Homes: Art deco de­light in Gis­borne

This fam­ily swapped a stress­ful life in Auck­land for the more laid­back pace of Gis­borne, where an art deco bun­ga­low of­fered a fresh start

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text and styling by Tina Stephen. Pho­tog­ra­phy by He­len Bankers.


Candice Pardy, 37 (busi­ness man­ager), David Pardy, 32 (busi­ness owner), Noah, 6, Os­car, 2, and Michelle-Bianca, 3 months, plus Butch the dog.


Candice and David Pardy are no strangers to tack­ling big projects, hav­ing re­cently built a large fam­ily home from scratch in Auck­land’s south­ern sub­urb of Pukekohe. But af­ter a health scare with their younger son, Os­car, the cou­ple found them­selves se­ri­ously re-eval­u­at­ing their busy, big-city life­style and con­tem­plat­ing their most am­bi­tious project yet – mov­ing the whole fam­ily down to the Gis­borne re­gion.

“There were a lot of un­knowns ini­tially with Os­car’s con­di­tion,” says Candice. “Be­tween spe­cial­ist ap­point­ments, our work sched­ules and a two-hour-plus daily com­mute we were find­ing there wasn’t enough time left for our young fam­ily. Some­thing had to give, and we knew our way of life wasn’t sus­tain­able.”

Mov­ing out of the city was af­ford­able thanks to the Pardys’ foothold in the Auck­land prop­erty mar­ket, but it also made sense as a way to pare back Candice and David’s work com­mit­ments. Al­though Candice had high­tailed it to Auck­land from Gis­borne when she was 18, the pres­ence of ex­tended fam­ily back home and ac­cess to a beach bach in Mahia (just over an hour’s drive away from the east-coast city) made re­turn­ing there with a young fam­ily an al­lur­ing prospect. Warm weather, the re­gion’s abun­dant food and wine, zero traf­fic and low house prices also weighed the scales in favour of a move, and so the Pardys took the leap last De­cem­ber and pur­chased an art deco bun­ga­low within a few min­utes of cen­tral Gis­borne.


With their set­tle­ment date loom­ing, Candice de­cided to pre-emp­tively ren­o­vate the bun­ga­low be­fore her fam­ily moved in. She en­gaged interior de­signer Tina Stephen to work on giv­ing the tired but solid home a fresh update. The brief was to in­cor­po­rate Candice’s ex­ist­ing mid-cen­tury mod­ern fur­ni­ture into the house as well as adding some new pieces and mod­ernising the house with a fresh and punchy colour pal­ette.

“We had worked to­gether be­fore, so Tina was my first call,” says Candice. “I wanted a larger din­ing ta­ble to fit all my ex­tended fam­ily at din­ner, a bold colour pal­ette, and to re­place the light­ing with some I had re­moved from the Auck­land house be­fore we left.

“Once the mood­boards, lay­out and colour se­lec­tion were con­firmed, I project-man­aged the ren­o­va­tion re­motely from Auck­land, work­ing closely with our tradies to re­wire the house, re­paint the en­tire home and in­stall beau­ti­ful linen cur­tains.”

With the new home com­pris­ing just half the foot­print of their Auck­land house, the Pardy fam­ily needed to down­size their life­style and con­sider how best to use their new space. A de­ci­sion to have their two boys share a room left enough space in the third bed­room for Candice’s home of­fice and a play area. A new fold-out sofa also dou­bles as a guest bed.


Candice de­cided to em­brace the quirks of her new home while us­ing paint to give it a sim­ple but vi­brant update. She and Tina opted to paint out the ex­ist­ing colour scheme of cream and beige and re­place it with bright and bold new choices.

Each room was as­signed a unique colour. The lounge is painted in Du­lux ‘Ohai’, a chalky olive green, and was dec­o­rated with a new mus­tard vel­vet sofa and woollen rug to make the space snug on cold win­ter nights.

The open-plan din­ing room ad­ja­cent to the lounge was painted in Du­lux ‘Basin Re­serve’ (a very dark, black-toned green) for a moody and dra­matic feel. The mod­ern, coun­try-style kitchen was re­cently in­stalled by the pre­vi­ous own­ers but a fresh coat of bone white gave it a new feel. Rimu beams in the kitchen and din­ing area have been high­lighted by the new colour pal­ette and echoed in a cus­tom-made rimu break­fast bar which of­fers a quiet spot for a cof­fee and views of the gar­den. Fea­ture colours such as Du­lux ‘Ohai’, ‘Alexan­dra’ (a soft pink) and ‘Lake­side’ (a sea blue) can be glimpsed in the bed­rooms and bath­rooms.

“My style is mid-cen­tury mod­ern with touches of in­dus­trial and Scandi,” says Candice. “Our last home had a strong black and white theme. This home, on the other hand, has an art deco feel with an English cot­tage-style kitchen and bath­rooms, so it’s an eclec­tic mix. In some rooms, you think, ‘Am

I in the same house?’ Each room has its own vibe so there’s lots to take in for such a small foot­print, and it felt right to have a dif­fer­ent colour in­cor­po­rated into each space.”


The new Pardy home feels com­plete, hav­ing been mod­ernised through a quick but ef­fec­tive ren­o­va­tion. As a re­sult, the fam­ily have been able to get on with en­joy­ing their new home’s large, es­tab­lished gar­den and pool area, as well as coun­try views of hills and val­leys.

How­ever, Candice is a plan­ner and a cre­ative by na­ture, so the fam­ily have re­cently had plans drawn up for a mid-cen­tury-style home to be built on the work­ing or­chard they own and run, which is lo­cated nearby.

The bun­ga­low is a wel­come re­treat for now, es­pe­cially with the re­cent ad­di­tion of daugh­ter Michelle-Bianca, but Candice and David look for­ward to com­bin­ing their home and work lives all in one sunny pack­age. •

A mix of new fur­ni­ture with sec­ond­hand ob­jects is of­ten the best way to style a pe­riod home as it will

feel fresh yet retro.

Style a spare wall with an up­cy­cled con­sole ta­ble. Add a few ob­jects you love and some colour­ful fruit or flow­ers for a quick hall­way re­fresh. HALL, EN­TRY, LIV­ING Candice in­cor­po­rated fur­ni­ture which she loved from her pre­vi­ous, newly built home, and it sits com­fort­ably along­side vin­tage light­ing and a soft green colour pal­ette in the tran­si­tional spa­ces.

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