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Vintage and modern style live in perfect harmony in this Tauranga home

Article by Homes to Love

Vintage-style objects from around the world have been modernised with bright colours, new materials and a crisp white backdrop in this Tauranga home

Meet and greet

Carly Ward, co-owner and manager of Nourish Cafe, Cameron Ward, general manager of clothing company You Know We Ain’t Ltd, Jackson, 9, and Mia, 7, plus Bruce the cat and Bella the dog.

Vintage and modern style live in perfect harmony in this Tauranga home

What are the best bits about your house?
Carly: My favourite part is our kitchen. I love the shelving for my plates, the bar where I hang herbs and plants, and the black sink that ties in with the lovely black accents in the room. And I love the cooking area in the island, too – it’s become a real hub. Our extractor fan is a huge, stainless steel tube hanging from the ceiling, custom-made and perfect.

+ The indoor-outdoor flow the stacker doors create when they’re both open – it feels airy and amazing. The pitched ceilings also add to that feeling.

+ All the white. We have white interior and exterior walls, white tiles and white windows. It seems there is never too much white. You can build on white with pops of colour, interesting pieces and plants.

+ Our spa pool. The views are sensational!

What would you change?
Very little. We opted for privacy glass in the bathroom but think we will replace it with clear glass at some stage.


What was your budget and how did that pan out? 
The budget for the build was initially $250,000 but we ended up just under $300,000 which, in hindsight, wasn’t too bad. We realised early on that the $250,000 wasn’t going to cut it – we considered painting the outside ourselves but decided against that pretty quickly!

What did you save and splurge on? 
We splurged on our high ceilings, stacker doors and decking. We saved on flooring, not-too-fancy bathroom fixtures and by making our kitchen as budget-friendly as possible without sacrificing its charm.


Words by: Monique Balvert-O’Connor. Photography by: Rachel Dobbs.

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