Pedro and Pauline's Art House

08 Sep 2011

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Dramatic interior design that suits its spectacular setting

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Pauline designed this home and had it built (by award-winning builder Glen Cayless) 7 years ago, when she became frustrated at not being able to find a house that she wanted to buy. Back then, Pauline was "young and single, but as the years have gone on the house has adapted beautifully to become a family home," and she now shares it with her husband Pedro and their daughter Valentina.

When Pauline started her art consultancy business she worked from home, and it quickly became known as "The Art House" to her friends and clients. These days her company, Artbay, has its own gallery in central Queenstown, but Pauline's love of art is still evident in her home. "We've all got perks in our chosen fields - mine is that I can have beautiful art on every wall, and I love it!" she enthuses.

Where did your inspiration come from for your home interior? I started with the heart of the home - the kitchen - and worked outward, then used the artwork as a basis for the rest of the colour palette.

What was the biggest challenge with creating your home interior? I didn't find it a challenge - I had a clear vision of the look I wanted to create, down to the finest detail.

Which space do you get your greatest satisfaction from? The kitchen, because it's such a social and workable space. The concrete benches are brilliant - you can do anything you like to them: make gnocchi on them, roll out pizza bases on them, dance on them... they withstand all types of treatment!

What is your advice for someone trying to achieve a similar look? Cut out pictures from magazines and put them on a "dream board" to create the feel of your home. Then you can take your dream board along to an architect or interior designer to ensure that you get what you want.

What colours did you use? We used Resene Quarter Spanish White throughout the house. The black high-gloss wall is Resene Nero, and we used Resene Stack in the master bedroom. In the guest bedroom the wall is Resene Triple Stack, but we used Resene Sandtex textured paint. I loved all of the Resene colours that we chose - they are so crisp and sharp. And the feature walls, with their different textures, have an organic feel and are a nice contrast.

What are you planning to do next with your home? I'm happy with this home as it is. My next project is a beach house.

pictures Photography: Marina Mathews www.marinamathews.net Art from Artbay www.artbay.co.nz Get the look: Varying the sheen level is a great way to attract (or distract) attention from areas of your home. A high gloss finish, like Resene Enamacryl, draws attention to a wall you'd like to highlight. If you have an area where you’d like the walls to sit as a backdrop, choose a lower sheen finish. Introducing texture is another way to add interest, either through the use of a lightly textured finish like Resene Sandtex, which can be applied in a criss cross brush pattern to get a Mediterranean style effect, or by pasting up Paint on wallpaper that you can then paint over in your favourite Resene colour. Textured finishes are ideal for hiding surface imperfections, inside as well as outside your home.

In the lap of luxury

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Against a black Resene Nero wall, the red sofa makes a bold statement.

pictures Art by James Robinson from Artbay www.artbay.co.nz

Wonderwall

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The kitchen and dining area - and that black Resene Nero wall again, this time seen from the convex side of its curve.

pictures Art by Alexia Klutyenberg from Artbay www.artbay.co.nz

Red hot

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Pauline's beloved kitchen with the concrete bench that withstands all treatment.

pictures Art by John Shewry from Artbay www.artbay.co.nz

Room with a view

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The master bedroom, painted in Resene Stack, has views so breathtaking that they look surreal.

pictures Art by Rae West from Artbay www.artbay.co.nz

Be my guest

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The guest bedroom is painted in Resene Triple Stack.

pictures Art by Pauline Bellamy from Artbay www.artbay.co.nz

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