ASK THE OWNER:
Hairdresser, makeup artist and stylist Melle van Sambeek
Melle, what do you think is the best way to
approach a new interior? Slowly. I think if you want a house full of interesting pieces, it takes time. It’s not a matter of going shopping on a Saturday and coming home with a whole new look. It’s taken me a while to gather the collection of curios that gives our house personality.
How would you describe your decorating style?
The bones stay the same, but I often add new pieces. You can instantly change a room with a good cushion, and I have an extensive duvet collection for the same reason. It’s a bit like building up a wardrobe: you have classic pieces that you keep forever, then you add accessories. makeup artist I work with colour all the time, I underestimated how difficult it would be to choose the perfect shade of grey. A paint colour specialist will save you time, money and angst.
What advice would you give to those who are
considering a bathroom renovation? Always go on recommendations when looking for good tradies – they are gold. Keep your eye on the ball: when aesthetics are important, I’d advise watching your tradies every step of the way, even if it means being a pain. And if you’re unhappy about something, speak up before it’s too late – you don’t want to have to live with something that’ll bug you forever.
Also, if you can stick to the layout you already have, you’ll save big bucks. We moved all our plumbing around, which was a costly exercise.
What do you love most about your home? Its seclusion and how it feels like we live in a treehouse. The big windows make it light and airy, and being able to watch the sea and view change daily is a treat.
CLOC CLOCKWISEISE FROM TOP LEFT GlamoramaGl cushion,hi $180, midcenturyswag.co.nz. Camilla bowl, $50, myexhibition.co.nz. Green artwork by Louise McRae, $450, seedgallery.co.nz. Sweetheart potted plant, $106, plantandpot.nz. Peony photographic print by Helen Bankers, $2850, helenbankers.com. Ritz drinks trolley, $299, freedomfurniture.co.nz. Sheepskin rug, $154, adairs.co.nz. Round rattan chair, $475, corcovado.co.nz.