My favourite room

With SkyCity Mys­tics’ Storm Purvis

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - In­ter­view by Jes­sica-Belle Greer. Pho­tog­ra­phy by He­len Bankers.

“There are so many fun ways to do up a space with­out ren­o­vat­ing and I’ve been lucky enough to ex­per­i­ment with many of them over my eight years of flat­ting,” says net­ball star Storm Purvis. Af­ter mak­ing her Sil­ver Ferns de­but in 2016, Storm has re­cently re­turned to Auck­land to play for the SkyCity Mys­tics. Her bed­room in the West­mere town­house she shares with three oth­ers is where she un­winds from the fast-paced ac­tion on court and hones her dec­o­rat­ing skills.

How would you de­scribe your in­te­rior style? Con­stantly chang­ing! My room could re­flect my outlook on life at the time, or the sea­son, or could be based purely around a sin­gle in­te­rior item I’ve fallen in love with. Not so long ago my room was re­ally dif­fer­ent to this. It was a white-out filled with in­door plants, In­dian-themed wall hang­ings and lots of crazy lit­tle pieces I found at stores like The Third Eye on K Road.

It was beau­ti­ful but it was chaos, and it re­flected my life at that time – I’d just moved back to Auck­land and had a new net­ball team, new job and new friends. I’m now feel­ing much more set­tled and I wanted to re­flect this in my ev­ery­day spa­ces. I fell in love with a Hobbs & Co cush­ion and HAD to have it. My mother (who owns home­ware and gift store Cin­na­mon Brown) gave it to me for my birthday in April and the rest of the room was styled on that one cush­ion.

Tell us about the DIY el­e­ments of your room.

The draw­ers (not shown) have been through a few cos­tume changes. When I first got them, they were pale wood and had these rather ugly sil­ver han­dles, so I swapped them for some beau­ti­ful, hand-painted ones. When I re­cently re­dec­o­rated, I changed the han­dles again, to brass ones from Bun­nings. I tried to

white­wash the draw­ers, but if you look closely you can see that it was clearly done by a 24-year-old with very lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence of us­ing a paint brush!

It looks like you have some pretty clever stor­age so­lu­tions in this room. The bed­head was a lucky find on Trade Me but it is orig­i­nally from Ikea. I fell in love with it and had to have it. It’s got shelves built into each side; one side holds my smalls in white wicker boxes and the other side, my sleep­ing side, holds my jour­nal and a few can­dles. When rent­ing you aren’t al­lowed to hang things so the bed­head serves as a great lean­ing spot for my pho­tos, in­clud­ing a poster of my favourite band, Led Zep­pelin, from Real Groovy.

I thought a gi­ant Robert Plant poster above my bed would be a great way to re­flect that part of me that doesn’t re­ally meet the eye, while also mak­ing the space feel less like a show­room for mil­len­ni­als (there’s a lot of ‘mil­len­nial pink’ in here, too)! The book­shelf is also great for stor­age – it’s where I lean my mir­ror and store all my cook­books, nov­els and mu­sic mem­o­ra­bilia.

What are your favourite home­ware stores?

Mum’s store, Cin­na­mon Brown, in How­ick is pretty much a one-stop shop for me when it comes to linen and home­ware. Decor can be eas­ier to save on so you’ll recog­nise a lot of my items from places like Kmart. Trade Me is great for fur­ni­ture, and any of the shops along K Road are good for one-off trea­sures. Junk & Dis­or­derly is al­ways fun for a browse, too.

How do you stamp your own style on a rented home? I flat with three other peo­ple and we all have very dif­fer­ent styles so the com­mu­nal ar­eas are kept re­ally sim­ple – that way, they are easy to keep tidy and are not overly re­flec­tive of one per­son’s style.

But the ob­sta­cles that come with rent­ing are easy to over­come. If you don’t like the car­pet, for ex­am­ple, find amaz­ing rugs. If you don’t like the win­dow treat­ments, find art to dis­tract the eye. Com­ing from a ru­ral back­ground and grow­ing up in big, open, green spa­ces, I have quite a few in­door plants around the flat to bring that lit­tle bit of home with me.

“My room could re­flect my outlook on life at the time, or the sea­son, or purely be based around a sin­gle in­te­rior item that I’ve fallen in love with”

yhg Storm’s colour­ful Hobbs & Co cush­ion, from her mother’s home­ware store Cin­na­mon Brown, in­spired a full bed­room re­dec­o­ra­tion.

ABOVE Storm’s calm­ing work space on the land­ing is an ex­ten­sion of her bed­room. RIGHT A Led Zep­pelin poster adds an edge to the pretty space.

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