You may be familiar with the name Margie Cooney, an accomplished writer and contributor. Margie (now known as Margie Riddiford) has recently taken on two new roles; as Editor at Denizen Magazine, plus the most rewarding role as first time mother to daughter Vera. We visited Margie at her newly-renovated Auckland cottage that she shares with husband Jolyon to hear about the thought process and design inspirations that went into creating her family home.
When do you feel most creative?
I'm always more creative after conversations with close friends or my husband, or after reading or watching a piece of work that makes me feel something. I also need to have time to sit with my thoughts. But I think it's also about being open to it. Having some way of recording when something pops into my head can be enough to spark creativity later on.
Tell us about the inspiration and ideas around your space?
We wanted to create a home that felt like a sanctuary — somewhere that was calm and warm and inviting. Retaining the beautiful essence of the old cottage that it was originally was important, while still making it feel modern, functional and serene.