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habitat magazine issue 35

Whether you're changing your home's colour or simply painting a cardboard box, the great thing about Resene paints and stains is that you can always dream big.

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Habitat magazine, issue 35
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Welcome to Habitat magazine, issue 35


Cream makes everything taste better, and it seems to have the same transformative quality on walls. When my in-laws chose wall colours for their 1920s Auckland bungalow, they tested what seemed like most of the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection. With so many lovely off-whites to choose from, they weren't sure which to pick (their opinionated daughter-in-law's unsolicited advice probably didn't help matters). But with a Resene Colour Consultant coming to the rescue, this tale of 'Goldilocks and the 13 testpots' has a 'happily ever after' ending... more

Positive reinforcement - create good vibes through colour

Positive reinforcement

The latest styles create good vibes through colour.

Unsurprisingly, since trends are often a reaction to what's going on in the world, this season's colours and styles have one thing in common – positivity. Even though the hottest new looks couldn't be more varied – hello, cottagecore and Palm Springs – they all reflect that we have much to be thankful for and we're creating spaces that reflect this sunny outlook... more

Products, ideas and services for your home

Off the shelf

New products and services for your home... more

Time after time - 5 design styles that stood the test of time

Time after time

As Resene celebrates 75 years of creating colourful homes, we explore five interior design styles that have stood the test of time.

Fashions come and go, but good style is constant. There are reasons why different décors have been more popular through the decades and why the impractical carpeted bathrooms of the 1970s or waterbeds of the 1980s died quick deaths. Like no other design field, interior design is linked to our personalities and the practicalities of our daily lives... more

Splash palace - colours that reflect the harbour

Splash palace

The Northcote home of a rower-turned- designer bathes in Resene colours that reflect the surrounding harbour.

The power of colour to dial up the magic is not lost on former world champion rower Tonia Williams. The time she and her rowing partner-cum-joiner lay on the floor in the entrance hall of this Northcote house, celebratory beers in hand, beneath the ceiling they'd just created, counts as one of her favourite moments... more

Wonder walls

Wonder walls

One of the biggest interior trends is also one of the easiest to achieve.

Wallpapers are a fast and straightforward way to create inviting rooms that fill your home with vibrancy and personality. The hardest part is choosing which design to use. Here are four major wallpaper trends in the Resene Wallpaper Collection that are getting decorators excited... more

Dynamic duo

Dynamic duo

The creative duo behind Bye Bye Love creates beautiful furniture together, but their home kitchen styles couldn’t be more different.

One half of the Bye Bye Love duo, Jeanine Oxenius, has created a kitchen with an industrial feel, featuring ‘concrete’ walls and a kitchen counter painted by her own hand... more

Painting the scene

Painting the scene

Production designer Ana Miskell is bringing the Shortland Street set to life one wall at a time.

As Michael Galvin rehearses lines on Shortland Street, he’s oblivious to the whirl of colour around him... more

Game on

Game on!

Family young and old will be entertained with lawn games that can brighten up your day.

‘Tis the season to spend time with family and friends outdoors and with any gathering it pays to have a few colourful tricks up your sleeve to keep everyone in good spirits... more

Superior exteriors

Superior exteriors

Colour is key to creating a home with street style.

Painting or staining your home’s exterior might seem like an enormous task but there’s nothing quite like the street appeal of a freshly painted or stained house or the sense of satisfaction you feel on completion... more

Teeny and terrific

Teeny and terrific

Take one cardboard box, add a little creativity and lots of Resene paint colours, and you get the habitat by Resene Teeny House Competition.

Play with colour and let your big decorating ideas come to life with a cardboard-box teeny house, a blank canvas for decoration... more

Community spirit

Community spirit

Amiria Puia-Taylor is creating a tapestry of colour, culture and community in South Auckland.

It’s easy to find The 312 Hub in Onehunga – follow the trail of colour. Visitors on their way to the youth arts centre wander down Selwyn Street, past the magenta mega mural The People’s Weaver – in Resene Centre Stage – and onto Payne’s Lane... more

Forever young

Forever young

An interior designer has decorated her glamorous villa with love – and Resene paints – from floor to ceiling.

Amber and John Hamilton’s Christchurch home has a youthful glow. The 114-year-old double-bay villa is resplendent with thistle-detailed cornices and blooming ceiling roses, a timeless quality not lost on the couple... more

Practical and pretty

Practical and pretty

A former state house, built in the Art Deco era, is given a polished makeover with the help of Resene paints in sophisticated shades of grey.

Katie Wilson had on two hats when she began planning the design for an extra bathroom, painted in Resene Zeus and Resene Delta, in the home she shares with her partner Steve Evans and their sons Luca and Harley... more

The enchanted garden

The enchanted garden

A charming garden in Drury is planted with roses, annuals, perennials and a sprinkle of whimsy.

Acottage garden is a peculiar choice for a perfectionist. Puriri Lane Garden in Drury is like something from a fairy tale, with delicate blooms such as cosmos, nigella and foxgloves bursting from its rambling gravel pathways... more

Paint the lily

Paint the lily

Budding artists can go a step further than a still-life and paint the flowers themselves.

Make your flowers last all year by drying blooms and painting them in beautiful Resene colours... more

Make your own beach cart

Make your own beach cart

Load up this handy trolley with your bucket and spade, boogie boards and towels for a fun day at the beach.

We built this cart with new parts for less than $150, but it could be even more budget-friendly with upcycled timber and old pram or wheelbarrow wheels... more

Adore your door

Adore your door

It’s easy to open the door to colour.

Nothing says welcome home quite like a brightly coloured front door. In fact, of all the areas in your home, your front door has the maximum impact per square centimetre and – best of all – you can paint it in an afternoon... more

Let's pretend

Let's pretend

Fire up your kids' imaginations and get creative with Resene paints and these colourful, out-of-this-world projects.

Fairy doors are portals to a fantasy world. Attach yours to trees, fences and raised garden beds and head off into the garden on a discovery mission... more

Soft touch

Soft touch

Known for her bold colours as a contestant on The Block NZ, interior designer Stacy Heyman is now showing her softer side... more


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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.


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