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Habitat magazine issue 04 - winter 2006

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Habitat magazine issue 04

holiday home on a beautiful wooded site

A river runs by

Designing a holiday home on a beautiful wooded site near a river, for clients with a love of fishing, watersports, and just being close to nature - sounds like a simple and straightforward project, doesn't it? Keeping things simple and straightforward was a key concept in the successful creation of the Turangi family fishing lodge... more


Feng shui system

Balancing act

Google 'feng shui' and be prepared to be swamped with an array of definitions, practitioners and schools. Practiced for more than 4500 years by the Chinese, the feng shui system harnesses the energies of wind and water, the universal life forces, to create an environment full of good energy... more


Beach bathing

Beach bathing

When a room has a real sense of place, you can imagine the setting without so much as glimpsing what's beyond its walls. So it is with the beach house bathroom, which exudes a sense of the sea's refreshing calm; a retreat from the land locked business of city life. The room's classic finishes - with the tongue-and-groove look... more


Living with animals

Beginner's guide to living with the animals

You have made your home safe and comfortable for the family. What about your pets? When you host family, friends or neighbours for lunch of dinner, you want to make sure they enjoy a safe and comfortable environment. The same concern should extend to your pets... more


Four looks to one table

Beginner's guide to one table, four looks

It's one thing to eat dinner on your lap in front of the TV most nights, but when guests come over, it's a great opportunity to do something special. Creating a dining setting that's attractive and inviting only adds to the pleasure of the meal and your guests will appreciate... more


Chez moi - Tanya Wolfkamp

Chez moi - Picture perfect - Tanya Wolfkamp

Oil paints, watercolours, collage, bleach, printmaking and even house paints are all in a day's work for design director Tanya Wolfkamp. As part of the team at Codi Design - the commercial offspring of Maurice Kain's in-house textile studio - Tanya uses many different materials and techniques to create new fabric designs for drapes and homeware... more


Chez moi - The family HQ

Chez moi - The family HQ

'We want our home to be somewhere the kids can think back on fondly. Somewhere that's full of good memories of swimming and playing in the trees, and in years to come I hope they can think of it as their headquarters - somewhere they can always return to... more


Refurbished kitchen

Chiaroscuro

It all started with a bold, fun sense of style - slightly retro - and a love of entertaining. The owners and the designer of this refurbished kitchen found the inspiration for its new look in a re-covered 1920s couch, a sitting room featuring tones of deep and mysterious black-red and the overall style of their 1950s Christchurch home... more


Choosing a colour consultant

Choosing and using a colour consultant

With thousands of shades to choose from in paint - let alone all the other materials that make up your house - you can easily become paralysed by choice when it comes to picking the ideal scheme. Perhaps the safe palette you have seen in every showhome turns out... more


kids

DIY Kidz (Habitat No. 4)

Activities to keep little hands busy - quiz, word find, colouring in, jokes and a Name Plates project to try... more


Scenic artist Kathryn Lim

Doing it - Setting the scene - Kathryn Lim

Scenic artist Kathryn Lim has just completed three-and-a-half years on the road, cultivating realistic props and sets for the biggest productions in New Zealand's film history. Kathryn's working tour began with Peter Jackson's film trilogy The Lord of the Rings and finished with his remake of the cult classic, King Kong... more


matching colour

Going green - 20 tips for saving energy

20 tips for saving energy to help you keep your power bills in check... more


Letters to Habitat

Hey, Habitat (Habitat No. 4)

Habitat answers reader questions about decorating... more


Home in Auckland's Bucklands Beach

Home by the sea

Keryn Henderson admits she can get a little complacent about the magnificent sea view, framed by pohutukawa, which is a feature of her home in Auckland's Bucklands Beach. The new house, designed by Julian Guthrie of Godward Guthrie Architecture, is on a generously size 830sqm cliff top section... more


Off the shelf

Off the shelf

Innovative products new to market... more


Energy-saving features

Responsible renovating - Thinking efficiently

Energy-saving features in two innovative Auckland houses offer lessons on insulating our homes more effectively. One is the NOW Home, a live research project undertaken by Beacon Pathway; the other is Arhaus Group's flagship house in Hobsonville... more


Building a dog kennel

Step-by-step - Building a dog kennel

Learn how to build a dog kennel in seven easy steps... more


Hanging wallpaperiling a bathroom

Step-by-step - Hanging wallpaper

Learn how to hang wallpaper in five easy steps... more


Testpots 04

Testpots

Find out what new products have recently been launched into the decorating market... more


The hard truth about colour charts

The hard truth about colour charts

When it comes to home decorating, one of the most exciting and satisfying aspects - aside from seeing the end result, of course - is choosing your paint. You get to spend hours poring over colour charts, selecting different shades, narrowing your choice down to a few lucky contenders and then using testpots to view your colour choices on a larger scale. However, have you ever stopped to think about just how those colours end up in the colour chart?... more


The textured garden

The textured garden

A Lower Hutt garden offers an inspiring example of the way texture and colour can be used to turn a formerly bare lawn into an unusual and dramatic space. This once-dull bungalow was transformed by Wellington architect John Mills into an open-plan modern home, which provided an easy transition between indoor and outdoor living... more


heating our houses

Turn up the heat

With such a wide range of home heating options available on the market today, it's easy to be confused when considering the most energy-efficient way of heating our houses. What criteria should we use when making a decision? If, like me, you live in a draughty old colonial villa... more


 

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