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A home office should never be the kitchen table. Confusing work and living is not a way to encourage output. For efficiency’s sake set up your office in a room away from the communal living space. Make it a place you want to go to, complete with personal touches

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Take a load off

The dining chair is a quiet workhorse. As family and friends gather around the table, it should be shared conversations they remember – not a rickety seat. Make yours a well-designed support act

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Flash in Japan

Japandi is the brilliant fusion of the Japanese acceptance of imperfection with Scandi’s warm minimalism. It’s a trend coming to a room near you

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It's all light

Novelist Ernest Hemingway was right about the importance of a clean, well-lit place. Achieve ambience with beautiful table lamps and the odd freestanding floor lamp so you can dim the glare from overhead. Mood lighting at its best

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The Bathroom Report

Bathe in beauty – and enjoy how having a good-looking bathroom enhances your spa-like experience at home

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The Kitchen Report

Somehow, the kitchen is where family and friends inevitably wind up. Make yours a highly-functioning hang-out

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The Update: Market Report

The new and interesting. This is a round-up of the season’s best

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Resene Update: Quick change artists

More than anything a coat of paint or covering of wallpaper can change the entire mood of a room. Express yourself

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The Imperfect Garden

The Japanese admire imperfection in their domestic environment. Mary Lovell-Smith takes a leaf out of their book

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New Zealand’s Supreme Homes Announced 25 November 2017

A new build in Christchurch and a renovation in Wellington have been recognised as New Zealand’s best homes, winning Supreme Awards at the prestigious 27th Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year Awards.

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Stowaways

Anyone will tell you, you can never have too much storage. Build a house with many cupboards. Then invest in shelves, drawers, hooks and baskets and you’ll be sorted.

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Wonder Walls Resene Update

There's plenty of action happening for walls this year, including exciting paint effects

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The Update

The new, the interesting, and even the made-it-myself. A round-up of the season’s best.

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Natural Wonder

The new naturals combine comfort and texture in wood, linen and leather layers. The result is a home worth hibernating in.

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Gardens

Don’t accept pot luck when it comes to house plants, writes Mary Lovell-Smith. Bringing choice botanicals inside is an easy way to commune with nature

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Kitchen Report

The kitchen really is the heart of the home. Lavish yours with beautiful hardware and interesting details.

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Bathroom Report

Think of the bathroom as a sanctuary, an escape from the madding crowds, where you can indulge in everyday rituals

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Dark & Light

Compiled by editor Leanne Moore

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Colour Trends

What's new and interesting in the world of colour

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Bathroom Trends

Compiled by Catherine Steel

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Metallic Trends: Shine On

Let brass, bronze and copper highlight your home

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Kitchen Trends

Compiled by Catherine Steel

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Great Gardens

with Carol Bucknell

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Deco Delight

Compiled by Catherine Steel

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Auckland Design Trends Q & A with Fiona Wilson

Interior designer of Auckland's Fibonacci.

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Bay of Plenty Design Trends Q & A with Emma Walash

The owner of Flux Boutique, MOUNT MAUNGANUI.

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Taranaki Design Trends Q & A with Paul Maseyk

New Plymouth-based ceramics artist.

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Waikato Design Trends Q & A with Vicky den Hertog

Owner of Hamilton furniture and homeware boutique, Le French Quarter

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Mid & South Canterbury Design Trends Q & A with Annabel Berry

Creative Director of Design Federation in Omaru

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Manawatu Design Trends Q & A with Claire Ongley

The owner of Izzy and Jean Co. in Manawatu

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East Coast Design Trends Q & A with Vic Bibby

One half of Hawke's Bay design duo Bibby+Brady

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Southern Design Trends Q & A with Anna Young

Owner of Janet Brown Furniture and Tussocks Homeware in Wanaka.

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Canterbury Design Directions - Angelique Armstrong

Design Directions - Making your house a home

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Waikato Design Directions - Mel Oliver

Design Directions - Making your house a home

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East Coast Design Directions - Amy Tennent

Design Directions - Making your house a home

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Marlborough/Nelson/West Coast Design Directions - Sue Cunningham

Design Directions - Making your house a home.

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This and that

This and That

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Mid and South Canterbury Design Directions - Maree Hynes

Design Directions - Making your house a home

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Manawatu Wanganui Design Directions - Rachel Brandon

Design Directions - Making Your House a Home

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Southern Design Directions - Talia O'Connor

Design Directions - Making your house a home

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