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Habitat magazine issue 34

This issue is packed with ideas for ways to reinvent your home inside and out to do whatever makes you smile.

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Welcome to Habitat issue 34

Welcome

Colour is personal, and that's why it has such a transformative quality. When my partner Andrew and I painted our lounge Resene Clockwork Orange, the colour was a little controversial. Our bright little room makes us smile and is in tune with the 70s era of our townhouse, but the bold colour raised eyebrows... The beauty of paint is it's incredibly simple to reinvent your home again and again and do what makes you happy at the time... more


A fresh take

A fresh take

As the world takes a deep breath, design trends take a leaf out of Mother Nature's playbook.

Last year the universe pulled the rug out from under us. There aren't many facets of life that haven't been disrupted by closed borders, industry changes or broken supply lines due to the pandemic. But often after times of great heartbreak and loss comes a period of healing... more


Off the shelf

Off the shelf

New products and ideas for the home... more


Come together

Come together

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

The owners of this serene Auckland villa are hardworking professionals with two active young daughters and yet their home, painted in ethereal whites and fern greens, seems to cast a soothing spell. The white cladding, inside and out, is painted with Resene Merino and Resene Whitewash and makes you feel as if you're tucked up under a cuddly blanket. The good vibes continue... more


Carving a niche

Carving a niche

Hannah Jensen creates works of art with depth – literally. They're carved into layer upon layer upon layer of Resene paints.

For an artist, whose medium of choice is carving, Hannah Jensen spends a lot of time painting. Every day she picks up her paintbrush, dips it into a Resene colour, and sets to work painting layers of paint on plywood... more


Home comforts

Home comforts

Leave stress at the front door by creating a calming home that puts mental wellbeing at the fore.

Food, water, warmth and shelter - these are our basic human needs. But as our pace of life becomes faster, and our world becomes more complex, we require more than just shelter from the roof above our head. Modern interiors need to be calming, cosy sanctuaries... more


A gate to remember

A gate to remember

A structured garden created by an avid DIYer bursts with pops of Resene colour.

When Meg calls her Hurunui home a "do-up", she just might be making the understatement of the year. When she and her husband, Tom, moved in 30 years ago, the house – then a little brown cottage – was so run down, Meg felt as if the paint on the walls was the only thing holding the structure together... more


Action stations

Action stations

Now is the ideal time for projects that transform garden and outdoor spaces.

As the temperature drops, and the last tomato plant starts to curl up its toes, it's time to give the garden and outdoor areas a little TLC. Autumn and winter are the perfect seasons to get to work, cleaning up exterior spaces and completing those tasks that never seem to get finished during the hotter months... more


At first blush

At first blush

Pink can be polarising but take a fresh look, and you will find it surprisingly versatile.

The colour pink is associated with calm, love and – appropriately in the current climate – kindness. But it's not the most obvious choice for bathrooms. It's more often used in bedrooms and children's play areas and it can also look, well, saccharine, which can make it feel a bit of a risky choice... more


Mad about blue

Mad about blue

Blue – the colour of sky and sea – is a natural choice for two superb kitchens.

The nursery song Sing a Rainbow has it wrong; there are far more colours to choose from than seven, which can make it a bit daunting when painting important rooms such as kitchens. The kitchen is for more than just cooking. It's where families come together, a place for talking, laughing and sharing... more


Natural wonders

Natural wonders

Children's bedroom ideas inspired by the remarkable world outside.

Nature is having a moment – and it's bringing out the childlike wonder in us all. After a year of spending far too long gazing wistfully out of windows, every warble of birdsong, grain of sand in our shoe and sunny day is an event worth basking in and celebrating... more


Hello Happiness

Hello happiness

Meet an Auckland duo whose creative outlet involves furniture in need of a facelift and tins and tins of vibrant Resene paints.

There's a room in Jeanine Oxenius' Auckland home that's an organised confusion of colour. It's where Jeanine and her business partner, Heike Rzehulek-Schmitt, repair, re-imagine and reinvigorate furniture – and it's just as the pair want it... more


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.

Far out. Visitors to Ann Shelton and Duncan Munro's Wellington home often have a physical reaction to their home of many colours. Guests take a step back and gasp at the sheer vibrancy of it all, as if the coral pinks, sunny oranges, lemon sherbet and baby blue shades are affecting them on a cellular level... more


Hobby at home

Hobby at home

Whether you are a basket weaver or papier mâché-maker, a groovy guitarist or a darling dancer, here's how to transform a room into a creative hub.

Every artist needs a space to create, be it a music room, art studio or a little nook to knit or read. A well-organised hobby room inspires creativity in the same way that setting New Year's resolutions encourage us to do better. What's crucial is that it must provide the same kind of joy as the pastime itself... more


Make your own rollaway puzzle table

Make your own rollaway puzzle table

This clever table coasts on castors so that you can easily tuck it beneath your sofa.

Step by step illustrated instructions on how to create the table. The handy sunken compartment can hold spare puzzle pieces or dice... more


Dauntless bravery

Dauntless bravery

Interior designer and broadcaster Hamish Dodd is not afraid to use colour unexpectedly... more


 

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