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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.

Furniture & Homewares Packages

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Luxe Living Room Furniture Package – Green Velvet Sofa

Luxe Living Room Furniture Package – Green Velvet Sofa

I fell in love with the lush, deep green velvet sofa in this luxe living room furniture pacakge.  I wanted to do something different with this furniture package and focused on shapes and lines.  Such […]

Tan Industrial Dining Furniture Package

Tan Industrial Dining Furniture Package

I loved creating this Industrial dining mood board.  Mainly, because I love black and black is a foundation colour in Industrial interior style.  As always with Industrial interior style the challenge is balance. With the […]

French Provincial Living Room Furniture Package

French Provincial Living Room Furniture Package

Enduring styles like French Provincial are always a joy to create. The pieces are naturally decorative with a high attentional to detail. The materials and texture are lush and luxe. The colours neutral and timeliness. […]

Boho Dining Room Furniture Package

Boho Dining Room Furniture Package

What makes Boho interior style so appealing is the variety. A variety of textures, materials and patterns in a neutral colour scheme so that there is cohesion and harmony. In this Boho dining room furniture […]

Classic Hamptons Living Room Furniture Package

Classic Hamptons Living Room Furniture Package

Hamptons style in Australia is defined by a blue and white colour scheme. Floral patterns and natural textures are also typical of Australian Hamptons interior style. So, this Hamptons living room furniture package is full […]

Scandinavian Dining Furniture Package

Scandinavian Dining Furniture Package

The essence of Scandinavian interior design is found in the Modernist movement where form follows function.  So, simplicity is at the heart of this Scandinavian dining room furniture package. Thre isn’t a lot of ornamentation […]

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My monthly furniture package faves

The pieces I choose for my furniture packages are selected for a few reasons. Firstly, because they work stylistically.  Secondly, because they’re good quality and reasonably priced and finally because I love them. Here are […]

Choosing the right grey wall paint colour

I’m a big fan of walls that are not white.  Not just feature walls but all the walls in a room. I have worked with clients who wanted to explore this option with amazing results. […]

The ultimate bathroom design guide – based on real experience

I started a bathroom refurbishment project recently.  It’s a townhouse in Flemington, Melbourne and the bathroom was last updated in the 1990s.  My clients are in Sydney and want me to complete the project before […]

The ultimate kitchen design guide – based on real experience

Let me tell you a kitchen renovation disaster story, the inspiration behind this ultimate kitchen design guide. I had an interesting conversation with a prospective client recently.  He was confused about his kitchen refurbishment project.  Didn’t […]

How to pick the right white paint colour

Without doubt the most important factor when selecting the right white paint colour for your home is light. The reason light is the most important factor when selecting a white paint colour is because we […]

Favourite pieces from August 2021 furniture packages

I thought I’d share August furniture package favourites. But then I thought I’d ask my mum for her favourite pieces instead, just for something different. In the last month I posted a Mid-Century Modern dining […]

The Block is back

I’m not a huge fan of reality TV, except Masterchef. I do like watching shows likes Restoration Australia and Grand Designs but one show I will not watch is The Block.  I heard through the […]

The case for laminate kitchen benchtops

When renovating a kitchen, deciding on a kitchen benchtop can be confusing.  There also seems to be a penchant in Australia for stone or engineered stone benchtops.  When I moved back to Melbourne after living […]

Flow of movement for your rooms

Interior design isn’t only about beautiful furniture and furnishings.  It’s essentially about people and how people use a space.  How people interact and engage with all the element of a space from the furniture to […]

Creating functional rooms in your home

Recently I spoke to a prospective client, James, moving from the inner city suburb of Coburg to Upwey near the Dandenong ranges.  He called it their version of the current trend for a sea change […]