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

Modern Home Magazine – Silvery Hues

Modern Home Magazine - how to use Silver in your decorating scheme

So with Christmas in mind my thoughts are turning to beautiful silvery hues.  It’s that time of year when sparkle is called for and I really love the cool silver tones at this time of year, particularly in the heat of Australia. With only 50 sleeps to go, it is probably too late for a.. Read more

A coastal style vignette

A coastal style vignette - 5 steps to achieve this

Everyone is talking about vignettes and it is no wonder as they are a stylists dream.  A bare coffee table, once home to a couple of magazines, is now finished with beautiful vignettes to add interesting layers to the design.  A hallway console table that was a dumping ground for post and keys is now.. Read more

Modern Home Magazine – Sunny Disposition

Modern Home Magazine - inspiration for using beautiful yellow

Yellow is the uplifting colour of the spectrum as it makes us happy and optimistic.  It is however a very tricky colour to use for interiors and styling and I find in its brightest form should only be used as an accent.  This however is all you need to make a really great statement.  My article.. Read more

Complementary colour schemes – lesson 3

Complementary colour schemes - colour lesson 3

Colour lesson 3 sees us exploring complementary colours.  As the words suggest, these go together and are those that are directly opposite each other on a colour wheel.  Be careful though, even though they are meant to work with each other, if placed in a decorating scheme in equal proportions, these two colours will fight with each other and.. Read more

Modern Home Magazine – Summer Cool

Modern Home Magazine, Summer Cool

I love to use neutral exterior colours as they are the perfect backdrop for splashes of all year round colour.  Summer is coming in Australia and thoughts are turning to styling outdoor rooms and terraces.  It’s the ideal time to splash out on new cushions and accessories for outdoors and with a neutral backdrop, you.. Read more

Related colour schemes – colour lesson 2

Let me show you how to choose colours, lesson 2

Colour lesson one started right at the beginning with the Primaries and now in this lesson I want to show you the next step.  It’s really simple but will demonstrate how easy it is for you to put together a colour scheme that you will love.  Hopefully, this is the start of making you less.. Read more