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Interior Trend | Velvet

April 2017, By Nicole Langelier. Photography by Dylan Lark, Aspect 11. Back in 1980-something when I was an awkward tween, I could imagine nothing more beautiful than a full skirted velvet dress. When my parents threw a big Christmas party for the toast of the neighbourhood, my mom took me to the mall and bought
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Design 101 | Furniture Placement

March 2017, By Nicole Langelier. Photography by Dylan Lark, Aspect 11. As property stylists and interior designers there are many things we see when we go out on quotes that are real design ‘’No- No’s’’. One, as you may remember from previous blog posts is hanging art way too high (if you have to crane
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5 Minutes with D+D’s Creative Director | Nicole Langelier

February 2017, ‘I Got It From My Mama’ By Nicole Langelier. It is often said (with a grimace) that as we get older we turn into our parents – that we take on their mannerisms, their habits and often their style. This can definitely be said for me with my mother. We look alike, sound
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Design 101 | Little Details

November 2016, By Nicole Langelier. Photography by Dylan Lark, Aspect 11. Design is in the details. Sometimes just a simple shift of the little things in one’s home is all that is needed to transform a space. Often when we style what we call ‘partials’ where we mix our furniture, art and accessories in with
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Design 101 | Rugs

October 2016, By Nicole Langelier. Rugs are a fabulous, magical tool when it comes to styling. They can make a room look bigger or smaller, they can cover imperfections, they can provide warmth, they can define space and most importantly they can bring your furniture down to earth and stop it from floating aimlessly in
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Preparing Your Home for Sale

September 2016, By Nicole Langelier. When it comes to styling for sale, it may take more than just our savvy styling to get your property ready. Often we do a lot of work before we install the furniture. Here are a few pointers on what to look at when selling your property. Façade & Garden
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5 Things to Remember When Selling your Home

September 2016, By Nicole Langelier. Look, selling your property is not always easy. There are many things to do to get your house ‘ready for inspection’, some of which can be rather challenging for the vendor. On the back of last weeks ‘Real Estate Styling for Success’ workshop with West Elm Chapel Street in Melbourne,
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5 Minutes with D+D’s Logistics Support | Gurkan Atak

August 2016, By Gurkan Atak. My journey to Melbourne began in my last year at University in Turkey, where we were preparing our solar powered car for a race which would take place in Australia. When I thought of Australia, like most people in Turkey, I thought of kangaroos, endless deserts, beautiful wildlife. Much more
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Design 101 | Modern vs. Contemporary

August 2016, By Nicole Langelier. Main Photograph by Dylan Lark, Aspect 11. I like to think of myself as a modern woman – I am a business owner, I am a free thinker, I dance to the beat of my own drum and I love modern design. But what is ‘Modern’ exactly? It means a
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Sourcing Destination | West Elm

August 2016, By Nicole Langelier. If you are a reader of my blog or a follower on Instagram then you will know that I am a HUGE fan of West Elm, the American furniture chain that reached Australia a few years back. As an American in the design biz I had the inside scoop on
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Why It Takes Money to Make Money in Property Styling

July 2016, By Nicole Langelier. We have all heard the old age saying ‘it takes money to make money’ and I can speak from experience when I say that it’s true. We for example have a capital intensive business that requires us to invest in many thousands of dollars, worth of furniture just to do
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The School of Real Living

July 2016, By Nicole Langelier. Last Friday I once again had the pleasure of teaching a Styling 101 workshop at the Melbourne campus of The International School of Colour and Design (ISCD) – this time it was in conjunction with one of Australia’s most popular interior design mags, Real Living Magazine and was therefore called
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