Claire Cros­bie, Auck­land

NZ House & Garden - - INTERIOR OF THE YEAR 2018 -

It’s hard to be­lieve this hall­way is in a To­tal Span barn that’s been con­verted into a home on Auck­land’s North Shore. It feels as if you’ve stepped back into pre-1920s Paris, says Claire Cros­bie. And that’s ex­actly what she wanted. Pink sets the tone: “In Europe, pink’s been around for years. It gives a sort of mood­i­ness, es­pe­cially at night. It’s a sooth­ing colour.”

It feels as if I’ve gone back in time: “I love the eclectic bo­hemian feel of Europe, es­pe­cially Vene­tian and French styles. In Europe they don’t have a set style, ev­ery­body does what they want.” Noth­ing matches: “That’s ex­actly how I like it. There are three sets of doors, from Egypt, Paris and In­dia, as well as a hand-painted Vic­to­rian win­dow.

Judges’ com­ments:

“Here’s a hall­way that has been trans­formed into some­thing much more than a thor­ough­fare. The clever use of pink and green and eclectic col­lec­tion of trea­sures makes this a no­table space.”

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