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A Christchurch family creates a Scandi-inspired dream home

While expecting baby number three this Christchurch family embarked on an ambitious build and the results are a Scandi-inspired dream 


A Christchurch family creates a Scandi-inspired dream home

Karyn, do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain?
A real mix. I try to save on passing trends, while I’m happy to splurge on things I love. I’ve also learnt from experience that you never really love a ‘rip-off’ of an original item you desperately wanted.

Best lessons learned?
Do what you love. I spent so many nights stressing about the pendant lights for the kitchen, worrying about which ones would date or not match the decor. In the end I followed my heart and I love the entire look. When it came to the finished product, it was never about anyone else. It’s our kind of perfect!

What would you never do again?
Have a Christmas Eve move-in deadline. Stressful is an understatement! And opting for timber floors while the kids are still young. I love, love, love them, but they damage so easily.

Karyn’s top tips:

  • Reindeer hides shed hair when placed in the sun or on a floor that has underfloor heating. Avoid this by draping hides over furniture during winter months, out of direct sunlight.
  • Try not to compromise on features that are at the top of your wishlist. Compromising on high-priority items will annoy you for ever.
  • Spend on the things you love and don’t be swayed by trends. If you love something, get it and make it work for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment and embrace budget alternatives for interior fittings. I picked inexpensive lights for the front lounge and bunched them together to create a special effect.
  • Black nail polish is amazing for touching up chips and scratches. I use it all the time.
  • If you have chosen a black sink, recess it under the benchtop or you will be forever cleaning it.


Words by: Ady Shannon. Photography by: Kate Claridge.

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