reno inspiration

Full disclosure – unfortunately these pictures aren’t of my new house, girls gotta dream right! But hopefully after ALOT of work, we can get our home close.

When I first saw our beachside house, all my straight faced, hard ass unemotional attitude, making the agent think I’m beyond disinterested plan went out the window. My first words as I walked inside “This is my dream home!! I’m definitely putting in an offer!!”. Nice move. In my defence, it WAS my dream home (well it could be with a few major changes), surprisingly a Scandinavian style house was hidden amongst sub-division after sub-division of brick and tile suburbia. It had me at white wooden roof beams.

Exterior from street
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We have played gypsies a little over the past several years. Leaving our home in Christchurch before the quakes for the big smoke of Auckland. Finding that a little too big for our family we next set off for the idyllic spot of Wainui Beach in Gizzy (my surf loving husbands home town). That was a little too small. Now we’ve settled in Papamoa, a ten minute drive along the beach from Mount Maunganui – and it’s juuuuust right. It’s becoming pretty rare to find a full size section here and this was a wee gem of a spot, just one block from the beach. The house is very small – about 110 square metres, that we’d have to extend, but has a 60 square metre granny flat on the property that I’d love to use as a studio / office (I currently have nothing to do in a studio / office, but it sounds kinda cool right!).

We waited just over a year before starting on renovating, and despite countless episodes of Grand Designs proving otherwise, I was sure my excellent budgeting combined with my mad xcel spreadsheet skills would keep us on track. Kevin McCloud could raise his eyebrows at our small budget all he wanted, we would be the exception to the rule.

This of course didn’t happen. Although all the building work is complete, because of small delays and unexpected costs, my budget to complete the interior design quickly evaporated. So here I am left with dreams of creating something worthy of the pages of Inside Out magazine, with no designer budget. I’m not complaining though, it will help me practice patience and creativity. As my mother says “First world problems!”.


  1. Oh Abbie… It looks incredibly gorgeous! I honestly want to settle somewhere just like this after our Bali adventure! Love the way you write too… Just like if we were together chatting x

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