My decorating style: Is to combine many colours and create harmony at the same time. Best decorating tip: Use black, which is the most beautiful colour but only when it’s combined with other colours. Best budget tip: Obtain objects/things from friends they do not need and convert them into pieces of art – for example, an old bench seat that I painted and decorated with mosaics. Bravest thing I did around the house: Creating Indian motifs on the water tank. Renovation low point: Trying to paint the very high ceilings. Flowers that I could not live without: Lilies. I buy them every week. Best local place for coffee: Bach’n Cafe at Maraetai, looking out to the beach and Waiheke island.