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Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package

Scandinavian Living Room Furniture Package

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

Mid-Century Modern Dining Furniture Package with Olive Accent

Mid-Century Modern Dining Furniture Package with Olive Accent

Mid-Century Modern Dining – Shop the Look My favourite piece is this Mid-Century Modern dining room concept is the tweed placement and the Bolton sideboard. Both because of the textural element they have. To easily […]

Luxe Velvet Bedroom Furniture Package

Luxe Velvet Bedroom Furniture Package

Luxe velvet bedroom – Shop the Look Buy these key pieces to make this Luxe bedroom furniture package work in your own home. How to create a Luxe bedroom In this Luxe velvet bedroom furniture […]

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 […]

Style Advice

Overcome overwhelm of choice in a home project 

There are two emotions I often talk about with my clients.  The first is confusion. That is where to start with a home project? Any home renovation or refurbishment project is multifaceted. With many layers […]

Where to start with your home project?

Depending on what kind of home reno project you’re about to start, knowing where to start with your home project is key to success. For example, are you changing the floor plan? Then you will […]

Importance of a good floor plan

In Australia we’re obsessed with volumes of open space. After years of living in tiny bedsits and studio flats in London I know first hand that volume of space isn’t the key to a cohesive, […]

How to choose window treatments

When I specify window treatments (curtains, blinds etc) I consider at least one of four goals. Key reasons for window treatments include privacy, to filter or block out the light (either sun light or artificial […]

Trend Alert – Plywood Kitchens

Twice now in recent times clients have requested a plywood kitchen. A client in Preston introduced me to a plywood kitchen manufacturer in Brunswick. And another client in Moonee Ponds expressed interest in plywood drawer […]

Difference between a concept & mood board

When I present a concept slash mood board, for my clients it includes actual pieces. Not pieces for illustrative or ‘conceptual’ purposes.  In Australian interior design language the words ‘concept’ and ‘mood board’ are used […]

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. […]

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 […]