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When a mum influences furniture design.

By Anna Gilhooly, Co-Founder. anna@plyhome.co.nz Rips may be a super clever genius designer but what he's not is a parent. . I bring the mum perspective to our designs...and I have to say, I think we NAILED it with our Plyhome Junior Bed. I may be mum-smug about it, but with reason! It looks beautiful, but it's got a whole host of parenting features built in:  GET 5 MINUTES MORE SLEEP:  When you're going through sleep ‘challenges’ (fact: actual agony), 5 minutes is everything. My youngest was a 'challenging' sleeper for a decent few years so I know this world well. You can slot a book in between the guard rail and the mattress to surprise your child in the morning - it’ll be one of...

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Plyhome secures new manufacturing partner

Written by Anna Gilhooly, Co-Founder anna@plyhome.co.nz Well, hello there: it’s been ages! So…we‘ve been a touch quiet (actually, resoundingly silent) lately and we wanted to let you know why. Essentially, we went through the classic business problem of growing too busy, too quickly. People really loved our furniture and we loved sending it all over New Zealand: from Waiheke Island down to rural Queenstown. But it all happened in an absolute flash and two creatively-brained people were suddenly thrust into the business of operations, which wasn’t exactly our happy place.  So…we did a lot of talking and a lot of listening to some very clever people about what to do.  As a result: we are so thrilled to announce that we have...

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What’s the difference between a Single and King Single bed?

 We get it. Choosing your child's bed size can be a big deal, so we thought it was about time someone explained the difference and what you should be thinking about when choosing.  It all comes down to size. Basically, a King Single bed is just a little bit longer and a little bit wider than a single bed. At Plyhome, we use standard NZ mattress sizes -  which are: Single: 1900mm Long x 910mm WideKing Single: 2030mm Long x 1060mm Wide Which one should I choose?  This entirely depends on your child’s genes, their room size, how they sleep and your parenting approach to bedtime stories and tricky nights! Genes: If you expect your kids are going to be tall,...

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Not just the two of us:

EDIT: This blog was created 14-months into Plyhome's journey, we're now a much bigger team (you can read about that here), but we will never forget our humble beginnings and this blog is intended for those starting up in the business of 'making stuff' from scratch.  Some start-up businesses are literally built by one or two people. Plyhome isn’t one of them. Yes, Plyhome at its core has been created by two people who had the right mix of complementary skills, but what neither of us had 14 months was experience commercialising a design for retail. Now we do! But at the start of our journey it was all new to us. The purpose of this article to publicly thank the...

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Our interview in Idealog.

We've been fans of Idealog since way back.  It was actually one of the things that got me into marketing waaay back in the day. My dad used to shoot editorial photos for them and I began reading them cover to cover when they came home.  It's still one of our favourite sources of NZ business and design inspiration, so we were really chuffed with this interview about what Plyhome was up to and why.  A big thanks to Arriba PR for teeing this up, and also to Caitlin Salter for the sterling write-up.

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