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The second 2022 Resene Colour Home Awards finalist has created a nostalgic bach feel home with a twist

This determined homeowner didn’t rest until she found the perfect nautical hue

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Holly Spooner (upholsterer and soft furnishing designer), Brett Cameron (owner of Coverup Upholstery) and Skeeter the French bulldog.

In pursuit of a shade of blue that seamlessly fit into the ’50s nautical bach vibe for her Taupō home, Holly Spooner tried and tested too many hues to count.

It wasn’t until a friend shared a picture of her newly renovated kitchen, painted in Resene Half Kumutoto, that Holly found she had discovered one that fit the bill.

“It was the exact shade I’d been looking for,” she explains. “It’s a gorgeous bold blue that creates a statement without being too dark.”

When paired with fresh window trims in Resene White, it delivered the nostalgic bach feel Holly was after – with a twist. Because, simply having bright blue walls wasn’t enough for the furniture upholsterer, she then added a hand-painted striped mural in Resene Poppy, Resene Laser, Resene Rose of Sharon and Resene Ashanti.

“I love using paint in different ways and experimenting with colours,” says Holly. “I also love painting furniture and old-fashioned lamps for the custom shades I make.”

Resene Rose of Sharon is becoming a fast favourite with Holly, who is planning on utilising its warm desert hue in other rooms in her home.


More colours to try (left to right): Resene Half Escape, Resene Scrumptious, Resene Golden Sand

Words by: Bea Taylor Photography by: Florence Charvin

If you would like to enter your home in the 2022 Resene Colour Home Awards:

Email photos and a 200-word or more description of your space to with your last name and ‘Resene Colour Home’ in the subject line. Please include your name, home address, email address, daytime phone number, the names of the Resene colours used, and details of when your space was painted. Please credit anyone who assisted you in choosing your colours.
The six finalists will each appear in Your Home and Garden. Every finalist will receive a $250 Resene voucher and a feature in the magazine, with the winner taking out the Resene Colour Home Awards and $5000 cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in the May 2022 issue.

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