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It’s Always Summer in this Bohemian Australian Rental

by Garrett Fleming

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We all have a favorite season. That one moment in time where we feel most alive. For me, it’s fall. The crisp chill in the air, the smell of homemade pie and the anticipation of the upcoming holidays always bring a smile to my face. Interior stylist Eva Loyola is one creative soul whose favorite season is the polar opposite of mine. Hers is full of beaches, bathing suits and ice-cold lemonade. She’s a summer gal through and through. She loves it so much, she even transformed her rental so she could bask in the cheeriness of the season year-round.

The design began, as so many successful looks do, with a blank slate. A two-bedroom, Tweed Valley, Australia blank slate to be exact. Eva admits it wasn’t much to look at when she and her daughter Lucia moved in, but it was cozy and quaint and (more importantly) ripe for rejuvenation. Over time, the pair tirelessly infused pattern, color and greenery into the apartment until it brought as many smiles to their faces as the longest of summer days. And surprisingly, most of the vintage accessories they used to do so barely cost the duo anything at all. Thanks, internet! You read that right. Nearly all of this place’s decorations came from resale sites and online classifieds. Eva would see a listing, snag it and pack up her car so she and Lucia could jet over and get the goodie before it disappeared.

The process could have easily turned irksome, but as time went on, the thrifting trips began to mean more and more to the family. Without realizing it, simple jaunts to snag some chairs and rugs had become road trips full of fond memories and endless laughs. A thrifty find, belly laughs and quality time for a mother and daughter? Now that sounds like the perfect decorating strategy, Eva. Scroll down to see each and every find she and Lucia came across on their many journeys and get ready to feel the summer vibes they’re letting of. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Jye Wilson

Image above: It’s not unusual for this thrifty mother of one to travel far and wide to pick up a deal she’s come across on Craigslist-esque site Gumtree. This rug, for example, took her miles from home but only set her back $50, and this IKEA sofa was free.

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When designing each corner of her rental, Eva kept her favorite season in mind: summer. To capture the special time of year, Eva looked to bright colors, pattern and natural elements.
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Eva soaks up her bohemian paradise.
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"This little vintage bamboo bookcase holds all my special trinkets and gifts. None of these pieces are replaceable and all [are sentimental]," -- Eva Loyola
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Eva and Lucia painted this wall late one night while eating pizza and listening to Tupac. The custom touches don't stop there. Eva also spray-painted the chairs herself after growing tired of their previous black hue.
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The apartment's lack of dedicated space for a proper dining room initially challenged interior stylist Eva. After two months of toying with the layout, the open concept you see now won out.
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Lush greenery -- another nod to summertime -- in the combination living/dining room.
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Many of the accessories in Eva and Lucia’s home were designed by friends Eva has met online. The owner of Fat Rabbit Tapestry, who Eva met on Instagram, designed this fringe hanging to complement Eva’s Suzani bedspread. A Suzani is a beaded tapestry from Central Asia.

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What Eva's bedroom lacks in space it more than makes up for in sunlight.
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The decorations at the foot of Eva's bed have been kept muted by design. By doing so, Eva ensures her bedspread shines.
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Eva found the cane lounger that sits in the office on the side of the road. A scrub and a fresh coat of varnish brought it back to life.
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Like the rest of the home, decorations in the home office come and go. Eva created her gallery wall with finds she picked up at various vintage boutiques in her neighborhood. They live on a secondhand shelf she scored on eBay.
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Eva loves cooking up Italian feasts, and her kitchen is perfect for when she has multiple pots bubbling.
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"My favorite thing to do at home is Netflix and chill," -- Eva Loyola
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Source List

Dining Room

Table – Gumtree
Table runner, tiled table, bamboo planter, macrame plant hanger, carved women statue – vintage
Dining chairs -Kmart
Wall color – Dulux Paints “Teal Obsession”
Feathered mandala wall art –The Chroma Club
Moroccan lantern – Trade Secret

Lounge room

Couch – IKEA
Rug – Temple and Webster
Coffee table, cane swivel chair, cane hutch, shell chandelier, shell lamp, macrame plant hanger – vintage
Shibori cloth – Island Living Homewares
Cushion on swivel chair – ISHKA
Mudcloth throw, Suzani – La Boheme
Pink Euro pillows – Spotlight
Turquoise cushions – Adairs
Morrocan Berber pillow, leather pouf – Maison and Maison
Wood planter – Violet and Moss Homewares
Frida print, rams skull – Six Things Shop
Weave tapestry – Ruben & Weave
Cane planter pillow – Talk

Bedroom

Suzani bedspread – Lost Design Society
White quilt cover – Spotlight
Morrocan wedding pillows, cactus silk pillow – Maison and Maison
Fringe hanging – Fat Rabbit Tapestry
Bedside tables, dresser – Far Pavilions
Mirror, hell chandelier – vintage
Vases – Target

Home Office

Step shelf  – eBay
Macrame wall hanging – Shambahla
Bob Marley print – Shambahla
Tribal print pillow – Talk
Triangle shelf – Kmart
Rug – IKEA
Kilim – Lost Design Society
Cowhide – Kmart
Indigo mud cloth – La Boheme
Black mud cloth – DK Renewel
Boucherouite pillow – Tigmi Trading

 

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