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This new-build expertly balances heritage design with on-trend accessories

Heritage designs combined with on-trend accessories and a myriad of textures effortlessly blend to make this Rangiora family home cosy and welcoming

Meet and greet

Lee Sinclair, owner and designer of Cloud Nine Creative, Peter Butcher, painter and plasterer, and Jack, 1, plus Mouse the cat.

This new-build expertly balances heritage design with on-trend accessories

One thing you would change about your home if you could?
We think it’s pretty perfect just as it is.

Most memorable experience you have had in your home?
The actual moving-in was pretty exciting. We felt we had worked so hard to get to where we were, and felt extremely grateful for our beautiful new home. Also, bringing our son home for the first time.


How much have you spent decorating and tweaking your home?
About $2000.

How did your budget forecast compare to your actual spend?
We were lucky as Pete is a painter and plasterer so he was able to do most of the work himself. We knew it was just a case of purchasing paint and a few building materials. We paid a local builder to make some more storage and shelving units for my studio.

Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain?
A bit of both. These days I tend to only buy pieces I love, regardless of whether it’s from a high-end homeware store, Kmart or a secondhand shop. I think it’s nice to have a mix of old and new. I also have my own creations around the house.

Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home?
For resale, consider your street appeal, as it’s the first impression people get of a home. Plant as soon as you can – it takes years to create an established garden. And great storage is a must. A home should be practical and work for your needs.

How did you keep track of costs during the redecoration?
Pete is the numbers man; he always keeps a running tally in his head.


Words by: Tina Stephen. Photography by: Kate Claridge.

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