Meet the Homed team
COLLEEN O'HANLON, HOMED EDITOR
Colleen's love for all things home started way back when as a child she made a shoebox into a doll's house complete with furnishings on a tiny scale. Since then she's moved on to a real house where the only doll's house in sight is in her daughter's room. Next stop on the renovation front is the kitchen - wish her luck.
SALLY DUGGAN, HOME DIRECTOR AND NZ HOUSE & GARDEN EDITOR
A fan of Mid-century design, Sally's launching into a major reno of a 1950s house on Auckland's North Shore.
She's got a squillion tear sheets and Pinterest images saved over years of working in the world of home interiors, which means it's damned hard making those final decor decisions on her own project.
COLLEEN HAWKES, HOMED SENIOR WRITER
Architecture and design have fascinated Colleen since she drew up her first house plan at the age of 10.
She is happiest checking out significant buildings on her travels, but is also content to chill out in her solid concrete 1920s house, which she will one day get around to redecorating.
That's assuming she can get her head out of a book.
ANABELA REA, HOMED REPORTER
Anabela is happiest when the mood is creative – whether it's curating décor, chatting to an artist or trying her hand at a bit of crafty DIY. When she's not writing, she's probably sewing a costume, playing music or daydreaming of a house in Spain. She loves strong style statements and has perspectives to match.
NATALIA DIDOVICH, HOMED REPORTER
Natalia's love for interiors developed when she was charged with decorating her new home after moving back to Auckland from Brisbane, Australia. Her 11-year stint across the ditch lead to her love of coastal-style homes and bright, quirky decor but also contributed to an unhealthy Ikea obsession. When she's not writing about dreamy homes and design trends, you'll find her scouring op-shops for a hidden gem or indulging in her other passion: horse riding.
BEA TAYLOR, HOMED WRITER/NZ HOUSE & GARDEN SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
Armed with the inspiration from writing and posting about amazing interiors, Bea was excited when she moved into her new place to make it look just as great. Here is where she learnt the lesson all homeowners we feature talk about: style does not come from buying the catalogue, but from curating a collection over time. So, she's working on it... gradually. Keep an eye out for DIY projects she'll be using to furnish it.
ROSEMARY BARRACLOUGH, NZ HOUSE & GARDEN ASSOCIATE EDITOR
After surviving a top-to-toe renovation of her Auckland bungalow last year, Rosemary says there's not much she doesn't know about kitchen benchtops, tiling and floor sanding. She's trying to forget the chilly memories of living without curtains all winter and cooking in the garage for months. "It's all worth it now though," she says.
CAROLINE BOTTING, HOMED WRITER / DEPUTY EDITOR NZ HOUSE & GARDEN MAGAZINE
Caroline's passion for interiors grew when she and her husband bought a bungalow in desperate need of renovation four years ago. Seeing such amazing local homes and interiors has meant there has been many plans for her own home improvement. The only problem, is with so much inspiration, these plans change almost daily.
JO MCCARROLL, NZ GARDENER EDITOR
Jo never met a plant she didn't like, and it shows in her Auckland garden where she's attempting to cram in still more vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, shrubs and flowers. She spends many happy hours bottling, preserving, pickling and fermenting her harvests and doesn't care that all her friends think that is weird.
MEI LENG WONG, NZ GARDENER DEPUTY EDITOR
When Mei Leng traded town for country, she had to "level up" on her gardening as she realised that a tidy vegetable patch in a concrete jungle is not the same as a would-be food forest on the edge of civilisation (who knew!).
Still, on the days when she spots the wild red deer from neighbouring bush jump the fences to nibble on the trees and shrubs in the paddocks, she is reminded of the importance and meaning of home and garden, and the reasons for the crazy trade up.
BARBARA SMITH, NZ GARDENER STAFF WRITER
With gardening parents and grandparents it was inevitable that Barbara would start a vegetable garden as soon as she had her own patch of dirt and a young family to feed. Nowadays she crams far too many plants into a townhouse garden and dreams of living the good life in the country.