Southern Design Directions - Talia O'Connor

In person with Dunedin interior designer and owner of MintSix

Talia O'Connor

“I’m married to a Brit and we have two little girls who are five and eight-years-old. We’ve lived in many different cities over the last 15 years, the most recent being Melbourne. We decided to move back to my hometown of Dunedin a couple of years ago and I knew if I was ever going to fulfil my dream of opening a homewares and interior styling business, this was the time to do it.”

Otago-rasied, Talia is enjoying living back home.


Describe your interior style at home.

“I’m a bit of a collector so we have furniture and decor objects from all over the world, both old and new. My interior style is constantly changing and evolving. I have a great appreciation for colour but my own home has a white or grey base with predominantly soft colours, apart from in the girls’ rooms where a few primary colours sneak in. The aim is to be more minimalist at home but I have too many ‘things’ that always manage to sneak into one of the many vignettes I have all over the house.”


Which New Zealand designer do you admire?

A vignette from Talia's Dunedin store Mintsix.

”Shoe designer Kathryn Wilson. I heard her speak at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Conference last year and she was


New Zealand’s top 100 home builds announced 2017

One hundred of the best home builds in New Zealand have been named as National Gold Reserve Finalists in the Registered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year competition.


Dark & Light

Compiled by editor Leanne Moore