A closer look

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Com­pact liv­ing calls for cre­ative stor­age so­lu­tions and thought­ful ways to add per­son­al­ity in a small space.

Stor­age on show Claire didn’t want to com­pro­mise on stor­age for her hand­bags and shoes. They got rid of the se­cond bed­room to make room for a larger wardrobe and en suite.

Glimpse of green­ery Claire wanted a low main­te­nance gar­den so she bought the vin­tage bird­cage from Le Monde in Par­nell and took it to a florist to fill with easy-care herbs and plants.

Scale and sub­stance Damien al­ways wanted a sail­ing boat, says Claire. She found this one at an an­tiques dealer. It’s now used as a screen to sep­a­rate the en­trance from the liv­ing room.

On the wing Claire loves the taxi­dermy par­rots from World, which bring colour to the liv­ing area. If she had her way, they’d have more birds, but Damien thought two were plenty.

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