Lisa Bur­dus

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When com­menc­ing a home de­sign project, start with a scaled fur­ni­ture lay­out, sug­gests in­te­rior de­signer Lisa Bur­dus. And in­clude rugs, art or fab­rics you want to keep — these can pro­vide clues on the di­rec­tion you should take. “I like to use a few ex­ist­ing pieces that peo­ple have brought with them along the way, whether it’s art or fur­ni­ture,” Lisa says. One of Lisa’s favourite dec­o­rat­ing de­vices is to use lamps. “They can trans­form a cor­ner as well as add am­bi­ence,” Lisa says. She also be­lieves in us­ing vin­tage pieces when pos­si­ble. “They add his­tory, soul and char­ac­ter to an oth­er­wise ‘new’ room. There is enough stuff on the planet al­ready, so why add to it?” The Vault in Syd­ney’s Rose­bery and Ly­die du Bray An­tiques in Brae­mar, NSW, are two of her favourite sources. Lisa’s top tip is to de­ter­mine your kitchen lay­out with a num­ber of key con­sid­er­a­tions “such as ac­cess for plumb­ing and elec­tric­ity, the best flow for work­ing in the space.” One of her favourite ad­di­tions to in­clude in a cook­ing zone, if space al­lows, is a kitchen ta­ble as well as an is­land. “It adds warmth, an­other tex­ture to the room and is prac­ti­cal,” she ex­plains. For fab­rics, Lisa rec­om­mends Tig­ger Hall Fab­rics. For floor­ing, she likes Tus­can Casina Sisal from In­ter­na­tional Floor­cov­er­ings Aus­tralia. “Floors are an im­por­tant el­e­ment and are al­ways con­sid­ered at the start, while wall colour I leave un­til last,” she says. “I choose all the other el­e­ments and then de­cide what colour or tex­ture is needed to bring it all to­gether.” For walls, Lisa rec­om­mends Du­lux Nat­u­ral White and Du­lux Beige Royal or Se­nate if you want to in­tro­duce colour. 0409 489 225; lis­abur­

CLOCK­WISE, FROM BE­LOW A bay win­dow with Wil­liam Mor­ris Wil­low Bough wall­pa­per is the per­fect spot for an an­tique ta­ble and chair from Ly­die du Bray; in­te­rior de­signer Lisa Bur­dus; a kitchen at Tur­ra­murra, Syd­ney in Du­lux Se­nate.

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