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Inspired by… Raglan

22 Feb 2018

Interior stylist Kate Alexander finds inspiration for colours, shapes and styles from many sources. On a recent trip to the famous surfing mecca of Raglan on the west coast of the North Island recently, she was taken by the colours of the ocean and bush, as well as the laid-back vibe. She tells us more:

Raglan is all about the ocean. Whether you’re in it or chilling out after being in it. It’s a place of sand dunes, sunsets and scenery. The vibe is mellow and nature is never far away. Raglan is renowned for being ‘surfer heaven’, but actually it’s everyone’s heaven. Whether you’re a surfer, swimmer, shopper or foodie, there is much to love about the wild west town of Raglan.

In 48 hours we climbed sand dunes, cruised the harbour at sunset, shopped for homewares and vintage, ate delicious (and healthy) food and jumped off the bridge into the river (actually I didn’t jump off the bridge, someone had to stand watch!).

Shopping in town is well-rounded, starting with the inevitable and well-stocked surf shops. There is also enough vintage, fashion and homeware boutiques to keep any fossicker happy.

Food glorious food. Raglan tops the charts for food. Anywhere you eat or drink will be awesome. Be sure to explore different places – in town, at the Silo wharf and out towards the surf beaches.

Fill your lungs with salty air and soak up the epic kiwi scenery at Te Toto Gorge walking track. Even if you don't walk the track, the views from the carpark make the dirt-road-drive worth it!

My Raglan mood board starts with the suitably named Resene Essence, Atlas and Escape – reflecting the tones of the ocean.

Anchor your room with a timeless retro classic – this restored teak Parker chair from Furnichur is a beauty. Pair it with the soft lines of this delicate and detailed illustrative print by Chloe Ruby from endemicworld.

Add finishing touches that echo the tones and texture of the sea: vase, bottle, cushion, basket, lamp and sheepskin – all  available at Adairs.
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