Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES - Mar­ket­ing man­ager Han­nah Den­nis

Han­nah, what were some ways in which you saved money dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion

process? We saved money by re­selling many of the fix­tures and ma­te­ri­als we were re­mov­ing from the house on Gumtree and Face­book. We shopped around for ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes to en­sure we were get­ting the best price, and found that hav­ing friends with trades was also very handy! Our tradie friends would of­ten come by af­ter work and help out for a few hours at a dis­counted rate.

So tell us a lit­tle more about that fire pit. It came from the BBQ Fac­tory and the log [seats] were a very for­tu­itous by-prod­uct of a huge storm that hit Syd­ney in May 2016. Just days af­ter we’d bought the fire pit, I found them cut up and left in a heap of storm de­bris on the road be­low our house. I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes, so we quickly bor­rowed our friend’s ute so we could trans­port them back up to the house.

How do you like to dec­o­rate? Does your dé­cor evolve over time or did you tackle it in one

go? We like to dec­o­rate slowly and mean­ing­fully. Be­fore we moved in here, we’d been liv­ing in a two-bed­room unit, so we didn’t have very much fur­ni­ture. We added pieces grad­u­ally as we got to know the house and were able to make bet­ter choices. We picked up a lot of the soft fur­nish­ings, dec­o­ra­tive pieces and art­works on our trav­els, oth­ers have come from our grand­par­ents’ homes, and some of them we chose be­cause they rep­re­sent a mem­ory or a place that means some­thing to us.

FROM LEFT Grasshop­perGras floor lamp by Greta M Gross­man for Gubi, $1503, cult­de­ ult­de­ Ce­cil cush­ion, $55, free­dom­fur­ni­ Bondi IV pho­to­graphic print, from $359, sun­day­home­ Joe sofa, $4370,

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