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Matty McLean's sleek city retreat

DATE 4th Jul 2022



Breakfast presenter Matty McLean opens the doors to his sophisticated central Auckland apartment.

 

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Where do you live?

Central Auckland, right in the beating heart of the city and close to K’ Road and Queen Street. It’s a really vibrant, exciting place to live.

 

Who do you live with?

I live with my fiancé Ryan – an agent with New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty, incidentally – and our five-year-old miniature

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How long have you lived in your home and what initially attracted you to it?

We’d been living in West Auckland in our first home, but it wasn’t allowing us the work-life balance we wanted so we started looking closer to the city. We managed to find an apartment in a brand-new build, and just fell in love with it. We’ve been here 18 months and it suits us perfectly – we love the inner-city feel. We’re both so close to our respective offices, plus there are some incredible eateries within walking distance. It just feels exciting.

 

What is it about your home that makes you feel at ease?

We really enjoy the social aspect of living in the city, although we’re both still homebodies at heart, especially with the crazy hours of our jobs. I work early mornings and Ryan’s in real estate, so he is out and about constantly. It means when we’re home, we really want to relax. We’ve worked hard to create a space that feels comforting: our open-plan living area means we can easily chat while one of us is cooking dinner or working on the laptop. Plus, we’re fortunate enough to have bright, spacious rooms to sprawl out in – one of the best parts of the apartment is the all-day sun that streams in!

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Describe your perfect Sunday at home:

We’re very protective of our weekend mornings. They’re a break from my 3.30am alarm, so they involve very lazy lie-ins with a good book, catching up on a TV show in bed or just having a good yarn. But the one thing it always involves is coffee.

 

What is your favourite room of the house and why?

I absolutely love to cook – it brings me real joy, especially cooking for other people. I feel very lucky to have a gorgeous kitchen in our apartment. It’s so nice to cook in, spacious with beautiful oak cabinetry and a strong, black splashback. I also love how open it is with our living and dining spaces. It means I can chuck on some music, or if Ryan’s home we can catch up about our days while I cook dinner.

 

If you could change anything about your home, what would it be?

Apartment living has been fantastic for us at this stage in our lives but last summer was so beautiful and warm, and we don’t have an outdoor space. That’s the only real downside. But we make it work – it gets us out and about a lot more and we go for lovely walks with the dog or pop over to the park nearby to catch up with friends.

 

Tell us about your interior design style:

We’re both fans of clean, classic pieces – we’ve collected some beautiful furniture over the years, like our circular dining room table, the solid oak writing desk and the modular couch in our lounge. But we also love to embellish with quirky art pieces from NZ artist Simon Lewis Wards, large indoor plants and extra light features. All these things just elevate the spaces and make them pop. I have to really give a shout out to Ryan – he has a brilliant eye for detail and understands how to utilise a space well.

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What is your favourite functional or decorative piece and what is special about it?

We adore Coco Republic in Auckland’s Newmarket, and we found a gorgeous alabaster floor lamp there. It gives off the vibe of an old vintage photography light, with these two spectacularly carved vertical lamp shades. It’s a true statement piece in our living room, and I love the mood lighting it provides at night.

 

When it comes to homewares and furniture, do you prefer luxury, new pieces or vintage finds?

I certainly wouldn’t call our style ‘vintage’, but I would say we’re good at finding good buys. We’re smart about where we spend our money – most of our furniture and homewares are well priced, but we’re not afraid to splash out on some brilliant hero pieces to bring our home to life.