Cats and Bright Colors in an Eclectic Modern Country Home

updated Apr 30, 2019

Cats and Bright Colors in an Eclectic Modern Country Home

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Katie Day, her partner and three adorable cats
Location: Dayboro — Queensland, Australia
Years lived in: 7 months, owned

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Katie has only recently moved into her cute Queenslander-style home in the country town of Dayboro, a 50-minute drive from Brisbane, Australia. The home was lovingly restored by a local building firm, and Katie’s added her “modern country” style to the space…along with filling the house with three cats and colorful sofas. Moving from the inner suburbs, Katie is thrilled to call this new house “home.”

Katie had a beautiful home where she lived previously, and her style has easily translated into this new space. The home’s showstopper is the bright green sofa that truly makes a modern statement, yet still feels perfect in this old 1920s house. And though Katie and her partner have grand ideas for the garden that haven’t yet come to fruition, there’s plenty of time: They plan to live in their home for many, many years to come.

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My Style: Eclectic Modern Country

Inspiration: Mid-century modern design, salvaging one-of-a-kind items from garage sales and op shops, bright colours, beautiful textures, nature, the environment and following my heart to things I love!

Favorite Element: The perfect imperfections any 100-year-old home has and the beautiful natural light.

Biggest Challenge: Finding creative storage solutions with no built-in cupboards or wardrobes!

What Friends Say: The house was made for us!

Biggest Embarrassment: I struggle to find a place for things sometimes, and do still have a very full junk drawer in the kitchen!

Proudest DIY: The hanging ladder for my plants over the bathtub. This project took my dad a full day of measuring, re-measuring and measuring again. He did a fantastic job and perfectly executed my big idea.

Biggest Indulgence: A velvet, bright green sofa!

Best Advice: Let your style and home evolve – don’t try to do it all at once.

Dream Sources: Mid-century design and fashion, local Brisbane antique stores, op shops, my grandparents’ style and homes, timeless and vintage pieces, Jardan Furniture, West Elm, any beautiful hand-crafted design.


External colours are Queensland(Qld) Builder’s White with Colorbond Night Sky.
Internal walls is Dulux Terrace White in 1/2 strength and QLD Builder’s White in gloss on all of the fretwork, doors, door frames, window sills and other trim.

ENTRY (the back door is where most people enter the house)
Table near back door – Garage Sale
Terrarium – Botanicals By Bella
Love is the New Black Print – recreated by me from a Pinterest artist
Key Holder – H&M Home
Basket – Kmart
Wooden Box – Thrift store find

Stockholm Green Velvet Sofa – Ikea (No longer available)
Stockholm Striped Rug – Ikea
Besta Tv Unit with custom stained timber top – Ikea (Three door Besta unit, 180cm long, pressed pine top from Bunnings attached by me)
Black Floor Lamp – Kmart (no longer available)
Black and gold framed chairs – Kmart (no longer available)
Nested side tables – Aldi (no longer available)
Blue velvet ottoman – Big W
Black and White striped cushion, pink linen cushion, natural linen cushion, grey velvet cushion – H&M Home
Black and white Dalmatian cushion, black and white geometric cushion – Bungalow Living
4 x Billy Bookcases – Ikea
Cactus Lamp – Sunny Life Australia (No longer available)
Stripe Pot black and gold – Kmart
Ritz Bar Cart – Freedom
Grey foot stools – hand-me-downs, recovered by me in grey linen
Oversize abstract art – painted by me
Flower painting and Uluru Painting – by my grandmother, Doris Day
The Queen print – Studio Cockatoo
The Tour De France Print – A gift from a friend to partner
‘A Day without laughter is a day wasted’ print – Kmart
Cloches with plants – Ikea

Table Upcycled VJ door — ebay with Nippen legs from Ikea
Eames Chair replica – Target
Vase – Freedom

Bed Frame – West Elm Mid century modern
100% vintage washed linen bedspread – H&M Home
Rosette quilt, Rosette Euro Pillows and rosette round cushion – Lazybones Australia
Vintage washed linen pillow cases – Adairs – no longer available in mint green
Bedside tables – Kmart – no longer available
Lamps – Kmart – no longer available
Candles – Milk Bar Candle Co
Macrame Planter – Vintage – made by my Nana in 1978
Ottoman – Big W – no longer available
Suitcase under ottoman – vintage – garage sale find
Mid-century style writing desk – garage sale find
Black mid-century planter – Target
Copenhagen Print – Ferm Living
Atelier Stella Vases – West Elm – No longer available
Hanging plant stand – op shop find – Red Hill Slavos
Ikea PS 2017 Chair – Ikea
White cushion covers — H&M Home
Mirror – Kmart

Vanity – second hand find
Mirror – Kmart – no longer available
Medicine cabinet – garage sale find, upcycled and painted by me.
Lagerbar pot plants – Ikea

Clawfoot tub – antique found underneath an old Queenslander and restored. I am told it was the rustiest and poorest condition tub the restorer has ever worked on.
Ladder over bath – gumtree find, hung by my dad
Plants – plants from local store in Dayboro
Milk stool – vintage – hand crafted by my Poppy and painted by me
Large white pot – Kmart
Vanity – second hand find, painted and restored to fit the space
Lights on wall – Temple and Webster – No longer available
Pendant light – Bunnings

Hemnes Daybed – IKEA
Pillow Shams – Lazybones Australia
Other pillows from Kmart and Bungalow Living
Baskets – IKEA – pompoms added by me
Bunting made by me from my Nana’s old handkerchiefs
Desk – op shop find, painted by me
Eames replica chair – Target – no longer available
Ivar Shelving System – IKEA
Plastic storage boxes – Kmart

Lilles and Bed frame – IKEA – No longer available
Bedding –IKEA – no longer available
Bedside cupboard – found on the side of the road, upcycled and painted by me
Game of Thrones Artwork – A gift from a friend
Marmo Lamp – Kmart
Writing Desk – Antique from my parents’ house, they purchased when they were first married 40 years ago
Chair – op shop find – painted by me

Thanks, Katie!

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