23.03.2016

A Day in the Life – of Auckland floral stylist Eden Hessell, aka The Botanist


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Eden Hessell is one of those inspiring women who seems to do – and juggle – it all. 
An in-demand floral stylist for weddings and events, Eden’s mornings often start as early as 5am, getting ready to head out to Auckland’s wholesale flower auctions. Then it’s into the city to The Botanist (at Auckland’s City Works Depot), the eatery she works from.
Eden’s days are filled with creating the most beautiful botanic arrangements – living walls and archways, wedding centrepieces, corporate and retail displays, and little and large bouquets of love sent by courier around the city. (You can order one for someone special online here.)  
In between, she meets with upcoming wedding and event clients, steals 10 minutes for some fresh air with lunch, fits in a little ‘gram, and grabs a coffee or three to keep her humming. On the day we visited, she’d also arranged a boot-load of the most amazing pinky-silver, wild-growing maple. After work, she picks up her little man (Jude, 4) from daycare and heads home for much-deserved chill time with Jude and Jason. 
 
Ooh, also – like to learn the art of arranging? Eden’s now hosting floral styling classes (including bubbles and canapés on arrival and a bouquet to take home after class) – contact her here for more info.
 
 

 

Photography by the best ever Swift and Click 
 
Thank you, Fisher & Paykel – being proudly designed here in New Zealand, for New Zealand homes and families, you are the perfect partners for our Day in the Life series.






25.11.2015

A Day in the Life of … Natalie Sorensen of LETLIV design store, Wellington


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Natalie Sorensen left her nice ‘normal’ stable job to run her own Scandi-loving contemporary homeware store, LETLIV. It’s actually a lot of work, 7 days, taking care of both the inner-city Wellington store, and the online shop… but it can’t be all bad when your job enables you to connect with and support local makers (like Wiki from Wiki Skincare), and have verrrry tasty business lunches at Loretta. P.S: Wellington walks followed by cheese and crackers – that’s a gold star arvo.


Photography by faves Swift and Click,
who capture magic in the everyday


Thank you, Fisher & Paykel – being proudly designed here in New Zealand, for New Zealand homes and families, you are the perfect partners for our Day in the Life series.







21.10.2015

A Day in the Life of Father Rabbit’s Claudia Zinzan


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching Claudia Zinzan spend time with her kids (Tony and Michaela) in the morning – unhurried, patient and sharing laughs – you’d probably not guess she, with husband Nick, heads one of New Zealand’s biggest and most-loved homeware brands – Father Rabbit. After brekkie, Claudia does the school run, and heads into work. First stop on this day, BLOC – where Claudia has both a stunning, things-organised-neatly Father Rabbit store, and a brand new space The Supply Cupboard, part linen cupboard, part butler’s pantry. After helping her team re-arrange (who doesn’t love a good re-arrange!) and create new displays, it’s off to get supplies for a shared lunch – not something special just for this day, but something the team do regularly. At the Father Rabbit head office in Greenlane, there’s online orders being (beautifully) packaged and sent to homes around New Zealand, new makers and suppliers to be in contact with, and a brand new good-looking website to launch. Which means lots of homeware styling and photographs to be done, too. Is it 5 already? Back to BLOC, then, for their Spring party – a well-earned Rosé in hand.

Swift and Click making magic from the everyday – for Fancy
 
Thank you, Fisher & Paykel – being proudly designed here in New Zealand, for New Zealand homes and families, you are the perfect partners for our Day in the Life series.




08.07.2015

A Day in the Life of NZ designers Timothy John & Krista Plews, of homeware store Paper Plane…





… and that was a typical day in the life of Paper Plane store’s Krista Plews and Timothy John. 

Volleyball training on the Mount beach in the morning (yes, even in winter), then brekkie together with supermodel cat Zephyr (the younger-years George Clooney of meowsters), then a quick walk to Paper Plane to open the door for the day – joined soon after by Jo and Ngaire. 

There’s gift wrapping goodies to send orders from the online store out the door, and boxes-and-boxes of homeware hotties arriving daily, with new products for Paper Plane shelves. Sometimes, those boxes are filled with the most amazing antiques unearthed from around NZ and even overseas (while Tim is best known for his contemporary furniture and lighting design, he’s always loved vintage, and now curates antiques for sale in Paper Plane). The weather is just better in Mount Maunganui (this is fact.) so Krista and Tim make the most of it and sneak off for a beachside lunch as often as they can. In between, there’s keeping in touch with the Paper Plane fam through Instagram and the e-news, potting succulents and stringing up kokedama, designing new products exclusively for Paper Plane (Jo Wade is a graphic designer and works on art prints, cards and more), finding new brands to stock… and all that action builds an appetite, so luckily the best little Japanese joint is just around the corner and down a little lane – Mr Miyagi, located in one of the Mount’s old original art deco houses. 
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Swift and Click making magic from the everyday – for Fancy


A huge thank you to Fisher & Paykel for their commitment to New Zealand design in sponsoring Fancy’s Day in the Life series.


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