You don’t need designer furniture worth thousand of dollars to create a style statement in the home – your next hero piece could be collecting dust in someone else’s garage.
Faye De Lanty is a fashion eco-stylist, which means she works with sustainable and eco-friendly clothing.
When her home needed a bit of a refresh, De Lanty recognised an opportunity to apply the same ethos she uses in her work in fashion to her own interior spaces.
Starting with the lounge room, a place where she spends a lot of time relaxing with her boyfriend, De Lanty began looking for ways she could reinvent the space using sustainably sourced items.
“Having a really nice couch, a beautiful couch, a comfortable couch, was very important,” she says.
A quick search on online marketplace Gumtree brought her a phone call away from her dream couch.
Bargained down to $400 from $1000, the white couch not only looks stylish but comes with washable fabric covers so she can keep it looking its best.
De Lanty then began looking for something a bit different to show off her beloved indoor plant collection.
“I saw this fantastic old vintage ladder which I loved, so I hunted around on Gumtree for that for a while and I found one for $20, which was such a bargain, and I’m currently painting that,” she says.
“So then once that’s painted I’ll display lots of little succulents on that.”
Love De Lanty’s eco-friendly style? Try some secondhand style in your home.
1. Start by cleaning – A cleaning spree will set you on the path to a more organised existence. Be ruthless when sorting items that you no longer need. Sell or donate anything that is collecting dust.
2. Go green and white – A fresh lick of paint in classic white can do wonders in a space that needs a refresh. White is simple, stylish and never dates. Add colour with live greenery that you can take with you when you move.
3. Try second-hand – Just because something has had a past life it doesn’t mean it’s not chic. Look for pieces that are stylish, functional and suit your lifestyle. “Secondhand never has to mean second best,” says De Lanty.