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Children love having a hand in styling their personal spaces, so give them ownership over their bedrooms by letting them choose some of their decorations. Suggesting ‘this or that’ options will ensure the decision-making process is easy- peasy, and there are plenty of thises and thats to choose from in Freedom’s new-season Kids collection. Its creators considered little ones’ imaginations when putting together this range, which includes items that let them travel vicariously to the moon and head off on safari, among other adventures. freedomfurniture.co.nz
Companion’s Kareen and Will Durbin were first introduced by a friend, who figured their mutual backgrounds working with refugees and conducting post-grad research on social enterprise models might mean they had all sorts to talk about. Sure enough, love blossomed, and after tying the knot, they tied these common threads together too by starting Companion. Recently moving their small business’s HQ from Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland to Ngāmotu/New Plymouth, they work with migrants and former refugees to make sunhats, using textiles as a framework to explore craft traditions and cultural collaboration, generate desirable employment opportunities and celebrate diversity. Kareen, all that
In association with Resene. Get the look –  When styling tablescapes like these, select a palette of three to five key colours to ensure a cohesive look you can roll out across everything from tablecloth to glassware to flowers. –  Position tall floral arrangements between place settings, so the conversation can flow effortlessly around them. –  If you prefer your dining table to be more pared back, arrange your food, drinks and decorations on a separate trestle table (scroll down to the blue beauty below). Consider your food to be decorative too — think exotic fruit, bright packaging and

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As children growing up in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Beth Ellery and her sisters were helped by their mum to design and make their own outfits, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch when years later, on graduating from the architecture programme she started at the University of Auckland in 1996, she decided it was in clothing, not homes, that her design ambitions lay. Beth wound up working for the venerable Marilyn Sainty of Scotties, who mentored and supported her to launch her own label in 2002. When Marilyn retired, Beth stayed on to co-run the Scotties, Beth Ellery and Camille
At age 18, Josephine Jelicich moved from Auckland to Wellington to study nursing. So far, so good, except that she ended up hating it, so she changed course to embrace something she’d always secretly wanted to do — go to art school. Enrolling at Massey University to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she became obsessed with making things, frustrated by her lack of understanding of how to do so and admiring of a particular art school technician who was a skilled woodworker — all of which led her to follow graduation with an additional year of study at Nelson’s
From a large, light, shared space in Wellington’s Anvil House, Kirsty Lillico creates amazing artworks using textiles as her main medium — cast-off carpet, to be exact. Sometimes she buys offcuts or end-of-rolls from carpet shops, sometimes she finds it on the street, and once, she scored a really good stash of white shagpile that was being ripped out of an apartment on the waterfront, got a trolley to load it onto and wheeled it back to her studio. Kirsty, how did your practice come to take this particular direction? I suppose it started during my Master of Fine

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