Corina and David bring colour to castle living

31 May 2018

Your home is your castle, so the saying goes. Except for Corina Montgomery and David Lawrence, their home is exactly that… a castle set on a flat 7000 square metre site in Tamahere, just outside of Hamilton.

Painted in beautiful, bold Resene colour and styled after a grand French Country chateau, the home is filled with lavish interior details – including the 300-year old doors shipped out from France, lovingly restored over an eight-month period.

The home was a year in the planning and took another year to build, and features everything you’d expect from a castle – including a collection of stunning chandeliers.

Corina tells us more.

How did you decide on the overall look of the interiors?

Our philosophy was to provide a design that would bring together the iconic character and elegance of each space with practical luxury. There is a mix of vintage and new, allowing for memories and treasures brought home from our travels. We spent a lot of time looking for the perfect antiques to decorate the home but wanted it to look effortless. The decor is relaxed and reflects our personalities.

What part of the house are you happiest with?

The formal living room for its time-worn yet sophisticated style. We fell in love with the colour, textures and the inspiration which is truly French – from antique furniture to leather suites, chandeliers and the gilded mirrors. The colour works perfectly.

What is your advice for someone trying to achieve a similar look?

My advice is to always style with your heart and your passions. Don’t try too hard. The French adopt the same laissez-faire attitude towards interiors, as they do with their style.

What was the biggest challenge for this project?

Respecting French design in every element within the home.

Do you have a favourite colour, and if so why is it your favourite?

Resene Black Magic. This colour inspires longevity and true romance within the home.

Did you know… that no all blacks are created equal? Just like whites, there are many variations with all sorts of subtle twists in the Resene paint colour collections. Resene Black Magic is actually a deep warm brown. Check out the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection for more options.

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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Colour is king in this castle. The formal living room is painted in Resene Black Magic, Corina’s favourite colour, chosen for its elegant and romantic qualities.

pictures Jessica Judge

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The home is filled with antique pieces and treasured finds. The walls are painted in Resene Black Magic.

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The second living room is just as glamorous, also painted in Resene Black Magic.

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The castle features design elements that stay true to grand French Country style. The walls are painted in Resene Black Magic.

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Resene Templestone presents a softer colour for the master bedroom, while still in keeping with the strong colour palette.

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Resene Templestone continues into the ensuite. Corina loves the elegance and romanticism of the colour.

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The guest bedroom is warm and cosy, painted in Resene Viktor.

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The kitchen cupboards are painted in Resene Bali Hai. The kitchen floors are stained in Resene Concrete Stain tinted to Resene Autumn Leaves. Get the wall look with Resene Stinger.

blue, yellow, kitchen, blue kitchen cupboards, castle

The kitchen looks over the dining room area with its grand dining table and chairs. The kitchen cupboards are painted in Resene Bali Hai. The floor is stained in Resene Concrete Stain tinted to Resene Autumn Leaves. Get the wall look with Resene Stinger.

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Turrets are a traditional feature of castles. The homeowners included this turret in the design of theirs, turning it into an office area. The floor is stained in Resene Concrete Stain tinted to Resene Autumn Leaves. Get the wall look with Resene Stinger

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The castle is part of a 7000 square metre site, located in Tamahere, just outside of Hamilton.

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