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Idyllic country living, a renovator's dream

Project / Rennovation masterclass

Designers / Sue Van Turnhout of redx interior design

Architects / Tony Koia of Koia Architects, Auckland & Queenstown

Carpet / Lisburn

If you're thinking of renovating (or currently in the process), you'll be well aware that flicking through home and garden magazines or following your favourite designers on Instagram or Pinterest is a fantastic source of inspiration. But there are often so many different design concepts to play with, it's hard to know where to begin.  

We've been lucky enough to chat to Auckland-based interior designer Sue Van Turnhout about her own home renovation. Sue started her own business called redx interior design in 2003. Originally based in Christchurch, but more recently established in Whitford, Auckland, she has a background in both commercial and domestic interior design.  

Sue's philosophy towards design centres around the fact that she views each project as a "fresh opportunity to create something original rather than reproduce something that's perceived as 'currently in vogue'."  

In this renovation of a 1920s home her aim was to work alongside Tony Koia of Koia Architects to create an interior that elevated the original house (designed as a small groundsmans cottage) to a commanding family home on a hill.  She wanted the home to feel both familiar yet elegant - brave in it's colour palette, yet serene in its delivery both inside and out.

She also wanted the home to feel richly layered, accommodating both old and new and believes this has been achieved.  

Sue explains that using Lisburn has enabled her 'richly layered' vision to evolve.  "It's lush loop pile is heaven underfoot...ideal for floor sitters. Both the texture and colour palette of this range is spot on for use in those high end jobs that scream out for exclusivity and absolute luxury. This range would look every bit as good in a Queenstown panorama as it does here in my home. Between floors on the stairwell I went for a bound runner of Tussore in colour 'pitch'. The closer weave being the perfect choice over stair nosings."

As a New Zealander, designing in a land that has strong geographic juxtapositions - mountains, lakes, plains and seaside in strong contrast to our urban and city scapes - she has told us that she needs to find carpets for her jobs that reflect this...and she says that Cavalier Bremworth products "just get it....they really do!".  

"Their textured or cut pile ranges are extremely classy. Without taking centre stage, they elegantly reveal and showcase all the other surfaces you put alongside them. Be it wood, stone or metal to name a few, these beautiful carpets enhance and elevate everything around them."  

Another favourite of hers at present is our herringbone style wool carpet Jermyn Street. "Its pattern is the perfect flooring solution, sunk runner-style into large areas of tile or wood to add interest or used wall-to-wall in large rooms against a schist fireplace, it's sensational."  

You can see more of this house and others Sue has completed at her website:

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