Welcome to The Year of The Goat

Year of the goat

Goat, Ram, Sheep, Ewe, I think it just depends on where you live and what connotations go with those animals. Goat? Maybe not too many people like to be called a goat, unless their acting it.

Year of the ram

So 2015 is the Year of the Ram in Chinese zodiac. Sheep are seen as auspicious animals so this year heralds a year of prosperity and promise. Yay! Goats are described as peace loving and kind  animals and couldn’t the world do with a large, healthy dose of that at the moment? Here’s hoping.

Timber Goat's Head

So how will you bring a bit of goat or ram into your home decor to give a nod to the Lunar New Year? You could invest in this wooden goat’s head for your wall. Although I’m not so sure about the colour.

The Goring

What about taking a cue from The Goring in London and putting a sheep in every bedroom? Or perhaps you’re saving up (or already own) a Lalanne Sheep just like Coco Chanel, Valentino and Marc Jacobs.

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Whatever you do, Kung Hei Fat Choi, and bring on a year of peace and prosperity.

 

Today….

this blog is 5 years old! I can’t believe I’ve been tapping away with posts to educate and enlighten my readers for 5 years.

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I look back at the very first post and doubt I knew what I was getting myself into. I’ve always enjoyed writing but never for once thought I’d be still at it five years on.

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Fun Lovin’ Free Spirit Caesarstone

And the wonderful people I’ve met along the way. Fellow bloggers, new clients, suppliers and friends and family who for some reason continue to read my posts. That in itself is amazing when I discovered there are over 240 million blogs online these days.

So thank you for choosing me amongst all that information which is out there. I thought I’d leave you with my top 5 most popular posts.

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Federation Style

Which white is right

Choosing Paint

Clever Storage

Humbly yours.

Jennifer

 

DIY Projects

Woo Hoo, it’s a long weekend and another one next weekend. It’s the perfect time to undertake a few of those DIY projects you have been meaning to start.

Porter’s Paints have released a brand new product called Chalk Emulsion, which is ideal for painting furniture giving a chalky, soft finish. The product doesn’t need priming so can be applied directly to picture frames, shelving, flea market finds and furniture.

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Porter’s Paints Chalk Emulsion How To Video

Perhaps designing is more your thing. Digital Fabrics are looking for you, then. The company is running a competition for Australian residents which involves designing a print for fashion and interiors. There are some great prizes including $500 of credit for printing, 2 weeks paid internship and 5m of fabric printed with your design. If this sounds like something that would interest you, you can find out all the important information, here.

Just a small snapshot of the fabrics available from Digital Fabrics.

Just a small snapshot of the fabrics available from Digital Fabrics.

One of our favourite cushion suppliers has released a number of items for sale this weekend. It’s the perfect time to change up your cushions for some richer, darker shades for winter.

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Bandhini Cushions

And if you’re gathering the clan for an Easter meal, take some inspiration from our Easter Decorating Pinterest Board and create a festive air to your home and table.

Cute Easter Centrepiece

Cute Easter Centrepiece

Whatever you do this weekend, take some time to remember the reason for the season.

Happy Easter!

We are 10

That’s right, Inside Out Colour and Design is 10 years old this month. I can’t believe it. Sometimes I feel like I’m jut beginning and other times I feel like I’ve been helping homeowners create their beautiful homes forever.

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So how did Inside Out Colour and Design come about? Well, it started about 12 years ago when we returned to Australia after living for 6 years overseas. We were about to embark on our first joint home ownership. You see I had already owned 3 homes and my husband had an apartment before we married. Not long after our wedding we moved overseas and lived in provided or rented accommodation.

I had always loved putting my stamp on my houses and the homes we lived in overseas. It was so important to quickly make the house we were in feel like it was ours and we were comfortable. So when we returned to Australia I saw an advertisement for a five week course titled “Style At Home.” It was designed to assist the homeowner style and decorate their own home. I enrolled and absolutely loved it. At the end of the five weeks, we were offered a taste of the Diploma Course.

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With my daughter about to start pre-school two days a week and my desire to do some sort of work, but not go back to full time corporate stuff, I wondered if Interior Decorating could be my future. A year later, I had completed Certificate III in Colour and Design. I started working part time as a Design Consultant at Amber Tiles and started Inside Out Colour and Design providing design consultations to the tile clients. At the same time I continued my studies and graduated a year later with a Diploma in Interior Styling and a Diploma in Colour Consulting.

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It’s been so much fun over the last ten years, it has never seemed liked work. Inside Out Colour and Design has been my baby and I have built it from nothing. It’s taken alot of hard work and many hours of dreaming and scheming and slogging but I’ve loved every minute.

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I’ve had some fabulous clients with many of them becoming friends and now I’m helping many in their second homes. It’s been a pleasure to assist my clients create a real home, a home for the family and the pets to enjoy and one which oozes their own personality and style.

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So Happy 10th Birthday Inside Out Colour and Design!

What a difference a year makes

This time last year we were saying farewell to our builders and then making a mad dash for the supermarket to stock up on Christmas day lunch essentials.

Make shift Christmas tree amongst the boxes

Make shift Christmas tree amongst the boxes

Our Christmas 2012, the first one in our much anticipated renovated home, was not quite what I had envisioned with no time to put up a tree or to fully unpack.

Boxes as far as the eye could see

Boxes as far as the eye could see

The last twelve months has seen alot of painting

Painting

Painting

and gardening,

Making new gardens

Making new gardens

cooking

Had to feed the hungry workers

Had to feed the hungry workers

and installing.

Finished Plate Wall

Finished Plate Wall

And just when it looked like the end was in sight,

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Painting

there was more to do.

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Painting

The house has come along way in those twelve months and I’m pleased to say this year’s Christmas is a little more organised and a lot more relaxed.

View from the front door before we renovated

View from the front door before we renovated

I hope all the preparations at your place are going along smoothly and you will have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by friends, family and loved ones.

View from the front door after we renovated

View from the front door after we renovated

We are taking a month off and will be back at work on 20 January. You can check in on Facebook and Instagram to see what I’m up to in the meantime.

Our house when we bought it

Our house when we bought it

Thank you so much for joining me here throughout the year. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Our house today

Our house today

Time to Partay!

December is here and the entertaining has begun.

Due to our home renovations last year, we haven’t done much entertaining for over 12 months. But we are now at a stage where, for the most part, the house is finished and ready to receive visitors.

Cocktails coming up!

Cocktails coming up!

For a number of years, we have hosted a Cocktail Party with a group of friends we made 9 years ago when we first moved to Sydney. We met at playgroup when our children were little and as we all live in the area, have stayed friends. So Saturday evening was our Cocktail Party. A night out without the kids, who are all big enough to look after themselves these days.

Glasses all ready for the Cocktail Party

Glasses all ready for the Cocktail Party

With the front path being finished mid afternoon we were all set for a good night.

Newly finished front path

Newly finished front path (the pots were removed prior to the guests arriving)

This year our theme was James Bond with food and drinks to match. I bought a plastic toy gun at the $2 shop and a can of gold spray paint and turned it into the Golden Gun. A few playing cards, dice and a bottle of champagne in a bucket of ice helped set the scene.

James Bond theme decorations

James Bond theme decorations

Hors d'oeuvres

Hors d’oeuvres on the back deck

Everyone went all out and dressed accordingly too.

Shaken not stirred.

Shaken not stirred.

It was a fun night and nice to back on the entertaining circuit.

Mixing Cocktails

Mixing Cocktails

Dessert in the lounge room

Dessert in the lounge room

Something we both enjoy very much and makes the home renovations all worthwhile.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Also this week we finally had the builders, architects, cabinetmakers and other tradesmen back to thank them for helping us reach our goal.

Builders Drinks I was a bit excited too when I heard the other half talking to the cabinetmaker about more cabinetry.

Bucket of Booze It was a different type of party to our Cocktail Party but just as fun and enjoyable. It was so nice to actually spend time enjoying our friends and our house rather than racing around finishing off landscaping, painting and the myriad other things that need doing.

Builders Food Now I can think about Christmas lunch and what will be on the menu.

How are you spending the festive season?

If you would like assistance with renovating your home, contact us for a consultation.

Christmas Decor begins with Colour

Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we all get in a flutter over Christmas.

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Now I’ve always put the tree up religiously on the first of December and taken it down on the first of January. Except for last year of course. Didn’t even get around to putting up the tree after nine months of home renovations. So this year I decided to put it up a week early. We have a weekend of entertaining coming up this weekend and there will be no time to fuss around with the decorations. Besides the department stores put there’s up in September so why can’t I do mine on 24 November?

Each year we have a colour theme. See, everything starts with a colour! I have all the decorations put in separate boxes and as we (that’s my daughter and I) couldn’t decide on which colours to use this year, I asked the other half to bring up all the boxes from under the house. Wow, that was a mistake! Seeing all the boxes sitting on the front porch ensured everyone knew just how many decorations I had. Needless to say, the Financial Controller was not impressed and was issuing warnings like, “You better not be buying any more decorations this year!”

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So after wading through the boxes, we decided on fuschia, purple, aqua and silver. Being the ever co-ordinated one, I also have the same colours for wrapping paper, bon bons, tea towels, hand towels and candles that are scattered through the rest of the house.

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Even though I’ve been warned about not buying any more decorations, I’m sure I will be forgiven for buying a couple of decorations from Dusk.

Image 3 All funds raised from these cute little baubles will go to Make A Wish Australia to help sick children. What a great idea. They are only $6 each AND they fit into my colour scheme.

Image 1 Now, off you go to Dusk and grab a couple of baubles for your tree.

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If you would like assistance with colours for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Flowers for Florence

It was my birthday on Saturday! Another one! I think I’ve reached the age where it really doesn’t matter and it’s just another day.

PeachBlossom My husband found the kitchen and whipped up some omlettes for breakfast. My daughter then baked a cake for afternoon tea before she went out to a birthday party for one of her friends.

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So my husband and I headed into the city to visit the David Jones flower display. Every Spring DJ’s goes all out and decorates their Elizabeth St Store with the most magnificent floral displays. This year the theme was Florence Broadhurst so I was determined to see it.

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All her fabrics were translated to floral displays in the windows and also on the ground floor of the store.

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I loved the Florence-isms that were in the windows too.

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I thoroughly recommend if you have not read her biography, you should. The woman was soooo ahead of her time. Reinventing herself at every turn and never, ever saying it couldn’t be done.

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If you would like to add some Florence Broadhurst fabrics or wallpaper to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

 

Four

I can’t believe it! Four years ago I hit the “publish” button for the very first time. Four years!

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Sometimes it seems like only yesterday and sometimes it seems more like fourteen years.

I started blogging as a way of documenting my inspiration, work, ideas and a way to educate readers on the ins and outs of Interior Design. I must admit, I was hoping a few of the readers would end up becoming clients. And that they did.

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But I didn’t expect to come across such a lovely bunch of other people who blog. Sometimes I think it’s like a cult. There are so many talented and inspirational people out there and I love soaking up all their words of wisdom, encouragement and gorgeous images every day. It’s been fun, too, meeting other bloggers at various events and even when on holidays in a different country.

Linda and Me

Linda and Me

So thank you for reading my blog posts, as intermittent as they have been of late, and thank you to those of you who also write a blog and continue to inspire me.

Cheers!

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The end of the renovations……or is it?

Well it’s now been a month since we moved back in to our renovated home. I’d love to be showing you photos of the beautifully styled rooms but you will have to wait. How long? I have no idea. We still have loads of painting to do both inside and out as well as a few more rooms to sort out.

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The kitchen gradually filling up

It was a very exciting but extremely exhausting time. My brother, his son and their dog along with my mum arrived from Brisbane in mid December. I thought we would be back in the house by then, just. But that didn’t happen. No fault of anyone’s really, just things take a bit longer than planned and it was much better to stay away than move in with all the builders still crawling all over the place.

The unit hall overflowing with three more people's stuff!

The unit hall overflowing with three more people’s stuff!

So we crammed into the two bedroom unit for a couple of weeks. Fortunately my studio was finished so we were able to set up a couple of beds there for the boys and the dog but of course they were woken every morning at 6am when the builders arrived. Anyway, we all survived and still love each other.

My studio ready to be a bedroom

My studio ready to be a bedroom

The builders finally left at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve. We’d moved our storage furniture back into the house on the 16th, the floors were done on the 19th and we moved the unit furniture back on 23rd and slept there for the first time. It was lovely to have the extra hands to move furniture, open boxes and put things in cupboards. Christmas seemed still so far away and not much thought had been given to the event.

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Our containers returned

The kids sensed that we were not going to have time, nor room, to put up the tree as every surface seemed to be covered with boxes! They gathered some sticks and found the boxes of decorations (which I’d left out in great optimism) and set about creating a tree. It was beautiful and brought my focus back to Christmas.

Makeshift Christmas Tree

Makeshift Christmas Tree

So after the builders left and we completed our last dash to the shops for food and presents, I started to turn my thoughts to Christmas lunch. Fortunately, I had remembered to order the turkey and ham and had a fridge full of vegetables. My brother was a Christmas baby and a birthday cake is our usual Christmas dessert. I had ordered an ice cream cake so at least the basics were taken care of.

Birthday cake

Birthday cake

At 2am on Christmas morning I was still unpacking boxes desperately trying to locate my big baking tray for the turkey as well as reading the instruction manual for the new cooktop.

Presents wrapped and under the tree

Presents wrapped and under the tree

Christmas Day was probably the most ill prepared I’d ever had and I had such high hopes of having everything organised with all the family here in my Sydney home on Christmas Day for the first time ever.

The kids made pancakes for breakfast

The kids made pancakes for breakfast

But it all came together in the end, even if we were still surrounded by boxes.

Surrounded by boxes

Surrounded by boxes

There was plenty to eat, plenty of laughs and even a few tears (of joy)!

Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch

And we were surrounded by family being thankful for all that we have. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about? At least it will be a Christmas we won’t forget.

Aftermath of unpacking the kitchen

Aftermath of unpacking the kitchen

The unpacking continues but it’s getting there. How did you spend your Christmas Day?

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