A fresh start
When Tom asked me to move in to his place, I was over the moon until I looked around and saw the numerous reminders of his last boyfriend. It was time for a fresh start - for both of us - and what better way than homewares shopping at the Albany Lifestyle Centre.
Like all good Kiwi blokes, we started practically - down at Mitre 10 Mega - facing a wall of paint charts. Tom and I both have strong colour preferences which led to a very animated discussion. Need I say more! We agreed on a range of Karen Walker colours, both of us compromising on some of our preferences. The final palette incorporated my favourite shade of green, Tom's favourite orange hue, a foggy grey and a buttery white. We also found an excellent wardrobe organiser shelving system and a number of big pots for the front porch and back garden.
Over the next four weekends, we worked together preparing and painted the living and dining room, the kitchen, the bathroom, the entrance hall and our bedroom. We assembled our wardrobe organiser and arranged our clothes, shoes and accessories. Tom, being the more green fingered of us, looked after picking flowers and plants from Mitre 10’s garden centre and planting them in the pots in our small garden.
Already we could see a huge difference to the place but now it was time for new furniture. We headed down to Hunter Furniture, at the Albany Lifestyle Centre, knowing we’ll get both style and quality. We found an amazing 3-seater Nash Lounge Suite in aged-brown leather and coupled it with a Nexa coffee table, featuring recycled oak and cast iron. For the bedroom, we went for a king sized Sealy bed with an exquisite Prana headboard. We complimented it with a blonde Oslo chest of draws, accompanied by matching bedside tables.
The house was really starting to reflect both our styles and feel like ours. All it needed now was those finishing touches. We popped down to The Importer, excited to discover unique items from all around the world. To say we went a bit crazy with the shopping would be understating it. We walked away with lamps for the lounge, the hall and our bedroom; numerous cushions and throws; three rugs; two mirrors and a number of ornaments, prints and display items for practically every wall and surface in the house.
We love our new ‘together’ house. It’s funny how redecorating and homeware buying allows a fresh start for the house and for Tom and I. I must say, the Albany Lifestyle Centre played a big part in making it happen. Lots of great things to choose from and lots of fun choosing them with Tom.