Insider Insights

  5 Minutes with Interior Designer Lucy Wilkie How did you end up in interiors? I completed a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, specialising in interior architecture. Having this training and understanding of construction has been extremely beneficial throughout my career. What do you say to those who think t

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The inside word

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Laura Hall The Canterbury building industry is changing at a rapid pace right now, keeping up with these changes is near impossible. If you are embarking on the building process and have felt overwhelmed by the massive number of building companies to choose from, or had a

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Material world

By Davina Richards   Bolt of Cloth celebrates the textiles and the spirit of creativity which drives us all. With the popular business swelling with new products it’s no surprise the stockist of designer fabrics and home furniture has expanded its business from one store to three. Owner Suzannah Tonascia e

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Second nature

By Davina Richards Many designers profess that the elegant black and white combination is the faithful colour scheme to get that clean cut look. It’s timeless, bold and will dress up any dead space with a touch of class.     1. Message on a bottle Ceramic milk bottle The days of fresh milk delivere

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Chips off the old block

By Melinda Collins Ben and Libby Crawford get recognised all the time; there’s those awkward moments when someone actually thinks they know them, or the times someone says hello and they have just seconds to work out if they actually know them. However, it was the family ties which the pair believes secured them

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Creating your own space

By Davina Richards Every room in your home plays a vital role in family life and none more so than kitchens and bathrooms, which find themselves at the centre of family activities, fun and food. Ingrid Geldof is a talented kitchen and bathroom designer about to hit the milestone of 21 years in business. If you have

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Worth the wait

  By Davina Richards Bev and Graeme Hulston have been living in their West Melton home for the past 10 years and the renovation of their home is a gradual process, created on the genuine grounds of how much they value peace and quiet in a family home. The house was built 14 years ago on 120 acres of land;

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Realising the grand plan

By Melinda Collins In case you missed it, our city seems to be in a state of limbo as its deconstruction comes to an end and the rebuild starts to kick in; both undertakings which have presented more than the odd problem. But as we look forward to what lies ahead, as opposed to what we have just lost, mayor Bob

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A general Sam

By Melinda Collins The success of some of the world’s greatest people is often about more than just what they have done; it’s about how they have broken down stereotypes which, in turn, has evolved people’s thinking and developed stronger societies and communities. Following the September 2010 and February 2011

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Down to Earth

By Karen Pasco Many may not have heard of landscape designer and sculptor Dan Rutherford but those who attended the 2012 Ellerslie Flower Show will know his work. His sombre and thought provoking exhibition, Fresh Start, New Growth, was awarded a Gold Medal at the show – a portrayal of loss and sadness rejuvenating

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