A combination of enduring classics and on-trend seasonal collections are proving to be a winning formula for homewares store un deux trois on Jervois Road.
The beautiful space is the flagship retail store of popular New Zealand homewares brand, French Country Collections and home to an extensive range of furniture, lighting, textiles, table top and living décor pieces.
Un deux trois’s team of buyers, led by founder Sonia Watts and her daughter, French Country’s general manager Vanessa Bramley, are relentless in their global search for beautiful and unique homewares.
“Our collections in store remain true to the timeless style people have come to expect of French Country Collections, but at the same time we want to bring a more urban expression of contemporary European living to the Ponsonby precinct,” says Sonia.
This season metallic options are still big news and un deux trois delivers on this trend with pieces in heavy metals, brass and copper through to smooth champagne and dusky rose tones. A new range of copper and rippled rose gold vases, urns and trays will make a statement in any home while a stunning range of serveware in copper or onyx and brass is an inexpensive way to introduce a touch of the metallic trend to the home.
Sonia says her pick for the season is the Stoneworks bedding range. Inspired by the architectural idea of mismatched tiles, it features a luxurious black velvet patchwork quilt as its hero.
“People shouldn’t be afraid to mix textiles,” she says. “I love to layer soft delicate prints on luxurious velvet for a romantic look and even add some of our popular goat fur scatter cushions in beautiful taupes and charcoals for a bit of fun.”
Geometric patterns remain popular with classic pieces of furniture, such as the Diamond oak armchair, getting a new lease of life in a striking black and white pattern. Bold black and white geometrical prints also feature in a range of statement cushions. However, geometry is not just restricted to textiles. At un deux trois there are a number of occasional tables with geometric lines - such as the marble top criss cross side table and the timber and steel Bolton hexagonal coffee table - that are both modern and timeless.
A moody colour palette of smokey teals and dusky blues match the soft grey skies outside and at un deux trois this colour story is expressed through a stunning new range of teal blue bottles.
For the tabletop, the centuries-old La Chamba earthen cookware, a favourite of both home cooks and celebrity chefs such as Peter Gordon, is a top seller and for good reason. Ever since Sonia travelled to Bogata, South America 18 years ago the La Chamba range has been a firm staple in the brand’s core collection. From oven to table, this unique and versatile range includes everything from casseroles and tagines, to salad and soup bowls, to platters and pinch pots - all in-store now.
For customers wanting styling tips, plans are in place to offer more in-store events, such as the recent ‘throw a throw’ styling morning tea hosted by Sonia Watts. And for those who prefer to do their shopping from a keyboard, an online offering is now also in place.
UN DEUX TROIS by French Country Collections, 6 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 7588