Style + Design

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

A unique home is one that reflects your individual personality, needs, travels, and style. It’s not necessarily about architecture (although it could be) but is very much about how you design your life. Everyone wants their house to feel like a unique home. It should feel like it truly belongs to you, reflecting your personality and those of your family members. So, although you might take inspiration from magazines, you don’t want your home to look like it’s straight out of a photoshoot. You want it to be unique and not to look like it could belong to just anyone….

How To Use Interior Design Advice In Your Home

How To Use Interior Design Advice In Your Home

Interior design advice can be useful when you move into a new home because you are likely to have myriad thoughts going around in your head. When you move into a new space it generally takes a while to get used to a new layout. Interior design advice will help you to decide where things are kept, where furniture is best placed and the colors and textiles that you will enjoy the most. Often when we change house we also change what constitutes a home. Interior design certainly isn’t easy. It can take months, even years to perfect your home….

Opposites Attract : Easy Interior Design Ideas

Opposites Attract : Easy Interior Design Ideas

In decor, as in life and nature, opposites attract; with surprising and beautiful results. Instead of painstakingly trying to create the perfect room following professional interior design elements, try creating a perfectly IMPERFECT room. How? Take a single element – say, smooth surfaces – and plunge it into the same room with something that is the complete opposite – such as rough textures. Voila! A perfectly imperfect room. Whilst you may not be an interior designer or stylist, attack this project with the same confidence… and be surprised at the results. Try viewing your ‘Opposites Attract’ room from a distance….

Zuster Embellish Is Aussie Luxury for Bold Interiors

Zuster Embellish Is Aussie Luxury for Bold Interiors

Zuster Embellish will be launched at DENFAIR this month by an innovative Australian furniture design house headed by sisters Wilhelmina McCarroll and Fleur Sibbel. Zuster, which means ‘sisters’ in the Dutch language, has developed a reputation for artistic and architectural pieces. Hot on the heels of last years Jewell Collection, the Zuster Embellish range captures the essence of luxury hotel living. Dark and moody, elegant and detailed, there is a couture-like quality to the range that references luxury hotels and formal yet edgy decor. Designer/Director Wilhelmina McCarroll says the Zuster Embellish collection is a move away from the companies purely…

Stylish Living Without Living In Debt

Stylish Living Without Living In Debt

Stylish living and debt don’t have to go hand-in-hand. Whilst many people wish to live in a more stylish home, one of the main reasons stopping them is the cost of everything. Many readers of Don’t Call Me Penny are seeking interior decorating and home maintenance advice that’s within their budget. Adding up all the costs can be a little daunting, but this shouldn’t stop you from seeking stylish living. After all, ‘style’ is subjective. In reality, there are lots of ways in which you can save a surprising amount of money and still live in relative style and a…

25 Luxury Living Interior Design Tips

25 Luxury Living Interior Design Tips

Luxury living interior design can be achieved on a budget… and not a big one. As a seasoned interior decorator, I’m going to share 25 of my top ideas for creating your own slice of heaven at home. If you’re on this website you’re probably as obsessed with architecture and interior design as I am. Excellent! Isn’t it a wonderful hobby or career? Or both? Whilst there are LOADS of expert tips, many of which appear on the pages of this blog, these are some of my favorite go-to solutions. Of course, I strive to be an interior decorator for…

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage Home Redecorating: 17 Modern Ideas

Vintage home redecorating is now a real trend, not simply a necessity from being unable to afford a new home. And don’t we vintage fiends love that. Buying an older house may be the ideal investment for your property portfolio. Or it could be the type of house you want to make your home. If you have time, energy and some DIY skills then vintage home redecorating may become your new obsession. With 17 modern ideas, create your unique stamp on a home that you’ll love for years to come. Vintage Home Redecorating. Love It! Strip It! Many vintage homes…

Style Sense : How To Use Your Senses To Create Style

Style Sense : How To Use Your Senses To Create Style

Style sense can be intrinsic and it can certainly be learned. If you want to live with beautiful interiors then use your senses to create personalized decor. Some decor styles are incredibly unappealing. Often it’s the visual elements that don’t seem to ‘work’ or a room gives off a ‘vibe’ that’s not cohesive. If your decor makes you feel uneasy, and you can’t identify why then try these tips to tap into your intrinsic senses. Style Sense: Sight Is your decor too busy? Are there too many colours, patterns, or furniture? Sensory overload will make you feel tired and disoriented….

Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Would you like to think like a decorator? We all want our homes to reflect our personalities and suit our lifestyle. Those important elements don’t need to be sacrificed in order to create a home you love with the style you crave. Yes, you can easily think like a decorator with a few key tips and a mindset change. One of my key tips is to try and view the room to be redecorated as belonging to someone else. Sometimes taking a step back and not being so emotionally involved WILL help you to make better interior design decisions. So…

Autumn Home Styling With A Difference: Hygge (hue-gah)

Autumn Home Styling With A Difference: Hygge (hue-gah)

Autumn home styling isn’t simply about adding leafy motifs to your decor and putting throws on the sofa. Far from it, actually. Now that we in Australia are in the full swing of autumn, it’s time to start thinking about changing your home decor to suit the season. In the warm weather, we tend to declutter with spring cleaning opening all the doors and windows to refresh the air. Whereas in autumn and winter we seek the warmth of interior home comforts. After all, with the weather turning cooler more of us want to enjoy the great indoors rather than…

Beautiful Gift Ideas for The One You Love This Mother’s Day

Beautiful Gift Ideas for The One You Love This Mother’s Day

You love your Mother, and you’re probably still looking for beautiful gift ideas for Mother’s Day, right? There are so many ideas. So, what does your Mother love? Is she a DIY nut? An eco-warrior? A fashionista? An entertainer? An outdoor-loving free spirit? A fitness guru? A bookworm? Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017, so it’s not far away. We have beautiful gift ideas for whatever your Mum/Mom loves. And lots of SPECIAL SAVINGS. Take a peek and click the blue link to go directly to the retailer. Beautiful Gift Ideas: Beauty + Skincare + Perfume Most women LOVE…

Minimalist Home Design: How to Get It Right

Minimalist Home Design: How to Get It Right

Minimalist home design isn’t simply sleek, stylish and Scandinavian. It’s a design mindset that can change the way that you live your life. Having a minimal home will definitely help you to be more organized and less stressed. Why? Because this design style enables you to get rid of the clutter that takes up space in your home and occupies your mind. You’ll have more space for the things that matter and your home will look bigger too. If you want to embark on some minimalist home design, you can change your entire property into something sleek and new. Make…

Why Provincial Furniture Is the Choice of Modern Homeowners

Why Provincial Furniture Is the Choice of Modern Homeowners

Provincial furniture, whilst historic in origin, is one of the trends a modern homeowner is looking for to improve the décor of their homes. While some prefer a more rustic look, others consider a complete blend of the traditional with modern to be de rigeur. The tastes of many homeowners are largely reflected in the kinds of furniture that they choose. If you are thinking of a contemporary way of designing the look and feel of your interiors, the provincial furniture will certainly prove to be a great option for you. These items are perfectly designed in such a way…

Beginner’s Guide To Styling Your First Home

Beginner’s Guide To Styling Your First Home

Styling your first home can be challenging when you’ve lived all your life in someone else’s house… with someone else’s decor. Whether you are renting, buying, or renovating, if it’s your first home then grab this style guide. If you’re buying your first home it can be a little overwhelming. The first step on the property ladder is a difficult one to take, and it’s not uncommon for future homeowners to delay the process by another few years to make sure that all the cards are stacked on their side. After all, one has to consider that buying a house…

Add Unique Style To Create A Home You’ll Love

Add Unique Style To Create A Home You’ll Love

Unique style is not the exclusive preserve of interior designers. Whilst we can all redecorate our homes, does that reflect a unique style? Choosing a colour palette and furnishings is very personal, but does your home look effortlessly ‘styled’? Would you like it to be? Wherever you live, everyone can think like a decorator with some expert tips and design basics. Sure, redecorating involves colour choices, furniture positioning, and flow but does that reflect your unique style and the ambience you wish to create? If you’d like an effortlessly stylish home that looks like you hired an interior designer then…