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I love to com­bine fur­ni­ture pieces from dif­fer­ent eras and cul­tures

with quirky de­signs, pops of colour, rich tex­tures and sump­tu­ous flo­ral pat­terns. – Belinda

Belinda and Joe are keen out­door en­thu­si­asts and they love to travel. “Over the years, we’ve col­lected pieces of fur­ni­ture, art and mem­o­ra­bilia from all the places we’ve vis­ited,” says Belinda. “I know that if I love some­thing, I’ll find a place for it. Our home has be­come lay­ered with all our pre­cious things.”

Belinda is also pas­sion­ate about flow­ers and af­ter many years in the ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try, she now runs a flower-ar­rang­ing busi­ness, Bella Flow­ers, from home. “The world of flow­ers has be­come my cre­ative out­let,” she says. No won­der then that their house boasts an abun­dance of flow­ers and fo­liage.

Colour­ful ar­range­ments and pot­ted plants bring the space to life and part of the ap­peal is the un­usual ves­sels Belinda uses to dis­play them. “For me, flow­ers are mes­sen­gers of joy and in­spi­ra­tion,” she says. “Flow­ers ex­press what we can­not – with grace and beauty.”

Belinda’s flair is not lim­ited to flow­ers – her cre­ative touch is vis­i­ble through­out the house. Fea­ture walls, for ex­am­ple, are painted with splashes of rich colour, which in­stantly cre­ates in­ter­est. “I love darker colours on selected walls – I find it adds def­i­ni­tion and makes things pop. I also love us­ing black in dé­cor; it’s ground­ing and adds in­tegrity.” >>

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