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Aussie couple famous for their eccentric house share stylish budget homewares from Kmart and Target

A young couple known for their quirky home styling has revealed their best budget homeware buys to help you create an on-trend eccentric look in your own space.

Jemma Alyce, 28, and Trent Bartlett, 35, from Melbourne, named their incredible, eccentrically decorated home ‘Wally Parton’ and have spent the last year decking it out with colourful pieces.

In a TikTok clip, Jemma shared her favourite ‘funky’ homewares that won’t break the bank including a $30 Big W lamp she said ‘blew her away’.

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Jemma Alyce, 28 (pictured top) and Trent Bartlett (pictured bottom) 35, from Melbourne famous online for their eccentric home styling have shared their best bargain homewares buys

Jemma Alyce, 28 (pictured top) and Trent Bartlett (pictured bottom) 35, from Melbourne famous online for their eccentric home styling have shared their best bargain homewares buys

In a TikTok clip , Jemma shared her favourite 'funky' homewares that won't break the bank with the pair's 102,200 followers including a $30 Big W lamp (pictured) she said 'blew her away'

In a TikTok clip , Jemma shared her favourite 'funky' homewares that won't break the bank with the pair's 102,200 followers including a $30 Big W lamp (pictured) she said 'blew her away'

In a TikTok clip , Jemma shared her favourite ‘funky’ homewares that won’t break the bank with the pair’s 102,200 followers including a $30 Big W lamp (pictured) she said ‘blew her away’

The stylish couple recently bought six of Typo’s purple and green Shape Shifter mugs with a bright orange handle for just $15 that have been so popular among shoppers they are now all sold out. 

From Typo, they also bought a matching candle stick holder for $14.99 as well as a $29.99 orange checkered double dip bowl that comes with a detachable dip dish. 

More eclectic buys included Big W’s Franko Dobby towel for only $7 each down from $12 that have a multi-patterned design and the $79 Mirabella gold palm tree lamp. 

‘Well done Big W, I was pretty blown away by that,’ Jemma said. 

From Typo, Jemma and Trend bought a colourful candle stick holder for $14.99

From Typo, Jemma and Trend bought a colourful candle stick holder for $14.99

As well as a $29.99 orange checkered double dip bowl that comes with a detachable dip dish

As well as a $29.99 orange checkered double dip bowl that comes with a detachable dip dish

From Typo, Jemma and Trend bought a candle stick holder (left) for $14.99 as well as a $29.99 orange checkered double dip bowl (right) that comes with a detachable dip dish

More eclectic buys included Big W's Franko Dobby towel (pictured) for only $7 each down from $12 that have a multi-patterned design and the $79 Mirabella gold palm tree lamp

More eclectic buys included Big W's Franko Dobby towel (pictured) for only $7 each down from $12 that have a multi-patterned design and the $79 Mirabella gold palm tree lamp

More eclectic buys included Big W’s Franko Dobby towel (pictured) for only $7 each down from $12 that have a multi-patterned design and the $79 Mirabella gold palm tree lamp

Jemma and Trent’s best eccentric bargain homeware buys

Typo: 

$14.99 Shape shifter mug 

$14.99 Shape shifter candle holder 

$29.99 Double dip  bowl

Big W:

$7 House & Home Franko Dobby Bath Towel – Multi

$79 Mirabella Fashion Palm Tree Table Lamp – Gold

Kmart:

$15 Fluted Decorative Bowl

$25 Blisse Brass Wall Sconce

Target:

$80 Curved Shape Mirror  

$12 Mia Arch Sculpture

$10 Lupe Sculpture

$12 Ruffle Trinket Dish

Source: wallyparton/TikTok 

She then recommended a few buys from Kmart like the art deco-style Blisse brass wall sconce for $25 each and the $15 fluted decorative bowl which Jemma said she ‘really likes the texture of’. 

From Target, Jemma was loving the $12 Mia arch sculpture, the golden Lupe sculpture which is now $10 down from $15, the $12 Ruffle trinket dish. 

There was also a $70 arched mirror from Target which is no longer online but an identical $80 version is available. 

‘We’ve got this $70 mirror which we already own and DIYed our own frame for,’ Jemma said.  

She recommended a few buys from Kmart like the art deco-style Blisse brass wall sconce for $25

She recommended a few buys from Kmart like the art deco-style Blisse brass wall sconce for $25

Jemma said she 'really likes the texture of' the $15 fluted decorative bowl

Jemma said she 'really likes the texture of' the $15 fluted decorative bowl

She recommended a few buys from Kmart like the art deco-style Blisse brass wall sconce (left) for $25 each and the $15 fluted decorative bowl (right) which Jemma said she ‘really likes the texture of’

How to make a DIY pool noodle mirror

What you’ll need

 Target curved shape mirror

Stretchy spandex material 

 Pool noodles

 Knife

scissors 

Duct tape 

What to do

DIY pool noodle mirror

DIY pool noodle mirror

DIY pool noodle mirror

1. Carefully cut lengthways down each pool noodle creating an incision that acts like a bumper you can then push onto the edges of the mirror frame.

2. Once on the mirror measure out how many pool noodles you’ll need and then tape them together with the duct tape to create one long noodle.

3. Put that noodle onto the back of the fabric, cut it to size and stuff the fabric into the incision that you’ve made to make one long shiny noodle.

5.  Push it back onto the frame of the mirror like you did before creating that bumper and that’s it!

Source: wallyparton/TikTok 

Jemma and Trent have developed a huge following online for sharing how they transformed their ‘blank canvas’ apartment into a vibrant maximalist-styled space filled with unusual but creative pieces of furniture that leave you looking twice.

The pair moved from Adelaide to Melbourne in March 2021 and took the opportunity to decorate the two-bedroom flat during lockdown.

The young couple have no experience in interior design and stepping into their apartment seems like walking through a fun art exhibition. 

Jemma is a Campaign Strategist and Trent is Content Manager who call their home ‘Wally Parton’, inspired by Dolly Parton.

‘Wally Parton is our passion project that we work on outside of our nine-to-fives – it’s is our five-to-nine,’ the couple told FEMAIL.

The young couple have no experience in interior design and stepping into their apartment is like walking through a fun art exhibition. The blue living room couch is one stand-out piece with the word ‘nice’ spelt out in cushions

The young couple have no experience in interior design and stepping into their apartment is like walking through a fun art exhibition. The blue living room couch is one stand-out piece with the word ‘nice’ spelt out in cushions

The young couple have no experience in interior design and stepping into their apartment is like walking through a fun art exhibition. The blue living room couch is one stand-out piece with the word ‘nice’ spelt out in cushions

Perhaps one of the quirkiest, eye-catching pieces of furniture are the orange dining chairs that embody a minimalist design

Perhaps one of the quirkiest, eye-catching pieces of furniture are the orange dining chairs that embody a minimalist design

Perhaps one of the quirkiest, eye-catching pieces of furniture are the orange dining chairs that embody a minimalist design

In every corner and space there’s something to look at – from the blue velvet couch to orange dining table chairs, plant pot with Converse sneakers and a cat clock.

The apartment is filled with colour, flair and overstimulating pieces of furniture that you can’t help but look at.

The huge floor-to-ceiling walls welcome in natural sunlight that elevates the apartment and highlights the staple pieces.

‘Finding furniture and DIYing became more of a creative outlet and hobby during lockdown,’ Jemma and Trend said.

Perhaps one of the quirkiest, eye-catching pieces of furniture are the orange dining chairs that embody a minimalist design

Perhaps one of the quirkiest, eye-catching pieces of furniture are the orange dining chairs that embody a minimalist design

The pot plant from Bunnings was painted black and the tiny shoes were removed from the Converse keyring

The pot plant from Bunnings was painted black and the tiny shoes were removed from the Converse keyring

Perhaps one of the quirkiest, eye-catching pieces of furniture are the orange dining chairs that embody a minimalist design (left). The pot plant from Bunnings was painted black and the tiny shoes were removed from the Converse keyring (right)

The trendy wave mirror is reflects onto the living room, making the space look larger

The trendy wave mirror is reflects onto the living room, making the space look larger

The trendy wave mirror is reflects onto the living room, making the space look larger 

Perhaps one of the quirkiest, eye-catching pieces of furniture are the orange dining chairs that embody a minimalist design.

In a TikTok video, Jemma said the chairs are replicas of the Big Game / Moustache ‘Bold’ Chair – which retails for $179 each online.

The chairs are made from two metal tubes, foam patting with a suede-like finish and are said to be very comfortable. Luckily the retailer offered customised colours and they chose a bright orange.

The blue living room couch is another stand-out piece with the word ‘nice’ spelt out in cushions. 

The pot plant from Bunnings was painted black and the tiny shoes were removed from the Converse keyring.

‘Maybe having our pot plant wear shoes isn’t the best idea we’ve ever had but it’s fun,’ the couple said.

When out and about, the couple are always looking for unique pieces to add to their collection

When out and about, the couple are always looking for unique pieces to add to their collection

When out and about, the couple are always looking for unique pieces to add to their collection  

When asked what their 'weirdest' DIY project to date would, the pair said it would undoubtedly be the pool noodle mirror (pictured, right). 'We upcycled an old Target mirror with a pool noodle covered in red spandex and wrapped around the frame of the mirror,' they said

When asked what their 'weirdest' DIY project to date would, the pair said it would undoubtedly be the pool noodle mirror (pictured, right). 'We upcycled an old Target mirror with a pool noodle covered in red spandex and wrapped around the frame of the mirror,' they said

When asked what their ‘weirdest’ DIY project to date would, the pair said it would undoubtedly be the pool noodle mirror (pictured, right). ‘We upcycled an old Target mirror with a pool noodle covered in red spandex and wrapped around the frame of the mirror,’ they said

When asked what their ‘weirdest’ DIY project to date would, the pair said it would undoubtedly be the pool noodle mirror.

‘We upcycled an old Target mirror with a pool noodle covered in red spandex and wrapped around the frame of the mirror,’ they said.

‘The results aren’t bad for $10, although it was difficult to explain to the dance shop we bought the spandex from what we were using the material for.’

‘We’ve also tiled plinths that we found on Marketplace, made an enormous green stegosaurus-shaped pillow that sits on our bed and jazzed up our old white IKEA cabinet with handles made from plant stakes.

‘We know how weird that sounds, but it’s nice to be surrounded by the stuff we imagined up and made.’

Other unique items include a tortoise bookcase

Other unique items include a tortoise bookcase

And a cactus which turns into glasses

And a cactus which turns into glasses

Other unique items include a tortoise bookcase (left) and a cactus which turns into glasses (right)

When they first started the home project, Jemma and Trent spent most of their time browsing Facebook marketplace to secondhand treasures

When they first started the home project, Jemma and Trent spent most of their time browsing Facebook marketplace to secondhand treasures

Since then they often shop on Etsy for unique pieces they're willing to splurge on

Since then they often shop on Etsy for unique pieces they're willing to splurge on

When they first started the home project, Jemma and Trent spent most of their time browsing Facebook marketplace to secondhand treasures

When they first started the home project, Jemma and Trent spent most of their time browsing Facebook marketplace to secondhand treasures. Since then they often shop on Etsy for unique pieces they’re willing to splurge on.

It seems that the only plan is to have no plan – and it’s worked splendidly for the couple.

The most expensive purchase to date was the round dining table, and though the pair didn’t reveal how much they paid similar designs can retail from anywhere between $500 to $2200.

As the pair are currently renting, they have to be incredibly conscious about what they purchase to ensure it can fit in another space.

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