Rooms & blooms


Your Home and Garden - - Front Page - Text by Deb­bie Har­ri­son. Pho­tog­ra­phy by He­len Bankers.

When in­te­rior de­signer Katie Scott asked home­own­ers Eden and Lisa Houli­han what style they wanted for their just-pur­chased Pon­sonby home, they had one word for her: moody. “It’s only a lit­tle house so we wanted it to be dark, clas­sic, so­phis­ti­cated and moody – a bit like my wife,” laughs Eden. The cou­ple fol­lowed that up with a lit­tle more de­tail: they were af­ter a slightly lux­u­ri­ous, ‘bou­tique ho­tel’ feel. Then they left Katie to it, putting her pretty much in charge of the ren­o­va­tion project while they checked in re­motely from their Pauanui bach, where they lived dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion.

The cou­ple had good rea­son to trust Katie’s taste – they’d been through the stun­ning home she’d de­signed for Adam Thom­son (Your Home and Gar­den cover, September 2016) and her style im­me­di­ately ap­pealed. “We were blown away by it. She has a clas­sic style, uses qual­ity prod­ucts and has the tal­ent to make a real home,” ex­plains Eden. She was the ideal choice to whip their villa (which had its front ve­randa re­moved back in the 1940s) into a stylish abode fit for a mod­ern family. Sur­prise us,” Eden and Lisa said.

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