Getting it Right

  By Ann-Marie Appleton As an interior designer I am often asked, when I meet new people “what are the most common design mistakes people make in their home?” A cheeky answer would be “not hiring an interior designer!” Seriously though, working with qualified, experienced and trusted professionals like de

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Making a Statement

  This unique Halswell residence received the Residential New Home Between 150m2 and 300m2 Architectural Design Award at the Canterbury/Westland Regional ADNZ Architectural Design Awards in 2015. The home was designed to offer its owners a play on the classic European farm barn conversion.By incorporating By

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© Jesus Rodriguez A research report on the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes has revealed that current minimum requirements for insulation under New Zealand’s building code are not the most cost-effective. The research shows millions of dollars are set to be saved through higher standards of insulation. Acros

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Keeping Paintwork Wonderful

© Emily May Be aware that walls, like windows, accumulate a faint layer of dust or grime. A seemingly minor job of cleaning a small spot can lead to a major cleaning job! If unwillingly caught in this predicament, a feather duster can sometimes minimise the boundary between the cleaned and uncleaned areas. Always t

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Call a Pro or Have a Go?

By Natalia Rietveld As Kiwis we are known for our kiwi ingenuity, but can also be known for DIY disasters. When should you have a go and when should you call a pro? Have a go Lino and floor tiling: although it can be frustrating at times, it is doable. Olivia Gibson and her fiancé Kyle Challis recently renovated th

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Fusing Function and Enduring Style

A home that is ergonomically at ease with its owner is a home that can be both a relaxing and revitalising respite; a place for family and friends to come together, share, unwind or refresh. Ingrid Geldof, through her company Ingrid Geldof Design, endeavours to achieve this for each and every client. With over 34 desi

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Wallpaper Love

If your walls have been lacking personality then don’t let them scream in neglected heartbreak for any longer. Wallpaper has come a long way since it was first invented many moons ago. With technology changing how we make things, the design and manufacture of wallpapers has led to a plethora of different wall coveri

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By Ann-Marie Appleton Good interior design is defined as the best possible use of space, and a professional interior designer will ensure that the right decisions are made for you from the very beginning of your project. Here are three ways you can work with an interior designer from the get-go. 1. A strong concept T

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Surfaces That Sparkle

Choosing the right flooring or wall tiles for your home can be a confusing exercise for the uninitiated. What tile goes in what room? What are the best tiles for outdoors? There are a myriad of options out there. Tiles are perfect for creating innovative and inspired bathrooms, kitchens and both indoor and outdoor li

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Life Hacks for the Home

By Lydia Truesdale According to Statistics New Zealand’s Time Use Survey (2009/10), New Zealander’s spend more than four hours inside everyday between housework and relaxing. And let’s be honest; most of that time is probably spent moving haphazardly from one room or task to the next. But thanks to the World Wi

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