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.