Jen lives in a 1950’s “beach shack” a black weatherboard cottage with white trim around the windows. Designed by Vernon Brown, its complete with push-out windows to catch the sea breeze. Jen calls it her HAPPY PLACE ……
Situted on a large 1/4 acre site boarded by mature pohutakawa trees you get the feeling you are on the campsite. Since purchasing the property nearly five years ago with the intention of it being a holiday bach, Jen and husband Raymond loved being there so much they decided to move in permanently so they could “be on holiday 24/7”
To maximise the large section a separate love shack was added as an abode for family and friends visiting from the city. This was followed by the addition of a large north-facing deck to create an outdoor room and maximise the living space for summer.
Most recently the old rimu boatshed was completely restored by Jen’s son, and what once housed a boat, tools and storage is now luxury boutique accommodation.
Inside Jen has taken her inspiration from the seaside and memories of bach holidays as a child, and has even collected the same Belle Fiore china she ate off all those years ago.
“I love having things around me that make me happy, that’s what you have in your house …right?”
Jen’s interior style is definitely eclectic and a bit boho. She loves to incorporate amazing pieces that tell a story. As a frequent hospice shopper, she loves up-cycling vintage pieces to give them a fresh modern look.
“This is my forever home” says Jen “my slice of paradise”. Although there are plans for a pool at some stage the beach is just steps away and “they change the water twice a day! “