‘I am a huge bargain hunter’: Woman, 25, behind incredible ‘Hamptons-style’ home in Perth reveals her top DIY secrets
A young woman with an incredible ‘Hamptons-style’ home in Perth has revealed the DIY secrets behind her beautiful property.
Jo Borrello, 25, from Western Australia, had her home specially built and moved in October 2017, upon which point she started decorating.
Today, Jo’s home is the epitome of chic, with its sleek white design and light and bright finishes.
So what are her secrets?
‘I’m a huge bargain hunter. While I like to think our home looks expensive, I made sure everything I bought was on sale,’ Jo told FEMAIL.
‘I love Kmart and have items from there all over the house, including their marble side table.’
The 25-year-old also said she visits other similar stores like Target and Spotlight, as well as ‘places like The Furniture Gallery and Baker & Shuhandler, where I find more special pieces that aren’t as budget-friendly’.
‘People often assume I spend a lot of home decor, but I like to mix luxe and affordable pieces,’ Jo said.
She also makes a point of re-purposing cheaper items, so they don’t look as they do in-store.
The creative 25-year-old said you can save valuable money by doing some of your own decorating work at home.
‘I painted our timber staircase balustrade and did the wainscoting [decorative paneling applied to walls] throughout our home, which saved us thousands,’ Jo said.
‘I’ve not been deterred by the colour of pieces from Kmart and IKEA.
‘I’ve bought an outdoor bench, trellis and a bamboo ladder from these places and painted them all white to match our Hamptons-style home.
‘Paint is the one thing that can give somewhere an instant facelift.
It also saves you money, makes anything look expensive and allows you to be creative.’
Speaking about her inspiration for her home, Jo said she wanted things to be ‘light and bright with neutral tones and traditional touches’.
‘This allows me to play around with the home decor, mixing traditional, glamorous and modern style aspects throughout, and adding a touch of colour when I want.’
When it comes to her interiors advice, Jo said you can’t go wrong with neutrals.
‘Mixing different textures and materials also helps to create depth in a neutral home.
‘If you want to add a pop of colour, navy and blues are beautiful and keep with the Hamptons style.
‘I also love blush pink. Plants and flowers, real or faux, are a favourite of mine – as they bring so much life to a room.’