Secondhand style doesn’t have to be second best

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.

White couch

De Lanty’s dream couch is both comfortable and stylish.

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.”

White and green decor

Indoor plants add colour to this all-white space.

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.

Wardrobe

A well organised space always feels fresher and cleaner.

Source: realestatecomau

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