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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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Minimal Industrial Bedroom Furniture Package

Minimal Industrial Bedroom Furniture Package

Industrial Bedroom – Shop the Look How to create an Industrial style bedroom To define a style, sometimes only takes one piece . In this industrial bedroom furniture package the one piece that defines the […]

French Provincial Living Room Furniture Package

French Provincial Living Room Furniture Package

French Provincial Living Room – Shop the Look How to Create a French Provincial Living Room Enduring styles like French Provincial are always a joy to create. The pieces are naturally decorative with a high […]

Moroccan Living Room Furniture Package

Moroccan Living Room Furniture Package

Moroccan Living Room Furniture Package – Shop the Look Buying Tips – Colours, product stock and product availability vary. If something is out of stock or discontinued, please contact us for an alternative suggestion. Get […]

Monochrome Hamptons Living Room Furniture Package

Monochrome Hamptons Living Room Furniture Package

Monochrome Hamptons Living Room – Shop the Look Buying Tips – Colours, product stock and product availability vary. If something is out of stock or discontinued please contact us for an alternative suggestion. Get NOTIFIED if pieces […]

Scandinavian Bedroom Furniture Package

Scandinavian Bedroom Furniture Package

Scandinavian Bedroom Furniture Package – Shop the Look Buying Tips – Colours, product stock and availability vary. If something is out of stock please contact us for an alternative suggestion. Get NOTIFIED if any pieces are not […]

Mid-Century Modern Living Room II Furniture Package

Mid-Century Modern Living Room II Furniture Package

Mid-Century Modern Living Room Furniture Package II- Shop the Look Buying Tips – Colours, product stock and availability vary. If something is out of stock please contact us for an alternative suggestion. If products aren’t […]

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