Since buying my own little apartment a few months ago my Instagram stalking has been all about the #interiorinspo. After bagging the essential (read: boring) big ticket items such as bed/couch/fridge it was finally time for the fun bit: turning the house into a home. As luck would have it around the same time Supa Centa Moore Park (SCMP) pitched an awesome collaboration opportunity to showcase my finds in the centers diverse range of stores. Let the shopping begin!
With my trusty photographer/voice of reason in tow we set out to get an idea of what was on offer. The first thing that became clear was: ‘I’m gonna need a bigger house’. It was a bargain hunters dream come true with nearly every store on sale and yes, I simply needed everything! But in light of the ‘no space’ technicality it was back to my trusty list of ‘must haves’ I had compiled before the shop.
First stop was Harvey Norman for some colour palette inspo. My bedroom décor was majority monochrome and I needed a third colour to finish off the look. Seeing hues of teal and blue first in Harvey Norman and then again in Bed, Bath and Table got the creative juices flowing. Finally finding a Moroccan inspired teal lantern at Shack sealed the deal. Bed, Bath and Table also helped out with another ‘must have’: European pillows! I found they were the cheapest here with a range of pillow cases patterns to suit too. I stuck to good old white cases then layered up with black standard size cases from My House. Black cases were part style inspired and part strategic- it’s easier to get any sneaky makeup marks off a black case!
While picking up the bedside lantern at Shack I also made a mental note of some very cute door knobs at very reasonable prices ($8!). I’ve been buying second hand furniture online for some up-cycle DIY projects (watch this space) and so far I’ve only been able to find handles online that are sold in packs of 8 or more. These will definitely come in handy down the track for a dresser I plan to do for the bedroom. Shack also catered to my faux flower needs, while their wall of cushions held an impressive range of textures and colours. Down the back of the store were French provincial inspired bedframes, tables, chairs and clocks- that ‘bigger house’ wish was definitely growing stronger!
A trend I noticed time and again during my walk around the centre was metallics. It seemed every display setup had a hint of gold, silver or copper, and oh did it look good! Since I had already decided my lounge area would be black, white and grey picking up some metallic pieces to finish the look was a no brainer.
We first saw metallics at Top 3 By Design in the form of a water jug and some cocktail making equipment. Top 3 By Design was one of my favourite stores in the centre and could be describes as a big kids play ground. It’s home to innovative, stylish and quality knick knacks and home décor from designers around the world and plenty of pieces ended up on my ‘when I get a bigger house’ wish list. One being the aforementioned water jug and others being very cool rocking whisky glasses by Sagaform and magnetic vase display. Internally melting (no dripping wax) Ester + Erik cone candles are also firmly on the wish list for later. One thing I could bring home with me this time was a S’Well thermal water bottle and it has been by my side ever since. With 24 hour chill and 12 hour heat retaining capability it’s been great to have constantly warm water to sip on during these winter days (especially the mornings!). Oz Design was up next with more inspiration via their show room displays. I picked up a metallic coffee table tray literally off their display (it was the last in stock!) to tie my living room space together with the metallic accents I already had on some sofa cushions at home.
By this point it was break time so we stopped in at Dish Espresso café. Even though it was a Saturday and there were plenty of people around I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed the atmosphere was, especially in the café area. I think this comes down to plenty of spacious and comfortable seating coupled with high windows bringing in natural light. In terms of the café itself a place with all day breakfast always wins my heart and the coffee was top notch too. A couple of cappuccinos later and we were ready to take the second half of the centre which included the twos stores I had high on my list: Freedom and Fantastic Furniture.
Since I’m working with minimal space (sad face) I needed some areas around the apartment to do double duty. I’m a massive book worm and creating a reading nook was a high priority (if you follow me on Instagram the reason I always have the same handbag is because it’s big enough for a book!). And so I picked a curved floor lamp (on sale!) at Freedom to place over a corner of my modular couch. A few cushions and an Adairs throw later my chill out spot was complete. More metallic pieces were found at Freedom in the form of copper tumblers and soap dispenses which polished off the bathroom space- my toothbrush holder has never looked so good! The Ecoya and Palm Beach candle display was heavenly and I couldn’t resist picking up a few, along with some more faux flowers.
Over at Fantastic furniture I picked up a butlers table with more ‘double duty’ in mind. The space I was trying to fill needed something that wouldn’t block or clutter the high traffic area. The slim legs of the table also matches the wall colour to give a lighter look while any furniture that allows the floor space to still be seen (floating bed, raised couch, ghost furniture) will always give the illusion of more space. The tray itself is detachable for when guests come around (any day now…) so all in all pretty handy for $35!
And so with everything thing on my list crossed off, a few more sneaky pieces added in and approximately a weeks worth of cardio done it was home time to arrange my new finds-and of course make another list for my next visit!
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Bed, Bath and Beyond:
European Pillow Cases
Lantern Candle Holder
Coffee Table Tray
Photography: Paul Lui