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.
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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.
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.
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.