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Office nooks & crannies

Working from home often means having a specific space to call an office, rather than cluttering up the kitchen table.


Oz Design Kortina desk


Home offices can be large or small, a whole room or just a corner.

Axolight Float table lamp.

Creating a home office may be as simple as putting a table or desk and chair in a set area of a guest room, the living room or even the kitchen.

Daisy May Albany lamp.

For instance, many contemporary kitchens are designed with computer nooks or cupboards which work well as a compact office for adults and teenagers alike.

Brosa Monterey Hamptons-style desk.

Here are some recommendations from Metropol to get you started.


Brosa Greta desk.


Oz Design Victoria chair.


Brosa Hollywood glamour chair.


James Lane Tulum rattan desk.


Brosa Frank study desk.


Shelve it

Making the best use of space available in a home, bach or office often means shelving. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out these ideas from Metropol.


BLUM NZ pull-out drawer


Nowadays shelves might be singles, doubles or triples, built-ins or exposed, stand alone or part of a cabinet.

Choice is dependent on the style of the home or office, the amount of space and the budget.

Whether you want floating shelves, rope shelves, or a-frame ones, you will find something out there to suit, or being a nation of DIYers you can make it yourself.

Another option is to visit your favourite joiner and order bespoke shelving.

Tiny homes are becoming more popular and with them the need for creative storage and shelving.

Oz Design shelving
Peninsula shelf unit.

The same applies to small apartments and kitchens. Pull-out, pull-up or pull-down storage helps gain extra space.

Storage experts Blum NZ recommend using narrow cabinets when planning layouts for these as they can turn tiny spaces into valuable storage.

Some are double sided to provide even more space plus ease of accessibility, while others fit neatly into cupboards, fireplace mantles and skirting boards, unnoticed until they’re needed.

Some beds come with drawers underneath for storage and some sofas pull out to reveal extra space.

That said, bookcases and ornamental shelving remain a favourite. Back to beds and some even come with pull-out storage shelves in the headboard.

Kitchens are one area of the house where all manner of corners can provide extra storage with creative fittings such as lazy Susan-style trays and pull-out racks.

Bespoke pantries are often designed with uber space and there is always a need for it. Have you ever heard anyone complain about having too much storage space?

Peninsula shelf unit.


Thoughtful design: Deià

Maia Rewha and Bella Voogt launched Deià in 2020, swiftly making their mark on the interior design industry with their fresh take on design.



Their combined previous experience of 11 years in design encouraged them to forge a new direction, in designing with consciousness and integrity.

Deià inclines to the classic aesthetic with a contemporary twist, complemented by the use of natural colours and materials. This can be seen in its commercial and residential projects.

“Trends come and go quickly. We believe timeless design suppresses the urge for constant change, and as a result, reduces our environmental footprint by preventing materials and products being discarded too often. We are committed to bringing clientele a beautiful space that is designed with purpose to last generations,” says Bella.

Sustainability and awareness of product and material selection, and making the right decisions for the environment underpin the philosophy of the business; this way of designs allows clients to feel positive and comfortable with their choices and saves money in the long term.

The future vision for the company is to continue to create spaces that draw people and planet together into a more considerate and harmonious relationship.

To transform your space with thought, contact Deià via Facebook and Instagram.


Maia Rewha, left, Bella Voogt PHOTO Philip Keenan.


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.

Dustypink Alpine fur throw.

As a colour, blue both contrasts and complements most other colours.

Flynn vase

Pillows are an easy way to add blue to a room’s colour palette, but rememeber too that not all pillows are created equal.

Webster planter.

Down pillows, for instance, are made from the soft fibres close to the skin of a goose, duck, or swan. Then there are those made from feathers, cotton, latex, memory foam, and bamboo.

Microplush bath robe.

Add to the ambience with colour coordinated fur or natural wool throws, maybe a few scatter cushions, and soft lighting.

Mira woven baskets.


OZ Design hanging baskets.



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 to renovate and getting it right from the start is a sure-fire way to get a bathroom that you actually enjoy being in. Butterfield Bathroom Renovations only do bathrooms, and have been doing them for over 40 years, giving them a huge advantage.

Martin Lodge is Butterfield’s designer and as your first point of contact will start the whole process of your renovation.

“First I’ll arrange a site visit and an in-person consultation, when I will gather ideas from the current space and your vision. A part of this process is also measuring the existing set up and taking photos.”

Along with the quote, Martin will then put together a presentation of fixtures and fittings for you so you will be able to see exactly what you are going to get.

Whether you are excited by the prospect of planning a brand-new bathroom or want to update your existing bathroom, Butterfield Bathrooms offers unparalleled quality of service.

That service includes a pre-start meeting when you will be introduced to the company’s site supervisor Paul. “We have experienced tradespeople on staff and use suppliers who we have long standing relationships with,” says Martin. “We pride ourselves on our organisation and running to a tight schedule – there won’t be tradespeople turning up unexpectedly.”

The great thing about Butterfield Bathrooms is that when you get a quote it is full and complete, with a full breakdown of the work. That includes a floor check to ensure there are no obvious issues such as a spongy floor.

If you’re getting wall tiles, you need to make sure that the walls are perfectly straight and, don’t worry, Martin will be able to take care of that.

Thinking of re-sale can be an important aspect of renovation and Martin has spoken to several real estate agents who have all agreed that for every dollar you spend on your bathroom you will get $1.50 back.

If you are worried about your bathroom being out of action for weeks, they have that covered with a mobile bathroom, that can be parked up close to your house.

Take the first step towards your new bathroom by calling Martin Lodge at Butterfield Bathroom Renovations

027 351 1601, email or go to the website.



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 dictates the aesthetic of the space, pairing both form and function. Corner sofas are especially great for winter snuggling and falling asleep on in front of the fire. Here are some of Metropol’s suggestions to add style to your lounge.


Zanotta Shiki corner sofa


Nightingale Teal Blue Velvet Sofa – Lifestyle



Mid-century, modernised

It’s no secret mid-century modern aesthetics have been trending for some time now, with natural woods and modular forms a popular choice for those wanting to inject sleek and timeless elements into living spaces. Defined by craftmanship and rounded shapes, mid-century furniture is functional and simple, and is the perfect accompaniment to more modern interior looks, too.




As the name would suggest, the style stems from post-war (1950s) until the 1960s, and is characterised by dark walnut, timber veneer and credenza.

The décor has resurged in recent years, though in its contemporary form it often includes house plants (a very ‘70s vibe), minimalist artwork (hello, scandi chic), and bright pops of colour (a nod to the late ‘60s).

The beauty of mid-century furniture is that it can be sourced as antique, second hand or simply made more recently in the style of old. In fact, Trade Me reported more than 10,000 searches for mid-century furniture in the first week of April.

While some of the more forward-thinking design aficionados might have had their fix of mid-century modern, experts are predicting the trend won’t disappear completely this year, but make more of a slide both forward towards the ‘80s and back to Art Deco times.

If you seek to add mid-century chic to your home, there is no need to recreate the set of Mad Men, instead, perhaps a peg-legged dining table and chairs, modular buffet table or pair of dark wood lounge chairs will inject a little nostalgia.


Out of the box: RESENE

Sometimes thinking outside the box means literally painting a box on your walls. In this case, the large square wall feature spans across a corner of the room and stands out against the walls and floor.


Styling: Vanessa Nouwens | Photography: Wendy Fenwick

PAINT: Wall and floor in Resene Ravine with square in Resene Pumice; cabinets in Resene Blue Smoke; coffee tables in Resene Haven (large) and Resene Harp (small); vases, bowls and smaller accessories in Resene Napa, Resene Yucca, Resene Blue Smoke, Resene Pewter, Resene Ravine, Resene Haven, Resene Pumice, Resene Armadillo, Resene Eagle and Resene Harp.

FURNISHINGS: Sofa from Freedom; cushions and ceramic vessel from Citta; small earthenware pot and faux Eucalyptus stems from Allium; artwork from Etsy.

The square is painted in Resene Pumice on the Resene Ravine walls and floor. This type of colour-blocking works particularly well in open plan spaces, where zones within a larger area need to be defined.

The styling and furniture in this space extend beyond the square on the wall so it doesn’t feel too close or blocked in.

To get the lines of your square straight, make sure you use a ruler and a level when marking them out.

When painting, use masking tape, carefully, firmly placing it over your marked lines, ensuring it is straight and there are no air bubbles under the tape.

After you have painted your square, allow the paint to completely dry before removing the masking tape.

This room has used a soft tonal colour palette of gentle green greys to create a calm and welcoming space. Tonal decorating, or monochromatic decorating, is a sure-fire way to achieve a relaxing, cohesive space. The trick, however, is to add in contrast and texture to prevent the room from feeling too flat or of one note.

In the living room, the nesting tables in Resene Haven (large) and Resene Harp (small) tie in beautifully with the cabinets in Resene Blue Smoke.

Tonally, these dewy green greys are very similar, so pops of fresh white and darker charcoals are called on to add some visual contrast.

These come in through the vases on the cabinets, which are painted in the armour-like grey of Resene Armadillo, and the pale grey of Resene Harp.

Fresh white couches with warm wooden legs achieve the same effect. The artwork on the wall adds a similar graphic contrast while continuing the room’s palpable angular motif.

To prevent this boxy space from feeling too square, texture and curves are important finishing touches.

Foliage such as eucalyptus is the perfect addition to this tonal space as it fits in with the colour palette beautifully while also adding textural softness.


Background in Resene Ravine and Resene Pumice; A4 drawdown swatches (from left to right) Resene Armadillo, Resene Blue Smoke, Resene Ravine, Resene Pewter, Resene Pumice, Resene Harp, vase in Resene Harp, tealight holder in Resne Ravine.

Giving the gift of art and framing: Windsor Gallery

So, you’re getting married – congratulations! If you’re like many other couples who already have a home and its contents, why not consider something extra special, like your own piece of art or beautiful framing for all your wedding photos?



At Windsor Gallery, couples can start a wedding registry for artwork, framing for their special memories of the day – and even framing the wedding dress!

Displaying beautiful art from local and international artists, Windsor Gallery is home to a rich variety of artwork and wedding guests can gift the bride and the groom with a magnificent artwork from the showroom, a commissioned piece, a custom-made mirror, or the couple can take advantage of the bespoke framing service.

Windsor Gallery for art and framing you can be proud of.

386 St Asaph Street | (03) 366 0724 |


Stone age

Stone in the home is a design trend that just won’t quit. Inside and out, the natural material projects character, opulence and moodiness which is starting to go beyond benchtops and bathroom tiling.


Brabbu Design Forces


Interior experts are predicting stone – and stone-look – to be big in home design this year, as the appeal of biophilic design (things which imitate nature) and textured materials continues to take hold.

Stone is popularly used in kitchens and bathrooms, for counter tops and floor and wall tiling. Marble and granite are especially prevalent, as the dense and hardwearing materials resist stains, withstand heat and refuse to lose lustre over time.

However, the material is also starting to be used in flooring in living areas – and especially to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Stone splashbacks, basins and sinks are also having a moment, as are stone homewares like serving and ornamental plates, vases, ornaments and candleholders.

Outside, stone is of course universally applied as paving, or when broken up, as garden fill. Some designers are even creating modern takes on mosaic designs by breaking up slabs and laying the pieces in haphazard patterns.

Not only does stone look fantastic, but according to the psychology of interior design (which looks at how our subconscious reacts to our surroundings), experts say stone represents stability. And after recent times, it’s not hard to see the appeal of that.