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Get creative and healthy in the kitchen with eggplants!
What’s in Season? Eggplants
Keeping up with the latest design trends can come at quite a cost over time. One way to stay in style without having to switch things up so often is to create a timeless look for your home.
You Can’t Beat a Classic White Interior
Add a kick of flavour to your meals with the tangy taste of lemons!
What’s in Season? Lemons
Boiled, stir-fried, steamed, soups, stews, pies – leeks are a versatile vegetable that can be cooked in many different ways into a variety of dishes.
What’s in Season? Leeks
If you are looking to make a contemporary style statement in the kitchen, you can’t look past the growing trend for black appliances.
Black is the Next Big Thing for Creating
Wallpaper is now back on trend and has started to make a return in interior design – especially when they are also available as easy-to-peel and stick variant. It allows you to be creative with a colourful feature wall and put a real personal mark on a room.
Be Bold With Colour in Your Home
A household favourite in many Kiwi homes, Feijoas are back in season and ready to be enjoyed.
What's in Season? Feijoas
As summer moves on and the days get a little colder, one thing we can look forward to is the return of pears to our supermarket shelves.
A versatile fruit that can be used in many dishes, it is a go-to for when you want to add some sweetness to a meal.
What's in Season? Pears
Whether renovating or updating a few things here and there, there are countless ways you can transform a space. One of the easiest ways to inject your own personality into the home is through the use of colour.
Make a Style Statement with the Colour Red!
Have you ever looked at a heat pump’s outdoor unit and thought “if only there was a way to hide that big ugly box!”
Can a Heat Pump Outdoor Unit Be Made to Look More Appealing?
One question that we often get asked is whether there is a heat pump solution that is able to heat or cool a number of individual rooms in a home at the same time, at different temperatures. The answer is yes, and they are called Multi Room Heat Pumps.
What are the Benefits of a Multi Room Heat Pump System?
When we think of summer, we think of long days, delicious fresh fruit and vegetables at the ready and of course, the classic New Zealand BBQ!
What's in Season? Sensational Summer Salads
One question that we often get asked is whether one outdoor unit can heat more than one room, at the same time. The answer is yes!
Is There a Heat Pump Solution that can Heat Multiple Rooms in a Home with Only One Outdoor Unit?
What is the Difference Between a Single Room Heat Pump System and a Multi Room Heat Pump System?
Every parent knows success is when the kids come home with an empty lunchbox, but finding lunchbox fillers that are exciting, fulfilling and different every day is always a struggle.
Fill Lunchboxes and little tummies with Eat My Lunch!
With Christmas festivities kicking off, this Asparagus and Strawberry Christmas Wreath Salad is sure to be an easy Christmas crowd pleaser at your next gathering!
What’s in Season? Asparagus
Flavoursome, rich in texture and plentiful, the humble mushroom ticks all the boxes in being a staple to any savoury dish!
What’s in Season? Mushrooms
Sweet, succulent and scented, nothing takes our taste buds away to the tropics quite like the taste of sumptuous mangos!
What’s in Season? Mango
Sweet or sour – nothing beats the fresh taste of oranges to add a little tang to any dish!
What’s in Season? Oranges
Whether you like yours grilled, poached or simply as nature intended, tangy tamarillos are sure to tantalise your taste buds!
What’s in Season? Tamarillo
The chilly season is upon us!
The winter woollies have now emerged from hibernation but, the good news is we can indulge in winter warmers like soups, crumbles, roasts and all the other good stuff!
What’s in Season? Carrots and Parsnips
Autumn is certainly delivering the goods with persimmons abundant in May.
This versatile fruit is not only a sweet burst of flavour but adds a little texture to salads or warm winter dishes like crumbles.
What’s in Season? Persimmon
Even though the weather is getting colder outside, you can never quite beat tangy passionfruit to instantly take you back to summer!
What’s in Season? Passionfruit
We all know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but if you think the humble apple is just a go-to staple for a healthy snack – think again!
What’s in Season? Apples
Now that work and school are back in full force, we face the challenge of getting back into the swing of things and dreaming up new ideas for the week’s lunches.
What’s in Season? Top Picks for Top School and Work Lunches!
Abundant summer fruit and luscious salads make summer entertaining not only easy but delicious too!
What’s in Season? Summer Fruit and Salads
No classic Kiwi Christmas is complete without backyard cricket, summer BBQs and an abundance of delicious food!
The best part? Fresh summer berries, all ripe for the picking during December.
What’s in Season? Berries and Cherries
With the dusk of 2017 having just passed, let’s look ahead to colour trends for 2018.
The trend towards saturated colours will lend itself to playful combinations reminiscent of Rococo Revival styling.
What’s on Trend – 2018 Colour Trends with Resene
Summer is well and truly upon us, so it’s time to welcome in the longer days and of course, the classic kiwi BBQ season!
What’s in Season? Asparagus and Potatoes
With spring in full swing, our minds are naturally turning to how we want to look and feel over the festive season and summer. Healthy snacks can help us all achieve the goal of feeling good, both inside and out.
Put a spring in your step with Spirulina
We are truly in the thick of winter - a time when our immune systems need to be at their most robust to keep winter bugs at bay.
3 Superfoods for Winter Wellness
We can all do our bit to live a more eco-friendly, energy efficient lifestyle.
Making a few lifestyle changes, whether big or small, can have a positive impact on the environment, and on your wallet!
EcoCore Your Home – 5 Tips to Live More Energy Efficiently
It is well known that we should eat a rainbow of fruit and veggies – the more colours the better!
But don’t write off white and other colourless veggies just yet!
What’s in Season? Cauliflower
Despite your best intentions, you may find that over the course of the week your fridge slowly fills with containers of leftovers and half-eaten meals that eventually end up in the rubbish bin.
Tips and Tricks for Using Leftovers
Eating in season is great for your health, the planet and your wallet.
What’s in Season? Carrots and Parsnips
When you’re strapped for time (and ideas) it can be hard to eat healthy.
Luckily, a few fruit favourites are now in season to keep your meals interesting and nutritious!
What’s in Season? Nashi Pears, Mandarins and Persimmons
It’s hard to believe it is May already, and with this month comes the most special of celebrations; Mother’s Day.
For most of us this involves a heartfelt card, perhaps some flowers, a special lunch out or maybe even breakfast in bed.
Sweet Treats for Mother’s Day
The colder months are upon us, and although it may be grey outside, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the bright delicious flavours of feijoa and passionfruit.
What's in Season? Feijoa and Passionfruit
How you store your food has a huge impact on how long it lasts.
Every year New Zealand households throw away 122,547 tonnes of edible food, which costs us $872 million.
6 Golden Rules for Food Storage
Nothing quite beats the classic crunch of a crisp apple or juicy pear.
Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Taylors Gold and Beurre Bosc; they’re all crisp, sweet and full of flavour; and now’s the time to buy them by the bag full!
What’s in Season? Apples and Pears
The autumn months are now upon us, which means even though our summer was short, winter is close.
As the colder months roll around, our immune system tends to be weaker; making it easier for us to get sick.
5 Top Tips to Boost Your Immunity this Season
You spend most waking hours at work, and your workplace habits can have a big impact on your health.
The right nutrition, water intake and physical activity can all improve your productivity at work.
5 Top Tips to Improve Your Health at Work
In this fast-paced world, interior design is the perfect way to create a relaxing oasis we can escape to – our home.
The home is your place to create a sense of comfort, spaciousness and peace.
4 Top Kitchen Tile Trends for 2017
Sweet, sun-ripened and super nutritious, now is the time to stock up on the delicious fruit of summer.
Not only do these juicy fruits make the perfect snack, they can be transformed into desserts, salads and smoothies.
What's in Season? Cherries and Nectarines
Colour has a big impact on our lives; the clothes we wear, the homes we live in and the mood we feel.
There will always be colours you’ll love, but it’s also great to pay attention to what colours are on trend.
Breaking the Rules of Colour – 2017 Colour Trends with Resene
Christmas is the most delicious time of the year!
After a scrumptious spread of Christmas food, full stomachs will always have enough room to fit in a final slice of cake!
Coconut Berry Cheesecake – a Festive Dessert for All!
Summer is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to freshen up your home.
Whether renovating or updating a few things here and there, there are countless ways you can transform a space.
Renovating? 3 Ways to Make a Style Statement with your Heating
Great things come in small packages, and the chia seed is one of them!
These tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch, loaded with fibre, protein, plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, and plenty of antioxidants.
Chia – The Nutritional Super Seed!
Nikki McNamara from Stylemaker gives us her insight on a key interior design trend for 2017 - channel an endless summer vibe by bringing the outdoors in.
5 Interior Design Tips to Bring Summer Style into Your Home
They say you are what you eat.
But can what you eat also impact how you feel? The answer is - more than likely!
5 Top Tips to Increase Iron in Your Diet
The not so humble avocado is well known for being a superfood packed with nutritious goodness.
From heart-healthy monosaturated fatty acids to a host of vitamins and minerals, there is nothing quite like it.
Have a Go With Avocado!
We’re nuts about nuts, and you should be too!
Packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, they make a great snack and provide a valuable mix of vitamins and minerals.
Nutritious Nut Milk - A Great Dairy Alternative!
This week on Fresh Ideas, Emma from ‘Embracing It’ shares what wholefood eating really is, and how treats are not off-limits with fridge baking!
Guest Blogger: Emma Kay
Living and Cooking
Soft Freeze Leftovers with Mitsubishi Electric
In a hurry, tired after a long day at work, or just not in the mood for cooking?
Don’t Reheat when you can Recreate
Soft Freeze Smoothies with Mitsubishi Electric
Fresh, fruity and full of nutrients, smoothies are the perfect way to get your fill of tasty health benefits.
Drink or Dessert?
Nikki Morris, Resene Colour Specialist or Resene Colour Expert
We as a nation have become more confident in our colour use and rather clever with the way we are adding it into our homes and life.
2016 Colour Trends
Complementing their homes eclectic style and paint colours, are three Mitsubishi Electric silver Designer Series Heat Pumps.
Smillie and Grant's Taupo home.
The Henderson’s Home
For home building, renovation, interior and landscaping ideas visit myTrends.
Nikki Morris - Editor of Habitat Magazine
Resene is a one-stop-shop for your next decorating project. Resene provide quality colour and paints, decorating accessories, and professional advice.
Founder of SE3
SE3 source quirky decorative objects for New Zealand homes. Each product focuses on quality and unique design, sourced from within New Zealand and around the world.
Caleb & Alice
Crowned winners of the Building Blocks challenge, Caleb & Alice walked away with the highly sought after Mitsubishi Electric Solar Panel prize valued at over $10,000.
Building Blocks challenge
The master bedroom and ensuite renovation week produced some romantic rooms.
Here’s a look at the Mitsubishi Electric products that were installed in these rooms.
The Master Bedroom Week
The living room and hallway week was a huge challenge for the teams but the final rooms were fantastic!
Here’s a look at the Mitsubishi Electric products that were installed in these rooms.
Living Room Week
Ben & Libby
Last year winners Ben & Libby sold their house for $961,000 taking home a cool $230k for themselves!
Season One Winners
Director of In Haus Design
In Haus Design enjoy working closely and comprehensively with our clients making their visions a reality.
Charlotte Minty Interior Design started in 2003 and is based in Brooklyn, Wellington.
Director at Stockwell Design
Pauline Stockwell Design is a bespoke design company specializing in the design of kitchens, bathrooms and interiors.
Designer and Director at DeLorenzo Design
Debra DeLorenzo is an interior designer and textile artist. She has won many awards for interior design, and her artworks have been exhibited around the world.
DIY Design Competition Winner
With an eye for interior design, Rennee enjoys the challenge of styling a house on a small budget!
Director at Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects
Constantly striving to understand what is motivating the world around us.
Interior Designer and Director
Mal Corboy has been designing in Australia, New Zealand and the US for over 18 years and is New Zealand‘s most awarded International designer.
Dedicated and skilled at finding the best local and international design solutions
Paul Rolfe Architects create beautiful spaces and environments with an experienced understanding of what constitutes excellent design.
Director of Anita Thomas Interiors
Anita Thomas Interiors incorporate architectural elements and decorating aesthetics in harmony with client aspirations.
Masters in Architecture graduate
William Conway designs with longevity and adaptability in mind. His work is a showcase for his creative flair and functional style.
Senior Designer at Cymon Allfrey Architects Ltd.
CAA create beautiful spaces and environments with an experienced understanding of what constitutes excellent design.
Designer at Furnishscene
Furnishscene create effective interior design solutions that maintain comfort and practicality
Director of Daniel Marshall Architects
DMA responds to context and living through the organisation of space, sculpting of form and the materiality of that form.
Director of First Light Studio Ltd
The First Light house - exemplifying Kiwi values: a strong connection with the landscape, a hands-on DIY mentality and outdoor socializing.
Interior Architect at Bonham Interior
Bonham Interior strive for excellence in the creation of timeless interiors.
Owner/operator’s of Tussock Construction Ltd.
Tussock Construction provides a complete and personal landscaping service.
Tim & Rachel Fransen
Fashion Designer for WORLD & Dulux Colour Ambassador
Denise L `Estrange-Corbet
Managing Director of German Kitchens
Designing, selling, importing and installing Poggenpohl® & ALNO® German manufactured Kitchens since 1991.
Designer at Yellowfox
An advocate of great design, Yellowfox is an inspiring group of designers who live to be challenged... and to challenge.
Director at Sorted Architecture
Sorted Architecture draw on Central Otago`s spectacular environment to create award winning innovative spaces.
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