So I have to admit, I'm just a little bit excited (okay, really excited) to share this with you.
On the farm there is a little cabin that was once Andrew's bedroom. It is originally from the railways, once serving as shelter/accommodation for those working on and inspecting the tracks.
Last year, and a few months before we headed over to New Zealand, Andrew and I both discussed the possibility of maybe doing it up, as it was starting deteriorate a little and we do love a good DIY project. Not only would the cabin be given a fresh breath of life, it would also serve as a little outlet for us to do a mini renovation.
It wasn't until about three weeks before we were to leave that we decided that we were really going to do it (the year just flew by, plus we weren't sure if were biting more then we could chew considering we were meant to be on holiday). So it was a bit of mad dash sourcing and then organising the logistics in order for everything to be ready so we could have it completed quickly, with our final vision realised. And I have to say, I was loving every single second of it! Being on the hunt for furniture and accessories, organising the logistics from another country and seeing it all come together was so thrilling - and half the fun!
The concept was very much Kiwi bach inspired (pronounced 'batch' - and another word for holiday cottage) with hints of Scandinavian style, with the white floors and minimal colour palette. However, we really wanted to incorporate our traveller aesthetic (you can take a tour of our Sydney home here), mixed with references to the farm and Pacific region.
While we did complete it, and we are both super happy with the end result, I think over time it will look more resolved as we gradually add new layers like art, plants and other pieces we collect with each visit. For now though, we both are stoked with our little cabin in New Zealand.
To conclude, I would like to give a big shout out to Andrew's a parents for having the cabin prepped before we arrived, and also to family members and friends who helped sand, paint, fill gaps or just gave us encouragement along the way. You guys are all amazing - thank you!
Here it is...
|inside, after we ripped the carpet out|
|the exterior, finished|
|all done! we found the bed on trademe.co.nz; sourced the old afghan rug and papua new guinean bark tapa on ebay, found the log on the farm, and the old suitcase belongs to Andrew which had been kept on the farm.|
|you can't beat a classic eames rocker!|
|various items collected and created by myself, including photos.|
|woven basket from vietnam, air vase from Upon a Fold, beeswax candles by Queen B|
|geometric volumes made from found sticks|
|right: wasara paper bowl, a vintage new zealand postcard and an old gardening sieve found in the barn|
|crystals found in arrowtown (near queenstown) and displayed in a petrie dish, with a scientific beaker behind used as a vase; the old ruler is from china.|