Building Your Home | 6 November 2015

The home styling hack!

by Carlisle Homes

Admit it, we all love a bargain! Especially when we get asked ‘where did you get that fantastic…’ and we smile smugly into our latte, reflecting on our last covert mission to the local discount shop and the DIY workshop to follow. The new buzz in interiors is The Style Hack which we like to define as ‘resourceful accessorising’ at Carlisle! There are even forums and websites devoted to the Kmart or Ikea ‘hack’. There are no boundaries and you’d be surprised at who has (secretly) implemented some clever style hacks in their home…

Now, we are going to let you into the deep dark vault of resourceful accessorising in the Carlisle world of display styling, as Danielle Taylor (Interior Design Manager) reveals her hack secrets. (cue - lowering of the cone of silence…)

The Practical Hack
This styling trick is all about converting low cost purchases into practical applications for everyday life. Your innovative eye is required to spot items to be used completely different from their intended function and calls for resourcefulness at its best!


Spot the hack: In the master ensuite of the Regent on display at Rosenthal Estate, Sunbury, we have added a round grey marble kitchen chopping board to a metallic side table to create a solid top which is easy to clean and holds bathroom accessories nicely!


Spot the hack: We’ve used a decorative woven bowl on the wall to hold extra towels in the family bathroom of the Radison on display at Aston Estate Craigieburn. Practicality and wall art in one!


Spot the hack: Here’s a twist, we’ve used a piece of wall art as a decorative screen to add definition and privacy to the dining and living zones of the Sacramento on display at Timbertop Estate Officer.

The Decorative Hack
Traditional artwork, say paintings and photographs, are great but nothing beats the impact of a unique artwork piece, wall hanging or feature, created from an everyday bargain find. Great because you have applied some DIY skills, great because it can be one of a kind and great because if you end up hating it, you can throw it out with a clean conscience!


Spot the hack: These fancy bowls were probably intended to hold decorative trinkets on the side board or hall table or maybe even the bread rolls for the barbecue. Think outside the square (or bowl?) and use them as art features as we have here in the master suite of the Waverley on display at The Avenue Cranbourne North, or the home theatre of the Illuka on display at Featherbrook Estate Point Cook.


Spot the hack: Okay, this one probably isn’t for the first time hacker, maybe one to work up to! Using a bag of decorative pebbles from Bunnings stuck to a painted backboard with a raw timber frame, we have ourselves a nature inspired multi-dimensional artwork piece creating great visual interest and connecting to other style cues around the room. We featured this quirky idea in the Atlantique (now closed).



Spot the hack: Embroidery hoops from Spotlight mounted on the wall paired with a delicate tablecloth as a bed throw has created a fresh and simple style theme for the master bedroom of an Illuka display home (now closed). One for the sporting enthusiasts, the Atlantique on display at Berwick Waters Clyde North living zone with real tennis racquets as wall art with a difference.

The Vintage Hack
Some style gurus have turned ‘op shopping’ into a fine art and can sniff out a garage sale from a few blocks away. If you can turn on this creative gene, then do it, because you are sure to come across some pre-loved gems and decorative style statements. The key to this style hunt is that if you love it just get it, you will come up with some ideas and applications at a later stage!


Spot the hack: This bedroom in the Illuka display home on display home (now closed) is the epitome of vintage style! The shabby chic chair was found in a little antique store and we made the dream catcher inspired mobile from wool a good old fashioned doilies! However, the prized piece in this room is the homemade crocheted ‘jacket’ on the side table, perfection overload!


Spot the hack: Those that know Carlisle, know we love a vintage crate or suitcase, so many different styling ideas from this versatile recycled piece as seen here in the Illuka on display at Featherbrook Estate Point Cook and the Indiana on display at Featherbrook Estate Point Cook.

hack12Spot the hack: Bedheads can really make a difference to bedroom, giving life to an ordinary bed and turning it into a beautiful centrepiece. This style hack calls for someone a bit handy with a nail gun, but the results are worth the effort. Raw and stained recycled timber fence palings crafted into striking bedhead features in the Waverley on display at The Avenue Cranbourne North.

hack13Spot the hack: A rustic flavour has been added to these bedrooms in the (left) Tennyson on display at Gateway Estate Truganina, and the (right) Carrington on display at Timbertop Estate Officer, with a vintage macramé owl wall hanging and genuine vintage ladder.

Great finds!
Style hacks don’t always have to be about hot glue guns and needle and thread, simple inexpensive items to add the finishing touch to your rooms are also definitely ‘hack-worthy’ mentions.


Spot the hack: We are amused at how many queries we receive about these two artwork pieces in the (from left) Regent on display at Rosenthal Estate Sunbury, and the Broadway on display at Mernda Villages Mernda! They are definitely one of our great finds, sourced from The Reject Shop!


Spot the hack: Try using small floor mats a bit like scatter cushions to add some pattern or colour to a room. This Kmart faux fur mat in the Piermont on display at Aston Estate Craigieburn, is perfect to sink your toes into as you get out of bed. These Ikea round rugs act like stepping stones in the activity zone of the Rochester on display at Truganina.

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