I am a renovator but just like you I’ve got a bit of a flair for making rooms look beautiful in my eyes. And I’ve worked with a lot of property stylists who have been styling my properties and there are lots of tips and tricks that they use to really get a great look. And most of them are really cost-effective and they’re things that we can be doing.
Hello everyone! So I noticed on a comment the other day, actually Kathleen said she mentioned she was giving some advice on someone’s styling and suggested that we should do.. She actually said a podcast and I agree with her and we probably will get something together but I thought probably not a bad idea to jump in and do something on this today.
Now I just want to really clarify I am not a property stylist, I am a renovator but just like you I’ve got a bit of a flair for making rooms look beautiful in my eyes so I’m qualified there. And I’ve worked with a lot of property stylists who have been styling my properties and there are lots of tips and tricks that they use to really get a great look. And most of them are really cost-effective and they’re things that we can be doing and certainly for my projects. Most of my projects I style myself. If I’ve got something that requires the purchase of furniture where it’s not economical to then obviously I do use stylists and so I certainly pick up a lot of tricks along the way. So I have thoughts, I guess the inspiration from some of the local stylists and I’ve got seven tips to share with you today.
1. The Bed
Now the first one is the one that actually started this all off, which is what Kathleen mentioned and so it’s in terms of having a bed look like it’s been professionally styled. And it’s basically how you fold back the doona to create like a sausage across the middle of the bed. And what that does is it gives the bedding more depth, makes the bed look much more professional, and also shows off the sheets because you’ll make a bed with beautiful sheets but then you can’t see them. I really like this look, I think it definitely adds a level of professionalism and this particular image came from Coco Republic. You can see that they’ve got lots of cushions on, which we also do when styling property because that just adds to the lushness of it. And my husband complains about the number of cushions on our bed, which I’m sure you’ve heard that complaint before but this bed is not going to be slept in so you can go to town on it.
The other thing to notice here, which I really love – this is a look the Three Birds use a lot, it’s the sheepskin or that’s a Mongolian sheep skin over the stool. Just, you know casually lying over the stool definitely adds to the professionalism of the presentation.
2. Feather Cushions
So the next one is to use feather cushions. Now, unfortunately my darling son who is vegan has really ruined this for me because he told me that I shouldn’t be buying feather cushions because most of them come from China. And the feathers are very inhumanely sought but fortunately I had quite a good stock of them which I had bought from IKEA but they do have a much nicer, plumper look and of course there’s the good old karate chop in the middle which has become a really common way to present them. Like always I’m in a bit of a quandary with how with the types of cushions because looking too matchy-matchy is not you know it’s not a thing these days so really going for some variation in your cushions and not being to match your symmetrical is a preferred look. This image is compliments of Furnish and Finish, they’re a styling company on the northern beaches and it looks lovely.
As I said IKEA have a big range of other cushions you can get them from you know as big as 65 centimetres square and rectangular ones down to, I think the smallest is around 30 or 35 and very reasonably priced.
3. The Throw
So another styling tip that most of the professional stylists use is that they literally throw the throw, don’t arrange it neatly but because it looks more lived in, which is you know part of what we’re trying to do – “lived in but not lived in”. With our styling we do want the property to look like it came straight out of a magazine. We also want to I guess sell the dream that this is what your life’s going to be like when you’re living in this beautiful home. This image is from Spatial Property Styling who operate around us actually.
4. Candle In The Cloche
Okay, this is a really good little tip that you see around a lot and that’s the candle in the cloche. Now the cloche is
the glass container that sort of cover that goes over anything but just by putting a candle covering up with the glass cover just adds a level of professionalism and just makes it look a bit more special. And you don’t have to just with candles, there’s lots of things. I’ve often used an organic looking ornament or a piece of coral, so coral’s very in and I actually bought a selection of these from Kathleen. Actually in one of her garage sales I’ve got a few and they make quite a handy little piece to have and use in your styling. You find that I’m sure a lot of the stylists that collect their own furniture have these tried and trusted things that they bring out with every job. So the cloche is to cover a candle or a plant or a piece of coral or something small and that you can make a feature out of.
5. Vignette In A Tray
Now another great tip and this also comes from Kathleen from Twisted Lime is to make a vignette or create a vignette in a tray or here it’s a basket. Basically, the whole thing creates a focus for a table or a sideboard or a coffee table. And it gives it cohesion because it’s all contained in the tray so quite a clever idea. When you’re grouping things on a table you want to stick to groups of 3 if possible because 3 is an odd number and it seems to look the most appealing. The other thing and this is from Emma Blomfield who is also a property stylist, that you want to think about the size and the bulk of the item. So varying that so you can see here that the pineapple is quite plump and big, the coral is smaller and more compact, and then you’ve got a completely different shape with the book So they all seem to work together really well but if they’re all too much the same size, same shape it just wouldn’t work so well. So really varying that.
6. Use Foliage
Okay so another thing that I see a quite a lot and this is from Bowerbird. Bowerbird do a heap of styling in our area in fact this week’s podcast I interviewed Tim, one of our students and he just recently renovated and sold an apartment and he actually used Bowerbird in his styling. And what they do, they don’t use flowers or anything they just use some greenery foliage and it can be as simple as a vase with just one leaf in it. Now from a maintenance point of view that is so much easier because when you put flowers, like fresh flowers in a property I don’t know what it is that about a property that’s not got anyone living there but they just die really quickly.
Another tip that I learned from a student was like if I put flowers in there I’ll go in after the open and wrap them up in cling wrap and put them in the fridge so that they keep. Otherwise you’re spending quite a lot of money on flowers through the course of the campaign. But just having plain foliage, this is great for Airbnb hosts too so if you’re wanting it, it just makes a difference having something living. There’s a big move away from fake plants. I actually don’t really use fake plants much these days, we try and go for real if we can. And this is a great way of having something that’s a contrasting colour, and it’s living and it just makes a difference and it’s dead easy to do. So interesting really simple white vase with the dark green foliage. Maximum contrast against the white background.
7A. Vignette On A Cutting Board
This is a variation on the tray idea. Once again from Kathleen at Twisted Lime. So basically what she’s got here is a cutting board that she’s done the same thing. So you can see, a pretty simple arrangement that is actually a vase of flowers there but it wouldn’t fit on the slide but just some mineral water, an ornament like an artichoke/ a China artichoke and a bowl of pink salt and that’s it. But once again it contains and creates a vignette, which is a nice finish and you get more impact if it’s grouped together rather than separated.
7B. Use Books As Props
This is my lucky last tip, and this image is from Kontrast Interiors and they’re a Perth company. And this is a stack of books, so really really simple.So they’ve put a plant on top but it’s just got a nice shape and it’s a nice contrast against the plant. Christine says that there are great well- priced real plants at IKEA. But another variation on this and another interior designer friend of mine actually covers books in some dark paper. So she has some books that she just got from the op shop which she has covered in black paper and uses them as styling props. And once again another way to create some interest with your styling without having to go out and buy heaps of stuff.
Okay so that’s the end of my little preso today. I’d really love to know whether you’ve got any secret styling tips that you’d like to share with with everyone. So I think one of the things that unites us in this group is we all love making homes more beautiful. And that has definitely been the story of my life.
I’ve started renovating out of a desire just to renovate, nothing else and sometimes that can be a bit of a trap because you tend not to be focused enough on the things that you should be to actually get an outcome other than just a beautiful home. But it certainly is a great way to improve the look of a home and even with the makeovers that we’ve been doing in this group it’s really, it has a big impact. I noticed that on my benches and sideboards we tend to get this selection of odd stuff because things just get put somewhere and just put there because it’s somewhere to put it. And just by clearing off like our sideboards and restyling them gives a lot of impact without actually putting anything new there. Just working with what you’ve got, so great idea.
So if there’s anything you’d like us to cover in these weekly lives I’m happy to respond to your suggestions and I hope you’re all going really well with your lockdown activities. Oh Christina Reed says she loves to watch Steve Cordony, I don’t even know who he is so I have to go and have a look. Great inspiration. Great, thanks for that. On that note I am going to head off. I’m flat out recording the last few videos of our Airbnb course and I’ve got a bottle of champagne in the fridge for tomorrow night because I’ve promised myself I’m going to be finished tomorrow. That will mean over the last couple of months I’ve recorded something like 18 new videos so it’s been a mammoth effort and I’m excited! So thank you and enjoy the week.