The right rug

Depending on the brand, rugs tend to come in three standard sizes; small (160 x 230 cm), medium (200 x 300 cm) and large (250 x 350 or more). However, it’s sometimes tricky to know which size will work with which space. The following tips may help... 

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Painting your home

If you’re going to paint your interior walls white, keep it simple by using the same colour on walls, ceilings and skirtings. Change up the finish though. Satin on the walls, flat on the ceiling and gloss on the trims (the different gloss levels are for practicality but will also subtly change the shade of white, giving some sense of light and shade).  

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Vintage pieces for kid’s rooms

Vintage-inspired interiors work so well in children’s rooms. Even those pieces that would be too blatantly ‘cutesy’ for anywhere else in the house can work in a child’s bedroom, particularly a little girl’s room. From old furniture to over-the-top wallpapers, vintage pieces can really add something more authentically unique – again, just ensure you leave some ‘white spaces’ to prevent the look from becoming overwhelming.  

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Patchwork Throw

Patchwork came about as a way for women to use up every last scrap of fabric and avoid waste. It’s still a thrifty way to turn too-small pieces into something usable. I was lucky enough to be given a discontinued sample books of designer silks, which with a little help from my mum, I made into a lap throw.

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Winter styling tips

Whilst crisp whites and cool blues work wonderfully in summer, swapping them out for warm hues will create cosier interiors in the cooler months. This is where slipcovered sofas come into their own. Select white cotton covers for summer, and warm ecru or chocolate for winter. If you don’t have slipcovers, you can of course replace light scatter cushions with darker, more heavily textured ones and add toasty cable-knit throws.  

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DECORATING AN ENTRY

Firstly, add storage to house shoes, schoolbags and other paraphernalia that commonly gets dumped at the front door. If you don’t have room in the entry, you might have a nearby room you can turn into a mudroom or at least pop a hefty cupboard in.

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HOW-TO HANG WALLPAPER

This was the first time I installed wallpaper, I wouldn’t try it in a tricky room with lots of architraves or fittings to work around, but as I was just doing a simple flat piece of wall in the studio (and I had my photographer on hand to help!) I gave it a go and it was probably easier than I thought it’d be. Start with a lightly sanded wall and if you want to be really professional, give the wall a lick of size (available at hardware stores, size just gives the wall a little ‘slip’ so it’s easier to adjust the wallpaper as you’re putting it up).

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NORMAN PARK LIVING ROOM REVEAL

Living rooms are generally one of the most used rooms in the home. Good furniture placement can make them more enjoyable to be in. One of the main considerations is for seating to be grouped to accommodate both easy conversation and television watching. As this living room was large (7.6 x 7.4 metres) we grouped the furniture in the centre of the room. When you’re placing furniture within an open space, be sure to ‘anchor’ it with a large area rug.

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MAKE A LINEN CURTAIN

For windows that only require a light covering – a simple unlined linen curtain is perfect. It will still allow some light to penetrate but will offer enough privacy when needed. The style is classic and relaxed and the curtain so simple to make.

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KITCHEN DESIGN TIPS

A kitchen looks more beautiful when flooded with natural light and it’s more hygienic too as sunlight is known to kill germs. If your kitchen doesn’t receive enough light, consider adding a window, window splashback or even a relatively inexpensive skylight. If you need to add window treatments for privacy reasons, try a translucent blind (as we have here) which will soften an unattractive view whilst still allowing the light through.

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BULIMBA SITTING ROOM REVEAL

If, like these clients, you have an under-used room that needs a little love, these tips may help... As this room was under-furnished, and doubles as a thoroughfare between the front entry and main open plan living areas, it was unwelcoming and underused. With bare timber floors and very little in the way of upholstered furniture, the room was also noisy. The brief was to make it more welcoming, comfortable and quiet.

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