STYLIST HOUSE CALL
With a budget of $1000, homes+ stylist Fiona brings warmth and colour to a much-used space.
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.”
SIMPLE BUT SMART
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