I am in full agreement with Peta Mazey, the owner responsible for this wonderful home transformation: Sometimes, as she says, you just have to “throw white at it.” White may not be the most novel color, but as this home proves, white can do wonders for brightening a space and making it modern, fresh, spacious and clean. What I love most about Peta’s use of white is her total commitment to the monochromatic base: the white walls, curtains and lighting fixtures provide a lovely gallery-like setting for Peta’s colorful, curated selection of objects and furniture pieces. The space feels anything but small, and was all completed on an extremely reasonable budget. Amazing job, Peta! — Kate
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Cost: I was lucky enough to get the paint as trade for a photo session, so the only major cost was $2000 (about $1630) for the floors to be sanded and polished. I was under a tight budget, so all the furniture (minus the beds, which were gifted) came in at about $1000NZ (about $815).
Basic Steps: I know it’s been done a lot, but I subscribed to the school of “throw white at it.” It is such a small space, and the front room butts directly into the street, so the nets are always closed. Therefore, the white really lightens and opens up the space. The exposed wood joinery suffered from years of revarnishing and was an ugly bright orangey colour. So I decided to cover that up, too, and I’m so happy I did. Especially with the exposed floorboards. That seemed to add plenty of warmth (although definitely not literal warmth!). The house came covered in fantastic anaglypta wallpaper that I think looks awesome in white (it reminds me of Jonathan Adler pottery) and is quite a feature in person (more so than in the pictures). It’s a really small house, so I had to be very careful about furniture purchases. I scored a great mid-century dining set that fit perfectly into the bay window in the lounge, and I kept everything else quite small.
My advice: Try to do as much as you can while you have the steam! I can’t believe how much got done in such a small amount of time. I have barely done a thing since moving in, even though I’ve been here a year now. The front door still hasn’t been painted! It was suggested to me to do a room at a time, but I decided instead to do a job at a time, so all the woodwork got painted at once, all the tacks got lifted at once, and all the walls got painted at once. It was a big mess, but I think doing it a room at a time would have taken longer somehow. — Peta
Paint: Resene Quarter Bianca
Furniture: Second-hand shops and Trademe (our equivalent of trademe)
Rug: The Warehouse