• Fashion and Personal Style

    The Scarf Secret

    There is a reason the French have so many words for the simple scarf – they know the scarf secret! This magical device will change your style! The scarf is more than a winter tool for adding warmth – though it certainly is capable of doing that. Once you learn a few different ways to wrap a scarf, the world begins to change and opportunities start to rise. Let’s consider the opportunities a well worn scarf provides: If chosen well, it can bring your best colours to your face. This means that your skin will light up and your eyes will pop! A scarf can redirect the light that lands…

  • 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…

  • General

    Goals for 2021 – changes afoot!

    Although 2020 was a surprising year for the world, sometimes filled with grief and sorrow, but also governed by a fundamental appreciation of what used to be ‘normal’, for me, it was a year of growth. In one of my posts I discussed the value in investing in among other things, your skin and your education – and 2020 was a year I took new steps in both of these aspects. For my skin, and thanks to becoming an R+F consultant, I upgraded my skincare routine and reduced the plethora of products I was using to a simple few, high quality ones. I reduced and simplified my routines and make…

  • 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 Rustic Christmas

    Admittedly, I am torn between celebrating big this year, and reducing the mess and clean-up for a simple Christmas with low stress. In the meantime, however, like usual, I am looking at all of the pretty, sparkly things and wondering if I can add them to my collection of decorations. I’m quite enjoying the hand-crafted feel of a rustic Christmas theme. It encourages memories of times spent making awkward decorations out of left over materials from ‘the craft box’. In my perusal of the not-so-home-made items, I note than many of them would be easy to make at home with the kids in a crafty afternoon. To maintain a rustic…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Seeking Summer

    Yesterday I spent the day in absolutely glorious sunshine! The jumper was off by 9am and the sky blue all day, today, I’m looking out over a wet and miserable Derwent! Not that I begrudge the rain, my plants are exceptionally happy this year due to all of the extra moisture nature has provided, but a couple of days of sunshine in a row would be lovely! As the day is grey again, I have gone searching for some decor to bring light and summer vibes inside. I’m thinking coastal, palm trees and that general QLD vibe will serve me well. Perhaps California or the Greek Islands might also serve…

  • 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,  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

    Versatile furniture: the humble bedside table

    One of the most affordable and versatile pieces of furniture that you can acquire is the humble bedside table. They are masterful at being more than they were designed to be and are best considered as small cabinets rather than bedside furniture. While it’s true, they do sit perfectly beside the head of a bed, these same creatures are excellent in the living room or home study. The make an awesome stand in a corner and if you stack a few side-by-side, you create a buffet-style cabinet worthy of a mid-century revival. In the years before I had a stable income, I was a sustainable shopper – in the sense…