Finders keepers

A couple with a nose for the extraordinary turn their talents to an unexpected discovery.

Stacey Pyne has a mysterious talent for finding treasure, even when she isn’t looking. It’s this innate ability to stumble across great riches that led to the discovery of her family’s dream home.
Stacey and her husband Jake had just finished a renovation on a Mount Maunganui pad, a project that had been all-consuming. Having invested years into the revamp, it felt like their forever home and seemed the ultimate fit. Stacey says she’d believed they’d stay put for the foreseeable future: “I’d poured my heart and soul into it.” But a random online search was to change her mind.

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ENTRANCE Meet the Pynes: Stacey, Jake and their children Milla, Hayes and Ari. KITCHEN The large chef’s kitchen is ideal for this couple, who regularly entertain, and includes open shelving that showcases their collectables. Extending into the living area, its cypress accents and oak flooring create a calming Scandinavian vibe. Above a timber cabinet in this zone is one of Jake’s “controversial” taxidermy finds.

ENTRANCE Meet the Pynes: Stacey, Jake and their children Milla, Hayes and Ari. KITCHEN The large chef’s kitchen is ideal for this couple, who regularly entertain, and includes open shelving that showcases their collectables. Extending into the living area, its cypress accents and oak flooring create a calming Scandinavian vibe. Above a timber cabinet in this zone is one of Jake’s “controversial” taxidermy finds.

“If I’m completely honest, I think I had been feeling a little itchy because our project was complete; I was ready to work on styling a new space,” recalls Stacey. “When I came across this house, I knew almost straight away that things were going to change.”

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LIVING AREA “I love the concrete hippo that lives on top of our piano – we found it at Flotsam & Jetsam,” says Stacey. But the charcoal Tufty-Time couch by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia “is probably my favourite thing in our house. We also love the swing seat from Nest.” Meals are served at a Timothy John Splay table from Paper Plane, with Osso chairs by Mattiazzi from Simon James Design.

LIVING AREA “I love the concrete hippo that lives on top of our piano – we found it at Flotsam & Jetsam,” says Stacey. But the charcoal Tufty-Time couch by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia “is probably my favourite thing in our house. We also love the swing seat from Nest.” Meals are served at a Timothy John Splay table from Paper Plane, with Osso chairs by Mattiazzi from Simon James Design.

That they did, and very quickly. Within just a few weeks, the Pynes found themselves moving their possessions into a new abode, ready to make it their own. In a refreshing change of pace, the year-old home didn’t require renovating, just an injection of style to give it an edge. “It was so perfect for us in so many ways, it was almost as though it had been designed and built with us in mind,” says Stacey. “I was very excited to move in our bits and pieces and make it our own.”
To be fair, it’d be hard for someone not to fall in love with the Lawson-cypress-clad home designed by architect Will Tatton. Located near the Mount’s surf beach, it has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a theatre-like TV room with a bar. A staircase framed by a floor-to-ceiling window that highlights the established pohutukawa and puriri outside floats upstairs to the second storey, where the bedrooms seem to sit among the treetops.

CORNER STORE In this nook Stacey mixed new artworks with old, including a “sunflower girls” print she found tucked down the back of her grandmother’s washing machine. “I layered some plant life in there, as well as an odd roaring tiger, a crying clown, a former doctors’ surgery lamp and lockers that have been around since our kids were little.”

CORNER STORE In this nook Stacey mixed new artworks with old, including a “sunflower girls” print she found tucked down the back of her grandmother’s washing machine. “I layered some plant life in there, as well as an odd roaring tiger, a crying clown, a former doctors’ surgery lamp and lockers that have been around since our kids were little.”

Indeed, the home’s tranquil setting provides the ideal environment for relaxing, as well as enjoying time with family and friends. Not that these two are known to rest on their laurels. Stacey and Jake own streetwear label Lower, women’s basics brand Five Each and men’s lifestyle brand On & On. Throw in their handful of Thanks retail stores and online vintage store Dusty, and it’s fair to say they’re as busy as it gets.

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BATHROOMS Overlooking the garden, the upstairs ensuite (top) – accessed through a walk-in wardrobe – and main bathroom have an industrial feel. The freestanding bath was so heavy it had to be lifted into position with a crane. MASTER SUITE Flourishing bursts of green freshen up the couple’s bedroom; Stacey says she’s big on Kmart for its affordable planters. Loving the leafy branches outside their space, the couple opted not to have curtains or blinds.

BATHROOMS Overlooking the garden, the upstairs ensuite (top) – accessed through a walk-in wardrobe – and main bathroom have an industrial feel. The freestanding bath was so heavy it had to be lifted into position with a crane. MASTER SUITE Flourishing bursts of green freshen up the couple’s bedroom; Stacey says she’s big on Kmart for its affordable planters. Loving the leafy branches outside their space, the couple opted not to have curtains or blinds.

“I’m a full-time mum to our children,” says Stacey, “but I also started a little side business a couple of years ago named Dusty, which was an extension of my love for creating beautiful spaces.” It’s proved a great excuse to pursue her passion for op shops, garage sales and treasure hunting, allowing her to pass on many of the retro collectables she digs up.

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KIDS’ BEDROOMS Vintage pieces pepper the children’s spaces, where designer bed linen clashes in the best possible way with handcrafted coverings. Stacey says the kids are really benefiting from the new home’s beachy location. “We’ve been going on family bike rides and walks since moving here, down the boardwalk to the Mount or into town for dinner – the kids love it. Jake and the boys have also been loving walking down to go fishing off the rocks.”

KIDS’ BEDROOMS Vintage pieces pepper the children’s spaces, where designer bed linen clashes in the best possible way with handcrafted coverings. Stacey says the kids are really benefiting from the new home’s beachy location. “We’ve been going on family bike rides and walks since moving here, down the boardwalk to the Mount or into town for dinner – the kids love it. Jake and the boys have also been loving walking down to go fishing off the rocks.”

The couple’s eye for quirky finds is evident throughout the home. Each has their own obsession. For Stacey, its greenery, hearts, animals and pretty pink pieces, whereas Jake has a hankering for the odd bit of taxidermy and anything to do with his favourite sport, fishing. “I’ve had so much fun working in a new space and creating somewhere that I just love to be,” says Stacey, who likes to mix vintage and contemporary pieces. “The house has a gallery-like feel; it makes our things look even better than they did in our previous home.”

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EXTERIOR “This house feels like a tree house,” says Stacey. “In fact, there’s a little door in our ensuite that was built with the idea of making a rope bridge across to the actual tree house outside – illegal, but fun!” The kids enjoy climbing the trees and playing soccer on the back lawn and basketball out the front; they even have a skateboard ramp.

EXTERIOR “This house feels like a tree house,” says Stacey. “In fact, there’s a little door in our ensuite that was built with the idea of making a rope bridge across to the actual tree house outside – illegal, but fun!” The kids enjoy climbing the trees and playing soccer on the back lawn and basketball out the front; they even have a skateboard ramp.

The new house is open, bright and spacious, and this time, self-confessed hoarder Stacey says things will be different. “I’m trying to keep things more simple and not so cluttered.
I really filled up our last home, which was fun, but I want to try something different this time around. Although it does seem to be getting busier and busier – once a collector always a collector, right?”

Words Holly Jean Brooker
Photography Alice Veysey

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