Stephanie Matheson learns why the warm glow of a soothing fire transforms your home into a relaxing retreat.
New living styles, new materials and new modular construction methods – houses built during the 1970s took the architectural styles of previous decades to cities and towns across the country, from Twizel and Turangi through to Cromwell and Auckland. Their solid bones make them a renovator’s dream.
With changes on a small footprint, a clever and creative renovation project connects this Auckland house with its garage – opening up the living area and converting the garage loft into an art studio.
Windows are a fundamental and uniquely powerful design element of a home. They provide an intimate connection to the surrounding environment, allow light and warmth to stream in and control ventilation. They can also make a bold statement about your style and the way you live.
From toys and shoes through to handbags and shirts – we accumulate many treasured items that we need to find a home for. That’s why well-designed storage spaces are a necessary feature of New Zealand bedrooms.
A distinctive New Zealand furniture design style is evolving – it has a natural rawness, influenced by our country and lifestyle, is uncomplicated yet at the same time stylish. We look at some of the current chair designs and the basic elements of chair construction.
Wet rooms can be deceptively simple spaces. Thought, planning and attention to detail are all key to creating a relaxing space where form marries function.
The soft glow of a floor lamp and the dimmed light of a wall washer can turn a home into a cosy and comfortable haven like few other features can. Make the most of the indoors this winter and light up your home.
Major excavation work, combined with a clever architectural redesign, created a wide-open living area that is flooded with sunlight and provides easy access to the garden.
Ventilation is key for a healthy, efficient and comfortable home – keeping moisture, dampness and mould at bay – especially now that we’ve settled into our homes to hibernate over winter.
Building and decorating a bird box for your feathery friends is made easy with our step-by-step guide – all it takes is a little bit of planning and the right tools.
Whether you aim to use the comforting flames of a fireplace as a heating system or a purely decorative feature, the warm glow of a soothing fire transforms your home into a relaxing retreat.
Choosing the right heat source and ambience will ensure that your deck and garden can be used year round – extending your outdoor entertaining possibilities.
Now that the evenings are getting colder it’s a perfect time for snuggling up at home on the sofa. Our pick of this season’s most cuddly cushions will keep you company and add a splash of colour to your living room.
Stylish tapware instantly brings a fresh look to your bathroom or kitchen. Whether you’re completing a full-scale renovation project or simply wish to update your home by using accessories, we’ve compiled our coolest finds for you to choose from.
One of these handy little side tables may just become your favourite piece of furniture this winter – keeping your steaming cup of tea, your favourite books or a delicious snack (or all three) at arm’s length. Take a pick!