NZ House & Garden - - HOMES - Mandie Tay­lor and Dan McGovern

THE HOUSE IS GREAT FOR EN­TER­TAIN­ING: We can have large din­ner par­ties around the 14-seat ta­ble with bi­fold doors open­ing to the pizza oven and out­door fire area – or a more in­ti­mate fam­ily din­ner around the kitchen ta­ble over­look­ing the or­chard. (Mandie)

BEST DEC­O­RAT­ING TIP: Have and do what you love; it’s you that has to live with it. (Mandie)

FAVOURITE OUT­DOOR SPOT: We have an area over­look­ing the val­ley we call “the cock­tail lounge” where we sit and watch the sun go down on balmy evenings, com­plete with fur ba­bies, and en­joy a bit of quiet time be­fore din­ner with a tasty bev­er­age or two. (Dan)

THIS WEEK­END: I’ll be busy help­ing get ev­ery­thing ready for the Bay of Plenty Gar­den and Art Fes­ti­val on Novem­ber 17-20. I’m on the board and there’s lots to do! (Mandie)

IT’S A LUX­URY: Not com­pro­mis­ing on any­thing, ow­ing to the fact that we’re here for a very long time. We al­ways thought about what was best for the long-term vi­sion and spent ac­cord­ingly. Blew the bud­get out the win­dow, but now it’s all fin­ished it doesn’t mat­ter. (Dan)

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