For Sale

I do hope you had an enjoyable long, long weekend. I took the opportunity to clean out my store room and found a number of styling items I have purchased in the past but never used. I’ve decided to offer them to you. So if you are looking for a new piece to add to your decor, have a look at The Store Room. Email me if you are interested in anything and I will calculate postage for you. And don’t forget to pop back every now and then as I put up more items.

Enjoy your very short week.


Before and After

Another week rolls around. I thought I’d start the week with a before and after I’ve recently completed.

Completed Bedroom

My client wanted a fresh look to her bedroom and replace the bedhead and side tables she’d had for many years.


We had new a new linen doona cover custom made as well as padded headboard and matching valance.


The buttercup yellow toile cushions were already in the room with co-ordinating roman blinds so that set our colour palette.

Yellow Toile Cushion

Black bedside tables and antique brass lamps were added along with a yellow and linen coloured bed runner to pull the whole scheme together.

Bedside Tables from La Maison

My client is very happy with her new look bedroom, as is her husband, who is pleased that it’s not too feminine!


If you would like assistance with your master bedroom, contact us for an on-line or in-person consultation.


Styling 101

As you know I spent Friday in Bangalow at Shannon Fricke‘s first ever Styling 101 workshop.

It was such a treat to be back with a group of like minded women for a day, as well as learn from such an Interiors Expert as Shannon.

We learnt about the ins and out of being a stylist and how the image you are trying to capture must say something to the viewer. I’d never really thought about that before!

We also learnt about catching the image in a frame and deciding on the frame size prior to starting. It doesn’t always have to be a “big” picture.

We had some practical, hands on time too. Our brief was to create a concept for Country Style magazine with the theme of Spring. Cutting up Shannon’s magazines and rifling through her fabric boxes, we each created an inspiration board that would convey the story behind the image we would style for the photo shoot.

Then Shannon threw open the cupboards in The Little Cottage and everything else besides was up for grabs as we all worked to create a vignette of our own.

My idea for the Spring photo shoot was to take a bed onto a covered verandah of a country cottage and dress the bed in fresh, pastel coloured bedlinen. There would be bunches of wildflowers and Australian natives in vases on the bedside table and chooks and domestic animals roaming around.

So when it came to styling my vignette, I narrowed that image down to a bedside table and used flowers and soft pastel vases and cushions to illustrate my idea.

It was great walking around and seeing the other ladies ideas and listening to their thoughts behind them.

Shannon also gave some ideas on how the different scenes worked and what would happen on a real styling photo shoot to hide things like cars in the background or photoshopping ugly elements out of the final photographs.

Thanks Shannon, for a fun and informative day and thanks to Nicky and Charlotte for their assistance and the delectable lunch.

If you would like assistance with colour and design for your home, contact us for an on-line or in-person consultation.

All photos by me.

Here comes the bride


Union Jack

Union Jacks were HUGE at the three Sydney trade shows last week.

Trinket Box from CAM

I wonder if the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton are the inspiration of the latest wave of Union Jack decor?

Prince William and Kate Middleton

They are bright and colourful and look very smart with their straight lines and angles.

Boxes and cushions from Universal Enterprises

Would you put a Union Jack in your home?

Union Jack soft furnishings by Lakeland

If you would like assistance in decorating your home, contact us for an on-line or in-person consultation.




Last week I received an email newsletter from one of my shoe shops of choice, Sambag and thought how cute the animal print loafers were.

Autumn Winter Shoes form Sambag

Within an hour, I received an email from another of my favourite shoe shops, Wittner which featured these shoes.

Shoes from Wittner

Then yesterday I was walking past a Sportscraft store and they had this outfit in the window.

Autumn Fashion from Sportscraft

So it looks like Animal Print fabrics are on trend for Autumn Winter here in Australia.

It made me think of this room, which I cut from a Queensland Homes magazine many years ago.

from Queensland Homes Magazine

I have used this image to inspire a client (who had a wood panelled sun room) to go with the architecture and create a room that enhances the panelling (which she hated) rather than covering it over with plasterboard.

Sun room by Inside Out Colour and Design

Vicki Archer of French Essence has also been on the hunt. She spotted these stairs in a shop in Melbourne.

via French Essence

If you would like to introduce a little animal into your home, you could add these scatter cushions and throws.

Masi Cushion and Throw from Rapee

Or contact us for some assistance.

I’m off to the Furniture Fair today, so I’ve packed my pith helmet and stun gun in case the place is swarming with animals. I’ll be back on Friday to show you my catch.

Window Seats

I keep on finding myself drawn to rooms with window seats.

Emily Gilbert Photography via VT Interiors

Many of the houses around my area have them and they are such versatile little spots.


Great for sitting and reading or chatting on the phone.

Just as useful in a bedroom from here

They serve as extra storage and extra seating and always look inviting.

Frank Roop via Flickr

I love the wall mounted reading lights in the image above.

Even the dogs love the window seat

Do you have a window seat in your home? You can find more window seat inspiration on my Pinterest Board. If you would like assistance in creating somewhere quiet in your home, contact us to enquire about our colour and design services.

Cool with Blue

Doesn’t this room look inviting?

Cover of Belle Magazine

I just love the splashes of royal blue with the white. I want to lie on that sofa and read my magazine.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

If you would like your home to be a haven, contact us to enquire about our design services.

Country to Hamptons

I had the pleasure of visiting a client I have been working with, on the weekend.

Apricot and Green before

Since my last visit, they have had the house painted inside and out in the colours I had chosen. They were wanting something a little softer than the apricot tones they had had previously.

Sand and Blue now

And they have taken possession of the new dining chairs I helped select, which are much more comfortable.

Country style dining chairs

Smart new chairs

And my upholsterer had recovered their old sofas and tub chairs in fabric I had chosen to go with the Hamptons theme they were wanting.

Orange Checks before

Hamptons Style new look sofas

It was so exciting to visit and throw around the scatter cushions. My clients are absolutely thrilled with the way their home is coming together.

Now we’re moving on to coffee and side tables and lamps. I hope you enjoyed your weekend too!

via La Maison

If  you would like assistance in creating a home that oozes your personality, contact us to enquire about our colour and design services.

Spots vs Stripes

I have never really been into spots. Even as a little kid, I didn’t like spotty fabrics.

Spotted curtains via Pink Wallpaper

As a decorator, I really haven’t come across too many places to use spots. Except maybe in a little girls room.

Spotted Stickers via Wall Sticker Company

I do however, adore the Mokum fabric called Angkor Wat II which comes in a range of fabulous colours.

Mokum Angkor Wat Bedhead by Inside Out Colour & Design

Now stripes are a totally different matter.

Red & White Stripes by Brain J McCarthy. Photographer William Waldron via Elle Decor

Red & White Stripes by Brain J McCarthy. Photographer William Waldron via Elle Decor

They are fresh and seem to go in any situation.

via Coastal Living Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

I will often look for a stripe fabric to use on cushions or a feature chair. If I can find one that incorporates the other colours in the room then they just add the finishing touch by pulling the whole scheme together.

via Decorology

Jamie Drake via Coco + Kelley

As long as you have the right colouring, stripes will complement florals, damasks, spots, checks and almost any other pattern. Even though they are considered a pattern, somehow they introduce a sense of calm and order amongst all the other patterns and colours in a room.

If you would like to introduce some stripes into your decor, contact us for an appointment.

I See Red

Today is Go Red for Women Day to draw attention to the Heart Foundation’s fight against heart disease in women. What a good day to talk about Red!

Red Paint

I have used red in my own home in both the casual and formal living areas. The casual area because it is dominated by a large artwork by Sydney artist Karen Benton, which my husband bought.

Karen Benton Painting - The Journey

The formal area has red accessories because we have a number of Asian furniture pieces from our time living in Hong Kong and we fell in love with a Jim Thompson silk that HAD to be in the scheme.

Touches of red from Jim Thompson

I love reading Leatrice Eiseman’s book, Color For Your Every Mood. Here is an extract from her chapter on red.

Red Sofas

“Throughout history, red has signalled excitement, dynamism, danger and sex. It elicits the strongest of emotions in every culture: love and the pulsating heart; anarchy and the waving war banner; Satan and the martyred saint. It is the colour of life and the colour of evil, the colour of danger and colour of excitement.

Red Dining Room

People don’t just like red – they love it. People whose favourite colour is red have a zest for life, they are, quite literally “movers and shakers.” They need to be well informed, involved. Because of its psychological associations with fire, heat, blood and danger, red is impossible to ignore and so is the person who prefers this most exciting colour. They are passionate in their pursuits, ardent and extroverted. Red lovers are achievers, intense, impulsive, competitive, energetic, daring and aggressive. They are exciting optimistic, animated people, leaders who like to be the centre of attention. Red people can also be restless and driven. Routine drives them crazy. They crave new things and new experiences. Because they are assertive, they can be opinionated and overbearing as well. They can be moody, bossy and fickly in the pursuit of new challenges. But what would the world be without these exciting people?”

Red Bedroom by Inside Out Colour and Design

Red can be used in so many rooms. It stimulates the appetite so is a good choice for restaurants and therefore works well in the kitchen and the dining room. It’s great for a library, family room, lounge room and even in a bedroom, especially if the red wall is behind the bed and you are not waking up staring at a red wall!

Red Feature Wall via

Enjoy some red in your life but also take check of your risk to heart disease by following these steps.

Red Living Room via HGTV

If you would like to add a touch of red to your home interiors, contact us for an appointment.

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