Real Housewives star Michelle Blanchard causes a stir in first episode
How the other half live and play - Real Housewives of Auckland star Michelle Blanchard created the biggest stir in the new reality series that aired on TV3 last night.
Blanchard, who has just completed a $7 million-plus revamp of the country home she owns with husband Dave, caused "life stylist" and model Angela Stone to break down in tears with one little faux pas.
Blanchard appeared to play the villain when she asked Stone if she was a "plus size" model, ouch.
It's clear the star is not one to mind too much about others' feelings, and she is pretty upfront about her assets, too.
The couple's house, already known as the "party house" before they moved in, continues to live up to its name. But it's undergone massive changes since the couple moved in.
Dave Blanchard told NZ House & Garden that although he admired the home's bones, there is now little left of the original structure. "We've spent well over $7 million on it."
"Let's just put it this way: It should have been demo'd," Michelle says.
The former model and fashion merchandiser for Ralph Lauren worked with Trinity Interior Design on the renovation, and now does some consulting work for them. Her love of black and gold is evident throughout the house.
"It's opulent, it marries well together, it's warm, it's luxurious and it's easy. Most of my jewellery is black and gold."
The couple say it's the luxe detailing of the home that's helped create the international feel they desired.
"We haven't held back. We could have put white tiles [in the entranceway] and it still would have been a cool space, but nope ... forty grand's worth of travertine on the floor instead. We wanted wow in every room," says Dave.