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+ How do you view the in­vest­ment you’ve made in your home? We didn’t make any changes to the prop­erty for fi­nan­cial gain. We have such mad, busy lives that the only in­vest­ment we wanted to make was into mak­ing our house feel like a home for the first time.

+ How did your ac­tual dec­o­rat­ing spend com­pare to your bud­get? We’re very lucky in this re­spect – I’m mar­ried to a builder and own an in­te­ri­ors com­pany so our spend was really small com­par­a­tively. We never had a bud­get as such on this prop­erty – we just make changes when we can af­ford to.

+ Do you tend to pur­chase high-end home­ware or seek out a bar­gain? A lit­tle bit of both. We splurged on the San­der­son wall­pa­per, kitchen splash­back and art be­cause I loved them! But we al­ways pare it back with cheaper finds. Our din­ing chairs were a Trade Me pur­chase, the kitchen stools are from Mocka, the wine cab­i­net was an old medicine cab­i­net we brought up from Christchurch, and our drapes were very price-point con­scious.

+ What are your top three style tips? Don’t be afraid to mix colours and pat­terns. Be eclec­tic with your de­sign choices – mix old with new. And al­ways use Scotch­gard!

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