Think outside the box

A home away from home, a bach is a serene space, one that hosts your most relaxed self. Baches come in many architectural styles, from quaint, cosy, and classic, to contemporary, modular, and open plan. Comfort is a prime consideration if building or renovating, followed closely by functionality, both inside and out. You’ll want to […]

Pimp your bach

Some of our best memories are made at our baches and holiday homes. Together with close friends and family, these spaces bring out the happiest, and least work-crazed, versions of us. So, make it something to be proud of. There are plenty of luxury additions to consider if you want to level up your holiday […]

Plan for sustainability

When aiming for a sustainable build, planning is essential. Work together with experienced architects and designers who share a passion for sustainability to ensure a smooth process and that no materials are wasted. When designing or renovating, consider adaptive reuse of existing structures. Transforming old buildings into new spaces may be more sustainable than starting […]

Shower in style

Summer fun and life in the backyard pool, or at the beach, doesn’t have to result in a trail of wet footprints tracked through the house or bach. Setting up an outdoor shower may be as simple or as stylishly integrated as you choose. From a rainfall shower head mounted in a private location, to […]

Light up your night

Outdoor lighting is an important aspect of overall design, and also safety. The right fixtures or features can add ambiance, while also providing functional lighting for use and safety purposes. It can illuminate walkways, outdoor dining rooms, patios, pools, and structures such as pergolas. Pools, spas, and steps are key areas to illuminate for safety […]

Adding an outdoor kitchen

Cooking up a storm outdoors need not be confined to the occasional barbecue. Many homeowners are investing in outdoor kitchens, giving them more entertaining space, increased value in their home, and various health benefits that come from fresh air, and sunshine. Valuers estimate that homeowners can expect a return on investment of 100-200% on the […]

A proud heritage: Bowron Sheepskins

In 1881, Bowron Brothers Tannery was established on Ferry Road in Christchurch. They engaged in fellmongering and pickling sheepskins and lambskins for export to the UK, as well as tanning cattle hide leathers for the local trade. Destroyed in a fire approximately 20 years later, the Bowron Brothers Tannery moved to Woolston and operated as […]

A classy Christmas: French Blue

Nothing says chic gifting quite like the elegant collection of beautiful and unique items available from French Blue. Each individual piece, carefully selected by owner Catherine Matthews, has a ‘Je ne sais quoi’ quality. Vintage grain sack and linen cushions, exquisite European jewellery, bags, scarves, rugs, and linen, add a distinctive touch to any Christmas […]

A sizzling summer bbq: Cliffys Flame Grill & Spa

When it comes to barbecues, there are a select few that are strides above the rest. O ne barbecue brand creates culinary marvels that can skillfully smoke meat to perfection, transform dough into mouthwatering pizzas, and sizzle burgers to juicy, flame-kissed deliciousness, and that’s Weber. Celebrating its 1st birthday with a new identity, Weber Store […]

Fill the shelves: Piccadilly Books

Stop by Piccadilly Books, a store that is celebrating 30 years of supplying booklovers of all ages with literary treasures. Elon Musk Walter Isaacson Our price $64.99 By the author of “Steve Jobs” and other best-selling biographies, this is a close-knit narrative of a contentious yet groundbreaking maverick, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon […]