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Glamorous heating: Aqualine


Aqualine is bringing an exciting designer collection in Hydronic Heating Solutions to your home. Step outside the conventional with these options for your heating in your living spaces as well as your bathrooms.

 

 

Trieste Cast Iron Radiators bring a traditional glamour back to your home with styling and can come in the colour of your choice. These radiators will keep your home warm during winter months as well as keeping heating costs down.

 

 

Griffin Main Towel rail offers effective yet understated style your bathrooms. The ultra slim Griffin features flat cross tubes with a subtle curving. White RAL 9016 as standard, 188 RAL Colours and 8 Special Finishes & Chrome.

 

 

Saturn and Moon – A highly sculptural piece of Zen minimalism that is calm, contemplative and relaxing. Saturn features a towel holder handle (Saturn’s ring). With the towel holder removed, Moon blends perfectly into any environment.

 

 

Jaga Mini Canal Eco Trench – The perfect climate you can feel but not see, easy to install and virtually invisible after installation, Jaga trench convectors will fit into your architectural plans with no need for compromise. Making use of physical principles, particularly those which counteract the cold air that runs down large, glazed areas.


 

Ashburton eats: The Millhouse Kitchen


Sunshine streams into the Millhouse Kitchen onto cosy leather armchairs and farmhouse-style table and chairs, creating an inviting atmosphere for this hidden gem of a mid-Canterbury cafe.

 

 

The heritage of the 108-year-old building is pristinely preserved in the wooden panelled walls and framed historic photographs which hang upon them, but the hospitality, cuisine and beverage offerings are refreshingly contemporary.

Just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch city, whether your end destination is Ashburton or you are passing through – add this family-run café to your travel itinerary.

Mark Milmine and his wife Nicky, already proud owners of Somerset Grocer, recently took over the reins of the historic location built by the England Brothers in 1912.

Now it is the Milmine’s turn to add their own spin to the already rich heritage of the building.

This one stop shop offers breakfast, lunch and delicious treats – with the selection featuring classics, as well as some more new-age twists.

Sought-after dishes include the crispy chicken burger, chilli chicken salad and salmon and sesame rice superfood bowl.

Eat inside amongst the charming farmhouse aesthetic, or head into the snug garden.

“People can sit outside, relax and forget about the day,” says Mark.

Check out the quaint café located off SH1 in the Millhouse building.

For more information contact manager@milhousekitchen.nz or call (03) 307 9249.


 

Awards pile up for Millbrook kitchen: Mal Corboy Design


The awards cabinet is full to bursting for Mal Corboy, Director of Mal Corboy design whose Millbrook kitchen and bathroom featured in our October 15 issue showcasing its inclusion in the finalists of the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) international competition.

 

 

Mal has now added the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) to his trove, taking home the Certified Designers Society (CDS) Kitchen Design Award (open to qualified designers only), for his striking and clever Millbrook kitchen.

Mal’s client frequently entertains guests in the home built by K M Smith Builders.

So in addition to the generous kitchen, Mal created a spectacular scullery behind the kitchen accessed through electric doors, which houses a preparation area, twin sinks, dishwasher, oven and steam oven, and two wine fridges.

The kitchen itself is refined and elegant with a masculine accent. Corian in the specialty colourway Sorrel, is combined with American Walnut veneer and glass cabinetry, black lacquer, and black copper.

The result is an inspiring dramatic scene which also retains an effortless simplicity.


 

Innovative inside and out: Blum


A new Christchurch showroom is not just displaying internationally recognised kitchen interior design – its architecturally-designed building is noteworthy too.

 

 

Blum has opened its innovative new South Island showroom, office, trade training, warehouse and distribution hub in Wigram, designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.

The kitchen hardware specialists’ architectural property is purpose built, focusing on sustainability, wellness and employee wellbeing, says Warren & Mahoney Architects Christchurch Senior Associate, Simon Laurie.

This meant incorporating natural light, outdoor time out areas, acoustic design for comfortable noise levels, and materials to complement the natural local environment.

“Architecturally, the design expresses a streamlined, finely tuned and engineered outcome closely aligned with the precision of products the building will deliver,” he says.

A pitched frontage design was used to break up the scale of the warehouse for a more urban appearance.

“The showroom is a splendid double height light filled space that visually connects with the outside and features a cantilevered stair clad in blue steel.”

The key features are geothermal heating, natural ventilation systems, solar thermal for hot water generation, water recycling system and charging station for electric cars.

Blum New Zealand Managing Director Michael Hawkins says the design aligns with Blum’s own business philosophies.

“The architectural design matches our heirloom, but we also want to be relevant in the current business climate, supporting local businesses by hosting events, industry meetings, seminars and training workshops for architects, designers and cabinet makers.”

Inside, the showroom presents moving ideas and concepts for innovative kitchen and cabinetry solutions, allowing customers to experience a full-scale kitchen test drive.

The Austrian manufacturer wants to show its South Island customers how creative interior design can be when implemented with high-quality fittings in kitchens, bathrooms and living areas of all sizes.

Visit the Blum showroom at 16 Avenger Crescent, Wigram.


 

An eye for Detail: Detail by Davinia Sutton


Davinia Sutton of Detail by Davinia Sutton was informed she had been recognised in the prestigious Trends International Designer Awards (TIDA) during lockdown.

 

The awards were judged online, and Davinia was up against competition from Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, North America and Australia.

Davinia’s runner-up kitchen (left) was designed for a new build family home. Strong structural forms respect and complement the architectural context, resulting in a design that incorporates the use of colour, light and texture to enhance the space and modern form.

Her highly commended kitchen (right) was for a home on Leinster Road, and adds a strikingly contemporary touch to a classic monochrome palette, preserving the special character of a traditional home with a modern spin.

“Our work is bespoke; it’s not something pulled together overnight,” Davinia says. “Success comes from a strong collaboration – with our tradespeople, who are willing to go on a design journey with us, and with our clients, who put their trust in what we do and are prepared to push boundaries. It’s very humbling to get these results on the world stage.”

 

 

 

110 Office Road, Christchurch, (03) 356 2722 or 021 612 425, detail@daviniasutton.com


 

Change makers: Dream Doors


It’s no secret our collective attention has turned to the home this unforgettable year – so if change is on your mind, why not enquire about starting the new year with a new kitchen? Adrian Kay from Dream Doors Kitchens says renovating or refreshing the heart of the home has never been more popular.

 

 

“We’re busier than ever,” he says. “The window to get something done before Christmas has closed, so we’re now looking at how we can help people for the New Year.”

With international holidays off the cards, and many people hesitant to commit to domestic sojourns in case of a sudden Alert Level change – it’s an opportune time to make those long awaited (or newly noticed) changes.

Adrian says the kitchen is a special place in the home, from cooking and sharing meals, it’s a place to gather and socialise with family and friends.

“These spaces take on an even more special meaning in summer as we embrace entertaining in the warmer weather – we all certainly deserve to share a few beers and barbecues with loved ones,” he says.

Dream Doors provides a complete package for both a facelift or a bespoke kitchen design. Customers are guided through each stage of the process from concept to installation, with all elements and subtrades managed as part of the project.

For more information have a browse of the website or call (03) 338 1081.


 

Mastering joinery: Murray Hewitt Joinery


Custom floating bedside tables, a beautiful oak dresser and a reworked oak bed are just some of the standout joinery created by Murray Hewitt Joinery for a recent project. Known for beautiful and concise kitchens, Murray Hewitt Joinery has showcased its versatility with a full fit out for a new home at Redmund Spur.

In-house designer Donna Weir says it was the little things which transformed the owners’ plans and brief into a cohesive and inspired design showcase.

The clients, who own a tile company, wanted joinery which complimented light wood-look tiling throughout – so Donna and the Murray Hewitt team chose dark oak finishes to compliment.

Custom joinery completed for the home included the entire kitchen, scullery, office, hallway, laundry, powder room, bathrooms, wardrobes, master bed, bedside tables, and dresser.

“Seeing the little things come together made the job special,” says Donna. “The clients had lots of pieces in storage, like an old oak bed that we sanded down and had stained to match the bedside tables we made, and upholstered the headboard. Seeing that come back to life from something which wasn’t a favourite piece to something they love now was special.”

“Overall, the home is simplistic and stylish. It is beautifully interconnected and had beautiful views over Christchurch. Being able to do a full home fit out means we can also help add to the overall feel of a home – and this had definitely been achieved here.”

Contact Murray Hewitt Joinery on (03) 343 0360 or via info@mhj.co.nz.


 

Fresh choices: Kouzina


Kouzina has a curated collection of the best international appliances for your kitchen and laundry. Freshen up your space with these options for laundry care, dishwashing, cooking and baking, refrigeration and more.

 

Miele Washing Machine and Heat Pump Tumble Dryer make for a great pairing in any laundry – a true love story. TwinDos means automatic detergent dispensing and PowerWash results in a full load of laundry being cleaned in just 49 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase a Fully Integrated Dishwasher by Miele (below) to save up to 40 percent more electricity. Choose convenience with a cutlery tray and height-adjustable upper basket. This appliance has a 5 star WELS efficiency rating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Miele Vitroline Obsidian Black Oven has pyrolytic cleaning and cooking capacity on five levels and features a rapid heat up time which is a dream to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liebherr Side by Side Black Steel Fridge Freezer (below) is the coolest refrigeration option this season. Also shown (left of fridge) is the Liebherr Integrated 910 wide Fridge with Freezer drawers

 

 

 

Kouzina Christchurch, 148 Victoria Street. Phone (03) 365 8338 Showroom open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm. Kouzina Queenstown, Shop 12, The Landing, 5 Hawthorne Drive. Phone 03 428 2731, www.kouzina.co.nz.


 

Magic in the kitchen: MF Turnbull


While there are cracks appearing in our celebrated kiwi lifestyle of late, there needn’t be in your kitchen joinery. Local heroes MF Turnbull are again working their magic to return your surfaces to a brand-new finish, bringing you a great deal of pleasure and saving waste to landfill.

 

 

Co-owner Monique Turnbull explains, “For around the last 15 years, some kitchen joinery has been created using a plastic wrap finish, which owners sometimes assumed was a paint finish.

“People are finding that the plastic wrap is cracking – lifting from the base and breaking away. The great news is that we have a technique to remove the plastic and put a completely new surface on the base which is generally still in perfect condition.”

Monique says they are resurfacing a kitchen a week at the moment.

If this is happening in your kitchen and you’d like to put it right, the process is simple. A quick call to MF Turnbull will see Steve come out and have a look and provide you with a quote.

If you prefer, you can simply email in some photos and receive an estimate before you consider a quote.

“We are seeing this effect at all kitchen joinery price points, and you’ll usually see it go at the edges first or inside the panel on panelled doors,” says Monique.

“You might see it in just two or three areas to start with. Some people choose to get a colour match in just those areas, but as the rest of it eventually goes most opt to get all of the joinery resurfaced with a two-pack urethane paint finish.”

Refreshing and renewing your home doesn’t end at the kitchen. Rejuvenate bedroom and dining furniture, doors, wardrobe doors and more by spray painting.

MF Turnbull can also do French polishing of antiques, and the modern equivalent – staining and clears in polyurethane.

“I really like the idea that it’s an environmentally friendly way to refresh your house, our approach means reuse of the kitchen or piece of furniture, rather than throwing it out and buying new,” says Monique.

“A client will bring in an unusual piece, it might have lovely proportions and be beautifully made but the appearance no longer suits.

“Refinished in a bright colour it can be a real showstopper, or it could go out the door and start a whole new life with a shabby chic-style distressed finish.”

Working with interior designers on a special or much-loved piece that needs to fit a new scheme is a speciality. Upholstered items with timber parts can be resurfaced before being taken to the client’s upholsterer for recovering.

Unusual items which pose a challenge are especially welcome – as the team at MF Turnbull & Kitchen Renewal thrive on turning visions into reality.

Such visions are achieved through consultation with clients, and showcasing samples and all the options available.

www.kitchenrenewal.co.nz/

www.mfturnbull.co.nz


 

New in town: Kouzina Appliances


At Kouzina you will find the best international appliances for your kitchen and laundry, including everything from innovative refrigeration, steam ovens and wine conditioners to washing machines and dryers.

View the range at the stunning new 300sqm showroom on Christchurch’s Victoria Street. The latest addition to the nationwide retailer, which started in Auckland and then Queenstown in 2004. The Kouzina Showroom is an inviting, collaborative space designed to inspire you throughout your project.

 

BORA Pure cooktop and extractor, available in six colours.

 

Gaggenau Large 76cm oven in stainless steel.

 

Liebherr Monolith Integrated Refrigerator, Freezer and Wine Conditioner shown with stainless steel panels.

 

Miele Handleless ArtLine Oven in Graphite Grey.

 

Miele Washing Machine and Dryer with TwinDos auto detergent dispensing.

 

Qasair Albany Rangehood, custom options available.

 

SubZero Built-in 914w Fridge over Freezer in classic stainless steel.

 

Wolf 914w Dual Fuel Cooker.

 

Zenith HydroTap Cube in matte black. Chilled, Boiling and Sparkling filtered water options.

 

With quality international brands including Miele, Gaggenau, Bora, Qasair, Liebherr, SubZero, Wolf, plus others, the Kouzina teams have years of expertise and knowledge to help you find the perfect appliance solution for your home and lifestyle. Kouzina looks forward to welcoming you to the new showroom.

Kouzina Christchurch, 148 Victoria Street. Phone (03) 365 8338 Showroom open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm. Kouzina Queenstown, Shop 12, The Landing, 5 Hawthorne Drive. Phone 03 428 2731 www.kouzina.co.nz.