For the best advice in home décor, look no further than Michelle Laming of Ellen Estate Interior Design.
Whether a new build, a renovation, a one room makeover, or a complete house overhaul, Michelle offers not only her extensive consultancy expertise, but also provides clients the opportunity to explore the finest European housewares from her showroom at 107 Abberley Crescent (beside Luxe Hairdressers).
In the last 25 years, Michelle has travelled frequently to prestigious décor fairs Maison & Objet, in Paris, and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan. Because of this, clients can be assured everything in their home, from cutlery, dinnerware, dining and living room ware, through to bedroom and bathroom ware, is the epitome of à la mode.
Register at the showroom to go into the draw to win a Portugal Linen Sheet and Pillowcase Set worth more than $700.
For one hundred years plus, Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph Street, has transformed our art through its exquisite framing and has supported emerging and established artists through exhibitions in its contemporary gallery.
Owners Tracey and Philip Wynands are proud to present exhibition Kiss Gustav by New York photographic artist Lisa Powers. Inspired by Gustav Klimt, Lisa’s style is described as “enigmatic with a slightly surreal narrative”. Co-exhibiting with Lisa is artist Wilhelmus Ruifrok; his exhibition, Inline Form, deals with abstract realities. The exhibition finishes Saturday October 13, but some Powers and Ruifrok works will still be exhibited after this date.
Other artists regularly represented are: Andris Apse, Philip Beadle, John Burns, Keith Morant, Kees Bruin, sculptor Anneke Bester, and charcoal artist Mehrdad Tahan, to name a few. “We showcase contemporary artists of all genres,” Tracey says. “It’s a rich mix of over 100 magnificent works!”
While we’ve long been suckers for succulents, it seems the cactus has knocked these popular perennials off their perch.
Because, although the cactus has long been dominating the wardrobes of the most fashion-forward, it’s quickly making its way through the homewares sphere, where you’ll find it in prints on bedspreads and other furnishings, but importantly, the real thing too is here to stay.
Despite the fact that few plants are as easy-care as the cactus, there are some rookie mistakes that can be made when it comes to caring for these sharp staples. Not providing enough sunlight is at the top of this list.
Your cactus will make itself at home on a windowsill because, although it only needs to be watered now and then, sunlight is key to its survival. They are also night-workers, producing oxygen while we sleep, which makes them a popular addition to the bedroom.
Whether you are four or ninety-four, it’s never too late to discover the artist within yourself – all it needs is the desire, a dedicated teacher and an art studio.
Katrina McGettigan is an established artist and tutor who offers art tuition to both adults and children from two studios – Kat’s Art Studio, 232 Main South Road, Christchurch and Emmily Harmer Studio, 179 West Street, Ashburton.
For aspiring artists living beyond Canterbury or New Zealand, Katrina also offers online art tutorials.
Katrina’s adult classes provide step-by-step tutoring in the painting of New Zealand landscapes in acrylics, while her children’s afterschool classes (4 – 14 years) explores all art forms, from drawing through to pastels and watercolours.
“Our full day painting and school holiday painting work-shops are very popular,” Katrina says. “And our Taste and Create Evenings are never short of bookings!”
Is it difficult finding a gift that is unique, locally crafted or designed and has some personality? Your troubles are over because Barrington Gifts is stocked with products that check all of those boxes.
The quaint and homey Barrington Shopping Centre store sells quirky and humorous home décor, artwork, apparel such as scarves, jewelry, men’s and women’s wallets and more gifts – many that are produced by local artists.
Christchurch natives Matthew and Melissa Holland and their six children opened the store just over two years ago to showcase Canterbury-based artists. Barrington Gifts offers something for everyone.
“You can come in and find something for a newborn or someone who is having their 80th birthday or someone who is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary,” Matthew says.
The next time you’re at a loss of what to buy for someone, you may snag what you’re after at this family-run shop.
Form and function have well and truly collided with the coolest new kids on the culinary block – clever and creative salt and pepper shakers.
Not only do these cool new designs spice up your meals, but they put the finishing touches on your décor and take your dining table to the next level.
Get creative with your condiments and try something completely out of the box or go for something that is a sculptural form all in its own right.
They’re a great way to bring life to your table without shelling out for a new set of dishes. And, the best part? If you’re an entertainer, then you’ve always got a talking point on hand.
Décor has us going dotty, as the spotted look steals the show in contemporary abodes.
A seasonal throw-back, polka dots have come full circle, after all, they say trends are cyclical and, in this instance, they most certainly are – both in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.
But this modern take on dots successfully marries sophisticated style with a light-hearted edge and we think it’s a great way to add some fun into your furnishings.Incorporate polka dots through bedspreads and accessories or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try a feature wall? If however, you’re somewhat of a commitment-phobe, dip your toes in the water with vinyl stickers.
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!