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Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES - Jenny Porter of My Lit­tle Party

Jen, your home is huge! Did its size in­tim­i­date you ini­tially? Our first home was ac­tu­ally a for­mer pho­tog­ra­phy studio, and this one re­minded me so much of that, but on a larger scale. It ap­pealed to me as a blank can­vas – we didn’t re­ally have to do much to it ex­cept dec­o­rate it to our taste. It’s been used as the set for lots of TV shoots and ads – what’s been the most mem­o­rable? Within a month of mov­ing in, we were in­un­dated with re­quests to use the space, just through word of mouth. Footage of a bed­room-styling com­pe­ti­tion for The Block NZ was shot here, which was a bit of fun. Where do you hunt for your fur­ni­ture and home­ware? I tend to slowly col­lect stuff over time, be­cause I have to re­ally love some­thing be­fore I buy it. I of­ten shop at Flot­sam & Jet­sam and French Coun­try Col­lec­tions, and I like to get fresh flow­ers from our neigh­bours, Farro. I also love art – an­other of my favourite artists is Saskia Leek. I’m not al­ways very prac­ti­cal – I just like hav­ing nice things to look at! But noth­ing is too pre­cious, be­cause with kids and pets our home is very much lived in and to be en­joyed. What ad­vice would you give to oth­ers who are re­dec­o­rat­ing a gen­er­ous space? I love hav­ing large spa­ces to dec­o­rate and I’ll of­ten move things round. Here, the high ceil­ing cre­ates a beau­ti­ful gallery­like at­mos­phere, and with­out the usual di­vid­ing walls, I’ve cre­ated different zones ac­cord­ing to how each space is used – for ex­am­ple, ar­rang­ing chairs be­side the fire and the din­ing ta­ble by the slid­ing doors so it feels as if we’re eat­ing out­side.

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