A Waikato conservatory with the exotic vibe of a Moroccan palace has taken our top honours in NZ House & Garden's Interior of the Year awards. Angela Kemp won the "out of the ordinary" category and was judged supreme winner for what the judges described as a "tranquil, stylish oasis".
Inspired by Auckland's Wintergardens, Kemp set out to create a happy space where she could enjoy the sun on winter days and star-gaze at night.
Starting with a Trade Me conservatory that Kemp shipped up from Dunedin, she added ferns, bromeliads and lilies, as well as a shell chandelier and a water feature. "When dusk falls, incense scents the air, lamps and candles are lit... it transforms into a secret and exotic place, like a corner of a Moroccan palace," she says.
The runner-up in the supreme award was Auckland interior designer Danielle Bates, who also took out the best living room award, for a glamorous, elegant living room in an art deco Auckland home. The judges described the design as "faultless", particularly admiring the custom-made green suede and brass armchairs that seem to float off the floor.
THE FULL LIST OF PRIZEWINNERS:
Supreme winner: Angela Kemp
Runner-up supreme winner: Danielle Bates
Best bathroom: Kate Rogan and Eva Nash
Best bedroom: Juliet Coleman
Best living room: Danielle Bates
Highly commended living room: Anna Begg
Best kitchen: Damian Hannah
Best out of the ordinary space: Angela Kemp
Best indoor/outdoor space: Sally Tagg