Jazz up a tired set of wicker chairs with eye-popping colours and metallic paint  By Sarah Heeringa. Photography Tony Brownjohn Step 1 Wipe chairs down with a soft cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Step 2 With a small brush, paint frames with Resene Enamacryl Metallic. We used Resene

Reinvent a sad old picnic basket as a snazzy new sewing case  Step 1 Find an old suitcase or basket to repurpose. We used an old cane picnic hamper.  Step 2 Brush the basket free of dust using a soft brush, or give the case a wipe over with

Who says feature walls only belong in lounges or bedrooms?  Forget hospital whites for the bathroom - add a splash of drama with a feature wall in a bright shade or rich tone. Be brave in your colour choice - the area you are painting is

Bring a bit of nature inside with a simple tree mural  Before Add extra visual interest to an existing feature wall in your child's bedroom with this simple mural.  Step 1 Choose your colour – soften the final effect with a differing tone of the same colour. If necessary, identify

We had almost 1000 entries into our soup recipe competition in Issue #36, and the Good kitchen has been working overtime! We finally managed to whittle it down to three favourites – here are the recipes for you to try at home. Coconut and Kumera soup  Winner: Kumara Soup

Sometimes it feels like life is delivering one cold shower of rain after another. Alice Boyes offers some tips for keeping your self-esteem robust  By Dr Alice Boyes 1. Maintain your interests Joe lost his job. He used to enjoy going to the gym on his lunch break but

A richly flavoured and dramatic way to prepare braised red cabbage. Ideal as an accompanying vegetable dish to various autumnal meals.  2 tbsp butter 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 red onion, thinly sliced 1 large beetroot, peeled and grated 1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced 1 apple, cored and roughly chopped 1/4 tsp grated

The season is changing and we're in the mood for a taste of something new. Here's a favourite - even better than the original  1 1/2 kg mixed root vegetables – any selection of parsnips, kumara, baby carrots, turnips and beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes, celeriac, whole unpeeled garlic cloves (we used 2

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