“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