+ 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.