The living area should be the heart of the home. Start with a generously sized sofa that’s relaxed and unfussy, then layer in different sized cushions and a chunky woollen throw rug for a down-to-earth look. The more cushions, the better. A modular sofa is a great choice as it can be moved around and adapted to suit the space. A large dining table will also bring people together and put the emphasis on family time.
Teams went big on timber and DIY for this renovation, impressing the judges with a hanging herb shelf in the kitchen, driftwood pendant light sculpture above the dining table and sandstone shelf in the entry. If you love this look, but lack the time or skills to DIY, choose furnishings and homewares that are artisanal or crafted from natural materials to introduce rustic charm into your home.
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