This Autumn we found ourselves chatting to e-design extraordinaire Rhiannon Lee of Oleander and Finch. Rhiannon offers a fully fledged online e-styling service to help homeowners solve spatial issues in their home, source new furniture and homewares that compliment existing pieces or achieve a total revamp of style. Her instagram feed is like scrolling through moodboard heaven, with and abundance of home styling inspiration. Here’s what Rhiannon had to say.
My style is:
Slowly defining itself. I am a huge believer in individuality and just filling my home with things that make my heart sing, despite what others think or do. I don’t believe that following trends ever really serves you in the long run. I am a big fan of neutrals and my home has got a modern country feel, with a vintage twist. Eventually I hope to take it towards rustic luxury, but for now it’s kid friendly, because.. life.
I find inspiration:
Absolutely everywhere. I’ve always been a magpie, I like to collect textures around me and create physical material mood boards as well as digital as often as I can. I’m inspired by nature, botanical and organic materials, books, artists, songs. More often than not, a mood board is always spinning around in my mind and just has to come out.
I use colour to:
I like a neutral, muted or monochrome palette, but I use depth of colour to create interest and warmth. I love the playfulness of colour and I get so excited when I work with clients who are brave and bold -can you ever really be unhappy in a pattern clash, candy colourful space?
Form or Function. Why?:
The classic head vs. heart argument. My husband is practical, whereas, I am perfectly comfortable in pockets of whimsy. Whilst I appreciate the practicality of function.. I’m okay with voting for a more shallow, form.
Styling advice I live by:
Ignore outside influences and focus on pieces you love. If you love it it works, don’t worry about whether you’ve seen someone else with one. I try to be kind to the earth with every purchase, I love a sustainable, thrifted or upcycled find. So many discarded pieces have more to give!
Top home styling tips:
Probably sounds trite, but my best tip is to mood board and plan before spending any money or executing a design. I love to save my mood boards to my phone so when I am out shopping, I can cross check that whatever I’m looking at in store works at home or won’t dominate or get lost or clash with the colour palette or overall plan.
Top tips for buying the perfect rug:
Identify if your space is high or low traffic area before selecting the material or pattern.
I hear so many people terrified about rugs and kids. Honestly, they’re more resilient than you think (both the rug, and the kid!) secondly, always purchase as large as you can possibly stretch your budget for a more luxe look. You might be able to go smaller and save $100, but it’ll always look wrong and not make any impactful improvement to your home if it’s poorly fitting/too small.
What is your go to Six Fourteen Rug?:
The Hobart range, all day everyday. Give it to me in natural, ivory, silver, charcoal just every single one, it works across almost all styles.