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Mood lifter

Evie says she has always been called a somewhat happy, gleeful character, with a bit of a rebellious streak; she thinks her Mum always used the word mischievous.

And Evie has always loved colour, the brighter, the better!


When her home was built, she always knew she wanted to work in her eccentricities as little surprises throughout the house, hidden among the calming, neutral tones. She chose cool whites (Resene Half Black White, Resene Quarter Black White and Resene Eighth Black White) for the majority of the spaces to really accentuate the bright, bold colours throughout the house.

She wasn’t afraid to step outside the box when it came to her choices of furniture too!

When it came to bold colours, Evie chose Resene Happy and Resene Outrageous from the fashion range. She remembers standing in the store, quietly perusing the colour charts and nearly scared the life out of the poor sales lady behind the counter when she shrieked with excitement! Evie had found the colours that were going to complete her home! Who couldn't fall in love with colours whose names sum them up perfectly?

Yellow feature wall

Evie wanted the bathroom to be a complete polarity with the rest of the house with a sense of stepping into a time warp. She chose Resene Half Masala to tie in with the concrete vanity and copper sink, as well as the dark red brick of the shower. It reminds one of a lot of homes in Canterbury, before the quakes, with the old Queen Anne and Gothic architecture. It creates a feeling of being pensive and relaxed; a beautifully quiet space.

The cabinet by the Resene Outrageous wall was an old kitchen unit that has been repurposed, freshly painted in Resene Pelorous, Resene Smitten and Resene Outrageous to tie it into the wall. As it stands, the cabinet is home to a precious 167 teapots! The coffee tables are all repurposed using Resene Bowie and Resene Smitten.

Evie walks into my house every day and whatever mood she may have been in before, it instantly transforms her into an almost childlike playfulness and she simply can't help but cheekily grin to herself when she steps inside.

If Evie was ever going to offer advice to anyone thinking about feature walls or going bold, she'd simply say “do it and own it and love it. If it makes you smile, it's jolly worth it.”

Thanks to Evie.

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