Amanda's New Zealand Style Family Home

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Name: Amanda, Tim, Phoebe, Archie and Daisy
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Thought I would send in some pics of our home to give you an idea of New Zealand style! We have a family of 5 (Tim, Myself, Phoebe (3 ½) Archie (15 months) and Daisy the cat! We have been here 5 years and have totally stripped and restarted — walls, floors, kitchen, bathroom, carpet — on and on.

We have done it on the smell of an oiley rag as I am a fulltime Mum and one income. I am a stylist (which is currently on hold till babies grow up) so my home is an extension of our family. We go by the logic "form and function" and the house works well for us and our needs.

It is a mix between simplicity and quirky. I love strong square pieces and like to off set these with colour. I think when you live in a small house the journey through the house needs to flow. If the kids bring toys, blankets etc. out into the main area it all works. I believe the common area needs to be about all our personalities and then our bedrooms reflect individual tastes…our own!

Thanks, Amanda !

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.