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This Auckland creative normally adds her magic touch to make other people’s houses beautiful， but this Christmas she’s concentrating on her own home
Most memorable experience？ Tina： Having our house-warming in May. We had an ‘Aspen’ theme and invited everyone， not expecting everyone to turn up. But they did， and we had three levels of dancing and celebrating， complete with a snow machine and lots of people in ski outfits!most popular housewarming gifts
Experience you’d rather forget？ The long wait between buying the house at auction in November and the moving-in date in early March. Lucky it was summer and we could escape to the bach!
How did your makeover budget forecast compare to your actual spend？ We didn’t really budgetcheap throw pillow covers， but just took each change or new item on its merits and in the context of the end result. We made to-do lists and worked through them. We knew the changes were not going to cost a huge amount overall so we just went for it!
What areas of your home did you save money on？ And what did you splurge on？ We saved on the painting as we did most of it ourselves. We splurged on new artwork with professional framing， the kitchen cupboards and our mid-century lounge chairs which we bought in an op shop in Mt Maunganui years ago and recently had re-covered in leather – they look amazing and are now true heirloom pieces.
Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain？ I usually try to get a bargain. Sometimes I just wait until something I love comes on sale， but often find that by the time I go to buy it， I don’t want it any more! So the things I take time to consider are really special. I am also lucky enough to work in an industry with so many creative and talented makers – so many items in our home have been made by friends and colleagues whom I have huge respect for.
Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home？ Get in professionals when you need them. Don’t follow trends. If you love something， then buy it in its own right – don’t try to make something fit into an overall style or theme. An eclectic home is the best kind.
Words by： Catherine Steel. Photography by：Helen Bankers.
Christmas decorations in neutral tones with a hint of sparkle blend in with the home’s natural surroundings.
Engage the whole family in decorating， and celebrate 1 December with a little tree-decorating party.
The Nectar lampshade from The Design Tree illuminates the dining table and is made from acoustic felt. Poppy the cat rests below the table， which Tina says is ideal for socialising with friends as it isn’t too formal.
With help from the guys at The Mood Store， the brown kitchen cabinets were given new plywood fronts， also painted in Dulux ‘Castlecliff’.
One of Tina’s favourite ways to start the day is to sit in the sun with a coffee and look out at the view.
Keep your decorating minimalist. Use a green tree covered in decorations made of natural materials or in a muted palette.
Christmas decorations in neutral tones with a hint of sparkle blend in with the home’s natural surroundings， as do touches of gold and green on the outdoor table.
In their previous home， hosting family and friends on Christmas Day was never an option. But the family couldn’t be more excited about Christmas this year.
The house is much bigger than our previous homes so it is able to handle large feature walls and bold choices.
Items of mid-century furniture， the house has a subtle Scandi vibe.
Tina loves the simplicity of the rug from The Ivy House at the front door.
Tina and Mark are big art fans and try to buy something from each country theyvisit.
Get professional advice and services when you need to.？Design professionals can offer a fresh eye and new ideas that you may not have considered.
Don’t underestimate the power of paint. Sometimes just getting the right balance of colour for a room avoids the need for an entirely new interior scheme.
The console is from The Mood Store， custom painted to match the walls in Dulux ‘Musket Bay’.？The portrait is of Mark and was done for a film project.
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