STYLIST HOUSE CALL
homes+ stylist Fiona Michelon keeps within her $1000 budget to help a bright but boring space reach its full design potential.
fiancé and her daughter moved into their “forever” home about six months ago. “The house looks beautiful and has a great feel inside and out,” she says. But she admits the living room is “bare and unfinished”. Rachelle hopes to use this living space primarily for special occasions, but also for general relaxation. “It’s essentially a room for the adults to retreat to,” she says. “I can see myself sipping coffee and reading a book on the couch.” While homes+ stylist Fiona (far left) loved the oversized white sofas and bay window that floods the room with beautiful light, she felt the decor “lacked a bit of personality and warmth” and set out to bring the space in line with the rest of the home’s country provincial aesthetic.
The coffee table was a perfect focal point, but a little dark and foreboding, so Fiona lightened the mood with a white linen table runner. She added a tray featuring vases and candles of
varying heights and balanced the look with symmetrically placed books, giving the table a sophisticated style.
Fiona then filled out the room’s empty nooks with an elegant floor lamp and an indoor plant in a basket. Some lovely patterned and textured cushions broke up the blizzard of white on the sofas, while botanical prints add a pop of colour and interest to the wall.
Rachelle couldn’t be happier with the result. “I love the earthy tones and the overall inviting feel of the room,” she says. “It’s inspired me to want to style the whole house! It’s amazing what new items can do to the overall look. I’d like to continue the theme into other areas.”
AFTER Classic calm Accessories have brought this room to life, adding warmth and a personal touch. Habitat Nomad linen table runner in White, $19.95, from Pillow Talk. ON THE TABLE Bamboo tray, $10, from Kmart. Candle holder, $10, from Target. The Art of the Natural
Home, $39.99, from Dymocks.
BEFORE Barely there Though well-lit, the room was bare and flat.