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Our columnist talks us through the new Hamptons-style Landmark Homes Bay of Plenty show home in Omokoroa.

PHOTO SALINA GALVAN

After months of hard work, we’ll be ready to unveil our new show home in Omokoroa in the new year.

I get so excited talking about it – I call this show home my ‘baby’. There were times during the design process, I came to Logan with an ‘out there’ idea and he shook his head and laughed but, if it was something I really wanted to do, I made it happen. I’m stubborn like that. And, I have to say, the end result is pretty magical.

When we first went out to look at the development (Harbour Ridge) earlier this year, I instantly fell in love. Omokoroa has a beautiful, coastal vibe and is a bit of a hot-spot at the moment. It’s got something for everyone: my 95-year-old grandmother likes having fish and chips at the boat club, and Logan and I love going out there with the kids on Sundays for walks and ice creams. Now our weekend drive consists of checking on the show home, too.

People know Landmark for our two-storey homes, so it was only fitting for this build to follow suit. Plus, we had to maximise the view – we’re located on the highest point of the ridge looking out to the harbour and Matakana Island. The scenery is incredible.

This show home has quite a different style to our show home on Edgecumbe Road in Tauranga. It’s traditional in the sense it’s a Linea weatherboard home, but contemporary due to its fresh ‘Hamptons’ look. Think white, white, white – from the roof to the interior to the curtains.

If you asked me to whip up an anatomy drawing, I could do it in a heartbeat, but sketching house plans isn’t my strong suit – so my inspiration for the design started with Pinterest! Even as a nurse, I was very creative. I’d always have several mood boards on the go, so now being able to share this passion with clients while helping them to design their dream home is so rewarding.

Speaking of dream homes, the new show home is a reflection of my love for little details. From the fireplaces (both inside and out) to the walk-in linen cupboard (very Landmark) to the powder room’s feature tile wall, there are some subtle yet significant ‘wow’ factors.

The kitchen, dining and living area is one big room, which has the most stunning high raked ceiling for extra space and luxury. Glass around the front door lets you peek down the wide gallery hallway and through to the garden on the other side. Inside the front door, to your left, there’s the most beautiful wooden balustrade going up to the top level.

It’s hard to choose, but I think the upstairs en suite is my favourite room in the house. It has a large shower with a gorgeous marble-effect tiled floor. When designing show homes, we like to include both standard and upgraded products, to give people an idea of what they could have (like a standard vanity with custom brass handles). It’s all about options.

If you get the chance to come out, Logan and I would love to take you through the new show home. It will be open seven days a week from early January, so why not load up the kids and make a day of it? I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.