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
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.
FRENCH CONNECTION SOCKS, $14.90
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.