ASK THE OWNER:

Rod Fry of Moa­room

Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES -

Rod, do you have any ad­vice for those hop­ing

to ren­o­vate? Do it purely for your­self and your fam­ily: who you are, how you want to live and the val­ues you want your kids to be ex­posed to. Don’t fill your house with French stuff if you have no link to France; don’t fill it with New Zealand art if you re­ally don’t en­joy that; don’t buy ‘fake’ any­thing. Try to be aes­thet­i­cally co­he­sive – if some­thing you’ve had for ages or in­her­ited doesn’t work with the rest, then hide or sell it. And when it comes to ren­o­vat­ing small spa­ces?

If you can, leave un­clut­tered lines of vi­sion from one end of the apart­ment to the other to avoid any sense of claus­tro­pho­bia. Pro­por­tion the spa­ces based on the time you’ll spend in them. For us, liv­ing in such a con­strained space is like liv­ing on a boat – you need to re­ally think about stor­age so that you can leave as much space around you as pos­si­ble. Build stor­age wher­ever you can – such as in the bases of couches, or in cubes used as cof­fee ta­bles – and build your higher stor­age units into the dark­est cor­ner or wall. What makes your ren­o­va­tion es­pe­cially sat­is­fy­ing? Big, noisy din­ner par­ties that ev­ery­one leaves smil­ing; your son sit­ting on the couch read­ing rather than turn­ing on the TV; hear­ing him ex­plain how cool and well made his bunks are; ac­tu­ally pre­fer­ring to eat at home rather than at a restau­rant.

TOP Pi Sys­tem ta­ble by Rod Fry, POA, davidtrubridge.com. MID­DLE, FROM LEFT Sove linen pil­low­case, $70/pair, cit­tade­sign.com. Tan­ger­ine chair by Si­mon James for Res­i­dent, $591, si­mon­james­de­sign.com. BOT­TOM, FROM LEFT Gather Clear B vase by Sam An­der­son...

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