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Bespoke Transformation for Blogger’s Brisbane Cottage

Geneva Vanderzeil, the brains behind DIY blog A Pair & A Spare, took on her biggest project yet when her and interior designer partner Ben decided to completely overhaul a 19th-century Queensland worker’s cottage. In just seven months, the ramshackle home was transformed into a completely new space, with a style that can be summed up as mid-century modern meets Bohemian.

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Colours used are Haymes Minimalist, Intimacy and Humas

Structurally, the couple chose to raise the once tiny home off the ground, allowing for a new second floor. This extra space has given the home an additional studio style apartment downstairs, complete with a workspace, two bedrooms and an extra bathroom.

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Colours used are Haymes Minimalist and Intimacy

The exterior of the house was given new life with a fresh coat of paint, with the couple opting for a classic black and white colour scheme using Haymes Intimacy and Haymes Minimalist, an ode to the heritage of the home.

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Colours used are Haymes Minimalist and Humas

Our favourite switch-up to the exterior was the bespoke front door. After stripping back six layers of the original paint, the door was finished with a dusty pink, specifically Haymes Humas, in a unique arc design. This simple but unique update perfectly contrasted against the original timber of the door, as well as the minimalistic exterior colour scheme.

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Colours used are Haymes Minimalist and Bay Berry

The completely renovated kitchen is a brilliant example of how clever thinking and a fresh lick of paint can be used to create a completely bespoke kitchen, that is neither difficult to achieve or too expensive. To spruce up the cabinet doors, Haymes Bay Berry was chosen as the new cabinet colour, and mid-century inspired doorknobs installed to give a completely new look and feel to the space. You can check out A Pair & A Spare’s instructions for painting your own kitchen cabinets here.

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Colours used are Haymes Minimalist and Bay Berry

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Colours used are Haymes Minimalist and Bay Berry

The kitchen runs into the light and breezy open-plan living room, a space that would be any plant or print lover’s dream. By mixing and matching various styles, colours and textiles, a space was created that embodies mid-century modern style with a bit of added personality. Haymes Minimalist was the perfect white backdrop to offset the eclectic styling, and Haymes Humas added to the room's character being used to freshen up a second-hand cabinet in a fun pink.

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Colours used are Haymes Minimalist and Humas

The outdoor dining space was the quintessential cherry on top of this Queensland cottage, a beautiful and versatile space for entertaining friends, relaxing with a good book, or soaking in the tropical sun. Haymes Minimalist paired against colourful textiles and organic materials gave the space a boho meets mid-century style, that is perfectly suited to the rest of the home.

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Colour used is Haymes Minimalist

If you want to read more about this incredible renovation or for some DIY tips of your own, head over to A Pair & A Spare here.

Photography by Geneva Vanderzeil
Styling by Geneva Vanderzeil
Design by Charlie & Rose