BUNNINGS August 2019


August 2019



New Zealand





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Clever garden screening


Styling tips for shelves


Vegie patch essentials


On-trend tiles






At Victa we strive to bring you the best products for all your gardening needs. Our 18V range is the

perfect performance partner for the modern household. This lightweight, versatile and practical range

will ensure Dad’s garden is looking its best all year round.


Photography Sue Stubbs

A word from

our editor

Anything that makes life

a bit easier gets my vote,

and that’s what smart home

technology is all about – lights

that turn on when you walk

into a room, locks you can

operate with a programmable

fingerprint, so you don’t need

to keep track of keys when

you have guests, and much

more. We’ve done a round-up

of some of the most useful to

help you make an informed

decision about which might

suit you. See page 42.

Kiwi homes tend to be pretty

sizeable, but one company

has an innovative approach

to maximising space; we take

a look at the Clever Living Co’s

ready-made homes on page 26.

And that seems like a good

time to share tips and tricks

(buys too) on how to make the

most of a small zone; check out

‘Amazing space’ on page 22.

Of course, we couldn’t let this

issue go by without an homage

to dads everywhere. Find a

great gift for him on page 12,

and have a look at our ‘Father’s

Day feast’ from page 60, where

we’ve gone beyond the sausage

sizzle to create barbecue fare

the whole family will love.

Enjoy the issue!

Jane Parbury


Hidden gems

Scripted style

This romantic

wallpaper is our pick

of statement wall

decor, and with


application, it’s easy

to make it yours!


Say goodbye to

garden clutter and

hello to a new piece

of stylish outdoor

furniture with this

rather fabulous

storage box

Lock down

Take your front

door into the digital

age (and enjoy the

freedom of being

key-free) with this

sleek, illuminated

touchscreen keypad.

Graham & Brown

‘Concrete Script’

52cm x 10m


in Black, $79.95,

SKU: 00271039



storage box, $179,

SKU: 03191957

Yale latching

digital door lock,

$238, SKU:




Editor Jane Parbury

Associate editor (NZ) Lisa Morton

Art director Bridie Mahoney

Creative services manager

Katharine McKinnon

Design Carol Baldas, Judie Siu

Associate editor (Aus) Shelley Tustin

Chief subeditors

Catherine Sanders, Frances Pearson

Subeditors Nikki Birrell, Maria Hoyle

Market editor Matilda Roberts

Content co-ordinator Amanda Ghalaini

Contributor Lorna Gow

Advertising sales Kerry McKenzie,

Hawkhurst Media Services

(09) 528 7103

Advertising production manager

Yulia McKenzie (09) 528 7103

NZ business development manager

Stuart Tovey 021 711 606

National advertising manager

Daniel Hennessey +61 3 9292 2521

National sales coordinator

Claire Wischusen +61 3 9292 2297

General enquiries +61 3 8831 9777


Managing director Gerard Reynolds Executive general manager

Sally Wright Chief operating officer Fiorella di Santo Chief content officer

Margaret Merten Digital strategy director Karla Courtney

Social strategy director Scott Drummond Finance manager Leslie To

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you undertake any DIY activity, please ensure that you have the appropriate skills for the task at

hand, use the correct tools and that you wear the appropriate safety equipment. Any professional

installations must be undertaken by a licensed tradesperson.

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Cute stuff

The sweetest bit of

hardware you ever

did see, this little

guy will add

whimsical charm

to kids’ cabinets

or drawers.

Clean living

From grubby patio

furniture to mossy

steps, those annoying

cleaning jobs are

easier with a pressure

washer – even, dare

we say it, fun!

Sylvan large satin

nickel plated bear

cabinet knob,

$4.33, SKU:


Karcher ‘K3’ full

control home

pressure washer,

$299, SKU:


Printed by Ovato Print Ltd. Paper fibre is from

sustainably managed forests and controlled sources.

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August 2019



Bold and beautiful, dark accessories

add drama to any interior


Tools and toys to make your

Father’s Day extra special


Be inspired by global adventures to

bring an exotic edge to your home



If you’ve outgrown your home,

there are decisions to be made


Feeling the squeeze? Make

compact areas seem airy with

our ingenious tips and tricks


Can standardised homes help

solve the housing shortage?


Clever ways to disguise the

ugly ducklings in your backyard



Embrace the warmth of brown

in all its rich and earthy tones


Bring grout expectations to

your bathroom walls and floor


Transform dated aluminium

windows with our quick guide


Tap into the latest technology

to bring your home up to date



Need to expand your tool kit? Here

are some new pieces to play with


Waste not with WELS ratings


Make the most of your food

storage space and save!


Prep your vegie beds now for

a bumper harvest come summer






How to make a retro wicker

magazine rack hip again


Style your favourite things into

an Insta-worthy wall display


Fire up the barbie and enjoy

delicious recipes Dad will love



Which products inspired the editor?


What’s on, and what to do, in August


Sweet and pretty strawberry plants

grow well in both pots and beds

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10 year / 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes

first) (non transferable). 5 year / 130,000km New Vehicle

Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable).

Discover what you should be doing in

your garden with The Garden Diaries

from Bunnings, which go live on the

first of each month. You’ll find great tips

and advice. Visit bunnings.co.nz/




Spring is just around

the corner, so now is the

perfect time to give your

garden tools some TLC

before the heavy work

of the growing season.

Clean, sharpen and oil

blades so they’re in

tip-top shape.


Multi-Sharp secateur,

pruner and lopper

sharpener, $19.98,

SKU: 00525401


1 2 3

There’s no need to neglect your prized

patio area in the colder months. Add

Smart Home Products 45cm x 45cm waffle

cushions, $9.98 each, in Odessa, SKU

a toasty outdoor heater and a stylish

00106609, Bucharest, SKU: 00106607, Seville,

throw and cushion to each chair, and

SKU: 00106610, and Valetta, SKU: 00106611

outdoor living just got winter-fied.

4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Smart Home Products

120cm x 160cm throw

rug in Seville, $12.95,

SKU: 00086763

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Jumbuck 2000W

outdoor halogen

heater, $98, SKU:






SKU: 00011489

After a whole winter of being shut up, many homes may have an

unwelcome and unhealthy case of mould and mildew. Tackle any problems with

mould sprays or white vinegar, and add moisture absorbers to cupboards.

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

30 Seconds ‘Mould

Off’ indoor mould

remover, $5.93/1L,

SKU: 00465508

Photography Getty Images

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Left your Father’s Day gift

buying down to the wire?

Buy an eGift card online,

personalise with a photo

or message and it will be

delivered via email instantly.

Father’s Day Family Night

Bunnings stores have a great night

of celebrations for Dad, including light

refreshments and fun activities for

big and little kids alike. Check your

local store for details.

Connect with us

Share your DIY creations with us or get inspiration for your next project. Use the hashtag #Bunningsmag




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Dream it

Shop the trend





Black and chrome

make a sleek

addition to a

living area



In the


This classic ebony hue is right

on trend, and there are

so many ways to add

it to your home



Partition off

outdoor areas

in style with a

decorative screen






1 Verve ‘Calvin’ pendant lamp in Black, $49, SKU: 00304646. 2 Brilliant ‘Slater’ mesh concrete pendant in Black, $159, SKU: 00014341. 3 Mondella ‘Signature’ WELS 4 star

7.5L/min wall basin mixer in Matte Black and Rose Gold, $199, SKU: 05004167. 4 Verve ‘Angie’ touch table lamp in Chrome/Black, $22.98, SKU: 00291254. 5 Brilliant

‘Derby’ metal floor lamp in Black, $85, SKU: 04371148. 6 Barelli ‘Midnight Flow’ polyester shower curtain, $14.95, SKU: 04823190. 7 Gainsborough angular privacy

lever set in Matt Black, $104, SKU: 00305927. 8 PPG ‘Weathertough’ exterior gloss paint in Black, $74/4L, SKU: 08904850. 9 Stein ‘Select’ 480mm wall hung compact

vanity in Black, $369, SKU: 00035764. 10 Stein ‘Easy Clean’ replacement waste cap in Black, $9.99, SKU: 00087116. 11 Matrix ‘Tangle’ 1810mm x 905mm x 9mm decor

screen with frame in Charcoal, $99, SKU: 00012564. 12 Fiskars ‘Nyglass’ hand trowel in Black, $4.64, SKU: 03367481. 13 Mondella ‘Vivace’ robe hook in Black, $40, SKU:

04822059. 14 Mondella ‘Vivace’ vitreous china round vessel basin in Black, $179, SKU: 04822126. 15 IXL ‘Tastic Neo’ single fascia in Matte Black, $129, SKU: 00123645.

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A matt finish

highlights the

organic curves

of this sink

Diffusing light

through black

creates ambience

and warmth











Paint colours may vary on application

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16 Verve ‘Ciara’ wall light in Black, $77, SKU: 00079292. 17 Windoware round basket finial curtain accessory in Black, $19.98/pack of 2, SKU: 00178462. 18 Verve ‘Bronn’

LED wall light in Black, $103, SKU: 00079294. 19 Kaboodle custom 30mm square edge premium laminate benchtop in Molasses, from $279/linear metre. 20 WestStone

‘Vienna’ 400mm x 400mm x 40mm paver in Midnight, $10.50, SKU: 08904927. 21 Mondella ‘Resonance’ pin lever shower mixer in Black, suitable for unequal/mains

pressure, $99, SKU: 00045725. 22 Feast Watson Black Japan floor finish, $135/4L, SKU: 01520372. 23 Sandleford ‘Slimline’ 120mm numeral 8 with fixing in Black, $22,

SKU: 03291821. 24 Barelli 5-bar round heated towel rail in Black, $169, SKU: 00044700. 25 Johnson Tiles 297mm x 97mm ceramic wall tile in Black Gloss, $19.98/pack

of 27, SKU: 00111659. 26 Tuscan Path ‘Abbey’ 32cm x 27cm fibreglass pot in Black, $55, SKU: 08903970. 27 Scheurich ‘Anthrazit’ 17cm x 19cm indoor pot, $29.98,

SKU: 02891339. 28 Noir 570 granite composite single bowl sink, $338, SKU: 00298392. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. u

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Dream it

Father’s Day inspiration


1 2



He’ll grill up a

storm with these

stylish utensils


Daddy cool

Spoil the most

important man in

your life with gifts

and gadgets you

know he’ll love






1 3M ‘Worktunes’ bluetooth earmuffs, $129, SKU: 00095130. 2 Arlec 24 LED rechargeable camping lantern with compass, $39.99,

SKU: 00279449. 3 Matador ‘Titan’ 4-burner hooded barbecue with side burner, $1,298, SKU: 03180873. 4 Matador 3-piece barbecue

tool set, $20, SKU: 03171341. 5 Supatool 105-piece tool kit in bag, $49, SKU: 00315057. 6 Matador 330mm pizza stone stacker set,

$89.98, SKU: 03171328. 7 Freestyle ‘Rocker’ camping chair in Indigo Blue, $69, SKU: 00085528 (also available in Cinnamon, SKU:

00085527). 8 Doberman Security multi-purpose alarm with remote, $62.50, SKU: 00228602. 9 Coleman 150cm x 200cm XL picnic

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A Bunnings gift

card is built

for all kinds

of dads!







Dad will never

lose his spare

keys again!



blanket, $25, SKU: 03240469. 10 Gift card, from $10. 11 Esky 30-can hybrid cooler with ice brick, $38.97, SKU: 03240507. 12 Makita ‘Impact’ 18V brushless cordless

impact driver, $226/skin only (battery not included), SKU: 08903110. 13 Troopers gumboots with safety cap in Black, $29.98, SKU: 00263457. 14 Fuller 3-piece

measuring set, $19, SKU: 00271682. 15 Arlec 300 lumen LED head torch with hard hat compatibility, $31, SKU: 04410939. 16 Pinnacle compact garage workbench, $99,

SKU: 00221254. 17 Ultimate 730mm x 950mm x 485mm storage tool trolley, $499, SKU: 06120455. 18 Sandleford 150mm x 60mm x 45mm portable key storage safe,

$26.30, SKU: 04211377. 19 Jumbuck brazier/barbecue fire pit combo, $89, SKU: 03170945. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ¿

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Dream it

Global-inspired decorating

The road less


Embark on safari-style

living in your home with

casual furnishings and

tropical greenery

An oasis of calm

Soft natural tones of warm timber, jute and wicker set the scene for sharing good food and travellers’ tales

Mimosa ‘Infinity’ 250cm x 100cm x 75cm teak table, $1,798, SKU: 03192462. Hartman ‘Brisbane’ wicker dining chairs, $99 each, SKU: 00045800. Brilliant

‘Havana’ DIY plug-in rattan pendant in Deep Natural, $49, SKU: 00089051. Hayman 150cm x 220cm jute rugs in Natural, $199 each, SKU: 00275968 (two

rugs used). Macramé wall hanging made using Zenith 5mm x 15m PVC/poly hank clothesline, $11.45, SKU: 00128764. Jointed rush plant in Northcote

Pottery ‘Urbanlite Knotch Milan’ 360mm x 490mm pot in Stone, $89, SKU: 02930018. Placemats, ceramic plates, napkins, glasses, salt spoon and

throw, all Città, cittadesign.com. Jug, cutlery and pinch pots, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


Let your wanderlust loose within your own four

walls with interiors inspired by global travels.

This wayfaring trend sets cultural curiosities

against a bold monochrome backdrop, warmed

by shades of deep chocolate and accented with spicy

hues of terracotta and burnt orange. Woven materials,

such as jute, rattan and leather, and simple geometric

shapes provide pattern. Everywhere the eye falls,

there’s textural interest, to create an interior scheme

that’s both multi-layered and intriguing.

Wild at heart

Add a touch of the exotic to your relaxation zone with

spicy colours, green palms and a bold faux zebra rug

‘Zebra’ 152cm x 201cm polyester faux hide rug in Black and White,

$57, SKU: 00098866. Queen palm in Tiki ‘Mod Egg’ 35cm pot in

Copper, $45, SKU: 02832610, and Tiki 300mm saucer in Copper,

$13, SKU: 02832616. Hartman ‘Brisbane’ wicker dining chair, as before.

Leopard cushion, Adairs, adairs.co.nz. Palm print cushion, Penny

and Bennett, pennyandbennett.co.nz. All other cushions, Città.

Photography Larnie Nicolson, stylist Sam van Kan

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Dream it

Cosy hideaway

Sheltering from the elements takes on a semi-tropical vibe with dark walls offset with warm whites, earthy tones and pops of green

Nikau palm in Tuscan Path ‘Stream Lite’ 55cm x 45cm lightweight egg pot in Grey, $115, SKU: 02832819. Lipstick plant in Tiki 23cm ‘Mod Egg’ pot in Cream, $30,

SKU: 02830106. Marquee round glass side table, $29, SKU: 00101268. Waxworks ‘Beachcomber’ 36cm lantern, $40, SKU: 00325069. Waxworks citronella wind-resistant

tribal drum candle, $13.98, SKU: 00064807. Macramé pot hanger made using Zenith 5mm x 15m PVC/poly hank clothesline, $11.45, SKU: 00128764. Cushions and

throw, Città. Mug, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Take in the view

Natural timbers and

muted colourways create

a breath of fresh air in an

indoor-outdoor respite area

Mimosa folding director’s chairs in

Beige, $58.50 each, SKU: 03190709.

Plants, from left: Sago palm in

Tuscan Path ‘Stream Lite’ medium

egg pot in Black, $54.98, SKU:

00057423. Crepe myrtle in Tuscan

Path ‘Stream Lite’ small egg pot

in Black, $39.98, SKU: 00057422.

Magnolia in Tuscan Path ‘Stream

Lite’ 55cm x 45cm lightweight egg

pot in Grey, $115, SKU: 02832819. Five

finger plant in Tuscan Path ‘Stream

Lite’ medium egg pot in Black, as

before. Kentia palm in Northcote

Pottery ‘Piedra’ 38cm x 35cm pot in

Sand, $50, SKU: 02833272. Waxworks

‘Beachcomber’ 36cm lantern, as

before. Cushions, throw and stool,

Città. Mug, stylist’s own.


Over the fire

Toast marshmallows for

a holiday-at-home vibe

Left: Jumbuck ‘Rustic’ cast iron

fire bowl, $189, SKU: 03170943.

Mimosa ‘Lava’ 200cm aluminium

bench, $249, SKU: 00038432.

Mojo square outdoor cushions

(on bench) in Charcoal, $22.98

each, SKU: 03191431. WestStone

‘Vienna’ 400mm x 400mm

x 40mm pavers in Charcoal,

$10.50 each, SKU: 00258688.

Cushions, Città. Mug, stylist’s

own. Right: Mimosa ‘Lava’

200cm aluminium bench, as

before. Outdeco ‘Star Anais’

1200mm x 600mm screen,

$99, SKU: 00314670. WestStone

‘Vienna’ pavers, as before.

Marshmallow melters

(see right for how to make

them). Serving tray, Città.

Mug, stylist’s own.



Outdoor heat

Create a cosy nook for fireside cuddles by arranging L-shaped seating and using screens to provide shelter from chilly breezes

Scandia ‘Round 750’ wood storage, $299, SKU: 03171650. Solid Energy dry pine roundwood firewood logs, $28.60/pack of 20, SKU: 00466401. Solid Energy kindling, $7.45, SKU:

00518438. Jumbuck ‘Rustic’ cast iron fire bowl, as before. Mimosa ‘Lava’ 200cm aluminium benches, as before. Mojo square outdoor cushions in Charcoal, as before. Outdeco ‘Star

Anais’ 1200mm x 600mm screens, as before. WestStone ‘Vienna’ 400mm x 400mm x 40mm pavers in Charcoal, as before. Cushions, throw and serving tray, Città. Mugs, stylist’s own.

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What you need

•Foraged sticks

or driftwood

• Handsaw

• Drill with 4mm drill piece

•Epoxy (we used

Parfix Epoxy Adhesive

5 Minute Everyday)

• Bamboo skewer

• Side cutters

•Steel skewers (we

used BBQ Buddy

Steel Skewers)

•Cord (we used Zenith

Jute Shop Twine)


Dream it


Forage for sticks

between 1.5cm and

2.5cm thick and at

least 25cm long. Using

the handsaw, cut each

2end cleanly.

Drill a hole down the

centre of your stick

roughly 4cm deep. Mix

the epoxy well, and use a

bamboo skewer to apply

this in the hole – just

enough to secure the

metal skewer without

3overflowing the top.

Cut the holding loop off

the steel skewers. Slot

the cut end of the skewer

into the hole. Depending

on how much glue has

been used, you may need

to hold this upright for

a few minutes until the

4glue has begun to set.

On the opposite end

of the stick, drill a hole

through the centre. Cut

cord into 10cm lengths.

Thread the cord through

the hole in the stick and

knot to form a loop.


Thread a U bend

of thin wire

through the hole

to loop your cord

onto. This will

help pull the cord

through the hole

All seasons

A semi-permanent gazebo makes alfresco entertaining easy

Mimosa ‘Cairo’ 3m x 4m semi-permanent gazebo, $649, SKU: 03191235. Mimosa ‘Lava’ aluminium

corner lounge (with side table, not shown), $1,398, SKU: 00025683. All other products, stylist’s

own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. ◆

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Plan it

Property know-how

First impressions count if

you’re selling, so freshen

up your home’s entry

Move or improve?

If you’ve outgrown your current home, is it best

to sell and upgrade, or stay put and renovate?

Navigating the real-estate cycle

can be fraught. Timing when you

buy and sell can affect returns,

yet your motivation to move may

be about more than just money. Perhaps

you need more bedrooms, want a feature

like a pool, or a bigger or smaller section.

Going once!

If you have itchy feet and simply want to

sell, in a weaker market it’s important to

also buy when the market is in decline,

explains Louise Lucas, CEO of

The Property Education Company


“A trap to avoid is to sell, rent for a while

and take your eye off what property prices

are doing,” she says. “In a short period

of time they can rise and, if you don’t act,

you may find yourself priced out of the

market. That’s why, if upgrading, it’s best

to buy in the same market you sold, as the

loan you need should be lower than if you

sold and bought when prices are high.”

When renovating, make timeless improvements with

broad appeal – white walls, modern kitchens and

bathrooms, and neat, low-maintenance gardens

Bills to pay

If deciding to sell, keep in mind the

expenses that are involved such as repairs,

repainting, a garden tidy-up and staging

the property before it goes to market.

You’ll also have conveyancing costs and

agents’ commission fees, which vary

enormously, so be sure to shop around.

Then there are moving costs and possibly

storage fees to consider, plus all the

expenses involved in buying again.

Cost of perfection

Renovating your current home to better

meet your needs may be an option worth

exploring. Mark Trafford at Maintain To

Profit says that costs vary, based on the

extent of work and the home’s age and

quality, and whether consents are needed,

because council fees can be hefty. “It’s

pretty difficult to estimate before a firm

plan is in place, but you can expect a

ballpark figure upwards of roughly $1800

per square metre for a modest renovation.”

Mark says it’s not uncommon for a

significant single-level extension to come

out in the early to mid $100,000s. “You’re

really best to start by talking to a licensed

building practitioner and an architect to

help you decide what to do,” he says.

Value adding

If renovating for your own comfort now

but to appeal to future buyers, doing your

homework is imperative. Ask top agents

in your area for market information on

properties similar to yours and go to

open homes to get a realistic idea of

what’s on offer and how yours compares.

Steve Lovegrove, director and principal

at McDowell Professionals in Rotorua, says

you can never go wrong by adding a deck

– as long as you create functionality; for

example, putting a roof over part of it.

He’s seen laundries converted to highly

desirable sculleries, ranch sliders replaced

with more attractive French doors, and he

says insulation, quality flooring, retrofitted

double-glazing and new facings on kitchen

joinery will all add enormously to a home’s

appeal. “General kerb appeal is important

too, so tidy your fencing and paint the front

door for a good impression,” he adds. ◆

Words Kylie Jackes and Louise Richardson

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If you have lots of imagination, the sky’s the

limit. And when Shayden and Georgia found

their little cottage they could see its potential.

The old gem already had Marley Classic

spouting and RP80 ® downpipes like many

of the traditional style homes in the area.

Shayden and Georgia were happy about this

as Classic suited the house perfectly and

is made of tough, low maintenance uPVC.

While most runs had years of life left, they

were able to replace and repair any damaged

portions themselves as Marley rainwater

systems are an easy DIY install.

“ Marley uPVC spouting is easy to

handle, easy to cut, and simply

glues together”

Four spouting profiles to suit any home

Typhoon ® Stormcloud ®

FL2 ®


Matching Marley RP80 ® 80mm round downpipes available

Some profiles available in

Grey Friars ® Ironsand ® Black Copper Titanium

For the full story visit marley.co.nz/gallery



Trick the eye

Paint the walls, trim and

ceiling slightly different

shades of the same colour

and you’ll find that the room’s

boundaries seem to disappear,

creating an instant illusion of

space. Start with the darkest

shade on your walls and finish

with the lightest on the ceiling.


Dulux Natural

White in full,

half and quarter




Make the most of a squeezy

footprint or create the illusion

of a larger room with highimpact

hacks for small areas


Brilliant ‘Mika’

DIY pendant

light in Black,

$159, SKU:



Henderson 1.5m

double top opening

sliding door

kit, $89.50, SKU:





Sliding doors

mean you don’t need

to allow room for the

door arc. Sliding door

kits are a small-space

dream, as you can

retrofit them to

existing doors. Pick

the right width for

single and double

doors, or choose

from bi-fold and

cabinet-style kits.


Verve Design

‘Selena’ wall light

in Black, $69,

SKU: 00079291


Strike a balance

Small items aren’t always

best for tiny spaces. “A

few larger pieces – a substantial

dining table, a large mirror and

a statement pendant – will make

the space feel larger, rather than

a lot of smaller pieces,” says

interior stylist Amanda Smythe



Guiding light

Tiny living areas – especially

those that don’t receive much

natural light – will appear bigger and

brighter when painted in warm, pale

shades like primrose yellow or cream.

Paint the interior window frame a crisp

white to reflect as much light as possible.


Bright ideas

Use lighting tricks to visually expand a room.

Direct beams upwards, as an illuminated ceiling

will make a small room feel bigger than it is. Don’t

skimp on lamps, but consider wall lights instead

of table ones to save on valuable surface space.


PPG Celest


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Stein ‘Georgia’

1000mm x 2000mm x

6mm square shower

return in Black, $299,

SKU: 00077911

Plan it

Make more room


Kaboodle 300mm

3-tier soft close

pullout basket,

$148.73, SKU:



Divide and


Benchtops are

valuable real estate

in a small space. “Cut

the clutter by installing

wireware, waste bins

and drawer dividers into

kitchen cabinets,” says

Lisa Mayski of Kaboodle

Kitchen. “This way there’s

a space for everything.”


Bathing beauty

Snug bathroom? The trick

is to extend sight lines,

so more flooring is exposed.

A wall-hung vanity creates space

underneath it, while a ‘wet room’

or frameless shower screen avoids

the closed-in feeling that shower

doors and frames can create.


Hang around

If you love greenery

but are struggling

for room, “Hang plants from

the ceiling,” says interior

stylist Lauren Keenan of

Lauren Keenan Home.

“This makes use of an

otherwise empty space

and helps to purify the

air at the same time.”



assorted plants

in a hanging



Ezy Storage

25L underbed

storage tub,

$15.06, SKU:



Secret storage

Find hideaway opportunities in unexpected places.

“This might be a bed with drawers underneath

(perfect for extra bedding or out-of-season clothes), or a

banquette seat within the kitchen that lifts to reveal secret

storage,” says Lauren. Shallow rolling containers are an

easy hack, sliding neatly away under beds or cupboards.


Out of sight

Choose furniture that sits off

the ground on tall, thin legs.

“Negative space helps to filter light

and makes a room appear larger,” says

interior designer Shilpa Mohan of DDC

Architecture + Interior Design. Or

wall-mount furniture so it doesn’t

touch the floor.


Hartman ‘Marseille’

160cm x 90cm x 76cm

dining table in Teak

Stain, $299, SKU:



Holman GreenWall

‘Connect A Pot’

6-pot vertical

garden, $15,


SKU: 00094384

Look up

Think vertically when planting up

your garden, with wall baskets or

green wall systems, which often come with built-in

irrigation for set-and-forget care. Creeping plants,

such as jasmine or white potato vine, provide

maximum greenery in a minimal footprint and

can also make wonderful privacy screening.


From the ground up

“The right flooring can do

wonders for a small bathroom,”

says interior stylist Louise Dammer

(thehotelstylist.com). “Large neutral

or white tiles will bounce light

around the room, creating

the illusion of space.” (For

more artful styling with

tiles, see our story

on page 36.)

Some products are not

available at all Bunnings

stores, but may be ordered.


Johnson Tiles

‘Cemento’ 600mm x

600mm matt porcelain

floor tile in White,

$46.74/pack of 3,

SKU: 06661655


Plan it


Stein ‘Aspect’

750mm x 900mm

mirror in

Black, $85, SKU:



Flexi Storage

wardrobe starter

kit in White, $169,

SKU: 02660942




160cm x 230cm

rug, $199, SKU:


13Rug up

“A large rug works wonders at

tricking your brain into thinking

a space is wide,” says Shilpa Mohan. “Unlike a

small one, it allows the floor to seem continuous.

Ideally your rug should be large enough to sit

completely under your furniture, otherwise the

front legs of the sofa should sit over the rug.”


Caroma ‘Urbane’

wall-faced Invisi

ll toilet suite,

$1,066, SKU:



Tucked away

“For the ultimate

space-saving toilet,

go for a concealed style,” says

Luke Di Michiel from Caroma.

“By hiding the cistern in the

wall, ceiling or under-counter,

only the pan remains visible,

significantly reducing the

footprint of the toilet.”


Mojo 116cm x

50cm outdoor

bench cushion

in Grey, $44, SKU:



Miracle mirror

A strategically placed

mirror will reflect and

bounce light around the room,

while leaning an oversized mirror

against a wall can create the

impression that the room is

expanding and opening up at

head height. For safety, secure

to the wall with invisible fixings.


Sitting pretty

A custom-made or DIY bench

in a bedroom, living or dining

area can multi-task. “It can be a beautiful

feature, with timber moulding, fabric and

cushions, practical seating and underbench

storage,” says Amanda Smythe.

Or pop a padded cushion on a sturdy

trunk or storage box for extra seating


Johnson Tiles

238mm x 328mm

glass mosaic wall

tile in Charcoal,

$14.55, SKU:



Go with

the flow

The same flooring

across as many rooms in your

house as you can will create

a seamless effect that helps

each room flow into the next.

If using timber or vinyl planks,

choose wide planks over

narrow, as fewer seams

mean a less busy feel.


Get the skinny

Planting for height

gives a small garden a

layered look and seems to expand

it visually by drawing the eye

upwards. Opt for columnar shapes

over spreading boughs, such as a

pencil pine or the tall and slender

‘Kiwi’ apple tree range. You could

also try espaliering fruit trees

along a boundary wall.


Don’t be afraid of mini tiles


in small spaces. “Using a small

tile en masse creates a visual illusion that

the room is larger than it is,” says interior

designer Abby Whiteley Greeff of Whiteley

Co. “This is because there are no strong lines

breaking up the space.” ¿


To save space in your wardrobe, try


a wall-mounted shelf system that

you can customise to suit your belongings.

Flexi Storage wall strip kits are ideal for this.

Ensure they’re securely fixed to your walls.


Senso ‘Rustic’ 914mm

x 152mm x 2mm

vinyl plank flooring in

Walnut, $60.95/2.2sqm

per carton, SKU:



Pencil pine


Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Heather Nette King. Paint colours may vary on application. Some photographs feature products from

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The open-plan

kitchen-living area

in the Angus version

Clever packages

Facing multiple barriers in their quest for a home to call

their own, savvy Kiwis have discovered a simpler alternative

Even with money to burn, the chronic

shortage in New Zealand’s housing supply

makes it difficult for would-be buyers to

find their home sweet home among the

existing properties on the market. Building might

seem the obvious solution, but constructing a

home from scratch can be a daunting prospect for

the uninitiated, an obstacle course of bureaucratic

hoops to jump through, jargon to interpret, builders

to find and endless decisions to make (and costs to

incur) on the nitty-gritty design details.

Simple solution

This is where kit homes come into their own – with

preset floor plans, a list of licensed builders and, in

some cases, the main fixtures and fittings already

arranged, a lot of the angst is taken away from you.

You get to enjoy the fun bits, like decorating and

picking paint colours, without tearing your hair

out over getting the tapware delivered in time

for the plumber. It can also work out considerably

cheaper, and with a shorter construction time.

Clever clogs

A recent addition to the home community is the

Clever Living Co, a Bunnings-owned brand that is

offering affordable, healthy homes that can be built

off-site, then transported, or delivered as a package

and built on-site by a registered builder. The idea is

you find the land, order your choice of design, and

the whole thing can be constructed, down to the

light globes, in much less time than a from-scratch

build, thanks to the standardised plans. Rachael

Wyeth-Barnes of Clever Living Co says the quality

inclusions account for the homes’ surging popularity.

“They come with Kaboodle kitchens, Europeandesigned

appliances, stylish bathrooms plus a

Mitsubishi heat pump,” she explains. “We have a

close-knit team of builders who we work with, and

they’re all certified licensed building practitioners.’’

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Plan it

New home options

A sizeable living

and dining area in

a Highland home

Words Louise Richardson and Shelley Tustin. *Source: qv.co.nz.

Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Dexter bedroom

with feature wall

Homes can be

completed quickly

The Highland home’s

generous bathroom is

ideal for families

Homes can be built

on-site or delivered

A size for all

The company’s homes collection currently runs to

six packages, ranging in size from a cosy 37.5sqm

to a comfortable 106sqm four-bedder, making

them closer to the footprint of a 1970s build (when,

ironically, families were significantly larger) than to

the average modern home, which comes in at more

than 205sqm * . This makes them an ideal scale for a

typically sized Kiwi family, while the smaller footprint

models could be suitable for a beach bach, or as a

granny flat to accommodate families at the sharp

end of the rising trend for multi-generational living.

Peter Kynoch, of Kynoch Construction in Palmerston

North, has constructed a number of Clever Living Co

Clever Living Co homes

Choose from six home designs

Highland: 106sqm, 4 bed, 1 bath

Angus: 95.8sqm, 3 bed, 2 bath

Dexter: 102sqm, 2 bed, 2 bath

Suffolk: 82.6sqm, 2 bed, 1 bath

Oxford: 59sqm, 2 bed, 1 bath

Merino: 37.5sqm–40.2 sqm – 5 variations

homes and is a fan. “They are such innovative

plans and very well-designed,” he says. “Some

very clever people have put a huge amount

of time and care into developing them.”

All Clever Living Co homes (see box, above),

except the Merino, come with Ministry of Business,

Innovation and Employment (MBIE) MultiProof

certification, enabling speedy progress through

the building consent process, as long as you don’t

change any major aspect of the design. Bear in

mind that you may also need resource consent. u

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Something to hide

Bins, clotheslines and

sheds are a fact of life,

but shouldn’t be the star

feature of your garden

Snazzy outdoor kitchen? Check.

Tranquil zen-style courtyard?

Check. A gorgeous garden is

the result of hours of planning

and labour, so the last thing you want is

a rotary clothesline plonked in the centre

of it, but your backyard needs to work

hard, too. Here’s how to factor less than

glamorous essentials into the design

for a garden where form meets function.

Washing day

A clothesline is the most economical

way to dry your clothes, but it’s unlikely

to be your garden’s greatest design asset.

The challenge is to find a way to hide the

clothesline from sight without banishing it

to the darkest corner of the block, where

your laundry will never dry. Retractable

lines can be neatly wound away, and even

the classic rotary clothesline can now be

packed out of sight, with newer versions

able to be collapsed and removed from

a ground socket when company calls.

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography Sue Stubbs; (opposite, top)

Natalie Hunfalvay; (bottom) Gap Photos/Clive Nichols. Some

photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

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Make an attractive

feature out of a

garage wall with

a lattice screen


Plan it

Screening ideas



garden screening can

transform the feel

of a garden, while

creating the shelter

and privacy we desire

in our outdoor spaces

For safety, position

clotheslines away from

thoroughfares to avoid

running into them

Make sure your bin

storage has ventilation

and easy access

A fold-down line attaches to a wall

and collapses when not in use, but it’s still

a bulky bit of hardware. Try distracting

the eye with a green wall, decorative

screen or similar statement feature

next to the line or on an adjacent wall.

Waste warrior

There’s nothing beautiful about bins,

but somehow they often end up sitting

centrestage in the front garden. Though

they do need to be accessible – so you

don’t have to drag them too far to get

them to the kerb – they don’t need to be

visible. Screens are an attractive option

for hiding unsightly waste receptacles and

to section off an area (see more below).

Bin housing is an obvious solution too.

Low sheds can be turned to this purpose,

or there are custom-built options, which

ideally should look nice and fit seamlessly

into the garden scheme; try Absco Sheds’

‘Monument’ wheelie bin cover.

Bins are best hidden in a semi-open

structure so they don’t smell. If you choose

a flat-pack shed, ensure it has built-in

vents, while custom housing should be

built with slatted timber or a similar

material that allows airflow.

Screen stars

Sometimes there’s no way to adequately

disguise a garden shed (or bins, or a

clothesline) as anything other than what

it is, which is where screens can mask all

manner of sins. “Garden screens can distract

the eye from undesirable views by being

features in themselves, for example, lasercut

patterned metal screens or sculpted

hedges,” says garden designer Catherine

Rawnsley (beautifulgardens.co.nz).

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Plan it

When using plants as part

of your screening, make sure

they are a hardy variety,

tolerant of wind and full sun

Paint your shed the

same colour as the

fence so it blends

into the background

Solid barriers, such as steel panels

or slatted versions, can also force the

eye to concentrate on the garden rather

than the view. “If a large area of fencing

is unattractive or looks too dominating,

the screening can be softened with

planting,” suggests Catherine. Hedges

can be a great option for screening,

either within a garden or along its

boundaries, and come with the bonus of

providing a habitat for wildlife. “Unlike solid

screens, they filter the wind, which helps

to avoid turbulence on the leeward side

of a shelter,” explains Catherine. However,

“they can take time to grow to their desired

height and require regular pruning.”

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Function and form are

both possible with the

many aesthetically minded

options available for your

outdoor spaces

Pinnacle 1.5m x 0.7m x 1.8m garden

shed in Zinc, $115, SKU: 03318156

Patterned screens allow

a glimpse of what’s beyond

while disguising it, helping

to enhance the sense of space

Sunfresh 4-line retracting

clothesline, $89, SKU: 04510719

Another way for nature to help out

is pleaching – trees are planted in a row

and their branches interwoven to form

a screen. “Pleached trees, trained above

head height, can break up the visual

impact of an undesirable view, while still

allowing light through,” explains Catherine.

With any type of screening, important

factors to consider are how high it needs

to be, the direction of the sun (especially

when you want to disguise a washing line

or zone off an entertainment area; you’ll

obviously want some sunlight in these

situations), and the direction of the

prevailing wind. “Try to create a balance

between shelter and privacy without

blocking out too much light or any

desirable views,” advises Catherine.

Shed the mess

Between the pool gear, sports equipment

and garden tools, most homes have

enough stuff to fill a sizeable shed, but

beware of going too big. When choosing

your shed, avoid buying the biggest

available. Instead, base your decision

on the size of your garden. This way,

the shed will become a nice feature of

your space rather than the main one.

Sheds come in all shapes and sizes, but

choosing one that matches your home

– in style or colour – is the first and easiest

way to make it a visual asset, not an eyesore.

It’s also helpful to choose a material that

can be customised, such as timber.

When choosing a colour, you can either

paint it to match the main house – like

a little ‘mini me’ home – or choose a

darker colour so the sun doesn’t reflect

off it and it will seem to disappear into

the garden. Darker hues such as charcoal

are also a striking backdrop to greenery. ◆

Watch it!

Bench seats are great for creating extra

storage. Find out how to make one with

our handy guide: bunnings.co.nz/


Photography (far left and middle) Natalie Hunfalvay

Absco Sheds ‘Space Saver’ 1.52m x

0.78m x 1.95m single-door shed in

Monument, $215, SKU: 00038028

Daytek ‘M58’ rotary clothesline

in Hawthorn Green, $475,

SKU: 04510422

Protector ‘Tapa’ 940mm x 1840mm

aluminium deco screen in Black,

$169, SKU: 00316439

Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered

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Decorating with colour



The ultimate chameleon

colour, there’s a shade

of brown to suit every

room in your home, from

rich cocoa and deep

russet to smoky taupe

and pale mushroom


Not traditionally considered the sexiest

of colours, brown is making a comeback

in modern interiors. There is a cocooning

aspect to brown that fits with people’s

desire to live in warmer, friendlier spaces – it’s

also a colour that reflects and reinforces our

connection to nature. “We are seeing a resurgence

of brown in all its different shades from deep

chocolate brown to soft ‘greiges’ (grey beiges),”

says Davina Harper, colour expert at Dulux.

“Brown is a lovely earthy colour that evokes

a sense of reliability, security and safety.”

Walls in Dulux

Te Pupuha Point

and (right) Dulux

Very Terracotta

Earthy tones promote

relaxation for sleeping

zones, while high-energy

areas like kitchens are

ripe for spicy hues

Words Vanessa Keys. Photography (top left) Dulux; (top right) Lisa Cohen, stylists Bree Leech and Heather Nette King; (bottom)

British Paints; (opposite, backgrounds only) Getty Images. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Why we love it

Brown’s appeal lies in its versatility. Fill a space

with dark cocoa, taupe and umber and you’ll feel

instantly cosy. Or paint your walls a lighter hue to

create a welcoming backdrop for every decorating

style from rustic to retro. Brown has an earthy and

soothing quality and is often referred to as nature’s

neutral. So it’s not surprising that it plays nicely

with almost every colour, and is the perfect foil for

tactile timber, concrete, brick and terrazzo.

How to choose

Think about the purpose of the space. “In the

living room, you’ll want to gravitate towards warm,

earthy tones to generate feelings of comfort and

relaxation,” says Rachel Lacy, colour category

manager for PPG. “Whereas in the kitchen, where

you want higher energy levels, go for a spicy

brown with undertones of red and orange.”

Planet earth

From top left: Exterior wall paint

Dulux Te Kaha and front door paint

Dulux Benhar. Paint (in pots, from

left) Okarito and Football, both Dulux.

Senso ‘Essential’ 3m wide medium

sheet vinyl in Walnut, $46.35/m,

SKU: 06610202. Johnson Tiles ‘Tundra’

600mm x 600mm matt porcelain

floor tile in Latte, $42.01/carton

of 3, SKU: 00036328. Johnson Tiles

‘Spectrum’ 97mm x 97mm ceramic

wall tile in Coffee Gloss, $0.88,

SKU: 00012022. ‘Ritz’ 1800mm x

2700mm plush rug in Taupe, $298,

SKU: 00275661. Graham & Brown 52cm

x 10m ‘Calico’ wallpaper in Natural,

$69.98, SKU: 01662656. Brilliant ‘Havana’

DIY plug-in rattan pendant in Deep

Natural, $49, SKU: 00089051. Mimosa

‘Somerset’ folding timber chair, $78,

SKU: 03190111. Tuscan Path ‘Galaxy’

31cm x 27cm pot in Quartz, $36, SKU:

00018444. Bathroom wall paint British

Paints Branch Out. Kaboodle modern

cabinet doors in Copresso. Some

products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

To create intimacy

in larger rooms

with lots of natural

light, opt for a

deep, rich brown;

walls in British

Paints Timber Loft

Next, look at how much natural light your

room gets. Lighter hues reflect artificial light

more successfully than darker shades, so if your

space has low natural light, go for a pale, buttery

brown like amber or suede. Darker hues work

best in open-plan spaces and any room where

you want to create a cosy atmosphere – think

shades of coffee and chocolate.


browns and

rich, chocolatey

hues make


accents. These

add depth and

warmth without



a space”

Kelly Magee

British Paints expert

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The great outdoors

Lighter browns on exterior walls

will reflect the sun and keep the

inside of your home cooler, while

darker walls will absorb heat and

keep your house warmer. There

is a trend toward the softer

end of the spectrum, shades

of brown with grey undertones.

“I love the new brown/greys

we are seeing coming through,

which are becoming more

popular on the outside of Kiwi

homes,” says Davina Harper.

“Colours like Dulux Te Kaha

and Torere Double.”

Walls in PPG

Taywood and (right)

Dulux Nomad;

(below right) lower

wall in Dulux Beige

Artefacts, upper

walls in Dulux

Natural White

and screen in

Dulux Sassy

Paint a single wall

for impact and add

interest with varying

textures and tones

Sweet dreams

With its associations of calmness

and stability, brown lends itself

to sleeping spaces. “Deep, dark

browns like British Paints Dark

Master will create a cocooning

feel, while a soft, creamy brown

like Set In Stone will make your

bedroom feel airy,” says British

Paints expert Kelly Magee.

Continue the theme with

accessories that take their cues from nature: a jute

rug or chunky woollen throw over linen sheets.

Perfect pairing

Dark browns look fantastic with bold colours

like orange, or more muted hues such as pale

pink. For a soothing 70s palette, pair with cream,

apricot, clay and blush. Davina points out too, that,

depending on their shade, browns generally tend to

go well with other colours found in nature, “Especially

the lovely sage greens we are seeing right now.”

Combinations of brown and blue can be

successful: think camel and navy, tobacco and teal.

If unsure, look to colours that sit opposite brown on

the colour wheel. “Try colour blocking a terracotta

like PPG Warm Wassail against an adjoining wall

in dusty blue like Shindig,” says Rachel Lacy.

The right white

Vanilla and chocolate, coffee and cream – you only

have to look at a dessert menu to see why brown

and white work so well. When choosing a white,

look for a shade that shares a similar tone to your

brown. Most browns have a warm undertone, so

avoid cool whites that have a bluish base. “We are

seeing warmer whites like Dulux Cardrona Half and

Sandfly Point becoming more popular. These pair

perfectly with warmer browns,” says Davina. ◆

For flexibility, add

a stronger tone to a

portable element such

as a room divider

Your colour palette: shades of brown

Whether your inspiration is Mother Nature, metallic patinas or lolly-shop

staples, you’ll find a brown that’s perfect for your decorating style

1 2



1 PPG Ground Pepper 2 Dulux Reddy Brown 3 British Paints Sandy Gorge 4 PPG Primitive

Photography (top left) PPG; (top right) Lisa Cohen, stylists Bree Leech and Heather Nette King; (bottom) Mike Baker, stylist

Bree Leech. Paint colours may vary on application. Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

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Tile style



The functional finish

of choice in bathrooms,

beautiful tiles can make

an incredible statement

and cast clever illusions









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Wet room walls and floors

Design hack

For a great go-to combination,

Tricia recommends a mid- to

dark-tone 60cm x 60cm floor

tile, a light or white wall tile –

either 60cm x 60cm or 60cm

x 30cm – and a mosaic/feature

tile on the most prominent wall.

“For the feature, choose either

a patterned tile or a white

hexagonal, subway or penny

round, with a darker grout

that picks up the floor colour.

This combination creates

contrast, balance and a great

focal point,” she says.

Mix and match tiles

of different scales for

a sophisticated look

When choosing tiles for

bathroom floors, check

their slip-resistance

classification is suitable

for wet areas

Words Kylie Jackes. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Tilly Roberts. pmgdesign.com.au

Built to last – and to be lived

with long-term – bathroom

tiles need to be chosen with

care. Determining the best style,

colour, pattern, combination and size

can seem overwhelming, but if you’re

guided by the space you’re working

with, you can create a designer tile look

that makes the most of your bathroom.

Style guide

When selecting bathroom tiles, interior

designer Tricia Mancini, of PMG Design,

says the first step is considering the

look you want to achieve: light and airy,

warm and enveloping, contemporary or

sophisticated? This will get you thinking

about colour combinations. “For an

interesting designer look, it’s best to use

two to three different tile selections. Any

more than three and the space starts to

look cluttered,” explains Tricia. “Bathroom

fixtures and other materials will also impact

the overall look, so decide whether you

want to create contrast with bold tapware

or prefer more subtle accessories, so the

tiles are the star.” When it comes to size,

be guided by the dimensions of your

bathroom. “A large-format tile will look

fabulous in a larger space, but will lose

impact in a small powder room. A better

option in a compact zone is a 60cm

square, a 60cm x 30cm rectangle tile

or a softly patterned mosaic,” says Tricia.

Though plain at first glance, much-loved

neutral tiles offer myriad benefits. “They’re

a timeless canvas against which you can

layer pattern, colour and texture and be

more creative with a striking vanity,

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rectified ceramic wall tile in Marble White, $43.03/carton of 8, SKU: 00012640. 3 ‘Sorrento’ 400mm x 400mm ceramic floor tile in Charcoal Matt, $45.08/carton of 9,

SKU: 00289560. 4 300mm x 100mm ceramic wall tile in Grey Gloss, $29.60/carton of 40, SKU: 00012680. 5 ‘Spectrum’ 97mm x 97mm wall tile in Storm Grey Gloss,

$0.88 each, SKU: 00012026. 6 300mm x 100mm ceramic wall tile in Charcoal Gloss, $29.60/carton of 40, SKU: 00012679. 7 ‘Ripple’ 300mm x 200mm wall tile in Ultra

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600mm x 300mm semi polished floor tile in Grey, $71.70/pack of 6, SKU: 06661172. 10 Mondella ‘Signature’ WELS 5-star 6L/min basin mixer in Brushed Rose Gold,

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A neutral colour scheme

doesn’t date and allows

elegant tapware to

take centrestage

For a streamlined look,

run the same tiles over

the floor and walls

mirror and fixtures,” says Tricia Mancini.

“White neutral tiles are bright, crisp and

cheery, while warmer-toned neutrals

create a cosy, cocooning feel.”

What’s trending

There’s a smorgasbord of on-trend options

that offer enduring style. One of the

most coveted looks is earthy materials,

colours and finishes – think raw concrete,

large-format marble-look and timber-look

tiles. The beauty of these stone- and

wood-look tiles is they combine the

organic appeal of natural materials with

the robust characteristics of ceramic tiles,

meaning they’re low maintenance and

ideal for wet areas. Matt and lappato

(semi-polished) finishes are also popular,

as they offer a softer, sophisticated look

and are less likely to show water marks

or smudges than gloss tiles.

Subways remain a perennial favourite.

White is the classic, but as with other parts

of the home, colour is creeping in here too;

from brights to pastels, coloured subway

tiles offer an appealing alternative to white,

with blues and greens currently popular

for those seeking a dash of colour.

Visual trickery

With a wealth of colours, sizes and patterns

available, tiles are a fantastically functional

tool for solving any quirks or shortfalls in

a bathroom’s size or configuration.

Enhance space Tiling from floor to ceiling

creates a luxe look and helps enhance

the sense of space. Go for large-format

tiles with a rectified edge, which minimises

grout lines and lends a seamless

appearance to a room. Another tip is to

install tiles on a 45-degree diagonal, as this

will make the tiles and room appear larger.

Add character To give a vast bathroom

warmth and personality, Nicole Budge,

national account manager of Johnson

Tiles, suggests using patterned tiles or

mosaics such as penny rounds to create

a feature wall behind the bath or vanity.

“Pairing colour with natural materials

can also create a more intimate feel,”

she says. “A combination of blues with

crisp white and a wood-look tile laid

in a herringbone pattern offers a

contemporary and stylish look.”

Boost light Pale colours and glossy

finishes have great reflective qualities.

There’s a reason why the classic

gloss-white subway tiles are so popular;

they can work wonders to counteract a

dark and dreary bathroom. “Using gloss

tiles to reflect light and the use of mirrors

to create the illusion of a larger space

should always be considered for any

bathroom renovation,” says Nicole.

Vertical vs horizontal If you’ve got

a long, narrow bathroom or a compact,

square space, play with tile direction to

visually alter the dimensions. Rectangular

tiles laid across the floor will create the

illusion of width, while if laid vertically on

the walls will make the ceiling look higher.

Pull focus “The visual ‘busy-ness’ of

a patterned tile draws attention, so use

it to your advantage,” says Tricia. “If you

have an element like a low bulkhead or

a toilet in your direct line of sight, create an

alternate focal point with an eye-catching

floor-to-ceiling patterned wall.”

3D effects For a bold three-dimensional

look, try using contrasting grout that’s

significantly lighter or darker than the tile.

This is particularly effective as a device

to highlight an unusual tile shape, such

as fish scales or hexagons, or pattern, like

herringbone or diamond configurations.

Coloured grouts on feature walls also

add an unexpected point of difference. ◆

Style at a glance

• Hamptons Try subways in

brick (stretcher bond) or basketweave

patterns; also hexagonal

tiles, and grey and white marble.

• Organic Tiles with non-uniform

edging or a textured surface; tiles

that mimic stone or timber.

• Contemporary Larger format

tiles; raw concrete-look tiles;

geometric mosaics as a feature.

• Minimalist Neutral, mutedtoned

large-format tiles.

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the ground up with these stunning

Senso self adhesive planks.

Affordable and easy to transport, Senso

offers DIY’ers a simple way to improve every

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Although they

add drama and an

industrial vibe to

a wall of glazing,

dark frames

enhance, rather

than compete with,

views – especially


In the frame


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Window refresh

Black, steel-framed windows are bang on trend, and it’s easy to transform

your old aluminium windows with a coat of paint to capture this look

Photography (opposite) GAP Interiors/Rachael Smith & Emma J Page; GAP Interiors/Costas Picadas.

Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Aluminium window

frames are built to

last, but if trends

have changed since

they were first installed, their

longevity might seem like a

curse. Fortunately, a spritz

of spray paint can transform

dated 80s frames into on-trend

black – or any colour you fancy.

1Prep the area

Painting is easy, but the

time and effort you expend

in prepping is what makes the

difference. Start by removing

window furnishings and

fixtures, then take any unfixed

windows out of the frame

entirely. Thoroughly clean

the window, inside and out,

removing all dirt and dust. Put

down a dust sheet to protect

the floors. Tape off around the

frame using a good-quality

painter’s tape. Press the tape

into the corners with a putty

knife and use shorter lengths

– around 30cm – to make it

easier to get a snug fit against

the frame. Use sheets of paper

kitchen towel or newspaper to

cover the reveals (the window’s

timber surround), securing it in

place with more tape – this will

work to protect the timber, as

long as it’s not saturated with

paint. Tape off the window, and

cover the glass completely in

paper towel or newspaper.

1 Dy-Mark mini etch primer metal paint,

$9.95/100g, SKU: 01560539. 2 Dulux ‘Duramax’

high performance enamel spray paint in

Flat Black, $16.50/340g, SKU: 01400717.

3 ScotchBlue advanced multi surface painter’s

tape, $11.54, SKU: 00257839. 4 3M ‘Performance’

reusable paint project respirator, $79.90,

SKU: 00216042. Some products are not available

at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

2Prime time

If the windows haven’t

been painted before, you’ll

need to use an etch primer

spray paint first. This product

contains a combination of

resins that will help the paint

adhere to the smooth surface

of the metal. The best way to

use spray paint is to hold the

can between 10cm and 25cm







When spray

painting, it’s very

important to use

safety equipment:

a respirator,

safety glasses

to protect your

eyes, and a pair

of gloves – thin

latex disposables

are fine – to

protect the skin

on your hands

away and move it steadily over

the surface. It’s better to do a

series of fine, thin coats than

one heavy coat, which could run

and give you an uneven finish.

3Colouring in

Make sure the primer is dry

before applying the top coat

– look to the instructions on

the can for application times.

Shake the can thoroughly and

apply in the same way as the

primer, aiming for thin and

even coverage. You may need

to apply up to three coats,

waiting about 20 minutes

before the next one – but,

again, use the product

instructions as a guide.

4Clean up

Take off the painter’s tape

and paper towel before the

paint has dried completely.

If, despite your efforts, any

paint has leaked under the

tape, let it dry and remove it

carefully from the glass with

a razor blade. Once the paint

is completely dry, return the

window to its frame, rehang

the window furnishings, then

sit back and admire your

newly stylish room! u

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Home automation



Get smart

Embrace the convenience of domestic

technology with the latest devices


What makes

a home smart

is the ability

to operate

wireless and wired devices

connected to the home

network via a smartphone,

tablet or smart hub. This allows

you to turn on lights, control

powerpoints, operate door

locks, stream music to a

speaker and programme your

sprinklers, all from your phone.

The benefits of new-tech

living include convenience,

peace of mind and even

potential energy savings.

Setting up

Smart home set-ups range

from the high end – fully

integrated, professionally

installed systems, which control

everything from your blinds to

the air-conditioner and garage

door – to inexpensive DIY

models that can often be

fairly easily retrofitted.

Many appliances or systems

can be controlled using an app

on a smart device, connected

via bluetooth or wi-fi. However,

you may also want to consider

the benefits of using a smart

hub (see box, opposite), which

enables you to coordinate your

smart products so they talk to

each other and perform

functions or ‘routines’, like

turning on the kettle at a

set time after your heating

comes on. Certain smart home

controllers, like Google Home,

respond to voice commands.

Switching on

Easy to retrofit or install in

new builds, adding smart LED

lighting can be as simple as

replacing a light bulb. It can

be operated remotely via an

app so you can, for example,

switch it on and off to give

the impression someone is

at home – handy for security.

And, says Sengled director

David Clerk, “You can receive

live energy reports on your

phone for each smart light so

you can easily monitor usage.”

Great for entertaining, some

smart lights, such as Philips Hue,

offer myriad lighting effects,

with a spectrum of colours

from the one bulb that can be

synced to your music, TV and

games for an immersive effect.

The possibilities with smart

lights range from novel effects

(bulbs that flash colours when

you receive a text message)

to the incredibly practical, such

as versions that incorporate

movement sensors – perfect

Whether you choose to go fully automated

or adopt just a couple of technologies, it

can make daily tasks much less of a chore

for late-night trips to the toilet.

A smart light is also an easy

way to add dimmable lights to

a lounge or bedroom without

the need for electrical rewiring.

Smart lights also offer

additional home security,

with the ability to control your

home lighting system remotely

through your smart device. Be



aware that completing the

set-up will require technical

knowledge. Smart lights can

talk to each other via their

own bluetooth network; this

is effective if they’re in close

proximity. However, where

multi-level homes or greater

distances are involved, you

could consider using a local



Words Kylie Jackes. Photography Gap Interiors/

Colin Poole. Some photographs feature products

from suppliers other than Bunnings

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Water the garden, monitor the weather,

switch on lights, turn the power on and

off, and more – all from your smartphone

Philips Hue motion sensor,

$68.50, SKU: 00029158



Christmas tree powering your

decorative lights or behind

your entertainment unit

serving devices that are in

stand-by mode while you’re

away, these plugs add the

benefit of safety as well as

energy savings to previously

hard-to-access power points.

With smart wi-fi plugs

you can plug into a standard

general-purpose outlet and,

via an app, it will enable you to

turn the power on or off. Some

models of smart plugs also have

the added feature of monitoring

energy usage. Connected via

your home network, these

smart plugs can provide power

to devices when triggered

by a movement sensor, timer

settings or even synced with

sunrise and sunset times.

Garden gadgets

Smart home technology is

also inching outdoors. Devices

can be used to control garden

and path lighting to achieve

different effects, which can be

practical as well as a fun touch

when you’re entertaining.

Products such as the

Holman smart tap timer

allow you to programme

and control watering from

your smartphone, while

weather buffs can easily

gather all the data they crave

with gadgets such as the

Holman iWeather digital

weather station, which collects

information like wind speed,

rainfall and humidity from

a station mounted outside,

and transmits it wirelessly

to a pad inside your home.

Door locks

The latest smart security

technology can give you

control over your front door.

The convenience of keyless

entry enables you to give

access to guests, tradespeople

and deliveries when you’re

not home to greet them.

Bluetooth-enabled locks

control the latch with your

phone for ease of use, or will

Holman BTX1 bluetooth smart

valve 1 station tap timer,

$79.98, SKU: 00011576

Philips Hue 10W A60 LED ES

bulb kit, $276/pack of 3,

SKU: 00311608

Sengled 4 bulb wi-fi kit and

element hub smart LED downlight,

$225, SKU: 04332067

wi-fi network, which will allow

you to operate lights from

different rooms or remotely

from your smartphone.

Plugging in

Smart plugs make inaccessible

power points easy to control

via your smartphone. Whether

they are located behind your

Learn the lingo

• Smart home hub A central hub that can communicate over

a range of network protocols (for example wi-fi or bluetooth)

to connect various home automation devices.

• Bluetooth Allows fixed and mobile devices to exchange data

within wireless personal area networks (WPAN). Limited in range

from 10 to 30 metres.

• Geo-fencing A location-based feature used to trigger a

pre-programmed function when your phone or tablet enters or

leaves a virtual perimeter for a geographical area, such as your

smart lights turning on when you pull into the driveway.

Trust Smart Home 2400W DIY

wireless switching set, $52,

SKU: 00325522

Holman iWeather

‘Weather Link’ forecaster,

$79.98, SKU: 03120709

Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered

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Smart door locks

enable access for

yourself, family and

friends without the

need for myriad keys

send push notifications when

members of the family have

arrived home safely. Some locks

also allow biometric access

via fingerprint recognition.

Another innovative gadget

is the video doorbell, which lets

you view your entrance and

answer the front door via a

smartphone or tablet. When

you answer an alert, you can

see and hear visitors and speak

to them remotely, ideal if you

want to let someone in while

you’re out and about. Smart

security systems send you an

alert if the alarm is triggered.

Security cameras

Wi-fi-enabled outdoor smart

security cameras provide

round-the-clock surveillance,

monitored via your smart

device. “You can control your

cameras and view footage

remotely and, if something

happens, be alerted in real

time,” says Nick Nigro, account

manager for home security

firm Swann. Swann cameras

use True Detect heat-sensing

technology, so they’re about

seven times more accurate

than cameras that use motion

detectors, says Nick. “The

camera only records when it

senses people, large pets and

cars, which preserves battery

life and means you only


To ensure seamless


between devices,

it’s best to call in

a tech expert

get sent relevant push

notifications,” he explains.

Renters can also benefit

– some devices are battery

powered so there’s no need

to drill holes or run cables; you

just need a phone and a wi-fi

connection. Certain cameras

even have a built-in speaker,

microphone and two-way audio

functionality, allowing you to

communicate with the person

at your front door remotely. ◆

Watch it!

Check out this video for inspiration

to make your home smarter:



Security shopping







5 6

1 Samsung smart bluetooth push and pull digital door lock, $649, SKU: 00035593. 2 Samsung smart keyless deadbolt digital door lock, $339, SKU: 04220496. 3 Yale

code handle RH keyless lock set, $299, SKU: 08901615. 4 Chamberlain ‘PowerLift MyQ’ garage door opener, $539, SKU: 03962374. 5 Samsung keyless voice guided

deadbolt digital door lock, $399, SKU: 04220527. 6 Yale ‘Assure’ satin nickel keyed digital deadbolt, $329, SKU: 08909722. 7 Schlage S-6800 touchpad mortice lock

with fingerprint access, $578, SKU: 04091353. 8 Ring video doorbell in Satin Nickel, $158, SKU: 04211388. 9 Swann 1080p thermal sensing DVR kit with 6 cameras, $675,

SKU: 04211428. 10 Swann dome imitation camera with flashing light, $24, SKU: 04220343. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.



Photography Gap Interiors/Bureaux

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designed to be enjoyed














1 Ryobi ONE+ 18V cordless mitre saw $279/skin only (battery not included), SKU: 00204734. 2 DeWALT clear safety goggles,

$36.45, SKU: 05810163. 3 Irwin ‘Quick-Grip’ 300mm heavy-duty bar clamp, $59.89, SKU: 00179971. 4 Irwin ‘Impact Pro’ 27-piece

performance drive/drill set, $44.98, SKU: 00078106. 5 Ryobi ONE+ 18V LED area light with USB port, $59.90, SKU: 06210745.

6 Fuller post level in Orange, $5.69, SKU: 00212468. 7 Empire 225mm polycast torpedo level, $9.98, SKU: 00696773. 8 Ryobi 300W

random orbital sander, $89.98, SKU: 00261603. 9 Ryobi 19-piece metric high-speed steel drill bit set, $29.99, SKU: 00056805.

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Advanced essentials

As your DIY skills – and the range

of projects you tackle – grows,

it’s time to invest in some new

toys for the tool kit







Words Adam Woodhams

Photograpny Bryce Carleton

10 Ryobi ONE+ 18V planer, $179, SKU: 06210768. 11 CRC paint marker pen in White, $6.35, SKU: 00269184. 12 Ryobi ONE+ 18V AM/FM bluetooth radio, $99/

skin only (battery not included), SKU: 06210631. 13 Irwin ‘Strait-line’ 30m chalk reel & line, $14.95, SKU: 05660558. 14 Arlec 25m 250V 10A heavy-duty extension

lead, $22.40, SKU: 04332212. 15 3M disposable earplugs, $6.15, SKU: 00908531. 16 Irwin 300mm lightweight hacksaw, $30.45, SKU: 00160024. 17 Stanley ‘Fatmax’

3-piece contract grade chisel set, $72.49, SKU: 00816115. 18 Ozito 900W 3J rotary hammer drill kit, $119, SKU: 06290637. 19 Kincrome sliding T bevel, $21.20,

SKU: 00200226. 20 Irwin oil tanned split leather tool apron, $115, SKU: 00197625. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered. }

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There comes a time in a DIYer’s life

when the basic tool kit begins to

seem inadequate. When you find

yourself starting to take on tasks

such as removing and rehanging doors,

building partition walls and then plastering

them, or building a deck or pergola, it’s

time to consider adding some pro-grade

tools, such as the following, to your kit.

Clamps A clamp can be your second set of

hands. They can hold one end of materials

while you fix off the other, they’re an

essential tool for temporary props and

bracing, they can hold a joint in place

while you nail or screw, and hold materials

together while glue sets. Look for heavyduty

clamps that can be easily operated

with one hand, and buy a range of lengths.

Chalk line A chalk line or chalk reel is

a long, retractable string in a container

of powdered chalk. Reel it out, hold taut

along a surface where you need a straight

line marked and flick the line against the

surface for an instant dead straight line

five, 10, 20 or more metres long.

Chisel set Chisels are used for everything

from fine cabinetmaking to fitting locks

and hinges. The very sharp blade can

shave away timber and cut very precise

sections. “Chisels, like good knives, can

be resharpened for years. Invest in a good

chisel set and sharpening tools and then,

most importantly, take the time to learn

how to use both correctly,” says Matt

Francis of Stanley Black & Decker.

Hammer drill Many drills (corded and

cordless) have a hammer function that

adds impact force behind the drill bit,

helping to drill through rock, stone, brick

and concrete. For bigger projects and

repetitive work, use a rotary hammer drill,

which provides a lot more impact energy.

Large power saw A smaller blade-size

circular saw will only get you so far. You

may need to step up to a more powerful

larger-bladed model, such as a 235mm

blade, which will give you a maximum

cutting depth of around 85mm. You could

consider a 305mm blade sliding compound

mitre saw. These bench-mounted saws

allow for accurate straight and multi-angled

cutting of timber more than 100mm thick.

The wish list

You’ll find these next-level

gadgets genuinely useful

Multi-tool Describing a multi-tool,

it’s impossible not to sound like a latenight

television infomercial – it saws,

cuts, sands, drills, bolts! A multi-tool is

a hand-held unit with interchangeable

heads, allowing you to swap from an

oscillating cutting blade to a detail sanding

head to a jigsaw, drill or ratchet head.

With its compact head, you can get into

tight corners to sand, cut or drill.

Laser level Once only the domain of

the top-shelf tradie, laser levels are now

available in a range of affordable styles.

They give you the ability to project a line

around a room, horizontally or vertically,

giving you instant, super-accurate levels.

Be aware that only some models are

suitable for outdoor use.

Tool storage You might be happy with

a simple tool box but as your kit expands,

having a place for everything will make

your DIY projects run smoother. There

are fantastic options – from wheeled tool

chests to workbenches with tool-hanging

pegboards and integrated or add-on

storage units – that will see your shed

transformed into a serious workshop.

Safety first in every kit

Safety should always be your

number-one priority, and that

includes anyone watching you work,

too. Ensure that your kit contains:

• quality earmuffs or plugs

•safety glasses and goggles

(goggles give side protection

from flying debris and dust)

• breathing protection to suit

your work

•good-quality gloves

•boots, protective toe if needed

•safety vest

•hard hat

• sunscreen

•first-aid kit


“Historically, a tool belt

or apron was an item

you only saw on the

building site. Nowadays

with modern designs

and custom pouches

available, as a DIYer you

can easily take up this

practice to hold tools in

a handy position on your

belt while you work

on a project”

Mike Jaggs Bunnings hand tools buyer

Sander Sanders are the essential finishing

tool for larger projects. They range from

small palm sanders to large belt models,

so do your research to work out which best

suits your needs. Most are corded but there

are now a number of good battery models.

Power planer This provides the same

finish as a fixed-blade plane, except

multiple rotating blades are used to shave

off timber super fast. It’s a useful multipurpose

tool. You can take a piece of rough

timber and quickly convert it to a fine

finish, remove bumps and imperfections

and smooth joints or do tricky fixes, such

as removing a millimetre or two from the

edge of a sticking door, far more accurately

than you could with a power saw.

Sliding bevel This is effectively an angle

finder and marking tool. It has a thick

handle with an adjustable blade that can

be locked in place at any angle. Use it

to determine an angle then transfer that

angle to a piece of timber for cutting

or for setting a power saw cutting angle

when repeated cuts are needed.

Spirit levels A basic 800mm spirit level

will do many tasks, but adding other

lengths to your kit will make life easier.

Long levels, up to 2.4 metres in length,

make it simple to accurately check levels

and mark lines over longer distances,

while shorter torpedo levels – generally

20-30cm long – fit in your back pocket

and allow accuracy in tight spaces. If you

do a lot of landscape DIY, a multi-sided

post level lets you check two post faces

and post plumb at the same time. ◆

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Put a smile on Dad’s face this Father’s Day

with the gift of a new toy or tool he’ll love


Dad will love this

1 powerful spray gun

from GARDENA. The

Premium Cleaning Nozzle

is ideal for cleaning up

around the house and

garden with the hard jet,

and gently watering

plants with the fine mist.

Designed for all Dad’s

2 tinkering projects,

the Trojan 15-piece Torx

Screwdriver Set is suitable

for everything from small

electronics to vehicles

or bicycles, with an

ergonomic slip-resistant

rubber handle and heat

treated tips for durability.

For the dad who loves

3 to grill up a feast for

the family, the Matador

3-piece Barbecue Tool

Set, featuring stainless

steel barbecue tongs,

a spatula and fork, is

a great addition to any

outdoor cooking arsenal.

For the lawn-loving

4 dad, introduce him

to the all-new Victa 18V

dual battery mower.

This sleek machine is

lightweight and easy

to manoeuver, featuring

a powerful twin 18V

motor that produces

36V of power.

This and every Father’s

5 Day, give Dad the tools

to relax in a world of his

own creation; Philips Hue’s

16 million colours – and

new Hue Smart outdoor

lighting range – help you

beautify and entertain in

your personal space like

never before.


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Tapware tech

The WELS star rating

system takes the

guesswork out of

choosing water-efficient

taps and shower heads

Water wise

Get more for less with water-efficient fixtures that

enhance your experience and decrease your bills

Saving water is a year-round

priority – not only do we not

want to see our money go, quite

literally, down the drain, but water

efficiency is key for protecting the natural

environment. At a time when a growing

population increases pressure on our

lakes and rivers, and climate change is

also predicted to affect rainfall patterns,

being water-conscious is something

everyone can be part of. The WELS

(Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards)

regulatory scheme helps New Zealanders

make informed choices about basic

plumbing products, sanitary ware and

water-using appliances, and is designed

to improve our levels of water efficiency.

Change starts at home

In your home, WELS is applied to taps for

sinks, showers, toilets and appliances such

as washing machines and dishwashers.

(It does not cover bath taps, garden hoses

and sprinklers.) The more WELS stars it

has, the more water efficient the product

is. All new showers, sink and basin fittings

sold in New Zealand must have a flow

restrictor device/disc fitted, which in turn

restricts the flow to an acceptable level

to enable a WELS rating to be assigned.

Waste not

If you want to improve your home’s

water efficiency without buying new

tapware, it’s possible to update your

existing taps. A water-reducing aerator

is an ingenious addition for reducing

water usage, although it may not suit

the aesthetics of every tap.

When replacing tapware, how much

water you can save will depend on the

product’s star rating. Switching from

a 3-star to a 4-star shower head could

save up to 4.5 litres per minute. If you have

an eight-minute shower every day, that’s

a saving of more than 13,000 litres per

person over a year – that’s 130 bathtubs!*

Water technology works

While we’re all keen to save water, our

appetite for a luxurious wash hasn’t

eased – especially when it comes to

showers. New technology developed

by tapware manufacturers means that

water-efficient showers can still feel

fabulous. “If you engineer the shower

from the beginning, knowing the flow


Looking to update older

non-compliant tapware?

Consider replacing the

kitchen sink mixer first,

as it won’t need to

match other fittings,

like in a bathroom

parameters, you can ensure you get

the most out of the available resource,”

explains Nick Swan, brand manager at

Methven. “When you do this right you

can easily get a better experience from

a nine-litre-a-minute shower compared

with a 22-litre-a-minute shower.”

Satisfying shower experiences are

a result of force as well as coverage,

which can be achieved in several ways.

Each brand has their own technique,

but it will usually involve creating force

by colliding jets of water against each

other, against angled surfaces or by

creating spirals of water. ◆

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WELS belles




1 Methven ‘Amio’ WELS 5 star, 6L/min all pressures

sink mixer in Chrome, $299, SKU: 00317477.

2 Caroma WELS 5 star 6L/min basin mixer in Black

Jade, $189, SKU: 05004402. 3 Flexispray ‘Krome’

WELS 3 star 9L/min shower system in Chrome,

$285, SKU: 00274952. 4 Mondella ‘Signature’ WELS

3 star 9L/min shower arm and head in Brushed Rose

Gold, $249, SKU: 05004292. Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Words Nellie McLaren. Photography Methven. Some photographs feature products

from suppliers other than Bunnings. *Source Ministry for the Environment

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Fix it

Food storage solutions



A well-planned

pantry is a cook’s

best friend – and

might even slash

your grocery bills

We’re all fixated

on organisation

at the moment,

but turning

this lust for order towards the

kitchen can help with another

worthy obsession: food waste.

“A dream pantry has shallow

shelves – no dark mysterious

depths into which things

disappear forever,” says home

organisation consultant Liz

Bradley (thetidylady.co.nz).

The size of it

If you’re planning a kitchen

from scratch, this is the optimal

time to dedicate thought to

your ideal pantry, whether

that’s as big as a walk-in

‘second kitchen’ or as modest

as a tall cabinet. Jessica Haslem

of Flexi Storage suggests, “The

more you can fit in the pantry,

the less you’ll have cluttering

your bench or cooking space.

Think about your household:

how many people is your

pantry feeding? Are there

kids with school lunches?

Or is it just you?”

Keen cooks can make

the most of the extra space

for kitchen tools as well as

ingredients. Storing small

appliances on the lower shelves

works well, so you can see

exactly what you have and


“Think about which items

you use on a daily basis

and keep these up front

– it’s all about planning

where everything will live

in your kitchen and how

you can use internal

storage options to

better store goods”

Lisa Mayski

marketing manager,

Kaboodle Kitchen

utilise your appliances, rather

than storing them at the back

of a cupboard and forgetting

all about them.

When planning your space,

measure the ceiling height as

well. “If you have high ceilings,

make the most of them,” says

Jessica. There are always

seldom-used platters and

servingware that can be

stored above head height.

Maximise your storage

with shelves, baskets,

good lighting and a sturdy

stool to access items

stored up high

What’s in store

Once you’ve mapped out

the pantry’s size, choose

your storage options. Narrow

open shelving – about 300mm

deep – is ideal, so you can

see everything on the shelves.

Drawers or baskets store

huge amounts and allow you

to see the entire contents at

a glance. “You can create easy

access storage to maximise

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Keep less frequently used

items on high shelves and

store more often used

products within easy reach

obvious essential if the pantry

is housing appliances and

operating as a working

space, but will also help you

keep track of your provisions.

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography Brigid Arnott; (opposite) TI Media/Paul Massey.

Some photographs feature products from suppliers other than Bunnings

Display your pantry’s

contents in clear

containers to make

supermarket shopping

a breeze – and help

to reduce food waste

accessibility with pantry

pull-out baskets. By replacing

shelves with adjustable pull-out

wireware, it compartmentalises

the space, putting everything

within easy reach,” says

Kaboodle Kitchen marketing

manager Lisa Mayski. Mesh

baskets let air circulate, so

food doesn’t sweat the way

it would in sealed storage.

Customisable storage works

wonders. Look for adjustable

shelves, or deck out the pantry

with a strip and bracket system,

and alternate between wire

baskets and shelves in varying

sizes based on storage needs.

Light meal

Pantries can be dim nooks, but

the space is far more likely to

be used if you can see clearly.

Natural lighting is ideal, if you

can manage it, but pantries

rarely enjoy the luxury of

a window. Instead, look at

outside-the-square solutions

such as a skylight or sun

tunnel. Task lighting is an

Buyer’s guide to storage

The right storage can

save thousands of dollars

on your shopping bill each

year, not to mention the

time and levels of frustration

when trying to prepare

meals for your family.

Here are our top tips:

In plain sight Clear

storage is the best for

finding what you need.

Remove items from plastic

or cardboard wrappers so

you can see the food itself.

What goes where

The experts’ top tip for shelf

stocking is to categorise.

“Assigning spaces for

everything is life changing,”

says Liz Bradley. “You may

want to store snacks, hot

drink fixings and spreads in

a separate area or cupboard –

near the toaster or the kettle,

if possible. The less often

frequent snackers are delving

about in the pantry the better.”

To avoid the pantry

descending into chaos, give

everything a home, embrace

containers, and label! “The

simplest thing to do is – after

a really good weed out of

expired packets – just get

a container that fiddly little

packets and jars can all fit

inside,” advises Liz. “This also

works for floppy packets of

soup mix and sauces that never

stand up by themselves!” ¿

Perfect seal Choose

airtight storage containers,

especially for infrequently

used items like flours,

nuts, seeds and spices.

You can seriously extend

the shelf life with highquality

sealed containers.

Stack it Where space is

limited, choose storage

based on the height of your

shelving. Most of the wasted

space in pantries is in the

gaps between the shelves.

LTW 350mm handy

basket in Chrome,

$16.78, SKU: 00108987

LTW 390mm spice rack in

White, $7.90, SKU: 00558606

Philips ‘Hue’ 2m light strip,

$123, SKU: 00326158

Flexi Storage 185mm 2-runner

wire basket in White, $15.70,

SKU: 02590158

Kaboodle 450mm 6 tier

pantry pullout baskets

in Chrome, $469,

SKU: 02667708

Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores,

but may be ordered

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Veg out

Supercharge summer’s

bounty by taking the

time to enrich your

vegie beds before

the growing season

Most winter crops are coming to

an end, but it’s a sign of warmer

times – and more vegies, herbs

and fruits – to come. If you

prepare early and get your beds up to

scratch now, you’ll enjoy a productive

patch this spring. Follow these tips to

get a head start on a bumper harvest.

1War on weeds

Weeds can pop up anywhere, anytime.

“Keeping weeds at bay allows crops to make

maximum use of nutrients, moisture and

sunlight,” says Jack Hobbs, horticulturist

and manager of Auckland Botanic Gardens.

“The smaller the weeds the easier they are

to remove. And as the old saying goes, one

year’s seed is seven years’ weed, so make

sure to get rid of them before they set seed

and cause problems for years to come.”

3Nourish to flourish

A good, productive vegie patch starts

from the ground up, so revitalise and

rejuvenate your soil by adding organic

matter and compost. You’ll improve your

chances of achieving bountiful crops if

your garden beds get a generous dose of

nutrients and soil improver, such as Seasol

PowerFeed, which doesn’t need digging in.

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Find inspiration

to grow your own:





If you have irrigation,

check that lines, drippers or

sprinklers aren’t blocked and

replace worn parts. Thinking

about installing irrigation?

Buy DIY kits in store and

get to it now!


Fix it

Boost your crops

2Out with the old

If your winter vegies have done their dash,

harvest the last of them and add the rest to

the compost heap or green waste. If pests or

diseases affect any parts of the plants, discard

them so you don’t spread the problem.

Use the last weeks of

cooler weather to dig

out old crops and prep

your soil for spring

Growing essentials



Words Tammy Huynh and Jane Wrigglesworth.

Photography iStock, (forking in compost) Getty Images

4Water works

Over time, soil can get hydrophobic

(water repellent), meaning that despite

your best efforts, water will not sink

through the soil to your plants’ roots. You

can ensure water retention with the use of

compost. “Regular applications of compost

enable sufficient retention and movement

of moisture in soil,” says Jack. Wetting

agents are useful for containers. These

agents help soil absorb water and are

available in both granular and liquid

options for easy application; ensure you

choose one suitable for food crops.

5Preparing for planting

Most leafy greens, including spinach

and lettuce, can go in the ground now. Feed

them regularly with a complete fertiliser.

“Don’t forget to apply a layer of mulch,

like pea straw or a blend of aged pine

bark mulch and compost, to keep the soil

warm and help suppress weeds,” says Sue

Edwards of Seasol. “Also, get a head start

on spring and summer crops, like tomatoes,

by sowing seeds in a mini greenhouse

and keeping them on a warm windowsill.”

Once the weather warms, they’ll be ready

for transplanting outside. ◆


1 Fiskars ‘Nyglass’ garden fork, $4.60, SKU: 03367499.

2 Saxon mini greenhouse with seed tray, $8.98,

SKU: 02960182. 3 Pope raised garden irrigation kit,

$29.98, SKU: 00202244. 4 Seasol concentrate,

$10.96/1L, SKU: 03012812. Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.


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Make it

Mag rack revamp

Spare the cane

Weave a little magic to give new

life to old wicker furnishings like

this pre-loved magazine rack



Revamp cost




Cane furniture is

bang on trend,

so it’s worth

rummaging through

the garage (or second-hand

shops) for vintage pieces left

over from cane’s last moment

in the spotlight. However,

while it is pliable, as it ages

it becomes brittle, and old

furniture is often damaged,

with splits or tears in the

binding that wraps around

the joints. It’s simple enough

to replace the broken pieces

with new cane, securing with

timber adhesive and tapping

in tiny nails to hold in place.

We’ve mended a retro

magazine rack, but the same

techniques can be applied

to repair vintage chairs, tables

or other storage pieces.


Cane isn’t as porous

as timber – the most

effective finishes

to use on it include

water-based enamel

paint for all-over

colour, a highgloss

varnish for a

lacquered effect or

a tinted satin varnish

for a matte finish


• Safety equipment

• Drop cloth

• Multitool or pliers

• Secateurs

• Clean cloth

• Drill with 8mm bit

• 10mm bullet-head nails

• Small hammer

• 120-grit abrasive paper

• Timber adhesive

• Masking tape

• Lengths of 8mm cane

• Wrapping cane

• Stain and varnish

aerosol in Black

Project and steps photography Natasha Dickins. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Tilly Roberts. Purchase

cane and cane binding online at cane and rattan suppliers such as thecanecompany.co.nz or from craft stores

1Working on a drop cloth, use a

multitool or pliers to pull broken

or bent pieces from the frame and

remove any loose nails or staples.

5To reinforce any wrapped

joints, trim off frayed cane

then bind the wrapping cane

around the joint, pulling under

the previous wrap to hold it

tight. Tap in a nail to hold the

end underneath.

2Reuse the removed pieces

in other areas, cutting to

fit, dabbing adhesive in the

holes and securing with masking

tape to dry. Wipe away excess

with a damp cloth.

6Place the rack on a flat

surface to work from the inside,

tapping nails into the crossover

joints. If you’re having difficulties,

use a pair of pliers to hold the nail

while tapping with a hammer.

3To fit any new cane pieces,

use an 8mm drill bit to widen

the holes, drilling at the same

angle as the existing holes.

Dab some adhesive into the

holes, wiping away excess.

7Use 120-grit abrasive paper

to sand the magazine rack

all over, removing the original

varnish, smoothing any breakout

around the holes and cleaning

up around the joints.

Cut new cane pieces, angling

4 the ends for a better fit into

the holes, twisting the cane to sit

straight. For a tight fit, soak the

cane in warm water for 10 minutes

to make it more pliable.

Wear gloves and a mask, and

8 work in a well ventilated area

to lightly apply coats of spray

varnish to the rack, leaving it to

dry between each coat and moving

the rack each time to make sure

you saturate all areas. u

Begonia in Northcote Pottery 15cm Italian terracotta cylinder pot in Greige, $8.60, SKU: 00044329. Brilliant ‘Annette’ 240V timber effect pendant light, $69.90, SKU: 00014343.

Monstera deliciosa leaf. Side table, Kmart, kmart.co.nz. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Shelf help

Making the most of your vertical

spaces is as easy as arranging

objects on floating shelves. Follow

our tips for styling success

Floating shelves, stocked with pretty

and personal pieces, are an easy

way to transform a plain wall into

a gorgeous and practical feature.

The magic of these shelves lies in the

invisible fixings. A metal bracket with

protruding tubes fixes directly to the

wall (screws and fixings for both masonry

and stud walls are included). These slide

into a cavity in the back of the shelf,

which then conceals all the hardware.

Note the load capacity. The larger

shelves we’ve used here can handle

up to 10kg for masonry walls and 5kg

for plasterboard, while the smallest shelf

can hold up to 5kg in masonry and 3kg

in plasterboard. This makes them perfect

for an elegant display, but not suited to

storing your entire cookbook collection!

Ready to style? Follow our six easy

steps to help you ace the art of display.

Read it!

You’ll love these clever ideas for shelving:



Position items

towards the

back of the shelf

for safety

Flexi Storage 600mm x 240mm x 38mm floating shelf in Oak, $29.98, SKU: 02583899 (top

shelf). Flexi Storage 1200mm x 240mm x 38mm floating shelves in Oak, $45.76 each, SKU:

02583901 (two for the middle shelf and one for the bottom shelf). Middle shelf: Succulent.

Baskets, Kmart, kmart.co.nz. Picture frame, Country Road, countryroad.co.nz. Bottom shelf:

Succulent. Heart leaf philodendron in Northcote Pottery ‘Precinct Lite’ small moon pot in

White, $39, SKU: 02831975. Haworthia. Under shelves: Philodendron Hope. All other products,

stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Make it

Create a display

Words Shelley Tustin. Photography James Moffatt, stylist Stephanie Powell

1Shelf pick Choose shelving in

the same style and colour, but try

different lengths and thicknesses to

add visual interest. Mounting them

asymmetrically looks elegant and

less formal than a straight stack.

2Take aim Install your shelves at

a comfortable height so you can

easily see the pieces on display, without

the risk of them being knocked off.

3Go personal Display treasured

things, such as photographs or

sentimental objects. The idea is to bring

your own personality into the room.

4Group items This will make

pieces stand out, while ensuring your

arrangement has some blank space to

stop it looking too busy and cluttered.

5Think harmony Place an equal

number of items on each shelf and

balance taller pieces with short ones. Tall

vases and artworks are good for creating

height, while books make a stylish plinth.

6Add greenery A potted plant

or a vase of flowers or foliage adds

instant vibrancy. Trailing plants look

amazing draped over the edge of a shelf,

or choose something perkier for height. ◆

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Make it

Family entertaining

Father’s Day feast

Light the barbie and invite the family over to indulge

in a delicious woodfired spread in honour of Dad

Recipes Kerrie Worner. Photography Brigid Arnott, stylist Tilly Roberts.

Food stylist Kerrie-Ann Jones. Styling assistants Savannah Cohen and Samantha Torrisi

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Celebrate Father’s Day

with a few of Dad’s

favourite things:

family, good food

and a barbecue with all burners

blazing. We’ve catered for a

crowd, with recipes to impress

your guests (kids included) all

cooked on an outdoor grill. It’s

a great opportunity to explore

the versatility of the backyard

barbecue, which can lend a

distinctive smoky favour to an

enormous range of ingredients.

Barbecues are not just for

summer, and certainly not just

for steaks and snags.

A rustic fire pit

allows for outdoor

winter entertaining

A timber table and chairs

create a relaxed and

comfortable dinner setting

Above, left: Mimosa ‘Avani’ timber daybed with grey polyester seat and back cushions and four assorted patterned cushions, $649, SKU: 03192158. Mimosa ‘Honolulu’

timber coffee table, $139, SKU: 00024800. Knit 43cm x 43cm interior cushion in Grey, $14.95, SKU: 00106474. Smart Home Products 120cm x 160cm throw rug in

Valletta, $12.95, SKU: 00086765. Lytworx solar flame lanterns, $15 each, SKU: 00064795. Above, right: Mimosa ‘Honolulu’ timber dining chairs with cushions, $109 each,

SKU: 00024798. All other products, stylist’s own. Some products are not available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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BBQ Buddy fish

griller, $19.98,

SKU: 00912193






vegetables with

garlic and hummus

Grilled corn cobs

with coriander

avocado sauce


You can barbecue

the Portuguese snapper

without the smoker box

and chips, but they help

to impart a lovely woody

flavour to the fish

Smoked Portuguese snapper

Serves 4–6

• 1kg whole snapper, cleaned

• 1 lemon, sliced, plus extra wedges to serve

• Olive oil cooking spray

•Coriander sprigs, finely sliced red onion

and spring onion, for garnish

•100g smoking chips, for grilling

•1 smoker box

Portuguese marinade

• 3 long red chillies, seeded and chopped

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 tsp sea salt flakes

• 1½ tsp sweet paprika

• 1 tsp ground coriander

• ¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper

• 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

• 2 tbsp lemon juice

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 1 tbsp brown sugar

1 Soak the smoking chips in a bowl of water

for 30 minutes. To make the marinade, place

all the ingredients in a blender and blend until

smooth. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade. Place

the snapper on a tray and cut four slashes

across the top. Spread the remaining marinade

over both sides and inside the snapper; cover

and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

2 Drain the smoking chips. Heat the barbecue

to a medium-high heat. Spread the chips in

the smoker box and sit the smoker box on the

hot plate. Lower the barbecue lid and allow the

chips to heat and smoke for about 20 minutes.

3 Place three lemon slices down the centre

of the snapper and the remaining slices inside

the cavity. Place the snapper in a fish griller

or on a non-stick barbecue mat and spray

with olive oil. Place the griller or mat on the

barbecue hotplate. Cook with the lid down for

30-35 minutes, turning halfway, until charred

and cooked through (the flesh will be white).

4 Transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with

the coriander and finely sliced red onion and

spring onion. Serve with lemon wedges. Use

the reserved marinade to drizzle over the

flesh once removed from the bones.

TIP: You can use the marinade for thick

fish fillets, green prawns, butterflied

chicken, chicken fillets and chicken

wings. To increase the heat, add some

chilli seeds or ¼ tsp cayenne pepper.

Grilled corn cobs with

coriander avocado sauce

Serves 6

• 75g soft butter

• 1½ tsp finely grated lime zest

• 1½ tsp garlic salt

• 1½ tsp onion powder

• 1 tsp smoked paprika

• Cracked black pepper

• 6 cobs of corn (vacuum-sealed)

•Dried chilli flakes and chopped

coriander, to serve

Coriander avocado sauce

• 1 ripe avocado

• ¼ cup lime juice

• 1 tsp honey

• ¼ cup Greek yoghurt

• 2 tbsp chopped coriander

• ½ tsp sriracha chilli sauce

1 Combine the butter, lime zest, garlic salt,

onion powder and paprika, and season with

pepper. Spread over the cobs.

2 Heat the barbecue to a medium-high heat.

Add the corn. Cook with the lid down for 12-15

minutes, turning occasionally, until charred.

3 To make the coriander avocado sauce, blend

all the ingredients with ¼ cup of water in a

blender or food processor until smooth. Spread

some sauce on a serving board. Place the

corn cobs on top and spread with more sauce.

Sprinkle with the chilli flakes and coriander.

Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.

Fresh corn option: If using fresh corn, as

pictured, peel back the corn husks, discarding

the few dry outer husks, leaving the remaining

husks intact and attached to the cob. Discard

silks. Tie the husks together on each cob with

string or discarded corn husk. Trim the dry ends

with scissors. Lower the cobs into boiling water,

leaving the husks out of the water. Boil for 5

minutes, allow to cool, then follow the recipe from

step 1 for vacuum-sealed cobs. When barbecuing,

let the husks hang over the edge of the barbecue

and cook with the lid down resting on the husks.


Make it

Smoker, for similar try Char-Griller ‘Deluxe’

barbecue, $299, SKU: 03180388. BBQ Buddy

long locking tongs, $6.98, SKU: 00911179.

Some products are not available at all

Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

Barbecued Mediterranean

vegetables with garlic

and hummus

Serves 4–6

• 1 large eggplant, cut into 2.5cm cubes

•2 large zucchini, cut into 1.5cm cubes

• 350g cauliflower, cut into 4cm florets

•1 large red capsicum, seeded and cut into 1cm strips

• 1 large red onion, halved and cut into 1cm wedges

• ⅓ cup olive oil, plus extra for the pita and serving

• 1 tbsp chopped rosemary

Texas blackjack

barbecue beef



Make it

• 2 tsp chopped lemon thyme leaves

• 1 garlic clove, crushed

• 1 tsp ground sea salt

• 640g bag Greek pita bread (see Tip)

• 250g tub hummus

• 200g tub garlic dip (see Tip)

• 80g baby rocket leaves, rinsed and drained

• Sumac, for sprinkling (optional)

• 1/ cup pomegranate arils (optional)

• Caramelised balsamic vinegar, to serve

1 Heat the barbecue to medium. Place the

eggplant, zucchini, cauliflower, capsicum and

onion in a large heavy-based roasting dish

that will fit in your barbecue with the lid down.

(You can also cook the vegetables on a lower

heat on the flat hotplate in batches.)

2 Combine the oil, rosemary, lemon thyme,

garlic and salt in a jug. Pour over the vegetables

and toss until coated. Place the dish on the

barbecue hotplate. Close the lid and cook

for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until

golden. Remove the pan and set aside to cool.

3 Brush the pita lightly with oil and barbecue

for 1-2 minutes each side or until puffed and

charred. Transfer to a plate, cut into wedges

and cover with foil to keep warm.

4 Spread the hummus on a platter then spread

the garlic dip on top. Add the rocket to the

vegetables and toss to combine. Arrange the

vegies on top of the hummus and garlic, sprinkle

with the sumac and pomegranate, drizzle with the

balsamic and oil, and serve with the pita wedges.

TIP: You can buy Greek pita bread and

garlic dip from greengrocers and delis.

Texas blackjack barbecue

beef kebabs

Makes 20 kebabs; serves 6

• 1 cup dark beer or ale

• 1/ cup barbecue sauce

• 2 tbsp dark coconut syrup or molasses

• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

• ¼ cup lime juice

• 2 tbsp brown sugar

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 2 tsp ground chipotle or chipotle hot sauce

• 700g skirt steak (see Tip, below)

• Olive oil, for grilling

• Thinly sliced green chilli and herbs, to garnish

1 Combine the beer, barbecue sauce, syrup,

vinegar, lime juice, sugar, garlic and chipotle in a

pan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar has

dissolved. Boil for 12 minutes or until thickened

slightly. Pour into a heatproof jug; allow to cool.

2 Cut the steak, against the grain, into 5mm slices.

Add 2/ cup of the marinade to the steak and stir

to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

3 Soak 40 x 16cm wooden skewers in cold water

for 10 minutes. Thread the meat onto a skewer,

then thread another skewer at an angle to secure

any loose pieces. Repeat with the remaining

meat. (You can use single skewers if preferred.)

Greek chicken

souvlaki kebabs

4 Heat an oiled barbecue to medium-high.

Cook the skewers for 5 minutes with the lid

down, turning halfway and brushing with

more oil until charred and just cooked through.

Remove and transfer to a clean plate.

5 Drizzle with some of the remaining marinade

and turn until coated. Arrange on a serving

platter. Sprinkle with the chilli and herbs and

serve with the rest of the marinade on the side.

TIP: With minimal cooking on a hot

barbecue, skirt steak produces a tender

kebab, but you can also use rump, sirloin,

porterhouse or eye fillet to make the

skewers. Unused marinade can be stored

in a jar in the fridge for up to one month.

Greek chicken souvlaki kebabs

Makes 14 kebabs; serves 6

• 1kg chicken breast fillets, trimmed

• Olive oil, for barbecuing

• Lemon wedges and tzatziki, to serve

Greek souvlaki marinade

• ¼ cup olive oil

• Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

• 2 tsp chopped fresh oregano

• 2 tsp chopped thyme, plus extra for serving

• 1 tsp chopped dried mint

• 1 tsp smoked paprika

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• Ground sea salt and black pepper

Roasted baby

sweet potatoes with

dill ranch dressing

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1 Combine all the marinade ingredients,

then slice the chicken into 3cm cubes.

Add to the marinade and stir to combine.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Avoid

marinating for too long as the lemon juice

will begin to cook the chicken.

2 Soak 14 x 25cm flat wooden skewers in

water for 10 minutes. Thread the chicken

onto the skewers. Heat an oiled barbecue

plate to medium.

3 Cook the kebabs for 10-12 minutes with

the lid down, turning halfway and brushing

with more oil, until cooked through. Transfer

to a serving platter, sprinkle with extra

thyme sprigs and serve with the lemon

wedges and tzatziki.

TIP: The marinade is also suitable

for pork and lamb leg kebabs, cutlets,

butterflied leg or shoulder.

Roasted baby sweet potatoes

with dill ranch dressing

Serves 6

• 1kg small sweet potatoes

• 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 tsp sea salt flakes

• Crunchy chickpea snacks (see Tip, below)

Dill ranch dressing

• ½ cup buttermilk or Greek yoghurt

• ⅓ cup whole egg mayonnaise

• 1 tbsp lime juice

• 1 tbsp chopped dill

• 1 tbsp chopped chives, plus extra to serve

• Habanero hot sauce or sriracha, to taste

1 Scrub the sweet potatoes under cold

water and pat dry. Cut in half lengthways

then again lengthways into 3cm wedges.

Put in a large bowl with the oil, garlic and

salt and toss to combine.

2 Heat the barbecue to medium-low.

Place the wedges on the hotplate and

cook for 15-20 minutes with the lid down

until tender and charred, brushing with

oil and turning halfway.

3 To make the dill ranch dressing, combine

the buttermilk, mayonnaise, lime juice, dill and

chives in a blender and blend until smooth.

Add the hot sauce to taste and blend.

4 Arrange the potatoes on a serving platter

and drizzle with some of the dressing. Sprinkle

with the chives and chickpeas and serve with

the remaining dressing on the side.

TIP: Crunchy chickpea snacks are

available in the health food section

in some supermarkets. ◆










1 Matador ‘Boss’ 6 burner hooded barbecue

with side burner, $1,250, SKU: 03180789. 2 Samba

hickory smoking chips, $12.90/1kg, SKU: 08906307.

3 Matador 3 piece BBQ tool set, $29, SKU: 03170922.

4 Big Smoke ‘Bushman’s Blend’ wood chips, $9.90/1kg,

SKU: 00521754. 5 Samba fish smoker, $34.50, SKU:

00307761. 6 BBQ Buddy corn cob holders, $6.95/

pack of 4, SKU: 03171448. 7 Samba BBQ fuel charcoal,

$9.98/3kg, SKU: 00307715. 8 Jumbuck rustic iron fire

bowl, $189, SKU: 03170943. Some products are not

available at all Bunnings stores, but may be ordered.

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Plant pick

Strawberry delight

Name: Fragaria x ananassa

What they look like

Deep red berries pop against small, vivid

green serrated leaves. Dug into a garden

bed, this low grower will throw out runners

to make new ones, and in time and with

the right care, will fill its allotted space with

a carpet of greenery and ruby-hued fruit.

Where they grow

Strawberries will flourish from seed or

runners in most climates, but are best

grown in full sun to ensure your fruit

thrive. Lack of sun will mean little or no

flavour for your summer berries. They do

well in pots and hanging planters, which

also lets you move them if conditions

get too harsh. They are shallow-rooted,

so ensure the soil doesn’t dry out,

especially if planted in a windy spot.

Why we love them

The best time to plant strawberries

is from June to October in the warmer

northern regions, and August to October

in the cooler southern regions, with the

fruiting season running from spring to

autumn. Easy to handle, they’re a perfect

starter plant for a beginner grower.

How to grow them

Start with good quality soil or a potting

mix designed for fruit, then surround with

straw to lock in moisture and keep fruit

off the soil. Keep well fed with a solution

of Seasol fortnightly. Runners will appear

during the fruiting season and should be

pruned off and, if you like, potted to make

new plants. Once the plants start fruiting,

install netting to protect from birds. ◆




Fragaria x ananassa

Photography Getty

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