A pair of Philip Trusttum paintings from The Garden series were the first  large artworks bought by the Carringtons 10 years ago; they hang on either side of the hallway.

A pair of Philip Trusttum paintings from The Garden series were the first large artworks bought by the Carringtons 10 years ago; they hang on either side of the hallway.

A bright Allen Maddox painting (right) dominates the Carringtons’ favourite room, created from the old Public Trust safe; the wall-mounted French steel cage, which holds wine, came from Greytown.

A bright Allen Maddox painting (right) dominates the Carringtons’ favourite room, created from the old Public Trust safe; the wall-mounted French steel cage, which holds wine, came from Greytown.

The mantelpiece holds Paul’s Imari and Shelley’s Sumida Gawa collections.

The mantelpiece holds Paul’s Imari and Shelley’s Sumida Gawa collections.

A ceramic vessel by New Plymouth’s Nicholas Brandon sits atop the coffee table; Paul sent his son Tim to his first auction to buy Peter Robinson’s series of nine paintings, hung high in the living room.

A ceramic vessel by New Plymouth’s Nicholas Brandon sits atop the coffee table; Paul sent his son Tim to his first auction to buy Peter Robinson’s series of nine paintings, hung high in the living room.

A Fatu Feu’u work hangs above the sideboard, which is one of a matching pair from La Paz, a now-defunct New Plymouth store, and holds terracotta pieces that Paul started collecting when he was a student; the rugs are from Turkey and Afghanistan.

A Fatu Feu’u work hangs above the sideboard, which is one of a matching pair from La Paz, a now-defunct New Plymouth store, and holds terracotta pieces that Paul started collecting when he was a student; the rugs are from Turkey and Afghanistan.

Both the internal front doors and the tiles are from Egypt, via Yvonne Sanders Antiques in Auckland; the sculptural piece came from New Plymouth  store Kina.

Both the internal front doors and the tiles are from Egypt, via Yvonne Sanders Antiques in Auckland; the sculptural piece came from New Plymouth store Kina.

Kilim rugs serve as curtains in the main living area, which features a light rescued from New Plymouth’s beloved Andre’s restaurant when it closed down; the Eames chairs are soon to be replaced by eight dining chairs designed for all-night lounging; the sculpture on the table is by Jeff Thomson.

Kilim rugs serve as curtains in the main living area, which features a light rescued from New Plymouth’s beloved Andre’s restaurant when it closed down; the Eames chairs are soon to be replaced by eight dining chairs designed for all-night lounging; the sculpture on the table is by Jeff Thomson.

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