You've probably heard of the international terms Hygge and Lagom, but what if you want to evoke a feeling that's a bit bolder and brighter? Take a peek at this bright, Australian home tour below to get the same look no matter where you live. 

By Tamara Kraus
Updated October 16, 2018
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It's no secret we're obsessed with the world's design principles (think Hygge, Lagom, and Wabi-sabi), but we've yet to touch on Australia's bold, colorful aesthetic. While this style is quite different from the others, they all have one goal: To create a relaxing, comfortable space—and life—to call your own. Below, Kate Heppell, Kip & Co. co-founder, shares a few of her favorite rooms and design concepts in her charming home in Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.

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Embrace the Nautical Vibe

"Internal wood cladding is often found in a lot of the old, beach town houses throughout Australia," says Heppell. "We were going to keep it all-natural, but with all the brass rails it had a boat feel, so we decided to paint the paneling navy." As seen here, Heppell uses sheer curtains in the living rooms to filter light without blocking it, and keeps things comfy with a soft area rug for the kids to play on.

Get the look: 

To buy: Peacock Blue Tassel throw, $189; kipandco.com.

To buy: Open Hands stool, $199; urbanoutfitters.com

To buy: Smokey Pink Velvet Euro pillow, $59; thefamilylovetree.com.au.

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Don't Overthink The Kids' Room

"I like to let the kids choose some stuff themselves — flea markets are great for finding a few special pieces," says Heppell. And her secret to keeping toys off the floor? Have multiple toy chests throughout your home so there's always a drop spot within reach to clean up toys in a flash. 

Get the look: 

To buy: Storagepalooza toy bin, $199; crateandbarrel.com.

To buy: Lightning bolt mirror, $17; etsy.com

To buy: Corn stool, $25; thedesigndepot.net.au. 

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Layer It Up

"Australian homes are relaxed, calm, not over-styled, and always include several spots that are great for entertaining," says Heppell. Layer things up with textures on rugs, throws, and pillows, surprising color combinations, and a mix of vintage and modern items if you want to stay true to the Land Down South's inviting style. 

Get the look: 

To buy: Solid Basketweave throw, $79; westelm.com.

To buy: Kalisa contemporary side chair, $499; houzz.com.  

To buy: Smokey pink velvet tassel cushion cover, $65; kipandco.com.