ADD PERSONALITY WITH CLEVER TOUCHES
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,