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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

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