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Bloomin’ beautiful at Broadfield

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!”

Held on Sunday 6 October from 11am-4pm at 250 Selwyn Road, Prebbleton, Selwyn. Find the event listing on Facebook




Very Velvet

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!



Carefully curated collection

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.”



Next-level giftware: Industria

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.



Divide and Conquer

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!



Supporting local: The Flock

From her boutique store The Flock, in Christchurch’s The Tannery, Melody Leveridge is helping change the way we shop for the better.



By sourcing natural, organic and environmentally sourced materials, while supporting New Zealand industry and craft-makers, shoppers are discovering they can find beautiful, unique products, and still contribute towards creating a better future.

“Our dedication to supporting designers, crafters, makers and industry 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.”

Designs on offer include From (knitwear), Kowtow, Elk, The Busy Finch, Popkraft, Ingrid Starnes, Triumph and Disaster, Anoint, Pieces of Eight and so much 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.”

Located at Shop 7, The Tannery. Visit, follow on Instagram or phone 03 389 9242.



For art’s sake: Majuba Gallery

Majuba Gallery in Hanmer Springs is a contemporary art space, showcasing a collection created by an array of talented, local artists – whether it is a stunning piece of artwork or beautiful jewellery.




One of its current featured artists is Florence Egasse, who paints a vibrant ensemble of florals, colourful abstracts and contemporary landscapes. With a very much experimental and intuitive body of work, her bold, playful style is constantly evolving. Finding her inspiration from nature, children’s drawings, travels and interior design, each of Flo’s paintings are unique.

The Christchurch-based, self-taught artist discovered art in the galleries and museums of Paris as a child, but her interest in painting was truly ignited during her time working in French museums studying the composition and techniques of classic and modern artists. Don’t miss Flo’s beautiful artwork on your next visit to Hanmer Springs!

Find Majuba Gallery next to Up the Garden Path. Follow them on Facebook or phone 03 315 5053.



Find the perfect gift: Coco Gifts

Why travel long distances to locate the perfect gift when you’ll find endless choice and exclusive, quality products, right on your doorstep?



Situated in central St Albans, just a few blocks from Merivale Mall, the Coco Gifts team are experts at streamlining your shopping experience – starting with stress-free carparking and helpful staff. You’ll be quickly tempted by the stunning range of gifts from leading brands, including Circa Home, French Country, Citta Design, Babu for Baby, and Four Corners Jewellery. New Zealand brands feature strongly, with many items from Christchurch suppliers.

The clothing range is based on layering and a one-size-fits-all-approach, including Australian label, Eb & Ive, and Italian linen from Helga May. To top it off, there’s the added bonus of supporting your community by shopping locally. Coco Gifts is open every day from 10am, and also offers a wide range of corporate and client gifts. Meet the friendly Coco Gifts team at 63 Rutland Street or visit


The ultimate wall-dressing

Once upon a time four walls painted Spanish White was the beige and boring norm in many a Kiwi home. We were terrified to express ourselves. Hallelujah for the 21st century then and the mighty sea of change that has swept away timidity, along with those abysmally bland Spanish White walls!




All the rage, once again, is wallpaper, but not as you remember it. Today’s wallpaper is beyond belief in terms of imagination and design, but the ultimate wall-dressing is the uber-chic mural wallpaper.

If your passion’s a Monet or Michelangelo, if you’re besotted with Botticelli or devoted to Da Vinci, these can be yours. What about a nightscape of New York, a lavender field in Provence, or an enchanting Tuscany vineyard?

There are kitchen murals, bathroom murals, children’s murals, and if you’ve long hankered for a view of heaven, check out the ceiling murals – trompe l’oeil at its most magnifique!


Cement to be

It’s edgy, industrial and proving to be an enduring design element in the home – the concrete trend is bringing New York luxe into everyday homes.




It might not seem like an obvious choice for your home, but the grey stone is not to be ignored as interior design trends continue to focus on natural materials rather than just colours and textures. From concrete sinks to cement tiles, there’s a huge influx of concrete accessories for the home that can bring a subtle yet sophisticated edge to your interior. Why not add concrete accessories for a striking aesthetic appeal or go bold with concrete walls or floors?

Concrete floors may seem like a daring option, but they are a natural choice and work well in an open space. You can emphasise the industrial style with design elements such a steel and wood, or you can use textiles like velvet furniture to add a soft, luxurious feel to your abode.