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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 faster with the thought of taking it home. They fully restore and inject life and love back into their finds then not only move them to their (mostly very temporary) showroom home but also list all online. There were some pretty covetable pieces of furniture included in the Nordic Home inspired collection they launched last week – and there were plenty of “gateway” items that I am now fixated on (especially the elusive collection of Whites Aviation Photography prints!)
Anyone with a passion not only for beautiful design but for items that have been truly built to stand use and age gracefully with time will revel in what the Eagles have created with Mr. Bigglesworthy.
It is a beautiful destination for a wander but those of you further a field will definitely enjoy their online store!
Join the team in store until this coming Saturday to view the Nordic Home collection, nibble on special Nordavia sweet treats and sup mulled wine!
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.
Clockwise from top left :
Owner Rae Ellis stands at the lakeside entrance of Vudu – not pictured are owner’s Michelle Freeman and Chris Vile …….
Vudu Cafe + Larder.
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 coffee and breakfast fiends and endless trays of totally delectable food arriving from the upstairs kitchen to the main counter and cabinets. It was 8am but this place was humming!
With a wide sunny front entrance opening onto Rees Street and a back door revealing outside seating just a stones throw from the lake AND mega mountain views, Vudu Cafe + Larder have, without exception, all bases covered!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home ……
Vudu Cafe + Larder.
16 Rees Street.
Open from 7.30am daily.
The Paper Plane team from left: Jo Wade, Krista Plews, Timothy John …….
…… All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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, a well regarded contemporary furniture designer decided to set up shop with a desire to cultivate a destination both online and streetside that offered a new point of view, a style that reflected them and a carefully curated collection of products from NZ and around the world.
Aside from their obvious knack at finding beautiful stuff (!!) they have also worked at developing their “home” brand for Paper Plane, designing and developing furniture and accessories that are both clever and verrrry good looking.
I highly recommend putting this place on your list for any Mount Maunganui visits in the future – and for the rest of you…well simply click here to check it ALL out!Please note that these bunnies and other animals on display are roadkill collected by a local taxidermist .
…… All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
My FAVOURITES (which was close to impossible to choose) are all in fact from the Paper Plane exclusive collection.
Clockwise from top left: Bowler Pendant Light / Sidekick stools + tables / Hand crafted hooks / Mirror / Chair / Hand carved boards
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 ago, today it is also joined by an extensive site to match that offers an impressive and lush version of a modern apothecary! Online and instore she has worked hard to source the best natural treats for the mind and body. Beauty brands like Jacqueline Evans Skincare, Triumph and Disaster, Herbivore Botanicals plus so many more! Trust me….divine!
But this isn’t just all about pretty smells and covetable labelling! The Tonic Room is staffed by fully trained naturopaths and nutritionists, allowing for the ability to provide trustworthy advice to walk in – walk out customers. Upstairs is a wellness clinic with an impressive team of full time practitioners in residence. These include naturapaths, holistic nutritionists, massage therapists, pyscho therapists and an intergrative doctor that have access to the full dispensary in store.
All in all it’s exciting to see this fresh innovator moving into the natural health industry. Determined to do things right, Kat chose creatives at the top of their game to bring Tonic Room to life – the talented and experienced agency of Hardhat are the brains behind the overall identity and website which has been complimented by the allllllways fresh Material Creative who were charged with the interior fit out.
Well… this is how you re-launch a business people!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
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 the offering to include fresh new brands not previously available in the area. The online arm of the business opened last year followed by Natalie launching a capsule collection of her own called New Lands.
Angel Divine is a must visit for anyone passing through the mountain resort or looking for an awesome, curated selection of brands in one location online. Also keep your eyes peeled around these parts for an exciting collaboration coming up between Studio Home and New Lands! It’s LOVE!All photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home.