Free Seminars

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


Ask the experts questions about your next project to get the right advice. Everything from kitchen & bathroom renovations; renovation tips and things to avoid; design and colour trends; outdoor spaces and landscaping advice; designer living in smaller spaces, and more!


Download a copy of the 2018 Daily Seminar Programme HERE


2018 Daily Seminar Programme


With the current property and land shortage that we are facing, it’s important to make better choices about how we need to live. From downsizing your life into a tiny home, to a modest town house with everything you need a few meters away. This seminar will guide you through small space design fundamentals allowing you to live a lot larger in your small space. Learn how to maximise storage, how to space-plan your new build and how to get more out of your current spaces.

Laura Lochhead – Pocketspace Interiors



Learn how to use your favourite colours confidently and how to make the most of your space. Clever yet simple ideas along with tips and tricks that you can try out for yourself.

Sarah Gregory – Resene



With 10 years’ experience specialising in Bathrooms, an impressive portfolio and testimonials, Design Haus will guide you through the Ins and Outs of Bathrooms. The main topics discussed will be: 1) Where to start, 2) Designing to a budget 3) Ways to save money, 4) Design Tips & adding ‘Wow Factor’, 5) Planning a smooth renovation.

Natalija Botica-Uhlmann and Brittany Wotherspoon – Design Haus



Chris and the team at Greenroom Projects believe in beautiful landscapes complimenting their client’s lifestyle and needs by looking at landscaping a little differently.  Showcasing the latest trends and options for outdoor spaces, Greenroom Projects will take you through the process of landscape design and construction.

Chris Marsh – Green Room Projects



Amanda shares the most recent trends in Interior Design and talks about the tools you can use in today’s world for creating amazing interiors.

Amanda Neill – Designworx



You can’t know every potential fishhook in your building or renovation project, but Shane Drury of MDG Renovations says that the most important decisions are made at the start. Shane will tell you not only how to plan your project, how to sort the contractors and negotiate the council restrictions, but how to ensure that the inevitable speed bumps, won’t wreck the result and leave you out of pocket.

Joining Shane will be his panel of experts for an open Q&A session: Architect, Jann Hurley; Interior Designer, Nicola Manning and Principal Builder, Joel Macreadie.

Shane Drury – MDG Renovations



With John’s extensive experience he’ll tell you what to look out for when planning your kitchen renovation or new build to avoid costly mistakes.

John Van Doormaal – Innovative Kitchens



Paul is the senior landscape architect at Mace Landscapes and has a real passion for the design of outdoor space. This will be an informative session covering the processes to get your garden & outdoor space exactly how you want. Covering off the latest trends for outdoor spaces and the complete design and build process.

Paul Gallagher – Mace Landscapes



A knowledge and inspiration packed seminar as Kelly shares her extensive industry knowledge in both bathroom design and project management to help you: Design a bathroom that screams style, that suits your home and your budget; How to design and spend wisely to achieve a stress free bathroom renovation; Know what to expect and be prepared so you get the best results from your renovation.

Kelly Gammie – Eucalyptus design



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’.

Paul Collins – Kitchen Studio



What is Passive House? Simply put, it’s a design process that is integrated into an architectural design. It’s where technology meets the building industry. The team at eHaus, a specialist design and construction company using PassivHaus build & design principles, present an overview of construction along with the incredible comfort and health benefits these homes offer. Smart and responsive, automatically and easily adapting to the environment and unrivalled efficiency with up to 90% of heat energy preserved with minimal energy input. You deserve more from your new home build – so come and check out the PassivHaus way with eHaus.

Jon Iliffe & Baden Brown – eHaus



Ron will be sharing his in-depth knowledge of the current property market covering everything from How to add massive value to your home; Why property investing is one of the easiest ways of securing financial independence; How your first or current home can help you leverage into financial independence with a passive income for your future; and an explanation of the property cycle/property clock.

Ron / Jason – Ronovations

  • Please note, seminar topics and time may be subject to change


Download a copy of the 2018 Daily Seminar Programme HERE

Seminar Speakers

Laura Lochhead

Pocketspace Interiors

I love using my knowledge and skills to create vibrant, sophisticated and intelligent solutions to overcome design problems. After traveling to London, Paris and New York, I saw what could be done in both commercial and residential small spaces and can specialise in helping clients make the most of their properties - no matter the size. It is so rewarding to be able to see the value of investing in good interior design as I help clients to not only find contemporary solutions to their problems but also create stunning spaces and provide innovative products they can be proud of, enjoy and that enhance their lives.

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Sarah Gregory


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.

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Brittany Wotherspoon

Design Haus [Bachelor.Design]

Majoring in Spatial Design and experience designing many bathrooms, Brittany is a valued Bathroom Designer. Brittany’s eye for detail and knowledge in structure is an essential element in excellent bathroom design and is reflected well in her work.

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Natalija Botica-Uhlmann

Design Haus [Dip.Design.Media]

Graduating in 2006 and progressing into bathrooms in 2008, Natalija initially designed and priced bathrooms for two of NZ's leading bathroom renovation companies. Finding her true passion in bathrooms and seeing a gap in the market for Bathroom Designers, Natalija founded Design Haus in 2012.

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Chris Marsh

Greenroom Projects

Greenroom Projects was founded by Chris Marsh in 2013. Chris was drawn to landscaping after studying architecture and combines his design skills with his natural affinity for the outdoors and plants. Chris and his team are highly skilled and qualified, delivering some of the best landscape service and designs currently on offer in Auckland.

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Amanda Neill


Award winning 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. Working globally, her most recent project has been in the Isle of Man, proving that in today’s world you can work anywhere.

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Shane Drury

MDG Renovations

Joining Shane will be his panel of experts for an open Q&A session: Architect, Jann Hurley; Interior Designer, Nicola Manning and Principal Builder, Joel Macreadie.

Shane launched Hue renovations after identifying a need in the renovations market for well managed high-end renovations. With direct experience in the construction and development sector coupled with 17 years policing experience, Shane’s passion is focused on delivering a customer experience that delivers on expectations. Shane’s philosophy is to deliver a ‘dream home’ with a ‘dream team. Staff are specially selected not just for their building ability but their interpersonal skills as well.

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Joel Macreadie

Macreadie Builders

Joel has over 15-year’s experience as a qualified licensed building practitioner. He is meticulous with detail and insists that ‘getting it right is what counts’. Joel has multiple construction teams working in all facets of construction including Renovations, New Residential, Commercial and his pet project of developing Modular homes. Joel prides himself in delivering a guaranteed, highest quality build.

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Jann Hurley

Hurley Architects

Prized for their intimate knowledge of the local area, Hurley Architects are well positioned to offer the latest in architectural designs, complete rural solutions and sustainable and environmentally conscious outcomes.

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Nicola Manning

NM Design

Nicola Manning Design is an experienced award-winning interior design practice offering a full range of interior design services, for new builds, renovations, apartments, commercial building and sourcing beautiful interior products. We also specialise in custom designed kitchen, bathroom and cabinetry. The team at NM Design are committed to providing design solutions tailored specifically for each client. We take a "no surprises" approach to our project partnership, with clear communication and efficient implementation processes, to help your project finish on time and on budget.

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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.

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Paul Gallagher

Mace Landscapes

Paul Gallagher is the Senior Landscape Architect at Mace Landscape Group; working on landscape designs for both residential and commercial clients. In his seminar, Paul will address the key points to consider when it comes to getting your outdoor environment right for you and your family in regards to function, feel and look.

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Kelly Gammie

Design Manager, Eucalyptus Design & Interiors

Kelly has an absolute hands-on approach to Bathroom Design and is extremely knowledgeable about the process involved, from the initial Design Concepts right through to installation. “It is important to have a strong technical knowledge of what is involved. My experience with products, materials and trades enables me to create distinct, individual and importantly, functional bathrooms for my clients.”

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Paul Collins

Kitchen Studio

Kitchen Studio is NZ’s leading kitchen design and installation specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the NZ industry. Paul and wife Karen have owned Kitchen Studio North Shore for 9 years. They love meeting and working with their clients and helping them transform their kitchen space and with it, often their lifestyles.

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Jon Iliffe & Baden Brown


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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Ron Hoy-Fong


Ron has always been clear on his property dreams. In 2003 he took $180k from the equity in his family home and spent the next 12 months purchasing 21 Auckland properties worth $4.5 million. Now, in 2018 Ron has a very impressive portfolio of properties with a multimillion dollar market value in the Auckland area. With the desire to share his knowledge, experience and insights of the Auckland property market, Ronovationz was born. Ron is a Super Investor operating an investment strategy that continues to prove itself time and time again. He gives his students the tools and knowledge to build their wealth empowering them to continue attaining these extraordinary results.

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