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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!

The Style Project Blog - Melissa Penfold

Matte black double gourde lamp from Bragg & Co

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

The Style Project Blog - Melissa Penfold

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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Target Australia launch Field of Dreams homewares. The Style Project Blog

Target Australia launch Field of Dreams homewares. The Style Project Blog

 

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

The Style Project Mood Board

 

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The Style Project Mood Board

The Style Project Mood Board

The Style Project Mood Board

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.

[IMAGES FROM THE STYLE PROJECT & CC INTERIORS]

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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!

The Style Project are moving

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.

The Style Project Wallendbeen NSW

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

 

Just Bedding The Style Project

Just Bedding The Style Project

Just Bedding The Style Project

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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Let Pinterest be your design inspiration

Design Ideas on Pinterest

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Do you have a Pinterest account?

If so, then you know just how easily several hours can slip away as you start looking for the perfect chair & then find the way to your dream home/pool/kitchen/bedroom – you can see where this is heading.

The Style Project average around 90,000 views per month and with over 125 boards and 14,500 individual images, you can see why see many people the world over turn to Pinterest for their
Interior Design inspiration.

Pins are saved to boards keeping your ideas organised and easy to find.
You can follow other people or boards that are saving ideas you’re interested in,
making the whole process so simple & rather addictive!

Bathroom Bellissimo

Pinterest Bathroom Ideas The Style Project

Bedroom Bliss

Pinterest Bedroom Ideas The Style Project

Blush Blush

Pinterest Blush Ideas The Style Project

Ceiling Sensations

Pinterest Ceiling Ideas The Style Project

Gardening Greatness

Pinterest Garden Ideas The Style Project

Kitchen Envy

Pinterest Kitchen Ideas The Style Project

Pool Pleasure

Pinterest Pool Ideas The Style Project

Small Space Solutions

Pinterest Small Space Solutions Ideas The Style Project

Wall Wonder

Pinterest Wall Ideas The Style Project

If creating your own design ideas on Pinterest is of interest to you, we’d love for you to share those with us.

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Mirrors starting at $88

Mirrors

A well placed mirror reflects light and allows you to glimpse a view that would otherwise not be see from that point.

They also reflect the room opposite and can open up a space.
For windowless rooms, the addition of a mirror makes it feel much brighter and more spacious.

A well-positioned mirror can make a smaller room look larger and will play off natural light from the windows in a larger room.

If you’re challenged with decorating a larger space, place a mirror near a window or lamp.

Mirrors don’t always have to be practical.
An unusually shaped mirror is a talking point and adds a finishing touch to any room.

Not all mirrors need to take a large chunk out of your decorating budget and we’ve listed three price points of mirrors for you look at.

All the mirrors below are from Searles who offer a large range of mirrors, along with homewares and furniture.

Mirrors under $100

Searles Mirror Under $100

Galvanised grey metal mirror
$88
D40 x H8 cm

Searles Mirror Under $100

Timber frame in a semi gloss white with a polished edge mirror (also available in a black gloss)
$99
L44.5 x W4 x H60 cm

Mirrors under $200Searles Mirror Under $200

Multicoloured wood mirror
$152
L71 x D4 x H98 cm

Searles Mirror Under $200
Black and gold metal mirror
$152
L40 x D2.5 x H90 cm

Searles Mirror Under $200

Gold metal mirror
$175
L80 x D10 cmSearles Mirror Under $200Marrakesh design pattern timber frame in a natural timber with a slight wash
$195
W75 x D2.5 cm

Mirrors under $300

Searles Mirror Under $300

Bamboo design frame in a antique gold/black and weaved rattan panel frame in a matt black
$209
D80 x W7 cm

Searles Mirror Under $300

Antique gold metal mirror
$218
W80 x D5 cmNatural white wash timber mirror
$218
L66 x D3.5 x H94 cm

Searles Mirror Under $300

Metal brown and grey mirror
$218
W82.5 x D3 cm

Searles Mirror Under $300

Marrakesh designs give highlights of Morocco, to this decorative timber white wash mirror
$240
W76 x D5 cm

Searles Mirror Under $300

Natural distressed wood mirror
$240
W80 x D2 cmSearles Mirror Under $300

Natural timber mirror
$24o
W76 x D4 cm

Searles Mirror Under $300

Metal frame with rivet decor in an antique gold/bronze finish
$285
D92 x W8 cm

Searles Mirror Under $300Bamboo rattan mirror
$284
D76 x W4 cm

Searles Mirror Under $300

Timber mirror in a matte white finish
$299
W88 x D3.1 cmSearles Mirror Under $300

White mesh metal border
$299
W81 x D4 cmSearles Mirror Under $300Silver/Natural aluminium and timber mirror
$299
L76.5 x D5 x L114 cm

For inspiration we have a Mirror Board on Pinterest that shows different styles and uses of mirrors.

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Decorating your home for the warmer months

Decorating your home for the warmer months

A simple way to welcome the warmer months into your home is by adding lighter colours.
This can be done with cushions, throws or a change of bedding.

My inspiration comes from the desire to add more of a freshness to a home, as opposed to the cooler months when I want to create a nesting feeling by adding darker tones and more texture – something you can snuggle into.

While the country is my escape, I love the colours of the beach, particularly those that have a more muted and faded look to them. Pastels, particularly in linen are such a light and fresh way of adding to a summer look.

Indoor plants not only provide a touch of green but they also improve air quality & keep air temperatures down by releasing moisture into the air.
They’re also much easier to grow in warmer weather with so many sunny days.
If you don’t have a green thumb – try a succulent as they practically look after themselves.

Summer Pastel Colours 2018/19

Summer Colours 2018/19Stones Summer 2018/19

Summer holidays 2018/19

With Spring peaking its head around the corner and while some days are still crazy chilly, others are so warm it easily lulls you into believing we’ll all be back in Summer clothing before we know it.

Soft summer tones inspired by the simple luxury of the French way of life and their passion for creating homes made to be lived in, loved and shared is why this the “French Country Collections” Summer collection is one I look forward to with its easy blend of classic appeal and modern-day aesthetic.

All of the following images are from French Country Collections Summer 18/19 Collection.

French Country Collections Summer 2018/19

French Country Collections Summer 2018/19

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French Country Collections Summer

French Country Collections Summer

French Country Collections Summer 2018/19

French Country Collections Summer 2018/19

French Country Collections Summer 2018/19

French Country Collections Summer

French Country Collections Summer 2018/19
French Country Collections Summer 2018/19

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Denfair Sydney 2018

What’s new in the world of Design?

DENFAIR is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design and art for professional designers, architects and interior stylists.  This much anticipated event was held at the Hordern Pavilion and last Thursday I ventured out hoping to find just one fabulous new product and what I found was so much more.

Two products stood head and shoulders above the rest for me, the first being the most stunning linen fabrics and the second a fully waterproof wallpaper (and you know how much I love wallpaper!).

That’s not to take away from the other products, but these two will definitely feature in upcoming projects and I’m sure that others featured here won’t be far behind them.

Denfair Sydney 2018 Raffles Textiles
Raffles Textiles curate and design the best of European pure linen soft furnishing fabrics to the Interior Design industry.

Denfair Sydney 2018 Raffles Textiles

Here are a sample of some of their fabrics.
They’re soft to the touch and would visually make a stunning impact made into cushions or drapes.

Denfair Sydney 2018 London Art Wallpaper

Forget tiles and wallpaper your bathroom!
This waterproof wallpaper by London Art is installed as normal wallpaper would be, but dries with a glass finish. You can select from one of the many styles that they offer, or supply an image & they will custom make on demand.

Denfair Sydney 2018 London Art Wallpaper

Hand Blown Lighting

Denfair Sydney 2018 Mark Douglass

Denfair Sydney 2018 Mark Douglass
Mark Douglass Design have the most stunning range of hand blown lighting, I love the mid century colours & patterns in these.

Denfair Sydney 2018 Lighting

Denfair Sydney 2018 Spark and Burnish
Denfair Sydney 2018 Spark and Burnish
Denfair Sydney 2018 Spark and Burnish
Spark and Burnish

Denfair Sydney 2018 Art as Light James Russ
James was over from New Zealand and I had the opportunity to discuss what goes into the making of lighting pieces as stunning as these.
Denfair Sydney 2018 Art as Light James Russ
Art as LightDenfair Sydney 2018 Studio Pip

Studio Pip

Denfair Sydney 2018

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