Neale Whitaker has outdone himself once again this week, with the Morningside makeover.
What do you get when a young and enthusiastic couple with little renovation experience decide to renovate their own home… while working full-time… and welcome a baby along the way? A home that’s screaming of potential but nowhere near finished.
Fortunately, Neale Whitaker came to the rescue again this week and created a home that was beyond homeowners Bec and Nick’s wildest dreams.
Neale could see their industrial, mid-century and hipster interior style influences coming through in areas of the home they had already renovated and took this as inspiration for the rest of the home - adding his own luxe touch too, of course!
Let’s take a look at how he achieved it.
1. Create a jaw-dropping bathroom
It’s hard to pick a favourite feature from this episode's reno but given my jaw dropped to the ground when I saw this bathroom, it’s safe to say it was high on the list!
Where to begin? Seriously!
The combination of ‘Jumbled Cemento’ tiles on the floor and feature wall and ‘Industrial Plumb’ tiles on the other walls - all from Ace Stone and Tile - worked better than any tile combination I’ve seen in a long time.
The black tapware and hardware from Caroma picked up the darker tones and elevated the bathroom to the next level.
The simple wall hung basin, round mirror and clever floor plan were other favourite features of this bathroom.
2. Use a rug pattern to elongate small rooms
Did you spot the clever styling trick Neale used to make their small living room feel larger? He picked a rug with a zigzag pattern that tricked the eye into thinking the living room was wider than it is.
You can find a similar rug at West Elm and use this styling tip in your home.
Souk wool rug ‘Natural’ from West Elm, RRP from $559
3. Explore surface finishes
A definite hero of this episode's reno was that concrete top dining table with brass legs by Pop Plus.
This custom design piece oozed sophisticated industrial style while the brass legs added just the right amount of bling.
While designer furniture can be pricey, it is possible to create a similar table yourself. In our recent Kmart hacks round up, we shared a coffee table with a concrete finish top and you could use the technique seen in this DIY and apply it to any dining table you already own.
4. Fuse interior styles
Sometimes the best interiors don’t strictly follow one type of interior style. And in this house, Neale combined industrial, mid-century and luxe with huge success.
So how can you pull off a mix of interior styles without it feeling like a confusing space?
Firstly, look for styles that complement each other. While a country interior style and industrial would never work well together, the combination of industrial and mid-century that Neale used does because both these interior styles have similar principles. Mid-century was all about paring things back and industrial is also about stripping things down to look at the mechanics and how objects work.
Secondly, look for restrained pieces or subtle ways to reference both styles. You’ll notice Neale didn’t go overboard with the items he chose (other than perhaps the blush sofa!), rather, he used smaller decorative items mixed into vignettes and beautiful furniture that didn’t dominate the space.
Here you can see a small vignette I styled inspired by this episode. The candle in a beaker glass is a little industrial, while the overall simplicity of the arrangement speaks to the mid-century style, the gold candle snuffer is a touch of luxe, and the ‘Urban Jungle’ book throws in a little bit of hipster too.
5. Don’t hold back with lighting
Another styling tip we can steal from Neale this week is to use lighting to make smaller spaces feel larger. The statement pendant light above the dining table, floor lamp and table lamp in the living space, and floor lamp in the man cave are just some of the new lights he introduced in the home.
He kept the style of lights in zones of the home the same. So the lights in the open plan kitchen and living area all had touches of brass and a luxe feel, while in the man cave he opted for a decorative industrial style floor lamp instead.
Tom Pulley industrial task lamp from Temple & Webster $199
Hunter table lamp from Beacon Lighting $179