Moving house has become second nature to these homeowners after completing six renovations, but now they’re ready to settle down at this Kapiti Coast home with sea views and loads of potential
At a glance
Who lives here? Vanessa Webb (interior designer at Dress My Nest), Matt Webb (sales manager for NZME Radio), Pippa, Annabelle and Pixie the cat.
What’s the best thing about living in this house? Vanessa: The sea view and falling asleep listening to the waves. I also love that we’re surrounded by trees. Matt: In Auckland, we used to live between two busy roads and we now live between a world-class golf course and a beach.
Who sets the design direction? Vanessa: Me, although I’m less particular about my own home than I am about my clients’. I’ll often give Matt and the girls a few options and let them choose.
Anything you’d change about the house? Vanessa: If I won Lotto I’d definitely put in a pool (as well as a bath and outdoor shower).
– If you’re installing new window treatments, don’t necessarily go for just one style or fabric. That can be great for continuity but it’s equally a good opportunity to add personality to each space. Different fabrics can add colour and texture without costing too much.
– Whether you’re using a designer or are doing it yourself, collect pictures of spaces you like and create a moodboard, which can help keep you on track. Lots of designers offer moodboard and e-design services which are cost-effective ways to get professional advice.
– Mix designer items with chain store, vintage with contemporary, colours with neutrals. Your home should be a reflection of what you love so don’t just replicate a picture in a magazine or from Pinterest; think about how you can interpret a style to suit yourself and your family.
Words by: Sharon Stephenson. Photography by: Elizabeth Goodall.