DECORATE ON A BUDGET
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).