The last of the JN-Dog Boys, Dougie Williamson, is living a very comfortable life with his wife Janet, here in Auckland, NZ.
A recent issue of “Haven” lifestyle magazine featured the stylish Westmere home shared by three generations of the Williamson family.
“In this welcoming Westmere villa, three generations of the same family have mastered the art of communal living.”
Three years ago Dougie and Janet sold their Grey Lynn home and moved in with their son Ian and his family, converting the upstairs floor into a sunny, spacious apartment with its own kitchenette, serviced by lift.
The house is a beautiful two-storey Victorian double-bay, double-brick villa, once upon a time a local farm homestead.
Ian’s wife Jane works in design and Janet is an artist, set designer and former creative director with TVNZ. The two have combined their art and furniture collections, eyes for interior design and love of doing up old houses.
The magazine photography shows off their achievements, including the tropical-themed swimming pool area, a project that was completed just in time for the first Covid lockdown and now one of Janet’s favourite places.
The article also shows Janet’s studio and photos of her and Dougie in their upstairs home.
Although they don’t drive now, the couple still lead quite busy, independent lives. Janet is still an active painter, sculptor and set designer, occasionally exhibiting. Dougie is a member of the Bomber Command Assn and both are keen followers of politics and enjoy community involvement and any opportunity to travel.
At an age that most have had to give up their independence and move into a retirement village, Dougie & Janet now have the best of both worlds – the family downstairs for company and to share main meals with, but their own independent and very comfortable space upstairs.