At my place: 'Kmart meets Disneyland' at Bella Henry's
Paul Henry's daughter Bella Henry talks to us about the central west Auckland brick home she lives in with her boyfriend Julyan Collett.
The TV3 hair and make-up artist has an obsession with all things Disney and it began when her father took to the Californian theme park as a child.
"I fell in love and started collecting Disney treasures," she says. "I've had to compromise my Disney taste living with my boyfriend and left most of these treasures in storage, however, I must always have my Disney princess mirror with me, which I keep on my dresser."
Describe your house in two sentences:
The exterior may is traditional classic brick house. Inside, we have renovated and created a clean, bright space.
Describe your style in three words:
Ikea meets Kmart at Disneyland.
Where is your home and who lives there with you?
Out west with my boyfriend [Julyan Collett].
First thing you do when you get home each day:
Kick off my shoes, chuck on the slow cooker and settle down to a movie. Because I wake up in the middle of the night for work it's important to be able to come home to a nice space for down time during the day.
Best new buy:
My new condensation remover ... no more soggy newspaper.
Proudest DIY moment:
I just changed around the spare rooms... about as DIY as I get. Pretty lucky I have a handy man in my life!
Favourite spot to relax:
I'm most relaxed when playing around with makeup so I've devoted a corner of my room to this.
Best kept secret about the area you live in:
The good lolly selection at the local dairy and the cheapest fish and chips.
Best money I ever spent on the house:
All the little things that make my house a home: new grey rugs, plants and candles are my faves.
Favourite way of entertaining:
Whip up a new slow cooker meal, canapes and good wine at mine.
Best kitchen tool and why:
Slow cooker... as above.
I can't live without:
Board games... [they're] always there when the power's off.
Favourite piece of furniture:
My navy couch. I was sceptical when my boyfriend wanted to move it in as it takes up half the lounge, however, I have grown to love it and often find myself falling asleep on it.
Favourite artwork or family treasure:
When I was younger my father took me to Disneyland. I fell in love and started collecting Disney treasures. I've had to compromise my Disney taste living with my boyfriend and left most of these treasures in storage, however, I must always have my Disney princess mirror with me, which I keep on my dresser.
Favourite household appliance:
Vacuum cleaner... in 15 minutes the house looks like new.
One thing I'd like to change around my house:
My house is perfect for me at the moment. There's plenty of space for me to continue to clutter.
What's your signature dish:
My special satay sauce which I like to pair with Vietnamese spring rolls.
What's your quickest dinner idea:
Hmmm apart from takeaways...pita pizza, pita bread, tomato paste, salami and chesse in the oven. Bam!
How do you feel about unannounced guests:
Out west if you're not expecting guests ... you don't answer the door.
Shoes on or off:
My boyfriend's work boots and any type of high heel off (due to beautiful wooden floors).
Favourite/least favourite household chore:
I hate cleaning the shower and taking out the rubbish. These are chores I try to make my boyfriend do.
Flowers that are given to me.
Favourite colour combination:
Currently for my house navy, mint green and white.