Sisters Ella Murdoch and Talia O’Connor have come home to roost in Dunedin after travelling the world and, lucky for us, they’ve brought their favourite parts of the globe with them. Both trained teachers, the sisters have spent the last ten to fifteen years travelling the world and between them have settled in six different countries.
“Each of the countries we travelled to or lived in had unique histories and more often than not, beautiful objects and wares we admired and took inspiration from. We both knew we would settle in New Zealand one day and discussed opening our own shop, full of the world's treasures!” says Ella.
Their online shop MintSix is an exciting shopping experience, offering an eclectic collection of tribal African wall art, quirky, cutting-edge porcelain ceramics, up-cycled, antique and reproduced timber furniture pieces, hand-loomed and hand-painted textiles, gritty, playful, pop-infused artworks, Moroccan leather pouffes and vibrant cushions - all sourced from overseas and home-grown locales.
Ella and Talia grew up in Dunedin and studied
here. Once they got their post-university desire to leave their home town out
of their system, they returned to bring up their young families, making the
most of having their parents around and appreciating Dunedin anew. “It's an easy and
safe part of the world to live in.” explains Ella.
We asked Ella and Talia for their picks from DunedinOnline’s online shops. Ella loves the art of artist Jon Thom from Moodie Tuesday. Talia is coveting Jolene’s beautiful creations at Estelle Flowers.