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Fresh start for 2021: The Ivy

After a busy run up to Christmas with lots of support from locals and not-so-locals, The Ivy has popped away its Christmas goodies and freshened its feel to welcome 2021.


Visitors will find some new additions alongside the always beautiful range of home fragrance, books, blankets, homewares and gifts for garden, babies and children.

The new foodie corner, which features a variety of goods from The Mediterranean Food Warehouse, is a tempting range of cookbooks, cookware and foodie products.

The late arrival of ELK’s summer range of clothing, shoes and accessories also has something for everyone and is reduced by up to 50 percent to add some great buys to your summer wardrobe!

A lovely range of must-have quick-drying, absorbent and colourful Turkish towels from brand Izzy & Jean are also instore.

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends 11am to 4pm. Follow @theivysumner on Instagram and The Ivy on Facebook.


Putting pen to paper: Art by J Steel

An artist’s impression and portrait of the home is how Jonathan Steel of Art by J Steel would describe his style of client work.



Having a passion for line and wash drawings – a combination of pen, ink, and watercolour – “gives the art a certain character”, he believes.

For the two-to-three-week process Jonathan will source a photograph of the property, draw, and then paint the home. He can also give art that finishing touch by framing it.

Whether it is an old family home or a new forever one – he captures its essence on paper.

Contact Jonathan for a commission on 021 038 7706 or email Or visit his website for limited prints of Christchurch landmarks.


Steel-ing the show: Emma Steel Photography

Emma Steel’s intrinsic artistic abilities shine through in her work, which spans captivating fine art portraits, commercial photography and fun, creative pet snaps.



An accredited and Master of Photography of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, she’s caught winning shots high (in a plane with the NZ Flying Doctors) and low (in her Strowan studio).

It’s in her studio where she brings to life artful portraits which resemble fine art paintings.

Clients get their hair and makeup done on site, and can collaborate on wardrobe to add to the unique look.

Emma says each shoot is tailored to complement each customer’s aesthetic.

“It is lovely working with the clients, showing them their collection when it’s ready, and seeing how emotional and happy it makes them.”

Contact Emma for freelance or studio work on 021 844 156 or email


Getting personal: Zelmar Creations

If you are looking to get a gift for that special someone that reflects how much they mean to you – make it personal. Lezel Broodryk of Zelmar Creations works her magic to ensure your gift is truly one of a kind.



“Clients are loving the fact we can customise our products. One of our most loved products are our family trees,” she says.

Normally taking five to seven days, cake toppers, money boxes, keyrings or even night lights can be crafted for customers. And everything is locally made in New Zealand.

Visit the store in Northlands Mall on Main North Road. To get in touch email or phone 027 205 0460.


Xmas wrapped up

Wrapping gifts can be one of the funnest parts of Christmas – from choosing stylish paper, ribbons and gift tags, to thinking outside the box.


This year, why not pass on non-recycled paper altogether and opt for more sustainable gift adornments. A favourite idea is to use fabric – or even tea towels like the Citta ones pictured – to swaddle the present.

Purchase fabric off cuts from your local fabric or second-hand store, pop it in the wash, and get creative.

If the fabric doesn’t lend itself to being tied, use yarn or pegs to hold it in place. For gift tags, explore items around home which can be repurposed: Cardboard with a lick of paint, more fabric with cardboard glued underneath, or a coffee sack from your local coffee shop.

After all, sustainability is the gift which, quite literally, keeps on giving.


Homegrown in the Lab: The Artisan Lab

In the four years Narielle A’Court ran her market stall at Akaroa, too often customers related their experiences of buying so-called New Zealand made from giftshops, only to find when they got home that it wasn’t.


Their stories inspired the glass jewellery artist to open The Artisan Lab at Little River.

“I thought there had to be an easier way to showcase genuine New Zealand works. We’ve so many talented people out there.”

True to its business ethos, The Artisan Lab is 100 percent Kiwi made, with over 30 Banks Peninsula artisans showcasing their woollen, ceramic, painting, glass jewellery, earthquake-recycled rimu ware and so much more.

How’s that for championing local while extolling the unsurpassable distinctiveness of organic Aotearoa art?


Loving local: Industria

It’s said that out of bad comes good, and if there’s one thing we Kiwis have embraced during these Covid-challenged times, it’s showing our support for all things local.



Giftware and homeware store Industria showcases curated artworks of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, garden art, jewellery and so much more from the cream of Aotearoa artisans.

Stunning Kiwiana imagery from 100% New Zealand; exquisite handcrafted jewellery from Julia Huyser Design and Rainey Designs; sustainable steelworks from Lisa Sarah Steel Art, and gorgeous garden birds from Metalbird, gives an indication of the fabulous NZ brands instore at Industria.

With two stores – at The Colombo and Rolleston Square – there’s every reason to plan a great day out, browsing the best of authentic, organic New Zealand giftware.


Art show extravaganza: Windsor Gallery

It is a stellar representation from the art world’s finest taking part in the Open Weekend and Art Show on November 7 and 8 at Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph Street.


With over 130 pieces in the show and over 30 artists represented, from Aotearoa to Dubai, this promises to be one of the most exciting events for lovers of art.

Photographer Andris Apse; sculptors Anneke Bester and Matt Williams; and artists Joel Hart, Bruce Stilwell, Belinda Nadwie, David Woodings, Svetlana Orinko, Philip Beadle and Ivan Button (paying homage to Jackson Pollack), gives an indication of the high calibre of artists being showcased.

Whatever your taste – urban or abstract, photographic or sculptural – this art show speaks to all ages and all periods of life.

For those captivated by an exhibit, be assured every artwork is for sale.

Open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday November 7 and 8. See online and Facebook below, or
@windsorgallerynz on Instagram.


Start with wall art

Unless you are someone who walks around the house with their eyes closed, you are going to notice what is on the four walls of your humble abode. Whether you are a DIY diva or a pay and walk away type, Metropol has put together some tips for wowing your walls.


BOHO BEAUTY: A macramé wall hanging (like the one pictured) is something that from afar with its neutral colours appears simplistic but a closer inspection showcases the intricacies of the bohemian style goodness. Not to mention, they can easily be tailored to anyone’s design style.

PICASSO PRODIGY: Unless you are living in the Louvre your art doesn’t need to be by a famous artist. Our September 3 issue ran an article about getting creative with Resene paints. In short, paint your masterpiece yourself or enlist the help of the little ones to create some abstract artwork.


Basket case

Baskets are an easy luxe, warm and timeless décor addition to any room. Use your chosen woven as a fruit bowl or coffee table decoration or sit them on the floor to store plants, dried flowers or blankets.

Or, take inspiration from Instagram blogger Lisa Leonard and start your own basket wall.

Thrift for woven baskets to paint yourself or show your support for fair trade by purchasing similar pre-painted woven baskets from places such as Trade Aid.

Your basket wall is also something you can add to over time.