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Make the most of your home, with advice and inspiration from New Zealand Renovate magazine. Published quarterly, every issue of Renovate includes revamping know-how, practical ideas, DIY tips and tricks (gleaned from the decorating and building trades), as well as makeover schemes incorporating local concepts and the latest international design trends.

Renovate magazine is published by design and build home renovation specialist Refresh Renovations.

Below are a selection of decorating stories from Renovate magazine, which we will add to after each magazine is released.

Renovating advice and ideas from Renovate magazine     › Decorating inspiration      › Step by step DIY projects

Decorating inspiration


Beautiful bedrooms
Beautiful bedrooms
Get inspired with these gorgeous bedroom looks. For a French neutral look, choose French inspired accessories like rustic bedside tables, lamps and antiques. A good antique dealer will have ample choice and may even be able to source specific objects of desire. A collection of framed prints – shown here with an antique botanical theme – are at once sophisticated and nostalgic… more

Makeover your place with paint Makeover your place with paint
A new coat of paint can be an instant fix. It's cost effective and easy to apply, and with a little planning and the right equipment you can completely change the look of a room in a couple of days. So, you’re keen to lend new life to your home with a fresh coat of paint. Here is our guide to painting your house with everything you need to know before you start... more

Kids Room Kids' rooms
Brighten up your children's world with a fresh and inspiring colour scheme. Pink is a classic for girls and one of the season's hottest hues. Nothing brings a little boy’s room to life like a bold shade of blue. Dark, saturated hues add a touch of serenity, bright tones liven things up and soft shades create a calm and soothing atmosphere. Pick a feature wall or combine a soft base colour with dark highlights. You can also bring in colour via accessories… more

Windows and window treatments can make or break your rental Hang ten
Windows and window treatments can make or break your rental. It's the decorative touches that can make or break any property, even a rental. If you're showing tenants through a house that has scuffed walls, cracked tiles and dirty carpets, you're not only unlikely to get a decent rent but also caring tenants. What's on the windows is also part of that decorative package. There are many options for window coverings, from venetian blinds through to drapes... more

This season's wallpaper trends offer endless options for refreshing your home Bold and beautiful
Happy hues, tempting textures and precious patterns - this season's wallpaper trends offer endless options for refreshing your home. It's time to get adventurous and add character to your rooms. The combination of geometric patterns and vivid colours creates drama without being too overpowering. The same is also true for very intricate patterns, whether classic or retro inspired. Many are tone on tone, which creates a more subdued look for busy patterns. Pin-stripe patterns and very big stripes are another hot ticket... more

How to step by step DIY projects

How to build your own book ends
How to build your own book ends
Full, step by step instructions for building and decorating your own wooden book ends. There is a choice of 3 different styles and suggestions for colours to get you started or use your own choice of colours... more

How to build a toy chest How to build a toy chest
Full, step-by-step instructions for building a toy chest. Whether young or old, you can have a lot of fun adding your personal touch by decoraing your toy box so here are some ideas to help you get started.... more

How to build a storage cube How to build a storage cube
Making your own storage cube is made easy with our step-by-step guide. All it takes is a little bit of planning and the right tools... more

Building wooden toys for kids Wooden toys for kids
Building wooden toys for your little ones is made easy with our step-by-step guide – it will be just as much fun for you to build them as it will be for your kids to play with them… more

Our step-by-step guide makes building and decorating a planter box for your garden easy Planter boxes
With spring around the corner many are keen to plant herbs and flowers. Our step-by-step guide makes building and decorating a planter box for your garden easy. ... more

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