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Luxaflex Evo External Sunscreens

Get Ready for Summer with Luxaflex Blinds

October 18, 2021

The days are getting longer, spring flowers are in full bloom and that pervasive winter chill has finally disappeared. With summer around the corner, now is... Read more

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Quick Dry Foam – Designed for Outdoor Living Video

October 6, 2021

Our Furniture Category Manager, Jayne Cross-Hunter shares the quality materials used in our outdoor seat cushions featured in the McKenzie & Willis 2021 Outdoor Collection. Watch... Read more

Outdoor Furniture Collection

Introducing the 2021/22 Outdoor Living Collection

October 5, 2021

For more than 100 years we’ve been helping New Zealand pick the best furniture for their homes, inside and out! This year we have handpicked pieces... Read more

The Design Depot

The Design Depot Joins the McW Family!

September 21, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with The Design Depot, an interiors brand with showrooms in Hamilton and Mount Maunganui. The recent... Read more

Southern House of The Year 2021 Clive Barrington

Registered Master Builders Canterbury House of the Year 2021

September 7, 2021

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards is an annual competition celebrating building excellence in New Zealand. We have supported the event for many... Read more

Southern House of the Year 2021

Registered Master Builders Southern House of the Year 2021

August 25, 2021

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards is an annual competition celebrating building excellence in New Zealand. We have supported the event for many... Read more

Interior Colour Trend Forecast

Interior Colour Trend Forecast

August 17, 2021

Colour is a key element for any interior; a visual language that can influence our mood, create ambience and add character. Unlike fashion, colour trends tend... Read more

Christchurch Ronald McDonald House Supper Club 2021

Christchurch Ronald McDonald House Supper Club 2021

July 14, 2021

The Ronald McDonald Christchurch Supper Club took place last month and we were delighted to once again have the opportunity to be involved as one of... Read more

Curved Furniture Interior Design Trend

How to Embrace the Curved Furniture Trend

July 2, 2021

After a long hiatus and a period dominated by straight sleek lines in design, curves are back in a big way. First seen in architecture with... Read more

Interior Design Project Christchurch Jamie Kay

Interior Design Project: Ahead of the Curve

June 16, 2021

Styled with a deft hand and incredible eye for colour, it will come as no surprise that this home belongs to the founder of Jamie Kay,... Read more

Calligaris Silhouette Dining Table

Introducing the Silhouette Extension Dining Table by Calligaris Video

June 15, 2021

Our Furniture Category Manager, Jayne Cross-Hunter shares the latest arrival from Calligaris, the Silhouette Extension Dining Table! Watch to find out more about its beautiful design... Read more

Winter Interior Design Tips

Interior Design Tips to Warm up Your Home This Winter

June 1, 2021

Grey skies, chilly mornings and longer nights…winter is finally upon us! With the weather cooling down, now is the perfect time to look at updating your... Read more

Luxaflex Blinds for Winter

Luxaflex Blinds for Winter

May 12, 2021

Windows are big culprit when it comes to energy loss in your home, especially so in winter as the temperature drops. On the flip-side, the low... Read more

Fairydown Duck down Espresso Blanket

Our Best Selling Blanket: The Fairydown Espresso

May 5, 2021

Year after year the Fairydown Espresso is our best selling blanket. Perfect for all year round, Fairydown Espresso Blankets are a simple and practical way to... Read more

Avid Commercial Interior Design Project

Commercial Project: The Avid Luxury Lounge

April 21, 2021

Avid was founded by automotive detailer Devon Gilchrist and is a premier car care and detailing company with a focus on delivering an exceptional level of... Read more

How to choose the perfect Dining table for your home

How to Choose the Perfect Dining Table for Your Home

April 7, 2021

There are lots of things to consider when it comes to choosing a dining table; you will after all spend many hours enjoying time with family... Read more

We Love to Help! And Here Is How We Do It

We Love to Help! And Here Is How We Do It Video

February 5, 2021

Here at McKenzie & Willis we love helping you to create a truly beautiful and inspiring space Read more

Quickstep Vario Wood floors

Everything You Need to Know about Wood and Laminate Flooring

January 30, 2021

What makes a good floor, great? The details! Plank direction, finishing trims and installation method are among some of the finer points you should consider when... Read more

Interior Design Trend Forecast 2021

2021 Interior Design Trend Forecast

January 26, 2021

Like most things in life, interior design has not been immune to the turbulent events of 2020. As we enter 2021, the pandemic has had a... Read more

Wool Vs Synthetic Carpet

The Great Debate: Synthetic vs Wool Carpet

January 20, 2021

The topic of synthetic vs wool carpet has been hotly debated over the years. Unfortunately the answer to this great debate is still a rather ambiguous... Read more

Beds for reducing partner disturbance

How to Reduce Partner Disturbance for a Better Night’s Sleep

January 13, 2021

If you share a bed with someone (and your mattress is past its prime) you will no doubt have experienced partner disturbance at some point. A... Read more

Belle Interiors Collection

Belle Interiors Collection

December 21, 2020

The Early Years As part of the very fabric of Christchurch, Belle Interiors and founder Colin Foggo have long been at the forefront of furniture design... Read more

Coast outdoor bean chair

Behind the Brand: COAST

December 3, 2020

As the brainchild of Nicola and Alex Webster, New Zealand brand COAST was built on the idea that quality design should not only be beautiful but... Read more

Buying Guide Duvet Covers,-Bedspreads & Comforters

Buying Guide: Duvet Covers, Bedspreads & Comforters

November 25, 2020

What is the difference between a Duvet Cover and Bedspread? A bedspread or duvet cover can set the entire tone for your bedroom design. Which one... Read more

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Outdoor Furniture for a Natural Look

November 17, 2020

In the outdoors it is hard to go past the natural appeal of wood, especially in New Zealand as we are surrounded by nature in some... Read more

Outdoor Dining Furniture for the bach

Outdoor Dining Furniture for the Bach

October 23, 2020

When choosing the perfect outdoor furniture for your bach or holiday home you to need consider easy care, weather resistant pieces that you can lock up... Read more

Outdoor Furniture for Small spaces

Outdoor Furniture for Small Spaces

October 14, 2020

If you have secret little spaces and patios in your garden or if your outdoor space is limited, think outside the square and look for compact... Read more

Outdoor Dining for the whole family

Outdoor Dining Furniture for the Whole Family

October 6, 2020

Summer outdoor dining evokes images of holiday feasts with the whole family around the table and making last minute space for those unexpected guests – an... Read more

Outdoor Furniture Texture

Outdoor Lounge Furniture for Lovers of Texture

October 1, 2020

Woven outdoor furniture is an enduring trend that is seen year after year. Its appeal is vast with contemporary styles that appeal to lovers of modern... Read more

Best stain resistant carpet

What Is The Best Stain Resistant Carpet?

September 24, 2020

We all know the feeling when someone spills a glass of red wine on your carpet – the rush of panic as you desperately try to... Read more

Dunedin Interior Design Project Feature

Interior Design Project: A Villa with a New Lease of Life

August 25, 2020

With the help of our Dunedin team, this beautiful old villa was given a new lease of life by owner Jackie. It is filled with luxurious... Read more

Belle Interiors

Belle Interiors to Open New Showroom Within the McKenzie & Willis Building

August 18, 2020

We are very excited to announce Colin Foggo and the team at Belle Interiors will be relocating their showroom from its current Victoria Street location to... Read more

Sofa Buying Guide

Sofa Buying Guide

July 30, 2020

Arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture in a home, a sofa is the place where family and friends gather to share stories, where... Read more

Beautyrest Connoisseur Plush Bed

The Beautyrest Connoisseur Bed Gets an Update!

July 22, 2020

Always paving the way with the latest technologies, Beautyrest have released their brand new model of the Beautyrest Connoisseur. While it continues to be our best... Read more

Cavalier Bremworth Carpet Made in New Zealand

Cavalier Bremworth: Inspired, Grown and Made in New Zealand

June 24, 2020

The Cavalier Bremworth brand has a long history of innovation in New Zealand. They are renowned for their revolutionary and quality textured wool carpets which pull... Read more

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Behind the Brand: Bianca Lorenne

June 18, 2020

Meet Alison Nottingham, textile extraordinaire, talented business woman and founder of NZ brand, Bianca Lorenne! Built on Alison’s desire to bring exquisite bed linen to the... Read more

McW Collection Joseph Range

Introducing the Joseph Furniture Range

June 11, 2020

In 1906, McKenzie & Willis was founded by Joseph Willis and R. S. McKenzie. Starting life as real estate agency that also auctioned and sold second... Read more

Jill Interior Design Project

A Designer’s Home: Jill Coleman

May 22, 2020

In this series we will be giving you a glimpse into the places our designers & team call home. Take a tour and gain a personal... Read more

Interior Design Christchurch

A Designer’s Home: Karen Powers

May 8, 2020

In this series we will be giving you a glimpse into the places our designers & team call home. Take a tour and gain a personal... Read more

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Moodboard: Bedroom Sanctuary

May 6, 2020

In this series, we will be sharing moodboards our team has created so you can take a peek at what we are all working on and... Read more

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How to Style a Small Space

May 5, 2020

Many New Zealanders are choosing smaller homes for a multitude of reasons- be it downsizing, simpler living, a city bolthole or environmental choices to name a... Read more

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A Designer’s Home: Sue James-Moore

April 30, 2020

In this series we will be giving you a glimpse into the places our designers & team call home. Take a tour and gain a personal... Read more

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Moodboard: Eclectic Winter Style

April 29, 2020

In this series, we will be sharing moodboards our team has created so you can take a peek at what we are all working on and... Read more

Halo Lighting Tribeca Sofa

Lighting Tips for a Well-Considered Space

April 24, 2020

The correct choice and placement of lights in any space is always easiest if planned ahead and thoughtfully considered. Our talented team have put together some... Read more

Interior Design Christchurch

A Designer’s Home: Jayne Cross-Hunter

April 22, 2020

In this series we will be giving you a glimpse into the places our designers & team call home. Take a tour and gain a personal... Read more

Moodboard Sustainability Interior Design Sustainability

Moodboard: Sustainability, Natural Elements & Climate Positive Design

April 20, 2020

While we are all at home, our team hope to bring you a constant stream of design inspiration and ideas for your interior. Which is why... Read more

Wanaka Interior Design

A Designer’s Home: Sarah Shore

April 17, 2020

In this series we will be giving you a glimpse into the places our designers and team call home. Take a tour and gain a personal... Read more

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Interior Design Style: What’s Yours?

April 9, 2020

Now that you’ve been home staring at your space for the past few weeks, we’d like to know what is your interior design style? Knowing your... Read more

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Moodboard: Modern with an Industrial Edge

April 9, 2020

While we are all at home, our team hope to bring you a constant stream of design inspiration and ideas for your interior. Which is why... Read more

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A Designer’s Home: Kelly Anderson

April 8, 2020

In this series we will be giving you a glimpse into the places our designers and team call home. Take a tour and gain a personal... Read more

A Designers Home- Wanaka

A Designer’s Home: Leisa Gordon

March 31, 2020

In this series we will be giving you a glimpse into the places our designers and team call home. Take a tour and gain a personal... Read more

Furniture Spacing & Placement

Top Tips for Furniture Spacing & Placement

March 13, 2020

Akin to an invisible thread that ties a room together, the correct spacing between furniture helps to form a cohesive and functional interior. Follow a few... Read more

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How to Protect Your Interior Furnishings from the Sun

February 20, 2020

Our affinity for north-facing houses and bright, light-filled rooms has certainly increased over the years. Wherever possible our homes are being built around the sun with... Read more

Nautilus Modular Feature

Wanaka Building Company Transforming the Future

February 4, 2020

A Wanaka building company is transforming the way we construct buildings, now and into the future. Nautilus Modular is the brain-child of Peter Marshall who was... Read more

Sealy Grandwood Ultra Plush!

Staff Favourite – Julian Anderson Video

January 30, 2020

Bedding Specialist, Julian Anderson shares with us his favourite bed – the Sealy Grandwood Ultra Plush! Watch to discover more about this amazing bed and why... Read more

Interior Design Trends 2020

Interior Design Trends for the Year Ahead

January 22, 2020

With a new year (and new decade) upon us, now is the perfect time to think about refreshing your interior and incorporating the latest design trends... Read more

Smart Solutions for Hot Sleepers

Smart Solutions for Hot Sleepers

January 15, 2020

We all know that feeling of being unable to sleep on a hot summer’s night. Constantly tossing and turning, it can sometimes feel impossible to escape... Read more

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How to Operate a Jardinico Caractere Umbrella Video

January 8, 2020

Find out how to operate the fantastic Jardinico Caractere Umbrella! Easy to open with a simple twist of the hand, the Caractere offers loads of flexibility... Read more

Dunedin Interior Design Project

Interior Design Project: The Perfect Family Home, 9 Years in the Making

December 18, 2019

For owners Catherine & Simon the decision to stay put and renovate was an easy one. Their much-loved Dunedin home sits in an enviable location, close... Read more

SALT District Mural Christchurch

A Not so Little Piece of Christchurch’s History – Salt District Mural

December 16, 2019

A not so little piece of Christchurch’s history now covers the laneway wall between SALT Square and St Asaph Street. The city’s latest piece of street... Read more

Notre Monde Translucent Silhouettes Trays

Extra Special Gifts for Mum & Dad

December 10, 2019

Along with spending time with our nearest and dearest, Christmas is an opportunity to show how much we appreciate our loved ones and none more so... Read more

Harbour Outdoor Furniture

Introducing Harbour Video

November 8, 2019

We caught up with Paul Gerrard (Director of Asia Pacific Operations at Harbour) for some insight into this amazing outdoor furniture brand. Read more

MM Linen Laundered Linen Duvet Set in Pewter

Get Your Bedroom Ready for the Warmer Months

November 4, 2019

With daylight savings finally here the nights are getting longer and thankfully, they are also getting warmer! With the changing of the clocks it is the... Read more

Dining Alfresco Outdoor Dining Furniture

Dining Alfresco

October 31, 2019

Whether soaking in the glorious sunshine, or watching the sky turn from brilliant blue to the pinky hue of dusk, there is something truly magical about... Read more

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Sheridan’s Focus on Sustainability

October 22, 2019

In recent years, the topic of sustainability has gained momentum. All over the globe, communities are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact. As we collectively... Read more

Introducing the 2019/20 Outdoor Living Collection

Introducing the 2019/20 Outdoor Living Collection

October 14, 2019

We are very excited to introduce our 2019/20 Outdoor Living Collection! With a focus on sustainability, design and comfortable living, our exclusive International Designer Series and... Read more

Luxaflex Rollershade Sunscreens

A Smarter Home with Luxaflex & Somfy Connexoon

October 4, 2019

Well regarded for their beautiful and high quality blinds, Luxaflex are also known as pioneers for new technology. Their possibilities for motorisation, voice control and automation... Read more

Morris&Co fabrics

Staff Favourites – Anna Kouwenhoven Deavoll Video

October 2, 2019

 Anna Kouwenhoven Deavoll (McKenzie & Willis Interior Design Consultant) shares her favourite fabric collection – Morris & Co! Watch to find out more about this... Read more

Quick-Step Wood Flooring

Quick-Step Wood Flooring – Committed to Nature

September 27, 2019

Now more than ever it’s important to understand where the products we use in our home come from and their effect on the environment. One of... Read more

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Dance! With Home & Family

September 5, 2019

Here at McKenzie & Willis, we have long been supporters of the Home & Family Charity. Over the years we developed a special relationship with this... Read more

House of the Year 2019

Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2019

August 30, 2019

The Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards is an annual competition celebrating building excellence in New Zealand. We have supported the event for many... Read more

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Linen Collection Catalogue

August 28, 2019

The experts in everything interiors at McKenzie & Willis have just released their latest Linen Collection catalogue. This carefully curated collection brings together the finest quality... Read more

Buying Guide Duvet Inners Toppers Mattress Protectors

Buying Guide: Duvet Inners, Toppers & Mattress Protectors

August 16, 2019

Duvet Inners The MM Down range epitomises bedtime luxury. Their duvet inners offer a range of warmth levels from the medium warmth of the 50/50 inner... Read more

Nick Radford Rugs

Introducing Nick Radford Rugs

August 2, 2019

Nick Radford Rugs was established in 2003, when Nick Radford, inspired by creative trends in the international space, assembled the company’s first rug-making frame in a... Read more

NZ Wool Feature

The Benefits of NZ Wool

August 1, 2019

There’s a lot to love about New Zealand wool. Natural, tactile and superior in quality, the benefits are numerous. New Zealand wool features in many of... Read more

Forma furniture

Behind the Brand: forma

July 30, 2019

A meticulous attention to detail and passion for design has been the driving force behind renowned NZ Made brand forma. It is led by creative extraordinaire... Read more

Understanding Upholstery Feature

Understanding Upholstery Fabric

July 25, 2019

There are many things to consider when it comes to choosing the right upholstery fabric. Far beyond personal taste and aesthetics, upholstery fabrics need to perform.... Read more

Bianca Lorenne Svernare Collection

Bianca Lorenne Svernare Collection

July 16, 2019

Inspired by the beauty of the colder season, the new Svernare collection channels everything we’ve come to love about Bianca Lorenne but with a contemporary twist.... Read more

Dining & Occasional Catalogue

Dining & Occasional Catalogue

June 25, 2019

We’re excited to introduce our brand new Dining & Occasional Catalogue. Filled with the latest designs from around the world as well as home-grown favourites, this... Read more

Winter Warming tips for your Interior

Winter Warming Tips for Your Interior

June 17, 2019

Snow-capped mountains, frosty mornings and the recent cold snap herald the beginning of winter. As we hunker down for the colder months and spend more time... Read more

Timaru Feature

Interior Design Project: A Labour of Love

June 13, 2019

Walking the tightrope between old and new with precision, this Timaru character home has been a labour of love for owners Rachel and David. Rachel and... Read more

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SleepMaker & Beautyrest: A NZ Made Story

May 24, 2019

Renowned for their innovative sleep technologies, superb comfort and absolute quality, SleepMaker and Beautyrest beds also have a NZ made story. Their parent company was founded... Read more

Beds Everyday Best Price

Our Beds Everyday Best Price

May 17, 2019

At McKenzie & Willis we pride ourselves on always delivering the absolute best price possible, which is why we are pleased to offer our ‘Everyday Best... Read more

Leather Furniture Basics

Leather Furniture Basics

May 8, 2019

You can’t beat leather furniture. Luxurious and hard-wearing, leather furniture is something you buy for a lifetime. In this definitive guide, we answer common questions and... Read more

How to choose the right pillow

How to Choose the Right Pillow

April 26, 2019

Your sleeping position completely dictates the type of pillow you should select as different positions require different types of support but ultimately, a comfortable pillow is... Read more

Sheets Buying Guide

Sheets Buying Guide

April 12, 2019

Which 100% Cotton Sheets are for me? You can’t go wrong selecting 100% cotton sheets- cotton is a natural, breathable fibre and renewable resource. The difference... Read more

Queenstown & Wanaka Showrooms

Queenstown & Wanaka Showrooms Video

April 5, 2019

Central Otago is home to two of our showrooms, Queenstown & Wanaka. Working with clients from all over the world as well as right here in... Read more

Carpet Underlay

Choosing the Right Carpet Underlay: 6 Must-Ask Questions

March 28, 2019

Arguably as important as the carpet itself, carpet underlay not only provides comfort underfoot but it also prolongs the life of your carpet, provides acoustic and... Read more

Interior Design

McKenzie & Willis Interior Design Video

March 1, 2019

Helping our clients achieve their interior design goals is the cornerstone of our business. From flooring to curtains and everything in between, here’s a look at... Read more

5 reasons to include linen fabric in your next interior design project

5 Reasons to Include Linen Fabric in Your Next Interior Design Project

February 22, 2019

After a new look for your interior this summer but not sure which type of fabric to choose? Linen could be your answer! Here are our... Read more

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McKenzie & Willis Brand Video

February 22, 2019

We’ve been working on something very special and we are thrilled to finally be able to share our very first brand video with you! It tells... Read more

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McKenzie & Willis Design Space Video

January 25, 2019

 McKenzie & Willis are pleased to announce the launch of their Augmented Reality app. ‘McKenzie & Willis Design Space’. Augmented Reality (AR) turns the environment... Read more

Sealy Grandwood Bed

Introducing the Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite Grandwood Bed

January 24, 2019

We’re very excited to introduce the brand new Exquisite Grandwood bed collection from Sealy Posturepedic. Replacing the Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite Corsica bed, the Grandwood has a... Read more

AH Beard Beds available at McKenzie & Willis

Behind the Scenes at A.H Beard

January 23, 2019

Established in 1899 by Enoch William Beard, A.H. Beard has been improving lives through better sleep for the last 120 years. With their commitment to creating... Read more

Interior Design Project Character Charm

Interior Design Project: Character Charm

December 19, 2018

With all the charm of yesteryear, this new build holds a special place in the owners’ hearts. Designed to look like it was built well over... Read more

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Introducing Dunedin Artist: Lisa Dorahy

December 11, 2018

We’re very excited to announce that our Dunedin showroom now has range of artworks on display from local Dunedin artist, Lisa Dorahy. Lisa is renowned for... Read more

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Summer Entertaining

December 3, 2018

The countdown to Christmas is officially on and now is the perfect time to be thinking about ways to improve your outdoor space for the festive... Read more

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Introducing Edit by Seneca

November 22, 2018

We are very excited to introduce our brand new homewares range – Edit by Seneca. Edit by Seneca is a curated collection of beautiful handmade pieces... Read more

Home & Family Charity

A Heart-Warming Story of Heritage and Charity

November 14, 2018

At the cross roads of two busy streets in Christchurch sits an old building with a very unique story. This category 1 heritage building began life... Read more

2018/19 Outdoor Living Trend Forecast

2018/19 Outdoor Living Trend Forecast

November 6, 2018

The outdoor season is upon us! Time for relaxing with friends and family as the sun goes down, alfresco dining and enjoying all that summer has... Read more

Top tips for styling your outdoor space

Top Tips for Styling your Outdoor Space Video

October 29, 2018

Get ready for summer with our Top Tips for Styling your Outdoor Space! Read more

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Outdoor Furniture Buying Questions

October 24, 2018

Shopping for outdoor furniture? Here is a checklist of the top 5 questions to ask before making your final choice. If it has cushions- can they... Read more

Outdoor furniture

Reviewing the New Season Outdoor Living Collection

October 12, 2018

Our much anticipated 2018/19 outdoor living collection has arrived! This world-class collection has been hand-picked by our talented furniture buying team and features the very best... Read more

Top tips for buying outdoor furniture

Top Tips for Buying Outdoor Furniture

October 3, 2018

Consider the purpose of your outdoor space Begin by determining what your outdoor space will be used for. Do you enjoy eating alfresco? Perhaps you’re looking... Read more

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Meet the NZ Designers and Makers: Southern Creations

August 17, 2018

At McKenzie & Willis we have long been passionate supporters of NZ brands and NZ Made products. Which is why we are bringing you our “Meet... Read more

James Dunlop Textiles

Meet the NZ Designers and Makers: James Dunlop Textiles

August 16, 2018

At McKenzie & Willis we have long been passionate supporters of NZ brands and NZ Made products. Which is why we are bringing you our “Meet... Read more

David Shaw Furniture

Meet the NZ Designers and Makers: David Shaw

August 15, 2018

At McKenzie & Willis we have long been passionate supporters of NZ brands and NZ Made products. Which is why we are bringing you our “Meet... Read more

Mountain Valley Furniture

Meet the NZ Designers and Makers: Mountain Valley

August 13, 2018

At McKenzie & Willis we have long been passionate supporters of NZ brands and NZ Made products. Which is why we are bringing you our “Meet... Read more

Pocket spring vs innerspring mattresses

Bed Buying 101: What Is the Difference Between a Pocket Spring and Innerspring Mattress?

August 10, 2018

Spring mattresses are one of the most popular types of mattresses on the market, and for good reason! Spring mattresses support the body via a network... Read more

John Gavin Construction Southern House of the Year 2018 Category: New Home over $2million

Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2018

August 8, 2018

At McKenzie & Willis, we have been supporters of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year Awards for many years. An annual competition celebrating building... Read more

Interior Design Project

Interior Design Project: A Home of Grand Proportions

July 20, 2018

In a park-like setting sits Ray & Kathy’s modern new build – a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of a city slowly rebuilding itself after... Read more

Interior Design Project

Interior Design Project: Not Your Typical New Build

July 4, 2018

It was a cold and bleak June morning when we arrived at Phillippa and Stuart’s house. Phillippa greeted us at the door with a warm smile... Read more

Ronald McDonald House Christchurch Supper Club 2018

Christchurch Ronald McDonald House Supper Club 2018

July 3, 2018

At McKenzie & Willis we love to support our local communities and charities so needless to say we jumped at the opportunity to be one of... Read more

Bianca Lorenne Yosakura collection

Q&A with Alison from Bianca Lorenne

June 28, 2018

The eagerly awaited Yosakura collection from Bianca Lorenne has arrived! Embodying all things Oriental, this new range features beautiful prints and handcrafted finishes, underpinned by a... Read more

Halo Tribeca Leather Sofa

Staff Favourite: Halo Tribeca Leather Sofa

June 22, 2018

Once a month we are bringing you a favourite piece from the McKenzie & Willis collection from our biggest fans… our staff! Keep tuned to see... Read more

Sofa & Armchair catalogue

2018 Sofa & Armchair Catalogue

June 15, 2018

For many of us, the sofa is the focal point of the living room, a place where we relax at the end of a long day,... Read more

Winter interior decorating tips

Say Hello to Winter with Our Cosiest Decorating Tips

June 13, 2018

The nights are longer and there’s a pervasive chill in the air – winter is certainly here! To help you create a warm and inviting home... Read more

Richard Pointon Rugs

Every Rug Has a Story

May 25, 2018

As the exclusive stockist of Richard Pointon rugs in the South Island, we’re very passionate about this exclusive range. And for good reason! We spoke to... Read more

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Handy Hints for Caring for your Bed

May 18, 2018

So you’ve invested in a new bed….Lucky you! A new bed is a like a little bit of luxury at the end of long day. It... Read more

MM Linen Clover Duvet Set

Candlewick Bedspreads & Duvets Make a Comeback

May 11, 2018

Tactile finishes and handmade qualities have been huge for interiors lately so it’s no surprise that candlewick bed linen is also making a resurgence. But what... Read more

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Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Sheets

May 4, 2018

It’s a common misconception that the only thing that matters when buying new sheets is the thread count. In reality though, it’s a combination of the... Read more

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Leather Care – a Little Bit of Care Goes a Long Way

April 27, 2018

Leather is a natural product celebrated for the warmth and character it can bring to a space. As it ages it will soften and develop a... Read more

Vincent Sheppard Joe Chair

The Fascinating History of Vincent Sheppard & Lloyd Loom Furniture

April 13, 2018

Synonymous with quality and design, Vincent Sheppard has been creating unique furniture pieces since 1992 but it’s their ‘Lloyd Loom’ furniture range that has the most... Read more

Interior design project

Interior Design Project: Heritage love

April 4, 2018

We always get a little excited when we get the chance to work on a villa and this project was even made even more special by... Read more

Halo Stoneleaf Dining Table available at McKenzie & Willis

Staff Favourites: Halo Bleu Nature Stoneleaf Dining Table

March 23, 2018

Once a month we are bringing you a favourite piece from the McKenzie & Willis collection from our biggest fans… our staff! Keep tuned to see... Read more

Quick-Step laminate flooring

5 Reasons to Choose a Quick-Step Laminate

March 21, 2018

Combining technology, beauty and an unparalleled attention to detail, Quick-Step is undeniably one of the best names in hard flooring. There are many reasons to choose... Read more

SleepMaker beds available at McKenzie & Willis

SleepMaker Answers the Question “Why Am I so tired?”

March 8, 2018

Are you fed-up with always feeling tired? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get a full night’s sleep and wake feeling rested and energised ready to face... Read more

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Oarsome O’Fare 2018 Highlights Video

February 28, 2018

The Oarsome O’Fare 2018 was one of the best yet and we can’t wait to find out the results of the fundraising! Check out our video... Read more

McKenzie & Willis Interior Design

Interior Design Project: A New Build with Loads of Character

February 27, 2018

Sometimes the process of designing for yourself can be hard and full of self-doubt but for interior designer Vicki Patrick the process was liberating. Her industrial... Read more

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Make Your Flooring a Feature

February 20, 2018

If you’re a follower of our blog you would have noticed that statement flooring is set to be a big trend in interior design this year... Read more

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Interior Design Project Light, Breezy and Beautiful

February 2, 2018

Interior Design doesn’t have to shout, it can be understated and beautiful – just like this coastal home. We interviewed Anna Kouwenhoven Deavoll (Interior Design Consultant... Read more

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Review of the AH Beard Nox Smart Sleep Light & Sleep Monitor

January 16, 2018

 Bringing in a new technological era for Beds, AH Beard recently released the new AH Beard Nox Smart Sleep Light & Sleep Monitor. The Nox... Read more

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2018 Interior Design Forecast

January 11, 2018

We’re all about timeless interiors here at McKenzie & Willis but it’s also true that trends can have a significant influence on an interior design scheme.... Read more

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Pantone Colour of the Year: Ultra Violet

December 22, 2017

Pantone’s Colour of the Year has been announced and we’re loving this deep purple hue! Described as “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838... Read more

Bianca Lorenne Padua bedlinen range available at McKenzie & Willis

Introducing the Bianca Lorenne Padua Range

December 19, 2017

Drawing inspiration from the world’s earliest botanical gardens in Padua Italy comes the brand new collection of comforters, duvets, bedspreads and accessories from Bianca Lorenne. This... Read more

Christmas at McKenzie & Willis

A McKenzie & Willis Christmas

December 14, 2017

With Christmas just around the corner it’s a good time to start adding a festive touch to your interior styling. Christmas doesn’t have to mean tacky... Read more

Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

December 12, 2017

Christmas might be fast approaching but there’s still time to get your Christmas gifts sorted online and in store at McKenzie & Willis! Our online store... Read more

Luxaflex Fabric Awning

Why Choose a Luxaflex Awning

December 8, 2017

A Luxaflex fabric awning is a great solution for these hot summer days we’ve been having! Read on to find out the benefits of a Luxaflex... Read more

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Staff Favourites: Ethnicraft Furniture Range

December 1, 2017

Once a month we are bringing you a favourite piece from the McKenzie & Willis collection from our biggest fans… our staff! Keep tuned to see... Read more

Tribu Mood Dining Table and dining chairs available at McKenzie & Willis

Our Top Christmas Sale Picks

November 28, 2017

It’s Christmas at McKenzie & Willis and we have loads of deals to get your home ready for the festive season! Check out our top picks... Read more

AH Beard Nox Smart Sleep Light available at McKenzie & Willis

Get a Better Night’s Sleep with the Nox Smart Sleep Light

November 21, 2017

Sleep is as important to your overall health and wellbeing as a healthy diet and regular exercise. How to have a good night’s sleep is a... Read more

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Ronald McDonald House Supper Club 2017

November 16, 2017

Ronald McDonald House is an amazing charity supporting families while their children are hospitalised. Among many other things, they provide meals and accommodation so that families... Read more

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How to Care for Teak Outdoor Furniture Video

November 15, 2017

Fancy a long weekend project? Find out how you can return your teak outdoor furniture to its original colour in no time. Read more

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Style Your Outdoor Space with Plants

November 9, 2017

Gardens are typically the last thing we think about when designing our homes, but their importance shouldn’t be underestimated. The addition of plants in your outdoor... Read more

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Buying Outdoor Furniture? These Are Your Must-ask Questions

November 7, 2017

There are lots of things to consider when buying outdoor furniture and we know just how quickly the process can become overwhelming. With the multitude of... Read more

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5 Ways to Style Your Outdoor Space

October 31, 2017

Looking to redecorate your outdoor area but not sure where to start? We’ve put together our top five ways to add ambience and style to your... Read more

Manutti River Outdoor Armchair available at McKenzie & Willis

Made for the Outdoors: Woven

October 27, 2017

Outdoor furniture can get a battering by the New Zealand climate, so when searching for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining set it’s crucial to choose... Read more

Kartell Masters Chair available at McKenzie & Willis

Made for the Outdoors: Plastic

October 20, 2017

Outdoor furniture can get a battering by the New Zealand climate, so when searching for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining set it’s crucial to choose... Read more

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Our Top Bed Buying Tips

October 18, 2017

Are you looking to upgrade your bed but not sure where to start? A great bed is one of the most important investments you can make... Read more

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Made for the Outdoors: Aluminium

October 11, 2017

Outdoor furniture can get a battering by the New Zealand climate, so when searching for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining set it’s crucial to choose... Read more

Teak Outdoor Furniture available at McKenzie & Willis

Made for the Outdoors: Teak

October 5, 2017

Outdoor furniture can get a battering by the New Zealand climate, so when searching for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining set it’s crucial to choose... Read more

Tribu Pure Sofa available at McKenzie & Willis

Staff Favourites: Tribu Pure

October 3, 2017

Once a month we are bringing you a favourite piece from the McKenzie & Willis collection from our biggest fans… our staff! Keep tuned to see... Read more

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Create Your Ideal Outdoor Room

September 28, 2017

Outdoor Spaces have become an integral part of the New Zealand home and are often seen as an extension of your living space. As the move... Read more

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Recent Project: Our Lady of Victories School Video

September 26, 2017

We recently completed a renovation project over at Our Lady of Victories School. We caught up with Denis Aberhart who filled us in with the details. Read more

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Get to Know: Alison from Bianca Lorenne

September 22, 2017

The recently launched Botegga range from Bianca Lorenne is the epitome of luxury and style born out of a true passion for creating all things beautiful.... Read more

Luxury Living Spaces

5 Ways to Add a Little Luxury to Your Living Space

September 19, 2017

Ever since showcasing our Hackthorne Gardens project we’ve been dreaming of its luxe interior details. With its plush carpets, sumptuous textures and gorgeous metallic accents, Hackthorne... Read more

Family Proof Flooring available at McKenzie & Willis

Family Proof Flooring

September 18, 2017

Homes are meant to be lived in, so it’s important that your interior furnishings can stand up to everyday life. Flooring in particular can get a... Read more

Spring Cleaning Tips from McKenzie & Willis

Spring Cleaning Checklist

August 30, 2017

It’s that time of year again…The mornings are getting warmer, the evenings lighter and everyone seems to have a spring in their step. As the winter... Read more

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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Video

August 24, 2017

Have you always wanted to know how to fold a fitted sheet neatly? Check out our tutorial for an easy solution to that age-old problem. Read more

Interior Design Project by McKenzie & Willis

Respecting the Heritage: Hackthorne Gardens

August 23, 2017

Hackthorne Gardens is a stunning property sitting atop the Port Hills and boasting magnificent views over Christchurch City. In 2016 it was extensively refurbished and transformed... Read more

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Staff Favourites: Carezza Scott Sofa

August 11, 2017

Once a month we are bringing you a favourite piece from the McKenzie & Willis collection from our biggest fans… our staff! Keep tuned to see... Read more

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Product Spotlight: Moduleo Moods

August 11, 2017

The movement towards a homes that expresses our individuality has gained momentum over the last couple of years. Gone are the days of stark, white on... Read more

Furninova Vesta Modular Suite available at McKenzie & Willis

Furninova Modular Sofas – Design your own

August 3, 2017

Are you on the hunt for the perfect sofa for your living space but finding it difficult to find one that fits all of your needs?... Read more

Luxaflex Duette Blinds available at McKenzie & Willis

Your Guide to Selecting the Right Window Treatment

August 1, 2017

Choosing the right type of window treatment can feel like a baffling process with the multitude of choices in the market place. Curtains, roller blinds, roman... Read more

Bianca Lorenne Ricamo pale grey with vernice aubergine comforter available at McKenzie & Willis

The Guest Bedroom: Five Tips for Creating a Room Your Guests Will Love

July 24, 2017

There are few things more welcoming than a well thought out guest bedroom. Create a sumptuous and inviting guest bedroom with these 5 essential tips.  ... Read more

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Temperature Is the Key to a Great Night’s Sleep

April 21, 2017

An issue that seems to be recurring for our customers is heat and more specifically – not being able to sleep due to being far too... Read more

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Limit Your Palette for a Restful Bedroom

April 21, 2017

The trend towards simplicity has been evolving for a number of years – clean simple lines, neutrals and whites, minimalist décor. Limiting the colour palette in... Read more

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A Feminine Space with a Touch of Glamour & Romance

April 21, 2017

There is just something about a feminine room. It evokes feelings of warmth, traditional glamour and romantic décor. A feminine interior is usually characterised by curving... Read more

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Warm, Elegant, Masculine Interiors

April 5, 2017

A masculine interior would usually evoke images of minimalist, dark spaces and bachelor pads however, the look can be a lot more than these mere stereotypes.... Read more

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Living Accessories and Industrial Styling

April 5, 2017

Industrial styling is about proudly displaying the things many would try to conceal. Taking its cue from the loft apartments of New York, this growing trend... Read more

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A Monochrome Palette – Simple, Sophisticated & Timeless

April 5, 2017

Monochrome has been a prevailing trend in interior design for a number of years. It is a very simple and sophisticated choice as it lends itself... Read more

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Try a Retro Throwback with a Modern Twist

April 5, 2017

The trend towards modern furniture and interior styling with a retro inspiration has become more and more prevalent which has seen a step away from the... Read more

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Product Spotlight – Kartell Precious

September 9, 2016

When you think of style and glamour, plastic doesn’t usually spring to mind… However, thanks to Kartell, this high-performing, technological material has now become precious and... Read more

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The Importance of Underlay

May 25, 2016

Choosing carpet for your home is no easy task – will a natural or man-made fibre be best for me? Do I want a cut or... Read more

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Product Spotlight – Luxaflex Q-Motion

May 25, 2016

Motorising your roller blinds has traditionally been seen as a luxury with a luxury price tag to match but, there has been a revolution in the... Read more

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Get an Even Better Night’s Sleep from AH Beard

May 24, 2016

Top Australian bed manufacturer AH Beard have created an even better night’s sleep with the release of their new King Koil Heirloom Supreme beds exclusively for... Read more

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Do a Little Research Before You Start

April 7, 2016

The decision to purchase a new bed can quickly become overwhelming with literally thousands of beds on the market and each promising to deliver you a... Read more

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Your Bedroom, Your Sanctuary

April 7, 2016

Considering we spend about a third of our lives in bed, often there is not a lot of attention given to where you lay your head... Read more

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Emerging Design Trends for 2016/2017

April 7, 2016

Interior trends are constantly evolving so the excitement of creating the perfect scheme for your home can often turn into a daunting task. You may have... Read more

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Making a Statement with Furniture

April 6, 2016

If you want to make a statement with your interior consider letting a gorgeous piece of furniture do this for you. A statement piece of furniture... Read more

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Simple, Chic and Scandinavian

April 6, 2016

Although Scandinavian design has its obvious roots in Northern Europe, it really found its feet as a sought after interior trend in the chic apartments of... Read more

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Drawing Inspiration from Nature

April 6, 2016

One of the truly enduring trends in interior fashion is our use of the colours of nature to inspire our living spaces. This warm palette of... Read more

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The Importance of Texture

April 6, 2016

One of the most frequent mistakes people make when planning their interior scheme is overlooking the importance of texture. It can add a powerful but subtle... Read more

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The Geometric Trend is Sticking Around

December 22, 2015

The geometric trend has been a staple look in so many elements of our interiors for a while now- tiles, rugs, wallpaper, fabrics as well as... Read more

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Recent Schemes – Clients Home by McW Timaru Interior Design

December 14, 2015

Sheryll from the very talented Timaru team recently worked with one of our clients to update the window furnishings in their living space. The current décor... Read more

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Recent Schemes – Skin and Beaute Dunedin by McW Dunedin Interior Design

December 14, 2015

The incredibly talented duo of Victoria and Alli from McW Dunedin recently helped Skin and Beaute (Skin and IPL Specialists) wallpaper, curtains and voiles for the... Read more

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Product Spotlight – CC Interiors Collection

December 14, 2015

If you have visited more than one of the five McKenzie & Willis branches you will have noticed that each has a slightly different look and... Read more

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Product Spotlight – the Aspen Umbrella by Jardinico

October 28, 2015

With the summer sun well and truly on its way we thought it would be the perfect time to do a post on one of our... Read more

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Product Spotlight – Impressive Laminate Flooring by Quickstep

October 28, 2015

Top flooring brand Quickstep have just launched a very impressive new laminate flooring product which they have in fact named ‘Impressive’ and we think rightly so!... Read more

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The McW Annual Conference

October 28, 2015

We recently held the McKenzie & Willis Interior Design Conference over two days at our flagship Christchurch store. This is an annual event that brings together... Read more

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Recent Mood Board

August 20, 2015

One of the team recently put together this gorgeous mood board for a client who were wanting to refresh and update the look in their business.... Read more

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Winter Proofing Your Home

August 20, 2015

Windows can be one of your home’s most attractive features. They showcase views, provide natural sunlight and warmth from the sun. Unfortunately, they can also account... Read more

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Create a Winter Sanctuary with Halo

August 20, 2015

With the winter treating us to some stunning Wanaka days (and freezing temperatures that go with them) we are looking to how we can make our... Read more

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The Mitre10 Charity Home Experience

August 20, 2015

Recently we were fortunate enough to be asked to stage the Mitre10 Charity House, raising funds for the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust. The Otago Rescue Helicopter... Read more

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The Latest Release from Bianca Lorenne in Store Now

August 19, 2015

The new season release from Bianca Lorenne is in store now- the ‘Libretto Collection’. We have been eagerly awaiting its arrival and were not disappointed! The... Read more

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You Can Stop Partner Disturbance – We Have the Technology!

August 19, 2015

Reducing pesky partner disturbance always seems to be at the very top of customers shopping lists when looking for a new bed and since they are... Read more

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Mix it up!

June 22, 2015

The most important aspect of your home’s décor is that it reflects your personality – who you are and your style. So telling the story of... Read more

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Historic McKenzie & Willis Façade to be Preserved in Design Build

June 18, 2015

The historic McKenzie & Willis building façade in Christchurch, which sits in the Innovation Precinct, will be saved in a deal brokered with local property investor... Read more

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Vacuuming – the Not so Secret Secret to Good Carpet Care!

June 18, 2015

Cleaning your carpet properly is much easier than you think- in fact it isn’t difficult at all and will ensure your carpets, which are a MAJOR... Read more

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