05 September 2017
Being the sun-favoured country we are, it’s Spring rather than Summer that blesses us with the biggest shift in weather and style. And oh boy, are we ready for a style shake-up — maybe it’s all The Block
we’ve been watching.We’re feeling black rather than white to pair with the strong olives greens and blues that started popping up in stores last month, and those velvety finishings are looking fine
with bamboos and linen. This is also prime time to start investing in objets d’art (French for arty objects). No matter what your budget, there’s a gorgeous vase, tray, bottle or trinket with your name on it that will be the perfect finishing touch to any room.
West Elm Carlo Mid-Century Chair, $899
Stockists: West Elm
Dinosaur Designs Art Sand Medium Vase, $195
Ikea Stockholm 2017 Cabinet, $499
Zara Home Multi-Coloured Paisley Print Linen Curtain, $139
Bed Thread Charcoal 100% Flax Linen Bedding Set, From $230
Urban Outfitters No Bad Days Woven Throw Blanket, $124.31
Stockists: Urban Outfitters
Zara Home Irregular Decorative Bone Tray, $39.95
Stockists: Zara Home
H&M Textured-Weave Cushion Cover, $39.99
Freedom Nook Console Table, $799
Country Road Malvi Tea Towel Pack, $ 34.95
Cotton On Home Kapel Print, $59.40
Kip & Co. Electric Blue Velvet Beanbag, $129
Maison Balzac 2067AD, $69
West Elm Linden Mid-Century Wide Shelf Unit, $1,099
31 August 2017
Many a pet parent out there can point to their furry friend and say, “This is why we can’t have nice things.” Living with animals in a Pinterest-worthy home is a hard thing to pull off, but not impossible.
We chatted to two interiors experts who share their tips for creating pet-friendly and polished interiors.
- Be positive: “Focus on the cuddles and devotion, not the hair/droppings/puddles/inevitable round-the-clock wake-up calls. Cuddles, kisses and those eyes you get when you’ve been out all day are worth any amount of vacuuming!” says stylist and writer, Heather Nette King. And she should know, her housemates are Dougal the golden retriever, and Sugar, her cat.
- Make it easy for yourself: “Invest in a vacuum with a pet hair attachment — particularly if you have a deep-pile rug or carpet. Having said that, I’ve already blown one up, but I bought quality the next time and now all those little blonde ‘puppies’ as I like to call Dougal’s coat sheddings, are easily vanquished!” says Heather.
- Put in the effort: “Teach them early if there is a no-go zone in your home. Doogs stands at our bedroom door and knows he can not place even a paw through the doorway. No matter how sad his eyes are! It’s my husband’s rule — he’s a bit allergic, and I get it, so create boundaries that please everyone, and your fur-babies will co-exist happily with you, hopefully for the longest, happiest time,” says Heather.
- Opt for leather: “You can’t be too precious about your home. It’s a living, breathing space that’s meant to be comfortable. As soon as you walk through that door at night and drop your bags — you want to relax, not be worrying about your pet climbing on furniture. I always recommend leather for pet-loving homes. It’s pretty simple to keep clean, it’s hard-wearing and I like to think any scratches or marks add to the patina of the leather — telling a story of your family,” says Jodi Hall, National Field Visual Manager at West Elm.
- Don’t hide it: “Sharing your home with a pet is a simple joy! Don’t try and hide their presence — choose a pet bed that you’re happy to show off. I always suggest a great floor cushion that goes with your decor, then you don’t have to hide it — who has time for that! And let’s be real, cats and dogs like clocking up sleep (living the dream!) so make it something you love,” says Jodi.