From the outside， Tony and Agge Burt’s 1908 villa bears the ornate hallmarks of its Colonial design. But step beyond the heritage-protected fa？ade and you’re transported to modern-day Sweden. Through the wide hallway with its whitewashed American oak floors， a recycled kauri staircase descends into a spacious urban oasis decorated in minimalist Scandinavian style. “People walk in and get a big surprise，” says Tony.
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The house isn’t strictly minimalistaccent pillow case baby home and living， however. A large built-in bookshelf in the living room houses the couple’s impressive book collection
Post renovation the sleek white space now perfectly suits the couple’s dining chairs by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen， a wedding present from Agge’s parents.
Tony and Agge like to find statement pieces during their yearly trips to Europe， such as this Playtype ‘B’ print from Copenhagen， Denmark and the Olle Eksell ‘Cocao Eyes’ print from Malmo Museum in Sweden. The rugs were bought in Stockholm， Sweden and the Flos Arco lamp is from England.
Before Tony’s brother-in-law， kitchen designer Morgan Cronin， transformed this room， it featured a draughty pantry， a concrete-floored laundry and a flood-prone basement.
The lounge still has its original window panes and shutters
Tony’s prints， many of them found on eBay， adorn the walls. Favourites include the 2008 Obama campaign poster
A simple white tree coat stand acts as a piece to admire and store handbags and coats on.
An old grandfather clock from Agge’s grandparents adds a pop of citrus in the hall
Wallpaper atlas by Environmental Graphics Wall Murals in the US.
Original plans drawn up by an architect didn’t allow for an upstairs deck but Tony and Agge were resolute about making the most of the views to Rangitoto. Now they can sit outside on their purpose-built deck and enjoy the morning sun.
An alcove is the ideal spot for Jacob’s foosball table. The round rugs are from Ikea.
Painted antique furniture continues the restful theme in this former dining room and provides ample storage.
The couples master bedroom
Given Tony’s expertise in mixing drinks and playing good music – “I love a good techno track” – it’s safe to say he throws a decent party.
Indoor-outdoor flow from the living to the lawn area make this an easy home for entertaining.
The couple had always known they wanted to live in a white house.
Words by： Rebecca Barry HillPhotography by： Todd Eyre
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