Top 5 tips!
The only downfall of being a predominantly online interior designer is that I don't often get to see the real life 'after' of my designs. Luckily this lovely client sent me some shots so you can see the whole process from 'before' to 'concept' to 'after'. Who doesn't love a before and after??
Brief: To create a sitting/coffee drinking area for the adults of the house and their visitors.
Pain Points: This space was underutilised as the owner found it a little awkward. It had a small desk to one side and a high crockery cabinet in one corner. It was essentially 'dead space' that needed a resurrection (see before photo).
Solution: I suggested relocating the study desk and crockery cabinet (there were a few better suited spaces for these) and we then defined the space with this beautiful watercolour rug, complimented by the gorgeous kookaburra print by @amandaskye_art and some inviting timber elements. The colour palette picks up the beautiful blue, pink and peach tones of the client’s exposed brick wall feature in the room and the whole look is further softened with the addition of sheer curtains (still to come).
One of the easiest tips I like to give out for styling at home is to choose a focal point. This is commonly an artwork/print/wall hanging or a rug but could also be the largest piece of furniture in a room, such as the lounge/sofa. Typically I choose the object with the most amount of colour as this colour palette then informs the rest of the items for the room. Pull out one or more colours from your artwork or rug and use shades or tones of this colour along with complementary shades. Just don’t go overboard. Make sure you have some neutral elements in the mix!
With this design I have repeated the artwork colours in the rug selected. This could have ended up one very busy mess of a room but because all the other elements are quite muted and neutral the dual focal points are complementing each other rather than competing. .
This design is for a very sophisticated, ‘knows what she wants’ six year old. Yep, six! She told me everything she did and didn’t like and was very clear cut with her specifications which made it all the easier to nail the brief. Kids are great clients because there’s no grey area, no reading between the lines. Clear direction and no B.S is what they do best!
We had the privilege of spending a dream day styling this photoshoot for Safe Haven Animal Rescue and Sugar Beach Co. Puppies galore - who could ask for more!!
Beach chairs and cart @sugarbeach_co
Photography @jonathandowers & @chooiwm
Dog Collars @dharfdogs
Org @the_collab_sisters_ .
Another gorgeous shoot with Stories for Walls. Using the 'Where the Wild Things Are' themed paper as our inspiration. We created a magical, fantasy scene with nuances of Max's adventures in the book. My youngest son Felix was a natural in front of the camera - even if he did have to be bribed every now and then with trucks and pretzels!
Wallpaper: Stories for Walls 'The World All Around' in Midnight.
Theme: Magical, adventurous, wild.
Brands: Sacred Bundle, Magoo Bubs, Adairs Kids, Kip & Co, Republic of Rattan, Fleetwood Fringe.
I often get questions from clients about balancing a room with high ceilings. Beautiful high ceilings is certainly not a bad ‘problem’ to have but many people feel overwhelmed about utilising the space to its full potential and making sure the overall look is in proportion. The trick is to bring the eye upwards, making the most of that added height to create a welcoming room (rather than a sparse, clinical space that large, high ceilinged rooms can sometimes have)!
My top tips:
🌿Oversized, potted plants: utilise the space and use a potted beauty as your focal point for the room.
🌿A feature wall and/or wall hanging: Feature walls are #backbaby but with a lot more sophistication this time! Paint a wall or feature (such as this fireplace in the second pic) in a contrasting colour or make it pop with amazing wallpaper. Alternatively add a large, interesting wall hanging/sculpture, also shown in the second image.
🌿Feature pendant lighting: There are so many amazing pendants on the market these days. With high ceilings you can afford to make a big statement with your lighting (and I’m not just talking about size wise)!
🌿Large artwork (or an oversized gallery wall): Ensure your art is in proportion to the space and hang higher to utilise the height and encourage that upward view!
Girls of the Gram approached us to create a natural backdrop, similar to our previous dried floral walls, incorporating their logo and their theme colour of pink. My husband built me the frame (a whopping 2x2 metres worth) and modified woven wall hanging to form one large backdrop as well as creating the two floral arrangements for our signage and adding the final touches with the large vase, urn and palm frond clusters.
This is an example of how a simple, natural backdrop can be modified easily with floral arrangements to add interest along with the simply styled vases and urns. This one is completely customisable with whatever arrangements you'd like to add (or leave her 'naked' and decorate a table in front of her for your next event. The options are endless and this will be my go-to backdrop for anyone looking for a natural, versatile and jaw-dropping backdrop for their next business event.
Dulux’s ‘Colour of the Year’ for 2020 is ‘Tranquil Dawn’, a soft, misty grey-green-blue tone inspired by the early morning sky. As an avid green lover I’m all about this one! While we're on the subject of Dulux greens, my recent aqua room makeover has been entered into Dulux’s 34th Colour Awards. Hopefully they continue their green fixation for 2020! What an award that would be to take out!
Branding: Such an important factor in showcasing your business and one that goes beyond your logo. That’s why I love creating fully styled setups for awesome small businesses, whether that be their office, a trade show exhibit or a single corner or wall for social media filming. Brand consistency means the styled space reflects your brand's voice, look and feel by harmonising with your media identity. No more boring, beige, badly lit backgrounds to contend with. Your audience will stop scrolling and start listening!
Check out this gorgeous filming wall I created for the amazing The Social Hub. Stacey is a kick-arse social media coach so of course she realises the importance of all of the above! Now her filming space will reflect her brand’s identity as well as her professional and authentic business vibe!