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Au­drey Fitzjohn.

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“We did all the ren­o­va­tions our­selves, and walk­ing through each room know­ing ev­ery­thing is done is ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing.”

Liv­ing in New Zealand but com­ing from abroad, home is wher­ever my hus­band El­liot and son Charles are. It’s where I can cook for my friends and we can all have a dance party in the din­ing room.

I think my in­te­rior style is simple, with a few pieces that show char­ac­ter, age and unique­ness. There’s a touch of rus­tic­ity, with French and a few eth­nic pieces – sou­venirs from our ad­ven­tures.

I get most of my cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture. My eye is al­ways drawn to tex­tures rather than colours, and I think that shows in my style, my home and my work. I get in­spired when I travel too – a re­cent trip to Mar­rakech saw me re­ar­rang­ing the fur­ni­ture when we got home to Hamil­ton.

I usu­ally buy things on a whim and am happy to keep a spot empty un­til I find the per­fect piece for it. I like per­sonal touches, so I tend to buy things that res­onate with some­thing in­side me; some­how they all come to­gether nat­u­rally once I get them home. I scoured an­tique fairs in France for most of them and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the char­ac­ter of hand­made items. I have no wor­ries about part­ing with ob­jects, though; I’m not sen­ti­men­tal about my pos­ses­sions – I just en­joy and love them while they live with us. au­drey­fitzjohn.com; @au­drey­fitzjohn

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