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The interior of this petite Papamoa home was inspired by Byron Bay

A fresh white palette with laid back vibes was the key to this Papamoa family’s home reno. Take a tour and discover the inspiration behind their project

The interior of this petite Papamoa home was inspired by Byron Bay

Gus Herniman, security advisor, Abbie Herniman, owner of The Home Maker Renovations & Interiors, Cass, 17, Ava, 5, and Finn, 1, plus Smudge the cat.


  • There was no indoor-outdoor flow.
  • The small home felt cluttered, even with the extension.
  • There wasn’t enough budget to join the house to the granny flat.


  • A new extension was added, opening from the living space onto a deck and large backyard.
  • Clever storage solutions have helped to eliminate clutter and make the home feel more spacious.
  • Both buildings were renovated separately and connected via a large deck. Matching exterior finishes ensure that the spaces feel related


The entire renovation, including landscaping, was around $280,000. The house reno was $209,000 and the studio reno about $57,000.

Their interiors budget was wiped out during the renovation, so Abbie had to be creative with her styling. She bought a lot of secondhand and budget-friendly items and created some pieces herself. “I love homes that are slowly cultivated over time, so various items tell a story or evoke a memory. I’m happy to let our home evolve as we slowly invest in special pieces or come across things we love,” she says.

Plants and art prints also add interest to the space. “I’m not sure exactly what to call my style,” Abbie says. “I love Byron Bay beach houses – white on white on white, a little boho with a lot of greenery. I’ve had mixed success with keeping plants alive, so many of them are now fake!”

Words by: Abbie Herniman. Photography by: Rachel Dobbs.

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