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A riotous range of colours used originally on this 21-year-old architect-designed house have been kept as is in a recent update. For an apprentice architect itching to show his colours, what better commission to have landed in 1987 than one where the client was enthralled with the Post Modernist/Memphis style? Followers of this style were known for seeking alternatives to the coolly functional designs of the time, expressing themselves with riotous colours, fun shapes, pattern and new materials... more
It may seem clichéd to match boys with blue and girls with pink but when it came to deciding the colour for the bathroom her sons share, Cara Elliott wanted something fresh and welcoming. The existing bathroom of the early 1970s house was all white, and ‘like a chilly bin’. On the south side of the house, it needed some colour to lift it. “It needed to be fresh and fun, and a more inviting room.” The colour for the room was actually inspired by the frame of a large mirror rather than the gender of her children... more
A little bit of luxury, a zing of excitement. That’s the new Resene Curtain Collection. A veritable array of fashion and classic curtains have been released as part of the new Resene Curtain Collection. And to enhance the existing collection, there are new colours for existing designs. The Resene Curtain Collection is a range of exclusive fabrics designed to complement popular Resene colours, and are featured with handy colour suggestions. The selection includes contemporary and classic stripes and designs to complement... more
Nestled into a sleepy Paekakariki street on the Kapiti coast is a little cottage with a big attitude. The 1930s bach stands defiant against the slightest whiff of monochromatic paint schemes. Unassuming from the road, its interior is swathed in blues, golds and yellows and filled with colourful accessories, furniture and original art. Owner Robyn Renouf has been a firm believer in the bold use of colour for many years. “Colour is exhilarating,” she says. “It makes you want to get up in the morning. I would not know myself without colour”... more
Once upon a time, little girls were indulged with pastel pink fairy or princess rooms. Little boys had blue rooms dressed up with maritime, car or cowboy paraphernalia. Now few of us have unlimited budgets to splash out on traditional themes that may not be appropriate as children grow. As interior designer and colour consultant Debbie Abercrombie says: “Parents are looking for longevity. Most want the room to last into the teenage years but that can be as simple as a paint colour change... more
When you’re busy and the budget is under pressure, it’s all too easy to put off doing maintenance around the house. While not all house maintenance is essential, some certainly is and to defer it is to do so at your peril. It’s like going to the dentist. Deal with it before the problem turns into a large and expensive hole. By and large, essential maintenance is about keeping water out and your home warm and dry. So when deciding what you can afford to leave until funds are available versus what simply cannot be ignored, think no further than subfloors, windows, doors, roofs... more
In a restful home of mellow colours, a red kitchen is a vibrant centrepiece. When Christine and Tony Smith built their house on Hospital Hill in Napier, their vision of a mellow and welcoming home using sustainable principles was paramount. The concept of the house was simple – to make it sustainable, warm, welcoming and a good family home. With children and grandchildren frequently visiting, it needed to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and practical... more
Move over boring brown, here comes a parade of adventurous stain colours. Long gone are the days of brown stains, and more brown stains. Resene has embraced the current trend towards non-traditional wood stain finishes with two stunning collections – one for outdoor use, Resene Woodsman with 38 stain colours, and the other for indoors, Resene Colorwood, including a whitewash option. Sitting between solid paint finishes and varnishes, stains are sometimes the forgotten heroes of the surface treatments world. Now available in a wide range of exciting shades, wood stains allow the natural grain of the timber to show through... more
Artist Glenn Burrell layers paint skins to create weirdly familiar objects. Picture this. A young man, who has never skied before, is teetering on the top of a snow-covered slope. On his feet are ski boots and skis made entirely of paint. With a little thrust he pushes off and starts to slide down the mountain, the paint ski poles clutched in his hands wriggling behind him in the breeze. Two rainbow trails of paint are left behind in his wake. Meet Glenn Burrell, a young artist who has a discovered a unique purpose for gallons of Resene recycled paint... more
A savvy couple respond to the economic times with a creatively cautious renovation. Everyone knows that renovations can easily blow out financially. You think you have the numbers right, you think you have allowed for contingencies but then the roof needs replacing, or you find the wiring has been eaten by mice. Homeowner and architect Fleur Ford knows the pitfalls better than most and is used to warning clients not to bite off more than they can chew. A full-time mum at present, she has worked in the hospitality and retail arenas... more
Splashes of red and a black house are perfect ingredients for an oriental style garden. There was no debate when it came to the starting point for landscape designer Lyndell Shannon’s garden on a sloping valley site on Auckland’s North Shore. Straight away, she seized on the architecture of her 1970s cedar-clad home – “I’m sure the architect had a Japanese intention” – to form her clear vision for an oriental theme. In her minds-eye she pictured a traditional Japanese scene with the vibrant red gate or archway juxtaposed against black buildings... more
How strongly does personal style cross the boundary between fashion and interiors? So you love the colour blue. In fact, many of the clothes you wear are blue and… you’ve just painted your bedroom a soothing pewter blue. Your home is a peaceful haven of creams and stone shades… and, yes, you tend to wear white shirts with khaki trousers. Apparently the colours we like will turn up on our walls, and in our wardrobes. There’s a lot of truth in the premise ‘you are what you wear’, according to stylist Angela Stone... more
A national movement and one woman’s passion bring art to our children. Shona Hammond Boys is responsible for a quiet revolution in the way many adults view children and teenagers. The positive change is the result of Shona’s passion for providing young people with a nurturing space to freely explore and develop their artistic selves and abilities. The founder and national director of the New Zealand Art House Foundation Trust opened the first dedicated Children’s Art House on Auckland’s North Shore in 1996... more
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