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Late last week I decided it was FINALLY time that I got through the front doors of Mr. Bigglesworthy’s Auckland showroom. I’ll be honest – I had buried my head in the sand every time a beautiful collection of international finds was announced as I had them truly pigeonholed as permanently out of my league. But, I found out that wasn’t entirely true…. Emma and Dan Eagle scour New Zealand and the world for exceptional examples of Mid Century Modern Furniture and original design aimed to make your heart skip

Tea Pea is a mecca of colour, fun and design happiness! A major part of what I loved about my visit was the winding drive up into Khandallah – as a first timer in that area of Wellington I was shocked at the green, tree lined streets that clung to the hill with views of the harbour. Its really beautiful! Tea Pea sits proudly on a corner of the Khandallah Village main street and the neighbourhood vibe was obvious with children and friends popping their head in the door to

Owner Rae Ellis stands at the lakeside entrance of Vudu – not pictured are owner’s Michelle Freeman and Chris Vile ……. Vudu Cafe + Larder has rapidly become one of Queenstown’s most popular coffee and food spots… for good reason. The locals are loyal followers of the fresh and delicious daily offerings while it doesn’t take long for visitors to be drawn in the doors by the cool industrial vintage interior and general great buzz! The morning I snuck in a visit, I had to dodge the steady stream of

The Paper Plane team from left: Jo Wade, Krista Plews, Timothy John ……. I recently got to pop down to the sunny seaside spot of Mount Maunganui and touch base with a number of go-getting creatives that have put down roots there. One destination in particular that had me pretty excited to check out was Paper Plane, the bricks’n’mortar HQ of one of NZ’s best curated online stores. Paper Plane is the most fresh and cool fruits of labour of designer couple Krista Plews and Timothy John. Krista and Tim,

New on the scene in both the cool mainstreet of Kingsland, Auckland as well as the burgeoning online space down under, is the Tonic Room! After purchasing the original health store on site as a going concern in 2012, 29 year old naturopath; Katherine Lonsdale-Cooper has finally realised her dream of a space that takes natural medicine out of the slightly “hippy” arena and presents it in a way that the mainstream can appreciate, understand and relish visiting! Opening doors to her new and improved store just over a week

Store owner and designer Natalie Newlands, 31, can rock a seriously snappy red lip and looks right at home surrounded by some of the regions best offerings in fashion at Queenstown store;¬†Angel Divine. In February 2012 she purchased the business from great friend Emma Taylor – who had steered the popular shop for the 6 years previous but had to focus on her battle with leukemia which very sadly claimed her life. Natalie has continued the store’s legacy of supporting NZ emerging and established fashion talent and has now grown

I think it was the infinite networking ability of Facebook that introduced me to a little store in Brisbane called Nook. So when I landed in southern Queensland for my two month stint, Michelle Gillies and her gorgeous shop shot straight to the top of my “must visit” list! And as you can see ( I don’t think my pics quite do it justice!) Nook truly is a creative haven connecting independant Australasian makers and more with eager and receptive visitors. There were lots of familiar brands that I have

Jacqui Vidal in front of the Degraves St. Signed and Numbered store ……. On my most recent trip to Melbourne in November, I FINALLY got to meet the creative dynamo that is Jacqui Vidal of Signed and Numbered. I have followed the progress of her business for years now, so I jumped at the opportunity to hide from some unseasonably shocking weather in her new Degraves St store. With two Melbourne bricks’n’mortar outlets and a terrific online store, Signed and Numbered not only puts the work of independant artists in

This Store Front post is an extension of the Creative HQ feature I did with Juliette Hogan back in October. I actually shot this beautiful shop the same day I visited her studio… but that post was going to be a monster if all was included so two parts seemed wise! While many of you reading will be familiar with Britomart and most likely the JHO store, for those of you not – this waterfront area of downtown Auckland has seen an incredible rejuvination over the last 6 years and

Lucky for me artist; Lisa Lapointe was working the day I visited Tiny Bird. Double whammy! …… A month or so ago I was on a whirlwind trip to Sydney for completely non-blog related activites and enjoying a very welcome introduction to beautiful Avalon and the Northern Beaches. But on discovering the aptly named “tiny” store; Tiny Bird I did some very fast talking and owner; Sonja Stubbs kindly let me whip out my camera and snap some pics on 2 minutes notice! What made the store really stand out

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