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From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - fourth finalist 2017/2018

A DIY spirit and knack for pairing colours has inspired this warm, fresh and inviting home.

Painted rug

The walls were mushroom coloured when Haley Williams moved into her 1960s weatherboard house in 2012. It didn’t take long for her to bring her signature touch to the place. “I’ve been a painter, DIY enthusiast and maker of things since before I could talk,” she says. “There always has been and always will be a project on the go.”

The Avondale, Auckland, homeowner, who does prop work for the film and television industries, chose Resene ‘Jet Stream’ for her living room, dining room, bedroom and kitchen. The colour was chosen with former housemate Kirsty Cooper, and the pair painted the house with help from Kirsty’s brother. “It was a home job, done by perfectionists,” says Haley. “I’m impressed how well it’s lasting, considering how rough we are with the place.”

Haley also brought her DIY skills to a sisal rug purchased on Trade Me, pictured left. Inspired by artist MC Escher, an old article about painting rugs and Pinterest, she created a geometric effect using Resene ‘Zinger’ and Resene ‘Wine Berry’.

Left: “It is a warm, sunny, fresh and inviting home and I have enjoyed putting much love into it over the last five years,” Haley Williams says of her home in Avondale, Auckland.

lounge and bedroom
Center: Haley stuck quirky animals and dinosaurs to jar lids then painted them in a range of this season’s colours, including Resene ‘Sunrise', Resene Ayers Rock, Resene La Bamba and Resene ‘Pohutukawa’.

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