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He (or she) who Adairs, wins

By Erica 13 Mar 2017


It’s no secret that I love homeware shops, renovation shows and flicking through glossy homeware mags while in waiting rooms. I also spend countless hours a week wistfully perusing Pinterest for additions to pin to my ‘Perfect home’ board. However, I generally finish up feeling a bit frustrated by the fact that all the beautiful yet affordable stuff I’m pinning, is only to be found in the US or the UK.

Arise, Adairs, a big name in homewares and manchester from across the Tasman, who has decided to share its stylish treasures with us Kiwis. With two successful stores in Auckland and the Bay of Plenty under their belt, it’s time for them to show Wellington what’s on offer.


Adairs is basically what all homeware-loving Wellingtonians have been waiting for; on-trend, quality, stylish stuff at a reasonable price. It’s positioned itself perfectly in amongst like-minded furniture stores and you could basically renovate your home from top to toe in one go, as you wander from end to end of Capital Gateway on Thorndon Quay. 

The kids’ sections was definitely a stand-out for me. Absolutely gorgeous cot and bed sheets, lightboxes, artwork, fun and funky cushions, play kitchens, furniture and dolls houses. All adorned with ballerinas, bears and badgers, but in a very tasteful way. It’s stylishly cute stuff which your kids will adore, your eyes will love looking at everyday and your credit card won’t burrow itself deeper into your wallet at the sight of. Everyone’s a winner!

If you need something to spruce up your bedroom, bathroom, floor, wall or ceiling, Adairs would be a great place to start. The prints are big and stylish and inspiring (I wanted to immediately redecorate my lounge as I lovingly glanced at one of them). And as someone who has a less than fantastic track record at keeping houseplants alive, the amazing range of artificial plants and flowers are what my not-so-green fingers have been longing for.

With a free-to-join ‘Linen Lovers’ loyalty programme, regular ‘spend and save’-type discounts and some amazing offers to celebrate the store’s opening, you should head down quickly to grab a stylish bargain or three.

I left Adairs feeling genuinely excited about its arrival here. And with new products dropping in every fortnight, I’m even more excited to head back in a few weeks to see what fashion-forward, affordable loveliness awaits me.

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