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Steal their style: A classic Kiwi bach on Kawau Island

You loved this family bach on Kawau Island now so we’ve made it easy for you to steal their style! Watch to find out how you can get their laid back look 


Steal their style: A classic Kiwi bach on Kawau Island

This family bach on Kawau Island is a popular one! Hilary West and the wider West clan have been holidaying here since her great-uncle purchased it in the 1950s. The family recently decided to replace the old boat shed and build a new bach.

The bach is comprised of 130 square metres of internal space and around 100 square metres of decking. Budget was a constant influence in Hilary’s design; the bedrooms were specifically planned to house queen-size beds with basic circulation space – there was no room for anything else.

In the kitchen, Hilary played with the timber textures of Melteca, as an all-white kitchen wouldn’t have been appropriate for the back-to-basics aesthetic. “We had to design everything so it could be installed at the same time as it all had to come on the one barge,” explains Hilary. “There wasn’t the luxury of post-measure stone benches or glass splashbacks.”

Resene ‘Black White’ was chosen to keep the spaces light and airy, with warmth introduced through timber, wall art and a collection of family treasures.

Get inspired by their contemporary, beachy style and discover how you can shop their look.

Steal their style

Leather butterfly chair, $799, from Green With Envy. Heath quilt, from $199.90, from Wallace Cotton. Buco storage boxes, $21.95 for three, from Freedom. Freya linen cushion, $79.90, from Wallace Cotton. Gilt cushion in gold spot, $74.95, from Freedom. Kina 600 pendant by David Trubridge, $916, from Essenze. Belvedere rug, $599, from Freedom. Gava stool/side table, $639, from Citta. Bristol chair and ottoman, $1095, from Zuca. Iron nesting tables, $690, from Citta. Zafia cushion, $54.95, from Freedom. Kriss Kross chair, $68.95, from Zuca.

Contacts

+ Shops: CittaCoast New Zealand, Indie Home Collective, Thread Design
+ Architect Hilary’s Design Studio in association with Eclipse Architecture
+ Cost planner Staniland West: stan@stanilandwest.co.nz
+ Engineer Jonathan Boersen from Structure Design
+ Builder Hamish McLellan from Artisan Renovations
+ Joinery Mark Crowhurst from BBC Commercial

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