Jane’s eclectic decor style and collection of art and curios have softened the home’s steel, concrete and wood. There’s no hard-edged modernist furniture here – instead, the Kay home is filled with items the couple love or things they’ve kept for sentimental reasons.
“I’m hopelessly sentimental and love things that hold meaning and memories for us – gifts, art our kids have made, family heirlooms,” says Jane. She also enjoys discovering new treasures at secondhand shops and garage sales. “I love to find something someone no longer wants and make it useful again,” she says, although these days she tends to cull and curate, keeping only her favourites and buying just the things she truly loves. A set of six Otto Larsen chairs was a recent Trade Me splurge which now adorns the dining area.