ASK THE OWNER:
Interior designer Nikki Willis
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, boconcept.com. Ode to Joy artwork by Nikki Willis, $890 (framed), nikkiwilliscreative.com. Bulb vase by Johnathan Adler, $249, askew.co.nz. Ocean linen cushion, $115, threaddesign.co.nz. Lazy Days...