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NZ House & Garden - - HOMES - Eloise Steven­son

Best money de­ci­sion: Spend­ing the money we’d saved for our wed­ding on our first house. Then we had to save up again – we still had a great wed­ding.

This week­end we will be: Rid­ing and tidy­ing.

Best seat in the house: On our linen slip-cover bed in the mas­ter bed­room, French doors flung open to the deck (pic­tured above).

The most im­por­tant thing to us: Strong cof­fee, a de­cent mu­sic sys­tem plus a pos­i­tive fam­ily vibe to raise two con­fi­dent women of the world.

In the next five years we’d like to: Ex­tend the house and build a rid­ing arena.

A well-kept se­cret about this area: The Bethells cafe. I tie my horse to the bench out­side while I have a cof­fee and in sum­mer they have live mu­sic on Fri­day nights and serve piz­zas and burg­ers while the kids play in the sand – it’s re­ally bo­hemian.

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