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Hair­dresser, makeup artist and stylist Melle van Sambeek

Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES - Do you have any ad­vice on choos­ing paint colours? Get in an ex­pert. Even though as a

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.

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