Feeding the soul
Stacey Weaver’s Christchurch bungalow exudes warmth and personality,
perfectly setting the scene for its creative, beautiful interior.
While not an architectural feat or a modern masterpiece (in fact modernism is pretty far from her style), Stacey Weaver’s home is a quintessential Christchurch bungalow that she has lovingly brought back to life since buying it in early 2017.
Laughing as she describes how she was the only one who put in an offer, she recalls that every room had a bold feature wall, the sunroom and hallway were painted red, the bathroom yellow, and black accents were found at every turn. ‘I think it was what put people off,’ she says. ‘I could look past the colour and see the potential, but not everyone can.’
And potential there was. Less than two years later, the house has been transformed inside and out. ‘All I have done is paint the interior white,’ she continues. ‘And build a deck.’ Extending off her studio/sunroom, the deck is a simple addition that has created indoor-outdoor flow to Stacey’s home.
Growing up in Burnham, Stacey has many memories of her mum’s ‘beautiful and impressive country’ garden. ‘It has something of everything in it. Mum has a real passion
for it and much of my childhood was spent going with her to garden centres. Flowers have always been a part of who I am.’
Sharing the fact that fake flowers were never allowed past the front door, Stacey loved, and still loves, watching her Mum transform an internal space with the simple addition of something living. A concept she has embraced in her own home. ‘Plants add so much space and texture, I can’t get enough of them.’
Describing her style as ‘organic and eclectic with touches of boho texture’, the vision Stacey has for her home has been executed with perfection: ‘Plain walls with art everywhere and an abundance of plants and flowers.’
Given she is a floral artist and photographer this is hardly surprising.
While many of you may not know Stacey, you may be familiar with her botanic art prints and her creative business, Just South West.
Having explored a career in fashion photography in Australia before returning to Christchurch in 2010, Stacey