Interior Styling

Tips and information for styling interiors.

  • Interior Styling

    Macrame decor – creating a pot-hanger

    Yes, I know, it has been around before, but the new and improved version of that boho chic craft of macrame, is well worth considering for your indoor decor. It is the kind of design piece that is stylish, practical and, believe it or not, easy to DIY! I admit that when I decided I needed a couple of macrame pot-hangers to add to my living space, I immediately looked to buy them. I searched, I couldn’t find what I was looking for and so I bought the materials I needed and made my own! Let me say, I’m hooked! There was a time in my childhood where we made…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Blending Planting and Art

    Indoor and outdoor spaces benefit not only by adding the green element of plants but also considered pots and planters to hold them. Sculptural, organic or coloured options add the extra depth or excitement to the decor of the space. Whether it is an expression of style or a pop of colour, a planter or pot can add the extra something. For a greater sense of styling, collect pots and planters of different sizes and scales. Position them together in groups of 3 or 5 for a pleasing vignette that draws the eye and enhances the space. Look for pots and planters that have a relationship through either colour family…

  • Interior Styling

    Do Indoor Plants Really Clean the Air?

    I had a university botany lecturer warn our class of the dangers of having too many plants in our college rooms back in the 90s. At that time, our understanding of the impact of plants on air quality was limited by the technology available and the motivations of society. It was a more simple study in the oxygen-carbon dioxide ratio of plants and the relationship between photosynthesis (oxygen production) and respiration (oxygen consumption) by plants. Most people remember that plants produce oxygen in light, what they forget is that plants use oxygen all day and night – hence the warning from my lecturer. At night, we were warned, plants can…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Bring them Indoors

    Overnight temperatures are now consistently dropping into the cold zone – a key indicator for this that my husband has switched our reverse-cycle airconditioning to the warm setting. If it is too cold for us, it is way too cold for our indoor (typically tropical) plants to stay outside. If we hope to keep those plants alive over winter, they need to be put some where a bit more consistently warm until mid-spring when the temperatures rise again. Whilst many indoor plants can survive well outdoors in Tasmania with the right micro-climate, there are a whole bunch more that need to be inside. When they do come inside, be mindful…

  • Interior Styling

    Pantone’s Colours of the Year 2021

    December brings the most important colour declarations in fashion and design – enter the Pantone Colour of the Year. For 2021, there are two colours – a rich yellow called Illuminating and mellow grey called Ultimate Grey – together they will inspire and uplift fabrics, paints and tiles for the coming year. In an unexpected twist – they are also similar to the branding colours one of may favourite make-up companies – Trinny London – where inspiration and the promise to uplift women is a company focus. Given that the founder, Trinny, from books and shows about fashion and understanding what best suits your body, has inspired women for generations…

  • Interior Styling

    A Wintery Xmas Tablescape

    As previously stated, I’m not doing the big tree – or in my case – forest of trees this Christmas. Instead I am focussing my Christmas cheer and need to decorate into table-tops. They look great and festive, but only take minutes to pack away. Beside my island bench, I have a space where two hallway tables enable me to create a bit of visual interest. This year this narrow space is decked out in a wintery Xmas tablescape. The colour palette is simple and cool: white, silver, grey and deep greens. This tablescape incorporates some old favourites – like the candlesticks which were a gift from my Aunt Sue…

  • Interior Styling

    Finding Calm at Home

    December is a month full of decisions and revisions. There are changes to our usual routine that bring joy and challenges. There is more traffic, more people, more energy and with that, more stress. December is a wonderful month to invest in your calm. Find your sense of self and maintain balance despite the business that surrounds us. Taking the time to let go of the burdens of your day with a bit of exercise, some garden therapy or finding your happy place – all seems good and easy when it is a simple voice in the maelstrom of the day, but it is much more challenging in practice. Having…

  • Interior Styling

    A Golden Christmas Bench

    Although I have decided a Christmas tree is not on the agenda this year, I am turning my focus to bench and table tops. I do want the magic of Christmas to be present, I’m just limiting the work associated with it. So far I have decorated two bench/table tops – this is the golden island bench in my kitchen/dining space. It is decadent. It is sparkly and fun and required a couple of hours (mostly spent with a hot glue gun and the pile of baubles in the urns). Beyond that, it took minutes to set up – and the best bit, it will take minutes to pack away.…

  • Interior Styling

    Cute Cuddles for Christmas

    They are adorable, cuddly and hard not to love – a cuddle toy is an excellent stocking stuffer for a little person in your life this Christmas. In this, a year where personal contact was greatly reduced, what better way to send you heart-felt affections than with a totally huggable plush friend? I don’t know if it is because I’m a bit of a hoarder, but somehow, despite all the moves and changing locations of my life, I have managed to hang on to and transport with me some significant cuddle toys from my childhood. Granted they hold significant sentimental value and this is why they have been so treasured.…

  • Interior Styling

    Adding Extra Christmas Sparkle

    Somewhere in my thirties, I started to really appreciate crystal. I don’t know why it took me so long to really fall in love with it – but once the bug hit, I began to look at glassware in a whole different way. Yes it is heavy, and often expensive, but the magic of light refracting through cut crystal is just spectacular! In my mind, the perfect tree ornament is a crystal snowflake.  I love a snowflake at the best of times – it’s probably the geometry, but the nature and pattern of a snowflake really speaks to me. Imagine my delight, in disocvering in my thirties, that there were…