The best home décor shops in New Zealand

Many of the best home dĂ©cor shops in New Zealand offer not only a great selection of locally-sourced and international brands, but also offer expert interior design consultations and even room planning guides to get you started. 

We’ve chosen six of our best home dĂ©cor shops in New Zealand that offer a great mix of homewares and guidance on styling your home.

Best home décor shops in New Zealand

Green with Envy, Matakana

This store, which was one of five global winners at this year’s Global Innovator Awards (gia), encapsulates the laid-back Kiwi attitude. Green with Envy started out as an online store. It was so popular, owner Nicole Ward set up shop in an old fruit and vegetable barn, which also has a delightful cafĂ© in the old potting shed. You’ll find items from local and international designers.

David Shaw, Various locations

With showrooms in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch or shop online, David Shaw offers home furnishings of high quality, bespoke pieces made in New Zealand and complemented with exquisite furniture and décor from Germany, Italy, France and Australia. For an architectural and high quality design, this one is not to be missed.

Coco Republic, Auckland

Leading furniture and design brand, Coco Republic is now in New Zealand. With the fit out of the showroom and café underway for the anticipated first launch stage of Westfield Newmarket, Auckland you are now able to order Coco Republic items online.

With an extensive range of chic, discreetly-elegant furniture and stylish homewares, coco Republic’s team of experienced buyers select the most beautifully designed and crafted pieces. A versatile collection of classic and contemporary products is complemented by uniquely tailored design services from curating furnishing schemes to renovations and project management.

Also available is Coco Republic’s unique and personalised design services. Customers can book an appointment with an interior designer in their home, with a qualified team on hand to assist on interior decoration and design from furnishing schemes to material selections and bespoke joinery design.

Anthony Spon-Smith, Coco Republic Creative Director & co-owner, says of the New Zealand launch: “We are thrilled to be open for business in New Zealand. Our beautifully crafted furniture and homewares are available online now with shipping to the Auckland region. Full New Zealand delivery will roll out prior to our store opening and we are excited to start working within homes, developments and commercial spaces across the country.”

The Vault, Wellington

In a hidden away location, it’s not likely you’ll stumble across this gem without being in the know. The Vault is tucked away down by the Plimmer Steps and stocks a bunch of amazing functional items and homewares from around New Zealand and the rest of the world.

Sarsfield Brooke, Auckland

Showcasing the very best hand-crafted, home décor direct from Italy, Sarsfield Brooke Imports & Wholesales furniture to Design Professionals within New Zealand and Internationally. Sarsfield Brooke represents (on an exclusive basis) 13 international furniture manufacturers, brands that are recognised worldwide.

Loft Furniture & Homeware, Christchurch

Owned by two Kiwis with a strong passion for selling good furniture – in the furniture business for close to 10 years now – Loft Furniture’s range of furniture is full of character and built to last. Loft Furniture prides itself on keeping the store full of unique, hand-finished pieces that you won’t see just anywhere. 

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How to declutter your home

A calm mind comes with a clear space. Here’s some expert advice on how to declutter your home.

Do you walk into your home and feel instantly stressed by mess? Decluttering leads to increased productivity, improved mental wellbeing and considerable financial advantages (home organising experts estimate this could save $7800 a year).

Clearing your space improves your  life in a myriad of ways, so try the following tips on how to declutter your home, and get started today:

Organise the bedroom

The bedroom is designed to be a sanctuary and a place of utter relaxation, however, many are going to sleep surrounded by clutter and waking up in clutter, receiving no relief from the stress of mess.

  • Research suggests sleep quality is severely compromised by a disorganised space, leading to stress and anxiety.
  • Take to your wardrobe this summer and cull the items you no longer wear. Your local Hospice, Red Cross or Salvation Army store are always looking for garment donations –  just make sure everything is in good condition (no stains or holes).
  • Recycle your old mobile phones with companies like MobileMuster – not only are you recycling the material, you’re helping Australian’s in need. For every phone recycled, not-for-profit organisation OzHarvest will deliver a meal to someone in need through the Mobile for a Meal campaign.

Clean out the pantry

An overburdened kitchen can have serious implications for your physical health (and your wallet!). Not having easy access to items in the cupboard or not being privy to what’s hiding in the fridge sees many resorting to take away with home cooking put to the wayside.

  • By giving the kitchen a much needed cleanse, you’ll be far more motivated to cook nutritious meals and be productive in the kitchen.
  • Not being aware of the items you never use can cost you thousands each year. Doing a kitchen clean out has saved some families up to $7800 a year.
  • Non-perishable food items found during the clean out can be donated to the your local food service.

Tackle the kid’s room

Kids aren’t immune to the stress and anxiety caused by a cluttered space so doing a makeover of their room can considerably impact their rest and emotions.

  • When doing a clear out with the kids, minimise storage space to encourage your children to be purposeful about what they want to keep.
  • Toys can be given a new life and give to a child who might go without this year so wrap them up and show your youngsters how to give to those in need. Drop them off at your local secondhand shop.

Organise your office

A clean workspace can pave the way to better performance, creativity and far more productivity and there’s an art to this aesthetic.

  • The items that sit at home on your desk should be kept to an absolute minimum and yes it’s time to go through your bottom desk drawer overflowing with tangled chargers from gadgets you never use.
  • If you’re hanging onto your first smartphone, even though it is broken, you’re not alone – there are 5 million old unused handsets around Australia ready to be recycled.

Put the tool shed to use

It’s not uncommon to feel a little guilty about the number of DIY gadgets you have that just don’t get used enough during the year but the garage doesn’t need to be a dungeon that must be avoided – it can actually be redesigned during the decluttering process to hold items you won’t have to go (literally) digging for.

  • Be brutal when decluttering – if it’s accumulated a thick layer of dust, it can probably be cleaned up and sent to charity – you’re never going to use it!
  • You can actually hire out your tools to your neighbours – who might only need it once or for a short time – and earn a little bit of cash for your efforts.

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