My favourite room With Lucy Slight

Your Home and Gar­den fea­tures di­rec­tor Lucy Slight has cre­ated an eclec­tic liv­ing room in her her­itage Auck­land home us­ing lots of sec­ond­hand trea­sures and trop­i­cal plants

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - In­ter­view by Jes­sica-Belle Greer. Pho­tog­ra­phy by He­len Bankers.

In a but­ter-yel­low art deco house built in the 1940s, fea­tures di­rec­tor Lucy Slight and her ra­dio broad­caster hus­band Clint Roberts live with their two Bri­tish Shorthair cats, Ziggy and Bowie. The cou­ple bought the home in New Lynn, Auck­land, al­most three years ago and knew it was ‘meant to be’ as soon as they walked through the door.

The lounge, where they spend most of their time, is Lucy’s favourite room and she loves find­ing eclec­tic pieces for it at op-shops and on­line stores, and week­ends are spent pe­rus­ing whole­sale plant nurs­eries for trop­i­cal spec­i­mens. How have you dec­o­rated your liv­ing room? The only things we had when we moved in were the couch and cof­fee ta­ble, so it’s been re­ally fun build­ing up this room over time and cre­at­ing an in­te­rior style unique to our home. Buy­ing sec­ond­hand pieces of fur­ni­ture and decor has helped the styling re­main in keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of the house.

What’s your favourite thing to do in the room? Snug­gling up on the couch to watch Net­flix with my hus­band and our two cats. We all have our favourite spots – I take the cor­ner with the ot­toman, Clint squeezes in next to me, Ziggy takes the couch arm clos­est to me and Bowie sits like a queen on the chair with the sheep­skin. What are your favourite home­wares pieces in the lounge and where did you find them? My favourite is the fire­place screen which I bought for $75 on Trade Me. I came across it dur­ing a search for ‘mid-cen­tury fur­ni­ture’ while watch­ing The Block NZ one night; the auc­tion was clos­ing in 10 minutes so I im­pul­sively placed a bid. Next thing I knew, it was mine! I also love the John and Yoko poster, which we bought for $15 from a record store in Welling­ton; once we got home we put it in a black frame from Spot­light.

Are there any home­ware stores or mar­kets you fre­quent in par­tic­u­lar? Scour­ing our lo­cal Hospice Shop is such a fun way to find unique pieces. Ev­ery time we go in to do­nate things, we al­ways end up

leav­ing with some­thing new. Trade Aid is an­other gem for unique fur­nish­ings that fit this aes­thetic. Our black and white rug is from there – how­ever, it’s cur­rently sport­ing a stub­born but­ter pa­neer stain so it might be time to start look­ing for an­other!

Tell us about the colour­ing in the home. The wooden floor­boards through­out the house are all orig­i­nal rimu and we feel so lucky to have them. The walls were painted by the pre­vi­ous owner and, while I don’t mind the shade, we’re slowly start­ing to work our way through the house, paint­ing ev­ery­thing off-white. We’ve just painted our spare room in Re­sene ‘Rice Cake’ so will likely bring that all the way through the house. When it comes to home­ware, do you save or splurge? We def­i­nitely try to save where we can, but will splurge if we re­ally love some­thing. The cac­tus print on the far wall was a present we bought for our­selves from Shut The Front Door the first Christ­mas we moved in. It was def­i­nitely a splurge at the time con­sid­er­ing we’d just taken on a big mort­gage! But in my opin­ion, there’s noth­ing quite like the feel­ing of find­ing a unique piece from a sec­ond­hand store for a bar­gain price.

Do you change the decor in this room of­ten?

No, never, we just keep adding more plants!

How would you de­scribe your in­te­rior style? I would call the style bo­hemian with a

retro edge, pay­ing homage to the era of the home. While we haven’t done many ren­o­va­tions yet, I would never take

away the beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal fea­tures which

in­clude the art deco win­dows and doors and

the tiled fire­place.

How im­por­tant are plants in your home? Green­ery adds so much life to our liv­ing spa­ces.

We get lovely light com­ing through in the

after­noon so the mon­stera and the bird of par­adise, which sit close

to the win­dows, are thriv­ing. I love watch­ing

new shoots spring up into big, beau­ti­ful leaves.

If some­one read­ing this story is think­ing about redec­o­rat­ing their liv­ing room, what would be your ad­vice to them? Find a style that suits the era of the house as well as your taste. I love that we have nods to art deco and mid-cen­tury styling mixed with more mod­ern el­e­ments – but this wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily work in a mod­ern home. Choose a few key colours

to bring through the room to make the styling

co­he­sive.

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