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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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It’s been sometime ………

The Style Project Blog tribute to Elsa Knox

I’m writing this blog on a very chilly Thursday morning with the day starting off at zero and only rising to 11.  The sun looks amazing but there’s little warmth in it and it’s another day of layer upon layer of clothing to keep me warm.  The fire is roaring & the red and yellow box burn brightly and ferociously as I never give the fire a chance to burn down before adding another log.

It’s been months since I last blogged as I just haven’t had the spirit to sit down and dedicate the time needed to blogging.  My mother, Elsa Knox passed away in early April and it completely shook me to my core.  She lived to be 86 and it was while writing the eulogy for her Celebration of Life service that I realised just how many amazing things she had done in her life.  Her working life started out as a hairdresser and among many of the jobs she went on to have were a florist, ceramics teacher, bus company co-owner & in her latter years she volunteered in a hospital.  Without a doubt my strength of will & determination come from her and I miss her terribly.

Our next blog will be all about rugs and the correct sizes you need for each space, in the meantime here’s my favourite photograph of my parents on their wedding day in 1954.

The Style Project Blog dedication to Elsa Knox

Until next week

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Things We Love

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Each morning my in box is filled with new ideas/products/projects and of course loads of spam.
Once I’ve sorted the good from the bad I flag the ones I want to read later and am often rewarded with hours of reading that lead me down a rabbit hole of new products I can recommend to clients, along with inspiration for both my business and personal life.

I was asked about my hobbies this morning and the two that really stand out are gardening, which I do every morning and then there’s poetry.  I’ve always liked reading it and now I write my own which is mainly kept locked away but I recently submitted a poem to the Jugiong Writers Festival which was both thrilling and nerve-racking.  My words were out there for all to see and while that’s the same for a blog, poetry is personal!  I have no exceptions of winning anything but I will enter again and again and maybe one day I’ll write something that everyone will want to see.

Now back to the world of design!

Here are some of the things that stood out for me in recent weeks.

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You may recognise Gavin & Warren who became household names in Australia after they appeared
on the 1st series of the ‘The Block’.

After almost a decade as high profile interior designers, Gavin & Warren followed their creative talents to give rise to a highly sought after wholesale art business working exclusively with interior designs, architects and decorators.

Their latest catalogue arrived and this glossy treasure-trove of artwork
had one major stand out for me.

The Echo New York Collection.
Echo New York were well known in the 1930’s – 1950’s for their amazing scarves.
They then evolved into textiles and have worked with the likes of Ralph Lauren.
Designer Boys have brought their wall art to Australia and these pieces are printed on a white border
to replicate the look of a textile.
Only new to the market, these two are finished in a champagne gold frame.

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Pajaros Coloridos

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Navy Blooms of Oceania

Finished in a champagne gold frame
Large 85 x 85cm $825
X Large 105 x 105cm $1,200

available through The Style Project

To see more Designer Boys art click here 

“How to buy a great gift:  50 things to buy your friends this year”
had 3 stand out items for me and a lot of fabulous eye candy!

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Matte black double gourde lamp from Bragg & Co

The Style Project Blog - Melissa PenfoldShades Key Ring from Georg Jensen

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Out East Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons by M. Brian Tichenor
available from Booktopia

To see all of Melissa Penfold’s recommendations click here 

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Pierre dining table from Wisteria Design $3,950
available through The Style Project

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Amara rattan bar cart from Wisteria Design $1,090
available through The Style Project

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Amara rattan bedhead from Wisteria Design available in
Queen $1,300 & King $1,500 through The Style Project

To see more from Wisteria Design click here 


If you’re looking for more inspiration, to the right of this blog we have brands that we love working with – 36 in total – all filled with stunning images & ideas.  That’s all for this week.

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

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Affordable Interior Design

Affordable Interior Design

If you’re looking for affordable Interior Design or at the end of your decorating budget and looking for a bargain – look no further than Target.

The launch of these products named “Field of Dreams” are luxury items without the price tag.

Think soothing colour palette, textures & a high end look.

Glazed dinner plates are $4 and woven dining chairs $79.

I doubt at these prices that stock will last too long.

If there’s something you like here I’d be off to Target asap!

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By using softer tones in your home you create warmth and a feeling of style and elegance.

By adding these pieces to your existing items you layer with both texture and a colour wave
that is appealing and timeless.

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Happy New Year & Welcome to 2019

Hello 2019

Another year is over and it’s hello to 2019.

For me 2018 had challenges and dreams realised.

How the year started

The year started off with new projects and then in March, Stephen my husband, had a heart attack which was followed by bypass surgery.  A challenging time for my family but thanks to the amazing staff at RPA he’s now healthier than ever.  This then lead to even healthier cooking and by the end of the year I’d started to grow my own herbs and veggies.

Work

Work heated up by mid year with renovations & some fabulous new decorating projects.
Some of our projects were completed from these inspirational boards we put together.

The Style Project Mood Board

The Style Project Mood Board

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The Style Project Mood Board

The Style Project Mood Board

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The Style Project Mood Board

 

Time for a Tree Change

As many of you may know my family have had a house in the country for the past 4 and a half years that we’ve travelled to several times each month to relax and unwind.  We never tired of heading off after work for the 3 and a half hour journey to spend our weekends surrounded by countryside that we love & waking to the sound of birds chirping – still one of the best parts of waking up in the country.

During Stephen’s recovery we often spoken about what life would be like if we permanently moved to our house in the country and by late November we’d done exactly that.

It’s now been 6 weeks and we’re loving it.  For Stephen he’s now settled into a new role in Young and I’m working from home.  The Style Project now services Sydney, Canberra, Yass, Young, Wagga Wagga & surrounding towns.  I meet new clients both face to face and virtually with Skype/Facetime.

My New Wheels

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For our move I traded in my old car for a sturdy VW Amarok and love sitting up high in the cabin and driving from the country to city & back again – all the while listening to podcasts.

My favourites are How I Built This,  This Is LoveHere’s The Thing – if you haven’t discovered podcasts as yet and have a lot of driving to do, then be sure to check these out.

I’m constantly on the lookout for new suppliers and love CC Interiors (a sample of images below).
They have some of the most stunning muted napery & cushions in a fig pattern.
Here’s a link to their website

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If someone had told me at the beginning of 2018 that we would have made this move I wouldn’t have believed it but here we are and now I’m wondering what the next 12 months will hold?

May the New Year bring you everything you wish for, along with a year filled with amazing surprises.

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[ALL ITEMS CAN BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE STYLE PROJECT]

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Giveaway Interior Design Consultation


And the winner of The Style Project Interior Design Consultation is .......
 @alyce.and.co

Congratulations on winning an Interior Design Consultation
with The Style Project

& a big thank you to everyone that entered.

Interior Design Consultation Giveaway - The Style Project

Interior Design Consultation Giveaway - The Style Project

To win all you have to do is head over to

Interior Design Consultation Giveaway - The Style Project

Below is the link

@thestyleproject

We want to show you that no matter where you live we can be in touch offering design advice.

To be eligible you have to like @thestyleproject (current followers included)
& in the comments type @skypeprize.

This is open to anyone in Australia & the competition closes at midnight on
Thursday 20 December 2018 with the winner announced the following day.

Tell your family & friends and if they win you can go along & join in on the consultation.

I’ll be answering any questions you may have about your home & we can walk through
your house while I offer suggestions and answer those questions.

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We’re Moving!

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Think trees, canola and cherries & while you’re taking that all in, close your eyes and you can hear birds chirping, lambs calling out for their mothers and total peace and quiet.

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On Saturday 17 November my husband and I are leaving the city behind for the tranquility of rural NSW.  My new home/office is in a small village 20 minutes south of Young and 10 minutes north of Cootamundra.

The Style Project will now cover Sydney, Canberra, Yass, Young and Wagga Wagga & with all of the driving I’ll be doing I bought a VW Amorok to keep me safe on the roads.  It’s large enough for all of the pieces I’ll be transporting from space to space & being so high up it’s an absolute dream to drive.

We’ve owned the house we’re moving into for the past 4 years and what started out as a weekender & holiday retreat will now be our full time home.  This move has amped up the work we’ve been doing on the house & it’s looking more and more like us with each new project we finish & there’s so much more to go! (sorry Stephen).

While I have a tendency to do everything at full speed I hope the move will see me take life a little slower.  Having just written that I’m not sure if my new in home pilates reformer bed, planned veggie garden, desire to be my own in house masterchef & all of the projects I have planned will allow for that.  We’ll see!

I have a number of trips planned to Sydney over the next 6 months, finishing off client projects and I’m always on the look out for the next “must have” piece of furniture, lighting & accessory.

One of the new services we’ll be providing is Skype/Facetime consultations.
This means that no matter where our clients are, we’re only a phone call away.

Upcoming blogs will include some beautiful country homes in the area, but for now it’s back to finishing off some client work and I have a mountain of packing ahead of me while I dream of my new life.
I hope you’ll join me on my journey as I blog about my new adventures.

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Just Bedding

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I’m a fan of Florence Broadhurst textiles and when Just Bedding sent me their Florence Broadhurst queen quilt cover, pillow slips & 2 continental pillow slips I was thrilled.  The fabric is soft & with a wide opening at the base, the doona wasn’t the usual wrestle to get it into all four corners.  I styled the bedding to show off it’s reversible doona cover and pillow slips which is always a bonus as it adds another dimension to the bed instead of it being all one pattern.

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By turning back the top of your doona you expose the pattern on the reverse and add more depth to the overall look of the bed.

In keeping with reversible fabrics I’ve used mustard and navy velvet accent cushions which are feather filled and sit perfectly in place on the fold.

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Patterns don’t need to match, you just need a common element which in this case is the colour

Just Bedding The Style Project

Just Bedding have some guidelines on their website that I’m sure you’ll find helpful when you’re next looking to update your bedding.

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Just Bedding The Style Project

For me, the number 1 priority when shopping for sheeting is that it’s a high quality thread count and white only.
White sheets work with all doona covers and bedding and with some fabric whitener in your wash they’ll always look as good as the day your bought them.

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