Gail’s top tips

Your Home and Garden - - Your Renovation -

> Mix mod­ern pieces and fur­nish­ings with old trea­sures, spe­cial finds, art­works and pho­to­graphs.

> Buy with your heart. If you pur­chase things you re­ally love, you won’t ever re­gret it.

> I pre­fer a clean, min­i­mal in­te­rior style and a muted pal­ette. I’m not a fan of too much colour.

> Mix up tex­tures for an in­ter­est­ing ef­fect. I like the com­bi­na­tion of chunky knits, wood and soft fab­rics like linen, wool and felt.

> In­volve chil­dren in decor de­ci­sions for their rooms. I let my girls choose and we are all re­ally happy with the out­come. Their re­cently ren­o­vated rooms have a so­phis­ti­cated style with pink and cop­per tones and pas­tel colours.

> Keep ren­o­va­tions sim­ple in ar­eas like kitchens and bath­rooms. You can al­ways change ac­ces­sories, han­dles or even tiles. Our kitchen is nine years old now and still looks great.

A chunky knit throw and a wall­pa­pered

fea­ture wall add interest to the muted colour scheme in the

main bed­room.

EN­SUITE, LAUN­DRY Gail and Cory have made the best use of ev­ery space; the bed­rooms and liv­ing area are gen­er­ous while nooks and small rooms such as the en­suite and laun­dry (above) have been de­signed to max­imise their ef­fec­tive­ness.

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