The home of interior stylist Ange Dye reflects her impeccable taste, but she also likes it to feel lived in, and here she tells us why.
I live in Auckland with my 16-year-old son Jacob and IT technician partner David Foo, a few minutes’ walk from Ponsonby Road. My favourite thing about our home would have to be its location. This is followed closely by the fact that it’s a pretty villa that’s had some quirky tweaks made to it by previous owners, which I think add character.
Home should be a place where you feel relaxed and welcome, so I try to make ours as inviting as possible. It’s not about having everything perfect, though, so I don’t mind an unmade bed.
Our house is filled with a mix of modern and mid-century pieces that sit really nicely together. I really like mid-century glass, earthenware and lighting, and have some restoration projects on the go right now.
The décor here is constantly changing. I only buy things I love, but I buy quite consistently and really enjoy wacky, unique pieces. Sometimes a client might see something in my home that they’d like for themselves, so I’ll sell it to them and replace it with something else.
When the boys are at home, we have family meals together at the kitchen table or outside on the deck, usually followed by a movie or documentary in the living room. We always eat meals together. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on what’s happening. I love the evenings here when everyone’s relaxed — it’s when the best conversations take place. Plans are made and changed, we talk about the past and the future, and there are always lots of laughs.