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Editor’s picks of the month

12 Jul 2018

Blissful bedrooms

Often the first rooms we try experimenting with colour are the bedrooms – maybe because they are safely tucked out of sight in case we make a mistake. Creative homeowner and blogger Sarah Lee need not worry with these gorgeous rooms, finished in Resene Sauvignon and Resene Black Russian.

She chose Resene Sauvignon for her daughter Harper’s bedroom when looking for a soft, delicate pink that she could tone down with grey and white furnishings. “It’s a gorgeous shade that I don’t ever think she’ll outgrow,” says Sarah.

When it came to the main bedroom, Sarah was nervous at first about painting it in Resene Black Russian, but the gamble paid off. “We have a large bright space that can handle the dark walls, and I love how restful the room becomes at night time, just perfect for sleeping in.” 

See more of Sarah’s interior creativity on Instagram - @livingwiththelees

Simple is beautiful, as epitomised by this stunning new Mount Maunganui home. Glowing timber and a calm white palette are used to enhance the design by Brendon Gordon Architecture design. Built by Edinbridge Resources, the finishing touches on both the exterior and interior were provided by Cox Decorating.

Michael Cox, owner of Cox Decorating, is a recent inductee of the Resene Eco Decorator program and prides himself in going the extra mile for clients, for a great result. 

The exterior is finished in Wood X tinted to Endeavour available from Resene ColorShops, while the interior is finished in Resene SpaceCote on the walls, Resene Lusta-Glo for the trim with both tinted to Resene Black Haze and Qristal Clear Flat polyurethane for the interior clear finished timber.

Warming up to colour

When photographer and artist Emma Bass chanced upon an unusual piece of granite for her new fireplace hearth, she knew she had found something special. Rich in forest greens, rust and cream, she thought it would be relatively easy to find a paint colour to complement it for the bricks that covered the chimney breast in her mid-century home. Should she go dark, pale or somewhere in between? The decision took longer than she thought it would, but now Resene Pavlova is the perfect level of warmth and neutrality, and also offsets one of her artworks hung above the fireplace.

See here for more about Emma’s work, and her up-coming exhibition at The Parnell Gallery in Auckland September 11- 25.

Turning tartan

If you know the town of Waipu north of Auckland, you may also know of its rich Scottish heritage. So when Resene ran a Colour in your Community competition with Neighbourly last year, self-professed ‘painting queens’ Philippa Ross, Mags Crichton, Barbara McAulay and Jennie Howard entered their project. They were one of the lucky winners and have splashed their Resene paint prize around town to turn some of the town benches into tartan.

Four benches by the memorial statue in Waipu were painted in the official Waipu tartan.  The team are aiming to also spruce up Cape Breton Park by the Pizza Barn in McLeod tartan to complement the eaterie’s branding (they brew McLeod beer) and to honour Norman McLeod who brought settlers to the village.