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Black walls? In a kitchen? Check out the striking result. What started as one black feature wall in this striking kitchen, soon became two walls, then three walls, then the whole lot. Homeowners David and Louise Cowie had always envisioned a sleek white kitchen with touches of black and red, but once they saw the effect of the white cabinets (Resene Alabaster) against the black (Resene Nero) they were sold on the combination as a whole-room concept... more
For its size, the kitchen is one of the most complex spaces in the house to design. A good designer is worth more than a fancy fridge any day. Unless you’re one of the lucky few who can afford to eat out every night your kitchen will be the busiest area of your home. Nowadays it often features prominently as a part of the open-plan living area... more
As a champion of Napier’s Art Deco heritage, Robert McGregor has been instrumental in saving buildings and promoting eye-catching colour schemes. A dazzling glamour event held every year in summer, Napier’s Art Deco Weekend is a highlight of the tourism calendar. Since the 1990s the festive weekend has attracted thousands of people from throughout the nation and the world... more
An award-winning makeover programme using Resene paints is now in its sixth series. It’s 5am and the local Maori community has gathered at the marae. After six years of selling hangi and rewana bread, they’ve finally pulled together enough money to give their much loved wharenui a face-lift with a new kitchen and the grounds a welcome landscape... more
Vibrant and acidic or soft and liquid, ambiguous greens perfectly complement these summery table settings. Of all the words describing all of the colours, green has become overwhelmingly wedded to one thing – environmental friendliness. Green has always been linked to nature for obvious reasons so its current association with the protection of our natural world stands to reason... more
Grab the popcorn, turn down the lights and fire up your own cinema experience at home. We track the latest technologies. As recently as five years ago, having a home theatre simply meant you had your television hooked up to external speakers. While this is still where the road begins, rapidly advancing technology means the combination of equipment in your living room is limited only by your imagination and your budget... more
Inspired by a style icon’s paint range, this soothing villa interior is a beautiful yet unpretentious home for a busy family. When Morri Alexander looked at the Karen Walker Paints range from Resene she knew she had to have it in her own home. She had always admired the fashion designer as a style icon,and the launch of her paint range coincided with the renovation of the Alexander's Auckland villa... more
An inner-city Australian house uses eco principles and new technology paint to keep cool and lessen its impact on the environment. The Australian climate is known for its extremes and searing heat. Humans can slip on a hat and slap on some sunscreen and now an eco-friendly house in Melbourne is protected, thanks to Resene CoolColour™ technology... more
Artist Gidon Bing’s eye-catching models for the Resene Karen Walker Paints range draw on just one of his talents. Half architectural model and half doll’s house is how artist Gidon Bing described the captivating models he created to help promote fashion icon Karen Walker’s latest paint colour range from Resene. The plywood models were painted in Karen Walker colours, photographed and used on the fandeck... more
It’s a large part of your home’s fittings but does carpet come with an instruction manual? When you move house it’s considered good manners to leave behind all of the manuals and warranties for any appliances and instructions on how to set the alarm, should you have one. Most thoughtful. But how often are you left with any information on what brand of carpet (and style and colour) you have on the floor, and how to look after it?... more
Our winning laundry sits at either end of the colour spectrum with black and white. The winner of the Electrolux/Resene laundry competition, Alice Domett Doyle of Wellington, chose an eco-friendly solution and used black, white (Resene Alabaster) and metallic silver paint (Resene Atom)... more
Bringing outside elements inside makes this bach bathroom an unconventional and interesting place to be. If you’re keen to include something a little quirky or unexpected into your new home or renovation, the bathroom is a great place to do it. You can be experimental and creative with colours, materials and textures without the fear of making a major mistake... more
An easy-care garden, great indoor/outdoor flow and a sun-drenched pool. It’s the recipe for the perfect outdoor space and exactly what one family is now enjoying. When this villa was bought in 2002, the owners had long-term plans for an extensive renovation. This wish-list included opening the living spaces and kitchen onto the outdoor area, landscaping the property and adding a swimming pool and garage... more
A new bach ensures this much-loved family holiday location will continue to be used and treasured. Going to the bach has always been about escape, and is often entwined with nostalgia. It’s also about being more connected with the seasons and the beauty of the mountains, lake, river or sea. But can that sense of escape really happen when your bach is cool, modern and just 25 minutes up the road?... more
Employing a house cleaner needs a professional approach. Whether you’re working long hours, want more time for leisure and family or are just sick of scrubbing showers, hiring a cleaner can be a blessing. But before you let someone loose on your carpets, consider exactly what you want to achieve... more
Lack of storage is the downside of many houses, but there are plenty of clever ideas and products to help you stow your stuff. Let’s face it, we’re an acquisitive lot. Try as we might to contain our consumerist urges, with all the beautiful stuff in stores, it’s always been difficult to be minimalist. Even now that we’ve given in to more extravagant accessorised interior havens that wrap us up in comfort, the things we gather around still have to be kept under control... more
Is it time to spring-clean your insurance policies? The flowers are in bloom, the grass needs to be cut and it’s time to shake those winter blues. As the weather starts to improve many people take the opportunity to spring-clean their homes. While spring-cleaning is associated with cleaning windows, gutters and even the overcrowded linen cupboard, it is rarely associated with contents insurance... more
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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.