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The cooler months are a great time to take inventory of what we have: what should stay, what should go and what’s missing altogether. When we see the same things day after day, it’s easy to become unconscious of them. The objects in your home become just a couch, just a chair, just a cushion – and you might stop feeling a connection to them because you’re not even really seeing them...
We hope what you find in this issue of habitat helps inspire a positive shift towards something that’s in better alignment with everything that makes you, you... more
A new decade brings with it warmer, spicier versions of favoured hues.
During the 2010s, cooler colours dominated the decorating world, both inside and out. Until recently, it seemed like everyone was after flat, cold, steely greys in pursuit of a crisp, contemporary look – but things are drastically warming up... more
A designer’s home gets a refresh to welcome its new owners.
It’s not every day that an interior designer’s home hits the market – but rarer still is when that same designer helps with a customised redecoration of the property so that your new home is picture perfect from the moment you move in... more
Create a zen-like zone with the right interior scheme.
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, you’re not alone. Our lives are busier than ever, full of distractions endlessly clamouring for our attention – so it comes as no surprise that we are starting to tune out and turn off to regain some sanity in our lives... more
Look to what you’ll be hanging on your walls to inspire your colour scheme.
It’s a common conundrum for homeowners to finally settle on the perfect paint colour for a room and then feel at a loss for what to hang on the walls. But according to designer and stylist Kate Alexander of Places & Graces, this approach to fleshing out your interior scheme employs a bit of backwards thinking... more
Hard work pays off in spades for a charming Waiuku farmhouse.
It was love at first sight for Jane and Pim when they came across a century old villa in 2015. Despite being able to see clear through the weatherboards and into the house in some spots, the couple could also see the potential that the old Waiuku farmhouse held for becoming a beautiful place to call home... more
With a few Resene testpots, simple shapes can become fun kid-friendly accessories.
Kids have a special superpower. When they see a simple shape, they don’t just see a square, circle, rectangle or triangle – they see a robot, flower, spaceship or tree, and all they need is a bit of paint to uncover its true form... more
A passion for a colour and custom home décor spurs a creative livelihood.
It’s fair to say that Julie has always been destined for a colourful life, having shown a talent and passion for the creative industries since she was young. Fast forward through a career in retail fashion and a promotion into visual merchandising, Julie and her husband Mark bought their first home, kicking her love of interiors into overdrive... more
Elissa’s commitment to quality results in an exceptional splashback.
Elissa Eastwood is a certified Resene Eco.Decorator focused on minimising waste from painting. From set up to clean-up, she’s focused on thinking smarter about her methods. Rather than going for what’s easiest, she’s committed to doing what’s best for the environment and what’s going to deliver the highest quality result for her client – a mandate that could not come across more clearly in this project: a jaw-dropping hand-painted splashback... more
A historic cottage gets a newly crafted kitchen inspired by its surroundings.
As part of a complete renovation, designers Annabel Berry and Meghan Nockels of Design Federation helped bring new life to an 1872 North Otago timber cottage – one of the oldest in the Oamaru area. Their brief was to combine the home’s historical look with a coastal beach feel, combining modern comforts and conveniences seamlessly with its stunning original details... more
Winter is coming. Is your backyard ready?
The end of spring marks the beginning of a trying time for homeowners. Thanks to our favourable climate, many of us don’t have to worry about the ground freezing or snow falling, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do around the backyard to get ready before the mercury begins to drop... more
With real estate at a premium, homeowners are starting to rethink where they park their cars – and junk.
A garage can be so much more than the place where your vehicle sleeps at night – or, for others, the space to stack up all the junk that never gets used. According to Tod Crosby and Jeremy Davis, owners of Pimp My Garage, it’s the most versatile room in the house. Yet, for many families, it is the room invested in the least... more
Colour therapy improves mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
For many years, art and creativity have proved to be an effective outlet for self-expression and healing. With the rise in popularity of activities like adult colouring books, painting parties and kintsugiworkshops – which teach the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending it with gold – we’ve been reminded that art has long provided a way for humans to work through the tricky ebbs and flows of life and offered creative relief in trying times... more
An owner-builder turns a dated bungalow into a dreamy contemporary home.
Looking at it now, you would never believe that Jeff and Kay’s home used to be a 1960s bungalow. “We had been living in the house behind it for five years, and when this house came up for sale, we decided to go for it as the position and street appeal was great"... more
Habitat is printed on environmentally responsible paper using environmentally responsible ink.
From issue 8 onwards, copies flow wrapped and sent to Resene Cardholders are flow wrapped in environmentally responsible material from epi-global. This product when discarded in soil in the presence of microorganisms, moisture and oxygen will biodegrade decomposing into simple materials found in nature, as described in ASTM D6954-04.