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A fresh new look: M F Turnbull

When Jackie Hamilton wanted a kitchen refresh, she knew the team to turn to. Our old friend ‘word-of mouth’ only ever has the one name on its lips, and that is Christchurch’s M F Turnbull.



Designed by an award-winner, Jackie’s kitchen was still functional and beautiful, but after 16 years of loving use the cabinetry finish had become a little tired.

“I spoke to Steve at Turnbull’s; he ran us through the options, and we decided on a double-coated lacquer paint finish,” says Jackie. “It brought the kitchen right into 2021 – I could even reuse the handles without any fear of dating the kitchen because the finish is so fresh and contemporary.”

The process was easy: Turnbull’s team came to the house and removed the cupboard and drawer fronts, while Steve came to the house himself to touch up the small areas that weren’t removed to the workshop. “We are really thrilled with it; just can’t believe our 16-year-old kitchen looks like it went in yesterday,” says Jackie.

Next, Jackie turned to Steve and his team to refurbish her bedroom furniture. “We’d loved it for 40 years, but the time had come for a makeover,” says Jackie.

The light faded finish was renewed with a treatment that revived the original colour of the wood and changed its look significantly. “We are so happy with the outcome, it has come up beautifully,” she says.

M F Turnbull has been the go-to destination for surfacing in Christchurch for over 30 years now and has always been ahead of the curve with its longstanding reuse, repair, and recycle ethos. Turnbull’s has an in-house saying: ‘if you think it could be spray-finished, give us a call because it probably can’.

Making-over kitchens by resurfacing cabinetry is hugely popular. “People realise that they don’t need to do a full replacement, they can make a radical change, a shade adjustment, or simply freshen the existing colour. They save themselves money, and of course volume going to landfill,” says Monique Turnbull.

Resurfacing old furniture is a favourite with the team. A client will bring in an unusual piece; it might have lovely proportions and be beautifully made, but the appearance no longer suits.

Refinished, the piece can anchor a new interior design scheme. Upholstered items with timber parts can be resurfaced and then the piece can be taken to your upholsterer for recovering.

As well as falling in love with a resurfaced kitchen or furniture item, Turnbull’s makes the job so easy.

“A great strength of the M F Turnbull team is its ability to communicate,” says Jackie, “they tell you exactly when they are coming – they are excellent that way – and if they get held up, they keep you in the loop for that too.”

M F Turnbull is open from 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Visit them or phone (03) 365 2519 to discuss your refresh!


Kitchen gifts to love forever: Total Food Equipment

Avoid being the fifth person to gift your newlyweds a towel set by stopping into Total Food Equipment. Owner Sandra McLay believes choosing the perfect kitchen partner is like choosing your life partner: Buy once, buy right. She shares her top picks for new lifelong kitchen partners.



Miyabi Knife Set
These Miyabi blades are made following the three-step, centuries old Honbazuke technique to produce some of the finest Japanese swords; allowing them to cut through anything. While they may require a bit more tender love and care when washing, these knives will last a lifetime.



Le Creuset Rectangular Dish 26cm and 32cm
A homecooked meal is a dish best cooked in a Le Creuset. And the gorgeous Nectar hue adds a pop of colour to any kitchen. This versatile piece is for roasting, baking, marinating and serving. The best part? It’s scratch resistant and easy to clean.



Denby Studio Blue Lunch, Dinner or Rice Bowl Set
Forget about fine china, wrap up some Denby. Handmade in England this classy dinnerware is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. This beautiful blue gradient will look great on any shelf or table setting for years to come.

Total Food Equipment also does gift registries. Contact the store for more information on (03) 366 6912 or visit 218 Moorhouse Avenue.


Better than new: MF Turnbull

Sustainability has grown in popularity as a business buzzword in recent times, but Christchurch surface and kitchen renewal wizards MF Turnbull have been living reuse, repair and recycle ethos for more than three decades.



Experts in paint, stain, polyurethane and polished finishes on furniture and joinery, there is very little in the home that Monique and Murray Turnbull and their team cannot regenerate.

And because they were doing it before it was fashionable, they are ahead of the design curve – serving up stylish projects which makeover any home.

“We’ve always been a cost-effective option for making fittings and furniture new again, but now more and more people are also considering how to get what they want with less impact on the environment,” says Monique.

The longstanding company has been working to further enhance its green credentials, working with suppliers to start phasing out solvent-based products in favour of waterborne applications.

“By changing the colour, you get to reuse and so reduce waste going to landfill and energy used in manufacturing new,” she says.

“We find that many kitchens are already well laid out and some are kitchens by name designers. These often only need minor alterations such as changing a cupboard to drawers, removing or replacing cupboards over fridge, microwave areas or oven surrounds.”

Murray says business has surged since lockdown, as many people considered what improvement they’d like to make in their homes after spending so much time there.

“We can recolour any type of surface that manufacturers can make. Even doors where the plastic coating is breaking down, we can remove the coating and apply the colour you want to the underlying substrate.

“A refinish is also an easy way to refresh the kitchen if you are looking to sell, or if you have just moved in and are looking to make your new home feel like you.”

The team of 22, which now operates across three Christchurch sites, also rejuvenates bedroom and dining furniture, doors, wardrobe doors, anything in your house that might be spray painted.

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

The store at 46 Mowbray Street, Waltham is open 7:30am to 4pm weekdays with easy parking at the front door.

Or, send your enquiry with photos through the website or to and they can give you an estimate or call them to discuss.


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 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,


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