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spirit of the sea

From Habitat magazine - issue 29

A mutable palette of soft sea blues and greys was the perfect choice for this seaside home.

Many of us dream of living the bach holiday lifestyle all year round, but few of us have the opportunity to actually do so. Tim and Angela Kinnersley are the lucky ones. They’ve managed to not only achieve the lifestyle but also recreate the spirit of a bach they once owned and loved.

seaside house
Left (top): What was once a mouldy cedar exterior has been refurbished using Wood-X oil stain in colour Shale, available from Resene ColorShops. The roof and spouting are in Resene Gauntlet Left (bottom): Angela and Tim were keen on a casual bach-style vibe for their renovated home.  Right: A hanging egg chair is Angela’s favourite place to curl up with a book. The walls are in Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue.

Armed with an array of soft Resene coastal blues, they have transformed a tired old cedar clad home into a magical seaside cottage. And it’s just across the bay from the old bach, in a sheltered inlet north of Auckland.

The couple had holidayed in the area for many years, having friends and family to stay at their old bach, and kayaking around the tidal shoreline of the inlet. They loved the location and the community, so when it came time to make a move from the city, this is where their hearts led them.

The house they bought has a stunning view, but had a dark and sombre interior with timber ceilings and old wallpaper, while the exterior cedar cladding had been badly maintained. But Angela and Tim could see the easy potential that the house offered up. Says Angela: “We understood its age and style. We were keen on letting the house tell us what it needed rather than trying to force a style on it.”

The ceilings in the upper floor open-plan living area used to be timber, but 32 litres of paint later, they are stunning in Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta. The old brick chimney was covered in and the walls are painted in Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue.

So when their builder suggested they reclad or just paint it, Tim’s response was a firm no. Instead, they sought advice from a cedar restoration specialist, who suggested using Wood-X oil stain, available from Resene ColorShops. Along with a roof and spouting now painted in Resene Gauntlet, it has worked wonders. “We’re really pleased with the result, it looks like a different house, not hiding in the woods. You can see it.” The old jade green joinery was also given a refresh in soft cream.

Inside, the dark vaulted timber ceilings and solid balustrades had to go. The ceilings in the main living room were brushed by hand using Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta – all 32 litres of it.

It was the start of a metamorphosis from woodsy to coastal.

Angela has developed such a passion for interiors she is now studying it. Deciding on the interiors for the house was a very personal journey, doing much of the research while on extended sick leave and undergoing treatment.

A Cape Cod style kitchen, with Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta cabinets and Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue walls is the ideal look for this home’s new style. The splashback tiles are from Tile Warehouse, chosen because they looked like rippling water.

Tim saw the enjoyment it bought her, so he encouraged her to back her choices. She also sought advice from staff at the local Resene ColorShop, who suggested a palette of blues and greys. While the main living room colour changed – it’s now Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue – other colours have been used throughout the house, from Resene Half Duck Egg Blue in the bedrooms, Resene Midwinter Mist in the main bedroom, Resene Half Gull Grey in a hallway and the study, and Resene Quarter Truffle in the main bathroom and other hallways.

Tip: Muted or greyed-off colours are easier to live with than very bright, true colours.

Left: Resene Midwinter Mist was a new colour discovery for Angela, now used in the main bedroom and ensuite. She loves it for its complexity.  Right: Angela’s knack for styling and choosing the right accessories helps gives this home a casual beachy feel. This is a corner of the main bedroom, with walls painted in Resene Midwinter Mist.

It now echoes the changing colours of the inlet waters. “In an inlet you get more mood and colour variation in the water. And because the house faces east, the white we chose had to be a warm white, not a cool white.” Hence, the use of Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta on the ceilings, trims and kitchen cabinets. “I like that the house has a diverse range of blues and greys yet still feels like a cohesive scheme. And colours like the Resene Duck Egg Blue change character depending on the light and the amount of vegetation outside the window. They’re mutable and interesting,” says Angela. “Each room has its own level of light and sunshine, so we tried to pick what was right for the room.”

With up to 16 different Resene testpot patches on the walls, Tim and Angela would discuss every decorating decision... “but Angela had the final say,” says Tim.

“I like that it’s a diverse range of blues and greys yet still creates a cohesive scheme.”

bedroom and hall
Left: Resene Half Duck Egg Blue was used in this spare bedroom and changes with the light and reflections outside the window.  Right: The stairwell used to be a narrow dingy space with a high wall. The couple opened it up and painted it in Resene Quarter Periglacial Blue. The light is called Aloe Blossom by Jeremy Cole from Mr Ralph.

They didn’t want the house to be a homage to current trends but rather a reflection of their own tastes and the situation. The kitchen is a great example, where they could have easily gone with the currently popular island bench layout and streamlined cabinets. Instead, they retained the kitchen’s original U shape and went for a Cape Cod aesthetic with panelled doors and black accents. The front of the bench seen from the dining side and the shelves on the back wall are made from left-over flooring planks.

Now that the renovation is complete, the living area is a favourite space. “It still delights me. It’s so calming. Sitting in the egg chair is a favourite spot,” says Angela.

The couple’s desire to create a relaxed, warm and welcoming home has worked. Tim splits his work week between the city and home. A trip to visit their grown children is planned, and in the meantime, they’ll keep up their regular beach walks with labradoodle Sam.

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Paint it right

Use the right Resene colour and paint for the job

Walls Use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen for interior walls and team it with Resene SpaceCote Flat on ceilings for a long-lasting, wipeable surface. Here, it’s tinted to Resene Quarter Truffle for the hallway.
paint hues Weathered blues: Weathered, beachy blues and greys are versatile, perennial popular colours and feature strongly in the new Resene The Range fashion colours. Here are three to try: Resene Remember Me, Resene Raindance and Resene Half Dusted Blue
Momento Painters Martin Maddocks for the interior; Harley’s House Painters for the exterior Get the roof look with the Resene Summit Roof range, tinted to Resene Gauntlet.
cedar products Resene has a range of different stains suitable for exterior use including the Resene Woodsman range in both oil and waterborne versions. Resene ColorShops also stock Wood-X, used on this home to rejuvenate the cedar.

Alternative solution - softly does it

Texture and calming colours soften this room

Designer Kate Bell suggests this alternative scheme:

Before photo of lounge

I chose this scheme because of the coastal location, using a soft, neutral palette to work in with the selected furnishings. Textural components such as the rattan panelling on the joinery and armchair, the texture of the fireplace, the board and batten panelling and the timber frame of the sofa all complement the Resene colour palette of muted green/grey tones where the walls are in Resene Double Ash and the trims are in Resene Silver Chalice.

The Resene Colorwood Whitewash finish on the panelling continues the textural theme and complements the traditional beach house while matchstick blinds and pale timber floorboards enhance the look. The salmon pink stone of the coffee table and tones of sage, aqua and pale grey on the loose cushions contrast with the stronger rust-coloured fabric on the window bench seat.

Top tip: If you love the colours in a fabric or artwork, load a photo of it into the Resene Colour Palette Generator and it will suggest some Resene colours to help get you started.


seaside lounge
Soft Resene Double Ash is used on the walls of this room along with Resene Colorwood Whitewash on the wall panelling and oak floor and Resene Colorwood Natural wood stain on the built-in cabinets for a beachy feel. The trims are in Resene Silver Chalice and the ceiling is in Resene Alabaster. Products featured include Rattan Panel Inserts and White Matchstick Blinds CW168 from House of Bamboo, Coolum Cladding from Eco Outdoor, a Holt Sofa in Nassau Spa fabric from Westbury Textiles from MCM House, Leather 01 Handles in Slate from Made Measure, Montanaro in Carmine fabric from Westbury Textiles and a Lasta Coffee Table from Vela Life.

Illustration: Malcolm White

Menu Concrete JWDA Lamp Luumo
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Tribe Home Pia Rug in Ivory Luumo
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Cane Lounger in Natural Worn Store
Brisa Fabric in Aqua by Christopher Farr Ascraft
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Mountain Devil in Garnet Cushion Utopia Goods +61 2 9357 4477

Alternative solution - all about the view

Earthy natural colours frame the view

Designer Therese Högstedt from Candela Design suggests this alternative scheme:

Before photo of lounge

The idea for this room was to create a relaxed, down-to-earth feeling. I wanted to create an informal environment that emphasised the stunning bay view outside the big windows. To really capture the character of the home I kept the panelled ceiling but gave it a new colour of Resene Quarter Truffle to add some depth. The natural green tones of Resene Peace suit the room, and with the darker accents of Resene Thunder Road around the fireplace and window trims, it gives the space a youthful feel. The overall effect is of a relaxing haven.

Top tip: Avoid fly spots on ceilings with Resene Fly Deterrent. Designed to discourage flies from sitting on the painted surface, it reduces the appearance of unwanted fly spots, and is especially useful for high ceilings like this.

Phone: 027 656 6600

seaside lounge
Walls in Resene Peace are offset with a fireplace and trims in Resene Thunder Road, while the ceiling is in Resene Quarter Truffle and the floor is in Resene Colorwood Whitewash. Other products include an Outline Sofa from Simon James Design, Outline wall mirror from Joska and Sons, Vertigo pendant light from ECC, Ombra Table Lamp, Compound Tall Boy, Moon Knit Throw, Vitra L’Oiseau bird, Melt candleholder, Pop Print Wall Art and Gava stool/side table from Citta Design, oval stool from Tessuti and leather Moroccan slippers from Paper Plane.

Illustration: Theresa Högstedt

Braid Rug in Chalk by Armadillo and Co
The Ivy House
09 383 3396
Lampe Gras 210 Wall Lamp by DCW Editions Tessuti
09 376 4802
Radial Round Coffee Table
Citta Design
09 630 6177
Bolster Cushion and Round Squab in Brass Velvet Tessuti
09 376 4802
Hanging Pod Chair in Black Check Interior Design Online
0800 436 654

Resene Peace

Resene Thunder Road

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