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Dulux Colour Forecast – 2021

It's that time of year again where Dulux have released their forecast for the coming year. This year they have gone with 3 palettes in total that evoke feelings of familiarity and comfort. Not really a surprise given what 2020 has thrown at us all. They have called...

Decorating with plants

I know I’ve talked about this before but now more than ever we need to bring some calm and tranquillity into our homes. A very good friend of mine messaged me the other day saying I had inspired her to bring more plants into her home, there’s no greater complement...

SPOTLIGHT – ARTIST HAYLEY WILLS

  Some of you may have spotted in my own home photo’s the vibrant and colourful artwork above my kitchen banquette seating. And if you’re following me on Instagram you’ll have seen me mentioning the artist behind those beautiful pieces – Hayley Wills. When I...

KITCHEN DESIGN KNOW HOW

Hi Guys! Ok so last time we talked about bathroom design, I’d just finished that lovely little bathroom for my Naremburn clients. This week I wanted to focus on kitchens. Kitchen design is a different process and I work this in collaboration with my joinery supplier...

Recent bathroom design and renovation

Through these last few months, I’ve still had plenty of projects moving forward in terms of the renovation and construction aspect. This bathroom at a client’s home on the lower northshore was no exception. If you haven’t been following my stories on social here’s a...

Choosing the right neutral tones for your interior

Every good design starts with a base of materials and colours. I think about this right from the beginning, at moodboard stage. I think abut things like how contrasting we want the materials to be, less contrast creates a calm balance, more will bring energy and...

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BUILDER FOR YOU

I’m finding in these more challenging times, the quoting process for a build a lot more fraught with emotion and potential pitfalls. To be honest it’s never easy deciding which builder to use on your home build or renovation. It’s a big amount of money to spend with a...

How will Covid-19 impact the way we design our homes?

I’ve been thinking a lot these past few weeks about how living differently with covid-19 is becoming the new norm. People are talking about whether we will actually go back to working, living, communicating and interacting in the same way once this is all over. I...

My new e-Designer service        

Hi all, so I mentioned last week that I had launched a new service called e-Designer. This launch is two-fold for me, one – so I am able to reach a larger geographical area and service those clients that I just can’t get to see each and every meeting, and two – to...

SmartSpace Interiors no more…it’s time to rebrand        

Hi all, so you may have noticed I’ve been quiet on here for some time. Since December really, just the odd image post but not much blog writing. Back in December my website migrated over to a new platform ready for a rebuild. I stopped blogging and have been spending...

Sustainable Christmas

Hi everyone. I hope your run up to Christmas is going well. I had a big push this weekend and decorated the house, wrote all of my Christmas cards and even did all of my online shopping, I know far too organised! It got me thinking though, I’ve been focussing on using...

Designing for wellness

Hi All, it’s been a while since I’ve written my blog. I’ve had some time away in Byron Bay for a wedding. Such a lovely time of year to go away up there in spring. Byron for me is all about connecting again with nature, wellness, and retreat style resorts. Even the...

Laminex Forecast 2020

Hi All, You'll have noticed over the past 3 to 4 blog posts I've been focussing on new trends and forecasts in my industry. It's that time of year when we start looking to 2020 and what trends in design we might see coming through, what might continue and also what...

A day in the life of an Interior Designer

Hi Guys. Ever wondered what it’s like to be an interior designer? If you were to ask my husband before we renovated he would have said it’s all about picking fabrics and fluffing cushions. Since living through our renovation earlier this year he definitely has a very...

Green is the new blue in interiors

Hi Guys. Last week I talked about the 2020 Dulux Trend Forecast, and green was a major player in the colour palettes. Then I had the forecast from Laminex last week and one of their 4 schemes had a big green bias, they are calling this In the Shallows. They talk about...

Dulux Colour Forecast for 2020

It's that time of year again, Dulux have released their colour forecast for 2020, and I feel like there is a nice flow on from 2019, with plenty of focus around soft neutrals and muted colour. And a joy for me to see is a real trend towards different shades of green,...

A real shift in interior trends…

Hi Guys, there are whispers that the grey trend is on the way out, I don't believe it though. I think people are saying that because we're seeing more beige, terracotta, and warmer tones coming through in furniture and fabric design, soft furnishings and paint...

Where to spend and where to save

Hi Guys, I wanted to chat today about budget. Budget is always a massive factor when working with my clients on any project, from decorating a single room in a home to a full blown renovation, budget is always a big driver in our conversations, decision making...

Mistakes people often make when styling their lounge rooms

The main lounge area is often where my clients want me to start when I’m working on a decorating project. There are so many elements to think about for this space, especially if it’s open plan and incorporates a dining area, and your kitchen that people can find it a...

HOW TO GET YOUR PENDANT LIGHTING RIGHT!

I’ve been recently chatting to a client about their lighting install day, and it got be thinking about some standards for pendant light positioning. There’s nothing worse than seeing beautiful lighting positioned incorrectly in a home. Too high and it looks disjointed...

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

I popped over to a neighbours over the weekend who’s having trouble coming to terms with putting his house on the market and the changes he needs to make to present the home. He’s been living there for 45 years, family have grown up and left home, and now it’s time to...

Choosing the right neutrals for your home

So I love this part of my work. Choosing the wall paint colours for a design is so important to get right. You’d think you’d need to start with this at the beginning of the design right? Well honestly I don’t, I leave it until almost the end. In fact I’ve probably...

Styling with indoor pots and plants

Hi All. I was with a client today talking to them about how to style their new apartment to make it feel for homely. They are a well-traveled couple, with so many excellent pieces from their travels to help us style with that I really don’t have to source many extra...

GREAT WARDROBE ORGANISATION

Hi All. I was given a nudge by a very good friend who is renovating her master suite, adding in a new ensuite and also reworking her built in wardrobe. She was saying how it’s hard to organise smaller items and I totally get it. It’s easy to work out how much hanging...

INTERIOR DESIGN FOR COMPACT MASTER BEDROOMS

Many of you already know that during our renovation we knocked 2 rooms into one to create a larger guest room. We often have long term guests from overseas and so it was important to us that we had a comfortable space for our guests to feel at home in. What that means...

Styling for small spaces

It’s become a bit of a niche for me over the years to work on smaller spaces, apartments, terraces, and just one off rooms. I’ve talked a lot in the past about how to plan for furniture, colours and lighting in smaller spaces but I haven’t really talked much on...

My home reno – final push to the end

Hi Guys, I've been a bit quiet on here the last couple of weeks. I'm normally religious with posting every week here. I just needed a break, time away to focus on that final push at our place. It's been crazy busy, always seems like the last 2/3 weeks are the busiest...

Living through a reno

Ok guys, I’m not going to lie to you, the last few weeks haven’t been easy at my place. As you all know our renovation has been going since November last year. We had a break for Christmas and then started again third week of January. It’s the final few weeks now,...

How to style your kitchen

So you’ve spent all this time designing your kitchen layout, choosing your style and finishes for your cabinetry and stone, thinking about your splashback finish, appliances, tapware and all of those other details needed for the build phase. But what about the...

Using Native Colours in your Home

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. Moving to a very green suburb, surrounded by a native garden and it just so happens that many trends in Australia at the moment are sitting around that native colour palette, I feel compelled to be super sympathetic to my...

My new home – Part 4 – progress is happening

I can’t believe I haven’t talked to you since middle of December about my own renovation. I guess with the 6 week Christmas break there wasn’t too much to update you on. But now we’ve been back into it over the past 4 weeks we’re really starting to see progress on...

2019 Design Boys Collection is here!

As promised last week The Designers Boys new 2019 catalogue has now been released, and their new collections are available through SmartSpace Interiors. This collection has diversified from last year. Not only have the boys added to their beautiful collections with...

Artwork can make a home

As many of you know I have a real interest in art. My original degree was both design and fine art. So I both practiced my own style of painting and sculpting whilst studying many of the masters. I have my favourites, but I never really got that into modern art until...

Reece Bathroom Life – Bathroom Design

You guys probably saw that I was featured in a recent Reece post profiling 5 designers in Australia (click here if you missed it). It was a real honour to be included in the list, imagine how many designers they must work with! It got me thinking about bathroom design...

Marie Kondo’s – KonMari method of organising 

Has anyone been watching Tidying Up on Netflix? I’m not ashamed to say I’m a little addicted. I’ve been following Marie Kondo for some time now and really love her KonMari method of tidying and organising your home. Having worked on many small spaces where storage is...

Hello 2019!

Hi Guys, welcome back to the blog. It’s been 4 weeks since writing here, I had a lovely Christmas break, I hope you all did too. It was good for us to spend some quality time in our new home. We wanted to relax and enjoy it after the first round of renovations. But...

Merry Christmas and a happy 2019!

So guys, it’s the end of the year. It’s that time of year when I start reflecting on all of the projects I’ve worked on and great clients I’ve met along the way. It’s been a crazy year. SmartSpace is still going great guns, and myself and my hubby personally sold and...

Pantone Colour for 2019 – Living Coral

Pantone have released their colour of the year and I'm pretty happy that it's coral pink. One of my favourite colours to wear if I'm honest. When it comes to decorating in coral, in my mind it needs to be in small amounts of a more subtle shade. I've had accents...

Whats on your Christmas table?

I know the Christmas tree is seen as the focal point of any home at Christmas. But I have to admit, when we’re having a big gathering on Christmas day for lunch it’s the table decorations that I enjoy the most. Christmas is about coming together with friends and...

My new home – Part 3 what to do in a crisis      

It’s never plain sailing when you’re renovating. We’ve had so much to contend with already and we aren’t even half way through phase 1. From issues with sewerage, drainage and asbestos, through to full removal of our concrete slab in the main bathroom (which we hoped...

Common decorating mistakes to avoid when renovating your home

I talk about decorating mistakes all the time I know, here are a few that I've seen recently when working for clients on their homes. These are all such easy fixes but make a big impact when done right. Painting everything white We all want light and bright homes...

Interior Design Trends for 2019

Black There’s always a dominant colour in interiors, and I feel like black is definitely becoming a go to. I’m not talking tapware and fixtures like door hardware (these have been really over done in previous years). I think the trend has gone that step further into...

My new home Part 2 – where to save on budget

Hi guys. I know you’re interested to hear how things are going with the planning on my own home. I’m at the point where I’ve got almost everything quotes now as best as I can so the budget is shaping up. I have good visibility around costs, but don’t be fooled when...

MY TOP 5 INSPIRATIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS & DECORATORS

When we work in an industry we all have people that we look to and admire. Especially in the creative space where I’m constantly looking to be inspired and to think outside of the square. There are several designers that I follow and am constantly inspired by. I...

My new home – design and planning

Hi Guys. I talked a few weeks back about our new home, how we were settling in and also what we were planning for the new year in terms of the renovation. So it seems I may have snagged myself a spot in my builder’s schedule before Christmas to get the phase 1 work...

Hi All, I had to do a follow on from last week. I felt like I was just getting started, 6 trends that have been and gone just wasn't enough! So in the spirit of ditching the dated here are 6 more trends that should definitely be left in the past, an I've got one or...

6 Decorating trends that are definitely a thing of the past

Hi All. In my last post I talked about the best design tips I could possibly give you when decorating your own home, you can see that post here.  Today I wanted to talk about what not to do, the trends that have been and gone or are on the way out. How do you tell if...

The best decorating tips I can give you

There are definitely some key things to think about when pulling a room or whole home together. Things that I always think about when starting a new project. And to be honest with my own renovation coming up these are at the forefront of my mind. So I thought I’d...

Creating Joy in our homes   

Hi All. I watched a Ted Talk recently by Ingrid Fettell Lee on the feeling of joy, and where we find joy in our lives and world around us. It was so interesting it’s been playing on my mind ever since. I thought wouldn’t be awesome if I could tangibly bring joy to my...

Love it or list it

In this market where property prices have softened a little, and where the buyers are back in the driving seat (I can attest to this having just purchased and seeing so many properties being passed in at auction), it’s hard to know whether you should stay or sell...

My new home – before the renovation

Don’t expect to see any pretty pictures today J I posted a couple of weeks ago talking about our new home and lifestyle change from the lower Northshore up to Wahroonga on the Northshore. You may remember the images I shared with you (if note click here), they looked...

Common mistakes in bathroom design

You may remember a couple of weeks back I wrote a post focusing on guidelines around how to layout a bathroom. Things like height of showers and vanities, where to place your accessories and some general advice on shower screens and sizing. To read this post click...

Indigo

For a long time, dark blue has been my favourite colour to decorate with. Specifically, indigo. Not quite navy, not royal blue, but this gorgeous, inky colour that feels rich and vibrant and just the right tone of blue. It’s classic yet modern, perfect whether you’re...

Bathroom 101 – Vanity and shower heights, towel rails and more

I’ve talked in the past here about how to get the best out of your bathroom design. With a focus on style, fixtures and finishes and general layout. That’s all really important stuff to think about. Now that you’ve agreed on your floor plan, you’ve chosen your tiles...

Hobart homestay with style

Hi All. I’ve been a bit quiet on here of late. September through to December is the busiest time of year in the interior design industry, so I took a much needed break before the chaos begins. We went to Hobart for a winter break, it was our first time there and it...

My new home search and renovation

A lot of you that know me will know that myself and my husband spent the first half of this year house hunting. This will be the second property we’ve bought in Sydney so we’re used to the process, and pressures of buying under auction conditions, the competition and...

Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay part 7 – Renovation completion

Hi Guys. Since my last instalment on this project we have completed the full renovation on this beautiful art deco apartment. The journey hasn’t been easy, as with any older building it had it’s challenges and we had to come up with lots of plan b’s and c’s at times....

Family home in Riverview

Hi All, I’ve been working with a wonderful family since January this year after they moved into a 5 bedroom property in Riverview. The property is well built with quality finishes but it lacked style or any wow factor. My brief was to bring the home up to date and...

Small Laundry? I’ve got you covered…

It makes sense to build our laundries smaller. Living in areas where real estate is expensive I know I would rather have a larger kitchen, living area or bathroom and my laundry be large enough to be functional but not so big that my other rooms suffer. So in my time...

Completed Kitchen project – Sydney

Hi All. It's been a while since I shared a completed project with you. This is a small renovation that I designed in the second half of last year and work has just completed. I was asked by this family who were downsizing into a 3 bedroom apartment near Sydney city to...

Every man needs a cave…apparently

Man caves have been a thing for such a long time. My mind goes to the 40’s and 50’s Mad Men style offices, whiskey rooms, and media rooms. There’s even a whole expo every year that happens in Melbourne dedicated to all things ‘manly’ when it comes to interiors:...

How to design the bedroom of your dreams

This has to be one of my favourite rooms to design. I know I’ve said this before and it won’t be the last time I say it. And I know I’ve written about how to dress a bed, colour schemes for bedrooms and probably great robe storage. This time I wanted to think about...

Sneaky storage ideas for your kitchen design

As designers we focus a whole lot on finishes, look and feel, especially when it comes to kitchen design. However, before I get to any of that I really like to work out how the kitchen will function for my clients. So layout, appliance placement, working flow around...

SmartSpace Interiors project – Rozelle renovation

Hi Guys. I wanted to share a new project with you this week that we recently completed. This home is a beautiful 3 bed traditional style home based in Rozelle in the inner west of Sydney. The property was in need of a good update, there was so much timber on the...

Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay Part 6 – Construction in the final month

Hi Guys. Since my last installment on this project which was in March we’ve seen so much progress. As you know the main areas of work in this project are in and around the 2 new bathrooms and the kitchen/dining areas. Here we’ve removed walls, opened up the kitchen...

It’s Autumn, how are you keeping your home warm this winter?

If you’re reading this and living in Australia you would definitely be feeling the cooler months drawing in. I think we were all ready for the cool change, but now that means breaking out the warmer clothes, Ugg boots and heaters. Quite a big part of the renovations I...

Styling your home

Happy Monday guys. I wanted to talk today about styling. It’s a nice follow on from a previous post a few weeks back where I talked about decorating your home, see this post here. In this post I talked about creating a focal point, hardware, rugs, lighting and at the...

Weave Home by Warwick Fabrics

For the first time Warwick Fabrics (probably one of Australia’s largest fabric houses) has released their very own soft furnishings collection called Weave Home. Inspired by relaxed coastal living and contemporary urban vibe they have come up with a collection of...

The Designers Boys new 2018 catalogue

The Designers Boys new 2018 catalogue has now been released, and their new collections are available through SmartSpace Interiors. This collection is even bigger than the last. I don’t know how they do it but they seem to get better and better. There’s still a...

Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay Part 5 – Renovation construction half way point

Hi Guys. Since my last installment on this project which was early February we’ve had a lot to deal with. Plumbing seems to be a continuing theme for this one. Working with an old building and having an apartment directly below makes the build challenging. Following...

Creating mood boards and designs 

Hi all. I’ve been taking an online course for the past few weeks. It’s a course with a focus on styling for photography, however it’s proving to be a great refresher for me around ensuring I follow the process at all times when pulling together a design for a room....

Beautiful pet friendly indoor plants and how to style with them

This summer I’ve really been investing and taking time over sourcing great indoor plants and the perfect pots to house them. Plants are an investment, especially if your home is big enough to accommodate several floor standing plants. And many of us have pets, so shy...

Before & After’s

Hi Guys, Don't you just love some before and after shots? I think we're all guilty of buying interior magazines and flicking through looking at the images first, especially pausing on those case studies with the amazing before and after transformations, I know I do. I...

Rules of decorating

Hi Guys. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the styling that happens for professional photo’s and how the before and after shots are so damn impressive. I mean to be honest it’s not hard to make a big difference with the before and afters. For one the before...

Size matters…in interior decoration

We’ve seen a lot of florals in interiors over the past year or so, and I mean large scale florals. Often fabrics that come through on the catwalks translate into the next design trend for interiors and this was definitely one of them. It’s easy to fall in love with...

Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay Part 4 – Renovation underway!

Hi Guys. Since my last installment on this project way before Christmas when we finished up the design phase things have been quiet. With Christmas and new year shut downs we had the owner seeking approval from committee to get the renovations underway, but that’s all...

Mixing fabrics like a pro

Hi Guys, I often get asked how to mix pattern, colour and texture when it comes to fabrics in my designs. Many designers use techniques around this element of design so well it’s become their signature, take Anna Spiro’s designs at Halycon House as an example. So if...

Making your rental feel like home

You’d be surprised how often I get engaged to work on a property that is a rental. The brief is of course more focused around decoration, but you can still make a big impact on a space in this way. Often clients whilst renting want to invest in nice pieces and build...

Achieving a consistent style

Often the biggest thing when working with my clients is bringing them back to the style that we agreed on at the beginning of the design process. I’ve talked a lot in the past about taking time to collect images on Pinterest, collate what you like, and draw out the...

My guide to feature tile trends

Last week I spoke about general trends for 2018. I touched on the spa style bathrooms that are very much a focus this year but also the comeback of Terrazzo. I wanted to dig a bit deeper into these areas and really look at what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to...

Happy New Year ! – 2018 Trends

Every year we see trends come and go, some stay around longer than others but there’s no doubt that it’s easy to spot the undercurrent of specific trends throughout the whole interior design industry. From copper lights and accessories to our obsession with everything...

Merry Everything!

Hi All. It's a short note this week from me to wish you all a merry Christmas. The weeks leading up to Christmas are always frantic, especially in the building and interior design space. We all want our homes to be beautiful ready for all of the entertaining and...

SmartSpace Interiors design – City Apartment

Hi Guys. So I’m excited again this week, yes again (I know!) to show you the final finished project of the year. This one is quite different for me in terms of style. Mainly because my clients had spent much time overseas before settling back into Sydney and so many...

SmartSpace Interiors design – Randwick family home

  Hi Guys. I’m super excited this week to share with you a project that I worked on for a lovely young family based in Eastern Sydney. This was not an easy one, there were lots of hurdles to work through in terms of council approvals, neighboring property...

Exterior colour selections

Hi Guys. I’ve been doing a lot of exterior colour selections of late and so I know what a big decision this can be when painting the exterior of your home. Whilst grey remains the colour of choice and black has gained momentum again of late, too often you see homes...

Hygge – The Danish way to live well

There are many ways to define Hygge, and you may have heard this concept talked about a lot of late, Neale Whitaker even mentioned it several times in the last series of The Block. But what does Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) actually mean? Well, I’ve done much reading on...

How to style your windows

I’ve been talking a lot over the past few months about the Art Deco apartment in Rose Bay that we will be renovating early next year. Today was my final meeting at the apartment and we make some key decisions around our window coverings. I always leave window...

Getting the best out of storage in your bedroom

It doesn’t matter if you love to hoard, are a minimalist when it comes to your belongings or sit somewhere in between, great built in wardrobes can really change the aesthetic and functionality of your bedroom. When it comes to designing your bedroom most people get...

Finished family home – SmartSpace Interiors design

Hi all. You may remember a few posts ago I wrote about how I’d been engaged by a client to style their home, see post here. I had furnished their main dining and family rooms, and also their formal lounge space as well as their master bedroom right down to artwork and...

Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay Part 3 – Decision time

Hi Guys. Since my last installment on this project a lot has happened and many decisions have been made. There comes a point in the design process where the plans are set, use of space is decided and then we have to work out what to put in each space. That’s where the...

How to design a lighting plan

Lighting can end up being an afterthought when designing a home. However it can really make a room when done correctly. I’ve often worked with lighting consultants, and they bring a very keen eye to the design to ensure all levels of lighting are given the...

Creating a curated home

As a designer I don’t always get asked to style my clients homes. By that I mean I will design kitchens and bathrooms, furnish bedrooms, lounges and dining rooms, and even source artwork, cushions, and accent lights. But often my clients have décor items, books,...

Colour forecast Dulux 2018

Well it’s that time of year again where Dulux have just released their trend forecast for 2018. We’ll see the Pantone colour of the year to follow shortly I’m sure. I thought I would share with you a round up and my thoughts on how you could utilise these 2018 colours...

Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay Part 2 – Bathroom/kitchen design      

Hi Guys. You may remember a few weeks back I wrote about a new project that I had started and was featuring a monthly update here on how the design process was going, covering step by step what the process involves and the issues that we encounter. If you missed that...

A guide to timber flooring – what to choose depending on your needs and space

This can be a really hard decision for some. If you really want timber flooring in your home and aren’t lucky enough to have existing boards that can be sanded and treated to make them look as good as new then you need to look at alternative options. It can be...

Trends that won’t last

Hi All. I’m writing this week about trends that become popular really quickly such as hexagon tiles in bathrooms or recessed TV’s, and then soon fall out of favour. Some of these trends are very costly to install and can be impractical and a bit faddy. Don’t fall into...

How to add value to your home

You may remember a while back I wrote about a project that I worked on where my client was adding in a 2nd floor with it’s own access for a rental studio apartment. This was fully furnished for either Air BnB or longer term let, you can read more here about that...

How to work in an existing style with a fresh new scheme

It’s hard isn’t it when you’ve spent many years building up beautiful pieces of furniture and soft furnishings, and invested in lovely linen’s and accessories to see that these pieces may not fit style wise into a new home. Or maybe over the years your style has...

Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay Part 1 – Space planning phase

Hi Guys! So I’m going to take you through a design and renovation process with regular posts here to show you how a design process can work. I’ll post regular updates on where we are at, what we are choosing to use and why and regular pictures of the apartment,...

Balancing light and dark

As many of you may know I’m a big fan of using dark colours to contrast in my designs. Jet black, dark matt charcoals and navy blues are my 3 favourites to play with. Using these colours can create dramatic impact on the space without too much effort. However if you...

Organise, de-clutter, spring clean

I know I know, we’re not there yet. We still have a few weeks to go before spring is officially with us. However at this time of year I find myself preparing for the warmer months. I don’t know about you but in winter I seem to store more, and I’m not just talking a...

AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST DECORATION TRADE FAIR 2017

Hey there, I just got back from a trip filled with inspiration. The Decoration and Design trade fair held in Melbourne every year is the place to be when it comes to meeting trade suppliers and seeing what trends are ahead for 2017/2018. I got to see the very latest...

Interior design and styling faux pas

Creating a beautiful home takes time, effort and thought.  We need clear design vision or concept to deliver around that works with the intricacies of any particular home. But, the reality is, a lot of interiors are made up of a mixture of inherited, found or poorly...

Cosy up around the fire

When it’s cold outside, nothing beats the warmth, cosiness and romance of a fireplace. With various options available and with the winter chill firmly in the air, what are the right fireplaces for your home? Whether you’re looking for gas, electric, wood or...

Shake off those Winter blues

No…it’s not just you, it’s freezing! Well, by Sydney standards it is! But whilst the temperature might be close to freezing this time of year, the hot news in the local design world is a brand-new season of fabrics with the highly anticipated release of Warwick...

Time to get EXCITED – It’s EOFYS!!!

  From time-to-time I post about sales…so it would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention the last week of End of financial year sales. That’s right, that special time of year when retail is making a last ditched effort to get as many of your hard-earned dollars as...

Pot and Pans!!!

Yes… I am really writing a post on the aesthetics of pots, pans and cookware generally.  Why?  Good question... Let’s be honest – most cookware is more functional than beautiful and we’d rather not think about it.  Plus, depending on the quality and usage, they don’t...

The downsizing opportunity

Let me be clear…downsizing is a design and lifestyle opportunity! We collect stuff, it just happens: gifts, temporary replacements, hand me downs, unguided purchases, random storage solutions, old hobbies, books etc. And before you know it, you’ve got a truck load of...

Considerations when designing a kitchen

Kitchen design is one of the most difficult areas of interior design. No matter what renovation shows tell you, it’s the single most expensive and complex area of designing, renovating or building a home.  You are balancing styles, appliances, cabinets and workspaces,...

To reupholster, or not to reupholster…that is the question.

How often have you thought about upholstery, as it relates to design? If you know me…you’ll know I like to buy / source quality items.  Which means you don’t just throw them away as design tastes change or as they wear.  Rather you adapt, update and repurpose to...

How to Enhance a Room with Wallpaper

It’s been around for centuries…from traditional and classic to bold and graphical, wallpaper can make a serious interior impact, regardless of whether it’s in or out of vogue. While it was once considered background rather than foreground decor (with some notable...

Custom Vs Standard…what the difference anyway!

In terms of design and fit, what’s better custom or standard? One costs more but do you get a better result? Big corporations and businesses tell us… standard is the way to go.  Their marketing spend and product R&D will try to make us believe that they know what...

Creating a calm space

How do you feel when you walk into your home? In today's frenetic world it’s important to create a calm and peaceful space that allows you to recharge. Your home should nurture and support but if you design and decorate the space poorly, it could deplete your energy...

Bathroom design and renovation planning

I think bathrooms can be the most daunting room in the home to renovate or plan. It the one room that requires the most trades, therefore is costly to renovate. In addition to this good quality tiles, fixtures and fittings can easily take an average bathroom...

A few of my favourite things…

Following my last post, where I visited a styling master class and Darren Palmer, he predicted the use of jeweled colour palettes – think sapphire, emerald and amethyst to name a few! I wanted to demonstrate how you can pull together different colours along these...

Darren Palmer – The Room Project

For those of us that follow Darren Palmer, you’ll know that he does selective brand / product partnerships.  One of these is with King Living, and SmartSpace Interiors was lucky enough to get an invite to last week’s VIP Styling Masterclass with Darren in Chatswood,...

New baby, new home?

You’ve bought maternity jeans, checked out hospitals and are in the process of memorising your favourite baby books – but what about your home? When you’re welcoming a new addition, planning where they’ll sleep, feed, play and where you’ll keep all their “stuff”, can...

Urban Garden Design

How does your garden grow? With city gardens, the answer is with ingenuity and planning! And although we are firmly in autumn, believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about and planning your garden design, planting plans, and the cultivation of what you...

Soundslike Home and MAMAGREEN Celebrate 10 years

10 years is a long time…by anyone’s standards.  So, I was thrilled to be invited by the Soundslike Home team to celebrate their 10-year collaboration with high-end outdoor furniture specialist, MAMAGREEN. The event brought together designers, furniture specialists and...

Going down the: Urban Road

TutuApp Pokemon Go download Styling supplier heavy weight, Urban Road, recently launched their updated collection of wall art, acrylics, cushions, and rugs for Autumn/Winter 2017. If you don’t know Urban Road but are wondering, “where have I heard that name?”. ...

Using fabric to customise your design

For most people choosing fabric for a room is a secondary consideration. By the time we get to the fabric we’ve normally chosen our colour palette, we’ve selected our furnishings, and we’ve probably even decided on floor coverings and window treatments. So at this...

New 2017 Designer Boys collection is here!

  The Designers Boys new 2017 catalogue has now been released, and their new collections are available through SmartSpace Interiors. tutuapp pokemon go android The collection is bigger, better and more diverse than ever, but still continues their commitment to not...

The Iconic Fair

Around February each year, Reed Exhibition Australia runs the, “Reed Gift Fair”.  This unique event is where buyers come to be inspired, meet with industry suppliers and source the latest products in the gifts, homeware and styling, furniture and lighting sectors....

Too hot to handle – Designing a climate sensitive home

Unless you’ve been away or already live in a home that has been designed for optimal climate control…and haven’t left it in weeks…you’ll know it’s been very hot in Sydney! And whilst the great Australian climate helps us to live an outdoors lifestyle, feed ourselves...

2016 – A year in Review

Yes…I know it’s February! 🙂 But I wanted to give you all an overview of what 2016 looked like for SmartSpace Interiors, as it was a crazy but amazing year. As-well-as call out a couple of keepers from 2016… From a business perspective, it was an important year for me...

Design Quicksand

Let’s be honest, most of us have, at some point, used Pinterest.  And why wouldn’t you? But…beware of the design quicksand that you can get stuck in when you go pin-crazy!  Let me explain… Pinterest does exactly what it says on the tin and is a great way to store...

Three in a row!

I’m really pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, SmartSpace Interiors won the coveted Best of Houzz 2017 award for Service. Client experience and satisfaction has always been a top priority for me when undertaking projects.  It reflects positively not...

Coastal Chic: A New Take on Beach Style

If you’re looking for Hamptons style but without the traditional feel that comes with it think more coastal-chic. It’s perfect for a summer feel and will take you through into winter with this warmer climate we have in Australia. So as the heatwave continues, here are...

Thinking Green

Happy new year everyone. This is my first day back and after spending a lot of time over the Christmas period in nature I was inspired to write about being more conscious about our footprint on the environment, most of you probably don’t realise that I’m a huge fan of...

SmartSpace Interiors Finished project – Lindfield Home

I’m excited to be posting up a final finished project of the year, as this project is something that I’ve been working on since January. These clients approached me with a brief to assist them with every aspect of the interior design for their new build home. From...

Pantone Colour of the year for 2017

  Pantone refers to its new green as, “A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings”, which is very apt for this time of year. …And not really all that surprising as green is the colour of nature and health, representing: growth,...

Decorating your home for Christmas

  As it’s that time of year, and as my tree went up at the weekend, I thought I’d share with you how I approach getting the right balance between style and kitsch over the holidays. I was at a client's place at the weekend and they commented that there must be so...

SmartSpaces can create income…

With the advent of Deliveroo, Uber and Airbnb a lot of us are looking at new ways to supplement our income, and make our assets work harder for us. And rental rooms / spaces are without doubt getting a big focus right now. Even Beyoncé got in on the act recently,...

Finished project – turning one room into three!

I had a challenge set for me by a client earlier this year that really put my small space skills to the test! Essentially this is a family who live in a beautiful home on the lower north shore of Sydney, a family of 4, oh and don’t forget to the 2 Siamese cats! The...

Going…going…gone

After 13 weeks of Block-tastic TV, the latest series of Australia’s most popular and longest running renovation show, The Block, came to a close last night. If you read my blog, you’ll know this was the first time I’ve watched The Block.  And with 46 episodes, it was...

Getting to work

For those who know me, you’ll know that my husband, Lawrence, and I both work from home most of the time.  My husband running his marketing consultancy, THiNK, and me SmartSpace.   Whilst we’re both out quite a lot with clients, we also need space a home. ...

Make your Living room storage stylish with these easy tips

It’s always my formula to ensure that each room in a home has good storage. Of course this will vary in terms of size and function depending on what is being stored. It’s become very popular over the past 5-10 years to create quite large built in entertainment...

Dulux Colour forecast for 2017

It’s the time of year again where trend forecasts are coming through for 2017. As ever Dulux are at the forefront of the colour trends and have again come up with 4 fabulous concepts that encapsulate the upcoming trends for next year. Take a look below at these...

The Block – Kitchens Week

The Block has been through bathrooms, hall-ways, common areas, master suites, guest rooms and now… kitchens. Last night’s kitchen reveals and judging were significant for three reasons: 1) kitchens (and bathrooms) sell properties 2) We can now see the full designs of...

Archibald Prize – 2016

After living in Sydney for over 10 years I thought it was about time I went to see the Archibald exhibition this year. I’m sure most of you are aware that this is an iconic Australian exhibition that invites artists across Australia and New Zealand to showcase their...

Dressing a bed like a designer

Bedrooms are my favourite room in a home to design. These rooms are such personal spaces and because they aren’t usually on show to your guests you don’t have to hold back in here, have fun with your choices, let your inner designer shine! For me one of the most...

The Block 2016 – Week 5, Living and Dining Rooms

If you’re a regular reader… you’ll know I’m not a fan of The Block! I’ve always found that the show is less about design and more about the site antics, rivalries and high street plugs and sponsorships.  Sure, I know they need to turn a dollar, it’s just not my thing....

10 Tips on how to use plants & external living spaces to complete your home

In last week’s Spring post, Getting into the spirit of Spring, I promised to write everyone’s favourite Spring-time weekend subject: outdoor living spaces and plants. So good to my word, here we go! Of course it’s the perfect time to consider your outdoor areas...

Getting into the spirit of Spring

Spring in Australia has certainly sprung, and depending on where you live, you might already be enjoying the sights and sounds of spring as the chill of winter starts to fade. Of course Spring is synonymous with change, new beginnings and colour… and most of us...

SmartSpace Interiors decoration project – Kirribilli residence

Earlier this year I was engaged on a project to assist with the decoration of a beautiful apartment in Kirribilli. My client had already renovated the bathroom and kitchen creating a super modern twist in this traditional space, the building is art deco in style. I...

SmartSpace Interiors renovation – North Ryde residence    

Before the renovations Earlier this year I was engaged on a project to assist with an update of a 3 bedroom single storey red brick home. The home hadn’t been touched in over 20 years so the main living areas were feeling tired and dated. There were cream walls and...

Pairing commercial and residential interior design ideas

Often the role of an interior designer is about creating something unique.  Moving away from simple colour and texture selection to creating a “build environment” that defies the rules but still works.   This is why a designer will often work hand in hand with an...

Great bathroom design

As some of you may know, the bathroom is the most expensive room in your home to renovate. With the concentration of trades, materials, and fixtures that go into this small space it’s hard to believe but you should be looking at spending anywhere from $25,000 for a...

When you know you need an Interior Designer

                    Everyone needs help from time-to-time… even the design savvy. Under the right circumstances the design process can be a lot of fun but, on the flip side, can create a lot of challenges, stress and...

SmartSpace Interiors in the press

As you know, from time-to-time, SmartSpace Interiors and my projects are featured in magazines, newspapers and online. And recently I was thrilled to be interviewed and profiled in an article by Bupa Home Insurance, on maximising space in apartments.  The article,...

Interior designer or decorator?

A lot of people think the terms ‘interior designer’ and ‘interior decorator’ are interchangeable. Yes, the distinction is arguably subtle, but depending on the services you’re expecting, it is important to know the difference. So… what is an interior designer? There...

Completed project – Modern French Provincial style

I recently worked with a wonderful client to update the ground floor of their home. When meeting initially with Annette, she felt overwhelmed by the space not knowing where to start. The main issue was storage, the family had accumulated a lot of ‘stuff’ over the...

PRESS RELEASE: SmartSpace Interiors launch new website

SmartSpace Interiors is pleased to announce the launch of its fully-featured and optimised new website: smartspaceinteriors.com. The new website is designed to assist visitors and clients (potential and existing) in making well-informed decisions about Interior...

Part 3 of 3: The design of an icon – Living with an Icon

Over the past few weeks my blog has focused on iconic furniture.  We’ve discussed what makes an icon an icon, and the design replicas that are making icons more accessible, rightly or wrongly.  And in the final part of my “Iconic” blog post series I wanted to look at,...

Erskinville Terrace

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Erskineville Terrace A characterful terrace home in the inner west. We focused on bringing in style through using original and custom made retro pieces to add warmth and a sense of home. Want to hear what the client...

Part 2 of 3: The design of an icon – the replica debate

Following on from last week’s blog on what makes something an icon; this week I wanted to touch on a very contentious subject in the design community surrounding the iconic.  Should we accept replicas or do they in some way detract from, or diminish the impact of, the...

Part 1 of 3: The design of an icon – art or science?

As my blog followers can imagine, I read a lot about design.  There’s more content available than I can possibly keep up with, but every now and then we all look to the iconic for inspiration.   The most succinct way I can describe an icon is: either a person or...

Australia’s premier unique and exciting artwork collection updated for 2016

Great news for March…one of my favourite suppliers, The Designer Boys, aka Gavin Atkins and Warren Sonin, have launched their new 2016 catalogue.   Following their success on TV show, The Block, Gavin and Warren became household names and used this momentum to...

Design update – Europe showing off their best

Following on from my colour forecast for 2016 (to read this click here), Europe’s best and brightest have been on the design tradeshow circuit to give us their views and visions on what we can expect in 2016.   Unfortunately, I wasn’t there - maybe next year -...

Taking Design cues from Small Bars

  Lockout laws aside, NSW has been awash with the talk of “small bars” recently, and it’s been a growing trend for the last few years. It seems that Sydney is doing a great job in niche, well designed and inviting small bars.   Although I work exclusively in...

SmartSpace appointed as an approved designer by GlobeWest

  I’m delighted to announce that SmartSpace Interiors are now recognised as an approved interior designer to the distinctive trade furniture supplier, GlobeWest.  SmartSpace clients will be able to take advantage of the full range of products which aren’t, at...

Hot-crossed-décor

Between early January and the end of March is one of the busiest times at SmartSapce, in terms of the concentration and the amount of business enquiries I receive.  Why, you might ask?  It’s all because of Easter!   Early hot-crossed-bun sightings aside,...

SmartSpace Interiors finished project – Compact Lane Cove apartment

Before the renovations My client had been renting her two bed one-bathroom unit in Lane Cove for several years, however decided to move into the property.  Due to years of rentals and the original fixtures and fittings, it needed a full cosmetic renovation.  It was...

Revamp, rework, recycle

                      I often recycle my stocks of styling accessories, as-well-as as my own home items as I’m forever changing things up – the curse of an interior designer. A lamp here, a plant there, coffee...

SmartSpace Acknowledged for client service excellence two years in a row

        A big thank you to my clients, suppliers and the Houzz community for voting for SmartSpace Interiors in the “Best of Houzz 2016” awards.  We’re pleased to announce that for the second year in a row our work won the Customer Service...

Merry Christmas everyone

Hi all, This will be my last post of the year as I head into a much needed break over Christmas. I hope you are all getting ready for a festive Christmas. As you know my home is decorated, and I've pretty much finished the Christmas shopping, wrapping and writing and...

Decorating your home at Christmas

Hi All, here is my 2nd installment for Christmas this year. I thought I would share with you some tips on how to make the best out of your Christmas tree decorating and a few other ideas to generally make your home feel festive. I love this time of year, and...

Christmas table

  Hi all, Anyone that knows well or has worked me with me on the interior design and decoration of their home will know I have a mild obsession with anything black....okay maybe it's more than mild! I'm a traditionalist when it comes to decorating my home for...

Dulux Colour Forecast 2016

Hi All, I attended a wonderful event last week with the Design Institute of Australia where Dulux presented on their forecast for 2016. It was great to see the themes and new colour combinations emerging. Dulux told a real story for each theme so I thought I would...

Custom Rugs – SmartSpace Interiors Designs

Hi All, If you saw my post a few months back you would be aware that I entered 3 designs into the Designer Rugs Evolve competition in September. Having studied Fine Art & Design much of this degree was practical work where I held my own exhibition of painted...

Showroom inspiration

Hi All, I had a day out last week catching up on what's new in my local interior design and decoration trade showrooms. It's always good to take some time out for inspiration, I try and go with an open mind, not looking for anything in particular that way when...

My lounge room makeover

Hi All, I've mentioned before that the decoration of my home has been an ongoing project. This isn't something that I ever feel is completely finished. Times change, trends come and go and whilst I try to avoid what's in right now and stay true to my own personal...

Warmer hues

Hi All, I wanted to talk today about popular colour palettes and doing things a little differently. As an interior designer and decorator I would say that 80% of my clients want to stick to the neutral, or very much what's on trend. Of late that has been the colour...

Essentials for a welcoming guest bedroom

Guest bedrooms are always the last room in a home to be decorated. I don't know why this is as we all have guests to stay from time to time and if we are keen decorators we want to make sure our guests feel welcome in our home. So this needs to extend past the main...

Lounge room transformation

Hi All, I'm coming to the end of a number of interior design and interior decoration projects at the moment, the big push before Christmas to get homes finished and ready for the festive period. So although I won't get them all professionally photographed I will share...

Decoration inspiration

Hi All, Every now and again I like to share with you some of the interior decoration concepts I've been working on. These are primarily designs for sourcing furniture, soft furnishings such as rugs and cushions, accent lighting and artwork. I work with my clients at...

Spring is in the air

Hi All, I love this time of year where the days are getting warmer and nature is starting to bloom. I've noticed myself sprucing up my home, clearing out clutter and bringing in more fresh cut flowers. At this time of year many of my suppliers are launching new...

The design process for your home

When embarking on a full redecoration project there are some things that need to be considered along the way to ensure you make the most out of your space and your budget. Whether you are working with an interior decorator or going it alone, the below checklist makes...

Scandi designs for your nursery

Hi All. I'm really excited to be designing a nursery for a client I worked with last year. My client has a lovely style, clean, modern with a love for anything scandi. So we talked about how to decorate the nursery, and not knowing if she is having a boy or a girl it...

Apartment renovation before and after

This year I've been working on a number of small space renovations. Mainly these have been 2 bedroom apartments where the interiors were outdated both in terms of layout and design. One of these projects has just recently concluded. This was a renovation where were...

Decorators delight

Do you struggle to know where to shop for finishing pieces for your home? We find ourselves in the same stores time after time feeling uninspired and coming away with nothing. I really liked this round up from Interiors Addict on interiors designers picks for the top...

Living in a fast paced society

I've been thinking more and more of late about how much we fit into our day, how much we consume as individuals and how that impacts our society. Everything in this world is continuing to speed up, and so I believe there is a greater need to slow things down,...

Interior decoration inspiration

Hi All, It's been a while since sharing with you some of the interior designs I've been working on and some quick snaps of the rooms coming together. There are always great new products such as new artwork collections, fabric designs, lighting and furniture that I get...

Supplier spotlight – Custom designer pinboards

Hi All, This week I wanted to talk about a new supplier that I'm working with. I often get asked by clients to source a surface that can be used in a home office or kitchen to pin up ideas, inspiration, and reminders. Or in a kids space like a playroom or bedroom...

Rozelle Terrace

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Rozelle Terrace This was a traditional style home in much need of an update. My brief was: remove a lot of the timber to lighten and brighten the spaces without losing the character of the home. We also removed walls to...

City Apartment

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] City Apartment Large apartment based in Sydney CBD, fully renovated with a reconfigured floor plan to suit the clients’ needs. We created new Master Suite and open plan living, dining and kitchen area for entertaining....

Lindfield Home

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Lindfield Home A contemporary new build family home. With expansive rooms and an open feel this home is a light filled space with plenty of character and colour. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][social_icons_group...

Surry Hills Townhouse

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Surry Hills Townhouse A modern townhouse that we fully renovated to create a fresh new home with hints of traditional styling. Want to hear what the client said? Click Here...

Glebe House

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Glebe House A Victorian style family home. We renovated and decorated each room sympathetically in keeping with the era of the home whilst adding a touch of elegance. Want to hear what the client said? Click Here...

Randwick Home

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Randwick Home Newly renovated with an open plan extension. This Randwick family home feels light, bright and modern whilst retaining the original character features. Use of pastel colours brings a playful feel to the...

Ermington House

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Ermington House A brand new build which had clean white colour palette that needed warming up and the original kitchen needed a redesign to make use of the space. The overall style is contemporary with hints of retro...

Design for small spaces

  Hi All. I'm always getting asked for ideas around how to make the most of small spaces. This has become a bit of an interior design niche for me I guess. So I wanted to remind you of some previous hints and tips that I have shared through my blog. When your...

Lane Cove Apartment

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Lane Cove Apartment Modern apartment fully renovated using on trend fixtures and fittings, creating a contemporary style home. Want to hear what the client said? Click Here...

Wallpaper trends

Wallpaper continues to be an excellent tool to add something different when designing a room.  These days with the advanced levels of technology to create truly unique designs using silks and satins, micas, grasscloths and flocks, each of these having a different...

How to make your home feel more zen

Hi All, Last week I talked a lot about designing with texture and dialing it back on the colour. This week I want to take it a step further and talk about how you can create a balanced, calm, zen like interior that should be your retreat at the end of a busy day. For...

Designing with texture

Hi All, Are you all watching House Rules on channel 7 at the moment? I'm loving this season. It's wonderful to see how the teams progress from reno to reno over the weeks. You see them making less and less mistakes and subsequently some of the finished rooms are...

New rug collection released in June

Hi All, As many of you already know I'm a huge fan of a beautiful rug. For me this can make or break a room. In fact all flooring including carpet, timber, and tile is such an important design choice when pulling together finishes that this is where you should start....

Design concept inspiration

Hi Everyone. It's been some time since I shared with you some of the interior designs I've been working on. It seems that everyone in Sydney is renovating a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment at the moment. My focus has been around planning and specifying finishes for kitchens...

Freshen up your interior decoration

Freshening up your home decor need not be an expensive and time consuming process. You can totally change the look and feel of your space through minor adjustments to cushions, throws, and rugs. These are the pieces in a design that I play with in terms of colour,...

Paint colours for your home made easy

Paint is a huge part of any interior design and it can be daunting choosing the right colours for your home. No matter if you are investing in a professional to paint your home or committing many hours of your own time, making the right choice is critical to achieving...

Supplier spotlight – Urban Road making interior styling easy

Many of you may have already heard of Urban Road, the online canvas artwork site (and I mentioned them in a previous post earlier this year). This is a supplier who has focused on forming really strong relationships with artists to develop a beautiful new collection...

Decorating support online – E-décor

To provide customers with design services at all levels and to cover locations outside of my design reach, I offer an online service that I call E-décor. E-décor offers full interior design and decoration support over Skype, email and telephone. I still work closely...

Where does interior design inspiration come from?

I always get asked by clients and friends how do I keep my interior designs fresh? where does the inspiration come from for each project? That's kind of hard to answer because many things impact the choices I make when bringing finishes, materials, and furnishings...

Custom made furniture with a Twist!

I had some time last week to spend a day with a designer friend visiting supplier showrooms. I always find these trips super inspiring as they feed me ideas for my next designs. I’d been working with a local supplier Twist Lifestyle who makes upholstered furniture for...

5 top picks for your home

Hi All, Today I wanted to highlight some beautiful products that I’ve either used in my projects and my own home, or have recently discovered and looking for opportunities to incorporate these new ideas into my designs.   Miss Pots I found Miss Pots on Facebook...

The Rug Collection

Hi all, I hope you enjoyed a lovely Easter break. I spent mine getting around to all of the jobs at home that I'd been putting off. Before Easter I was lucky enough to see the new pieces that The Rug Collection had just launched in their Sydney showroom. Wow, what a...

What you need to know about great bathroom design

As some of you may know, the bathroom is the most expensive room in your home to renovate. With the concentration of trades, materials, and fixtures that go into this small space it’s hard to believe but you should be looking at spending anywhere from $20,000 for a...

Bringing designs to life

Part of what I do during a design process with a client is to help them visualise what the room will be like once completed. All of the small decisions, choices and selections along the way add up to an overall design. What often happens is that my client will get...

My 5 favourite living room pieces

Hi Guys, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite pieces that I have sourced for clients over the past few months. I’ve chosen to share these pieces with you because I absolutely believe that they will work in any home from a style perspective, and they are...

Small space finished project

Hi All, I wanted to share with you today one of the smallest apartments I've had the pleasure of working on. This newly built apartment in Crows Nest has 42sqm of compact living space. Comprising of a kitchen and living area, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a balcony. With...

Beautiful new homewares

A couple of times a year I attend trade fairs where suppliers in the industry show off their new collections. Last week I was lucky to attend the Home & Giving Fair in Sydney. This was the first time I'd attended this particular event and I was pleasantly...

SmartSpace Interiors receives best of Houzz 2015 Award

CREMORNE’S SMARTSPACE INTERIORS RECEIVES BEST OF HOUZZ 2015 AWARD AS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S TOP HOME PROFESSIONALS   Over 25 million users in Australia and around the world select the best of Home Building, Renovation and Design   CREMORNE, February 23, 2015 – SmartSpace...

Australian Home Ideas Feature

Hi Guys. I'm pleased to share with you a feature that was published in Australian Home Ideas last month of one of my kitchen renovations. This is a project that you may be familiar with from my previous blog posts or if you've checked out my portfolio on my website. I...

Interior Decoration – Artwork

I love it when a supplier releases their new collection, the anticipation of receiving the catalogue in the post is almost as exciting as Christmas. This is how I'm feeling today, one of my favourite suppliers Designer Boys have couriered a copy of their new artwork...

10 Tips when choosing tiles

  I’ve had tiles on the mind all week. I’m working with a client to tile a blacksplash  in their kitchen, and also to deliver a tile design for a bathroom and laundry. So I’ve been out visiting showrooms for inspiration and I thought it would be a great idea to...

2015 Interior Design Trends

We're now well into the new year and it's around this time when I'm on the look out for fresh inspiration, ideas and trends for the next 12 months. Many local suppliers release new collections - Pantone has already announced that their colour for 2015 is Marsala - and...

6 blogs that inspire me…

Hi guys. Whilst I’m always out and about gaining inspiration along the way from some of my favourite supplier showrooms and seeing inside some fabulous homes I take a lot of my inspiration from websites as most of us do. So I thought I would share with you my top 6...

The power of black

I have to admit I’m just a little bit obsessed with using elements of black in my designs. It’s not always easy to get across the line with a client, but the end result can be really dramatic. Every room needs to be grounded in some way, and black is the perfect way...

SmartSpace Interiors completed project

Earlier this year I was engaged on a lovely project to create an open living space for a family based in Cremorne, Sydney. The space originally split into three areas, living, dining and kitchen felt very closed with walls separating each area. My brief was to assist...

Merry Christmas…

Is it already December? Where did 2014 go? Most of us are busy trying to get organised for the festive season. I’m hoping that an element of this includes decorating your home to create that festive cheer. I find it all the more important to do this in my own home,...

Showroom dilemma

Have you felt overwhelmed when standing in a showroom with your room back at home half done and not knowing if a fabric, a colour or perhaps a pattern is going to work with your half finished design. This is what happens to most people. It’s easy to get the basis...

Small Space Living

For reasons such as premium property prices, location and amenities or general upkeep, many of us these days are living in homes that are smaller than we would like. Smaller spaces are generally seen in negative terms. No doubt it is harder to accommodate the...

Supporting local production

Signature Prints - premium wall decor and wholesale fabric supplier I recently had the pleasure of visiting Signature Prints in Alexandria, Sydney. It's not often you walk into a supplier to find them producing  onsite. These guys have the staff and equipment to...

Before & After

Hi All, I've been quiet of late as this is generally the busiest time of year in my industry. People are trying to get their homes ready and finished before entertaining over Christmas and to go into the new year having finished the rooms they've been meaning to get...

Kate Clarkson – Sydney Artist

Working in this industry I’m so lucky to stumble upon fabulous suppliers, craftsman, designers and artists. They come to me through so many different ways and means. More recently I’ve been working with a beautiful local artist Kate Clarkson who is a friend of one of...

Decorating support online – E-décor Part 2…

A while back I posted about my Edecor service with some images from a project I’d been working on in Blaxland. You can see the blog post by clicking here. I’ve just completed another edecor service for a local client and wanted to share with you all the designs and...

Interior decoration on a budget

Hi everyone. I hope coming into summer you have enjoyed a good spring clean and freshen up of your home. It’s time to start thinking about getting ready for that all important festive period where most of us will be entertaining family and friends in our homes. The...

Space planning and symmetry

One of the first tasks that I undertake when starting a new project is to work out what style my client prefers in their home and how they like to live. This then informs all of our decisions like where we will shop and what items we will bring into a space to how a...

Fabulous showrooms

Hi All, I’ve been quieter on social media of late. This time of year I tend to spend time visiting the interior design supplier showrooms as new collections are released for spring. Last week I was lucky to go on a sourcing trip with two other designers to Melbourne....

Renovation for sale

Part of the services I offer involve getting a home ready for sale. This is less about styling the property and more about physical work that needs to happen to ensure my client achieves the best possible price in the shortest time possible. It’s important to show...

Bedroom transformation

I posted a while back featuring a couple of designs that I had presented to a client in Enmore, Sydney. This was a project to decorate a small terrace making the space feel warm and welcoming whilst reflecting my clients personality. Here is the design again just to...

Australian Home Ideas Feature

Hi All, I'm back after a little break and was delighted to get back to the September Issue of Australian Home Ideas in my post box. The rooms for kids to love feature is a piece that I had written for them and an image of one of my projects along with my favourite...

Interior decoration concepts

It’s been a while since I shared any of my designs with you all. I use a software tool when designing to pull pieces together that I’m recommending to my clients for a certain space. This could include furniture, lighting, rugs, artwork and cushions. Sometimes right...

Purple Perfection

I’m working on a project at the moment where the client is open to using purple as a direction for the design. I’m super excited as this has to be one of my favourite colours to work with. Every shade of purple can be appropriate for different areas of your home, from...

Marketing mania

Hi guys. I’ve been busy over the past few months working on a marketing plan for the business. This is a part of running a business that I really do enjoy. Focussing on social media, PR and advertising, keeping in contact with clients and suppliers has been fun. Plus...

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together!

I was at a client’s home today installing some of the finishing touches to a project. I really enjoy it when I can get a bit hands on and be there to see it all take shape. In this project I designed three bedrooms, master bedroom and two girls’ rooms. The inspiration...

Supplier spot light – Max Sparrow

Last week through my social media channels I posted Max Sparrow as one of my favourite current suppliers. You may have seen this brand popping up on Facebook, in magazines and I’ve noticed that my clients have started to request Max as a source. The reason I like Max...

A gallery for your home

Artwork is the easiest way for you to inject your personality into your home. Yes is can be tricky to know what will work best where, how to frame a certain piece and complementing styles of artwork with existing pieces of furniture and decor. However it doesn't have...

How much is too much?

For some time now grey has been the colour of choice for interior and exterior finishes, stone benchtops, bathroom tiles, fabrics and even timber floors that are engineered with a grey base. Grey has been and always will be a classic and elegant choice. In my opinion...

A SmartSpace Interiors design – finished projects

It’s been a while since I posted a finished project, I guess I’ve been waiting for the right one to feature. This home is interesting as it was a brand new build, but the open plan kitchen and dining space wasn’t working for my clients. Because it was an L shape and...

Happy EOFYS one and all

If Valentine’s Day is a holiday made up by the greeting card industry for us romantics, then EOFYS (End of Financial Year Sales) are the retailers equivalent for the shopaholics. We’re in the retail sales silly season; with EOFYS, stocktake sales, midyear clearance...

The Professors House – A Pet Friendly Home

I am often asked to  write articles for online blogs, forums and websites not just here but also in the US and the UK. Mainly around my experience as an interior designer, the process, my clients and my finished projects. Professors House is one of those websites that...

Decorating support online – E-décor

To provide customers with design services at all levels and to cover locations outside of my reach, I have introduced an online service that I call E-décor.   E-décor offers full interior design and decoration support over Skype, email and telephone. I work...

Personalise your kids bedroom with Lily Mae Designs

I’ve recently been working with a client on two little girls rooms. Both rooms had great basic pieces but needed some decoration to make the spaces more fun but also to add an element of personalisation for each. We added small pieces of furniture such as replica...

World Environment Day, 5 June

Although I'm not an eco-activist, like most of us I do like to try and ensure I make sensible environmental and social choices. This can open up a number of choices and products that you might not have considered, which can challenge a design project and offer a...

Master bedroom design

I love the way this bedroom turned out so I wanted to share it with you all. This is part of a larger project that I’ve been working over the past 18 months. We’ve been phasing the project across different areas of the home and I’m currently working on redesigning the...

Little Flowers

If you’re like me, you get a kick out of sending and receiving flowers. Who doesn’t love the Facebook post when a friend or loved one receives flower you sent and shares with everyone. Although a great case of the warm-and-fuzzies, sending flowers these days can be an...

How many cushions is too many?

I’ve recently been working with a male client who lives in an apartment just he and his son. We decorated every room except my clients bedroom. He just didn’t feel that we could add much to this space, and he didn’t feel it was important. Of course I disagreed. After...

Before and After – Surry Hills project

I never did get to share with you the before and after shots for my seventh case study instalment last year. This was the 2 bed Surry Hills home where we renovated every inch. Here are the images before and after for the kitchen and bathroom renovation. As you can see...

Feature article – Terrys Blinds

Recently I was asked by Terrys Blinds a UK based window coverings company if I would like to be featured on the Designer Insights page of their website. This is an area where they feature individuals in the interior design industry with a focus on trends. Of course I...

Merry Christmas…

Another year has passed by and most of us are busy trying to get organised for the festive season. I hope that an element of this includes decorating your home to create that festive cheer. After 8 years living in Australia but originally being from the UK and...

Case Study 7 – Modern Elegance

 This is the seventh instalment this year of my case study series where I write about recently finished projects each with a different focus, brief, and style. This project was a complete home renovation. It’s a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom property that has an open kitchen,...

Case Study 6 – Victorian Terrace

This is the sixth instalment this year of my case study series where I write about recently finished projects each with a different focus, brief, and style. This project is a complete home renovation with a view to selling the property once completed. It’s a 2...

Bathroom inspiration – how to create warmth in your bathroom

I currently seem to have a number of bathroom designs underway so have been spending a lot of time online collecting inspiration pictures for my clients to help us with the design process. I thought I would share with you some of these styles and also some tips on how...

Case Study 5 – Terrace home – Glebe

This is the fifth instalment this year of my case study series where I write about recently finished projects each with a different focus, brief, and style. This project was a complete home renovation. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property with a playroom, lounge and...

Fearless with colour – how to choose

When choosing the colour palette for your room you need to go with what you absolutely love, after all you will be living with it every day for the next 5 years. Paint colour can be the most daunting choice. This is mainly due to the vast array of colours, even when...

Lounge room makeover – Finished room

Hi everyone, over the past 2 posts I’ve been writing about my own home focussing on the refresh that I’ve been giving to my open plan lounge and dining room. It was in serious need of some calm, and balance. I’m really happy to say that the room is completed now and I...

Lounge room makeover – Part 2

Hi all. As you may remember from my last post I was in the middle of designing my lounge room to give it a fresh look. I wasn’t looking to change all of the furniture necessarily as my sofa’s are in good shape and I love my coffee table and tripod light. However I was...

Lounge room makeover

Hi all, Spring is in the air and I have had some time to think about my own home over the past month. It’s funny how the promise of warmer months and sunshine can make you look at your home in a new light. I feel like it’s time for an interior update, especially in my...

Creativity with colour

I think it’s important to try and inject some creativity into any of my projects by using colour. I tend to find that a lot of my clients initially are afraid of colour in their homes, sticking with the various shades of white, cream, and beige. This is fine, as long...

All rugged up

Many interiors designers use rugs as a main element of their design. You may have noticed in many of my finished projects there is always a rug and often it is the centre piece of the design. A fantastic rug can make or break a space and so it’s so important to get...

Accent furniture

Last week I talked about how to finish a room with those smaller decorative items such as vases, artwork, throws and cushions, candles and plants. However I thought it was important to talk about accent furniture in your space. An accent piece is a smaller piece of...

Adding the finishing touches

I’ve written a lot in the past about the interior design process, with focus mainly on planning or space, colour, wallpaper, furniture, accent lighting, artwork and soft furnishings however these pieces alone aren’t enough to deliver you a finished room. You may find...

What’s inspiring you right now?

I’m working on a lovely project for a young couple in Sydney. It’s more of a cosmetic renovation however the whole place is just back to the bare brick at the moment. When faced with a grey box I take my inspiration from online sites like Houzz and Pinterest to share...

Mix or Match?

I always enjoy working with couples who have very different styles. The challenge here is to try and merge the two into a balanced interior that visually threads together well. Often I’m merging masculine style – the industrial or super clean lined contemporary look...

Space planning for your home

Much of what I do as an interior designer is around space planning. When I first begin a project I talk to my client about the function of a room, how do you see yourself living in the space? What is the most important thing to you for this space to provide in terms...

Proudly Australian made…

I recently attended Furnishings in focus 2013, hosted by Warwick Fabrics one of the largest Australian fabric suppliers to both trade and retail customers. The focus of the show is to bring together over 100 Australian furniture manufacturers who proudly make and...

A world of wallpaper

Wallpaper has been a feature in many homes the world over for near on 200 years. As with many trends wallpaper has gone in and out of favour, and each time it’s revival brings with it wonderful new designs and advanced levels of technology to create truly unique...

Light up your life!

Lighting in many peoples’ homes gets overlooked especially if you are living in a modern apartment or home that is already kitted out with down-lights in every room possible. When I’m planning a design lighting is at the forefront of my mind. From the natural light...

Ikea for your home

Today’s post is short and sweet. I just wanted to share a link that Ikea posted in their May newsletter where they feature members homes when Ikea pieces have been used to complete a space. My home office was featured this month as almost all of the furniture and...

Case Study Series – Rental Apartment

This is my forth instalment of my case study series where I write about recently finished projects each with a different focus, brief, and style. This is a project I finished just recently for a client moving into a rental property who was starting over and had...

Pattern your home beautiful

I often walk into rooms that are so neutral in terms of colour, pattern and texture that they seem lifeless and uninteresting. People are afraid to add pattern to their interiors, it can feel daunting when making decisions about what works where and what patterns work...

Bring wellness, happiness, and wealth to your life through your home

Feng Shui in Chinese science is underpinned by chi energy, basically energy currents in the atmosphere around us. Much like the way we connect wirelessly to our devices chi energy exists in the same way. It is believed that chi energy can impact positively or...

Designing through mood boards

I often get called to work on new projects because my clients don’t have the confidence to pull materials, furniture, colours and fabrics together into an design concept that works for them and their rooms. I’ve talked in the past about the process I use when...

Book Review – rethink the way you live

By Amanda Talbot I’ve been completely consumed and inspired by a book that was recently bought for me. The reason for this is that as a designer Amanda’s (the author) philosophy really challenged me and my processes when creating homes for my clients. A lot of the...

Decoration + Design Trade Fair

I visited the D+D trade fair earlier this month and it was a fair full of great inspiration and unique suppliers. The theme this year seemed to be around plenty of natural materials and textures, and lots of blues and greens not just in the soft furnishings but also...

Space is a powerful thing when it’s done right…

The space within which you live, and how that space is designed both from a functional and aesthetic perspective has a massive impact on our emotional state and wellbeing. “Design is really powerful, and we all have that emotional nerve in there that is hit when...

Case Study Series – Mid-century modern design

My most recent project to be completed with photographs is for a home in Erskineville, this is a project that I completed towards the end of 2012. The clients own a gorgeous period home with some original features such as high ceilings, fireplaces, skirtings and...

My 5 favourite furniture pieces for your living room

Hi Guys, I hope you’ve been enjoying my case study series posts, all of these are finished projects by SmartSpace Interiors. I’ll have another one for you in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you some of my favourite pieces that I...

Coco Republic – new collections

After spending some time at the flagship showroom in Alexandria I couldn’t resist telling you all about some of the fabulous new designers and pieces Coco Republic are importing, as well as their own local range (Coco Republic Essentials) made here in Australia....

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Case Study 2 – Contemporary home

Hi Guys, I had some really great feedback from the case study series last week that I decided to post the next instalment a little early. The case study for this week is a contemporary home based on the lower north shore in Sydney. I finished this project just before...

Case Study – Sydney Townhouse

This year I’m going to write a series of case studies outlining projects that I have completed as they happen. In this series I want to give you an insight into each project, the brief, issues that had to be overcome and show you the finished result with before and...

Marimekko opens in Sydney

Happy new year everyone. I hope you enjoyed a festive holiday. Whilst spending time relaxing over the past few weeks I got a chance to visit the new Marimekko store here in Sydney. Most of you have at least heard of this fabulous Finnish company who is so well known...

Christmas wishes

Hi Everyone, This is a final note of the year to wish you all a merry Christmas. I’m taking a break over Christmas to refuel the inspiration so that I can bring you more beautiful ideas in 2013. In the meantime I hope your homes are full of festive cheer and fun over...

A festive home

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about decorating our homes with festive colours, trees, holly, mistletoe, the list goes on. This may be your first Christmas in your own home, or you may be adding to your decorations from last year as your old ones...

Monochromatic interiors

I just love to use a monochromatic interior design in any home. Monochromatic meaning : “For an image, the term monochrome is usually taken to mean the same as black and white or, more likely, grayscale,” (taken from Wikipedia) When using black, white and grey in this...

Common interior design mistakes

When it comes to designing a room in your home simple mistakes can have a big impact on the overall effect. Without careful planning, research and decision making it can be easy to make mistakes when putting a room together. Here are what I believe are the major...

Lorikeet – original designs creating impact

When searching for a partner that I could rely on to assist me with creating original designs for my clients’, I was lucky enough to find Jan Sharp and her business Creative Soft Furnishings. Jan’s services include reupholstering, loose covers, cushions and curtains...

Ever painted a room a colour that looked totally different once on your walls?

Have you ever painted a wall thinking it was going to be white and when light hit it in the morning it looked more yellow? Depending on which way your room faces light will always change the colour appearance of the paint on your walls. Think of colour as having a...

Pastel Perfection

For those of you that can’t live with these bright tones there’s still something to be said about the softer shades of pastels. Set against whites and natural tones and shades these colours really do come into their own. Pastel pinks and blues shouldn’t be limited to...

What do you display on your walls?

Having been an art student many years ago I’ve always had a keen interest in fine art, the great masters and reflecting my favourite pieces in my home. But what we display on our walls has come such a long way over time. It’s no longer just about hanging a...

5 blogs that inspire me…

Hi guys. Whilst I’m always out and about gaining inspiration along the way from some of my favourite supplier showrooms and seeing inside some fabulous homes I take a lot of my inspiration from websites as most of us do. So I thought I would share with you my top 5...

Floor planning for small spaces

When your living in a home where space is at a premium floor planning and furniture placements is the most single important aspect to get right. If you get this wrong you will never be happy with the way your room flows and it may even feel clumsy or complete...

The humble stool

I’m not quite sure what it is about this humble piece of furniture but I know for sure that I’m addicted to looking for the perfect pieces for my home. You can’t deny that in almost every home interior magazine or online blog there are at least two or three stools...

Keeping with the spring theme…

I’m so inspired at the moment by homes that are simple and understated in the way they have been designed and decorated. I’ve always been someone who needed lots of colour and pattern around me, but this spring I’m coming to realise that my outlook is changing. I’ve...

Sneak peek – Architect’s own home tour

I was lucky enough to meet architect, Tony Camilleri, of Aesthetics Architecture at a recent networking event. During our conversation , I learnt that we share the same philosophy: the environment we live in  hugely impacts our mental and physical wellbeing. So when I...

Spring is in the air

I think you will all agree that spring is in the air, and those dark winter mornings are well and truly behind us. This is a time of year when we tend to focus on our homes a little more. Perhaps spending a weekend having a spring clean, or clearing out the decks...

Gorgeous Grey

I’ve always been a girl who is drawn to warmth, I suppose moving from the UK to Sydney, Australia is testament to this. The same could be said about the colours I surround myself with. From the fiery reds in my open plan living, dining, and kitchen area, through to...

My Home Office

Ikea trestle desk making the most of the views from my loft window tucked into this small quiet nook.Setting up a space to work in your home can be a challenge. From finding a space to fit in a reasonable working area, to creating something that’s functional but...

Fabulous rooms

This week I wanted to post something a little different and let the images do all the talking. Here is a collection of my favourite rooms for inspiration right now. Feel free to email me with images of your favourite spaces and I will include them in my next post....

Wallpaper inspiration

Inspiration through wallpaper I have been spending a lot of time recently sourcing wallpaper for my clients. The wallpaper trend is certainly back in vogue and there are so many options on the market today I wanted to dedicate a blog post to giving you all some hints...

Design for your home

When embarking on a full redecoration project there are some things that need to be considered along the way to ensure you make the most out of your space and your budget. Whether you are working with an interior decorator or going it alone, the below checklist makes...

Art Inspiration

There’s no better way to personalise your space than by using decorative artworks by your favourite artists, or a favourite print/canvas that caught your eye. Artwork that you choose to display in your home can say a lot about you, however it can also add a lot of...

Decorating ideas

I often get asked the question “What’s more important in a design, the large furniture items or the smaller details such as the fabric used in cushions, or decorative items selected?” This isn’t a hard question to answer, think about how easy it is to change the look...

Fact versus fiction

I have come to realise when working with my clients how important it is to be very realistic about what your budget can and cannot deliver right at the beginning of your project.  We all have a wish list for our home interiors, work we want to get done, items of...

The ultimate book of decorating

There are so many interior design and decorating books on the market today, it’s hard to know which ones to choose, and more importantly which you will get the most benefit from. So I thought I would let you all know about a book that I refer to constantly for...

Mid-century fever

Hi all, nice to be writing again today. It’s been a hectic week last week with clients but one of my projects got me thinking about how crazy we have all gone for that mid-century look. The fifties, sixties and seventies have certainly been inspiring interiors in a...

Photo Gallery

Ever wanted to create that look that we see on the pages of so many home interior magazines, where someone has artfully arranged a collection of photo’s into a sort of gallery on a living room wall? You may have already tried and perhaps it didn’t turn out as well as...

The psychology of colour

I think we all know that colour can have a profound effect on our mood, from the colours that we wear, to the colours that we see in our indoor and outdoor environments. For thousands of years colour therapy has been used to help rebalance energy and promote the...

The cool home office

You don’t have to dedicate a whole room to a home office, of course if you have the space then absolutely go for it. However many of us can’t give up that spare bedroom, or perhaps we live in a one bedroom apartment and so we need to think creatively about how we can...

Stairway to heaven

It seems that the structure of a stairs is hot topic when it comes to design at the moment. Not simply the structure that is designed to bridge a large vertical distance making a pathway for us from one level to another in a home. I’m referring to using a structure...

THE HOME MINT – Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake and interior design friend Estee Stanley launched a new interior design business based out of the Santa Monica in the US in May 2012. It seems that Justin is quite the entrepreneur when it comes to business. He already has interests in many diverse...

Introducing Pattern

I talked about customising your own interior design in a previous post. In that post I used fabric examples with strong pattern (https://www.anoushkaallum.com.au//2012/04/15/customise-your-own-interior-design/).  I understand that it can be daunting when trying to...

Small Space Living

For reasons such as premium property prices, location and amenities or general upkeep, many of us these days are living in homes that are smaller than we would like. Smaller spaces are generally seen in negative terms. No doubt it is harder to accommodate the...

When does a house become a home?

Gaston Bachelard a French philosopher once said, “If I were asked to name a chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace“ Home is so much more than a physical...

The Colour Purple

For some time now purple has been out of vogue in home interiors. Deep purple, violets, lavenders and plums aren’t the most obvious colours to work with when trying to pair with other accents. However used in the right way purple can add a depth to a design that no...

Design in the sky

Whilst flying to the UK over the Easter weekend, I started to contemplate aeroplane interiors  - after a couple of hours there was nothing better to do!. Think about it, generally passenger planes have the same standard of creativity as Sydney buses when it comes to...

Customise your own interior design

For most people choosing fabric for a room is a secondary consideration. By the time we get to the fabric we’ve normally chosen our colour palette, we’ve selected our furnishings, and we’ve probably even decided on floor coverings and window treatments. So at this...

Time for Chocolate

I can hardly believe it’s that time of year again. Easter is nearly upon us and it’s a good time to get your friends and family together for an easter lunch or a beautiful dinner.  Rather than talking about what’s on the menu and how much chocolate we shouldn’t be...

Red Obsession

Famous columnist and editor for Harper’s Bazaar, Diana Vreeland, once said “all my life I’ve pursued the perfect red”. This is a woman who was envied for her personal style and well known for her love of the colour red. In 1955 Diana commissioned interior designer...

A word on Pinterest

Pinterest has changed my life in terms of the way I store ideas, images and inspiration. Instead of constantly saving what I find online, and painstakingly printing things and popping them into my scrap book, it’s now one quick and easy step to add any image to one of...

Deep Purple

I was visiting a friend's new home recently that has been designed with shades of grey and blue in mind, a very up to date colour palette of course so you can’t go wrong. The space looked beautiful, felt calming and surprised me with wonderful use of deep blue velvets...

One month old

Although it's been in development for a while, my website is now a month old, I find it hard not to tinker with it on a daily basis. As a designer, I'm always looking for cool and inspirational things to include and share.  So I started this blog - Dream in Colour, to...

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Dulux Colour Forecast – 2021

It's that time of year again where Dulux have released their forecast for the coming year. This year they have gone with 3 palettes in total that evoke feelings of familiarity and comfort. Not really a surprise given what 2020 has thrown at us all. They have called...

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Decorating with plants

I know I’ve talked about this before but now more than ever we need to bring some calm and tranquillity into our homes. A very good friend of mine messaged me the other day saying I had inspired her to bring more plants into her home, there’s no greater complement...

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SPOTLIGHT – ARTIST HAYLEY WILLS

  Some of you may have spotted in my own home photo’s the vibrant and colourful artwork above my kitchen banquette seating. And if you’re following me on Instagram you’ll have seen me mentioning the artist behind those beautiful pieces – Hayley Wills. When I...

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KITCHEN DESIGN KNOW HOW

Hi Guys! Ok so last time we talked about bathroom design, I’d just finished that lovely little bathroom for my Naremburn clients. This week I wanted to focus on kitchens. Kitchen design is a different process and I work this in collaboration with my joinery supplier...

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Recent bathroom design and renovation

Through these last few months, I’ve still had plenty of projects moving forward in terms of the renovation and construction aspect. This bathroom at a client’s home on the lower northshore was no exception. If you haven’t been following my stories on social here’s a...

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Choosing the right neutral tones for your interior

Every good design starts with a base of materials and colours. I think about this right from the beginning, at moodboard stage. I think abut things like how contrasting we want the materials to be, less contrast creates a calm balance, more will bring energy and...

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT BUILDER FOR YOU

I’m finding in these more challenging times, the quoting process for a build a lot more fraught with emotion and potential pitfalls. To be honest it’s never easy deciding which builder to use on your home build or renovation. It’s a big amount of money to spend with a...

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How will Covid-19 impact the way we design our homes?

I’ve been thinking a lot these past few weeks about how living differently with covid-19 is becoming the new norm. People are talking about whether we will actually go back to working, living, communicating and interacting in the same way once this is all over. I...

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My new e-Designer service        

Hi all, so I mentioned last week that I had launched a new service called e-Designer. This launch is two-fold for me, one – so I am able to reach a larger geographical area and service those clients that I just can’t get to see each and every meeting, and two – to...

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