Be­hind the scenes

NZ House & Garden - - BEHIND THE SCENES -

Belinda Mer­rie is an in­te­ri­ors and still life pho­tog­ra­pher, so spends her days in beau­ti­ful homes or hid­den away in a stu­dio ob­sess­ing over tiny de­tails. She’s worked for NZ House & Gar­den for nearly 10 years.

I’ve al­ways loved in­te­ri­ors: I re­mem­ber hap­pily trail­ing around af­ter my mother pick­ing out wall­pa­pers and cur­tain fab­rics. Chintz Aus­trian blinds were du jour: I got them in pink. I covet a mas­sive amount of home­ware: I have had to adopt a “can adore but don’t need to ac­quire” men­tal­ity. This is­sue, I pho­tographed the table­ware fea­ture (page 49) and loved the del­i­cate pro­por­tions and colour of the cake­stand, both un­ex­pected. I live: In a small 1940s ex-state house in St He­liers with my hus­band Gareth and daugh­ter Lily. We love the area and the neigh­bours so will prob­a­bly never move.

Af­ter years spent trav­el­ling the world, pho­tograph­ing mostly ar­chi­tec­ture and gar­dens, Kal­lan MacLeod is set­tled in Auck­land, where he’s ren­o­vat­ing a 50s ter­raced house in Free­mans Bay. In this is­sue, he shot the apart­ment on page 90. I’m look­ing for­ward to: Hav­ing a place for my col­lec­tion of mid-cen­tury fur­ni­ture gath­ered over many years.

I love liv­ing in the in­ner city: I’m in a group of six ter­raced houses where there’s a nice sense of neigh­bour­hood and restau­rants close by. But it’s also very green all year round, with an old pōhutukawa out­side and lots of na­tives. One of my favourite places: The Princes’ Is­lands, a 45-minute ferry ride from Is­tan­bul, where I lived for five years. There are no cars and beau­ti­ful old Ot­toman houses with big gar­dens.


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