SHOP THEIR STYLE

Tones of black, white and nat­u­ral tim­ber rule in this pared-back home where sim­plic­ity is the true star

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1 Pampa ‘Seag­ulls on a Chilean Beach’ print, $1195 large, from In­die Home Col­lec­tive. 2 Sand bauble throw, $119.99, from Alex & Cor­ban. 3 Wil­low din­ing ta­ble, $1299, from Early Set­tler. 4 Mi­ami rat­tan

lounge chair, $495, from In­die Home Col­lec­tive.

HON­ESTY BOX

+ Best les­sons learned? Lea: It’s re­ally im­por­tant to un­der­stand that how­ever long it takes to com­plete your ren­o­va­tion, it’s the tiling, fin­ish­ing and hard­ware that you have to live with ev­ery day. There’s no use spend­ing a for­tune on the guts of the build and then get­ting sec­ond-rate hard­ware.

+ Any DIY dis­as­ters? Don’t paint your barge­boards late in the af­ter­noon. The morn­ing dew makes it run! + One thing you would change about your home if you could? I’d make the kitchen a more func­tional and prac­ti­cal space. We’re work­ing on it right now!

+ What’s the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve had in your home? Late sum­mer evenings un­der the grapevine, good ban­ter with mates and en­joy­ing the com­pany of fam­ily vis­it­ing from over­seas. Magic!

CON­TACTS

+ In­die Home Col­lec­tive for fur­ni­ture and nec­es­sary, use­ful ac­ces­sories. in­diehome­col­lec­tive.com

+ Cosi Fan Tutte is my all-time favourite shop for all the beau­ti­ful, smaller things you sim­ply can­not live with­out, from French glass­ware to Bianca Lorenne face cloths. cosi­fan­tutte.co.nz

+ Fa­ther Rab­bit for all those pared-back, use­ful things, in­clud­ing couches. fa­therrab­bit.com

BUD­GET

+ How much have you spent on your home ren­o­va­tions? $200,000.

+ How did your bud­get fore­cast com­pare to your ac­tual spend? The bath­room ren­o­va­tion was sup­posed to cost $35,000. It was dou­ble.

+ What ar­eas of your home did you save or splurge on? We splurged on new fur­ni­ture when we moved back in. We saved on… well, now we don’t need any­thing, it’s easy to walk into gor­geous stores and walk out with­out spend­ing any­thing!

+ Do you tend to buy high-end home­ware or seek out a bar­gain? Al­ways the good stuff! We have pur­chased cheaper couches over the years but they only end up be­com­ing pilled and ugly.

+ What’s your best ad­vice when it comes to spend­ing money on a home? Get the best you can af­ford. It pays off in the end.

+ How did you keep track of costs dur­ing ren­o­va­tions? Well, my hus­band looks af­ter that!

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