My favourite room
TV presenter and stylist Amber Peebles’ home is where fashion meets timeless style
With TV presenter and stylist Amber Peebles
Amber Peebles lives in a newly renovated 1950s home in Mt Albert, Auckland, with her husband Brooke HowardSmith and Maltese toy poodle-cross Coco Bear. With a fresh coat of Resene ‘Black White’ and plenty of carefully considered furnishings, the living area, with open plan kitchen and dining zones, is the perfect place for this homebody to enjoy her family’s and her friend’s company. While her wardrobe is filled with the latest fashions, her decor is more timeless – “mixing style with comfort is the goal,” she says.
How long have you lived here? We’ve been here for eight months, I’d say about five months of that we were pretty busy with the renovation so it’s nice to start the fun decorating process. The downstairs is a lot larger than we are used to but it all flows in together and I love it.
How would you describe your interior style? I’m quite affected by the style of the house. I’m really
inspired by this place, which gives me major retro vibes but it’s important to keep it fresh. I’ve tried to seek out a real mix of old treasures and new finds here. I found the cabinet at our local retro goods store – I love that that’s a thing – called Retro Addiction. It was such a bargain – all we had to do was add legs to it (which we found from a guy north of Auckland who makes them). And I have to say, I love a Trade Me trawl. It’s amazing the goodies you find!
What’s your favourite thing to do in the room? Drink wine and cook with my husband or drink wine and catch up with friends… there’s a theme forming! I’m such a homebody so I love to have a space that people can visit. I think there’s a balance of having generously sized areas for hosting but being aware of furniture placement is important so it still feels intimate.
What is your favourite feature? I’m currently pretty excited about our living area. We have quite a complicated shelving unit and needed to adjust one of the frames to fit in our new TV, the Samsung Frame, so it looks like art when it’s turned off! I’m still pretty pumped about that. I just don’t love the look of TVs so I’m really excited with how it’s all coming together!
“I’m really inspired by this place, which gives me major retro vibes but it’s important to keep it fresh.”
What are your favourite homeware pieces in the living room? I fell in love with a decorative shell in Australia, very similar to the one currently holding my lemons. I didn’t buy it, and kicked myself when I got home, but I then found this one at Superette down the road and it was cheaper! Haha, small wins. I also have a few pieces of my mother-in-law’s art, which is really special.
Tell us about the colour scheme. The walls are Resene ‘Black White’. I love white on white and admittedly this is the third place we have renovated and painted with it. It’s a really easy white to live with. Do you change the decor in this room often? I think I’ll always make small tweaks if I find pieces that may work better but we have only just started to climb out of renovation mess so time will tell how itchy my palms get.
When it comes to homewares, do you save or splurge? Both! I usually save anywhere I can – specifically so I can splurge when I need to.
What would be your advice to a redecorator? I like to keep my kitchens really minimal and love to have clear bench space, so my advice would be to really think about how you could declutter and downscale. In the dining area, keep it cosy with warm tones and playwith textures.
As a stylist, we know you follow fashion trends. Do you follow interior trends too? Fashion is there to play with, you can have adifferent vibe every day depending on your mood, if you want. Interior style is deeper than that, it’s your haven, your home. So I’m not into following the trends but it’s nice to keep an eye out for inspiration, a new dining table, centrepiece or rug cancompletely change a look.