New App for Renovators

There are literally thousands of apps to help make renovating easier for the home renovator. But now there’s a new one available for those of us who want to incorporate timber in our homes. And let’s face it, timber floor boards are the one element nearly every home owner desires at the moment.


Intergrain have created a great little app to assist you visualise what the floor will look like stained or treated with their range of colours and finishes. You can take a snap of the flooring and then choose from their colours to get an idea of what the end result will look like.

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Maybe you’re half way through a job and need some advice? You can just click on the Solutions tab. Not sure how much stain you’ll need? Click on the Calculator. Ready to roll but don’t know where to buy the product? Click on the Store Locator.

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I can see this will be a very handy app for me to use as well, when I’m trying to assist clients with their flooring needs. It works for both inside and out, flooring, decking, fencing, doors, windows, panelling, stairs, garage doors and furniture. You can download it right now, for free!

Pool Deck

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



When white is not white enough

I was at the Caesarstone showroom last week when a lady came in to look at the white slabs. She was commenting to the showroom assistant that the Pure White and the Snow didn’t really look white. Her house was all black and white and she thought these colours looked too cream.

Caesarstone Whites

Caesarstone Whites

Choosing white is probably the hardest colour of all. When a “white” is put next to another “white” it suddenly doesn’t look “white” after all.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Snow benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Snow benchtops

So how do you create a white kitchen (lets face it, everyone wants a white kitchen at the moment)? Firstly, choose your benchtop white. Caesarstone Snow, Pure White or Organic White are all very white but they each have a dash of another colour – yellow, grey, brown. But the trick is to match that white with the right white cabinets. If the benchtop has a touch of grey and the cabinets are stark white, then that’s the look you will end up with – grey benchtop and white cabinets. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s what you want. But to get an all white kitchen then you need to have a touch of grey in your cabinet white.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Organic White benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Organic White benchtops

Marrying the right white with the white benchtop will give you a seamless look. The same rule applies to tiles and other surfaces. It’s always best to choose them first and then the paint as paint can always be matched to the surface but it’s a bit harder to choose the paint colour and then find the right surface to match that.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Pure White benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Pure White benchtops

And always look at samples of the paint and surface in your own home not in the showroom under harsh lighting or when the slabs are vertical but in your kitchen the benchtop will be horizontal. That will have a big impact on the perception of the colour.

Matching the right white paint to the white tiles will give you that seamless white interior.

Matching the right white paint to the white tiles will give you that seamless white interior.

If you would like assistance choosing the right white for your kitchen, contact us for an appointment.


Upcycled Furniture

Time is ticking for you to own a unique piece of furniture lovingly restored and remodelled by some amazing Australian design aficionados and help charity at the same time!

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The Feast Watson Re-Love Project is live on eBay and taking bids right now. You have until 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) tomorrow to make a bid and secure one of these pieces for your home. There’s a beautiful sideboard by Steve Cordony, a funky set of side tables from Tara Dennis and not one but TWO timber single beds from Mark Tuckey. There’s alot more as well so why don’t you click on over and check out all the amazing work and do your bit for charity.

Single Beds

The Feast Watson Re-Love Project is now in it’s third year and has raised thousands of dollars for Salvo Stores. “Salvos Stores are delighted to once again benefit from the outstanding efforts of Feast Watson and the Re-Love project. We’re incredibly grateful to the eight talented designers who have generously donated their time and talents to the project. We can’t wait to see the auction outcome,” CEO, Allen Dewhirst said.

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While upcycling continues to lead as one of the more popular craft trends, it seems it hasn’t quite extended to medium and large furniture pieces, with people still inclined to throw them away rather than consider their potential. The Re-Love Project shows just how a little TLC can inject personality into second hand furniture to give it a new lease on life.

Black Sideboard Feast Watson’s Brand Manager, James Fisher, says the designs showcase how timber furniture items of all sizes can be transformed into something truly special and unexpected.

Side Tables

So have a look and make a bid or maybe head out to your nearest Salvos Store and purchase a piece to remodel yourself. We’d love to see the end result.


A Round Tuit

You have no idea how happy I am to have finally found this.



I’ve been searching high and low and seemed to have lost it about 10 weeks ago when we received an offer on our house which wasn’t even on the market! Life has been a bit chaotic since then but now that I have my Round Tuit we can get back to normal.

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Image from Pinterest

Speaking of “round”, have you noticed the profusion of round at the moment? It seems every image I look at on Pinterest, Houzz or in magazines seems to have a round something in it.

Round Door Handle

Image from Pinterest

Round just takes off the edges and works well in any situation, especially if there’s lots of angles and corners in the room like a bathroom.

round bathroom mirror

Image from Pinterest

So do you have a round something in your house?

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If you would like to assistance with colour and design to your home, contact me for an appointment.


Upcycling for a Cause

For the third consecutive year Feast Watson has just launched the Re-love Project.

Feast Watson Re-love Project

If you remember, I was involved with the inaugural Re-Love Project and had a lot of fun finding a suitable piece of furniture from a Goodwill store and then deciding how I would upcycle it and then doing the work. The great part is that the items are auctioned off on eBay at the end of the project and all proceeds are given to the Salvos Stores.

Chairs Before and After

This year the designers include interior and event Stylist, Steve Cordony, iconic furniture maker, Mark Tuckey, Editor -in-Chief at Real Living, Deb Bibby with dedicated craftsman David Moses, TV DIY personality, Tara Dennis, Interiors Addict staff writer, Olivia Shead, Kristine Franklin from one of my favourite blogs, The Painted Hive, as well as Simone Barter returning for a third year and Helen Edwards from Recycled Interiors.

Chest of drawers before and after

You can follow the progress of the pieces on Instagram and Pinterest and don’t forget to make a bid on eBay from 8 July.

Lamp Before and After

I can’t wait to see what the creatives come up with this year.

Warmer Colours Sighting

Have you noticed that brown is back? I’ve been noticing the plethora of tan, camel and chestnut when I’ve been out at the shopping malls. I started to wonder if we are seeing the “brown” trend come back again or is it just the warmer months we are wanting warmer colours?

essastone Vesuvius

Essastone Vesuvius

Sure enough Essastone have sent me some information on their new colours – Vesuvius  and Marscapone. Vesuvius is a light to medium taupe while Marscapone is a more subtle and creamy based neutral. Essastone includes 28 designs and advise that the warmer tones are becoming increasingly popular.

Essastone Marscapone

Essastone Marscapone

I think the warm tones especially in the earthy spectrum will remain timeless for indoors and outdoors. Let’s hope we don’t go back to the lattes, chocolates and cappucinos of the noughties. A neutral with just a hint of brown is enough for me.


Meanwhile I hope you spend this weekend surrounded by chocolate. Happy Easter!

Chocolate-Easter-Egg-easter-eggs-30423577-2560-2302 If you would like assistance adding the right shade of brown to your home, contact me for an appointment.

Dulux Colour Award Winners Announced

A big Congratulations to Mim Design for receiving the Grand Prix award with their Lexus Design Pavillion. Judges awarded the prize based on the use of subtle ombre colour appearing to ‘come off the wall’, which flat colour alone cannot achieve. With a stunning alignment to a French Impressionist feel the project was a great example of colour expression. This entry fell into the “Installation and Events” category which was a new category for the Dulux Colour Awards this year. The judges said this project was a clear standout. Rebalancing the harsh metallic of a Lexus car, the gentle palette helps visitors understand the softness within. The subtle ombre Dulux Leek and Coral Atoll was used to great effect, providing a dimensional impact which flat colour alone couldn’t achieve. The sage green gives the illusion of a floating sea with the floral ceiling display a beautiful upside down “Monet’s Garden”. Truly angelic, the space would be lovely to enjoy a champagne trackside.

Dulux Colour Awards 2015 Installation & Events Winner - Lexus Pavilion by Mim Design_Image Credits Shannon McGrath

Lexus Pavilion by Mim Design Photography by Sean Fennessy


If you follow my blog, you would know that I was a finalist in the Commercial Exterior category with my Warringah Creative Space project. Unfortunately I didn’t win (not that I was expecting to). Craig Tan Architects won this category with their Brompton Pavilion. Judges comments included the Brompton Pavilion created a dynamic display of colour within a sparse landscape. The 3D outer framing provided a sneak preview of vibrant colour. The structure balanced external, internal and in-between spaces through thoughtful use of colour. The palette combines both muted and bright shades highlighting the unusual structural aspects, including bright oranges and reds in Dulux Circus and Red Clown.

Brompton Pavilion by Craig Tan Architects Photography by Jaime

Brompton Pavilion by Craig Tan Architects Photography by Jaime

Congratulations to all the category winners and Highly Commended, it’s certainly a colourful read.

If you would like assistance choosing colours for you project, contact us for a consulation.

An Aged Care Makeover

Time for an update on the Aged Care Facility I have been working on for the past 12 months. These places can be so depressing and I am sure it’s because of the colours used some 10-20 years ago when the facilities were last updated or built. This is the second facility I have been called in to refresh. You can read about the first one here.

New Paint Colour in Hallway

New Paint Colour in Hallway

Hallway Before

Hallway Before

Initially I was asked to help out with paint colours. The rooms and hallways were quite dark and depressing painted in mauves and mustards. (Who decided mauve was an older person’s colour?) There were dashes of bright blues and yellow but in the main the place was dark. So working with the existing carpet, I chose a palette of fresher colours and instead of painting everything the one colour, I did what we would do in a home, and chose a white for the skirting boards and doors. This just lifts the whole space and adds some contrast and therefore interest.

Sitting Room Before

Sitting Room Before

After the painting was completed we installed shutters in the sitting rooms to make the rooms more streamlined.

Sitting Room After

Sitting Room After

Nurse's Station Before

Nurse’s Station Before


Nurse's Station After

Nurse’s Station After

I have also been sourcing new fabrics to co-ordinate with the new colour scheme and reupholster selected furniture pieces in the hallways and foyer. It will all come together once the painter moves into these areas and we get rid of those mustard walls.

Arm chairs before

Arm chairs before

Arm Chairs After

Arm Chairs After

Now I’m having fun finding new furniture for one of the dining rooms in the facility. New upholstered chairs, new dining tables, a sideboard and outdoor terrace setting to make the place look like a club is my mission. Let’s get rid of the institution feeling and make it a more friendly atmosphere. I’ll let you see when it’s all done.

If you would like assistance co-ordinating furniture, fabrics and paint colours in your home, contact me for an appointment.


Hot New Homewares from Target for Autumn/Winter

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen that yesterday I viewed the new homewares collection for Target Australia. Set up in a cute house in Paddington, the house was styled with the different items now available at your nearest Target store or online.

There were three different bedroom stories – colour, monochromatic and neutrals. They were all gorgeous and I was pleased to see the monochrome bed linen has a tribal influence. Do you receive my newsletter? Last month I was talking about Tribal patterns being everywhere at the moment. The great news is that Target are going to build on these schemes each season so you can add to the look rather than replacing it all.


It was really difficult to choose which look I liked best. The monochromatic (or as Target is calling it, Global Luxe) could work really well for a masculine room but equally a teenager or someone who loved the black and white look.


The neutrals (Lodge) had a fresh look and would be perfect for Hamptons style decor. Add in some navy and you have a classic look for any age.


The coloured bed linen was a lot of fun and suits it’s name of Soft Pop. You all now I LOVE colour.


The beauty of all these stories is there’s plenty of artwork and pretty bits to coordinate back to the bedlinen. Target now have an in-house design team based in Melbourne so the designs and styles are truly unique, on trend and very affordable. The new styles fall into the categories of Soft Pop, Global Luxe and Lodge and new products will appear in each of these styles each season and sometimes even during a season. Even the furry members of the family are catered for.


So now there’s no excuse to be on trend by injecting just one or two of these fabulous pieces into your home. But be careful, at these prices it could be hard to know when to stop!


If you would like assistance giving your decor a make-over, contact me for an appointment. Sometimes just an hour can you give you the direction you need.

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.


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