It’s on again in Sydney

That’s right, it’s Sydney’s turn to host Indesign 2015. Get out your calendar or diary and mark the dates now! 13-15 August.

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Many years ago, when I was completing my Diploma in Interior Styling, I attended what was then called Saturday In Design. It was a fabulous day of open showrooms, installations and displays. Most of the showrooms were in Surry Hills and Alexandria and little shuttle buses would whiz (well maybe crawl in the Saturday traffic) between the showrooms and you could alight as you pleased. This even has now blossomed into Australia’s premier design event for architects, designers, specifiers, developers, manufacturers, product supplier and design lovers and alternates between Melbourne and Sydney each year.


The concept of open showrooms remains as do the shuttle buses but now instead of being on one day it takes place over three days offering members of the design community a chance to connect and interact through numerous touch points. This year the show will spread across four major design precincts (Surry Hills, Waterloo/Redfern, Chippendale and Alexandria) with over 40 showrooms participating. It’s a fabulous way to check out what each of the suppliers has on offer and store it away for future reference. Many of the suppliers choose this weekend to release their new products too.


There is also a seminar series which invites local and global though leaders to nut out key issues surrounding the disciplines and industry of architecture and design. Another major highligh is the launch of exciting new Australian designed and Australian made product.


So block out your diary for at least one of those days and make sure you register. It’s free! And to whet your appetite, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Hope to see you there.


Three Trends From the Trade Shows

It’s Home and Giftware Trade Show season in Sydney. Three fairs have been on over the past 5 days finishing today. I spent two days wandering the halls and suffering from overwhelm. There are just so many choices available on every level at every price point. Whilst I spend the time browsing for new products and catching up with suppliers, I also like drinking in the trends I can find. And this year there were three very distinct trends.

from Reed Gift Fairs Instagram Feed

from Reed Gift Fairs Instagram Feed

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will already know that one of the emerging trends in Tribal. And that was evident at many stands during the show. Geometric patterns, earthy colours, black and white were all making their presence felt. From handbags to cushions, the tribal influence was everywhere. And if you don’t subscribe to my monthly newsletter, you can do so here.

Tribal Design right on trend

Tribal Design right on trend

And the colour copper was also out in force. We’ve been seeing this come through at the high end of the market over the last few years but after this trade show, I would say it’s main stream.

Copper Christmas Decorations

Copper Christmas Decorations

There were copper lights, copper jewellery, copper coloured planters, copper cutlery and even copper furniture. It certainly adds some sparkle and is a lovely warm metal for the ensuing cooler months.

Copper furniture, lights and trays

Copper furniture, lights and trays

And the third trend I noticed was Antlers. There was Christmas decor out for the retailers but Antlers weren’t just on the Christmas stuff.

Antler Coatrack

Antler Coatrack

Lamps, champagne buckets, bookends and of course deer heads with antlers in every conceivable shape, size and colour. Much nicer than taxidermy!

Antler Champagne Bucket

Antler Champagne Bucket

So there you have it, three trends you are going to see in all the retail outlets and magazines over the next few months. Would you add a touch of one or all these trends to your home? I’d be happy to help out! Perhaps you visited the fairs and found some other trends. Let me know in the comments below.



Greg Natale Wallpaper

Last week I attended the launch of the second collection of wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter’s Paints.

I’ve become a bit of a “Greg Groupie”, attending the launch of his first rug collection, first wallpaper collection, launch of his book and oohing and aahing over his furniture line for World’s Away, carpet range for Designer Rugs, furniture for Stylecraft , tiles for Teranova and second rug collection also for Designer Rugs. Is there anything this man can’t do?

Arbour Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porters Paints

Arbour Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter’s Paints

This new range of wallpaper is more geometric and tailored than the first. I loved the first range (I’m a big fan of stripes) however they were playful and fun whereas this geometric range is very considered and, well, tailored. Naturally, there’s alot of blacks and greys and a few touches of gold, which Greg uses in most of his interiors. They are so sophisticated.

Astoria Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter's Paints

Astoria Wallpaper by Greg Natale for Porter’s Paints

I can’t wait to use these papers in one of my designs.

Hellenica Wallpaper by Greg Natale by Porter's Paints

Hellenica Wallpaper by Greg Natale by Porter’s Paints

If you would like assistance choosing wallpaper for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Without a doubt

this is THE busiest time of the year for my industry. Which is why a week and a bit went past without me appearing here on the blog. It just gets frantic as I chase up clients to place their orders, follow up suppliers to ensure they’ve received the orders and that they can fulfill them prior to Christmas and their summer holidays. Most manufacturers close over January and keeping a track on when they close and when they re-open is almost a full time job. Fortunately I have a spreadsheet for that! Throw in launches, new product releases and end of year soirees and it’s no wonder I have no idea what day it is.

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So a little recap on the past week or so.

I attended the pre-launch function, held by Interiors Addict at BoConcept for the Greg Natale‘s The Tailored Interior. I’m a bit in awe of Greg. He’s so clever and terribly humble. Furniture, rugs, carpets, wallpaper and now a book to showcase his amazing talent. The book is fabulous with lots of how to’s and of course stunning imagery of his beautiful tailored spaces. Great Christmas present if you’re trying to find something for that person who loves interiors.

The Tailored Interior by Greg Natale

The Tailored Interior by Greg Natale

I’ve been working with a couple who are giving their home a makeover and bringing it out of the ’70’s. We’ve chosen a new colour scheme for inside and out (banished that dark timber paneling) and have this week decided on a new sofa and armchairs for the sitting area. With some colourful cushions to echo the new red front door.

Chair fabric and cushion fabric

Chair fabric and cushion fabric

The dogs and I enjoy our morning walks around the neighbourhood drinking in all the colour and smells that spring brings.


The Jacarandas are spectacular this year (but I think I say that every year) and the jasmine is just gorgeous. I’m lucky I don’t suffer from allergies or hayfever. It would be devastating to miss out on my daily dose of colour inspiration.


New fabrics were launched this week from Harlequin. New collections are so inspiring and I couldn’t decide which pattern and colourway I liked best. There were so many stunners and I often come home thinking I should redecorate my entire house just so I can use them. Anyone need new window coverings, bedheads, sofa fabrics, cushions, bedlinen or even a new bib and brace?


And I finally had one of these installed in my kitchen. How fabulous to get rid of those clunky power plugs and leave the power points free for kitchen equipment!


Today I’m overseeing a curtain installation and then tonight is The Colour Society’s Christmas Party where we will be looking at colour in wine! Have a great week, there’s only 36 days until Christmas!

I’m already taking bookings for January, so if you would like to update your home with colour, fabrics or furniture, contact us to make an appointment.


Do you understand that speak? JA = Jonathan Adler and CR = Coco Republic.

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

Last week I attended the launch, here in Sydney, of Jonathan Adler furniture and homewares which is now available through Coco Republic. If you type Jonathan Adler into the Search Box on the right hand side here, you will see I’ve mentioned him on numerous occasions. I love everything about Jonathan Adler – his quirky style, his OTT decor (just check out The Barbie Dream House) and his fun outlook on life.

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

Jonathan Adler at Coco Republic

To have access to the fabulous products will be fantastic and add a touch of glamour to any space.

Greg Natale Wallpaper looks at home with Jonathan Adler furniture

Greg Natale Wallpaper looks at home with Jonathan Adler furniture

Coco Republic put on a great night with lots of blue decorations including a very popular lolly table. You’re never too old for a lolly table, right?

Lolly Table at Coco Republic Jonathan Adler Launch

Lolly Table at Coco Republic Jonathan Adler Launch

If you would like to add some Jonathan Adler furniture to your home, contact us for an appointment.


It’s June!

Can you believe that? That last week of May slipped by in a flash with so much going on.

Firstly a bit of sad news. We had to have a tree removed from our front garden. I know, there are worse things that could happen but it was such a favourite. When we bought our house over ten years ago, I remember telling our then neighbours where the house was and they knew it because the Crab Apple draped over the fence and footpath and was so spectacular when it was all in flower. It would always flower for my September birthday and herald the arrival of spring. Unfortunately it was dying and had to be removed. About 30 years of growing was a 5cm stump in under an hour. Now we have to decide what to plant in its place.

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Designex was held last week at the new temporary home of Glebe Island. One of the nice things about this venue is that it is accessible by ferry and Sydney Autumn is perfect for a short ferry ride.

On the ferry from Circulay Quay

On the ferry from Circulay Quay

I’ve been attending Designex for over 10 years now and it has changed so much since my first visit. Back then it was a jam-packed exhibition hall with so much to see and do. Speakers were dotted around at various stages and there was everything from fabrics to outdoor furniture, rugs, carpets, soft furnishings, lighting, windows, doors, tiles, pavers, planters, mirrors, Homewares and artworks – just about everything required for home design. Over the past few years the shows have become smaller and smaller and this year was no different. It’s one of those catch 22 things where if I don’t go I might miss something and if I do go then there’s nothing really exciting there.

Interesting wallpapers at  Designex

Interesting wallpapers at Designex

But I did find a couple of nuggets. The first are these fabulous power points. I know right? Power points? But look, they have USB slots too so no more clunky transformers sticking out of the wall. You can charge two devices and use two electric sockets at the same time. Perfect for that spot in the kitchen where everyone charges their phones. And they can be retrofitted into the old power point spots by a qualified electrician.

Excel Life Power Points with USB Ports

Excel Life Power Points with USB Ports

A few of the fabric houses have returned to Designex and it was great to have a look at the exquisite fabrics from South Pacific Fabrics. Anyone have a cool $800 for a metre of fabric? If you do I’ve got a lovely selection to show you.

South Pacific Fabrics' stand at Designex

South Pacific Fabrics’ stand at Designex

I also attended the launch party of Timothy Oulton furniture at Coco Republic. It was a lively evening with the best of British on display. The furniture is gorgeous but big.

Timothy Oulton furniture

Timothy Oulton furniture

The light fittings were stunning.

The lights in the background have 1500 crystal balls. Just stunning!

The lights in the background have 1500 crystal balls. Just stunning! Oh and that’s the man himself on the right.

Everyone who attended received a leather luggage tag which you could have embossed with your initials. The champagne was flowing and the cheese table was heaving.

Cheese table at Timothy Oulton launch at Coco Republic

Cheese table at Timothy Oulton launch at Coco Republic

Coco Republic sure know how to put on a party!


And finally I did spend some time on client work during the week. Custom made furniture which I designed was delivered and installed as well as window coverings. I can’t wait to show you this home when it’s finished. Just a couple more pieces to finish it off.

Client living room taking shape with custom made bookcases, dining table and banquet seat.

Client living room taking shape with custom made bookcases, dining table and banquet seat.

If you require assistance with furniture for your home, contact us for an appointment. We have a very thick black book of suppliers for all styles, tastes and budgets.

Summer is over and I’m dreaming of a holiday

Daylight saving finished in Sydney on Sunday morning and it was as if the weather decided “That’s it, summer is over.” Ever since it’s been wet and cool and I’ve even dragged the boots out. Now naturally this weather makes me pine for summer and going to the launch of new short term accommodation at Bondi did nothing to change my mind.


Bondi38 launched last Thursday evening. Who doesn’t want to holiday at Bondi Beach? The serviced apartments are beautifully decorated and have catered for all your short term needs. There is a choice of one and two bedroom apartments some with iconic Bondi views.


The units contain a lounge and dining room, a kitchen with quality appliances, bathroom and personal laundry facilities. Staying in serviced apartments when on holidays with the family makes life a little easier than hotel accommodation. Many a night we were forced to bed at 8.00pm as our daughter was asleep. There was nowhere for us to go in a hotel room and we didn’t want to make any noise incase we woke her. Travelling with little ones can be exhausting!


Bondi38 is set within the 1930’s Classical Revival Style building at 38 Campbell Parade Bondi and as well as the beach across the road, there is every style of cuisine at a myriad of eateries a lift ride away as well as buses at the door.


With accommodation from $239 per night I couldn’t think of a better place to stay for a break away from the everyday.


You could carry all your beach needs in a stylish Market Basket Co basket. Enter our draw to win this Rosie basket.

Rosie Basket The Market Basket Co. RRP $65.00

What does Gotye and Florence Broadhurst have in common?

Are you familiar with the art of Emma Hack? I first noticed Emma’s work at the Affordable Art Fair in Sydney in 2009. How could you not notice? What looked like Florence Broadhurst wallpapers suddenly started moving. A body (usually of a woman) suddenly came in to view as they were painted in the same pattern. They seemed to be floating infront of the canvas. And if you’ve been following my blog, you know I am a HUGE fan of the Florence Broadhurst patterns.

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 5.08.41 PM Emma’s work featured in the award winning Goyte film clip ‘Somebody I used To Know’. Emma is ‘Popping Up’ at Signature Prints in the coming weeks to showcase her new release of Limited Edition Art! The artist explains “… merging the human body with the wallpaper designs of Florence Broadhurst results in an illusory, stunning image of nude humanity on natural, stylish patterns”.


This Pop Up exhibition marks the exciting release of two new designs from the Florence Broadhurst Archive featuring Emma’s muse camouflaged into the wallpaper environment. Emma explains that her “… choices ‘Fans’ and Phoenix’ are bold, oriental designs that are quite different from past works… in lower editions so very collectable”.

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 5.08.02 PM The exhibition is open at the Signature Prints Studio 2, 1-5 Hayes Road, Rosebery this weekend.
Friday 29th November: 9am – 5pm
Saturday 30th November: 10am – 4pm
Sunday 1st December: 11am – 4pm

And on Saturday 30th November, Emma Hack will be doing a meet and greet, 11am at Signature Prints. The artist will explain the process she goes through when creating her unique pieces, how she came to collaborate with Signature Prints and what she finds so intriguing about Florence Broadhursts’ designs.

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 5.08.26 PM If you would like assistance adding art to your home, contact us for an appointment.

Tickets to Grand Designs Live

What’s not to love about Grand Designs? I think anyone with a remote interest in homes, renovations, building and interiors is a fan of the British series of the show. The Australian series is fabulous too. I know we used to watch it all the time until I realised it was hindering not aiding my push to renovate our own home. My husband was getting cold feet at the cold hard reality of renovating which was exposed on the show. You know, double the time, double the budget, disasterous weather conditions and people living onsite in caravans or containers.

The Sliding House A couple of years ago Grand Designs Live came to Sydney as did Kevin McCloud. I’m sure I was one of the first to purchase tickets and waited patiently for Kevin to appear on stage. Then last year the show came to town again. This time I was in the middle of renovations and was thrilled to snap up a bargain kitchen package from Kleenmaid that was being offered as a show special.

Grand Designs Live The show is coming again in a couple of weekends. Kevin will be there on the Sunday and the team from Selling Houses Australia – Shaynna, Charlie and Andrew– will be there too. There’s a great line up on The Lifestyle Channel Grand Theatre which is bound to excite those planning to renovate or sell their home.

Selling Houses_Group Shot But the best part is we have a special offer of a half price double pass. A double pass was $59 and is now $29.50. Simply enter the code word GDLBLOG6 in the “Special Offer” field and check the website for full terms and conditions. This offer is only valid to the first 100 readers so pop on over and grab yourself a double pass.

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And we can announce the winner of our Air Wick Candle! Congratulations to Michelle who left a comment here on the blog. I pooled to comments on the blog, Facebook Page and Instagram feed and Michelle’s name was drawn out. An Air Wick Candle is coming your way Michelle! It was fun reading all the different scents people favour for their homes – peonies, cranberry vanilla, Christmas and sandalwood.

Air Wick Candle

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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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