Handle it

  Updating a look may be as simple as switching old handles for new. Handles (or door hardware) come in all shapes, sizes and materials, but choosing the right style is important. Door handles and hinges help give the structure a complete look in the desired style, so define what look you want then handle […]

Tidy cupboard hacks

As tempting as shoving everything inside, quickly closing the door and delaying the task for another day can be – a cupboard cleanout and reorganise will save you time and stress down the track. Here are Metropol’s tips for revitalising that clutter.     HANDY TOOLS Use shelving, baskets, containers and labels to store all […]

Accessorise the big day: Zelmar Creations

If there is one day on earth which ought to be special to you, it is the day you marry the love of your life. Fortunately, Canterbury has its own Zelmar Creations making it simple with their fabulous selection of accessories personalised to you and your intended.     Whatever your theme or colour palette. […]

Wedding gifts to love: French Blue

For something exquisite from a faraway shore, find cherished wedding gifts at French Blue. Treasures made to last arrive regularly on the eclectic shelves.     Pouches, market bags, cushions and table runners made from vintage French grain sacks will be here soon. Each has a unique colour-band representing its regional farm. Other new pieces […]

The happiness factor: Barrington Gifts

Melissa and Matthew Holland of Barrington Gifts say if there could be a motto for the business, it would be that: “You feel better when you leave than when you came in.”     Browsing truly is pleasurable and stress- free here because everyone in the whānau is catered for, including the men, and there’s […]

Down by the river: 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]