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Weatherboard Cottage With A Modern Twist

This stunning home that I recently worked on is featured in the April 2014 issue of Home Beautiful {pg 183}.  The article was all about exteriors and I provided some expert tips on using colour and materials on your home. They loved this home, but what you don't get...

7 Homes That Prove Dark Windows Are Both Classic And Contemporary

Dark windows are popping up everywhere and they look fabulous. I thought I would give you some inspiration to show you how classic and contemporary black windows are. I am delighted to see so many dark window frames in all styles of homes at the moment.  I had all my...

Colour Trend – Dusty Pink

Pink is a beautiful colour but generally speaking its on the bottom of my colour list.  Living with 3 boys its easy to completely avoid pink. But now I am loving the dusty pink thats has filtered into lots of homewares. Its a soft earthy pink, the colour of ballet...

White Out – Raffles Hotel Singapore

Singapore was a beauty when I visited last year. Fabulous city, great food and amazing architecture. A beautiful mix of colonial and ultra modern buildings. I was truly, madly, deeply in love with the Raffles Hotel.  The white, the dark wood and tropical colonial...

Black Beauty – Black Kitchens Are Timeless And Here To Stay

Black kitchens are adorable and quite trendy these days. In the kitchen world, white reigns supreme but how can you not love the depth and beauty of black. Black is classic and won't date if it is done with the right sense of style and good dash of white on the walls...

Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA Homes Exterior

Gwyneth Paltrow's stylish LA house is a delight to look at. Now this my friends is a house...... It is utterly full to the brim of fabulous spaces so I will cover it in 3 posts, firstly the exterior, the kitchen and then other rooms. I am imagining this is my home and...

Australian Coastal Style Home Using Crisp White And Deep Blues

Balmoral Beach, Sydney is home to a house which is a  perfect example of clean and contemporary beach place.  The views are simply amazing and the designers Arent & Pyke have used deep inky blue throughout the house that creates an undeniable sophistication.   Cant...

House Envy – Federation Style Home’s Modern Renovation

This stunning white Federation home in Auckland NZ has recently undergone a modern renovation and oh my...its fabulous. This home is featured in the latest issue of Trends Renovation. New Zealanders have their exterior colours worked out.  They have a different light...

You Can Live In Your Own Hamptons Style Guest House

Wouldn't you agree that there are times you wish you are somewhere enjoying summer? One place I know that could be on you list is probably a Hamptons guest house.  With its vibrant ambiance, cool feel and happy vibes you might want to have some in your own home.    ...

Dreamy office spaces to inspire you

My office is in my home and its a great space but nothing like these beauties. Although these are designed more for people to share the key design concepts are great for a home office. I adore these simple & stylish work spaces and for me I am in love with all that...

House Envy – Jackie O’s Country Retreat

 This is is my dream country retreat house, the stunning home of radio host Jackie O located in Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands of NSW. I'm always delighted to see country houses with good decors and styling simply because its very relaxing to the eyes and...

Tips for a successful exterior colour scheme

Here are my top tips for creating a successful exterior colour scheme. These are some of my foundation rules when it comes to exteriors {but remember in design, you can always break rules which I do with these from time to time} Tip#1 Limit the number of main colours...

Colours for your home exteriors

Colors to choose for your exterior can either make or break your home's visual appeal . I believe that choosing the right color for the exterior of your home is the most challenging paint job EVER!! That's why doing exterior consults are my all time favorite. It is...

An amazing butlers pantry

A beautiful kitchen that I really liked is featured in the latest online issue of Trends Magazine. {this magazine has a special place in my heart as I worked there for many years}. This kitchen has generous proportions and the architect Stephen Akehurst has taken a...

House of the Week # 6

Greg Natale is one of my favourite designers who creates elegant, bold and glamorous interiors.  Greg is a Sydney based interior designer and has a Hollywood Regency sort of style (or call it new regency). The Iife house is absolutely stunning Sydney townhouse. I...

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