C U R R E N T L Y... with NZ's childrensware brand Pop Factory Shop

Sis and bro Bridget (Lee) and Christopher (Hope) work together on NZ's coolest little children's ware brand, Pop Factory Shop. Inspired by Bridget's littlies - 3.5 year old Harper and 1.5 year old Henry - Bridget and (Uncle) Chris are doing some very rad things with kids' clothing, plus kids' art prints and pillowcases... and even more rad things with the brand graphics and packaging. This is a brand for mums and dads with an eye for good design.

I asked them what they've been getting into and up to lately...

B: Working hard on our PF Winter '15 Range - it's a fun one and much bigger again! The sampling process is lots of fun, picking fabrics, colours, trims!

Working away on PF Winter 15 graphics after work hours at TCSS, my full time job.

B \ Playlists Chris has made for his nephews through Spotify. Our favourites to dance around the living room to are: The Wanderer - Dion & The Belmonts, Magic Dance - David Bowie, Chinese Children - Devendra Banhart, Bad Kids - Black Lips, I'm Gonna Mail Myself To You - The Bergerfolk

C \ Right now, Bad Girl by Lee Moses. But all year its been Popstrangers new album Fortuna.

B \  I don't find the time to read actual books, other than kids ones, but I always have time to flick through the favourite magazines though ... Homestyle, Your Home & Garden, Inside Out, Fashion Quarterly, Elle. 

C \ The new Monster Children copy which is a collaboration with Mike D from the Beastie Boys. I Recently finished Across The Great Divide - The Band & America. A biography that follows one of the most unrecognised bands in history. Top read.

B \ Haven't managed a trip back to Sydney yet, it was my home for 7 years before kids. I'd love to get back there real soon, Sydney has the best vibe and sweet weather. 

C \ Summer! & maybe a van I can sleep in for weekend coast get aways in Sydney.

B \ The sun, the warmth, the caravan, the lazing about! Summer at Whangamata. 

C \ Pretty pumped for the next All Blacks game. And a great mates' wedding at home come Christmas time.

B \ A couple of weeks ago my husband and I snuck away to Raglan for the weekend to celebrate his 30th birthday. We loved the little sea side town. All the locals are very friendly. We stayed at Bow St Studios, on the main street with a view over the harbour. Raglan even has a great little fashion boutique - Atamira - popped in there for a chat and some new jeans. The Shack is the place to eat in Raglan, the locals will tell you the same! Taco's, sliders, polenta chips ... It's all delicious. We'll be back! 

C \ Im playing pool more than I should. My girlfriend and I can't get enough of it. We're also both working on a bunch of drawings for an up coming project with friends called SameWave. This weekend we're going to see the band King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - mouthful... but they're pretty great.

B \ My new obsession is Polenta chips. 

C \ Recently went to Chiswick in Sydney for my birthday. The Pork belly made my day. But my go-to would have to be the Ban Mi rolls in Coogee. I get two a weekend. A Vietnamese style baguette with chilli and all the other good stuff. My friend just opened a bar in Chippendale, Sydney last month. Knox Street. That's my local now. Brewing their own cider since… last month.

B \ Instagram is so good for busy lives, a quick scroll a couple of times a day and I feel like I'm up to date again! Here's just a few of my favourite accounts to follow for the best mix of fashion, design and kids: @curated_by, @notsomumsy, @thedesignchaser, @blondeandbone @chloeberkid 

C \ I have a lot of these. My friends are really inspiring. Christa ThorburnBen YoungNanda OrmondMushama & Me

B \ Our customers, our stockists, everyone that gets behind our brand! We're just making stuff we like, it's really humbling see so many others enjoying it too. 

C \ The BBQ I just got for my birthday. Mum nailed it. Going in to summer I can't think of anything better than BBQs on the roof. Thanks Ma.

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Pop Factory Shop    website   \   Facebook   \   Instagram

NZ Interiors in the reno edn of Your Home & Garden -

Styling by LeeAnn Yare, photography by Larnie Nicholson

The September Your Home & Garden is a Renovation issue (part one of a three part-er), and there's a BIG bunch of NZ home renos to inspire, including this beautiful old girl with solid bones and plenty of space and light to show off a contemporary re-do.

Ooh, and …there's also a visit to homeware and childrensware store The Family Co  AND a little tour of the home of The Family Co's owner, Chelsea. (As you can imagine, it's beeeautiful.)

Photography by Sarah Horn

Photography by Sarah Horn

Photography by Maree Holmer

Black is doing all kinds of good good things for me lately. Love this matt black Caroma bath paired with the black Tom Dixon light. And concrete-topped side table, hello to you.

Styling by Kendyl Middelbeek and Samantha Totty, photography by Melanie Jenkins at Flash Studios

The issue also has stacks of styled looks to inspire (shout out to that Caroline Hurley throw from Father Rabbit on the ladder), the best of The Block Australia rooms

For interior goodness through the week, you can hang with Your Home & Garden on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Design Diary - Rose & Sarah of NZ new brand, Crushes

Rose Hope and Sarah Firmston are the very funny and lovely babes behind The Bread & Butter Letter boutique (specialising in NZ made homeware and goodies)... and now, they're also the designers and do-ers for their brand new in-house brand, Crushes - with products that are starting to get picked up by stores all 'round the country. I have a Crushes on Sarah's glasses, Rose's bob game and the fact they can't help quoting Zoolander. Cool Story, Hansel.

The first thing we did this morning was…
Start the day right; with a coffee, a buttery brioche for a terribly-unhealthy-but-equally-delicious breakfast, and with our handy weekly planners. We are always writing lists - even our lists have lists! It is the only way we can stay on top of all the projects that we do.

Woah. Best thing I've seen all month.

The highlight of our day was…
Sending off big orders to some new stores! It's so exciting to know that our creations are going to lovely new stores and homes around the country!

A challenge in our day was…
Completing the checklist we made this morning! Oh, to have it all ticked off. One day, one day.

One thing we learned today…
After meeting with a new local supplier, I was reminded about how great it is to be in a larger creative community - artists and designers, not too different to ourselves, are getting busy creating new and exciting products, and we (The Bread and Butter Letter) are lucky enough to be a part of their stories.
If we could, we would Design and dine - All day, err'day.
Making flower crowns for Crushes
Rose getting her SLR on for Crushes wholesale catalogue; Crushes mugs

A few of my faves from Crushes 

Crushes  new website (Crushes prods online here)   \  Facebook   \   Instagram

The Bread & Butter Letter   online shop    \   Facebook   \   Instagram

Good Goods - new NZ artisan food

Sooooo many awesome artisan food brands popping up in New Zealand! eeeeeeeexciting! 

First up - Fix & Fogg, from Wellington husbo and wife Roman and Andrea Jewel. They thought they'd give making peanut butter from scratch a go... and fell in love with it. Rowan started spending every night in a kitchen down at the Hataitai Bowling Club, grinding nuts with a specially commissioned machine. They were making about 400 jars a week - selling peanut butter to order, and at craft fairs. about 400 jars a week. Roman eventually quit his high-paid job as a law lecturer to make Fix & Fogg fulltime... and as well as stocking some of NZ's best eateries, they make (and sell) Fix & Fogg from a teeny little space in one of Welly city's laneways. (Pics above!) 

Fix & Fogg  website   \   Facebook   \   Instagram

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Informal Tea Co. are from my neighbourhood (Mount Maunganui). Started by mates Tim and Chris, who look at tea as an art form. They source organic green and black tea from micro-producers, and then - back home in NZ - the boys blend the tea with real herbs, flowers and berries. No artificial anything, what you see is what you're drinking. And it is G-double-oh-dee GOOD.  I buy the Fresh Mint (organic spearmint and peppermint with rosemary and lavender) on the regular - and just put an order in for some of their new Chai blend. I swear I wasn't even a tea person before trying this stuff. 

Informal Tea   website   \   Facebook   \   Instagram

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Lucy Benetto used to get migraines after eating normal chocolate, so she taught herself how to make chocolate at home. A passion born, she set out to learn all she could about the art, science and history of chocolate making. Along the way, she learnt about the benefits of quality dark chocolate (see? it's good for you!) and all the really shitty ethical issues that surround the cocoa supply chain internationally.
Benetto chocolate uses all natural fair-trade certified and organic certified ingredients, and there's no white, refined sugar or dairy. The coolest thing is Lucy's Drinking Chocolate Bar, crafted especially to be dissolved in hot milk (comes in a solid bar, wrapped in gold foiled paper with sweet illustrations by Henrietta Harris). 

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Win! GRACE & JAMES candles (they're awesome) -

Grace and James candles are my current faves. The brand was started by Melbourne babe Emma Davenport, who has collaborated with a bunch of Australian designers on the packaging. The candles are a soy and coconut oil mix, have a double wick (love a double wick) and they're nice and big - 80 hours burn time. You can buy them online at Grace and James, or in NZ from Republic Home.

I have a feeling this little brand is gunna do some awesome things - check them out on Instagram or Facebook.

I have a couple of designer series' candles to give away (valued at AU$50 each) - a Moroccan Mango & Honey (featuring a Hunting For George design), and a Creamy Vanilla (featuring an exclusive Laura Blythman illustration).

Good luck, lucky-shoulders! 

C O M P  N O W  C L O S E D
Congrats to Fiona Sharman and Nicky Bryant


I love odd, unexpected little spaces...

... and doors painted black, with floors painted white (and bench seats inside. and festoon lights.)
and restaurants that look like a dream dining room...

...and light-filled industrial spaces where designers hold workshops...

... and showrooms you could live in (and floor to ceiling glass!)...

and making an entrance...

(I can't breathe.)
... and teeny attic offices
...and black (when done well).

and a bedroom big enough to have your own sofa in it.

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