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HOMEmade recap: Renee and Freddy’s family gathering

15 Nov 2018

When Renee and Freddy bought their ex-State house recently they wanted to create a real family home for themselves and their family. They also wanted a space that could accommodate visiting relatives from Samoa.

Their ex-State home has had a second dwelling extension added by previous owners. Renee and Freddy have started their own renovations by modernising and upgrading the bedrooms, living area and bathrooms but needed some help when it comes to choosing colours other than white.

Designer Melissa Greenough stepped in with the HOMEmade team to transform the basement from a drab and dated room to a space where family can hang out or which can be used as extra accommodation for guests.


The team created a den-like feel with a wooden slatted ceiling stained in Resene Colorwood Dark Ebony and warm, grey walls in Resene Castle Rock. They also transformed what was a storage nook into a cosy hangout space, and added a projector, a screen and a wine rack. The window trim in the rumpus room is Resene Nero.



Outside in the garden, the HOMEmade team decided to add some life to an unappealing, heavily concreted courtyard. Designer Dan Mackay removed chains and fencing to open up the space then the team covered the concrete with floating tiles and replaced the mossy lawn with fresh grass. The brown and turquoise exteriors were then repainted in Resene Half Concrete with Resene Alabaster trims to lighten everything up and modernise it.

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