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Hanging baskets for beginners

Gardening columnist Julia Atkinson-Dunn shares her tips and techniques for getting hanging baskets that are beautiful and thriving.

Gardening columnist Julia Atkinson-Dunn shares her tips and techniques for getting hanging baskets that are beautiful and thriving.

Melt & Pour DIY Soaps: Gradient Gemstones

Making soap can be super therapeutic, especially when it involves creating your very own radiant gemstones.

Making soap can be super therapeutic, especially when it involves creating your very own radiant gemstones.

Melt & Pour DIY Soap: Exfoliating Soap Bars

Ditch those expensive Lush products and start making your very own organic, exfoliating soap bars.

Ditch those expensive Lush products and start making your very own organic, exfoliating soap bars.

A Minimalist Approach: DIY phone holders

Rather than throwing away your toilet paper rolls... Why not upcycle them and turn them into cute phone holders instead?

Rather than throwing away your toilet paper rolls... Why not upcycle them and turn them into cute phone holders instead?

Melt & Pour DIY Soaps: Hanging Flower Soap

Are you fed up with wet and slimy soap? Then it's time you learned how to make soap that you can hang up.

Are you fed up with wet and slimy soap? Then it's time you learned how to make soap that you can hang up.

Unique & easy DIY candles: Autumn pine cones

This is the ultimate autumn-inspired candle! It's cute, easy to make, and perfect for when all you want to do is sit by the fire and drink hot chocolate.

This is the ultimate autumn-inspired candle! It's cute, easy to make, and perfect for when all you want to do is sit by the fire and drink hot chocolate.

Why has this Feilding house not sold in 13 years?

Owner of Feilding house "prone to flooding" has listed the property for 13 years, but there's a reason it hasn't sold.

Owner of Feilding house "prone to flooding" has listed the property for 13 years, but there's a reason it hasn't sold.

Can you burn a fern back to life?

Maidenhair ferns are notoriously hard to keep alive, but is setting them on fire the answer?

Maidenhair ferns are notoriously hard to keep alive, but is setting them on fire the answer?

Lauren Riihimaki teaches how to make unique DIY wall decor

LaurDIY, also known as Lauren Kobayashi Riihimaki, is the host of HBO Max's ";Craftopia."

LaurDIY, also known as Lauren Kobayashi Riihimaki, is the host of HBO Max's ";Craftopia."

Meet the mum who has spent half a decade turning her home into a shrine to the 1970s

Meet the mum who has transformed her home into a spectacular tribute to the 1970s.Estelle Bilson, 43, has loved all things vintage since her student days and spends hours tracking down original pieces in auctions, on eBay and in charity shops.The ...

Meet the mum who has transformed her home into a spectacular tribute to the 1970s.Estelle Bilson, 43, has loved all things vintage since her student days and spends hours tracking down original pieces in auctions, on eBay and in charity shops.The ...

Unique & Easy DIY Candles: Eggs for Days

Looking for a fun craft to do this weekend? Here's a super simple eggshell candle recipe you can try out at home.

Looking for a fun craft to do this weekend? Here's a super simple eggshell candle recipe you can try out at home.

How to decipher property listings...

The listing says it's a "quaint", "hidden gem" that's "packed with potential", but what exactly does that mean?

The listing says it's a "quaint", "hidden gem" that's "packed with potential", but what exactly does that mean?

US man achieved 'life's mission' to wallpaper home entirely in Budweiser beer cans

It took him 16 years to cover the condo entirely with cans—including the ceilings and the master wardrobe.

It took him 16 years to cover the condo entirely with cans—including the ceilings and the master wardrobe.

The studio house building solution

William Samuels and Hannah D'Arcy talk about the modular studio house they are building on leasehold land in Nelson.

William Samuels and Hannah D'Arcy talk about the modular studio house they are building on leasehold land in Nelson.

Inside this modern $5.5m mansion is a vintage surprise

It may look like an ultra modern waterfall house, but inside is a surprising contrast in periods and styles.

It may look like an ultra modern waterfall house, but inside is a surprising contrast in periods and styles.

Specially crafted for one hard-working couple

This made to measure Christchurch home has been a triumph

This made to measure Christchurch home has been a triumph

Is this the perfect Queenstown period cottage?

Built in about 1895, the cottage had been used as a shearing shed, until its owners rescued it.

Built in about 1895, the cottage had been used as a shearing shed, until its owners rescued it.

Inside this award winning Church conversion, is a sleek, stylish family home...

Completed in 2019, this 1880s Wesleyan Church was saved from demolition by being converted in to family homes.

Completed in 2019, this 1880s Wesleyan Church was saved from demolition by being converted in to family homes.

Surprising things to keep out of your dishwasher

There's no substitute for hot soapy water and elbow grease to keep these household favourites at their best.

There's no substitute for hot soapy water and elbow grease to keep these household favourites at their best.

How to choose the perfect pillow for you

The secret to choosing the right pillow is understanding that the best pillow for you is the one you like best.

The secret to choosing the right pillow is understanding that the best pillow for you is the one you like best.

Tiny container house nails it

This custom tiny house made from two stacked containers is all about the good life.

This custom tiny house made from two stacked containers is all about the good life.

A dream team was behind this Auckland renovation

Meticulous planning went into this home.

Meticulous planning went into this home.

Home sweet shared home

David McNatty, Kerry Sunderland, Steve Henry and Ali Law jointly own a Kaiteriteri home in a co-housing arrangement.

David McNatty, Kerry Sunderland, Steve Henry and Ali Law jointly own a Kaiteriteri home in a co-housing arrangement.

Habitat for Humanity help with home dream

A chance meeting opened the door to Karen and Richard Holman's new Riwaka home, all made possible with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

A chance meeting opened the door to Karen and Richard Holman's new Riwaka home, all made possible with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

Daffodil varieties and when they bloom

When and how these daffodil varieties will perform in New Zealand gardens.

When and how these daffodil varieties will perform in New Zealand gardens.

Close to Home: Inner city living in regional NZ

From London to Nelson. Richard and Jenny Adams brought up three kids in an old building in Nelson above their hair salon.

From London to Nelson. Richard and Jenny Adams brought up three kids in an old building in Nelson above their hair salon.

Tiny house innovation

The Millennial tiny house by Build Tiny has some novel space-saving ideas, including retractable stairs.

The Millennial tiny house by Build Tiny has some novel space-saving ideas, including retractable stairs.

120-year-old Hawke's Bay homestead for sale

Absentee owners have listed stunning Ormlie Lodge near Napier for sale through Bayleys.

Absentee owners have listed stunning Ormlie Lodge near Napier for sale through Bayleys.

DIY: Easy produce bag

Make your own simple, sustainable bag for storing or carrying fruits and vegetables.

Make your own simple, sustainable bag for storing or carrying fruits and vegetables.

Peek inside Jason Bonham's house

Interior designer and The Block NZ judge Jason Bonham’s home is a reflection of his sociable, generous lifestyle.

Interior designer and The Block NZ judge Jason Bonham’s home is a reflection of his sociable, generous lifestyle.

Houseplant hero: Tiny home packed with plants

There's no shortage of houseplants in Hollie Procter's tiny home.

There's no shortage of houseplants in Hollie Procter's tiny home.

Holiday park life

Ruth Upsom lives at the Queen St Holiday Park in Richmond. She also owns her home, but wants to stay at the holiday park because of the community it has.

Ruth Upsom lives at the Queen St Holiday Park in Richmond. She also owns her home, but wants to stay at the holiday park because of the community it has.

A dummies guide to lighting a fire

Donna Fallon from Otahuna Lodge gives her top tips on how to light a fire.

Donna Fallon from Otahuna Lodge gives her top tips on how to light a fire.

Why the Classic Dualit is a design classic

Handmade since the 1950s, the Dualit is a design icon - and it makes lovely toast too. Images by Dualit.

Handmade since the 1950s, the Dualit is a design icon - and it makes lovely toast too. Images by Dualit.

The skinny on living in a tiny abode

A few home truths from real people who live tiny.

A few home truths from real people who live tiny.

Tiny house has a dark side

Tiny homes have a dark side - here are three things the marketing blurbs don't tell you about.

Tiny homes have a dark side - here are three things the marketing blurbs don't tell you about.

Muscle man beefs up backyard into a tropical paradise

This man may not look like the gardening type, but that didn't stop the 45-year-old construction worker from transforming his backyard in Willaston, UK, into a personal paradise.

This man may not look like the gardening type, but that didn't stop the 45-year-old construction worker from transforming his backyard in Willaston, UK, into a personal paradise.

Cabin built from borer-infested ash is a prototype

Modern technologies are applied to enable borer-infested wood to be sustainably repurposed for housing, as seen in this cabin prototype by the Hannah design firm in New York.

Modern technologies are applied to enable borer-infested wood to be sustainably repurposed for housing, as seen in this cabin prototype by the Hannah design firm in New York.

How to paint your own headboard

Canadian decor fan Kirsten Olson shows how simple it is to give your bed the perfect painted headboard. Check out @kirstenolsonhome on Instagram for more.

Canadian decor fan Kirsten Olson shows how simple it is to give your bed the perfect painted headboard. Check out @kirstenolsonhome on Instagram for more.

Houseplant hero King George sells house plants to raise funds to buy PPE for nurses in Philippines

King George Diones is a surgical nurse who propagates and sells houseplants. He is currently giving all profits to colleagues in the Philippines to buy PPE.

King George Diones is a surgical nurse who propagates and sells houseplants. He is currently giving all profits to colleagues in the Philippines to buy PPE.

Tips on how to organise your pantry

Tips on how to organise your pantry

Tips on how to organise your pantry

7 easy changes to make your home more eco-friendly

Although the world’s current environmental challenges may seem unbeatable.

Although the world’s current environmental challenges may seem unbeatable.

Alien Film Fan Builds Homemade Museum In Apartment Block

A nondescript city neighbourhood has a secret in one of its apartment blocks: an alien-infested spaceship. Barcelona-based Sci-Fi fan Luis Nostromo loves the aliens films so much, he has built his own museum. Luis saw the original Ridley Scott fil...

A nondescript city neighbourhood has a secret in one of its apartment blocks: an alien-infested spaceship. Barcelona-based Sci-Fi fan Luis Nostromo loves the aliens films so much, he has built his own museum. Luis saw the original Ridley Scott fil...

How to build a ladder frame

This colourful, easy-to-make climbing frame is the perfect accessory for your vege beds. Jacob Leaf shows you how.

This colourful, easy-to-make climbing frame is the perfect accessory for your vege beds. Jacob Leaf shows you how.

Houseplant collector thrives with 75 indoor plants

There's no shortage of houseplants in Hollie Proctor's tiny home.

There's no shortage of houseplants in Hollie Proctor's tiny home.

Crofton house, one of Wellington's oldest remaining houses, is up for sale

Putting her Ngaio family home of 42 years on the market was not an easy decision to make for Margarett Domett.

Putting her Ngaio family home of 42 years on the market was not an easy decision to make for Margarett Domett.

Peek inside Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's LA mansion

The celebrity power-couple are moving on from their seven bedroom, Mid-century, resort-style palace.

The celebrity power-couple are moving on from their seven bedroom, Mid-century, resort-style palace.

How to find the best vintage items on online auction sites

Browsing for a new lamp, couch or chest of drawers? Here are a few tips to get the most out of your online auction sites.

Browsing for a new lamp, couch or chest of drawers? Here are a few tips to get the most out of your online auction sites.

Inside New Zealand's first Modul homes in Hobsonville Point

Three identical three-bedroom terrace houses have been craned into Hobsonville Point. They are the first of many more Modul homes to come.

Three identical three-bedroom terrace houses have been craned into Hobsonville Point. They are the first of many more Modul homes to come.

7 Corners in Your Kitchen You Might Be Forgetting to Clean

1. Inside your toaster. All those crumbs at the bottom are easy to miss and can attract bugs.

1. Inside your toaster. All those crumbs at the bottom are easy to miss and can attract bugs.

5 Foods You Can Grow in a Container Garden

1. Peppers. Use a container that's about 14 to 16 inches deep and secure with twine to keep upright. 2. Scallions.

1. Peppers. Use a container that's about 14 to 16 inches deep and secure with twine to keep upright. 2. Scallions.

'Bogor's' bach for glampers

What a difference a year makes - Burton Silver's '50s bach in Seatoun, where he penned the Bogor cartoon strip, is now a quaint holiday rental.

What a difference a year makes - Burton Silver's '50s bach in Seatoun, where he penned the Bogor cartoon strip, is now a quaint holiday rental.

Earthsong: A fine example of harmonious living

Robin Allison gives a tour of West Auckland's sustainable community, Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood.

Robin Allison gives a tour of West Auckland's sustainable community, Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood.

Peek inside one of Wellington's iconic Seven Sisters on Oriental Bay

The home is on the market for the first time in 16 years.

The home is on the market for the first time in 16 years.

Two brightly painted seaside homes for sale

Take your pick - red or blue. These two properties for sale are right on the waterfront at Houghton Bay, Wellington.

Take your pick - red or blue. These two properties for sale are right on the waterfront at Houghton Bay, Wellington.

Let the elements guide your interior fabric choices

Let the elements guide your interior fabric choices.

Let the elements guide your interior fabric choices.

How to make Mid-century style work

Mid-century style comes in many forms, from understated to a more colourful Hollywood vibe.

Mid-century style comes in many forms, from understated to a more colourful Hollywood vibe.

How to light an open fire

The best way to light an open fire at home.

The best way to light an open fire at home.

Is this the best-ever boatshed?

These Auckland boatsheds seldom come onto the market - and this one is a real gem.

These Auckland boatsheds seldom come onto the market - and this one is a real gem.

Solar heater made from aluminium cans costs $1.50 per year to run

A Northland resident's DIY solar heater warmed his living space by about 4 degrees.

A Northland resident's DIY solar heater warmed his living space by about 4 degrees.

Take a look inside Modal - Auckland's latest carless apartment building

Renters at Modal are encouraged to ditch cars in favour of bikes. Take a look inside to see why that might just change the way we rent.

Renters at Modal are encouraged to ditch cars in favour of bikes. Take a look inside to see why that might just change the way we rent.

Hāwera garden full of stories and memories

Peter and Neryda Sullivan created this garden together over 26 years.

Peter and Neryda Sullivan created this garden together over 26 years.

Peek inside Susan Sarandon's New York home

Sarandon's home is a chic, creative space filled with light.

Sarandon's home is a chic, creative space filled with light.

Lighting 101: key points you need to know

Lighting not only influences the way we feel, it's essential to creating a space that's welcoming and inspiring.

Lighting not only influences the way we feel, it's essential to creating a space that's welcoming and inspiring.

Beautiful bouquet for under $20

Transform those cheap flowers into a beautiful bouquet.

Transform those cheap flowers into a beautiful bouquet.

Inside time-capsule cottage that's been left untouched for decades

These pictures show inside a 'time-capsule' cottage that has been left untouched for decades.The crumbling former home has been overtaken by nature and is barely visible from the public footpath it sits alongside.But inside it has been left exactl...

These pictures show inside a 'time-capsule' cottage that has been left untouched for decades.The crumbling former home has been overtaken by nature and is barely visible from the public footpath it sits alongside.But inside it has been left exactl...

The Block NZ's Peter Wolfkamp in his Devonport home

Peter Wolfkamp's Devonport home

Peter Wolfkamp's Devonport home

Art, objects, mid-century finds - it’s all here

This artist’s Opua house is full to the brim.

This artist’s Opua house is full to the brim.

The story of red oxide paint in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Long before the landscape was dotted with red wool sheds, Māori used Red Oxide paint in a variety of ways.

Long before the landscape was dotted with red wool sheds, Māori used Red Oxide paint in a variety of ways.

This Auckland apartment is like walking into Wonderland

This antique jeweller has a sharp eye for eclectic pieces.

This antique jeweller has a sharp eye for eclectic pieces.

Green interior wows in home on a golf course

From the outside you would never guess what lies within this condo - an interior that reflects the green of the golf course beyond.

From the outside you would never guess what lies within this condo - an interior that reflects the green of the golf course beyond.

Major makeover reinvents '70s house

Tracey Geerin and Nicki Crouch of Christchurch have undertaken a major renovation of these twin townhouses in Merivale. Now, their own home, on the left, is for sale.

Tracey Geerin and Nicki Crouch of Christchurch have undertaken a major renovation of these twin townhouses in Merivale. Now, their own home, on the left, is for sale.

This bunker lets you survive the apocalypse in style

When the apocalypse comes, you may as well bunker down in style. Called 'Plan B', this new underground bunker concept has been created by Sergey Makhno Architects. They say their task was to “create a cosy and safe home in the depths of the earth”...

When the apocalypse comes, you may as well bunker down in style. Called 'Plan B', this new underground bunker concept has been created by Sergey Makhno Architects. They say their task was to “create a cosy and safe home in the depths of the earth”...

The folding hacks you need to know

Is your room messy? Are your drawers disorganised? Can you not fit your life into a suitcase? Here are the garment folding hacks you need.

Is your room messy? Are your drawers disorganised? Can you not fit your life into a suitcase? Here are the garment folding hacks you need.

An Auckland home that is all about the merging of cultures


A house designed for entertaining, cooking and bringing people together

A house designed for entertaining, cooking and bringing people together

How does 2000 style compare to 2020 style?

We went from Trad to Rad in the last 20 years, with authenticity, texture and cosiness becoming key elements of decor style.

We went from Trad to Rad in the last 20 years, with authenticity, texture and cosiness becoming key elements of decor style.

This Puhoi property is selling after 120 years in same family

Oakdale in Puhoi, north of Auckland, is a grand old homestead and farm that have been in the Straka family since 'Grandad' built the house in the late 1800s.

Oakdale in Puhoi, north of Auckland, is a grand old homestead and farm that have been in the Straka family since 'Grandad' built the house in the late 1800s.

There's a slice of the Old West hidden on the Central Plateau

Mellonsfolly is an authentic Old West style town about an hour from Ohakune.

Mellonsfolly is an authentic Old West style town about an hour from Ohakune.

8 Tips for Taking Care of House Plants

8 Tips for Taking Care of House Plants.

8 Tips for Taking Care of House Plants.

5 Easiest Vegetables to Grow at Home

Starting a fruit and vegetable garden is easy for anyone with an outdoor area and a good amount of sunlight. Here are 5 veggies anyone can grow at home.

Starting a fruit and vegetable garden is easy for anyone with an outdoor area and a good amount of sunlight. Here are 5 veggies anyone can grow at home.

From funeral home to apartment-style home

With a superb industrial vibe.

With a superb industrial vibe.

The garden with more than 200 rhododendrons

Miriam Lee loves rhodos, and she's got the garden to prove it.

Miriam Lee loves rhodos, and she's got the garden to prove it.

Tips for easy-care beachside gardens

Simple massed plantings of native species make for bird-friendly, relaxed beachside holiday home gardens.

Simple massed plantings of native species make for bird-friendly, relaxed beachside holiday home gardens.

Stairway House in Tokyo

This Tokyo house designed by Nendo is defined by a giant sculptural staircase that starts outside and leads right through the house, getting steeper as it rises.

This Tokyo house designed by Nendo is defined by a giant sculptural staircase that starts outside and leads right through the house, getting steeper as it rises.

A guide to buying antiques

Experts advise on the things you need to know before buying antiques.

Experts advise on the things you need to know before buying antiques.

Pot plants, the perfect decorating item

Nicky and Josh Peauafi in their home. Nicky and Josh have amassed a large number of different pot plant species.

Nicky and Josh Peauafi in their home. Nicky and Josh have amassed a large number of different pot plant species.

Kitchens to inspire - which trend will suit you?

These kitchens are the epitome of stylish.

These kitchens are the epitome of stylish.

DIY Rietveld crate chair

Rachel Clare and Jacob Leaf embrace the Modernist aesthetic of this simple chair, first created by iconic Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1934. Here's how they did it.

Rachel Clare and Jacob Leaf embrace the Modernist aesthetic of this simple chair, first created by iconic Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1934. Here's how they did it.

Art Deco house in same family for 70 years

This Art Deco house for sale in Mairehau, Christchurch has been in the same family since 'Dad' built it nearly 70 years ago.

This Art Deco house for sale in Mairehau, Christchurch has been in the same family since 'Dad' built it nearly 70 years ago.

Tips on keeping your electricity bills down during the lockdown

Tips on keeping your electricity bills down during the lockdown.

Tips on keeping your electricity bills down during the lockdown.

Easy-care hot coloured blooms for late summer

These golden and bronze perennials don't just tolerate drought, they thrive in the dry and bloom through late summer to autumn.

These golden and bronze perennials don't just tolerate drought, they thrive in the dry and bloom through late summer to autumn.

Private formal topiary garden in Wellington

Light years from the hustle of nearby downtown is a quarter-acre oasis of order and calm.

Light years from the hustle of nearby downtown is a quarter-acre oasis of order and calm.

This is gardening on a grand scale.

Achieved over half a century by two generations.

Achieved over half a century by two generations.

A grand home for grand collections

The view of the outside is just as good as the inside.

The view of the outside is just as good as the inside.

How to make floral bunny ears

Get into the Easter crafting spirit with these DIY bunny ears.

Get into the Easter crafting spirit with these DIY bunny ears.

Villa selling after 100+ years

This Devonport villa has gone from great-great-aunt to great-grandparents, to great aunt, to mother, then son, who is now selling more than 108 years after the first family member moved in.

This Devonport villa has gone from great-great-aunt to great-grandparents, to great aunt, to mother, then son, who is now selling more than 108 years after the first family member moved in.

Landscape photographer built himself the perfect home on the road

When Paul Mercer wanted to find the perfect hom away from home, he had to build it himself.

When Paul Mercer wanted to find the perfect hom away from home, he had to build it himself.

CyberHouse Life - house of the future?

Designed to combat zombie viruses, chaos, devastation, riots and revolutions, the CyberHouse Life is a Russian architect's glimpse into our future.

Designed to combat zombie viruses, chaos, devastation, riots and revolutions, the CyberHouse Life is a Russian architect's glimpse into our future.

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