Founder of Peonies of Martinborough + Peonies Home & Living Di Lusk began her working life in the travel industry, spending time in India, the Middle East, China and Europe. Being exposed to different cultures and life styles meant that she soon gained an appreciation for design in both architecture and interiors. However, her introduction to design and detail happened long before her career had even begun. With her parents owning a successful and thriving interior business, Di grew up surrounded by fabric swatches, paint charts and design boards, so the style gene really was a given.
In 2005, after almost 20 years in the world of travel, disillusioned by her work and in need of a change of lifestyle, Di moved to the rural town of Martinborough in Wairarapa, initially to help out her sister with her ever expanding catering business. Not long after, along with her newly qualified builder partner, Dean, they purchased an existing local retail business, sourced beautiful new product, redecorated, rebranded and launched the giftware and clothing store, Peonies of Martinborough.