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A Dunedin home last re­fur­bished in 1974 was the per­fect fit for vin­tage en­thu­si­ast Tan­nia Lee.

“You def­i­nitely won’t have to paint the walls for us,” she told the land­lord.

Lee is an avid col­lec­tor of 60s and 70s home­wares and fur­ni­ture and filled the house with some of her finds, in­clud­ing a re-up­hol­stered Don fold-out bed, a Lip chair and plenty of lamps.

She has re­cently moved on, but says she’ll con­tinue to dec­o­rate her homes in the same retro style: ”I just love the pop art feel and the bold, loud colours. I’m quite colour sen­si­tive and yel­lows and or­anges just make me feel happy.”

13Rombo printed cush­ion cover

Strong geo­met­rics and bold colour com­bi­na­tions are clas­sic el­e­ments of 70s de­sign. Citta’s Rombo printed cush­ion cover is a great start­ing point if you’re look­ing to take in­spi­ra­tion from this era. $69.90, cit­tade­sign.co.nz

Mid Cen­tury Dan­ish teak side­board

Mr Big­gleswor­thy is the mas­ter of all things Mid Cen­tury, and what says 70s more than a sim­ple, geo­met­ric wooden side­board? With el­e­gant pro­por­tions and crisp form, it’s suited to both vin­tage or con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors. $4200, mr­big­gleswor­thy.co.nz

In­door plants:

Where would a 70s-in­spired in­te­rior be with­out some in­door plants, and this ar­ti­fi­cial one from Kmart has just the right form and colour to make it work. Plus, you don’t have to worry about for­get­ting to wa­ter it. $17, kmart.co.nz

Make ev­ery day green: Our daily rit­u­als are an im­por­tant part of our well-be­ing, but it doesn’t take much to turn them green. Make sure you buy your morn­ing cof­fee from some­where that of­fers com­postable cups (and lets you take old grounds home for the gar­den). Re­hy­drate af­ter ex­er­cis­ing with a bot­tle of cold wa­ter from a drink bot­tle you can re­use, rather than throw­ing out more plas­tic.

Switch off: We’re of­ten told switch­ing off our gad­gets is good for our so­cial health, but pow­er­ing them off com­pletely saves en­ergy, too. Even a charger left dan­gling from a socket wastes en­ergy.

Have a light­bulb mo­ment: LED light­ing is up to 80% more ef­fi­cient than stan­dard light bulbs and can last more than 15 times longer. They work bet­ter be­cause the ma­jor­ity of their en­ergy is con­verted into light – not heat. Next time you’re at a Z sta­tion, no­tice it’s not just their fuel they’re tak­ing se­ri­ously, their canopy light­ing is of­ten LED.

Al­most a fifth of New Zealand’s green­house gas emis­sions come from trans­port. We can cut this down by car­pool­ing, walk­ing, bik­ing or us­ing public trans­port more of­ten. If you have a diesel ve­hi­cle, mak­ing the switch to biodiesel, a more sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive made from re­new­able re­sources, could also save close to 82kgs of car­bon emis­sions each year. Z is com­mit­ted to help­ing kiwi driv­ers re­duce their car­bon foot­print, and its biodiesel pro­duc­tion plant in Auck­land is the first of its kind in New Zealand. Soon Z Bio D, a high qual­ity biodiesel, will be avail­able to driv­ers in parts of the North Is­land (find out more at

Get grow­ing: Whether you plant a sin­gle tree or an en­tire vege patch, you’re do­ing the en­vi­ron­ment a favour. Even a small tree will ab­sorb its share of car­bon diox­ide, and grow­ing your own food is not only bet­ter for you, it cuts down on both pack­ag­ing and food miles. Your gar­den will grow bet­ter with com­post, which not only re­duces land­fill waste and in turn emis­sions, it re­turns valu­able nu­tri­ents to the soil. If you don’t have much room at your place, a worm farm is an ex­cel­lent al­ter­na­tive.


You’ll have no­ticed pants are shorter these days. Pat­terned socks are both the cure for an­kle freeze and one of my favourite modes of self ex­pres­sion. I’d team a short but loud pair like these from French h Con­nec­tion with loafers and jeans or ta­pered tai­lored pants.

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