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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

I really enjoy all the different seasons as they each have so much to offer.  Winter is a time to retreat and to appreciate our homes and all they have to offer.  In the midst of the Covid pandemic, we have even more reason to stay inside and I was therefore excited to see the.. Read more

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I am a big fan of green and it has made my heart sing to see the trend growing stronger for green kitchens.  In fact, I'm wondering whether green is the new navy blue.  I swoon over most kitchens with colour, although my own one is white!  But I can dream and I am pretty.. Read more

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From its origins on the East Coast of America, the Hamptons Style has swept the globe and has become firmly entrenched in Australian design.  As with any popular trend, the Australians, with our love of design, decorating and renovating, have put our own stamp on the look.  It's really interesting to see how trends evolve.. Read more

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We have all seen the real estate photos where it is clear as day that the property has been professionally styled to sell.  We have also seen living rooms that are nicely painted, which have some decent furniture but absolutely no soul.  What you are aiming to achieve for your own home is one that.. Read more

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When I think of Coastal Boho Style, I think about people who are relaxed and interesting individuals with a story to tell.  People who take care of themselves, exercise each morning, care about nutrition and their environment.  They like pretty things, hence the gorgeous flowing dresses and tops that you see in Bohemian style fashion.. Read more

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Grey and white is here to stay, at least for a while, but this doesn't mean that your home colour scheme has to be developed around all crisp and cool colours.  Greys and whites can be warm and when partnered with some on-trend terracotta tones, with touches of sociable orange, you have a contemporary Autumn.. Read more

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The arrival of a new baby is a much anticipated event, particularly if it is the first one!  Planning and decorating a nursery therefore can be one of the happiest times for a family.  You want the room to be right for the newborn but also a place of refuge for parents too.  I think.. Read more

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There is no doubt that we Australians love to renovate.  Rather than move, we prefer to upscale and improve our existing homes.  Growing up in England, for me the focus was more on decorating your home.  With so many older style houses and smaller blocks, the emphasis was just on improving the interior, but I.. Read more

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Have you ever considered black for kitchen cabinetry? It can be a bold decision and one that I think many people would shy away from.  But a black kitchen has many benefits from a design perspective.  Read further to see whether this could be the right choice for your next kitchen renovation. Design benefits from.. Read more

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Bathroom renovations are not straight forward for a number of reasons, one being the wide range of inclusions to decide upon.  Often overlooked, but integral to the design of the bathroom, is the choice of showerscreen.  I'm going to show you how to choose the right showerscreen for your new bathroom.  I find that this.. Read more

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As much as we all love sunshine and blue skies, when it comes to being at home, we need the flexibility to control the heat and light that they generate. There's nothing nicer than coming home to a house where the temperature is regulated (without relying on air conditioning that hurts the environment and your.. Read more

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Selecting colours for an exterior scheme can be tricky, mainly due to people not getting the tone quite right.   Colours perform so differently outside to inside and we often don't take into account quite how much impact the sun has on an exterior colour palette.  Colorbond Surfmist sometimes gets a bad rap however, let.. Read more

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We are working from a home office with increased regularity.  Whether avoiding a virus, traffic jams or simply realising that with greater advances in technology, we don't need to haul into an office in the centre of town every day.  Even if you work from home for one to two days a week, it's important.. Read more

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Decorating a home can be a time consuming and expensive undertaking so I often recommend that clients turn to the classic warm neutrals when looking for a foundation to their scheme.  This creates a welcoming and timeless home that can be partnered with many other colours.  Decorating with warm neutrals isn't perfect for every style.. Read more

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Black, white and grey are perennial favourites in the decorating stakes and the basis for a classic Parisian decorating style.  Sophisticated and elegant, this look, which belongs to the salons of one of the world's most beautiful cities, is timeless.  The appeal of Parisian style is that if you get the basics right you can.. Read more

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The appeal of Australian coastal towns is that they are usually set to a backdrop of lush hinterland thus offering their lucky residents the best of both worlds.  Designing a holiday home between the beach and the bush offers a particular set of challenges though. For Melissa Bonney, Director at multi-disciplinary design studio, the Designory,.. Read more

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Has your outdoor entertaining area seen better days?  Are you watching the summer months go by thinking that you should really update your backyard?  If so, I have some great inspiration and tips for you to update your outdoor entertaining area courtesy of Dulux.  Let me tell you more here. Colour in the image above.. Read more

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Choosing the right style and colour for your windows is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to planning and building a new home or renovation project. With so much at stake, let me show you how to choose windows and ensure you get the look that you want for.. Read more

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Navy blue is the new black.  Many will argue that grey is the new black, however as a long time lover of grey and one who appreciates its suitability to many decorating schemes, I still contend that for right now, Navy is the current all star.  There is no doubt that the colour partnership of.. Read more

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I doubt that any of us would ever say that Mustard is a favourite colour.  In fact I always remember Tricia Guild, the founder of Designer's Guild and a lover of colour, professing Mustard to be one of the few tones she disliked! I must agree that Mustard can be a rather dull and dingy.. Read more

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Colour schemes for Christmas decorations change every year so you need to find a look that you like and build on it.  Unless you have a bottomless pit of money!  I have some contemporary Christmas decorating ideas to show you to make your Christmas fun and tasteful! My favourite contemporary Christmas Decorating Ideas Going Green.. Read more

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Warm whites, soft organic neutrals and delicate blush tones to offset and work with simple grey palettes are leading the colour trends for 2020. With a foundation to the colour palettes of warmer softer whites with pink and orange based neutrals, the look is pretty and inviting.  This isn't goodbye to grey, but a softening.. Read more

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Designers are always writing about trends but it is great to have a design element in the home that is a classic and a white kitchen is truly one of these.  Whether contemporary or traditional in style, a white kitchen is timeless.  I love to introduce colour into kitchens and do get excited when clients.. Read more

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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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