Dawn Bannister shares her top tips for styling a small family home with kids and how to budget for a new buildaccent pillow case baby canvas baby decoration
Dawn Bannister， 50 (mental health manager)， Adam Bannister， 48 (education worker)， Ollie， 14， and Eliza， 7customized gifts for kids， plus Bonnie the West Highland terrier.
1. Don’t get sucked into believing bigger is always better. Living in a smaller house is easier， more affordable and better for the environment.
2. Use your garage space. With Auckland land prices， that’s a whole lot of cash for a car park. Ours acts as a laundry， storage area and play space， plus it holds all our out-of-season clothing.
3. If you can accommodate a central vacuum system in your home， do it. They’re so easy and never lose suction.
4. In a two-storey home with kids， find places for toy storage on the ground floor and future-proof by adding a study area for homework.
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Best lessons learned？？Dawn： Not to be trend driven (that lesson took a long time and a lot of money!).
What would you never do again？ Use coloured tiles； they just weren’t for me. I tried them in an earlier home and never felt at peace with them.
One thing you’d change about your home if you could？ Have a door into the snug instead of it being open to the hall. TV sounds travel and Bonnie the dog loves to sneak onto the sofa at night.
Most memorable experience you have had in your home？ Eliza had a sleepover party and we went quite overboard and filled the living room with tepees and flowers. It was the perfect size to accommodate a tribe of girls with lots of room to party.
What areas of your home do you save or splurge on？ I advise splurging on lighting if you can.
Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain？ Nowadays I’m far more into buying the best I can so that I can love items for a long time.
Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home？ Think carefully about what you need and why. Do all the research.
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A pure white kitchen painted in Dulux ‘Okarito’ is softened by concrete pendants， warm timber details and a couple of minty accessories.
Walls painted in Dulux ‘Swedish Blue’ evokea moody feel in the bedroom， offset by white bedlinen and soft furnishings in delicate pinks.
A freestanding bath and marble-look floor-to-ceiling tiles add luxury to an everyday room. Simple accessories， such as a side table with a candle， give the space a touch of personality.
Shop their style
1 Velvet cushion cover， $54.90， from Citta. 2 Kenza rug， $599， from Freedom. 3？Juju hat， $599， from Republic. 4 ‘New York Morning’ framed print， $499， from Shut The Front Door. 5 Smeg kettle， $299， from Smith &； Caughey’s. 6 Concrete stool， $169.99， from A&；C Homestore. 7 Industrial stool， $29， from Kmart. 8？Geometry pendant， $549， from BoConcept. 9？Solene leaner mirror， $499， from Freedom. 10？Replica Hans Wegner Wishbone chair， $265， from Cintesi.
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Photography by： Helen Bankers.
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