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Feature homes from habitat magazine

Planning a new look for your home and need help to get started? Each issue of habitat magazine showcases home projects and renovations to inspire you on your design journey.

Projects include bespoke builds and character renovations and everything in between - from the humble bach to the unique and quirky to high-end luxury. There are colours and styles to pique your interest no matter what your style preference. Each project provides 1-3 alternative design solutions to spark your imagination and the possibilites available.

View homes in the country, urban areas, at the beach or in the forest. Discover architects, designers and homeowners who have crafted remarkable buildings and spaces that speak to one's unique aesthetic, site or structure.

As always, learn how colour brings to life each individual vision and sets the mood both inside and out. Colour truly can transform the look and feel you want to achieve. We hope the following featured homes help you get inspired for your own project!

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A kind of blue

A kind of blue

Resene Bismark transforms this home, complementing its 1970s aesthetic and wrapping it in a warm hug... more

habitat 39, spring/summer 23/24

Rural masterpiece

Rural masterpiece

A beautiful palette of Resene Whites & Neutrals turn a rambling rural property into a sophisticated home... more

habitat 39, spring/summer 23/24

Sea change - coastal chic home

Sea change

A near-century-old worker's cottage in Queensland couldn't have landed in better hands... more

habitat 38, autumn/winter 2023

Hello sunshine - bold remodel

Hello sunshine

Ann was determined to go bold during the remodel of her Wellington deco-styled home, opting for bright colours tempered by more subdued hues... more

habitat 38, autumn/winter 2023

Make history

Make history

A new build has a splash of old-world charm thanks to an interior designer's colourful touches... more

habitat 37, spring/summer 22/23

Moon landing

Moon landing

One small testpot led to one giant leap in the decoration of this couple's home... more

habitat 37, spring/summer 22/23

Smooth sailing

Smooth sailing

An experienced renovator defies the odds and brings her beautiful home in on time and under budget... more

habitat 36, autumn/winter 2022

Fire and ice

Fire and ice

A small but vibrant home inspired by Antarctica and the desert... more

habitat 36, autumn/winter 2022

Splash palace

Splash palace

The Northcote home of a rower-turned- designer bathes in Resene colours that reflect the surrounding harbour... more

habitat 35, spring/summer 21/22

Forever young

Forever young

An interior designer has decorated her glamorous villa with love – and Resene paints – from floor to ceiling... more

habitat 35, spring/summer 21/22

Come together

Come together

A traditional villa with a striking modern extension has found harmony through its combination of greens and whites... more

habitat 34, autumn/winter 2021

Bauhaus rules

Bauhaus rules

Inspired by a woman they had never met, the homeowners of this 1950s home embarked on a colourful journey through time... more

habitat 34, autumn/winter 2021

Ever evolving

Ever evolving

As stylist Annick Larkin shows, decorating a family home is not a one-and-done game... more

habitat 33, spring/summer 2020

Cerulean splendour

Bold Resene blues add character to this Kapiti Coast home's spectacular contemporary update... more

habitat 33, spring/summer 2020

Rare bird

Rare bird

A designer’s home gets a refresh to welcome its new owners... more

habitat 32, autumn/winter 2020

A labour of love

A labour of love

Hard work pays off in spades for a charming Waiuku farmhouse... more

habitat 32, autumn/winter 2020

Turning over a new leaf

Turning over a new leaf

A post-quake overhaul inspired by its surroundings... more

habitat 31, spring/sumer 19/20

In vivid colour

In vivid colour

An art-loving couple takes a fresh approach to a former social housing property... more

habitat 31, spring/sumer 19/20

Levelling up

Levelling up

With two little ones and another on the way, Emma and Henry faced an all too familiar problem. They were rapidly outgrowing their cute three-bedroom traditional 1930s bungalow... more

habitat 30, autumn/winter 2019

A new wave of coastal living

A new wave of coastal living

Seven years after building their house, it was time for interior designer Annabel Berry and husband Simon to test out some new waters... more

habitat 30, autumn/winter 2019

Passion project

Passion project

For advertising executive Marcelle Baker decorating her home was more like a passion project than a job that had to be done... more

habitat 29, spring/summer 18/19

Spirit of the sea

Spirit of the sea

Many of us dream of living the bach holiday lifestyle all year round, but few of us have the opportunity to actually do so... more

habitat 29, spring/summer 18/19

A happy alliance

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... more

habitat 28, autumn/winter 2018

Harmony in blue

Harmony in blue

One room in this elegant two-storey villa missed a colour conversion... more

habitat 28, autumn/winter 2018

Mixing it up

Mixing it up

They didn’t set out to impose a particular style on the house, only to break up the cream... more

habitat 27, spring/summer 17/18

Heavenly union

Open up the door and you’re treated to a rich sensory experience of colour and character... more

habitat 27, spring/summer 17/18

When eco goes bold

When eco goes bold

Going eco isn’t all about muted browns and greens. This family go for bold... more

habitat 26, autumn/winter 2017

All in the family

A designer sister-in-law steps in to help with a major renovation... more

habitat 26, autumn/winter 2017

History repeats

History repeats

A replica villa lets its owners blend old and new with a dreamy colour palette... more

habitat 25, spring/summer 16/17

In the beginning

In the beginning

It all began with three cushions. Innocent accessories that sparked a colour adventure... more

habitat 25, spring/summer 16/17

Anything goes

Anything goes

It's no surprise that a woman who colours her hair pink, purple or green isn't afraid of using an array of bold colours and out-there wallpapers in her own home... more

habitat 24, autumn/winter 2016

It takes two

It takes two

When building their new home, colour was as critically important as architectural design for this Wellington couple... more

habitat 24, autumn/winter 2016

Beyond normal

Beyond normal

Strong colour and unusual features take this seemingly simple home beyond the usual... more

habitat 23, spring/summer 15/16

Coming home

Coming home

The couple was well-prepared for the renovation process, having rebuilt a house in Sydney just 18 months before... more

habitat 23, spring/summer 15/16

Her forever home

Her forever home

A renovation by ‘remote control’ didn’t hinder the progress of Maggie Robertson’s colourful ‘forever home’... more

habitat 22, autumn/winter 2015

Off the wall

Off the wall

The familiar sight of schist and cedar wraps the Wanaka home of art patron Jan Warburton... more

habitat 22, autumn/winter 2015

Coast meets country

Coast meets country

The colours of a driftwood-strewn beach on a bright summer’s day gently wash over this designer’s own home... more

habitat 21, summer 14/15

Pick & mix

Pick & mix

A joyous jumble of sunny colour welcomes visitors to the Nettle house on the outskirts of Havelock North... more

habitat 21, summer 14/15

Branching out

Branching out

A blank canvas was the perfect invitation for one creative homeowner to experiment with colour... more

habitat 20, winter 2014

Purple heart

Purple heart

There’s no need for a street number when you head to Fiona Sheffield’s fringe-city home... more

habitat 20, winter 2014

Colour courage

Colour courage

A confident colour and lighting consultant and his adventurous client create a bounty of brave and unexpected delights... more

habitat 19, summer 13/14

Gentle reflections

Gentle reflections

Soft aged colours all look like gentle reflections of the same thought process in this labour-of-love villa... more

habitat 19, summer 13/14

Banning beige

Banning beige

Fearless use of colour lifts Lian Bruce’s house way beyond the one-neutral-fits-all philosophy... more

habitat 18, winter 2013

Zone of calm

Zone of calm

Soft hues provide a calming antidote for an executive couple’s busy city lifestyle... more

habitat 18, winter 2013

The lovely bones

The lovely bones

A grand old home with great bones has become the canvas for some adventurous colour and a collection of pre-loved pieces... more

habitat 17, summer 12/13

Romancing the home

Romancing the home

Some people and their houses possess a kind of magic. Take Kirsty Cashmore. It helps that she lives in the dreamy romantic, French-settler village of Akaroa... more

habitat 17, summer 12/13

Take it slow

Take it slow

A savvy couple respond to the economic times with a creatively cautious renovation... more

habitat 16, winter 2012

Back to the future

Back to the future

A riotous range of colours used originally on this 21-year-old architect-designed house have been kept as is in a recent update... more

habitat 16, winter 2012

The eight-year itch

The eight-year itch

It's testament to the timeless quality of Resene paint colours that when Nicole McKenzie renovated her eight-year-old house, she only changed one wall colour... more

habitat 15, summer 11/12

State of grace

State of grace

Using eco-friendly design ideas in a new home is relatively easy but what about a renovation?... more

habitat 15, summer 11/12

Making vintage a virtue

Making vintage a virtue

Today, their Cape Cod-style home is a treasure trove of vintage finds, cherished and inherited items and soothing colour... more

habitat 14, winter 2011

Flexible futures

Flexible futures

This award-winning rural home has a special twist – it can be picked up and moved should the owners desire... more

habitat 14, winter 2011

To be so bold

To be so bold

Chris Bracegirdle and Lindsay Robinson’s self-assured Christchurch house is a great example of how best to live... more

habitat 13, summer 10/11

Chop and change

Chop and change

Craig St George found his perfect home in the unlikely guise of an old butcher’s shop... more

habitat 13, summer 10/11

All that glitters...

All that glitters...

Artist and colour consultant Angela Pietkiewicz Williams is certainly not afraid to make a bold statement... more

habitat 13, summer 10/11

Colour confident

Colour confident

A variety of rich colour transforms the walls of this grand masonry villa... more

habitat 12, winter 2010

History repeats

History repeats

This carefully renovated historic home retains its original character and meets the needs of a modern family... more

habitat 12, winter 2010

Iconic inspiration

Iconic inspiration

Inspired by a style icon’s paint range, this soothing villa interior is a beautiful yet unpretentious home for a busy family... more

habitat 11, summer 09/10

Sea change

Sea change

A new bach ensures this much-loved family holiday location will continue to be used and treasured... more

habitat 11, summer 09/10

In the french style

In the french style

Not content to just paint walls, this homeowner also uses floors and furniture as a creative outlet... more

habitat 10, winter 2009

Never say never

Never say never

Going against the grain has never been much of an issue for Waikanae couple Lorna and Matene Love... more

habitat 10, winter 2009

Out of the box

Out of the box

This creative award-winning Hawkes Bay home is a dynamic blend of shapes, materials and colours... more

habitat 09, summer 2008

Two into one

Two into one

In a project its owner describes as 'lunacy from a number of perspectives', two old homes have been expertly melded into one... more

habitat 09, summer 2008

Country classic

Country classic

A neglected farm cottage is transformed into a comfortable yet sophisticated family home... more

habitat 08, winter 2008

Comfort class

Comfort class

When Mary Roberts first laid eyes on plans for her own most recent residential project in Christchurch's seaside village of Sumner... more

habitat 08, winter 2008

Anything but retiring

Anything but retiring

The crisp, contemporary lines of this house, named MountainView by its designer – who created it for his parents' retirement... more

habitat 07, summer 07/08

Let the sun shine

Let the sun shine

Drawing their inspiration from local wineries and historical buildings, and using raw materials on their property... more

habitat 07, summer 07/08

Based on the original

Based on the original

It took just a few thumbnails posted on an internet property site to convince Jason Hague-Smith he'd found a house ripe for renovation... more

habitat 06, winter 2007

With a little respect

With a little respect

A walk down a typical street of Ponsonby villas reveals that there is a fine line between trendy and timeless... more

habitat 06, winter 2007

Settler meets modern

Settler meets modern

When homeowners are developing the brief for their ultimate home, they usually expect to take some time over the process... more

habitat 05, summer 06/07

Something old something new

Something old something new

A dilapidated villa sharing a section with a disused boot factory might not sound like your average dream home... more

habitat 05, summer 06/07

Home by the sea

Home by the sea

Keryn Henderson admits she can get a little complacent about the magnificent sea view, framed by pohutukawa... more

habitat 04, winter 2006

A river runs by

A river runs by

Designing a holiday home on a beautiful wooded site near a river, for clients... more

habitat 04, winter 2006

Back to the basics

Back to the basics

This unconventional bach shows how stripping back a design to the bare elements can create a more authentic and relaxing holiday experience... more

habitat 03, summer 05/06

A family affair

A family affair

Hosting a hoard of children and grandchildren at the beach house may not be everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday... more

habitat 03, summer 05/06

Doing up a villa – The hard way

Doing up a villa – the hard way

Liz and Paul Gallagher bought their 90-year-old villa, situated on two acres of farmland at Dairy Flat outside Auckland, 12 years ago... more

habitat 02, winter 2005

Six degrees of separation

Six degrees of separation

Down a private lane at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac is a residence whose geometric structure is an architectural wonder... more

habitat 01, summer 04/05

House Hahei

House at Hahei

Architect Michael Fisher describes a bach he has designed at Hahei in the Coromandel as a cantilevered pavilion set against the bush... more

habitat 01, summer 04/05

 

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