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 (shophudson.co.nz). 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.