Monochromatic colour schemes – Black and White

Monochromatic schemes - how to use black and white

What are monochromatic colour schemes Take any colour and add varying degrees of black, white or grey to it and you will have a fabulous range of different tones to select from for a very simple, yet effective decorating palette. Designers refer to this as a monochromatic scheme as you are starting with just one colour.. Read more

10 things you must include when planning a Mud Room

Who wouldn’t like to see the back of school bags, shoes, hats and coats cluttering up the entrance hall?  I would hazard a guess that this is pretty much everyone which is why when you are planning a new house or renovating an existing one you should consider including a Mud Room. Once considered the.. Read more

How to link your outdoor room to the inside – 5 Easy Steps

Garden designers know all about borrowing the outlook from your neighbour and making use of their trees and hedging in your own scheme and the same principles apply when looking at an outdoor room of your very own.  Your indoor space absolutely must benefit from your outdoor area or you are wasting valuable real estate space.  Let me.. Read more

How to complete a room with sheer curtains

How to finish a room with sheer curtains

Window dressings, in addition to looking great and finishing a room, are also extremely practical.  One of my favourite choices to dress a window are sheer curtains – curtains that are simple and unlined that you can just see through when the light shines on them.  Sheers can look contemporary or more classic depending on.. Read more

How to find the perfect place to sit

Gone are the days when you bought a 3 piece living room suite and your job was finished.  There are so many seating options available now and lots of mixing and matching to be done that the job is a lot more interesting and of course potentially quite a bit more involved. Now this may.. Read more

My Guide to painting eaves

There can be a misconception with choosing the right colour to paint your eaves.  Often people group eaves with the fascia and sometimes the right colour can relate to the trim of your house but this is not necessarily always the case. Eaves, or soffits as they are sometimes referred to, often pose a problem.. Read more

Australian Coastal Style – 7 steps to achieve this look

Australian Coastal Style - 7 tips to achieve this look

There is something quintessentially wonderful about Australian Coastal Style that is difficult to replicate anywhere else in the world.  Perhaps it has something to do with the laid back persona of the Aussies or just the magnificence of the natural beauty of the coastal regions with their gorgeous sandy beaches and interesting inlets and harbours… Read more

How to choose table lamps

How to choose table lamps

Table lamps are the perfect accessory tool when finishing a room as they are practical but can be very beautiful and a statement piece in the scheme.  The way that we feel when we walk into a room is often governed by how well it has been lit.  Lighting a space well is no mean.. Read more

Roman Blinds – My Top 10 Favourites

Roman Blinds - My Top 10 Favourites

I really do like a window finished with Roman blinds and it is without doubt one of my favourite ways to dress a window.  The appeal for me is that Roman blinds are neat and tidy but also stylish and often very pretty.  They do not offer the practical solution that a sunscreen blind does.. Read more

The Humble Garden Bench – my favourites

The Humble Garden Bench

With Spring around the corner, my thoughts are turning to my garden again which needs much love, care and attention.   I love a nice place to sit and the humble garden bench, which has been popular for centuries, makes both an ideal resting spot and a great focal point and garden accessory.  Now is.. Read more