Presenting Beautiful Homes’ senior stylist, De-Jana Saulys, talks interior trends and what’s in this season.
Earthy tones and shades
Right now, trending colour palettes are staying very close to nature with an influx of olive greens, caramels and terracotta. We are also seeing a return of earthy browns – from cognac to burnt umber. You’ll find these colours in textiles and soft furnishings such as cushions and bed linen and they pair beautifully with patterns, including checks and shapes.
Textured accessories that are handcrafted from organic materials such as ceramic, clay and marble are becoming increasingly popular – think vases, fruit bowls and small sculptures. Tableware is also having a moment, with culture-inspired plates and bowls, as well as fluted and coloured glassware gaining popularity.
By utilising two or more different materials into the design of an object or interior, it creates a truly bespoke look. This might mean combining different wood finishes through furniture selections, or the use of marble and brass in accessories or lighting.
Presenting Beautiful Homes specialise in preparing and presenting homes for sale through interior styling and trade services. Established in 1995 as one of Adelaide’s first home styling companies, they hold the largest variety of quality furniture selections in South Australia. Their diverse range of stock means they can cater for all styles of homes.
Their team is made up of talented interior designers and stylists to ensure each property is styled perfectly for the market. They take great pride in the fact that no two homes they style look the same.
To discuss how Presenting Beautiful Homes can help with the preparation of your home for sale call 08 8297 8339.
There is so much behind the scenes work that goes into preparing a home for sale. Nick Tirrell, project manager at Presenting Beautiful Homes, shows us through their latest transformation in Kensington Park.
A rundown villa, set on 1227m2 of premium land in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, had sat vacant for an extended period of time, and a lack of regular maintenance had the property in need of some love and attention before it hit the market for sale. It was important that the home presented as ready to move in and appeal to a broad demographic of buyers, including families and professionals
The goal was to return the run-down property to its former glory in a modern and sophisticated way, capturing the attention of as many potential buyers as possible. This involved updating the colour palette throughout, replacing and updating light fixtures and fittings, re-tiling, landscaping and more.
When the hard work and vision pays off for the owner – as it did with this project – it’s a win for all. This resulted in a staggering sale price of$3.15 million. More than 100 groups viewed the home throughout the duration of the campaign and there was a huge turnout on auction day with competitive bidding. The home also achieved the highest sale price in Adelaide for the week it went to auction.
“Presenting Beautiful Homes managed the whole process of delivering and project managing all required trades, and then furnished and presented the property magnificently during the sales period.”
Simple Alterations That Added Value
Interior and exterior painting with a modern colour palette of whites, greys and blacks.
Replacing old worn flooring and carpet throughout with lighter and more modern selections.
Updating old-fashioned light fixtures.
Repairing and installing new fencing along the boundary and a compliant pool fence to match the new exterior colour palette.
Retiling and filling the existing swimming pool.
High-pressure cleaning of all outdoor areas and paving.
We chat to Monika Tirrell, Director and Head Stylist at Presenting Beautiful Homes.
What does a typical day in the life of an interior stylist really look like?
Well firstly, no two days are the same! Most days we start very early, this could be straight off to a home with our trades to consult on renovation work or it could be straight into our warehouse getting ready for the day’s styling installations.
We also visit new homes and meet real estate agents and new clients every day. Travel is a big part of our days, sometimes we are visiting clients and agents up in the Adelaide Hills or others right along the coast. Then comes the office work…proposals, emails, accounts, stock buying and much more.
The other major task is the packing of product for each job. This is individually done for every job and can take many hours, depending on the size and complexity of the property.
You have a large furniture warehouse to select pieces from – tell us a bit about this space.
We have enough furniture in our warehouse to style more than100 homes at once! Everything is set up and displayed in categories such as cushions, artwork, side boards, occasional chairs, sofas, mirrors, accessories and more. It’s set up so that our team of stylists can seamlessly work their way through each category, making their selections for each home.
You work with so many different clients and each space is unique – how do you continue to come up with new concepts and ideas?
We like to draw concepts and ideas from each home based on their era and come up with a style and layout that will best compliment the property and appeal to the demographic it is being marketed to. You will often find our team having a huddle in the warehouse, brainstorming ideas together, which is where a lot of the magic happens!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
There really is inspiration everywhere– magazines, books, art, travel, shops, the outdoors. Of course, Pinterest and Instagram are also a fabulous resource.
Describe the process, from the first client meeting to the final product.
Firstly, we always meet with every client to discuss their individual requirements –styling, partial styling and/or trade work.
After the initial consult, we will then present a home styling and/or trade quote to the client. Upon confirmation of a provided quote our team will book the job in with the appropriate contractors, trades or logistics. For any trade work, our project manager will provide a schedule of works and manage the project through until all the trades have completed their work.
For all home stylings booked in, we individually select each item of furniture, artwork, layering and accessories that will be used in a property, producing a bespoke and personalised look every single time. This process is time consuming but gives the best end result. Once selections have been made, it’s then install day where our team of removalists and stylists will rally together to complete the job on time.
When the property has sold or you notify that you wish to cease hire, our team will pack up and collect all hired items. The goods are then returned to the warehouse, checked, cleaned and re-stocked.
What are the advantages of engaging an interior stylist to style your home for sale?
There are many benefits of interior styling for sale – most importantly it helps to create an emotional connection and allows buyers to picture what it would be like for them to live in the home, often resulting in them being willing to pay more.
Our interior stylists are very good at what they do and know how to highlight the best features of a home to help it stand out in a competitive real estate market. As stylists, our job is tofocus on the property’s potential buyers’ needs and wants, to work hard to create a space they will want to live in, and to make more money for the vendor.