With a bud­get of $1000, homes+ stylist Fiona brings warmth and colour to a much-used space.

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Su­per stylist Fiona cre­ates a cosy co­coon with tac­tile tex­tures and me­tal­lic touches.

DIG­I­TAL ME­DIA PRO­DUCER Al­li­son bought her com­pact, in­ner-city two-bed­room flat four years ago, and shares it with her res­cue cat, Bil­lie. Built in the 1980s, the flat had been up­dated not long be­fore she moved in, so lit­tle has been done to it since. Al­li­son ad­mits styling isn’t one of her strengths. “I re­ally strug­gle to see how dif­fer­ent tex­tures, colours and shapes come to­gether, so I bought the ba­sics and that was it,” she says.

Al­li­son’s liv­ing space was a blank can­vas that just needed some love and per­son­al­ity added. Her black and white art­work left the room feel­ing a bit cold and empty. And the sofa, cof­fee ta­ble and din­ing chairs needed to be com­ple­mented with some more con­tem­po­rary items. “I was also in des­per­ate need of a proper, adult din­ing ta­ble,” Al­li­son says. “I was mak­ing do with a tiny one – which was not the best look when peo­ple came over for din­ner.”


To cre­ate Al­li­son’s dream of a light, airy look with the ad­di­tion of a touch of colour, Fiona brought in high­lights of pink and green to match the fun cush­ions Al­li­son al­ready owned. The large art­work of­fers a fem­i­nine feel and is big enough to suit the large chaise sofa. Fiona’s use of a jute rug and char­ac­ter cush­ions added some much-needed tex­ture to the space and the lighter colours helped brighten the room, while the new din­ing ta­ble can cater for a crowd, or just a few.


Al­li­son is thrilled with the new-look space. “I love how wel­com­ing and homely it feels while still look­ing re­ally pretty. Ev­ery­thing works to­gether – from the cush­ions to the art,” she says. “And I love how Fiona used the pink and green colours in the cush­ions I al­ready had to tie ev­ery­thing in.”

Her favourite item is the din­ing ta­ble. “It ex­tends out, so is re­ally prac­ti­cal for when peo­ple come over. I also love my lamp; I wanted a lit­tle bit of me­tal­lic in the room and this works per­fectly with­out be­ing too over the top.” And while Al­li­son would never have thought of com­bin­ing the dif­fer­ent sizes and tex­tures of the cush­ions, she loves the mix. “Tex­ture is my new best friend!”

“Sierra” print, 59.4cm x 84.1cm, $139.95, from Art Club Con­cept. Whis­per leatherette cush­ion, $49, from Ur­ban Road. Suma throw in Nat­u­ral, $79.95, from Linen House. Rouge Ibis floor lamp in Cop­per, $139, from Bun­nings. Bjursta ex­tendible ta­ble in Oak Veneer, $199, from Ikea. Fid­dle leaf fig, $94, from Bun­nings. Tall vase in White, $10, from Tar­get. Rug Cul­ture Tor­tuga round jute rug in White, 120cm, $89.95, from Zanui. AF­TER

A bit bland

Bare and life­less, this room needed per­son­al­ity. BE­FORE

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