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This Hawke’s Bay abode was the ideal blank canvas for a growing family

 With a rapidly expanding brood, this family snapped up a Hawke’s Bay home and set about transforming it into the perfect abode with the ideal mix of old and new

 Who lives here?

Asha Payton (upholsterer and founder of Little and Fox), Joe Payton (Hawke’s Bay rugby player development manager), Otis, 6, Teddy, 5, Pepe and Fox, both 2, plus Biddi the dog.

Asha’s style secrets

  • Create a home that has a connection to your family and its history by using furniture and special keepsakes handed down to you. Choose fabrics and designs that are unique to you, not the latest trend.
  • Be environmentally conscious by not purchasing new if you can re-purpose something instead.
  • I like white walls – they’re fresh, clean and a blank canvas for your changing design inspirations.
  • Splash out on a unique piece of art that will start a conversation then mix with prints, photographs and paintings of all shapes and sizes.


Words by: Vic Bibby. Photography by: Helen Bankers.