Today I’m really excited to tell you about a décor product that will help you transform affordable or secondhand furniture into something truly fabulous, unique and expensive looking. And it’s just been brought to Australia.
These lightweight, decorative fretwork panels come in several patterns and sizes. They are paintable and easily attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass. I’ve seen O’verlays on American blogs for years and thought they were amazing but could never find someone to deliver them to Australia. Luckily for me, Sydney-based Therese Tarlinton has now brought them here. At about $20 per panel, I think they’re going to be ridiculously popular!
“Meeting up with the creator in America, I immediately saw its potential,” she said. “After discussing the traditional distribution arrangement, where currency fluctuations and shipping schedules can greatly impact the success of a company, I suggested they look at licensing, so the panels could be made locally in Australia.”
Therese has many years’ experience in branding and PR and recently sold a business and started a new one, UPstyled. “I knew the potential of taking a brand name that was a leader in its category and creating a product that Aussies could connect with,” she says. After designing for many years for licenses she held in the baby industry, Therese decided to formalise her knowledge and last year concluded her studies in design and decoration. “I realised that although I love styling, I wanted to introduce new products to Australia – but this time for passionate, design loving adults.”
Inspired by Australian interior designer Greg Natale’s designs using mouldings and patterns, she searched for a product that could offer a designer look to people who yearned for Coco Republic or La Maison, but only had an IKEA budget. O’verlays were the answer. “They offer that refined, layered look to furniture for people with a real life budget who are time poor. The Overlays are cut to size, so after painting them (or you can leave them white) you simply attach to your furniture with liquid nails. You don’t have to design qualifications; you just need to open a tube of glue.”
Therese adds: “I think O’verlays will be popular with people who want to put together beautiful rooms using basic flatpack or vintage furniture and, in doing so, inspire their friends who adore maximum visual return for minimal financial outlay.”
They’re easy to buy online. You can search by popular Ikea furniture items or by pattern and you can even request custom sizes and designs. There are a couple of Ikea chests of drawers in my bedroom just screaming out for these. Maybe I’ll even give it a go myself and share the results with you later!