Pullling together your first space

 

Design and décor always seems to hit a surge in September. We are not all going back to school, but this time of year tends to give us a boost and brings our living space to the fore front of our minds.

Photo credit Lindsay Agnew
 
Photo credit Lindsay Agnew
Design and décor always seems to hit a surge in September. We are not all going back to school, but this time of year tends to give us a boost and brings our living space to the fore front of our minds. This room was pulled together for two sisters, still in school, and goes to show that your first space and first foray into interior design does not have to be all hand-me-downs and curbside finds.
 
Working within a budget should not shackle your aspirations, you really just have to be flexible when you can and firm when you need to be. In this particular space, the budget was largely swallowed up by smoothing out the popcorn ceiling.  What resulted was the need to reuse some existing furniture and finding fun ways to add impact without a big price tag.  
The living room furniture was all purchased new. To save money, but not compromise durability, I opted to purchase pieces with materials that would wear well.  When buying furniture on a budget I avoid laminates, synthetic fabrics and composite products.  Here, all the furniture is relatively inexpensive but is made of mostly natural materials that wear well; cotton, wicker, glass, metal and shell.  
 
Tailoring this space to the girls’ current aesthetic was very important but we made a point of keeping larger pieces clean and transitional.  The desk and TV area is the perfect example of this.  All big ticket items such as large furniture pieces, lighting, accent seating and even a number of accessories remained classic and neutral.  The space was punched up with textiles and a few flashy pops up colour.  Should their tastes change, as they do when we are young, there are some simple changes that can be made to totally transform this space.
 
Shopping through the girls’ existing items proved to be the best way to add impact here.  Expensive artwork was replaced with a mounted surfboard and overspending on accessories was avoided by putting a select few items on display.  A compact record player was opened up and books stacked to fill space, leopard shoes were used as side table accessories and jewellery storage moved from the bathroom and onto the coffee table. 


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Photo credit Lindsay Agnew
 
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