Chintz, country furniture and a breezy touch of the Hamptons combine so seamlessly in this Taranaki home it’s hard to believe it’s a new-build
Hamptons style meets country living in this Taranaki home
Amy Hart, stay-at-home mum, Brendon Hart, 35 production supervisor, Arlo, 7, and Macy, 4, plus family pooches Nixon and Jet.
Q&A with Amy
Our best memory
Amy: This would have to be being on site and involved with the building process every day.
Our solid-wood bungalow doors and our old-style (but new) door handles, plus the beautiful leadlights in our front door and ensuite. Our biggest splurge, though, was reupholstering the furniture.
Our best buys
The light fittings from Freedom Furniture and Lighting Direct. I just waited for specials and we got exactly what we wanted.
+ Don’t be afraid of colour, texture and pattern. Remember, you can always paint walls in a neutral shade, then add colour and pattern with soft furnishings.
+ Plan, plan and plan some more. Amy had a scrapbook filled with paint samples, fabrics, tiles and images of furniture that she liked. She began compiling it well over a year before starting the build.
+ During the concept phase, look at the size and length of proposed wall spaces and how they fit in with your existing furniture and art, as well as what you would like to purchase.
+ Go with your heart. If you stick to what you like, even if it’s not on trend, you will always be happy with the end result.
+ Interior doors: Doorworx
+ Kitchen $45,000
+ Living $35,000
+ Bathrooms $40,000
+ Bedrooms $40,000
+ Building costs & landscaping $310,000
= total $470,000
Words by: Annick Larkin. Photography by: Jane Dove Juneau.