STYLIST HOUSE CALL

With lit­tle more than $1000, homes+ stylist Fiona cre­ates a mod­ern and func­tional liv­ing area for one young fam­ily.

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Su­per stylist Fiona works her makeover magic on a dual-pur­pose liv­ing room.

THIS LARGE REAR ROOM in the Gladesville, Sydney, home of young par­ents Sarah and Michael, dou­bles as a fam­ily liv­ing room and play area for their son Pa­trick, 20 months. Although they are be­com­ing more con­fi­dent dec­o­ra­tors, the cou­ple weren’t sure how to make the space more in­ter­est­ing or sort out stor­age for Pa­trick’s toys.

“The room lacked a few things to com­plete it, es­pe­cially the play area,” says Sarah. “Although we wanted to make sure Pa­trick had his own space, it was be­com­ing over­crowded and messy.” To suit the rest of the house, Fiona worked on a Scan­di­na­vian/ vin­tage/retro feel, us­ing colours to go with the lounge (which was a wed­ding gift), floor rug and chair.

THE VER­DICT

The cou­ple are more than happy with their makeover. “Fiona helped com­bine the two spa­ces so they flow and fit to­gether,” says Sarah. “She also added in those lit­tle ex­tras that make the room feel more homely, like the side ta­bles and lamp, and made use of a pat­terned throw we al­ready had.”

Sarah is par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with how Fiona chose items other than framed pic­tures to break the big white wall, like the plant, the cus­tom-made macrame wall-hang­ing and the lamp. “I’d never have thought of the wall­hang­ing – but I love it! And it’s unique.”

The fam­ily’s favourite piece is the toy box. “Within sec­onds we can throw all the toys in there to trans­form the space from play­land to tidy liv­ing space for ev­ery­one to en­joy,” says Sarah.

Make an im­pact The wall-hang­ing adds in­ter­est to the space and uni­fies the room. af­ter Room re­freshed Ex­ist­ing pieces were en­hanced with just a few new pur­chases.

be­fore Help needed Sarah felt the space was messy and un­fin­ished.

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