We received married – and realised my residence was too small for us all

Karen Delehanty in the “heart of the home”, the living room of her Island Bay house.


Karen Delehanty within the “coronary heart of the house”, the lounge of her Island Bay home.

Wellington inside designer Karen Delehanty purchased this Twenties Island Bay villa in 2006. Alongside along with her husband Pete Mason, she additionally co-owns Ngā Pari, a winery in Gladstone, northern Wairarapa and runs their cellar door, The Petit Tasting Room, in Martinborough.

KAREN DELEHANTY: I raised my three sons (aged 28-23) on this home, largely by myself.

It was a former rental with an outside laundry and, bizarrely, a horse steady within the backyard. My sons have all moved out however Sage, my two-year-old granddaughter, lives with us.

I married Pete in 2015. And shortly afterwards we realised the home was too small to accommodate us all, so we known as in Wellington architect Ron Partington to offer us more room.

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That included opening up the again of the home to incorporate an inside laundry, a brand new kitchen and residing area and a deck to benefit from the all-day solar.

We additionally did a little bit of rejigging of areas. That included changing the previous kitchen and household room into the master suite, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. I additionally turned the previous lounge into my workplace for Delehanty Inside Design. It’s the place I meet with shoppers and retailer all my cloth and paint samples.

Karen Delehanty grew up on a farm near Pahiatua and enjoys the ambience and warmth of an open fire.


Karen Delehanty grew up on a farm close to Pahiatua and enjoys the atmosphere and heat of an open fireplace.

Pictured on the right: Dahlias in vase was the first painting Delehanty bought from a friend Amy Bell-Booth, on left is painting by Piera McArthur.


Pictured on the proper: Dahlias in vase was the primary portray Delehanty purchased from a pal Amy Bell-Sales space, on left is portray by Piera McArthur.

The lounge is the center of the house. The colorful flower portray on one wall is by Amey Bell-Sales space. I labored with Amey 10 years in the past at Wellington retailer, Small Acorns. I like dahlias and that is the primary piece of artwork I purchased.

The colorful portray reverse is by Piera McArthur. I missed out on shopping for Piera’s work twice earlier than however once I was doing father or mother assist at an artwork exhibition at St Patrick’s School, this piece got here up on the market. I wasn’t going to overlook out a 3rd time.

I received the body of the floral chair in a raffle. After which had it lined in Designers Guild cloth. At that stage I had three boys at residence so wished one thing a bit female and fairly to steadiness out all of the testosterone.

The floral chair on the right was the one feminine item the interior designer chose to have as she had a house full of boys.


The floral chair on the proper was the one female merchandise the inside designer selected to have as she had a home stuffed with boys.

The Kartell Ghost aspect desk strikes round the home as a result of it’s clear so doesn’t take up visible area. Each residence ought to have a little bit of Kartell in it.

My love of fires comes from rising up on a sheep and beef farm close to Pahiatua. We’re fortunate in Wellington that it’s so windy we will nonetheless have open fires! We constructed a poured concrete ledge in order that we will sit proper in entrance of it.

The wallpaper behind Delehanty’s fire is by Designers Guild and the painting above it is by Wellington artist David Teata.


The wallpaper behind Delehanty’s fireplace is by Designers Guild and the portray above it’s by Wellington artist David Teata.

The wallpaper behind the hearth is Designers Guild. David purchased the portray above the hearth, by Wellington artist David Teata, which depicts the Beehive and a Polynesian-style flower.

The daring black portray on the alternative wall is by Wellington expressionist artist Invoice Allen. It’s a print of a girl’s face in black on a white card. It’s so easy however hanging.

I like wallpaper and the blue wallpaper in Sage’s room is by French designer Christian Lacroix. I like how quirky his designs are and located the identical cloth which I had made right into a cushion.

Delehanty’s granddaughters bedroom is all about the wallpaper and bed linen. The cushion is in the same Christian Lacroix print as the wall paper.


Delehanty’s granddaughters bed room is all concerning the wallpaper and mattress linen. The cushion is in the identical Christian Lacroix print because the wall paper.

The entrance to the 1920’s Wellington villa is bold and welcoming.


The doorway to the 1920’s Wellington villa is daring and welcoming.

I like a daring entrance. After all there needed to be wallpaper concerned, and I discovered the black and white wallpaper at UK firm Cole & Son.

We like to attend the annual artwork auctions at Pablo’s Artwork Studios. The work is by artists who’ve skilled psychological well being points. The portray of the black head within the hallway got here from there and is signed by an artist known as Charles. We name it Zorro.

The black and white block print is by Wellington artist Basia Smolnicki, whose son and my son are associates. It’s known as Matariki Whanganui-a-Tara.

The painting by Charles (left) was purchased from Pablo’s art auction, which Delehanty and her husband Pete Mason go regularly.


The portray by Charles (left) was bought from Pablo’s artwork public sale, which Delehanty and her husband Pete Mason go recurrently.