Cushions have long held a soft spot in our hearts, with their ability to quickly and beautifully update our living spaces.
There’s plenty to tickle your decorating fancy this season, as some of our most popular home themes culminate in a rich and diverse range of styles for the taking.
Texture is big this season and, as such, cushions with a natural, hardy, handmade feel are increasingly popular, as are textiles that play with embellishments, raw edges and even macramé detailing – all irresistible to the touch.
Leather and faux fur are having their time in the homewares spotlight, where they’re joining with the retro elegance of crushed velvet. Meanwhile, taking cues from our wardrobes, fringing is the fun detailing that is adding both drama and femininity to our interior spaces.
Whether you mix and match or go on a solo mission, there are cushions to add a soft spot to the most hardened of interiors.
Customers often comment on the warm ambience that greets them as they enter Out of the Bleu – the stylish little homeware store tucked behind the Blue Dairy in the centre of Amberley.
Refurbished furniture is complemented by beautiful homewares. Gorgeous lamps, colourful, cosy throws for beds, chairs and sofas, along with cushions in vibrant colours and textures, create a haven of interior inspiration.
Out of the Bleu has a growing reputation for its ever-popular Helga May linen clothing range, along with winter ponchos, snoods, scarves and hats.
Baby knitting has proved a huge success this winter with gorgeous hand-knitted baby ponchos and hats – and the famous Lamington merino baby socks are a big hit for newborns.
Be sure to allow plenty of time on the next visit to Out of Bleu, as this really is a destination store.
Little River Gallery packs a mighty punch on the Aotearoa arts scene. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Little River township, on Highway 75, this is an arthouse powerhouse (including café and giftshop) committed to showcasing both established and emerging artists from the local and wider arts community.
Ashley Smith, the mega-talented sculptor, cartoonist and caricature portraitist painter presents Winds of Change, opening on 7 July and running until 1 August at Little River Gallery. The paintings are from a milestone period in his life which Ashley hopes, much like life’s gearshifts, have the power to surprise.
Imagine, for instance, you’re on an island nation of pristine waters and clamorous birdcall when a sail broaches the horizon…you glance up from an endless summer to find a rampaging wind bearing down on you…then what? Curious?
Well, bring your friends and come find out for yourselves!
Local family business Garden Classics has been creating the best outdoor living solutions for Canterbury homes for more than 20 years.
The expert team designs and produces water features, pots and planters, as well as statues and ornaments, from its Christchurch-based factory and showroom. “If you can’t find a product that’s exactly what you want, we can put together custom-designed products tailored to your specific requirements,” says owner, Richard McKendry.
The company has also been involved in the development of a range of fantastic commercial projects over the years, including the creation of concrete features for Wigram Skies, Rolleston Square, and Ocean Ridge, Kaikoura.
Manufactured from traditional concrete or new lightweight, glass-reinforced concrete, Garden Classics will strive to meet your needs with its unique selection and bespoke service. “Whether you are browsing our huge range of ‘in stock’ items, or perhaps you’re after a specific creation to bring some extra life to your garden – we have the right solution for you.”
The Flock’s new layout at The Tannery reflects its purpose for selling ethical and sustainable items. With mainly Kiwi tunes playing in the background, it’s befitting for browsing among the locally made fashionwear and gifts.
Owner Melody Leveridge only sells exquisite clothing made of natural fibres. It’s where she draws the line – no synthetics. The Labels – Elk, Kowtow and From – all have the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approval. Elk’s high-quality 100 percent cashmere jerseys also include short-sleeve tops beautiful for layering, and twist-knit merino. Elk boots come in green-blue, tan, burgundy, black and patent leather. Kowtow also designs in organic-cotton, while the From collection features soft, fine-detailed merino.
Not forgetting the men, the Stanley extensive range of flasks keeps food and drink piping hot for up to 32 hours. There’s also superb handbags and wallets, natural skincare and Songbird cards hand-drawn in Diamond Harbour. The Flock has a story and a reason behind everything.
Industria now has its name in bright lights at burgeoning Rolleston Square.
The design and gift store specialist with a spacious funky fitout opened a second location last month – the ultimate for practical, well-made and quirky designer items and furniture. Serving the Selwyn region, owner Janine Reese, along with Bronwyn and Mel, are proud Rolleston locals who know just what customers want.
“More people care about buying sustainable and ethical than ever before,” Janine says. “LilyBee reusable, beeswax-lined food wraps, made in Hawkes Bay, come in incredible designs. Our first shipment sold out in two weeks.”
There’s stainless steel straws, Joco glass reusable cups and S’well bottles for hot or cold drinks on the go.
Most items are New Zealand made or designed – from jewellery ranges such as JHD Designs to amazing artwork from New Zealand artists and affordable gifts.
A click and collect option on www.industria.co.nz to pick up from Rolleston Square or The Colombo in Sydenham, makes life even easier.
Interiors and the trends thereof are tied in with the rag trade. And, as with the clothes on our backs, interior designers play with proportion.
It’s an interesting thing to watch. Look at any fashion image which truly works on a model and it’s often because of sizes, lengths and exactly how they’re juxtaposed.
Right now accessories are huge. Literally huge. Such as earrings which, when swinging, dust off your shoulders. They’re often super-colourful, maybe representing a slight challenge to the introverted.
So it is with home design objects… light fittings, lamps, mirrors and decorative items. Currently they’re BIG. Perversely enough, a mega-sized, clashingly bright or patterned vase, bowl, clock, or piece of furniture can make even a small space seem richer, infused with more personality; more expansive. So no need to be shy! Take a walk on the opulent side.
While hay bales as a decorating tool at parties and events may be pronounced ‘over’, texture is still huge. In fact, you could successfully argue that textural elements in interior design have never been more crucial. Texture is basically where beauty and decadence meet.
Maybe it’s the rise and rise of fabulous-looking faux furs. More likely it’s the gorgeous feel of velvety, furry, sheepskin-like furnishings and of flocked, patterned wallpaper.
There’s logic in thinking that in the depths of the Southern Hemisphere, textures of the most opulent type are right at home. We want these fabulous items to recline on the ends of our beds, or tossed over armchairs. We like to be able to drop in total comfort to the floor-rug in front of a fire. We need the stuff around us to be sumptuously padded or silkily soft; not office-stark. It’s the glory of winter.
With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.
Christchurch’s go-to place for the coolest, contemporary gifts has re-opened in a handy part of town.
The General Store is downstairs from 33 Lichfield Street Carpark – opposite the Justice Precinct – with the first hour of parking free. With dual entrance, it’s part of the new development on the south side of Cashel Mall.
After 12 years, from its beginning in Sol Square and until recently the Re:START Mall, owner Sonya Henry has created a unique experience in store – you’ll be inspired to browse the stylish range. “We enjoy stocking brands with a story of great design and responsible ethos,” she says.
“You will be proud to give a meaningful gift from The General Store.”
From a little something for a dear friend to a tasteful New Zealand souvenir, your gift will be beautifully wrapped in one of the many gorgeous papers available.
It’s the perfect place to find your Mother’s Day gift. Visit www.thegeneralstore.net.nz.