LEARN­ING CURVE

The own­ers of this home thought a to­tal ren­o­va­tion was in or­der – then it started to grow on them.

Homestyle New Zealand - - CONTENTS - WORDS Lisa Mor­ton PHOTOGR APHY Si­mon Wil­son

EN­TER­ING THE HOME OF ERENA AND JOE TE PAA, IT’S im­pos­si­ble not to be cap­ti­vated by the high stud and curved tim­ber ceil­ing that runs the length of the open-plan kitchen and liv­ing area – rows of honey-coloured boards ris­ing to a peak be­fore rolling like a wave to­wards the wall. The dra­matic ceil­ing is a fea­ture of the home’s mid-cen­tury mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­tural style and was key to the cou­ple’s pur­chase.

“I was in­stantly drawn in by its unique­ness,” says Erena. “Homes of this era have a quirk­i­ness about them. In some ways they were ahead of their time, given that a lot of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture and fur­ni­ture de­sign now harks back to this look.”

De­signed by Hamil­ton ar­chi­tect Rod­ney Smith in 1968, the house be­gan its life as a four-bed­room dwelling, then was added to dur­ing the years he and his fam­ily lived in it. When Erena and Joe dis­cov­ered the prop­erty two years ago, it was in a state of ex­treme dis­re­pair. “In more re­cent times, it had been a gov­ern­ment-owned board­ing hos­tel,” says Erena. “When we bought it, it was unloved and run-down, with green car­pet, orange and yel­low walls, and lots of dings, dents and holes.” •

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ABOVE On this pre-loved side­board near the din­ing area, an ike­bana vase is filled with a be­spoke f lo­ral ar­range­ment cre­ated by Here Among The Wild. The Ge­orge Sand Studio print is from En­demic World, and the wooden fruit and pa­per fan were from a favourite Instagram store that’s since closed. OP­PO­SITE Erena found the kitchen’s 1967 “witch hat” Semi pen­dant lights by Fog and Mørup on Etsy. The Daily Roller on the left wall is by Ge­orge & Willy, the stools were a Trade Me dis­cov­ery and the ce­ram­ics on the peg-board shelves crafted by Charles were all made by lo­cal pot­ters.

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