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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 Velvet Bedroom Furnitre Package

Luxe Velvet Bedroom Furnitre Package

In this Luxe velvet bedroom furniture package I focus on the curved line.  Which is found in the round side table and the round table lamps. I’ve selected a velvet bed head because velvet is […]

Pink Industrial Living Room Furniture Package

Pink Industrial Living Room Furniture Package

Industrial interior style is mostly a masculine style but with this industrial living room furniture package, I wanted to add a feminine touch through colour and texture. Industrial interior style also appeals to women as […]

French Provincial Bedroom Furniture Package

French Provincial Bedroom Furniture Package

For this French Provincial bedroom furniture package I have kept the pieces minimal but elegant. The bedhead comes in both white and oak. For this furniture package I have selected the white option. This piece […]

Neutral Boho Living Room Funiture Package

Neutral Boho Living Room Funiture Package

The appeal of Boho interior style is the effortless carefree mix of interesting pieces. Which I have tried to bring to life in this neutral Boho living room furniture package. Boho is short for bohemian.  […]

Classic Hamptons Dining Furniture Package

Classic Hamptons Dining Furniture Package

The appeal of Hamptons interior style is in the proportions of the furniture. The furniture is large, generous and comfortable. The furniture in this classic Hamptons dining furniture package fits this description. Especially, the dining […]

Monochrome Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package

Monochrome Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package

One thing I love about interior design are all the different interpretations of a particular style.  We know Scandinavian interior design works well with a neutral colour scheme but neutral can mean different things for […]

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Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Tour

I recently completed a kitchen refurbishment in Brunswick.  The client engaged me to specify the selections for the kitchen.  As always, I started this project by defining a design strategy. This means confirming the clien’s […]

Best black decor and homewares

Technically black is a shade not a colour, either way I love it.  I have lost count of how many black dresses I have.  My black jeans are my staple.  In my home, I have […]

Over capitalising on your home renovations

This week I spoke to a prospective client in Frankston.  They want to renovate or refurbish their home.  This includes the usual updates such as kitchen and bathroom.  But they were also talking about ‘opening […]

Neutral colours don’t have to be boring

There are some clients who want neutral colour schemes because they think it’s easier to achieve.  What a neutral colour scheme is varies from person to person.  Some people think that an all white space […]

Dining chairs for your interior style – part II

Last week I suggested ideal dining chairs for three popular interior styles, such as Hamptons, Boho and French Provincial.  This week I’m suggesting the ideal dining chairs for Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian and Luxe interior […]

Why I hate interior design trends

I was motivated to post about interior design trends today because of my experience looking for floor tiles for a client.  My client wants to update their upstairs toilet and the bathroom.  I have already […]

Dining chairs for your interior style

One of the things I love about interior design or more specifically industrial (furniture) design, is how one feature can communicate clearly an interior style.  For example, the cabriole curved leg, says French Provincial. These […]

What are interior design specifications?

Interior designers and related professionals such as architects use words that may not be easily understood by the public.  But many people in the community have a good understanding of certain interior design terms such […]

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 […]