• 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

    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,  Outdoor Living

    Small Tables With Style

    Small spaces need small or clever furniture. That space between your favourite chair and the wall perhaps, or that awkward corner between the curtain and the wall next to the window – we all have them, but how to make them work for us? Well, start with an artisitc small table. Small tables are fabulous tools because they can be art alone, they can be a plinth for something more dramatic or they can provide the simple service of holding your coffee while you flip through a book or magazine. Not all small tables are tables, some of them, like the triangular piece above, are advertised as stools, but it…

  • Interior Styling

    Styling Up With Sculpture

    Typically, a focal point is created by the inbuilt design features of a room, but if you want to be in control of this aspect, then a striking piece of art is the key. In days gone by, sculpture was ever present as a sign of wealth and power. Today, it is less based in conquest, and more in personal expression. Sculpture – whether that be the true artisinal pieces, or the more easy to come by mass produced decor pieces, draws the eye. If placed in a prominant spot, it can draw people into a room and then direct them around it. Modern sculpture provides for a plethora of…

  • 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

    Creating Contrast: Styles with Fusion

    There are many interior styles that are based around playing with contrasting fabrics, materials and shapes. Some of them are formal and defined: Art Deco or Hollywood Regency for example; some are very loose: Bohemian styling comes to mind, but new fusions of style are developing all of the time – Arthouse is currently on the rise. Arthouse, like art in general, is in the eye of the beholder – and as such is highly subjective to either the client or the designer. Arthouse takes the most loved pieces from a range of other styles and uses them to create fusion and contrast simultaneously. There should be a focus on…

  • Interior Styling

    Colour Forecast 2021 – Dulux

    Colour is a serious business. It informs our entire lives, whether we are aware of it or not. Every company that deals in colour, be that in paint, fabric, clothing or decor, has it’s own ideas on what will be the coming colours of the season. Whilst Pantone is the colour guru, everyone else has their own take based on their local circumstances. Dulux has just released their colour forecast for 2021 and it is earthy. Based around three heart-felt concepts: reset, nourish and retreat, it seems that Dulux want’s us to find our balance in 2021 and move beyond the trials of 2020.  The colours are rich but muddy…

  • 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…