Bright, Boho and a bit of Kmart – this Queensland mum has put her hacking skills to great use, transforming her three-bedroom home into a haven of colour and creativity.
Pull up a chair and step inside Brandi Love, aka The Hectic Eclectic’s stylish sanctuary.
Take a look around, drink in the gorgeousness, and see if you can spot the Kmart items!
Some mums have a knack for decorating. Mum-of-three Brandi is certainly one of them!
The self-confessed Pinterest lover has taken the social media world by storm with her simple yet stylish home hacks that combine comfort and colour into one. She shares her decorating ideas on her Instagram account and we, like countless others, are simply blown away by the results.
Every room in her Queensland home is bursting with brightness. From the patterned rugs and textured pillows to the array of indoor plants and prints, everything blends together beautifully.
Brandi, who is mum to Tahli, 10, Hannah, 8 and Josiah, 5, calls her style “Boho, eclectic, organised maximallist”.
How did she achieve the look? By shopping smart! And shopping at Kmart!
Spot the Kmart
There are plenty of Kmart gems scattered around the house from fairy lights and rugs to buntings, baskets and letter boards.
The bench seat is also from Kmart, but hacked with pink material to add a pop of colour to the crafty corner.
Bring on the baskets!
It’s little details that make her house a decorating dream home. Like adding pom poms to her Kmart baskets (below) to give them more flair.
“We hide everything in baskets. From kids’ karaoke machines and mics, to roller blades, balls, knick-knacks and pillows,” Brandi tells Mum Central.
“It’s a great way to keep things easily accessible but also looks great.”
No matter where you look, from the playroom to the bedroom, every area is textured through patterns with plenty of throw rugs, Kmart prints, bright buntings, fairy lights and cosy cushions.
“If you choose to go bold and add colour to your living spaces then let the colours bounce off of each other,” Brandi suggests.
“Have you chosen a bright blue cushion for your living room? Then add a print to the wall with that same colour blue in it. If you have chosen a bright pink rug for the floor then add a cushion to the bed or couch with a touch of pink in it.”
In addition to Kmart finds, Brandi buys most of her material from Spotlight and a few select stores.
“The rainbow pillows [below] were on clearance from Adairs, the Kantha on the wall is from Adore India and most of my rugs are from Rug Emporium.”
Amazingly enough, a lot of the furniture that Brandi uses she finds on GumTree. And pretties up of course! The total cost of furniture in the living room (above)? $125!
“This does not include the paint, sandpaper, and tears that went into them of course,” Brandi jokes.
A Family a-Flair
Of course, when you have kids, it’s next to impossible to keep a home looking this pretty for long, right? Not if you’re Brandi! She’s trained them well and admits they are all tidy and organised, especially her five-year-old son.
“We make our beds every morning and everyone pitches in at dinner and breakfast time to help clean up the messes. My girls have daily chores that they do, helping mostly with the laundry, so we work together as a team most of the time.
I can’t stand messy floors so you’ll always see me with a vacuum in my hand or a mop bucket in use.”
Home is where the hacks are
Brandi is always on the hunt for new things to add to the home and new items to hack. Through her many house hacks she’d learned to push the decorating boundaries and bend the rules.
“Don’t be scared to try new things,” Brandi encourages. “I was also told that painting a room blue would make the room look dark and crowded yet my boy’s room is one of my most favourite rooms in the house.”
Although Brandi doesn’t have any interior design experience, she admits it’s something she would love to do in the future. But, for now, you can follow her on Instagram as she continues to wow the world with her keen sense of style.
Looking for more ways to hack your house? Check out our very favourite Kmart hacks we’ve come across over the past few months.