LUCY’S SHOP & STYLE TIPS
REMEMBER TO BARGAIN
Whether shopping at an antiques store or online, don’t forget to ask for a discount, especially if buying in bulk. We negotiated a discount and free delivery for our appliances, all bought from Appliances Online.
KNOW WHEN TO SPEND MONEY
Certain household items should be quality buys. For us, that was bedding and our sofa, as we relax on them for long periods of time.
FIND THE DISCOUNTS
We bought through Facebook groups, Gumtree and eBay and tracked down great shopping sites as well. We paid $79.99 instead of $329 for queen size quality bed linen from The Home.
PHONE A FRIEND
A lot of our goodies (especially unique and decorative items) were sourced by asking if friends had anything they were considering throwing out or selling. We collected things we would never have found otherwise.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS
Plants make any house feel like a home, especially a holiday rental. If you’re not able to water them often choose plants that need minimal maintenance. And instead of buying flowers use what you have from the garden. Sprigs of herbs smell delicious.
COVER ALL BASES
Equip your kitchen with enough matching crockery and utensils for preparing meals, but don’t fill every cupboard. Cater for all ages too, with board games, books and a few toys.
THE BIG PICTURE
Consider the overall feel of the rental and think of it as a “curated” space. You might not love every item, but they work together as a whole. Instagram: @blackheathartistcottage
Heritage Rhythm porcelain china 12-piece dinner set, $149.95, from Myer. 2. Tailor premium porcelain mug in Super White, $15 for set of 4, from Myer. 3. Behagfull 24-piece cutlery set, $49, from Ikea. 4. Salt & Pepper cuvee high ball tumbler, $44.95 for set of 6, red wine glass, $59.95 for set of 6, and old-fashioned tumbler, $44.95 for set of 6, all from Temple & Webster. 5. Rosenapel queen quilt cover set with four pillowcases in White, $39.99, from Ikea. 6. Maddox acrylic throw in Natural, $49.95, from Harvey Norman. 7. Sony ICF-C1 FM/AM clock radio in White, $48, from Harvey Norman. 8. 1000 thread count cotton sateen queen sheet set in White, $89, from Target. 9. Morgan & Finch Conran Bale towel set (two bath towels and two hand towels) in White, $89.95, from Bed Bath N’ Table.
Don’t give up on old taps – they may just need a good clean.