iscd Melbourne educator Petrina Turner was recently featured on the front cover of the June edition of Adore magazine. Petrina transformed a generic off-the-plan inner city apartment into a gorgeous home to create a fresh start for her clients. We caught up with Petrina to get her insight into her incredible story and front cover feature, as well as get her tips and tricks when working with budgets.
Petrina’s clients had purchased their first apartment off the plan and wanted to make a fresh start with everything. The inner city apartment was bought with the clients wanting to create a home that was full of practical storage solutions, while injecting their own personality into the apartment. From a design/ styling perspective the brief was relatively open, although the clients specified they wanted to add colour into their home.
Petrina spent quite a bit of time in initial design meeting with her clients to establish what they wanted to be able to store (and hide from view) to make the space highly practical, multi-functional and at the same time create space that was light and fresh to reflect their personalities.
Petrina’s top tips for working within a budget:
Take a thorough brief for your client so you can establish what your client wants to achieve in the space and what mood they hope to create. Doing this allows you to make the best decisions possible with regards to selections and finishes to work wisely within any budget.
A good mix of high and low. Spend the money where it is important (on furniture and furnishing that get the most wear and tear like a sofa, beautiful armchair or rug, or on an amazing piece of art that becomes the centrepiece of a space) and save on smaller, trend based items that may only stay a couple of seasons.
Petrina’s top tips for styling when working with budgets either big or small:
I always advise clients to spend as much as they can afford. There is great value in investing in key pieces that will stand the test of time in both durability and style.
You can buy amazing, authentic design at all budgets. From furniture to fantastic local artist and designer homewares.
If budgets are tight you don’t have to buy everything at once. I let clients know that it is better to purchase wisely on a few key items and build on a space over time rather than compromising on what they really want to have everything now. I have some clients I have been working with for over seven years and we have added layers over time as budgets permits.