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Top 5 Interior Design Tips

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Yes, I know it’s already more than half way through January but I have a story …..

I’d love to be able to say that I had a fabulous Christmas and was looking forward to a bright new year, but that wasn’t entirely the case.  The latter is true but I was so ill over Christmas, along with my husband – misery does love company – that the end of last year definitely didn’t pan out as expected.

Having discovered the value of an annual flu shot 4 years ago, I’ve rarely had more than a scratchy throat the past 4 years and thought myself to be immune from the flu.   So each March I grit my teeth and have a flu jab.  Alas this year my luck ran out and it was awful!  My chest sounded like that of an 80 year old who had smoked 2 packets of cigarettes a day and my energy levels were non existent.  We delayed going to our house in the country for a few more days than was originally planned as neither of us were up for the travel and then once there it wasn’t really until the New Year that we began to feel a little better.

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As we started to improved we ran into a friend when out shopping for books (no tv in the country) and she told us about the newly refurbished Sir George at Jugiong.  Directionally I’ve always been rather challenged and so I just assumed it was down the road and that we’d head there for NYE.  So off head on Dec 31st but it was 45 mins at 100kpm – again I had no idea!  Suffice to say it was well worth the trip with fabulous food and a well thought out renovation and design.

It’s now close to two weeks that I’ve been back at work and it’s been extremely busy.
Six new clients in the past two weeks ranging from a sprawling townhouse to a large 1980’s home and an office fit out.

Now onto this weeks topic!

Top 5 Interior Design Tips

Number 1 – Negative space is a must

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Don’t overly crowd or clutter a room

For a streamlined and well designed room I like to have 1/4 of the room as negative space.
This is space you don’t add furniture to, allowing the pieces that you have to shine as they can be clearly seen without competing with other items for the eyes attention.

Number 2 – Lighting is key

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I love to use table lamps in every room – kitchen included.
Proportion is so important and bedside lamps need to be 65+cm to balance out the bed and have an impact in the room.

Number 3 – Each room needs to connect with another

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Working a shape or colour from one space to the next will help the flow of your home and give it a
pulled together and finished look and feel.

Number 4 – Don’t skimp on seating

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Comfort is so very important when it comes to armchairs & sofas.

If you were to calculate the amount of time you spend on these items and calculate the cost “per sit”
(similar to how you do when justifying the purchase of a designer handbag) then you would see the value in quality made seating.

Number 5 – Wallpaper is key!

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Wallpaper instantly transforms a room.

If there was only one room in a home to add wallpaper to then it would have to be the master bedroom.  The vast expanse of a queen or king sized bed is balanced out not only by a bedhead but a wallpapered wall behind the bed.

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Before I go


As a New Years gift to myself I bought a Nutri Bullet and it’s fabulous

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One of my favourite juices is as follows:

1/2 juicer of baby spinach

1/2 total of water including 4 ice cubes that will have the juice cold enough to drink immediately

1/2 cucumber

1/3 red capsicum

1/2 squeezed lemon

1 tablespoon of Rice Malt Syrup
(a fabulous alternative to honey and not as sweet)

a handful of black chia seeds

You’ll be full until lunch time!

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Luxury Interior Design Trends for 2017

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I was recently asked to write an article on my predictions for

Luxury Interior Design Trends in 2017

They were Jewels tones, Retreat rooms & Custom upholstery.
I’m looking forward to using lots of lush jewel tones, particularly velvets in both decoration
& custom upholstery.
As for a retreat room, I’m fortunate to have the option of city living during the week
& then weekends in the country, so quite happy with my country retreat – no custom room required!

Jewel Tones

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In particular emerald green and ruby red.

Both of these colours work perfectly with navy blue and nothing says luxury like navy.

Emerald and ruby in velvet make for perfect cushions, particularly 60 x 60cm as a statement on a sofa or chair.

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Walls painted in these luxe colours instantly transform a room taking it to the next level of sophistication.

Wallpaper in jewel tones will add an overall feel of sheer opulence to any room,
but I love to see this mainly in a bedroom & dining room.

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Retreat Rooms

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A room specifically for mediation, reading or a place you can go to completely unwind.

These rooms will be an added luxury when you come home from a hard day’s work
and don’t want the constant chatter from the television.

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They don’t need to be a particularly large room but they do need to be purpose specific.

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These rooms should be decorated in tranquil colours either light or dark,
depending on the rooms purpose and definitely not a room to dry the washing in!

Custom Upholstery

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With so much of our lives being disposable nowadays, it’s a luxury to be able to revamp
a family heirloom or an older piece of furniture that you’ve acquired.

Custom detailed upholstery won’t date and adds a much welcomed design detail to any room.

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A bedhead, ottoman or dining chair with button detailing always adds to a rooms luxury look & feel.
I don’t think a bedroom is dressed without a bedhead as it helps to balance out the vast expanse of the bed.

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Top 5 Summer Styling Tips

With less than 2 weeks until
Summer

Here are our Top 5
Styling Tips

Number 1

A quick and simple way of lightening a room is by changing doona covers & cushions to lighter colours.

While darker colours add to a cosy feel in the cooler months,
light & fresh colours work best in the warmer months.

For doona covers I like predominately white, beige & soft pastel colours.
This will give a fresh feel to the room and set the tone for warmer days and nights.

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Sheridan Ekard Tailored Quilt Cover

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All cushions are from Rapee

Number 2

Bring the outdoors in.

While flowers aren’t always possible in the warmer months as they don’t last as long, look to your own garden for fresh branches.  Lemon tree, bamboo & Camelia leaves will all last for weeks and add greenery to a space.

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Number 3

Enjoy your floorboards.

By removing rugs you can enjoy the feel of cool floorboards beneath your feet.

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Number 4

Pay attention to your outdoor area.

It’s time to re-stain decks, wash outdoor cushions covers & dress up the area you’re going to be spending more time in.  I love to buy inexpensive doona covers for outdoor daybed mattresses & they’re easy to add to the wash when needed.  Outdoor cushion covers are an excellent investment as they’ll retain their colour when left in the sun.

By adding fairy lights you can instantly transform an outdoor space

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Number 5

Make your home smell like Summer.

I’m a huge lover of room scents and while Winter smells are more apple & cinnamon, Summer smells are a light & fresh citrus.

Making your own natural air freshener without chemicals is simple and far better for your family and pets.  Lemons are a natural deodoriser and will add a fresh scent to your home.

To make your own Air Freshener you will need the following:

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

2-3 drops of lemon, lime or orange essential oil

500ml of hot water

Add all of the above to a small spray bottle & shake well.

This citrus fragrance will instantly transport you to a summer place.

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Diner en Blanc

Diner en Blanc

Sydney Diner en Blanc logo

 

On Saturday 19 November, 2016

5,000 people will gather and head towards an undisclosed location for a “pop up” dinner.

Dressed only in white from head to toe, the portable tables, chairs & decorations must also be in white.  This all white vision is something to behold.

This will be my fourth Sydney Diner en Blanc and the first as a “Pedestrian Leader”.
My group will walk to the location which in past years has included Bondi Beach
(where I was asked when on my way to the loo if I was part of a mass wedding!)
and last year at The Sydney Opera House.

It’s a magical evening and one that originated in Paris in 1988.
Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at Bois de Boulogne,
asking them to dress in white so they could find each other.
It’s now held annually all over the world.

A trolley’s a must as you have to transport everything to the venue

Diner en Blanc trolley

Spray paint can turn anything white

Diner en Blanc white spray paint
Solar or battery operated lights add both shimmer & light

String solar lights - Diner en Blanc
& Don’t forget to decorate the back of your chair!

Diner en Blanc chair backs
Hats are plentiful as it’s the perfect way to finish off an all white outfit.

Audrey Hepburn white hat

 With all white table settings it’s amazing the length some people go to when decorating their table –
remembering you have to bring everything with you & take it back home again!

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Thinking outside the square is even more important for an event like this.
Ikea, BigW, Kmart & Target
all offer some amazing items you can use and when you add a can of white spray paint –
the sky’s the limit!
For more information on this night of nights
CLICK HERE

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Your Top 3 Colour Questions Answered

1.  I’m scared to paint – what if I make a mistake?

Paint’s no different to anything else in life.  Just jump in!

I once lived in a shared house in Melbourne for only two weeks and before I moved in I painted my bedroom completely in white, then added muslin to the windows and all white bedding.

I had no idea I would live there for such a short period of time but the time I spent there was relaxing and such a lovely space to come home to – albeit brief!

All white bedroom

A good rule of thumb is to look at 1/2 and 1/4 strength options of a colour that you like.

Also take into consideration that the small paint chip you see in the hardware store will be magnified many times over on a wall.  If there’s a Dulux colour that you like just email me with the colour name and I’ll forward you A4 colour samples within the week.

You can then add to your wall and decide which colour works for you.
This so often helps to confirm which colours will and won’t work for you.

If you don’t like the colour you paint, then paint over it.

2.  What’s an alternative to white?

Grey is the perfect alternative.  It’s timeless and a beautiful contrast against white architraves.

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If you’re a little shy about painting I recommend opting for the lighter shade and then move up to a darker shade once you realise just how fabulous grey is!  Offset with a white gloss trim, this really is a stunning combination.

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3.  Will dark colours make a room appear smaller?

Dark colours can actually make a wall recede.
In the image below it looks as if the wall is further back than it actually is.

Black wall bathroom

In answer to your question, if you were to paint all four walls of a room in a dark colour, then yes it would make the room appear smaller, but one wall have give the effect of the wall receding and also adding interest to a small space.

You can use the 60/30 rule if unsure of how to add colour

Add 60% of a dominant colour
30% of a secondary colour
10% of an accent colour

Translate this to a room and the percentages are

60% of the room’s colour to the walls
30% of the room’s colour for upholstery
&
10% of the room’s colour for accent pieces – cushions & accessories.

I hope this helps with any colour dilemmas you may have and we’re
always happy to answer any questions that you have.

Interior Design Community

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were launching a Design Community and I’m happy to announce that this is now in place.

The Style Project Residential Design

 

Be part of our Interior Design Community

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“Virtual Shopping Assistant” at no cost to you.

If you are looking for furniture, rugs, lighting, window treatments,
cushions, wallpaper – in fact anything for your home – email or text us an
image & we’ll send you through the best pricing we can obtain.

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Paddington Inside Out Open House

Paddington Open House

Take a look ……….

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The home owners are Ariana & Esteban and their young daughter Florencia.

This Federation semi-detached was thoughtfully renovated to created a 4 bedroom & 2.5 bathroom home and with considered design choices they have created a light, spacious and highly functional family home.

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A white Marakesh render was used on the walls, where they crush marble into the paint to achieve this soft finish


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Black framed windows showcase the outdoor area seamlessly

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Comfort & style come together in this open plan living space

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A green wall backsplash alternative makes for a welcome outlook

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The kitchen is fully integrated and the custom Oregon dining table doubles as a food prep space.
Cool tones are used throughout the ground floor of the home adding to the feeling of lightness and space.

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Each bathroom has different metallic tapware that works perfectly from room to room.


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Storage and more storage.
This seamless wardrobe continues from the master bedroom along the hallway, allowing access from all bedrooms.

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In Florencia’s bedroom hinge panel shutters allows light to be controlled in cubes.

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Upstairs and the palette gets a little darker, moodier with warmer tones in the darker timbers &
grey carpeting – just perfect for sleeping & relaxing.

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For now it’s good bye from this stunning family home

Thank you so much to our host West Elm

West Elm is my go to store when styling a clients home.

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Thank you to
Claire Bradley, Editor-In-Chief
Vanessa Colyer Tay for her beautiful styling
&
Maree Homer for her stunning photography
To see the home tour from Inside Out CLICK HERE

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Instant Balcony

How brilliant is this?

 Hofman Dujardin is an architectural firm based in the Netherlands and
one of their innovations is the Bloomframe Window.

I love the idea of being able to use the balcony to suit your needs and then when it’s time to go to bed
or leave the apartment, you have the security of it being a window again.

CLICK HERE to see the window in operation

Bloomframe Window

Bloomframe Window

Bloomframe Window

Bloomframe Window

CLICK HERE to see other projects from Hofman Dujardin

Hofman Dujardin design

Before I go, here’s an image of my dream car – for no other reason than my love of all things two tone!

Two tone vintage car

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A Spring Recipe to Enjoy

Delicious!

Whenever Maxwell & Williams introduce new pieces to their collection they send me through a recipe to go along with the range.

I love this goat’s cheese & artichoke tart recipe & the colourful plates liven up the dish.

You might like to add it to your Spring repertoire.

Goats cheese & artichoke tart recipe

Maxwell & Williams pieces

Enjoy!

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Open House for Inside Out Magazine

This is the second open house that Inside Out Magazine have invited The Style Project to,
and as with the previous Open House this one did not disappoint.

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This inner city terrace is flooded with light from the moment you step through the front door.

White washed walls & floors add to a light and airy feeling in the home which is the
perfect backdrop for the homes diversified artwork collection.

From the comfort of the living room, with its electic mixture of artwork and photographs,
to a corner study nook by a large window, this home had been well thought through in terms
of what the owners wanted from their renovation.

  The original fireplace and mantle are an ode to the homes original features
while the rest of the house has a more modern feel to it.

Onto the dining room with it’s white painted brick wall, the texture adding
to the warmth of this open space shared with the kitchen.
The highlight of the kitchen would have to be its yellow Lacanche stove,
ordered from France adding a perfect pop of colour to the room.

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Heading upstairs, the all white painted floorboards, banister and walls
again add to the light in this home.  Upstairs bedrooms offer breezes through the
French doors which are a welcome relief come any typical Sydney summer.

Marble is a prominent feature in the bathroom with a continueous backsplash for the basin
and full marble in the shower.
Copper tapware adds a rustic and stylish finish to these rooms.

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Heading outside you step onto an elevated decking area and an internal courtyard
is a lush oasis with a variety of plantings and the perfect spot to pull up a chair and enjoy the sunshine.

To see a video of the Open House Click Here 

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Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 11.41.25 AMIt was lovely to catch up with Claire Bradley Editor-in-chief of Inside Out.

Thank you to everyone at Inside Out
& Go Natural Gas
Claire Bradley & Shannon Vos, our hosts

Claire Delmar for her beautiful styling
&
Felix Forest for his stunning photography

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Breeze Blocks Are Back!

Breeze Blocks

In the 1950’s breeze blocks were hugely popular, and thanks to our love of all things mid century – they’re back!

Both new builds and renovations are looking to breeze blocks for their architectural interest & versatility.

They can be used indoors or outdoors, but nowhere are they more stunning than at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs that Jonathan Adler redesigned in 2004.

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The Parker Hotel Palm Springs

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Breeze Blocks

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