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Designer Susan Templer explains how she achieved a high-end, individualised result in a recent Remuera renovation.

When designer Susan Templer from Templer Interiors moved from the United States to New Zealand several years ago, she was disappointed by the lack of availability of the tiles she’d used in her US interiors practice for the previous 20 years.

It meant the classic modern looks she had been expert at pulling together in kitchen, bathroom and pool spaces were not easy to achieve. She was delighted then when two years ago she discovered local tile and stone supplier Pono Stone had exclusively taken on her beloved brands in New Zealand.  

For New Zealand clients, it means they can finally have a classic contemporary look in their homes, as well as achieve an individual result that won’t be seen anywhere else.

Susan takes us through a recent renovation in Remuera, Auckland that uses her go-to tiles for a high-end bespoke look – the Riverstone and Lunada Bay tile ranges – exclusively available through Pono Stone.

Designer Susan Templer explains how she achieved a high-end, individualised result in a recent Remuera renovation.

When designer Susan Templer from Templer Interiors moved from the United States to New Zealand several years ago, she was disappointed by the lack of availability of the tiles she’d used in her US interiors practice for the previous 20 years.

It meant the classic modern looks she had been expert at pulling together in kitchen, bathroom and pool spaces were not easy to achieve. She was delighted then when two years ago she discovered local tile and stone supplier Pono Stone had exclusively taken on her beloved brands in New Zealand.  

For New Zealand clients, it means they can finally have a classic contemporary look in their homes, as well as achieve an individual result that won’t be seen anywhere else.

Susan takes us through a recent renovation in Remuera, Auckland that uses her go-to tiles for a high-end bespoke look – the Riverstone and Lunada Bay tile ranges – exclusively available through Pono Stone.

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Remuera Renovation

Villas have always been revered for their classic Victorian looks, and conversely, their uniformity in the streetscape. So when Susan had the opportunity to redesign a Remuera villa recently, she knew she would need to achieve a classic look, but one that added some individuality to the villa, by using a bespoke collection of classic contemporary tiles.

The villa transformation included a new kitchen, laundry/scullery, four new bathrooms and a pool and Pono Stone tiles were key to the redesign.

In all the spaces, the client preferred a traditional Cape Cod look, using a base of classic white cabinetry.

Remuera Renovation

Villas have always been revered for their classic Victorian looks, and conversely, their uniformity in the streetscape. So when Susan had the opportunity to redesign a Remuera villa recently, she knew she would need to achieve a classic look, but one that added some individuality to the villa, by using a bespoke collection of classic contemporary tiles.

The villa transformation included a new kitchen, laundry/scullery, four new bathrooms and a pool and Pono Stone tiles were key to the redesign.

In all the spaces, the client preferred a traditional Cape Cod look, using a base of classic white cabinetry.

 

Glass mosaic tiles complement the cabinetry and take in serene shades, enhancing the existing architecture and classic styling.

In the kitchen, full height cabinetry soars to the three metre ceilings and a stunning hood enclosure is juxtaposed against a full wall of art glass mosaic Oceanside Devotion tiles.

“The range is called Jali and we are using a colour called Rain Clouds, it’s in a beautiful white to grey colour – the colour kind of moves through a soft white through to a soft grey to a dark grey in the pattern.”

 

Glass mosaic tiles complement the cabinetry and take in serene shades, enhancing the existing architecture and classic styling.

In the kitchen, full height cabinetry soars to the three metre ceilings and a stunning hood enclosure is juxtaposed against a full wall of art glass mosaic Oceanside Devotion tiles.

“The range is called Jali and we are using a colour called Rain Clouds, it’s in a beautiful white to grey colour – the colour kind of moves through a soft white through to a soft grey to a dark grey in the pattern.”

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In three bathrooms white marble is used extensively to create a high-end, sophisticated and clean look, but Susan has ensured a sense of personality in one of the spaces by using an accent of colour, using a Lunada Bay tile, also from Pono Stone.

The Lunada Bay mosaic consists of really tiny pieces of square glass similar to an Ancient Rome mosaic and Susan has used a beautiful soft green in her design.

“Commonly in my tile designs I like to a do an accent in a recessed alcove in the shower and above the tub; the back wall is a really nice place to do a pop of colour, too,” says Susan, “I’m also using that mosaic tile for a 300mm splashback that will alternate with white subway tiles.”

Susan says alternating tiles in rows, and using subtle accents of colour is the perfect way to create a bespoke classic look.

“If you want to be really subtle, you can use them on the back of an alcove, on a splashback or, you can take a width of the mosaic sheet and run it in a band round the top of the shower or coming from the ceiling down to the floor,” says Susan. “If I use it in one place I like to repeat it somewhere else to pull the design together.”

The fourth bathroom on the lower level is adjacent to the new pool, which will be entirely lined in a soothing blue Lunada Bay mosaic – creating a jaw-dropping jewel effect. The mosaic in the pool uses a particularly interesting pattern where the squares are a mix of different sizes, creating a textural look.

As you come inside the house from the pool the adjacent bathroom has a different coloured Lunada Bay accent running in a strip down one wall, through an alcove.

“This particular type of tile makes a big statement. Some people will go all out and will want a whole wall covered in the mosaic, but because people get nervous about using too much colour, the more common way to use it is as an accent. It’s a great way to bring some colour into a room, to create an accent, and more than anything else to do something completely unique that nobody else has.”

Susan says the distribution of these specific tile ranges is very limited, “so if you want something different, unique and special then that’s a great way to do it.”

The mosaic tile range is vast and comes in an extensive array of colours; Pono Stone also carries Listellos (traditional moulding trim tiles) which Susan says not easy to find elsewhere, and are a stunning way to finish off a classic design, rather than using a generic aluminium strip.

Want to know more about creating a unique look with tile in your space? Be sure to visit Pono Stone and Templer Interiors on ArchiPro today or give them a call to learn more.  

In three bathrooms white marble is used extensively to create a high-end, sophisticated and clean look, but Susan has ensured a sense of personality in one of the spaces by using an accent of colour, using a Lunada Bay tile, also from Pono Stone.

The Lunada Bay mosaic consists of really tiny pieces of square glass similar to an Ancient Rome mosaic and Susan has used a beautiful soft green in her design.

“Commonly in my tile designs I like to a do an accent in a recessed alcove in the shower and above the tub; the back wall is a really nice place to do a pop of colour, too,” says Susan, “I’m also using that mosaic tile for a 300mm splashback that will alternate with white subway tiles.”

Susan says alternating tiles in rows, and using subtle accents of colour is the perfect way to create a bespoke classic look.

“If you want to be really subtle, you can use them on the back of an alcove, on a splashback or, you can take a width of the mosaic sheet and run it in a band round the top of the shower or coming from the ceiling down to the floor,” says Susan. “If I use it in one place I like to repeat it somewhere else to pull the design together.”

The fourth bathroom on the lower level is adjacent to the new pool, which will be entirely lined in a soothing blue Lunada Bay mosaic – creating a jaw-dropping jewel effect. The mosaic in the pool uses a particularly interesting pattern where the squares are a mix of different sizes, creating a textural look.

As you come inside the house from the pool the adjacent bathroom has a different coloured Lunada Bay accent running in a strip down one wall, through an alcove.

“This particular type of tile makes a big statement. Some people will go all out and will want a whole wall covered in the mosaic, but because people get nervous about using too much colour, the more common way to use it is as an accent. It’s a great way to bring some colour into a room, to create an accent, and more than anything else to do something completely unique that nobody else has.”

Susan says the distribution of these specific tile ranges is very limited, “so if you want something different, unique and special then that’s a great way to do it.”

The mosaic tile range is vast and comes in an extensive array of colours; Pono Stone also carries Listellos (traditional moulding trim tiles) which Susan says not easy to find elsewhere, and are a stunning way to finish off a classic design, rather than using a generic aluminium strip.

Want to know more about creating a unique look with tile in your space? Be sure to visit Pono Stone and Templer Interiors on ArchiPro today or give them a call to learn more.  

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