A modern design with retro accents feature in this interior by interiors specialist Yellowfox

Contemporary interior design with retro elements, including wood burner and bookcases by Yellowfox
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Out of the past the living area features a retro-styled bookcase designed by Yellowfox. The overall palette is neutral and the furnishings durable and comfortable.

Getting the balance right in a home interior can be tricky. Everyone wants a clean look and the ease of living that comes with a modern design, but a home is also about people and family so it has to have personality, too.

The contemporary merges effortlessly with character accents in this compact home, which was built to weather the elements on a very windy site in Auckland.

In this fit-out by Yellowfox, the bedside radio bed frame, floor, furniture, home, house, interior design, room, table, wall, wood, gray
In this fit-out by Yellowfox, the bedside radio has a classic feel.

Interiors specialist Peta Davy of Yellowfox, the designer who worked on the project, says a sense of space was an important factor in the design, given the relatively modest footprint. So too was the need to accommodate family heirlooms and keepsakes from the owners' many trips abroad.

"While the house has a modern aesthetic, the clients wanted to bring with them hints of their previous bungalow that they dearly loved. To this end, the kitchen and bathrooms have rustic touches among the contemporary elements. For example, the ergonomic kitchen has a planked veneer that introduces a country accent."

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Colour pops add personality to the serene palette in this Yellowfox fit-out. The wood-burning stove is one of many rustic touches.

A focal point of the living area is a retro-style wall-to-wall shelving unit an example of the personal feel that runs through every room. An oak-and-cedar open stair optimises the sense of space. This leads to the master bedroom, which maximises the expansive views over Manukau Harbour. The master bed sits against a recycled timber headboard.

To contact Yellowfox Auckland or Yellowfox Waiheke, PO Box 11282, Ellerslie, phone (09) 525 3450. Email: design@yellowfox.co.nz. Or visit the website: www.yellowfox.co.nz

Jul 28, 2015
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