Island Bay House: Lounges

Formal lounge.

This lounge was designed around the breathtaking views over the trees and across the Waitemata Harbour. The key design element here was the floor to ceiling glass with Corban’s custom designed slim window joinery to make you feel like you are truly floating on top of the beautiful native bush below.

When it came to the interior design of this lounge, we had always imagined it would be for ‘sophisticated lounging’ (meaning it wasn’t designed for the kids to hangout in). Texture really comes into play to create a sense of warmth and comfort, especially with so much glass, so I chose a sheer linen curtain in James Dunlop’s Laconia Air fabric, from Prestige CMT. As always, we create ourselves a brief per room, and inspiration/moodboards to build the room around.

Necessities list:

  • A fire place
  • A Samsung Frame TV so it could look like artwork on the wall
  • A very comfortable sofa setting for winter lounging
  • Linen sheers, so that it would soften the look while still allowing partial sunlight to drench the room

Formal Lounge Details:

Sofa, Boucle Chair & Terrazzo Coffee Table: Dawsons Furniture

Floor Lamp: Douglas & Bec

Rugs: Armadillo & Co, available at A&C Homestore

Curtain Fabric: James Dunlop Laconia Air, Linen.

Family Lounge.

The house has two living spaces, with the family living being just that – a living space dedicated to everyday family life. This room is an extension of the kitchen and dining, so when we are working in the kitchen we can still watch over and have the kids playing in the lounge.

There is a sneaky TV in this room (a necessity for all families), but it tucks away into the feature wall so that it doesn’t have to be out and on display 24/7. This was a tricky job for the team, but they nailed it, and you would never know.

The sofa is custom built for the space, with the priority to be large enough for the whole family and to be able to tuck toys away under when not being used.


The Grand Textured Wall:

As you can see, this house is about simplistic colours but uses a lot of texture to create warmth and points of interest. With the layout of this house being open in the upper floor, we wanted one element that carried through the length of the level to tie each function together. We designed a custom textured wall that starts as a feature wall in the family living, and wraps up onto the ceiling all the way through entry, stairway and right into the lounge area.

This is an inverted scallop design which was CNC cut onto MDF panels, seamlessly placed and plastered on the walls, and painted in Dulux Haast Half. It is such a beautiful feature and casts lovely shadows with the different lighting throughout the day.

Hidden Treasure:

You would never know, but there is actually a 75” Samsung TV that slides inside and behind this textured wall, so that we can pop it away when it isn’t in use.


We wanted a sofa that was big enough to fit the whole family comfortably, while also being able to accommodate safe play time on the side (as well as being able to store away toys underneath the sofa). We designed this sofa ourselves with an extension for the kids play area.

The sofa is an American Oak base from South Pacific Timbers, and we had Carters Upholsters make up the squabs and cushions in Allium Bronze fabric from James Dunlop. Corban put it all together himself. The cushions are all from A&C Homestore, except the round white cushion is from Pampa.


Family Lounge Details:

Wall colour: Dulux Haast Half

Sofa: Custom built by Corban, with South Pacific Timber oak base & James Dunlop fabric cushions, created by Carters Upholsters.

Coffee table: Dawsons Furniture

Furnishings: A&C Homestore


Get the lounge look with A&C:

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