Michelle Halford, Evie Kemp and Dulux Colours of New Zealand

The stylists show how to use paint to bring the stories of your life into your interior.

In association with Dulux.

THE STYLIST Dulux colour ambassador Michelle Halford 

One of my favourite childhood books was about Opo the dolphin, who became famous in New Zealand in the mid-’50s for its antics in the small town of Ōpononi on the Hokianga Harbour. It’s a place that has stuck in my mind ever since, and one I’d love to visit. Located in Northland, this area is one of my family’s favourite local holiday destinations and home to some absolutely beautiful beaches. The Dulux colour Ōpononi Double reflects the white sand and giant dunes this area is known for, and was the ideal starting point for creating a calm sanctuary for relaxation and respite.

BACKDROP Walls in Dulux Ōpononi Double; floor and ledge in Dulux Midhirst; artwork in Dulux Marokopa Falls, MAIN IMAGE, FROM LEFT Dandy chair by Massproductions, POA, Serengeti rug by Armadillo & Co, $1785, Unreal sculpture, $229, Streamers Model C candleholders by Skultuna, from $222 each; Sake coffee table by Ariake, POA, Incense holders by Walk in the Park, $65 each; Houses Atelier AM book by Michael and Alexandra Misczynski, $165, Velvet Leaf sculpture, $129, Treasure storage box, $70; Loop candlestick, $70, Austere lamp by Trizo21, POA, Edit sofa, $7650, Clay forms and remaining books stylist’s own. ADDITIONAL ITEMS ABOVE Teapot, $121, and mug, $44, by Hasami Porcelain, 

Dulux Ōpononi Double, Dulux Midhirst, Dulux Marokopa FallsDulux Torere QuarterDulux Omarama Double, 

THE STYLIST Dulux colour ambassador Evie Kemp 

My palette encompasses the bays of Northland right down to Fiordland — so the whole country, basically! I took inspiration from the quintessential Kiwi pubs and hotels you find on your travels — where you can sit in front of an open fire with a glass of wine in hand and a blanket on your knee — and reinterpreted it into a contemporary scheme. The paints I’ve chosen (including Dulux Hurstmere Road in my artwork, in reference to the Auckland street that was my first real hangout spot when I moved to New Zealand at 15) combine to create a proudly local space that I hope inspires people to tell stories through Dulux colours in their own homes. 

BACKDROP Walls in Dulux Moeraki, Dulux Bland Bay and Dulux Homer Tunnel; floor in Dulux Martinborough, vintage cabinet in Dulux Moeraki, TOP, FROM LEFT Ida #1 tray by Ibride (on wall), $265, Vase by Lil Ceramics, from $250, Skulpt table, $149, Scalloway throw, $249, Fleur Nouveau Fuchsia cushion by Designers Guild, $375, Yellow Macro Stripe cushion by Rachel Carley Design, $349, Margaret sofa, $2199, Artwork, POA, Madras Link Mineral Velvet cushion, $75, Camelia rug, $1990, Elle Luxe ColumnCT coffee table, $4361, Confetti vessel, from $195, Margaret Howell Edition Anglepoise Type 75 lamp, $690, Books and large pink vessel stylist’s own. ADDITIONAL ITEMS ABOVE Vase by Lil Ceramics, from $250, Books and yellow vase stylist’s own. 

Dulux MoerakiDulux Martinborough, Dulux Homer TunnelDulux Bland BayDulux Hurstmere Road,

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Photography Melanie Jenkins 


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