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The Pilkingtons used vintage finds, bright colours and retro patterns to restore and enhance the character of their bach in Waikuku

Gael Pilkington full-time mother, Wade Pilkington airline pilot, Georgia, 5, and Alexis, 4.

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From the moment?Gael Pilkington and her husbandpillow cases vintage, Wade, first spied the house five years ago, they’ve been careful to ensure each renovation decision is in keeping with their bach’s idiosyncratic character.?It is difficult to tie the house to a particular style or era but the overall effect is strangely harmonious.

Gael, a self-confessed hoarder and gatherer of all things vintage, has filled the bach with an equally random assortment of objects and furnishings, some of which were left behind?by the previous owners. “We bought this place lock, stock and two smoking barrels,” says Wade. “Gael has been putting her retro touch on it ever since.”

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Best lessons learned??When buying, follow your first instincts. If you love it, buy it and pay what they ask. As for decorating, an old house requires twice the time. Also, nothing is square – you have to trust your eye when hanging things.

What would you never do again?Install Pink Batts in a roof space on a 32°C day without enough skin protection.

Any DIY disasters?The very last nail went through some wiring and shorted the kitchen. The electrician who was called in discovered a lot of deficiencies and a total rewire was needed. An expensive day but a safer result.

Most memorable experience in the bach?All the family Christmases and holiday gatherings.

What would you change if you could?Restoring the painted-over sliding wooden windows to their former glory is on our wishlist.


The?Pilkingtons took?a low-key approach to their bach makeover.


To create?extra room for friends and family, Gael and Wade came up with a novel solution that stayed true to?the spirit of their bach – a caravan?now sits in the back garden and acts as a guest wing.


Wade, a keen surfer and kite-surfer, had been coming to the small coastal settlement of Waikuku, 30km north of Christchurch, for many years before he and Gael decided to purchase a holiday home there.


Gael’s father, a retired joiner, provided invaluable help with opening up the interior and improving the bach’s floor plan while maintaining the integrity of the original dwelling.


“We bought this place lock, stock and two smoking barrels. Gael has been putting her retro touch on it ever since”


All the furniture and accessories have been gifted, scavenged or handed down by the previous owners.



The bach’s eclectic style is the product of Gael’s eye for a vintage treasure.




The kitcehn has a slight flavour of the 1970s about it, with bold orange-and-red floral lino and a magenta benchtop.


Retro style is very much the order of the day at the Pilkington bach, which is decorated with lots of colourful crochet, vintage fabrics and natural wood.


By respecting their bach’;s innate Kiwiana character, the Pilkingtons have created an idyllic retreat.

Words?by: Ady Shannon. Photography by: Guy Frederick. Styling by:?Alexandra Weston.

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