+ 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.