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Neutral Territory

As an interior designer and stylist, I can spot a property that has been styled for sale (and a real estate agent) a mile away. Because of this I go to great lengths to make each of my projects unique and full of little details that create the illusion of a real, stylish ‘home’ and
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Retro Active

If you are a regular reader of my blog posts you may have noticed that I have a few loves – great design at great prices, repurposed design, and vintage design. I am nothing if not consistent! If you really pay attention to my blog posts, then you will also note that I mourn the
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Green Is The New Black

When I was a kid, ‘being green’ was considered highly uncool. You were a ‘tree hugger’, you were ‘granola’, you were most likely to be found in the park kicking a hacky- sack or twirling sticks, smelling like a potpourri of patchouli and weed, listening to the Grateful Dead or Phish. One thing you were not, was stylish
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Hitting The Mark

Wow. Can I just say Wow? I’m going to say something that as a designer maybe I shouldn’t, but Target’s new homeware range is spot on!  This is a new discovery for me. I have only ever been to the little ‘Target Country’ locations scattered around Melbourne and surrounding suburbs that carry socks and undies
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Paper Pusher

You know, sometimes, when you work hard and are good to people, life rewards you. My most recent reward for toeing this line came in the form of a dream interior design client. Not only has my client been a pleasure to work with, is passionate and engaged in the process, pays her bills on
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You Don’t Have To Be Rich To Rule My World

They say that money can’t buy you love – and the same can be said for style if you ask me. Yes – money can buy you beautiful things, but style and money do not necessarily go hand in hand and you ‘can’ have beautiful things without spending a lot of money. At the end
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Felt Up

When I was a kid a main stay of the craft table at any after school activity, summer camp or birthday party – along with Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners – was a pile of A4 (or in my case US letter) sheets of colorful felt. I would enthusiastically hack away at it with the
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Hide and Chic

Like the “LBD” (little black dress) there are some things that have lasting design relevance that is truly timeless. They can change shape, form and application, again like the LBD, but the general concept remains the same. That brings me to the humble yet versatile cowhide – fabulous and timeless in its many applications. In
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Floor it!

Let’s talk rugs, shall we? There are many ways to define a space, but in my humble yet professional opinion, rugs are ‘the bomb’. Rugs are the ultimate ‘Quick- Fix ‘ because in a matter of seconds you can transform a space through adding, rotating, changing and/or layering rugs. Let me give you a few
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Layer it on Me!

Burrr… Can you feel that? Winter is here and its time to hunker down and rug up. When it comes to the winter months, my fashion sense translates to my interior sense, and vice versa. It all comes down to layers, so…”Layer it on me” I say, both inside the home and out. The beauty
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Haters Gonna Hate

There are two types of people in this world – There are lovers and there are haters – I am a lover through and through and that goes for IKEA too! Seriously though – there are a lot of IKEA haters out there and I don’t get it. Sure, they are the kings of mass
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Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Oi oi oi! Boy oh boy – you are a creative lot aren’t you? I have always known that Australians were great designers – I have been admiring Aussie wares at trade shows, fairs and shops from New York to Milan and back for years, however at this years inaugural DEN Fair in Melbourne (http://www.denfair.com.au),
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