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In association with Ackworth House. Step right up for the elevation of a traditionally utilitarian essential into a standout architectural feature. We’re all for…

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Follow the rules and make your own by adding an artsy headboard to a classic scheme. In association with Resene. –  It’s a commonly held belief that neutral walls — ours are in Resene Solitaire — are fail-safe in a bedroom for the sense of calm they project. That’s perfectly true, and they also form an unobtrusive backdrop for more eye-catching elements you can play your way — in this instance an earth-toned DIY headboard.  –  To make our folksy version, paint a 105cm x 195cm piece of timber with Resene Rewilding, leaving a 15cm border around the top
This time next week, art lovers will be flocking to Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre for one of the largest gatherings on the annual cultural calendar — the Aotearoa Art Fair. It’s always a favourite of ours for keeping abreast of new and important works by established and emerging artists represented by galleries around New Zealand and Australia. Thinking about starting or adding to your own art collection? Here are five female artists we’re coveting for ours and believe are well worth investing in. 1. Hannah Ireland This year, Jhana Millers Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of paintings
In association with Webb’s. According to Florence S Fournier, Decorative Arts Specialist at New Zealand’s premier auction house, Webb’s, objects are more than objects — they can also be a form of personal expression and speak to a wider social history. In her role that involves tasks  such as appraisal, art direction,  styling photoshoots, curating gallery installations and creating a narrative around the items going up for sale in Webb’s auctions, extensive research is essential to understand the historical context, provenance and significance  of each piece. She and the Webb’s team aim to highlight the objects’ uniqueness and value,

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German-born Elena Renker was into pottery from the moment she was introduced to it by a wonderful craft teacher as a child. She later made plans  to spend a year working in a pottery  in the village of Bergen in Germany’s Bavaria, but before she did so, took  up an invitation from a friend to spend three months at India’s Golden Bridge Pottery. She had an amazing time, and for someone who’d always enjoyed making functional, everyday objects,  it planted a seed. The year in Bergen followed, before she moved to Bavaria’s capital, Munich, to study graphic design, got
Kiwis Kelly and Josh Müller met in Tauranga, relocated to Sydney, then — craving a slower pace for their young family — settled in Lennox Head in northern NSW. Although they initially landed in this small coastal town because  they couldn’t find an affordable rental elsewhere, Kelly says it turned out to be the biggest blessing. With the benefits of being 20 minutes to Byron Bay and less than an hour to the GC (and its international airport), the one-main-street locale is quiet and down to earth, with a genuine sense of community. So Kelly, a taste of home but
Going by the name of Hey Maker Studio, Waihi Beach-based artist Lisa Billing (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui ) is deep in commissions right now. She’s also working on some landscapes and a series of painted fruit bowls and vases inspired by old hand-blocked textiles. She offers limited-edition prints of some of her original paintings, so there’s always editing to be done, and she’s keen to expand on her current canvas sizes in 2024 and challenge herself with new mediums. How did she get here? Let’s start at the beginning. Lisa, when did you first hold a paintbrush and

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