White walls were the perfect blank slate to showcase this family’s creativity. See their stunning wallpaper features and discover how to steal their style
Steal their style: A Howick home gets creative with wallpaper
In early 2013, Sarah and Chris Sheild decided it was time to move on from their beloved 1960s family home and find somewhere new with more space for their growing children.
After selling their home of seven years, the couple began a disheartening and frustrating nine-month search. The Auckland housing market was on the rise and they needed to remain in the Westlake school zones, which made their search all the more difficult. At the close of that year, Sarah spontaneously went to the auction of a house they’d viewed five months earlier and won.
“The house ticked a few boxes – it was in the right school zone, it was newly renovated and felt like a new home, and there was nothing offensive about it,” explains Sarah. Plus, all the walls were painted white, so it was a pristine backdrop on which Sarah could unleash her imagination and flair for design.
Sarah – co-owner of interiors business Paper Room – has used wallpaper throughout her home and has treated her walls like artworks. “By treating the other wallpapers in the living space like artworks, I got away with using three very different papers in the one area,” says Sarah. The house, as well as being very liveable, is a lesson in what can be achieved on a reasonably limited budget with great imagination and flair.
Steal their style
+ Braided jute rug, $385, from Zuca.
+ Storage basket, $25, from Kmart.
+ Cork Deco drawers, $99.95, from Mocka.
+ Benson Grand sofa, $2299, from Freedom.
+ Leather butterfly chair, $799, from Green With Envy.
+ Artificial anthurium plant, $32, from Kmart.
+ Stockholm grinders, $12, from Kmart. Stendig calendar, $125, from Paper Room.
+ Still Life with Asparagus stool, $299, from Paper Room.
+ Broadway cushion, $44.95, from Freedom.
+ Pendant light, $17, from Kmart.
+ ‘Cho Cho Chair’ print, $395, from Paper Room.