainly were, so when they built their new house earlier this year, they made a bold departure by not only using one bright colour, but five of them – Resene Bright Lights, Resene Adrenalin, Resene Havoc, Resene Buttercup and Resene Happy... more

Resene Total Colour Award winners

Thinking in multiples – Resene Total Colour Award winners

This year’s winners in the Resene Total Colour Awards created schemes of often multiple strong colours for their projects, pushing the boundaries of colour use both inside and out. The winner of the Residential Interior category was awarded to Neil Fenwick Architects for this bold and energetic Hawkes Bay kitchen... more

Beach bedroom

Testpots – Beach bedroom

The cool beach and sea inspired paint effect on this wall gives this breezy bedroom a true holiday vibe. It’s easy to do and with a different palette of paint colours it could take on quite different styles – try dusty browns and golds for a desert feel, or swamp greens and teak browns for a tribal look... more

Testpots-first blush

Testpots – First blush

Is it blush, is it pink, is it peach, tan or nude? The delicious Resene Rascal walls of this living room are all of the above. Lending a modern take on a classic Cape Cod look, the colour replaces the usual duck egg blue. Teamed with warm creams, faded black and dusty blue, it’s a little bit country, yet so sophisticated too... more

Create this subtle ombre effect

Testpots – In the clouds

Create this subtle ombre effect that looks like a cross between concrete and clouds – the perfect whimsical backdrop for a relaxing summer. The effect is achieved using a colourwash technique with Resene Half Raven, Resene Grey Chateau, Resene Double Concrete and Resene Half Concrete... more


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