NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Best money spent: In­su­la­tion, dou­ble-glaz­ing and merino car­pet through­out. It’s the most gor­geous, soft, thick car­pet ever.

The most de­bate was: Over the re­moval of 13 mag­no­lias on the edge of the ten­nis court. But the new walled gar­den is gor­geous. I love the form of Thuja ‘Smaragd’, buxus balls and aga­pan­thus, not to men­tion the ex­tra sun.

If there was one thing I could do dif­fer­ently:

It would have been to in­stall a water fea­ture on the north-west pa­tio at the be­gin­ning. I’m still long­ing for the sooth­ing sounds of cas­cad­ing water.

Best seat in the house: There are so many lovely spots to choose from. I try to ring the changes to en­joy tea with friends in the var­i­ous spots, depend­ing on the sea­son – the sun­room, the for­mal sit­ting room with its calm­ing colours, or my new favourite ta­ble on the ve­ran­dah on a sum­mer’s day lis­ten­ing to the bell­birds and p wakawaka.

Suzanne Kit­ley

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