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At home with Andrea Scown, CEO of Miter 10

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Miter 10 CEO Andrea Scown worked with Philippa Whitaker of Trinity Design to create the warm living spaces she loves.  The plant is a Tahitian bridal veil.

LAWRENCE SMITH

Miter 10 CEO Andrea Scown worked with Philippa Whitaker of Trinity Design to create the warm living spaces she loves. The plant is a Tahitian bridal veil. “Like everyone else, I’m into houseplants right now – propagation, swapping cuttings …”

Andrea Scown is the CEO of Miter 10 New Zealand. She lives in Parnell, Auckland with her Maltese Cocker Spaniel, Ollie.

ANDRE: When I moved in, everything was very white on white on white. I wanted color and nice moody spaces. I did all the interiors – all the possible surfaces, a complete refresh. But I haven’t changed anything in the bones of the house – she is only 10 years old, a house in Leuschke. He did a terrific job of adapting it to the landscape.

These were mouth painted by Andrea's great-uncle, Hext, who was disabled and held the brush between his teeth.  These are scenes from the Scottish Highlands based on popular postcards.

LAWRENCE SMITH

These were mouth painted by Andrea’s great-uncle, Hext, who was disabled and held the brush between his teeth. These are scenes from the Scottish Highlands based on popular postcards.

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My main vantage point is a beautiful gnarled pōhutukawa and I get a glimpse of Hobson Bay. I love this part of town, I have a wonderful network of friends here.

Andrea's chick Winnie kept her tampons in this little box.  “If my house was on fire, I would save it,” says Andrea.  “I was allowed to select the correct stamp for his packages and letters.  Every time I lift the lid I can smell my childhood.

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Andrea’s chick Winnie kept her tampons in this little box. “If my house was on fire, I would save it,” says Andrea. “I was allowed to select the correct stamp for his packages and letters. Every time I lift the lid I can smell my childhood.

For the interiors, I knew what I wanted, but I had the help of an interior designer, because I have a busy life and I don’t have time to wander through the stores.

There is something nice about having your own space. I was married, but I’m not now and my children are all grown up.

Andrea left home at the age of 16 and began collecting these Australian Women's Weekly recipe cards.  “You had to send a check and wait for them,” she recalls.  “A lot of our family favorites like lasagna are here.  For me, it's about being young, flattering, saving money, teaching myself to cook ...

LAWRENCE SMITH

Andrea left home at the age of 16 and began collecting these Australian Women’s Weekly recipe cards. “You had to send a check and wait for them,” she recalls. “A lot of our family favorites like lasagna are here. For me, it’s about being young, flattering, saving money, learning to cook … “

I have seven children – four of whom are stepchildren – and five grandchildren. We are a united family. I’m still friends with my former husband, he’s one of my biggest supporters.

As a CEO you have to be prepared to work hard sometimes, but I don’t work ridiculous hours. I don’t start until 8:30 am – I’m pretty firm on this. I walk Ollie every morning and we always end up in my favorite cafe by the water. Hope I set a good example for the team that you need to time things and make sure you live a life.


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