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Although the owners of this Wellington house aren’t afraid of colour, when architect John Mills first showed them a proposed scheme for their renovated Roseneath home, there was a sharp intake of breath. “Our previous house in Karori was painted 50 shades of white,” laughs the owner. “John is known for his use of colour but we were still a little surprised by his choices”... more
There’s no room like a bedroom to accentuate the power of colour. Much has been written about how colour can affect our state of mind, and there’s no better example than bedrooms. Which is why many of us seem to be opting for shades of soothing blues and greys for our bedrooms. Happily, Resene has plenty of colours to suit, with shades like Resene Duck Egg Blue... more
It takes a skilled design hand and an adventurous client to include a provocative cerulean blue kitchen into a house, especially when the rest of the home has a predominantly natural look with extensive use of pine plywood and concrete floors. Add some built-in sideboards in vivacious fuchsia pink, and the scenario gets even more interesting... more
Giving old items a new life, and helping raise money for charity, is all in a day’s work for Sarah Herring. Upcycling second-hand furniture and accessories isn’t a new idea. But the charitable spin put on the process by Resene and Sarah Herring makes it different. As part of Resene’s work in the community, it asks Sarah to choose an item from a Salvation Army Family Store and add value by refurbishing it. She then returns the item to the store for sale... more
Looking for a colourful, fun, community-minded, slightly retro alternative to screen time? It’s Palmy Rocks – a colourful and creative type of treasure hunt. Participants paint rocks then hide them in parks around town for others to find. When you find a rock, you can keep it, leave it or hide it in a new place for someone else to find. It encourages people to... more
It’s a challenge when renovating any older home to seamlessly include modern amenities. When Wellington architect Clare Bush redesigned her own home, she ambitiously included three bathrooms. This ensuite was designed to capture wide city views and to cater for the very high 3.6m ceiling... more
One room in this elegant two-storey villa missed a colour conversion. It’s the only neutral space in a series of skilfully coloured rooms. Jokes the owner: “I sneaked it in through the back door. I had to have one white room just in case I hated all the others.” Luckily, she loves ‘the others’ – bedrooms, living areas and the exterior. Each are distinctive... more
It’s a widely held assumption that courtyard gardens have to be minimalist. As this beautifully designed space proves, you can create a visually restful space that is actually very detailed. Dave knew the courtyard needed an upgrade and he desperately wanted a space that allowed him to re-arrange his outdoor furniture so he could entertain more easily... more
When designer Shane George was faced with the renewal of a large kitchen in a home in rural south Auckland, he fully embraced the existing Italianate style of the house. His rich and varied palette of materials is highly complex and the kitchen is large. Yet Shane’s superb orchestration of those finishes gives the kitchen a relaxed, welcoming feel – perfect for..... more
Nature is wise. It gives us abundant inspiration for the right colours and combinations to use in our homes. One of the big colour trends this season has its origins firmly rooted in nature. The earth, greenery, sea and sky have often inspired the colours we use inside our homes. They are, after all, colours we are innately familiar with... more
When designer Natalie Du Bois was asked to convert an ensuite into a shared bathroom for a brother and sister, her solution was to use a palette of soft Resene blues and a stylish traditional look that blends honest materials like tongue-and-groove panelling with whimsical French-style touches and lustrous brass fittings... more
Deep, rich, luscious purple is a colour to watch for this year. It doesn’t have to be used as a bright jewel tone. Try one of the many muted versions of the colour from the Resene colour collections – check out Resene Multi-finish palette cards 4 and 56. Sultry and complex, these bruised lilacs and purples are... more
The rising popularity of portable devices doesn’t do away with the need for a home office. As a restful, well-ordered corner, this office nook has the storage you need and a pinboard made from rolls of adhesive cork painted in Resene Flintstone for a dusky brown finish. The wall, bookshelf, desk top and shelf are... more
An easy-to-make feature wall created with painted ‘planks’ of plywood gives a rich backdrop to this colourful, yet contemporary room. Sea greens and teals are softened with soft greys for a look that suits any season and any style of house. The plank paint effect is done with a... more