Country Home Ideas – Summer Floral Hues

Summer Floral Hues

In the shops now is the latest Country Home Ideas magazine with my article about Summer Floral Hues. For lovers of chintz and other floral textile designs, this time of year has to be one of the best for inspiration.  Judicial use of floral patterns can really add a pretty touch to an interior scheme.. Read more

How to find the right neutral grey

How to find the right neutral grey for your interior

Finding the right neutral grey for your interior project can be as fraught as looking for the right white.  Each paint company offers a wide range to choose from and as with whites, they all have a different underlying colour.  You need to be careful with your selection so that you find the right grey.. Read more

Country Home Ideas – Guest Bedrooms

Country Home Ideas - Guest Bedrooms in colour

The most important point to remember when decorating a guest bedroom is that there are many different stakeholders, from your oldest and dearest friends to your nieces, nephews and maybe even grandchildren.  It can be tricky therefore to create a mood that is just right for everyone but I believe that the Woodland Walk fabric.. Read more

How to style a holiday house spare bedroom

How to style a holiday house spare bedroom

If you are lucky enough to own a holiday house you will appreciate that this is a double edged sword because as lovely as it is to get away at the weekend, your precious family and friends have the same idea!  Seriously though, a holiday house is a great opportunity to get together in a.. Read more

Manipulating a space with colour – colour lesson 5

Manipulating a space with colour - colour lesson 5

Colour, and more importantly its tonal level, is a very useful tool to change the perception of size and scale in a room.  Often people will do this and not even realise it and then either be unexpectedly happy with the end result of the décor scheme or feel that the room is not quite.. Read more

Country Home Ideas – Colours for a Coastal Style

Country Home Ideas - Colours for a Coastal Style

You can’t think about coastal style without conjuring up the beautiful colours of the ocean. This isn’t to say that you must have blues and greens in a coastal style palette.  A gorgeous tactile neutral palette also works well for coastal style decorating, however for my colour feature page for Country Home Ideas magazine this.. Read more

How to select a kitchen benchtop

How to select a kitchen benchtop

Your kitchen benchtop can often be the single most expensive item for a kitchen renovation and it is therefore really important that you get this choice right, both in terms of practicality for you and your family and in terms of colour and design for the look that you want to achieve.  A fact for.. Read more

Let me show you how to use Terracotta

Let me show you how to use Terracotta

Trend setters in paint companies are starting to talk about Terracotta again.  A much maligned colour for years, people denounced terracotta for being related to the colour schemes of the 80s and 90s.  It has been seen to hold no place amongst the smart neutrals and cutting edge blacks, whites and greys of contemporary times. .. Read more

British Colonial Style – 7 steps to achieve this look

British Colonial Style - 7 steps to achieve this style

British Colonial Style is a favourite of mine as it is a reminder of a gentler age, without technology, where you are invited to sit in a comfy chair and while away the afternoon.  Read further to see how it is related to current decorating styles and find out my top 7 tips on how.. Read more

Country Home Ideas – Inside Out Colour Schemes

Country Home Ideas Magazine - Inside-out Colour Schemes

The latest Country Home Ideas is in the shops now and my colour feature article this month is about how to link your inside space to the outside using colour schemes.  Perfect timing for those of us in Australia where it is warming up. Even in cooler areas, or for those of you going into winter, it.. Read more