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Alicia Keys' stunning new home

Alicia Keys, 15-times Grammy award winner, has splashed out on the multi-million dollar Razor House in La Jolla, California.

Alicia Keys, 15-times Grammy award winner, has splashed out on the multi-million dollar Razor House in La Jolla, California.

How to keep spider numbers down in your home

White tails, daddy long legs and others love your nooks crannies and attics. Here are some ways to deter them from coming inside.

White tails, daddy long legs and others love your nooks crannies and attics. Here are some ways to deter them from coming inside.

Auckland region's best house

This large country house at Matakana, by Peter Dyer Builders, has taken top honours in the Auckland Registered Master Builders awards.

This large country house at Matakana, by Peter Dyer Builders, has taken top honours in the Auckland Registered Master Builders awards.

How to insulate your windows with a DIY kit

It's cheap, easy and quick to insulate your windows.

It's cheap, easy and quick to insulate your windows.

A New Plymouth home with a dubious history, transformed

A big breezy restored villa for a family of six is leaving behind its shady past.

A big breezy restored villa for a family of six is leaving behind its shady past.

One woman, two tiny homes

Being a novice didn't stop Claire French from picking up tools and building not one, but two homes to live in.

Being a novice didn't stop Claire French from picking up tools and building not one, but two homes to live in.

The kinds of homes a Kiwi Lotto winner could buy...

Castles, celebrity homes, and mid century marvels - you're all options when you've won millions...

Castles, celebrity homes, and mid century marvels - you're all options when you've won millions...

Who will save the abandoned villa?

There's a Block-style do-up waiting in Western Springs, Auckland after the tenants in this old villa did a runner.

There's a Block-style do-up waiting in Western Springs, Auckland after the tenants in this old villa did a runner.

This grand Blenheim home was built by one French woman

This residence is a testament to one French woman’s poetic vision and eight years of painstaking, hands-on crafting.

This residence is a testament to one French woman’s poetic vision and eight years of painstaking, hands-on crafting.

Creating stylish storage

How to get your home in order... with style.

How to get your home in order... with style.

Spelling mansion fetches $180m

The extraordinary chateau-style mansion built for the late Aaron Spelling and his wife Candy is the most expensive house sold in LA County.

The extraordinary chateau-style mansion built for the late Aaron Spelling and his wife Candy is the most expensive house sold in LA County.

Lesley Harris is renovating St Augustines in Devonport

Renovating this Devonport church is a labour of love for Lesley Harris.

Renovating this Devonport church is a labour of love for Lesley Harris.

What can you put in soft plastic recycling bins?

Those green bins outside the supermarket aren't for the rubbish from the floor of your car.

Those green bins outside the supermarket aren't for the rubbish from the floor of your car.

How to convert a heritage church into a modern home

The St James in Wellington was in poor repair before works began to save the more than 100-year-old building.

The St James in Wellington was in poor repair before works began to save the more than 100-year-old building.

These five homes would make amazing Bachelorette Mansions...

Five beautiful Kiwi homes that would suit any aspiring suitor and his bachelorette...

Five beautiful Kiwi homes that would suit any aspiring suitor and his bachelorette...

How to add colour and texture to your walls

Decals, colour treatments and wallpaper are back in a big way.

Decals, colour treatments and wallpaper are back in a big way.

Tamzyn Adding top tips on buying art

Auckland designer Tamzyn Adding shows her favourite pieces of art in her home and gives four top tips on purchasing and how to hang artwork.

Auckland designer Tamzyn Adding shows her favourite pieces of art in her home and gives four top tips on purchasing and how to hang artwork.

Kakanui weaver Mike Lilian has been practicing basketry for 33 years

Self-taught weaver Mike Lilian uses European techniques to weave baskets, fences, and even coffins.

Self-taught weaver Mike Lilian uses European techniques to weave baskets, fences, and even coffins.

Northland Prison gardens

Inmates work and study here for qualifications in agriculture, horticulture and apiculture.

Inmates work and study here for qualifications in agriculture, horticulture and apiculture.

Matakana hideaway by the water

This family home comes with a lush tropical paradise already installed.

This family home comes with a lush tropical paradise already installed.

5 affordable things home stagers always buy to finish their rooms

Professional interior design looks expensive, but doesn't cost as much as you think.

Professional interior design looks expensive, but doesn't cost as much as you think.

How to catch a rat

New Zealand's rat population has exploded due to an extra-warm autumn - and they are bigger than ever.

New Zealand's rat population has exploded due to an extra-warm autumn - and they are bigger than ever.

The Masonic Lodge that became a family home

It was once just two big halls, but now this Waipawa Masonic Lodge is a comfortable three bed home.

It was once just two big halls, but now this Waipawa Masonic Lodge is a comfortable three bed home.

Wall hacks for your home

A blank space on a wall is filled with possibilities.

A blank space on a wall is filled with possibilities.

A dream home by the sea

Steve and Val Horne decided to downsize and make the move to Raglan and enjoy all this magic little town has to offer.

Steve and Val Horne decided to downsize and make the move to Raglan and enjoy all this magic little town has to offer.

Inside Jimmy Stewart's one-time bachelor pad...

The It's a Wonderful Life actor lived her during the 40s, and only moved out when he married Gloria McLean.

The It's a Wonderful Life actor lived her during the 40s, and only moved out when he married Gloria McLean.

How to get your home storm ready

The wild weather is coming... are you ready? Here's how to check.

The wild weather is coming... are you ready? Here's how to check.

CDS Kiwi kitchen designers shortlisted

Davinia Stutton and Leonie Metger have wowed judges in London - their kitchens are the only finalists in the International Designer of the Year award.

Davinia Stutton and Leonie Metger have wowed judges in London - their kitchens are the only finalists in the International Designer of the Year award.

Lisa and Ribz The Block NZ Winners

Lisa and Ribz The Block NZ Winners

Lisa and Ribz The Block NZ Winners

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.

Dune House wows

The design of this summer house in Denmark was influenced by the owner's synaesthesia and Roman Polanski's movie Ghostwriter.

The design of this summer house in Denmark was influenced by the owner's synaesthesia and Roman Polanski's movie Ghostwriter.

Skinny house like a 'Tardis'

A Merivale tower house, on the site of a former public toilet, is proving the perfect office space for owner Paddy Cotter.

A Merivale tower house, on the site of a former public toilet, is proving the perfect office space for owner Paddy Cotter.

Family farewells Maraetai bach

The Rhind family has been gathering at the family bach in Maraetai for 71 years, but now it's being sold.

The Rhind family has been gathering at the family bach in Maraetai for 71 years, but now it's being sold.

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 to DIY your own piece of abstract art

You can make a piece of art even if you've never painted a dang thing in your life.

You can make a piece of art even if you've never painted a dang thing in your life.

2019 Resene Total Colour Awards

Forget neutrals - the Resene Residential Interior Award has gone to a very colourful interior.

Forget neutrals - the Resene Residential Interior Award has gone to a very colourful interior.

Zen and the art of Japanese tree maintenance

Clip, prop and wrap: caring for trees in Japan is an art form with a practical purpose.

Clip, prop and wrap: caring for trees in Japan is an art form with a practical purpose.

This apartment building is entirely covered in pot plants

The Green Villa apartment by MVRDV takes pot plant obsession to a whole new level.

The Green Villa apartment by MVRDV takes pot plant obsession to a whole new level.

Westfield Newmarket ready for shoppers

The $790 million Westfield development in Newmarket, Auckland is set to open its doors on August 28.

The $790 million Westfield development in Newmarket, Auckland is set to open its doors on August 28.

Five tips for your scullery...

To add a sink or not to add a sink, that's the Butler's Pantry question...

To add a sink or not to add a sink, that's the Butler's Pantry question...

How to avoid war with the neighbours

Here are some tips for sorting things out if issues with your neighbours arise.

Here are some tips for sorting things out if issues with your neighbours arise.

Amazing log house wins three awards

This large log house in Tarras, Otago was built by High Country Carpentry at a cost in excess of $2 million. It has won three regional Master Builders awards.

This large log house in Tarras, Otago was built by High Country Carpentry at a cost in excess of $2 million. It has won three regional Master Builders awards.

Carlee's secret garden

Carlee November, 19, is an obsessive houseplant grower.

Carlee November, 19, is an obsessive houseplant grower.

Tokyo tiny house wows

Takeshi Hosaka bought a tiny 31.41sqm section between two buildings and designed this ultra-cool tiny house.

Takeshi Hosaka bought a tiny 31.41sqm section between two buildings and designed this ultra-cool tiny house.

Most Likeable Kitchen

This stunning kitchen in a traditional villa in Cambridge has been voted Most Likeable in New Zealand.

This stunning kitchen in a traditional villa in Cambridge has been voted Most Likeable in New Zealand.

Kiwi designers make SBID shortlist

Seven New Zealand projects have made the shortlist of the prestigious SBID awards in the UK.

Seven New Zealand projects have made the shortlist of the prestigious SBID awards in the UK.

Teen on the property ladder

Ben Harwood, 19, signed up for his first house at 18, having worked two jobs and saving hard.

Ben Harwood, 19, signed up for his first house at 18, having worked two jobs and saving hard.

Something hides under this green oasis

This Auckland garden has an unexpected hidden secret.

This Auckland garden has an unexpected hidden secret.

135-year-old Castle Claremont for sale

The current owner of this huge granite mansion near Timaru knew before he even got out of the taxi that this was the house he was going to buy.

The current owner of this huge granite mansion near Timaru knew before he even got out of the taxi that this was the house he was going to buy.

What winter comforts really cost

It turns out having a warm bed at night is cheap as chips but the cost of a hot shower may surprise you.

It turns out having a warm bed at night is cheap as chips but the cost of a hot shower may surprise you.

Terrace house with secret pub

There's no need to wander down to the pub, when you can just walk upstairs and stand behind the bar.

There's no need to wander down to the pub, when you can just walk upstairs and stand behind the bar.

The Simpsons have had a house make-over

742 Evergreen Terrace is well overdue for a decor update.

742 Evergreen Terrace is well overdue for a decor update.

Inside Prince Harry's Barbados hideaway

This seven bedroom mansion in Barbados has had some very special - and right royal - guests...

This seven bedroom mansion in Barbados has had some very special - and right royal - guests...

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.

How to choose the right builder for you

Choosing a builder can be daunting, but there are steps you can take to make the right choice for your job.

Choosing a builder can be daunting, but there are steps you can take to make the right choice for your job.

Tiny house sold in three hours

This new 'demo' tiny house in New Plymouth sold quickly when NZ Tiny Homes listed it on Facebook.

This new 'demo' tiny house in New Plymouth sold quickly when NZ Tiny Homes listed it on Facebook.

An anniversary trip to Huka Lodge inspires a massive renovation

Three years later, the Mikkelsons have a lodge of their own.

Three years later, the Mikkelsons have a lodge of their own.

Camping lifestyle now money-spinner

Elle and Tiki Tamihana love being on the road, and when they're not, they are making money hiring out their camper-trailers.

Elle and Tiki Tamihana love being on the road, and when they're not, they are making money hiring out their camper-trailers.

Rent or own - what makes you happier?

Home ownership versus renting - is either likely to make you more happy?

Home ownership versus renting - is either likely to make you more happy?

A heater hack that'll save you money

Eco design advisor Nelson Lebo gives a new tip for heating your home over the winter.

Eco design advisor Nelson Lebo gives a new tip for heating your home over the winter.

How to grow microgreens

If you have a sunny windowsill, you can sprout and snip your own nutritious microgreens in as little as seven days.

If you have a sunny windowsill, you can sprout and snip your own nutritious microgreens in as little as seven days.

How to show ants the door

A single ant on your bench is a scout for hundreds, if not thousands of nest mates.

A single ant on your bench is a scout for hundreds, if not thousands of nest mates.

Former PM Sir Robert Muldoon's house for sale

Sir Robert Muldoon and his wife Thea owned this weatherboard house in the Tāmaki electorate for many years through the '60s and '70s. They sold it in 1983. It has since been relocated to Point England and is now for sale.

Sir Robert Muldoon and his wife Thea owned this weatherboard house in the Tāmaki electorate for many years through the '60s and '70s. They sold it in 1983. It has since been relocated to Point England and is now for sale.

Modern Wellington mansion built to ancient specifications

In the Wellington suburb of Newlands is a state-of-the-art smart home, built on ancient Hindu principles.

In the Wellington suburb of Newlands is a state-of-the-art smart home, built on ancient Hindu principles.

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.

NZ House & Garden: 25 years of extraordinary New Zealand houses and gardens

NZ House & Garden editor Naomi Larkin takes us on a trip down memory lane, looking at how New Zealand homes have changed over a quarter of a century.

NZ House & Garden editor Naomi Larkin takes us on a trip down memory lane, looking at how New Zealand homes have changed over a quarter of a century.

DIY beeswax cotton lunch wrap

Looking for an alternative to plastic food-wrap? Try a beeswax cotton wrap to keep your food safe.

Looking for an alternative to plastic food-wrap? Try a beeswax cotton wrap to keep your food safe.

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.

10 things to do with chokos

Some of your best suggestions for what to do with a bumper crop of chokos.

Some of your best suggestions for what to do with a bumper crop of chokos.

Garage of 21sqm is converted into a tiny home

Who needs lots of space? This garage has become a perfect tiny retreat in the middle of a gritty, urban area.

Who needs lots of space? This garage has become a perfect tiny retreat in the middle of a gritty, urban area.

DIY: Sticky tape grid

Create a sticky tape grid over the top of your vase to make it easy to arrange flowers in.

Create a sticky tape grid over the top of your vase to make it easy to arrange flowers in.

Classic colour combinations for interiors by Resene

Want to bring a hint of colour to your rooms, without going overboard? Try these classic pairings by Resene.

Want to bring a hint of colour to your rooms, without going overboard? Try these classic pairings by Resene.

How to avoid a compost that stinks

Five rules to avoid a stinky compost heap

Five rules to avoid a stinky compost heap

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.

What's the right indoor plant for your star sign?

Do you have a plant that perfectly matches your star sign? Apparently so.

Do you have a plant that perfectly matches your star sign? Apparently so.

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.

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.

Stuff readers' cleaning hacks

Dozens of the best-ever cleaning hacks have been sent in by Stuff readers, and many of them have one thing in common.

Dozens of the best-ever cleaning hacks have been sent in by Stuff readers, and many of them have one thing in common.

DIY: Painted chairs

Here's a step-by-step guide to painting chairs.

Here's a step-by-step guide to painting chairs.

Five of our favourite colourful homes

Bold use of colour makes these some of our most popular houses.

Bold use of colour makes these some of our most popular houses.

How to: Planter bowl

How to: Planter bowl

How to: Planter bowl

Beautiful bouquet for under $20

Transform those cheap flowers into a beautiful bouquet.

Transform those cheap flowers into a beautiful bouquet.

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.

World Naked Gardening Day: tips for celebrating

Naked gardening: a safety video

Naked gardening: a safety video

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.

HOMED - DIY Wallpapering

A novice tries wallpapering for the first time.

A novice tries wallpapering for the first time.

Five DIY temporary tips for renters

Andrea Warmington shows her top five DIY temporary tips for renters

Andrea Warmington shows her top five DIY temporary tips for renters

Fake plant rules to live by

Use these tricks to fool even the most astute visitor.

Use these tricks to fool even the most astute visitor.

The art of upcycling

Sarah Heeringa has been upcycling for years and says it's easier than you might think.

Sarah Heeringa has been upcycling for years and says it's easier than you might think.

DIY: Spiral arranging 

Arrange flowers in a spiral to give your arrangement more movement.

Arrange flowers in a spiral to give your arrangement more movement.

What can your waste disposer handle?

What can your waste disposer handle?

What can your waste disposer handle?

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.

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.

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.

DIY: Blooming floral wreath for bringing nature indoors

Here's how to make your own floral wreath with fresh flowers, a technique that's perfect for anytime of year.

Here's how to make your own floral wreath with fresh flowers, a technique that's perfect for anytime of year.

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.

This Auckland home looks like a movie set

With its own lake, a Victorian style turret, a pub and a water wheel, you can live out your wildest wild west dreams in this home.

With its own lake, a Victorian style turret, a pub and a water wheel, you can live out your wildest wild west dreams in this home.

The Block NZ's Peter Wolfkamp in his Devonport home

Peter Wolfkamp's Devonport home

Peter Wolfkamp's Devonport home

The Block NZ: Claire and Agni - where are they now?

The Block NZ 2018 contestants Agni Bhorkar and Claire Rapira show off their New Plymouth renovation projects.

The Block NZ 2018 contestants Agni Bhorkar and Claire Rapira show off their New Plymouth renovation projects.

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