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+ What was your re­dec­o­rat­ing bud­get and did you man­age to stick to it? He­len: We were pretty stretched just buy­ing the house so there wasn’t a re­dec­o­rat­ing bud­get. The rewiring and light­ing was the big­gest in­vest­ment. Our elec­tri­cians gave a thor­ough quote and com­mu­ni­cated along the way about costs so we were able to stick to our bud­get.

+ What ar­eas of your home did you splurge on?

We pri­ori­tised the light­ing. Some pieces like the And­bros card­board light on the up­stairs land­ing

and the David Trubridge pen­dant in the hall­way are state­ment pieces, so well worth it.

+ Any ar­eas you have saved on? Work we’ve done our­selves such as paint­ing, re­mov­ing car­pet and re­pur­pos­ing fur­ni­ture. We also had help from fam­ily and friends in ex­change for a meal or week­end at ours! We like to change the room lay­outs and art around for a fresh feel. Our re­stick­able wall art is ideal for this – the kids spell out new phrases with re­stick­able let­ters, and the wall dots of­ten change around with the sea­sons or our moods.

+ Do you tend to buy high-end home­ware or seek out a bar­gain? Our en­tire home is a mix­ture of save and splurge. We have a mix of new and sec­ond­hand items, high-end and bar­gain fur­ni­ture, and self-made or pur­chased art. We do love a great op-shop find, and Oa­maru is a top town for amaz­ing sec­ond­hand op­por­tu­ni­ties. One bar­gain we are mov­ing away from is off-the-shelf art frames.

+ Most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence you have had in your home? One day not long af­ter we moved in, the chil­dren were play­ing in the kitchen. Jemima was at the bench draw­ing and Rowan was on the floor play­ing, it was an or­di­nary scene. But it was ex­actly what we vi­su­alised be­fore we bought the house. The sun­light, the hap­pi­ness, the beau­ti­ful space around the kids, and the gar­den just be­yond the win­dow.

It was like they were act­ing out a scene from our imag­i­na­tions – it was so pre­cious to re­alise it was one of those rare mo­ments when a dream had come true.

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