NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

My dec­o­rat­ing style is: A mix­ture of French, ori­en­tal, mid­cen­tury and Hol­ly­wood Re­gency. Best dec­o­rat­ing tip: Ac­ces­sorise. A room that is lay­ered with mem­o­ries and per­sonal col­lec­tions makes a house a home. Fresh flow­ers, great art, light­ing with dim­mers and burning can­dles also con­trib­ute to a re­laxed at­mos­phere. Best bud­get tip: Flea mar­ket finds can eas­ily be given a new lease of life. The ori­en­tal bed­side ta­bles were found on Trade Me and were orig­i­nally bright red. I re­sprayed them with black lac­quer. A piece of em­broi­dered an­tique silk fab­ric found in a sec­ond-hand shop was made into a beau­ti­ful cush­ion. Proud­est DIY achieve­ment: While living in Lon­don I spot­ted a chair left in a skip. I hauled it home and told my be­mused hus­band that one day it would look amaz­ing. It’s now re-cov­ered in cream linen and is one of my favourite pieces of fur­ni­ture. Best money ever spent: We re­cently re­placed the bare patchy lawn in the front gar­den with wa­ter sav­ing ar­ti­fi­cial grass. It’s made such a huge dif­fer­ence to the look of the gar­den. The chil­dren love spend­ing time un­der the crab ap­ple tree on their swing and hav­ing pic­nics with their friends.

Clare Grove

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