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siblings of the series, Libby (29) and Ben Crawford (31) are the thinkers of the show. Creative, driven and highly
motivated, Libby is a senior designer at a Christchurch
advertising agency, and Ben is the marketing manager for youth at Tourism New Zealand.
and bred on a sheep farm in Edendale, Southland, this brother and sisters duo describe
themselves as best buddies and confidantes. They are very competitive and sporty
– Libby represented Canterbury
for netball and currently plays in the Christchurch Premier league for St
shares a renovated villa in Christchurch with
her boyfriend, while single Ben lives in his own apartment on Auckland’s city fringe.
pair describe their style as relaxed contemporary – they like a modern, but
lived-in look. They say sustainability is an important consideration and favour
using natural lighting, heating, and waste minimisation. Both like the Scandinavian
aesthetic, however Ben likes to mix things up using raw materials, such as
industrial concrete and steel.
say the most important room in the house is an open-plan kitchen and living
area, with the outdoors being a continuation of the living space. While Libby
says it has to be a great space for lazy weekends or entertaining, Ben likes
the idea of a good breakfast bar: “Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day
and there’s nothing better than eating it perched at the breakfast bar.”
is also a fan of up-cycling old furniture, mixing this with expensive light
fittings and fabrics.
if comes to renovation, Libby and Ben have some basic knowledge. Ben has “done
up” a couple of properties, and tried his hand at removing walls, changing the floor
plan, putting in a new kitchen, carpet, curtains, and painting inside and out, while
Libby has done more cosmetic renovations and crafts like making cushions and
graphic art pieces.
MOST FRIVOLOUSLY EXPENSIVE ITEM
“Travel - I racked up a debt of $15,000 that
took me a year to pay off. I didn’t want to come home, so I just put everything
on my credit card.”
“When I was living in London I spent $5,000 on a
weekend in Iceland
on the spur of the moment. I just felt like going to Iceland.”