Home & Garden

Get your home and garden looking their best with ideas to inspire and tips to help you get the latest looks for your budget. From what to plant in your garden right now to the hottest trends in interior design, look no further.

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You only have to stand in Artworks Landscape’s award-winning show garden at their premises at 404 Prestons Road and take it all in to immediately appreciate the style, quality and craftsmanship that are the company’s hallmarks. Husband and wife team Ross and Jayne Marriott have built up the business over nearly 30 years and their hard work is paying dividends, with the company racking up design awards left and right in recent years. Passionate about what they’re doing, the Artworks team love to create outdoor spaces that their clients are proud of and can enjoy all year round. Providing a range of services from custom landscape design through to construction and maintenance and with a balanced mix of extremely experienced, clever landscapers and enthusiastic, up-and-coming young talent, Artworks can completely transform your outdoor space into a stunning work of art.  Artworks Landscapes404 Prestons Road, Marshlandwww.artworkslandscape.co.nz...
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Walk into Interiors by Lume and you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped onto the set of a high-end lifestyle magazine shoot. Eschewing the dull, ordinary and design-by-rote, interior designer and owner Melissa Merrin has curated an exquisite collection of the rare and covetous. No surprises then that the boutique interior design studio and neighbouring showroom have become the first port of call for those looking for something a little different – indeed, special – and a welcome addition to the village-like atmosphere of Strowan shopping centre’s bustling Normans Road retail hub. In a testament to Melissa's design prowess, the showroom is home to one of the city’s finest selections of international design pieces and furnishings, many of which are exclusive to the store, and a case study in opulence. Rocking a safari luxe aesthetic, the showroom elegantly blends tactile Armadillo & Co rugs and Bandini cushions with natural,...
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Taking kitchen heat to all-new levels, designer European elegance and astute functionality are the hallmarks of Christchurch’s Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, where covetous kitchens of the sort profiled in glossy high-end lifestyle magazines are created.Destination shopping at its finest, the Victoria Street showroom/kitchen Mecca is resplendent with 7 stunning kitchen fit-outs that span the latest in slick, sleek, clean lines and bright colours (think bright yellows, rich reds and classy blacks) through to natural finishes and more rustic offerings.Seamlessly teaming German-made designer efficiency from kitchen-making juggernauts Nobilia and Rational with Kiwi design and state-of-the-art European appliances (cue Progress, Blanco, Ilve, Genesi, Scholtes, Asko, Delonghi, Liebherr and Trieste), Palazzo Kitchens extend and create new living spaces in the home where function and comfort reign supreme.Meeting with one of the Palazzo team’s senior designers, it’s hard not to get caught up in their enthusiasm as they bring your dream kitchen to life...
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Cityscape hits up the experts to find out what’s hot and happening in homes this season. INTERIORS With Frobisher Interiors' Georgia Langridge. Right now we are taking our search for inspiration international, and are loving two trends in particular that combine timeless luxury with unexpected contemporary features. The new elegance An Art Deco-derived trend that incorporates lavish fabrics such as soft silks and plush velvets teamed with brass and gold. Subtle tonal variances of greens or blues will allow the metals to be your accents that pop. Further adding to this is the use of statement pieces such as Art Deco-inspired starburst chandeliers to provide a central focal point and create an ambience within the space. This is a formula that heightens the drama in an interior, achieving a fine balance of a relaxed elegance. Bringing the outdoors in Designers are typically inspired by the natural world that surrounds them, and this season...
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With large, stunningly styley mirrors continuing their domination as one of the hottest at-home must-haves, Cityscape caught up with Eco Frame and Mirror’s Dan Sutherland to tap into the genius of the company’s 20 year’s experience in the art of selecting a mirror from their extensive showroom or creating the perfect mirror. Mirrors have always played an intrinsic role in decorating a room. From reflecting light and creating the illusion of space through to funky design, mirrors can create a dramatic transformation in any space and be used throughout the home. While above a mantelpiece or fireplace is classic mirror positioning, mirrors can also turn up the style factor in practically any room.In the dining room, whether it’s over a buffet or console table, a mirror will effortlessly enhance and complete the room, while in an entrance or hallway above a console table, a mirror will add dimension and bring in...
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Cityscape catches up with CoLab Architecture’s Blair Paterson and Tobin Smith on the latest in passive heating and cooling designs. We Kiwis are naturally outdoorsy people. We love to spend our days sitting in the sun, socialising outdoors and impressing friends with our BBQ skills. Unlike our Aussie neighbours, we seldom reach for the air-con remote to cool our houses, instead opening windows and doors to create a cross breeze. However, our climate – particularly here in the South – doesn’t always cooperate. Warm days are often compromised by gusty winds attacking us from all directions. There are a number of simple fundamental principles that we consider when designing a new house to not only aid in functionality, but also comfort and energy efficiency. Designing for the sun is imperative. Orientating the house and positioning glazing towards the north and west helps capture heat throughout the day that, when paired with...
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Cityscape caught up with Harcourts property guru Mary Turnbull for the lowdown on investing in property. What’s the local investment property market like? It’s an attractive market for both seasoned and novice investors as there’s a lot of property available, giving the investor the chance to buy well. Interest rates remain low and the outlook for the city is extremely positive both from an immigration and rebuild perspective. If you add these elements together it’s definitely a good time to consider investing, and I believe this climate will be maintained for the next 18–24 months. What are the key considerations? Potential investors need to build their confidence, and this centres around accurately establishing the return a property would give you prior to purchase, maintaining that figure if possible, and being able to shoulder changes such as interest rates increasing. They also need to be comfortable with the location they purchase...
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With Christchurch in full rebuild mode, Cityscape caught up with CoLab Architecture’s Blair Paterson and Tobin Smith for the lowdown on the finer points of creating timeless architecture. It’s fair to say that the dust has now settled in Christchurch and the city rebuild is well and truly underway. As the city transitions from demolition to reconstruction, the urgency to get projects moving forward presents a new challenge for architects and designers. People are understandably eager to get back into their homes and start using the city again; however, this eagerness can bring about shotgun decisions that often result in less than appealing architecture. Christchurch has always been celebrated for its strong architectural language, from the historic Gothic structures of Benjamin Mountfort to the slick modernist forms of Sir Miles Warren. All of this history has shaped what is known as ‘the Christchurch style’, and although a lot of these examples have been lost, certain principles can be adopted to create a...
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Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances kitchen designer Emily Erickson shares why black is so hot right now. After a decade of white dominating the world of kitchen design, another timeless colour is making a comeback – black. Renowned for being sophisticated and sexy, black has emerged as a hot kitchen trend stronger than ever this season.From statement pieces to subtle hints, you are able to create that timeless combination with an über chic look. While I understand the reason for black kitchens being avoided in the past  – being notoriously known to mark and show smudges – the kitchen market has finally pushed aside all the myths regarding this finish. Gone are the days of impossible-to-clean black cabinets! Although the combination of black and white continues to be strong together – for example, as a mix between the lower cabinets and upper cabinets – there are also other ways to bring black...
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Cityscape caught up with Ash Morgan of About Colour Paint & Design (and Mitre 10 Dream Home winner) for the lowdown on what’s hot in paper and paint this spring.   “Colour, texture and wallpapers can create a new look for your home. Paint ceilings in new fresher whites, walls in warm whites while, wallpapered areas add pattern and texture.” Ash's Colour Faves: Charcoal The new neutral. Try About Colour Armour and Porters Paints White Rhino. Mustard From hot to mild – try Dijon from About Colour. Turquoise From palest watery to sea blue-greens – try Porters Paints Chintz Grey and Seven Seas. Pink Any shade! Try Porters Paint Carnevale and About Colour Poodle. Navy Blue Stunning paired with a fresh white – see In the Navy and Stark from About Colour....