Home Tours

Before and after, how an old home got a Scandinavian make-over

Clean white surfaces and natural timber provide the perfect backdrop for the owners of The Vintage Shop’s love of Scandinavian design

Meet + Greet

Haley Doreen, 34, and John Mai, 35 (both co-owners of The Vintage Shop), Christian, 18 months, and Amelia, 3 months, plus Charlie Brown the dog

Problems & solutions

Dated carpet and lino throughout. > Floor coverings lifted and original matai floorboards sanded.

Awkward bathroom with small fittings. > Reshuffled layout and installed larger vanity, shower etc.

The old-fashioned kitchen was too small. > Removed hot water cylinder, installed modern cabinets with better use of space, and added a deeper benchtop.

Best moment during the process?

Pulling back the 1960s Axminster carpet to reveal the original matai floorboards, which were in excellent condition. Goodwood Flooring did an amazing job bringing them back to life. Also, placing all our carefully collected furniture back into the house once the renovation was complete was very satisfying.

Any issues during the reno?

We had the plastering done mid-winter, which seemed to take for ever to dry and held up the process.

How did you stick to your budget?

We locked in firm prices from tradesmen before they started.

What did you save on? Splurge on?

By doing some of the work ourselves we saved a lot. The tapware in the bathroom and kitchen was a splurge, but we are bargain hunters so we shopped around for the best prices.


Kitchen $10,000
Bathroom $10,000
Finishing and floor sanding $10,000

Total $30,000 approx

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Contact list

Flooring Goodwood Flooring
Plumbing Euro Plumbing

Supply shop

Toilet, vanity and sink by Villeroy & Boch from Paterson
Kitchen cabinets Nice Kitchen
Bath, shower and all tiles Trade Depot
Tapware Hansgrohe Logis range.
Mirror and shelf Elite Bathroomware
Furniture and lighting The Vintage Shop

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

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