Small space

A clever ren­o­va­tion saw this stu­dio turned into a tiny tri­umph with a dis­tinctly fem­i­nine feel.

Homestyle New Zealand - - CONTENTS - WO RDS Claire McCall PH OTO G R A PH Y Matthew Wil­liams

Mak­ing the most of it.

Like a ma­gi­cian who pulls a rab­bit, a dove and an im­pos­si­bly long string of silk scarves out of a hat, in­te­rior de­signer Karin Mont­gomery Spath has squeezed an in­cred­i­ble amount into this stu­dio unit. In just 30m2, plus 7m2 of bal­cony, she’s aced owner Mary Fitz­patrick’s wish list.

When Mary bought her end stu­dio on Auck­land’s Newmarket/Re­muera bor­der, it was in need of some TLC, but it was also af­ford­able and in a lovely street, and had good light. “The block was built in the ’60s and was all con­crete – it looked bru­tal­ist,” says Karin.

Whereas many would have stuck with the open-plan lay­out, key to the trans­for­ma­tion was di­vid­ing the home into ded­i­cated spa­ces. Karin com­mis­sioned a deep shelv­ing unit to sep­a­rate the liv­ing and sleep­ing ar­eas, pro­vid­ing pri­vacy, stor­age on both sides and cu­bi­cles for dis­play­ing dé­cor items – in­clud­ing the TV, which swivels 180 de­grees so it can be watched from the liv­ing area and the bed­room. “We de­vel­oped a pull-down blind for it, so the wiring on the back isn’t seen,” says Karin. •

Mary eats out a lot and the din­ing ta­ble can be used for food prepa­ra­tion, so the kitchen bench is just 1.4m long; sim­i­larly, says Karin, the bar fridge is “plenty for one”. The cus­tom­made cabi­netry over­head reaches to the ceil­ing.

Spe­cially de­signed fur­ni­ture is also cru­cial to this spa­tial suc­cess story. The sofa (which dou­bles as a bed for vis­i­tors) is on tim­ber legs, cre­at­ing more of a sense of space than fur­ni­ture to the floor. On the other side of the di­vide, the king sin­gle bed is also on legs. Be­side that is a wall-hung desk, which Mary paired with a pi­ano stool she in­her­ited from her father and fin­ished with a fluffy cush­ion.

The home’s con­crete-block walls were plas­tered and painted in Re­sene Half Black White, and the ren­o­vated bath­room has the same all-white palette. Mo­ments of colour ap­pear in the gilded kitchen, a ruby ori­en­tal rug, the mil­len­nial-pink sofa and the green front door, which echoes the plants in the vertical gar­den on the bal­cony.

This pre­cisely mea­sured – and rather mag­i­cal – makeover has turned the stu­dio from bru­tal­ist bunker to sweet re­treat. “Mary loves it,” says Karin. “It’s her an­chor – a place to call her own.”

TOP In the bath­room/laun­dry, the clunky cor­ner shower cu­bi­cle was re­placed with a sim­ple, space-sav­ing cur­tain. Smart black tap­ware from The Kitchen Hub adds con­tem­po­rary lux­ury to the sub­way-style tiles from Tile Space, and a slab of mar­ble from...

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