terracotta colours in the home

I am loving earthy colours at the moment from blush to terracotta so I thought I would share my favourite accessories for the home in these beautiful warm colours.

terracotta colours in the home

  1.  https://www.templeandwebster.com.au/Papyrus-Power-Loomed-Transitional-Rug-861-PAP-NETW8478.html
  2. https://www.templeandwebster.com.au/Pom-Pom-Knitted-Cotton-Throw-KAHKTPR-TMPL1430.html
  3. Timber stool, Available from Jemden Interiors
  4. Print in earthy colours, 113 x 69cm $295, Available from Jemden Interiors
  5. Fabric from Warwick Fabrics: Essence- Orchid https://www.warwick.com.au/search?q=ESSENCE+ORCHID
  6. Blush Cushion, Available for Jemden Interiors
  7. Beautiful embellished cushion in blush, Available from Jemden Interiors,
  8. Blush & Grey Patterned Lamp with a white shade, Available from Jemden Interiors

I hope you are inspired to decorate your home in these beautiful warm colours that are so easy to live with.

Andrea xx

Furniture with storage

What will Australian homes be like in 2021?

Last year was a tough year for a lot of people and self isolation made people spend more time at home than ever before. I’m a home body so I did this quite easily and it actually gave me some time to spend with my family and do some of those things around my home that I have been wanting to get done for ages. I painted my bedside tables, organised my pantry and many other areas so Marie Kondo would be proud. I even created an art gallery wall that I previously never had time to finish. See my gallery wall below – (I still want to add more art to it)

Art Gallery Wall

Art Gallery Wall

All this time at home has made our homes even more important to us because our homes represent who we are and how we feel so if we are not happy with our home then this can effect us negatively. I believe everyone deserves a home they love so my New Years resolution is to provide more tips and design ideas on my blog and social media so people can be inspired and create homes they love. Australians have a particular style so I thought I would start 2021 by sharing my ideas on how we will be decorating our homes this year.

2021 Australia homes

Australians love a relaxed home

I think Australians love homes that are welcoming with a relaxed vibe that suits our casual lifestyles. For example we don’t want a high gloss coffee table that we are worried our kids will ruin, instead we want to be able to put our feet on the coffee table and relax in our own home. That’s why I love to choose coffee tables made from recycled timbers like in the photo above that is a bit rustic. In 2021 I think we will continue to decorate our homes so they are comfortable to live in.

Furniture with storage

Furniture with storage

Beautiful & Practical Storage for our homes:

Our homes should be beautiful but also practical so this means they should suit the way we live and be a pleasure to live in. I believe storage is very important in any home so that items can be easily put away and accessible when we want to use them.  I like to choose furniture that has lots of storage like drawers or wicker baskets. In the lounge room on the left I chose a beautiful large wicker coffee table because it has loads of storage inside and it also looks great. The entrance in the right photo has a console with three drawers where things like keys, the garage door remote and all those little items we need near the front door can be put away easily. I also added a wicker chest underneath so the kids shoes can be stored in here to keep the entrance tidy.

Traditional Style Rug

Traditional Style Rug

Traditional Style Rugs

In 2021 I will be embracing traditional style rugs that are very practical because you can’t see all the day to day use on them because the patterns hides so much. I think traditional style rugs are an investment in a timeless piece that can be loved for many years. I think they look cosy and when mixed with modern furniture they create a home that looks collected over time.

Hamptons wallpaper

Architectural Detail on walls and ceilings:

Plaster walls can look a little boring so adding trim on your walls to create wainscoting is an easy way to add character to your home. I also like to add timber panelling to walls and ceilings because even if it’s painted white it still gives texture and interest to the room. Easycraft is a popular choice for timber panelling. I also love adding beams to ceilings for a cosy look or a coffered ceiling can give a home a sense of luxury.

I am looking forward to helping lots of clients this year create their dream homes and I hope you are inspired to create yours.

Andrea xx

 

 

 

Apartment living is becoming more and more popular in the suburbs of Melbourne and I see more apartments being built in areas close to me like Eltham and Doncaster. A lot of my clients who are moving into apartments are downsizing because their children have left home and the low maintenance of an apartment and the closeness to the main shops is beneficial to them. These clients usually want to start fresh with mostly all new furniture. This makes sense considering they have usually had their furniture for quite a long time and because an apartment is usually smaller than their previous home they don’t need a lot of things to fill it up. I thought it would be a good idea for me to share my tips for decorating an apartment and getting the most out of your space.

Storage
Storage is really important when your space is limited so when you are choosing furniture make sure it has storage so you can use every space possible in your apartment. Beds can have drawers underneath for extra storage space in your bedroom and coffee tables with drawers and shelves are great for family rooms. Ottomans that open up are also great for extra storage and they can also be used for extra seating when you entertain.

storage solutions

Use a buffet for under a television 
I don’t like the look of tv units that are really low because I think they look out of proportion so I usually choose a nice buffet instead for a piece of furniture under the tv. This also gives you more storage and I think the tv is better to watch at this level. If you require a Foxtel box etc this can be stored in the buffet and a hole can be drilled in the back of the cupboard for the wires to reach the power. (Buffets are usually 80-90cm high)

 

Tip: Extension Tables
Extension tables are perfect for apartments because on a daily basis they can be kept small and made larger when you want to entertain.

 

Choose furniture that can be converted into something else:
Furniture that can be changed so that it has a different function is ideal for apartments.  Sofa beds are a great idea so you have the flexibility for guests to stay over with out a spare room.

Built in storage:
Creating built in storage in your home that is specifically made for you and how you live is the ultimate in a small apartment because you can take advantage of every bit of space. In this home office we designed the cabinetry to have lots of drawers and shelves.

 

 

Art: Use your vertical space to hang art that you love.
In a smaller space you don’t have many walls to hang art so don’t be afraid to hang art that takes up the whole wall because this gives it more impact in your room. See examples below

Mirrors: Use mirrors to make the space appear bigger
I like to use really large mirrors in rooms that are small because they help reflect the room and make it look larger. In this lounge room below I chose this very large mirror above the couch and it’s perfect to reflect the outside view and make the room look larger.

The photo below shows an arched mirror that I used in an open plan kitchen – dining – family room in my Essendon project. I love using these mirrors because they look like another window and they definitely open up the space and make it feel bigger.

 

Essendon project

 

Rugs – Use rugs to define each space
Many apartments have open plan living like this kitchen – dining – family room below: Adding a rug to the living area is a great way to define the space into sections.
Essendon Family room
I hope you are inspired to create a beautiful home you will love. Andrea xxx

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If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace with a mantel then here are my tips on how to style it.

Tip 1. Lean photos or prints against the wall for a relaxed vibe.
I have photos of my family that I have framed in different sizes leaning on my mantel.  It is very important that each frame be a different size to the frame next to it, otherwise it doesn’t look right.  Angles should be created from the top corner of each frame to the next one as shown in the example below. I love to change my photos to black & white for a timeless look and I generally choose simple frames that are either black, white or a light timber. When choosing a frame make sure it has a mat board because this makes the photos look so much better and they also make the overall frame larger than the original photo.

 

 

Tip 2. Start with art or photos and then layer other objects in front.
All objects should be a different height to the objects beside them and the frames at the back of them. I love adding candle holders that are tall and skinny, small decorative boxes and flowers. On my mantel I also have a large antique clock in the middle and then I have layered items around it.

 

Tip 3. Add some flowers or foliage.
Foliage in a large vase can create a focal point for your mantel and then you can style around it. In the below photo I added some colourful hydrangeas in purple and green that help to add some colour and texture to the mantel.

 

 

 

Tip 4. Add a mirror
Mirrors are perfect for above a mantel because they are large and they help reflect light around the room. This beautiful mirror below became a focal point in this family room and I love the elegant detail it has. I kept the rest of the styling very simple because it’s all about the mirror.

 

 

Tip 5. Add large objects to create the wow factor.
If you have a high ceiling in the area then it is really beautiful to add large prints and objects to create impact. Here I chose some large black & white prints in simple black frames and a large vase of eucalyptus foliage.

 

Home Renovations

 

I hope you are inspired to style your mantel and create a home you love, Andrea xxx

 

Essendon home renovation

If you would like to start 2019 with an update in your home, weather it is a small change or a whole room design then I hope you can get inspired by my 5 Top Interior Design Tips.

 

Design Tip 1 – Change your Feature Lights

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Lighting can make a huge difference to your home so changing this is a great way to create a fresh new look. Most homes now have down lights in most of the home so if you have any feature lights above your kitchen bench or in a lounge room or entrance then changing these can instantly update your home.  In this home renovation we added a Hampton style long carriage light above the table and some gorgeous beaded chandeliers above the island bench.

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I love these timber beaded chandeliers because they add warmth and they create a more casual look. Most of my clients want to create a home that is elegant but more casual than the homes we used to live in so these lights are perfect.

Design Tip 2 – Add Wicker to your home

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Adding wicker is another way to give  your home a more casual look that suits our modern life style. I absolutely love wicker accessories like this side table and tray because it also adds texture to the room and looks welcoming.  Wicker is also timeless so it won’t date quickly as its a natural material so I think it will always look good.

Design Tip 3 – Add Wainscotting to an entrance or room

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Add wainscotting or trim to a room is a very cost effective way to add architectural detail and this is why I love it so much. We added  it in our lounge room and it is my favourite thing in the room because for the cost it makes the biggest difference. Don’t be afraid because it’s also very easy to do. You need some skirting board (upside down) for the top part and trim to make the boxes and it can be glued and nailed onto your plaster. I like to paint the wainscotting part white and then have contrast with the wall colour because its the most effective.

Design Tip 4 – Add Furniture with storage

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I want my homes to be an absolute pleasure to live in for my clients so for busy families that means lots of storage. In the entrance I think it is very important to have somewhere to put your keys, shoes, hats and all those other bits a pieces that seem to hang around and make homes untidy. In this entrance we chose a beautiful rustic console with 3 drawers and a large wicker trunk so this family can keep their home tidy.

Design Tip 5 – Add ottomans

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I love ottomans!!! They really are one of my favourite things because they are a great way to add more seating to your room for when you need it and I think they help fill out the space near a coffee table.  In nearly every design I do I have 2 ottomans near the coffee table like in the photo above and below.

 

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I really hope you are inspired to create a home you absolutely love living in because you deserve it. I would love to know if you do get inspired and if so what you do in your home.

A lot of the furniture and accessories are available on our online shop so check it out if you want anything for your home..

I hope you have an awesome 2019 xx Andrea