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This unique townhouse in Herne Bay is brimming with ’70s style

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Owner of fashion label Minnie Cooper, Sandy Cooper effortlessly blends artistic style with a cool ’70s vibe in her Herne Bay home


This unique townhouse in Herne Bay is brimming with ’70s style

Warmth, colour and history. These are a few of Minnie Cooper owner Sandy Cooper’s favourite things when it comes to interior style. The Herne Bay abode she’s shared with partner Caroline for the past seven years is awash with them.

The late 1970s design is one of four in a series of townhouses by architect Ivan Mercep, from Jasmax, who occupied one of the dwellings until he passed away several years ago.


The couple fell in love with the space for its quirky details, lovely neighbours and beautiful views from every window. Plus, she says, “Everything we had just slotted in so nicely, suited the house and fitted well too!”

The spaces are dominated by golden timber but it’s far from overpowering. “You can never have too much wood,” she insists. “I love its glow. The house feels warm and paintings always look good on wood.”


A big sliding door to the deck keeps the interior open and encourages interaction with nature. Summer days are spent sharing meals outdoors – “one of life’s great pleasures”, says Sandy. Pot plants and a small courtyard garden off the main bedroom are just enough to keep her green fingers occupied.

In making the space their own, the couple have honoured the home’s character and natural charm. They’ve enhanced rather than challenged with their own additions, which include grass-green carpet and ex-airline material in the snug. Cooper describes the style as “eclectic, with a preference for second-hand”.


A focus on timeless style and comfort also characterises Sandy’s business, which specialises in NZ-made footwear, knitwear and bags. “We’re more style oriented than followers of fashion,” she says.

Words by: Alex Scott. Photography by: Vanessa and Micheal Lewis.

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