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Steal their style: A black and white interior makeover

While others were quick to dismiss the tired ’80s interior of this Howick home, this family instead saw lots of potential. Here’s how to steal their style


Steal their style: A black and white interior makeover

Angela and Cliff Law weren’t looking for a project when they walked into a do-up down a quiet cul-de-sac in 2010. But where others were quick to dismiss its dark and dated 1980s interior, this couple had a hunch that it could be the family home they were looking for. “Its bones were great,” explains Angela, “but it had threadbare avocado carpets, wood-panelled walls reminiscent of a log cabin, dark ceiling beams, a peach ensuite and purple-glitter lino floors.”

They purchased the rather forlorn house with the firm conviction that it could become a light, bright haven for themselves and their four children. The couple and two of their children, Beau and Krissy, lived in the home for about a year and a half before the renovation began. “It was a hard slog, but we could see the big picture,” recalls Angela.

The effect Angela wanted to achieve when renovating her home was a feeling of balance and calm. A timeless combo of black and white with subtle additions of colour certainly hits the brief, but also makes this a practical and comfortable home.

Steal their style

+ Mode two-seater sofa, $1299, from Early Settler.
+ Two-tone hallway table, $55, from Kmart.
+ Round mirror with shelf, $35, from Kmart.
+ Blackboard wall painted in Resene blackboard paint.
Lappljung Ruta rug, $379, from Zoomly.
3 Light Retro Servery lights, $699, from Early Settler.
Pink table lamp, $19, from Kmart.
A3 framed ‘Wander’ print, $89.99, from Shut The Front Door.
Lappljung Ruta cushion cover, $29.99, from Zoomly.
General Eclectic Herringbone throw, $129, from Shut The Front Door.

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