Not #gifted and not an #ad! Editors of local publications share a recent purchase for their home - that they genuinely paid for themselves.
Zoe Walker Ahwa, co-founder of Ensemble
“I used to wish I was the type of person who had chic matching sets of tea towels and mugs and plates and cushions... but I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m not, and never will be. Our house has more of an ‘eclectic’ chaotic energy, with things we’ve collected over the years. The latest addition was a yellow cushion from Avondale store Moana Fresh, by Moana Oa - a “Westie Samoan aiga” making colourful masks, cushions, aprons and more. I love it but also think it’s funny because growing up, my mum had lots of Pasifika homewares and art and it became a sort of (nice) family in-joke. Now, it seems, I’m turning into my mother.”
Jess Molina, editor of Loudly Quietly
"I bought this ONEX FT700 Gaming Chair recently and it’s been the best decision of my life. I’m not a gamer but I’ve heard great things about this chair and how comfy it is. I needed something that would support my back now that I’m working from home more, and my old chair just wasn’t cutting it. I didn’t realise how massive and bulky gaming chairs are but they are definitely comfortable. Each time I use it, I feel like I’m about to blast into outer space because it looks like one of those chairs you see on spaceships in films. This chair does not work with any of my furniture and décor at all but I am completely besotted and now understand the hype of gaming chairs – especially when you spend most of your week in it!"
Emily Simpson, editor of YW and Sunday magazines
“This is my first year as the parent of a teenager and what I’ve learned is that there's no problem that can’t be solved by dropping a wad of cash. And so behold this glorified bean bag from Homage and feel free to snigger at the price I paid, but don't judge my parenting skills until you’ve found a better way to bribe a teen to move from the city to the burbs. This ridiculously comfortable ball of locally sourced sheepskin was all it took.”
Kristy McGregor, editor of Shepherdess magazine
“I’ve been setting up my home office. With another baby arriving, we needed to reshuffle rooms. I found this gorgeous clock - a Scarlett white wall clock - from Cranfields, and thought it might help productivity and time management in the office, as well as being beautiful to look at. As soon as it arrived with our postie, it was taken for the kitchen in the main living space, where we no longer have a working clock. We moved into the old farm homestead last year, which my partner’s grandparents, and then aunty and uncle, have all lived in before us. Sentiment means the old clock that no longer ticks is also still hanging in the kitchen. And this one too. I still need to find one for my office.”
Vanessa Marshall, editor of Haven magazine
"My bed is my one true love and to celebrate our enduring relationship, I gift it the best linen I can afford. This pillowcase is by The Society of Wanderers from Madder & Rouge. 100 percent French flax linen, sweet raw-edged ruffles and the most perfect delicate pinstripe. I don't normally walk around with it tucked under my arm but it really is pretty enough to wear!"