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Black & White Design

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I have no idea what it is about them, but for me they’re number one of the animal kingdom
with their style, pattern and majesty they are simply amazing.

Black and White makes a bold statement, whether on their own or together these contrasting
colours are a powerhouse and make such a powerful statement when it comes to decorating.

If the idea of bold colours is something that sends shivers down your spine,
why not try black and white as a way of adding impact to your decorating
without having to wade through a colour wheel!

Its timeless simplicity and style is a guarantee that this amazing combination will be a winner when decorating your home.

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Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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How to build a mood board

Let's get creative

Firstly I’m sending lots of love to our Melbourne readers who are in lock down at this time.  This blog is for you.

With everyone spending more time at home there’s only so much tv you can watch, so why not create a mood board of how you would like your home to look.

Start with one room and have some fun.

Let’s get started!

Your building blocks will be:

  1. For online mood boards Canva offers a wide range of free templates and this will be your starting point. Alternatively you can use Powerpoint or if you own a Mac then Keynote.

  2. For hard copy mood boards (actual paper items or items collected and placed together) you can start with large poster sized cardboard and I also like to use trays for tiles, taps etc.

  3. Now what to put into those templates – Pinterest is an excellent source when looking for inspiration. Simply type in what it is you’re looking for eg: armchair, navy velvet sofa, timber coffee table etc.
    Save the images to your desktop and then add them to your mood board. This is your dream room so add everything you love, even if it’s not within your price range (budgeting comes later) – Instagram is constantly filled with new products & ideas and if there are businesses whose items you like you can subscribe to their newsletters to be kept up to date with new stock and sale items.

  4. I like to start with a “hero piece” when I’m designing for a client.
    This might be a lamp, buffet or piece of artwork. Something that is a WOW piece and draws you into the room – I like 2 pieces for a larger room and one for a smaller. You don’t want too many pieces like this or the eye doesn’t know where to land and things can get lost in a room with too many WOW items. The other items in the room should compliment this item and draw inspiration from it.

The requirements for the room below were for a leather arm chair and I worked from there.
The “found bone” inlay cabinet is a hero piece, along with the alabaster table lamp. The floor lamp with it’s circle insert works with the table lamp, while the cushion colours tie in with the leather armchair & the textures on the cushions add warmth to the beige sofa they will be sitting on. The rug has a subtle pattern and the colours again tie in with the chair & cushions.

When it comes to what I’m going to add to a room I like to lay each room out in a tray & add fabrics, images & any samples that I have. This was you can put it aside and as you find more pieces for each room you add to it to build up the story you’re creating. With trays they’re also stackable so it takes up less space when doing this over a period of time.

Budgeting your project

Now that you have everything together it’s time to get working on your budget. A simple spreadsheet is a good place to add each item, supplier and price. You can revisit this document each time you see something similar and compare the items. Anything that goes on sale can be added here & this can assist with the decision on which items to purchase.

I hope you have fun putting your mood board together, either digital or physically putting items together until you have an idea of how you would like your room to look.

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A simple way to add drama to a room

Who doesn’t love a bit of drama?
Inside your home that is! I’m talking about your walls.
There are so many shades of white to choose from but let’s think beyond white and how by picking up a paint brush you can dramatically change both the look and feel of any room.

Dimension is added to this space with the white wall in the background and the dark textured wall in the foreground, with the blossom being a link between the two.

This matt dark grey dining room wall is the perfect accent for the black and white upholstered chairs and bench seating.

Olive green kitchens are increasingly popular & by painting the walls you have the impact without the added expense of new cabinetry.

Navy and pink walls work in with the furnishing of this space at the bottom of a staircase

Navy & coral accents make for a stunning pairing

Offset dark walls & shelving with a white marble mantle
Everything else is dark but lighting lifts the mood and the mirror over the mantle helps to reflect more light

By adding a mural to this room the doors and ceiling aren’t the only drama in this sitting room

This green wall and sofa are a modern statement, especially as the skirting is painted the same colour as the wall.

Drama has been added to this room by running the wall colour up and through the centre of the room on the ceiling & floor.

A flat grey wall, including the skirting boards, anchors this room
It’s traditional mantle works perfectly with the modern mustard armchair

With its dark wall this traditionally decorated bedroom now has a modern look & feel to it
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eDecorating

If you’re currently working from home you may be looking around and seeing your home in a whole different light. Is it time for a change, upgrade or some new paint colours?

The Style Project can offer you several different sources you can go to for inspiration

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https://www.instagram.com/thestyleproject/

We are also offering a new service eDecorating.

This is a cost effective online Decorating service. There are no forms to complete, it’s a personalised service where we speak with you on the phone or by email if you prefer, and gain an understanding of what your style is – we will guide you through this. You will then have an understanding of how the entire room will look when completed & can purchase each item at a time to suit you.

You can also look back over past blogs for inspiration. You can see which is your style – generally most people have 2 to 3 different styles they like to draw inspiration from. You can gain an understanding of colour, upcycling which transforms an existing item into something new, and there is so much more to offer you design inspiration.

You can speak with us on 0413 772 352 & if you have any design questions email me at kkt@thestyleproject.com.au and I’ll happily answer your questions.

Wishing you all a safe week ahead

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Design Inspiration

When commencing a new project I start with a colour and build from there.

It could be the colour of the sofa or a clients’ love of a particular colour.
If that’s a “trend” colour that I know they will tire of, I only use it as an accessory and not a major purchase. Then when the trend has passed it can be swapped over for another colour or another trend to keep the room looking fresh and up to date.

Personally I don’t like trends and prefer natural linen, navy blue & mustard which I never tire of and it never dates. Dark & light greys and black & white accents are also timeless and such a classic look.

Design inspiration can be found on so many sites but I find Pinterest one of the most popular amongst clients. Nearly everyone has a Pinterest account and if they don’t, once you point them in that direction they tend to get hooked! https://www.pinterest.com.au/thestyleproject/

Planning a shopping trip

  1. Take a photograph of the room/space before leaving home
  2. Measure the space you want to decorate & take a tape measure with you
  3. Eat – there’s nothing worse than being hungry when shopping
  4. Phone/text a friend if you need a second opinion
  5. If unsure, don’t make a rash decision – go home & think about it
Neutrals are used here in the sofa, armoire & marble top coffee table.
Muted browns & blues in the artwork add a subtle pop of colour,
while the green chairs & ottoman add deeper shades of colour.
Note that the greens don’t have to be the same colour, so long as you have two
items in the same colour, eg: the arm chairs.
Colour plays a major part in any room.
Dulux Vivid White is a classic colour for doors, windows and architraves.

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2020 Offer to our clients

With 2020 now almost half way through the month of January, it’s the perfect time for a room refresh. With guests coming and going, let’s see if we can add some new life to an already gorgeous room or you can start the new year with an entirely new look.

As a subscriber to our blog we are offering a virtual design consultation at no cost for anyone who purchases any items for their “refresh” through The Style Project. Why not take advantage of this offer as it’s only valid until 31 January 2020.

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Merry Christmas!

How is it that each year we’re shocked to learn that Christmas is once again here?
This year I’m pleased to say that I’m better organised than most.
The gifts have been wrapped for weeks, parties attended with a minimum of stress and travel plans all arranged.

A huge thank you to our clients and blog subscribers and I look forward to sharing more design inspirations with you all in 2020.

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Are you over white bathrooms ?

There are so many more options available when selecting sinks, vanities, cupboard doors & accessories, and while white is timeless it’s also not terribly exciting.

Is it time to add a splash of colour to your bathroom? A pale pink bath or basin, some tiles that add some colour & warmth to what can be a very cold room. Let’s bring some life into bathrooms with accessories and paint.

For a small space you have everything you need & how gorgeous does this look?
To achieve this look is much simpler than first appears.
It’s simply a navy painted wall above white wall panelling.
Simple yet stylish.
Laminex offers these stunning colours from their
Accents & Metallics range
A large format herringbone subway tile in a soft blue-grey is all that you
need in this bathroom to make the white accents pop.
Another example of how paint makes all the difference.
If you don’t like it then paint is lot simpler to re-do than tiling an entire wall!
These mosaics are all available from GS Tiles & Floorcoverings
These Orla Kiely Summer floral towels are the perfect addition for a soft muted bathroom
This Rodney Bath by Candana is absolutely stunning
Nood Co offer this two tone basin in a wide variety of colours as shown here


Thank you to our suppliers whose images feature in this blog
GS Tiles & FloorcoveringsCandana, & Nood Co
and to Pinterest & Instagram for inspiration.

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Spring Styling

The weather’s warming up so what better time to update a room or two in your home. Light, fresh and bright or dark, moody & inviting. We’ve put together some inspirational mood boards for you to look at and hopefully get some inspiration from. All items are available through our suppliers and can be purchased from The Style Project at our preferential pricing. If there’s anything that you like drop us an email or text – all details are on our contact page here. We’d be only too happy to give you a price, check availability and advise on delivery costs to wherever you live in Australia.

Greg & Blush are a perfect combination. Cool & warm brought together in this room with rattan in both the lamp bases and armchair. Every room needs a place to throw off your jacket or sit down while you put on your shoes and this classic rattan armchair will be at home in any room.
We’ve added our favourite Dulux greys and shown them with a crisp white.
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Dark and sophisticated – this space with its dark green feature wall and oversized chandelier offer comfort, warmth and and invitation to sit and relax.
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These seven drawer dressers are available in either black, coral or sand – adding a point of interest to a bedroom, hallway or dining room.
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Would you ever want to get out of bed again? I love the versatility of many of the pieces in this room. The chair, table lamp, cushions and mirror can all be used in either bedrooms or living room spaces. I have the exact same table lamp on a hall table in my home.

When adding table lamps to a bedside my rule of thumb is nothing under 65 cm tall. With the vast expanse of the bed you need to balance out the tables and lamps on either side of the bed and a tall lamp up to 74cm will balance the room perfectly while offering ample light in the room.
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Green with envy! The 3 C’s – cosy, classic & filled with charisma. The background is a deep green wallpaper and will transform a dining space enveloping it with warmth and character (another C!).
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Black and white. It doesn’t get more classic than that. Add tassles & textures and you have a transformational additional to a classic cream sofa or all white bedding.
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This Malibu collection of blue and white accent pieces set against sand coloured classics offers the perfect coastal collection. The blue/grey wall adds a depth of colour to the room bringing it all together.

Our selections for a blue/grey wall are these Dulux options

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Thank you to our suppliers whose images feature in this blog
Canvas & Sasson, Globe West, Cafe Lighting & Living & Dulux.

Until our next blog our Instagram & Facebook pages offer design inspiration.

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All you need to know about rugs

There are two things that finish off a room for me.

The first is rugs and the second are window treatments (curtains, blinds & shutters).  
These bring warmth to a home and truly complete the overall look.

This week I’ll be talking about the perfect rug size & placement with help from The Rug Collection.  They’re one of my “go to” rug companies when shopping for clients and I’ve worked with them for several years now.  
(This is not a sponsored blog)

5 Tips for rug  selection & care

1. Select the perfect size first!

The first thing to decide upon is the size of a rug. Measure up and select the optimal size before moving on to design, colour and composition selection.

The size of a rug is vital for connecting a room and tying everything together to create a balanced space. In an open plan room, a rug can define an area and enhance a rooms overall aesthetic.

Go for the largest possible size that fits, as it will unify a room and define the space you want to cover. A rug that is too small, will make the room look smaller and can also make furniture appear disconnected.

Standard rug size examples:

160 x 230cm

200 x 290cm

250 x 350cm

300 x 400cm


2. Think outside the square (or rectangle) and consider the shape.

The most popular shape is rectangular for living, dining, bedrooms and narrow hallway runners.

However, a round rug is a delightful choice in bedrooms or can add a point of interest to a living space, playroom or study.

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If you’re feeling extra creative you can custom design a rug shape especially for your space, which can be made to order. The choice is yours dependent on budget, dimensions of the room and the purpose of the rug.

3. If you feel there are too many choices or want a rug that will outlast trends, opt for a timeless texture or durable flatweave.

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My favourite flatweave is the hand crafted Morroccan inspired “Zigo” in a high low pile made of 100% pure wool, starting at $715.

Thick, plush and beautifully soft underfoot, some other textured rugs include Madison, MagicRopeweave, Illusions, and Fizzle rugs.

Flatweave rugs are durable and perfect for high traffic living and dining areas. Popular designs include Torquay, Subi, Hunter, SilhouetteBraid Hive, Braid Tempest and Xylo.

4. Treat your rug with a little love & it will increase its lifespan.

A regular vacuum and the rotation of a rug in high traffic & sunlit areas, as well as the prompt treatment of spills, will extend the life of a rug.

Rug care differs by size, construction and yarn. Read more helpful tips here.

5. Define your space – here are some layout examples 

LIVING ROOM FLOATING LAYOUT – For open planning living

In open plan living rooms, a rug should be big enough to fit under all four legs of each couch, sofa and arm chair. It will define the space and be in proportion with the size of furniture and surrounding space, whilst creating a relaxed and casual feel to a space.

CLASSIC LIVING LAYOUT – For classic living

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IN THE DINING ROOM – Scale and proportion is key

For Dining rooms, a rug should always be in proportion to the table.

It is best to leave enough space on either side of the table to avoid ‘catching’ the back of the rug with a chair. The back chair legs should always be sitting on the rug, even when being used. Your rug needs to be approximately 1.2m-1.5m wider and longer than your table (i.e at least 65-75cm around the perimeter of the table for chairs).

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IN THE BEDROOM – Cosy, soft and luxurious

A rug in the bedroom will warm up and soften a room with hard flooring. A rug adds colour, pattern and texture to make a room feel luxurious and cosy.

Make sure the rug is underfoot when you get out of bed. The rug should be large enough to sit underneath the bed and side tables. Another option is for the rug to sit underneath the bed, stopping short of the side tables.

For those who don’t want a large rug under the bed but still want a soft place underfoot when getting out of bed, you can opt for a set of two runners placed either side of the bed.

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The Rug Collection offers many standard sized rugs and also custom rugs to perfectly fit the space you’re decorating.

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I hope this has been helpful

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