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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.



Use shelving, baskets, containers and labels to store all your wares. Check out fridge and pantry organiser systems to take things to the next level. Re-purpose old jars for your pantry sundries.

Empty everything out, and decide what you want to keep. Sell some bigger ticket items, or donate to charity.

Clean the cupboards and drawers and when replacing items, consider using drawer or shelf liners. Then, group items by use and place them close to where you’ll use them.


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. “If you can think it, we can make it,” says owner and creative director Lezel Broodryk.

Each stage of your wedding can be customised, from save-the-date cards, hen and stag do accessories, wedding invitations to table dressings, cake toppers, guest books and guest going home gifts.

All products are designed and made locally, Lezel loves to sit down with clients to work through their dreams, “the more creative your ideas the more I enjoy bringing them to life!”

Visit the team in-store at Shop 22, Northlands Mall, or find them online.


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 include beautiful Swedish-designed rugs made in Latvia using New Zealand wool, gorgeous French-linen cushions, Moroccan ceramic vases hand-painted by a French artist, and home interior coffee-table books.

Dress for the big day with a handmade Mexican necklace of freshwater pearls with statement silver centrepiece, or a gold-beaded bracelet from New York.

And waterproof, machine-washable coats designed by Danish Ilse Jacobsen are here for winter.

Find hand-picked forever gifts browsing at French Blue, 9A Normans Road, Strowan.


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 something for every occasion – be that a birthday, anniversary, engagement or wedding.

Carefully curated labels such as Moana Road, Sue Jansen, Ugears, Natural Life and Honewrap ensure a quality gift for loved ones, and for that very special person, a personalised, made-to-order gift basket says everything.

Barrington Gifts has two locations, at Barrington Mall and South City Mall. For online inspiration, check out the website.


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 had to be an easier way to showcase genuine New Zealand works. We’ve so many talented people out there,” she says.

True to its business ethos, The Artisan Lab is 100 percent Kiwi made, with over 30 Banks Peninsula artisans showcasing their woollens, ceramics, paintings, glass jewellery, earthquake-recycled rimu ware and so much more. She also offers a variety of clothing spanning from babies to girls and boys, ladies’ bags to children’s accessories.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that supporting local is essential in creating thriving communities.

So, make your way over to Little River to browse the bespoke boutique and with a purchase take solace in the fact you’ll be supporting talented local artisans in the process.

For more information contact Narielle on 021 041 6703 or email


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.