THE PROJECT

Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES -

Lawyer Jackie Rainey and her teacher hus­band Peter Radonich ren­o­vated this three-bed­room home in Auck­land’s Grey Lynn for them­selves and their son Os­car (16).

mas­ter­piece. Com­pellingly sim­ple with a mas­cu­line slant, every de­tail is a tri­umph, but the shower is the true high­light, clad in green Ital­ian tiles and with a view of the tall plane trees that line the street out­side. For this, the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the cou­ple, Re­becca and Tau­ranga-based colour and de­sign con­sul­tant Peta Tearle was sup­ported by Jackie’s dear dad, Peter Rainey, a pro­fes­sional tiler who did a metic­u­lous job on those tiny glass gems, de­vot­ing him­self to his daugh­ter’s cause by work­ing every day for two weeks straight to get it fin­ished just so.

“Peo­ple can’t be­lieve I’m the only one who uses it!” laughs Jackie. “I mean, of course, if some­one’s us­ing the main bath­room, Pete and Os­car are ‘al­lowed’ to use the en­suite, but the other day Pete said, “Os­car’s in the bath­room — can I use your shower?’ And I said, ‘Can’t you just wait for Os­car to get out?’ Pete is not some­one who seeks any form of per­mis­sion, but he just seems to have ac­cepted it!”

Cheaply re­done in the early ’90s, the more com­mu­nal kitchen at the rear of the house was due for a fix-up. Now as you walk down the hall­way to­wards the open-plan liv­ing area,

RIGHT A lot of the fam­ily’s fur­ni­ture is sec­ond-hand, in­clud­ing this chair and sofa, which they had re­uphol­stered. The Hex 750 pen­dant by Res­i­dent that hangs above the cof­fee ta­ble is from Si­mon James, and Jackie has col­lected the mid­cen­tury glass­ware from all over New Zealand, Syd­ney and Lon­don. The cush­ions are by Mis­soni from Tes­suti and the ot­toman is by Hella Jon­gerius for Vi­tra, scored on sale from Matisse. OP­PO­SITE “I find light­ing cru­cial to the out­come of a de­sign and put a lot of thought into it,” says Re­becca. “I re­ally wanted Pete to be able to see to work at the ta­ble and for the cou­ple to be able to cre­ate a dif­fer­ent mood when guests are over. The pen­dant here is a soft, dimmable fea­ture light, and the re­cessed down­lights are there for task light­ing.” Join­ing them is a floor lamp by Jieldé from Flot­sam & Jet­sam.

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