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Before and after: A 1970s New Plymouth home reno

A young New Plymouth family highlight all the best elements of their 1970s home in a renovation that embraces a minimalist, eclectic and earthy style   

Who lives here?

Andy Gane, Louise Gane, Connor, and Emilie.

Where is it?

New Plymouth.

What did your home look like before?

It featured retro ceiling tiles, built-in pelmets, carpet and vinyl flooring over chipboard throughout, and walls with multiple layers of wallpaper and paint. The kitchen and bathroom were both cramped and had fixtures which were falling apart.

What was your vision?

Our ultimate goal was to have a home that functioned well for our family and reflected our style.

Fact file

Dining room Walls in Resene ‘Barely There’; skylight from Velux; table from Freedom; chairs from Zuca; pendant light from Lighting Direct. Kitchen Walls in Resene ‘Barely There’ and Resene ‘Black’; cabinetry by Prestige Kitchens; pendant light from Lighting Direct with diamond bulb from Vintage Industries. Living Sofa from Big Save Furniture; cushions from Spotlight and Arielle Mermin; green chairs secondhand and refinished; striped cushion homemade; wooden chair, coffee table and cabinets secondhand and refinished; rug from Trade Aid. Play area Walls in Resene ‘Barely There’; grouped pictures from Poppies Bookstore; bunting homemade; chair secondhand and refinished; kids’ table and chairs from Mocka; flooring is concrete slab. Bathroom Ply vanity custom-made to Louise’s design by Prestige Kitchens; tiles from Tile Depot. Master bedroom Walls in Resene ‘Quarter Milk White’; bedlinen from Jamie Kay; white drawers upcycled and hand-painted from secondhand. Connor’s room Walls in Resene ‘Quarter Milk White’; black bed from Mocka; bedlinen from Cotton On; ‘Live Free’ flag homemade; bunting from Tea Pea. Emilie’s room Walls in Resene ‘Quarter Milk White’; tallboy secondhand and painted; bedlinen from Bed Bath & Beyond; star cushion homemade.

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