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A fun pastel home is the first Resene Colour Home Awards finalist

The first finalist of the Resene Colour Home Awards injected a playful dose of pastel colours inside her Helensville family home. Scroll down to discover how you could also get the chance to win $5000


When Sam and Tineka Hoskin finally moved into their first home with their four children after seven years living in a minor dwelling, they were over the moon about being home owners but less than enthused about the house’s quirks.

“There were strange add-ons to the house, like a door to go outside right beside the toilet and a really small room not big enough for anything at the end of the hallway,” says Tineka. “It was very dark and closed in and the ceilings were covered with ceiling tiles.”

However, the couple loved the heritage home’s original wood panelling, high ceilings and kauri floors and set about both restoring its character and making it their own.


“We wanted a home that felt warm and cosy but spacious,” says Tineka. “Sam found the Karen Walker Paints range from Resene and we chose Resene Quarter Robin Egg Blue for most of the house, including the kitchen. We also used it in the girls’ room and paired it with a Resene wallpaper that is girly but will age with them for the next few years.”

When it came to giving the Helensville, Auckland, house its facelift, the Hoskins had the ultimate advantage: not only is Sam a house painter, his sister and cousin are, too. “They all chipped in and got the painting done!” says Tineka.


Get your entries in by 30th  November to be our second finalist

Win $5000

You could be one of five finalists to appear in Your Home and Garden and receive a $250 Resene paint voucher. The overall winner will be chosen from the final five, taking the Resene Colour Home Award title and winning $5000 in cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in our April 2020 issue.

How to enter

Email photos and a 200-word description of your project to yhg@bauermedia.co.nz with your last name and ‘Resene Colour Home’ in the subject line. Please include your name, home address, daytime phone number, the names of the Resene colours used and details of when you painted your home. Please credit anyone who assisted you in choosing the colours.

What we’re looking for

  • Clever interior colour schemes
  • Exciting kids’ rooms
  • Amazing paint projects and features
  • Great use of colour in bedrooms
  • Interesting use of exterior colour

Terms & conditions

Instructions on how to enter are part of the conditions of entry. This competition is open to New Zealand residents, except employees of Bauer Media Group (LP), Resene, and their immediate families and agencies. The five finalists and overall winner will be notified by telephone and/or email. All projects are eligible for consideration for the Resene website. Any non-finalists selected for the Resene website will receive a free gift from Resene. Resene paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. Visit resene.co.nz or phone 0800 RESENE (737 363).


Words by: Sally Conor. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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