Best kind of water feature
For many of us an indoor pool is the ultimate luxury. A comprehensive home renovation has seen this underground space shine afresh
Four cornerstone interior design tips
Interior design expert and tv personality Neale Whitaker shares his informed perspective on key design factors that make your interior shine
Black and wood world
A modern dining table takes its palette design cues from the adjacent black and wood kitchen for an harmonious all-in-the-family appeal
Generous plywood wardrobes and a long window seat with internal drawers together have storage covered in this semi-industrial look bedroom
11 hot fireplace designs
Winter is cranking up and considering your heating for this year and for next makes sense. Here are some dramatic fireplaces to fuel your imagination
9 examples of seamless dining meets kitchen connections
A few steps from kitchen to dining? But what about in terms of looks? Here are some examples of how designers really make that connection flow
The floor is your home's largest surface – with the biggest impact. A Kährs wood floor adds a warm, natural character to your interiors that you'll appreciate every day – available from The Wooden Floor Company now
Light, homely and enduring
For this interior design, cool floors, warm colourways and leathery textures contribute to a timeless look that 'will always feel like home'
Once a dark, one storey shop
But, baby, look at me now. This dramatic renovation/addition creates a three-level interior flooded with natural light
Modest yet modern, intimate yet inviting
The interiors of this Mid-century modern home are substantially modernised while retaining character features of the original architecture
More than all white
He likes a very clean, modern aesthetic, while she prefers a bit of an exotic, travelled look – the outcome is an eye-catching interior
Fresh faced and respectful
An interior makeover blends with the era of the home and avoids fighting with the 1990s home's striking views over Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables
Why to avoid only choosing downlights
Lighting choices can make or break your interior – an expert shares some illuminating tips as what to do and what to definitely not do
The luxury of aged marble
Boasting the hyper-realistic look and feel of worn marble, Casa Italiana's new 3D Velvet tile range features naturalistic veins and depressions that are simply a pleasure to touch
Eight tips for a good night’s sleep
Good sleep is vital to our health, good humour and productivity. However, not everyone slips easily into dreamland. These tips may help
Touching the scenery
Making the most of its setting, this interior opens up to the outlooks like a viewing platform – light-filled entertaining spaces are the result
California by the sea
Antique blue-and-white tiles and a burbling fountain in a sunny courtyard set the scene for this seaside home with a Spanish Colonial in spirit. A neutral palette and natural materials ideally suit the beach house
Heart of refinement
The house plans for this home included a lot of living space and open areas that gave the interior designers a challenging task but a great opportunity to design and fill the interiors with creative, refined joinery
Fit for a king
4 The Kingsway is a neoclassical mid-rise condominium, styled as an iconic Parisian apartment building. These sumptuous interiors include kitchens and bathrooms by Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry
Beauty at your feet
Engineered wood floors are durable, healthy, quiet, affordable, oh, and beautiful, as with this Kahrs Oak Nouveau Black floor, from The Wooden Floor Company
Sound and vision
This hip Tribeca studio reflects two preoccupations of the owner – collecting works by celebrated artists and enjoying audiophile-quality sounds
Rectilinear lines meet strong, sculptural furniture
First the noted interior designer recommends the noted architect, then the contemporary interior design marches to the tune of the sculptural architecture and beachfront setting
Top ten interior design trends
Which interior design trend is the most popular? One way to find the answer is to put the question to social media. A consultation of Instagram searches finds out the result #informative
Boasting the hyper-realistic look of worn marble, Casa Italiana's new 3D Velvet tile range take things even further, featuring naturalistic veins and depressions that are simply a pleasure to touch. There are 3 options
Master bedroom brings light and life to previously locked off spaces
In this project, an existing master suite was completely transformed. Now, a previously dark rear space is bright and open
Home offices inspired by famous fashion designers
An imaginative take on home offices inspired by five of the world’s most influential fashion houses. Would you be able to get any work done?
Right from the entry, the warmth and natural charm of wood flooring draws you forward. Then there's the wood front door, stairs and cabinetry. 'Would' this look suit your interior?
One house, three homes
Three families unite to buy a three-storey villa that needed to be reconstructed, with a goal to live there together yet apart. Separate floors and material choices bring individuality
The right lighting can have a powerful impact on your interior design. The sculptural, star-burst lighting pendants in this living space, part of an upmarket lakeside home, were sourced by the owners overseas
Relaxed and airy, this interior design for an environmentally friendly Manhattan Beach home combines strong, clean masculine lines with softer feminine layers
Flying through a kid's bedroom near you
While adults might mull over the finer décor points, children just want to say “wow!” Here, a child furniture specialist reflects on some great statement furniture options that will bring your child's room to life.
Character tiles complete stylish rural home
This home is well set up for the rugged indoor-outdoor lifestyle associated with rural living, making extensive use of porcelain tiles along with other products from The Tile Depot – all installed by the home owner
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10 hot dining area trends
Many things have changed in the past months – in terms of sociability and even working from home. Here are some achievable ways to make your dining area a relaxing, comfortable and versatile part of your interior
Inherently functional staircases in both traditional and modern residences have been transformed into artistic statements by architect Richard Landry
Earthy and raw interiors all the rage
From broken stone to natural elements of rattan and cane, this year it’s all about embracing raw-looking designs with crisp white interiors, says a prominent property stylist
What would the bedrooms of iconic figures look like today?
Through the years, the world has been graced with many legends be it in music, art, fashion or literature, whose legacy still inspires today. But how would these figures have addressed modern design? Here, some iconic figures' bedrooms are reimagined for today
5 easy tips for removing common carpet stains
It’s almost inevitable that a carpet will get stained at some point. No matter how careful you are, it only takes one spilt drink or accident from your pet to cause an unsightly stain. Fortunately, removing stains is often easier than you think. Here are 5 tips for common stains.
Your apartment, but not as you knew it
This inner-city Melbourne apartment with spectacular city and park views from the expansive glass wrapped walls demanded a makeover, having not been renovated or improved for over 20 years. The before and after images reflect a radical transformation
When less becomes more
Converting this 50m² one bedroom apartment into a home for a family of five was an exercise in diagnostic thinking – together with a master class in space shuffling
Designer interior above the clouds
Designing in the clouds – this 418m² apartment on Manhattan's Billionaire's Row looks down on Central Park. The lavish interior design includes artworks, many bespoke, by celebrated artists together with exquisite settings, furnishings and furniture chosen by one of the top interior designers in the world
Not everything’s here today, gone tomorrow – good quality endures
Forget cheap imports, bringing woodworking experts RH Cabinetmakers on board to craft your kitchen, wardrobe, laundry or bathroom cabinetry ensures a stylish, lasting solution
These relaxed private spaces form part of a resort style home reflecting a natural, tropical ambiance. The evocative interior design and one-off character pieces seen throughout are by respected designer Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens
At home on the range
The choice of natural materials, strong indoor-outdoor connections and an interior design featuring solid, relaxed furniture and finishes all come together to give this modern Australian farmhouse a sense of connection to its wide open surroundings
Lively interior matched only by its hip roof
Shaped to an extent by governing zoning requirements, this family home has dramatic, flowing interiors that connect with the generous outdoor space
Thoughtful interior design brings space, light and refinement
This relatively compact, semi-detached home has been given an English, classically elegant aesthetic. Natural light and a sense of spaciousness were also part of the design brief
A demure palette lets artworks and outlooks shine
With a light, sophisticated palette, this home's interiors maximise natural light and external views to the pool and yard. The double height family room has a cathedral like presence
Paint colours that will stand the test of time
Want to decorate your home with colours that won't fall from grace over time? Here, UK home buyer experts Goodmove offer some tried-and-true advice
Bringing the outdoors in
With extensive glazing and exterior materials running into the interior, this living space has the feel of an outdoor room. Above the fireplace, a bedroom wing is clad in the same cedar panels as the exterior. Concrete floors and steel elements also appear indoors and out
Classic outside – lux modern inside
Around the corner from London's Hyde Park, two upmarket townhouse front doors open to a combined, transformed lux interior
Black, white and impactful
The entry to this home features serene shoji-like, dark-framed frosted glass doors, contrasting white walls and a wall sculpture by artist Don Service.
Instagram’s most popular houseplants revealed!
All around the world we can’t get enough of houseplants – with more than 4 million posts on Instagram a fair indication! So what plant tops picture popularity? The clickable cactus scooped the polls with 23 million posts. See how your favourite flora rated.
This interior responds directly to the homeowner's brief for robust, but elegantly grand. The thoughtful interior design fully utilises the volumes of space crafted by the architect, with the use of high-quality materials ensuring durability and longevity
Air of romance
The interior design brief for this villa makeover was for modern spaces while maintaining refined character villa details and finishes for a warm, sophisticated and luxurious feel. The reinvented bathroom, kitchen and living space have all been transformed
Fit for a king
Wow! Clever behind-the-scenes design allows this curvaceous limestone staircase to appear to hang and twist in mid air. Explore the rest of this breathtaking clifftop home
Floored by the scenery
This kitchen in a dramatic mountain home is set back to provide uninterrupted lines out to the scenery. From this vantage, the long benchtop and choice of rich Oak Tobacco Grey, wide plank flooring lead the eye out to the spectacular landscape
Expansive, light-filled home threads elegantly between existing, tall willow trees
This formal lounge in a home by O’Neil Architecture is a double-height volume – accentuating its importance in the home and optimising views of mature willows on the property.
Serenity by the sea
Set on high with stunning beach views, this home reflects a minimal, raw material palette which is echoed in the interior design. Italian and New Zealand signature pieces contribute to the elegant, relaxed ambience
Armstrong Interiors wins 2020 TIDA New Zealand Interior Design of the Year
Congratulations to Armstrong Interiors, winner of TIDA New Zealand Interior Design of the Year. See more of this sophisticated apartment-style interior
Putting the great into great room
A new home by the lake makes a statement but it is the interiors that really respond to the views – the dramatic great room in particular
Yes, of course I've been studying
A home office trained on a great river view may not be conducive to putting your head down. Still, maybe that view is worth a failed paper or two...
White coastal kitchen complements the blue ocean and modern interior
The homeowners wanted the kitchen to be in keeping with the clean-lined home it forms part of.
As green as can be
MVRDV designed a small office and residential building using a gridded rack system to cover the building’s entire exterior in a variety of plants. The look and feel of the 'planted' facade also impacts the cool, airy interiors
Dreading next winter? With cost-effective underfloor heating, you don't have to
The great thing about one season arriving is you can look ahead to plan for the season that follows. Here Warmup New Zealand Founder and CEO Paul Fielding responds to commonly asked questions about the increasingly popular option of underfloor heating for both carpeted and tiled areas of your home
Elegant interior a match for million dollar view
Cool, luxurious and with stand-out artworks, this harbourside apartment's elegant interior matches its outstanding view
Heavy and light - this staircase combines both
Greeting you just inside the entrance to the home, these stairs have a dramatic, sculptural quality. Designer FuTung Cheng cast each of the 160kg concrete treads, which were then post-tensioned into the concrete wall and cantilevered out to give a floating effect. The wire balustrading plays no structural role in the design.
Thinking outside the box?
There are many ways to warm up your interior. In this home, a sunken lounge provides cosy seating, while a wood ceiling brings visual warmth
Contemporary living meets a cottage look in this new home
So your views are to die for, let's celebrate with a lively interior. Truth is that's the last thing you want. This home makes the absolute most of its breathtaking outlooks by introducing a pale decor subservient to the scenery.
Heat pumps are perfect for winter and summer
It's well known that heat pumps are the most energy efficient form of electric heating for New Zealand homes. However, they are also an efficient way to keep your home cool and comfortable over summer. Here we answer some questions around having one efficient heating and cooling appliance, rather than buying two
Elegant star-burst pendants were the perfect choice for this lakeside home
The sculptural, star-burst lighting pendants in this living space are a natural match for the airy interior and natural setting. They have the added advantage of drawing attention to the gabled home's high ceilings
Making an entrance
OK, so you’ve done your best with your beautiful front garden and attractive street-facing cladding – now it’s your entry space’s turn to wow your guests. Here are 10 ways to make your entry space look more dramatic, upmarket and welcoming
Clean and minimal was the design brief for this luxurious home
From architecture to artwork, the design team behind the minimalist interior of this penthouse apartment strove to honour the ethos of place and time. See how quality craftsmanship and contemporary style meet in this impeccable home
Our most popular interiors story of 2020
This was our top interiors story of 2020. Read the full story to see why it was a hit with our readers.
Why does this elegantly renovated living space seem so large?
This renovation increases the home's sense of space in part through pale wall and decor treatments and the choice of low, neutral coloured furniture
A question of balance
With pale decor and walls of glass to let the views take precedence, this living space is lighter than air. Enter a counter-balancing weightier element – a chimney breast clad in exotic stone-look tiles
Low furniture means enjoying the scenery not the chair backs
Have a spectacular view that you don’t want to obscure? Choose low-lying furniture such as the Minotti Leslie low lounge chair in this penthouse interior
White walls have some great advantages
Why do many homes have white walls, besides to keep the interiors light and sunny? Well white's also an ideal backdrop for art and furniture
This terrace house feels completely refreshed after a major renovation
Following on from an upstairs rethink, this renovation opens up the ground floor of the home front-to-back with a deft reworking of the existing rear spaces
4 ways to make your living area feel more spacious
The next best thing to having more spacious interiors is looking like you have more spacious interiors. Here are four ways to visually grow your interior without a major renovation. Already have generous spaces? These tips can make them seem even grander.
The fresh new interior of this home was inspired by '50s style
The fresh interior palette of this renovated home has a definitive '50s feel with a Noguchi coffee table, Eames lounge chair and starburst style mirror
Top tip: use area rugs on your main flooring surface to help define different zones, as with the seating area in this open penthouse apartment
An elegant turn for the better
A sculptural stair is just one strong, dextrous move in this refined transformation. To update an existing home in Forest Hill, Toronto, Reigo & Bauer executed a total renovation and interior design that unifies formerly disparate areas, modernising them functionally and aesthetically
Mixed and well matched
Make sure you get the balance right and keep the design features simple, and you can create an interior with a mix of materials and colours
The owners of this home love their power bills
Keeping your interior cool in summer is as costly as keeping it warm in winter? Not if you think passive. Discover the three green strategies used here
Shoe lovers unite!
While the other side of this blade wall forms a bedhead, this side is all about the shoes. The blade wall provides a storage solution as well as offering glimpses on either side to the bedroom beyond and sea views beyond that
Down about your interior? Try looking up
For this master bedroom, the cathedral ceiling was re-engineered so that the bed could be relocated to improve harbour views. Existing niches were furnished with daybeds and storage.
This unnerving game lodge lets visitors feel they have skin in the game
The open, seamless boundaries between interior and exterior for this South African game lodge have the effect of immersing guests in their environment rather than placing them on a removed spectating platform.
Total transformation of 1980s duplex penthouse results in attractive open-plan interiors and vastly improved layout
A major renovation project is not just a chance to replace a dated decor scheme – even more important is the opportunity to right the wrongs of the original space planning and circulation pathways
How to design your home office
Working from home comes with many benefits – but you need to to make the most of the design of your home office to avoid the downsides.
Clifftop apartment combines unbeatable harbour views with open plan luxury interiors
Sophisticated apartment interior also has a relaxed beachfront vibe in keeping with the seaside setting
Balancing scale, views and comfort was the biggest challenge in the design of this substantial home
Organising the space planning in a Y or propeller shape ensured this home met all of the owner’s specific requirements while making the most of the spectacular views
Light filled interior draws the outside in
Mid-Century Modern gets a new twist in this suburban home. The exterior boasts a strong composition while the interior features light-filled volumes
6 tips to buying furniture with staying power
Need help to select quality, long-lasting furniture for your home? Here's how to buy pieces that will stand the test of time
Subtle lighting enhances luxury harbourside apartment
In this harbourside apartment makeover, immovable pillars are clad in a rich-toned veneer. These elements are underlit to give them lightness and also act as nightlights
Interior decorating helps to turn this mountainside home into a treasure trove of gem‐like materials and custom furniture
The layout of this playful apartment was redesigned to create more space
You can't add space to an apartment – but could you make better use of the existing space? That's exactly the outcome for this clever rethink of an existing dated layout.
Modernist house with contemporary art gallery interior, courtyard entry
Modernist house with simple, cube-like exterior, designed by architect Dan Wheeler and interior designer Sherry Koppel to house large art collection.
Celebrity apartment gets luxurious family renovation
Babe Ruth once walked the floors of this apartment but it's unlikely he would recognise it now. A transformative interior design interwoven with exotic wall treatments and artworks has given this riverside eyrie a rich, opulent air
Five reasons to build new
So you're looking to improve on your current house situation. From a renovation or purchase of an existing home to building new, there are choices. Here experienced homebuilder Fowler Homes outlines five good reasons why building afresh is the most appealing option
Making the most of everything
Brave and daring, The Barnhaus has been innovatively designed to ensure that every room is used every day and no space is wasted.
A dynamic new home respects its natural setting in several ways
Standing tall amongst mature trees, this home on an awkward site, boasts simple, robust materials; an adroit layout, with minimal site disturbance; and several sustainable strategies
A character shop front is transformed into a sustainable home
Hidden behind the original facade of a former shop is a beautifully considered family home. Discover how it manages to make a dramatic statement while treading lightly on the land
Stylish wallpaper connects to sea outlooks
Want your interiors to connect with your home's outlooks? Beyond the swivel mirrors in this master ensuite, an Elitis wallpaper in the dressing room picks up on the more metallic hues of the harbourscape beyond
How this home renovation managed to retain its 1960s charm
See how the alteration of this contemporary home in City Beach, Australia, was designed to maintain the charm of its 1960s Commonwealth Games village history
Our most popular renovation story of 2020
This home came out tops as our most popular renovation story of 2020. Step inside to see why.
Dramatic move transforms cottage
Ruby red brick and oh so pretty but if the ceilings are low and outdoor links limited then a solution is called for. Who would have thought removing a floor could add so much more?
It's all in the details
Plaster wall and ceiling mouldings are restored to create a refined setting for this apartment that started life as local council chambers
Woodn't you know it – this interior nods to the outlooks
The upstairs in the central block of this home takes in spectacular mountain and lake views – and fair to say there's more than a nod to the many trees on the site
Grand home on a limited footprint
Love that heritage building but unsure whether it could ever be fit for modern purpose? Constraints can bring out the best in architectural thinking as this elegant cottage transformation reflects
A steel staircase, deep foundations and a cantilevered spa pool were just three feats requiring major engineering for this home
With deep, deep foundations, great street presence and a build height respectful of rear neighbours, this home responds to its environment in several ways
lyf – but not as we know it!
Ever wondered if we could live a more connected lifestyle where like-minded people live shoulder-to-shoulder in an atmosphere of mutual creative stimulation? As the largest co-living property in Southeast Asia, lyf Funan Singapore is an excellent working example
Master class in bringing light and life to previously gloomy, closed off spaces
Once compartmentalised and claustrophobic, an existing master suite has been transformed, with lightness and openness achieved in several ways
Light-filled home threads elegantly between willow trees
Walls of glass, deep overhangs and prominent parapet bands create a horizontal emphasis in this rural home
This family apartment got a colourful makeover
After living in their apartment for over a decade, this family of four decided it was time to renovate. The result is a practical home that uses colour to create separate yet connected spaces
A professional tells us how to improve your home lighting – and what to avoid
There's a lot to consider with home lighting – from design to avoiding glare to incorporating contrast. Not to worry, we've got advice from a lighting professional to guarantee a positive outcome for your interiors
Upmarket apartment makeover connects rooms with harbour views
A restrained yet exotic palette, recessive wall planes and significant artworks combine in a sumptuous interior that connects with its harbourside outlooks
Renovation brings out the best in this home
Looks can be deceiving – that's definitely the case here. Hiding behind this historic villa's traditional facade is a much more modern home, thanks to its contemporary extension
Opening the bathroom to the bedroom makes this entire suite seem lighter and more spacious.
Rich teak wood joinery provides an elegant, open connection between this master bedroom and its upmarket ensuite
Changes in exterior materials and form help define the various zones of this family lakeside home
An industrial modern home for a family of eight cleverly caters for everyone to be together or in their own individualistic spaces