+ How much have you spent decorating and tweaking your home? About $2000.
+ How did your budget forecast compare to your actual spend? We were lucky as Pete is a painter and plasterer so he was able to do most of the work himself. We knew it was just a case of purchasing paint and a few building materials. We paid a local builder to make some more storage and shelving units for my studio.
+ Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain? A bit of both. These days I tend to only buy pieces I love, regardless of whether it’s from a high-end homeware store, Kmart or a secondhand shop. I think it’s nice to have a mix of old and new. I also have my own creations around the house.
+ Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home? For resale, consider your street appeal, as it’s the first impression people get of a home. Plant as soon as you can – it takes years to create an established garden. And great storage is a must. A home should be practical and work for your needs.
+ How did you keep track of costs during the redecoration? Pete is the numbers man; he always keeps a running tally in his head.