Kim and Isaac’s soulful farmhouse embraces the simple life

23 Apr 2020

In 2011, Kim was ready for a change and looking for a slower pace of life, so she decided to sell her beloved Auckland villa and move to a beautiful rural homestead in Glenbrook. The house, which is not original to the site, having been moved onto the property 11 years prior to Kim’s arrival, had a great combination of character, modern conveniences and that all-important indoor-outdoor flow; but it is the interior with its gem-like Resene paint colours that sets it apart from the rest.

Kim, who grew up in Warkworth, met Isaac shortly after the move and they married on the property in November 2013. Isaac is Jordanian and spent his childhood on an olive farm in a small town an hour and a half north of the capital, Amman, so it’s unsurprising that the couple have returned to a lifestyle that they both enjoyed as children.

Kim describes her home's original decor as being ‘an homage to beige’, but now the home’s interior is vibrant, welcoming and warm – much like the people who reside within it. The overall aesthetic is eclectic, uplifting and playful with a touch of bohemian flair. “I put everything I like together regardless of its style or genre and I think it works,” says Kim. She has a natural love of colour which is evident not only in the interior but in her many artworks throughout the home.

The exterior of the farmhouse belies what is behind the front door – its weatherboards painted in Resene Spanish White paired with Resene Spanish Green on the frames and doors is reminiscent of the home’s era, but inside it is anything but. The interior side of the front door has been painted in Resene Tall Poppy, a deep claret red, which confidently contrasts the daring Resene Citron walls of the entrance. Two guest bedrooms are situated on either side of the entryway, but the palette has been kept simple with Resene Sugar Loaf and Resene Rice Cake adoring their walls. The master bedroom, however, is dressed in Kim’s signature bohemian style and painted in Resene Eastern Blue — a beautiful blue hue that gives the room a relaxed and restful vibe. An upcycled set of drawers from Kim’s childhood, now painted in Resene Blackcurrant adds to the room’s eclectic décor.

Kim’s favourite room to redecorate was the dining room. “It’s a huge room and was originally painted beige, making the room feel lifeless and cold,” explains Kim. “As soon as we painted it Resene Surfie Green, the volume up was turned up significantly.” The embroidered curtains add a nice Middle Eastern flavour reflecting Isaac’s heritage; and complement the bold wall colour. The oversized carousel artworks, painted by Kim, break up the extensive wall of green, as do the flamboyant striped chairs that were given to the couple as wedding gifts.   

The farmhouse-style kitchen is situated on the southern side of the house, so the space is naturally darker than the north-facing living areas. The previous owners had painted the kitchen cream to lighten the space. “This was probably sensible,” Kim concedes, “but I hated it. I am naturally rule-averse so I don’t tend to follow any design formula.” Having pondered for some time over a colour for the kitchen, Kim eventually decided on Resene Nocturnal. Despite its light-absorbing quality, she says It has actually made the space feel bigger. “And I love the black next to the lavender living room painted in Resene Prelude.” In keeping with the style of the home, a ladder suspended from the ceiling is used for hanging pots and pans. It suits the couple’s mixed-up style as well as being extremely practical.

This rural home is vibrant and warm with a daring and charming colour palette that we find completely inspiring. When the doors are open in the summer it is not uncommon to find chickens or Lightning McQueen, their miniature pony, wandering around inside. For Kim and Isaac, the slower pace of life means more time spent outside appreciating the spoils of country life, all while enjoying a playful abode that simultaneously reflects both their cultures. 

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Kim chose to paint the living room in Resene Prelude to deliberately contrast the turquoise sofa from Freedom Furniture. Her clear love of interesting textiles and textures lends the space a worldly vibe. Doors and window trims in Resene Spanish White.

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The master bedroom showcases Kim’s love of prints and her ability to expertly mix pattern, colour and texture. The walls are painted in Resene Eastern Blue, which gives the bedroom a restful and relaxing feel. The upcycled chest of drawers painted in Resene Blackcurrant adds to Kim’s eclectic style. Ceiling in Resene Alabaster and architraves and baseboards in Resene Spanish White.

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Kim says the guest bedrooms are still a work in progress. The walls are painted in Resene Sugar Loaf and poppy colours are still a big feature via textiles. Through the doorway, you can catch glimpses of Resene Citron and Resene Surfie Green in the adjacent rooms. Architraves and baseboards in Resene Spanish White.

 

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The walls are ceiling in the second guest bedroom are painted in calming Resene Rice Cake, allowing the colourful entryway painted in Resene Citron to take centre stage. Architraves in Resene Spanish White.

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Layers of print and pattern create interest, texture and fun to the substantial dining space. The room’s warm timber elements are offset by the punchy teal tones of Resene Surfie Green on the walls. Ceiling in Resene Alabaster, trims in Resene Spanish White.

 

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Kim loves looking through the doorway of one vibrantly coloured room and into the next. She says seeing Resene Surfie Green in the dining room and Resene Citron in the entrance way gives her great joy. “I find myself doing that often and I get a good feeling from it. It always lifts my mood.” Ceiling in Resene Alabaster and trims and doors in Resene Spanish White.

 

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Kim chose to paint the south facing kitchen Resene Nocturnal giving the traditional farmhouse space a contemporary style. Jewel tones makes further appearances through stained glass, kitchenware and appliances. Trims in Resene Spanish White and ceiling in Resene Alabaster.

 

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Resene Nocturnal also appears on the upper walls in the bathroom in sharp contrast to a clawfoot tub in Kim’s signature shade: turquoise. Along with window trims and tongue-and-groove panelling on the lower section of the wall in Resene Spanish White and a mix of natural timber hues, the combination has a distinctly modern farmhouse feel. 

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The exterior colour scheme remains sympathetic to the home’s original era. The elegant and refined palette of Resene Spanish White weatherboards and Resene Spanish Green doors and trims doesn’t divulge what surprises are to be found beyond the threshold.

images Emma MacDonald, FotographicNZ 

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