Min­i­mal­ist style with bold art

At my­place

Marlborough Express - - HOME&GARDEN -

A glass of wine en­joyed in front of her out­door fire is the best way to end a long day, says blog­ger Si­mone An­der­son.

Health and life­style blog­ger Si­mone An­der­son lives in a chic Mt Eden home with her part­ner Trent and a few flat­mates.

Hav­ing risen to in­ter­net fame in 2015 af­ter post­ing pho­tos of her re­mark­able 88 kilo­gram weight loss on so­cial me­dia, the life­style blog­ger con­tin­ues to share her jour­ney and up­date her 287,000 Face­book and 226,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers on healthy liv­ing.

At the end of a long day, An­der­son loves noth­ing more than re­lax­ing in the out­door area of her stylish new flat, close to Auck­land’s CBD. ‘‘I love our shel­tered out­door area where you can light an out­door fire and re­lax with a big glass of wine,’’ she said.

De­scribe your house in two sen­tences

Light and bright with a mod­ern, min­i­mal feel. Sim­ple, fresh styling with state­ment New Zealand art fea­tures.

First thing you do when you get home each day

I throw my bag in my room and jump straight into the kitchen to cook a fresh meal.

Best new buy

My $55 brass and wo­ven seats from Kmart.

Favourite art­work or fam­ily trea­sure and why you love it

An old bus scroll I found on Trade Me and had framed.

Proud­est DIY mo­ment

Un­for­tu­nately I don’t have great DIY ex­pe­ri­ences, so I have now given up and try to find bar­gains in­stead.

Favourite spot to re­lax (and what do you do there?)

I love our shel­tered out­door area where you can light an out­door fire and re­lax with a big glass of wine.

Favourite way of en­ter­tain­ing

With a big cheese plat­ter and out­side with the wood fire burn­ing.

I can’t live with­out

My Tony Sly pot­tery – an en­ter­tainer’s dream.

Best money I ever spent on the house

All my art, it’s the first thing you no­tice when you come in and adds a stun­ning bold touch.

What’s one trick you’ve learnt over the years

If you just do a small amount each day, it never builds up and gets out of hand. That way, you never do big jobs, rather a few small ones each day.

PHO­TOS: CHRIS MCKEEN

Blog­ger Si­mone An­der­son in the bright, open-plan kitchen of her Mt Eden flat.

Mod­ern and min­i­mal are by­words in An­der­son’s home. She counts this $49 brass side ta­ble as her favourite piece of fur­ni­ture.

An­der­son en­joys hunt­ing for bar­gains, rather than DIY. Her best buy re­cently is this Kmart brass chair which cost $55.

Walls are dec­o­rated with much-loved art. ‘‘It’s the first thing you no­tice when you come in and adds a stun­ning bold touch.’’

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