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habitat magazine, issue 06

Thinking of building, renovating or redecorating? Sit back, relax and enjoy all the projects and inspiration from habitat magazine!

Want a hard copy? You can buy a copy of the latest habitat magazine from your local Resene ColorShop, while copies last. If you want to get a free copy of future issues, sign up for a DIY card! All Resene DIY cardholders are sent a copy of each issue of habitat magazine.

If you have an idea, project or story that you think would suit habitat, we'd love to hear from you. Please drop us an email with your details and include photos if submitting a project.

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Welcome

Welcome

One of the themes for this issue of Habitat is “Before and After”... more

Based on the original

Based on the original

It took just a few thumbnails posted on an internet property site to convince Jason Hague-Smith he'd found a house ripe for renovation... more

Testpots

Testpots

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

Spot the difference

Spot the difference

Is your lounge suite arranged for aesthetics and flow, or is the sofa placed just so to hide an ugly stain on the carpet?... more

Bright white

Bright white

Award-winning garden designer, Xanthe White's parents must have had an inkling they had produced a child who would steal headlines... more

In the wash

In the wash

Once sidelined as a simple necessity, laundries, with their many other functions, are now purpose-designed, aesthetically pleasing spaces... more

Cool, man!

Cool, man!

Ever thought your house would look great repainted a sleek, dark colour... more

With a little respect

With a little respect

A walk down a typical street of Ponsonby villas reveals that there is a fine line between trendy and timeless... more

Neat and discreet

Neat and discreet

She may have fallen for the sweet, rustic charm and beautiful craftsmanship of her 1920s arts and crafts-style bungalow... more

Put another log on the fire

Put another log on the fire

Learn how to cut firewood in five easy steps... more

Which fabrics where?

Which fabrics where?

People love to be surrounded by the warmth and texture of fabrics: Draped on their windows, upholstering their chairs... more

A place for everything

A place for everything

'Transform my tired, old kitchen into a sleek, streamlined space' – it's a brief many designers get on a regular basis... more

Made in wood

Made in wood

An unsuccessful search for his grandchild's fifth birthday present has sparked a new hobby-business for Terry Burling... more

Hot stuff

Hot stuff

Long before summer is over, it's wise to start thinking how to cosy up your house for the cold, rainy days ahead... more

Kitchens are red, offices are blue

Kitchens are red, offices are blue

Science has long recognised that colour affects our behaviour and the way we feel... more

Painting a picture

Painting a picture

Learn how to paint your own artwork in seven easy steps... more

Off the shelf

Off the shelf

Innovative products new to market... more

DIY tips

DIY tips

A selection of tips and tricks from DIYers sent into us over the years that might just make your next decorating project a little easier... more

Healthy outlook

Healthy outlook

Beth is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House, which provides free shelter and support for families of sick children... more

DIY Kidz

DIY Kidz

A magnetic photoboard project to keep little hands busy... more

Hey Habitat

Hey Habitat

Habitat answers reader questions about decorating... more

Far from retiring

Far from retiring

The retired couple have always been keen gardeners. They lived in Wanganui for more than 30 years, where they developed a large garden... more

Keeping it Kiwi in Sydney

Keeping it Kiwi in Sydney

Working in exclusive Point Piper, on Sydney-based New Zealand architect Chris Howe's own home... more

Four fireplaces, four looks

Four fireplaces, four looks

View four different fireplaces in four distinct settings to get an idea of what might suit your home and lifestyle... more

Choosing and using an electrician

Choosing and using an electrician

Electricity can be scary stuff, especially in the wrong hands. It is therefore very important to choose the right person... 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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