Welcome to Lifely’s At Home With series, where we explore the homes of inspiring creatives, interior designers and everyday Australians to see how they’ve brought their homes to life.
Based in the dreamy outer suburbs of Melbourne, we caught up with entrepreneur, Vivian Lee, to chat about her minimalist townhouse that she’s curated over the last year.
While spending her days as a Brand Manager, her evenings are just as occupied while she juggles her side hustles. Whether she’s consulting for some of Melbourne’s most iconic cafes, working on her online clothing store or creating content for her Youtube channel, you can guarantee there’s always something on her agenda. But despite her busy lifestyle, you’d be none the wiser given her immaculate and pristine home.
When it came to creating her current living arrangement, nothing was overlooked. “My partner and I moved into this house a year ago. It’s our first house together, so we put a lot of thought into decorating it,” she says. “Plus, I’m working from home full-time, so it is important for me to have a cozy, bright, and clean space at home.”
An admirer of minimalism and Japandi interior style, you’ll notice white, beige and light wood throughout her space. Together, these elements have created a tranquil ambience that visitors notice immediately. But it was not achieved overnight.
“I am very particular with the look I’m after when it comes to interior styling,” she explains. "It usually takes me a while to find the right furniture pieces for each spot, whilst being within my budget.”
As an individual who prefers to develop her own style, rather than following others, the designing process can take a bit longer. “I’m all about establishing your own style and sticking to it,” she says. “For me, I like to limit my furniture and decor to a few colours to easily achieve a clean look.”
Given Japandi style can be difficult to come across in Australia, some of Vivian’s favourite pieces have come from Lifely. In the bedroom, she’s paired our best-selling Nook Bed Base with our Kona Bedside Table. This has added depth with its rattan detailing. Meanwhile, in the hub of the home, our Raku Sofa Set takes pride and place. Naturally, her three cats shotgun a spot before she can take a seat.
While her place is a newly built townhouse, to achieve their desired atmosphere they made a few adjustments. Starting with her dark grey kitchen in the epicentre of their three-storey townhouse. To create a brighter and cozier aesthetic, she repainted it beige. She also replaced the carpet throughout her home with wooden flooring to complement it. For the time being, she's happy with how her current home has come together but is excited to go through the process again when she moves closer to the city next year.
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