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Industrial Living Room Furniture Package

Industrial Living Room Furniture Package

Industrial Living Room – Shop the Look How to create an Industrial style living room I worked with a couple of female clients who love masculine, warm Industrial style living rooms.  They love, deep colours, […]

French Provincial Bedroom Furniture Package

French Provincial Bedroom Furniture Package

French Provincial Bedroom – Shop the Look How to create a French Provincial bedroom For this French Provincial bedroom furniture package I have kept the pieces minimal but elegant. The bedhead comes in both white […]

Boho Dining Room Furniture Package

Boho Dining Room Furniture Package

Boho Dining Room Furniture Package – Shop the Look 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 […]

Hamptons Living Room Furniture Package

Hamptons Living Room Furniture Package

Hamptons Living Room – Shop the Look How to create a Hamptons living room Hamptons style in Australia is defined by a blue and white colour scheme. Floral patterns and natural textures are also typical […]

Monochrome Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package

Monochrome Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package

Monochrome Scandinavian Living Room – Shop the Look An easy to re-create monochrome Scandinavian living room. How to create a monochrome Scandinavian living room One thing I love about interior design are all the different […]

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom with Spindle Bed Frame

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom with Spindle Bed Frame

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom – Shop the Look How to create a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Mid-Century Modern interior design is an enduring style. There are many reasons for Mid-Century Modern style remains so popular. I think […]

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Living & Dining Room Tour

Every room design I create is special. This particular project was special because I was working on it during COVID lock downs. Therefore, this project is especially important because it kept me busy and sane […]

Feature wall or feature floor

A couple of my clients are getting floorboards installed in their apartments this week. One client wants a herringbone pattern. So, what should you have a feature wall or feature floor? Or can you have […]

Do you have a time and money contingency for your renovation project?

Recently I had a call with a frustrated and upset hospitality design client. The furniture they ordered hadn’t arrived and the furniture supplier wasn’t reachable. They were right to complain. I was doing everything I […]

Renovation budget ideas, hacks and DIY

There are many people who are looking for budget solutions, hacks and want to DIY to save money. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t. For example, a client I’m working with at the moment […]

Why window treatments are so expensive

In all the time I’ve worked as an interior designer in Melbourne I can’t remember ever specifying ready made curtains or blinds. I admire people who confidently go to Spotlight and buy curtains and rods […]

The importance of a drop zone  

So my sister and niece were visiting last week and our dining table quickly became a dumping ground for hand bags, toys, water bottles, glasses etc. This meant we couldn’t eat at the dining table […]

The Heart of Interior Design – the Brief

I completed a brief for a new project in Preston this week. The project is a full house refurbishment. In any project but particularly in large projects a brief is a critical document. The heart […]

The Basics of Feng Shui

I’m working on a project that has mirror right in front of the entrance. Mirrors always make me think of Feng Shui I’ve been interested in Feng Shui for a very long time.  I’ve got […]

Homewares create a sense of home

I recently watched an interview of young people about the upcoming federal election. Of course home ownership was discussed. So it got me thinking about what is home and can you get the feeling of […]

Furniture Buying Tips

Buying furniture is one of the hardest decisions you can make for your home. To buy the right piece of furniture, whether it’s a sofa or a dining chair requires some thought. That’s one of […]