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Shelley Down of clothing label Beiged says her interior is the calming yin to life’s yang.

I live at the beach in Paraparaumu with my husband Corey and our sons Mason and Beau, in a house we’ve been slowly renovating since we bought it seven years ago. We saw such potential in it and I loved the idea of turning a run-down bach into a beautiful modern home, so I trusted my vision.
My interior style is minimal, neutral and practical. I’ve really thought about everything I’ve brought into our home. Some of the extra-special things include our concrete kitchen benches. They were made by Corey and his father, and every time I use them I’m reminded of their dedication — it was such an act of love. Another thing that brings me joy is the mirror my granny paid to be custom-made for our living area. A family friend sourced the timber and built the frame, and my dad helped to assemble it.

A ritual we practise at home is one of gratitude through communication. Over dinner every night, we each say what our favourite part of the day was and something that made us happy and sad. We’ve been doing this since Mason could talk and I find it so valuable. It’s now so ingrained in the kids that even when we travel or are at someone else’s house for dinner, they still practise it, welcoming others into our daily ritual.
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