For this interior design, cool floors, warm colourways and leathery textures contribute to a timeless look that 'will always feel like home'

Interior design by Jessica Valintine Design


Inspired by the south of New Zealand, and distinctive Cape Dutch architectural style, this home is timeless, solid and built with longevity in mind.


Outside, bagged brick and Wanaka schist are an ideal match for the home’s exterior. Its living spaces are defined by the use of high gable ceilings, an apex in the main living area, and a courtyard area designed to be protected from the prevailing wind which allows for year-round outdoor living.

Contemporary and made for modern-day family living this home features fresh walls and concrete flooring that have been accented by warm caramel colourways and leathery textures for spaces that will always feel like home but won’t expire before the eye. 

Areas were created and purpose-built to house treasured artefacts and wares collected by the owner over the years, adding an individual touch to each space. 

Throughout the home, the use of natural and solid materials created honest and open spaces that accessorised the soft and warm white plastered walls. By using broad architraves and skirting an overall look of depth and definition was achieved. 

Beginning with a fresh and organic base, each room was personalised through hints of colour and texture so they remained understated and practical, yet beautifully tailored. 

Key points and considerations

  • Idea was for solid / timeless / longevity
  • Used gables to maximise interior size (and reduce footprint size) for loft above bedrooms and attic storage above garage. Kept high gable ceilings throughout kitchen/dining/living and master bedroom.
  • Exterior bagged brick and Wanaka schist with wide span metal roof – roof was quite visual from road
  • 3 pavilions connected by flat roof in entry/laundry. Entry forms the courtyard - designed for outdoor living sheltered from westerly wind
  • External cupboards in courtyard designed to house furniture squabs / bbq
  • Interior was to be contemporary but warm minimalism
  • Timeless and authentic materials – concrete, brick and stone; sisal, leather, linen and timber
  • Restful, welcoming and uncluttered 

Credit list

Interior designer
Residence Group
Kitchen manufacturer
Carlielle Kitchens
Brick, stone
Louvre systems
Santa Fe Cedar Louvre – exterior); Santa Fe Shutter – interior
Main flooring
Concrete (warehouse finish) 3% black oxide; Forte Manor Oak
Bathroom tiles
Tile Warehouse
Interior – Resene 1/8th Thorndon Cream; exterior – Resene 1/4 Thorndon Cream; Fireplace – Ambitech Suave finish; powder room – Ambitech Suave finish
Steel box (not actually a fireplace)
Control system
Dining chairs
Citta chairs
Colette Monteith, Monteith Construction Services
Kitchen designer
Jessica Valintine Design
Residence Group / Jessica Valintine Design
Archtech Standing Seam in Flaxpod
Window/door joinery
Altherm, in Flaxpod, from APL
Bedroom flooring
Nature Stardust Black quartz tile, from Jacobsen Tile Studio
Wall covering
Panelled wall to master bedroom, by Residence Group
General heating
Ata Touch Ducted System
Feature lighting
ECC Astro (living area / entry / main bedroom); Jute Pendants (dining) – purchased in Bali; Radikal Neon (childrens bedrooms)
Living area furniture
Bauhaus, from Forma
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

Designed by: Jessica Valintine Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Kirsty Dawn

04 Jul, 2021

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