‘Support local’ are the current buzzwords right now and we are betting that they’ll stick around for a while. We caught up with Liz Bloomfield from Coco Gifts who is arguably the queen of supporting local.
She employs locally, with both of her teammates (Andrea and Blossom) living in St Albans.
She also donates to local schools and organisations and buys stock from local people and wholesalers.
But whilst it’s commendable everything that Coco Gifts are doing, it is also important to remember to share your support with them.
Go in, have a browse, shop around and say hello – the friendly team will welcome you in with open arms (and a safe distance).
Liz also adds, “Thank you so much for all the support over the lockdown period”.
“I appreciate all the messages of encouragement, the online orders, and community love we have received over this difficult time.”
Paramount to Rachel Ferguson, proprietor of clothing, gift and living store Dalethorpe House, is the desire to enrich the lives of her clientele with merchandise that is focused on quality, integrity and craftmanship.
Visitors to Darfield will find Dalethorpe House on level one of the former General Store building, built in 1914.
Its distinctive white weatherboard exterior and original kauri tongue and groove interior are richly evocative of a past era when quality garments and wares were a given.
What a pleasure to browse this beautiful space where every garment, every item of gift or homeware, has been discerningly curated to provide an exquisite selection of contemporary yet enduring pieces.
The Ferguson family’s long association with ‘Dalethorpe’, one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations, encapsulates the ethos behind Dalethorpe House – an understanding of a life well-lived and pride in product.
Find Dalethorpe House at 51 South Terrace, Darfield, phone 03 317 9250.
From her boutique store The Flock in The Tannery, Melody Leveridge is helping change the way we shop for the better.
Melody sources natural, organic and environmentally sourced materials, while supporting New Zealand industry and craft-makers – and shoppers are discovering they can find beautiful, unique products, and contribute towards creating a better future.
“Our dedication to supporting designers, crafters, makers and industries in New Zealand is coupled with an appreciation for design from around the world,” Melody says. “We therefore enjoy sourcing goods that are produced responsibly and ethically overseas.”
Brands on offer include From (knitwear), Kowtow, Elk, The Busy Finch, Popkraft, Ingrid Starnes, Triumph and Disaster, Anoint, Pieces of Eight and many more.
Since taking over the shop, Melody has reduced imported suppliers by 70-80 percent and enjoys inspiring and educating her clients. “It’s a no-brainer,” she says of the shop’s concept. “It makes sense to have the purchasing dollar in New Zealand, rather than overseas.”
For 30 years, City Art Depot picture framing workshop and gallery has been working alongside art lovers to preserve and beautifully display works of art.
Starting out as a small picture framing business in 1989, founder David Trerise had a goal to apply museum standards in his workshop.
Moving away from out-dated gluing and trimming techniques, he researched conservation framing practices, and introduced materials and processes designed to protect artworks from environmental hazards and inappropriate framing processes.
“A lot of our work is preserving artworks that are valued for purely sentimental reasons,” David says. “It still deserves to be treated with the care and respect the artist intended, or the owner desires, so it can be enjoyed by future generations.”
City Art Depot makes its own frames on the premises from rough-sawn timber to provide a frame made and hand-finished to best suit the needs of the artwork and the client. This commitment to quality has seen the business grow, attracting a client base that includes museums, galleries, institutions, businesses and private art owners and collectors.
The business offers practical solutions for the framing, installation, transportation and storage of artworks. Its archival Solander boxes provide an elegant and robust storage system for photographs, rare books, objects and original works of art.
City Art Depot also has a well-respected gallery. “The gallery is very important for us. There’s a renewed energy around art in the city and it allows us to introduce people to the work of emerging, as well as established, artists.”
With the festive season only two months away, Christmas shoppers are sure to find the perfect present amongst the treasure trove at Barrington Gifts.
Offering a unique mix of locally and globally sourced homeware, gifts, art, jewellery and accessories, new stock has just been added to the extensive selection. From scented soy candles and beautiful scarves to stylish sunglasses and cute photo frames, as well as a variety of eco-friendly options such as reusable straws and honey wraps, there really is something for everyone.
The store also has a unique range of giftware for men, such as the UGEARS models – eye-catching and imaginative self-propelled wooden mechanical model kits that can be assembled without glue – from trains and cars to helicopters and animals. “These models make an extraordinary present, for both adults and children.”
Posting gifts to family and friends overseas now will ensure it gets there in time for Christmas Day. Visit the store at Barrington Mall.
Circles, squares, hexagons, triangles, pentagons, diamonds – even shapes without a name; when it comes to geometric design, the options are endless.
A fun and funky way to add visual interest to your abode, geometric lighting is all about striking patterns and dramatic shapes. But it’s not all just squares and hexagons – plenty of lighting utilises the geometric style in a variety of unique and interesting shapes. Go big and bold or play it safe with geometric-patterned lightshades; versatile, adaptable and fun.
A groovy pair of star-shaped light fixtures or a sophisticated geometric chandelier are strong focal points for the kitchen, while a cylindrical lightshade in a geometric metal design makes a serious statement in the living area or bedroom. Get double the fun with bathroom pendant lighting above your vanity; the reflecting lights in the mirror will make your bathroom appear more spacious.
Subtle or bold, geometric lighting is the ultimate eye-catching interior decoration.
While furniture with hard and sleek Scandi-style lines will continue to grace our abodes for some time to come, it appears interior designers are seeking more soft and sculpted curves. Curb your curve curiosity and make a shapely statement in any room with this retro-inspired look.
Lending a new and softer dimension to any room, curved and fluid silhouettes project a chic and feminine aesthetic that offers an artistic appeal and comfort like no other; studies have shown that curvy furniture evokes more feelings of relaxation over their hard-line alternatives, and tend to be more conducive to conversation.
A curvy jewel-coloured couch makes a sculptural statement and is perfect in the modish material of velvet, while a retro rug with soft, scalloped lines adds a pinch of panache to any boudoir.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match contrasting forms; rounded edges still work well with sharp linear structures and geometric shapes and patterns.
Now in its ninth year, the Ellesmere Spring Fling has become one of the most popular events in which to celebrate this long-awaited season of colour, sweet scents and new life.
A mere 10-minute drive from Hornby, Broadfield Garden comprises around 3.5 hectares of natives and New Zealand cultivars of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, peony perennials, daffodils, lilies and roses; add in two forests of beech and kauri, a canal, sedge pond, formal rose garden and cricket oval, and you have a superb day out browsing artisan stalls in stunning surroundings.
Organisers Vanessa Thompson and Janice Burnett have received glowing feedback from visitors to past Spring Flings, from saying how much they love the event – with many describing it as “a hidden gem” – through to praise of the quality stalls, food and beverages, music, exhibits, demonstrations, and the excellent management of the garden tour (hosted/run by Broadfield Garden owner David Hobbs and his head gardener).
The fete is run by dedicated volunteers, with 100 percent of all profits going to charity (Community Care Lincoln). “Our point of difference to other fetes is that the garden is spectacular; it blows people away, especially if they’ve not been before,” Vanessa says.
“It really is a day out; people come for lunch, a bit of shopping and to wander around the garden. We even get quite a few men!”