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Pool party! Lagoon Pools


As Kiwis are rediscovering their own backyards are the coolest place for fun and entertainment, the quest for pools has never been higher, and Julie Hastings of Lagoon Pools says if people have decided they want a pool, they really need to be proactive.

 

 

“I would recommend getting things in the system without delay. Lagoon Pools install throughout the year, so anytime is a great time to start the process.”

A big trend coming through is for 5-metre pools. A smaller garden or backyard takes on a whole new aesthetic with a pool that sparkles, reflects light and enhances the outdoor living space in so many ways.

Added features, such as spa jets and fountains, bring that extra touch of poolside panache. The range of sizes, up to 12-metre pools, really does offer something for everyone.

Lagoon Pools will undertake an entire project, from pool installation to landscaping, paving, fencing and surrounds, but also readily work in with architects and designers.

A visit, by appointment only, to the showroom is ideal for inspiration, and customers can take home an information pack.

Alternatively, Julie suggests emailing a photo of where the pool’s envisioned to be, or an onsite consultation to discuss the area and details. Phone 0800 927 282.


 

Al fresco Christmas


Our fashion-forward friends in the Northern Hemisphere have long shown us a holiday season dusted in snow and fireside festivities. But downunder, we know a summer Christmas is a time to embrace the outdoors with our loved ones. So here’s our tips for al fresco entertaining this holiday season.

 

 

FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS
While Christmas light displays around the country have been scaled back or dimmed altogether this pandemic year, there is no reason you can’t create some lit up magic at your place. String up some fairy lights, lanterns (and the odd citronella candle) to create some fairytale Christmas atmosphere. Whether that means decorating your tent poles, pergola, or shade sail – soft lighting creates ambience as you entertain into the night.

PEACEFUL PICNIC
Shirk the traditional Christmas day meal altogether by packing up a picnic and hitting your favourite beach, river, lake or park. Set up blankets, cushions and some makeshift low tables (crates, trays and chilly bins should do the trick) and settle in for the day. Or, go all out with tables, chairs and awnings. Opt for portable feasting options like a leg of ham, made-at-home salads and platters. Capitalise on public barbecue facilities, or BYO.

INSIDE OUTSIDE
There’s no reason why you can’t recreate your interior holiday aesthetic, outdoors, like this inspired set-up by Freedom, pictured. Increasingly indoor-styled outdoor areas have been centre stage in 2020, as attention turned to renovations and remodels in the places we spent so much of our time. Louvre systems create easy access to the sunshine, and protection from the elements while exterior furnishing emulates those indoors, from dining and lounging suites to outdoor art, rugs and décor. So, if the weather allows, just set up your festive indoors, out.


 

Rug up for summer


It’s not very often you’re told to rug up for the warmest season. But, as soft furnishings continue to blur the lines between the indoors and out, rugs are just one of a number of typically interior provisions making the trip outdoors.

 

While the addition of an al fresco floor covering may not be revolutionary, the emergence of textures and designs which closely resemble those adorning the indoors does add a contemporary touch.

Jute, wool and even shaggy styles may look dangerously delicate for the elements – but durable fabrications ensure they are not.

Patterned Persian rugs can create a Moroccan feel outdoors, especially when teamed with of the moment terracotta hues and bright tiles. Jute adds an instant touch of bohemian, and monochromatic patterns carry a contemporary mood.

Topped with a coffee table and surrounded by outdoor seating, plush ottomans or canvas beanbags – an outdoor rug is an exterior addition which adds character, intimacy and elegance.

Create further interior-esque ambience

by adding accents like lanterns, potted plants, cushions and even some outdoor art.


 

Landscape magic: Trellis Warehouse


The warm weather is here, so if you’re looking to improve your outdoor features – trellis is a multi-purpose style hero which can transform your al fresco areas. Here are Metropol’s ideas for using Trellis Warehouse’s premium grade treated pine at your place this summer.

 

PANELS AND GATES
A trellis fence, screen or panel adds a sense of privacy and seclusion while creating a beautiful backdrop for outdoor living. Zoning-off your space is not only practical for separating gardens and perimeters, but it can create a sense of intimacy and atmosphere for entertaining.

ARCHWAYS AND PERGOLAS
Create an elegant entrance way with an archway or pergola. The charm of a gazebo flanked with creeping flora is a celebrated garden feature and is perfect for marking the entrance to a special spot. Talk to the experts at Trellis Warehouse about different styles.

FURNITURE
For 30 years, Trellis Warehouse has been supplying Cantabrians with quality trellis products custom-made onsite at the Addington factory. The team produces everything from trellis panels, picket panels and gates, to archways, summer seats, picnic tables and gazebos.

Contact Trellis Warehouse for a free measure, quote and consultation. Laminated posts and hardware; delivery, painting, staining and installation is available for retail, trade and wholesale customers.

Mondays to Fridays 8am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from 8:30am to 11:30am.
Email info@trelliswarehouse.co.nz.


 

Inside Out


A decked out entertaining space is the ultimate way to enjoy a Kiwi summer. We’ve got all the tips and tricks to get you there.

 

DECKED OUT
A deck that is flush with your interior living space is the ultimate way to create indoor outdoor flow and make your backyard feel more spacious; run your timber horizontally if your space is narrow or create multi-levels to break the space up.

FIRED UP
New Zealand is renowned for its “four seasons in one day” but with a little forward planning you can enjoy your garden year-round. Try an electric radiant, gas heater or an outdoor fireplace to make a cosy focal point.

ZONED OUT
While interior designers have long espoused the importance of creating ‘zones’, it’s equally important when it comes to your exterior spaces. Use materials, screens and planters to break up your space, making it feel deliberate and considered.

COVER UP
They say to prepare for the worst and when it comes to Kiwi weather, that’s certainly an apt expression. Invest in a shade sail or clear polycarbonate roofing, or, louvre roofing gives you all the options.

LIGHTING THE WAY
Lighting is about function as well as form. There’s something for everyone, from solar lights and little lanterns to festoon lights and long string lights, just ensure any cooking and eating spaces have ample visibility.

HOMEWARE HIDEAWAY
Exterior space uncovered? Hidden storage bench seats or treasure chests that double as tables are great for storing pillows, squabs, seat covers and utensils, or select options that can be left in the elements.

SOFT IS STYLISH
Don’t be afraid to add soft furnishings – beyond a canvas covered squab – to your outdoor areas. Throws, cushions, bean bags and ottomans can all be included in hardwearing, durable fabrics for added comfort – and a little bit of luxe.

INDOOR OUTDOOR FLOW
Styling an outdoor space should have the same considerations as would apply indoors. Stick to a complementary colour palette, layer with patterns and materials to create texture – and which expresses your individual style.


 

Get summer ready: Woven Veranda


We’re quickly ramping up for the time of the year when we can really make the most of the Kiwi love of the outdoors. Give your outdoor living and dining zones a designer look with the latest in rattan outdoor furniture from WovenVeranda – offering both contemporary and classic collections – in the Old School Collective, Main North Road, Waikuku.

 

With UV-stabilised PolyCarbon woven upon commercial grade aluminium framing, it’s furniture that’s made to last! We’ve pulled together our favourite pieces.

 

IF IT SUITES! Comprising of a chair, two or three seater sofa, or mix and match modular options, The Lagoon enables you to create your own lounge suite – sculpted to your outdoor space. This deluxe double-layered wicker suite will look the part in your space.

 

 

SWING HIGH: The Gentle Annie and Gentle Andy Swing Seats are the ultimate combination of tradition and trend. The Gentle Annie displays weaved lattice work and cosy cushions, while the Gentle Andy has a clean smooth line that is also accompanied by cosy cushions.

CHAIRS! We’re all about versatility and the Minchin chair is just that – equally at ease paired with a dining table like WovenVeranda’s Solid Teak Table (pictured) as it is sitting pretty in a conservatory, with a lower concave area from the knee down offering additional ergonomic comfort.


 

Outdoor options


Al fresco season feels upon us, or almost, which means it may too be time to update your outdoor entertaining areas. Whether that’s a patio, deck or poolside space – here’s Metropol’s pick for items to consider.

 

Posh perches
Outdoor seating is essential if you plan to while away the days and evenings in your outdoor sanctuary. From elegant outdoor lounge sets, to dining arrangements or comfy and casual bean bags – furnish your exterior entertaining with weatherproof, long lasting materials.

In the shade
A sun umbrella can transform your space from a sauna to a shady haven, while adding a stylish silhouette – and of course protection from UV rays. Choose long lasting fabrics and strong frames and bases which can withstand those nor’westers.

Table talk
An outdoor table is an obvious place to congregate to enjoy meals, beverages and each other’s company. Choose a modern square shape or more traditional round in timber, concrete, glass or resin. Pair with casual bench seats or more formal individual chairs.

Game goals
What are our spaces, if not for having fun? Spice up your exterior area with some outdoor games like giant connect four, Jenga, pétanque or Scandinavian favourite, Kubb. Start a scoreboard and let the games – and competition – begin.


 

Brush up your summer entertaining: Deck Fence Pro


When the days start getting longer and the temperatures begins creeping up, it means one thing: barbeque season is upon us. Tim Gerard from Deck and Fence Pro tells Metropol how to brush up your outdoor entertainment areas in time for al fresco season.

 

 

WHAT CAN BE RESTORED?
From decking and fences to pergolas, privacy screens and wooden outdoor furniture, Deck and Fence Pro can make all your wooden structures look like new. They also offer deck and fence repairs, cleaning and repainting for brick, stone and plaster.


IT’S ALL IN THE CLEAN
A deep clean – using premium environmentally friendly products which contain no bleach, acids or phosphates and won’t harm your plants or corrode any metals – removes all dirt, mildew, moss, mould, lichen and previous stains and finishes from deep within the wood grain.


OIL IT UP!
Using quality, New-Zealand made oil stains and Enviro or Dulux paints in a variety of colours nourishes timber with each coat. These products not only make the wood look like new but also help protect and maintain it for the long term – so you can get more barbecues for your buck!


AGING GRACEFULLY
Wood stains perform best when topped up every 12- to 18-months. After your initial restoration, an on-going maintenance schedule can include a light clean and a stain recoat with a mild detergent used to clean in between.


For a free quote or more information, contact Tim on 027 349 0527 or via tim.g@theprogroup.co.nz.


 

Expanding your living spaces


Now is the perfect time to protect your outdoor space and put the plans in place to extend your summer.

 

 

The expert team at Stratco has the skills to help you create a space that can be enjoyed throughout the year, with its own range of unique verandas and louvres – from design to installation.

“View our range online or visit us at our showroom to see what we can do for your outdoor space,” Stratco General Manager David Allingham says. 

A Stratco Outback® Verandah, Louvre or Carport provides protection from the elements, expands your possibilities for entertaining and storage or an all-weather play area for kids.

“A veranda not only adds functional living space and value to your home but provides protection from New Zealand’s harsh weather conditions. Our fixed-roof verandas offer an affordable alternative to our louvres. It’s a proven product with quality design – they’ve been around for years and there is no other product like this on the market.”

Whether you are building a new home or making extensions, by letting light into your outdoor area while blocking out harmful rays and rain, homeowners are able to get so much more function from their home.

The company offers a bespoke veranda which can be custom designed and built to suit your size, layout and attachment requirements.

“We manufacture and install the units ourselves, so we can really customise them to suit each space. They are ideal as either attached or standaalone units, and the addition of Stratco’s polycarbonate Outback Rooflite™ panels allows the supply of filtered light to the underside of the veranda.”

Another option is the Stratco Louvre. Controlled via a remote, Stratco’s systems also include a rain sensor as standard, so, if you are not home when it starts to rain, the unit will close automatically. Like the verandas, the louvres are ideal as either an attached or stand-alone unit and, if you want to add louvres to an existing veranda, the team can retrofit a louvre system into most veranda/pergola frames – just request a free site measure to determine the finer details.

From concept to finished product, Stratco’s louvre systems can be in place six weeks from the order date. Once the unit is measured at your home, the team runs each unit through an engineering programme, designed to confirm strength of system to suit your wind zone.

The company can also provide fencing and sheds, whatever you choose – the process is simple. Steve Cain, Outdoor Product Specialist at Stratco, will talk through the possibilities with you, and then measure and quote, which is free with no obligation.

Stratco then designs, manufactures and installs the products themselves – making the entire experience hassle-free.

Find the Stratco team at 55 Hands Road, Middleton, phone 03 338 9063.


 

Food, fun & flicks


American Express Openair Cinemas is bringing food, fun and flicks to Christchurch this month, with American Express card members receiving a range of exclusive benefits.

 

With 29 events happening at Christchurch’s new Rauora Park, at the corner of Hereford and Manchester Street in the heart of the city, the festival vibes will be in full swing every weekend with an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.

Punters have no need to feel lonesome on their night out, as film fanatics and doggy owners are invited to bring their canine furry friends to any screening.

This year’s programme brings a great selection of recent box office hits and highly anticipated new releases including Knives Out, Star Wars: The Rise of Luke Skywalker, The Gentlemen, Little Women and Birds of Prey, as well as Oscar winners including Jojo Rabbit, 1917, Bombshell and Joker.

There is also a special selection of family-friendly titles that feature in the programme, including Frozen II, Dolittle, Jumanji: The Next Level, Spies in Disguise and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Local favourite Bacon Brothers will be bringing its mouth-watering burgers to the event and Häagen-Dazs will be providing ice cream scoops for film loving troops with a sweet tooth.

Fear not, the refreshments are taken care of too thanks to national partners Kaiser Brothers Brewery and Giesen Wines, or try something a little different with Lillet cocktails.