Where: Dunsborough, Western Australia
Size: 80 square meters
Dwellers: Rebecca Williams, tenant
You might not expect too much from a small, un-renovated, private house. But this assumption clears up very fast even before stepping into the house.
The first impression is that you’ve just reached a cool surfer’s shack, who likes colors and green plants. However, Rebecca- the dweller of this house- is not a surfer (though she’s definitely just as cool) but the owner of Naughty Shorts, a fashion brand where she sells her hand-made dresses made from her colorful textile stock. This explains a lot about the colorful sight-seeing this house tour holds.
A variety of colors, objects, plants, and furniture. Reading this without the accompanying imagery might make you think it’s a total mess, but somehow, it really works. Our admiration derives from the fact that a ‘beautiful mess’ is much harder to create than a minimal and clean space.
Hayley, the photographer who photographed the house and met Rebecca in person, said that immediately when walking into the house, she started smiling for no reason. We can totally understand why.
So what’s the magic secret?
Any vintage version of whatever it is you want to bring to the house is preferable. There’s nothing like an original piece, especially if it used to belong to someone you know. The second is the eclectic-ness of things. Buy and bring whatever you like, whenever you get the chance. As long as it matches your true self, these items will correspond with each other, whatever they are.
The third thing is wallpaper. It adds a lot, and you don’t need to cover an entire wall with it to get the effect you’re looking for. If you prefer an expensive wallpaper over another wallpaper, buy the first one and cover a smaller part of the wall. It’s better than choosing your second best choice of wallpaper.
Fourth, industrial flooring enhances every antithesis that you’ll place on it. If you have, don’t be afraid to use it (:
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