Fresh, modern and inspired interiors are all part of the the new issue of New Zealand House and Garden out on shelves now.

Interior designer and The Block NZ judge Jason Bonham shares his three-bedroom town house in Herne Bay. Moving into his home 14 months ago, it’s easy to see reflects how he likes to live – it’s individual, luxurious and an easy place to be in. Photography: Jane Ussher

The Tout Va Bien cabinet is designed by Antoine et Manuel for Barcelona Deisgn; the large pastel artwork is by US artist Jon Von Letscher; the two smaller works were bought from Media Design School.


Described as the mother of all renovations, the newly renovated Remuera bungalow – home to  Jane Larsen, interior designer and husband Dave, CEO of Rayglass Boats. The expertly layered decor would be the home’s most impressive feature, if it wasn’t for the view; taking in the Witemata harbour from the CBD to Rangitoto. Photography: Tessa Chrisp

In the entrance to Janey and Dave Larsen’s Remuera, Auckland home, a French antique chandelier from Blue Moon Collection hangs above a 200-year-old chair from Vitrine and a Mongolian chest that was a wedding present; the cuttlefish necklace is from Bali, the mirror is from French Country Collections.


A new home’s rural setting is just right for a couple who aim to live off the land while running their business from home. Home to Nicola and Ben Smith, the couple have created their own slice of rural magic down a cheery blossom lined driveway high in the hills about Tauranga. Their new architecturally designed home has expansive views – taking in the Kaimai range, rolling countryside, Mount Maunganui and the ocean beyond. Photography: Jane Ussher

Modern, roomy and with a fireplace… these were all on Nicola and Ben Smith’s wish-list for their new build in Tauranga, and Irene James from Sabbia Design helped them pull it all together; the kitchen overlooks this seating area in the open-plan main living area; the art in this room, and the media room beyond, was bought on a trip to Bali.


Expect the unexpected in this elegant new build in rural Wairarapa. Set in the idyllic countryside, hiding a vibrant, industrial edge, homeowners Gaylene Rogers and Pete Cowan wanted something different to other homes. They’ve created that in spades with unexpected elements throughout the house. Photography: Paul McCredie.

The vibrant sweet art bought on Trade Me came in three panels and wraps around one wall of the media room; Gaylene had the planter box made to act as a natural room divider. 


Head thirty minutes out of the Auckland CBD and you’ll find the home of Eloise and Adam Stevenson. Purchase in 2014, the couple knew they had their work cut out for them. To keep costs down, the pair did everything they could themselves, often staying up till three in the morning to meet a tradie deadline. For this family of four, the home is their perfect rural paradise away from the city. Photography: Jane Ussher

Once the site of the kitchen, this space now includes a sunny window seat; Eloise’s dad brought the Cole & Son wallpaper out from England with him in his suitcase; the linen cushions are from St Clements and the rugs and throw are from Nodi.


Details: NZ House & Garden |