NZ House & Garden - - HOMES - Dou­glas Lloyd Jenk­ins

One tip for other home­own­ers: Min­i­mal­ism is for the empty-minded. De­clut­ter­ing means you bought badly. Best piece of ad­vice we ever re­ceived: The smaller the room, the big­ger the ges­tures have to be. Best seat in the house: Curled up in a wing chair in front of the li­brary fire. Favourite out­door spot: Front ve­ran­dah at twi­light. The most im­por­tant thing to us: Is to com­pre­hen­sively deal with the heat­ing. The thing I want to change next: Trans­form the guest room into a tent-room.

The best time of year to visit Napier: Au­tumn – the crowds and the heat have gone but the days are crisp and views clear. Best walk in the neigh­bour­hood: A stroll down to the old Napier ceme­tery.

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