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Wicker-ed Furniture: WovenVeranda

Cirebon is situated about 250km east of Jakarta, Indonesia and has become a bit of a superstar in the world of outdoor furniture. Establishing itself as the rattan trade centre and manufacturer over time, it is here that WovenVeranda products begin their lifecycle before ending up on the shores of little old New Zealand.



All products are expertly completed by hand. The range can be used for both indoor and outdoor settings, and features natural fibres like rattan wicker alongside reputable and sought-after synthetic options, too.

The polycarbon strands are woven upon commercial grade aluminium framing and manufactured specifically to cope with New Zealand’s harsh and varied weather conditions, from high UV rays to extreme cold. Topped with sumptuous cushions that are, quite literally, made for lounging.

Sales Administrator Lisa Lloyd-Thwaites says many customers return to WovenVeranda to add to their collections, or refer family and friends.

“It is the highest compliment to our products and service when we have returning customers, or they refer their friends and family,” she says.

WovenVeranda also wanted to take the time to thank customers that have been loyal and patient during the uncertain times that the last year brought with it.

But one thing that has remained is the support of the community who believes the product is worth waiting for!

Does outdoor furniture sound like it would be a wicker(ed) addition to your home? Visit the Old School Collective on Main North Road in Waikuku.

Or get in contact directly on (03) 423 3133 or email


The re-upholstery renaissance: McDonald Hartshorne

If nothing else, Covid-19 has had us focus on tackling those backburner projects. Many have spruced their homes with a new paint job, and while that goes a long way to aesthetic enhancement, shabby furniture can let the whole project down.

Artisan re-upholsterer McDonald and Hartshorne shares some wisdom on remedying that situation:



BOLSTER LIMP INNERS AND SEAT CUSHIONS WITH NEW INNERS – And don’t neglect rips or unravelling stitches. The sooner the repair, the better the outcome.

HEIRLOOM PIECES DESERVE TO BE PASSED DOWN THE GENERATIONS – A repair to framework, some woodwork stripping, repolishing and a reupholster, soon restores pieces to their original beauty.



A SCATTER OF COLOURFUL CUSHIONS – Bespoke new or re-covered cushions in a gorgeous fabric, creates a dramatic change.

KIWIS LOVE THEIR SQUABS.- Dress bay-windows, patio benches or caravans with new squabs, or refresh tired ones with inner padding or outer fabric for an eye-popping transformation. McDonald and Hartshorne stock a large fabric range, including superb NZ leathers, leather-look vinyls (plain and textured) and vinyls in many colours.

Keith Hartshorne can visit by appointment at your home, workplace or business. Free no-obligation quotes available. Send through photos for email quotes.
Commercial quotes welcome, as are insurance assessments.


Art & Soul

When it comes to decorating, there’s nothing quite like creating a space with ‘art and soul’. A gallery wall might just be the state of play if you want to do just that. We’ve got some hot tips for creating a cool wall.



Colour plays a key role in almost every aspect of design. So when taking your gallery wall to the next level, think colour… it may just be the link that ties all your elements together.

Displays that have a central concept always look a bit tighter and more put together than those that don’t. Creating an overall theme will help you strike just the right note.

There are endless variations available when it comes to creating a gallery wall, from highly structured and uniform to varied and eclectic.

Keeping it cohesive doesn’t have to mean staid and uniform; mixing different shapes, sizes and hues is a great way to create a polished design, provided you pay mind to balance and visual weight.