A touch of tradition
Gorgeous plaster domes were added to the hallway ceiling to create a grand first impression and were emphasised by oversized glass pendants. Katie, Eden and Lisa also decided to add traditional wall panelling to the hallway to give it a sense of history as well as a homely feel.
The most time-consuming and costly task was searching for recycled kauri to match the existing flooring. “I’m so pleased
Katie pushed for it,” says Eden. “It was a massive cost and huge work to get the floorboards straight and matching, but the end result is that the house is good for another 20-30 years and it looks amazing. I might have been tempted to just lay down laminate flooring like everyone else but Katie definitely did it the right way. With features like the hallway and flooring, she just brought the house back to where it should have been,” says Eden.
They also kept the original stained-glass windows, which had caught Katie’s eye right from day one. Katie is pleased with the final balance between classic villa and contemporary home. “I like that the style is vibrant and contemporary yet in keeping with what you’d expect from a home of this age – the decor isn’t plain and boring but it’s also not at odds with the style of the house.”