STYLE & DECORATE
You can have sublimely stylish spaces that are super practical, too. Here are some top tips on how to do it.
Inspiration plus! Here’s how to create beautiful, practical and functional spaces in your home. You’ll love these looks!
COSY PASTEL LAYER IT UP
The living room is for relaxing and, in winter, snuggling up on the couch, and to make the space welcoming a dreamy pastel colour palette is the way to go. For extra cosiness, layer the space with touchy-feely textures like linen, wool and faux fur and you’ll never want to leave.
Whitewash Bricks wallpaper, $160 per 10m roll, from Milton & King. Mix and Match Carson suspension pendant cords in White, 180cm, $24.95 each, and Origami Sphere pendant shade in White, $99, and Teardrop pendant shade in White, $129, from Freedom. Sophie 3-seat sofa in Light Grey Weave, $1699.01, from Life Interiors. Glimmer throw in Shell Pink, $89.95, and Haze cushion in Mist, $39.95, from Linen House. Mercer + Reid “Reefton” cushion in Pearl Pink, $69.95, and Painters Splash cushion in Pink, $49.95, from Adairs.
SOFT SCANDI NICE & NEUTRAL
Scandi style is all about light and airy spaces, incorporating clean lines with texture and adding a touch of wood.
Norråker bench in White Birch, $99, stool, $39.99, and Lakheden pendant light, $39.99, from Ikea. Books from Opus Design. ON BENCH Icelandic sheepskin rug in Natural White, $219, from Hides Of Excellence. ON STOOL Cosmos flowers, from Sinead Ambrose Florist. Speckle oversize tumbler in White, $29, from Zakkia. Ivrig glass, $1.99, from Ikea. ON BED Similar available: Home Republic “Soho” quilt cover set, $209.95 for king, and Vintage washed-linen long cushion in Charcoal, $59.95, from Adairs. ON WALLS Porter’s Paints French Wash paint in Mist, $43.22 for 1L. Divided Beauty wall art, $89.95, from Art Club Concept. Mossebo frame in Oak Effect, $34.99 and Lack wall shelf in White, $49.99, from Ikea. ON SHELF Love Wins print, $24.95, and Hummingbird print, $14.95, from Olive Et Oriel. Mossebo frames in Oak Effect, $9.99 for medium, and $6.99 for small, from Ikea. Marble bowl, $44.95, from Opus Design. Stila Colour Balm lipstick, $35, from Mecca Cosmetica. Speckle container in White, $69, and Speckle bowl in Seagrass, $25, from Zakkia. Willis Top Bar sunglasses, $14.95, from Rubi Shoes. ON FLOOR Tequila heels, $15, from Rubi Shoes. Amalia chunky weave wool rug in White (2.25m x 1.55m), $399, from Zanui. Sommar concrete candle, $55, from Zakkia.
A benchseat or armchair and some artwork can transform an empty corner in an instant.
Storage doesn’t always have to mean bulky and ugly. The sleek lines in this living space means storage is not only functional but is great to look at, too.
Vittsjo shelving unit in Black/Bown, $129, from Ikea. ON SHELVES Books from Opus Design and Nathan + Jac. Cement-base lamp, $10, Mini metal pot stand, $2, and Chalkboard pot, $2, from Kmart. Bladis boxes, $19.99 for 4, and similar available: Fejka artificial plant, $3.99, from Ikea. Jonny skull, $29.95, from Design Twins. Concrete diamond, $19, from Zakkia. Maidenhair fern, from Flower Power.
Copenhagen 2.5-seat leather sofa in Charme Russett, $3399, Mayson coffee table, $599, and Kobe floor light, $279, from Freedom. Strelitzia nicolii plant, $110, from Garden Life. ON WALL Milton & King “Soft White Bricks” wallpaper, $160 per 10m roll, from Natty & Polly. Bestå shelf units in Lappviken Black/Brown, $180 each, from Ikea. ON SHELF UNITS Jake Stollery Are print, $120, from Signed & Numbered, in Ribba frame, $29.99, Ikea. Bladis box, $19.99 for 4, from Ikea. Book from Opus Design. Concrete diamond, $19, from Zakkia. Nothing print, $119.95, from Blacklist Store, in Marietorp frame in Black, Ikea. ON SOFA Icelandic sheepskin rug, $229, from Hides Of Excellence. ON COFFEE TABLE Book from Nathan + Jac. Concrete house, $15, from Zakkia. Willis Top Bar sunglasses, $14.95, from Rubi Shoes. Bladis box, $19.99 for 4, and Irvig glass, $1.99, from Ikea. Concrete plant pot, $3, from Kmart. Hoya plant, from Flower Power. ON FLOOR Cowhide rug in Champagne, $450, from NSW Leather Co. Braided baskets, $105 for 3, from Zakkia. Home Republic vintage washed-linen throw, $119.95, from Adairs.
ENTRYWAY OH-SO ORGANISED
The entryway of your home is the first thing you and your guests see when walking in the front door, so a tidy, organised space – that’s also good looking – is a must! An unobtrusive console table is the best place to start, then up the storage factor with baskets, shelves, hooks or even a ladder-cum-coatrack. A chalkboard wall or pinboard makes leaving last-minute notes a breeze.
Mayson console, $599, from Freedom. Decorative bamboo ladder, $25, from Kmart. Drum storage stool, $149, from Life Interiors. Hanging flower pot in Brass, $70, from Clickon Furniture. Brass hanging planters, $39 each, from Life Interiors. Fern Buckler hanging baskets, $228 for 4, from Florabelle. ON CONSOLE Concrete round tray in Black, $49, and Hammered brass bowl, $35, from Zakkia. Suede tassel keyring, $12.95, from Sportsgirl. Honefoss mirror, $29.99 for 10, from Ikea. The Round sunglasses, $15, from Supré. Mushroom table lamp, $129, from Freedom. ON LADDER Natural Instincts scarf, $24.95, and Monique vintage sling bag, $29.95, from Sportsgirl. ON WALL Annie Sloan chalk paint in Provence, $59.95 for 1L. ON FLOOR Silva storage boxes, $29.95 each, from Freedom. Chuck Taylor sneakers, $120, from Converse. Blue Skies panama hat, $39.95, and Serena pocket tote bag, $59.95, from Sportsgirl. Geo doorstop, $79, from West Elm. Flower Weave Camellia hemp rug, $320, from Life Interiors.
To soften occasional chairs like this wicker one, pair with a faux-fur throw or sheepskin. Pendants in sculptural shapes look striking hung together. Bar carts aren’t just for drinkware – they’re great little storage and display options for small spaces. You can use anything as a side table, like a stack of mags. Get creative! Create a coffee table vignette with books, vessels and plants at different heights. Choose colours to suit your palette. A rug can totally change the feel of a space. Choose a size that fits under both feet of the sofa and extends past the armchairs.
Uashamama oversized metallic bag in Platino, $64, and Jeeves trolley in Muted Clay, $299, from Life Interiors. Joe fedora, $165, from San Francisco Hat Company. Mim pouch, $69.95, from Mimco. Pomona sunglasses, $39.95, from Cancer Council. Echeveria jar, $22.95, from Rogue. Terrarium, $7, from Kmart. Pot in Peach Tingle, $15, from Hello Polly. Plants from Bunnings.
Mercer + Reid “Reefton” cushion in Pearl Pink, $69.95, from Adairs. Souk wool rug (2.44m x 3.05m), $1299, from West Elm. Rådviken armchair, $249, and Ludde sheepskin, $79, from Ikea.
Bastian coffee table in Natural, $199.95, from Zanui. Marble cross, $9, from Kmart. Fredrik pot in Blush, $29 for small, from Life Interiors. Echeveria jar , $22.95, from Rogue. Books from Title Store.
Column cacti with dipped pot, $299.95, from Rogue. See Concept glasses, $49.95, from Title Store. Doris stool, $129.95, from Life Interiors. Asteroid deco object in Gold, $39.95, from Freedom.
A textured paint finish like this concrete look from Porter’s Paints adds interest to otherwise plain walls. Make a girly “dressing” area by placing a soft sheepskin over a blonde timber bench – perfect for doing up tricky heels. An inexpensive shelf from Ikea adds some smart above-bed storage for trinkets and displaying art. A stool as a bedside table not only saves money but forces you to be minimal with your belongings, which is what Scandi is all about.
For an ambient glow, hang a singular sculptural pendant light. White = Scandi A light timber frame ties in with the furniture and complements the concrete-look wall.
Search the garden for fresh florals for your bedside. They will make you sleep sweetly.
Throw in some geometricpatterned bedlinen for a contemporary edge to the Scandi look.
Oversized industrial lighting adds an infusion of cool into any living space.
Use baskets to store extra blankets and cushions for those nights you end up cuddling on the couch.
Slimline storage units can also double as room dividers in open-plan spaces or studio apartments. Have your own shelfie moment by leaning artwork and your favourite books on top of a shelf unit or console. Anything you don’t want to be seen can be hidden inside.
Greenery is a welcoming sight in an entryway and helps to make a great first impression. Hang a couple of planters in an empty corner for a fun feature. Add a stool – one with storage is a bonus – for a place to sit and put on/take off your shoes. Chalk paint comes in a variety of colours and is handy when you need to leave a note on the way out the front door. Don’t forget milk! Baskets are ideal for storing bags, shoes and hats out of the way. Use a ladder for stashing coats and accessories – also great for renters so there are no holes in the wall.