Winter hues

Snuggling into soft pillows helps make the time pass more easily during those cold, wet, winter days (and nights).   Colour too can add warmth to a room, and blue is a classic hue for doing this. From deep midnight blues to baby hues, it’s always a popular colour choice. As a colour, blue both […]

A magical transformation: D J Hewitt

Time beaten and earthquake damaged, but with great bones, ‘The Bach’ just needed the magic of a DJ Hewitt transformation.     The late 1950s abode above Akaroa harbour was a Christchurch family’s holiday pad for 17 years. With the children grown up, it was time for creature comforts and futureproofing. “We’re good friends of […]

Indulge in a beautiful bathroom: Butterfield Bathroom

At this time of year, all those things that irritate you about your dingy old bathroom can be even more irritating. Because it is the first room you visit each morning and often the last at night, it’s important that you actually want to be in it and that everything works!     It’s time […]

Go to the louvre: Louvre Solutions

Autumn is fast running into winter with its cool, short days and long nights. You are looking at your outdoor area and thinking “It’s goodbye to sitting out here for a few months. Inside is where I am going to be.” But that does not have to be the case. A solution to extending your […]

Made for living

The heart of a living room, no matter the style choice, is the couch or sofa set. In contemporary homes these days, the main focal point of the living room or the defining point of its style is its modern sofa design.     Serving as the centrepiece of a living room, a modern couch […]

June in the garden

Brr! Winter is officially here, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate from the garden. In fact, quite the opposite. Now is the time to think of the season ahead. Here are Metropol’s tips for keeping on top of your topiary this June.     Clean up stations: As the leaves keep falling in […]

Grow again next year

Following the success of the inaugural Grow Ōtautahi, event organisers have announced 2022 dates for the popular Christchurch Garden Festival.   Grow will return to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, with entry still free to everyone, over three days from March 18 to 20 next year. Festival Director Sandi MacRae says excitement is already building around […]

Hands-on joinery: Proceed Building

A beautiful finish on their home is a vision for every prospective new house owner or renovator, and when it comes to the joinery, the stunning finish must combine with ease and enjoyment of use.     Joinery excellence is the hallmark of Proceed Building, where director and qualified joiner Ian Mayer presides over installation, […]

Add rustic browns for calming warmth

Tobacco brown is the perfect colour to incorporate into your home all year round. The natural essence of this colour will create a dark Scandi vibe during summer and bring the outdoors inside during autumn and winter. This colour can be calming yet will make a statement in any interior space. Here are some of […]

Award-winning rooftop garden

A Christchurch rooftop garden that is small on size but big on innovation won gold at the Registered Master Landscaper awards recently. Natural Habitats installed the roof using an eco-pillow system. Weight is a natural concern when installing a green roof but the eco pillow system is lightweight, requiring no extra structural changes and has […]