Wed, May 22, 2024 12:20 PM

My Home


Tessa Jaine

After spending several years living in Wellington and Melbourne, honing her floristry skills, Bianca Nardella has settled back in her hometown, Blenheim. Bianca has opened her own floristry studio, Dirt Floral, and found a charming cottage to call home.

Photos: Richard Briggs

Where is your home and how long have you lived here?

The first home I bought was in Springlands. How’s this for a story - it was actually the house in front of me now! I was chatting to my neighbour over the fence who mentioned she was selling. I had always been obsessed with this house and ended up finding a buyer for my home and moving into hers just a few weeks later.

Bianca enjoying the garden at her home in Springlands.

What four words would you use to describe your home?

Eclectic, yet familiar. Light and warm.

What’s your decorating style?

To me, style is more than just an outward appearance it's a reflection of my inner self. My style captures different facets of my personality. I draw inspiration from various sources to create a style that feels authentic and unique to me.

What inspired this look?

My father was an expert antique dealer, and my mother was an interior designer. I grew up in character homes which has influenced my mix of modern, vintage and timeless.

Bianca was influenced by her parents, growing up in character homes with a mix of vintage and modern pieces.

What piece would you never part with?

My bedside tables, which originally belonged to my late father from the Art Nouveau era. They have incredible marbling stacked atop a rich dark wood, and you’ll never find them without at least one arrangement of flowers.

When it comes to homeware, do you save or splurge?

I’ll always splurge on a quality item and refrain from keeping up with the latest trends. You’d be amazed what you can find at the local antique store or opshops it's far more rewarding than settling for something cheap and convenient.

Light pours through the original corner windows of the character home.

What’s your favourite spot in the house?

My bedroom, on a sun-drenched afternoon, with the French doors open and overlooking my garden.

What is one thing you would change about your home if you could?

While she’s got great bones, she could definitely use a little face lift with the curtains, carpet and an update of the ensuite.

The Art Nouveau style bedside tables are from Bianca’s father, they’re pieces she would never part with.

What should every home have?

Flowers! They’re such an easy way to transform or add character to a space.

What do you love most about your garden?

The established trees, as well as the many beautiful fruit trees. I love coming home to what feels like a secret garden. My cat Ross loves it, he thinks it’s his kingdom, and we’re just living in it.

A chair on the deck overlooks Bianca’s beloved vegetable garden.

Where is your favourite place in your garden?

My vegetable garden. It may look wild and overgrown but it’s forever growing the best produce. There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own vegetables which means I’ve put lots of my Nonna’s old family recipes to work.

Best memory in your home?

New Year's Eve just gone was a hoot… I love hosting dinner parties and cooking! Friends just sprawling out on the lawn and deck in the summer. Can’t beat it.

Bianca loves to support local artists; a photograph by Jim Tannock hangs above a Lily May ceramic vase.
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