Q & A with Timaru interior designer Maree Hynes

Describe your style.

My style doesn’t have a label as such. I love an eclectic look and I embrace all things beautiful.

What inspires you about living in your region?

The fact that in the one panoramic view you can see the snowy mountain tops, green rolling countryside and sandy Timaru beaches.

What’s the next thing you’d like to buy for your home?

I am really excited about the buying trip of a lifetime to Europe. Finding one-of-a-kind pieces for both my own home and my business. Amazing destinations including Italy and Paris are on the agenda – so watch this space.

Favourite room in your house?

My stately drawing room on the bottom floor. It’s grand in scale yet inviting and has a beautiful outlook to my formal back gardens.

Trend you wish would make a comeback?

I’m not a huge fan of trends, I firmly believe good design withstands the test of time.

If money were no object, what would you buy?

I’d reinstate the grandeur of the property with solid marble fireplaces and add more ornate cornices throughout.

Where would you spend the bulk of your renovation budget?

By renovating a 1950s extension, we want to marry the modern dream of indoor/outdoor flow, but in a style that complements the original homestead, allowing us to enjoy the established garden and landscape beyond. 

What would you go budget on?

I love the thrill of curating a collection of vintage furnishings. As we have the privilege of being a custodian of one of the original homesteads of the Timaru area, I want to retain the character and essence this property has. A mixture of old and new pieces creates a one of a kind look I am trying to achieve.

You’ve got a day to refresh your house – what do you do?

When the seasons change I am inspired to change my interiors. Winter makes me crave layering, of both texture and colour. Jewel tones, cosy throws and blankets are just some of the ways I cosy up a space.

What should every home have?

I believe every home should have its own point of view, it should reflect the interests, personality and passions of those who live there.


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