At my place: Interior designer Tina Stephen
Tina Stephen, head interior designer and founder of online styling service Roomie.co.nz, lives in an apartment-style new build in Titirangi with her husband Mark, daughter, Mathilde, and Poppy the cat.
She feels proud of the way she has worked colour into her home. Stephen was limited by her home's matching joinery and blinds, but experimented with different shades and successfully incorporated mustards, olives and dark brown/charcoal into the space.
"You can really change the look and feel of a home with paint choices, and if you can DIY paint then it is quick and low cost," Stephen said.
But Stephen's absolute favourite thing about her Titirangi home is the "creative, supportive and vibrant community" she lives in, where people often drop around for wine and a chat.
Describe your house in two sentences?
Our home is a new build with an apartment-style aesthetic and large areas of glazing which take in the surrounding kanuka forest and overlook the south Titirangi Peninsula and Little Muddy Creek Estuary.
Describe your style in three words?
Colour, texture, mid-century.
Where is your home and who lives there with you?
Titirangi, Waitakere. Mathilde (daughter) and Mark (husband) and Poppy the cat.
What is the first thing you do when you get home each day?
I work from home, so I usually come home straight after dropping my daughter at school. Either yoga or a strong coffee, or both.
What's your best new buy?
My new living room rug from Flooring Xtra - it is super cosy and is a wool blend so there is not too much fluff. It is also happens to be the perfect charcoal colour: warm with no blue tones.
What's your proudest DIY moment?
Working colours into our home, which was painted entirely in cream when we moved in. We were unable to change the main colour due to matching joinery and blinds so we have incorporated mustards, olives and dark brown/charcoal which has changed our look a lot from our last house where we had fresh white and pops of orange.
Where's your favourite spot to relax?
What's the best kept secret about the area you live in?
It has the most creative, supportive and vibrant community.
What's the best money you ever spent on the house?
Paint, paint, paint. You can really change the look and feel of a home with paint choices, and if you can DIY paint then it is quick and low cost. Also space planning, choosing the correct size and location of furniture for a space.
What's your favourite way of entertaining?
We have a "games room" called the Best Western with a bar and pool table, so we often have friends over and listen to music, drink cocktails and play pool. We also love BBQs on our deck, but this summer has been a bit of a let down in that regard.
What's your best kitchen tool and why?
Hands down the coffee machine.
What can't you live without?
My house, family and my community.
What's your favourite piece of furniture?
Our two mid-century lounge chairs, which we had recovered from scratchy 70s fabric to leather.
What's your favourite artwork or family treasure and why do you love it?
When we moved into this house we had a custom print delivered from The Daily Overview, which my husband and I both follow on Instagram. The print is an aerial shot of White Island, which is visible from Mt Maunganui - my hometown.
What's one thing I'd like to change around your house?
The flooring on the living level.
What's your signature dish?
What's your quickest dinner idea?
Going out for dinner.
How do you feel about unannounced guests?
Totally at ease. We have a very tight knit community and we are always popping into each other's houses for a chat or a wine or both.
Shoes on or off in your house?
Either or, we're not really fussed.
Favourite/least favourite household chore?
I don't mind hanging out/folding washing. I really don't like cleaning windows.
What's one domestic/housework/gardening trick you've learnt over the years?
Tidy as you go, and have lots of baskets for toys/washing/firewood/recycling.
Favourite colour combination?
Mustard, army green and charcoal.