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House of the Week # 5

A hundred year old home in Oregon USA that was given an amazing renovation to make it fresh and contemporary for a young family.  Jessica Helgerson was the interior designer and this renovation won the 2011 Pacific Northwest Design Award for Best Residential Project...

Living with White

White houses are so beautiful. I have totally fallen in love with them.  This may not seem that odd, but as a designer who specialises in colour and whom shares a home with a husband, 3 boys and & big brown dog, white was not really on the agenda.   In saying that my...

A family home & stylish homewares

 A family home on the NSW Central Coast that is simplified, unpretentious and gives a nod to classic beach side design.This home is a fabulous example of a stylish livable space. The owners of this home are Sammy & Roy who undertook a large cosmetic renovation and the...

Painted Floors

Painted floors is a new DIY trend that's emerging these days.   Wooden floors are no longer limited to stains and limewashing. Many of you have in the past 15 years ripped up carpet in an older home to reveal floorboards which were then given a clear varnish. If your...

House Envy – Emerson Farmhouse

  Emerson is a designer of the most amazing simple & stylish fashion, gorgeous accessories and sells them online. One of my favourite sites is Emersonmade. Her husband Ryan is a photographer and they quite simply lead a charmed life.They moved from NY to this...

Stylish bunk beds for kids

Bunk beds have really evolved in the past 10 years. You are not just limited to tubular white or stained wood.  It seems as though imagination is the limit when it comes to designing and installing these in your kids bedroom. Bunks are a fabulous solution in holiday...

A fabulous hallway with serious storage

Hallways are always great to have in a house. This is a fantastic hallway.  Just look at all those draws, every person in the family could have their on row of draws to keep all their bits & pieces in. You could use those draws for anything really. This is a great...

Hamptons Style House, Nantucket Island.

Hamptons style decorating has gained quite a following.  I adore it because it transcends to fit an Australian home, here in Sydney where the weather is hot in summer and pretty mild in winter.  You can take elements from this interior style and put into your home...

The stylish Bahamas home of India Hicks

We all have dreamed of owning a  beautiful island house that will serve as an escape from the busy life in the city or the chaos of our daily lives.  But the good thing is that we can always look for style inspiration and pick up a thing or two. Put this on your list...

Boys room in shades of green

Boys rooms are quite challenging to style. Often people find it hard to think outside the big blue box when it comes to creating a colour scheme for a boys room.  I myself have 3 boys and found this a great challenge when preparing not only their nursery's but also...

HOUSE ENVY – SYDNEY COASTAL CHARM

 Home Beautiful featured a gorgeous home in Sydney's Northern beaches just recently.  I love the neutral palette & softness of this home. These dining chairs are from Coco Republic and the fab kitchen lighting from Magins Now who wouldn't love to curl up in this soft...

Guest Bedroom

Often our guest bedrooms are a dumping ground of old unwanted furniture and bits and pieces.  I think that a guest room should be created as a lovely inspiring space that you yourself would be happy to sleep in. Fresh white sheets are a must as well as having white...

THE GREAT AUSSIE SUMMER HOLIDAY HOME

Aussie winter is nearing and I can't help but share an inspiring and colourful revamp of the classic Aussie "van". This holiday home was featured in House & Garden 2010. As we head into the middle of winter, here is some serious summer eye candy. This family's South...

House of the Week #1

A stunning home featured in Home Beautiful March 2010 caught my attention.  One of the elements I love most about this home is that the owners have successfully merged a contemporary space into a federation house, the use of texture and the balance of modern pieces...

Warm Modern Kitchens

Kitchens that come in fresh white or neutral have always been a favorite but  lately I have spied some fabulous modern kitchens with an warm look to them. This kitchen  by Kenneth Brown is super stylish and creates but lately I have spied some fabulous modern kitchens...

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