A serene coastal landscape painting purchased at a garage sale looks fantastic hanging above two re-upholstered chairs. Before the chairs were rescued, they were gathering dust in a garage where their future looked likely to involve a trip to the tip.
Having said that, we are made of sterner stuff and know we have to press on, adopt
our best Pippin can-do attitude and in Martha Stewart style, keep ensuring our homes look beautiful. This of course, needs to be achieved with minimal financial outlay and our own unique brand of style-savvyness.
|Two bright new cushions liven up an existing chocolate brown sofa, and pick up the tones of the John Horner painting behind. The effect is sophisticated and welcoming at the same time. |
Donna is often asked to re-arrange rooms, making them more beautiful and functional, and she generally finds that is possible simply by working with what her clients already have at their fingertips.
“Often I simply rearrange rooms and regroup pieces. Something might be tucked away in a back bedroom – a painting, a vase, a chair – and it’s wasted where it currently sits. But move it somewhere else and it takes on a whole new look and feel.”
Introducing new cushions, rugs and art work is another effective way of re-energising spaces says Donna, and retouching paintwork or an entire new scheme is still king when it comes to transforming spaces with minimal expense. Here we’ve compiled some examples of clever restoration and reinvigoration to inspire Recession Chic in your home.