Making a statement on a lemonade budget!

Creating your own style with a statement piece doesn’t need to break the bank.  By researching and looking for items that fit into your own sense of style can be a fun and inexpensive exercise.

Many large chain stores now in NZ are stocking a range of designer look homeware that can help create an inviting designer home feel.

Look for economic pieces that make a statement can be the start of an overall look and feel.  Take a look at our occasional chair options to help inspire you!  

The Alaska occasional chair is a perfect example. This leather look chair priced at only $399 could be the starting point for a moody whisky room. Team it up with some leafy greenery, or set a mood with a lamp. Curl up and read your favourite book with a glass of deep pinot. 


Seeking design flare and creating your own statement doesn’t mean compromising on functionality and comfort. The Wisconsin Sofa Bed range available at brings a new life to ‘Sofa Bed’. The Scandinavian look and feel combines practicality and form. Style her up with some muted tones with a throw or cushions and lay a statement rug underneath to add a softer feel.


Do you need a nursing chair but don’t want comprise to the look and feel of the rest of you home?  Our Kansas Occasional Chair & Ottoman provides a perfect solution. Its teal colour is also gender neutral and the matching ottoman (which is included with each chair) also provides extra support.


Don’t be afraid to be bold with colour. Colour is your friend and can lift a room to create a whole new feel. Take the Montana occasional chair for example; its bold, blue personality creates a statement on its own.


When style meets functionality, magic happens

Great design is not only about how something looks in a room, but it must also encompass it’s usability; blurring the separation between atheistically pleasing and full functionality.

By choosing pieces that are on trend, won’t break the bank but are still stylish and function is a skill we at pride ourselves on.

We personally choose each item while ticking off a multitude of checklists that encompass our customers’ needs and wants.

We have recently introduced a new range of products that meet the style demands of your everyday home owner, stylist or interior designer all while ensuring budgets aren’t blown.

Our Zola chair coupled with the definitive lines of the Wiley table create a sleek stylish design.

Another great combintion of the new range is the Varden 1.7m dining table then teamed up with the Greta chair. A light oak table that offers a more casual setting without compromising on style or functionality.

How about a mid-century piece?  With its rounded curves and sprayed legs, the Josef 1.5m dining table just screams ‘I’m a classic’. We have picked what could be rare gems of the design world available at affordable everyday low prices.

Be sure to check out our full range of furniture at, or come in and see us at our Petone based showroom.

Let there be light!

Nothing beats that warming feel of sunlight on your skin or the picturesque sight of sun gleaming through windows on a cool spring day.

Aside from its Vitamin D benefits, bringing light into a home is great for not only lighting up your home, but also your well-being. Increasing your endorphin levels, sunlight offers a pick me up for the soul. Bask in all its glory while reading your favourite book and drinking your beverage of choice.

Bringing light into a dark home can lift not only your spirits, but also the value of your property. Take a look at the below aspirational homes that have let the light shine in.

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FAKRO Roof Windows and Skylights are ahead of their time. Being a market leader in the world of daylight complemented by continuous testing and development ensures FAKRO remain ahead of the rest. Boasting such market advances such as the V40P air inlet, FAKRO roof windows offer passive ventilation which aids in creating a healthier, happier home. Team the V40P air inlet with the advanced technology of Z-Wave FAKRO offer a seamless approach to letting the light shine in.

Take a dark area of your home and lighten it up with the addition of a skylight or roof window, with many applications to choose from, has the solution for any home; you can take a look at the available range here.

If you would like to discuss what is suitable for your own property, please get in touch with one of the customer service team on 0800 DIY ONLINE (349 665).

Need Storage? Look Up!

The humble attic, an unused space normally reserved for old suitcases and items that are better out of sight than mind.

But what is really hiding in the overhead region? For some this is an unused space that is inaccessible without lugging the ladder out of the garage. Cue performing something close to a circus balancing act of trying to navigate through the hatch.  What if you could create a storage solution that is both practical and adds value – great, but let’s start with accessibility.

It is common for European homes to utilise their attic to no end, something that is becoming ever more popular in the New Zealand market.  An increase in storage requirements has seen home owners move to utilising this inhabited space for storage. By installing a set of attic stairs the ease of accessing this space not only increases, but the safety aspects are then also covered. No more balancing on a ladder. offers a wide range of access solutions with their FAKRO Attic Stair range. FAKRO are a Polish based company who specialise in Attic Stairs and Roof Windows / Skylights for the domestic market. They are the leader among their competitors and manufacture to the highest quality.

You can see our range of attic stairs available here. We offer a solution for ceiling heights from 2.7 (and below) up to 3.3m. With prices starting from only $329, we offer an affordable solution for all situations.

So now that you can access your attic, how can you make the most of this space? Perhaps you have a space usable for something other than storage?

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How about creating a man cave? Or a kids playroom? Opportunities are endless! Take a look at these inspirational attic conversions.


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The opportunities presented for creating an abundance of storage, are unlimited when it comes to the attic. Or you could get creative and utilise this space for something other than storage? If you would like to discuss what is suitable for your own property, please get in touch with one of the customer service team on 0800 DIY ONLINE (349 665)

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