While others were quick to dismiss the tired ’80s interior of this Howick home, this family instead saw lots of potential. Here’s how to steal their style
Steal their style: A black and white interior makeover
Angela and Cliff Law weren’t looking for a project when they walked into a do-up down a quiet cul-de-sac in 2010. But where others were quick to dismiss its dark and dated 1980s interior, this couple had a hunch that it could be the family home they were looking for. “Its bones were great,” explains Angela, “but it had threadbare avocado carpets, wood-panelled walls reminiscent of a log cabin, dark ceiling beams, a peach ensuite and purple-glitter lino floors.”
They purchased the rather forlorn house with the firm conviction that it could become a light, bright haven for themselves and their four children. The couple and two of their children, Beau and Krissy, lived in the home for about a year and a half before the renovation began. “It was a hard slog, but we could see the big picture,” recalls Angela.
The effect Angela wanted to achieve when renovating her home was a feeling of balance and calm. A timeless combo of black and white with subtle additions of colour certainly hits the brief, but also makes this a practical and comfortable home.
Steal their style
+ Mode two-seater sofa, $1299, from Early Settler.
+ Two-tone hallway table, $55, from Kmart.
+ Round mirror with shelf, $35, from Kmart.
+ Blackboard wall painted in Resene blackboard paint.
+ Lappljung Ruta rug, $379, from Zoomly.
+ 3 Light Retro Servery lights, $699, from Early Settler.
+ Pink table lamp, $19, from Kmart.
+ A3 framed ‘Wander’ print, $89.99, from Shut The Front Door.
+ Lappljung Ruta cushion cover, $29.99, from Zoomly.
+ General Eclectic Herringbone throw, $129, from Shut The Front Door.