Real Home Series – Creative Comfort

Kasia Stanicich

What most girls will call a dream is the home and workspace of an entrepreneur, social media – Girl Boss Kasia Stanicich.

We’ve been watching Kasias journey for a few years as she’s gone from strength to strength so when we saw she had given her studio a facelift we asked if we could have a look! On the top floor of her family home is a dedicated space for Kas to create content and have clients over where she creates magic as a Makeup Artist. Her style is evident throughout the space, it’s both calming and glam – the perfect space for a client to feel pampered.

  • Kasia Stanicich
  • Oversized Mirror
  • Makeup Room
  • Kasia Stanicich

Tell us about yourself

Well, I’m Kas.. ha. I’m a full-time freelancer that dabbles in a bit of everything. I started with Makeup Artistry and have slowly built my blog and online space as well as offering content creation to local and international brands.

  • Kasia Stanicich
  • Kasia Stanicich
  • Kasia Stanicich

What is this space used for?

On the trend of ‘a bit of everything’ this space is a studio for my makeup clients as well as a home office for the weekdays. It’s pretty much where I spend 90% of my time, and it means I have a little creative hub right outside my bedroom.

  • Oversize mirror
  • Home work space

What was your vision for the space?

I just wanted to be able to do anything. I wanted to constantly be able to change and update colours/details based on what I’m loving, so I kept most of the fixtures white or natural shades. Right now, you’ll see I’m into a bit of gold- lol. I also wanted it to be a warm and welcoming space, so made sure to add soft furnishings and lots of seating! I can literally sit ANYWHERE.

  • Chairs
  • Kasia Stanicich

Where do you pull design ideas from?

To be honest, a lot of the fixtures were designed just based of what was in the budget- I’m lucky my Dad is a builder by trade and my brother is a joinery apprentice so the main feature (a la huge makeup storage) was designed and built by them to fit what I could afford. Once we found that was going to be all white I just started searching high and low on Pinterest for decorative aspects and a lot of those included some design books – which are proudly displayed around the room. You’ll see major inspiration for this room in the pages of those.

Kasia Stanicich

What’s your favourite feature or item?

While I’d love to say my makeup desk, it’s definitely all the gold. Look I’m not perfect and they aren’t all matching shades but they make everything look pretty and luxe and add a little glam.

  • Dried Flowers
  • Kasia Stanicich
  • Dried Flowers
  • Kasia Stanicich

Your go-to brands for this space?

Oh PAPIER HQ. I couldn’t thank Gabby enough for all the work she’s done to help me decorate with her prints. The walls were so plain until she worked her magic and she helped me pair pieces I already owned with some newbies that reflected my branding, style and the room itself. And of course the gold frames from Spotlight! So good right?!

Papier HQ

What’s next?

I’ve got a HUGE space to fill next to the mirror that my dad and I DIY’ed (and I want to be totally millennial and get a neon sign) and then just adding personal touches to what’s already here. Ideally, I’d love to repaint the walls, they’ve got a green tinge to them right now which makes client photos almost impossible sometimes. Plus I’d love to replace the blinds with something less… black. They were perfect for the original use of this space (my brother’s gaming room) but I’m all light and bright now! Then I’ve just got a lot of ‘bulking’ to do with accessories- including more coffee table books. I need a whole library of things.


You’ll find me at…..
Lifestyle Instagram – @kasiaastanicich
Website – 
MUA Instagram – @kasiastanicichmakeup


Real Home Series – Villa Revived

Avon Villa Kitchen

This real home has been a 5-year labour of love for an Oamaru based shearer, extensively restoring and reconfiguring a 1909 villa to its former glory with a few modern twists. Perched on a hill, blanketed with period villas that reflect the towns rich shipping history, this beauty has a view that very few have the luxury of having from their own home. We take you through a grand project in it’s partially renovated state that sparked our attention on Instagram @Avonvillaoamaru as Cameron shares the story of his Oamaru villa restoration project.

Cameron is in the process of removing all the plaster from the exterior and unearthing the stunning detail that was hidden years ago. He’s changed the floor plan in places and removed all wall linings to fully insulate the house. The proof is in the pudding when it comes to the detailing. Take note of things like stained glass, window pannelling, the lighting as Cameron has bought back the character that was once stripped from his home.

Who Lives here?

Currently just the wardrobes and a few paint cans, however, 28 year – old Cameron Nimmo, a sheep shearer from Oamaru and his Grey Hound have plans to move in over the next year as the reno comes closer to being livable.

The style & year of the home and why they chose it

Cameron always wanted a character home, the high ceilings, grand spaces and wanted a project that I could put his mark on. Location was a huge deciding factor, being a country boy the main roads and hustle and bustle of cities didn’t really speak to him so where better than the hills of Oamaru?!

The vision Cameron has for his home

Keeping with the age of the house is always front of mind when beginning any part of the reno and to restore what had been ‘modernised’ over the years so things like the plaster on the exterior needed removing, the floor plan needed to change to move the kitchen and bathroom. Anything new going in has to look like it could have fitted in originally. Antique auctions have been great for picking up great furniture pieces and also trademe for second-hand house parts. Cameron has plans to live in this house so that vision is important.

What made you renovate?

For insurance reasons, Cameron had to remove and reline the walls as they were all scrim. The Reno was a must for that reason and also to bring his vision to life. While the walls are off it’s the ideal time to upgrade everything but also inspired the removal of the plaster on the exterior of the house, revealing for the most part – weatherboards in good condition so a HUGE job but worth it. It would have been quicker to build new and possibly cheaper but that wasn’t something Cameron was interested in because there is something satisfying giving this place a new lease of life.

The original renovation was never planned to be at this scale (hence why it has taken longer) but Cameron has ensured that he keeps true to craftsmanship and does his best by the house.

Where do you draw styling inspiration from?

Walking through the renovation with Cameron, it soon becomes apparent that he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to character homes. Drawing inspiration from older homes in the UK and heavily influenced by a teacher he worked with on a gap year in South Africa who introduced him to William Morris and all his designs. Cameron also turns to Pinterest and Instagram to plan and inspire his projects.

Down the hall, antique lights hang from the 3.4m ceilings that Cameron acquired from local auctions and he has quite the collection of furnishings that compliment the grandness of the aesthetic ready to unveil when the renovation is finished. The Kitchen which is a Pinterest dream come true has a beautiful tap sourced from Perrin & Rowe the brass lights he worked with the team at Design Federation to find and the cabinetry also includes a fully integrated Dishdrawer by Fisher & Paykel.

Any regrets?

“I don’t think I have any regrets, but if I was to do a similar project again it would definitely be a quicker process”. You learn a lot when renovating DIY, especially when doing a project of this scale. Cameron has learned a lot about old houses and the best thing is that they are not perfect, nothing is straight and it really shouldn’t have to be. It all tells a story and gives the house character.u

Oamaru House
Avon Villa

Favourite things about your home?

For Cameron the house is his labour of love, so he’d be lying if it wasn’t the whole project as it’s coming together nicely. The Kitchen painted in Resene double Foundry and crafted by a local joiner is very clearly a statement but the new flow of the house after knocking down a few walls and changing the floor plan avoids separate spaces like original villas had. The kitchen and living now flow and the spaces are going to be more liveable now making the function of the home more enjoyable.

Where everything is from:

Wallpaper Wallpaper direct
Paint by resene Black white on cieling and trims, Double foundry in kitchen and doors, exterior is Karen Walker periclacial Bluewith black white and tapa for the bottom trim detailing and Grey Friars for the roof.
Joiner – Rycole Joinery
Tiling and stone work – Nehoff precision
Kitchen lights and curtains (TBC) – Design federation
Kitchen flooring – Flooring xtra

Real Home Series – 1960’s boho botanic bliss

Eclectic shelving

Opening the doors to her 1960’s home in Mairehau, Stacey Weaver takes us through the house she’s made a home. From the dried flowers in her kitchen to the most peaceful workspace that leads to a private garden, this home is truly a piece of art created by one creative lady!

Who lives here?

Stacey Weaver a 32-year-old Girl Boss, self-employed, photographer and creator of botanic art print, accessory and homewares brand Just South West, her boyfriend Lance and her gorgeous little grey cat called Blue. Stacey is an art lover through and through and it’s fair to say her home is a true reflection of that passion.

What style/year is the home and why they chose it

It’s a cute butter yellow 1960’s weatherboard house surrounded by a brick fence and gardens that Stacey has been nursing into her own botanical bliss. The house had a lot going for it, the central location, generous room size, beautiful french doors that she pictured opening onto the deck that’s now built, it was in Stacey’s price range and she could immediately see the value in a DIY renovation and moving on with some money in her pocket to do it all again.

The vision Stacey has for her home

Being a photographer and lover of all things art, light and bright is important for her houseplants to flourish. A marriage of modern boho within a traditional shell for the styling with a clean colour palette for re-sale.

What made you renovate?

When renovating, Stacey keeps in mind that this home is her first, she has been mindfull of renovating spaces that improve the homes function and flow. The deck was a must because it increases the floor plan and theres nothing better than basking in the sun with a few G&T’s.

Where do you draw styling inspiration from?

Stacey worked at a local homewares store, Copper + Pink, her time here obsessing with eye candy and art influenced a lot of the styling. Pieces in the home have been purchased mostly second hand via trademe, eco store, garage sales. In fact, only three items of furniture in her house have been bought brand new. (a sofa, her desk and bed) and collected since 2010. The amazing art she has on display is mostly gifted or swapped with friends in the industry. The eclectic mix of pieces come from a love of New York Lofts and their styling.

Any regrets?

Being organised helps with having no regrets, although Stacey wishes she used more expensive wood for the long shelves in the dining room but was trying to do on the cheap!

Favourite things about your home?

The first thing I purchased for my home were paper shades, so my oversized shade in my bedroom. Sitting on my new deck in the sunshine. And the little pockets of dried flowers hanging in the dining / kitchen.