"If these had been finished in a colour other than white, they would have dominated the space and made it seem crowded," she says.
Instead, colour has been introduced with accessories like the red painting, Auntie Bessie's Back of House Tour, by Huhana Smith.
Colour also helps to define different areas of the open-plan space. Green, ceramic pots sit on the bureau between the kitchen and front entrance, close to a series of green, ceramic hearts on the wall of the hall.
The side wall of the living area is a sliding door, which can be pulled back to reveal the master bedroom suite with its private balcony. Glass sliding doors also separate the master bedroom and bathroom, so when they, too, are pulled back, the view over the city can be enjoyed from the bath.
"When the family are away, the doors slide back to give us plenty of room, or we can close the doors and create a private space," says one of the owners.
Built-in cabinets in both the living area and bedroom are made from the same wenge timber, which helps connect the two spaces when the doors are open. White bedlinen is accented with a chocolate-brown, possum fur throw.
"The dark wood, fur and antiques add weight to the space that, with its white walls, could otherwise appear very light and floaty," Stewart says.