Name: Anna Begg
Location: Wanaka — Central Otago, New Zealand
Size: 1,292 square feet
Years Lived In: 3 years, owned
Anna runs an independent homewares store and interior design boutique called The Workroom in the rather stunning Wanaka. Originally from New Zealand, she spent several years in Australia before finally returning home to purchase this Tudor-style house not far from the very picturesque lake that Wakana is famous for. "It was so dark and dingy," Anna tells me. But with a few cans of white paint, she's managed to transform her home into something totally light and airy, with loads of character.
Having recently come back from a six-week road trip in New Zealand where we drove from Queenstown in the South to the Bay of Islands in the North, we witnessed the rather incredible, unspoiled landscape and natural beauty that this country is so well known for. New Zealanders are also fond of their organic produce and eco-products, which is exactly what I saw when I visited interior designer Anna Begg's home.
As a fan of antiques, Anna's been able to kit out her house with beautiful vintage items, like the child's desk from her grandfather's primary school and the brass Indian coffee table from the recycling center. She's paired the warm tones of wood with pieces she's sourced from her travels, too, like the swing chair in the dining room from Bali.
Spending time in Anna's home was a real delight, as the gentle afternoon sunlight cast a spellbinding glow across the exquisitely detailed space. To me this house totally sums up what New Zealand is about—simple, organic and warm.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Timeless, eclectic, worldly.
Inspiration: Travel, Italy.
Favorite Element: Wood paneling.
Biggest Challenge: Fitting furniture in around all the built-in nooks.
What Friends Say: It's magical.
Biggest Embarrassment: Thinking that I could live in Wanaka without carpet for the first year we lived there… in winter—I had just moved from Australia and forgot how cold it was.
Proudest DIY: The conversion of the sleepout/garden shed.
Biggest Indulgence: My Paris linen chair in the living room.
Best Advice: Save up and buy one key piece of timeless furniture a year; before you know it your house will be filled with quality.
Dream Sources: Bisque Traders Byron Bay, Profile Furniture Auckland, Trade Me, recycling center.
PAINT & COLORS
Dulux St Clair Quarter
Trade Me Table and Chairs
Cav Brem Carpet Lattice Glow
Vintage Iron Tin — The Workroom
Grey Stripe linen
Lu Lu French towel