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Decadent, delicious… dining spaces

Dining room, dining space or just a dining table? Many of us don’t have the ... more

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Here's to a happy home office

There’s a debate going on in our house at the moment. We’re planning major renovations, ... more

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Kids rule - or so they think

There’s that certain point in the life of our kids when their individual creativity and ... more

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A bit of luxe with your latte?

Having a glamorous kitchen isn’t everyone’s cup of chai. Some of us prefer a humble ... more

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7 colour stars of 2014

With a new year comes new possibilities, and if you’ve been planning changes at home, ... more

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1 house, 4 ways

When your canvas is literally as big as a house, you want to ensure you ... more

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Hello yellow, hello sunshine

Happy, sunshiny yellow – it’s the colour of spring and summer, of warmth and cheeriness. ... more

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Create a superior exterior

A house may not be able to wear red socks in support of Emirates Team ... more

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Winners share their trials and joys

We watched for 10 weeks as two Christchurch families battled it out to win their ... more

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Stephen and Debbie boldly go...

Faced with a drab 1960s house in original state, Stephen and Debbie did something very ... more

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Kitchens get up-close and personal

In recent times it’s been a very brave soul indeed who decided not to use ... more

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Melanie coaxes colour from chaos

Something good often comes out of adversity and in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch ... more

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Luc’s awesome alpine sanctuary

When Belgian chef Luc bought a house close to Queenstown four years ago, he could ... more

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Meet the super neutrals: smoky and delicious

So many of us think of neutral paint colours as white or cream but neutrals ... more

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Vincent and Sarah give old bones an eco twist

A grand old home is the perfect canvas for strong Resene colour… but has posed ... more

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Julie's multi-layered solution for a busy family

A love of black and the desire to incorporate it into the décor of this ... more

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Eco warrior or just a really cool colour?

It’s the colour that’s had the most profound change in status in decades, if not ... more

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The most daring colour trend in years - black

Our apologies to all of you who had problems clicking through to our website yesterday. ... more

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Winning ways with wallpaper

If you thought plants were confined to the garden, or that you had to water ... more

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Chris and Liz's Bold, Modern Choices For An Old Bungalow

Chris and Liz's two-storey bungalow in Lower Hutt had been largely restored when they bought it five ... more

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Jason and Jodie's Romantic Country House

"It looked like a house dumped in the middle of a paddock," says Jodie of ... more

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Mike and Shelley's Cape Cod-styled Bach

Yellowfox designer Shelley and her partner Mike fell in love with this tiny board-and-batten cottage on ... more

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A house that proves neutrals needn't be boring

Although this house is now a family home, it was originally a show home for a ... more

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Brent and Susan's Stylish Mix of Aqua, Black and Wallpaper

When you spend six years working next-door to London's Design Centre and pouring over home decorating magazines, it ... more

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Pedro and Pauline's Art House

Pauline designed this home and had it built (by award-winning builder Glen Cayless) 7 years ago, ... more

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