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The second Resene Colour Home Awards finalist is a chic bed & breakfast

A beautiful family home opens its doors to international travelers who connect with its thoughtfully chosen palette which reminds them of home. Discover how you could also get the chance to win $5000


This family home doubles a boutique bed & breakfast with a thoughtful paint palette

A creative Whanganui couple has turned their house into a boutique bed and breakfast, where European guests are often surprised to find colours that remind them of home.

Jenny Brown says her training as a textile designer affirmed her love of colour and describes her husband Peter, who toyed with architecture before training as a lawyer, as very creative. “He’s the detailist and I’m the colourist,” she says.


Greeting guests on arrival in the entrance hall is Resene ‘Bittersweet’ with joinery in Resene ‘Quarter Pearl Lusta’. “Bittersweet was chosen to brighten up the hall and provide a backdrop to the textiles – a few of my mother’s pieces from her travels on The Silk Road,” says Jenny. A Dutch guest was so taken with the colour, she returned to The Netherlands with a sample.


The very first guests to the B&B were Danish and fell for Resene Karen Walker ‘Smoky Green’ in the River Room. “They said what lovely Scandinavian colours we had used – others have said the same thing. It’s a wonderfully complex colour, that depending upon the light, can be green, or blue or grey,” says Jenny.


Did you use Resene paints to colour your home? You could win $5000!

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


What we’re looking for

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

How to enter

Email photos and a 200-word description of your project to 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.

Words by: Fiona Ralph. Photography by: Jane Dove Juneau.

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