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With a love of muted colours and rich textures, the owner of this Remuera home has masterfully created a pared back home that still has plenty of depth personalized new baby gifts Scroll down to take a tour through this grand home Chrissy,...


With a love of muted colours and rich textures, the owner of this Remuera home has masterfully created a pared back home that still has plenty of depth

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Scroll down to take a tour through this grand home

Chrissy, Jono and their daughters moved into their Remuera home eight years ago. Although the character-filled house faced north, had great indoor-outdoor flow and boasted a pool, it did have some drawbacks: it lacked light, the living room was small and the kitchen needed an update.

Chrissy set abouttransforming the home into a sophisticated and stylish inner-city oasis with a restful colour palette and lots of layers.

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A bold design decision like this black wall speaks volumes about Chrissy’s style and personality as well as creating a show-stopping focal point in the room.

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The outdoor area, with patio, fireplacepersonalized toys, lawn and swimming pool, is used all year round as an extension of the living room.

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This outdoor area?used all year round as an extension of the living room.

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Chrissy has maintained a simple palette throughout her home.

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Try mixing rich textures such as hides, sheepskins and faux fur for warmth and cosy indulgence.

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In the kitchen, accents of stainless steel, blonde wood and potted greenery contrast elegantly against the white satin cabinetry.

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To create a contemporary look in the kitchen, Chrissy hung transparent Gè pendants by Kartell over the kitchen island.

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In daughter Bella’s room, subtle splashes of blush impart a youthful and feminine touch to an otherwise monochrome space.

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Combining patterns and textures in a mix of muted tones was key to creating this luxe and inviting master suite.

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Adding layers and textures helps to avoid rooms feeling too bright or cold.

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A collection of vintage coat hooks is used to display an assortment of accessories.

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Small and large tiles in the bathroom add plenty of interest.

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“I find the simplicity of white restful, calming and very easy to live with,” Chrissy says.

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Personal objects such as art, books and collections add interest to the white base.

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For the kitchen Chrissy opted for a minimal design with white, satin-finished, flat-panel cabinetry and white Caesarstone benchtops.

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Balance is one of the principles of interior design.?Balance can be achieved through symmetrical design, asymmetrical design or radial design.

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The dramatic black wall in Chrissy’s dining area (painted in Resene ‘Blackout’) is a serious statement.

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“The lighter colours on the floors and walls totally rejuvenated the house and I’m so pleased with the end result,” says Chrissy.

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“Good lighting will always improve the mood of a room, but nothing makes a space feel more unwelcoming than poor-quality light,” explains Chrissy.

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1. Plan it and book itDon’t procrastinate. Once you have a vision of what you want, get to grips with the details and start booking in the professionals.

2. Master textureTo design a room with style and flair, learn how to mix patterns, shapes, colours and textures to give a room depth and interest.

3. Tell a storyPut objects that mean something to you on display, as they give visitors an immediate sense of who you are.

4. Ace your baseWhite needn’t be boring; it’s simply a blank canvas to build on. The key is adding layers and textures to avoid rooms feeling too bright or cold.

5. Add dramaIntroduce a central design element that elevates a room’s aesthetic, creates some intrigue and provides a focal point.

6. Achieve?balanceBalance is one of the principles of interior design, the aim being to place features and objects in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing. Balance can be achieved through symmetrical design, asymmetrical design or radial design (based on a circle).

7. Get the light rightEvery room requires a variety of lighting – ambient to create atmosphere, task lighting for close-up work, and accent lighting for highlights.

8. Invest in the layoutWorking within original footprints is ideal, but if the layout simply doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to reconfigure. It will be worth the investment.

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Words?by:?Annick Larkin. Photography by: Emma MacDonald.

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