We're big fans of colours, patterns and textures here at Siesta Home HQ - and even *bigger* fans of mixing & matching them. Lucky for us, there's some stylish Instagram accounts out there that celebrate maximalist boho homes in a kaleidoscope of colours to help us satisfy appetite for interior styling.
We've been big fans of @theflamingoandthefox for a while, and guilty of stalking her IG for home updates (hey - we can't help that her style is right up our alley). Sarah's amazing sense of style just screams eclectic, bohomian, positive, fun and playful. More is more is more. There are no rules! The fact that the property is set on an
Australian sugarcane farm is just the sweet cherry on top.
As we scrolled through her rainbow IG feed, we thought to ourselves; we've gotta challenge Sarah to her very own Siesta #StyleChallenge and guess what... she accepted! What's the challenge?
It's simple. We sent a ~mystery box~ of Siesta Home goodies to Sarah and gave her full reign to style up a storm in her home!
What's in the box?
For all the curious cats, here's everything we sent in Sarah's mystery box:
Which room? The bedroom is the place you put all your creature comforts - from layers upon layers of pillows, duvet covers, cushions and decorative accents, there are no rules when it comes to slumber in style. Lucky for us, we carefully curated an assembly of various colours and textures that we thought reflected The Flamingo and the Fox aesthetic, and in true Siesta Style, everything worked in perfect with each other. Phew.
Here's a before picture of Sarah's bedroom, pre-makeover. Stripped down to the bare essentials, we get to see what we're working with before styling begins. There's a slight mid-century vibe we're digging too.
Here's an after picture of Sarah's bedroom looking lush and layered with Siesta Home.
What better way to punch up the personality in a room even more... than with some new Siesta Home goodies!
We love the way Sarah has played with the colours of the pillows to create interesting layers. Boring is never better in the bedroom, right?!
The gorgeous tones and layered textures makes the bed look so inviting. We want to jump right in!
Q&A with Sarah Walsh of The Flamingo and The Fox
SH: How would you describe your home style?
SW: My style is best described as a super colourful mix of bohemian, eclectic and mid-century. I'm a maximalist at heart but I'm now working on buying only with intention. My home actually dates back to the 1870s/80s in part, with additions from 1900 and the 1970s. It is a bit of a rabbit warren but it makes for a more unique home.
SH: How did you design your bedroom in this style challenge?
SW: I took my time, layering the sheets and pillowcases together prior to assembling and stuffing the cases, so I could get a feel for how the patterns and colours should go together. I made the bed up and then moved and layered the pillows and cushions in different ways, sometimes partially pulling back the sheets for a slightly messier look. A lot of it is trial and error, while trying to get the angles just so.
SH: What do you think about the bedroom transformation?
SW: It was lots of fun to style! The colour palette was a refreshing change from the colours I'm normally pulled to, so I enjoyed the challenge of putting it all together and I really think the new look suits my room.
SH: What’s your impression of Siesta Home products?
SW: The products are incredibly fun, bold, colourful and of great quality - everything I look for when buying bed linen and home decor. Plus I have coveted that gorgeous emerald green pom pom cushion for AGES!!
SH: What are three styling tips you could share?
SW: Experiment by mixing up different colours, patterns and textures (within reason) and alternate pillowcase prints. This will make for a more dynamic look, as shown in my Siesta Home bedroom makeover challenge. Don't be afraid to ruffle up your sheet and quilt cover a bit for a slightly messy but stylish look.
If you are using square cushions in a front-on position on your bed, they should be relatively squared up but placing them on a slight angle looks great (particularly if you are using more than one cushion). Avoid placing cushions in a diamond position as it is not visually appealing.
My top general tip is to buy what you love and what speaks to you. Don't settle on something you aren't completely keen on, because you'll regret it. I have made so many expensive mistakes by feeling that I needed something to fill in a space and doing it with things I didn't love, purely out of impatience. Wait for that perfect art print, vase or throw that you truly love, and buy with intention.