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Address: 43 Porter Street Worcester
023 347 3987
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Nadine Theron, a loyal AAA customer who won a prize worth R15 000 with her home-styling skills, walks us through her beautiful house (and her easy-to-follow styling tips).

Imagine taking a snap of your bedroom, posting it to Instagram and including a few mentions and tags. Next thing you know, you have a R15 000 prize and a flashy title to show for it.

Nadine Theron is THAT good. She won Home Magazine and Mr Price Home’s Rookie Stylist 2019 competition, along with a handsomely sizedvoucher to spend on her home. To be in the running, entrants had to post photos of their own, beautifully styled homes. “The competition ran for several weeks and I posted every week. In the end I honestly thought the winning picture was the most boring of all my posts.”

Nadine’s interest in styling was probably handed down by her mom, who always made a beautiful home despite having little money to spare. “She loved moving things around regularly and even rented art from the library. People had always been talking about her beautiful house.”

Nadine likes beautiful things too, and keeps her house ever changing. She sees her home as a hobby of sortsand pops in at AAA Paint quite regularly (always friendly, always helpful, never irritated with me – it’s just the place I go, you know).

“When we bought the house, it had been unoccupied for some months and stripped almost bare,” she recalls. “The positive is that we basically had a blank canvas with which to work.” They have since formed a formidable husband-and-wife team with Nadine dreaming up the concepts and Philip helping to execute them if necessary.

As it stands today, the house is an aesthetic wonderland – from room to room every nook is as beautiful as the next. She walks us through it and shares a few pointers.

Nadine’s top tips for rookie decorators:

Tidy up!
Try as they might, your expensive sofa and beautiful cushions will never shine if they have competition from random boxes, piles of unfiled paperwork and craft supplies. On the other hand, a pristinely neat room can look pretty good even if it isn’t “decorated” yet.

Go room by room
Move your best furniture and prettiest décor pieces to one room. Yup – the same room. Lots of new and pretty things, spread out across the house and surrounded by the old and the outworn, will not have the effect you’re hoping for. Take it one room at a time and take each to perfection.

Have the guts to play
Play with colour and combinations of décor elements. “Pairs”, “sets” and colour coding belong to the past – anything goes these days so surprise the senses with unusual mixes of textures and shapes and be open to a little trendiness. But … there’s a big BUT here … do make sure that the bigger picture is pleasing to the eye.

Set a solid base
Splurge a little on a handful of pieces of quality furniture. Think sofa or dining room table, for instance. Everything can be built and rebuilt around it, but you need some anchor pieces that will not look shabby in three years’ time.

Set a solid base
Splurge a little on a handful of pieces of quality furniture. Think sofa or dining room table, for instance. Everything can be built and rebuilt around it, but you need some anchor pieces that will not look shabby in three years’ time.

Keep things moving
If you don’t want the look to become stale, shake things up from time to time. Almost everything in your house can be moved, modified or used in different combinations. “Exchange” furniture by selling something old before buying something new and browse second-hand and antique stores to be amazed by a world of interesting possibilities.

PEP Home
Visit one and you’ll see why it’s in her bag of tricks: Some great finds at ridiculous prices.

Give it life
Houseplants are back in – and what a relief! Grouped together they make quite the impression and as they last infinitely longer than cut flowers, they are a cost-effective way to breathe that last bit of life into the house.

Visit us at 43 Porter Street, Worcester or phone 023 347 3987.