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Strong colour and unusual features take this seemingly simple home beyond the usual. There’s a hint that this seemingly simple home is a bit different… right at the road side. The eye-catching fence has laser-cut palings in the shape of surfboards, or is it waka paddles, or maybe fish? Designed by Nat Curnow, it was made by homeowners Brandon and Anna Barclay. “We blew up the first jigsaw within three hours,” laughs Brandon... more
There’s nothing like a touch of luxe to bring a bathroom to life. When the owners of this classic villa purchased their home, they knew that a bathroom renovation would be one of the first things on the agenda. But the space was limiting. Without major architectural changes, designer Susan Templer of Templer Intreriors had to work within the parameters of the odd shape of this split bathroom. Keeping with a traditional style... more
While many turn to wool and cotton for their woven wall hangings, designer Kym Church decided upon a different approach – using wood, glue and Resene paint to sculpt her dreamy wall designs. Each piece is created using delicate slats of blonde plywood, pinned together by wooden rods. Some of the plywood is left bare, some is painted in Resene colour, while other pieces are textured with cleanly-laid glue dots... more
Photographer Patrick Reynolds finds his voice after years of capturing architecture on film. He's known as our original architectural photographer, arriving on the scene at a time when strong growth in local architectural practices coincided with the emergence of a robust magazine and book industry. Now he's also known as an outspoken advocate for well-designed cities, and a member of Urban Auckland, a society which monitors and comments on the quality... more
Moving countries is enough of a disruption for a family with school-age kids, but when Gareth and Jolie Hodson's wish-list for a new home prioritised location before the condition of the house… they also ended up with a major renovation project on their hands. The couple was well-prepared for the renovation process, having rebuilt a house in Sydney just 18 months before. The epitome of efficiency, they had... more
This year's winners in the Resene Total Colour Awards are testament to the power of enduring colour selections. The awards have a number of categories; here are highlights of the winners from the residential categories. The Residential Interior award went to Lisa Day and Scott Donnell of Donnell & Day Architecture for a small Paparoa house where a cimple colour palette of blues and neutrals (like Resene Blue Bayoux) were used... more
These colourful kitchens fly in the face of the more common all-white approach. When Rochelle Jackson of Kitchen Elements had a brief from clients that "after a hard day's work, they wanted to come back to something that's cheery and bright," she didn't hold back. The result is a red hot Resene Roadster kitchen. In what was once a dark, u-shaped room, the rich red reflects natural light. Base cabinets In Resene Half Black White provide a crisp contrast... more
John Bush believes he has the best job in the world as the official 20-hour a week manager of Henley Men’s Shed in Masterton. The shed is a community initiative which began in Australia in the mid-1990s when it became apparent that many men retiring in their 60s had no idea what to do next. Henley’s branch in the Wairarapa has established itself as the heart of the Menzshed movement in New Zealand... more
Rugged, earthy colours take the lead in this stunning mountainous garden. For most of the year, the owners of this Wakatipu holiday home occupy an Arts and Crafts style house in tropical Singapore. But for their five-hectare section on the Crown Terrace near Queenstown, they envisioned something completely different. Specifically, a contemporary house that snuggled... more
The new fashion pastels are perfect for summer. Soft pastel colours have been swirling around our homes for a few years now, interpreted as icy, gelato tones – think ice-cream and lolly colours. But this season pastels are growing up. They’ve moved from those watery looks to a more muddied dusky style. It’s a more grown-up, sophisticated palette. And we’re using a variety of them in one room, not just a touch here and there... more
Turn your thoughts to the outdoors and the way paint can transform your garden. It's well-documented that we love out outdoor spaces; they are places to relax in, entertain, play or enjoy a spot of gardening. These days our decorating Imaginations don't stop at the door to the garden. We've become adept at considering hose accessories, furniture, ornaments and colour cam be used to enhance gardens and courtyards... more
Team timber with pale blues for classic appeal. Give a country kitchen a contemporary twist with a chunky kitchen unit painted in Resene Inside Back, set against a Resene Half Duck Egg Blue wall. Timber is a mainstay of this style, seen here with simple pine shelves in Resene Colorwood Ironbark along with wooden chopping boards and canister lids. Bringing the whole scheme to life are glimmers of copper and pops of hot pink... more
A sizzling urban courtyard. With a bit of Mexican sizzle and a dash of California cool, this courtyard is the place to be on those laxy summer days. Black is a go-to colour for garden fences, often as a shadowy backdrop to perimeter planting. In this case, it's up front and on show in Resene CoolColour All Black - the ultimate colour patrener for sizzling turquoise blues and clean greens like Resene Dauntless and Resene Dali for the pots... more
Add whimsy with soft shades. Dreaming shades of muted pastel give this room a look that's perfect for spring and summer. Unashamedly feminine with its pink accents, these could easily be changed out to give the space a broader gender appeal. The walls are in Resene Rakaia, a smoky grey, and are teamed with Resene Alabaster trims and a timber floor blonded with Resene Colorwood Rock Salt. The shelving unit is kissed with the rose petal pink of Resene Sweet Spot... more
Gone is the austere minimalism of recent times as more designers opt for timber. As an interior material, timber has always had a place. Trends may come and go but timber has a certain feel that's irreplaceable. It has alwayss featured in older character homes but has become a rising star in contemporary interiors too, adding richness and personality to our homes. And protected and enriched with Resene products, it will continue to look great... more
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