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habitat magazine issue 17

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habitat magazine issue 17

A clever bedhead

A clever bedhead

Take two old doors, wallpaper and some timber stain for a stunning new bedhead. This bed is a sumptuous example of the proverb ‘waste not, want not’. Christchurch craftsperson and artist-owner of Corporate Art Solutions, Amanda Clarke, has created a bedhead which rivals the look of any of those found in top-ranked hotels. Because this bedroom opens opposite a poolside pavilion, Amanda was conscious that the room would also function as an afternoon living area during summer... more

Display gardens at this year’s Ellerslie Flower Show

Blooming brightly

Display gardens at this year’s Ellerslie Flower Show made great use of colour. Max’s Pipe Dream – inspired by the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric Power Scheme and surrounding landscape, engineering company Beca managed to make even concrete pipes look sexy. Headed by senior landsape architect Paul Roper-Gee, it scooped the Judges Supreme Award, as well as two other awards. The Max of the title is Max Smith, project engineer for the hydro scheme. The Resene colours use... more

Make an easy birdhouse with a couple of containers

DIY kidz – one for the birds

Make an easy birdhouse with a couple of containers and a lick of paint... more

Fashion-forward fabrics

Fashion-forward fabrics

Sumptuous colours, edgy patterns, artisan styling and texture – today’s home textiles are delicious. Our homes are an extension of our personalities. A house is a blank canvas, Paint and furniture are indicative of who we are and the story we want to tell. The fabrics we choose for our window dressing and furniture adds extra dimenion to help our personality shine through. Although we have our individual tastes, a guiding hand from industry experts can help to give us direction and centre our ideas... more

Her home as a canvas

Her home as a canvas

This artist treats her home as an extension of her art. Val Griffith-Jones’ downstairs bathroom sums up her passion for colour – bright ribbons of paint tied together by a bold red floor. The Marlborough artist, whose very home is a canvas, used a collection of Resene testpots, from her garage to create the stunning striped wall. Her husband Don McDonald designed their Waikawa home, but gave Val carte blanche when it came to the colour scheme. For someone so enamoured with all colours, that was both exciting and... more

Kitchen of many colours

Kitchen of many colours

When a building inspector said, “at least you haven’t had to do anything in the kitchen”, Ros didn’t know whether to hit him or hug him. Although she had laboured over her kitchen, this was a high compliment for it meant she had achieved her goal – to make the kitchen look like it belonged to her Arts and Crafts house and not look ‘new’. With hand-painted cupboards, a rainbow of colours, five different handle styles, self-stained glass, metal edging on shelves and a rough concrete face to the island bench, this kitchen is a triumph of personal style... more

Paul Leuschke - My favourite colours

My favourite colours - keeping it natural

As both a winner and judge of the Resene Total Colour Awards, well-known architect Paul Leuschke may like earthy tones… but could be swayed by pink... more

New products, places and ideas for the home

Off the shelf

New products, places and ideas for the home... view PDF

Outdoor living for longer

Outdoor living for longer

Contemporary living calls for outdoor spaces to be an integral part of our busy lives, where we can relax and entertain our families and friends… and do it year round no matter how low the temperatures drop. Sure, we may not try sitting around the outdoor table munching on barnecued sausages in mid July, but we certainly expect to enjoy our outdoor areas well into autumn and early spring... more

Romancing the home

Romancing the home

Some people and their houses possess a kind of magic. Take Kirsty Cashmore. It helps that she lives in the dreamy romantic, French-settler village of Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch. It also helps that she knows exactly how she loves to live. It’s all about ‘slubby’ colours, textural contrasts, elegant antiquity and authentic materials. In two words her style is “rustic grandiosity”, an oxymoron perhaps, but true nevertheless. Colour is one of her main backdrop ingredients. Genteel, elegantly antique furnishings with quality faded fabrics are the others... more

build a barbecue bench

Step by step – build a barbecue bench

Outdoor kitchens are all the rage. This one brings industrial chic – and practicality – to any garden... more

memories are made of thi project

Step by step - memories are made of this

Take one special image and use it to inspire a memory board for your photos and memorabilia... more

The big small garden

The big small garden

Simple yet stylish was the approach taken by this seasoned gardener to her small site. Discipline and restraint are concepts often applied to the design of small gardens. Marion Morris of Merival, Christchurch, possess both of these in spades. She’s an inveterate gardener, turning her hand to planning and planting many gardens during her life. After living in Auckland for 30 years, Marion returned to her home-town of Christchurch where she eventually settled at the end of a quiet central cul-de-sac... more

A grand old home with great bones

The lovely bones

A grand old home with great bones has become the canvas for some adventurous colour and a collection of pre-loved pieces. When Vincent and Sarah Heeringa first saw the old villa they now live in, Vincent likened it to “a gracious old lady whose stockings have sagged”. Rumpty, rented out and looking the worse for wear, the house however had a long and proud heritage. Built in 1982 as Allendale House, it would have once been surrounded by farmland. Now, it’s tucked behind commercial buildigs in Auckland’s Mt Albert and while the approach to the house... more

Three key influences come together in the new Resene The Range fashion colours fandeck

Three’s company – latest colour trends

Three key influences come together in the new Resene The Range fashion colours fandeck. Dusty timeless hues that provide a soft cocoon and remind us of our heritage; Clean cool light hues that provide soothing relief and tranquillity in a fast world; Pops of bright colour that bring fun, excitement and energy. The world seems to be moving ever faster. Downtime is becoming a luxury. Our reaction is to surround ourselves in weathered and washed hues... more

Resene Total Colour Awards

Winning with colour

Green was a favourite among the bold colour choices at this year’s Resene Total Colour Awards. A stunning array of colourful projects were entered into the recently announced Resene Total Colour Awards. Top honours went to Architectus for a bold overbridge, while residential projects ranged from a kitchen to a community housing project. Overall runner up (winner of the Nightingale Maestro award and winner of the Residential Exterior section) was Designgroup Stapleton Elliott for the Wellington City Council Regent Park Development. The judges said the project stands out... more


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