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A small, dark cottage received the full treatment from an interior designer with a knack for creating harmony between neutrals and colour

Interior designer Thandi Tipene’s professional understanding of interior space and light meant that when she was viewing potential homes to purchase in New Plymouth, a small, dark cottage with limited sun was not a negative attribute, but merely a golden opportunity.

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The home’s quaint cottage style character was forefront of mind, but with a determination to modernise the home for family lifevintage linens, Thandi and her husband, Bachelor embarked on a renovation which saw the interior layout and style change dramatically.

“We bought this as an original 1930s bungalow on a small site with no sun. The biggest decision for most people would be: How do we maintain the character of the home?”

Although modernised with an entirely new layout and a soft white canvas throughout, the character has been retained via the exterior weatherboard features, as well as interior heritage fixtures such as original bungalow doors.

Text by: Tina Stephen. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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Vintage cane chairs lend texture to a mellow corner of the living space where neutrals rule.

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On one side of the living area a flamingo wall chart adds a pop of deep crimson against the whitewashed walls that set the scene for this light, bright and modern home.

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This comfortable space is layered with natural textures such as leather, cane and woven rugs, offsetting the modern addition of a bright powder-blue kitchen complete with white wire bar stools from Ico Traders.

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This comfortable space is layered with natural textures such as leather, cane and woven rugs, offsetting the modern addition of a bright powder-blue kitchen complete with white wire bar stools from Ico Traders.

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“We bought this as an original 1930s bungalow on a small site with no sun”

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This comfortable space is layered with natural textures such as leather, cane and woven rugs, offsetting the modern addition of a bright powder-blue kitchen complete with white wire bar stools from Ico Traders.

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Purchased secondhand, the kitchen cabinetry was re-sprayed in a specialty paint before being installed. The marble-tiled splashback and white tapware complete the sleek, modern look.

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Floor-to-ceiling white tiles are offset by washed-wood floors and a timber shower base.

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The red claw-foot bath makes a statement and is complemented bya vintage emerald Tretchikoff print.

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The red claw-foot bath makes a statement and is complemented by?a vintage emerald Tretchikoff print.

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Thandi’s home office features an exposed concrete wall which adds texture and interest in this clean and fresh space.“I am often working on a number of different design projects so my office needed to be pared-back and restful. Having plenty of storage keeps myspace tidy and organised as I have a lot of samples and fabrics,” she says.

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Crisp white walls and furniture create a canvas for lots of layered texture and colour.?The quirky feature wall with a repetitive giraffe motif provides plenty of personality while the yellow vintage armchair and fun bedding soften the space.

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Crisp white walls and furniture create a canvas for lots of layered texture and colour.?The quirky feature wall with a repetitive giraffe motif provides plenty of personality while the yellow vintage armchair and fun bedding soften the space.

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Crisp white walls and furniture create a canvas for lots of layered texture and colour.?The quirky feature wall with a repetitive giraffe motif provides plenty of personality while the yellow vintage armchair and fun bedding soften the space.

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Crisp white walls and furniture create a canvas for lots of layered texture and colour.?The quirky feature wall with a repetitive giraffe motif provides plenty of personality while the yellow vintage armchair and fun bedding soften the space.

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The master bedroom, with its bluish grey Resene ‘Double Surrender’ walls and ombre curtains, was designed with ultimate rest and relaxation in mind.

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The master bedroom, with its bluish grey Resene ‘Double Surrender’ walls and ombre curtains, was designed with ultimate rest and relaxation in mind.

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The master bedroom, with its bluish grey Resene ‘Double Surrender’ walls and ombre curtains, was designed with ultimate rest and relaxation in mind.

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The wallpaper in the guest bedroom reflects Thandi and Bachelor’s love of the tropics – “The palm room is our little escape,” she says.

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The wallpaper in the guest bedroom reflects Thandi and Bachelor’s love of the tropics – “The palm room is our little escape,” she says.

It is no secreat that summer is a popular time to tie the know and what is more beautiful than a summer wedding?? Everyting is flowery and bright, it′s easier for the guest that have easier to take time off to attend and the weather is more likely to be good. We took up on this when crating our July Challenge – it′s as simple as that – all things wedding! You can create anything that your imagination can come up with?BUT use the color palette in the moodboard!!

Last January I wrote a blog post all about art under $200?because my plan for 2016 was to get some art for our apartment. Well guess what? It didn’t happen! We ended up putting our money elsewhere. But my artist friend Sarah called us out on our sparse as hell apartment and gave me a really amazing art piece for Christmas. Now we have no excuse. We even have a starting point! So from here on out it’s all about picking out pieces and putting together a gallery wall, right? Well, seeing as I’ve never put together a gallery wall it made sense to seek out inspiration. Hence today’s post.

The colors we use in our designs have an effect on our perceptions. Image Via: Jeneration Interiors

What’s the first thing you notice when you walk into a new room? The colors. Whether your reaction is positive enough to make you think, “I have to remember to ask her what palette she used” or negative enough to have you leave you saying, “I don’t know what he was thinking”, we’re bound to form an opinion.