Rooms & blooms
INTERIORS INSPIRED BY FLOWERS
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.