THE STYLE GURU
Hopping into the domain of textile guru Andrea Bradley at Décor et Tissu, 416 Mt Eden Road is a truly visceral experience. Donned in her favourite colour green and sporting boots to die for, Andrea dances the balance between being a style queen to someone that would make a great cuppa.
Q: Tell me a bit about what you do here?
A: I import boutique textiles and wallpapers, and I also do interior design, and sell a few homewares as well.
Q: So you grew up in Hamilton?
A: I lived in Hamilton until I was 9, then we went to the States for a year, then the Middle East for five years – that was great, I loved it. Dad was the national weight training coach and assistant athletics coach of the national team for Bahrain. He’s retired in Hamilton now, but he’d like me to be running I think (laughs).
Q: What was your journey in starting up your business?
A: I had a corporate career, and I’d been living in Australia and had finished my job in HR and was finishing my Masters full time, and just thought ‘I don’t really want to do this’. I’d had a life-long love of beautiful homes and interior design magazines – I’d started buying them when I was 18. I decided to come home. There weren’t a lot of jobs around at the time at my level in my field, so I retrained in interior design. I’d also had a long love of France as well, and an opportunity came up to buy a property over there.
Q: Is that the one I’ve seen on your website? Like a castle?
A: Yes, it’s part of a chateau. It’s an apartment within a U-shaped chateau. I knew the owners and by coincidence, they wanted something bigger. I knew I didn’t want to live over there permanently, just wanted to go away and dream up my business plan and take time out. So I went to France and did that, lived in this tiny little village in the wine region, and had an amazing time.
Q: Why Mt Eden?
A: Having lived in Poronui Street many years ago, I really liked the area. I moved into the showroom in April 2019 – so we are still quite new. Customers have been really complimentary, which is nice. I find that New Zealanders all tend to be the same in their homes and I usually find it quite bland or blingy. I thought if I could show people another style, which isn’t anything outrageous, it might give them ideas.
Q: Any other projects of note?
A: The Park Hyatt Hotel is just opening up, in Wynyard Quarter. We’ve put in 200 meters of mural wallpaper through their spa area. It’s a Sandberg wallpaper called Gryning, which is described as Himalayan salt mounds…incredible and well worth a look.
We end the interview by Andrea leading me into her green room at the back of the shop covered in Sandberg’s Raphaël wallpaper. veritable forest filled with fabrics that are so amazing that you will never leave. English chintz that will remind you of your grandmother or hand blocked fabrics that will transport your senses to India, this is one indulgent experience that this writer will never forget.
Check it out at www.decorettissu.com