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Reclaimed Furniture

February 2016, By Nicole Langelier Hard rubbish as it is known here in Australia, is when people put their large household ‘waste’ onto the nature strip (or sidewalk as we Yanks call it) for the council to collect and discard of appropriately. Often you will find furniture, appliances, plants, you name it – and quite
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Design for Longevity

February 2016, By Nicole Langelier As an interior designer and stylist, I have seen hundreds of properties around the globe and the vast majority of them – even in NY and Milan – have been dated, or at least on their way to dating and dating fast. I see it a lot here in Melbourne
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The Art of Feng Shui

February 2016, By Nicole Langelier I had a bit of a Chinese moment back in New York in the mid 90’s. I used to rollerblade (yes, rollerblade) to Chinatown from my apartment at the Chelsea Hotel to do Tai Chi with the locals at 6 am most mornings. I frequented ‘Harmony Palace’ on Mott Street
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Design 101 | Lighting

January 2016, By Nicole Langelier Are you in a rut? Having trouble fitting into your environment? Well, lighten up. It’s a new year and discovering a new you can be as simple as a flick of a switch. One of the easiest and most dramatic ways to transform your environment is through lighting. Lighting is
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How to Change Your Life in 30 Seconds or Less

January 2016, By Nicole Langelier Fancy a new look but don’t have the dough to buy all new furniture? Don’t worry you are not alone – and you are not stuck either! Moving, as I did last week, can really give you a new perspective on your furniture, art and objects as you will find
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10 Tips for a Stress Free Moving Day

January 2016, By Nicole Langelier It’s no secret that moving sucks. Moving is number 3 on the most stressful life events after divorce and death of a family member! Well folks, today is MY moving day and I am writing this as I wait for the truck to arrive. When I told people we were
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Design Trend |Shipping Containers

January 2016, By Nicole Langelier Tragedy often leads to innovation, inspiration and invention – and that is exactly what happened in Christchurch New Zealand after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes that destroyed a large portion of the city’s buildings – both contemporary and historic. As of about a year ago over 1240 of the quake damaged
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Reflecting on 2015

December 2015, By Nicole Langelier In 2015 I jumped off a mountain – both figuratively and literally. Just a few hours ago Tim and I Para-Glided off New Zealand’s highest commercial launch point and sailed smoothly and safely into the end of 2015. As this will be my last blog post of the year, I
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Design 101 | Size + Space

December 2015, By Nicole Langelier When it comes to the very sensitive matter of size, let me assure you – it matters. Of course I am talking about the size and scale of spaces and the objects you fill them with. So often when I go out on a quote, be it for property styling
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My Vintage Modern Love

December 2015, By Nicole Langelier When I walk into a vintage modern house, furniture shop, gallery etc. my heart starts pounding and I get short of breath with excitement. I once jumped out of a still moving car to get my paws on an early original Eames RAR chair at a roadside thrift shop in
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Interior Trend | Cork

December 2015, By Nicole Langelier Let me start by saying that I am not behind the 8 ball on this one, I have just taken my sweet time in announcing to the world my love of cork. At first I thought it was just a passing phase so I held off on the big announcement,
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Around The Block

November 2015, By Nicole Langelier Sometimes when Blogging, things you never intended to reveal have a way of coming out. Through the process of writing and researching, little secrets and guilty pleasures you never intended to expose to the world bubble their way to the surface and burst onto the Internet. That brings me to
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