Q&A

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES - Char­lie McCormick and Ben Pen­treath

THE FIRST THING I DO WHEN I AR­RIVE FROM LON­DON: Is walk around the gar­den and see all the beau­ti­ful things that Char­lie has cre­ated there. ( Ben)

MY DEC­O­RAT­ING STYLE: English coun­try house with a dash of modernism. I like in­te­ri­ors that are rich, beau­ti­fully coloured and time­less. ( Ben)

IS THE HOUSE ECO-FRIENDLY: Not in any sense at all! It has solid unin­su­lated walls, sin­gle-glazed win­dows and oil-pow­ered heat­ing. But, it is about 200 years old and count­ing. So com­pared to the “eco-friendly” houses that get knocked down af­ter 50 years it is win­ning the en­ergy equa­tion. It will be prob­a­bly stand for the next 200 years with­out too much change. ( Ben)

BEST PIECE OF AD­VICE I’VE EVER RE­CEIVED: I love the Chi­nese proverb: “If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk. If you want to be happy for­ever, cre­ate a gar­den.” I couldn’t agree more. ( Char­lie)

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