Add lay­ers of in­ter­est with tex­ture.

“Tex­ture in fur­nish­ings is one of my favourite ways to make a house a home,” says Clare Grove. “I de­signed an amethyst and gold Hol­ly­wood Re­gency-in­spired run­ner in our hall­way (pic­tured above) and love the way it com­ple­ments the black lac­quered con­sole with brass de­tails. In my scat­ter cush­ions I like to com­bine fab­rics such as silks, vel­vets, linens, metallics and che­nilles.”

Auck­land stylist Fiona Hugues of Gatherum Col­lec­tif says she’s al­ways look­ing to bring back old ideas with a mod­ern edge: “It gives de­sign in­stant en­durance and ev­er­last­ing style. Use blind or but­ton tuft­ing in up­hol­stery where it is un­ex­pected – fat, di­a­mond puffs in fab­rics that are sur­pris­ing, from rich plush vel­vets to heavy, raw linens. Fin­ish­ing with nail-head de­tail is an­other way to cre­ate abid­ing style. Cre­ated back in 17th cen­tury France to tighten silk up­hol­stery, to­day’s new mod­ern metal colours, size op­tions and clean an­gu­lar fur­ni­ture lines make this old-fash­ioned tech­nique cool.”

Tim­ber & stone

A com­bi­na­tion that adds time­less warmth.

An­gelique Arm­strong of­ten adds nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als like linens and wools, tim­ber and stone to in­te­ri­ors. “These are prod­ucts and ma­te­ri­als that will stand the test of time and look good year af­ter year.”

Guy Tar­rant also likes the com­bi­na­tion. “Tim­ber and stone im­bue a space with tex­tu­ral rich­ness and warmth.”

Char­lotte Minty says: “Two time­less ma­te­ri­als I of­ten use are oak tim­ber and white sub­way tiles. Oak is nei­ther too light nor too dark, and has a lovely even grain. It works for floor­ing, fur­ni­ture, shelv­ing. The clas­sic white sub­way tile is ro­bust, ver­sa­tile and in­stantly adds a clean, clas­sic fin­ish.”


There’s a rea­son it’s been stylish for cen­turies.

Says Emma Gould: “Nat­u­ral stone or mar­ble is def­i­nitely some­thing ev­ery­one should have in their home. If you couldn’t do a whole bath­room or kitchen due to bud­get re­stric­tions, even just a splash­back in a pow­der room can be stun­ning.”

When Stephen Cash­more ren­o­vated his bath­room, the Car­rara mar­ble used on the van­ity was a piece he bought from a sec­ond-hand shop 25 years ago and shifted house with. “An Ital­ian friend told us Car­rara will be cut out in 50 years. The guys who fit­ted the van­ity top couldn’t un­der­stand why we wouldn’t just go out and get a new piece... it’s be­cause the next gen­er­a­tion won’t have any. Mar­ble mo­saics are time­less and seen in New Zealand houses from the 1880s.”


This su­pe­rior nat­u­ral tex­tile is a top pick.

“Linen cur­tains are a favourite choice,” says Vic Bibby. “They look beau­ti­ful and in soft grey or ivory, will truly be time­less and work with any colour com­bi­na­tion.”

Alana Broad­head says linen is very in vogue and she doesn’t see that chang­ing. “Qual­ity linen lasts decades and – like Ge­orge Clooney – gets bet­ter with age. From bed­ding to cur­tains to kitchen tex­tiles, linen is both laid-back and yet lux­u­ri­ous and who doesn’t want that feel­ing in their home?”


Win­dow treat­ments can make or break a room.

“Al­ways, al­ways con­sider your win­dow fur­nish­ings,” says Jan­ice Ku­mar-Ward. “Drap­ery doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive – con­sider us­ing sheers as your drap­ery and black­out lin­ing on a sep­a­rate track or roller blinds so you have the best of both worlds. Con­sider track height and fab­rics and al­ways get a rec­om­men­da­tion on a great drap­ery maker as bad cur­tains are a bad in­vest­ment.”

Brid­get Fo­ley agrees sim­ple, well­made cur­tains and blinds are a musthave. “I never tire of off-white linen or silk, or plain good-qual­ity roller blinds. Cur­tains are ex­pen­sive to have made prop­erly, so you don’t want to be chang­ing them all the time.” >

‘Nat­u­ral stone or mar­ble is def­i­nitely some­thing ev­ery­one should have in their home’

– Emma Gould, White In­te­ri­ors

THIS PAGE Artist Greer Clay­ton had her own art­work printed onto these sheer drapes, avail­able from James Dun­lop.OP­PO­SITE (bot­tom right) Linen Panel cush­ion in Duck­egg $59.90 from MM Linen, mm­li­

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