Via video, Temple & Webster’s head of styling Jess Bellef introduces the Styling your Living Space course, and says we’ll learn how to use colour and layout to create a space that reflects our personal style. I sign into the online forum and meet my classmates and tutor Wendy.
The forum is where we’ll upload our photos and projects and get feedback in real time from Wendy and from one another.
Our first task is to decide on our personal style by answering some questions on our preferred colours, patterns and furniture styles. I decide I like a neutral palette with touches of leafy green, and modern/industrial furniture.
Our next tasks include creating a vision board, drawing a floor plan and creating styled “vignettes” with decorative items. Each task has detailed lessons on how to achieve our desired look. There are videos, too, with Jess offering tips for choosing pieces and how to place them in the room. Since it’s an online course, I can put the lessons into practice immediately as I’m using my living space as my classroom.
The final task is to style our living space. I keep most of my existing furniture, but shop for a few new things, such as cushions and a throw rug. I also create a reading nook with a new occasional chair and pendant light, and add some pot plants and vintage prints to the opposite corner to liven it up.
Wendy says my artwork and pendant light make the room – I can’t help but agree.
The pain factor
There’s the temptation to buy new things, but we’re encouraged to work with what we have.
Who should do it?
Anyone who wants to add some style to their living spaces, and would like some professional advice to get it right.
Would I do it again?
Definitely – I might try one of their other courses next time, perhaps the Colour Essentials program.
NEED TO KNOW
WHERE \ online at templeandwebster.com.au
THE COST \ $295 for 10 hours of online coursework to be completed over 30 days
WHAT ELSE \ Upcoming courses include Colour Essentials for Interiors and Decorating Kids’ Rooms