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Mel Chesneau is all too fa­mil­iar with pack­ing up her young fam­ily and mov­ing coun­tries. They moved here from Syd­ney five and half years ago for her hus­band’s work. This month they are do­ing it again, al­beit a lit­tle fur­ther this time, to Stock­holm, Swe­den. After a cou­ple of years con­tribut­ing to our An­tenna News sec­tion (see page 44), this will be the fi­nal month Mel joins us be­fore she be­gins her new life abroad. Be­ing based in the heart of Scan­di­navia is sure to be an end­less source of in­spi­ra­tion for her in­te­rior and life­style blog, styled­can­ She in­tends to take full ad­van­tage of her lo­ca­tion, vis­it­ing de­sign trade shows and in­te­ri­ors stores and keep­ing up with lo­cal de­sign­ers and trends, so fin­gers crossed we’ll still hear from her now and again.


One of an “enor­mous, loud and mad” West Coast fam­ily, Lisa moved to Dunedin when she was seven. Pulling up to her new home in the lit­tle city she loved way be­fore it be­came cool, she saw snow fall for the first time. After stints as a bouncer, barista, wait­ress, teacher and the­atri­cal dogs­body, she gave writ­ing a go and found her call­ing. She spends her down­time catch­ing waves on her pad­dle­board, reshuf­fling the art on the wall to squeeze in just one more piece from a lo­cal ex­hi­bi­tion, and drink­ing Emer­son’s Taieri Ge­orge beer. “Or do­ing all three si­mul­ta­ne­ously,” she says, “be­cause that’s how they roll in the south, the mad bug­gers.” Snow still amazes her. See Lisa’s take on what’s hot right now in Dunedin in Ur­ban Eye on page 165.

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