Bargain Buy

The latest summer catalogue from Freedom Furniture was stuffed into our mailbox on the weekend and I have to say I was pretty impressed with a number of bargain buys on offer; in particular this wee gem of an outdoor (or indoor I reckon) stool for only $29.95. Also available in a grey or red finish.



Freedom Furniture Portsea Stool in Lagoon


Request Line: Up-Cycling for Vic x

Up-cycling seems to be everywhere I turn at the moment, whether it be on the pages of a home decor magazine or in the flesh in a new cafe or restaurant.

Taking a pre-loved piece of furniture and giving it a brand new lease on life is such a wonderful way of adding a little bit of character and history to a space. It’s no surprise that there are many stores and businesses regularly  popping up to help fill people’s desire to get a little up-cycling going on in their home.

There is a wide range of options in terms of the era / style of furniture and antiques, as well as the price tag attached! In some cases the hard work has already been done for you, but there are still many stores where you may find the perfect piece of furniture to have a go yourself with.

I have rounded up a number of stores from Christchurch and the wider Canterbury area that may or may not have the type of thing you are looking for Vic, but having visited many of these stores myself, I know that there is always something quirky or gorgeous that could easily find a place in our home!

Ferry Road:

Ferry Road seems to be the go-to location for antique / second-hand stores in Christchurch making it easy to peruse a number of stores in one trip.

– Vintage Warehouse

– Chaos & Collections

Vintage Wonderland Boutique

Ferry Antique Centre


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Glitz and Glamour:

These options are more the kind of place where you may find what you’re looking for already up-cycled. Along with antique furniture, industrial pieces, English China, chandeliers and modern pieces thrown in to the mix as well. Unfortunately the price tag is often a little on the up rather than recycled side!


The Painted Room



I particularly love The Painted Room, Rekindle and Reincarnation and highly recommend anyone in Christchurch check them out (Rekindle is in Auckland now too).

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Hit the Road:

These stores are a little further afield but deserve the scenic drive (and could be worked in with a delicious lunch along the way somewhere!)

Last Chintz & Co.  in Tai Tapu

–  The Barn on Giles in Kaiapoi

The White Cat Emporium in Cheviot

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All images via respective stores websites

Further Links To Love:

I also came across these on my internet travels that look fantastic…

– kiki

– Hibiscus NZ

Recycled Interiors

Industrial Design NZ

Draw’n In

and one of my favourite Blogs is Little Green Notebook where interior designer and DIY whizz Jenny Komenda lets us see her amazing transformations! Check out the DIY section here.

Pop of Colour

I love the wood paneling in our character home. It has been painted white which gives our living room a fresh, Scandinavian feel that I have accented with pops of colour.

I really don’t want to hammer nails into the paneling to put up art work but as you enter the room there is one long wall that needed ‘something’ to lift the space.

We had our fabulous furniture maker friend Thomo whip up an ottoman for us that we upholstered in a fun, bright, floral fabric. I sourced the fabric from McKenzie & Willis as I love their wide range of quality, funky fabrics. Hmmmm decisions, decision!

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The fabric is reasonably tough and with such a variety of colours (shades of pink, blue, tan, cream and white) it will hopefully hide any small marks that can’t be wiped away!

It not only adds a pop of colour, but it also provides additional seating that can easily be moved (or removed!) around the house.


Crushing On White Marble

I am a little obsessed with white marble at the moment whether it be in table form, a waterfall kitchen bench or bathroom fit out. It has me dreaming of a renovation project or even a new build!

White marble might be a little pricey but it definitely stands the test of time in terms of durability and style. I’m not a fan of marble over every surface, instead I think it brings a touch of glamour and sophistication if used as a feature piece.

I might have to settle for a white marble chopping board in the meantime…

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Not to be overlooked

People spend so much time in the living room relaxing, entertaining, watching TV etc and this makes a coffee table a piece of furniture that is not only practical, but also a central item to the rooms decor.

With this in mind it is a piece that should be selected carefully with the overall feel of the room taken into consideration. I love mixing textures and colours and am not into matching furniture in the living room (or anywhere for that matter!).

Here are some of my current coffee table faves available at the moment:


1. Cancun Coffee Table – Freedom Furniture


2. Box Coffee Table – Thonet

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3. Black Stained Oak – BoConcept


4. Arco Storage Coffee Table – Hunter Furniture

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5. Aron Elm Coffee Table – Citta Design

French 1970%22s glam coffee table

6. French 1970’s Glam Coffee Table – Haunt Antiques

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7. Louis 16 style Giltwood and Marble Coffe Table – Haunt Antiques

Then there is the opportunity for styling that a coffee table provides. Ours is currently the beholder of some gorgeous coffee table books and beautiful candles, and I’m always on the lookout for further trinkets to add to the ever growing vignette.

Check out these stylish ideas for adding the finishing touches to the top of your coffee table.

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Industrial Storage Solution

I love the character features of our 1920’s bungalow but unfortunately our old lady doesn’t have huge amounts of storage space.

I had been on the hunt for an interesting storage solution to use against one wall in our bedroom. I wanted something with decent sized drawers that could house shoes, gym gear – anything really that could need a hiding place! I was considering this drapers cabinet, however I think it would have been too large.

So you can imagine my delight when we stumbled across 25% off furniture at Industria yesterday. They had a couple of options that might have worked but hubby and I really had a thing for the weathered steel look of the little beauties below. As there wasn’t anything exactly the right size the store manager kindly let us rearrange their shop floor. We put the four drawer and the two drawer side by side and voilà!

I’m happy with the contrast of the metal with our wooden skirting boards and door and I really like that we could potentially use the two pieces together or separately elsewhere. It also helps that they are on castors – easy to move and on trend!

The moody photos of Venice Beach we picked up while there on our travels. I framed them in the metallic finish to add to their dark feel which I am now extra pleased with as I think they compliment the drawers quite nicely?!

Now I just need to style the 2 drawer with something interesting on top (possibly a tray of candles of varying heights or a pot plant of some description) so I can even up the sizes slightly. I have no doubt that I’ll find plenty of vignette inspiration via Pinterest!