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Shelve it

Making the best use of space available in a home, bach or office often means shelving. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out these ideas from Metropol.


BLUM NZ pull-out drawer


Nowadays shelves might be singles, doubles or triples, built-ins or exposed, stand alone or part of a cabinet.

Choice is dependent on the style of the home or office, the amount of space and the budget.

Whether you want floating shelves, rope shelves, or a-frame ones, you will find something out there to suit, or being a nation of DIYers you can make it yourself.

Another option is to visit your favourite joiner and order bespoke shelving.

Tiny homes are becoming more popular and with them the need for creative storage and shelving.

Oz Design shelving
Peninsula shelf unit.

The same applies to small apartments and kitchens. Pull-out, pull-up or pull-down storage helps gain extra space.

Storage experts Blum NZ recommend using narrow cabinets when planning layouts for these as they can turn tiny spaces into valuable storage.

Some are double sided to provide even more space plus ease of accessibility, while others fit neatly into cupboards, fireplace mantles and skirting boards, unnoticed until they’re needed.

Some beds come with drawers underneath for storage and some sofas pull out to reveal extra space.

That said, bookcases and ornamental shelving remain a favourite. Back to beds and some even come with pull-out storage shelves in the headboard.

Kitchens are one area of the house where all manner of corners can provide extra storage with creative fittings such as lazy Susan-style trays and pull-out racks.

Bespoke pantries are often designed with uber space and there is always a need for it. Have you ever heard anyone complain about having too much storage space?

Peninsula shelf unit.


Designed with men in mind: Cutler & Co

At the heart of Cutler & Co is a sensitivity to the nuances of living and dressing in Canterbury and, cleverly, they distil that understanding into their men’s clothing designs and range.


Leo Jacket, beanie and Hastin Trousers.


Store manager Liam Strachan says winter 2021 is all about soft, refined layering.

“Corduroy is impossible to ignore this season. It’s easily our biggest selling fabric. We have cord blazers, trousers, shirts, vests and casual jackets in every hue imaginable.”

And there’s a lot to choose from – soft and chunky or smooth and refined. Liam has his favourites: “The Hastin trousers and Leo jacket in washed cord, definitely. Wear those with a Dstrezzed t-shirt for casual comfort or a Cutler & Co shirt for a slightly dressier approach.”

Bright is back. Liam says think burnt orange, forest green, ruby red and caramel. And continuing with the soft theme, he is particularly excited about the new 100 percent merino knitwear range.

“These feature an innovative dyeing process that achieves a textural look while keeping an incredibly soft and smooth touch.”

Designed here, to be worn here, you can check out the soft and brights at 678 Colombo St, Christchurch or visit the website.


Thoughtful design: Deià

Maia Rewha and Bella Voogt launched Deià in 2020, swiftly making their mark on the interior design industry with their fresh take on design.



Their combined previous experience of 11 years in design encouraged them to forge a new direction, in designing with consciousness and integrity.

Deià inclines to the classic aesthetic with a contemporary twist, complemented by the use of natural colours and materials. This can be seen in its commercial and residential projects.

“Trends come and go quickly. We believe timeless design suppresses the urge for constant change, and as a result, reduces our environmental footprint by preventing materials and products being discarded too often. We are committed to bringing clientele a beautiful space that is designed with purpose to last generations,” says Bella.

Sustainability and awareness of product and material selection, and making the right decisions for the environment underpin the philosophy of the business; this way of designs allows clients to feel positive and comfortable with their choices and saves money in the long term.

The future vision for the company is to continue to create spaces that draw people and planet together into a more considerate and harmonious relationship.

To transform your space with thought, contact Deià via Facebook and Instagram.


Maia Rewha, left, Bella Voogt PHOTO Philip Keenan.


Gifting greatness: Coco Gifts

It’s time to refresh your home for winter, says Coco Gifts owner Liz van Montfort. And what better way to do that than with local, small business homewares?



Browse the store’s selection of vases and planters, trinkets and trays, soaps, and shower bombs.

Coco Gifts is one of the only places in Christchurch that stocks a variety of Circa Home candles.

If you’re also wanting to bulk up your winter wardrobe, you can get your hands on new arrivals from Eb&Ive, Haven, Stella+Gemma, Beau Accessories and Helga May.

Open every day from 10am, Liz offers a wide range of corporate and client gifts. Meet the friendly team at 63 Rutland Street or visit the website below.


Stunning schist design: Draftline Architecture

An eye-catching new building has been evolving at stunning Lake Tekapo. Dubbed the “Hocken Motel” this beautiful, natural schist-clad accommodation is the work of Timaru-based architectural design company Draftline.



Company Principal and lead designer Pat Coll says the developers, Andrew and Grant Hocken “pretty much gave Draftline free rein” to use its experience in the Mackenzie Country and decades of residential and commercial design experience to create something extra special, befitting of such a quality build platform.

The only stipulation being a desire for a somewhat grand reception area and as many rooms as possible with optimum views.

One design challenge to overcome in the project was giving each room a view – but not a view of its neighbour. Draftline avoided this happening by staggering the main rooms, so they are all facing either the lake or the Tekapo River, with discrete partition walls.

Sounds like a dream job, but it is really a testimony to the trust that Draftline builds with its clients.

Pat says: “We’ve undertaken many commercial and residential projects for the Hocken’s now, so we know what they like and our working relationship goes back many years.”

Give Pat or the team a call to talk about innovative design and project ideas on (03) 688 8455 or visit the website.


Swimming in success: Apollo Projects

Christchurch’s Apollo Projects have once again proven their expertise when it comes to the design and build of leisure facilities. The team have partnered with the Christchurch City Council to deliver the fantastic Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool.


The stunning $22million sports and aquatic facility is located adjacent to Linwood Park.

Its name was gifted by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, reflecting the local environment and the passing of knowledge from person to person and generation to generation.

The leisure centre includes a 25m lane pool, an accessible friendly family spa pool, a learn-to-swim pool, a toddlers’ splashpad which includes water toys, and the destined-to-be-a-hit bombing (manu) pool, which the local kids (big and small) will love! says Apollo Projects’ Business Development Manager Iain Ansell.

On the dry side of options are outdoor sports courts – tennis, basketball, and multi-purpose – plus a large community room including a kitchen with a service window for indoor or outdoor access.

The sunny area flows out to a large concrete patio with seating and a shade sail blending down into Linwood Park, perfect for family gatherings and community events!

Christchurch City Council Senior Project Manager Kent Summerfield says that they are delighted with the way things are coming together on site, and that there is great anticipation within the local area around the imminent opening of this fantastic community asset.


Winter hues

Snuggling into soft pillows helps make the time pass more easily during those cold, wet, winter days (and nights).


Colour too can add warmth to a room, and blue is a classic hue for doing this. From deep midnight blues to baby hues, it’s always a popular colour choice.

Dustypink Alpine fur throw.

As a colour, blue both contrasts and complements most other colours.

Flynn vase

Pillows are an easy way to add blue to a room’s colour palette, but rememeber too that not all pillows are created equal.

Webster planter.

Down pillows, for instance, are made from the soft fibres close to the skin of a goose, duck, or swan. Then there are those made from feathers, cotton, latex, memory foam, and bamboo.

Microplush bath robe.

Add to the ambience with colour coordinated fur or natural wool throws, maybe a few scatter cushions, and soft lighting.

Mira woven baskets.


OZ Design hanging baskets.



Oxford’s Best Kept Secret: Thea’s New and Preloved Boutique

Thea’s New and Preloved Boutique is a unique treasure trove of gorgeous garments, footwear and numerous accessories, as well as luxurious home and giftware. Tucked in behind Oxford’s local Challenge service station, this hidden gem was, up until now, the town’s best kept secret.



The boutique recently expanded from one to two rooms, so that’s twice the space for blissful browsing. Take that fab leather jogger from Siren, for instance, and team it with a stunning top from Foxwood and Isabella ankle boots – now that’s how to stop traffic!

Alongside renowned Aotearoa brands, there is also a European influence, in Italian knitwear of the softest mohair and brightest colours.

Proprietor Robyn Paget describes her home décor as an eclectic mix of interesting pieces to enhance the home, with everything from ceramics, candles, room fragrances, artificial flowers and foliage, and so much more in between.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, a day away in Oxford’s hidden gem can be your guilty pleasure, but if you must share it with someone, make it all your BFF’s; Robyn can’t wait to meet them!

Thea’s New & Preloved Boutique is located at 102 Main Street, Oxford.


Made for living

The heart of a living room, no matter the style choice, is the couch or sofa set. In contemporary homes these days, the main focal point of the living room or the defining point of its style is its modern sofa design.



Serving as the centrepiece of a living room, a modern couch dictates the aesthetic of the space, pairing both form and function. Corner sofas are especially great for winter snuggling and falling asleep on in front of the fire. Here are some of Metropol’s suggestions to add style to your lounge.


Zanotta Shiki corner sofa


Nightingale Teal Blue Velvet Sofa – Lifestyle



Lancaster Park redevelopment kicks off

The $3.6 million redevelopment of Christchurch’s Lancaster Park site is underway to turn the place of sporting legend into a green recreational space and community sports fields. It is likely the new generation of sporting legends will begin playing there from early next year.



This first stage of the redevelopment is expected to take around nine months and includes cleaning up and levelling the site and removing the foundations of the stadium demolished in 2019. Topsoil will be put down and grass sown for new rugby, football and cricket sports fields.

Christchurch City Council Head of Parks Andrew Rutledge says this is a significant milestone following the loss of the legendary Lancaster Park stadium.

“Lancaster Park has long held a special place in many Cantabrians’ hearts. After a proud 130-year history of hosting sporting events of all levels before the stadium came down, it’s fitting that this park will now get a new lease of life as a community sports and recreation area,” he says.

Mr Rutledge says a spatial plan, which was developed in response to community need for more recreational areas and sports grounds in the area, is being used as a guide for the work.
Further development signalled in the spatial plan will occur as funding becomes available. Significant funding is proposed in the Draft Long Term Plan 2021 to 2031, due to be signed off by council next month.

The Lancaster Park Memorial Gates on Stevens Street, which were built to commemorate the sacrifice of Canterbury athletes during World War One, will be protected during the redevelopment work.