House of the Week

House of the week: New Plymouth gallery

Kilim rugs serve as curtains in the main living area, which features a light rescued from New Plymouth’s beloved Andre’s restaurant when it closed down; the Eames chairs are soon to be replaced by eight dining chairs designed for all-night lounging; the sculpture on the table is by Jeff Thomson.

There's seven bathrooms and three kitchens, yet these art-loving owners have run out of room for more “beautiful things”.

House of the Week: Devonport gallery

At dusk, LED lighting casts a soft glow over Domenico De Vincentis and Murray Thompson’s Devonport, Auckland  garden.

As evening falls, the lights come on in this immaculate garden... and guests take their seats in a remarkable cinema.

Wedding cake tree adds wow gallery

A five-year-old wedding cake tree (Cornus controversa) commands attention in the fleur-de-lis garden at Jocelyn and Colin Clarke’s Kairau Lodge and Vineyard; clipped buxus surrounds large clipped escallonia shrubs and roses – the coral roses at right are ‘Paddy Stephens’.

A practical approach at this park-like garden - which features its own vineyard - has served its owners well.

House of the week: Waiheke gallery

In a house filled with art, a circle of patinated bronze fish – From Above by Waiheke artist Sally Smith – takes pride of place above the fireplace.

Sand, sea and sky mark the only boundaries at an Auckland couple’s beachfront retreat.

House of the week: Auckland gallery

Karen and Paul Hill on the “prow” of the cruise ship-shaped Auckland penthouse they share with birman Hershey; Karen describes this spot as 
“the Titanic photo-op: it’s a little bit scary!”

A pair of serial renovators set out to recreate the look of a cruise liner in this luxurious penthouse.

House of the week: Tauranga gallery

The boat is named Natalie II after Kim’s grandmother; at left is the cocktail deck.

This apartment with a “front lawn” of ocean and a boat park downstairs is worthy of James Bond.

House of the week: Great Barrier gallery

The design of the bach, where “everything’s exposed, all the timber’s exposed, nothing’s hidden”, meant quality finishing was essential, says Craig, who was delighted with the work of the Great Barrier Building Company.

For a truly authentic Kiwi bach holiday, it would be hard to beat this hideaway on Great Barrier Island.

House of the week: Auckland gallery

For more than 30 years, Viky has almost exclusively painted self-portraits. A vast number of the artist'€™s selves live, floor to ceiling, on the walls of her Sandringham home.

Self portraits adorn the walls of every room of Kiwi artist Viky Garden's Sandringham home.

House of the week: Waiheke gallery

Built as a wedding present in 1896, Oakura Bay Villa is now the Waiheke Island home of Barbara Bollard-Breen, her husband Dan and children Cassie, 19, and Jack, 15; in a nod to the house’s origins, the arc of pebbles and sand within which it stands is nicknamed “Honeymoon Bay” ; the house has an older doppelganger in the next-door Wharetana Bay, built by Belgian settlers the de Wittes in the 1840s.

This 120-year-old villa - once inhabited by the wealthy Rothschilds family - comes with its very own slice of beach.

Here it's Xmas all year round gallery

The Hardings’ house viewed from the river; it’s surrounded by a formal garden designed by Ben McMaster of Inside Out Design.

Four trees, two months of prep... nothing is done by halves over the silly season in this palatial Christchurch home.

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.

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