One occupational hazard of travelling the country – and the world – with his band Fat Freddy’s Drop, says Scott Towers, is that you’re always finding amazing places you’d like to live.
“We’d visited Hawke’s Bay a number of times, and I’d brought the family on tour here at least twice,” says the saxophonist. “So I wasn’t surprised when my wife fell in love with the region and proposed we move there.”
Scott and his wife Fiona, along with their son Salvador, made the shift from Auckland in 2016, purchasing a 1920s stucco farmhouse on a couple of acres of land. “There was lots to love about the property – masses of space, which we quickly filled up with sheep, chickens, two dogs and a cat – but there was definitely work to be done, both inside and out.”
Shades of grey
First on the hit list? Stripping out the worn carpet, tired wallpaper and changing the interior colour scheme. “One room was painted in a shade I can only describe as a bit like margarine, another was a deep lavender. It just wasn’t our taste,” says Scott.
A keen handyman and DIYer who says his skills have been passed down from his father Neale, Scott hit the Hastings Resene ColorShop almost immediately.
“We started with the sitting room. It’s quite a formal area with a beautiful timber window seat, and we wanted to retain the original features, but cosy it up and make it a place we could lounge in in winter.”
However, Scott says he and Fiona made a huge error of judgement. “We picked a grey from a Resene colour swatch and I prepped and painted the room. But as soon as it was done, we just knew it wasn’t right. It had made the room so lifeless and cold – like walking into a giant refrigerator.”
Luckily, the couple had a friend working in interior design, so they got her to take a look. “It was a lesson in remembering to ask for help when you need it,” Scott says with a laugh. “She immediately knew what grey we should have chosen. So, it was back to Resene to pick up a few litres of Resene Inside Back.
“It’s actually incredible to see the impact a slightly different shade can make to a room,” Scott adds. “Our lounge was transformed into a place that’s snug and inviting, using nothing but colour.”