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Inside a Christchurch townhouse with the most stylish tiny blue bathroom

A titchy townhouse on the edge of Christchurch’s CBD presented a challenge for a couple who aren’t exactly minimalists – but they didn’t let it cramp their style

Meet + greet

Leigh Aston, 41 (engagement and performance manager), and Cory Hogben, 42 (leading hand), plus dogs Mojo and Morris.

Honesty box

What’s your best advice for styling on a budget?

Leigh: Always shop around, and if you can’t find what you want consider making it yourself or upcycling something secondhand. We DIY and make a lot. We started upcycling furniture back when we first got together because we had no money for nice things.

What’s one thing you would change about your home if you could?

A downstairs loo would be really handy!

Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain?

Bargain buys.

What did you splurge on in your home?

A large patchwork ottoman and the leather chair in the living room were two splurges but worth it because we’ll never part with them.

What is one of the best memories you’ve had in your home?

Getting the deck and courtyard area finished on Christmas Eve so we could have all our family over for Christmas lunch the next day.


The renovation probably cost around $60K-$80K in total.

See more of the Christchurch townhouse below



Kitchen Palazzo Kitchens, Christchurch. Leigh: “We love their kitchens. Fantastic quality and service.”

Tiles Tilemax, Christchurch. “They always go the extra mile and offer great advice.”

Timber for deck and wall in master bedroom Health Based Building. “A super-helpful local business with excellent products.”

Laundry cabinets, benchtop (also used as shelving) and tap Bunnings

Bathroom basin Hydra Plumbing Supplies

Bathroom vanity custom-made by Primo Bathroomware,

Heated towel rail Kalessi Bathroomware

Carpet The Flooring Centre, Christchurch. “Great service.”

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