Interior Decorating

How To Create The Perfect Home Office

It’s becoming increasingly common to work from home. Whether you are a blogger, a graphic designer, or any other profession that doesn’t necessarily require you to sit in a cubicle all day, working from home can be great as it allows you flexibility.

It also means you have to be extra organised and take care of simple things like ordering stationery yourself. You don’t want your work to interfere with your home as a place of relaxation though, so having a proper workspace at home really helps to keep the two separate.

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Interiors expert Jen Bishop knows a thing or two about the perfect workspace as she not only writes about interior design for a living, but she also does so from her home office. Jen let us in on her top tips on how to create the perfect home office and also told us a bit about her own workspace:

Measure up

To get the most out of your office area, ensure the style and size of your furniture suits the room. Corner desks work well in small spaces, whereas a wall to wall desk may be better suited to a larger or narrow room. Make the most of under desk space with storage options like mobile filing drawers and pedestals.

Give yourself space

Maintain spatial awareness when setting up your desk space – you don’t want to be cramped up facing a wall day in day out. If possible, face a window that offers a long-distant view. This will give your eyes the opportunity to shift focus away from the screen, which is necessary at least every 30 minutes. You’ll find that this simple exercise will boost both your concentration and mood.

Kick it to the side

A sideboard can be a fantastic storage option, while looking great. They also provide benchtop space for desk lamps or the perfect spot for a wireless printer. These act as great ‘work stations’ which encourage intermittent exercise.

Lighten up

Have a variety of lighting sources available for your work space – we draw energy from our surroundings. A window offering natural light and fresh air is ideal however a desk lamp can be useful for task lighting, especially in the late afternoons or mornings (depending on which direction your window faces).

Remove tangled cords

Wireless tech will free up desk space, reduce messy cables and increase overall efficiency. Think cordless for your phone, keyboard, mouse – almost anything can be wireless these days!

Maintain a ‘to-do list’

Set up a white board in your office to create a visual and updateable to-do-list. Alternatively, make the most of the calendar app on your smartphone or tablet, by linking it to your mailbox diary – enabling you to receive deadline reminders and on-the-go notifications.

What does colour say about you?

Choose a colour scheme for your workspace that balances your mood and energy. Vibrant colours are known to invigorate and inspire, whereas pastels tend to be calming and encourage concentration. If you’re a minimalist, opt for monochrome – for you, less is probably more.

Layer the colour palette

It really comes down to the rule of three – pick two contrasting colours and one base neutral such as white, black and blonde timber, or white, aqua and pink. Only use small touches of the most prominent colour. For example, pair your white desk and chair with aqua and hot pink accessories – it will make the hot pink ‘pop’ without being overbearing.

Add some life

Greenery or flowers helps to create a fresh atmosphere in any space and can be particularly motivating in the workspace, which has a tendency of becoming stuffy and stale.

Don’t overdo it

While it’s important to have an inspiring workspace that speaks to your personal style, it’s just as important not to overdo it and create something that’s ‘too busy’ on the eye. Try applying the ‘Coco Chanel Decorating Mantra’ where you style your workspace, then remove one thing. This might help with any unnecessary clutter!

How To Create The Perfect Home Office

Thanks, Jen! After reading all your amazing tips for creating a workspace I am curious to hear about your own! What does your workspace look like?

My home office is right at the end of the house with doors out onto the deck. I’ve tried to keep it really simple and feminine without being girly in a cliché way. The colour scheme is white and gold with gold confetti spots on the walls. I recently had to make this room work double duty as a spare bedroom which was challenging, but because of the colour scheme it seems to work quite well! One of the best things about working for myself and from home is having more control over the aesthetics of my work environment. I try to keep it tidy and sparse, because if I filled it full of too many things I loved, I’d get distracted!

How often do you redecorate or change the look of your workspace?

I haven’t redecorated my office since moving into our home a year ago, which is a good sign it’s working. Other rooms get changed a lot more often! I am constantly inspired and finding a new favourite focal piece or trend.

Is there anything that absolutely doesn’t belong on your work desk?

Clutter! I hate clutter and multi-coloured ‘stuff’ that doesn’t match, it makes me feel itchy! I like to have everything hidden away which is why storage is so crucial in an office space. I recently partnered with Officeworks to help others enjoy the benefits of having an organised workspace –create a place for everything, and then make sure everything is in place!

What are the trending colours for spring/summer 2015/16?

The latest Dulux colour forecast which is literally just out claims we will all be embracing earthy greens and, shock horror, browns! We shall see…

August 21, 2015

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Trends come and go – and this certainly applies to funky wallpaper which seems to be a staple in the world of interior design. Rather than keeping that floral print from the fifties in your home, we show you how to incorporate some of the coolest designs around.

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Palm trees

Transform your living room into a 1970s cabana with this stunning print featuring palm trees. Not only is it easy to apply, but it fits so well with various design aesthetics.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Stripes

Make your room look stylish with these vertical stripes, which can also act as a feature wall. The wallpaper looks stunning with white accents or cream ceilings to tie in the relaxed feel of the room.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Animal prints

If animal prints just aren’t your style, this modern twist certainly will be! The neutral colours are perfect since they don’t overpower the room.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Geometric prints

Nothing beats a classic geometric print for the bedroom or living room, especially if you want a subtle pop of colour.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Marble

Marble prints are just one of the biggest design trends of 2015, with everything revolving around this humble print. Try a beautiful feature wall which is best suited for the bathroom, hallway, or living room.

Interior Design Trend: Modern Wallpaper

Images via Harpers Bazaar, Knight Moves Blog, Etsy, Babble

August 11, 2015

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Spruce up your living room, dining area, or even the bedroom with lucite furniture. Lucite is easy to adapt into an existing space because it goes with almost anything! From an office table to a ghost chair, or even a stool, there are so many ways to style lucite future in any modern space.

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Tray

Update your coffee table with a funky lucite tray which acts as the perfect layering piece. Use it to store your magazines, trinkets, or even as a coaster!

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Chair

Lucite chairs is currently one of the biggest interior trends everyone is raving about. Purchase a set for your living room or swap your desk chair for a cool lucite number. They are formally referred to as ghost chairs and come in a variety of clear colours.

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Tables

To make any room look bigger than it actually is, a lucite table is the best option. Just be careful not to crash into it when the lights are turned off!

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Makeup storage

If you’re rather meticulous with your makeup, lucite storage is just one way to make it look neat and tidy. Lipstick holders, brush holders and even lucite drawers are all popular ways to store your makeup without looking too cluttered.

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

Stools

Finish off your bar with a few lucite stools that are completely on trend! They match really well with marble or white interiors, but look great when paired with anything!

Interior Design Trend: Lucite Furniture

August 6, 2015

How To Spruce Up Your Dining Room

The dining room doesn’t have to be boring, especially since it’s one of the most frequented rooms in the entire house. Rather than replacing everything in the room, try some of these simple design tips which will always make it feel modern and fresh.

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Art

Hang a few of your favourite pieces of art on the walls. Make sure it’s something that fits into the colour scheme of the room and place it in an area that everyone will notice.

How To Spruce Up Your Dining Room

Mirrors

Mirrors make any room feel larger, especially the dining room which is often small and cramped. Choose a fun mosaic piece that is quirky and can also be made at home!

How To Spruce Up Your Dining Room

Lights

Since natural lighting in the dining room can often feel quite dark due to the lack of windows, make sure to pass on the chandeliers. They don’t give off much light and will actually weigh down the entire room. Downlights are a contemporary favourite that are also really easy to adjust for any occasion.

How To Spruce Up Your Dining Room

Flowers

Bring a pop of colour to any dining room with a vase of flowers or pot plant to make it look homely. Just don’t forget to trim and water your plants!

How To Spruce Up Your Dining Room

Candles

Update your dining room with a few candles to make the perfect centrepiece during more important events. Save those scented candles for the bedroom or the bathroom!

How To Spruce Up Your Dining Room

Buffet table

If you’re hosting a large dinner party, a buffet table is a great investment to make since it can store all of the food. Then, guests can go around the table and serve themselves with ease.

How To Spruce Up Your Dining Room

Images via Pinterest, Most Beautiful Things, Camille Styles, Joyer, Studio Karin, Maria Killam

August 3, 2015

The Dos And Don’ts Of Interior Design

Style is subjective but that doesn’t mean that the rules of interior design can be thrown out the window. It’s all about balancing out proportions, finding a happy medium for a particular room, and most of all – having fun designing your unique little space. As a general guide, stick to our rules below which will help to create the best room possible.

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DO: Incorporate lots of light

Position couches, tables and shelves around the natural light of the room. If your house is lacking some natural light, extra lamps are always a great idea for any room. Position them in the corner or next to the couch for easy access to an outlet.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Buy small throw pillows

They might seem cute at first, but these pillows actually serve little to no purpose in the long-term. Invest in comfy pillows that will you will actually use! A throw blanket is always a great piece to have lying on the side of the couch.

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DO: Think about your walls

White is always a safe choice, but if you want to step out of the box, try something a little off tangent such as grey. It’s not as risky as a darker colour and will still match the rest of the room and its furniture. Otherwise, a feature wall is always another good option.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Isolate rooms

Instead of blocking off each room (for example the living room and the dining room) make sure they flow. This can be achieved with lamps, rugs and buffet tables.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DO: Invest in curtains and shutters

Especially during the colder months of the year when the sun is basically non-existent. Layer your curtains to give the room the option of letting a bit of sun in.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Match everything

Long are the days when everything needs to match (sofas, tables, dining room chairs). This look can feel a little retro and outdated. Instead of throwing everything out and starting from scratch, keep a few of your favourite pieces and mix them with new ones from the store.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DO: Go thrift shopping

It’s true – older pieces are usually made from better materials and workmanship. Regularly pop into thrift stores which will give you a great offering of unique pieces that are made to last the distance.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

What are some of your do’s and don’ts?

Images via Husligheter, Domaine Home, Decoholic, Apartment Therapy, The Idea Room, Bloglovin, Millenium Design

July 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 6 Interior Decorating Accounts To Follow

Whether you’re looking for some quick inspiration for your new bedroom, home office, or even a new house, then following some interior accounts is the best way to go about it.

Instagram is filled with many feeds – but where to start? We name our top ten interior decorating accounts which are sure to give you a lot of inspiration for that next project.

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@interior_styling

The name says it all! An account packed with various styling tips for the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. With just shy of 30,000 followers, there are some seriously amazing styling tips to match your theme.

6 Interior Decorating Accounts To Follow

@tabletonic

An online store in Sydney’s Northern Beaches which stocks a variety of trinkets for every room of the house. Here you will find laid-back decor which is inspired by the beach. Perfect if you like unique rugs, candles, and cocktail or two.

6 Interior Decorating Accounts To Follow

@__ontheinside

Offering a taste of modern design equipped with brass details mixed with traditional pine furniture. With over 400 photos, you will find it hard to keep your phone down!

6 Interior Decorating Accounts To Follow

@theglowedit

Bringing together the best of beauty and interior designs is London native Kate Rooney. Her feed is always filled with makeup, marble bathrooms, and some seriously stylish living room inspiration.

6 Interior Decorating Accounts To Follow

@wallabuy

A fresh assortment of unique homewares for every stage of life is the mantra that Wallabuy seems to express. With a number of local and international designers constantly featured, there is no end to this inspirational account!

6 Interior Decorating Accounts To Follow

@situationstyle

Creating unique options for the home, kids, and office is one of the best ways to describe this beloved feed. Beware: there is lots of colour to be seen.

6 Interior Decorating Accounts To Follow

What are your favourite Instagram accounts for some interior inspiration?

July 23, 2015

Interior Essential: The Butterfly Chair

Looking for a way to update a sad corner in your bedroom or living room? Butterfly chairs are a trendy way to decorate any room, especially if you’re looking to splurge on a permanent piece. Pay attention to the finish; leather only looks better with age and is quick and easy to spot-clean.

Style your own butterfly chair with a little inspiration from our favourite rooms below!

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Lamp

A minimalist lamp is the best way to update any room without going completely OTT, and out of your comfort zone. A chic side table plus a few throw pillows help to bring some life to any room.

Interior Essential: The Butterfly Chair

Rugs

Bring some depth to the room with a no-fuss rug which is suitable for both summer and winter. Something such as a cow hide rug is ideal since it also ages really well.

Interior Essential: The Butterfly Chair

Canvas

If leather isn’t really your thing, canvas butterfly chairs are also a popular item to invest in. Simply change the cover, and throw it into the washing machine once it stains!

Interior Essential: The Butterfly Chair

Faux fur

Make any room look instantly cozy with a faux fur throw. Choose darker colours if you don’t want them to stain, or simply use them as a decorating piece.

Interior Essential: The Butterfly Chair

Office

Who knew a butterfly chair could make such an amazing piece for the office? Position it near the desk or in a corner for a quick nap!

Interior Essential: The Butterfly Chair

Brown leather

If black decor just isn’t your thing, try a softer colour palette to match the rest of the home. Copper and rose gold look great with brown leather, and they age so well.

Interior Essential: The Butterfly Chair

Images via CocoLapine Design, ShowHome, Essenziale, Stories By Me, A Gentle Woman

July 22, 2015

Gardening Without A Garden: Tips For A Balcony or Patio

Who knew that gardening didn’t actually have to involve a garden? A must-have is great sunlight, regular trims, and don’t forget to water those plants!

Whether you simply don’t have the space, or a smaller garden is just your thing, gain some extra inspiration from our favourite pictures from Pinterest (also, don’t forget to visit our own account, @shesaideditor).

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Crates

Make the most of an empty crate, and divide some of your favourite plants into each section. It’s a cheap and effective way to maximise on space!

Gardening Without A Garden: Tips For A Balcony or Patio

Mason jars

Suspend a few empty mason jars onto a plank or wood to make the perfect hanging plants. They’re safe and secure even during the windy weather.

Gardening Without A Garden: Tips For A Balcony or Patio

Pot plants

Keep some of your favourite plants in their original pots and keep them near the windowsill. Here, they will still get enough sun and look great!

Gardening Without A Garden: Tips For A Balcony or Patio

Railing plants

These innovative plants are split into two, and make for a colourful addition any balcony.

Gardening Without A Garden: Tips For A Balcony or Patio

Hanging herb garden

Organise some of your favourite herbs into this hanging garden, which is great if you don’t have much space. The canvas material keeps them cool without drying the leaves out.

Gardening Without A Garden: Tips For A Balcony or Patio

Images via Apartment Therapy, Urbilis, For Rent

July 9, 2015

How To Incorporate Colour Into The Home

Is your home or living room stuck in a monochrome phase? Rather than buying all of your items in various shades of black, white, and grey, give any room a pop of colour with these simple tips.

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Artwork

Any type of artwork suspended on a canvas is a great way to bring some colour into any room. There are so many different colours, themes and styles to choose from, which is sure to fit in with your design aesthetic.

Canvas and Canvas is an affordable, Melbourne-based online store that sells unique pieces of art for any room and any type of budget. See how each piece of art fits in with your room using the free iPhone app, Happy Wall!

How To Incorporate Colour Into The Home

Couch

If you’re looking for a way to re-vamp your living room, choose a beige or cream-coloured couch instead of the same old black option. It’s a subtle way to introduce some colour into the room without feeling too overwhelming at the same time.

How To Incorporate Colour Into The Home

Blankets

Fun and textured blankets or throw rugs are another inexpensive way to break up all the monochrome in any room. Whether it’s in the bedroom, living room, or even the kitchen – with towels of course.

How To Incorporate Colour Into The Home

Ornaments

Who else loves collecting fun little ornaments for the bookshelf or the coffee table? These could be anything you’ve collected from your travels, online, or even a bargain from the local markets. Don’t skimp on colour and remember to add some of your favourite books into the mix for a truly unique set-up.

How To Incorporate Colour Into The Home

Flowers

If beautiful flowers are always on your agenda, ditch the standard white roses in favour of some stunning peonies or khalias. Not only do these flowers last for ages, but they’re definitely a conversation starter! Fake plants are another great alternative if you don’t want to deal with the maintenance of real flowers – there’s no shame in that!

How To Incorporate Colour Into The Home

Images via Canvas and Canvas, Trendeser, Tumblr, Rug Knots

June 28, 2015

Sleeping In: The Best Canopy Bed Inspiration

A big, comfy bed is on all of our agendas, so why not splurge a little with a canopy-style for the bedroom? They are definitely the main focus of any room and evoke a classic style that also fits in with many contemporary design aesthetics. Browse from a few of our favourite canopy beds below to get inspired for your own room!

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#1

Try thin, white curtains to bring some modern edge to your canopy bed. This bed comes with lamps attached to the canopy for easy access!

Sleeping In: The Best Canopy Bed Inspiration

#2

Who else likes their bed comfy with a touch of wanderlust? This modem canopy bed is every travellers dream, equipped with a dream catcher and clean white linen.

Sleeping In: The Best Canopy Bed Inspiration

#3

For an effortless summer bedroom, skip the heavy throws in favour of light linen for your canopy. Not only is it breathable, but it requires no ironing either!

Sleeping In: The Best Canopy Bed Inspiration

#4

Any loft apartment isn’t completed without a beautiful bed, so why not make it a canopy bed? This is one of our favourites, since it isn’t your traditional style, and the curtains are instead draped over the top for an effortless look.

Sleeping In: The Best Canopy Bed Inspiration

#5

If you’re designing the ultimate day bed for summer, why not transform it into a canopy bed? It can keep away those pesky insects during the evening and looks amazing during the day!

Sleeping In: The Best Canopy Bed Inspiration

Which canopy bed is your favourite? We can’t go past the loft in #4!

Images via Blogspot, Brit.co, Flickr, Camille Styles

June 25, 2015

5 Affordable Ways To Update Any Room

Does your room need a re-vamp this winter without burning a hole in your pocket? Try the following affordable ways to change the mood of any room without compromising your account balance, or maxing out another credit card!

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Curtains

Make any space feel more homely by switching up the curtains in the room. This could mean replacing your old curtains with light-blocking ones, which could also save you some cash on electrical! Another great tip is to layer your curtains by using two rods for a truly unique look for the bedroom or living room.

5 Affordable Ways To Update Any Room

Plants

Small pot plants are another thrifty way to make the most of the space in the kitchen, bedroom or living room. If you’re on the busy side of life, a cactus or succulent is the best option since they don’t require much attention (watering) and won’t die after the first week!

5 Affordable Ways To Update Any Room

Rugs

Small rugs for the living room are one of the best ways to switch up any space without going over the top. Pick something wild and colourful to bring some character to any room, or go for a rug which is chic and understated to complement the rest of your decor.

5 Affordable Ways To Update Any Room

Throws

Lets face it, blankets and throws are an essential for the winter weather. There’s nothing better than unwinding on the couch with a glass of red wine, Netflix on in the background, and feeling comfy with a blanket right on top. We suggest something dark which won’t shed or stain too easily.

5 Affordable Ways To Update Any Room

Candles

Create a warm, inviting ambience in any room by lighting a scented candle. You don’t have to spend half a fortune on something from Diptyque or Glasshouse either, incense or a cute little candle from Ikea is just as good!

5 Affordable Ways To Update Any Room

Images via Design of Furniture, Buzzfeed, Dreams and Jeans, The Design Collector, Chanel Bags Cigarette Drags

June 21, 2015

How To Style A Small Space

Are you living in a studio, loft, or simply a small flat? Show off your personality and decorate your personal space with just a few of the following suggestions which are a must-have for any small living area.

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Curtains

If you’re living in a studio apartment, odds are you won’t have much personal space. Divide the room with curtains to separate different living areas, and create the illusion of extra space.

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Mirror

Whether you want to hang it over the fireplace, bolt it over your bedroom, or simply lean it against a wall, mirrors are a great way to open up any living space.

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Lamps

An extra source of light such as lamps, candles, or fairy lights are a great way to make a small space look homely.

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Rugs

Faux fur rugs are warm and inviting, especially during the winter months. If you’re re-designing during the summer, a thin, woven rug is a great option which won’t clutter up your living space.

Make sure you place some grip under the rug so it doesn’t move out of place and hurt someone!

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Floating shelves

Floating shelves are a great way to maximise on space and decorate each room without going OTT. They are quick and easy to install, and hold so much more than you think!

Are you living in a studio, loft, or simply a small apartment? Show off your personality and decorate your personal space with just a few of the following suggestions which are a must-have for any small living area.

Images via Tiny Ass Apartment, Urban Outfitters, Mice Man, Sweet Home Style

June 13, 2015

5 Budget Apartment Decorating Ideas

Want to give your home a revamp without breaking the bank?

Try some of these inexpensive ideas which are perfect for every single room of the house, and can even be made at home yourself!

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Wallpaper

Are you renting or just unable to paint the walls of your home? Decals and wallpaper are quick and easy ways to bring dimension and character to any room of the house. You have the option of creating a feature wall, designing the entire room, or simply just a corner of the house.

5 Budget Apartment Decorating Ideas

Plants

Believe it or not, there are a few different ways to incorporate fake plants into your home (and those which don’t look too tacky!). Simple shrubs often look best, just remember to dust them every now and then.

You can always pick the alternative and purchase a mini-cactus which requires little to no maintenance to look good.

5 Budget Apartment Decorating Ideas

Candles

Who doesn’t love a delicious candle during the winter time? It’s the perfect way to warm-up any room without spending a small fortune. Vanilla, lavender and fresh linen are all squeaky-clean scents which everyone is bound to enjoy.

5 Budget Apartment Decorating Ideas

Accent walls

Bring some life to your room with an accent wall made from inexpensive fabric and canvas. It is the perfect DIY project which everyone can partake in, plus it doesn’t take too long to create!

5 Budget Apartment Decorating Ideas

Photo frames

Hang some of your favourite family photos, holiday snaps, and pieces of art into individual photo frames. This way, you can create an effortless collage on the wall, and even design your work space or desk.

5 Budget Apartment Decorating Ideas

Images via Apartment Therapy, Urban Outfitters, MamaMia, Tumblr

May 26, 2015

5 Interior Design Tips For Winter

Need to update your home for the winter months ahead? Invest in a few of these must-haves to transform your interior and make any room feel warm and cosy, even if the temperature is dropping outside!

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Throws

Throws or blankets are a fantastic way to bring a little life into the living room. They can keep you warm whilst watching a movie, hanging out with friends, or even arranging them over the couch for decorative purposes.

5 Interior Design Tips For Winter

Rugs

Whether it’s for the bedroom, living room, or even the hallway, plush rugs are ideal for every single room of the house. Not to mention that they’re really easy to clean if you spill a little something on the carpet… Just in case, of course!

5 Interior Design Tips For Winter

Bed linen

Who doesn’t love to decorate their bed with European pillows, throws and luxurious covers during the winter? This way, you can layer it up and still feel warm and cosy throughout the night. Quilt covers and comforters are available at many different price points to suit your needs.

5 Interior Design Tips For Winter

Greenery

Winter is the perfect excuse to ditch the fresh flowers for something a little more long-term. Fake flowers are such a great investment since they will forever look the same (well, that’s obvious) and will blend into every room of the house. Place one in the living room and another in the bathroom for more of a homely feel.

5 Interior Design Tips For Winter

Faux fur

Did you think we forgot about faux fur? This popular trend is perfect as a rug, throw, or even a bed comforter since it adds a warm and fuzzy feel to any room.

5 Interior Design Tips For Winter

We would love to hear if you have any other alternatives, so please share them in the comments below!

Images via We Heart It, Remodelista, Home White Home, Erika Stern

May 25, 2015

5 Coffee Table Books For Fashion Fiends 

Add a little style into your home with a fabulous coffee table book. Not only are they easy to style on your bookshelf, coffee table, or kitchen counter, but they’re a great conversation starter – especially if you’re prone to throwing a few parties like Jay Gatsby.

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Shop some of our favourites featured below, and share some of your own in the comment section!

CR Fashion Book, $60

If you’re looking for the ultimate book/magazine hybrid which is released only twice per year, CR Fashion Book by Carine Roitfeld is the perfect option. The former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris provides a tongue-in-cheek take on modern fashion, beauty and lifestyle editorials featuring some of the hottest personalities in the world.

5 Coffee-table Books For Fashion Fiends 

The Sartorialist: Closer, $35

Since the success of Scott Schuman’s blog, The Sartorialist – the book – captures some of the best and most inspirational outfits from all over the globe. You’re bound to find some outfit inspo for both men and women in this unique street style read, which includes images from Japan, New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

5 Coffee-table Books For Fashion Fiends 

Shoestring Chic: 101 Ways To Live The Fashionably Luxe Life for Less, $33.95

One of Australia’s most beloved illustrators, Kerrie Hess released a charming book about fashion, beauty, and shopping – on a reasonable budget. It’s the perfect gift for a fashionista or someone who is into design, and makes for a great coffee table read!

5 Coffee-table Books For Fashion Fiends 

The Fashion Book, $69.95

If you don’t know your Margiela from Missoni, this book is the best way to spruce up your fashion knowledge as it’s packed with biographies, images and a quick timeline of all the influential designers from the noughties.

5 Coffee-table Books For Fashion Fiends 

Paris Street Style: Shoes, $29.99

Finish off your collection with this amazing book about adding the finishing touches to your outfit – a perfect pair of shoes. Authors of the best-selling Paris Street Style, Thomas and Veysset have teamed up to showcase some of the best Parisian footwear.

5 Coffee-table Books For Fashion Fiends 

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May 6, 2015

Inspirational Engagement Party Ideas

Most couples barely have their ideal wedding planned out, let alone the engagement party! So if you’re finding it difficult to stick with just one solid theme, take inspiration from the following real weddings from all over the globe.

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Spring

Choose this clean and refined take on springtime chic featuring pink flowers, floral chandeliers, rustic tables and acrylic chairs. Everything is kept in a consistent colour palette – even the seating charts which were adorned in white, pink, and gold accents.

If you’re more of a sentimental type of couple, choose a decoration which will represent both of your backgrounds. This is a beautiful way to merge both of your families into one, while still making your wedding very personal.

5 Inspirational Engagement Party Ideas

Fusion

Combine both of your cultures in a super-sized wedding which both families are bound to enjoy. One of our favourites below shows just how to mix southern culture with a traditional Indian wedding.

5 Inspirational Engagement Party Ideas

Holiday

Who doesn’t love a themed event? One of our favourites below was captured in Ireland during the festive season, and featured rich accents and decorations. Mulled wine, comfort foods and green ferns add the finishing touches to an engagement party for the colder parts of the year.

5 Inspirational Engagement Party Ideas

Modern

If you’re more of a modern type of girl (nothing traditional here!), incorporate some of your style into the decor. We’re thinking clean lines, brass accents and stripes for the table setting. Fresh seasonal flowers and a touch of class is the perfect way to celebrate this engagement.

5 Inspirational Engagement Party Ideas

Images via Wedded Wonderland, Style Me Pretty, Laura Murray Photography, Megan Martin Weddings, Geneoh

April 25, 2015

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Do you work from home or simply need a re-vamp on your usual workspace? The best way to inject a little style into this area of the home is to purchase a few useful trinkets which not only look good, but also make life a lot easier.

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Shop some of our favourite products below, or let them give you a little extra inspiration if you’re in-store or browsing online.

Planner

A monthly or weekly planner is an essential for someone who needs a little organisation in their life. Magnetic planners, whiteboards and chalkboards are all inexpensive pieces which are easy to update when something new pops up.

Pencil holders

Keep all your pencils, pens, highlighters and markers looking neat and tidy with the help of a pencil holder. You could go down the traditional route and use a wooden tin, or go for something a little more modern. Either way, you’re bound to find something which fits into your design aesthetic.

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Storage

If your desk is equipped with a drawer, invest in storage which will neatly organise all of your belongings. Here you can store some additional stationery such as a stapler, eraser, paper-clips and sticky tape.

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Sticky notes

Who else is guilty of leaving a myriad of sticky notes around their entire desk? Well, they are an essential! Keep them handy (next to your computer) for easy access and then transfer them easily into your weekly or monthly planner.

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Mood board

Even if you aren’t in a creative field, a mood board is a wonderful way to gather all your thoughts into one central place. Add pictures, quotes, deadlines and even bills (eek!) into your mood board, and keep in a place which will always catch your eye.

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Desk lamp

For those who need a little more light, a desk lamp is crucial – especially if you’re in a creative field. Choose one which matches your design aesthetic, however white or black is standard if you can’t compromise on colour.

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Candle

Set a relaxing, zen mood by burning your favourite candle during the day. Not only is it perfect if for creating a homely mood to any room, but they can also be used as storage afterwards – perfect!

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Motivational quotes

Who else requires a little extra motivation to get through the working week? Simply print off one of your favourite quotes and keep it in a frame on top of your desk. Instant-motivation!

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Images via Stephanie Sterjovski, Etsy, BHG, The Every Girl, Casa and Company, Harpers Bazaar, The U Lifestyle 

April 22, 2015

5 Styling Tips For A Modern Nursery

Becoming the parent of a newborn doesn’t leave you with much time for anything else, especially decorating the nursery! So take advantage of the time you have before the delivery to gather some essentials for the baby’s room.

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If you’re struggling to create more of a homely feel, try some of our styling tips which are perfect for both boys and girls.

Armchair

A big and comfy armchair is the perfect way to fill up some space and give the room some extra charisma. Also, just think about all of the hours you’ll be rocking the baby to sleep. Invest in a large armchair (and matching footstool), so you can sit back and feel comfortable.

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Shaggy rug

As the baby grows a little older, you’ll be doing tummy time on the floor. So why not choose a shaggy rug? If you can’t find one at your local store, there are hundreds of sellers on Etsy who sell stunning rugs at discount prices.

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Sun-blocking curtains

Since the baby needs so much sleep during the day, it’s important to invest in a pair of sun-blocking curtains. Shutters are also another great way to control the amount of sun that comes in and also keep your baby well-rested.

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Storage

Since the baby will be needing a change of clothes quite often (between bathing, accidents, etc), it’s good to have some quick and easy storage in the nursery. Rather than keeping clothes in a conventional drawer, use storage baskets which are easy to access and don’t require much tidying up afterwards.

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Decals

Bring some personality to the room with some bespoke pieces of art. If you already know the name and sex of the baby, personalised art works or throw pillows are cherished pieces that they’ll have for life.

If you want to keep the theme slightly neutral, then decals, stickers or other wall decorations are great ways to spice up any room. They are also easy to remove and don’t cause any damage to the wall.

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Images via Rebecca Judd, Homemade in Heaven, The Minimalist Home, Container Store, Etsy

April 16, 2015

How To Revamp An Old Attic

Why not convert your attic into a modern part of the home? Just think about all the space the kids will have in their new rumpus room, or that extra bedroom for guests – better yet, a wardrobe for all of your clothes (here’s hoping).

RELATED: Wallet-Friendly Decorating Ideas

Here, we show you some of the ways to convert your tired old attic into a busy and useful part of the home.

Bookshelves

Bookshelves are an essential part of the home since they can hold almost anything – books, toys, DVDs, games – you name it! Depending on how deep your shelves are, you could also use some baskets for more discrete storage solutions.

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Drawers

A chest of drawers is another essential part of any room – just think of how much clutter it can neatly store away. Drawer dividers are also a great way to store all of your belongings, so you know exactly where they are at all times.

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Couch

A cute and comfy couch, beanbags and stools are great for any room, especially if your attic is quite small (everyone will be sitting down!). Throw a beautiful faux fur shrug or blanket over the top to make it look more rustic and lived-in.

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Rugs

Depending on your style, you could invest in a stunning rug for the entire attic (trust us, it’ll keep everyone cosy in the winter months). A shaggy rug is ideal for the colder weather, but a Persian rug is better since it doesn’t shed.

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Desk

If you’re turning the old attic into a study, then a desk should be at the very top of your list. Choose one with lots of storage for books, stationery and computer products, which also looks good!

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What are some of your tips to style an old attic?

Images via The Glitter Guide, 6th Street Design School, The Ultra Linx, Blogspot, Buzzfeed

April 13, 2015

5 Vintage Pieces For A Modern Home

Want to give your home a spring refresh without burning a hole in your pocket? Buying vintage is a thrifty way to find yourself a one-of-a-kind piece, without spending a small fortune at the department store. Markets, online bidding and second-hand stores are filled with pieces which give a vintage edge to a modern home, but what should you choose?

RELATED: Interior Designer Profile – Roxy Sowlaty

Bar cart

Cocktail or bar carts are absolutely everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram, and for a good reason! Not only are they cheap and cheerful (we once saw one for $25 – what a steal!), but they can also be easily re-vamped to suit the colour scheme of your home.

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French armoire

A classic, French armoire looks just like a wardrobe with a vintage twist. Most of them don’t come with much hanging space, so you can store some of your shirts, towels or manchester in this timeless looking piece. If your armoire is looking a little worse for wear, they’re actually really easy to sand-down, paint, and apply a gloss before looking brand new.

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Armchair

The plush armchair might feel a little dated if you’re working with an entire set, but one piece for the bedroom or living room is perfect for evoking a feel of classic sophistication. If you’re not happy with the fabric (it can often stain easily), get it reupholstered by a professional.

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Wallpaper

It looks like wallpaper is quickly replacing the modern feature wall, and is a great way to spice-up any home. Choose a loud, vibrant colour or print, which will bring some character to the bedroom or living room.

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Credenza

Traditionally used as storage for plates and cutlery, the credenza is perfect as a side feature in a hallway, or alternatively storage for the living room. Most classic styles are made of wood and are glossy, but you can always change that after purchasing.

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Images via Porch, Specks of Glitter and Gold, Etsy, Style Me Pretty, Bloglovin

April 11, 2015

5 Interior Pieces Every Modern Home Needs

Rather than replacing every single piece in your home, invest in a few modern trinkets which will change the look of any room.

RELATED: Wallet Friendly Interior Design Ideas

Whether it’s a coffee table, book, or simply a small pot-plant for the kitchen, these five pieces can make a huge difference to your home.

Faux fur

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to bring out those warm and fluffy throws for the bedroom and the living room. Faux fur is a great option since it looks amazing and feels so luxurious!

5 Interior Pieces Every Modern Home Needs

Terrariums

Break up the usual clutter on your bookshelf with a terrarium or mini cactus. Not only do these plants require minimal upkeep, but they also look amazing in any part of the house.

5 Interior Pieces Every Modern Home Needs

Geometric rugs

Bring a little spice to a classic living room with a geometric rug. They will help to bring modernity to any living space and come in different shapes and sizes!

5 Interior Pieces Every Modern Home Needs

Candles

Why not place a sweet-smelling candle in the bathroom for the next time guests are coming over? They help to create a warm ambience and also act like a room freshener.

5 Interior Pieces Every Modern Home Needs

Art

Instead of investing in an outdated portrait for the living room, do a little DIY and create some colour on a blank, white canvas. Not only will the piece look original, but it’s also very thrifty if you’re on a budget.

5 Interior Pieces Every Modern Home Needs

Images via Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, Home Edit, Lovely Life, U Gallery, Erika Brechtel

April 8, 2015

DIY Crate Coffee Table

Bring some character into your home by designing and creating your own bespoke coffee table. Okay, this might seem rather difficult, but it’s actually really simple, especially if you have a few crates laying around the house.

RELATED: DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial

Follow our easy tutorial to create your own coffee table, side table, or even some storage for the laundry room.

What you need

  • 4 wooden crates
  • 2 (1×4) pieces of pine wood
  • 4 casters
  • Stain

Instructions

  1. Before you get started on actually building the table, make sure to stain the crates first. Use a homemade stain (vinegar, steel wool, and brewed tea) or choose a ready made stain which requires a little more waiting time.
  2. When the stain has dried, create a frame by nailing each piece of pine wood into a small square (looking somewhat like a window). This will also dictate the size of your coffee table.
  3. Then, simply arrange each crate over the top and use a drill, nails, and a hammer to secure them onto the frame. You might want some storage in the centre (for snacks or remotes), so make sure to leave some room in the centre for that.

Image via Instructables

March 26, 2015

Interior Designer Profile: Roxy Sowlaty

Roxy Sowlaty made her way onto our screens on the very first season of reality television show the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, but her career as an interior designer speaks for itself.

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Inspired by a fusion of classic and modern pieces, her skillful eye has landed a number of freelance residential projects in Manhattan, as well as a home in Aspen. But her passion of interiors didn’t stop there – Roxy has also introduced her own line of candles which will turn any blank space into a home.

Sofas

A good sofa is a must; and as Roxy says, it has two purposes: “it is a place to sit, and adds something to your living room.” Feel free to experiment with colour if you want to liven up your living room, but if you want to keep it classic, a white sofa never goes out of style.

Interior Designer Profile: Roxy Sowlaty

Candles

A good candle brings a warm, pleasant aroma to any space and creates a calming ambience, so don’t underestimate its necessity! Keep one on your coffee table, kitchen, and in the bathroom as a quirky air freshener.

Interior Designer Profile: Roxy Sowlaty

Wall mirrors

Bring some fun to a sad wall with a wall mirror. Not only are they really useful for touching up your lipstick on the way out, but look amazing on a wall with a pop of colour. You can choose the type of design, style, colour and finish for your home, and there are many available at almost any price point.

Interior Designer Profile: Roxy Sowlaty

Bar stools

Whether you’re entertaining by the pool or in some serious need of new decor for the kitchen, a bar stool in a must-have. Look for something with a firm cushion (for obvious reasons) and stick to a monochrome style for a classic, refined look.

Interior Designer Profile: Roxy Sowlaty

Pillows

Ever wondered what’s missing from your bed and sofa? Black and white pillows are a fun way to inject some some serious style into your home without fear of going OTT. Roxy’s favourite includes any type of bold patterns or graphic prints which complement a faux fur rug for winter.

Interior Designer Profile: Roxy Sowlaty

Images via Roxy Sowlaty, Front Door, In Mod, Flodeau, How You Glow

March 19, 2015

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Redecorate your home with some of the seasons hottest interior design trends for the colder months of the year.

It’s time to bring out the blankets, fluffy cushions and thick rugs to combat the colder temperatures, and make your house look good at the same time.

RELATED: How To Start Your Own Terrarium

Faux fur

Who doesn’t love a little faux fur in their home? Whether you decide to incorporate a blanket, cushion, rug or throw, the possibilities are endless with this signature autumnal trend.

If you do decide on a rug, make sure to place some non-stick layers underneath so it doesn’t move out of place.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Candles

Warm, woody candles are a must-have for the autumn-winter season. Keep them away from a window so they can burn evenly, and remember to trim them before lighting. Soy-based candles require little to no maintenance, and the glass can also be used to store the essentials after it’s been cleaned.

They also help to set the warm and cozy ambience that we all want to achieve during the colder seasons.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Terrariums

A low-maintenance way to bring some greenery into your home is with a terrarium. These are small groups of plants (mostly cactus and succulents), which last forever only need to be watered sparingly.

Keep them in direct sunlight (on a window sill) for best results.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Wall hangings

Creating your own art hanging is as easy as stapling your favourite piece of fabric onto a canvas.

Ikea and other craft stores sell fabrics by the metre, and you can easily come up with a creative piece for every room of the house. They are also more homely than a traditional painting.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Timber chairs

Nail that Scandinavian style by incorporating some timber tables and chairs into your living room or study. You can then accessorise them with faux fur throws which look and feel so luxurious.

Interior Design Trends For Autumn

Images via Poppy Talk, Only Deco Love, Gritty Pretty, Erika Brechtel, Lamb and Blonde, Tumblr

March 18, 2015

5 Ways To Decorate Your Non-Functioning Fireplace

Fireplaces are great pieces of interior design and can mean an amazing feature in your living, dining or bedroom – especially if it’s not being used.

Try some of these trends to bring some life to your fireplace, especially if you have no intention of using it.

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Magazines

If you’re an avid collector of magazines, then you would be familiar with the stress of storing them – especially if they’re different sizes!

Simply pack them all away into a large drawer and move it into the fireplace. You can put some of your favourites at the top, and rotate them on the coffee table.

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Candles

Grab a few of your favourite scented candles and use them in an old fireplace. This way, you won’t have any issues about the hot wax spilling everywhere, and they are really easy to clean up and start over.

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Stacked wood

Another great option if you’re a fan of the rustic look, and like a little DIY. Simply glue each round onto a board, and position it perfectly into the fireplace when you’re done!

5 Ways To Decorate Your Non-Functioning Fireplace

Dog bed

Okay, this one might seem a little weird at first, but it’s perfect if you’re living in a small, terrace house without any extra room.

Lay down a faux fur shrug which is perfect for keeping your pet warm during winter!

5 Ways To Decorate Your Non-Functioning Fireplace

Shelves

Add in a few customised shelves into your non-functioning fireplace for extra storage, or simply to display your beloved trinkets.

5 Ways To Decorate Your Non-Functioning Fireplace

Images via Better Homes and Gardens, Wall Spirit, Pepper Design Blog, Dwell, The Design Tabloid

March 10, 2015
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