Templer Interiors in Habitat – Alternative Design Solution

Check out our latest Press article here

I really enjoyed this one, although it was hard work!! Resene’s Habitat magazine, which comes out only twice per year, includes a regular feature called “Alternative Design Solution”. The way it works is that select designers are sent a photo that will be appearing in the next issue. The designer then comes up with an alternative look for that room. The submission has to include actual products specified, a statement of why this design was chosen and what you are trying to convey with this look.  And you need to submit drawings of the new proposed design – including a 3-D rendering!

That last one did my head in. I’m afraid that three dimensional perspective drawing is something that I have never been able to master. I had a class in design school, I even took private lessons, but my mind just can’t seem to think that way. Vanishing points and figuring out the relative sizes of things in the frame when drawing in three dimensions is bey0nd me. I’m really good at floor plans and 2-D elevations, and I am lucky that I have managed to do the work that I do for 20 years without needing to do perspective drawings. And even luckier that Habitat magazine does the drawing for you!

Not having seen it, except in my head, until the magazine was published, I am really happy with the way my room turned out. I love the products I selected, I think they go together really well and it was exciting to see them rendered in 3-D colour, bringing the images in my head to life! Usually that only happens when the real life room is ready. I suppose I have been really lucky that those images in my head always end up looking just right in life ;-)

By |March 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Archipro features Templer Interiors

Archipro, the New Zealand based website for all things design, interviewed Susan Templer about her love of the great tiles being imported by Ponostone. Read all about it here. Oceanside tiles, one of the main brands carried by Ponostone, have been used in lots of Susan’s designs in the US, and are soon to be seen in current projects here in Auckland. This San Francisco Bay Area bathroom is one example of Oceanside tile used as accents with beautiful sage green limestone: tile design



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And one of Susan’s regular features, a recessed alcove, from another project:


and a few more uses of Oceanside as accents or even a fireplace surround:

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By |November 29th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Resene Habitat Feature

Our most recent press is an article in the current issue of Resene Habitat Magazine. This comes out only twice per year and features the best use of colour in projects around the country. We are very happy to be featured again as we do love colour here at Templer Interiors! 

Read the full article here:

By |April 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Featured in Your Home and Garden

Your Home and Garden March 2018 issue includes a Kitchen Special article that features a lovely and unique traditional style kitchen designed by Templer Interiors. Check out the details here

By |February 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Goodbye to White Kitchens?

A Resene article in the October 2017 issue of Food Magazine highlights the move away from white in kitchen cabinetry (it is a slow move, but it is getting there). Most homeowners still prefer to stay with neutrals for painted cabinets, which is a good choice. Pops of colour can always be added with accessories or, more permanently, in the splash back. You can read the article here and see the full project here

By |September 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

See our Press

Some of our projects have recently found favour with the Design Press! See our web article on the Habitat by Resene website, here


and the July issue of Your Home and Garden features a few photos from a lovely bathroom completed in December 2015. You can see the whole project here and the magazine article here.

By |June 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

New Project Photos

See our newest project photos:

here: A unique kitchen in a classic Kingsland Villa

here: a couple of lovely bathrooms in the same Kingsland villa

here: a warm and inviting kitchen with two islands

here: a couple of new bathrooms

here: beautiful new furnishings

By |April 25th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on New Project Photos

We Love Houzz and They Love Us too!

Templer Interior’s projects have been featured quite a few times on houzz. This is quite an honour considering the millions of photos from around the world that houzz writers have to choose from. And just last month, we were featured in two articles in the same week!

and if that weren’t enough, we just won two more best of houzz badges, for Service and Design 2017.



By |February 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Good Design is Timeless

A Templer Interiors project was  featured recently on Houzz, see it here

We have been featured fairly often on Houzz, and it is always very complimentary and satisfying to have one’s work recognised. But in this case, it is particularly pleasing as the photo used is from a project that was completed 10 years ago.

That’s proof that good design is timeless!


By |November 21st, 2016|Blog, Great Design Ideas|0 Comments

Check out our new project

A recent completed bathroom and laundry project is now posted in our Bathroom Design Gallery. Completed last year, this project features beautiful limestone look Italian Porcelain tile and custom Rimu cabinetry. Separate tub and expansive shower make this a luxurious retreat. The laundry has laminate cabinetry in a similar colour and loads of useful storage. See the photos here and if you want to see even more, check out our page on houzz


By |April 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments