We’re about to pack up house in South Africa and will be coming to live in Australia within the next few months. Is there any furniture you would suggest we leave behind?
Deborah’s Advice: A good question. This really depends on which city in Australia you will be moving to and whether you will be moving into a house or a unit. For example, houses in Queensland and Perth tend to be larger than those in Sydney. You get more value for your money, so you will be able to fit more furniture into them. As a result, most average homes in
Sydney don’t have space for very large sofas, so don’t bring large lounge suites that may not fit your lounge room and will also take up space in your container. Unless you know what house you will be moving into before you arrive and know what will fit, be very wary of bringing too much furniture with you.
I find that most newcomers to Australia wish they hadn’t brought as much as they did because their old furniture often doesn’t suit the layout or the style of their new homes. I would suggest that you try to limit the furniture to only those very special pieces that are irreplaceable and have meaning for you. This way you will save money on freight and shipping costs, your furniture won’t dictate what size house you move into and you will also save on potential storage costs in Australia, which can be extremely expensive if you suddenly have to store furniture between accommodations.
Believe me, I have first hand experience with this, having arrived with a huge container load of furniture, including a Victorian bath! The bath was stored and moved more than five times before finally finding a home in our present house. An expensive exercise, but I do appreciate it every time I have a bath!
Look out for Deborah’s new showroom on the Gold Coast: Red Door Interiors located in Bundall. It will feature different room settings and displays on a regular basis. Deborah hopes to convey her sense of design in displays where old can be mixed with new, modern with classic and of course there will always be a bit of Africa thrown into the mix!
Besides contemporary local and imported furnishings, including beautiful stainless steel wall lanterns, Deborah is importing African skins, as well as various African artifacts from all over Africa. There are masks from Nigeria and Burkina Faso, tables from the Cameroons and basketry from Zimbabwe plus many more exotic delights. “I want to show how gorgeous it is to decorate using these elements as accessories, to add texture and interest to one’s interiors. I love the idea of a hand carved African mask standing alongside a vase of beautiful orchids on a hall table or a knobby bameleki stool sitting on a Persian carpet in a lounge. It’s about the mixture of cultures and the play with texture that makes an interior more interesting”
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