QUICK TIPS

ADD PER­SON­AL­ITY WITH CLEVER TOUCHES

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Al­bu­lario

RENT­ING is no bar­rier to putting your own stamp on a home — just look at Margo Reed’s per­son­al­i­ty­plus pad in South Bondi.

“It was a very plain white box with zero char­ac­ter,” Reed says of the two-bed­room ’70s apart­ment that she moved into five years ago.

But as head of de­sign ser­vices at styling, de­sign and re­tail busi­ness The De­sign Hunter, it didn’t take her long to turn the bland space into the per­fect beach haven.

“The usual chal­lenges of rent­ing came up — hav­ing to use the bones of the place, which may not par­tic­u­larly suit your style,” Reed says.

In her case, this meant charm­less car­pet and lino, util­i­tar­ian light­ing and a dated kitchen and bath­room.

It did come with redeem­ing fea­tures, in­clud­ing large east-fac­ing win­dows that wel­come lots of light and sea breezes, plus glimpses of the ocean be­tween Bondi and Ta­ma­rama.

Reed couldn’t help but dream up

Use rugs to cover any unattrac­tive floor­ing and to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween zones within a liv­ing area.

Lamps and fairy lights are an easy way to take the fo­cus away from harsh ceil­ing light­ing.

Deck­ing squares are a quick, re­mov­able fix for dated out­door tiles and paving.

Over-sized art­work and wall hang­ings will cover up bad paint­work and give the home a fin­ished look.

Hang sheer cur­tains on rods fixed with ad­he­sive hooks to soften the space. big plans for the place, es­pe­cially up­dat­ing the orig­i­nal kitchen and bath­room, al­though she has set­tled for more tem­po­rary so­lu­tions.

Linen cur­tains help to soften the win­dows, while shelv­ing units that show­case pretty ar­range­ments add vis­ual in­ter­est.

A lounge room rug and cro­chet seagrass mat un­der the din­ing ta­ble help to break up the ex­panse of white car­pet, while art­works,

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