In tune

Minimising the visual impact of a property can be achieved with a deft blend of architecture and interior design
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Interior view of the bedroom features panelling and modern furniture

The natural beauty of New Zealand has been expounded since the first days of European settlement and still it is able to captivate. So commanding is this landscape of ours, that it has an influence on the architectural vernacular.

This holiday home enjoys extensive mountain and lake views and was designed not only to maximise these but to also complement the setting, says Jenny Harris of Yellowfox.

"Designed by Richard Furze, the home echoes the form of the nearby mountains. To further integrate it into its surroundings, I devised an exterior scheme that picks up on the naturally occurring hues seen throughout the day.

"Inside, the owner was after a similar feel to that of a lodge retreat, with an emphasis on enhancing the environment," says Harris.


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View of the children's room

"Dark earthy tones create an ideal backdrop to the extensive glazing, providing contrasting detail to all that is going on outside."

Resene paints were used on both the interior and exterior.

Durability and aesthetics were equally important, so the designer chose a carpet from the Charlton collection, by Norman Ellison Carpets, which was supplied and installed by Beejay Flooring.

"The carpet choice was very important, as not only did it need to be sumptuous, it also had to contend with strong UV light," says Harris.

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Evening view of the contemporary home

"Charlton is a newly released, solution-dyed nylon carpet that is hard wearing and luxurious underfoot."

Harris was also responsible for the landscape design and incorporated river boulders into the scheme for added visual texture and colour.

For more information, contact Yellowfox Auckland or Yellowfox Waiheke, PO Box 11282, Ellerslie, Auckland, phone (09) 525 3450. Email: design@yellowfox.co.nz. Website: www.yellowfox.co.nz.

Aug 10, 2010
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