Monday, 21 July 2014

Tillinghast Estate - French Style Farmhouse or French Chateau?


This design project has been described by Yawn Design Studio as; "Couture meets French farmhouse." In a South Florida landscape this stunning home is more akin to French Chateau than French farm house. However, you may be surprised when you look inside. The home owner's brief was to use "materials with muted and neutral tones" and this has been achieved with great success.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Comfort Foods - Creamy Polenta & Mushrooms or Chili Sweet Potato? Oh! and not forgetting something sweet - All Gluten Free

I am sitting at my desk shivering, I have 3 layers on, including thermals, the heat pump is blowing away in the living room but unfortunately the heat does not seem to be making its way through to my office. I am in definite need of body warming, comfort food and after spending some time on Pinterest, I have found a few winners.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Interior Design - Finishing Touches - Foliage Displays, Kelly Hoppen Style


Deciding 'faux' is no longer fab, I have been seeking inspiration for fresh foliage displays. Last week I featured Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen's elegant style, Kelly's final touches to her room designs, consist of simple foliage displays that look stunning.

Monday, 14 July 2014

A Tuscan Farmhouse In Suburbia USA - Inside Interior Designer Lisa Gabrielson's Home

Above: The welcoming entrance to Lisa's  Italian style, farmhouse retreat

When it comes down to great design, no matter the style, the difference between a good designer and a 'great' designer is the overall ambiance a room or home exudes. Something so special that when someone walks in they not only instantly admire it but they immediately feel relaxed, happy and want to spend time in the room/house. Designing a space is not about creating a 'show home' atmosphere it is about respecting the client's brief but giving them a home to be loved and lived in -  a retreat from the frantic world outside our front doors. And, this is exactly what Interior Designer, Lisa Gabrielson achieved when she turned a suburban American home, into a Tuscan, farmhouse retreat for herself and her family.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Houzz a 'Must' Resource for Interior Designers & Home Decorators



Beach style spaces by Brisbane Interior Designers & Decorators Michelle Marsden Design

Most of you will be familiar with Pinterest, however, Houzz you may not have heard of. If you are seeking an architect, interior designer, stylist, landscaper or a retail store owner with resources for designers, it is a must place to visit. If you are simply looking for decorating ideas or products to re-decorate your home, again Houzz is a great source of inspiration.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

DIY - Decorative Wall Art Using Chalk Paint™ & Annie Sloan's, 2 Step Craqueleur


Recently I came across a set of bird paintings  and wondered if I could achieve a similar look with decoupage. Using Chalk Paint™ and Annie Sloan's 2 step craqueleur, I set about trying to reproduce the look and have created a tutorial with images to show how easy it can be.