Pho­tog­ra­pher’s vi­sion trans­forms home on a shoestring

Flo­rian In­nerkofler shares the cost-sav­ing tips he used to spruce up his abode

Richmond Hill Post - - HOMES -

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.

SPEND WISELY

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.

AC­CES­SORIZE

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.

COL­LECT

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

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