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Steal their style: This Christchurch lifestyle is a slice of paradise
Katie McNamara and her husband Mark moved from Sydney to Christchurch in 2009 when Mark was offered a racing commentator’s position. At first, they rented a home in the Port Hills overlooking the sea, but the lure of the country eventually drew them to the satellite suburb of Rolleston and their search for land began in earnest. “Mark loves horses. He’s always wanted an acreage. When he found this site, I knew that he’d go for it,” she says.
Katie is an avid lover of New Zealand design and cites interior designer Alex Fulton as a constant source of inspiration. “I love to have a clean, white base and then layer on lots of colours. Adding different art and cushions can really change the space.
With the exception of the media room where the walls are painted dark blue (Dulux ‘Piha’), Katie has used white (Dulux ‘Okarito’) throughout the home. Only one wall in the house – in Bronte’s room – is papered. Katie’s choice to paint the rooms was a budget-driven decision. “I would have liked more wallpaper but it came down to cost.”
Splashes of colour come from bright artwork, prints and soft furnishings. “I love punchy colours and patterns; they are really cheerful. In the media room I have created a bird wall. I fell in love with Australian artist Anya Brock and then found other prints by Pete Cromer and Evie Kemp from New Zealand.”
In the bedrooms, colour pops on every surface. “I adore colourful bedlinen and always buy it when I go back to Australia. My mum is amazing and always brings lovely things when she comes to stay.”
Steal their style
Sleek dining table, $299, from Freedom, Industrial coffee table, $39, from Kmart. Industrial frame, $55, from Kmart. Middle of Nowhere cockatoo print, $299, from Shut The Front Door. Strap wall shelf, $20, from Kmart. Chevron pillow, $52.50, from Zazzle. Farrah cushion, $39.99, from Shut The Front Door. Metallic geo vase, $45, from Shut the Front Door. Round mirror, $30, from Kmart. Nigella ceiling light, $129, from Freedom. Concrete tray, $124.90, from Indie Home Collective.
Words by: Ady Shannon. Photography by: Kate Claridge.