Dec­o­rat­ing through the life stages

The Southland Times - - HOMED -


Your 20s is a decade for de­vel­op­ing your per­sonal style. This means tak­ing risks, ex­per­i­ment­ing and hav­ing fun with dec­o­rat­ing. ‘‘Hit the op-shops and pick up cute vases, planters or quirky pieces to add life and play­ful­ness to your space,’’ said Vic­to­ria Bibby of Bibby and Brady. ‘‘You’ll prob­a­bly be shar­ing a house with flat­mates, so a bright throw or vin­tage sari can dis­guise an old sofa, or dou­ble as wall art.’’

Welling­ton-based de­signer Brid­get Fo­ley said it’s worth­while to spend a lit­tle ex­tra on a great bed and beau­ti­ful bed­ding.

‘‘In a shared house your bed­room is the only space that’s just yours,’’ Bibby said.

‘‘Buy the best qual­ity bed you can af­ford and in­vest in a beau­ti­ful linen du­vet and sheet set.’’


As you enter your 30s, life of­ten be­comes more fam­ily-fo­cused and your home will start to re­flect this. ‘‘Loose cov­ered fur­ni­ture is a God­send,’’ Fo­ley said.

‘‘I have had white loose cov­ered fur­ni­ture since I have had chil­dren and they work re­ally well.

‘‘A friend said re­cently, ‘Buy fur­ni­ture your chil­dren will fight over,’ which I thought was a good point.’’

As your style ma­tures, you might be­gin to re­think a few of your ear­lier pur­chases.

‘‘Look around your home and be hon­est about what you love and get rid of what you don’t,’’ Bibby said.

‘‘Start in­vest­ing in in­ter­est­ing pieces that re­flect your style and, as pubs and clubs are re­placed with din­ner par­ties, a great din­ner set and glass­ware is es­sen­tial.’’


By the time you reach your 40s, it’s well and truly time to show­case your re­fined style and keep­sakes you’ve col­lected over the years.

‘‘Think lux­ury – state­ment art and fur­ni­ture pieces, that de­signer lamp you could never af­ford, a cash­mere throw to re­place your old cot­ton one,’’ Bibby said.

‘‘I would also rec­om­mend in­tro­duc­ing an­tique pieces.

‘‘They’re full of char­ac­ter, add a unique­ness, and can look amaz­ing mixed with more mod­ern pieces,’’ Bibby added.

‘‘You may be lucky enough to have in­her­ited pieces from fam­ily, which adds a rich his­tory and story to your home.’’

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