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<strong>2022</strong><br />

Five building<br />

projects<br />

sure to<br />

inspire you<br />

+ Kitchens<br />

+ Bathrooms<br />

+ Interiors<br />

+ Heating<br />

+ Gardening<br />

+ Food<br />

+ Tiny Homes<br />

+ Decor

From the editor<br />

Christine de Felice<br />

12<br />

57<br />

While winter temperatures might be keeping us inside for much of<br />

the time, at least that gives us the opportunity to enjoy our home<br />

environment – and ponder ways to give it a refresh, or even a major<br />

upgrade. Some of you might even be contemplating having a new<br />

one built.<br />

Whatever the plans, the following pages offer plenty of inspiration.<br />

We profile four recently built properties and one renovated home<br />

and find out how the owners and the building companies worked<br />

together to achieve exceptional and very satisfying results.<br />

We talk to design experts about the latest trends in kitchen and<br />

bathroom design, and a specialist in interior design offers a slew of<br />

ideas on how to make home décor work best, and in a way<br />

that’s personal.<br />

Colour is the base point of any home decorating scheme, and<br />

Resene has all the colours you could wish for, and plenty of creative<br />

ideas on how to use them effectively in every room of the home.<br />

Our feature pages showing new trends in lighting and furniture<br />

will provide more inspiration, too. And getting back to the weather<br />

– our home heating section has valuable information on keeping the<br />

home warm, dry and healthy. Well worth a read!<br />

It might even be a tiny home – we look at this growing trend,<br />

as more New Zealanders opt for a different way to downsize and<br />

reduce their costs while enjoying the benefits of a simpler, more<br />

sustainable lifestyle.<br />

Fortunately, here in Christchurch, there are winter days when we<br />

can get outside and fossick in the garden. And perhaps introduce a<br />

whole new concept to our outdoor spaces, like Mediterranean, for<br />

example. Our landscape section describes the multitude of ways<br />

a Mediterranean-style garden can be brought to life, even in our<br />

Pacific region.<br />

Cooking has become an increasingly popular pastime in New<br />

Zealand over the last couple of years, and we all know why. Our<br />

recipe offers you the chance to extend your repertoire with a<br />

delicious Indian dahl – tasty and warming for wintertime family<br />

meals and packed with nutrition.<br />

So, take some time out to browse through these pages for<br />

inspiration and information. We hope you enjoy it. Keep warm!<br />


Star Media<br />

EDITOR<br />

Christine de Felice<br />


Hilary-Rose Macintosh<br />


Juliet Dickson<br />

juliet.dickson@starmedia.kiwi<br />

Lisa Lynch<br />

lisa.lynch@starmedia.kiwi<br />

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Contents<br />

12 Creative decor<br />

24 Bathrooms<br />

37 Indoor plants<br />

39 Landscaping<br />

44 Furniture<br />

52 Kitchens<br />

57 Recipe<br />

58 Taste<br />

62 Interior design<br />

66 Lighting<br />

75 Heating<br />

80 Tiny Homes<br />

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6 Build Right Homes<br />

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Four years ago, when Steve Bayley was<br />

looking for a house he could renovate<br />

and infuse with his unique sense of retro<br />

style, he knew he had found what he<br />

wanted in this 1920s’ Bryndwr bungalow.<br />

“I could see the potential,” he says.<br />

“The house had solid bones, I<br />

imagined a new layout, and I also<br />

liked the size of the section, because<br />

I like gardening, and the size of<br />

the garage. The solid brick wall at<br />

the front was another very<br />

appealing feature.”<br />

Steve had some renovating<br />

experience with a previous home, but<br />

he wanted to bring professionals on<br />

board for this more expansive project.<br />

“I came across Build Right at the<br />

Home Show. I saw their stand and<br />

they presented well. Their projects<br />

also aligned with my ideas, and I was<br />

impressed with their approach.”<br />

After being assigned to the job,<br />

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and over the next 12 months, Steve<br />

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and discussions, as the plans were<br />

fine-tuned.<br />

“I wanted to take my time to make<br />

sure it would be how I envisaged<br />

it. My goal was to create a home<br />

environment which expressed my<br />

individuality and my enthusiasm for<br />

mid-century design from the 1950s<br />

and ’60s.”<br />

A deck was added, where the family<br />

can relax and enjoy the morning sun.<br />

Sub-contractors were engaged, work<br />

got underway, and Steve’s satisfaction<br />

with the Build Right approach<br />

was reinforced.<br />

“The foreman, Carl, was so switched<br />

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very knowledgeable and very easy to<br />

work with. He really got invested in<br />

the project.”<br />

Steve, his wife, and daughter<br />

remained in the house during the<br />

renovation work, and while this<br />

presented some challenges for the<br />

contractors, Steve says they were very<br />

flexible and worked around the family.<br />

The house had previously been renovated in the<br />

1980s, but this major renovation involved more<br />

extensive changes to both the kitchen/dining area<br />

and bathrooms. For the kitchen/dining and living<br />

areas, where before there were three separate rooms<br />

– kitchen, dining room and adjacent living room –<br />

walls have been removed to create an airy, openplan<br />

space, with Inside-Out designing the layout<br />

and fittings.<br />

The dining area was moved from one side to the<br />

other, the former dining room was converted into<br />

a walk-in scullery and laundry complete with extra<br />

sink, and the kitchen itself took centre stage, with a<br />

large bench top, which faces the living area, creating<br />

a focal point and a place to congregate.<br />

As Steve says: “I wanted the kitchen to be the<br />

heart of the home.”<br />

Appliances include a gas stove top, built-in<br />

extractor, separate electric wall oven and a doubledoor<br />

fridge. The home’s electric water heating was<br />

changed to gas.<br />

While the kitchen is both stylishly contemporary<br />

and functional, the soft timber tones of the<br />

custom-made joinery bring a sense of warmth and<br />

homeliness along with the mid-century ambience<br />

Steve was seeking. Working with the designers, he<br />

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The addition of new, almost floor-to-ceiling<br />

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The other key aspect of the renovations was the<br />

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of an en suite in the master bedroom.<br />

To make better use of space, a separate toilet next<br />

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The resulting new bathroom features elegant<br />

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There is a double shower, and taking pride of place,<br />

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Left: Mid-century furniture<br />

enhances the retro-vibe the<br />

owner wanted to create.<br />

Below: Timber and tiles<br />

feature in the stylish en suite.<br />

Site Board<br />

Builder:<br />

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Land size:<br />

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Home size:<br />

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Consent/build time:<br />

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Kitchen<br />

Hardest decision:<br />

Replacing the piles, due to the extra<br />

time and cost. But worth it.<br />

Would like to have:<br />

Underfloor heating, but not too<br />

bothered about it.<br />

Above: A stand-alone<br />

bath takes pride of place<br />

in the main bathroom.<br />

Top right: Marble-design<br />

tiles add an<br />

elegant touch.<br />

Bottom right: Timber<br />

fittings add warmth, and<br />

contrast to the crispness<br />

of the tiles.<br />

“For all the renovations, and especially<br />

the bathroom, I wanted to balance practical<br />

design with the aesthetics – timeless and<br />

classic. I didn’t want cutting-edge design in<br />

the bathroom as that would be outdated in a<br />

few years,” Steve says.<br />

In addition to the main bathroom, an en<br />

suite in the master bedroom was a ‘must have’.<br />

To accommodate this, a narrow wardrobe<br />

space was extended, plus some space was<br />

cribbed from the old bathroom. Like the<br />

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At the back of the house, outdoor living<br />

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In a home that completely reflects the<br />

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However, overall, it was “the great<br />

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When Scottish couple Sam and Audrey Watts<br />

decided to move down to Canterbury from Mapua,<br />

Nelson, they were in the market for a new build, and<br />

location-wise, they liked the look of Pegasus Town.<br />

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place for them, for a year they rented a<br />

home there. Over that time, they visited<br />

several show homes and builders before<br />

finally deciding to go with Benchmark.<br />

They had built previously, so knew what<br />

they wanted in a building company.<br />

Sam explains: “We were looking for<br />

builders who were competent. How<br />

they present themselves is important.<br />

Benchmark has welcoming offices and<br />

premises, and the show homes are<br />

well presented.<br />

“But it wasn’t just about competence,”<br />

he says. “When we started to speak<br />

to Benchmark it was the people that<br />

impressed us – they are a really energetic<br />

bunch of people. We liked their<br />

whole vibe.”<br />

A Pegasus section with a perfect<br />

view of the golf course was the chosen<br />

location, and once the decision was<br />

made, the goal was to have the home<br />

completed in six months, so Sam and<br />

Audrey could be in by Christmas. It was<br />

a tight deadline, but Benchmark was<br />

able to meet it, with the couple happily<br />

celebrating the completion, and the<br />

festive season, surrounded by<br />

cardboard boxes.<br />

Large windows in the living areas<br />

provide expansive views of the<br />

golf course.<br />

“From the get-go the enthusiasm and the speed that<br />

Richard Evans, [Benchmark Homes director] and his<br />

team turned around drawings and ideas was unsurpassed. I<br />

haven’t experienced that with any of the other builders we<br />

have built with,” Audrey says.<br />

In fact, the process had started after the couple had looked<br />

through a Benchmark show home in Lincoln and liked<br />

what they saw.<br />

“Richard personalised the layout for us from that. Our<br />

criteria was for two distinctly separate areas for entertaining<br />

with a central kitchen ‘hub’ and that the bedrooms and the<br />

master suite had to be away from the noisier living areas.<br />

All the main rooms also had to face the view.”<br />

One of the things they had learned from previous houses<br />

was that having large, north-west-facing windows wasn’t<br />

always ideal.<br />

“We found we had to close the curtains and blinds all the<br />

time during the day,” Audrey says, “so with the two living<br />

areas with this house, we have got glimpses everywhere so<br />

you can still see everything that is going on, and it works<br />

really well for the sun.”<br />

Being part of the process was also important to the couple,<br />

with Audrey enjoying visiting kitchen and bathroom design<br />

studios to see what the trends were and what she liked.<br />

“A good builder will give you a selection. Benchmark<br />

was really approachable and accessible and they answered<br />

our queries in good time. The time I had with an interior<br />

designer from McKenzie & Willis was useful too.”<br />

For Sam, the technical side of the building work also met<br />

his high standards.<br />

“The electrics was another thing that we were particularly<br />

pleased with, as well as the painting work. This is the first<br />

house we have had where it used full LED lighting. It is<br />

really quite difficult to judge what you need, but nothing<br />

was too much trouble, and the electricians specifically<br />

designed a lighting system for the rooms.<br />

“We also have a central hub for the audio/visual system<br />

and internet, together with an automated projection screen<br />

and a ducted heating system. These all work absolutely<br />

perfectly. You need that expertise.”<br />

Top: Audrey visited bathroom studios to see<br />

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of the build but were able to follow progress on<br />

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which included regularly uploaded photos.<br />

‘We really liked the Buildertrend programme.<br />

It allowed us to monitor all aspects of the project<br />

while we were away and it was a big factor in us<br />

deciding on Benchmark,” Audrey says.<br />

“We could check on our selections, see<br />

where everything was and track our payments<br />

through it all. It was an amazing piece of<br />

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shows you the timeline of everything that is<br />

happening, and you can go back and look at<br />

things and chart the progress. It was a big<br />

advantage of using Benchmark in my mind.”<br />

Reflecting on their new home, Audrey and<br />

Sam say there is nothing they would change.<br />

“It suits us down to the ground,” Audrey says.<br />

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go-to for bathrooms.<br />

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Raised basins will always be a timeless option.<br />

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What about his and hers basins?<br />

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In an en suite you may like his and hers<br />

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the rest of the family you may find one basin<br />

with maximum benchtop space is preferable.<br />

Are there any new developments<br />

in showers?<br />

Technological developments/advancements<br />

in showers would be water coming through<br />

the ceiling without a RainCan.<br />

What about colour trends?<br />

A naturalist palette is what we are<br />

increasingly seeing (and loving), tonal<br />

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Bathroom flooring – any new trends there?<br />

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For this homeowner and her family,<br />

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Romantic but functional<br />

A Mediterranean garden is a romantic garden, yet it is<br />

also a functional, social space. Within it, shady courtyards<br />

provide relief from the heat, and a place where families<br />

and friends can gather formally to dine, or informally to<br />

gossip or sip a coffee.<br />

Although the Mediterranean garden is synonymous<br />

with Spain, Italy, southern France and Greece, it always<br />

presents as having developed organically from the land<br />

immediately around it: dry hills with rocky outcrops,<br />

aromatic herb fields, wild alliums and almonds, and<br />

gnarled olives. In autumn and winter, native cyclamen<br />

grows from between cracks, and in spring the land bursts<br />

into life with flowering bulbs – tulips, muscari and<br />

anemone. Lavender bushes provide heady perfume but are<br />

also used in soap and to provide medicinal oil.<br />

A single potted<br />

citrus spells<br />

Mediterranean heat.<br />

Organic<br />

Although the Mediterranean garden has evolved<br />

from its own wild spaces, it is also carefully tended.<br />

Functional, food-bearing plants such as bay, citrus, quince,<br />

pomegranate, loquat and Medlar occupy nooks or pots,<br />

and are watered deeply over summer. Clipped hedges<br />

provide shelter from hot winds, and shade is provided by<br />

crumbling walls refreshed with a lick of white-wash, or<br />

rustic arbours threaded through with colourful climbing<br />

plants such as Bougainvillea and grape.<br />

Infrastructure<br />

Heat creates a need for water – delivered naturally in the<br />

form of lapping azure-blue ocean, or created with a small,<br />

cool pond, or a central well decked out with a battered<br />

pail. Discarded vessels from an earlier age, such as retired<br />

terracotta oil pots, wine barrels, an outdoor stone oven,<br />

or a wooden animal trough, are commonly found in a<br />

Mediterranean garden, as well as generations of worn<br />

furniture, encrusted with layers of thick oil paint.<br />

Vintage oil jars and a colourful, shady pergola are hallmarks of the Mediterranean garden.<br />

Paths<br />

A Mediterranean garden has its origins in a simple peasant<br />

economy, which is why recycled and natural materials form<br />

the basis of its paths. Crazy paving is made from broken<br />

brick, pieces of concrete, or flat rocks, randomly laid, with<br />

the cracks between filled with aromatic herbs such as<br />

thyme, oregano and chamomile. Broken seashells or gravel<br />

chip will also suffice, and where cost is not an issue, and<br />

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It’s simply not a Mediterranean garden without a place<br />

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Natural materials make<br />

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Climate control<br />

A Mediterranean climate is characterised by hot, dry summers and<br />

mild, wet winters. This is perfectly in keeping with many of the<br />

warmer regions of our own country, but if that climatic description<br />

doesn’t sound like your neck of the woods, you can always look for<br />

ways to improvise.<br />

A pergola, with a canopy of dense, hardy vines (such as clematis,<br />

winter jasmine or climbing hydrangea), all suited to a damper,<br />

cooler climate, can help. Both the structure and the plants will keep<br />

the soil under and immediately around them dry over the winter<br />

months. Within the protection of the pergola, it will be possible<br />

to grow more tender climbers for colour (think: perennial sweet<br />

pea or an ornamental grape such as Vitis coignetiae). If a pergola is<br />

not within your budget, choose hedging plants that can be wellclipped.<br />

They will create a dry microclimate around their feet.<br />

Citrus also brings colour to a Mediterranean garden. It can grow<br />

in-ground to fill a shrub-sized space or be kept small and clipped<br />

when planted in a pot. Although a citrus will bear colourful fruit in<br />

winter, in warmer climes, in summer it will put on a show for those<br />

who live in cooler parts of the country. Potted citrus in cold regions<br />

will need to be wrapped and/or moved into a greenhouse against<br />

the winter weather.<br />

Lavenders, the hallmark of the Mediterranean garden, are low<br />

maintenance (give them a clip after flowering, and a harder one<br />

again in spring). If you live in a warm, humid climate, Stoechas<br />

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a home<br />

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Six years ago, a business opportunity<br />

saw Julie Gullick and her family move<br />

to Christchurch from Southland, where<br />

she had lived for most of her life.<br />

“Mark gave me the confidence to<br />

work with them to bring my ideas to<br />

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and family. I wanted the capacity to<br />

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make an income when I retired.”<br />

For Julie, the key requirements were<br />

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space, a good-sized garage and plenty<br />

of storage. One thing she didn’t want<br />

was wasted space.<br />

And the building company that<br />

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Julie describes as “relational”.<br />

“I also wanted guarantees, with<br />

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In fact, it was Julie herself who<br />

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one with an adjoining kitchenette, two<br />

bathrooms, three toilets and an extralarge<br />

double garage.<br />

For the colour scheme, Julie worked<br />

with Trident Homes’ colour consultant<br />

Lynley Hansen from By Design<br />

Interiors. Throughout the living areas<br />

and two of the bedrooms, Wattyl<br />

Magnesium was the choice, and for<br />

her bedroom, the moody, dark -Silent<br />

Silhouette by Wattyl, with a feature<br />

wall in a striking floral wallpaper,<br />

white ceiling and white trim.<br />

“I had Lynley’s guidance, but she<br />

gave me the space to make my own<br />

choices. It was also important for me<br />

to keep the chemical load down, so<br />

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organic chemicals]. It’s durable, and<br />

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and humans.”<br />

Above: The barn door opening from<br />

the living area to the hallway is one of<br />

Julie's favourite features.<br />

Below left: The spacious open-plan<br />

layout was a key requirement.<br />

Below right: The kitchen offers plenty<br />

of storage space.<br />

Then, following a change in her<br />

personal circumstances, Julie started<br />

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somewhere she would feel part of<br />

the community.<br />

“I wanted to find a place like Winton,<br />

where I had come from, a place where<br />

people look out for each other.”<br />

Initially, Julie started looking at areas<br />

south of the city, and for her, the whole<br />

experience was based on intuition.<br />

“The land position, the design of the<br />

house, the building company I would<br />

choose, all of that would come about<br />

through a ‘felt sense’,” Julie says.<br />

In her search south, Julie found what<br />

she describes as a “beautiful area with a<br />

lovely section”, but it didn’t feel right.<br />

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In my search, I was methodical and<br />

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“I was looking for a company that<br />

wasn’t too big, one that made me feel<br />

valued as a customer and that I could<br />

relate to. When I met Mark Smith<br />

from Trident Homes at their show<br />

home in Ravenswood it felt like a good<br />

fit, but I wanted to connect with the<br />

company, so I called them and was able<br />

to speak directly to the franchise owner<br />

Pete Nisbet, who was very helpful.<br />

“I felt excited, so I looked at some<br />

of their plans, but I was quite specific<br />

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Builder:<br />

Trident Homes<br />

Land size:<br />

549sqm<br />

Home size:<br />

172sqm<br />

Above: The main<br />

bathroom features<br />

a fully tiled shower<br />

and a bath.<br />

Top right: Leading<br />

from the hallway,<br />

the kitchenette<br />

adjoining one of<br />

the bedrooms<br />

provides for<br />

guests, family and<br />

potential Air B&B<br />

accommodation.<br />

Right: An eyecatching<br />

feature of<br />

the kitchen is the<br />

brick splash-back.<br />

For the carpet, she chose one from the Belgotex<br />

Empire range, in ash, while the vinyl in the<br />

kitchen and bathrooms is a plank design in the<br />

colour Supremo Sutherland.<br />

The home’s exterior cladding is Clad’X plaster<br />

system, as recommended by Trident Homes,<br />

with a feature gable.<br />

With fresh, ventilated air being a nonnegotiable<br />

for Julie, she had a Moisture Master<br />

ventilation system installed, and this is just one<br />

of several special features she particularly enjoys<br />

in her new home.<br />

“I love the vaulted ceiling in the living area –<br />

it gives the illusion of more space, it definitely<br />

lets in more light, and it’s a point of interest in<br />

the room. I’m also thrilled with the barn door<br />

between the living area and the hall and the<br />

brick splash-back in the kitchen.<br />

“The storage is amazing,” Julie adds, “and that<br />

was important for me.”<br />

It includes a large cupboard in the living area<br />

and the garage, and storage space in the roof.<br />

Two sets of stacker doors open out from the<br />

living area to concrete patios, providing indooroutdoor<br />

flow, while an outside hot tap is handy<br />

for cleaning up after gardening. Julie has already<br />

established a vegetable and herb garden, the<br />

well-tended lawn looks lush, and she is planning<br />

to plant fruit trees, flowers and shrubs.<br />

In talking about her new home, Julie constantly<br />

refers to the “relational” aspect of her experience<br />

with the Trident Homes team, which made her<br />

feel valued.<br />

“Greg Lyons, the project manager, was<br />

just brilliant – I formed a good relationship<br />

with him, and there was a great team of subcontractors.<br />

Through Greg, I was able to have<br />

site access whenever I wanted to go and see how<br />

they were progressing. And Pete Nisbet was<br />

available if, and when, I had any questions. He<br />

said I could contact him any time I wanted to<br />

know anything. That’s something I don’t think<br />

you would get with a larger company.”<br />

Relaxing in her light, airy living space, Julie<br />

enjoys the outlook of trees and sky beyond<br />

her boundary.<br />

“I love feeling close to<br />

nature. I have that here.<br />

This house gives me<br />

everything I was looking<br />

for and I am very<br />

happy with how it all<br />

came together.”<br />

Designed for living. Built for life.<br />

Consent/build time:<br />

Six months<br />

Favourite feature:<br />

The way the house works – the<br />

indoor/outdoor flow<br />

Hardest decision:<br />

Choosing SDN carpet over wool<br />

or hard floor. Making sure the right<br />

decision was made with the space, i.e.,<br />

that there was enough space<br />

Would like to have:<br />

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There are many things to consider when building a new house<br />

and Trident Homes makes it easy with many years of real<br />

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Our Custom made Home designs and innovative Home plans<br />

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what’s cookin’ in the<br />

kitchen?<br />

What are the current trends in kitchen<br />

design in terms of colour schemes, and<br />

materials for cabinetry and bench surfaces?<br />

Timber, timber and more timber! Here and<br />

overseas, customer demand for timber and<br />

‘timber-look’ kitchens is on the rise. Be it a<br />

white kitchen with timber accents, or a timber<br />

kitchen with accents of black or pops of colour,<br />

the addition of timber into the kitchen is<br />

going to be with us for some time.<br />

While the engineered stones for benchtops<br />

are still super popular, the rise of the porcelain<br />

surface is hot on its tail. And why wouldn’t it<br />

be, with features like stain and heat resistance.<br />

It’s the perfect surface for a busy kitchen.<br />

How has the open-plan concept developed<br />

over recent years and what are its advantages?<br />

The open-plan kitchen/dining space was<br />

adopted in the mid-’80s and will be a part of<br />

Kiwi homes for the foreseeable. The kitchen<br />

is no longer just the place for the cook, it’s the<br />

hub of the home and is now, more than ever, a<br />

multi-purpose space. Homework, entertaining<br />

and even a work-space (thanks Covid…)<br />

Nicky Claridge of NC Design talks<br />

to Home & Leisure about the latest<br />

developments in kitchen design. And<br />

there are plenty of tasty ideas, both<br />

for new builds and renovations,<br />

as she reveals.<br />

PHOTOS<br />

Courtesy NC Design

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Any new developments in appliances?<br />

The technology of the latest appliances is vast,<br />

with ovens and cooktops that are being built for<br />

the domestic sector kitted out with functions the<br />

most decerning chef would envy. The key design<br />

feature that is very popular today is the ability to<br />

integrate some of the appliances into the kitchen<br />

joinery, so they become ‘hidden’.<br />

What about lighting?<br />

What are the different options?<br />

Lighting in the kitchen is more than just providing<br />

good ‘task’ light for the chef, it’s the mood lighting<br />

for the party, or accent lighting when the main<br />

room lights are off. My tip is to make sure the task<br />

lamps and accent lamps are switched separately<br />

so they can be operated independently from<br />

each other.<br />

Tell us about tapware trends – what's new?<br />

The kitchen tap is the hardest-working tap in<br />

the house by far, so it’s the one faucet that you<br />

shouldn’t grab as a bargain. Depending on your<br />

location, the quality of the tap-juice can be a little<br />

hard to swallow….. so the addition of a water filter<br />

can make all the difference to the taste.<br />

Storage is an important aspect of<br />

kitchen design, so are there any new<br />

ideas for that?<br />

More storage will always be near the<br />

top of a client’s wish-list, and so it<br />

should be. Kitchen real estate isn’t<br />

cheap, and wasted space is even more<br />

expensive, so the addition of ‘innerdrawers’<br />

to a pantry, with the longest<br />

‘full-extension’ runners you can have,<br />

is the best way to gain access to<br />

and make use of those<br />

hard-to-reach spaces.<br />

How can an existing kitchen be<br />

upgraded without spending<br />

too much?<br />

Updating a tired kitchen on a budget<br />

is tricky, but not impossible. Simple<br />

things like changing the handles or<br />

replacing the sink, tap or splash-back<br />

can often be enough to give it a new<br />

lease of life. Changing the benchtop<br />

is often a good way to reinvigorate a<br />

space but can be problematic if tiles<br />

are involved. If the cabinet colour is<br />

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Ease and Comfort at the<br />

Touch of a Button<br />

Buying a new bed is an important decision and not one that should be rushed.<br />

These days there are so many options, it can be hard to decide on just one.<br />

An adjustable bed is a great solution. With an adjustable bed you can move<br />

the bed to your desired sleeping position and there’s added benefits such<br />

as being able to raise your head to read. When you buy an adjustable bed,<br />

you’re buying a bed that can be altered to exactly what you want.<br />

Features and Benefits<br />

• Being able to adjust your bed can<br />

help with health issues such as poor<br />

circulation, heart burn and breathing<br />

problems.<br />

• If you and your partner prefer to<br />

sleep in different positions, you can<br />

choose a split model.<br />

With a split bed base, each side of<br />

the bed can be independently moved<br />

- one person can have the bed laid<br />

flat to sleep while the other can lift<br />

the back up and read in bed at the<br />

same time.<br />

• Another advantage of a split bed<br />

is that you and your partner can each<br />

select the mattress comfort you<br />

desire – even if one person prefers<br />

super firm and the other likes their<br />

mattress soft, there’s no compromise<br />

needed.<br />

• The base can be paired with different<br />

customisable headboard styles to suit<br />

your bedroom décor. Select from<br />

upholstered headboards or beautifully<br />

crafted timber designs.<br />

As well as having movement features,<br />

upgraded models have additional<br />

functions such as vibrating massage<br />

settings, speakers, Bluetooth capability<br />

and under bed lighting.<br />

You deserve a rejuvenating, restful<br />

sleep every night, so head into your<br />

local Harvey Norman and let our sleep<br />

experts help find the perfect bed for<br />

you - an adjustable bed might be just<br />

what you’re looking for.<br />

Harvey Norman Bedding: 250 Moorhouse Ave, Sydenham, Christchurch<br />

Ph: 0800 464 278 harveynorman.co.nz<br />

This Easy Indian Red<br />

Lentil Dahl is a musttry<br />

if you’re looking for a<br />

flavorful curry, soup, or stew<br />

recipe. It’s delicious, healthy<br />

and one of the best lentil<br />

dishes to warm you up in<br />

winter or for cold weather.<br />

Recipe and photo:<br />

Bianca Zapatka<br />

biancazaptaka<br />

www.biancazapatka.com<br />

Red Lentil Dahl<br />

Ingredients<br />

For the Dahl<br />

1-2 tbsp coconut oil or other neutral oil for frying<br />

2 onions chopped<br />

4 garlic cloves minced<br />

2 tsp ginger minced (or more to taste)<br />

1 tsp turmeric<br />

1 tsp coriander<br />

1 tsp cumin<br />

1 tsp red paprika powder<br />

1 tsp garam masala or other curry powder to taste<br />

1 ⅔ cups (<strong>30</strong>0 g) red lentils<br />

3 ¼ cups (780 ml) vegetable broth<br />

1 cup (240 ml) coconut milk<br />

1 cup (240 ml) strained tomatoes or chopped tomatoes<br />

salt and pepper to taste<br />

2 tsp coconut sugar or to taste<br />

2-3 tbsp lime or lemon juice or to taste<br />

To serve (optional)<br />

4-6 tbsp non-dairy yogurt<br />

fresh parsley or coriander<br />

sesame seeds<br />

rice cooked<br />

Instructions<br />

• Heat the coconut oil in a skillet or saucepan. Add the chopped<br />

onions, and sauté for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Then add the<br />

garlic and ginger sauté for another minute until fragrant. Lastly,<br />

add the spices, and sauté for a few seconds to unfold flavors.<br />

• Place the lentils in a fine-mashed sieve and rinse with cold running<br />

water. Then add them to the onion mixture in the skillet. Pour in<br />

the vegetable broth, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Cook<br />

covered for 8-10 minutes, or until the lentils have absorbed most of<br />

the liquid.<br />

• Add the coconut milk and strained tomatoes and simmer another<br />

5-10 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. (If the sauce is too<br />

thick, add a little more broth or coconut milk, until the desired<br />

consistency is reached). Season with salt, pepper, coconut sugar,<br />

and lime juice to taste.<br />

• Garnish your dahl with a swirl of non-dairy yogurt, fresh chopped<br />

parsley or coriander, and sesame seeds or other toppings you like.<br />

Serve over rice or with homemade vegan naan or aloo paratha or<br />

use it as a filling for your favorite hearty pancake, crêpes, or tortilla<br />

recipe. Enjoy!

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taste lane<br />

Follow the foodies to Taste Lane at<br />

the Home & Leisure Show for delicious<br />

flavours from these specialist food and<br />

beverage producers and importers.<br />

Straight 8 Estate<br />

Straight 8 Estate is located in the<br />

heart of the Canterbury Plains in<br />

Burnham. The vineyard is over <strong>30</strong><br />

years old and we aim to produce a<br />

range of ‘Seriously Drinkable Wines’<br />

from our single-vineyard block. Our<br />

cellar door is open seven days a week<br />

from 9am to 6.<strong>30</strong>pm. Casual, wine<br />

tasting daily – we look forward to<br />

seeing you. Cheers James & Mary.<br />

straight8estate.co.nz<br />

Skazka Deli<br />

Skazka Deli was established in 2003 and quickly became the favourite<br />

spot for European and Kiwi foodies alike. You will find all the ingredients<br />

for traditional festive celebrations and essential treats here - black caviar,<br />

colourful jars of pickles, salted herring, cheese, smoked meats and sausages,<br />

speck, cakes, chocolates and sweets.<br />

Discover intercontinental delicacies in our shop or buy on-line. It's a joy<br />

sharing Eastern European culinary tradition with you! skazka.co.nz<br />

Aoraki Liquorice<br />

Liquorice lovers will be licking their<br />

lips at Aoraki’s extensive range of<br />

tempting sweet treats, all made in<br />

New Zealand. Naturally they have<br />

everyone’s faves like Liquorice<br />

Allsorts, Irish Moss, and Raspberry<br />

and Liquorice Bites. More of a fudge<br />

fan? The Chocolate, Russian and<br />

Irish Cream combination pottles<br />

are very popular. The clear pottles<br />

are fully recyclable and Aoraki also<br />

caters to gluten-free and workplace<br />

customers. Based in Christchurch.<br />

aorakiliquorice.co.nz<br />

Cannonhill Gourmet<br />

We are a local food manufacturer that produces<br />

a range of small-batch, handcrafted mayonnaise,<br />

hummus, relishes, and more recently a range of<br />

puddings. Our aim is to provide a classic-based<br />

range with a modern twist, focusing on quality and<br />

flavour. We believe in providing our customers with<br />

products to inspire their culinary confidence and<br />

imagination. We are available in most supermarkets<br />

and specialty stores. cannonhillgourmet.co.nz<br />

Euro Liquor<br />

Euro Liquor is an Auckland-based online<br />

liquor store. Here you can find European<br />

beer, vodka, brandy, whiskey, specialty<br />

liqueurs, and wines. We work with premium<br />

brands focused on delivering high-quality<br />

drinking experiences to our discerning<br />

customers. Our products are from many<br />

European countries such as Norway,<br />

Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland etc.<br />

Apart from traditional flavours, we have<br />

Low Carb, Gluten Free, Low-Alc and Non-<br />

Alc beverages. Something cool for everyone!<br />

euroliquor.co.nz<br />

Fudge Cottage<br />

For decades, The Fudge Cottage at Christchurch’s<br />

historic Arts Centre has been handcrafting the<br />

finest artisan fudge from a traditional family recipe.<br />

Fresh New Zealand milk and cream are combined<br />

with carefully selected natural ingredients to create<br />

confections that bring a smile to the lips of young and<br />

old alike. With a wide range of products, flavours, and<br />

delightful giftware, you’ll find something for everyone<br />

at The Fudge Cottage.<br />


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Dakshina<br />

Dakshina seasonings and curry mixes are made<br />

from all-natural ingredients and are carefully<br />

crafted by hand. By combining these with<br />

ingredients you can easily source locally you can<br />

bring the tastes of India to your home. Give it<br />

a try some time to spice up your mealtime and<br />

enjoy the undeniable aroma that comes from<br />

making a dish that smells, looks, and tastes like it<br />

came straight out of India. dakshina.co.nz<br />

Brandhouse<br />

Make sure you stop by the stand and<br />

have a taste of some top shelf products<br />

from Brandhouse, a Christchurch<br />

based beverage company. You might<br />

even find your new favourite beer,<br />

wine or spirit. brandhouse.co.nz<br />

Visit our stand at the<br />

Home & Leisure for<br />


Show<br />

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• Easy to operate<br />

• Large capacity<br />

• Easily customised<br />

• Aesthetically pleasing<br />

• Doubles as an outdoor table<br />

www.smokeandspice.co.nz<br />

Ph: 021 396 000

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the inside<br />

story<br />

What are the current trends in interior design in terms of<br />

style, e.g. minimalist, rustic/country, sleek/contemporary,<br />

organic/natural?<br />

The recent lockdowns have highlighted the need for our<br />

homes to not only function well but also make us feel good<br />

and there is a lot of discussion in the industry about what<br />

comfort means to different individuals.<br />

We are noticing a demand for more natural fibres and<br />

colours. Bringing elements of nature into our homes can be<br />

soothing, therefore trends in soft furnishings and wallpaper<br />

include using anything inspired by nature or that incorporate<br />

natural materials. We are seeing lots of botanical prints and<br />

colours like ochre, grey with either a strong blue or brown<br />

undertone, green of every shade and a move back to warm<br />

tones in wall and floor coverings. Texture is being used in<br />

upholstery fabrics with rounded shapes in furniture designs.<br />

Buying quality is definitely trending; generally people are<br />

becoming more aware of the impact their purchases have<br />

on the environment, so buying better quality is important<br />

to get the longest life out of our furniture and furnishings.<br />

Style trends are becoming less important, instead clients are<br />

focusing on what make them happy and won’t date too easily,<br />

then creating a unique style that suits their individual needs.<br />

It’s so important to inject your personal<br />

tastes into the spaces you reside in, so that<br />

feeling of ‘home’ is there the second you<br />

walk in the door. And the style that achieves<br />

that feeling is different for everyone, says<br />

Treena Swift of Swift Designs.<br />

She talks to Home & Leisure about making<br />

your interior design work for you.<br />

Leaders In<br />

Electrical Services<br />

Christchurch<br />

Canterbury<br />

Call John McDonald<br />

027 333 3768<br />

www.jme.co.nz<br />


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When considering an interior<br />

design for a room, what should<br />

you start with?<br />

Start with the floor and work your<br />

way up. Think of your space in layers<br />

and add as many layers as you can<br />

afford – the more you add, the more<br />

aesthetically pleasing and welcoming<br />

it will feel. Examples of layers in<br />

a living room are – flooring, rugs,<br />

side and coffee tables, sofa or chairs,<br />

cushions, throws, lighting, window<br />

treatments, paint colours, wallpaper,<br />

art or family photos, décor such as<br />

dried flowers, vases, candles, books;<br />

and lastly plants. Check that all<br />

items co-ordinate with the flooring<br />

selection, and with each other, to<br />

create the overall style you love.<br />

What would you recommend as a<br />

focal point in a living space?<br />

A fire always offers a warm focal point<br />

in the living room. If you don’t have<br />

the infrastructure needed, i.e. plumbed<br />

gas or a flue, the latest electric fires<br />

are an easy addition for retro-fitting.<br />

They look very much like a gas fire. A<br />

large art work or a feature wallpaper<br />

can also have a dramatic impact if the<br />

space for a fire isn’t available.<br />

How can accessories like throws and<br />

cushions be used to best effect?<br />

Use accessories to repeat the colour<br />

from artworks or rugs within the<br />

space. When you repeat a material,<br />

colour or theme, it makes it look<br />

intentional (even if it wasn’t). Select<br />

quality feather cushion inners; this<br />

allows you to change the covers<br />

seasonally or annually to completely<br />

transform the overall appearance of<br />

the room without the large expense.<br />

How can a room be updated on a budget?<br />

First, create the plan of what you need, be specific about the<br />

style and size of each piece and only buy those items! If your<br />

budget is tight, shop around online and in stores. Facebook<br />

Marketplace and Trade Me can be the source of bargains<br />

and often items provide an opportunity to up-cycle to make<br />

it your own. Auction houses, antique stores and thrift stores<br />

can sometimes have just the thing you need for a fraction of<br />

the cost.<br />

Contact an interior designer and be honest about your<br />

budget and what you need to achieve with it. They have<br />

access to discontinued fabrics and know where and how to<br />

source items for less (or more). Paint can be used to great<br />

effect and is inexpensive.<br />

Or if there are no budget limits, where should the money<br />

be spent?<br />

Spending money on materials and finishes that increase<br />

the asset’s value is always a great plan. But, whatever your<br />

budget, buy the best quality you can afford and take your<br />

time – the best interiors come about over years of enjoyment<br />

and reflect the homeowner’s life and loves.<br />

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a rural<br />

hideaway<br />

Away from the pressures of<br />

work in a tourist hotspot, a<br />

comfortable holiday home<br />

provides a welcome escape.<br />

WORDS<br />

Christine de Felice<br />

PHOTOS<br />

Courtesy Genius Homes

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After purchasing a 10,000sqm rural<br />

flat site in the Maniototo, an Otago<br />

couple were considering whether to<br />

design and build themselves or look<br />

for a company that would take care<br />

of the full project.<br />

"Having previously built our own<br />

homes over the years, we were<br />

looking at the least stressful, and<br />

easily managed remotely,” the<br />

husband explains.<br />

“We live in Queenstown and<br />

were building a holiday house two<br />

hours away. We both have busy<br />

jobs. We wanted the most seamless<br />

construction process within a budget.”<br />

Their online research brought up<br />

several building companies offering a<br />

one-stop package, among which was<br />

Genius Homes.<br />

“Their website presented some smart<br />

designs that seemed to be well priced,”<br />

he says.<br />

“One of these was the option of<br />

a complete ‘off-site build’ with a<br />

transportable option, and that seemed<br />

to fit our situation perfectly. The<br />

website was easy to look through, their<br />

designs offered what we were looking<br />

for and when we made initial contact<br />

to discuss options, they responded to<br />

us in a timely manner.”<br />

The sales agent met the couple at<br />

their home, where they discussed the<br />

brief and the design they had in mind.<br />

“The agent showed us the likely<br />

benefits of another design that would<br />

require less changes to meet our brief,<br />

so was cost effective. In chatting to<br />

him he was attentive and responded<br />

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Site Board<br />

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For the couple, the key aspects they wanted in<br />

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