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This is the final installment from the 2 week road trip I did in late Autumn. Starting in Queenstown I dashed to Dunedin and Wanaka then on up to Christchurch. Zapped sideways to Hanmer Springs, fish for breaky in Kaikoura, a colourful nights stay with Alex Fulton then dawn on the ferry through to Wellington. Gasp. You can check out the the legs of this roady both here and here.
So I had quite strong intentions with my day spent in Wellington and was lucky that my tour guides were long standing locals with a willingness to explore!
I wanted to cruise the rocky, windy “edges” ….. and that we sure did!
Lyall Bay was chilly as anything, with a biting Autumn breeze but these Welly folk are tough as nails and the surfers were out in DROVES!
I marvelled at the fact we could sit and watch them with planes landing on one side and the southern sea facing suburbs looming over them from the other.
We then cruised around the twisty edges of the peninsula, along Breaky Bay Road and on through Seatoun where houses had been wedged between the steep bushy hills and the rocky exposed coast, leaving a slither for some tarseal and white paint. I loved this area and could only imagine the complete drama of a storm passing through!Lunch at Scorch-o-rama all rugged up watching the ferry’s cruise by.
Once we had finished with the cool adventure of suburbs-meet-harbour, we then shot back through town and headed up and over to the west coast and the tiny seaside-end-of-road called Makara.
Makara was a super windy country drive from Wellington, a tiny place where old dilapidated bach’s mingled with freshly renovated ones. The day was deliciously clear over here and it was obvious to me that Wellingtonians relished a Sunday drive us much as us! There were groups and families wandering the coastal track and divers and fisherman doing their best to hunt some dinner.
Cafe Makara was a welcome coffee and hot chips stop before wee toodled back into town.
I think the coolest thing about Wellington and most of our larger cities in NZ is the ease at which was can exit the urban and enjoy our special countryside and coast. Closely followed by this is the absolute willingness and compulsion of kiwi’s to do so!
I’m ready to join some dots for a North Island trip soon and as always can’t wait to share the resulting interviews of those I find on my way xSeaweed….not chorizo…
Thats me – preparing to say goodbye to my Jucy Styla which I would hire again and again. I loved her…
This post was made in partnership with Jucy.
All opinions are my own and I am SO happy to work with a company who relishes exploring as much as I do!
I drove an incredibly cost effective Styla from Queenstown – Dunedin – Wanaka – Christhurch – Blenheim – WellingtonYou can check the roady in it’s entirety here.
Following on from my travels further South, I boosted from my parents place in North Canterbury before dawn and jumped back on State Highway 1 heading north. Timing was bang on to crest the windy Hundalee range and see the rose gold sun creeping up along the Kaikoura Coast. I took some time out to lap it all in and was rewarded with seeing a SUPER POD (my words….it was enormous!!) of dolphins frolicking parallel to shore.See! The super pod of dolphins above??
I then headed on to The Cave restaurant where my family has stopped without fail for a piece of fresh fish ever since I was a little girl. Armed with my breaky I shot up to the look out on the Kaikoura peninsula and lapped up the truly unique spot that this place is….snowy mountains annnnnnd rich coastline, not a common site for the Southern Hemisphere!
I then cruised on, a quick few shots of the iconic fresh crayfish vendor; Nins Bin and continued winding up the coast then on through the dry hills of Marlborough. Here I actually stayed the night with the terrific Alex Fulton and family but have a WHOLE post saved to share their amazing home with you!
The Marlborough Sounds will forever be one of my most treasured spots but to cruise through it on the ferry and not on a little boat with my family felt foreign and allowed me to admire its magic from a whole new point of view.
This trip HAS to be on everyone’s kiwi bucket list.
If you like this landscape you might enjoy the story of my sister’s recent wedding in the Sounds.
After a few hours we approached the dock in Wellington Harbour after crossing the Cook Strait with no problem. As always I watched in respectful wonder how the hell someone could maneuver a boat that big to such an exact level….I challenge you to getting a small power boat near a jetty with ease…
Wellington is amazing from the harbour. It’s all white house nestled in green hills and just has a lightness about it that I don’t see in other NZ cities. In fact it always reminds me a little of San Francisco.
Next post is on my adventures in the capital!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home …….. This post was made in partnership with Jucy.
All opinions are my own and I am SO happy to work with a company who relishes exploring as much as I do!
I drove an incredibly cost effective Styla from Queenstown – Dunedin – Wanaka – Christchurch – Blenheim – Wellington
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 mix with the steady stream of customers.
Sparky, creative owner Meg McMillan (who runs the business with her husband Scott) is a relaxed and friendly host with a seriously awesome curative eye for both what she stocks and the way she presents her space – the result is more magnetic, colourful treasure chest than stock standard homewares store!
Wellingtonians and visitors should most definitely cruise on up to have a browse but for the rest of us? Their online store is heaving with goodness from brands in NZ, Australia and further a field.
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I’ve been stalking 24 year old Becca O’Shea online since 2010 when I first stumbled across her attitude packed illustrative cards. Since then I’ve enjoyed watching her notch creative acheivements and milestones which have included landing herself a spot on the highly regarded team of Wellingtons; Inject Design.
With a drawing obsession from childhood that she just couldn’t shake and a highly inspirational graphic design teacher in high school, heading to Uni to take on a Bachelor of Design made total sense. During university she started doing poster work for friends bands – mixing her love of illustration and type while producing cards to sell at Iko Iko where she worked for years. She graduated with First Class Honors and then had her final year project; a book called “Unpacking Kiwi Picnics”, recognised with a 2011 Gold Best Award in the student category.
Initially she fought hard to reach her dream of full time freelance work but the realities of being a professional self employed creative quickly caught up with her (like it does with all of us!!). So she gratefully headed back to spend time under the supportive roof of Iko Iko as the inhouse designer working on their business collateral and website.
Her first exhibition for her own illustrative work came about when local young fashion designer; Sophie Burrowes contacted her offering exclusive wallspace in her store. She burned out 5 works in just one week in time for the opening which proved to be a fantastic event, exposing her to a new network of Wellington creatives. It was here she first met Inject Design designer Alan Mansfield who subsequently sung her praises to Creative Director Harry A’Court. He promptly called Becca, asked her in for a meeting and started her on projects on a part time basis. This has now led to full time work and a role which she relishes.
Work and home are close, leaving plenty of time to continue working on her personal projects which I got a sneak peek at! Exciting stuff!
Becca’s story reminds me of some advice I was given just today: “Say yes and work out how later”
WHO: Its just my partner and I in our little apartment. Alastair is rad, we’ve been together for 6 years now.
Al is currently studying a degree in Information Systems, and also DJ’s and produces his own music on the side with the Frederick Crew.
We share very similar interests, especially in creative stuff; films, music and the like. It may sound cheesey and a bit cliche… but we’d like to think we’re soul mates.
Me, I’m a full time Graphic Designer at Inject Design. Love my job! We have a wide range of clients from Hell Pizza to Fat Freddy’s Drop, along with many other amazing businesses. Being a creativity addict I end up continuing my practice after work with illustration and other collaborative projects. In whatever spare time I have left I separate I’m into yoga, gardening, seeing my pals, reading, pinning, online shopping, and baking… PHEW!
WHAT: Our apartment is small, but cosy. The high ceilings, exposed pipes, and stairwell in the middle of the living room its very much a loft apartment. It’s super sunny in both summer and winter, and being on the corner of the building we get it most of the day.
Most of the walls are covered with art, and the surfaces littered with books. We’ve slowly started to collect some nice furniture. We love swiss furniture and 60s decor. Once we have a bigger space we’ll be right into DIY refurbishment.
Some of the existing interiors are hilarious, very 90s, i.e. the Gecko on the light fitting and interesting detailing on the bathroom door, kinda gives it character I guess…hahaha.
WHERE: We’re virtually at the top of Cuba St, in the heart of the city. Being 7mins walk from work, I often come home for lunch and cook something yum, like ‘cheats’ Pho or a BLT. Its close to virtually everything, but we still own a car which allows us to go on night missions to the beach, oriental parade or the swimming pool. The Lighthouse cinema recently moved round the corner, the seats are couches so it almost feels like a private cinema.
DESCRIPTION: Al and I had been living together with flatmates for 2 ½ years and felt it was time to get a place on our own. This apartment worked out to be the best move for us. It’s cosy, affordable, warm and convenient. Miss not having a garden though for sure. The aim for us is to save for a house somewhere on the outskirts of town. Once that happens, I will have the most ultimate garden ever with fruit trees, a composting system, a green house – the lot! But for now, the community garden is a great place for me to learn, and the apartment is a great stepping stone.
WHAT I LEARNT FROM BECCA:
Your professional world and personal work don’t need to be so seperate.
Let them merge and influence each other and see what happens!!
From left : Nicky Cameron; Head of Design, Liz Ting; Design + PR, Helen Simonson; Website Management + Graphic Design, Laura Newton-King; Textile Designer + Social Media
WHAT I LEARNT FROM THE MONDEGREEN TEAM:
Visiting Mondegreen was not at all what I expected! From the outside it is a fun, feminine corner of the internet where quirky internationally sourced homewares and accessories get to hang out with locally designed clothing. A great recipe that has found its niche. But on arriving at the Mondegreen HQ I realised that we were dealing with a much bigger beast.
Mondegreen is the design focused label of one of New Zealands oldest corporate wear companies; Booker-Spalding. Originally two businesses, owned by T.R Booker and W.E Spalding, they produced army uniforms, mens wear and womens car coats respectively. Having been around since the 1920’s, both were also heavily family owned and run which has continued with the current form of the company today.
In March 2011, head designer and employee of 23 years; Nicky Cameron saw a window of opportunity to make use of the online orders system which was already in place for corporate clients. Nicky and her (very awesome!) team had design skills to offer that extended beyond bank uniforms, so with the help of Di Fuller they poured these into a new brand identity and got indulging their creative side.
Wanting to round out their clothing range they they hunted high and low for homewares that were unique and new to the NZ market – which included ceramics from one of my all time creative hero’s; Jonathon Adler.
With the orders system already in place, the Mondegreen sales seamlessly merge into the day to day order preparation of this large and busy company. I was quite honestly gobsmacked at the size of Booker – Spalding and pleasantly surprised that this old Wellington business has been able to survive in the age of mass production off shore. There were people packing orders, cutting fabric, sewing, steaming and working away in their offices. It felt highly productive and with the smiles that met me in every room – like a large and happy team.
The design team have their own light and open plan hideaway where they can easily work together but with easy access to meet with their pattern makers and sewing extraordinaires. Mondegreen is treated as as another client of the business meaning they have to schedule their time on the projects needs around those of their current customers.
At the time of my visit (and wrapping up this Wednesday 29th!) the Mondegreen were also sharing the running of a winter pop up shop down the road in Petone. Jonathon Adler ceramics and Kate of Arcadia bags sit side by side their Mondegreen clothing range and fun home finds for the home. The opening and closing of the store has been shared by the team, who all have the same passion and excitement to see their in house brand continue to grow.
It was very obvious to me that this small team shared a very cool and close knit camaraderie. It was such an eye opener really. While they aren’t able to spend each work day concentrating on their own brand (which must be frustrating in itself) they seem to be able to switch between the quite specific needs of corporate wear to the development of their own style very easily and with super professional results.
All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
WHAT I LEARNT FROM THE MONDEGREEN TEAM:
Creativity doesn’t live solely with what is perceived as cool. It’s important to realise that there are clever, creative brains and hands behind most products in our everyday life – I think that it takes the most clever to design for functional living.
Visit the Pop Up shop at 194 Jackson Street, Petone until Wednesday the 29th of May.
So for a good portion of this week I was in Wellington. I’ve got to admit I haven’t spent much time in the Capital, but I can honestly say after a full-bore two days I can’t wait to get back down there!
On Tuesday I covered some serious ground with three super different but equally inspiring interviews. The Mondegreen girls gave me a guided tour of their factory, the insiders guide to Petone and their cute pop up store. Becca O’Shea gave me a dose of major “apartment envy”, some valid advice on house plants and the tastiest damn apple cake EVER. And the Kowtow team had my jaw dropping a little at their inspiring story and exciting future (which I can’t wait to share with you all!!)
After checking out the impressive fresh and local food market; Moore Wilson’s – I was treated to dinner of goose mince sliders and duck freshly hunted and gathered by my friends the weekend before. With that and a night on the comfiest sofa in central Welly, I was ready to face my fears and speak to a room of local interior designers and industry about the plus’s of a strong online presence and how social media can boost their business. Thanks so very much to Designmade for inviting me to talk – despite my original jitters I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
So stay tuned! Next week I plan to do a major release of all the content I have chewing up space on my hard drive!