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This freshly renovated family home has the coolest boho-chic style

With pared back colours, oversized artwork and lots of lush plants, this young family’s home is a boho-chic dream. Its indoor slide is pretty incredible too!

Meet and greet

James Rigden, director of Superette, Renee Rigden, founder of Renee’s Kitchen Food & Wellbeing, Sloane, 5, and Bay, 3, plus George the cat.

This freshly renovated family home has the coolest boho-chic style

Renee and James Rigden were happy in their Auckland home and had plans underway to extend it. Then they stumbled across a late-1960s, four-bedroom house for sale in Castor Bay on the North Shore. At first glance the house was nothing special – it was run-down, with dated paintwork and tired bathrooms, but the spacious footprint, 1500-square-metre section and sea views immediately had Renee excited.

Having renovated previous houses, the couple weren’t put off by a bit of DIY. “I think renovating and improving property is a bit addictive,” says Renee.

Honesty box

  • We learnt that bigger houses cost more to renovate! And always budget more than you expect– for everything. The cost of using tradesmen adds up quickly and so do bespoke ideas.
  • Don’t be afraid to collaborate with your tradesmen on what you really want. They are keen to work with you to create something a bit different. They do this gig full time, so they often have great ideas.


Words by: Debbie Harrison. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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