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Coastal bedroom with pink accent

Coastal bedroom with pink accent

Traditional coastal interior design highlights colour schemes centred around blue, green and yellow. Colours found by the coast. So for this coastal bedroom inspo board I was keen to add a twist with the use […]

Neutral Textural Scandinavian Bedroom

Neutral Textural Scandinavian Bedroom

I’ve created a neutral textural Scandinavian bedroom concept which is easily re-created in your own home. Scandinavian interior design is one of the most popular styles in Australia, and it’s easy to see why.  Its […]

Industrial chic living room

Industrial chic living room

In this industrial chic living room my aim is to create an industrial interior style that is timeless. I love the solid materials and textures used to create industria style. Such as leather, and metals. […]

Mid-Century Modern Inspired with Happy Colours

Mid-Century Modern Inspired with Happy Colours

Melburnians love the Mid- Century Modern (MCM) interior design.  I think it’s because there is an urban quality to the design features of this style.  Features such as slim line shapes, horizontal relaxed lines, natural, […]

Scandi living with tan sofa

Scandi living with tan sofa

The Focal Pieces This week I created a Scandi living room concept with a little twist in the colour of the sofa. I chose a tan colour rather than a grey or white sofa for […]

Shabby Chic Dining Room Concept

Shabby Chic Dining Room Concept

French Provincial interior style is gorgeous.  It’s the little touches that make a statement such as the tufted buttons or quilting detail.  Curved lines such as the cabriole leg.  The charm of distressed or rustic […]

Style News Recent Posts

For & against open plan living

At the heart of every interior design project is function.  What is the space used for.  When I work with clients, I also ask who uses the space?  What time of the day and how […]

What interior designers do?

I was asked by a prospective client what my ‘value proposition’ was.  I thought this was an interesting and difficult question to answer.  There are many tangible and intangible benefits to working with an interior […]

Benefits of working with interior designer

When I receive an enquiry from a prospective client they have a lot of questions. Primarily, about the benefits of working with an interior designer. Such as, how much it costs to working with an […]

Colour Psychology

Recently, I wrote about how to choose and apply colour.  How to choose the right colour to paint walls is one of the biggest challenges for clients.  How to select an overall colour scheme is […]

How Long Does an Interior Design Project Take?

I get a little bee in my bonnet about some client’s unrealistic understanding of the interior design process. And the real time it takes to deliver an outstanding interior design project.  Primarily, because of the […]

Contemporary V Modern Interior Style

I’m currently working on a project with a contemporary interior style. The project is an apartment in Southbank, Melbourne.  This is really interesting to me because it’s so rare for a client to want this […]

The problem with online interior design

I met with a client to check in on their kitchen refurbishment project.  They decided to work with Ikea on the kitchen design and layout and I was asked to make the specification selections.  Things […]

For the Love of Art

I was recently talking to a friend about interiors, décor and collections.  She mentioned that she loved to collect instruments that have been converted into table lamps.  I said my ‘thing’ is art and crucifixes. […]

What’s Japandi Style?

During my internet travels recently, I came across a ‘new trend’ in the interior design world, that is Japandi.  This is interesting to me because in Australia, Japanese style elements are not overly popular.  So […]

Relaxing Bedroom Ideas

I saw this question on socials this week and I thought it was a great question.  Sometimes with interior design (structure, function, aesthetics) and interior styling (function and aesthetics) we’re too focused on making a […]