Cute cottage like with surprising interior after renovation

While the pretty exterior of this lovely little cottage in Freemans Bay, Auckland is enough to make you look twice, the interior will leave you speechless.

And that’s because owner Elaine Ferguson’s sense of design and her passion for bold art have transformed the interior into a veritable gallery of sculptures, paintings and antiques.

Ferguson undertook this renovation in less than two years, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. And while it seems amazing that she would ever want to move out, Ferguson is about to list the property because she has another project on her mind.

The houses in Ireland Street, Freemans Bay, are side by side, but they are all unique, and this cottage owned by Elaine Ferguson has to be the most unique of them all.

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The houses in Ireland Street, Freemans Bay, are side by side, but they are all unique, and this cottage owned by Elaine Ferguson has to be the most unique of them all.

She has already made an offer on another Ponsonby villa. Her cottage will go on sale on Wednesday July 20, but Ferguson, who is an estate agent with Ray White Ponsonby, will not handle the sale herself.

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Her amazing collection travels from house to house – somehow she always finds a place for everything. But she had disappointments.

The black and white theme continues inside.

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The black and white theme continues inside.

“I was living in Christchurch at the time of the earthquakes and I lost a lot. It was quite devastating.

Ferguson also found it impossible to calculate the value of all the broken items, so he took a lump sum of $20,000 from the insurance company and quickly blew it up on a spectacular head-and-shoulders sculpture of the artist. of Christchurch Sam Harrison – one of many of his works in the house.

An oversized hand sculpture was found in Paris, and she found a matching foot online. Today, the sculpture lines every room in the house, and she has filled her very dark living room with portraits, including several by figurative artist Viky Garden.

The formal living room features black walls, cabinets and sofas.  Ferguson added the gas fireplace and chimney.  The ceilings were also replaced.

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The formal living room features black walls, cabinets and sofas. Ferguson added the gas fireplace and chimney. The ceilings were also replaced.

Elaine Ferguson has several Viky Garden paintings.  The sculpture with the feather hat and cape is by Christchurch artist Sam Harrison, funded by earthquake insurance money.

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Elaine Ferguson has several Viky Garden paintings. The sculpture with the feather hat and cape is by Christchurch artist Sam Harrison, funded by earthquake insurance money.

Ferguson says much of the renovation cannot be seen – it included renovating the house, replacing all the ceilings, adding heating and air conditioning, new dark stained oak flooring and a new chimney.

“There wasn’t really a working fireplace here, although it looked like there was in the pictures,” she says. “I added the whole fireplace and the new gas fireplace (which reproduces a wood fire).”

There’s a bold black and white palette throughout the home, with pops of gold and blue in the guest bedroom. The living room is painted black and the sofas and cushions are black. The lighting, from an old chandelier, is deliberately intimate and atmospheric.

Elaine Ferguson has a lot of "company" in his office.

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Elaine Ferguson has a lot of “company” in her office.

From Art Deco to Japanese antiques and modern sculpture - Ferguson's home feels like a gallery.

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From Art Deco to Japanese antiques and modern sculpture – Ferguson’s home feels like a gallery.

Many of Ferguson’s items are antiques, including two Japanese figurines in glass cases that stand on antique black cabinets that happen to be exactly the same size – the serendipity seems to be very much present. The items all seem to have found the “perfect space” in every house she moved into.

A tall black shelf that runs along the hallway houses a spectacular collection of black Crown Lynn ceramics. Ferguson says she just keeps an eye out and adds to her collections when she spots something.

The kitchen features white cabinetry with paneled doors in keeping with the cottage vibe. A large skylight brings in lots of natural light. There is a second, more informal seating area next to the kitchen and dining table.

The kitchen is fresh and white - even the appliances are white.

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The kitchen is fresh and white – even the appliances are white.

Lighting is subtle throughout the house - there are lamps, not downlights.

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Lighting is subtle throughout the house – there are lamps, not downlights.

Narrow wooden stairs lead to the master bedroom and a second bathroom on the upper level. Here, the ceiling follows the gable of the roof, with exposed beams.

The third bedroom in the house is Ferguson’s office – a white painted room filled with white carvings, white lighting, a Phillipe Starck Ghost chair, and black flooring.

Items even make their way outside. Ferguson has created an idyllic outdoor entertaining space. The raised terrace leads to a lawn lined with hedges.

It all sounds hard to follow, but Ferguson has plans and is looking forward to renovation number 18.

Upstairs, the ceiling follows the gable of the roof, creating the perfect bedroom.

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Upstairs, the ceiling follows the gable of the roof, creating the perfect bedroom.

The huge ginger jar that stands on the guest bedroom floor was one of many, but the others were lost in the Christchurch earthquakes.

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The huge ginger jar that stands on the guest bedroom floor was one of many, but the others were lost in the Christchurch earthquakes.

This bathroom is also a black and white painting.

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This bathroom is also a black and white painting.

Outdoor entertainment is a breeze.  The northwest-facing deck overlooks an expanse of lawn surrounded by hedges.

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Outdoor entertainment is a breeze. The northwest-facing deck overlooks an expanse of lawn surrounded by hedges.

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