A former banker has revealed how she has left the daily grind to create her home inspired by Hamptons – and has shared her tips and tricks on how you can do it.
Winnie Chin, from the Gold Coast, told FEMAIL that she had recently completed the renovation of her dream home – adding thousands of dollars in value.
& # 39; I moved to the Gold Coast two years ago after giving up a career in banking & # 39 ;, the 41-year-old told FEMAIL.
& # 39; I decided that I wanted to live and find something that I was passionate about when I came across both the house and the sale of my favorite furniture store, Found on ferry& # 39;
A former banker revealed how she stopped the daily grind to create her home inspired by Hamptons – and shared her tips and tricks on how to do it (entrance pictured after)
Winnie Chin, from the Gold Coast, told FEMAIL that she had recently completed the renovation of her dream home – adding thousands of dollars in value (pictured outside)
Winnie moved to the Gold Coast two years ago when she bought both the house (the entrance in the photo above) and a furniture store, Found On Ferry
Winnie said she had both bought and said she had taken on the renovation of the old-fashioned seven-bedroom house.
Winnie (photo) stopped banking because she said she wanted to live more fully
Two years later it is the image of the classic chic of Hamptons, with its sleek white design and light and clear finishes.
So how did Winnie transform the expired old building?
The first thing she thought of was the layout.
& # 39; Given the layout of a home is crucial for any renovation & # 39 ;, Winnie told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; Today's lifestyle is so different from when older houses were built. & # 39;
Of course, Winnie said she started her & # 39; dream kitchen & # 39; – making them & # 39; a few walls & # 39; had to overthrow, which helped with opening and making the space more integrated.
& # 39; I changed half of the formal dining room into a pantry and the other half into a light study room, & # 39; she said.
Before she started, Winnie said she was considering the layout of the existing house and what she could do with it (kitchen in the photo)
Refurbishing the kitchen meant they & # 39; a few walls & # 39; had to demolish, which helped with opening and making the space more integrated (photo on the right)
After the structural work in the house was completed, it was all about paint and cosmetic finishes – Winnie changed the color scheme of the entire house to flattering white and gray (photo)
After the structural work in the house was completed, it was all about paint and cosmetic finishes.
What is paneling?
* Paneling is a broader term that refers to decorative paneling that has been used for centuries as: a) a wall accent; b) insulation and; c) to prevent (and cover) damage to walls.
* It is usually made of wood and covers the bottom three or four feet of an interior wall.
& # 39; Even changing the color scheme of the walls to a simple light gray and white changed the house, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; The paneling gives you that Hamptons wow factor, and you can certainly do that yourself to save some money on labor. & # 39;
Winnie said she continued her color scheme throughout the house – in the bathroom and kitchen as well as in the living room.
& # 39; The use of patterns in floor tiles, mudguards and blinds adds interest to a room and also gives it a classic Hamptons look & # 39 ;, she said.
Winnie said she continued her color scheme throughout the house – in the bathroom and the kitchen, as well as in the living rooms (bathroom pictured earlier)
"The use of patterns in the floor tiles, splash screen and blinds adds interest to a room and also gives it a classic Hamptons look," she said (bathroom pictured after)
When it came to splashing and saving, Winnie revealed that there are areas where you have to spend money – and others where you can cut back.
& # 39; We jumped on top of the range of appliances and an Italian farm sinks and faucets for the kitchen early in the reno, & # 39; Winnie said.
& # 39; In the end there was probably not much difference between the IKEA sink and faucet we have in the wash, which was 1/3 of the price. & # 39;
After learning this, Winnie said that her best advice is that you get refurbished lately during a renovation – so you know exactly what you have left in your budget.
However, she saved a lot of money by doing odd jobs.
& # 39; There is as much as possible to do – such as painting, changing the plinth, paneling and so on, & # 39; she said.
When it comes to splashing and saving, Winnie said she recommends you make the biggest purchases towards the end – so you can see how you keep track of your budget (photo on the kitchen)
Winnie added that stores like IKEA also contain surprisingly stylish home items that can help determine how stylish your home looks (walk in the photo on the right)
Winnie added that stores like IKEA also contain surprisingly stylish home items, which can help determine how stylish your home looks.
& # 39; Even it surprises me to say apart from my custom kitchen cabinets and vanity we have converted from a buffet, all our cabinets including our entire laundry / mud room, main wardrobe, vanity units were all from IKEA, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Not because of the price, but because they fit in with the Hamptons style and what we were looking for. & # 39;
Winnie also found a lot of her furniture and home accessories from her own store, Found On Ferry.
& # 39; I literally walked around the store for half an hour, I selected all my favorite pieces, and all the interior was finished in one day & # 39 ;, Winnie said.
Winnie also found much of her furniture and home decorations from her own store, Found On Ferry, where she only spent half an hour to make a lot of it (photo on the photo on the right)
What are Winnie & # 39; s tips for performing a Hamptons renovation with a limited budget?
* Keep is simple and consistent throughout the house. You can add extra personality to the interior.
* Resist the temptation to change everything, so it's like a Pinterest photo.
* Work with what you have and consider making it a function.
* Use the correct traditions.
* Stay with your budget.
* Do not rush into a renovation before you have done your homework and received quotes.
* Receive a fixed rate instead of an hourly rate.
* Consider the layout of your home before you even get started.
* Paint can really transform a house. Use it well to make it look more expensive.
* Create as much as possible yourself.
* Do not buy stores such as IKEA, which can have very stylish items for a fraction of the price.
About her tips for others who want to do a Hamptons renovation, the 41-year-old said the most important thing is to find & style a style that you love and stick to it & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Keep it simple and consistent throughout the house, & # 39; she said. & # 39; You can add extra personality to the device. & # 39;
Winnie also recommends that you work with what you have and resist the temptation to change everything to make it look like a Pinterest photo & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I had always imagined that the Hamptons style was completely white, and when my house had all the black window and door frames, I decided to make a function of it instead of spending unnecessary money changing it & # 39;
She said she used black accents in both her devices and door handles, and kept the existing black iron railings of the stairs.
Finally, Winnie said that while a Hamptons house requires plantation shutters because they are so pricey that it is worth being selective and considering alternatives.
& # 39; We have discovered that there is a better selection for blinds with so many more designs and patterns to choose from, & she said.
& # 39; With ready-made curtains and curtains you also save a bucket. & # 39;
Winnie said it's important to use the right traditions and keep your budget:
& # 39; Do not rush into a renovation before you get quotes and do your homework, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; As the first time renovator, I wanted to get started so much that I trusted enough to go every hour. Bad idea!
& # 39; Locking in costs that you are familiar with and leaving extra for the unplanned. & # 39;
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