Be­hind the scenes

NZ House & Garden - - BEHIND THE SCENES -


After five years as part of the NZ House & Gar­den team (first as a staff mem­ber, then as a free­lancer) we say good­bye to An­drea Warm­ing­ton, who has gone to Lon­don for a clas­sic OE. See her last story on page 80. I’ve loved: Be­ing ridicu­lously nosy. When else do you get to go to some­one’s (fab­u­lous) house and ask them about ab­so­lutely any­thing that catches your eye. I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber: An East Coast road trip with pho­tog­ra­pher Jane Ussher. We stayed at Puketiti Sta­tion, this won­der­fully grand old house (Novem­ber 2013).

Best of Lon­don so far: I am a Harry Pot­ter nerd so Warner Broth­ers Stu­dio was like step­ping into the pages of the books. I’ve been go­ing to a lot of ex­hi­bi­tions and vis­ited the jew­ellery gallery at the V&A mu­seum – I want all of it!


John Wil­liams has been writ­ing about ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign in New Zealand since 2003, which is quite a de­par­ture from his pre­vi­ous life as a sports pho­to­jour­nal­ist. In this is­sue he wrote about our cover home, on page 18.

I know that house: It’s on my reg­u­lar week­end walk­ing route and I drive past it ev­ery time I go into the city. Over the past year or so, it be­came a real talk­ing point with my part­ner as we watched its trans­for­ma­tion. When I was given the op­por­tu­nity to write about it, I didn’t need a se­cond in­vi­ta­tion.

It was a great as­sign­ment: Own­ers San­dra and Doug Stock­well are de­light­ful, and poured their hearts into this ren­o­va­tion. The re­sult is a per­fect bal­ance of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary.

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