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A fun and colourful garden is the fifth Resene Colour Home Awards finalist

The vibrant hues of the Mediterranean inspired this clever homeowner to embrace bright colours in the most creative way in the back garden of her Auckland home

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Erina Emery, 46 (interior designer), Matthew Emery, 49 (lawyer), Mason, 16, Zoe, 13, and Oliver, 11, plus Roxy the dog.

Spanish steps

After a year spent living in Spain, the Emery family returned to Auckland and found that their home of 10 years looked a little tired. The vibrancy of Spain’s art, design and architecture had made its mark, and interior designer Erina Emery decided to make some bold changes.

Instead of launching into a full renovation, Erina looked for some quick, easy ways to update her home. A shabby paved area that had been cobbled together using recycled materials was an obvious choice and the family’s recent travels provided ample inspo.

“Inspired by a shopfront in Bali, I decided to go full colour,” says Erina. “We painted the pavers in Resene ‘Polo Blue’, which was a risk, but they look amazing.” The pavers were prepped with Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer first before topcoating.

“We then bought three large planters and painted them in Resene ‘Half Turbo’, Resene ‘Princess’ and Resene ‘Mariner’,” says Erina. “New white outdoor furniture makes the whole space feel light and fresh, and the colours just pop with the green garden.”

The Emerys love their refreshed backyard and Erina feels it now reflects her design philosophy. “I want our home to be full of colour, curiosities and memories, with little corners everywhere that make us smile.”


The overall winner will be announced in the May issue!

Congratulations to our five finalists, who have each received a $250 Resene paint voucher for their imaginative room schemes created with Resene paints. The quality of entries was so high that we’re adding a bonus sixth finalist into the next issue (we just couldn’t leave them out!).

The winner of the Resene Colour Home Awards will be chosen from our six finalists and will receive a cash prize of $5000. Stay tuned for the May issue of Your Home and Garden where the winning entrant will be revealed in a special extended story on their home.

Resene paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. resene.co.nz or 0800 RESENE (737 363).

Words by: Sally Conor. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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