Designing a holiday home between the beach and bush

Designing a home between the beach and the bush

The appeal of Australian coastal towns is that they are usually set to a backdrop of lush hinterland thus offering their lucky residents the best of both worlds.  Designing a holiday home between the beach and the bush offers a particular set of challenges though. For Melissa Bonney, Director at multi-disciplinary design studio, the Designory,.. Read more

Which paint finish should I use?

Which paint finish should I use in my bathroom

Which paint finish should I use is a question I am regularly asked.  As part of specifying I always advise clients but it isn’t always that straight forward and personal choice is important too. Firstly before I get into specifics or even think about styles, these are the main points when considering which paint finish.. Read more

Don’t design your curtains without this ONE thing

Don't design your curtains without this one thing

I love adding the finishing touches to a room.  All the big ticket items have been decided and it’s time to add your styling to complete the look.  Windows that are properly dressed make a room complete.  Elegant curtains finish a room perfectly and they are so practical too, keeping out the summer heat and.. Read more

Update your outdoor entertaining area

Has your outdoor entertaining area seen better days?  Are you watching the summer months go by thinking that you should really update your backyard?  If so, I have some great inspiration and tips for you to update your outdoor entertaining area courtesy of Dulux.  Let me tell you more here. Colour in the image above.. Read more

Why indoor plants are good for your health

Why indoor plants are good for your health

Indoor plants are good for your health.  This is a fact and one of many good reasons you should be scooting off to your local garden centre to include these in your home styling. I have a list of reasons why you should introduce these into your home and lots of inspiration and ideas to.. Read more

How to choose windows

How to choose windows

Choosing the right style and colour for your windows is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to planning and building a new home or renovation project. With so much at stake, let me show you how to choose windows and ensure you get the look that you want for.. Read more

Let me show you how to use Navy Blue and White

Let me show you how to use Navy Blue and White

Navy blue is the new black.  Many will argue that grey is the new black, however as a long time lover of grey and one who appreciates its suitability to many decorating schemes, I still contend that for right now, Navy is the current all star.  There is no doubt that the colour partnership of.. Read more

The Ultimate Bar Cart

The ultimate bar car

I expect that most of you right now are thinking about entertaining at some point over the Christmas holidays and I suspect there is just a little bit of panicking going on too!  So you really want to be able to sit back and enjoy the time that you have with family and friends.  However,.. Read more

How to decorate with Mustard

How to decorate with mustard

I doubt that any of us would ever say that Mustard is a favourite colour.  In fact I always remember Tricia Guild, the founder of Designer’s Guild and a lover of colour, professing Mustard to be one of the few tones she disliked! I must agree that Mustard can be a rather dull and dingy.. Read more

Contemporary Christmas Decorating Ideas

Contemporary Christmas Decorating Ideas

Colour schemes for Christmas decorations change every year so you need to find a look that you like and build on it.  Unless you have a bottomless pit of money!  I have some contemporary Christmas decorating ideas to show you to make your Christmas fun and tasteful! My favourite contemporary Christmas Decorating Ideas Going Green.. Read more