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Every day is a holiday in this Mount Maunganui bungalow

Sea, sun and surf drew Sarah Ingram and Roger Mutagh to Mount Maunganui from Auckland, both of them keen for a lifestyle change

In a nutshell

Who lives here?
Sarah Ingram (business analyst), partner Roger Murtagh (self-employed) and daughter Stella, 3.

What’s your favourite room in the house?
Sarah: I adore our bright and sunny breakfast nook. It’s a great place to eat, read or hang out with family and friends.

Best element of your new home?
Living with colour. I always thought the rule was not to make a feature of roman blinds by way of colour and pattern, but I love it in my home.

Style tips

  • Hiring interior designers Bibby + Brady saved us valuable time and money by avoiding costly mistakes. They were able to source pieces that we didn’t have access to and make decisions that we wouldn’t have thought of ourselves.
  • Design your home to suit your lifestyle. We moved from Auckland and we wanted our new home to reflect the more relaxed, coastal life we now lead.
  • A built-in banquette is perfect in a small space and provides a lovely informal place to dine.
  • To avoid the cost of a new kitchen, simply have the cupboards re-sprayed and replace the handles for an instant update.

Words by: Catherine Steel. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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