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The interior of this recently renovated home features some grown-up glam thanks to a black and white scheme inlaid with gold and navy Sally Bosley, owner of Cocktail Collective, Simon Bosley, chief financial officer, Lilypersonalize...


The interior of this recently renovated home features some grown-up glam thanks to a black and white scheme inlaid with gold and navy

Sally Bosley, owner of Cocktail Collective, Simon Bosley, chief financial officer, Lilypersonalized toys, 16, and Fletcher, 12.

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What were the main areas in which you saved money during the renovation?Rachel from Style My Abode saved us so much time and money because of the network of suppliers she works with.

What is your favourite space and why?The main living area (including the black sliding barn door) for its height, space, light and views.

How have you maximised comfort in your home?The new open-plan spaces, the extra rooms that were created (spaces we’d never had before, such as an open study area and a second living area), the double glazing and ducted heat pump throughout the house – they’ve all made the house so comfortable and easy to live in.

Why was it worth hiring an interior designer?Rachel understood and shared our passion and vision from the start. She saved us many hours by not having to trawl through the shops and be completely overwhelmed by all the choices. Instead, she simply and instinctively knew what we liked and would bring us a few samples so we could quickly and easily make decisions.

How long were you involved in the renovation?From pre-build to finish.

What was the brief?To help create a contemporary, comfortable interior that would suit the entire family.

What were the main challenges you faced during the project?The project ran fairly smoothly, largely thanks to Coastline Builders and the great tradies on site. Budget was always top-of-mind for me when suggesting suppliers and furnishings to Sally and Simon, and we managed to create a stylish interior on budget.

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The Bosley family first bought their 1980s plaster-clad townhouse in Hillcrest, Auckland.

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It wasn’t until 15 years later that work finally began to renovate the house.

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Every room needs a touch of glam; Sally has added hers in the form of stunning brass kitchen pendants.

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The petrol-blue sofas anchor the living area, providing a? sophisticated colour that works well with the gold, white and black accents throughout.

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Create some memories. Throw a dinner party, invite friends over for a cocktail or a host a little Sunday lunch.

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The striking black barn door makes a statement while providing a barrier between the living area and the rest of the house when needed.

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Hits of sunny mustard brighten the black and white main bedroom and ensuite – cushions and throws are an easy way to add colour.

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Waiting for the right time to renovate was worth it. What was initially a townhouse full of awkward spaces is now a spacious home that flows seamlessly.

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15-year-old Lily has her bedroom and a separate bathroom downstairs, which features a blush pink vanity.

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The window seat in Lily’s room provides a cosy place to hang with friends or enjoy some time out.

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Lily’s bedroom

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Floor plan.

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Words by: Catherine Steel. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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