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‘tis the season to be crafty: RESENE


As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, why not take the same positive approach to your festive flair? Before you go crazy at the shops on everything from too much tinsel to over-the-top ornaments, consider an eco-friendly approach to your home’s festive décor.

 

** Styling by Vanessa Nouwens | Images by Bryce Carleton

 

The best part is that creating a consistent holiday look throughout your home while spreading Christmas cheer is surprisingly easy to achieve with little more than a few Resene testpots.

Whether balls, stars, hearts or angels are your cup of tea, dazzling Christmas tree ornaments can be achieved for far less than the cost of brand-new items.

By taking a creative approach, almost anything destined for the recycling bin can enjoy a second life as a Christmas ornament.

If you’re feeling crafty, upcycle some wood offcuts from a previous project and turn them into simple shapes using a jigsaw or scroll saw.

Paint them in your favourite Resene colours, drill holes near the tops, run through some ribbon or twine, and you’ll have everything you need to trim the tree in no time.

The best thing is if you want to change your theme colours next year, you can just paint them again.

Or, grab the kids and take them for a walk to the op shop and hunt out some old ornaments that could be made new again.

You’re sure to find some quirky treasures that will quickly become family favourites.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.


**Walls painted in Resene Merlot; floor in Resene Half Spanish White; coffee table in Resene Merlot, stars on the back shelf in Resene Triple Concrete; the tree ornaments in Resene Quarter Spanish White and Resene Merlot; star trays in Resene Triple Concrete; small bowl with sweets in Resene Ebb; boxes in Resene Merlot, Resene Ebb and Resene Triple Concrete.


 

Gifting Trenz: Trenzseater


Personalise your living spaces with the covetable range of furniture, furnishing and fixtures from Trenzseater. Shop the range of international and local designs perfect for the gifting season in-store or online.

 

Model behaviour. Kate Moss, Life is a Joke print, $1023

 

Ornamental elegance. Mr Pinchy & Co Brutus the Bull in Large, $1134 or Small, $298

 

Seek out inspiration with an apt coffee table tome. Louis Vuitton Catwalk, $196

 

Glow up your outdoor areas. Derby Lantern Marine Grade Antique Black Small, $513

 

Everlasting florals are always in season. Magnolia and Budding Branch, $609

 

Race up your walls. Roaring Bullet Large – Q262, $1078

 

Mull the day over while swilling in style. Brady Decanter Set, $599

 

Natural fibres are tending indoors and out. No.1 Wooden Bread Board – Small, $125

 

Ambience on demand. Côte Noire Diffuser Set in French Morning Tea Gold, $57

 

Event perfection: Saints of Tai Tapu


Set against rolling countryside and the iconic Port Hills, Saints of Tai Tapu is not only a picturesque and customised event space, it also brings together a refined selection of sought-after professionals to cater for every aspect of your celebration.

The venue: Built in 1881 in the classic early-Christchurch neogothic style, the idyllic events space includes a peaceful rural riverside outdoor area. With on-site luxury accommodation, there is space for elegant wedding or event preparation, right through to the ceremony, reception and idyllic photo locations.

68 Lincoln Road, Tai Tapu | 027 271 9610 | www.saintstaitapu.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The styling: Design by Meisha is a wedding planner and event stylist who brings an interior design skillset to c

reate informed, cohesive and professional styling and event curation. From full wedding planning to on-the-day styling, talk to Meisha about designing a stand out celebration.

@designbymeisha | 021 258 6435 | www.facebook.com/designbymeisha

 

 

 

 

The cuisine: Crisp and Vale is a catering company for people who get excited about eating! Fanatical about flavour, passionate about presentation and serious about service, Crisp and Vale leaves guests with an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

info@crispandvale.co.nz | 027 358 9159 | www.crispandvale.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drinks: A small family-owned business, Wine Divine is passionate about selecting the right wines and liquor to compliment your wedding or event. Ensure a perfect match with a free tasting session, from a wine library which spans budgets and palates. Glassware supplied free with a sale and return policy.

orders@winedivine.co.nz | 021 844 308
www.winedivine.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The décor: Christchurch Décor Solutions (CDS) have a host of furniture and furnishing to decorate your celebration. From functional seating, tables, linen and serve ware, backdrops, florals and signage, CDS has the right ingredients to fit-out your soirée.

hire@christchurchdecorsolutions.co.nz
021 116 0293
www.christchurchdecorsolutions.co.nz

 

 

 


 

Highlights


Floor lamps are coming out from dark dusty corners as proud pieces, to create or change the theme. We’ve got all the highlights for you.

 

 

Energy efficient in design, floor lamps often have dimmer switches to transform ambient lighting to bright beams to work, read or dine by.

The secret to selecting is to see floor lamps as sculptures rather than furniture.

These multi-functional, practical décor additions can be a subtle or dramatic décor addition to set a mood, fill a space, add height, colour, art or quirk.

Orb designs are a cool contemporary statement.

These gorgeous moon-like globes timelessly nod from art deco to futuristic.

Retro styles also rule, such as the resurgence of the ’60s mushroom-shape lampshade – but this time, one that balances on a technically modern structure.

From stained glass Tiffany lamp renditions through to bamboo and rice paper columns, any era can be reborn.

Coming in black, gold and chrome or a mishmash of metal finishes or wood, their sleek structure also provides an opportunity to infuse a contrasting pop of colour, without going crazy.

Conversely, white mutes against a white wall, for depth without drama.

Arc-shaped stands add space-age curvature to a room’s straight lines.

Calico shades against wood create a Scandi vibe, whereas rice-paper shades allude to the Orient.

The latest tripod designs are sturdy architectural standouts.

Lower statures brighten the space from below.

Stands can tower two metres with globes positioned in graduating heights, or branching out at the pinnacle with dual bulbs illuminating different areas.

Many are fittingly stretchy or adjustable in height and direction, for easy multi purposing.

Transferable around the house, floor lamps illuminate any area of a room, from mancaves to bedrooms.

Even a lamp under $100 can look surprising expensive – a simple solution to add instant light, without the permanence or cost of an electrical renovation.


 

The white way


We will forever love the white room; it’s clean, serene and the stuff of interior dreams. We’ve pulled together our top tips for painting the white way.

 

  1. The right white

    White has long reigned supreme in the world of interiors – and for good reason; it’s perhaps the most typically used wall colour for our internal spaces due to its safe practicality and versatility.

    But which shade of white does one choose? Will it be pure white, off-white or simply white?

    Taking the time to choose the ‘right white’ makes more of a difference than you might think.

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  2. Complement with colour

    As with any other interior colour, the shade of white you choose needs to complement the other colours and furnishings in the room – and don’t forget about the lighting.

    Blue undertones give a crisper, cooler shade of white which best suits a modern, urban space where strong, dark colours like navy or black prominently feature.

    Yellow undertones, on the other hand, provide a warmer and creamier appearance that’s more relaxed and works well with rustic, earthy colour palettes like browns, reds and oranges.
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  3. Pick your palette

    When it comes to decorating a white room, it’s important to firstly choose your colour palette – will it be tonal or complementary?

    The danger of a white room is the tendency to stick solely to a neutral colour palette, which can often make a space look washed out.

    Consider the classic décor rule of 60-30-10 – 60 percent of the room should account for the primary colour palette, 30 percent should be the secondary colour or texture, and the last 10 percent is for your accent hue.

    A bright pop of the right colour can go a long way, adding depth and variation.

    While white will always combine particularly well with black for eye-catching contrast, interior trends are telling us to opt for other bold colours like emerald green or crisp yellow.

  4. Let’s talk themes

    It’s also equally as important to pick a theme – namely what textures, furnishings and accessories you will use.

    Gold detailing works best with warmer whites, and silver with cooler tones.

    Warm woods complemented by weathered, whitewashed finishes provide a comfortable, country rustic vibe, but if it’s a sleek, modern atmosphere you’re after, consider materials with a colder feel like metal and stone.

    A carefully curated collection of plants can also add to the atmosphere of any white room.

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  5. Fabulous fabrics

    Selecting the right fabrics is critical to creating contrast successfully – texture is your best friend, particularly when it comes to an all-white interior.

    For instance, a carefully chosen rug will tell the textural story of a room, allowing the other furnishings to subtly reference back to it.

    Remember to choose one that’s the right size so it doesn’t look out of place – interior designers recommend that the rug is large enough to stretch underneath all the core furniture pieces like the sofa, armchairs and coffee table.

When executed well, the bright white interior offers serenity and sophistication that truly stands the test of time.


 

Chill Factor


Relax, it’s the 2020s and this decade’s décor retreats into a comfort zone that simply says ‘chill’. Home is a sanctuary where we recharge our batteries. We look at ways to do them up, so we can wind down.

 

FREEDOM FURNITURE

A softer palette
Muted, serene shades make a peaceful haven.

Warmer neutrals are snuggling up to hazy pastels for a luxuriously lived-in look as cool colours now give way to more yellow-based neutrals such as creams and all renditions of dirty white.

Star of the season, mustard, melds into this vibe with a cosy dollop of colour. Warm up any cool greys with nude and champagne pinks, washed-out teal, dusky aqua or faded moss greens.


Cutting the corners
The art deco era embraced all those sensuous curves – as seen in those glamorous circular mirrors and artwork, seating with gorgeous curved detailing and those graceful flowing figurines.

Cylindrical-shaped coffee tables are also a cool change. Couches are comfy with soft, sloping sides.

Round or oval tables can squeeze in more diners, inviting conversation – no one is on the edge.


Lounging around
A soft-cornered ottoman really owns the living room.

They can aspire to everything a coffee table can but without the sharp edges – from magazines and trays of morning tea through to extra seating for visitors or a footstool for three.

In deep-button velvet they’re opulent eye-catchers.

Magical Moroccan-style poufs add exotic chill factor; in fact oversized oval cushions in all styles are relaxing up lounge landscape.

Egg swing chairs and circular seating of the swinging ’60s have also become cocoons we love to lounge upon.

Tactile textures
Freedom from formality is frayed fringing, tussled tassels, worn velvets and canvas, linen and cotton.

Pamper with pom poms and mohair rugs and include touchable softness from silks and satins to worn leather and faux fur.


Fade away
Time worn and sun-kissed has earned its place.

Let pale, aged, natural wood have a break from the high polish.

Relax in the imperfect charm of wicker, rattan and cane in a faded shade.

Further invite with paled plump cushions and washed-out cotton throws. Faded evokes well-loved style.


Holiday mode
For a retreat-style home, embrace pale flooring of parquet or light woods, exposed rustic beams and let in plenty of light.

Bedrooms can be 24-hour hibernation hubs with lounging areas and soft dreamy colours to send us into slumber.

On the other hand, lounge couches have become bed-like with the trend in sumptuous wider seating.

Upholstered chairs around lower casual dining tables also become hang-out zones.

After all, who wants a visitor to perch politely on the edge of their seat – we’re now saying welcome, stay awhile and chill.


 

Framed Treasures


“If you have something you want framed, no matter what it is, bring it to me and I will turn it into a stunning wall feature.”

 

John McCann of Artworks Gallery does mean he can frame literally anything.

After all, he has framed items as unusual as a large wedding dress with a long train and a Māori piu piu (flax skirt), to nails and fastenings from the demolished Godley House on Banks Peninsula.

“Framing sports memorabilia, certificates, embroidery, precious old documents or garments and beautiful artworks means every day of my job is different. That and seeing how happy people are with their finished work, makes what I do really exciting and satisfying.”

The walls of John’s gallery are lined with examples of his work, while scores of frame samples draw the eye with their potential for creating the perfect environment for a treasured object.

“We source quality frames from Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as exquisite frames from Italy and Spain. I will soon be one of only a handful of framers who stock the Bellini range of handmade, hand-gilded frames from Italy.”

John says there is a frame for every taste and budget.

“My team and I see ourselves as consultants – we help to determine the final choice of frame and mat boards after discussion with the customer. Each item requires its own unique presentation depending on its subject matter, style, age and where it will be placed.”

All framing is done on site at the Main North Road gallery. Phone 03 352 7594 for your next framing project.


 

Fringe Festival


A retro revival like no other, there’s a mid-century trend bringing refined glamour and a flirty edge to 2020 abodes.

 

 

We’re seeing a healthy dose of frisky trimmings like tassels and fringing spicing things up amongst interior accessories, as designers turn away from the traditional minimalism of yesteryear and embrace rich textures and opulent accessories.

While it’s best to allocate several fringed items to one interior space for continuity, you can keep things simple by swapping existing accessories such as throws, rugs and cushions for funky fringed designs.

Feeling brave?

Fringed furniture like couches, chairs and ottomans make a luxurious statement.

You’re free to use your imagination when it comes to the colour palette, but we recommend deep reds, golds, greens and blues for ultimate elegance.

Jazz up your boudoir with fringed bedspreads, wall hangings and curtains – even mirrors are getting a makeover.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match fabrics like satin, velvet and crushed silk for an old-world feel.

Forget crystal chandeliers, tasteful tassels are where it’s at when it comes to luxurious lighting.

From floor lamps to wall lights to hanging shades, creative lighting is one of the easiest ways to quickly transform the feel of a room.

Create flow through your home by utilising luxe lampshades with fringe detailing.

Inspired? Give your home pizazz and its own individual style with the fun fringe factor!


 

RESENE: D.I.Y Décor


While colour can seem scary for some to introduce to their walls, a life in a home without any colour at all can be a pretty dismal one. One of the most wonderful things about paint is that you can use it on almost anything, and a just a little bit can go a long way when it comes to transforming your space. Weekend warrior your way to a more colourful kitchen and dining area with a couple of quick and easy D.I.Y projects.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYCE CARLETON

 

Originally looking pretty lacklustre colour-wise, these bar stools needed just a testpot worth of paint spread in a couple of coats to give them a total refresh.

We used Resene Party Zone, Resene Away We Go and Resene XOXO to give our stools a pick-me-up.

For a more whimsical feel, we also masked off the end of each leg below the footrest and gave them two coats of another one of the colours, but you could also paint yours the same colour as the seat for a more uniform look.

The kitchen cabinets coordinate in Resene Aura, a soft minty green that pairs perfectly with warm whites and a range of different greens.

The minimalist lipped shelf, painted Resene Atlas, provides some contrast within the space.

A few small vases, plant pots and accessories were painted in the same vibrant colours used for the barstools to create more unity in the design through colour repetition.

While this look is vibrant, it’s also clean and simple – plus everything is fast and easy to change with a new coat of paint whenever your tastes change or the creative mood strikes.

Background in Resene Rice Cake with A4 drawdown paint swatches (from left to right) in Resene Away We Go, Resene Aura, Resene Party Zone, Resene XOXO and Resene Atlas. The stool seat and decorative mixing spoon are painted Resene Party Zone and the vase is painted Resene XOXO.

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.


 

Art & Soul


When it comes to decorating, there’s nothing quite like creating a space with ‘art and soul’. A gallery wall might just be the state of play if you want to do just that. We’ve got some hot tips for creating a cool wall.

 

 

GET CLEVER WITH COLOUR
Colour plays a key role in almost every aspect of design. So when taking your gallery wall to the next level, think colour… it may just be the link that ties all your elements together.

THINK THEMATICALLY
Displays that have a central concept always look a bit tighter and more put together than those that don’t. Creating an overall theme will help you strike just the right note.

CREATIVE CONSISTENCY
There are endless variations available when it comes to creating a gallery wall, from highly structured and uniform to varied and eclectic.

Keeping it cohesive doesn’t have to mean staid and uniform; mixing different shapes, sizes and hues is a great way to create a polished design, provided you pay mind to balance and visual weight.