b'area is perfect for the children to play in and for alfrescoLeonie chose paint colours which were sophisticated and dining, with bifolding windows from the kitchen makingwouldcomplement,ratherthanoverpower,theleafy entertaining easy. On a clear day, theres a view of therural views which the property enjoys in every direction. ManukauHarbour,andbynightthecitylights,most notably those on the Sky Tower, take centre stage. One of my favourite things is to take Theinteriorisagraciousblendoftraditionalandan old unloved building and bring it backcontemporarystyles.Thewallsintheguestensuite,to life with a renewed sense of purpose.forexample,arelinedwithtraditional-looktongue- and-groove panels, to match the original lining in theIn every aspect of the design, Ive gone for a balance main bathroom. of city chic and country style. I denitely didnt want a The oorboards in the main house are originalbecausecottagey look. We love living in the country, but we still there was a lot of variety amongst them, according toenjoy the benets of a city lifestyle too, and my design whentheywereinstalled,theyreallstainedarichreects that blend of lifestyles. chocolate hue. This serves to unite the various types ofShe chose Resene Half Tea and Resene Black White for ooring, and provides a warm base for the interiors. the walls of much of the main house, with Resene Eighth alternative ideas for this room on pages 34-3730 |'