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habitat magazine issue 21

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habitat magazine issue 21

One way to insert a modern bathroom into a character home

Character call

It’s a homeowner’s dilemma – do you insert a modern bathroom into a character home, or design something more in keeping with the original style? For Maggie Robertson, the answer was clear. It was character all the way… right down to placing a dainty side table beside the free-standing bath, hanging artworks and using a pair of whimsical Venetian glass wall-lights that she had packed away for years... more

Coastal and country colours in this North Otago home

Coast meets country

The colours of a driftwood-strewn beach on a bright summer’s day gently wash over this designer’s own home. The soft greys and whites of driftwood and sand; the luminous teal blue skies of North Otago. These are the colours that inspired the interior of Annabel and Simon Berry’s home on the rolling downs behind Oamaru. At the same time, other features in the house - like the replica tongue-and-groove doors and dado panels – reflect the rural setting... more

Emma-Jayne Scott paints quirky furniture with Resene coloiurs

Colourful people – Emma-Jayne Scott

If it has a set of legs and a certain quirkiness, Emma-Jayne Scott will give it a great new look with paint. We’re talking furniture, many pieces of which are now resplendent in bold and colourful geometric designs courtesy of Emma-Jayne’s brush. Emma-Jayne originally began painting furniture for herself when she couldn’t find a suitable buffet unit for her living room. She loved the process so kept on going... more

Nikolai Sorensen designs

Colourful people - Nikolai Sorensen

Some people were born with design nous. Auckland designer Nikolai Sorensen is one of them. He’s taken a simple product as old as time – the clock – and given it a simple and stylish makeover that draws the eye. A plywood dodecagon with slices of washed colour, each clock is so much more than a timekeeper. The sharp design reminds us of the segments of a cleanly sliced orange – made more so when Nikolai uses a wash of Resene Clementine Orange... more

Fashion forward with Resene colours

Fashion forward

Fashion. It affects so many facets of our lives: our clothes, our homes, our cars, even our digital devices. Most of us find it relatively easy to figure out what clothes to buy so why is it that sometimes we freeze with fright when it comes to painting our walls with new and interesting colour? With a pot of paint that costs less than a nice dress, you can change the look of one room so easily… and have interiors that stay up to date and fresh... more

A radical garden makeover - a beautifully planted outdoor entertaining space

Good for the soul

Moving north to the sunny climes of Hawkes Bay inspired Steve and Annie Harrington to give their garden a radical makeover. Their vision of glorious, beautifully planted outdoor entertaining spaces wasn’t borne out with the newly purchased property. A draughty corridor between the home and garage meant the courtyard wasn’t as sheltered as it could be. The garden... more

How to colour block using blocks of vibrant colour

How to… colour block

It’s a simple on-trend way to create eye-catching and personalised interiors – colour blocking. Colour blocking is exactly what it sounds like: a design technique that groups blocks of colour together. It’s a simple way to not only dress up your walls but also your house exterior, ceilings and furniture. When you’re starting out stick to three colours, which are easier to manage. Also limit yourself to simple shapes: squares and rectangles... more

LeeAnn Yare - my favourite colours

My favourite colours – LeeAnn Yare

LeeAnn Yare is a powerhouse - an interior designer, international pilot, store-owner and mother. Find out her favourite colours... more

Resene - new products for your home

Off the shelf

New products and ideas for the home... view PDF

Modern paints

Paint’s changing face

It’s easy to forget that paint as we know it today is a relatively modern invention. For artists and homeowners alike, paint as we know it today has not always been so readily accessible. Colours were limited and formulations were basic. That all changed around the middle of last century and in an example of industry affecting art, a number of local artists began dabbling with the cement-based paint that Resene Paints founder Ted Nightingale had begun making in his Wellington garage in 1946... more


Pick & mix

A joyous jumble of sunny colour welcomes visitors to the Nettle house on the outskirts of Havelock North. Pinks, blues, oranges, yellows and greens – walls painted in almost every hue of the lolly bag mix it up with an array of multi-coloured furnishings. Simply brimming with personality, the house is a far cry from the clinical white environments where Trudie and her husband Mike have worked for most of their lives... more

Resene Total Colour Awards 2014

Side by side – Resene Total Colour Awards

Blocks of carefully chosen colour playing off against each other were a feature of this year’s awards. A rainbow of waterfront buildings, sea tones set beside each other on a bach exterior, muted colours used as feature blocks on a home’s ceilings and walls, and a magical colour blocked stained ceiling… carefully chosen Resene colour palettes became the highlights across the spectrum of categories in the recently announced Resene Total Colour Awards... more

Soft whitewash-effect cabinets and a shot of green give this kitchen natural good looksSoft whitewash-effect cabinets and a shot of green give this kitchen natural good looks

Softly softly

Soft whitewash-effect cabinets and a shot of green give this kitchen natural good looks. From amidst the grunty robustness and honesty of a house sculpted from concrete and finished with sweeping plywood walls, a bright pop of Resene Wasabi green springs from the kitchen. It’s a fitting colour, matching the sweeping grass pastures outside the large windows in the adjoining living room. Used sparingly, it freshens the kitchen’s glass splashback... more

Build a bird house in your garden

Build a birdhouse

Adding a birdhouse to the garden is a win-win – you’re supporting local bird life and gaining a slug and bug buster... more

Fun wall art - create your own big top

Join the circus

Create your own big top with this fun wall art... more

Resene Smitten on a beach bench

Testpots – bach and beyond

The salt sea air in your hair, sand between your toes and a hot pink Resene Smitten bench to relax on. Life couldn’t be better. It’s all set against an easy-to-achieve ombre wall, where colour graduates from light to dark – Resene Solitude, Resene Breathless, Resene Frozen and Resene Blue Moon. Alongside the seat, pots are painted in Resene Freefall (small) and Resene Skydiver (large) while the deck is in Resene Limed Ash stain... more

Black and white is one of the most classic and versatile colour combinations

Testpots – black tie

A cool colour combo for any occasion. It can be smart or casual, it can give a Scandi look, a beach buzz or a hit of French flair. Black and white is one of the most classic and versatile colour combos. Here, a monochromatic scheme of black, white and grey is given a lift with metallic accessories, as well as a beautiful Moroccan-style stencil in Resene Half Delta on the back wall (Resene Alabaster) of the cabinet... more

A zesty twist to a summery dining room using Resene yellows

Testpots – citrus splash

A zesty twist to a summery dining room. Grey is an on-trend neutral and when you add a slice or two of the zesty citrus tones of yellow and orange, you create a stunning colour-popping dining setting. The yellow chairs are not only mismatched in style but are painted in similar but different Resene yellows from the new Resene The Range fashion colours 16 – Resene Wild Thing... more


Ways with wallpaper

Why just put wallpaper on your walls when there are so many other clever ways to use it? With its range of evocative and nostalgic designs – Indian elephants, postcards, stamps, maps – we turned the delightful wallpapers from the new Passport collection from Resene into artworks, placing them into a mix of different styled and shaped frames... more


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