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The Beauty of Books…and reading nooks

The Beauty of Books…and reading nooks

Reading nooks and books have always played an important role in my life. My childhood was full of books and reading nooks. I have been surrounded by books, given books as gifts, encouraged to read and take care of my books. Virtually every room in the house in which I grew up had book shelves. My Father had a huge library where books were not only alphabetized but also arranged according to genre. I kid you not! My Father had a big reading chair, under a light, beside an antique writing desk and books were always piled on the floor on either side of the chair. Not that he was untidy; the piles were neat. But books were everywhere, ALL the time. Reading nooks were de rigeur.

Luxury Italian Manor by Talented Ukrainian Design Duo

Luxury Italian Manor by Talented Ukrainian Design Duo

A luxury Italian manor brings visions of sumptuous high ceilings, grand windows, and opulent spaces. Architectural details abound as windows, walls, and ceilings compete for attention. This private luxury Italian manor house is situated in a rural area and is an exquisite combination of classic and contemporary styles. I was immediately drawn to the juxtaposition of colour and the restrained opulence. Clearly luxurious, this beautifully redecorated home doesn’t scream… it purrs. It knows it’s a knockout, so it can be calm and elegant in its confidence.

Creative Home Wall Stencils You Can DIY

Creative Home Wall Stencils You Can DIY

Do you love the drama of wallpaper but want to add a wall feature that’s either cheaper or more personal? What about stylish home wall stencils? Stencils can sometimes be mistaken for wallpaper when they are symmetrical and cover a whole wall evenly. However, they can also add drama and elegance or be fun and colourful in so many different ways; and in so many different rooms. Please click the title to READ MORE.

Pastel Interior Decor for Modern Homes

Pastel Interior Decor for Modern Homes

Pastel interior decor is a soft alternative to moody blues, industrial grey and modern pops of colour. Now you can take the guess work out of designing a new bedroom or living room with beautiful curated packages. NATHAN + JAC curated collections of bespoke and on-trend interior curated looks include Bedroom, Living and Accessories packs, handpicked by founders and Melbourne based stylists; mother/daughter duo Tammy Nathan and Jacqui Zarkovic from Styling Properties and Bec Astrinakis from Rebecca Ellie Studio. To READ MORE please click on the title.

Japanese Minimalism : Setsu and Shinobu Ito

Japanese Minimalism : Setsu and Shinobu Ito

Setsu and Shinobu Ito are Japanese designers in architecture, interior design, industrial and product design, and packaging design. Hot off the press, it has just been announced the 2016 Salone Désirée divani, Setsu and Shinobu Ito will present their new collection of occasional tables. When I was in Japan, I found that many Japanese people speak very good Italian and love visiting Italy. So it’s no surprise that both designers have studied and worked in Italy; Setsu Ito with a leader of avant-garde design in Italy, Alessandro Mendini, and Shinobu as a Masters graduate from the Domus Academy in Milan….

How To Get A Chic and Relaxed Living Room

How To Get A Chic and Relaxed Living Room

Your home is your sanctuary, your nest, your personal environment. A relaxed living room enables you to chill out, entertain, and re-energise. Given our love of open-plan homes, living rooms are more on display than ever. If you have a formal living area, you’ll also likely have a relaxed living room where the family gathers. So how can you make it chic while also serving all members of the family? Your relaxed living room can still be stylish – modern, eclectic, retro, country style, colourful, monochromatic. It has to ‘work’ with adjacent spaces but can be a delineated zone. Ultimately…

A New Twist on Industrial Decor

A New Twist on Industrial Decor

What comes to mind when you think of Industrial Decor? Metal? Hard surfaces? Warehouse living? What about mixing up styles? There’s a modern trend to industrial decor where strong, commanding pieces are being mixed with more delicate colours and fabrics – and the effect is fabulous. Transitional Home Office by Austin Architects Cornerstone Architects As with any décor, samey-samey gets boring-boring so a lively interplay between different aspects will keep things interesting. For example, this kitchen (below) by Yvonne McFadden has the warmth of wood in the bench, the coolness of winter white walls and the strength of metal. It’s…

Brabbu Design Forces Bring Exotica Home

Brabbu Design Forces Bring Exotica Home

You may not be familiar with the names BRABBU and Maison Valentina but you will love their design ethos. Brabbu Design Forces have teamed up to bring elegant design solutions to challenging and demanding interior design projects with the KOI Collection. I love seeing what international designers are doing and how interiors can be inspired by exquisite and unique cultures. Brabbu Design Forces show fierceness combined with elegant design bringing intensity to cosmopolitan lifestyles. Maison Valentina is a specialist bathroom interiors design company formed in 2014. They bring luxury to bathrooms filling a perceived gap in the statement bathroom industry….

Emerald Interiors

Emerald Interiors

Pantone’s Colour of The Year 2013 is as enduring as it’s ever been. I always think of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz and the rich, vibrant, luxurious colour that is Emerald. Not green, not moss, not even British Racing Green…but enigmatic and mysterious EMERALD! It’s a colour that expects attention but that doesn’t mean it needs to be the predominate colour in your interior palette. In Emerald Interiors you’ll see ways to add a little or add a lot, on your walls, in your textiles or through homewares. So please join me on this joyous adventure to…

The Ten Commandments of Colour

The Ten Commandments of Colour

The Ten Commandments of Colour will become your bible. Colour adds vibrancy, mood, emotion, memories and so much more. It’s an important component of our lives. And while many people have great colour sense when it comes to their wardrobe, more people are reticent when it comes to adding room colours to their home. I recently wrote an article here on Don’t Call Me Penny with three simple tips for adding colour to your home. It proved very popular. I discussed the colour wheel, some simple colour tips, the 60/30/10 rule, and how to put room colours together. Plus lots…