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A refined architectural vision for a bare Bay of Plenty section has resulted in an uncomplicated home with views from every angle

Meet and Greet

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Sally Lines, late 40s, and Andy Lines, early 50s, (owners of Urban Lounge Interiors)navy nursery pillow, Georgia, 22 (now living independently), Mack, 18 (student), plus Mavis the black Labrador and a handful of goats and lambs.

How did your budget forecast compare to your actual spend?

Andy: We worked really hard, prior to getting off the ground, to pre-select everything, have it specifically priced and then run a spreadsheet through the build with quotes versus actual spend. Therefore, our only over-runs were on engineering, which we couldn’t forecast.

Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain?

Sally: I buy things that I like because I just like them – I don’t care what their cost is, although having an interiors studio means contacts are endless so expensive items are not out of the ballpark.

Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home?

Sally: Don’t spend all your money on all the hidden things because usually the budget runs out and there’s nothing left for finishings like drapes, rugs and furniture bits that make it feel like yours.

Favourite things

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The kitchen splashback tiles are by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina. Sally blended two different colourways as she wanted a hint of ginger in the mix.



A neutral colour palette is punctuated by splashes of colour such as those seen in this artwork by Leana Buxton.


Large windows in the living room look over an internal courtyard, designed to bring light into the home and allow spectacular views to be glimpsed from a number of vantage points.





From left - Georgia, Sally, Andy and Mack Lines ( Mavis the black labrador)


Style it - Using a base of neutral bedlinen allows you to have fun with pillowcases, top sheets and maybe even a feature wallpaper.


Floor plan

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Words by: Monique Balvert O’Connor. Photography by: Rachel Dobbs.

Someone rightly said, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Well, this is why we never leave a single chance to capture our special moments. The wedding is one of the most auspicious occasions in one’s life and we try our best to make every moment special.

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Marie Pickles, from our Home Decor Team, received from us a piece of red burlap fabric and without any hesitation got to turning it into a beautiful, slightly shabby?lampshade.

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