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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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