House 4 Stace and Yanita

The best friends from Palmer­ston North have cre­ated a mod­ern, colour­ful home with a wel­com­ing feel

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Sally Conor. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Tom Hol­low.

De­sign con­sul­tant Stacey (Stace) Cot­trill, 39, and PhD stu­dent Yanita McLeay, 29, ar­rived on The Block NZ full of en­thu­si­asm and pos­i­tiv­ity. Daily morn­ing yoga sessions were a source of cu­rios­ity (and some lark­ing about) for the other teams but these Palmy girls are from the glass-half-full school of life and were un­daunted by any neg­a­tive vibes.

How­ever, sev­eral near-wins cou­pled with some strate­gic moves by other teams led to Stace and Yanita reach­ing the half­way point of the competition with­out a sin­gle win. Plus, the fall­out from their de­ci­sion to team up with Ling and Zing and vote strate­gi­cally dur­ing Din­ner Wars saw the happy-go-lucky Team Orange brought low. But their first vic­tory, for ‘do-over week’, was just the lift they needed to push them through to the fi­nal re­veal. Stace and Yanita’s bold style was summed up in week five with their kitchen and din­ing area’s pal­ette of blond wood, white, teal and splashes of golden yel­low dis­played to great ef­fect.

The kitchen’s mod­ern feel with a 1970s vibe was a hit with the judges, who loved its pops of colour. They also ad­mired the team’s de­ci­sion to con­vert a large win­dow into a long, low win­dow-cum­splash­back and gain ex­tra pri­vacy and more cup­board space with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any nat­u­ral light (thanks to a row of sky­lights). “We wanted to max­imise the light com­ing in,” says Stace. How­ever, the girls lost points for func­tion­al­ity by plac­ing seat­ing on both sides of the is­land in­stead of adding more stor­age, and fail­ing to in­stall pow­er­points ad­ja­cent to the bench­tops.

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