The Finishing Touches

June 26, 2018

The Finishing Touches


Aside from tracking down a suitable new plant shelf down and debating whether to go for a cabinet or bar cart; the last of the big ticket items have been purchased for our apartment. But the attention is in the details and I'm still making little home updates that don't cost much or add clutter yet keep the place looking fresh and interesting.

Whenever I notice something useful is missing, I take note and add it to my interiors wishlist, placing orders whenever I track down the perfect item. I like to bring objects into my home that are as beautiful as they are functional. These finishing touches really start to make a house a home.



Vases

As someone who frequently buys plants but not many bouquets, vases weren’t something I made a priority on my interiors shopping list. Except I love eucalyptus and found myself sticking bunches into empty jars - it doesn’t quite have the look I was going for! I ordered a set of ceramic vases* by MADE; simple, elegant, and minimal, these vases are perfect for sprigs of eucalyptus or pussywillow, and any plants I want to propagate. The green leaves contrasting against the matte white ceramic is stunning and has a real minimal style.



Coffee Table Tray

An over-styled coffee table just looks messy to me so I like to keep ours clutter-free as much as possible. But the starkness of the dark wood in an otherwise bright apartment was bothering me. A simple addition - a Ross & Brown Concrete Tray* - breaks up the dark grain and adds interest. It’s minimal yet effective and looks beautiful. I love the stark white concrete against the dark wood of our Ercol coffee table. It’s coffee table styling with very little effort!



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Bookends

Who knew displaying books without bookends is a nightmare? I have a small collection of houseplant books and cookbooks I like to keep out on display for easy access on my plant shelf but keeping them in place was getting tricky. Too heavy for the brass candle holders I was using to wedge them in place, I ordered marble book ends* from MADE. They’re hand cut giving them an organic feel and hefty so my books stay in place. I like how their minimal design makes them blend into the decor seamlessly yet once you notice them they really stand out.



Planters

IKEA plant pots are certainly the cheapest available and if you're like me, you need a lot of them! Having the same white pots dotted about my apartment was getting tiresome and they weren't doing anything for the apartment's style. Introducing some new pots helped freshen up the rooms; I opted for wooden plant stands from Homebase (now sold out!), which matched the style of our white and wood interior nicely, a set of MADE plant pots*, and a cute decorative planter made by Ella Sheasby that I picked up at the Seasonal Markets. The wood detailing, the pop of colour from the peach, and the textured finish of the pots was just what our home decor needed.



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Coat Hooks

We like to have friends over to our apartment, for dinner or games night so inevitably there’s lots of shoes and coats that need to be stored away. The shoe cabinet takes care of half the problem but coats were being heaped on top of the office chest of drawers. The MADE Joris Coat Hooks* tackles that problem. It’s simple, discreet, and scandi-inspired, which suits my apartment’s decor perfectly. It’s in a spot in the hallway, which keeps everyone’s coats neatly out of the way. I wasn’t convinced coat storage was necessary until I realised just how often we have guests; now I don’t have to worry about what to do with their belongings when they get here!




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