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'Transform my tired, old kitchen into a sleek, streamlined space' - it's a brief many designers get on a regular basis. However, throw into the mix a client who's an avid collector, loves bright colours and - despite admiring the style - finds it 'impossible to be minimalist', and things start to get interesting. The original galley kitchen was relatively small... more
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. They commissioned John Mills of Mills Architects to create the striking transformation they had in mind. As well as a multi-cultural feel, the Hague-Smiths wanted a four-bedroom home that was contemporary, colourful and child-friendly... more
Is your lounge suite arranged for aesthetics and flow, or is the sofa placed just so to hide an ugly stain on the carpet? With the correct response to a spill or accident, unsightly blemishes on your floors, walls and upholstery can generally be removed... more
Beth is the CEO of Ronald McDonald House, which provides free shelter and support for families of sick children whose local regional hospital is not funded to provide the medical care they require. 'Starship and National Women's specialist paediatric services have greatly improved the outcomes for children suffering life-threatening or life-compromising illnesses'... more
Award-winning garden designer, Xanthe White's parents must have had an inkling they had produced a child who would steal headlines. They mulled for six months over choosing a name for their baby girl 30 years ago. Xanthe studied landscape design at Auckland's UNITEC before establishing her own company and winning awards for her designs... more
The retired couple have always been keen gardeners. They lived in Wanganui for more than 30 years, where they developed a large garden, which was opened to the public on several occasions. While their garden at Waikanae Beach is very different, the Pethericks have established an exceptional seaside showpiece here... more
Long before summer is over, it's wise to start thinking how to cosy up your house for the cold, rainy days ahead. However, before you start to switch on the heating, it pays to make sure your home is well insulated and isn't damp. A dry, fully insulated home consumes about half the heat of one without insulation... more
Working in exclusive Point Piper, on Sydney-based New Zealand architect Chris Howe's own home, the painters weren't familiar with the products and were therefore reluctant to provide a complete warranty. Howe insisted on his specification and now those painters are converts and intend keeping it Kiwi in the future... more
Science has long recognised that colour affects our behaviour and the way we feel. After all, it's the first thing we register and that we use to help assess the things around us, such as whether certain foods - ie blue ones - might be poisonous for example. While the scientific study of colour is as old as time, the study of colour's effects on our psyche is only about a century young... more
An unsuccessful search for his grandchild's fifth birthday present has sparked a new hobby-business for Terry Burling. 'My grandson's fifth birthday was coming up and the shops didn't have anything I wanted to buy him, so I decided I'd have to make him something.' That something turned out to be a Thomas the Tank Engine toy box and it became the first of many woodworking projects... more
She may have fallen for the sweet, rustic charm and beautiful craftsmanship of her 1920s arts and crafts-style bungalow some years ago, but owner Fiona McKenzie wasn't blind to its imperfections. An impractical layout saw the original bathroom tucked down the far end of the house. 'There was an ancient copper toilet with a big chain - it would use about 20 litres of water each flush and, in doing so, shake the whole house'... more
Ever thought your house would look great repainted a sleek, dark colour - then had to shelve your plans for feat of the heat damaging the timber or substrate underneath? Or maybe you've discussed the idea with friends, who've gloomily pointed out that 'homes painted in dark colours get unbearably hot in summer'. Well forget all that. Resene's CoolColour™ technology makes painting exterior surfaces in dark colours both easier and safer... more
A walk down a typical street of Ponsonby villas reveals that there is a fine line between trendy and timeless. In recent times, one developer or renovator too many has itched to reshape the well-balanced verandahs, timber lace and bay windows of 100-year-old homes in a minimal modern - or post-modern - mould. Which makes discovering this renovation by Jonathan Walker of JWA Architects all the more a pleasurable surprise... more
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