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Culinary Hot Property

With mums and dads managing work schedules, school runs, daily activities and then homework, busy households today are always looking for ways to cut back on time spent in the kitchen which still offer a nutritious meal for the entire family.



From ordering groceries online to meal delivery services that take the time out of cooking, convenience when it comes to food prep is hot property. We look at some of our favourites when it comes to quick and easy. More food delivery options abound now than ever before. Countdown conveniently offers online shopping and flexible home delivery throughout New Zealand. New World currently has North Island delivery and Click & Collect, and in the South Island, Northwood New World in Christchurch offers a fabulous meal service – Food to Go. For real convenience WOOP Food Boxes include fresh, pre-prepped ingredients and handmade sauces, so you can eat nutritious meals that are ready in less than 20 minutes. Green Dinner Table offers plant-based meal delivery plans for those eco-conscious foodies who can freely dine knowing their dinner was sustainably sourced.

Our own at home quick and easy go to meal is linguinie with prawns in red sauce. Quick Tip: Always have passatta frozen or stocked in the cupboard for those nights when dinner seems like the highest mountain to climb. Passatta pairs perfectly with mince, chicken or pork to create a delicious homemade meal in minutes. Need a vegetarian option? We served sauteed zucchini straight from the garden for a small dinner party recently. Don’t get caught out in the kitchen and try one of our deliciously inspired options today.


Autumnal Auburn

Dug deep from within the earth, natural pigments like ochre and terracotta, sourced from clays and volcanic rocks, have been used by artists all over the world for generations.




This year we’re expecting to see a rich, authentic colour palette of terracotta, umber and spiced reds coming through in homewares, creating warm and inviting spaces. As the leaves begin to fall from the trees, one can’t help but notice that autumnal change has occurred. The vastly varying colours of each leaf as it meanders its way down to the ground presents a montage of new autumnal hues that on-trend décor borrows from more than any other season.

The overall natural shift towards earthy tones can be seen everywhere from makeup on the runway to the revival of clay pottery in modern art and the growing popularity of sourcing sustainable wood in today’s architectural designs. Homewares are naturally no exception. The appeal of the auburn palette could be that the neutrality lends itself to pairing with other colours in its family, with options such as mustard, gold, rust and tan. Mother Nature offers up a seemingly endless amount of décor options for your home.

For small colour changes, consider swapping out white dinner serviettes for a pumpkin coloured set adorned with gold-leaf rings when the family visits. Swap a clear glass vase with a natural clay one to liven up a floral centerpiece. If you want to make a statement, a rich, red armchair or burnt orange sofa boldly accomplish the season’s homeware trend.



Mid-century Magic

Mid-century décor is attractive, versatile and has staying power, with a classic shape and style that is timeless in its appeal.




When it came to deciding on designs for my recent flat renovation, I found myself overwhelmed with modern concepts and styles that didn’t truly reflect who I was. With a busy household I needed every piece to have a classic and comfortable purpose while staying true to a minimalist mindset. Mid-century modern décor was the answer.

Form and function are principles that we could live by and the defining characteristic of the mid-century period, which started roughly between 1935 and 1965 in America and throughout Europe. Frank Lloyd Wright, Warren & Mahoney and Arne Jacobsen are names synonymous with the mid-century design period which started roughly between the mid 30s to late 60s.

Juxtaposing sleek lines with organic shapes using new materials to reimagine traditional pieces for the modern household, there are a vast array of colours used from neutral to bold and notable graphic creations in contrasting black and white.
It has a resoundingly large following as of late and due to its popularity, you don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture as there are inspired pieces available at stores everywhere at every price.

Looking to invest in a treasured piece of mid-century magic? Ross Morrison of mr mod in St. Martins can accurately advise you on a piece’s origin, wood type, age, designer and correct restoration process. His recent show at CoCA last summer showcased selections from his vast mid-century collection and multi-generation passion for the genre.


Basket Case

Basket Case

Where would we be without baskets? Used since ancient times to carry water, store household items and keep food dry, not much has changed as we continue to see the intrinsic value of baskets in our day to day lives.


Basket Case

As we increasingly seek alternatives to plastic, baskets boast that eco-luxury appeal and savvy shoppers are opting for a more natural alternative like these to highlight their homes.

Basketry is truly an art form that utilises grasses, pine straw, stems and even animal hair to design beautifully intricate creations that are used all over the world.

Nothing says organisation like a tidy row of matching shelf-bound baskets for storage. Mixing sets of muted toned baskets of varying shapes and sizes is ideal for easy decor.

Keep it simple for the kids by purchasing all the same baskets in bold colours so that everyone can keep their own belongings nice and tidy.



Skirting the rules

Skirting the rules

Originally part of both the male and female ensemble, skirts of all lengths, patterns and prints now help to define the form of fashion and create wardrobe continuity throughout every season.


Skirting the rules


Broomstick, flare, mini, pleated, maxi, A-Line and tutus are just a few of the stylishy defined variations offered up by the sartorial skirt. Skirts are one of the oldest garments known to mankind, defined in its simplest form as a single piece of fabric that is draped from the waist. Historically both men and women have donned skirts due to their simplicity and comfort in design. Dating back to 3,000 BC, Sumerian artifacts harken an era when skirts or kaunakes (a sheep fur skirt tied to a belt) as they were then regionally known, were worn by men to show their religious devotion.

In the Middle Ages as men engaged in more rigorous activities such as horse riding, the skirt began to take a shorter form before technological tailoring advancements turned the tides towards trousers and tights. Soon skirts became the standard for women only, with slips, petticoats and long trains being introduced as skilled seamstresses helped to accentuate and redefine the fashion staple.

In the late 60s, Mod fashion designer Dame Barbara Mary Quant was noted for the revival of the skirt, when she coined the term ‘mini’ after her favourite car the Mini Cooper. Soon exposing a bit of leg became a sexy and liberating move away from the previous decade, when more modest attire for women prevailed.

Today the fashion savvy are able to take their pick of the pile when it comes to skirt shopping with a seemingly endless amount of choices for both style and comfort. Even brides are going for the shorter, skirt-esque dresses as an alternative to the more traditional options for the big day.

John Paul Gaultier introduced skirts into his men’s collections to challenge the social codes and introduce a bit of novelty into the fashion world and he notably had David Beckham very famously rocking a couture sarong. This male tradition is still alive and well with the izaar skirt worn by men in the Muslim culture and who can forget the ever-popular kilt for the Scottish, Irish and English gents.

It is the playful wardrobe staple that transcends the seasons with its pair-ability with tights or stockings and finished off with any footwear from flats and boots to stilettos and jandals. Skirt versatility also lends itself to mystery as front panel pieces are often used as a facade for shorts, leggings and even bathing suits. Remember skorts?

Long and lean versions of the skirt have historically been seen as dowdy but designers like Marc Jacobs and Paco Rabonne are redefining the elongated silhouette with hippy-chic appeal to fit the ever-changing world of fashion.
There is no skirting the issue here as the options for both men and women are obviously endless.



Megawatt Hues

Megawatt Hues

A colourful style shift is taking place. Our wardrobes are set to be lit up with megawatt hues from orange and green, to pink and blue as designers look ahead to the playful must-have colours of the season.


Megawatt Hues


Turned-up colours are popping up in all the latest fashion collections including Louis Vuitton’s new glow in the dark keepalls, featuring the brand’s signature monogram print.

Saint Laurent’s show at Paris Fashion Week was like a disco with a full range of the seasonal colours in neon form – orange blazers, red stilettos and green feathers.

Day glow brights have also recently hit the runways, further confirming the colourful shift in the upcoming season of fashion.

Bold and beautiful accessory pieces are another way to celebrate this trend and maintain your own personal style without breaking the bank.

Pairing a fluorescent bracelet, bright sunglasses or neon tights with your current ensemble will keep you looking fresh and on trend without having to spend a fortune on fashion.

It seems unanimous that we can expect to be rocking seriously fun fashion this season with colour leading the way – the brighter the better.