• 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

    Spreading Christmas Joy Around the House

    I must admit my favourite Christmas memories are those where the decorations were taken to the extreme – that is probably the stylist in me showing through! Pilgrimages to Melbourne to line up and see the Myer Christmas windows, getting lost in pop-up Christmas stores in Belgium, the time my parents used a plastic deer head instead of a tree. The last one, I know is odd, but I remember the way the light came through the stained glass windows of our front door into the hallway, where instead of a Christmas tree, we had a decorated plastic deer’s head. I don’t recall why – I was very young, but…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Adding That Statement Piece

    Adding a statement piece to each room or space provides a focal point that creates the flow of a room. The idea is, obviously, to create focus – to draw the eye and encourage you to step in. A statement piece should reflect your style and create conversation – it doesn’t have to be beautiful (most of us would prefer it was), but it should draw you in and make you investigate. The ultimate statement piece in Tasmania is MONA. The Museum of Old and New Art is filled with thought and conversation provoking displays. Each space is carefully curated to make you think, to shock you and to give…

  • Outdoor Living

    Adding Outdoor Cushions

    All cushions are not created equal and if you are going to be putting some outdoors, then considering the fabric is very important. At a minimum, they should be water-resistant. The thing about outdoor soft furnishings is that they need to have an appropriate fabrication and fill that will dry quickly and resist mildew. No-one wants to turn over a cushion and find the grey blotches that indicate a fungal infestation has taken up residence. All fabrics are not created equal and so having a quick look at the label can save a lot of worry later. Avoid polyurethane, but other fills such as polyester, open-cell foam and closed-cell foam…

  • Interior Styling

    Safari Style

    It’s a year largely devoid of travel, and the one thing that we typically want to do when we cannot leave the country – is to travel. A simple, probably cheaper, and equally as satisfying alternative is to update the styling of a room using a bit of decor that reminds us of a far-off distant land. Technically, we call this style that evokes the adventurer within us – Explorer style. It is a bit traditional, a bit creative and brings in the magical, mystical decor that reminds us of grand adventures from our childhood imagination. Fundamentally, it is filled with rich-toned neutrals: browns, burgundy and beige. It has elements…

  • Interior Styling,  Uncategorized

    A Touch of Personality

    It is easy to get lost in the seriousness of life and decor, but having that moment – even if it is mostly between you and your space that shows your personality or sense of fun, can be a huge boost to your joy! While there have been those eccentrics who take this sense of joy and fun to the absolute extreme, I’m referring to just a little touch to bring a little smile. A touch of whimsy or a cheeky tongue-in-cheek statement is enough to lift the mood in even a relatively simple minimalist home. A Bohemian decor, with its natural sense of experiential decoration, will not have quite…

  • Interior Styling

    Now Trending: Home Neutrals

    The rise of the neutral has been interesting. Neutrals, typically, can be dull and present a palette devoid of character, but the current design featuring neutrals is surprisingly rich and diverse. Thanks to a slightly 70s reversion, texture in the form of macrame and latch-hook has found its way into the neutral home – and has done so with taste and style! I am just old enough to remember macrame from the 70s and it bears almost no resemblance to the macrame of today. Rather than the gaudy colour combinations of greens and beige, browns and bright yellow – that I recall in macrame owls hanging in everyone’s home, the…

  • Interior Styling

    Picking up the Angles

    Geometrical designs tend to lean towards the masculine, in my opinion, this is due to the clean lines and simplicity of form. There is a relationship between the shape of the item and the air space that surrounds it which creates a sense of balance and peace. Look for the angles and form to find a piece that is both contemporary and has a memory of Art Deco or a Mid-Century Modern vibe. Picking up the right angles can create a visually calming space because the eye sees the balance in the shape and therefore finds rest in the space. Geometrical Lamps A fabulous way to explore geometrical design is…

  • Interior Styling

    The Velvet Touch

    Craving a bit of luxe? Adding velvet furniture and accessories to a space gives instant glamour, depth and style, and of course, that touch of luxe. Gone are the days of velvet furniture belonging in theatres and palaces. Thanks to synthetic velvets of such outstanding quality and ease of production, everyone can have the velvet touch. Like metallics, it is an attention grabbing fabric, so choose wisely and sparingly – a key piece that makes a glamourous statement, not an entire room decked out in this luxurious fabric. Whether it be a fabulous chair or a simple cushion, a touch of velvet is worth considering if your style tends towards…

  • Interior Styling

    Adding Texture to a Room

    Adding texture to a room is an essential practice to add depth and character in a visually appealing way. A space without texture, no matter how many colours it might have, will always feel just a little incomplete. There is a simple fix though – style it with a few significant items that show the weave in textiles, the carving in sculpture or the grains in wood. Bring that sense of visual interest into the space so that you are drawn in to make a tangible connection. The items shown are from Zanui, but most homewear shops will have something you can choose. Whether you add a little colour in…