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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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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom with Spindle Bed Frame

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom with Spindle Bed Frame

Mid-Century Modern interior design is an enduring style. There are many reasons for Mid-Century Modern style remaining so popular. I think it’s because of the slim horizontal line. The use of timber materials, which always […]

Luxe living room with blue velvet sofa

Luxe living room with blue velvet sofa

Everyone deserves a bit of luxury, especially in their homes. While luxury means different things to different people, it’s safe to say that textures such as velvet are key to achieving a Luxe interior style. […]

Minimal Industrial Bedroom

Minimal Industrial Bedroom

To define a style, sometimes only takes one piece . In this buyable minimal industrial bedroom mood board the one piece that defines the style is the table lamp. As an interior designer I’m always […]

Monochrome Classic French Dining

Monochrome Classic French Dining

The inspiration for this monochrome classic French dining room mood board was the black dining chairs with traditional tufted button feature. Tufted buttons are synoymous with French Provincial interior design. My favourite colour scheme is […]

Subtle Pastel Moroccan

Subtle Pastel Moroccan

I wanted to play with light pastel colours like baby blue and pretty pink with this subtle pastel Moroccan living room inspo board. Mainly because Moroccan spaces generally have deep colours of purple, tangerine, emerald […]

Coastal bedroom with pink accent

Coastal bedroom with pink accent

Traditional coastal interior design favours colour schemes centred around blue, green and yellow. This makes sense because they are the colours found by the coast. But for this pink coastal bedroom funiture package I was […]

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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 […]

Mid-Century Modern Apartment House Tour

So often with my clients the reason they initially call me is so that they can create a home that truly reflects their life and ‘loves’.  Their ‘loves’ can range from plants, to books, to […]

How to Apply a Colour Scheme – a designer’s tips

In my last post I offered three key tips on how to choose a colour scheme.  These included; basing a colour scheme around your favourite colour.  Alternatively, you could choose a colour scheme based on […]

How to Choose a Colour Scheme – a designer’s tips

In this post I want to share effective ways of choosing a colour scheme or colour palette for your home. Then next week I will share more tips on how to apply the colour scheme […]

Creating a New Kitchen Layout

In a previous post I mentioned how there is a lot of intuitive problem solving when it comes to reviewing a floor plan. Especially, when you need to respond to a client’s brief for a […]

Selecting the right builder – a designer’s tips

How do you select the right builder for your project?  Whether it’s a new build, renovation, extension, or refurbishment, finding the right trades person is an important and often difficult process.  You will need someone […]