Free Seminars

Design Renovate Decorate Seminars

Proudly sponsored by Resene – Located in Hall 2

 

The Design Renovate Decorate seminar series is your destination for all the latest renovating and home improvement trends, ideas, tips & advice. Come and listen to expert speakers share their experience and know-how to give you the inspiration, ideas and knowledge to complete your next project.

 

 

Download a copy of the 2016 timetable here, or take a look below at what was on offer at the 2016 Auckland Home Show.

 

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Sarah Gregory

Resene

Sarah Gregory is a Resene Colour Consultant with extensive experience working with a wide range of clients to help them achieve their desired decorating results. In her work she has found that the best colour schemes are where the colours fit the client’s personality and lifestyle, not the other way around. Learn how you can take your favourite colours and confidently design colour schemes that suit you and your lifestyle. How to make the most of your space and use colour confidently and effectively to maximise the appeal of your home. Clever yet simple ideas along with tips and tricks that you can try out for yourself.

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Paul Collins

Kitchen Studio

Paul and wife Karen have owned Kitchen Studio North Shore for 8 years. They love meeting and working with their clients and helping them transform their kitchen space and with it, often their lifestyles. The kitchen renovation project is one of the most disruptive improvement projects you will undertake in your lifetime. This seminar has been developed to guide you through the key decisions that you will be asked to make at all stages of the project from “Inspiration to Installation”.

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Kevin Cox

Bathroom Direct

Kevin has worked for Bathroom Direct for over 7 years. He joined as a design consultant but has progressed to be the Sales Manager. He has designed and sold hundreds of bathroom renovations in that time ranging from a shower replacement to bathrooms costing $50k or more. Before that he owned a Kitchen Studio for 4 years. So he certainly knows how to renovate the most important rooms of the home.

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John Weatherley

Deck HQ

John is the co-owner of DECKHQ and enjoys the challenge of creating and building practical and exciting outdoor living spaces. His attention to detail and knowledge of alternative decking and building solutions has assisted his clients in creating some wonderful outdoor spaces. John particularly enjoys the consultation process whilst understanding the requirements of his clients. It is this process that guarantees a successful outcome for all. Remember, your outdoor living space is the most important room in your house!

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Amanda Neill

Designworx

Award winning Devonport based Interior Designer, Amanda Neill, has extensive interior design training both internationally and locally. She has been designing residential and commercial interiors for many years, and her projects have been published on numerous occasions, showcasing her eclectic style. Having tutored at the Auckland School of Interior Design, she has run her own design and colour workshops, and is a regular seminar presenter at the Auckland Home Show. She is passionate about and has extensive knowledge on colour, and her involvement with Colour Ways, a forecasting group for the Australasian market, has spanned many years.

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Murray Kee

Finesse Residential

With 30 years in the building industry, the last 15 in management and sales, Murray and his business partner Geoff, who joined Finesse Residential in 2005, have expanded their business as a result of their experience and expertise within the building and renovating industry. As Registered Master Builders, winning multiple awards over the last 5-years, Finesse Residential specialize in major home renovations and design & build of quality new homes. Let Murray share his 30 years building experience with you, and point out a few important “do’s and don’ts” which may help to make your project more enjoyable and successful.

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John Van Doormaal

Innovative Kitchens

John immigrated from The Netherlands to New Zealand in 1979 as a certified builder. After working for a local builder for one year he became a self-employed builder, starting with small jobs and soon adding kitchen installation for three different kitchen companies. From there he expanded to bigger projects and into building architectural designed houses. If you are embarking on a kitchen project but don’t know where to start you may want to meet John and experience his knowledge and passion for kitchens; he will be only too happy to accompany you on your kitchen journey!

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Janice Kumar-Ward

Interior Architect & Designer

Janice was educated in Interior Design and Architecture in both NZ and Australia, obtaining a Bachelor of Design in 2004. While studying, she trained under some of the most esteemed Textile Agents in the industry. On graduating Janice gained extensive industry knowledge in her five years working with prestigious firms and during this time, she gained a number of accolades. Whatever the project, Janice has the ability to mould her creative aesthetic to meet both the functional and visual requirements of her clients.

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Dana Darwin

Energy Alternatives NZ

Solar power, energy storage, monitoring & management. How to understand your homes energy requirements and which product combinations give best value and when to buy. Bring yourself up to speed with the latest products available with Dana Darwin of Energy Alternatives. Learn how to understand your energy footprint and develop your own personal pathway to energy resilience in an easy to understand, step by step process. A passionate speaker and highly experienced in energy efficiency, Dana explains in simple and appropriate language how you and your family can Embrace Affordable Energy.

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Jon Iliffe

Ehaus

For too long now, many New Zealand families have suffered draughty, damp, cold houses. Unfortunately this isn’t just an historic issue, as many families continue to suffer the same problems in contemporary stunning architecturally designed houses. eHaus are passionate about delivering the highest quality homes for Sustainable Living. Directors, Jon Iliffe and Baden Brown will be presenting an informative seminar on how and why this new way of building is so important for everyone.

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Baden Brown

Ehaus

For too long now, many New Zealand families have suffered draughty, damp, cold houses. Unfortunately this isn’t just an historic issue, as many families continue to suffer the same problems in contemporary stunning architecturally designed houses. eHaus are passionate about delivering the highest quality homes for Sustainable Living. Directors, Jon Iliffe and Baden Brown will be presenting an informative seminar on how and why this new way of building is so important for everyone.

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Matt Bruce

Grosafe

An avid gardener, Matt heads up Grosafe’s Home Garden division. Working with a team of product formulation technicians Matt and his team have developed a market leading range of organic pest and disease controls for your home garden. Revolutionising a number of formulations to help you save time and ensure you get the most out of your garden care program, Matt is committed to organic solutions for the avid gardener.

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Kirsty Wallace

MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment)

Kirsty Wallace is the Advice, Information and Education (Building Performance) team leader in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Ministry is responsible for developing and delivering fit-for-purpose building policy, services, advice and regulation. Kirsty has a varied background across journalism, communications, teaching, marketing services and operational policy. Kirsty and Paul will talk about the rules for residential building work, especially those for Restricted Building Work and Licensed Building Practitioners, and for contracts for work costing $30,000 or more.

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Paul Hobbs

MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment)

Paul Hobbs is the Registrar of Building Practitioner Licensing with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The Ministry is responsible for developing and delivering fit-for-purpose building policy, services, advice, and regulation. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the sector, which includes working as a builder, construction, and project manager and undertaking various regulatory roles in central and local government. The many and varied roles in the sector have enabled Paul to develop a strong understanding of both the technical and regulatory areas of the building control system.

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Gemma Croombs

Morepork

Gemma is the CEO of Morepork for Spark NZ. Her career began when she asked her father if she could work at his electrical business. Her father told her an electrician’s work was “no place for girls”. Since then she has quietly been proving him wrong. Gemma has worked in telecommunications for the past 14 years and over the last couple of years has become an expert in Smart Home technology.

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Sara Eichmann

Morepork

Sara is one of the original team who helped design and launch Morepork over a year ago. Not coming from a technical background, Sara’s focus has been on making sure Morepork is easy to use and understand for people just like her. She is particularly interested in how smart home technology is evolving globally and how it can be used to help make lives easier.

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Ailsa Leach

Morepork

Ailsa is passionate about technology and amazing customer experiences and has worked in the IT industry across product, marketing and channel roles for the last 20 years. At Morepork Ailsa is responsible for the planning and delivery of new smart living products and services. She is keen to share her knowledge and insights from the home security and automation category and the opportunities within easy reach of all New Zealanders.

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