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Habitat magazine issue 8 - winter 2008


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Care of cut flowers Beginner's guide to... flower power 
Some more tips to keep your cut flowers looking good.  Start by purchasing good quality fresh flowers.  If you're picking flowers from your garden, try to do so in the cool of the morning or after sunset.  Select flowers in bud rather than fully open... more
Living rooms Beginner's guide to... living room revolutions 
Bright, fun, dynamic, luscious - change out the personality of your living room to suit your mood or the season. Resene Lipstick is a fun backdrop for this warm and daring look by Homebase.  The artwork was custom-made for the space by Christina Melchior and is a reasonably affordable way to get art to match your interior scheme... more
Boxing On Boxing on
Aside from eco-friendly paint, Resene is doing its bit for the environment in many other ways.  When it comes to packaging, many people would have clear consciences by using paper or cardboard, knowing that once it has been used it can be recycled.  The Resene philosophy doesn't rest with just one use, however, when it comes to cardboard ... more
Valuer Choosing and using a... Valuer
An independent valuer's report will help ensure you don't pay more for a property than it's worth.  When making potentially one of the biggest purchases of your life it makes excellent sense to employ a local expert to check out all the facts.  So what can you expect from a valuer?  Of prime importance is the quality of the advice you are getting... more
Rug Maker Colourful people - Hugh Bannerman, rug maker
Thirty-something years ago, Hugh was a low-country shepherd - one man, a stock saddle and his dog.  That, in a way, was his introduction to the wool industry, he says: a real grass roots start.  As he looked for new challenges, he went from working on the land in Southland to learning his trade in a yarn dealership in Christchurch, sourcing specialist wools... more
Creative order Colourful people - Tracy Rasmussen, artist
An ordered mind and a passion for colour has seen artist Tracy Rasmussen use Resene paints in some extraordinary works.  For her Alphabet of Colour works, she bought a testpot of each colour in the Resene The Range 2004 and 2005 fandecks and let the names determine the final artwork: each paint colour appears in alphabetical order according to its name... more
Country classic Country classic
A neglected farm cottage is transformed into a comfortable yet sophisticated family home.  Leonie, an experienced home renovator, has always loved old homes.  "Their history and design details - like the high battened ceilings and wooden floors - mean that old houses always have a special feel to them"... more
Cliff top garden Comfort class
When Mary Roberts first laid eyes on plans for her own most recent residential project in Christchurch's seaside village of Sumner, excitement was tinged with panic.  A seasoned interior designer who's aesthetically attuned after many years working in fashion and cosmetics internationally, Mary is not often fazed.  But when husband Peter, an accountant, showed Mary the engineer's drawings of this home... more
Diy kids Diy Kidz
Create your own personalised wrapping paper... more
Kiwiana Collector Doing it - Jackie Clarke, entertainer
The recent trend for minimalist interiors went completely unacknowledged by entertainer and singer Jackie Clarke.  Her Grey Lynn house, shared with film-maker partner Grant Lahood and their two young sons, is the antithesis of the look, thanks to their passion for collections and Kiwiana... more
Food for thought Food for thought
One woman's celebration and promotion of the ultimate in comfort - i.e., food - has been key to our more sophisticated palates.  The farmers market where Catherine Bell shops each Saturday morning is part of a revolution in Kiwi cuisine - a revolution which she helped kickstart in 1984.  Catherine is best known as having owned the iconic Auckland cookware store Epicurean Workshop and as the current owner of Dish magazine... more
Home insurance Hard truth - are you covered?
The house burns down due to an electrical fault, a storm takes off the roof or a pipe bursts while you are on holiday.  Does your insurance policy cover such things.  It might not.  There are always different options to consider when you're purchasing insurance.  Don't scrimp on the research or the premium or you may find that there are some circumstances for which you are not covered... more
Hey Habitat Hey Habitat
Habitat answers reader questions about decorating... more
Insulation Keeping out the cold
The right insulation can transform a cold, draughty, damp house into one that's warm and dry - and it will dramatically shrink your power bill.  If you're about to renovate an old villa, you'll probably find it has no form of insulation at all.  But don't despair, renovation is the perfect time to install insulation... more
Off the shelf Off the shelf
Innovative products new to market... more
Ensuite Pamper palace
With a cocoon-like shower and rich colours, this ensuite is a pampering place to be.  When Maggie and Allan Cameron built a holiday home at Mangawhai Heads, north of Auckland, they carefully specified a palette of pale neutral colours in the main living area so as not to detract from their sea view... more
Light and colour See the light
Have you ever wondered why your stunning new chocolate brown jumper suddenly adopts an off-putting muddy hue when you try it on in front of the bedroom mirror?  Or why the red wall in your lounge looks burnt orange at night? To understand the intricacies of colour, the first thing to remember is that we can only see different shades if they are illuminated... more
Make a posie Step-by-step to create a pretty posie
Learn how to create a pretty posie in three easy steps.  With the fashion for flower arrangements tending towards more carefree styles, creating a posie doesn't require a degree in engineering.  Today's fashion is for less greenery and more floral elements,  In fact, these posies have hardly a leaf in sight and are made up of quite cottagey blooms... more
Paling fence Step-by-step to making a fence
Learn how to build a fence in six easy steps... more
Testpots Testpots
Find out what new products have recently been launched into the decorating market... more
Cliff top garden The heat is on
After generations in the same family, a cliff top garden now boasts a cosy outdoor dining setting complete with fireplace.  When the children left home a couple of years ago, David and Laurel decided it was time to refurbish the area to better suit their new lifestyle.  "We wanted easy-care - no lawns.  We wanted all the gardening to be raised at knee-height and plants that didn't require much gardening"... more
Accent On Accessories Tips and tricks - accent on accessories
Whether your walls are neutral or coloured, accent colours and accessories bring house interiors to life.  The trend in interior design has been neutral colours for years now.  Varying shades of taupe, beige and mushroom along with hundreds of different whites and creams have reigned supreme, with colour and personality being injected into the home through carefully chosen... more
Country kitchen Where old meets new
A perfect marriage of traditional and contemporary, this simple, yet dramatic kitchen draws together elements that distil the essence of the home.  When Jim and Jan Frazer relocated an old villa, they wanted a new kitchen that would reflect their contemporary tastes and collections.  But they also wanted a design that was in keeping with the villa character... more
 

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