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Do It White! Get White Decor Right.

Do It White! Get White Decor Right.

White decor is misunderstood. You might think that all-white rooms do little to inspire. But a correct understanding of white decor can lead to incredible interior designs. White decor can excite, relax, and create a sense of volume and space in your home. White doesn’t necessarily mean “blank canvas.” It’s a style in and of itself – and one that can create a dramatic effect. But doing white right is difficult. Here are some pointers to get you started. Consider Different Tones In White Decor People imagine that decorating with white involves using a single shade of white, painting all…

Viva La Minimalism! A Minimalist Interior That’s Right.

Viva La Minimalism! A Minimalist Interior That’s Right.

A minimalist interior is probably different from what you think. It’s not white rooms and only a chair for furniture. In fact, a minimalist interior is likely the decor for which you are striving, you just know it yet. All things eclectic and vintage have been decor directions for some time, bamboozling us with their randomness, disorder, and colour. However, there is a stalwart of fans that aren’t willing to let go the joys of a minimalist interior. These perfectionist folk with their eye on sleek lines, blocks of monochrome colour and clutter-free living adore the concept of minimalism. Show…

Top Design Ideas To Modernise and Beautify Your Home

Top Design Ideas To Modernise and Beautify Your Home

Top design ideas differ from trends in that top design ideas have longevity as well as style. There are ways to modernise and beautify your home without great expense and without fearing a short-lived trend. Perhaps you love your home – the location, the neighbours, the amenities – but you need some tweaking to make it more of a dream home. The top design ideas below will help you to create the home you desire by simply tweaking what you have. Top Design Ideas for Your Kitchen Your kitchen is a place where everyone comes together so it must be…

Australian Interior Design Trends That Work in 2018

Australian Interior Design Trends That Work in 2018

Australian interior design trends have a sense of freedom and a connection to the earth making them suitable for any home in 2018. Diana Smith investigates further.  Interior design trends are changing so rapidly and monumentally every single year, and keeping up with all of them is rather hard. That’s why people usually just follow those that are characteristic for their own region only instead of paying attention to all global trends. So it’s wonderful to introduce Australian interior design trends to you. Every region has its preferences, and when it comes to Australia, people usually stick to clean, simple,…

4 Fabulous Home Boosters To Give You More Space

4 Fabulous Home Boosters To Give You More Space

Your fabulous home must be functional as well as stylish to ensure you love where you live. So if you need more space or the illusion of more space, ensure the changes you make work with your lifestyle AND contribute to you having a fabulous home. When you have your interior design hat on you you may wish you had more space with which to work. You immerse yourself in the stunning home design magazines and long to recreate the chic interiors that are spread across the glossy pages. You may even tell yourself you’ll have a fabulous home if…

Modern Glamour Style For Chic Interiors

Modern Glamour Style For Chic Interiors

Modern glamour? I’m your girl. Think Art Deco, classic 60s’, Emma Peel, Palm Springs, Palazzo style, elegant and cool. Modern glamour is really just reinvented old glamour, and the fabulous rules still apply. Make a statement but play it cool. So how can you achieve that? Modern glamour style is seriously grown-up and also playful. It’s not a severe or minimalist style, it’s about creating contrast, playing with textures, using glass and metal to great effect, and cocooning your home in.. well…. GLAM.   The Scintillating Surprises of Modern Glamour Create surprises by using the best of different styles, such…

Can’t Work In Your Home Office Disaster?

Can’t Work In Your Home Office Disaster?

What has become your home office disaster was supposed to be a glorious and creative space in which you achieved your most fabulous work, right? So what went wrong? Many of us dream of the day our home workspace can become our primary working base. Imagine the freedom of being able to work somewhere you designed. What could be better for productivity? Certainly not the home office disaster you now hate. When the dream becomes a reality, it often doesn’t work out. Your home office is how you always wanted it. You’ve recently painted your walls and splashed out on…

Crisp White Bedlinen Creates The Perfect Bedroom Decor

Crisp White Bedlinen Creates The Perfect Bedroom Decor

Crisp white bedlinen is my ‘go-to’ sheet combo mixed with textures of linen, velvet, wool, fur, and even the odd sequin. Not only do I adore slipping into freshly washed sheets, but as an interior designer, I find crisp white bedlinen is the perfect base for virtually any stylish bed decor. Regardless of whether you love industrial, rustic, classic, retro, or any other decor, crisp white bedlinen will help you create the perfect bedroom decor. Layering Your Bed Linen The secret is in the layers. The first thing to do is buy a set of crisp white bedlinen at Canningvale…

Three New Home Office Trends for 2018

Three New Home Office Trends for 2018

Home office trends are bigger business than ever because having an office at home is now a very normal inclusion; unlike a few years ago when a man told me I was “a girlie in a house”. Thankfully, perceptions have change considerably along with home office trends in decor. Now, if you work permanently from home or just part-time, a dedicated workspace is vital. No more using half the dining room table or perching on the edge of the breakfast bar. Importantly, working from home isn’t about lounging around in your pyjamas until midday and balancing your laptop on your…

Multi-Generational Homes Distinguished With Paint + Colour

Multi-Generational Homes Distinguished With Paint + Colour

Multi-generational homes are becoming more the norm as more families choose to live together either due to the economy or just true love. Modern families need modern design solutions. Which is fine if you’re a couple with kids. But what if you are an older couple with kids in their 20’s living at home? That’s the reality for many families living in multi-generational homes. The over-65’s is the fastest growing age bracket in Australia. In addition, home ownership is beyond the reach of many young people due to barriers of entry – high median house prices. In fact, 60% of…

Black Flame: The Brave New Paint Colour

Black Flame: The Brave New Paint Colour

Black Flame is the surprisingly versatile new Taubmans 2018 Colour of The Year that’s perfectly paired with whites and tans through to berry tones. As an Interior Designer, I have to keep up-to-date with new products and ideas. What a chore… not! I love it. So I was very intrigued with Taubmans announcement of its 2018 Colour of The Year – Black Flame. Now, I like vibrant jewel colours as much as anyone, but I am also rather partial to dark and moody interiors where appropriate. Like Taubmans 2017 Color of The Year, Violent Verbena, Black Flame has chameleon-like qualities….

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable natural style is the perfect way to transition from winter to spring. It’s light, breezy, easy to live with, and can be more dynamic than you might imagine. Basic doesn’t mean bland and white doesn’t mean wishy-washy. When you effectively mix elements of modern and classical decor, the results are stunning and relaxing. Warm whites, cool blues, soft blush pinks, tranquil pale greens, blonde timber and natural fibres insist that decor has a spa-like quality. But for a sustainable natural style with edge add in salvaged, recycled wood, forged iron, and divine metals that will give your home a…

Feminine Inspired Workspaces for Hardworking Women

Feminine Inspired Workspaces for Hardworking Women

Feminine inspired workspaces are not the preserve of fluffy and frou-frou; not according to an Architectural student and design blogger, Lana Hawkins. Inspiring and stylish feminine inspired workspaces will motivate any hardworking woman to continue reaching for the stars even when she comes across obstacles and difficulties. Working in an environment that exudes elegance, sophistication and stylishness is much more satisfying than fighting over a dining table with your family members or working in a dark and boring box office. In just a few easy steps, you can design a chic and inspiring office that will enhance your efficiency and…

Gold Metallic Design for Opulent Excellence

Gold Metallic Design for Opulent Excellence

Gold metallic design was a standout at Milan Design Week for very good reason. A gold metallic design palette brings drama, moodiness, luxury, and theatrics – the key ingredients being opulent, desired, and classic… all that glitters is most definitely GOLD! Any design hack to turn a cheap apartment in a luxury abode will have elements of gold, albeit gold paint sprayed on an IKEA picture frame. Nonetheless – gold paired with white or black has a luxurious feel. But for these high-end designers, gold is not a hack. It’s an integral and very high-quality component of their unique brands…

Celebrity Chrissie Swan Shares Her Kitchen Renovation Tips

Celebrity Chrissie Swan Shares Her Kitchen Renovation Tips

Chrissie Swan is best known for her big personality and her role as co-host on Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny radio show. She’s also the Mother of three small children… and recent owner of a daggy kitchen. Having gone through a recent renovation, Chrissie Swan wants to share with you her top tips for undergoing a kitchen transformation. The daggy kitchen exists no more because Chrissie finally decided to rework and modernise her family kitchen. With a ‘robust’ family and a love of cooking, the age and poor design of the old kitchen wasn’t cutting the mustard anymore.  …