Is Your Home Ready For Spring?

Last Thursday I had a very enjoyable afternoon spending time with the team from The Home to help them launch Spring.

Lolly table

Lolly table

Unfortunately the lovely Spring weather we’ve been having here in Sydney decided to leave us for the day but the cooler weather didn’t dampen the spirits or the decor of the great venue.

Table set ready for lunch at Gazebo Wine Bar

Table set ready for lunch at Gazebo Wine Bar

The Gazebo Wine Garden in Elizabeth Bay was decked out ready for spring with flowers everywhere including a rose in our Giggling Rose welcoming cocktails.

Giggling Rose Cocktails all lined up

Roses ready to plonk in the drinks

The long lunch table was adorned with all manner of Spring animals courtesy of Have You Met Miss Jones and Florabelle. We were even allowed to select our favourite and take it home.

Cute decorations by Have You Met Miss Jones and Florabelle

Cute decorations by Have You Met Miss Jones and Florabelle

The food was delicious and served on tree tiered trays.

Delicious High Tea Lunch

Delicious High Tea Lunch

The conversation was lively as the guests from the media and fellow bloggers discussed work, life and the weather.

Food So now is a great time to prepare your home for Spring. Change up the cushions, roll up the rugs and throw open the windows. And hop on over to The Home to purchase some new home decorator pieces at up to 70% of retail prices.

Furniture from The Home

Furniture from The Home

If you would like assistance preparing your home for Spring, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

My goody bag from the Spring Launch

My goody bag from the Spring Launch

Vignette Magic

Last week, with great excitement, I attended a Vignette Magic workshop with the queen of vignettes, Kara Rosenlund. Kara and her gorgeous husband, Timothy O were visiting Sydney from their home town (mine too) of Brisbane. ( I discovered Kara went to school just up the hill from my Queensland workers cottage!)

One of Kara's vignettes

One of Kara’s vignettes

Kara is Australia’s modern day Gypsy. She travels around with her caravan, Frankie, collecting and selling her vintage and one off finds.

Frankie the caravan

Frankie the caravan

The workshop was held at Megan Morton’s “the school” which is a fabulous white space at Rosebery. There were so many exciting elements to the night that had me all a quiver.

"the school" at Rosebery

“the school” at Rosebery

Megan met course participants with Iced Tea Vodka Sodas which gave us time to mix and mingle, check out the interior of the famous Frankie and browse Kara and Timothy’s current collection. We were then ushered into the school and set eyes on our pre-workshop feast.

Frankie open for business

Frankie open for business

A scrumptious table of hand-churned butter, cheese, figs, honey on the comb, bread, dukka, hand made yoghurt and marinated olives was beckoning us.

Scrumptious buffet table

Scrumptious buffet table

But before we could tuck in, it was the perfect photo opportunity for all the instagrammers in the room. We had time to fill our plates and then take our seats for the main attraction.

Megan brought in a ladder to get a bird's eye shot of the buffet table

Megan brought in a ladder to get a bird’s eye shot of the buffet table

It was magical watching Kara select items from her table of “bits and bobs” and place them on the mantle.

The table of wares to be used in the vignette

The table of wares to be used in the vignette

She’d add, take away, move and rotate the carefully chosen pieces until the story was complete. And her vignettes do tell a story. As a spectator, you are drawn into the scene and want to find out more.

Kara adding and subtracting

Kara adding and subtracting

Kara had lots of little tricks that she generously passed on. Tricks like scrunching up paper to sit in a vessel so the item you place inside sits up and can be seen. And leaving crummage. Little bits of floatsam such as petals under flowers and fallen leaves under foliage. It helps to connect the viewer with the vignette.

A close up of the finished vignette

A close up of the finished vignette

It was then time to create a vignette, watch on or go back to graze at the buffet table. I enjoyed watching the other participants create and then Kara waving her magic wand over them, twisting an item to the left instead of the right, popping something up on a stack of books, or adding some vital crummage. It was a very inspiring evening.

One of the students' vignettes

One of the students’ vignettes

Before the trio took to the road again, Kara left us with her golden rules of vignettes. I hope she comes back soon.

Top 5 Rulles

Top 5 Points

If you would like assistance styling areas in your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Dynamic Room Design Workshop

Are you struggling to finish off a room in your home? Perhaps you’ve recently moved in and don’t know what to do. Or your children are now a little older and want something more grown up in their bedroom.

Girl's Bedroom by Inside Out Colour and Design

Girl’s Bedroom by Inside Out Colour and Design

These are often the scenarios that my clients face and either they don’t have the time or the interest to do it themselves so engage me to assist.

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Formal Living Room by Inside Out Colour and Design

But there are many people who do want to do it themselves, who, like me LOVE shopping but don’t know where to go or how to successfully pull a room together.

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Living Room Inspired by The Beach by Inside Out Colour and Design

There is help at hand! On Thursday 16 May, I am presenting my Dynamic Room Design workshop at the CALDesign Creative Studio in Killara.

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Master bedroom by Inside Out Colour and Design

I’d love to see you there and help with a room in your house. It will be a fun day with lots of knowledge shared and you’ll come away with a step by step guide so you can finish that room on your own.

Living and Dining Room by Inside Out Colour and Design

Living and Dining Room by Inside Out Colour and Design

Pop over and register your interest and take a look at the other workshops going on as well as their beautiful portfolio. But hurry as there’s only room for 12.


However, if you would prefer to engage me to assist with your home, contact me for an online or in-person consultation.

Geometry in Wallpaper

Have you seen the new wallpaper range by Greg Natale?


Porters Waterloo covered with Chevron Wallpaper

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of his range of wallpapers for Porter’s. I’ve always liked Greg’s work. The clean lines and bold use of colour is his signature along with geometric patterns. So it was really no surprise that his wallpaper is in a similar vein.


Breakfast with the stars!

Chevron, horizontal stripes, pinstripes and diagonal stripes in bright bold colours abound.I particularly like how Greg himself has used the horizontal stripe paper but offset each roll to create something a little more funky.


Off set horizontal stripe wallpaper

The colour names are fun too – Burnt Mandarin, Miami Sour, Oxford and Mocassin. The wallpaper colours can be matched to Porter’s range of paints for the truly co-ordinated look.


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


My Top Three From Decoration and Design

Last week I visited Decoration and Design here in Sydney. It is held each year in conjunction with the Australian International Furniture Fair and is more up my alley. All the pretty bits that make a house a home are featured in this area of the show. Things like artworks, rugs, fabrics and homewares. So I am keen to wander up and down the aisles looking for something new or different.

Removable Wallpaper

Removable Wallpaper

This year I found a number of things. Firstly it was The Wallpaper Company. Not just any old wallpaper but REMOVABLE wallpaper. How cool is that? Fantastic for a feature wall in a colour or pattern you may be worried about. Or for teenagers’ rooms who want to assert their individuality but the parents aren’t keen to do something too permanent. And exceptionally great for those who are renting their home.

The paper is good quality and comes off without leaving any residue so can easily be cleaned or painted over. And another big benefit is that it can be installed yourself!

Rattan Butler's Tray

Rattan Butler’s Tray

Next up was a new supplier of colonial style furniture and homewares, Colonial Franz. It’s always so exciting finding a new supplier and seeing what they have that’s different from everyone else. Colonial Franz has a lovely range of rattan and timber furniture as well as glass and ceramic homewares suitable for a Hamptons or Colonial style home or room.

Occasional Colonial Chair

Occasional Colonial Chair

Timber chairs with rattan backs, hurricane lights and ceramic jugs are just a few of their extensive collection. I’m sure we will be able to use their products in some of our designs as they have clean lines yet a comfortable and inviting look to them.

Anastasia Armchair

Anastasia Armchair

Then it was cane. Now I’m not usually a cane lover. Think I spent too many holidays in poorly furnished apartments on the Gold Coast. However, it is having a revival. And when there’s a revival it usually means it has been tweaked and twisted a little to suit current times.

Lyrebird Bedhead

Lyrebird Bedhead

Lincoln Brooks has a wide range of cane, rattan and wicker furniture pieces ranging from exotic lyrebird bedheads to asian inspired occasional chairs and french bistro chairs any of which I’d be pleased to see in my own home. Many of them come in a variety of colours which ticks all the boxes for me too.

French Bistro Chair

French Bistro Chair

So they were my three new finds at this year’s Decoration and Design.

If you would like assistance using any or all of these items in your home, contact us for a consultation.



The beginning of the year for designers usually heralds the start of the trade show circuit. I love going off to the shows and taking a day out of the office, away from the files and immersing myself in the latest trends, products and people to hit the scene.

And this year, the co-founders of reputable styling house, Cool Edies’, Lucy Weight and Jane Frosh, are teaming up with Life Instyle to launch Style Lab. This unique interactive concept is set to explore the world of art and design which will create a visually remarkable experience. The annual Life Instyle will be held at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries from 21 – 24 February.

STYLELAB_EDDIE 2 Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? From what I can gather, these super talented stylists will create a new scene each morning and visitors will see a real life photographic set which will feature products from the show’s exhibitors. ‘The new Style Lab concept allows us to draw visitors into the studio, just as if we are working on a real life shoot- except with a vibrant, live element mixed in,’ says Weight. Such artistic explorations will be inspired by international trends, crazy concepts and will set to push creative boundaries. ‘You can expect to see us testing things out,..pushing limits,..and you can expect us to be listening to great music!,’ says Cool Edies.

Life Instyle has been heralded as the “different” trade show with more creative and artistic products on display. I have watched the show grow over the past few years and this year there will be over 300 exhibitors who have all been carefully selected to represent premium, bespoke and design led products within a beautiful shopping environment. Maybe this year I may have to visit every day just to see the new set created by Cool Edies.

So if you are a stylist, designer or magazine editor, here’s where you need to be.

WHAT: Style Lab showcased at Life Instyle 2013

WHEN: 21 – 24 February

WHERE: Royal Hall of Industries & Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park

Sorry, this is a TRADE ONLY EVENT but hopefully I’ll be able to post some photos afterwards if you can’t make it.


Making a List, checking it twice

Have you made your list? I’m a big list maker and have them on everywhere. But at this time of year it’s the gift list I’m checking. That means two lists – one is my gift “wish” list and the other is the list of friends and family for whom I will buy a gift.

So it’s music to my ears, (or words to my eyes) when I receive notification of sales and reductions. I thought you might want to check these out too.

First is Space Furniture. They are holding an End Of Year Sale with 25% off brands like Moooi, B&B Italia, Kartell and Zanotta. Sale starts Monday 3 December.

Kartell Lamps

Next up is Miss Jones Christmas Warehouse Sale. Samples and End of Line items are up to 85% off with prices starting at $5. Now there will be some great Secret Santa gifts there, I’m sure. Sale is at Factory 9, 80 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria from 6 – 8 December.

Have You Seen Miss Jones Ceramics

And the clever people at Project 82 have opened a Christmas Pop Up Shop. If you call in on a Thursday evening, you’ll not only find some great gift ideas for you or someone else but you will also be treated to a drink and something to nibble on while you browse the wares. If you can’t make it to Surry Hills, you can shop from your own living room via their online store.

A selection from Project 82

I hope you manage to grab a bargain and tick a few things off your list, or maybe add a few things to your own list!

That’s it for November, can you believe it? This year has just flown!  Hope you have a great weekend, are you putting up your tree?

If you would like assistance sourcing furniture and other items for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Affordable Danish Design

Last week I attended the launch of the new BoConcept Store here in Sydney.

Great artwork from BoConcept

BoConcept is a Danish furniture designing and manufacturing firm that has been supplying furniture to the world for the past 60 years. Like all Danish furniture, the lines are clean and the furniture is simple. I think it will be well received here in Australia. Especially at the great price point that it is.

A range of homewares for every taste

The new showroom at Crows Nest is a light filled space with two street frontage and is beautifully appointed showcasing many of the company’s pieces. One of the fabulous things about the furniture is that every piece can be custom designed to suit your requirements.

BoConcept also has a range of homeware items including great artwork. On the evening there was a styling station and guests were invited to try their hand at the art of styling for the chance to win a gift voucher to use in the store.

Styling Station

I was hoping to be the lucky one to walk away with the  chair. Alas, it was not me.

Lucky Door Prize – An Imola Chair

But I did walk away with a goody bag which included the latest Belle Magazine (Neale Whittaker opened the showroom), the new catalogue and a great retro Candlestick that was inspired but the geometric forms from the 50’s and 60’s which hark back to the design of Danish childrens toys.

Retro Candlestick

It was a lovely evening and I look forward to specifying some of the furniture for my interior design clients.

One Way Ticket Rug

Go and take a look, you won’t be disappointed. You might even have an “Aha moment”!


If you would like assistance sourcing furniture and accessories for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.



New Showroom

The brand new showroom for Domestic Textile Corporation was opened in Sydney on Tuesday night.

New Sydney Showroom of Domestic Textile Corporation

DTC as it is affectionately known houses Sanderson, Morris & Co, Harlequin, Zoffany, Scion and Gaston Y Daniela fabrics and wallpapers.

Window display of fun and colourful Scion fabric

The new Showroom is brighter and lighter than its last incarnation and situated closer to the other fabric showrooms at Rushcutter’s Bay.

Colourful goody bags for all the guests

The red carpet was laid out for the guests and the Bellinis and Champagne were flowing.

The gorgeous team from DTC

The beautiful fabrics were on display too.

Beautiful fabrics

It was a lovely evening and a great way to start the life of the new showroom.

Inside the new showroom

If you would like assistance finding beautiful fabrics for your home, contact us for assistance.

Art and About

Remember the beautiful designs of Bethany Linz?

Coloured Floral Woodblock

Her solo exhibition is currently on at Balmain and has the official opening tomorrow.

I’m sure Bethany would love to see you. Make sure you tell her I sent you. Enjoy your weekend.


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