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!”
In 2019 we’re crushing on the lush fabric of velvet: this versatile fabric induces sumptuousness, warmth and elegance, and lends itself well to both minimalist and maximalist interiors. So how do we incorporate this beloved fabric into our home?
A simplistic style sofa in a rich colour is that luxury lounging staple you’ve been looking for, while an upholstered headboard in jewel-toned velvet will add a touch of sophistication to any boudoir. If in doubt, start with a plethora of small accents like lampshades, stools and plush cushions and throws.
Consider mixing and matching for contrast; other textural fabrics like wool and linen work well, or opt for a softer colour palette of greys, dusky pinks and duck egg blues.
Plush pieces in glorious stand-out colours like emerald green, mustard and peach make for statement additions to more minimalist living spaces, but maximalism is in – so don’t be afraid to go all out!
The clothing, gifts and homewares at Dalethorpe House are contemporary yet enduring, with a focus on integrity and craftsmanship. “We wish to enrich the lives of our customers, choosing quality over quantity,” says new owner Rachel Ferguson, who took over Darfield Gift Gallery last month.
Located in rural Canterbury, the store is situated in one of the oldest historic buildings in Darfield. The beautiful white weatherboard exterior with original interiors of kauri tongue and groove floors, walls and ceilings invokes a sense of history and timeless style.
Originally the town’s General Store built in 1914, it now encompasses a wholefood café on the ground floor and Dalethorpe House on level one, filled with a beautiful selection of carefully curated items.
At the heart of Dalethorpe House is the Ferguson family and their long history at ‘Dalethorpe’ – one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations. “At our core is an understanding of a life lived well and a pride in our product.”
Just when you thought Industria at The Colombo couldn’t get any better – or stock more beautiful, contemporary gifts and designs – it has expanded, taking the whole experience to the next level.
The 100 percent Christchurch-owned and operated store proudly showcases a wide range of well-known New Zealand brands, as well as plenty of new, exclusive products.
They’re also passionate about supporting local, and are eco-conscious, with recent additions; Koko Body Skincare, CaliWoods stainless steel straws and pegs, and plastic-free shampoo bars, all profiled on their Instagram feed.
Of course, the expansion means there’s even more of what you already love about Industria; the homewares, furniture, gifts, jewellery and art.
Find Industria at both the new extended Sydenham store and at Rolleston Square (opposite Unichem).
Keep up to date with all the new additions, promotions and inspiration on Facebook or Instagram, phone The Colombo store on 03 943 4932 or Rolleston on 03 420 0996.
While there’s much to be said for the uncluttered look of an open floor plan, equally there’s much to laud in the utilisation of permanent or semi-permanent partitions that create flexible, aesthetically pleasing new spaces while also adding light, privacy and noise alleviation.
Whether you desire the clean-cut sophistication of a glassed partition in translucent, opaque, coloured or digitally etched glass, or something more budget friendly, such as salvaged doors or casement windows refashioned and revamped, room dividers add oomph!
Consider an open bookcase boasting artworks that can be viewed from both sides, or a suspended louvre blind giving that perfect light and shade interplay. A funky screen of vinyl records, painted, covered in metallic or left in their original retro glory would be a great talking point, as would a vertical garden of lush greenery or potted plants.
When it comes to 21st century partitions, set your imagination free!