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Creative upcycling and styling helped this tired home reach its potential

The Law clan’s can-do attitude and in-house expertise helped transform this dated East Auckland house into a modern, fun and functional home

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Creative upcycling and styling helped this tired home reach its potential

Angela Law, massage therapist, Cliff Law, 45 specialist gym floor installer, Beau, 23, and Krissy, 14, plus cat Morrin. Sons Gregor and Wade live in the UK.


Where have you saved money in your home?
Angela: Upcycling old pieces of furniture and picking up some big ticket items for a song on Trade Me.

Any splurges?
I’m not big on splurges unless I think I can’t live without it, but one thing I will spend money on is good-quality linen. I love my linen sheets and bedspread. I also love my large print in the lounge which I had framed.

Best buy?
The brand-new vanity and basin from Trade Me ($13). It had a ceramic bowl and a $1 reserve. We had no idea if it would be any good or would need to go straight in the skip, but it was fantastic and our best bargain buy.

Any DIY disasters?

What would you change?
I would change the position of the cavity slider in the hall as you can see straight into the laundry, and of course a laundry isn’t the most beautiful of rooms. I should have moved it to the side so you saw a painting instead.

Best lesson learned?
Things always cost about twice as much and take twice as long as you expect. Patience is key to decorating and renovating.

Three style tips…
• Don’t be afraid to try to upcycle things rather than buying new.
• Buy pieces that make you happy and make you smile every time you see them.
• Stay true to your own style so your home is a place you love to live in.


Words by: Annick Larkin. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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