* A series of blog posts showing the interiors of this holiday home in Martinborough unfold*
Martinborough has always been one of my favourite places close to Wellington to retreat from everyday life, unwind and enjoy the fresh country air.
On and off over the last 10 years we have looked at variations on the idea of a holiday/retirement house over the hill, up the island, even over the ocean where variations on themes have stopped us from committing, in particular the thought that we might have to maintain a house that needs as much attention as our old girl in Petone.
On an Autumn weekend drive ‘over the hill’ we came across Pinot Grove, a new residential development with a clean, modernist sensibility. We viewed the cedar clad homes which offered a seamless flow of indoor / outdoor living with fire places, plenty of garden and a fresh contrast black and white interior. It seemed to be the perfect place to enjoy the relaxed pace of country life. We walked around it with many others during the open home and quietly asked them to put it on hold for us. On the drive back to Wellington we went through all the pros and cons, and we decided Pinot Grove would become our weekend and holiday country escape.
Thankfully we had an extended settlement period and I had a couple of months to try and sort out what to do with the interior, how to put my stamp on it and make it individual. It is such a contrast to our Wellington home that I was excited to be able to experiment with more modern textiles and colour – some hot pink, more daring pattern indulgent of my personal preferences, all the while trying to be ‘thrifty’ given that it was not our permanent residence and that, having decided to rent it out as well, we needed to be able to offer something different and appealing but nothing too impractical.
In the lead up to moving in, ideas filled my mind and planning began looking at what I had in terms of decoration that I could move over there to give it personality. As much of my professional development is done through reading books and magazines and implementing interiors which are based on a long term look with pockets of whimsy or eclecticism, I thought it would be fun to amalgamate a few of these looks and apply a boutique hotel kind of ethos - a personal touch, some luxury and a country setting. It had to be smart with an eclectic mix of new and old to give the crisp, new spaces a lived-in warm ambience.