Design & Build

Creating the extraordinary

They stand out from the crowd. The one at the Mount nods to the timeless style and history of a weatherboard villa, while creating a relaxed vibe in keeping with it's beach location.The one in Omokoroa is commented on time and again for its stunning... Read More

Boat building a dragon

Paul de Wild is building a dragon is his kitchen. Drogon from ‘Game of Thrones'. Life size. Wearable. “This is our ‘normal,” says the boat builder by trade, referring to how he and wife Rozanne spend their spare time at... Read More

Summer in style

Is your outdoor living area ready for summer? If your outdoor lounge setting is looking a bit tired, or you're thinking of replacing the umbrella, now is the perfect time to do it. And Mitre 10 MEGA in Tauranga is the perfect place to go to for... Read More

Furnishing for lifestyle

Stepping inside The Design Depot is like reading a great novel. The Mount Maunganui showroom goes beyond the physical space to tell a story. It's a story that customers are not bystanders to, they are truly participating in it. Each chair, lampshade... Read More

Eyes for design

A customer walks in looking for outdoor furniture for their apartment deck. “The space is very small,” says the woman. Grant Furniss and Paul Tanner accept the challenge. The owners of Contemporary Classics in Mount Maunganui show the woman... Read More

Decorating Tauranga for 120 years

Guthrie Bowron is the longest-standing and best-known supplier of interior and exterior decorating products in the home décor sector, says Tauranga branch's owner Shelley Varnam. And she's continuing to ensure this is the case. Guthrie... Read More

Be floored by beautiful designs

It's one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make – we're talking about tiles. Tile Gallery owners Gay Barber and Robyn Davis know how important it is to get the right ones to match your space, décor and desires. “It's... Read More

Then and now of renovation

It was a beautiful 1940s-built home with an equally beautiful view. An oldie, but goodie. It had creosote boards, with white window frames and a pitch ceiling. “That's the house that got away,” says interior designer and landscaper... Read More

Designing your dream

As the adage goes, “The devil is in the details”, but architectural designer Jon McAlpine thrives on the challenge of getting every aspect working in harmony – floor to ceiling. With great pride, he's walking this reporter through... Read More