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A labour of love

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The Smith family bought their 1940s house over 10 years ago as it had good bones and they fell in love with the ornate ceiling details, polished timber floors, fireplace and the stain-glass front doors. It also backs on to a nice bush back drop.

However, it was a total do up and it took years to renovate!

They took out a wall between the kitchen and dining and also took the wall out between the separate toilet and bathroom to make the bathroom one big space, which also allowed room for a double vanity and heated towel rail, plus some much needed storage.

At the same time as renovating upstairs, they also undertook to do up the basement (which used to be the garage originally). It was damp, cold, uninsulated, full of spiders and cobwebs. Now it has become a large carpeted fully clad space which is used as the master bedroom. The downstairs also houses the laundry, a second shower and toilet, an extra sink/bench space and tall cupboards for linen storage etc.

As a family, the Smiths are very fond of colour! Kate wanted the main areas upstairs to work in harmony together with a bit of a vintage flavour. She tends to gravitate towards autumn colours. With a few retro knick knacks and furniture, the colours on the walls needed to enhance some of these.

Gaboon Ply was used for the cabinetry in both the bathroom and kitchen, which gives warmth it gives to the spaces, but needs wall colours to complement it

kitchen dining and kitchen
Left/center: bathrooms. Right: Entrance Hall

The main entrance hall is finished in Resene Cement, making the space quite moody and sophisticated. And it’s a gorgeous backdrop to the large white Steiner jug and autumn flower arrangements.

The bathroom is off to the left as you enter the house, so your eye catches the bathroom walls and ply vanity. The colour flows from Resene Cement to Resene Iko Iko. This colour has a bit of an old fashioned vibe, it works so well with vintage pinks (such as the flowers from their garden), but also goes well with earthy colours.

As you come into the house, the first door you go through is to the kitchen/dining and you are greeted with the warm happy embrace of Resene Smoke Tree. Straight behind this is a backdrop of Titirangi bush, so it’s nice to contrast the natural nature of greens with a complementary colour.

To contrast, the opposite wall is painted in Resene Rainee. They were worried about going all Resene Smoke Tree, as the rooms can be quite dark in the day, so the Resene Rainee lightens the space. Both colours go well with the dark blue upholstered dining chairs.

Thanks to Katie.

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