STYLIST HOUSE CALL

homes+ stylist Fiona Mich­e­lon keeps within her $1000 bud­get to help a bright but bor­ing space reach its full de­sign po­ten­tial.

Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -

RACHELLE, HER

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.

WARM­ING UP

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.

THE VER­DICT

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.

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