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Bold colour, fun planting and structural good looks are the signatures of a garden owned by an architect and an artist. In late summer, tall yellow sunflowers set against a striking burnt orange wall painted in Resene Rock Spray greet visitors to Pete Bossley and Miriam van Wezel’s garden. From a different angle, the sunflowers sparkle against the black of the Resene Sheer Black stain, edged in a strip of green Resene Mother Earth. Rising up behind these cheerful blooms are the thin trunks and leathery leaves of lancewoods... more
A confident colour and lighting consultant and his adventurous client create a bounty of brave and unexpected delights. With a profound disregard for predictability and trends, Terry Hogg of Australian-based Lick Light+Colour enjoys shattering design preconceptions and encouraging brave colour choices. A recent commission at accessories designer Peter Lang’s Victorian terrace in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay was a creative partnership made in heaven... more
It started with a coat of demur white paint, or a soft distressed pastel. Now, painted furniture has grown in style and boldness with one-of-a-kind pieces making a real impact in our homes. Stronger colours and even pops of neon brilliance are transforming second-hand furniture into statement pieces. Refurbishing or upcycling old furniture is something anyone can do – often with just a lick of Resene paint. Older furniture may look dated but is often solid and well-made, so has plenty of life left... more
Soft aged colours all look like gentle reflections of the same thought process in this labour-of-love villa. Nancy and Nick Poland laugh wryly as they remember how a condescending kitchen design firm tried to brush them off with a kitset instead of the made-to-measure package their latest renovation project required. “They seemed to think because we look young we were beginners in the renovation game,” remembers Nick. “Little did they know Nancy comes from a family of serial renovators and this is the third house we have done since we got married... more
Theatrical use of Resene colour was certainly highlighted in this year’s Resene Total Colour Awards, announced recently. Not only did Oakley Gray Architects win the top award for their work on the Regent Theatre in Dunedin but a house full of dramatic jewel-like colour by Australian-based Terry Hogg of Lick Light+Colour won the top Residential Interior award... more
Paint is your friend when it comes to tricking the eye. Does your living room look too long, or just plain wrong? Does the ceiling seem to be falling on your head? And why do you have to turn the lights on whenever you go into the dining room? Before you ring up the builder and ask him to take away or add walls, or raise the ceiling, there’s a much cheaper and cleverer way of correcting weird proportions or disguising architectural oddities and less-than-perfect details. And that’s with paint. Firstly look at the dimensions of your room, where the light comes from and what you wish to highlight or disguise... more
A new kitchen takes inspiration and colour from an earlier era. Converting a ‘rabbit warren’ of tiny rooms into one streamlined space mightn’t be rocket science, but where Cheryl Farthing and Jon Kirk’s recently completed kitchen and family room stands out is in the way they have repurposed the original design features of their 1920s bungalow… but with modern manufacturing techniques and interesting colour combinations... more
Many of us like the idea of composting food scraps and being able to feed our gardens with the results, but we may not have room or a suitable site for a full-sized compost bin. A great alternative is a bokashi compost, which is easily and quickly made from one or two paint buckets. A bokashi (Japanese for ‘fermented organic matter’) is fed with kitchen scraps – and because it’s airtight and odourless, you can also feed it meat and dairy scraps... more
This bach bathroom takes its colours from the nearby sea and beaches. When it came to deciding on colours for the bathroom of a rebuilt bach north of Auckland, the owners Ian and Sharon couldn’t look much further than the local environment. Blessed with a sweeping view of the sea and sand dunes, the colours were right there, almost at their feet. Resene Periglacial Blue seemed the perfect match for the sea-foam blue of the water, so was used on the half-height tongue-and-groove paneling, while Resene Rice Cake is a warm white that reminded them of the sandstone rocks... more
Whether the look is beach, bach or tropical haven, use colour to brighten up your summer. The Cape Cod look continues to be popular but rather than pale seawashed tones, try stronger blues and aquas. Drag out old boxes and baskets and give them a lift with paint – then sit back and imagine the salty tang of the coast... more
We may all have a cutlery insert in our drawer and an old lazy susan in the corner cupboard but today’s kitchen can be a wonderland of clever storage and smooth operation thanks to hardware innovations. Not only can you get just about any form of drawer insert to store cutlery, utensils, cleaners, canisters, spices, pots, crockery… you name it. But other technologies such as soft-closing drawers, push-to-open drawers, robust runners that allow drawers to take up to 70kg in weight, moving corner pantries and slide-out pantries are all becoming more common in our kitchens… and more affordable... more
As places you tend not to linger, entrance foyers and halls can cope with strong decorative treatments. Repurposing her magazine collection into a decoupage floor, and adding a zingy colour like Resene Niagara to the far wall has certainly transformed Rachel Brebner’s entrance way. With her partner away fishing, she ripped up the carpet in the entrance hall of their old bungalow, painted the floor with Resene Half Thorndon Cream then tore (literally) into her beloved magazine collection from the past 10 years... more
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