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+ How do you view the in­vest­ment you’ve made in your home? Fiona: We feel we have made a great in­vest­ment. Our re­al­tor friend, Roy Champ­taloup, came over be­fore we even started. We ran our ideas past him and he agreed that if we went ahead, we’d be fine. We think we have in­creased the house’s value, not that we are plan­ning to sell any time soon – we have ren­o­vated this house to suit our cur­rent wants and needs.

+ How does what you ac­tu­ally spent on the house com­pare to your bud­get? We went over bud­get by 5 per­cent, which we think is fairly good; we had a very com­pre­hen­sive spread­sheet. Un­for­tu­nately the over­spend did eat into my dec­o­rat­ing bud­get but we will still do the things we want with fur­nish­ings etc, just at a later date.

+ Do you tend to pur­chase high-end home­ware or seek out a bar­gain? High-end home­ware.

+ What are your top style tips? As a fam­ily we al­ways grav­i­tate to the kitchen is­land so we wanted the bench­top to be deep enough to sit at com­fort­ably – we like a 40cm over­hang for us tall folk. We also made sure the is­land was as long as pos­si­ble (three me­tres) so we could eas­ily fit six peo­ple there.

+ Never be afraid to give a DIY job like paint­ing a go. If you have a bed­head or bed­side cab­i­net you’re not sure about any more, try paint­ing it. You’re not go­ing to hate it any more than be­fore and you may end up with a piece you really love!

+ I love creat­ing vi­gnettes: lit­tle or­na­men­tal de­signs that re­veal some­thing about the per­son­al­ity and life sto­ries of the peo­ple who live here.

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