Homestyle New Zealand - - HOMES - Stylist Erena Te Paa

Erena, what ad­vice do you have for peo­ple hop­ing to ren­o­vate on a bud­get? As tempt­ing as it might be, don’t get stuck in straight away – wait a while. Start look­ing at fur­ni­ture and pin­ning ideas to Pin­ter­est boards, hone your vi­sion for each room and then chip away at re­al­is­ing it. Sit with any quirky fea­tures a lit­tle longer than you thought you would – per­haps even give them a coat of paint or sand them back – and you may find that they aren’t so bad after all and might even make the space. How did you go about cre­at­ing sep­a­rate liv­ing/ sleep/work ar­eas in your open-plan house? In a way, the house cre­ated sep­a­rate spa­ces for us. The brick wall in the liv­ing area that backs onto the fire­place in the bed­room had a gap on one end,

so it didn’t feel too strange to put a door there. Orig­i­nally we used a fold­ing screen, but with a tod­dler run­ning around we found the rimu Shoji door was a bet­ter solution. Do you have any tips for up­dat­ing vin­tage

and sec­ond­hand pieces? Don’t shy away from sec­ond­hand fur­ni­ture. A lot of what’s ‘hot’ to­day was cre­ated from old ideas, so there may be a piece of pre-loved fur­ni­ture that has a great shape or frame that can be re­worked into some­thing that fits seam­lessly into a mod­ern set­ting. What are your go-tos for prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion? I reg­u­larly check in with a lot of New Zealand-based de­sign blogs, in­clud­ing The De­sign Chaser and The New. Also Pin­ter­est, and on Instagram I love @katelurie, @roomon­fire and

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