In­te­rior de­signer Nikki Wil­lis

Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES -

Nikki, what ad­vice would you give to those con­sid­er­ing a ren­o­va­tion?

Be on site as much as pos­si­ble to avoid mis­takes oc­cur­ring. Don’t as­sume your sub­con­trac­tors or builders are mind read­ers – com­mu­ni­ca­tion is key. Don’t make de­ci­sions when you’re tired or stressed, and don’t rush the im­por­tant de­ci­sions, like paint colours.

You lived in the house be­fore you started ren­o­vat­ing – is that some­thing you’d rec­om­mend?

The orig­i­nal house was in such a state of dis­re­pair and barely live­able, but we stayed in it for al­most a year be­fore we started the ren­o­va­tion, then moved to a rental nearby when the work be­gan. It was a long 10 months, but it gave us time to get a feel for so many of the im­por­tant is­sues that we needed to con­sider in the new de­sign, lay­out and func­tion­al­ity of the house.

What’s the best way to make sure your pos­ses­sions from your pre­vi­ous home look good in the new one?

I must ad­mit I bought a lot of new fur­ni­ture for this house. But the con­crete din­ing ta­ble was from our pre­vi­ous house, and that’s what’s so great about con­crete – it goes with ev­ery­thing.

What are your go-to stores for home­ware?

I love Mad­der & Rouge, French Coun­try Col­lec­tions and Coun­try Road. I buy a lot of home­ware on­line from web­sites like An­thro­polo­gie and Ur­ban Out­fit­ters, and have also bought off Trade Me and eBay.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT Space Line pendant light, $619, bo­con­ Ode to Joy art­work by Nikki Wil­lis, $890 (framed), nikki­willis­cre­ Bulb vase by Johnathan Adler, $249, Ocean linen cush­ion, $115, thread­de­ Lazy Days...

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