My favourite room

TV pre­sen­ter and stylist Am­ber Pee­bles’ home is where fash­ion meets time­less style

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

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.



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