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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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French Provincial Dining Room Furniture Package

French Provincial Dining Room Furniture Package

French Provincial Dining Room – Shop the Look How to create a French Provincial dining room This French Provincial dining room furniture package is gorgeous.  It’s the little touches that make a statement such as […]

Boho Bedroom Furniture Package

Boho Bedroom Furniture Package

Boho Bedroom – Shop the Look How to create a classic Boho bedroom I’ve had a lot of requests for colour consultations recently. It makes me realise the power of colour. Colour can add drama, […]

Hamptons Bedroom Furniture Package

Hamptons Bedroom Furniture Package

Hamptons Bedroom – Shop the Look How to Create a Hamptons Bedroom The focal point of this Hamptons bedroom furniture package is the button bedhead in a classic, neutral, linen. On either side of this […]

Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package with Tan Sofa

Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package with Tan Sofa

Scandinavian Living Room – Shop the Look How to Create this Scandinavian Style This Scandinavian living room furniture package with a tan sofa, is classic because it has all the key features that define this […]

Mid-Century Modern Living Room Furniture Package

Mid-Century Modern Living Room Furniture Package

I’m fascinated by the colours of Mid-Century Modern (MCM) interior style.  They’re bright colours, like blue, orange, yellow and green.  With this Mid-Century Modern living room furniture package I wanted to celebrate these bright colours […]

Luxe Living Room Furniture Package – Green Velvet Sofa

Luxe Living Room Furniture Package – Green Velvet Sofa

Luxe living room – Shop the Look 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 […]

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When I think back on all the interior design projects I’ve completed. With all the different clients, different styles, different homes and suburbs, I can honestly say mirrors have not been a big feature. Decorating […]

The ultimate rug guide – a designer’s tips

It’s easy to make a mistake with the size of the rug for any space in your home. I can understand that buying a rug can cause confusion. Mainly, because there are fundamental interior design […]

4 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Home

With Spring here and Christmas not far away, now is the perfect time to declutter your home. Like most people you probably have a lot of stuff you don’t need. Stuff you don’t use and […]

Top 10 questions to ask your custom made furniture designer

I have only once had something custom made for a clients, working as an interior designer on residential projects. This client had two bronze statutes that needed solid plinths to withhold their weight. I couldn’t […]

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 […]