New to the market

What’s not to love about
nesting in the cooler months?

Continuing on from my last blog, there are some fabulous new items to the market for Winter 2016.  While I’m not a fan of the cold weather - these stunning images of a suppliers new Winter range is just gorgeous.

Pops of yellow against dark grey walls, sofas to snuggle into and a selection of new lighting.  Then there’s the nod to the 1950′s with a drinks trolley Don Draper would happily partake, two tone baskets and a selection of ever so stylish furniture and accessories.

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Winter decorating

The nights are cooler and it’s time to allow the colour palette to shine with warmer tones.

With just over a month before winter sets in, we say goodbye to beautiful autumn days and hello to lots of time at home, all snug in our jewel toned rooms.

Greens, greys, purples & faux fur, along with everything dark wraps their arms around us as we come home each day.  While we dream of warmer weather we’re happy to spend 3 months of the year in the comfort of these warm and luxurious colours.  I for one never want to leave home or the comfort of a heater and leopard throw at this time of year.

Green library and leopard floor

Green dining roomGreen sideboard

Purple flowersFaux fur throwsSideboard with grey walls

Dark grey door

Black & white decorBathroom with dark grey wallMinimalist wardrobe

Simple floristryChair with winter throws

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Top 10 tips Preparing your home for Sale

Whether preparing your house to sell or making it just right for you to enjoy, here are our

Top 10 tips

When selling your home you need to see it through different eyes, the eyes of the prospective purchaser.  This is the time for you to fall in love with your home all over again.

Tip #1.

Curb appealHave a welcoming, tidy and well maintained entrance to your house and people will look forward to coming inside.

Tip #2.

Cleaning windows

Clean your home from top to bottom.
A clean home shows buyers you are serious about selling &  care about your home.
Don’t forget the windows!

Tip #3.

 Group family photographs

Remove most of your family photographs but leave a small grouping.
This allows the prospective buyer to visualise themselves living in your home.

Tip #4.

Furniture groupings

Furniture groupings – float furniture away from the walls and place your furniture into cosy conversational groupings, allowing obvious traffic flow.

Tip #5.

Living Room

Pick up, put away and show off your room.
Open all drapes, turn on the lights & let your home shine!

Tip #6.

Neutral and classic bedroom

Keep paint colours neutral to appeal to
the majority of home buyers.
Allow the buyer to see your home as a blank canvas that
they can add their own personality to. 

Tip #7.

Kitchen update

For a quick kitchen makeover, add new doors, change countertop and add new hardware.  You now have a new kitchen at a fraction of the price.

Tip #8.

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Maintenance is a must.
Get out the paintbrush, screwdriver and hammer
and fix those jobs you have been putting off.

Tip #9. 

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Fresh flowers and the smell of something baking in the oven
will tug at the heartstrings of potential purchasers and will add
to their vision of them living in your home.

Tip #10.

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Once your home is on the market it becomes a product and not your home.
If you remember this you will be able to see it as prospective buyers will.

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Invitation from Inside Out Magazine

Palm Beach Open House

Late last year I was invited by Claire Bradley, Editor in Chief of Inside Out Magazine to an
Open for Inspection at a house in Palm Beach.  An invitation I quickly accepted and off I set to Sydney’s Northern Beaches with my trusty camera in hand.  I was met onsite by the lovely team from Inside Out Magazine and what appeared to be a modest cottage from the street turned out to be something rather unexpected.

From the road you see the roof of the house with water glimpses through the windows.
Step inside and this house has been designed with how this family lives in a home that truly reflects living inside and out.  The water views are simply stunning.

As I learned the story of this house I was touched when I discovered that the architect designed this house for his parents to downsize to – adding even more meaning to what was to unfold as I walked through this stunning home.

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Upon entering the house you head downstairs & just beyond a staircase leading to an upstairs storage area, immediately to your left is the master bedroom.

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The master bedroom has an ensuite that to me was everything French.
Practical, stylish & just the right amount of elements all combined.
The simplicity was the perfect answer to this stunning yet simple house.

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Downstairs to the living room which was a light filled, comfortable living space.
Personalised elements filled the room along with comfortable seating & more of the white on white decor that fills the rest of the house.

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 A stunning view visible from both the master bedroom and the living room.
Australian’s truly have the market cornered with this style of indoor/outdoor living.
Waking to a view like this is guaranteed to set you up for a perfect day.

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A vignette in the living room – gumnuts & copper accents

Inside Out Magazine Palm Beach Open House - The Style Project

The house is awash with white and these black accents are the perfect compliment.  The roofline soars and the sea of white is the perfect backdrop for the the blue of the water views in this stunning home.


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The living room is tranquil & timeless, yet still maintains the personality of the family living there.

Inside Out Magazine Palm Beach Open House - The Style Project  Outdoor living with a view to die for and the protection from the elements with the shutters on either side.

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I met Shannon Voss on the day, you might remember him from The Block.
Shannon was both warm and extremely knowledgeable about the house & the journey
it had undertaken to get to where it is today.


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When walking downstairs I had no idea what to expect and then I came across two bedrooms that while very basic in their content, where all that was needed when staying overnight.  The Sheridan throws with their warm grey hues were exactly what a whitewashed room needed to add that extra warmth to the bedroom.

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A plunge pool is the perfect way to cool off on a hot Palm Beach day.

To see how this amazing day unfolded – view the video by clicking here

I would like to thank the following people for their amazing input into this fabulous day
Simon Whitbread – Photographer
Maria Dyoniziak – Stylist
Daniel Ramond – Architect
Our sponsors on the day – Sheridan

I would also like to thank Inside Out Magazine for the opportunity to see such a stunning home and be part of this fabulous story in their March 2016 issue.

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What does a vacated apartment look like after 70+ years?

Priceless art & so much more

In 1939, 23 Year old Madame de Florian fled her apartment at the beginning of
World War II & never returned.  This is the story of that apartment.

Madame de Florian Pari Apartment

Madame de Florian Pari Apartment

Madame de Florian Pari Apartment

Madame de Florian Pari Apartment

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Luxe Styling

Luxe Styling

I was told early on that I had a beer budget on
champagne taste – nothing seems to have changed too much!

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I love luxury fabrics, rich velvets, textures and beautiful things.
I’m fortunate to work in an industry where I see these things on a regular basis and the
temptation to buy is enormous (would my husband please stop reading now).

I love to mix high and low end products in my own home and
it’s something I always encourage my clients to do.

Dressing your home is similar to dressing yourself.
You can get away with an inexpensive dress from one of the many chain stores
(H & M, Forever 21 & Zara come to mind)
if you’re wearing a killer pair of shoes.

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Mixing and matching in your home is there perfect way to enable you to
update your home as you would your wardrobe.

Canvas + Sasson are one of my “go to” suppliers when looking to add a
Luxe Look to a clients home and their price points are well placed in the market.

Luxury, Elegance & Sumptuousness are abundant in these images.

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A delicious summer recipe

Tropical Chia
Breakfast Trifle

I’m always looking at different ways to use an item.
A vase can become a lamp base, add castors to a small table and you have a butchers block
and using stemless wine glasses to display a sweet treat.

This is a delicious treat that presents beautifully with all of the layers visible.

Dessert in Maxwell & Williams stemless wine glasses

Tropical Chia Breakfast Trifle Recipe

Tropical Chia Breakfast Trifle Recipe

Tropical Chia Breakfast Trifle Recipe

Tropical Chia Breakfast Trifle Recipe

Enjoy!

Maxwell & Williams Mansion Stemless Wine Glasses

These Mansion Stemless wine glasses are available from 
Maxwell & Williams

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Australia Day with Aussie Inventions

So Australian!

As I spent the weekend in the Australian bush I started looking into what was invented by Australians and it’s quite a lengthy list.  As we spend today in our shorts, thongs and around the barbie, here’s a look at some things that are just so Australian.

Australian Flag
Let’s start with the Rotary clothes line.

Hills Hoist

 

Lance Hill’s clothes hoist became a symbol of Australian home life in the 1950′s,
but Lance Hill did not invent the rotary clothes hoist.Gilbert Toyne patented one in Adelaide in 1926,
which was sold in small numbers until the early 1960s.
 The Hills Hoist was a fabulous way to spend an afternoon as a kid
- whizzing around on the clothes line!

Vegemite

Vegemite toast

In 1922  the Fred Walker Company, later to become Kraft Food Company, hired a young chemist to develop a spread from one of the richest known natural sources in the Vitamin B group – brewer’s yeast.

After months of laboratory tests, Dr. Cyril P Callister, Australia’s leading food technologist of the 1920s and 30s, developed a tasty, spreadable paste. It was labelled ‘Pure Vegetable Extract’.

Having been brought up on Vegemite there’s never a time that I don’t have it in my pantry and there’s nothing better than vegemite on toast.  This tends to be rather an acquired taste and many people new to Vegemite don’t quite get the attraction.

Australian dollars

In 1988 (coinciding with the country’s bicentennial year)
the Polymer banknote was developed by CSIRO scientists led by Dr David Solomon.
Polymer bank notes are now used in 30 other countries.
They last longer than paper notes & have security features that reduce the ability to
produce counterfeit notes.

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The Victa lawn mower was invented in 1952, in the backyard of
Melvyn Victor Richardson in Concord, NSW

Sunday morning’s, lawnmowers & the smell of freshly cut grass – ahhhhh!!

Caroma dual flush toilet

In 1980, with $130 000 government assistance,
Bruce Thompson of Caroma developed a cistern with two buttons and flush volumes
(11.0 litres and 5.5 litres).
Thompson’s Duoset cistern saved 32 000 litres of water a year per household when it was trialled in a small South Australian town.

Salt water swimming pool

In the 1970s, Len David researched alternative methods of pool maintenance to reduce the amount of chemicals used which led to the development of the salt water chlorination system.

Lamingtons

We couldn’t possibly talk about Australia Day without mentioning the Lamington.

Most accounts of the creation of the lamington agree that it was named after
Lord Lamington, who served as Governor General of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.

According to one claim, Lamingtons were first served in Toowomba
when Lord Lamington took his entourage to Harlaxton House to
escape the steamy heat of Brisbane.

My favourite way to eat them is to put them in the freezer as they don’t actually freeze,
just get really cold.  Add Champagne and you have the best afternoon tea imaginable.

The Classic Lamington Recipe
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
Grease and flour a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan, line base with baking paper.

Beat eggs in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light in colour.
Gradually add sugar; beat for 8 minutes or until the mixture is thick.
Mixture should form thick ribbons when the beaters are lifted.

Meanwhile, sift flour and cornflour together three times.
Combine butter and boiling water in a small heatproof bowl.

Transfer egg mixture to a large bowl.
Sift the flour mixture over the egg mixture; using a balloon whisk or a large metal spoon,
gently fold the flour into the egg mixture, then fold in the butter mixture.

Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Bake in a moderate oven for about 25 minutes or until sponge springs back
when touched lightly in the centre and comes away from side of pan.
Turn cake onto a wire rack to cool.

Cut cake into 20 even pieces

Meanwhile, to make chocolate icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa
into a large heatproof bowl; add the butter and milk; stir over a medium saucepan
of simmering water until icing is smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Divide icing mixture into 2 small bowls.

Place coconut in a shallow bowl.

Using a large fork, dip each piece of cake briefly into icing until cake is coated in icing.
Hold over bowl to drain off any excess.
Dip half the cake pieces in one bowl of icing and the other half in the second bowl of icing.
(We have separated the icing into two bowls,
as cake crumbs will thicken the icing and make it difficult to use.)

If the icing becomes too thick, stand it over hot water while dipping,
or reheat gently with a little more milk.
If necessary, strain the icing into a clean bowl.

Toss cake gently in coconut.

Transfer cake to a wire rack; stand until set

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Let’s finish off by teaching others from the world over just how to speak Australian
just abbreviate everything.

This is a must see video below!

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How to speak Australian - click here

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Top 10 Design Essentials

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 Design Essentials

This year I want to be able to guide you in the right direction with advice on what to look for when you’re out shopping for your home.

So often people contact me after they’ve made a costly mistake and I’d like to help you from making mistakes when decorating your home.

The first thing to do is take measurements of the space or room you are decorating.
When you’re in a store looking at items you can be thrown by the size of the space, either smaller or larger than what you are decorating.  So often people come home with a purchase they’re convinced will “make” the space and it gets lost in the room as it doesn’t make an impact.  If I have a choice of the small, medium or large when decorating, I always go with the large, you can always exchange one size down if you need to.

Model House

Sticking with a neutral pallet doesn’t always mean white, cream and beige.  I love navy and leopard as neutrals as everything else works so well with them.  If you’re a lover of bold colours then keep them in one signature piece and then accessories.  You might like to have a bold sofa and then the rest of your large items will be in neutrals, but your cushions, throws and table top accessories are all bold.  They can then be changed over to a softer colour to suit a new season or your mood.

The ten items listed below are all basics that you need to anchor a room.

Number 1 - Bedhead

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Navy Velvet Bedhead - The Style Project

White Manto Timber Headboard - The Style Project

A bedhead anchors the room and adds vertical space to a room
which is dominated with a large horizontal item – your bed.

Number 2 – Lighting

Grey & white table lamp - The Style Project

Eichholtz Flores pendant light - The Style Project

 

Eichholtz Miles Davis Pendant - The Style Project

Funky floor lamp - The Style Project

 

From floor lamps to pendant lighting, this is one of the “hero” items you need to purchase.  Lighting is so important when setting the mood of any room.  I add dimmers to all lights so that they can transform from functional task lighting to soft and moody party lighting with the turn of a dial!

Number 3 - Rugs

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Bayliss Rugs - The Style Project

A rug will define a space in open plan & warm up a room.
I think of rugs as “Floor Fashion”, the finishing to touch to your room.

Number 4 – Sofa

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Comfort and style are so important here.
Think of the number of hours you will spend on your sofa.
Just like your bed it needs to be comfortable and built to last.

Custom sofas can be tailored to fit your exact requirements for far less than settling on

something that sort of works in the space.

Number 5 – Coffee Table

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Number 6 – Dining Chairs

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So you’re probably thinking what about the table?  I’ve never been a fan of “matchy matchy” and this is particularly true
when it comes to dining table & chairs.

You can use an existing dining table, a family heirloom or an op shop find & then totally transform the table with the right chairs.  For a heavy timber table you don’t want timber chairs, go for something that lightens the look
and overall feel.  A glass table top would benefit from a timber chair to balance it out.

Number 7 – Cushions

Custom cushions from The Style Project

Custom Cushions from The Style Project

Custom cushions from The Style Project

How many cushions does one person need?  A question my husband asks me regularly.
There’s really no straight answer except to say that it’s nice to have the option to switch them around whenever I feel like!
If I buy cushions from a retailer I always remove the poly insert and add my own feather insert.  They’re so much more comfortable and add a touch of luxury to your sofa and chairs.
Without a doubt a 60 x 60cm feather filled velvet cushion is my favourite accessory to add to a living room or bedroom.

Number 8 – Side Tables
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Side Table -  The Style Project

You’re drinking a coffee & reading a magazine – you need a side table
Your guest wants to put down her glass of champagne to throw her arms up in amazement about what you’ve done with the room – you need a side table
They’re versatile and so easy to move from room to room, they even make fabulous bedside tables

Number 9 –  Butchers Block

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I love the versatility of a butchers block.
An excellent area for food prep and at any time it can be whisked away to create more space or they make an excellent bar when called for.

Number 10 – Wallpaper

While you might be thinking, really this is essential?
OK essential might be a bit of a stretch, but it will finish off any room and give you the WOW factor!
A wall can be transformed in a matter of hours and is one of my favourite parts about seeing a room come together.
I’ve never had a client who wished they hadn’t wallpapered!

Wallpaper from The Style Project

Custom wallpaper from The Style Project

Custom wallpaper from The Style Project

 Don’t forget the number one rule when selecting items for your home

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If you don’t love it
You don’t buy it!

 

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New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Happy New Year
2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s the first day of the new year and everything’s possible!

I’m sitting at the kitchen table of our country house with the fan blowing on my back.
A very warm 36 degrees & it’s taken me hours of reading on the sofa to making it here to the table.

We rang in the new year with good food and wine and a quiet evening in our special part of the world.  I awoke to a warm morning and a day filled with possibility.  The reality of that possibility in this heat is that I’m moving ridiculously slowly but I have four resolutions to share with you.

1.  Wear more hats
HATS

I have a head for hats and am time poor many mornings so more hats make perfect sense.

2.  Install more wallpaper

THE STYLE PROJECT WALLPAPER

THE STYLE PROJECT WALLPAPER

THE STYLE PROJECT WALLPAPER

Nothing transforms a room quite like wallpaper.
In a few hours you have made a statement to a room that nothing else achieves quite like wallpaper.
I work with the most amazing wallpaper installer and together we have worked some real magic and above are just three of the bedrooms we transformed this year.

3.  Never stop learning

NEVER STOP LEARNING

Last year I attended workshops on calligraphy, brush strokes & getting more from my Mac.
This year I would like to learn more advanced skills for blogging and venture more into Youtube videos.

4.  Dream Big

DREAM BIG

Last year The Style Project exceeded my expectations and this year I want to move to a whole other level.  Since I was a child I have wanted to sell furniture, it goes back to a furniture store near where we grew up and upstairs from the store was an apartment (I’d never seen an apartment before, everyone I knew lived in houses) and the wife of the man that ran the store was so stylish –  I wanted to be him and her combined!  While I purchase furniture for my clients on a weekly basis, I now want to do this on a much broader scale.  So many of the items available to designers aren’t sold in retail stores and I’m looking for a unique way to showcase some of the fabulous pieces I have available to The Style Project.

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WORLDS AWAY HAYS SILVER LEAF ETAGERE
LOTUS TEAL VELVET BEDHEAD - THE STYLE PROJECT
THE STYLE PROJECT WALLPAPER
EVA ARMCHAIR - THE STYLE PROJECT
VITO CONSTELLA CEILING LAMP - THE STYLE PROJECT
BACCHUS BOTTLE OPENER SET OF 3 - THE STYLE PROJECT

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