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What Does Home Mean to You?

"Home is a place you can feel comfortable cooking breakfast in your pajamas."
Danielle Halloran
Folsom, California
"A clean, fresh, lemon-scented living room, open windows, plenty of sun and warmth everywhere, and my mother’s cheese pie baking in the oven."
Thei Zervaki
New York
"Where I can be naked, both emotionally and physically."
Courie Helene Weiss
Marina Del Rey, California
"Home isn’t a place; it’s a feeling."
Winter Skelton
Springfield, Missouri
"Home is a place of love and comfort that always welcomes you with open arms―and perhaps a plate of freshly baked cookies."
Jaime Meier
Durham, North Carolina
"Home means catching fireflies out on the front lawn with my brother. Those were the best times of my life."
Shannon Cuthrell
Cary, North Carolina
"Home is where the rags of your life are turned into quilts, lemons become lemonade, and a few extra pounds are simply welcomed as - more of you to love."
Sherry Bubnowski
Four States, West Virginia

Have you noticed the Rattan Trend gaining hold in interior decorating?  It seems that whichever style you look at, from British Colonial through to Coastal, Bohemian, Retro or Scandi, the Rattan Trend is firmly entrenched.  I have always been a fan of furniture in rattan as I like the casual look that it introduces to.. Read more

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A new fresh contemporary Tropical Style is currently on trend.  Related to the more traditional British Colonial Style, this modern version is fresher and more akin to a breezy coastal look.  If you love open plan living, open windows to catch the breeze, fresh clean white with injections of some strong colour, then this may.. Read more

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Walk into a paint store and prominent at the front will be huge displays of discounted flat ceiling white paint, so you may be asking why would I need to consider what colour to paint my ceiling?  This is valid as there is nothing terribly wrong with ceiling white paint but it isn't necessarily exactly.. Read more

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I am often asked, what is Greige and why all the fuss about it? Quite simply, Greige is a combination of beige and grey.  I love it and find it is one of the colours that I specify the most.  Find out why I like it and how to use it in your home here... Read more

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Warm and inviting, rich and enveloping are words associated with a classic winter scheme and no colour meets the brief more perfectly than brown.  Solid and reliable, conservative and yet sometimes perceived as boring, brown is without doubt a colour that would be greatly missed by interior decorators who appreciate its broad value and appeal. .. Read more

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The big mistake that people make with selecting accessories for a Coastal Style is to cram the house full of beach related curios rather than select just a few to carefully use throughout the scheme.  The decorator's mantra of less is more is so important for this look.  Let me show you how to classically.. Read more

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When it comes to buying or designing a house, do you prefer open plan spaces or a series of more intimate individual rooms? Both layouts for me have their merits but I think you have to be very careful when opting for a full open plan solution.  Before getting carried away with designing a house.. Read more

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Our recent love affair with the Hamptons has overshadowed some other styles that are also timeless classics.  The Hamptons look is absolutely gorgeous and a favourite of mine but it's good to sometimes look around the world and remind ourselves of some of the other enduring decorating styles and consider the home we have and.. Read more

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If you love to decorate you will really appreciate how important finishing touches are.  The clutch bag and necklace for the little black dress or the ideal leather belt for your jeans – you couldn’t do without them.  Cushions on a chair or sofa are the fashion accessories that you need to complete the room. .. Read more

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I love adding the finishing touches to a room.  All the big ticket items have been decided and it's time to add your styling to complete the look.  Windows that are properly dressed make a room complete.  Elegant curtains finish a room perfectly and they are so practical too, keeping out the summer heat and.. Read more

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I think that one of my favourite accessories to complete an interior scheme is the humble floor rug.  I have been in too many houses with large expanses of flooring – timber, stone or tiles – that are crying out for this simple finishing touch.  Even the simplest of rugs will bring many benefits to.. Read more

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What do you think about using colour for exteriors?  Have you ever considered using colour for the exterior of your home?  Or are you a fan of a safe neutral colour palette?  Children love colour and respond very well to its uplifting effects but as we get older and more sensible we tend to shun.. Read more

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There are so many things that are important when you design your kitchen but there is one item that will really save you space and keep you organised. It won't give you the WOW factor nor the beauty of a gorgeous marble benchtop.  Your friends won't be swooning over your amazing style and colour choices. .. Read more

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Which paint finish should I use is a question I am regularly asked.  As part of specifying I always advise clients but it isn't always that straight forward and personal choice is important too. Firstly before I get into specifics or even think about styles, these are the main points when considering which paint finish.. Read more

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What colour do I paint my internal doors is a question that I am frequently asked.  I can't give a definitive answer though as it will depend on a number of factors but I do have some ideas to show you here to help you make the right choice for your home. Firstly you should.. Read more

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I can't think of a time when the humble basket has not been integral to everyday home life.  As we gravitate to organic shapes and styles more and particularly appreciate handmade products, the basket has come to centre stage in the home styling stakes so I am going to show you how to style with.. Read more

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I am going to show you how to put a gallery wall together – one of the most eye catching styling features for a room.  There is nothing worse than a large wall with just one or two small pictures on it.  Without being in a group or with a reference point, they look lost.. Read more

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Have you noticed that beautiful soft pastel tones are back on trend?  In fact, even though so many interiors and exteriors are white at the moment, colour in general is also getting more popular.  Which I must say I am very happy about.  People tend to be a bit frightened about colour though so with.. Read more

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I believe there are 10 things to include in a laundry room to ensure that it works effectively.  Let's face it though, this room is often the last one on your list when it comes to a renovation but if you get this room right then it saves you so much time and hassle. Definitely.. Read more

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A tiled kitchen splashback used to be easy.  We picked a height that ran around to the base of our kitchen wall cabinets and stuck on the tiles to this height.  But have you seen lately that designers are coming up with so many alternatives? With different designs of tiles and interesting layouts for kitchens.. Read more

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It can be exciting, or daunting, some of you would say, to select the paint finishes for the exterior of your new home but the practical bits like roofs, gutters and facias are sometimes not given a lot of thought or attention.  Often clients look at me with a blank and worried stare when I.. Read more

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At home on the East Coast of America, the upmarket, but very understated Hamptons style has swept the globe.  It seems that every second house that I work on is based on this classic style.  Whether it is the delicate colour palette of soft blues, greens and greys or the relaxed styling, which still manages.. Read more

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Bohemian style in all its beautiful laid back hippie glory is sweeping the globe.  Whether you are in chic San Francisco, trendy London or on the coast of New South Wales, this gorgeous, patterned and exotic look is everywhere.  I have identified the classic Boho home accessories that you should include in your interiors if […]

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I love to read and central to my own home, and something that I try to include in a decorating scheme, are cosy nooks to curl up with a book and shady parts of the garden to lose yourself in.  The benefit of enjoying books of course is that unlike many other pastimes and hobbies, […]

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I am always hesitant about providing trends each year as I am a firm believer that you should decorate for yourself rather than slavishly following looks that can often turn out to be a short lived fad.  However it can be interesting to see what the trends are as it often reflects what is available […]

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The modern day buzzwords of eco sustainability are now firmly entrenched in day to day living and designers are often asked to create designs which integrate well with the natural environment.  When considering the environment it is the colour green which you often turn to, however other neutrals which are completely at one with nature make […]

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Indoor plants are good for your health.  This is a fact and one of many good reasons you should be scooting off to your local garden centre to include these in your home styling. I have a list of reasons why you should introduce these into your home and lots of inspiration and ideas to […]

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One of my favourite coastal looks is a neutral beachside scheme.  We are so conditioned to associate coastal style with the colour blue that we often don’t consider using anything else for this look.   Although blue is a favourite colour for the majority of us, in fact Pantone say 70%, we may not necessarily want to use […]

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Your choice of kitchen door handles can have the greatest impact on the overall look of your new kitchen but this is often a crucial detail that is overlooked and then becomes a last minute choice.  Let me take you through some ideas and show you how much a difference the type of kitchen door […]

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Renovating a bathroom is expensive and the old adage that bathrooms and kitchens sell houses is very true.  For these reasons I always recommend keeping a bathroom renovation simple.  Good quality, but classic and timeless, so that you don’t tire of it but it will last the distance. Often though people feel that this is […]

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I am a huge fan of an upholstered bedhead as I feel that bedrooms, as places of sanctuary, should be cosy, soft and inviting.  A beautifully finished bedhead makes a colour and sometimes a major design statement, is tactile and really nice to rest upon after a long day.  I have some tips below to […]

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Have you noticed the trend for black bathrooms?  These have been popular for a little while now but I am seeing more and more elements of this colour being incorporated in lots of different ways and it certainly seems like this is no passing fancy.  If you love this trend but are worried about its […]

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A window seat ticks the boxes for aesthetics, practicality and a great use of space.  They provide additional seating where space is at a premium, they can provide good storage solutions and are the perfect place to curl up with a good book.  Let me show you what to consider when you are designing a […]

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Stylish white bedrooms are always a classic.  The simplicity of the colour white makes this the perfect choice to use in this all important room.  Calm and serene, white is a gentle colour to relax in and therefore perfect for this space.  Even if you have a neutral or a soft calming colour like blue […]

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What should you paint on the inside of your front door? I am regularly asked about how you should treat the inside of your front door.  I have talked a lot about making an entrance, exterior colours and fun front door colours which is all very grand and exciting but then people panic and feel […]

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Eucalyptus, native to our beautiful Australia, has to be my favourite indoor greenery.  The subtle silvery green/grey tones are so stylish and the crisp, fresh menthol smell is cleansing for the home.  I have some inspiration to show you how you can introduce this into your home. Just one spring of Eucalyptus in a jar […]

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People tend to either love or hate a dark colour palette.  Those of us who do like them though are often too afraid to use them and the alternative of a light white or neutral scheme just seems an easier option.  Certainly, this can be true but often it isn’t the case of selecting either a […]

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Since the year 2000, Pantone has been announcing their colour of the year.  Eagerly anticipated by designers around the globe, the colour for 2019 is Pantone Living Coral.  A soft orange with pink undertones.  At first glance you may think this is an outdated colour but let me tell you more about the process and […]

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Skirting boards and architraves are often given the least thought – they are in fact an after-thought but the colour and tone that you use here can make or break your colour scheme.  I have some guidelines and tips to help you to decide the right colour for your look. Skirting Boards and Architraves are […]

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Look at a colour wheel and you will find teetering on the edge of blue and almost meeting green, the colour Duck Egg Blue, often also referred to as Robin’s Nest Blue.  Generally accepted to be in the blue family, when looked at closely, many will perceive this colour as green.  See my inspiration below […]

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Five years ago I would have only associated Canopy Beds with historical movies.  The realms of Queen Elizabeth 1st or Anne Boleyn seemed more appropriate then than a modern day bedroom but how things have changed.  The canopy bed is now quite a common piece of bedroom furniture which I am very pleased to see.  […]

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In the global world of interiors, the hot trend of the moment has to be Scandi Style.  Whether we are talking about country style Gustavian  interiors from Sweden, the Scandinavian mid century classic designs of the Modernist movement or the Danish passion for Hygge, we can’t seem to get enough of it.   In this post I am going […]

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It’s great when I get the opportunity to work with a client on a feminine bedroom scheme.  This is really a good opportunity to have some fun and make use of all the beautiful chintz fabrics and wallpapers available.  There are very few other opportunities to do this, but clearly as the bedroom is a […]

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The perfect creative space is a room that says a lot about you and one that you enjoy spending time in. Somewhere that really gets the creative juices flowing and where you are surrounded by things that you love and have meaning to you. This rule alone will help you to create the perfect home […]

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The great debate about whether technology has simplified our life goes on but in terms of decorating, whether we like it or not, we now need to consider a dedicated area in our homes to handle all of our media.  Hence many kitchens, studies or living areas are being designed to include media nooks.  This is […]

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