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First-time buyers transform flat with bold color and oodles of personality

by Monika Bürger
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Renovating her first home gave stylist Gemma Gear the opportunity to properly explore her style and to create an eclectic look that’s filled with fun and colour.

This Victorian terrace was about the twentieth property my partner and I looked at it’ says Gemma.  ‘The interior hadn’t been touched since the 70s, with yellow laminate flooring downstairs, Artex ceilings and magnolia walls.’

However, we loved the original wooden doors, original wooden flooring upstairs and the two gorgeous fireplaces. I knew that all it needed was some TLC and an injection of colour – along with a total kitchen and bathroom revamp!’ Seeing the potential they went for the real home with a view to transforming it.

Sitting room

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Friends often ask me how I choose the colours in our house – honestly, I just go for it! Sometimes I start with a statement piece, like the cobalt blue sofa in our living room, and work from there using the colour wheel’ she says explaining the vibrant living room colour scheme.

‘I chose a bright contrasting yellow for the standing lamp and rug, and those pieces prompted the entire palette. Then, I tried clashing different colours for everything else until I settled on this design.’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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Choosing accessories was really helpful in finding my style because they’re easy to experiment with. I tried out cushions, throws and vases in various patterns and colours, kept the ones that worked and repurposed or returned the rest. I love the joy colour brings. It lifts your mood and you can’t help but feel happy in the space.’

The creative living room paint ideas help to make the vibrant colours even more impactful.

Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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Dining room

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I think art is so important when it comes to my sense of design. A statement piece can inspire the look for an entire room – the Andy Warhol print in the dining room certainly did. We lifted pinks and oranges from it, and chose furniture with those colours in mind.’

All our art has meaning, whether it’s the Frida Kahlo in our bedroom, or the pizza slogan print in the kitchen, which is a bit of fun. Throughout the house, we’ve mixed punchy statement pieces that stand alone with funky gallery walls to avoid everything being overly matchy.

Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.

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I’ve always been very hands-on when it comes to DIY. In the dining room, I’ve created a non-traditional gallery wall with music decks beneath, that feels fun and spontaneous. We did all the sanding and painting ourselves when we first moved in, to keep costs down.’

However, having the house to work on during lockdown was a lifesaver. I channelled all my energy into my DIY blog (thatssogemma.com), as I had so much time at home because my line of work completely shut down for five months over the summer.

Our Framed Canvas Prints add an extra touch of refinement to our gallery-quality canvases. Select from four different frame colors: black, white, maple or walnut to suit your decor taste and show off your favorite artists’ designs. Framed canvases are available in seven different sizes.

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Kitchen

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The small galley kitchen idea was the last major project. ‘It’s only 6 metres squared so we opted for hidden drawers, a pull-out spice rack and a compact dishwasher to save space. We even managed to squeeze in a wine cooler! I wanted to maximise storage and utility, without compromising on style.’

We worked with Benchmarx who offer a complete design service, which made all the difference. They thought of things we wouldn’t have dreamt of until it’s all in and it’s too late. The bright orange tap is a focal point and it inspired the palette for the whole room’ Gemma reveals.

‘I made a mood board, played around with colours, then eventually settled on pairing the orange with aqua for a scheme that feels fresh and fun. I even found a Gluggle jug to match!

Our cutting boards feature bright designs that transform a kitchen essential into a functional decor piece. Prep your food on the wood side and use the display side as a serving board. Plus, use the drilled hole to easily store or hang your cutting board on the wall. Available in round or rectangular options.

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Bedroom

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I think headboards can feel a little dated and you can do so much more with the wall if you ditch it’ says Gemma. Who goes on to explain the bold bedroom wallpaper idea, ‘ This gorgeous leafy wallpaper from Scion Living makes our bedroom feel vibrant.’

It’s easy to get lost in sleep in our warm yet lightweight comforters. Colors pop on this bedding staple and they will surely be the focal point of your bedroom’s decor. Choose from either synthetic microfiber or our natural fiber cotton. Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King sizes.

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Black accents sharpen the décor throughout the house and I love the contrast of black against the white walls and all my colourful patterns. I love the portrait of Frida Kahlo: she’s one of my inspirations. I’ve paid homage to her style by decorating with plenty of colour and greenery.’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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Bathroom

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The colour palette takes a more monochrome scheme in the bathroom, with hints of lime green accessories and of course the lush green from the bathroom plant ideas.

Our shower curtains are the perfect focal point for any bathroom with our artists’ array of eye-catching designs. Hookless and extra long, these curtains will surely fit in any bathroom setup. Plus, they’re machine washable to avoid any soap scum or buildup.

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Garden

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When it was all getting serious last year, we decided to order fence panels, AstroTurf, masonry paint, festoon lights – everything we might need to transform the garden. We got stuck in and spent the first two months in the sun every day making it into a really lovely space.’

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric and accent pillows.

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