Or­gan­is­ing your home — with style

This for­mer re­al­ity TV star knows all about the strug­gle to cre­ate or­der from chaos, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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At first glance you wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily con­sider me­men­tos and dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects com­pat­i­ble with an or­gan­ised home. But they are a key part of daily life for for­mer Housewives Of Mel­bourne re­al­ity TV star Chyka Kee­baugh.

A busi­ness­woman and events or­gan­iser, Chyka had a for­mer life as a styling ex­pert on Good Morn­ing Aus­tralia for four years and has be­come known for her eye for style.

Edi­tor-in-chief of her own on­line mag­a­zine, chyka.com, she loves homemak­ing and the chance to change things up for the sea­sons, and mov­ing fur­ni­ture around. And she can now add au­thor to her re­sume, with her new book Chyka Home re­leased next month.

The bare ne­ces­si­ties

For Chyka, home is all about fam­ily, which in­cludes her hus­band, Bruce, two adult chil­dren, BJ and Chessie, and their two dogs.

“I think if you’ve got a beau­ti­ful space to come home to it makes you feel re­ally good,” she says. “Peo­ple for­get how easy it is to do — it doesn’t have to cost a for­tune.

“Home is my sa­cred place, it’s some­where I just feel com­fort­able and feel safe and it’s re­ally im­por­tant to have my­self sur­rounded by things that are spe­cial.”

Piles of books and fresh flow­ers top the list, along with scented can­dles. “Fra­grance is so im­por­tant,” she says That also ex­tends to the kitchen. “I love the fridge be­ing full of beau­ti­ful food, so if some­one calls past, or if we want to make a de­li­cious pasta, it’s all there,” she says.

“I love know­ing things are easy and at hand. I know that ev­ery cor­ner of our house has a lit­tle vi­gnette or a spe­cial story to tell.”

Back to ba­sics

Key to a happy home is a well-or­gan­ised space.

For those strug­gling to get or­gan­ised while main­tain­ing a stylish look, Chyka sug­gests tak­ing ev­ery­thing back to ba­sics.

“Take ev­ery­thing off your couch, ev­ery­thing off your cof­fee ta­ble and then you slowly add,” she says. “Work out the colours you want.

“I think if you try and do too much too soon, you ac­tu­ally con­fuse your­self and you can get your­self into a mess.

“It’s a ‘slowly, slowly’ process. Cush­ions, throws, cof­fee ta­ble books, flow­ers, they’re the key in­gre­di­ents to make any­thing look ab­so­lutely gor­geous and beau­ti­ful.”

The road less trav­elled

If you’re look­ing to add some per­sonal touches to a space, Chyka says buy­ing some­thing spe­cial when you are away is a great way to hold on to the mem­o­ries.

“I think col­lec­tions of things are beau­ti­ful

be­cause they mean some­thing,” she says. “Our home is very eclec­tic and very lay­ered. I love so many dif­fer­ent styles — Bruce calls our home a house of knick-knacks, be­cause they’re ev­ery­where.

“They are all placed in the right way and it doesn’t feel clut­tered, be­cause there’s a pur­pose to it. I just love any­thing that’s beau­ti­ful, pretty and gor­geous.”

For Chyka, hav­ing a sense of or­gan­i­sa­tion within her home is im­por­tant.

“I’m an A-type per­son­al­ity, ev­ery­thing has to be per­fect,” she says. “I walk out the door and all beds are made, the wash­ing ma­chine’s on, so if some­one comes past, it’s ready.

“But it’s not ac­tu­ally for other peo­ple — it’s purely for my­self. If I’m or­gan­ised, then life’s or­gan­ised.”

A sense of or­der

If your space still doesn’t feel co­her­ent, Chyka says group­ing things ac­cord­ing to colour, shape or type is a good op­tion.

“I love clus­ter­ing but it’s all about mak­ing sure you’ve got a va­ri­ety of heights,” she says. “A glass dome is such an in­ex­pen­sive thing you can get from Ikea.

“You can fill it up with any­thing, it just gives you a cool look at a very in­ex­pen­sive price.”

Chyka says she also loves go­ing to mar­kets, bric-a-brac stores and the $2 shop.

“I walk in there and I’m gone, you can get such great things,” she says. “Go for things all one colour and you’ve got a re­ally strong look.”

Chyka Home by Chyka Kee­baugh, avail­able from April 1, Hardie Grant Books, $39.99

Home is all about fam­ily for Chyka Kee­baugh.

Chyka’s dress­ing room is her favourite space in the house be­cause ev­ery­thing is on dis­play and easy to ac­cess.

Bas­kets and jars are ideal ways to keep things or­gan­ised.

Pic­tures Lisa Atkin­son, Armelle Habib

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