Country style by the sea: This subtropical home in the heart of the Bay of Islands could be yours in the Heart Foundation Lottery

Kerikeri is a town with the best of both worlds. It may appear as a quiet country town to some, but with a rich history and welcoming community, it’s becoming a popular lifestyle spot for Kiwis around the country seeking to escape to the warmer north. That’s why Lottery Operations Manager for the Heart Foundation, Liz Halpin, chose this spot for the latest Heart Foundation Lottery home.

“Kerikeri has all the amenities you need – good schools, medical centres, lots of shopping boutiques and cafes,” she says. “But it’s also so close to popular holiday towns, like Paihia and Russell. It can offer the perfect mix of a laid-back lifestyle with all the modern conveniences.”

Fully furnished with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including an ensuite, this property could be a perfect new home or holiday house for the lucky first-prize winner. Everyone will be begging to come visit the winterless north and this home offers great space for the family to share.

“I’m delighted to have worked on the interior design and furnishing of this home with Jennian Homes’ Kirsty Fisher,” says Liz. “As always, the Heart Foundation is so proud to have Jennian as a major sponsor and is so grateful for their input and support.”

Kirsty shared with us her design process and the inspiration behind this subtropical haven.

What was your design brief?

“I was asked to provide a soothing interior design palette. This was to bring in the outdoors and reflect the beauty of the natural environment which surrounds us here in the Bay of Islands.”

What colours did you choose?

“Natural earthy tones were selected for this project, such as sage, greys, and ivory, with black joinery and white walls to provide contrast. The interior design was accentuated to provide a cosy feel, warming the rooms up with taupe, beige, caramel, gold and toffee tones.

We used the ash hued grey-green Resene Double Linen on the exterior weatherboards and Resene Sea Fog. For the interior doors and scotia, we used the classic Resene White, and for the joinery, Resene Black.”

What was the biggest challenge for this project?

“The biggest challenge was selecting the furniture for this home. As the kitchen already had several woodgrain tones in the design, we needed to ensure that our oak furniture complemented the colour palette of the home.”

What was your favourite aspect of the design?

“My favourite aspect of the design was being able to design a colour palette that both was on trend and aligned to the environment around the home, as well as hopefully suiting multiple generations to come.”

The Heart Foundation Lottery offers a brand-new, fully-furnished, first-prize home six times a year. Each home is built in a popular holiday destination around New Zealand and is beautifully decorated using Resene paints and stains.

Support New Zealand’s leading heart charity by buying tickets for the Heart Foundation Lottery at Proceeds from each ticket go towards funding life-saving research, heart health education and prevention programmes, which can help prevent Kiwis from losing their loved ones prematurely to heart disease.

To learn more about the Heart Foundation, click here.

Design by Kirsty Fisher, Jennian Homes Far North. To contact Kirsty, email: [email protected]

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Kirsty’s soft neutral palette included Resene Sea Fog for the walls and Resene White for the ceiling and trims, the perfect partners for the oak coloured furniture.

Resene Sea Fog is a grey infused white which gives the bathroom a relaxing quality. The ceiling and trims in Resene White keep the look fresh.

The relaxing bedroom walls in Resene Sea Fog could be paired with on-trend terracotta tones or smoky blues or greens. The ceiling and trims are Resene White.

Resene Sea Fog on the walls of the kitchen pairs well with the two wood tones in the kitchen and the cabinetry. Use Resene AquaLAQ tinted to Resene Lichen for an earthy look on cabinetry.

Resene Double Linen is a creamy neutral with a hint of green, a great choice for outdoor weatherboards on the Heart Foundation Lottery Home. The soffits and trims are painted in Resene Sea Fog.

Resene Double Linen on the weatherboards pairs well with the white brick cladding and Resene White on the soffits.

Published: 29 Jun 2022

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