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 accent pillow case baby home a     |      2019-09-24

A creative duo rise to the challenge of transforming this non-compliant North Shore house into a highly stylish, above-board family home

Greg Straight (artist and illustrator), Hannah Bancroft (owns and runs online art-print store Duett Design with Greg), Chloe, 9, and Leo, 5accent pillow case baby home and living, plus Pebbles the cat.

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A few years ago it became apparent that artist and illustrator Greg Straight’s workspace needed something of a rethink. He’d been working from the corner of the family living room, but what he longed for was a space of his own where he could focus on his work as a freelance illustrator and also frame and store his art.

It didn’t take long before the couple found a newly renovated home that fitted their requirements. Situated in Beach Haven on Auckland’s North Shore, the home was close to schools, shops and family, and only an easy 20-minute drive to the city centre. “We instantly fell in love with the home’s contemporary vibe,” says Hannah. “The natural light poured in through the extensive windows, and the indoor-outdoor flow was amazing.”

However, the renovations started by the previous owners were not finished, and the work which had been done did not comply with council regulations. On the positive side, the couple knew that the home had some good basic elements. For instance, the kitchen, although not fully installed, was modern and of a good standard, as were the bathrooms.

Words by: Annick Larkin. Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Jackie Meiring.


Hannah’s love of all things geometric can be seen in the soft furnishings, bespoke cabinetry and replica chrome Bertoia chair. Cafe-style chairs pair well with the mid-century-style dining table.


Soft greys, elegant blues and warm timber accents create the perfect backdrop for Hannah and Greg’s artworks.


The couple chose a pared-back colour palette mixed with natural elements, clean lines and geometric shapes.


This design-savvy duo have a self-described “mishmash aesthetic” of Scandi, beachy and mid-century.


Retro-style orange pendants are a great choice, providing task lighting as well as a pop of unexpected colour in the crisp white space.


White subway tiles with soft grey grout fade into the background, allowing decorative elements, such as the evocative artwork, room to shine.


Greg’s spacious new studio has been kept spare and simple, with a polished concrete floor and lots of natural light.


A painted chalkboard wall means Chloe and Leo can get in on the creative action, too.


The monochrome palette in Leo’s room is offset with splashes of yellow including fun, non-permanent wall decals. A round Kartell Componibili table is another nod to mid-century design.


Like most young boys, Leo asked for Batman and Star Wars – and his fun and playful room totally hits the brief


The open-plan master-with-bathroom is reminiscent of a hotel suite.


The couple opted to leave the space open to make the most of the abundant natural light as well as the beautiful views. “For now, it’s staying as it is. It really opens up the space and gives it a luxe feel,” says Hannah.


Chloe’s room is delightful and girly with metallic accents amid a soft blue scheme

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