Full of Great Stuff!

20 December 2012
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An hour north of Wellington the seaside village of Raumati South is home to Blair and Angela Hungerford along with their four young children and flock of chickens.

With an eye for collectibles, secondary school Visual Arts teacher Blair and primary school teacher Angela have turned their cute bungalow into a creative haven reflecting their love of design, art and all things retro.

In many respects this funky home is a visual contradiction - it's minimalist yet full of great stuff!

Tretchikoff's 1950's print "Chinese Girl" also know as the "Blue Lady" greets you from the living room wall as you enter through the glass panel doors - while the wood panel couch and arm chairs invite you to sit and put your feet up on the black and white leather panel pouffe - it's retro heaven!

The flying ducks on the kitchen wall add an extra touch of 1960's chic and Angela tells a funny story of how she acquired them - thinking she's bagged a bargain from a small town second hand shop they ended up costing ten times what she thought.

When child number four came along the couples knack for space saving was put to use converting the disused front door entrance area into a bedroom for eldest daughter Tilly.  

Now a beautiful little room - the old glass panel front door is now a fixed window filling the room with light; the steps down into the room lift up to double as storage boxes and the addition of a feature wall of divine blossom wallpaper and a floating mezzanine bed have turned this room into any little girls idea of heaven.

Angela and Blair's sense of style comes naturally - they're both visual people and luckily they like the same stuff, plus they use their stuff! The kitchen is an eclectic mix of new and old, the open cupboards overflow with a beautiful array of retro plates, bowls, cups, glasses, containers and more - all things they use, appreciate and enjoy daily as part of their creative way of life.

"It's just what we like" is Angela's uncomplicated way of explaining the effortless charm and style which resonates throughout their home and it truly is the little things that paint the bigger picture.


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