Renovating a 100-year-old Kiwi villa is never likely to be plain-sailing and, right from the first episode of TV3’s latest home makeover show, Creative Living, there were challenges and changed minds.
The series follows TV builder Peter Wolfkamp (you’ll recognise him as the site foreman from The Block NZ) as he helps couple Jo and Richard Graham turn a run-down, three-bedroom Ponsonby villa into a beautiful modern home for their family.
And straight from episode one the renovators call on Harrisons Curtains and Blinds to help add those perfect finishing touches as they rip out a rumpty old bathroom described by Peter as cold, damp and rotten – “a habitat more suited to pests than humans!” – and replace it with a multi-purpose room to be first used as a nursery for Jo and Richard’s new baby, who cheerfully (and rather cutely) arrives mid-way through the episode.
But the tricky nature of renovations is always on show in Creative Living with builders having to tackle issues with the floor straight from the get-go and even the couple’s choice of curtain fabric, coming under the spotlight.
Peter’s quick to remind viewers that it’s important to start thinking about fixtures, fittings, furniture and elements like curtains and blinds early on in a project as decisions might influence how you tackle the renovation.
But he’s also fast to say that early decisions can always be changed – and that was certainly the case after they call in Harrisons expert Vicki Ridley and choose a
curtain fabric for their nursery in neutral tones.
They get advice on how to clean the fabric and then take a sample of their choice to Resene so they can find a matching paint to create a feature wall. By the next scene, it’s clear that the original neutral tone isn’t going to work and Peter’s dressing the new sash window with a beautiful full-length black Aura curtain with noir Broadline lining and a French pleat, set on a black track.
Over the course of the series, Harrisons Curtains and Blinds will be called in again and again to help fit rollers in the master bedroom, sunscreens in the kitchen and by the stairwell and shutters in the children’s bedrooms.
You can catch each episode on TV3, Saturdays from 4.25 pm until October 22 or watch the episodes on 3Now – and if you’re inspired by Jo and Richard’s project to makeover your whole home, or even just a room or two, you
can call Harrisons for a free in-home consultation on 0800 102 004 or contact us via our website.
With any renovation, what Creative Living displays best of all is how flexible you have to be because there are going to be changes forced on you by building challenges – or even just changes of mind. Harrisons understands how projects work whether they’re big or small – and can be on hand to help you through the choices to find what suits your home and dreams.