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Here’s how a home stylist added some flair to her 1970s bungalow

Inspired by her home’s lush coastal setting on Auckland’s North Shore, see how this professional home-stager and stylist added a restful, beachy feel to her interior

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Jess Foyster, home stager and stylist at Statement Interiors, Kev Foyster, graphic designer at Mighty Creative, Theo, 9, Archie, 7, and Sadie, 5, plus cats Minnie and Minky.

Here’s how a home stylist added some flair to her 1970s bungalow

Best lessons learned?
Jess: Before making changes, live in a space for a while to evaluate what needs to be done.

What would you never do again?
Some of the paint colours I experimented with – like bright yellow in the boys’ room.

Any DIY disasters?
Not so far – fingers crossed!

One thing you would change if you could?
More space – a parents’ retreat to occasionally get away from the noise and chaos would be nice!

Most memorable experience you’ve had in your home?
The party in the garden the day after our wedding. All our favourite friends and family in our favourite space – what could be better?


How much have you spent on the makeover?
It’s hard to judge as it has slowly evolved. Other than a superficial makeover, we haven’t yet done the bathroom and kitchen.

How did your budget forecast compare to your actual spend?
We’ve always had a contingency fund for unexpected costs, so we’ve come within budget.

What areas did you save or splurge on?
We splurged in the garden, creating outdoor living, dining and bathing. The garden is quite large and tropical and we are always looking for interesting new plants to add – Roger Hunter’s in Mangere is a favourite place to go. Inside I splurged on quality bedlinen and custom curtains from Firefly Light & Design. We’re both creative and have saved money on furniture and homeware by buying secondhand and restoring and repurposing things.

Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain?
Both. I have a mixture of high-end pieces mixed with bargains – usually secondhand finds that are quirky and interesting. I also seek out bargains at designer warehouse sales where you can buy good-quality homeware.

Best advice on spending money?
Spend on quality long-term fittings, such as in the bathroom and kitchen, as well as curtains and flooring. Paint and interior schemes can change and evolve without incurring a huge cost.

How did you keep track of costs during renovations?
We’ve come within budget by doing as much as possible ourselves.

Words and styling by: Tina Stephen. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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