A weekend in Little River

Silo Stay

Little River is a quaint township that lies in the valley at the head of Lake Wairewa, it was a thriving coach and railway stop in its hay day, today, it’s known for being on the rail trail cycle route, its heritage, the art gallery and the quirky Silo Stay accommodation.

Georgia and I have always driven through Little River en route to Akaroa and wondered what the Silo Stay would be like, the concept of 9 eco-friendly apartments, inside a Silo, really intrigued us so we were so excited when we were invited to spend a night in one

Silo Stay

On arrival, you’re greeted by a drop box that you use a pre received code to access the keys for your Silo. You walk into the village of Silos and were like school kids finding their bunks on school camp, eager to see which one was ours. Entering the bottom floor of the Silo you’re acquainted with a mechanics tool box style Kitchen with industrial fittings, a steel spiral staircase and can instantly feel the quality of the award-winning architectural design. The warmth from the heating is like a cabin that had the fire roaring for hours as it’s heated by a gravity-fed pellet-boiler that also provides hot water for the units.

The top floor fits so much into one space, a comfortable bed with word class views of the mountains and overhead you can pop the top up and stargaze as you fall asleep. We enjoyed a bottle of champagne on the private balcony as we listened to music played through a car stereo that’s connected to built-in speakers. Your bedroom shares the shower and basin in the same area. Oddly, the concept works, it’s something you never see but makes total sense for the space. Sounds good? Use our code for $40 off with booking.com shayde35

The Little River Gallery

It’s hard to miss the Little River Gallerywhen you’re driving through town. The unique design of the building stands out and what’s inside is just as much of a treat on the eye. The gallery that’s been owned by the same owner for 20 years is situated on the same site as a sculpture garden, gift store and Little River Cafe that always hums like it’s in the heart of a city.

When we visited we sat down for the best eggs bennie and coffee we’ve had in a while and had the time to relax outside as the town woke up, then head in to take a look around the gallery.

The Little River Gallery is the home for New Zealand talent to showcase their masterpiece and creation. Jewellery, canvas, prints and everything in between can be found here. The Gallery has monthly rotations exhibiting all levels of artists, while we were visiting the talented Lisa Grenell was launching her ‘Fantastic Beasts’ exhibition so we went along for a look. Lisa, for example, lives a humble life on a lifestyle block in Nelson and draws inspiration for her artwork from her animals, creating unique perspex reverse painted masterpieces!

After admiring/browsing for half an hour, Georgia and I went home with a print by Amber Smith and can’t wait to have it framed and up on our wall! We were pleasantly surprised by the two places we visited in Little River and found it to be a place where we can unwind and relax, enjoy each others company and embrace the slower paced atmosphere.

Little River Art Gallery – http://www.littlerivergallery.com

Silo Stay – https://www.silostay.kiwi.nz

Discount code for Silo stay through booking.com – “shayde35”

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Real Home Series – 1960’s boho botanic bliss

Eclectic shelving

Opening the doors to her 1960’s home in Mairehau, Stacey Weaver takes us through the house she’s made a home. From the dried flowers in her kitchen to the most peaceful workspace that leads to a private garden, this home is truly a piece of art created by one creative lady!

Who lives here?

Stacey Weaver a 32-year-old Girl Boss, self-employed, photographer and creator of botanic art print, accessory and homewares brand Just South West, her boyfriend Lance and her gorgeous little grey cat called Blue. Stacey is an art lover through and through and it’s fair to say her home is a true reflection of that passion.

What style/year is the home and why they chose it

It’s a cute butter yellow 1960’s weatherboard house surrounded by a brick fence and gardens that Stacey has been nursing into her own botanical bliss. The house had a lot going for it, the central location, generous room size, beautiful french doors that she pictured opening onto the deck that’s now built, it was in Stacey’s price range and she could immediately see the value in a DIY renovation and moving on with some money in her pocket to do it all again.

The vision Stacey has for her home

Being a photographer and lover of all things art, light and bright is important for her houseplants to flourish. A marriage of modern boho within a traditional shell for the styling with a clean colour palette for re-sale.

What made you renovate?

When renovating, Stacey keeps in mind that this home is her first, she has been mindfull of renovating spaces that improve the homes function and flow. The deck was a must because it increases the floor plan and theres nothing better than basking in the sun with a few G&T’s.

Where do you draw styling inspiration from?

Stacey worked at a local homewares store, Copper + Pink, her time here obsessing with eye candy and art influenced a lot of the styling. Pieces in the home have been purchased mostly second hand via trademe, eco store, garage sales. In fact, only three items of furniture in her house have been bought brand new. (a sofa, her desk and bed) and collected since 2010. The amazing art she has on display is mostly gifted or swapped with friends in the industry. The eclectic mix of pieces come from a love of New York Lofts and their styling.

Any regrets?

Being organised helps with having no regrets, although Stacey wishes she used more expensive wood for the long shelves in the dining room but was trying to do on the cheap!

Favourite things about your home?

The first thing I purchased for my home were paper shades, so my oversized shade in my bedroom. Sitting on my new deck in the sunshine. And the little pockets of dried flowers hanging in the dining / kitchen.

Welcome to Katamama

Katamama Christchurch

Looking for that statement piece to tie a room together is time consuming, stressful and you always end up getting something “okay” but never 100% what you had in mind. Before we started our renovation in our little villa we were struggling with finding inspiration so we thought we’d go window shopping to see if any styles would jump out at us.

Wooden Pendant light

Walking down the stunning atrium at The Tannery, Georgia’s Hawke like eyes spotted a pendant we had seen in a magazine but gave up looking for locally. We hadn’t heard of the store “Katamama” so were intrigued to see more. As you enter the store you’re overwhelmed with a sensory haven of homewares, every corner is filled with something you could visualise in your home.

After about 30 minutes of analysing every pendant in the store, we purchased a wooden beaded pendant for our master bedroom, and it created the path to the bedroom that we have now. At this point, Katamama was a pop-up store so it was bittersweet because we knew we wouldn’t be back in because we were about to drop thousands on a reno and they probably wouldn’t be there after we finished.

Interior decor

Fast forward 6 months, we’ve finished the reno and they’re back…. And they’ve been shopping!! We popped in to see Penny (a former corporate lawyer who has since pursued her passion with her friend Teresa in being full-time Katamama girl bosses) who showed us around their store and their new finds. It’s clear when you look at these items that this store has been built on that passion and by people who have an eye for detail. I mentioned how hard it was to find a piece to finish a room, their items range from giant oyster shells that give a mantle some Hamptons glam, hand painted faux bullheads to start the New Orleans Mardi Gras and our favourite tones of wood and rattan to bring a little bit of Bali and Palm Springs to your home.

Swinging Chair

Their statement pieces come at an affordable price and make shopping at the main retailers pointless because they have something for every space, even rattan day beds for dogs! We’ve been working hard to achieve a botanical theme in our bedroom by using natural fibres like linen and wood. We knew where to go for our headboard, it was a tough choice between their leather headboards and the rattan but ended up going home with their AvalonRattan bedhead and it’s done exactly what they say, it’s bought the room together and become the statement piece of the bedroom.

Rattan Bedhead

We’re very fortunate to have Katamama in Christchurch, they bring many different styles that you can’t find here, and when you’re in store with them they calm the daunting experience of having to choose between so many amazing options with their own expertise at home styling.

Juju hat

Welcome to EntX

16 months is all it took for Calder Stewart to deliver Christchurch’s EntX, offering a new form of entertainment and dining to the central city.

The three-level, $50 million development is impressive and an overload on the senses. If you’re a foodie or looking for a place to catch up with friends, I can see this being the place to do so. The 13 food outlets with an open space will bring people together and bring a new vibrancy that the city has been so thirsty for.

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Georgia and I attended along with hundreds of others for a sneak peek on Thursday night to experience the calm before the storm. As you walk in you are greeted by an impressive feature of what looks to be reclaimed wood with a huge HOYTS LED display, umbrellaed by stunning lighting. You have the option straight away to grab a quick drop at Arties bar or Joes Garage or continue through to the eateries which will have foodies and Instagrammers flocking

The escalators that look like a stairway to heaven are exactly that, walking through “Treat City” to get to the theatre lounge. Hoyts offers more than 900 spacious leather recliner seats and seven screens. Two are “xtremescreens” which are a treat on the eye. We couldn’t just blog about the chairs and atmosphere without sneaking in and trying them out!!! They are as good as we say, so much room, so much space to put treats and drinks and more treats and tonnes of leg room.

On the top floor, two theatres are “Lux” theatres – We are talking the full shebang here, USB and wireless chargers, a call button for service at every seat, and beer and easy-to-eat food designed by celebrity chef Manu Feildel delivered mid-movie – arghhhh what a dream!

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I can see a lot of money being spent at “Treat City” and many photos taken for the gram, given the ticketing is autonomous they still had helpful staff everywhere. The lux really has my attention as it’s R18 and the options are right up our alley. If you’re looking for a good night out, this is where you will be going

Its so good to see new developments popping up in the City. The parking building, bike parking and bus exchange make it more accessible than most cities to get to entertainment like this.