Stockists: Allium Interiors,, 09 524 4242. Amber Armitage, www. Epicure Trading,, 09 377 8925. Indie Home Collective,, 09 524 6971. Madder & Rouge,, 09 522 1062. Republic Home,, 09 361 1137. Soren Liv,, 0800 001 690. Weave Home,, 0800 922 000. Sunset lounge: Vittoria Square Slip 2-seater in Milk, $4909, from Soren Liv. Borneo Basket in Flax/Black, $99, and Amigos de Hoy Peach/Pink Spot Echoes Rug, $450, from Republic Home. Mulberi Lyford Throw, $79, from Allium Interiors. Slouch Thick-Weave Basket, $58.50, and Beldi Tall Glass, $11.50, from Indie Home Collective. Cactus print by Amber Armitage. Maison Levy Cushion, $259, from Madder & Rouge. Softly softly: Andes Feather Rug, POA, Austin Cushion in Ivory, $95, Peso Cushion in Lapis, $125, and Zoe Cushion in Flint, $95, from Weave Home. Mulberi Rhapsody Throw in Duck Egg Blue, Cable Knit Blanket in Graphite, Designers Guild Alchemilla Cushion in Varese, $149, and Izipizi Let Me See Glasses, $59.90, from Allium Interiors. White Textured Cone Vase, $99, from Republic Home. Reef outdoor/indoor chair, $1395, and Crystal Glass Tumbler, $13.50, from Indie Home Collective. Going dark: Assos Turkish Towel, $115, from Republic Home. Shell and Jute Tassel, $29, Not Heidi Shell Necklace, $95, and Sunny Woven Bag, $74.90, from Indie Home Collective. Hanging Baskets, small and medium, $14.90-$21, from Epicure Trading. Kilim Cushion, $115, and Rose Fluro Cushion, $149, from Madder & Rouge. Hat, stylist’s own. styling Claudia Kozub images Wendy Fenwick Dark exteriors have always held appeal, and now that the trend has moved away from pure blacks and charcoals to more character dark colours, deep slate blue tones have come into their own. The cladding on this house is Resene Safehaven, a blue that has interesting stormy depths but which looks good with a variety of accent colours. Here, vibrantly coloured pots bring a Moroccan or Pacifica vibe to the courtyard, painted in Resene Daredevil (deep orange), Resene Party Zone (bright orange), Resene Pink Ribbon, Resene Lazy River (blue) and Resene Poppy (red). A series of hook racks offer handy storage, and are painted in Resene Lazy River. The bench seat is finished in Resene Furniture and Decking Oil, which is specially formulated for exterior use so that timber stays looking good. The concrete has been finished in Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path paint tinted to Resene Traffic. This gives a gritty texture for non-slip safety. Other intriguing darks to try from the Resene fashion colour fandeck – a deep moody blue Resene Fast Forward – a rich, slightly wild green Resene Family Tree – a deep slate charcoal Resene Porter – a blackened brown Resene Suits going dark Resene Lazy River Resene Traffic Resene Daredevil Resene Party Zone Resene Poppy Resene Pink Ribbon See the habitat plus – decorating and colour trends booklet for more inspiration, available free from Resene ColorShops and resellers or view on line at testpots Resene Safehaven 11