This chic Matakana coastal home makes a case for living a life of leisure

On the outskirts of the Makatana region, overlooking Omaha Bay, is one home that epitomises the pared-back architecture that is becoming synonymous with properties perched on rugged coastlines — with the kind of facade enjoyed in part for the way it wears with time.

Executed with the collaborative efforts of premium design aficionados Sarsfield Brooke, Belinda George Architects and builders Serene Projects, the home prides itself on open-air spaces designed to harness the expansive views, as much as it is an utterly chic interior that feels ultimately so liveable.

Matheus Curved Sofa by Giulio Marelli, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.

And inside, with the curatorial eye of Sarsfield Brooke, the living is easy. A more polished approach contrasts the fading exterior, allowing for daily life’s ebbing and flowing needs. Of course, subtlety is essential and a factor to balance, as the sloping ceilings and expansive walls emphasise the home’s greatest asset — the view.

An exemplar of design at its most considered and brilliant, the spaces accentuate the ease of liveability. Take the living room, for instance, where the Matheus Curved Sofa by Italian house Giulio Marelli Living encourages leisurely seating and home comforts with its unique curvature — contrasting with the angular, linear nature of the home.

Johann functional seat cushions by Bullfrog, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.

In the second bedroom, we see the home’s true spirit reflected — a space where friends and family can come to escape the city for the weekend, with a sleeping arrangement that adapts to their needs. This is thanks partly to the addition of the Letto Bed’s adjustable headboard, an innovation by German design force, Bullfrog, which can be manoeuvred to the guest’s needs.

Of course, indoor-outdoor flow is essential in a home like this. And if the grand terraced fireplace isn’t beckoning enough, as the sun goes down and the evening fades, the engagement of considered, liveable furnishings might do it. A simple round dining table (Break by Giulio Marelli) encourages al fresco dining, fireside drinks, or perhaps late-night card games with friends. For those seeking outdoor comforts, Bullfrog’s nearby Lagoon curved sofa and matching footstool allow you to soak up the warmth of the fire still. For warm days, we would spend it waterside, thanks to the leisurely addition of Bullfrog’s Johann Functional Seat Cushions — reimagined as loungers that overlook the relaxing zen garden.

So it is at this Matakana address that we truly rediscover what it means to live a life of leisure. An existence that offers a lifestyle shrouded in luxury, yet encourages moments of pure relaxation — dining, lounging, and taking in the alluring surrounds.

Segno dining table and Sit dining chairs by Reflex of Italy, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.
Lea barstools by Midj, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.
Fili de erba dining table and Sit dining chairs by Reflex of Italy, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.
Matheus Curved Sofa by Giulio Marelli, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.
Letto Bed with adjustable headboard by Bullfrog, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.
Lagoon curved sofa with matching footstool and Yao swivel armchair, all by Bullfrog, available exclusively from Sarsfield Brooke.
Matakana House, a collaborative effort by Belinda George Architects, Serene Projects & Sarsfield Brooke.

Sarsfield Brooke

155/165 The Strand,
Parnell, Auckland

www.sarsfieldbrooke.co.nz

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