ASK THE INTERIOR DESIGNER: Janice Kumar-Ward of JKW Interior Architecture & Design
Balance has been maintained so beautifully in this home, Janice. How did you help to achieve it? Balancing a couple’s renovation expectations is all part of the challenge. I love working with clients like the Tippings, who love great design, are open to ideas and appreciate each other’s differences. This house is so special and retaining its heritage was important to both Kiriana and Will, so we kept the architecture true to the original and added modern touches in the form of lighting and soft furnishings. What advice would you give to couples about compromising during the renovation process? There should be a Civil Defence warning: Be prepared! Successfully managing the sometimes
stressful process of renovating is mostly about forward planning, providing clear guidelines for each consultant and tradesperson, being able to answer curly questions by getting good advice, and knowing what’s happening each day. Definitely don’t compromise on the planning. If you can’t make a decision together, put it on hold until you’ve worked through all the options. Don’t rush choices you may forever regret. How should renovators integrate bold interior
details without it becoming ‘too much’? There are no rules, but you need to understand yourselves, your home, your lifestyle and your budget. The Tippings hope to live here for a long time so, for example, investing in Cole & Son wallpapers was a decision based on longevity and the desire for textiles that would grow with them as a family. We opted for items they genuinely love, rather than on-trend pieces.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Copycat table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos, $1555, ecc.co.nz. Hex 750 pendant light, $3395, resident.co.nz. Masters stool by Kartell, $798, backhousenz.com. Turning table by Menu, $938, simonjamesdesign.com. Chiavi...