‘A man’s home is his castle,’ said Darryl Kerrigan of The Castle, in his fictional movie house in Melbourne’s south, and I have to say - movie or not - he wasn’t wrong. Our home is where we sleep and eat, but it’s also so much more than that. It’s where we live, entertain and love, whether that’s with family, friends or in a share house. We all to some extent ‘nest’ - which means that we make our space comfortable with things and objects that are pleasing to us - and I want to take a look at some of the ways in which we make our homes stylish and character filled.
Lighting is a vital part of any home. While some people have fluro lights in their homes and think nothing of it, there’s nothing more stylish than a vintage light in the corner of a room casting a soft glow, perhaps a scarf draped (safely) over the top to give it that bit of extra pizzazz.
A blank wall is a sad thing to behold - so make sure that your wall is always exciting with some artwork or fabric hanging. You can even dress up a wall with something as simple as some polaroids or postcards blu-tacked to it.
I love the look of plants in the home, whether it’s some ferns in the bathroom or a nice peace lily in the lounge room. Give your home some style and a lush, jungle feel with some plants. Make sure you water them though!
This is a bit of a blanket statement, but anything kitsch or retro is a great addition to a home and gives it some style and character.
If you have a boring or plain sofa, consider getting some fabric and draping it over the back or over an arm to give it a bit of style.
Dress up a plain living room with some funky cushions and add some comfort as you do.
A plain carpet can be made more exciting with the addition of a great rug, and if you have a polished wooden floor, you’ll find that a rug or floor covering like rattan makes for a great stylish feature.
Show off your love of literature or comics by displaying your books in a prominent location in your lounge or rumpus room.
Choose funky or interesting furniture from a second hand store - perhaps a nice table with mismatched chairs, or if your budget doesn’t run to that, Ikea has some great options.
Buy some vintage prints online cheaply and have them framed for a great stylish addition to your walls.
Cute and funky collectables are a great piece to display on a bookshelf with some extra space. Scour second hand store and eBay for some cute stuff.
12.Beloved clothing as artwork
Have a gorgeous leather jacket, kimono or fur that you love? Why not display it on a wall as artwork?
Nothing says style more than a beautiful fireplace, and there’s nothing more cozy in wintertime that having a fireplace in Melbourne where the temperature can easily hit zero on a cold winter’s morning.
Love taking pictures? Display some photos of friends and travels on your walls for a great conversation starter and artwork in one.
Part of any hipster house is a collection of old cameras (film, of course) cluttered artfully in a corner. Get yours from any secondhand store worth their salt.