To step inside Bungalow 55 is to see gracious living on display: The impeccably curated furnishings and accessories are effortlessly styled, inviting you to look and linger.
And, its owner Nina Beale hopes that the shop inspires customers to makeover their own interiors – but only to a point. “I often see clients adding too much colour by buying and placing unnecessary accessories into a room,” she says.
Here are Nina’s solutions to 3 common decorating concerns:
Your situation: My chosen wall colour turned out darker than expected.
Nina’s solution: “If rooms are on the dark side, I encourage incorporating a mirror to add natural light – place it across or near the largest window in the room. For the evening, create warm mood lighting with floor lamps, table lamps or ceiling lights.”
Your situation: I’d like to put down a rug, but I don’t know where to start.
Nina’s solution: “It is important to look at one’s living space and lifestyle. For instance, a young family should shy away from wool rugs. Also, rugs are large areas of colour and texture, so you can tire of them easily. Instead, I recommend natural flooring for a more relaxed, tropical feel, and that uses renewable resources without any chemicals utilised in its production.”
Your situation: I’m not sure how to go about accessorising my home.
Nina’s solution: “First, arrange the room layout to suit the occupant’s lifestyle, then work on accessorising. Add a mix of faux and real orchids, a favourite scented candle, or coffee table books. Create a sense of comfort by dressing up walls with mirrors, black-and-white photographs or framed textiles.”
• Stylish home accents
• Transitional furniture, spanning traditional to contemporary
• Soft goods such as pillows, rugs and more
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By Sara Lyle Bow; From The Finder (Issue 293), June 2018
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