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Styling 101 | Bling

November 2015, By Nicole Langelier As a stylist and interior designer, I have seen many many properties of all shapes sizes and styles (some modest, some quite the opposite indeed…). I do however, believe that style is subjective and that if you love the way something looks – regardless of how other’s feel about it
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Ikea Hacks

Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that I am a fan of IKEA. This doesn’t mean that my home or the homes that I style and design look like an IKEA catalogue – quite the opposite in fact – IKEA in moderation blends with other more prestigious brands or vintage and
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Furniture, Art and Object Auctions

  Even though I have been in Australia for nearly 4 years and styling properties practically since I set foot on this red earth, I still find it hard to get my head around the fact that most properties in this country are sold under the hammer. My friends and family back in America can
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How To Pair It

Many years ago now (before moving to Milan and then Melbourne), when I was living at the famous New York bohemian enclave “The Hotel Chelsea” – or, as it was known to us locals ‘The Chelsea’, I was asked by another one of the residents, who worked for American Vogue, if I would agree to
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Concrete Jungle

October 2015, By Nicole Langelier I’m a city girl and having spent my whole adult life in NYC (before escaping to Italy where I lived for 5 years before moving to Australia in 2012), I love – and will always love – the  sprawling landscape of a concrete city. The first time I really fell
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Drift House

October 2015, By Nicole Langelier When it comes to good pairing, there are a lot fabulous combinations out there: Wine and cheese, dinner and a movie, peanut butter and banana to name a few, but in my opinion there is no better combination than love and design.  This weekend past was my 4th wedding anniversary,
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Shelf Life

As a property stylist, I am often thrown design curve balls and challenges. I do love a challenge and one of the best parts of the job is having to think on my feet and to come up with a really cool solution to what could have been a major problem (that I can later
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PS I Love You

Yesterday, in yet another mad Sunday dash to IKEA for another car load of feather cushion inserts before a massive week of properties to style, I was caught off-guard and I fell in love….again. Maybe it was the intoxicating aroma of warm cinnamon buns wafting through the air that got me in the mood, or
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Work it if You’ve Got it

I recently saw a hilarious ‘DIY’ meme on Facebook that read “Why buy it for $7 when you can make it yourself with $92 worth of craft supplies”. So true in most cases really, unless you are just repurposing what you already have. I am not a hoarder. Let me make that clear – but
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Styling 101

They (whoever they are) say that ‘style’ can’t be taught – well I beg to differ. Style can be taught if you are willing to learn, and today I was honored to teach the first ever workshop – Styling 101 – at The Institute of Colour and Design’s (ISCD) brand new Melbourne location. The workshop
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More Than You Bargained For

As far as I am concerned there are two types of people in the world: Those who brag about getting a bargain and those who tell you they paid full price when they didn’t. I definitely fall into the first category – much to my husband’s chagrin…. Despite the pleasure I find in disclosing my
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Life’s a Beach

As a New Yorker one thing that has always amused me about Melbournians is how you’re always whinging and moaning about the freezing winters – 11 degrees (52 degrees Fahrenheit) does not a freezing winter make! (That being said today is bloody freezing – and it’s spring! I must be turning into an Aussie…). Maybe
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