DEC­O­RATE ON A BUD­GET

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh Find more spring in­spi­ra­tion at tem­ple­andweb­ster.com.au

IF YOU are one of those who think you can’t do much home dec­o­rat­ing with $100, think again.

Jes­sica Bellef, dec­o­ra­tor and stylist for Tem­ple & Web­ster, has trans­formed many homes on a shoestring bud­get.

She has cre­ated some spring-inspired looks to show that giv­ing your home a facelift doesn’t have to break the bank.

Some­times you just need a lit­tle “re­fresh” – such as a graphic throw or pil­low, sleek lamp or a chic me­tal­lic ac­cent piece, she says.

Bellef says that be­fore dol­lars are spent, it’s im­por­tant to start with a clean slate.

“I would take on a vig­or­ous de­clut­ter­ing and re­arrange­ment of my home,’’ she says.

“I will re­move pieces that don’t get used and sim­plify the colour and tex­ture pal­ette to cre­ate a space with flow and bal­ance. A spring home should be un­com­pli­cated and clut­ter free, with rooms that con­tain the per­fect bal­ance of func­tion and beauty.

“Sounds like an un­reach­able nir­vana, but you just need to ap­ply some strict edit­ing and let go.

“Freshly washed and vac­u­umed floor­ing make a huge dif­fer­ence.” Now back to that $100. Apart from paint­ing, Bellef says ac­ces­sories and green­ery add life.

“With my $100 I would buy a new in­door plant, a trail­ing philo­den­dron to drape on my shelves or a stre­litzia (bird of par­adise) in a pot on the floor,’’ she says.

“I would also look at buy­ing a few state­ment cush­ions to up­date the sofa. African mud cloth­in­spired prints in black and nat­u­ral on cot­ton are on my hit list.’’

Beauty on a bud­get – stylist Jes­sica Bellef says to achieve a spring re­vamp that won’t break the bud­get try po­si­tion­ing seats to face each other for a more invit­ing space (top), layer dif­fer­ent tex­tures for a lush bed­room (right) or add a bright piece like a coloured chair (left).

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