Dark, moody colours provide the perfect backdrop for Elaine Ferguson’s extensive collection of artwork. Discover the inspiration behind this creative home
Art and objects take centre stage in this creative Auckland home
Elaine Ferguson’s love of dark, moody colours is evident throughout her Auckland home – from the statement all-black kitchen to the black wall of her lounge, where she has curated her extensive collection of artwork.
“In the evening the kitchen is invisible which lets all my art and objects take centre stage,” says Ferguson, a salesperson for Ray White Ponsonby who bought the inner-city one-bedroom home she shares with her schnauzer Spencer and cat Enky four years ago after moving from Christchurch.
She has since transformed it from a “damp, dated mess” to a haven for her large collection of paintings, sculptures and objets. “I love everything about my home. It’s like being in a museum or shop with all my favourite things,” she says.
Her most beloved artworks are a double portrait by Auckland artist Viky Garden, which takes pride of place in the lounge, and a male statue by Christchurch artist Sam Harrison. “I used the insurance money after the Christchurch earthquake to buy him; I could never have afforded him otherwise. He reminds me every day how lucky I am.”
...they are company for me, I am never alone
Ferguson has no set rules when it comes to buying art. “I just buy what I like. All the faces and heads are a bit creepy to some, but they are company for me, I am never alone.”
Words by: Leanne Moore Photography by: Rebekah Robinson.