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Updated: 2019-09-25 00:10

Interior designer Emma Brown shares her top tips on how to be brave with colour and why she chose a pink front door. See more of her beautiful home below

Emma Brown, 34 (owner of Emma Brown Design), Sophie, 15personalized gifts for him, Jack, 12, and Charlotte, 9, plus Kitty Kat the cat.

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Always start with a plan. This helps you stick to a budget and is essential if you want the house to flow and be cohesive. If you’re not good at planning then get someone who is – it will make a difference in the end.

Don’t be afraid of colour. My pink front doors are still a huge talking point and I love them.

Indoor plants are amazing for adding texture, filling voids and bringing vibrancy to a space.

Don’t follow trends. Be brave and make sure your home is a place you love to be in.

Don’t be in a hurry for it all to be perfect. Your home will evolve over time. Keep tweaking things until you get it just right.

One thing you’d change about your home if you could? We would have loved two living spaces but it was a budget constraint.

Most memorable experience in your home? Cooking in my kitchen while enjoying my beautiful family at the same time. Something I had dreamed about while the house was being built.

What areas of your home did you save or splurge on? We splurged on the window joinery. It creates a high-end feel while letting in a lot of natural light.

Do you tend to buy high-end homeware or seek out a bargain? I like a mixture. I have some high-end products but mainly our home is filled with pieces I’ve made or found as a bargain.

Best advice when it comes to spending money on a home? Clever design choices can often make something feel high-end when it’s actually low-budget – this is where an interior designer can be invaluable.

See more of the Manawatu new-build below

Suppliers &; contacts

Joiner Stu Hopcroft, via Emma Brown Design, emmabrown.co.nzDecor Wall St Designs, ph (06) 929 4772; Designtree, designtree.co.nz; Reuben James (print in laundry), reubenjames.co.nz

Photography by: The Virtue.

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