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habitat magazine issue 32

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habitat magazine issue 32



The cooler months are a great time to take inventory of what we have: what should stay, what should go and what’s missing altogether. When we see the same things day after day, it’s easy to become unconscious of them. The objects in your home become just a couch, just a chair, just a cushion – and you might stop feeling a connection to them because you’re not even really seeing them...

We hope what you find in this issue of habitat helps inspire a positive shift towards something that’s in better alignment with everything that makes you, you... more

Hot trends on the rise - warmer colours

Hot trends on the rise

A new decade brings with it warmer, spicier versions of favoured hues.

During the 2010s, cooler colours dominated the decorating world, both inside and out. Until recently, it seemed like everyone was after flat, cold, steely greys in pursuit of a crisp, contemporary look – but things are drastically warming up... more

Off the shelf

New products and ideas for the home... more

Rare bird - designer redecoration

Rare bird

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

It’s not every day that an interior designer’s home hits the market – but rarer still is when that same designer helps with a customised redecoration of the property so that your new home is picture perfect from the moment you move in... more

Breathing room - zen like zone

Breathing room

Create a zen-like zone with the right interior scheme.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, you’re not alone. Our lives are busier than ever, full of distractions endlessly clamouring for our attention – so it comes as no surprise that we are starting to tune out and turn off to regain some sanity in our lives... more

Mini murals for maximum impact

A little goes a long way

Mini murals make maximum impact in defining a space.

6 different looks — budding inspiration, expand your horizons, different strokes, defining the lines, impressive illusion and enhance your entrance... more

Start with the art

Start with the art

Look to what you’ll be hanging on your walls to inspire your colour scheme.

It’s a common conundrum for homeowners to finally settle on the perfect paint colour for a room and then feel at a loss for what to hang on the walls. But according to designer and stylist Kate Alexander of Places & Graces, this approach to fleshing out your interior scheme employs a bit of backwards thinking... more

A labour of love - villa restoration

A labour of love

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

It was love at first sight for Jane and Pim when they came across a century old villa in 2015. Despite being able to see clear through the weatherboards and into the house in some spots, the couple could also see the potential that the old Waiuku farmhouse held for becoming a beautiful place to call home... more

Playing up plywood - kids accessories

Playing up plywood

With a few Resene testpots, simple shapes can become fun kid-friendly accessories.

Kids have a special superpower. When they see a simple shape, they don’t just see a square, circle, rectangle or triangle – they see a robot, flower, spaceship or tree, and all they need is a bit of paint to uncover its true form... more

Driving force - a passion for design and colour

Driving force

A passion for a colour and custom home décor spurs a creative livelihood.

It’s fair to say that Julie has always been destined for a colourful life, having shown a talent and passion for the creative industries since she was young. Fast forward through a career in retail fashion and a promotion into visual merchandising, Julie and her husband Mark bought their first home, kicking her love of interiors into overdrive... more

A showstopping splashback

A showstopping splashback

Elissa’s commitment to quality results in an exceptional splashback.

Elissa Eastwood is a certified Resene Eco.Decorator focused on minimising waste from painting. From set up to clean-up, she’s focused on thinking smarter about her methods. Rather than going for what’s easiest, she’s committed to doing what’s best for the environment and what’s going to deliver the highest quality result for her client – a mandate that could not come across more clearly in this project: a jaw-dropping hand-painted splashback... more

An extension for the ages

An extension for the ages

A historic cottage gets a newly crafted kitchen inspired by its surroundings.

As part of a complete renovation, designers Annabel Berry and Meghan Nockels of Design Federation helped bring new life to an 1872 North Otago timber cottage – one of the oldest in the Oamaru area. Their brief was to combine the home’s historical look with a coastal beach feel, combining modern comforts and conveniences seamlessly with its stunning original details... more

Conserve and protect - winterising the backyard

Conserve and protect

Winter is coming. Is your backyard ready?

The end of spring marks the beginning of a trying time for homeowners. Thanks to our favourable climate, many of us don’t have to worry about the ground freezing or snow falling, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do around the backyard to get ready before the mercury begins to drop... more

Garage ingenuity

Garage ingenuity

With real estate at a premium, homeowners are starting to rethink where they park their cars – and junk.

A garage can be so much more than the place where your vehicle sleeps at night – or, for others, the space to stack up all the junk that never gets used. According to Tod Crosby and Jeremy Davis, owners of Pimp My Garage, it’s the most versatile room in the house. Yet, for many families, it is the room invested in the least... more

Art as an antidote

Colour therapy improves mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

For many years, art and creativity have proved to be an effective outlet for self-expression and healing. With the rise in popularity of activities like adult colouring books, painting parties and kintsugiworkshops – which teach the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending it with gold – we’ve been reminded that art has long provided a way for humans to work through the tricky ebbs and flows of life and offered creative relief in trying times... more

Make your own courier box

Keep daytime deliveries secure with this simple to build box that doubles as a seat.

Step by step instructions. Top tip - use letter stencils to label your courier box or decorate it with fun patterns using Resene testpots... more

A vision in black - bungalow transformation

A vision in black

An owner-builder turns a dated bungalow into a dreamy contemporary home.

Looking at it now, you would never believe that Jeff and Kay’s home used to be a 1960s bungalow. “We had been living in the house behind it for five years, and when this house came up for sale, we decided to go for it as the position and street appeal was great"... more

Lessons from a master

Debbie Abercrombie, one of New Zealand's foremost colour expert educators and interior designers, shares her advice for readers facing a colour conundrum... more


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habitat is printed on environmentally responsible paper using environmentally responsible ink.

From issue 8 onwards, copies flow wrapped and sent to Resene Cardholders are flow wrapped in environmentally responsible material from epi-global. This product when discarded in soil in the presence of microorganisms, moisture and oxygen will biodegrade decomposing into simple materials found in nature, as described in ASTM D6954-04.


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