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Habitat 20 - Off the shelf

New products and ideas for the home.

New products and ideas for the home.

New products and ideas for the home.

New products and ideas for the home.

New products and ideas for the home.

New products and ideas for the home.

New products and ideas for the home.

Habitat 20 - Off the shelf

New products and ideas for the home.

Keep them safe with wool
Wool is not only a great way to keep warm but, for those we love, it’s one of the safest bed coverings you can buy. Wool has a low fire risk so using pure NZ wool blankets for your children’s beds will let you all sleep easy at night. Research also shows that when you sleep under wool, your heart rate lowers for a more restful sleep. The Harlequin range from Exquisite Wool Blankets comes in a selection of bright and exciting colours not usually associated with wool, so there will be one – or more – to match any bedroom scheme or add a vibrant splash of colour (shown above in Pink, Cherry and Orchid; and Lime, Sky and Navy). Exquisite Wool Blankets also has throws and customised cushions. For the full range, see or call 021 186 2784.

Tap gets tough
Imagine the number of times you turn on your kitchen tap. Then imagine why it’s best to have a tough tap to withstand the wear and tear. The new Stainless Steel Sink Mixer (FSSS1) with brushed finish from Foreno is a heavyduty mixer, which resists fading and staining and is easy to keep clean. Available from your local hardware or plumbing merchant. For more information visit

Drive on
For a bit of retro vehicular fun, try these cool Caravan Clocks, made locally by Ian Blackwell. Made of kiln-dried rimu veneer and painted in Resene, this caravan is Resene Morning Glory (blue) and Resene Pearl Lusta. For more info and cool Kiwi-inspired products including limited edition Box Clever Coloured Kombi trinket boxes, see

Try out your colours
To see how colours will look in home and room settings, simply choose A4 colour samples from the Resene in-store colour library and place them behind the Resene Colour View picture of your choice. The paint colour shows through the clear areas of the picture so you can see how that paint colour would look in that room or area. It’s a quick and easy way to try out a whole range of colour options in store. Then once you’ve picked your favourites, get some Resene testpots to try out at your place. Try out Resene Colour View at your local Resene ColorShop and selected resellers.

The good oil
Wood-X wood oil, designed by Resene for HermanPacific, penetrates deeply into previously uncoated exterior timber such as cedar weatherboards, fascia, boards, beams and mouldings. It’s also great for new residential projects. As with any wood stain or oil finish, Wood-X needs regular recoating to keep the finish looking good and can be ordered through Resene ColorShops (NZ only). Wood-X slows the moisture uptake in timber, improving the overall stability of exterior timber. It has anti-fungal and water repellent qualities and is available in a wide range of nature-inspired colours. See for more information.

All-round comfort
Thanks to Escea’s innovative multi-room technology, the company now has a range of double-sided gas fireplaces that operate as highly efficient central heating units, ducting heat into multiple locations around the house. The Escea DX range is available in an impressive 1500mm or 1000mm wide, and with an efficiency of more than 85 per cent, they qualify for the ENERGY STAR mark. The fires also feature Escea’s Smart Heat intelligent control system, which allows homeowners remote control operation of their fire from a smart phone. Visit

1 look 4 ways for exteriors
When your canvas is literally as big as a house, you want to get the paint colours right. We’ve virtually painted existing houses with alternative schemes to show you the difference that paint colours can make. We also step out into the garden to show you how different courtyards and landscaping features look in different colours. So before you give up in frustration and just paint everything off-white, pop into your local Resene ColorShop or reseller and pick up your free copy of Habitat plus.

A statement of style
Tiles and paint are ideal options for creating a point of difference in a bathroom’s colour scheme while the finish of your vanity cabinet is another way to execute a design statement. Add richness and depth to your bathroom with Graphite by Athena, the latest in vanity cabinet finishes, with its opulent glossy metallic finish. Graphite joins the Athena Exochique range – a selection of high-gloss cabinet finishes that deliver a mirror-like surface for a contemporary statement. Graphite is paired here with a classic white vanity top, Sirocco Pure White stone. Visit your local Chesters branch or go to

Colours keep their cool
Make a style statement with this bold new red refrigerator, now part of Mitsubishi Electric’s most popular multidrawer model. It's a limited edition of the Connoisseur 375-litre refrigerator and can be used to make a bold statement or blend in with your décor. For more information, visit

Magnificent Mimi
Combining vintage charm with modern spirit, the Mimi Dining Chair from Halo Established is a beautiful example of the finest uncorrected aniline, full-grain leather. Each piece is handmade, using time-honoured methods and simple tools to create niche, authentic pieces that will last a lifetime. Various colour options are available. For stockists contact Johnston Imports on 0800 HALONZ or visit

Wanna be royal?
The Regal tapware collection certainly lives up to its name – an exquisite collection of classic-styled tapware and bathroom accessories. The range is also very diverse, being available in nine finishes, and up to 10 handle options (including those that feature Swarovski clear and black crystal inserts). This unique feature means the detail can continue throughout your home by matching all the bathroom tapware and accessories, and kitchen tapware. Regal is handmade by Nicolazzi, a boutique tapware manufacturer from northern Italy, and is available here exclusively through Plumbline. Visit or call 04 568 9898.

Adding sparkle to your life
The Resene Metallics and special effects chart has a new look with a selection of the unique metallics from the Resene KidzColour range joining the main metallics colour chart. Light striking a surface coated with a Resene metallic creates the illusion of colour movement, adding extra dimension to a wide range of areas from interior feature walls, doors, joinery and furniture to exterior concrete and steelwork. Pick up your colour chart from Resene ColorShops and or order your free copy online.

From Spain to us
Tile Warehouse is now 100% kiwi-owned and has hit the ground running in 2014 with some exciting changes and product additions. One of these is being awarded as the exclusive supplier of top European tiles, Porcelanosa from Spain. Porcelanosa specialises in porcelain tiles, and wood-look as well as ceramic mosaics in a wide range of formats and finishes. Realistic stone looking, marble looking, or metallic and textured tile finishes are part of the range as well as large floor tiles with rectified edges that allow for minimum grout joints. See

Think outside the square
Think outside the square with the Caroma Cube Back-to-Wall Freestanding bath – it gives the look of a freestanding bath yet will fit conveniently against any wall. The bath also includes a thin rim profile and an integrated shelf design, making it both practical and easy to clean. The design makes having a freestanding bath possible for those with smaller spaces. Soft dual reclining ends and a centre waste makes the Cube Back to Wall bath comfortable for two. Available in 1600mm and 1800mm lengths from Edward Gibbon,

Simple, colourful…
Locally made, simple designs inspired by mid-century and Scandinavian styles at an affordable price... these tables are made in ply but painted inside with bright trending Resene colours to really make the pieces pop – like Resene Supernova seen here! There is a range of sizes and configurations based on the open rectangle with tapered legs and exposed bolts. See Susan Robinson Design on Facebook.

One of the stunning collections of wallpaper available at Resene, Diamonds are Forever has a rich array of patterns from subtle textures through to classic cameo heads and this striking faux buttoned fabric look. For more details and to view other collections, see or your local Resene ColorShop.

Wall wise
If you’re after tough walls that will stand up to the rigours of boisterous kids… or the odd earth tremor, Surtech self-adhesive glass fabric is now available at Resene. You simply apply, then finish it with new Resene Surtech Surfacer and the Resene coloured topcoat of your choice. Because it’s self-adhesive, Surtech can be easily repositioned as the Surtech fabric isn’t permanently adhered until the Surfacer is applied. The fibre reinforcing adds rigidity and strength to the finish and makes it ideal in areas more likely to be damaged.

Smooth runnings
With kitchen drawers becoming larger and wider, Hettich’s new drawer system, ArciTech, has an impressively smooth running action that takes loads of up to 80kg. This smoothness combines with stability and soft closure to create quality you can feel every time you open or close your drawers. Designed and manufactured in Germany, ArciTech has a timeless, sleek design that will fit into any kitchen and home environment. See

Bedtime fun
Stylist LeeAnn Yare has just launched her first bedlinen design with the 100% cotton Carnival range for Collected. Simple graphics in a palette from candy floss to soda pop and just enough black and white means there’s something to suit every personality. Shown above against a wall of Resene Riptide, the linen is simple, affordable and super fun. See

Going 3D
Sibu Decorative Sheets offer a range of three dimensional, textural and colourful surface treatments that can be used to create a feature of virtually any vertical surface. Self-adhesive Sibu Sheets can be added to joinery and wall surfaces to create themes, or enhance space, through the addition of luxurious leathers, distressed metals or stunning mirror effects. The sheets are simple to install by enthusiastic DIYers as well as joinery professionals. Available from selected Resene ColorShops.

Wherever you are
When you’re out and about and need access to information about a product, chances are you’ll pull out your phone. To help make it easier to access the parts of the Resene website you’re likely to need when you’re on the go, Resene has created a mobi version of its website, (NZ) and (AU). If you want to visit the main site instead, simply click that option. Navigate your way to product labels, the full Resene colour library, store information, colour charts, data sheets, safety data sheets, and more.

Clean up
Like washing a car, cleaning a house will help it look good for longer. Airborne contaminants that settle on the paint film (salt deposits, moss and mould) can cause premature breakdown. Resene Paint Prep and Housewash is ideal for washing down homes as part of a regular maintenance plan and also before repainting. There’s now a bulk 10 litre size designed for regular users. For a slower acting, longer term clean, use Resene Deep Clean, a slow release cleaner. The new bulk pack size is available from selected Resene ColorShops and resellers .

Keeping it clean
Keeping clean, fresh good looks in bathroom componentry is the key to design success. The Astivita range of bathroom-ware not only comes in a comprehensive selection of showers, vanities, ceramic-ware and more, but perfectly balances form and function. Developed exclusively for Plumbing World, the collection reflects today’s focus on relaxation and comfort. See


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