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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.

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Turquoise Triumphs

Sitting here in Sydney on a cold and rainy Monday morning my thoughts turned to warmer climates and colours to inspire – blue skies, sunshine & summer feelings.

Turquoise 

I love the use of this colour in so many ways

On ceilings, walls, doors, in tiling, accessories & even hair!

Someone asked me only last week if I thought there was a relationship between Interior Design & Fashion, to which I replied yes absolutely!  By showing hair and clothing in this blog it emphasises the close relationship between the two.

Turquoise is the name of a greenish blue colour, with similarities in aqua, teal, & mint.
People drawn to this colour are said to be friendly, approachable & easy to communicate with and they have a heightened sense of creativity and speak from the heart.

Turquoise people sound like my kind of people!

Turquoise wall

Nicole Richie with turquoise hair

Turquoise ceiling

Niben Turquoise watch - The Iconic

Turquoise tiled wall

Fossil Bifold - The Iconic

Turquoise wall with metalwork

Turquoise dress - The Iconic

Turquoise birdcages

[INTERIOR DESIGNIMAGES SOURCED THE STYLE PROJECT INTEREST]

[FASHION IMAGES SOURCED THE ICONIC]

While these lovely images won’t make the current arctic conditions disappear, I hope they fill you with thoughts of Spring decorating and the warmer months to come.

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Grey Glamour

What does the colour grey
mean to you?

Grey Paint

When googling words to describe grey
I found the following

Detatched
Neutral
Impartial
Solid
Stable
Subdued
Quiet
Reserved
Indecisive (a fence sitter)
Compromise (neither black nor white)

To me , grey is

Glamour
Style
Sophistication
A neutral that never goes out of style
and
so much more – as reflected in the following images

Grey Bedroom with Pallet artwork

Grey dining room with chandelier and pink flowers

Grey bedroom with chandelier

Grey room with curios collection

Sideboard

Grey dining chairs[SOURCE PINTEREST]

Who else but Macy Gray
to finish off this week’s blog

Macy Gray

with “Still”

the end

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Black & White Design

For me it all starts with Zebra’s

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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 are 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!

It’s timeless simplicity and style is a guarantee that this amazing combination will be a winner in the decorating stakes.

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BW3

BW4

BW5

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BW9

BW9A

BW9B

BW9C

B & W[IMAGES SOURCED FROM PINTEREST]

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Design Inspiration

This week I turned to a variety of images to inspire me
when it came to sourcing drapes, rugs & furniture for current projects.

From animals to food, fashion, feathers, flowers & fish.

All images are inspirational and stunning to look at.


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This weeks music is filled with colour & fabulous music

Pentatonix

 Yours in Style – Kim x

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Navy + Mint = Perfection

What a colour combination

Navy & Mint

 Navy & Mint colour swatches

A colour match made in heaven.

This weeks inspiration comes from the room I have designed for my step-daughter Mili
as a gift to her this Christmas.

The last time I decorated her bedroom she was 4 and while we have transitioned from an all pink
room, this will be a totally new look from bedding to paintwork.  In place of the exisiting decor
will be a room better suited to a teenager, with a sophisticated palette of navy and mint.

I’ll show you the finished product in the New Year.

Navy & Mint tassles

Navy & Mint pattern

Navy & Mint sideboard and artwork

Navy & Mint living room

Navy & Mint bedroom

Navy door and mint wall

Navy & mint girl hugging pillow

Mint sailboat

Navy & Mint decorative drawer pulls

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Some music to finish off this week’s blog

I adore Lana Del Rey’s aching lyrics and here she is with

Young & Beautiful
Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Diner en Blanc, Working in Chaos & Styling with Lavendar

What a mess!

I’ve just sent off all of the images and wording for November’s Products to my IT guy,
am working on this week’s blog, ordering some furniture and these are the
conditions I’m working in.

The Style Project office and window mess

The sash cord of the dining room/office window broke & Stephen’s off to Bunnings for some parts
while I type away with a window balanced on a chair beside me.

As the window was being taken out a chunk of timber flew past me and landed on
my laptop.  Not sure if I should be wearing a hard hat or not, but am prepared to
evacuate if gets any worse.  On the bright side, the breeze is fabulous.

I’m currently obsessed with
Diner en Blanc

 

Syndey Diner en Blanc 2012

Sydney Diner en Blanc Champagne

Sydney Diner en Blanc sparklers

[ALL SOURCED FROM DINER EN BLANC]

To this day, the concept is the same all over the world.

The purpose of the evening is to allow participants to reclaim an iconic public space in their city for
one evening and enjoy it in an elegant, convivial, and spontaneous yet controlled manner.

Thousands of friends and newly made acquaintances meet in their most elegant whites,
on mass for a glamorous picnic in an outdoor public space.

The location remains a secret to the guests until the day of the event.
Guests must bring their own tables, chairs, crockery, glassware, silver, white napery
and a white garbage bag to take away their own refuse.

All are encouraged to bring a delicious epicurean meal and food hampers
are also available to purchase online before the event.

Diner en Blanc is a wine only licensed event, no beer or spirits are allowed.

The site must be left immaculate, as if this giant flash feast never took place.

So

 Wednesday morning just before taking the cat to the vet to have 3 teeth removed
(this has been an action packed week!) I get an email confirming that I will
attending this years Sydney event – Yay!!

I’m using one of my favourite mediums, Pinterest, as an inspirational source for what to wear,
how to dress the table and what to eat.

Everything must be white and I’ll add a few gold accents for sparkle.
My mind is wild with ideas for the table setting but I have to bear in mind that
I’m limited by a 60 to 80cm table.
I plan on layering and adding height and as much texture as possible.

Salvos candleabra

I went to the Salvo’s yesterday and picked this mid century candelabra up for $3.
While it doesn’t look too special now, it soon will with the help of some
white & gold spray paint.

What to wear?

White feather fascinator

Or

White tulle fascinator

I like both of these fascinators but am still undecided so will continue to look
and will keep you posted in the coming weeks as to the progress of my
table decorations & head attire.

Now let’s look at some super styling rooms

 Lavendar armchairs

Lavendar roses

Lavendar dining chairs

Lavendar sofa

Lavendar bedroom[ALL SOURCED FROM PINTEREST]

Lavendar chairs

Some music to finish off this week’s blog

As Diner en Blanc originated in France and with my love for French music
I have been listening to French Lounge Music – Lemongrass with Bonjour

PS – The window’s back in and order has been restored!

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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The Blues

The Blues

The blues can be both good and bad.
There’s blue when decorating which is all good, and then there are
The Winter blues, which for those of us in the southern hemisphere we are experiencing right now – not so good.
For those in the northern hemisphere it’s the blue of a swimming pool – bliss!

There are so many blues to choose from when decorating and if commitment to blue
is an issue for you, then why not start with a few accessories.
It’s a simple transition and there are so many blues to choose from.

If the winter blues have you down you might enjoy our delicious recipe this week,
guaranteed to chase those winter blues away.

We also have some stunning pools that you’re either enjoying now or can
look forward to in the coming months.

BLUES - wall 1

BLUES - flooring 1

BLUES - bedroom 2

BLUES - wall 2

BLUES - sitting room 2

BLUES - wall 4

BLUES - chair 2

BLUES - blues and greens

BLUES - bedroom 1

BLUES - wall 5

POOLS - 1

POOLS - 4

POOLS - 3

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A comfort food recipe sure to please

I love comfort food as much as the next person, but I’m always looking for healthy versions of my favourite foods.

So I was thrilled when I found this lighter version of Macaroni & Cheese at Eatingwell.com
The same taste but nowhere near the calories.

Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients

3 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs,  (see Tip)

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1 16-ounce or 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed

1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

8 ounces (2 cups) whole-wheat elbow macaroni, or penne

Preparation

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl.
Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture.

Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming.
Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth; add to the hot milk and cook,
whisking constantly, until the sauce simmers and thickens, 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar until melted.
Stir in cottage cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Cook pasta for 4 minutes, or until not quite tender. (It will continue to cook during baking.)
Drain and add to the cheese sauce; mix well.
Spread half the pasta mixture in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the spinach on top.
Top with the remaining pasta; sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.

Bake the casserole until bubbly and golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
Serves four.

This week’s music

 A bit of a blast from the past!  I’m chanelling my inner 80’s this week
Blue with All Rise

Next week I’ll be back with Real Homes and How People Live.

 I hope you have a fabulous week

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Pop of Colour

Pop of Colour

Let colour into your life and brighten up any room

Colour - Pop

Colour - pink wallpaper

 

Colour - green dresser

Colour - red bookcase

Colour - pink sofa and blue wall

Colour - red chairs

Colour - green bedroom

Colour - red table

Colour - pink sofa

Colour - red wall

Colour - pink bookcases

Colour - indian reds

Colour - green wall

Colour - green chairs

Colour - pink table

Colour - green doors

Colour - hot pink bedspread

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I hope you have a fabulously colourful week

Yours in Style Kim x

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