Inside Story: Anya Brighouse

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Interior designer and writer, Anya Brighouse.

Interior designer and writer, Anya Brighouse. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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The Cole & Son 'Circus' wallpaper and G-Plan chair from Mr Bigglesworthy are two of Anya's favourite pieces in the living room.

The Cole & Son ‘Circus’ wallpaper and G-Plan chair from Mr Bigglesworthy are two of Anya’s favourite pieces in the living room. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Painted staircase in 'Grass' from Porter's Paints.

Painted staircase in ‘Grass’ from Porter’s Paints. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Tse & Tse Armlite lamp.

Tse & Tse Armlite lamp. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Blankets knitted by Anya's mother and her friends over the years.

Blankets knitted by Anya’s mother and her friends over the years. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Kitchen shelves lined with blue and white china collected from junk shops across Europe.

Kitchen shelves lined with blue and white china collected from junk shops across Europe. Image: Patrick Reynolds

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Meet Anya Brighouse and she’ll be wearing black. A closet full of Zambesi and Jimmy D means that she consistently returns to the black silhouette. So it would be fair to assume then that her house was similarly dark and moody, but here you would be wrong.

Her home, shared with her husband and three children, is a riot of colour, pattern and texture. Both a writer and interior designer, Brighouse loves colour unabashedly in interiors and, when the family recently bought this 19th-century Victorian farmhouse in Mt Eden and decided this was to be the family home for the next few decades, the decision was made to not style anything with half a mind for resale. This was to be their home and be an explosion of the vibrant hues Brighouse loves.

This house then isn’t just a flight of colourful fancy. Many of the colours she’s chosen, like the Kelly green on the stairs, she’s loved for over 20 years, and finally has the opportunity to use them in dramatic ways.

Brighouse started in interiors when, while she and her husband were living in London, friends would comment on how much they liked her house and ask for help with theirs. Shortly, friendly style suggestions turned into a job that allowed her to lend her design eye to other people’s spaces. More recently, she has just launched her blog, beautifulbedlam.co.nz, which pulls together fashion writing, as she has been doing for thread.co.nz, as well as her interior finds.

Everything in Brighouse’s home has a personal connection. She doesn’t go in for looks and trends, but instead has an intuitive approach. Brighouse has chosen some of her favourite pieces, and takes a moment to explain the significance of each find.


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