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Merry Christmas!

Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong has been sharing her top tips for creating successful interiors throughout 2019.

This issue, she simply wants to wish all her readers a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

“Enjoy the break with your family and relax!” she says.

“It’s been a fabulous year and I thought I would inspire you all with some images we have worked on.”

If you’re looking for something special for friends this Christmas, there’s plenty of options at Armstrong Interiors. “Come in and see what we have,” Angelique says.

“We also have some special works in from ceramic potter Kim Henderson if you’re looking for a one-off, original piece.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, from the Armstrong Interiors team.”

Visit, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram armstronginteriorsltd

Find Armstrong Interiors at 27 Papanui Road, visit, phone 03 356 2636 or check them out on Instagram, armstronginteriorsltd


Fleck Construction

A family friendly space: Fleck Construction and Jeremy Kingan Architects team up to build an excellent family home

“I love houses with rhythm,” says Jeremy Kingan, an Architect based in Central Otago. Clearly the judges of the NZIA Southern Architecture Awards agreed, selecting Jeremy’s ‘Fleck’ house as one of the housing category winners for 2018.

Fleck Construction

The rhythmic design concept of patterned repetition is evident in the gabled barn section of the house where the roof is clad in ‘tray’ style steel of flat pan and rib, which is then folded down the walls. Rhythmic progression is provided by the second form and material: a box-shaped wing sided in cedar shiplap. Jeremy’s aesthetic is to stay true to the material he is using and find something intriguing about it. “If you choose to use plywood, don’t pretend it is board and batten; be sure to celebrate its sheet form.”
Rhythm is apparent in the outlook of this home, as well as its design, positioned as it is for maximum appreciation of the four seasons as they cycle across the elevations of Coronet Peak. This stunning northern outlook can be appreciated from the kitchen and family area, as well as the dining and living areas, and the main bedroom.


Fleck ConstructionThe interior features polished concrete, which Jeremy has been incorporating into designs for 40 years “long before it became fashionable” and its counterpoint is planking in oak.

Jeremy says the concept for the house came together really harmoniously: the clients’ architect family member introduced the concept; the clients brought thoughts of their own; Jeremy added his ideas then finessed the proportions and pulled it together.
Richard Fleck of Fleck Construction built the house for his young family. Growing up just down the road from the site, the desire to raise his family in a rural setting made the choice of location obvious.
The family found working with Jeremy straightforward and collaborative, Richard says. “We love the proportions Jeremy produced for the design. Proportions are key to a great home and they are perfect here.”
Not only does the house feature stunning good looks, the space and layout make it easy for a young family to live in.
There are four in the Fleck Construction team, working all around the Southern Lakes area. It’s a flexible company working on larger or smaller scale homes, and on major or minor renovations. Richard says projects come through word of mouth and, while larger architectural homes are now making up a greater share of the business, smaller developments and proposals are always welcome.
The next build is an Arrowtown house incorporating environmentally sustainable features. Richard says the ‘greening’ and increased energy efficiency of homes is a positive step given “the annual struggle with elements, which is the price Mother Nature extracts for living within such outstanding natural beauty”.

Project Partners

  1. Fleck Construction
    Ph: 021 260 4481
  2. Jeremy Kingan Architects
    Ph: 021 178 4304
Cameron Bailey

On top of the world: We chat to the number one Harcourts sales consultant in the world who just happens to be Christchurch’s very own Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey has been awarded the number one Harcourts sales consultant in the world and is also thrilled that the company he is part owner in has had its Papanui office announced as the top office for Harcourts out of over 800 offices globally. Metropol talks to Cameron about the 15 years of dedication behind the accolade.

Cameron Bailey

What attracted you to real estate?

I’ve always been a people person and prior to real estate I was working in hospitality – restaurants and cafés. I’ve always loved property since buying my first home at 20. The longer I’m in real estate, the more I realise it’s about the people and not the houses. I see a real estate agent as the middle man negotiating fair value between sellers and buyers. Building rapport and trust with both sides gets the deal done.

How do you get to be the No 1 Harcourts salesperson in the world?!

I’ve only achieved this accolade twice in a fifteen-year career. I think people see the award but don’t realise there’s fifteen years of hard work behind it to get there. I also have an amazing team of sales consultants and personal assistants that I work with who drive the business behind me. In this marketplace the successful agents are backed by a team, so they can provide better service and better support than a lone ranger agent.

What has been your recipe for success in the real estate space?

As I’ve said before, work ethic is always the basis for success but after fifteen years in the industry I bring to the table a lot of experience and credibility. In a tighter marketplace the credibility of the agent representing your property can mean extra money when it comes to the sale price. I always like to think that we’ve been ahead of the trends and other agents follow us and look at us for what to do in the market.

What does a day in your life look like?

Monday to Friday my alarm goes off at 5am. I go to the gym at 6am, breakfast at 7:30am, arrive at the office at 8:15am, I am in and out of appointments all day and I am constantly on the phone in between appointments. Usually I finish the work day after 8pm, or even later if I’m negotiating a deal or appraising a property. Saturdays and Sundays, I work both days and usually do 12-14 open homes for the weekend. Real estate is a lifestyle, not a job.

Besides from real estate what else are you passionate about?

I have two beautiful identical twin girls that are now seven, I try and spend as much time with them as I can and our favourite place to go for a quick week away is Fiji. I also try to lead a healthy lifestyle, I’m a fitness fanatic and I’m obsessed with eating healthy food. I’m trying to eat a keto based diet at the moment. I love travelling and I try to have some down time overseas a couple of times a year with South America being on the hit list in the near future. I’m also a car enthusiast; I’ve loved cars since I was a kid.

Any words to live by?

One of my favourite quotes at the moment is, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” – Martin Luther King.

Casa Construction

It’s all about the detail: Casa Construction raises its sights towards the 2018 Master Builder Awards

The team at Casa Construction has had a big year already. A brand refresh, launched in March, has helped to position the business for expansion down south to Wanaka. Now with the Master Builder awards in full swing, Casa is focussed on completing more houses that are as beautiful and well-crafted as this year’s entry, titled ‘Light Luxury’.


Casa Construction

Light Luxury is perched delicately on the Cashmere Hills, with broad sweeping views of the city and beyond through its industrial height windows.
The house itself is simple yet it is the details – courtesy of architect Thom Craig – that set it apart. The Casa team worked collaboratively with both client and architect to deliver the finishes required to ensure those aforementioned details, would sing.
Attention to the details is a particular passion of the Casa team. Managing Director, Jeff Root says, “anyone can build a house but it’s the hundred little things that we do differently that turn a house into a home”.
The team knows that when collaborating with architects this catch phrase becomes even more important. “Our architect partners have a vision. It’s our job to take that vision, fit it to the client’s budget and help realise the dream in the best way possible.”
The 2018 Master Builder Awards for Canterbury will be announced in July, with National awards announced in November. While the Casa team wait for their results, they will begin to apply their gold standard building practices to their first architecturally designed home, on the outskirts of Wanaka.
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Molls Dolls

The dames of dance: how the award winning dance group ‘Molls Dolls’ got their collective groove on

Molly Chapman was four years old when she donned her first pair of tap shoes and clicked her way across the floorboards. Born and raised in Dunedin, Molly grew up in a family that was, and still is, very involved in musical theatre. “My sister plays leading roles and directs musicals in Dunedin, and my brother acts and directs too.”

Molls Dolls

Molly taught tap in Dunedin and continued to teach it when she moved to Christchurch, aged 22. Her love of dance was passed onto her son, Hayden Withers, who graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in 2014, and is now New York based, and wowing audiences at Off Broadway. “Hayden’s my
inspiration,” Molly says.
The birth of Molls Dolls came about when the mother of a young girl she taught suggested Molly take a class for adults, as well as preschoolers. The same mother also suggested the name Molls Dolls.
It was while attending a Masters Games event with a softball team, which Molly says was enormous fun, that she became aware that the Masters had a Dancesports category.
She returned home with a plan in mind and wasted no time in putting out the word she was looking to teach tap to adult women. She set up a dance studio in her home and in 2015, Molls Dolls were up and tapping.
In 2016 they competed in their first Masters Games in Dunedin. “Our team comprised six ex-tap dancers. We were in the Formation Team section of the Dancesports and the crowds loved us so much that we returned home wearing silver medals!”
Fired with such a win, Molls Dolls headed to the Masters at Wanganui in January 2017. “But this time there were 11 of us (three teams) and we came away with Gold and Silver.”
On Waitangi weekend of this year, Molls Dolls competed at the Masters, again; by now the three teams had grown to 21 dancers, aged from 37 to 69. They made a clean sweep, with the red and silver team winning the gold medal, the blue team taking out the silver, and the black and gold team getting bronze. They also got the silver medal in Show Dance.
The girls are super industrious when it comes to fundraising. “From May to August we make up to 300 dozen cheese rolls, per run – we’ve even made over 1,200 dozen!”
Next up for these indefatigable dames of dance is the Masters Games in October at Timaru and Wanganui in February, 2019. “We’ve also been invited to an Australasian Competition called Follow Your Dreams, with a qualifying competition in Christchurch in August. If we qualify then we’ll be heading to Melbourne in January 2019.”
Molly says her dancers inspire her and have brought so much fun into her life. “The girls give me so much joy. I don’t think I would have survived the hard times without them; they make Molls Dolls!”
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O'Neil Architecture

People make the place: O’Neil Architecture

When people think of O’Neil Architecture, it might conjure up images of its award-winning homes scattered throughout New Zealand, or perhaps founder and Principle Designer Darren O’Neil springs to mind.

O'Neil Architecture

However, there is a team of talented folk behind the scenes who passionately bring clients’ visions and dream homes to life – guiding clients through the rollercoaster journey that is designing and building their new home and which has helped build the successful and recognised name ‘O’Neil Architecture’ as it stands today.
A tight knit team of eight, the boutique office offers a very personalised high-end service. Senior Designer, David Rea, leads the technical team, collaborating on the designs with Darren for more than 13 years. Their robust, comprehensive approach has been refined over the years; they complement each other, continually questioning and pushing the boundaries to create truly inspired, timeless and elegant homes.
“Clichéd as it sounds, a successful company and the incredible work that is produced is built from the inside out,” David says.
With a positive and challenging working environment and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s obvious why there is such low staff turnover in an age where professionals tend to jump ship every 2-4 years.
So much so that Practice Manager Lucy Ross works from Auckland, commuting weekly after recently moving cities – neither party wanted a complete break! “It’s fantastic to be working for such a flexible and modern company that values and invests in its staff and understands if they’re happy and appreciated, it’s going to show through their work.”

Premium Home Builders

A talent for transformation: Premium Home Builders have been wowing the judges (and homeowners) with their renovation and design skills

Specialising in architectural builds and large-scale renovations, the innovative team at Premium Home Builders can transform a dated abode into an award-winning home.

Premium Home Builders

With a strong focus on sustainability and creating healthy, energy-efficient homes, the company ensures quality craftmanship, contemporary design and an exceptional building experience.
This is reflected in one of their recent projects, an earthquake repair in Lyttelton. The stunning, two-storey home won Premium Home Builders a string of accolades at the Registered Master Builders 2017 awards, including the national winner title for House of the Year Renovations $500,000 – $1Million – excellence in workmanship, creativity and innovation.
Perched on a hill surrounded by native bush, the four-bedroom home was originally built in the 1960s. “It now looks like a brand-new home,” says Andrew Breward, who runs the successful company with Kelly Wood. “We improved the structure of the house, using the latest products and technologies, to modernise its layout and look from the ground up.”
With significant attention to detail and excellent client communication, the company provides a seamless service and a quality assurance process throughout every stage of the project. Andrew and Kelly have an impressive amount of knowledge each with over 30 years’ experience in the industry.
“We really care about our clients and aim to provide the best outcome for them as possible, in line with their budgets and requirements.”
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Patisserie Yahagi

Sweet love: Patisserie Yahagi gets their joy from bringing happiness through the giving and receiving of food

When you work within or establish a new business, what makes you the happiest?

Patisserie Yahagi

For Eri Yahagi, the owner of Patisserie Yahagi at Church Corner mall in Upper Riccarton, happiness comes in knowing that her customers enjoy her desserts and cakes, but especially when they pass that joy on to their dearest people.
These were posted on the Facebook page of one of her customers on Valentine’s Day.

Heath Wells posted at 16:05 on his Facebook:

“It’s Valentine’s Day and I cannot think of anything nicer for Heather than a sweet treat from what is, in my opinion, the best patisserie here in Christchurch, Patisserie Yahagi…
This is their creation to celebrate today – a heart shaped raspberry and chocolate mousse.”

Heath Wells posted at 16:33 posted on his Facebook:

“So this just happened… This morning Heather Wells and I had a conversation along the lines of Valentine’s Day being a commercialised thing and we wouldn’t buy into it and get each other anything. Of course I was like, ‘Yeah right! As if I would not get something’. So, as per my previous post, I went along to Patisserie Yahagi and got that heart shaped treat…
Well, it seems Heather Wells had similar thoughts, and also called into Patisserie Yahagi on the way home and picked up this gorgeous looking chocolate tart! Great minds think alike!”

This heartwarming story is right at the heart of what Eri loves most about her business. “They got their desserts from Patisserie Yahagi for each other because they thought this was the best for each other!”
And so Eri will continue to bake her desserts and cakes to make people you love like your partner, family and friends happy. Who’s your special someone that you want to treat with Patisserie Yahagi’s creations?