May 30, 2024

An artist with an eye for interior design has transformed her ‘blank canvas’ home into a dreamy visual masterpiece. 

Valentina Albert, from regional New South Wales, bought the adorable four bedroom country home nine years ago with husband Stephane and has slowly been working on it ever since. 

Now the once bland-looking property is warm and bright with colourful walls, intriguing art sculptures, and a massive walk-in wardrobe. 

The 38-year-old shared her design secrets with FEMAIL to help and inspire others wanting to DIY their own home on a budget. 

Australian artist Valentina Albert, from regional New South Wales, has shared her interior design secrets she used to transform her home into a visual masterpiece

Australian artist Valentina Albert, from regional New South Wales, has shared her interior design secrets she used to transform her home into a visual masterpiece 

After stepping into the home guests are immediately drawn to the pink art feature wall down the hallway (pictured)

After stepping into the home guests are immediately drawn to the pink art feature wall down the hallway (pictured) 

Walking around the cosy home, you can count the various shades of blue in different areas - a colour Tina said reminds her of happy memories by the beach and nostalgia

Walking around the cosy home, you can count the various shades of blue in different areas – a colour Tina said reminds her of happy memories by the beach and nostalgia

After stepping into the home guests are immediately drawn to the pink art feature wall down the hallway. 

The wall has an array of artwork, prints, magazine covers from the 1920s and 1960s, personal photos and even a white monkey hanging from the ceiling. 

Walking around the cosy home, you can count the various shades of blue in different areas – a colour that reminds Tina her of happy memories by the beach and her childhood. 

The property originally had white walls and timber floorboards – something Tina described as ‘flat and boring’. 

‘As soon as we saw the house and moved in, we knew what we wanted to do in the future,’ she said. 

‘We got started, chopped and changed some things over time and decided to use the space in another way – it’s been an evolving process over nine years.’

The kitchen and living room have pops of colour throughout with rugs, artwork, sculptures and plants that also avoid making the home appear cluttered

The kitchen and living room have pops of colour throughout with rugs, artwork, sculptures and plants that also avoid making the home appear cluttered

The couple started by painting walls, styling rooms and found the perfect spot for furniture. 

‘You want to get a feel of how you live in the space as well – I guess that’s why this process has taken so long for us. We wanted to see what works for us and how we live,’ Tina added. 

Four years in they decided to tweak the floorplan to create a walk-in wardrobe attached to their master bedroom – a feature that easily makes others envious. 

The bedroom was originally a second living room and a wall was removed to create the wardrobe. 

Valentina and her husband Stephane have been living at the property for nine years and have slowly changed it over time. Four years in they tweaked the floorplan to create a walk-in wardrobe attached to their bedroom (pictured)

Valentina and her husband Stephane have been living at the property for nine years and have slowly changed it over time. Four years in they tweaked the floorplan to create a walk-in wardrobe attached to their bedroom (pictured) 

The wardrobe (pictured) was originally another room and now makes others envious about the size

The wardrobe (pictured) was originally another room and now makes others envious about the size

Tina agreed her style is colourful, bold and eclectic combined with contemporary design. 

While many turned to Pinterest or Instagram for DIY ideas, Tina said inspiration can spark from anywhere – such as light, linear patterns and movement. 

Her creative mind can pull ideas from mundane objects and apply it to another form. For instance, she might like the look of a lamp and integrate it elsewhere. 

Decorating the home into something far more stylish and personal is perhaps the only trend Tina follows, as she ignores what’s popular in the market. 

‘I like to do what feels right for us, and I’m not afraid to do things different,’ she said. 

The one thing she’ll never do is have anything brown or beige as she prefers to a more adventurous design.  

Tina agreed her style is colourful, bold and eclectic combined with contemporary design

Tina agreed her style is colourful, bold and eclectic combined with contemporary design

Throughout the whole process the couple always asked themselves four questions - What's our budget? What are we willing to spend? What can we do ourselves and what can we outsource?

Throughout the whole process the couple always asked themselves four questions – What’s our budget? What are we willing to spend? What can we do ourselves and what can we outsource?

While the home is indeed colourful, it isn’t overpowering and there’s an overall balance. 

‘We do have lots of white around to ground the space and balance everything out,’ Tina said. 

The kitchen and living room have pops of colour through the rug, artwork, sculptures and plants which also avoid making the home appear cluttered. 

To keep the budget under control the couple did as much as they could themselves and only outsourced when needed. 

Throughout the whole process the couple always asked themselves four questions – What’s our budget? What are we willing to spend? What can we do ourselves and what can we outsource?

The backyard is lush with a garden and outdoor deck area

There's also a cocktail bar

The backyard is lush with a garden and outdoor deck area (left) and there’s also a cocktail bar

The kitchen is neutral toned to maintain balance

There's another gallery wall elsewhere in the home

The kitchen (left) is neutral toned to maintain balance and there’s another gallery wall elsewhere in the home (right)

As for advice to others, Tina suggested not being afraid to use colour, understand how it can change your mood and think about the functionality of a home.  

‘A lot of people don’t know where to start [when renovating]. My biggest tip is to not focus on trends but instead think deeply about how you want to live and how you want to feel in your space,’ she said. 

‘Do you want a reading corner? Is it a space where your family congregates? Do you like your kids on the kitchen table drawing?’ 

She also highlighted the importance of choosing colours. 

‘What is it you like about it and how does that colour make you feel?’ She asked, adding: ‘For me, it’s about a connection and drawing on association.’ 

Tina explained she likes using a lot of blue because she has many great memories and nostalgia associated with that colour.

‘Step back and write down what you like, don’t like and why that is,’ she said. 

The couple also plan to sell the beloved home in future to move to a bigger property better suited to their lifestyle.  

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