A touch of tra­di­tion

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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.”

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