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A fun ’50s inspired home is the fifth Resene Colour Home Awards finalist

This creative owner proves that paint isn’t just for the walls. See how fun-loving ’50s style was the starting point for this home’s colourful makeover.

Interior designer Becky Lee has transformed the former blank canvas of her 1950s Christchurch home. When she purchased the house – which she shares with partner Phil Tumataroa, a writer, and sons Nico and Beau – it was painted in variations of Resene Black White. Fast forward five and a half years and it’s a kaleidoscope of colour, with each room featuring its own dramatic look.


“I grew up in a colourful home, so being surrounded by colour is the norm for me,” says Becky. The adventurous combination of colours was initially inspired by a wallpaper Becky chose for the kitchen. From there, the home’s age began to play a role. “I started to think about the era of the house, 1950s style and design, and how I could put my spin on that.”


The resulting warm and vibrant palette includes an ochre feature wall in the main bedroom (Resene Apache), a coral pink bathroom (Resene Sakura) and a turquoise lounge (Resene Gulf Stream).


Becky hasn’t stopped at the walls, though – a hot pink dining table is painted in Resene Smitten, Nico and Beau’s metal beds have been transformed with the bold orange of Resene Energise, while the guest room in the sleepout is painted in Resene Swiss Caramel, with a side table in Resene Soulful and trunk in Resene Sakura.

The finishing touch is a hand-stencilled mural, which looks like tiles, in the glass conservatory. This area was brought to life in collaboration with artist Samantha Elise, who designed and executed the mural, with Becky choosing colours inspired by the home as well as an inherited vintage caravan: Resene Ragamuffin, Resene St Kilda, Resene Siesta, Resene Blanched Pink and Resene Mai Tai.

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Entries are closed

Find out who our winner is in April’s issue of of Your Home and Garden.

$5000 up for grabs

The five finalists will all appear in Your Home and Garden and receive a $250 Resene paint voucher. The overall winner will be chosen from the final five, taking the Resene Colour Home Award title and winning $5000 in cash. An extended story on the winning home will feature in the April 2020 issue.

Words by: Fiona Ralph. Photography by: Sarah Rowlands.

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