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Wellington homewares store The Axe gives interior decorators the edge

This beautiful boutique is stocked with specialty homewares, furniture and gifts sourced from around the world.

Wellington homewares store The Axe gives interior decorators the edge

For six years, Meg Domett, husband Duncan and daughter Grace have run Stacks Furniture Store, which specialises in locally made sofas, chairs and tables. When the dilapidated shop next door came up for lease, the family jumped at the chance to open a second shop, filling it with gifts and homewares from around the world.

After knocking out a few walls, drenching the space in crisp white paint and lime-washing the floors, the new store was christened The Axe. “An axe is such a practical, timeless object and that’s our interiors philosophy – anything simple and functional that doesn’t cost too much but lasts for years,” says Meg, who now splits her time between the two shops.

A fan of the ‘no rules’ decorating style, Meg has filled The Axe with pieces from as far afield as the US and Scandinavia. Sofas are designed by Meg and made in Vietnam from luxurious velvet and linen, while industrial-style concrete tables and sideboards are sourced from India.

The Axe stocks a range of covetable items including organic, sustainable bodycare ranges from Denmark’s Meraki and New Zealand’s Triumph & Disaster, food items such as McClure’s pickles from Detroit, and cloth children’s toys from the US, UK and Australia.

The Axe,
193 Adelaide Road, Wellington
04 595 1417
theaxe.co.nz

Words by: Sharon Stephenson. Photography by: Nicola Edmonds.

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