Flea Market Décor

BRING­ING OUT BOHO

From white walls and wood floors to rat­tan and eth­nic prints, home­owner An­to­nia Kiddy let her bo­hemian style grad­u­ally take over her home.

- By An­abelle Grundy Interior Design

This home­owner let Bo­hemian style grad­u­ally in­fuse her home.

“WE’VE HAD OUR L-SHAPED SOFA FOR­EVER, and I’d love to re­place it in time, but it’s super comfy and fits into the beau­ti­ful bay win­dow per­fectly,” says An­to­nia. “I have lots of cush­ions and wash­able throws and quilts to cover it, so it’s prac­ti­cal and works fine for now.”

PROJECT HOUSES CAN BE A FUN CHAL­LENGE,

but when you’re not pre­pared for the work ahead, it can be daunt­ing ini­tially. When An­to­nia Kiddy first stepped into the home her hus­band, Sam, had bought for them six years prior, she was shocked at the state of the in­te­rior. “I’d never ac­tu­ally been in­side the house be­fore, but when I came in for the first time, I just cried,” she says. “The whole in­te­rior was just so dated and tired, from the shag-pile car­pets and flow­ery wall­pa­pers to the gloomy kitchen and av­o­cado bath­room suite—it all had to go!”

Hav­ing just got­ten mar­ried, they had lit­tle spare money, and Sam was work­ing, but An­to­nia took some time off, and with her mom and un­cle help­ing, they got to work. They stripped off the thick, paint-cov­ered wall­pa­pers and pulled up the old car­pets, find­ing beau­ti­ful, well-pre­served wooden floors un­der­neath. The in­te­rior has slowly evolved as their bud­get al­lowed. A few years ago they re­placed the kitchen and knocked through the din­ing room, which made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence. “My style is very laid-back, and I’m al­ways up for a bargain buy or a quick-fix so­lu­tion,” says An­to­nia. “I love that ’70s boho feel, but I’m not re­ally into trends. Travel has al­ways been our pas­sion, and al­most ev­ery­thing here is sec­ond­hand or a sou­venir from one of our trips.”

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 ??  ?? BE­SIDES PAINT­ING the fire­place and sur­round white, An­to­nia hung up a big, up­cy­cled mir­ror to boost light and the feel­ing of space in the liv­ing room. House plants are an­other fea­ture of her home. “We’re quite out­doorsy, and I love hav­ing green­ery in­side too,” she says.
BE­SIDES PAINT­ING the fire­place and sur­round white, An­to­nia hung up a big, up­cy­cled mir­ror to boost light and the feel­ing of space in the liv­ing room. House plants are an­other fea­ture of her home. “We’re quite out­doorsy, and I love hav­ing green­ery in­side too,” she says.
 ??  ?? AN­TO­NIA GAVE her up­hol­stered chair a swift facelift with fabric spray, “Af­ter a few years the yel­low fabric was look­ing quite grubby, so I just sprayed it dark gray and added the cush­ion and throw,” she says. “It’s like a new chair.”
AN­TO­NIA GAVE her up­hol­stered chair a swift facelift with fabric spray, “Af­ter a few years the yel­low fabric was look­ing quite grubby, so I just sprayed it dark gray and added the cush­ion and throw,” she says. “It’s like a new chair.”
 ??  ?? A DURABLE, re­cy­cled plas­tic out­door rug from Cuck­ooland picks up the soft green of the kitchen wall tiles and breaks up the floor. “We treated our­selves to un­der­floor heat­ing in here, as part of the ma­jor kitchen re­fit,” says An­to­nia. “It’s such a lux­ury!”
A DURABLE, re­cy­cled plas­tic out­door rug from Cuck­ooland picks up the soft green of the kitchen wall tiles and breaks up the floor. “We treated our­selves to un­der­floor heat­ing in here, as part of the ma­jor kitchen re­fit,” says An­to­nia. “It’s such a lux­ury!”

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