In NZ we are lucky to have such a diverse range of options to holiday. From the mountains, and forests to the sand and sea. As lovers of the outdoors and nature most NZ holiday home owners decorate to suit their environment.

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From the more basic or traditional crib or bach to high end luxurious holiday homes they are a place where you come relax and restore. You spend time with family or entertain friends, or enjoy sports not available in your home town. It’s your place away from the hustle of everyday life so it’s about creating an environment that is normally quite different to the norm of how you live.

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You can challenge the environment with creative design. Pole houses in the forest, products from local areas like timber and stone. The landscape reflecting in the design and using reference to surrounding shapes of the land it’s an opportunity to push the boundaries.

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Being practical is a must when you’re on holiday, it’s all about being less fussy than you would normally be at home. Bathrooms are perfect outdoors and these baths shower’s outside are perfect for stopping dirty or sandy bodies from entering the house and it’s the perfect way to connect with nature too. Easy access to the outdoors is a must if you want to keep things casual and this stylish holiday home has thought of everything with timber floors, plenty of storage for Logan & Mason towels and practical fittings to suit all ages. Also a reading room with cute square cushions draped with a Logan & Mason throw.

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What’s wonderful about old or traditional beach bach’s or crib’s is they come with a readymade character. Built from native timbers, or full of the relics of the past often the décor is inspired by the pieces or style of the bach.

The old surfboard makes a great bar area and is perfect for the beach side holiday home, a surf themed blackboard is a practical piece of art as well as somewhere the family can write its daily messages.

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For the avid crafters there are so many options for repurposing these days. Old pieces of furniture restored with a paint or recover. I love this clever carpet cut into a traditional maori tiki shape. The use of texture and colour to give personality whether it be a tonal colour theme or something that nods to the past it’s what makes it your own.

As a kiwi bach owner myself I have loved the opportunity to decorate my own 60 year old bach using character pieces, inexpensive materials and creative ideas to make it my own. What’s your ultimate bach?