Brief – style a Ponsonby house in a Pacific/Mexican Christmas theme for the Festive Homes Charity tour.
This was a bit of an undertaking. It takes a good 60+ hours to pull off something like this. Starting with developing an action plan, source the goodies, begging, administering and coordinating, planning, a bit more begging, liaising with all involved, dotting I’s and crossing T’s, and then a whole lot more begging to get everything delivered in time, unwrap every single item, arrange, review, rearrange, buy flowers and play florist, a mad cross town dash to a supplier to get a replacement for damaged outdoor chair that have arrived, then do the final sweep prior to photography and be bright eyed and bushy tailed the next day answering the viewers question. Then everything has to be un-arranged, repacked and sent back to the kind people who loaned items. The final task is to send all the details of the loaned items off to the editor so that credits can be included in the magazine.
Clearly not your every day Christmas theme so I had to rely on the kindness of many suppliers to source suitable Christmas decorations, glass wear and china, table wear, mats and napkins, decorative objects, art, lamps, throws and blankets, out door furniture and outdoor decorations.
A massive thank you to Buana Satu, LA Imports, Trade Aid, Mamasita, and Hammocks Online whose lovely home wares helped me to decorate this house from the front gate all the way through to the back hedge.
I asked Yvette to design our kitchen as I had used her in the past and knew that she understood what I liked and didn’t. We had a very small and tight space which wasn’t able to be extended so there had to be a lot of discussion and thought as to what could and could not achieved. I was very firm in that I wanted a very streamlined look with no fuss or clutter, as much as possible I wanted everything tucked away in its place and not in view so that we had maximum usage of the bench.
We had quite a lot of laughs as I like to have things my way and Yvette had to navigate around that to ensure that the look was consistent even with my amendments. A surprise for Yvette was the sneaky change I made to the splash back but Yvette is not one of those designers who expects you to do exactly what she says which is another reason I like working with her.
After six months of use, I can honestly say there is very little I would change about it. It has bought the kitchen in line with the rest of the house and it is so nice working in it.
I had a call late last year from the San Francisco based deputy editor Aaron Britt, to interview me for this article on the interiors of a house designed by local architect Michael O’Sullivan.
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