Style on display as local builders show off their wares
DETAILED styling of display homes allows visitors to be drawn to what the potential of their own future homes could be.
Sometimes the styling is done so well, potential buyers fall in love straight away.
"They all want one," Absolute Homes co-owner Freya O'Sullivan said. "They ask, 'When I can I move in?'"
The team behind the business's Creekview Dv home is a collaboration of the local builder, architectural design group DZignR and a Brisbane colour consultant.
"We offer her to all our clients," Mrs O'Sullivan said.
While the end result is high impact, interior design is not all about playing with colours and furniture purchases.
"It's so personal," Mrs O'Sullivan said. "All that decision making. Is it going to be right?
"This is why I like the colour consultant that helps me. I'll put out all the ideas, about 60%, and she will refine it and not let me go back, and stop questioning myself."
The style of their current display home is mainly cool tones of grey which are complemented with warm autumn hues of yellow and dark blue.
Like all fashions, trends in home styling change over time.
"Everyone does feature colour walls," Mrs O'Sullivan said. "This house is not about that. That's no longer the thing. The theme is texture."
Mrs O'Sullivan uses the entry hallway feature as an example.
"The coconut is so cheap - it's only about $300. It's a tile. You literally just glue it on," she said.
Mrs O'Sullivan and her husband John have built up a following in Gladstone over many years.
"We love it," she said. "We have the most fabulous lifestyle here. We actually came here for a year and we're still living here 17 years later."
You can visit the display home at 2 Creekview Dv, Forest Springs. It's open Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays from 10am-3pm.
A new home is also currently underway at the Riverstone Rise estate which will be home in July.
Pick up the Domain section, in Saturday's Observer, to find out what is hot in property across the region.