Green kitchens

By Melinda Collins Going green in the kitchen is not about getting out the old paintbrush and letting loose. According to the United States Department of Energy, lighting, refrigeration and cooking are responsible for 41.5 percent of a home’s energy consumption. Throw in your dishwashers, electronics and a pletho

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Creating space with contrasting colours

Not only does colour create atmosphere, but if you use it in particular ways, it can create optical illusions. Understanding how to use contrasting colours, often known as complementary colours, can instantly manipulate a room’s proportions and intensify features.When choosing contrasting colours consult a colour whe

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Colour me beautiful

Top tips on colour Paint is a quick and effective way of transforming any room in your home which needs a visual lift and a personal touch. Revitalise your space by applying a colour scheme which adds depth, interest and reflects your personality. It’s time to cast out the darkness and let colour pou

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All your heating solutions in one stop

Simply Heat could, simply speaking, be the most upmarket and largest heating showroom in New Zealand, but the only way to find out for sure is to come down to 95 Byron Street, just near the Waltham Road over-bridge, and see for yourself. You enter the showroom via a very attractive outdoor fireplace display area and c

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Best reflections

By Melinda Collins While the wicked witch used them to assure herself of her own beauty, us mere mortals can use mirrors simply to beautify our homes. However, behind the glass façade is a tool more versatile than one may suspect at first glance. Mirrors offer a powerful method to increase room size by lighteni

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The best repair investment you can make

If there’s only one improvement you make during repairs on your earthquake damaged house, choose to install wall insulation. It will make your house much warmer and can pay for itself in reduced heating bills and a higher price when selling. Insulation specialist and one of Christchurch’s biggest retrofit in

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Clearing the air

The Sensitive Choice® programme is designed with the purpose of educating New Zealanders about managing asthma. But it goes further than just the individual – it encourages manufacturers and suppliers to produce products and services that may benefit those with asthma and/or allergies, as well as a way for consum

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Getting your lighting right

By Lyonne Edwards When choosing the lighting for your new home, careful consideration should be given to a number of factors, before making your selections. In your home the lighting requirements will vary from area to area. Some areas require strong task lighting and others ambient lighting. Most wil

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A sensational spa at home

Bathrooms are normally regarded as a place of function – the room which sees a steady procession of home dwellers frequently using its facilities throughout the day. But they can also be designed to incorporate a bit of luxury to get that “spa at home” feel and transform it into a room you want to linger in, not

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