Photographer’s vision transforms home on a shoestring
Florian Innerkofler shares the cost-saving tips he used to spruce up his abode
Decorating my home is an ongoing work in progress. My wife, an interior designer, and myself, a photographer, are constantly adding artwork and accessories to our space. We are creative people who love to travel, and our main focus was to design a home that can be enjoyed by our kids and our friends.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously and have aimed to create an inclusive space where nothing is too precious or expensive that it can’t be enjoyed.
Adding personal touches is how I made our house in East York a home. This can be accomplished on a budget through reasonably priced art and accessories.
ART IS POWERFUL
If you are able to invest a little money in a piece of art, it can completely transform your space and act as a focal point and resource for both colour and style.
In our house, we have numerous photos and drawings covering our walls.
Each piece comes with a story. Even if I haven’t shot a photo myself, there are happy memories attached to every piece.
For example, my print of the Coney Island Wonder Wheel brings me back to one of my many magical New York summers.
My wife and I are art lovers, and we often gift each other photos and artwork to commemorate a special time.
MIX AND MATCH
A great way to save money and express your personal style while decorating is to mix the new with the old.
Invest in your main furniture and art, then add to it by mixing vintage and second-hand finds.
In our living room, we have a new steel and marble table, a midcentury-style sofa, two tall bookshelves and a pair of midcentury chairs we found on eBay, which we were able to revive with the help of our local upholsterer.
If you aren’t able to spend a ton of money to decorate your entire home, focus on a few key rooms.
We spent our money in decorating the rooms used for entertaining. In our house that’s the living and dining rooms.
The kids’ rooms are a fun mix of Ikea, West Elm and HomeSense.
As for artwork, our five-year-old has added personality by decorating her and our baby’s walls with her own masterpieces, bringing in colour and a sense of play.
Layering accessories adds warmth, texture, pattern and colour.
Watch your home come to life just by adding a few small key pieces. Seasonal tableware can spruce up a drab dining room, and throws, pillows and coffee table books will bring any living room back to life.
We travel a lot and always look for souvenirs to bring back for our home.
My family loves a good flea market, and we try to visit them whenever possible on holiday.
In Vienna, we found a market vendor with a beautiful sketch from an unknown artist. We purchased the drawing for one Euro, framed it, and it is now hanging in our living room!
So it really is possible to decorate on a budget. After all that money spent on furniture and renovations, most people don’t have much left for decor, but using these tips, you’ll be able to give your home some personality and warmth.
The Innerkoflers spent the most money decorating their living and dining rooms since that’s where they do their entertaining