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Cute-as-a-button cottage on a Wainui farm

Plenty of pink, a dash of mint and a whole lot of imagination have transformed this old ballroom into a fully functioning, cute-as-a-button family home

At a glance

Who lives here? Kaitlin Chapman, owner of kaitlinchapmanmakeup.com and Hello Darling Prop Hire; Jamie Robertson, mechanic, Stella, chocolate lab Chevie and Cavoodle Petal.

Homeowner Kailtlin’s makeover secrets

Paint, paint, paint is what Kaitlin suggests for an easy home transformation. A fresh coat of paint gave her home a totally new lease of life as well as defining areas in the open-plan space. Since this photoshoot, Kaitlin has painted all the window frames white, replacing the previous dark-stained wood. It’s made a massive difference in helping the space appear larger and allows the view to shine through without distraction.

Fossicking in second-hand stores and op shops is a great way to hunt out old furniture that can be transformed with a lick of paint. Over time Kaitlin has accumulated quite a large stash of wooden chairs, armchairs and occasional chairs, which she has restored. Rather than letting them gather dust, she puts her collection to good use, hiring them out (along with other styling items) for weddings and parties through her Hello Darling prop-hire business.

Words by: Debbie Harrison. Photography by: Helen Bankers.