House of the Week

House of the week: Island Bay gallery

Who needs a burglar alarm? With two towering stone-faced bouncers and an iron resin guard-dog (albeit distracted by a ball) out front, most would reconsider seeking unauthorized entry.

Who needs a burglar alarm with two towering stone-faced bouncers outside your home?

House of the week: Taranaki gallery

A painting by Whanganui artist Jilly Hare hangs over the family room mantel; the equine photography is by Diana Black Design; the Collinses call the leather Halo sofa at right “the sleepy sofa” for its comfort.

A timeless traditional Christmas is the best gift she can give her family, says this creative rural homeowner.

Light-filled Ponsonby villa gallery

Sarah and Pete Wren hired the abstract painting by JS Parker in their Ponsonby, Auckland living room “for years” before they finally got around to buying it, says Sarah; daughter Charlotte hangs out on the couch while Gemma the Burmese nabs a spot in the sun; the light shades throughout the house are by Simon James Design; the yellow stool is by Tolix.

This might be the sunniest villa in Auckland - so bright, in fact, that wearing sunglasses indoors has become de rigueur.

House of the week: Auckland gallery

The dining room has a wallpaper backdrop that's reminiscent of a Balinese forest.

There isn't a surface in Relda Frogley's colourful-yet-serene home that's immune to wallpaper.

House of the week: Christchurch gallery

Lou Barker isn’t afraid to mix colours, styles and patterns, as seen in her living room, with its array of revamped retro furniture.

This vibrant home on the Cashmere hills is testimony to its owner’s belief in the transformative power of colour.

House of the week: Matakana gallery

Judged Best Living Room in the NZ House & Garden Interior of the Year awards, the Goulds' living room features rustic textured timber and rumbled brick, alongside sophisticated art and furnishings.

In search of their bit of rural zen, an Auckland couple have built a loft-style home on a windswept hill, under a soaring sky.

House of the week: Matakana gallery

Art dominates the Matakana living room shared by Virginia Leonard, Oliver King and their children Coco (here with Claude the West Highland terrier) and Orlando; a large-scale abstract work by Virginia hangs at left (see it on the cover); above a wooden cabinet from The Vitrine hang portraits by Gavin Hurley (above the record player) and Kirsten Roberts, next to a large photographic work by Oliver; the dog sculpture on the hearth is by Barry Lett; the light shade, from May Time Marketing , hangs from an old horsehair and plaster ceiling rose.

This homeowner deliberately made builders walk through her house in muddy boots to achieve a rustic look.

Home of the week: Martinborough gallery

Richard working in the 22m-long living space; to his right is the wood store hatch.

Chunky recycled timber gives this barn-like home (with a 22-metre-long living room) its cosy character.

House of the week: Wanaka gallery

Afternoon champagne with (from left) Anna Brewster who started 47Frocks with Bridget, Hannah Steven and Rachael Milner.

Halloween every day and Christmas twice a year... you can expect the unexpected from the Legnavsky family.

House of the week: Christchurch gallery

They live in a Christchurch street with their name on it, but it was their late '60s house that reeled them in.

A little TLC turned this inner suburb find into an unpretentious, clever space - plus the street even has their names on it.

House of the Week: Island Bay gallery

“I like beauty for beauty’s sake. I’ll collect rococo, Georgian, baroque, whatever holds my eye and gives me joy. It’s a real mash-up and changes all the time. Most people who come to the house get asked to help me move something.” The painting above the sofa is The Believer by George Underwood.

A foot in each hemisphere suits this TV reporter turned media trainer turned vintage-furniture hunter.

Bright pink house embarrassed kids gallery video

The colour scheme for Doris de Pont and Tejo van Schie’s Grey Lynn villa was controversial at first, says Doris; their son Micky even “screenprinted a T-shirt with the slogan: ‘I do not live in a pink house’”; but when it was time to repaint, their now grown-up children insisted it should be redone in the same hues, carefully colour-matched.

Fashion icon Doris de Pont's son was so horrified by his mum's colour scheme, he made a t-shirt in protest.

House of the Week: The 'party barn' gallery

The former panel beater’s shed is now a party barn, with rustic furniture primarily made from old sheep yard timber; the blackboard provides the menu for the day and Lyn likes to set the table with good silver, linen and china; French Country Collections supplied the cane chairs.

It took a quake to dislodge this couple from their city lives, but now the North Canterbury countryside has well and truly claimed them.

House of the week: Lyttelton gallery

Kris and Alex Herbert's open-plan Lyttelton loft.

This family battled against the odds to salvage their quake-damaged loft, but their tenacity was worth it.

Realtor's dream home in Auckland gallery

The kitchen cabinetry reflects Cheryl's fondness for "the Hamptons look".

She sold the house she loved, and then realtor Cheryl Whiting fell hard for the charms of another.

House of the week: Raglan gallery

The impressive view from Jean Carbon's barn.

A studio added on to this barn-style home offered the perfect spot for this local artisan to perfect her craft.

House of the week: Queenstown gallery

jane ussher

The farmhouse feel of this Queenstown home has happy echoes of its owner’s childhood in Dorset.

House of the week: Mt Pleasant gallery

The view from the Mt Pleasant section.

This home perched amid native bush in Christchurch has served three generations.

House build "a long journey, but worth it"

Craig and Rowena Douglas's home sits on a 2500-square-metre block in a semi-rural subdivision in Lincoln.

What do you do if several companies behind the house you are planning go belly up? Take on the project yourself.

House of the week: Kapiti Coast gallery

At Martin Brown’s seaside home at Te Horo Beach, an hour’s drive from Wellington on the Kapiti Coast, a wall of glass provides unobstructed views of the beach and out 
to Kapiti Island.

A Te Horo bach is the ultimate stress-buster for a Wellington city apartment-dweller.

Black walls bring the wow factor

Marama says her mother is responsible for buying some of the coolest objects in the dining room, including the pink cuckoo clock, the black bust and the pedestal stand; on the dining table is a candelabra from Seletti; the vintage armchair was recently reupholsted in black and the cushions are from Designers Guild.

Dramatic wallpaper, skulls and hot pink accents come together in this funky Palmerston North home.

Living the dream in West Auckland gallery

Yolanta with horses Surf and Lucky Joe.

She moved from central Auckland to the country five years ago - and has never looked back.

House of the Week: Herne Bay gallery

Clare’s extensive shoe collection includes favourites from Stuart Weitzman, Aquazzura, Manolo Blahnik and, on the sofa, her “favourite blue sparkly Christian Louboutins.

An astounding shoe collection that inspired a children’s book takes centre stage in this family-friendly villa.

A Porsche in an Akl apartment gallery

Who needs a garage? Ex-pat French designer Stephane Rondel has made his 1988 Porsche and three motorbikes a feature of his apartment.

Who needs a garage? Designer Stephane Rondel has made a feature of his 1988 Porsche and three motorbikes.

House of the week: Christchurch gallery


Among the sand dunes of Southshore sits a 1950s beach house with sprawling gardens.

House of the week: Martinborough gallery


This home in the Wairarapa was designed around a 140-year-old turret that once stood on top of a school in Christchurch.

House of the week: Hawke's Bay gallery

SUMMERLEE: This luxury Hawkes Bay retreat is an original Cape Kidnappers homestead - built in 1926.

This retreat in Hawke's Bay has plenty of history, and a long, good-looking future ahead of it.

House of the week: Coromandel gallery

TURN ON TH SUN: The solar panels that power the house are visible from the bottom of the lawn.

There’s nothing you can’t have in an off-grid house, you just can’t leave appliances on.

House of the week: Cashmere gallery


This 1910 Cashmere home has been transformed after suffering major structural damage in the earthquakes.

House of the Week: Taupo gallery

Peter and Dianne Farmer in Kinloch, Taupo.

Walking into this lodge-style home is like stepping into a hotel, says its very happy owners.

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