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Canterbury designer Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors won two NKBA 2021 awards.


Clarkville Kitchen


The first was the Spatial Innovation Design – Commercial award for an inspiring showroom with a difference, the ‘Neff Market Kitchen’.
Judges noted the space had a wonderful rustic vibe while also balancing a warm and inviting refinement. “The incredible corner details on the island are clever and interesting. Simple finishes and a really good use of materials make this a perfect kitchen for a commercial home. Texture enhances this welcoming space with its flavour of provincial France,”

Armstrong Interiors was given a brief to keep within the Neff brand look and feel, but to enhance this style even further.

Angelique sourced 150-year-old reclaimed French oak beams and used them as posts at each corner of the island, cutting into the Neolith top, exposing the core of the timber on the top. They were also used to frame the back wall of units, to look as if they are supporting the brick wall. Boras Tapeter original brick wallpaper was used to complete the market feel.

Neff Market Kitchen

Angelique says both wins were a lovely surprise, especially since there were 80 entries in the kitchen categories. “We only entered kitchens this year, whereas last year we focused on our bathrooms.”

A current trend, she says, is to renovate kitchens as homeowners decide to stay put rather than sell in a high housing market.

“People want to get it right to stay in their existing homes; to make their kitchens and bathrooms beautiful to look at, functional and comfortable,” she adds.

Her second accolade came as runner-up in the 2021 Outstanding Kitchen Renovation category for the ‘Clarkville Kitchen’. Described as a modern functional kitchen, that is elegant yet has a homestead, country feel with a slight French influence. The project was part of a full house renovation in North Canterbury.

Advanced Joinery Ltd and Shane Boyd Granite worked with her on the project.

The judges said the renovation was a beautiful transformation with gorgeous finishes. “This kitchen is completely sympathetic of the architecture of the home and is so well considered. “The design of the kitchen brings the outside in, which is always well received. The renovation includes the addition of a large workhorse scullery that uplifts and improves the lifestyle of the homeowners. A generous and warm space,” they added.



Design excellence


Christchurch kitchen designer Davinia Sutton made history at the recent National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) Excellence in Design Awards, with her business taking home a record-breaking 13 awards.


Supreme kitchen for 2021



Her awards, for seven unique kitchen and bathroom designs, included the prestigious Supreme Kitchen Design Award, the Supreme Bathroom Design Award and the Designer of the Year Award.

NKBA President, Nick Thompson says Davinia’s dominance at the awards was unprecedented. “Never before have we had one designer win the three biggest awards of the night. This display of talent and power demonstrates that Davinia really is at the top of her game. Congratulations to Davinia and her team at Detail by Davinia Sutton.”

Her supreme award-winning kitchen gave the judges “butterflies” with its bold design and modern wow factor created using Patagonia granite enhanced with back lighting detail, and an Artisan Stone benchtop. Also invoved in the project was Hoogervorst Builders.

“It has astounding beauty and detailing that grabs you and holds you close,” the judges said. “The stunning slab selection is backlit which adds to the drama and understated glamour. “The mixing of timbers is a great success, and the detailing and materiality is a showstopper.” “The designer has incorporated a slight Japanese influence that creates luxury and evokes deep emotion. “Masculine materials have been used, but carefully layered, to create an elegant and sleek design. This kitchen has wow factor and is of international quality,” said the judges.

The kitchen also won the 2021 NKBA Lighting Design Award and the 2021 NKBA Canterbury Chapter Recognition Kitchen Award.

The 2021 SUPREME Bathroom Design Award went to Davinia Sutton for a ‘dark and moody master ensuite’ featuring a dual entry, dual vanities and dual WCs with a large double shower zone at the heart of the room. The 2021 NKBA judges described the ensuite as amazing, clever and different.

The bathroom also won the CDS Bathroom Design Award and the 2021 Canterbury Chapter Recognition Bathroom Award.

Davinia Sutton

She won 2021 NKBA Designer of the Year for her work on the two projects achieving the highest combined score by the judges. The judges said she knows how to evoke emotions through unwavering attention to detail and an understanding of how to achieve understated luxury.

“The designer selects beautiful choices of finishes and integrates a sense of opulence into their work. A masterclass in balance and material choices,” they said.

Sutton also won the Supreme Bathroom Runner Up for a modern Hampton’s style bathroom, the Supreme Kitchen Design Highly Commended and the Manufacturing Craftmanship Award for a large open kitchen influenced by the style of architect Sir Miles Warren.

Her company won another two NKBA Excellence in Design Awards for two other spaces.

Supreme bathroom



Baby, its cold outside: Total Food Equipment


With the inevitable winter weather, it is safe to assume you’ll be spending a lot of time inside. Make those days less dreary by stopping into Total Food Equipment and adding a pop of colour to your kitchen. Owner Sandra McLay shares her new top picks instore.


Kaiser Papyrus Vases


This stunning bisque porcelain creation is perfectly imperfect, giving off a paper bag feel. Available in three sizes (16cm, 18cm and 20cm), add a bright bouquet of flowers and you have found at home winter warmth.


Denby Impression Mugs


You can’t go wrong with Denby, reliable and oh so aesthetically pleasing. These mugs are small but mighty. Available in cream, blue, pink and charcoal; opt for a matching set or one of every colour.


Zero Japan Teapot


Hand crafted stoneware teapot, featuring high gloss (good enough to see your reflection) and easy to clean stainless steel lid and mesh filter – makes for a strong and durable piece. The best part? It’s dishwasher safe, and available in six sizes.

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



Designer ceramics


It is hard enough to keep up with the latest fashion trends, let alone the ones within your four walls. Kill two (Clay)birds with one stone with this pairing.

Beloved brands, fashion label Ketz-ke and Claybird ceramics have dished out (pun intended) a Kiwi collab worth talking about.

Pictured is their 28cm serving plate, available in splat and drip designs, perfect for hosting in style, whether it is to support a charcuterie offering or a high tea menu. Noticeable is Claybird’s perfectly imperfect hand casting and Ketz-ke’s statement prints.

This is not the duo’s first rodeo together, in fact it’s their third. A mug and a cake plate have already hit the market, and both were speedy sell-outs.

The creative collaboration is available in stores from July, and you might want to get your hands on it while you can.

Jenny Drury (Ketz-ke owner)


Yon Kavvas
(Claybird owner)



Award-winning joinery: Murray Hewitt Joinery

A true master of wood with a lifetime of creative skill, Murray Hewitt is installing warmth and flair into South Island homes.



From a Kaikoura kitchen to a West Coast bach, the team at Murray Hewitt Joinery is as adaptable as it is specialised.

Wood combines heart and history. An heirloom oak table with its time-loved patina, was recently repurposed into a beautiful dresser.

“Some Canterbury homesteads have used the farm’s old oak tree or macrocarpa for their interior and exterior joinery, for example door frames, colonial-look double-hung windows, and solid-wood bifold doors,” Murray says.

Kitchens look amazing when functionally combining wood joinery with the likes of laminate and stainless-steel benches – the best of both worlds.

“Tying the kitchen to the living area in the same hard-wearing American oak gives continuity. We can stain it any colour to perfectly match or contrast throughout the home.” He says walnut with its beautiful grain is also popular.

From a wardrobe in gold high-gloss stained solid wood, to an inbuilt entertainment unit that blends with surrounds, it’s a close team’s creative efforts.

“Donna Weir, our inhouse designer, shares her wealth of ideas with clients, and Steve who works alongside me shares my passion for timber.”

Contact them on (03) 343 0360, email or visit the website.


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.