Redefining how people design and style their homes and commercial spaces is second nature to Wanaka interior design guru, Anna Begg whose interiors store, The Workroom Boutique, is renowned for its international flair.
The Workroom is a destination store for interior soft furnishings, furniture, bedding and tableware, accessories, lighting, art and accessories.
As the entrepreneurial force behind the brand Anna is constantly travelling the world in search of specialist items and unusual pieces for her discerning clients.
“I am travelling every couple of months to places like Melbourne, Sydney and further afield visiting trade fairs and specialist artisan producers to source goods from these varied locations,” she says. “That forms a significant part of our point of difference both in the store and for the home staging and styling that we do because our customers come searching for something unique.”
“We like to offer people something new, exciting and different for their homes and interiors and we’re confident with the beautiful items we source from overseas that the end results deliver the goods.”
Spending hours researching suppliers and producers around the world keeps Anna ahead of the game and this year she plans a trip to Europe in search of French and Italian antiques.
“My personal aesthetic is to mix old and new together, so European antiques and antiquities play a role in creating that type of interior look. I like to find the unusual, such as large clay pots for a garden setting or copper baths that complement that style.”
Anna is recognised as an innovative, interior designer after working both in New Zealand and internationally over the past ten years.
Opening her own business in Wanaka has cemented her place in the design world.
“I like to stock international brands and engage with the smaller artisans, families and businesses who are specialists in crafting one-off products that are unique to them. For example, we have beautiful leather pieces hand made by one designer from his home studio that are supplied just for us. We also bring in container loads from Indonesia that include a range of different types of homewares such as gorgeous throws and cushions, wooden stools and chairs and all sorts of different items that we can then inject into our interior projects.”
The Workroom showcases these items as well as other exceptional pieces from the latest Bianca Lorenne bed linen to teak side tables, chalet chandeliers, copper containers, glassware, natural linen cushions, candles and Mongolian sheepskins.
“We are Wanaka’s little interior destination store and it’s great to stock the Bianca Lorenne range for our clientele,” says Anna. “Their exclusive prints and specialist fabrics add elegance to any room, be it a modern situation with just one or two pieces or a classic setting where the entire look can be displayed.”
Home Styling and Staging
Anna and her team work on a wide range of projects throughout the year and are in constant demand for their property styling and home staging services.
“We work nationwide on jobs, with multiple projects in a year, which is exciting and busy,” says Anna. “Engaging with a professional team like ours to properly stage a home or commercial investment, for the sale and purchase process, can make all the difference to the final outcome. We are very well known in Wanaka and Queenstown for contemporary staging work ensuring clients achieve their desired results.”
The Workroom is a flagship store for designer giftware and exceptional homeware pieces.
Sourced from all over the world, the store is a treasure trove to browse for French glassware, Italian and French linens, fine Turkish and Spanish towels, exotic French room sprays and soaps, candles, champagne flutes and hand glazed Danish bowls, cups and ceramics.
“We are fortunate to stock a diverse range of Australian giftware brands not usually found here and the imported European products are beautiful,” says Anna.