You can have sub­limely stylish spa­ces that are su­per prac­ti­cal, too. Here are some top tips on how to do it.

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Inspiration plus! Here’s how to cre­ate beau­ti­ful, prac­ti­cal and func­tional spa­ces in your home. You’ll love these looks!


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.


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.


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.

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