Lee Sinclair has been a part of our creative family here at C&B for many years. We have enjoyed seeing her grow as an artist and take on new adventures. It was a thrill to see that she was interviewed by Homes To Love and able to show us all the full extent of her creativity. Looking around Lee's home is such a wonderful and insightful experience, we can see her personality and unique sense of style in every room.
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After a year of fruitless searching for the perfect character home, Lee and Peter found a new-build with all the trappings of a villa but without the drawbacks of older homes.
“I was particularly drawn to villas, with their unique character and timeless style,” remembers Lee. “Unfortunately all the ones we viewed were either too small, built the wrong way around, lacked sun or needed major attention. When this one appeared, we were immediately attracted to it.”
Built by Mike Greer Homes, the house has the characteristics of a classic villa while also being a warm, dry and low-maintenance family home. “It gets a ton of sun which is super-important to us. It is beautifully warm in winter and has great indoor-outdoor flow,” says Lee. “The higher ceiling gives it a grand feel, and the beautifully thought-out kitchen, with plenty of hidden storage, is the heart of the home.”
Nestled within the thriving community of Rangiora, the house is a hop and a skip to Lee’s childhood home, and the Sinclair-Butchers are surrounded by family and friends. “There’s a great community feel here,” says Lee.
The home was swiftly transformed thanks to Lee’s confidence with colour and design, and Peter’s handyman skills. Practical elements such as extra storage space and built-in furniture were designed by the couple, and Lee found she had the space to create a home studio, which has proved essential with a new baby.
“I work from my little home studio/converted bedroom,” says Lee. “It is within earshot of Jack’s room when he is napping and is perfect for a quick design or admin session. I’ve kept it light and bright, and Pete painted the entire wall with magnetic paint so I can pin up current collections, inspiration or anything I please.”