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Blonde intentions: Surreal hair and beauty


Making the change to blonde is a big transition and one that should not be taken lightly (pun intended). Owner of Surreal hairdressing, Michelle Marsh, talks to Metropol about her team of blonde specialists who are there to help you maintain those beautiful blondes.

 

First and foremost, the integrity of the hair is the most important thing, says Michelle.

“We strengthen and rebuild the hair before lightening to maintain healthy looking blonde hair. The more you lighten your hair, the more compromised it becomes so we take every precaution, so your hair stays strong and in optimum condition” she says.

This is achieved using the highest quality products from Redken Extreme Bleach Recovery range. Routines can be put in places through recommendations from in-house hairdressers/stylists to ensure you are getting the best from your colour.

To find out if becoming a blonde is for you, contact the salon on (03) 365 2215 or email surrealhairdressing@xtra.co.nz.


 

Return of the perm: Hair Art & Beauty


Perms are back, baby! Hearing the word perm probably conjures up thoughts of huge ‘80s hair, but the modern reality is far removed from those frizzy memories. Whether you want a looser, loppy curl or tight ringlets, contemporary perming techniques can create a range of looks to suit your style
and sensibilities.

 

Perms can also be used on short hair to add body and volume without adding curl.

Even Hollywood is undergoing a perm revolution, with celebrities Emma Stone, Jonathan Van Ness and Olivia Munn rocking beautiful bouncy perm-induced curls!

Perming in 2020 is also much gentler than perms of the past. As technology has advanced, the products used for perms are kinder on the hair and less likely to damage otherwise healthy locks.

While curly hair is naturally more prone to dryness as it prevents oil travelling down the hair shaft, your stylist can recommend suitable products to care for your new ‘do.

However, there is no getting around the permanence of this revived style (hence the name); the typical way to get rid of a perm is to cut the curl out. You’ll need to have your roots re-permed every three to four months to target new hair growth.

Hair Art & Beauty love fashion perms and want to help you live your curly girl dreams. For more information or to see if a perm is right for you, phone (03) 381 8939.


 

Event perfection: Saints of Tai Tapu


Set against rolling countryside and the iconic Port Hills, Saints of Tai Tapu is not only a picturesque and customised event space, it also brings together a refined selection of sought-after professionals to cater for every aspect of your celebration.

The venue: Built in 1881 in the classic early-Christchurch neogothic style, the idyllic events space includes a peaceful rural riverside outdoor area. With on-site luxury accommodation, there is space for elegant wedding or event preparation, right through to the ceremony, reception and idyllic photo locations.

68 Lincoln Road, Tai Tapu | 027 271 9610 | www.saintstaitapu.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The styling: Design by Meisha is a wedding planner and event stylist who brings an interior design skillset to c

reate informed, cohesive and professional styling and event curation. From full wedding planning to on-the-day styling, talk to Meisha about designing a stand out celebration.

@designbymeisha | 021 258 6435 | www.facebook.com/designbymeisha

 

 

 

 

The cuisine: Crisp and Vale is a catering company for people who get excited about eating! Fanatical about flavour, passionate about presentation and serious about service, Crisp and Vale leaves guests with an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

info@crispandvale.co.nz | 027 358 9159 | www.crispandvale.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drinks: A small family-owned business, Wine Divine is passionate about selecting the right wines and liquor to compliment your wedding or event. Ensure a perfect match with a free tasting session, from a wine library which spans budgets and palates. Glassware supplied free with a sale and return policy.

orders@winedivine.co.nz | 021 844 308
www.winedivine.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The décor: Christchurch Décor Solutions (CDS) have a host of furniture and furnishing to decorate your celebration. From functional seating, tables, linen and serve ware, backdrops, florals and signage, CDS has the right ingredients to fit-out your soirée.

hire@christchurchdecorsolutions.co.nz
021 116 0293
www.christchurchdecorsolutions.co.nz

 

 

 


 

Style stencilled in: RESENE


Virtually endless in its versatility, stencilling is unmatched in its ability to produce a big effect with very little effort. In this room, stencilling triangular tiles has achieved a casual look with a bit of Mediterranean feel – not unlike the tiles you might find in a Greek or Italian trattoria.

Styling Melle Van Sambeek | Photography Bryce Carleton

Since many of today’s homes – especially new builds – don’t have a separate formal dining room, it’s left up to the homeowner or decorator to create a dining space within an open plan.

In some layouts it isn’t much of a challenge, but others need an element like a large rug to create a cohesive dining area.

Here, by choosing to stencil the rest of the Resene Elderflower floor with Resene Peace – except for beneath the dining table – the negative space left creates the effect of a rug to delineate the dining area.

Silver sage greens like Resene Peace, which was also used on the walls, have a restful vibe, which makes them a natural choice for a space you want to relax and spend some time in.

Resene Elderflower, with its fizzy yellow undertone, is another warm and welcoming choice for a dining room – and the ideal complement for yellowed greens like Resene New Leaf, used on the coat rack and skirting boards, and Resene Smoothie, seen on the tall vase and the woven pendant lamp shade.

 

Mood board: Background in Resene Elderflower with stencilled ‘tiles’ in Resene Peace, A4 drawdown painted swatches in (from right to left) Resene Smoothie, Resene New Leaf, Resene Elderflower and Resene Peace and vases in Resene Peace (left) and Resene New Leaf (right).

 

Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops.


 

Centre Stage: Harcourts Gold – Au Staging


Staging properties for sale has become more common in real estate, and what bigger endorsement for the practice than one of Christchurch’s top real estate business owners starting a home staging business. Harcourts gold’s Lynette McFadden tells Metropol about her new venture, Au Staging.

Jodi O’Loughlin

 

What is the Au Staging difference?
I’ve worked as a real estate professional for 26 years, so I know what gets people excited when they view a property, and now I can help achieve that emotional engagement by showing people the potential of an empty property as a real home. Most staging is obviously staged, but the way we do staging is it looks like someone is still living there, that they have just popped out.


How would you describe Au Staging’s style and furnishings?
Our furniture and furnishings are sourced from all over the country and overseas, and I have collected many items over time as I have sought to furnish our own properties. The items are unique and chosen because we love them, my Louis Vuitton print is a special favourite. We can also work with owner’s furniture which is a pleasure.


What is the process for choosing items to go into a home?
We choose the pieces which go into a home very specifically to enhance that particular home, we’re not just moving the same items from place to place but selecting items which suit the style and functionality of each residence.


Who is behind Au Staging?
It is myself, our creative director Jodi O’Loughlin who had a longstanding background in fashion and our co-ordinator Rebecca Johansson. Staging the home gives us all a creative outlet and a chance to share our expertise with clients in a new way which is exciting for us, and which delivers an extra level of value to our clients.

 


 

Extend your shelf life


Styled well, shelves can be a catalogue of beloved life knick-knacks on show for all, but done with less consideration can appear as a clustered after thought. Rather than being s(h)elfish we thought we would share our top tips to styling your shelves.

 

Book smart:
This may seem obvious, considering bookshelves are not new on the home décor scene, but experiment with the configuration of your books, stack them vertically, horizontally or in an L-shape. You can even try colour coding the spines, or displaying a particularly special title front on.

Texture and accents:
Add contrasting textures like glass and ceramics, plants, and metallics to bring some eclecticism to your shelves. Rearrange items and try different combinations – layer items, arrange in odd numbers, and with greenery creeping between shelves.

More is more:
A shelf serves the function of display and storage. Interior designer and blogger Chris Carroll says to avoid only displaying three or four items like your home is an art gallery. Instead, give your shelves personality by creating a visual story.

Quality over quantity
While too much negative space is not a positive, too much clutter is also not the goal. Instead, balance the space and interest by only incorporating items you truly love – whether that’s treasured family heirlooms, your favourite book titles, or a coveted vase.


 

Rattan revival


The appeal of natural fibres in the home refuses to wane, epitomised by the resurgence of rattan, cane and wicker furnishings. Playing into trending aesthetics of modern bohemian, rattan freshens up the mood of any room.

 

Airy and durable, rattan has been used in furniture design for centuries. The climbing vine, which grows mainly in southeast Asia, can be peeled off in strands and chiselled and hammered – often laboriously by hand – into flat rattan ready for weaving.

Cane is from the outer part of the rattan tree and the inner core, along with bamboo, willow and raffia, is often termed wicker.

While popular in the ‘70s, modern cane, rattan and wicker seldom features in full dining or lounging sets anymore – unless for outdoor furniture. Instead we’re seeing more standalone statement pieces.

Think situational chairs with boxy wooden frames and webbed rattan insets, or buffet and side tables with the same style panelling.

When it comes to home accents, we’re seeing baskets, bed heads, light shades, shelves, mirrors, trays and even book ends in the light organic wood composition.

These vintage vibes have been making a comeback for some time, and don’t seem to be going anywhere fast – touted by Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue as decade-defining.

Oft seen in the pages of the world’s most stylish magazines and in curated social media feeds paired with soft, neutral fabrics and ever-popular indoor greenery, the light wood also lends itself to being coupled with bright pops of pinks, oranges and blues.

Statement or subtle, weaving rattan, wicker or cane into your décor will bring a little romanticism to any space.


 

Coffee table styling pro tips


So, you’ve bought a beautiful new coffee table. Now, how to adorn this focal point to suit your home? Metropol compiles some tips to help.

 

ALL ABOUT BALANCE
Too many knickknacks look cluttered, but too many large items looks heavy. The solution? Balance the small with the large.

THE HIGH AND THE LOW
Likewise, mix up your height scale. Variation gets attention, whereas equal levels can go unnoticed.

SWAP WITH THE SEASONS
Mix up key components to suit what’s happening outside. Spring? Consider some fresh blooms. Winter? Time to light a comforting candle.

SYMMETRY…OR NOT
Consider aligning objects in an even grid, or adversely, choose an asymmetrical grouping of three to balance your coffee table books, candlesticks, or ornaments.