Late last year the first home that we renovated was featured in the Stuff Homed magazine, before we sold and moved to Hawkes Bay. As part of the feature, I was asked to write down a few of my “home styling tips”. Here’s what I said…
My Home Styling Tips
Start with the basics
Start out with key functional pieces that will be with you for the long haul. Things like a dining table, dresser, couch, desk. Choose simple, quality and timeless pieces.
In with the old
When you’re in the market for furniture or home decor, don’t just think about buying new. Antiques, heirlooms and op-shop finds are beautiful ways of adding elements of interest and sentiment to your home. Pieces with “stories” always make a house feel more like a home.
Play around with furniture, soft furnishings and trinkets to find a happy medium between stark minimalism and clutter. Cosy compilations add character, but be careful not to overwhelm the senses with too much. It’s a fine balance.
Use linen, wool, sheepskin and woven textiles. Add pottery and porcelain to your accessories. If you’ve got a tonally “quiet” colour palette, textural elements will make a space feel inviting and full of character as opposed to slick and cold.
Trust your gut
There are so many home-styling ‘dos and don’ts’ but these seem to change as trends come and go. While ‘rules’ can be helpful, ultimately you’ve got to go with your instinct. After all, it’s your home. Style it whichever way brings you the most joyful living.
Photo & words by Emma Sage