The colour is­sue

8 Ki­wis who defy the decor rules


You would have no idea that this was out the back,” says Jac­quie Hud­son of the hot pink fea­ture wall (page 29) that over­looks the swim­ming pool in the back gar­den of her fam­ily’s home in Herne Bay, Auck­land. “From the front you would never know. You’d think, ‘Oh, that’s a nice villa,’” says Jac­quie. The wall, which was in­spired by the candy-coloured homes de­signed by the late Mex­i­can ar­chi­tect Luis Bar­ragán, caused a bit of a stir when it was first painted (though not nearly as much as it could have done – there was talk of paint­ing the ad­join­ing wall or­ange) but these days, every­body loves it, says Jac­quie.

Al­though the state­ment shade seems a bit in­con­gru­ous in this tra­di­tional, leafy neigh­bour­hood on the city’s fringe, it suits the bright and bub­bly Jac­quie to a T. She de­scribes her dec­o­rat­ing style as “not too se­ri­ous” and the re­cently ren­o­vated villa, which she shares with her hus­band, their four-year-old son Archie, new­born daugh­ter Bil­lie and Russ the Jack Rus­sell, is noth­ing if not fun. Bright and bold con­tem­po­rary works by New Zealand artists greet you as soon as you step through the front door, where a fuch­sia hall­way run­ner links the re­stored circa 1900s villa to the mod­ern, light-filled ex­ten­sion and afore­men­tioned pink wall in the gar­den be­yond. >

The cou­ple has ren­o­vated seven homes to­gether (“When all our friends were down at the pub we were paint­ing skirting boards,” says Jac­quie) but this is the first for which they’ve fallen head over heels – they tried to buy it twice be­fore they were suc­cess­ful in 2013. “We’ve never been that emo­tional about buy­ing a house be­fore. I stepped in here and I just thought it had a happy vibe,” she says. “Some­times you just know. You feel, ‘This is right.’”

When the cou­ple fi­nally scooped up the villa five years ago, ren­o­va­tions had already be­gun. It had been un­changed for more than half a cen­tury, right down to the teal kitchen, but the con­crete foun­da­tions for an ex­pan­sive, light-filled ex­ten­sion on the rear of the house had been poured. This space, which en­com­passes an open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing area, was orig­i­nally de­signed with soaring ceil­ings and glit­ter­ing chan­de­liers through­out, but the cou­ple had a more down-toearth vi­sion for the space.

Their ar­chi­tect and good friend Ju­lian Guthrie – who has worked with the cou­ple on all their pre­vi­ous ren­o­va­tions – took his cues for the ex­ten­sion from the flat-roofed homes of mid­cen­tury Cal­i­for­nia. “We’ve prob­a­bly made it a bit more hip and younger,” says Jac­quie.

The ex­ten­sion is also home to Jac­quie’s ap­point­ment-only fash­ion bou­tique Hud­son (sho­phud­ The former tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ist turned fash­ion maven opened her epony­mous store after a for­tu­itous trip to a wed­ding in Greece. Her sis­ter, “a mad shopper”, stum­bled across the Greek la­bel Ioanna Kourbela on a shop­ping trip and in­sisted Jac­quie and her mother visit, too. “We all went and we all bought some­thing – and we’re all dif­fer­ent ages,” says Jac­quie. When she re­turned home, she con­tacted the la­bel and asked if they would con­sider giv­ing her the rights to sell them in New Zealand. “They said yes and since then we’ve been the best of bud­dies.” >

‘I stepped in here and I just thought it had a happy vibe’

Jac­quie’s fond­ness for colour is ev­i­dent in her in­ti­mate show­room, where dresses in but­tery yel­lows and lilacs hang on the racks. She re­calls a painter telling her how much he loved trans­form­ing Archie’s bed­room with sun­shine yel­low. He’d already done the pink fea­ture wall. “Every­body loves the pink, but when you ac­tu­ally go to do it your­self, lots of peo­ple don’t end up do­ing it,” says Jac­quie. “I think it’s the same as cloth­ing. When you get down to it, it’s like, can I re­ally wear that? Should I re­ally stand out? But I love it.”

THIS PAGE Jac­quie says the colour­ful mas­ter bed­room is her favourite room in the house; Daniella Nor­ling of Trove In­te­rior De­sign found the light shade and de­signed the pink headboard; the green velour arm­chairs and pink velour ot­toman were vin­tage finds that were re-cov­ered; In­sep­a­ra­ble Huia by Fiona Pard­ing­ton hangs on the wall.OP­PO­SITE A paint­ing by An­dré He­mer hangs above the fire­place in the mas­ter bed­room; along the cor­ri­dor is a walk-in wardrobe and en suite.

THIS PAGE The gallery-like hall­way in­cludes a light­box by Jim Speers be­side a work by Wayne Youle; op­po­site is a piece by Stephen Bam­bury.OP­PO­SITE (clock­wise from top left) Archie in his bed­room; Jac­quie found his Avengers du­vet cover at Briscoes and the di­nosaur head on eBay. The cou­ple’s en suite fea­tures a mar­ble counter. The pat­terned wall­pa­per and blinds in Bil­lie’s bed­room were sourced through Trove In­te­rior De­sign. Jac­quie in her of­fice and show­room; an art­work by Heather Straka hangs above the desk. A bright yel­low fea­ture wall in Archie’s bed­room; the light fix­ture is from Light­ing Di­rect.

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