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An Australian interiors blog featuring carefully selected furniture & homewares packages, in your preferred interior style, from a range of quality retailers, by one of Melbourne's Top 8 interior designer studios - Grace Interior Designs.

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom with Spindle Bed Frame

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom with Spindle Bed Frame

Mid-Century Modern interior design is an enduring style. There are many reasons for Mid-Century Modern style remaining so popular. I think it’s because of the slim horizontal line. The use of timber materials, which always […]

Luxe living room with blue velvet sofa

Luxe living room with blue velvet sofa

Everyone deserves a bit of luxury, especially in their homes. While luxury means different things to different people, it’s safe to say that textures such as velvet are key to achieving a Luxe interior style. […]

Minimal Industrial Bedroom

Minimal Industrial Bedroom

To define a style, sometimes only takes one piece . In this buyable minimal industrial bedroom mood board the one piece that defines the style is the table lamp. As an interior designer I’m always […]

Monochrome Classic French Dining

Monochrome Classic French Dining

The inspiration for this monochrome classic French dining room mood board was the black dining chairs with traditional tufted button feature. Tufted buttons are synoymous with French Provincial interior design. My favourite colour scheme is […]

Subtle Pastel Moroccan

Subtle Pastel Moroccan

I wanted to play with light pastel colours like baby blue and pretty pink with this subtle pastel Moroccan living room inspo board. Mainly because Moroccan spaces generally have deep colours of purple, tangerine, emerald […]

Coastal bedroom with pink accent

Coastal bedroom with pink accent

Traditional coastal interior design favours colour schemes centred around blue, green and yellow. This makes sense because they are the colours found by the coast. But for this pink coastal bedroom funiture package I was […]

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Making a house a home

This week I went shopping with a client.  Admittedly it’s not something I usually do. But since staring this project in March my client and I have become friends and our homewares shopping trip was […]

Working with multiple wood tones

It’s a question that gets asked a lot from clients and in online forums – do I need to match my timber furniture?  The simple answer is no.  But first I want to clarify that […]

How to do minimalism

For most of us the idea of living minimally is beyond reach.  I think most people generally like to hold on to things or like to buy new things all the time.  Some people actually […]

A few of my favourite homewares for 2021

This week we began purchasing pieces for a client of mine in Bundoora, Victoria.  And I noticed there were a couple of pieces that I keep coming back to and recommending for clients.  So I […]

What to expect when working with an interior designer

I received feedback from a client this week, they expressed their thoughts about what they expected from working with me.  Their expectations were different from the nature of the service I was providing.  Different again […]

For & against open plan living

At the heart of every interior design project is function.  What is the space used for.  When I work with clients, I also ask who uses the space?  What time of the day and how […]

What interior designers do?

I was asked by a prospective client what my ‘value proposition’ was.  I thought this was an interesting and difficult question to answer.  There are many tangible and intangible benefits to working with an interior […]

Benefits of working with interior designer

When I receive an enquiry from a prospective client they have a lot of questions. Primarily, about the benefits of working with an interior designer. Such as, how much it costs to working with an […]

Colour Psychology

Recently, I wrote about how to choose and apply colour.  How to choose the right colour to paint walls is one of the biggest challenges for clients.  How to select an overall colour scheme is […]

How Long Does an Interior Design Project Take?

I get a little bee in my bonnet about some client’s unrealistic understanding of the interior design process. And the real time it takes to deliver an outstanding interior design project.  Primarily, because of the […]