Gail’s top tips
> 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.