Tauranga kitchen designer wins big in prestigious awards

A Tauranga kitchen designer has received top recognition in a prestigious nationwide competition.

Chelsey Mathieson of Vekart received six awards, including a supreme recognition, in the annual 2020 National Kitchen and Bathroom Association Excellence in Design Awards.

Mathieson won the Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Design Award for the kitchen she designed for a Tauranga family who love to entertain.

She was also awarded the Excellence in Design Kitchen Distinction Award $60,000 to $80,000 Award, the Excellence in Design Lighting Design Award and the Excellence in Design Bay of Plenty Chapter Kitchen Recognition Award.

Mathieson also snapped up the BOP Chapter Bathroom Recognition Award.

The Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Manufacturer Award went to Vekart for the company’s extraordinary work on the kitchen fabrication.

The annual awards celebrate the work of the creme de la creme of kitchen and bathroom designers and manufacturers in New Zealand.

Tauranga designer Chelsey Mathieson. Photo / Supplied
Tauranga designer Chelsey Mathieson.
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Home Depot Labor Day Sale: What To Buy

For those taking this Labor Day weekend to plan for a little home renovation in the fall, Home Depot’s Labor Day sale is one you won’t want to miss. It not only includes deals on the typical home improvement items like 40% off select appliances and up to 30% off tools, but Home Depot’s Labor Day sale also includes deals on smaller kitchen appliances (think air fryers) and select home decor items, like throw pillows, that you may not have expected to find at the home improvement giant.

If you’re looking for larger appliances, check out our picks for some of the best appliance deals you can shop this Labor Day, many of which can be found at Home Depot. Beyond appliances though, Home Depot’s Labor Day sale has everything from patio furniture and plants to bed linens and smart home tech, so if you’re looking to save on home

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Lush, a popular retailer of beauty and personal care products, opening next week at Lehigh Valley Mall

A popular retailer of beauty and personal care products is set to open next week at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township.


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Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, selling bath bombs, body lotions, makeup and more, is set to open Monday in a lower level space near Starbucks, according to a news release. The space previously housed bareMinerals.

Customers will be able to shop a wide array of beauty and personal care products, including bath oils, body scrubs, shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, lip balms, deodorants and perfumes.

The concept shop also will feature large skincare and haircare areas, where customers will be able to enjoy personalized consultation.

Lush, with more than 260 shops across North America, was founded by Mark Wolverton and Karen Delaney-Wolverton, who opened their first location in 1996 in Vancouver, Canada.

Products are made from fresh organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils and safe

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Celtics have gone quickly from feel-good story to family feud

With a chance to advance to the NBA Finals, we have a team that has blown leads of 14 points and 17 points in back-to-back losses to the Miami Heat.

We have a team that can’t adjust to a simple zone defense, a team that loses all the 50-50 balls, and a team that appeared to stop playing before the sand ran out in Thursday’s Game 2.

What are we supposed to make of all this? Does this mean Kyrie Irving wasn’t the whole problem, after all?

The Celtics are supposed to be the feel-good sports story of our COVID fall. With the Bruins eliminated, the Red Sox trying to lose, and the Patriots in a good-looking (so far) rebuild, the Celtics have a chance to light up New England with an old-timey Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals, complete with LeBron James and all the emotion that entails.

It looked like the

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Tyler Childers’ Wife, Senora May: 5 Fast Facts


Senora May and Tyler Childers at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 22, 2020.

Country music singer Tyler Childers has been married to fellow musician Senora May Lainhart since 2015. They are Kentucky natives and both say that their backgrounds have heavily influenced their musical stylings.

Childers made headlines on September 18 when he dropped a surprise album called “Long Violent History.” The lyrics of the title track are a commentary on systemic racism and injustice. Childers directly addressed his “white rural listeners” in a video message shared on social media. He asked his fans to think about how they would feel if, on a daily basis, the headlines were about rural Americans, such as a father taking his son fishing or a nursing student attending Ashland Community College, being beaten and killed by law enforcement officials:

How would you react to that? What form of upheaval would

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Samia Interview: New York Singer Talks New Album ‘The Baby’

For years, Paste has introduced exciting, up-and-coming artists to our readers. This is the return of The Best of What’s Next, a monthly profile column which highlights new acts with big potential—the artists you’ll want to tell your friends about the minute you first hear their music.

Most people instinctively try to mask their deepest insecurities. We shove them into a dark closet and lock the door, refusing to acknowledge them, much less confront them. We brush them off with humor and become blasé about them, even when they continue to wreak havoc. We overcompensate for them in ways that are wildly unhealthy. This is just part of the human experience, particularly for people in their formative years.

Samia Finnerty, who records music under her first name, faces all these same conundrums, but she deals with them in a fairly unique way: writing hyper-specific songs about them. The

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Marcus Smart was right to go ham in Celtics’ locker room after loss to Heat

Boston Celtics talent Marcus Smart is known for his gritty style of play on the court. He’s a fierce competitor, and many of his teammates respect this passion. After falling to the Heat in Thursday night’s Game 2 matchup, however, the former No. 6 overall pick reached a boiling point.

According to several reports, Smart was heard yelling at his teammates in the Celtics’ locker room after dropping Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Heat. Even in the bathroom, he continued to belt out remarks.

“Y’all on that bulls***,” An angry Smart said to his teammates, via Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

It seems Marcus Smart wasn’t the only one yelling in Boston’s postgame

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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s flirty ‘Fast Times’ reunion had fans swooning

All right Aniston!

Jennifer Aniston’s flirty scene with ex-husband Brad Pitt was a highlight of a star-studded virtual table read of the classic 1982 teen movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on Thursday, exciting fans who can’t get enough of seeing them together again in any capacity.

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Aniston, 51, played Linda Barrett, who was immortalized by Phoebe Cates in the original film, while Pitt, 56, played Brad Hamilton, who was portrayed by Judge Reinhold in the movie.

Aniston and Pitt re-created the famous dream sequence scene where Brad imagines a bikini-clad Linda seducing him as she climbs out of the swimming pool at his house.

“Hi, Brad,” Aniston as Linda said to Pitt. “You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you’re so sexy. Will you come to me?”

Just like

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Thoughts from the ammo line

Ammo Grrrll continues to assert that IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO – PART TWO. She writes:

Since it is harmful to our mental health to be constantly marinated in horrific, divisive politics every minute of every day, a few weeks ago, I started a more light-hearted series debunking various things we repeat all the time that “ain’t necessarily so.” We explored “listening to your body” and I asserted that my “body” should only be listened to if it has to go to the bathroom because it is an idiot that mostly wants fat, salt and sugar. Your mileage may vary. Today, the series continues by looking at the conflicting advice on how to approach life.


So yesterday I was listening to my body assuring me that I needed some sort of food-related anti-depressant. Sadly, the Biscuits and Gravy and both the Peach and Cherry Pies

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KingsHaven Announces Lighting Sponsorship of 23rd Biennial Show House

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Paoli, Pa. – September 8, 2020 – KingsHaven, a national retailer and maker of artisan-quality lighting, announced today its sponsorship of the Junior League of Detroit 2020 Designers’ Show House, set to take place Sept. 19 – Oct. 4, 2020, in Detroit, Mich. Best known for its handcrafted and customizable lighting made of hand-forged iron, exotic woods and finely selected materials, KingsHaven will sponsor the show house by designing and providing 15 light fixtures for the exterior front entrance, upper and lower foyer, kitchen, and master bathroom.

“We are extremely excited to collaborate with designers to produce lighting for them in beautiful spaces of the Junior League of Detroit 2020 Designers’ Show House,” said Lauren Wylonis, chief executive officer, founder and lead designer with KingsHaven. “Not only will our partnership provide us an incredible

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