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’80s for the ’20s: RESENE

With the cyclic nature of fashion and design, ‘80s looks are a hit and retro design elements coupled with vintage vignettes are currently all the rage. That is because classic items like rattan, vintage artwork and hanging dome pendant lamps adds charm and character to modern spaces.

Styling Gem Adams | Photography Wendy Fenwick


Table and dinnerware from Citta; chairs from Me & My Trend; artwork from Father Rabbit, linen from The Fabric Store..


Incorporating a mix of decorative styles from different eras is one of the tricks of the trade for professional designers, but that does not mean you need to spend a stack of cash.

Decorating with reproductions, hand-me-downs, or a few vintage finds will give a room some stylish oomph without bankrupting your budget.

You can always give these items a coat of Resene paint to refresh their finish and tie them directly into your colour palette.

While the palette and textures in this space may have a strong nod to nostalgia, they’ve been spun in a way that feels much more contemporary than retro. Popular pastels of yesteryear have now been updated with muddier tones.

The wall in Resene Duck Egg Blue has been given a soft ’80s-esque texture using Resene FX Paint Effects medium with Resene Rolling Stone while the sideboard in Resene Inside Back both coordinates and contrasts.

The ’80s revival dining chairs combined with contemporary furniture forms, like the dining table and the sideboard, seal the look – but it’s the crisp Resene Half Orchid White dome pendant lamp, Resene Half Villa White floor and accessories in Resene Kalgoorie Sands, Resene Moccaccino and Resene Wedgewood that make this room really work.

While it can be tempting to keep your walls clean and simple in white, Resene Duck Egg Blue is the next best thing. It’s about as classic a colour as you can get, but it pairs well with a wide range of retro styles.



Background -Resene Half Villa White
A4 drawdown paint swatches (from bottom to top):
Resene Wedgewood
Resene Moccaccino
Resene Kalgoorie Sands
Resene Half Villa White
Resene Inside Back
Resene Gull Grey

Pottery-style bowl (with flowers) – Resene Kalgoorie Sands

Ribbed bowl – Resene Wedgewood

Vase – Resene Sea Change

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop,


Dream Weaver

Rattan is weaving its way into our homeware dreams – and with the wicker of a finger, the dream becomes a reality.



Now you can get the island resort feeling in your home year-round; rattan has returned to our Pinterest boards and our homes.

Most often, this type of furniture was confined to porches and outdoor areas and only enjoyed on warmer evenings. This was likely due to it being great weather-resistant furniture. But in order to get more bang for your buck and enjoy your rattan year-round, it may be time to let the outdoors in.

Rattan’s most desirable qualities are that it’s strong and lightweight, making it the perfect option for seating arrangements. This could be in the form of dining chairs, barstools or even a daybed tucked away in a nook. To channel that island-living feel, a hanging rattan chair is ideal.




Savvy storage: here’s how

Stuff; we all have it and it’s great – until it gets in your way and becomes unwieldy, annoying clutter.




We need clear space to think; to feel; to be; a space that allows us to gather ourselves while we rest from the stimulation of the outside world.

With smaller dwellings becoming ever more popular, savvy storage solutions are on the rise. It’s all very well to put all your stuff away in the laundry, or that spare bedroom – but if you can’t find what you need when you need it, tempers will fray and homes will unravel.

So, carefully assess your home, its nooks and crannies, with an eye to maximising all the space it holds. With a measuring tape in hand, check out unused spaces and consider putting in appropriate shelving or shelved cupboards. Extra shelf storage above the kitchen bench is handy and if you use clear look-alike containers, they can be stacked one on top of another, or one behind another for clever organisation.



Don’t waste cupboard space, make sure the cupboards are the right height for what you’re putting in them. Make objects clearly visible. Pot handles can be hung on cupboard doors, pots placed on a multi-tier shelf and recessed shelves can add extra storage to a kitchen island. Drawer organisers compartmentalise electricals, jewellery, make-up, keys and more.

In the bathroom, a recessed shower shelf or shelves will take care of all the shower paraphernalia, while in the laundry cupboard, consider using boxes or hampers for separate items, such as towels, sheets, duvet covers, blankets and pillow cases, and make sure your cupboards all fit floor to ceiling for extra storage. The hot water cylinder can be moved to the laundry to create extra space, and a hanging shoe organiser is a great option for holding towels – and toilet rolls too.



If you have a staircase, you can maximise the storage underneath and beside it. In the bedroom, a folding bed with space under the bed and bookshelves on the side will give marvellous extra storage. A wall of empty cylinders can be great storage for lots of little things, including shoes, and, in a loft room, pull out wardrobes of varying heights maximise the space beautifully.

The possibilities are endless; be clever, be savvy – a clear, well organised home is a treasure of great price.




Canterbury Home Show Celebrates 40 Years

It’s hard to believe that the Canterbury Home Show will celebrate its 40th birthday this month.




As the oldest and longest running Cantabrian Home Show, the team will once again produce an event delivering on inspiration and innovation.

The Canterbury Home Show remains a premier destination for homeowners and leading businesses – the strong demand has been creating a loyal following for decades.

Three main reasons for visiting the Canterbury Home Show are exclusives and new releases, meeting and talking with experts, and inspiration and innovation.




Exclusives and new releases
Businesses often use Canterbury Home Show to give attendees a peek at new or future product ranges, or a chance to grab an exclusive product or item from a limited range. This is why an expected 10,000 people will visit the three-day event – to hunt for exclusives and take advantage of show specials!


Meeting and talking to experts
Having access to expert advice from over 150 leading experts and suppliers in one location is a rare opportunity.

“Meeting with these experts in person means they can pass along top tips and advice that would be hard to come by otherwise,” Marketing Director Jenny Murfitt says.

“Bring your ideas, plans and photos along with you to get your project off to a great start!”

As part of the free seminars, sponsored by Resene, experts on home renovation and interior design will speak throughout the day on subjects such as landscaping, kitchen renovation, new innovations and technology – bringing homes into the future.


Ideas and inspiration abound
“When you want to tackle a home project, but have no idea where to start, it can be daunting. With everything under one roof you can see a range of products, styles and items to suit most tastes and budgets,” Jenny says.

“Decorating and furnishing are made simpler with insights on the latest colour palettes, trending styles and furnishings, for the home comfort and design you dream of.

“The saying ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ is never more true than at the Home Show. It offers the latest in home technology solutions to solve problems you might not know you have – making life easier, more fun, or just looking and functioning better.”


Bonus reason #4: Prizes and other goodies
Heading to the Canterbury Home Show means leaving with more than you came with – whether it’s free samples or products, special show-only deals, goodie bags packed with information and surprises, or even a prize!

“If you’re currently renovating or building, love a good home project, or just dreaming about home improvements, it’s a fun day out for everyone including families, come rain or shine.

“You’ll leave with a huge smile on your face and something extra for you or your home. Be part of the birthday celebrations and come see the thousands of new products and ideas to renovate your house, both inside and out.”





Canterbury Home Show at is on at Horncastle Arena, Addington on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October, from 10am to 5pm daily. Adults $6 online ($8 on the door), seniors $6, and children under 18 are free. See for exhibitor directory, timetables, ticket sales.

We have two double passes to give away. Check out the Metropol Facebook page to find out more.




Coffee table candy

Long slung tables are believed to have hosted the de rigueur beverage of the late Victorian era and succeeding lovers of objects combining both form and function have never looked back.




In 2019, coffee tables still very much serve a practical purpose, but they have also earned cult status as a statement piece for living rooms. A perfect host to essentials, they also can provide a plinth of honour for your favourite accents.

The power trifecta is, of course, a combination of flowers, trays and books, but you can move beyond this predictable pattern and delve into bespoke collections that tell your own story. From beloved pieces of heirloom jewellery that also serve as great conversation starters to nostalgic mementos from your favourite trips, the décor possibilities are bountiful.

Popular coffee table candy includes eclectic trinkets like bell jar cloches, magnifying glasses, deer antlers (sometimes spray-painted gold) and amethysts offering down to earth glamour. See-through coffee tables offer chic minimalism and a way to show off a beautiful rug underfoot, while heavily industrial pieces can provide stand-alone impact.

In recent times we have also seen tree stumps and old cargo boxes morph into makeshift coffee tables to add a unique point of difference to living spaces.



Natural Instinct

In Christchurch, one of the best spots to go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life is the Botanic Gardens or Hagley Park. These two places are so popular for escaping because of the plants that surround us with their calming energy. So why not bring that same energy and vibe into your own home?




Some of our favourite homeware stores are catching on to the concept of bringing the outside in because, although florals have long been a popular addition when it comes to our décor, now it seems greenery has followed suit.

Incorporating the beauty of nature into your home through your furnishings is a low maintenance way to bring the relaxing beauty of nature into your everyday life. Duvets, wall prints and even fake plants make your internal spaces feel more light and relaxed.

Fresh and inviting, they offer an easy way to inject life and colour to your internal spaces, and they work particularly well with the clean, minimalist interiors and natural beauty of timber that we’re currently craving in the home.

So let your natural instinct go wild this season because sometimes you just have to fake it ‘til you make it.



Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers

A talent for transformation: Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers

With a strong focus on sustainability and upcycling, Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers (RDU) is an expert at transforming both antique and contemporary furnishings into stylish pieces that appear brand-new.


Ronnie Dunbar Upholsterers


Thanks to a reputation that extends across the globe, the company has worked on top-quality projects for royalty, celebrities, country estates and multi-national businesses. All this experience – an impressive 80 years between all three staff, to be exact – is now available right here in Christchurch. Ronnie’s expertise is well-known in New Zealand. He started his career by completing a four-year apprenticeship with respected furniture store Anderson & England in Elgin, Scotland and, after a few years, formed RDU Ltd. Following more than 20 years in Scotland, he made the move to Queenstown in 2008.

Building a strong reputation for genuine customer service, he saw a growing demand for the company’s services in Christchurch following the earthquakes and set up a branch working on both commercial and domestic projects. The company is a specialist at combining modern materials with traditional techniques, offering a range of services that includes re-upholstering and re-covering, antique upholstery, bespoke upholstery, upholstered headboards, window pelmets and even wall art.

From start to finish, the team focuses on making sure every detail is perfect, undertaking repairs, respringing, webbing and padding. So, if you have a beloved piece of furniture that could do with a makeover or modernisation to restore its original beauty, call RDU for a consultation and quote today. To save time, you can even make the most of the pick-up and delivery service.


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Organic themed rooms

Organic themed rooms

It’s ideal to take design cues from the characteristics of a place.


Organic themed rooms


The perfect room for a geometric or organic wallpaper might, for instance, be one with a window overlooking a stunning copper beech tree, if the chosen pattern repeats the leaf shape or colour. So before going shopping, take a couple of pictures in the room. Which architectural shapes and scales are already on site? Look at the window shapes and sizes. Which shapes or patterns outside are within view?

If there’s an organic theme you can repeat, that’s often a successful strategy. We love repeated pattern, or shades of the same colour. Our eyes crave a certain amount of order and repetition. For an organically-themed room, it feels good to include something natural or rustic, like a vase of blooms or a potted tree. We love symmetry and we also delight in the restful qualities of green.

Vary the scale of similar shapes in other furnishings. To finish your room, it’s fun to add something unexpected, slightly crazy, or whimsical. Don’t over-think it. Often the parting touch on a successful scheme happens almost by accident.



Tropical Dreaming

Tropical Dreaming

It may have been inspired by some rather wishful thinking on our part, as we engage all our survival tactics to make it through the winter months. But tropical prints are gaining notoriety across interiors, fashion, prints, home decor accessories and art.

Tropical Dreaming


At it’s heart, this trend is about incorporating lots of lush, exciting greens into the home, whether it be a beautiful palm tree-inspired wallpaper feature wall or, for those feeling less adventurous, some exotic cushions and vases can do the trick.
The holiday-inspired trend is a somewhat natural inclination towards a more laid-back, relaxing vibe that we’re increasingly yearning for in such a fast-paced modern world.

In fact, many of the trends that are creeping into our home spaces in 2018 are related by virtue of their natural and earthy nature. And, although the tropical aesthetic most certainly meets this brief, its vibrant green elements enable you to create a natural, earthy vibe without losing any of its fresh, summery feel.

Just add elements of natural fibres and plenty of white to your tropical theme and you’ll be ready for a summer holiday. Though be warned, it may create some wanderlust for the more travel-inspired types out there.


Tropical Dreaming
Tropical Dreaming
Tropical Dreaming
Tropical Dreaming
Walk on the dark side

Walk on the Dark Side: Why not eschew the starker for the darker this season?

They say blondes have the most fun and, while we’ve been on the blonde bandwagon when it comes to our timber furnishings for the longest of times, furniture is set to take a walk on the dark side this season.

Walk on the dark side

From side tables, consoles and coffee tables to cabinets, dining tables or shelving, furniture in darker timbers is on the rise again, as we opt for walnut, ebony or even completely black tones.
If your home dons a neutral palette when it comes to walls, flooring or furniture, putting its dark foot forward with a statement timber piece can add drama, interest and warmth to your space.

Pair dark woods with off whites for modern minimalism, or some more down to earth décor for bohemian warmth. Whatever your aesthetic, these glamorous dark woods offer a timeless touch of retro glamour, while gold and brass handles and legs are the perfect partnership.
So why not eschew the starker for the darker this season, using our mood board for inspiration.

Walk on the Dark Side
Walk on the Dark Side
Walk on the Dark Side
Walk on the Dark Side