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7 Design Ideas you can Steal from Abigail Ahern’s Home

Abigail Ahern’s home is the abode decorator dreams are made of. This leading design guru has a house that’s just as unique and left-of-centre as she is, and it’s my latest interiors obsession.

There’s no denying that this home has an eclectic impact. These images first caught my eye when I saw them via the Apartment Therapy website and I’ve been smitten ever since. To say that I was blown away by the relaxed and meshed sense of style here would be a gross understatement.

What I love so much about Abigail Ahern’s home is that it’s a mis-match of just about every design scheme you could imagine. It also breaks loads of outdated decorating rules and embraces dark colours like nobody else’s home has (a black feature wall, for example, is right up my alley lately!).

So shall we take a look at some snaps of her abode and steal some ideas for our own homes? I think we shall!

7 Design Steals from Abigail Ahern’s Home

Inside Abigail Ahern's Home - Living Room

1. Abandon the concept of one interior style

Abigail’s home can’t be pigeon-holed – and I find that these sorts of homes are the ones people ooh and ahh over the most. If you look at her living room above, you’ll notice that it’s full of colour, texture, pattern and shape; none of which can be categorised into one particular design style. It’s this interior grazing that makes the room so interesting.

Inside Abigail Ahern's Apartment - Living Room Mantle

2. Embrace a darker colour scheme

Here is Australia, we’re a bit slow to jump on the dark interior trend. Our European friends have been doing it for years and the image above is a prime example of how you can make it look amazing. Rather than looking for white colours to contrast the dark hues in the room, Abigail has embraced the dark and moody vibe, creating a monochromatic palette that features a few colour pops to add interest.

Inside Abigail Ahern's Home - Vintage Bar Cart Ideas

3. Bring in the vintage furniture finds

It’s hard to inject soul into a home if everything is store-bought and brand new. Give your home heart by introducing a few vintage pieces. They don’t necessarily need to be your own (or handed down). If you bring in some old mirrors or bar carts (as Abigail has above), you can give them a new lease on life by giving them a DIY paint upgrade and come to see how much wow factor they can bring to your room.

Inside Abigail Ahern's Home - Kitchen

4. Explore (and mix up) your lighting options

It’s so interesting to see the way different lighting options bring mood and ambience to a space. If you take a look at Abigail’s kitchen above, it’s full of different types of lighting. Some is overhead, some are pendants and some are table lamps. It’s this combination of lights – and the different textures of the shades – that brings warmth and character to a room. I love it!

Inside Abigail Ahern's Home - Bedroom Styling

5. Go over the top with texture

If any space can take a textural explosion, it’s the bedroom. A space that needs to feel warm and inviting, a bedroom is the zone to layer; with bedding, rugs, wall coverings, window treatments, textural bedside table vignettes and more. The way Abigail has done this in the room above is just stunning. The pendant light is a knockout, too!

Inside Abigail Ahern's Home - Multiple Bedside Tables

6. Reinvent the bedside table

You’d never think to layer your bedside tables like this, right? What a genius move from Abigail. I love the way she’s reinvented the bedside table and staggered two tables out like this. Not only does it give you more space to style vignettes, but you can use one to display large-scale items and the other for smaller, everyday items. I love the oversized lamp on the larger bedside.

If you need some other ideas for alternative beside tables, this post will help.

Inside Abigail Ahern's Home - Bathroom Decorating

7. Go wild with indoor plants

There’s no better time to rock an indoor plant. The botanic trend is showing no signs of slowing down, so get as many as you can in the rooms of your home and benefit from the lush tranquility this greenery can bring. Above, Abigail is rocking them in her bathroom, which – with the addition of that pendant light – is the most amazing room I’ve ever seen.

If you want some other awesome ideas for displaying indoor plants, check this out.

What Ideas are you Loving?

Which is your fave idea here? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Are you into this sort of design style?

All the images in this post on Abigail Ahern’s Home come from Apartment Therapy. Click here to check out their website and see more.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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