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It’s nesting time

It’s nesting time

I wrote at the start of the year about our search for a small piece of this
beautiful country to have as a place to get away from it all.
I’ve also written about the end of summer and preparing for the cooler months.

Nesting is a natural instinct and one that kicks in around this time of year.
We’ll be spending more time indoors than out and want our home to
reflect our personalities.

One of my favourite things to do is to bring the outdoors, indoors.

 This is the hallway in my home.
I was gardening earlier and cut back some palm fronds and brought them inside.
They add life, height and interest to the dresser and whatever you add to a vase
is an ever changing art form without a lot of expense.

I plan to combine my love of design with my love of shopping, along with
our family’s dream of our place in the country.
Fingers crossed it won’t be too much longer.

We’re off again soon to look at 10 acres with a house that we’ve seen on the net and
are keen to see in person, so will keep you posted.

This week’s blog is inspired by both design and country living and
while you may not be inclined to pack up and move to the country
these images just might give you some inspiration you’ve been looking
for while you do your own nesting.

 

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 One of my favourite Australian poems from my school days was
My Country by Dorothea Mackellar


I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

If you’d like to read more of the poem
Read here

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Fire Places

Summer has sadly left us &
winter’s just around the corner

OK so I live in Sydney and it doesn’t get that cold here but that won’t stop
me from complaining about the lack of heat!

When it comes to selling a house, homes with fireplaces have a stronger pull
for buyers than homes without them.  They’re decorative and if they work or not
they provide a focal point for the room.
They exude warmth and provide a sense of hearth and home.

While fire places are no longer the main source of heat in most homes they’re
hypnotic enough to spend hours just sitting and relaxing.
Not a bad way to spend a cold winter’s day.

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I recently craved a meat pie, not something I would normally eat.
Then I found this recipe, which is a modern take one the standard meat pie.
Just what you need on those cold winter nights.

Bolognese pies

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium brown onion, finely chopped

600g lean beef mince

575g jar primavera pasta sauce

1 sheet ready-rolled frozen puff pastry, partially thawed

1 egg, lightly beaten

METHOD

STEP ONE Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced

STEP TWO Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat
Add onion & Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until onion has softened
Add mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince,
for 5 to 6 minutes or until browned
Stir in pasta sauce and bring to the boil
Reduce heat to medium-low
Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture has thickened
Transfer to a bowl. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool

STEP THREE Divide mixture between four 1 cup-capacity oven-proof ramekins
Cut pastry sheet into quarters. Brush ramekin edges with water
Place pastry over filling, folding over edges
Cut a cross in the centre of pie tops
Brush tops with egg. Place ramekins on a baking tray
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden

[RECIPE FROM TASTE.COM.AU]

If you try out this recipe comment and let me know how it went

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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100th Blog Post, Design Project Images & Favourite Photographs

100th post

On 29 July, 2012 I posted my first blog to my family & friends.
At that stage I didn’t have any subscribers.
Now my weekly blog is read by people from
the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Spain, France and of course Australia.

Initially I wondered how I would find something to write about each week.
Inspiration can come from a conversation, an image or a current project.

I now love that each week I know my blog is read by like minded people
interested in Interior Design.

This year is already off to a brilliant start with several new projects already under way.

Here are some images from recent projects along with photographs
from a photography course I took last year.

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To finish off this week’s blog

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas with I Gotta Feeling

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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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Grand Designs Live Sydney

A fabulous day at
Grand Designs Live

While I didn’t get to meet Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs UK fame,
I met so many interesting people and spent time talking with them about their
diverse range of products and services.

Grand Designs Live Entrance Sydney 2013

Chair Candy Chair & Cushion @ Grand Designs SydneyLeanne from Chair Candy told me all about how they specialise in one off statement pieces and
custom make all of the furniture and create the textiles.

With around 200 artists who contribute to their library there’s quite a range to choose from,
or you can bring in your own artwork.

Why not see how creative you can be and go to their website Chair Candy and select a chair and
fabric and see what designs you come up with.

There’s a competition on at the moment and you never know – you might be the winner.

In The Sac @ Grand Designs Sydney

These sheets feel fabulous!

David & Belinda from In The Sac have 100% pure linen bed sheets in two weights.
A heavier weight for the fitted sheet and then a lighter weight to lay over your body.

When washed, they dry faster than cotton and by drying on a clothes line gravity will
do the work that an iron would.  The colour range is stunning and while I’m a white sheets
person, the aqua and green are perfect summer bed colours.

The feel of these sheets is absolute luxury but without the luxury price tag.

Reno Exchange @ Grand Designs Live 2013
Here I am with Carlinea Williamson, Director of Reno Exchange

Reno exchange is an online marketplace that connects consumers who are looking for product on the
internet, with retailers in their area – such a great idea!   At the moment they have 25,000 different
renovation products from 400 retailers across Australia and the business is growing every day,
last month over 250,000 people logged onto their website.

I can understand why – just think of all the time and energy you’ll save
by not having to run all over town looking for products.

Shaynna Blaze on stage

Shaynna Blaze of “Selling Houses Australia” spoke on Decorating for Kids.

I asked Shaynna what was her favourite of all the children’s rooms she has worked on.
She told me it was her daughters and how she created a fantasy land for a total of only $70.

By cutting tortured willlow and then hanging it in the bedroom, then lining it all with bud lights
and adding a tulle canopy over the bed, she creating a room for a little girls imagination
to run away with the fairies.

Mirror Your TV @ Grand Designs Live Sydney 2013
I spoke with Susan from Mirror Your TV which transforms your TV into a mirror
with a click of the remote.  They’re either retrofit or they provide the entire tv unit using a
slimline tv .  Treated glass is then put over the tv allowing the light from the tv to shine through
giving you an undistorted image.
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A selection of frames are available or you can provide your own.

Now decorating around enormous televisions won’t be the headache it used to be!

Casey Simms Whitehouse Institiute of Design @ Grand Designs Live Sydney 2013
Casey Simms is a student at the Whitehouse Institute of Design & a finalist in
Rooms by Design at Grand Designs Live.

After I spoke with Casey I met up with Luke Tipene the Program Coordinator of Interior Design
at the Whitehouse Institute of Design & we talked about the history of the school.

Established for 25 years and known specifically for fashion for the first 20, they then branched
out to add Interior Design to their syllabus, offering a Bachelor of Design.

This is a three year course where you specialise in either Interior Design or Fashion
and when you complete your studies you have a strong background and sense of experience
in that chosen area.

An alumni of successful and well respected designers makes The Whitehouse Institute
an instantly recognised name in the world of design.

Cafe LIghting cabinet and chandeliers

Cafe Lighting Kennedy Sofa

Cafe Lighting champagne bucket
The above 3 images are from Cafe Lighting a supplier that The Style Project purchases from.
Their stand was buzzing with people wanting to look at the stylish yet affordable items they
stock with everything today’s decorator is looking for.

My favourite product of theirs is a
black sateen button ottoman, featured this month on my Products page.
Cafe lighting black sateen ottoman with white pipingFull interviews of the people I spoke with will be available to listen to at The Style Project
in the coming weeks once editing is completed.

House Rules

Kim & Michelle Ball @ Grand Designs Sydney

You may recognise her from  “House Rules” earlier in the year.
Michelle was an absolute delight and has such energy about her.

She told me how she wakes up every day in the
most beautiful home she could ever ask for.  Following the show she and Steve
had a well deserved break and now she’s  busy with several projects.

Michelle is working with Masters and Pickawall
& also as a styling assistant for an online shopping home wares retailer.

Grand Designs Water Tower

This was without a doubt my favourite episode of the Grand Designs series.
This London water town was converted into a single dwelling and it’s amazing!
While I didn’t see Kevin at Sydney’s Grand Designs Live, here he is with the full episode.

Some rather predictable music to finish off this week
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I spent this afternoon at the most amazing top floor, waterfront apartment in Neutral Bay.
In the coming weeks I will blog about this amazing building.

A bit of a teaser – it was built in Point Point and then moved by barge to Neutral Bay.

My jaw was on the floor when I first saw it!

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Hollywood Regency, Giveaway Winner & New Products

Hollywood RegencyWhen I think of Hollywood Regency I think of William Haines and Dorothy Draper
who decorated in a truly glamorous style.

This new design style emerged in the 1930’s and was a favourite with celebrities ranging from
actress Joan Crawford to the future First Lady, Nancy Reagan.

Hollywood Regency design is thankfully not a design era of the past.
The over-the-top style is not just for the rich and famous with a modern version evident
in the work of designer Kelly Wearstler.

Hollywood Regency is all about the detail which creates the glamour.

From lighting to fabrics it’s about shine, sparkle and layering.

Think velvets, silks and plush carpeting.

Overstuffed sofas and an abundance of mirrors all add to Hollywood Regency.

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Our winner from last week’s give away of the book “The One Hundred” by Nina Garcia is

Sienna Groves

Thank you to Sienna for spreading the word about The Style Project Blog.

Not only does Sienna receive the book but the 10 new subscribers that Sienna referred
will each receive these handy black paged notebooks with white gel pen.

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I’m never without mine and find it so handy to have in my handbag.

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I’m thrilled to now be selling furniture and accessories through

The Style Project

Each month I will be featuring 10 new items all available for purchase and with

Free Shipping Australia Wide

TTP-Next_weekI’ll be blogging all about Grand Designs Live from the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

As offered last week The Style Project is offering discounted tickets for both Sydney & Melbourne

All details are here

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Interior Design – It’s personal!

What Interior Design
means to me

I left home early this morning in search of wallpaper, wall art & furniture.

What strikes me is that there are two types of people working in the world of Interior Design
and this greatly affects the way people feel about the design world in general.

There are the helpful kind of people and then unfortunately the ones who feel that
Interior Design is something only for those they deem worthy.  I have watched people
being treated not as they should, because the sales assistant didn’t like the way
they were dressed or assumed they didn’t have enough money.

The day started off heading out to source wallpaper.  The owners of the store I go to
are welcoming & knowledgeable and I found just what I had been looking for.

With some time between my next appointment, and Stephen taking Tom out for a driving
lesson, we found a small cafe for some tea, coffee and a delicious lemon/lime tart.
Of course I said I’d have none and then proceeded to eat half of Stephen’s!

Across the road from the cafe I watched the most gorgeous house being painted
while we enjoyed the early Spring sunshine.  Unable to help myself I walked over and asked the
painter if he was working on the house or if he owned it, to which he replied he owned it.
I told him how much I admired his house and he told me a little about the house’s history
with it previously being a terrace and then the ground front room being converted to a shop.

As we left the cafe and were getting into the car the owner of the house invited us to have a
look inside and it was then that we met his partner and they both told us about
their travels and where they had acquired a stunning French light fixture and they talked about
their renovation.  They now have my business card and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again sometime.

I went on alone this time to a large Homewares Centre and  every store I went into I was helped by
people happy to be working in Interior Design who offered their assistance and pointed me in
the right direction.

I had a fabulous day out and met so many interesting and helpful people today.

In one of the stores I went into I met a Design student in her final year and we talked about
her studies and design in general.  She is the direction I would like to see up and coming
Interior Designers go in.  She was bright, positive, engaging and didn’t see it as a pretentious
career, but a create and fulfilling one.

My vision of Interior Design is to see everyone living and working in beautiful spaces.
Huge sums of money doesn’t enter into it.
You can pick up a chair, vase or painting from the side of the road
and with a can of spray paint some fabric or just a bit of a scrub, you have not only
saved the planet from added landfill, but you have a new piece to add to your home.

I love mixing hi and lo priced items to my home and those of my clients.
Imported furniture sits side by side with an Ikea find and a roadside piece that I’ve refurbished.

Daydreaming = an ability to visualise

So on with some stunning images to get your imagination going

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Some music to finish off this week’s blog

Pitbull Drinks for You featuring Jennifer Lopez
has been playing over and over again in my car this week

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Decorating Update

Add some colour!

It’s been 12 months since I last wrote about decorating accessories.
I spent the day at a Sydney trade fair today and colour was everywhere!

Let’s start with these stunning lacquer boxes which I featured last year.
This year there are more colours and the Tiffany blue is flying off the shelves!

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BB lampshade

This lampshade reminds me of Joseph and his technicolour coat

BB Pineapples

The perfect kitchen accessories

BB watermelon cushions

I love the vibrancy of these cushions

BB gold baskets

As a “Glaminator” (for those of you that took our recent decorating quiz will understand)
I adore anything metallic and these gold baskets are fabulous!

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I have been looking for the perfect drinks dispenser for the past month and with summer just
around the corner either of these two would be perfect.  I have my niece and her boyfriend coming
over for lunch tomorrow and I’ll be serving Pimms, which would look stunning in one of these.
(the cupcake holder is just a cute addition).

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Here’s the Pimms recipe I’ll be using

pimms

8 thin slices Lebanese cucumber

1/2 orange, thinly sliced

1 lemon, halved lengthways, thinly sliced

4 strawberries, hulled, washed, quartered

4 small sprigs fresh mint

Ice cubes, to serve

125ml (1/2 cup) Pimm’s No. 1 Cup

500ml (2 cups) chilled lemonade

Place the cucumber, orange, lemon, strawberry and mint in a large jug
Add the ice, and pour over the Pimm’s and lemonade
Serve immediately

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To finish off this week’s blog

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Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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Design Inspiration

When I start a new project

I draw inspiration from many different areas

Images I see, memories from a time that made me feel good (sparkly green from my childhood)
places that I have travelled to, and then there’s fashion which is a huge inspiration.

The pink in the beaches from Bermuda are working their way into a bedroom I’m designing, while
the yellow from an Easter image adds a pop of colour to an all white kitchen.

These images have been recent inspirations & all were sourced from Pinterest.

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Bermuda’s pink beaches

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Green for its glamour

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Classic 1950’s shapes & colours

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The stunning colour’s in a Jaipur doorway

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The elegance and simplicity of a classic Chanel handbag

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A vintage sign

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Leopard, my favourite animal print

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The vibrancy of Marilyn Monroe on orange patio furniture

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This image for all of the different textures

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The timelessness of a 1950’s Dio Ponto Deza chair

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The architectural elements of this stylish hat on Audrey Hepburn

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Easter my favourite holiday and yellow as it always inspires me

What inspires you?

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead

Yours in Style – Kim x

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The Block Ground Floor Apartment

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Ground Floor Apartment

Remember the ground floor apartment that materialised last week?
Well, this week each team worked on designated rooms all with the aim of winning money
off their reserve price on auction day.

Risks were taken, and some paid off while others didn’t.

Madi & Jarrod won $20,000 off their reserve, Bec & George $15,000 & Trixie & Johnno $10,000.

Next week another five rooms will be completed and I have no doubt that
Alisa and Lysandra & Matt and Kim will do whatever they can to get their reserve prices
down by $20,000 & $15,000.

Ground floor - Madi & Jarrod's bedroom

Madi & Jarrod’s taste has definitely evolved, but unlike the judges I didn’t find this room as appealing.
I very much like the greens and the custom bedhead, but I couldn’t find a reference
in the room for the dark wall.  Perhaps a rug in similar tones would have tied it all together.

Ground floor - BEC & GEORGE bedroom

Bec & George did a fabulous job this week and the floating bed is a definite winner.
The forest background while not my taste, is a statement and strong focal point for the room.

Ground floor - tRIXIE & Johnno's ensuite

I’m not a fan of a lot of the work that Trixie & Johnno have completed to date, but I thought this
ensuite should have won the show.  The tiles are exquisite, as is the bath and the accessories.

Ground floor - kIM & mATT'S BEDROOM

Kim & Matt produced a nice room but it lacked their normal WOW factor.
What I did like was the hot pink feather artwork and the purple side tables that added
some punch in the colour spectrum of the room.

Ground floor - Alisa & Lysandra's laundry

The laundry was the area that I liked the most of Alisa & Lysandra’s rooms.
Black cabinets make for a gorgeous laundry and it’s well appointed and truly stylish.

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As The Block draws closer to the the final show, I would like to hear who you think will win on auction day.
I hope you have a fabulous week

Yours in Style – Kim x

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