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The French Villa’s Grand Opening

The flagship store at Milford Centre

You are invited to join us for the Grand Opening of The French Villa’s flagship store at Milford Shopping Centre.

They will be opening their doors at 10:00AM on Friday the 15th & 9:00AM on Saturday the 16th of November.

Come along and enjoy complimentary French macarons, bubbles and juice (first in first served!), while you discover their exclusive collections of French Country, Hamptons, Plantation & Coastal style decor. There is something for everyone!

Round up the girls for a fun shopping outing or get your Christmas shopping done early! If you haven’t already, join their mailing list to receive 10% off your first purchase.

Let us know you’re attending the event by responding on Facebook: HERE

About The French Villa brand

The French Villa is a family-owned specialty retailer of Coastal, French Country and Plantation style furniture and homewares.

Led by a passion for shaping gorgeous interiors, they have carefully sourced and designed timeless pieces and complete collections to create easy elegance in every room.

Their story began with a hunt for classic French Country and Hamptons style furniture for the family’s new build. As it turns out, elegant, solidly-made and most of all, timeless furniture is hard to find in New Zealand. Surprisingly, there is very little black and white furniture on offer—the quintessential Kiwi colours that never date. If you are lucky, you might find one piece you like, but furnishing a room (let alone a house) in one style is impossible. The selections that were available were limited, and stock changed with every season.

Thus an idea budded and bloomed: a furniture store that offers time-honoured and traditional French Country, Plantation and Hampton-style pieces. A store they had desperately sought, but not found.

So, in 2019, The French Villa was born.

Their furniture range promises classic, forever pieces that customers can enjoy for years to come. Not to mention, if you want to add to your collection, you can rely on The French Villa to provide consistent colour palettes and ranges. They’ve scoured the world to bring you the best bespoke French Country, Coastal and Carribean-style furniture and homewares that deliver on this promise.

If you dream of your own slice of provincial countryside, Hamptons charm or Caribbean beachside, dream no more. Visit the flagship store at Milford Shopping Centre.

Locally owned and operated

The Milford Centre team caught up with the ladies behind The French Villa to find out how they came to start their business.

Founding director, Ruth, and her daughter, Madison, are Milford locals, who have proven themselves to be very hands-on and proactive businesswomen.

Ruth says that in her generation, the only career choices for women were to be a nurse, a teacher or a secretary. Ruth chose nursing but felt that, if the option had been open for women at the time, she would have become an architect. She expressed this passion by renovating several old homes around Auckland. Through this experience, Ruth saw a clear gap in the interior design market and thus, as a mother of five and grandmother of four, finally decided to launch her dream career.

Madison completed a degree in marketing and had been working in the industry for several years. She started out by helping Ruth with marketing on a part-time basis, alongside her existing role. It quickly became apparent that this could be a full-time role, and that Madison and Ruth worked very well together. While they jokingly admitted to having their small squabbles, the two complement each other well: Ruth is the creative one, while Madison “keeps us all in order”.

Come down to check out the new store and meet Ruth and Madison on the 15th.

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