I don’t know about you, but so many one bedroom studio apartments available for sale or rent, just leave me feeling pretty darn cold and they are certainly not welcoming. Bland colours, browns and blacks just don’t say happy and lively to me.

The Client brief: The developer of this 83 bedroom apartment complex which will house student accommodation at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane, approached me to style up one of the bedrooms in the complex in order to have a showcase room that could be used for visiting students who wanted to check out the accommodation. It was also needed to create the website shots for their new site.

As soon as I saw it I had definite ideas about how it was to look. I wanted to breathe life into the space, make people smile when they walked in. I wanted to help students to feel that this was a home away from home and a place that they could call their own little piece of respite from the outside world and I wanted it to feel unique.


I set off to find a mix of old and new items to make the place homely and to do it on a budget in keeping with what students would be able to afford. I scoured the second hand stores for decorative items and books and then head to stores such as Target and Big W to find kitchen items, towels and baskets. The greatest amount of money was spent on the art, quilt covers and cushions and these items helped inject that much needed colour into the space.


As you can see this space is all about the colour and I am so pleased that someone will be able to live in such an inviting and happy space while working through their studies at the local universities. The plan is to offer a service to complete each room like this for students for a small extra weekly charge meaning that they can walk right in and have it all set up for them.

So there you have it, a little insight into a day as a designer! If you’re needing help to transform a room, garden or the whole lot please visit my WORK WITH ME page – I’d love to help!

Until next time,

Carmen x

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