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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.


Award-winning artistry: Windsor Gallery

Windsor Gallery boasts over 30 artists on exhibition in their contemporary art gallery and one of the largest selections of picture frames in the city.




Artist Rhoyne McIlroy is the gallery’s featured artist this month and after having established an international career, the award-winning artist’s latest works (pictured) draw from her native New Zealand ancestry. By recently investing in amazing new technology, a canvas stretching machine, Windsor Gallery is now able to create a tighter, smoother finish for canvas works which is difficult to achieve manually.

Their award-winning skilled staff can spend time with you to work through the framing process, showing you different matte colours and framing options to suit your artwork. Windsor Gallery is well worth a visit with outstanding artworks and sculptures on display from leading New Zealand artists. Off-street parking is available. 386 St Asaph Street, east of Fitzgerald Avenue.


Side Hustle

Every design devotee knows that furniture can make or break a space. Choosing the right pieces can elevate your entire home aesthetic. Take the side table for example – it’s a great way to layer a surprise element into a space.




While they may not be the stars of the show, side tables have always been a staple piece in the home. Whether it’s your nightstand table, living room side table, or console table in your hallway, they are a welcomed resting place for fresh flowers and home.

From strong structural lines to knotty and natural, this season’s side table trends are all about standing out or blending in – after all, there’s no middle ground when it comes to this side hustle.

There are numerous different styles, materials, shapes and sizes that are trending for 2019 – so have fun with choosing a side table and pick something unexpected that adds texture to the room.


An expression of love: Ellen Estate Interiors

Home is an expression of love between couples. Interior designers at Ellen Estate Interiors understand that ‘Home’ looks different for everyone.



With access to globally sourced materials, furniture and home accessories, Ellen Estate can assist with everything involved in creating your home. Business owner and interior designer Michelle Laming sees herself as a facilitator in the creation of clients’ homes. Michelle’s philosophy is that the ‘Home’ should be a refuge, somewhere worries stop at the front door.

Creating your home with Ellen Estate is relaxed, with their approach designed to take the load off your shoulders. With the support of the Ellen Estate team, Michelle can happily share her experience as an international interior designer with you.
Once you’ve found your special someone, head to Ellen Estate’s showroom to create your wedding registry or browse on their website.

Find the showroom at 6 Normans Road, Strowan or visit


The Home Haven: Barrington Gifts

Loved ones can be difficult to buy for, but you won’t have a hard time choosing the perfect gift at Barrington Gifts.



You’ll find quality, heartfelt gifts suitable for men, women and children alike. Browse a curated collection of giftware, sourced from New Zealand and around the world, that is ideal for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. From beautiful home décor, jewelry and accessories through to quirky novelty gifts, you’re sure to find something for that special someone and, if you have any trouble deciding, the helpful, friendly staff are more than happy to offer advice.

Thanks to the convenient bonus of free gift-wrapping, perfect for that last minute rush, you can start and finish your gift buying mission in store! When you need a gift, look no further. Barrington Gifts is your one-stop giftware shop. Pop down to Barrington Mall, 256 Barrington Street.


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.



Darfield Gift Gallery

Gorgeous Giftware: Darfield Gift Gallery

Experience and wander through the oldest historic building in Darfield. Upstairs at the Darfield Gift Gallery, you will discover a treasure trove of beautiful items such as the Ashley and Co. range, Ecoya candles and diffusers, Citta candles, travel bags and linen, Stella & Gemma and Stilen jewellery. Winter clothing, shoes and scarf ranges are also arriving this month.



Darfield Gift Gallery

There are a variety of objects to beautify your home, including favourites like French Country and C.C. Interiors homewares, frames lamps, cushions, Klippan rugs, mirrors and a diverse range of easy gift ideas with free gift wrapping.

All your Cup and Show Week and Christmas fashion needs are here, with popular clothing brands like EB & IVE, Betty Basics, Archer House, Lordship Linens, Louenhide handbags and Rollie Shoes.

Open seven days 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, find them on Facebook. Located above the Fat Beagle Café, you can have a coffee and a bite before venturing upstairs.



Getting Trolleyed

Getting Trolleyed

The glamourous but practical vintage drinks trolley is reliving its heyday.


Getting Trolleyed


The first trolleys were wheeled into Victorian dining rooms for ‘tea total’ refreshments. Then along came the prohibition era, and out came the art deco bar-on-wheels with circular chrome sides and shiny Formica tops. Lightweight drinks trollies were all the rage by the ’50s.

Traditionally dramatic in design, they were of shiny brass, glass and beautiful-grained woods upon wheels. Now with a surge in popularity, both circular and rectangular two-tiered drink trolleys are the latest thing – being replicated with functional splashbacks and in an array of designs.

With the rise in artisan spirits and liquors, it’s a shame to tuck away the bespoke bottle of gin. Bring out the crystal decanters and martini glasses, add swizzle sticks, serviettes, a silver champagne bucket and a bowl of lemons – and you have an eclectic showpiece for the next party. Cheers!



Design 5 Upholstery

Bespoke Furniture Specialists: Design 5 Upholstery

The small, talented team at Design 5 Upholstery can bring your ideas to life by creating bespoke furniture from scratch.


Design 5 Upholstery


Specialising in crafting custom-made seating for interior designers and high-end retailers across the country, past projects include seating for the Christchurch Town Hall, as well as 200 headboards for the Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel.

Whether it’s from a photo or just an idea, Design 5 can design and custom-make anything – from couches, dining chairs and occasional chairs, to squabs for caravans or booth seating for bars and restaurants or office blocks.
Bespoke headboards are popular at the moment, such as custom-made headboard designs with mirrors.

Simon has 25 years of experience in the industry and established Design 5 in 2007. His small team is a strength, he says. “It’s just the two of us and we work really well together.”


Follow Design 5 on Facebook or phone 027 494 6706 for enquiries.