Home is…

Artist and designer Leanne Culy of Homebase Collections’ abode has its own Insta account.

I’m one of those people who has moved around a lot, but I think I’ve finally found my home here in Hawke’s Bay. We’ve been here for 12 years now and feel pretty settled. In my perfect life, I’d live in a tree house. I feel most at home in a forest – something happens to me, I feel content and love the isolation. Balquhidder is far from a tree house, but I love that it’s private and surrounded by trees, garden and birds. We briefly thought about selling at one stage, so I set up an Instagram account for the house, thinking I’d document what it was like to live here through all seasons of the year. It made me see that this isn’t just a house – it’s become us. Our whole life and creative process is wrapped up in it and [its size] gives us incredible freedom to be creative. It’s both our home and workplace, but not a workplace that smothers you. A house also has to be comfortable – I can’t do perfect. This is a family home that we’ve all put ourselves into over the years; we like things to mean something, to be interesting, eclectic and have integrity.
For more beautiful glimpses, follow @balquhidder_house on Instagram.

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