Designer’s Tip…Can you mix different timbers and metals in same room?

Designer’s Tip…Can you mix different timbers and metals in same room?

I get some many clients who think that if you have an oak table, everything must be oak! Nothing could be worse…it’s like the 80s all over again where people bought who sets of furniture that matched. • As your interior designer, I want you to loosen up…Think of your timber furniture as all being part of a larger happy family, like kissing cousins rather than identical twins. • How far can you go with this? Well, recycled rustic light coloured timbers can go with white washed timber, elms, walnut (not too dark) and oak, but it can NOT go with glossy rosewood. • Don’t mix a highly glossy dressy wood with a beachy matte rustic wood regardless of the colour. • Dark timbers include species like wenge, walnut, mahogany, etc. Even this tortoise shell cane looks great in this room. • Important: Timber floors are like a pair of jeans, think of them as neutral not the colour blue! Anything can go on top Metals…Can you really have brass or gold in same room as silver and chrome? Your interior design says YES!! • Make sure your various metal finishes are reserved for different types of furniture. This space above works well because the brass is on a pendant light and the chrome reserved for the table and chair. I would not have a brass coffee table next to a silver side table…oh no! • Brushed finishes mixed with polished? No problem! • In this fantastic bedroom below, a silver side table looks great with gold mirrors. Very eclectic …in the best...
Whats the difference between clutter and styling?

Whats the difference between clutter and styling?

I’m forever going to my friend’s homes and rearranging their all their bookshelves while they cook dinner (they don’t ask me to, I am an interior designer who just cant help myself!) and the response is inevitably “I had no idea my stuff could look that good!” It is not a secret…here are my top three tips for turning your clutter into stylish arrangements 1. Group common objects – ideally they will be related in type i.e. vases, style i.e. tribal or color and that will make many multiple things work as one larger thing 2. Gather small things together on top of book or in a tray – lots of small things all in a row are horrible, but objects clustered together create tension between them and appear to the eye as one larger thing. Space too far apart and you just get clutter. 3. Balance – if you have lots of small things on a shelf or console table, balance that against one larger thing on the other side, as if weighing on scales. This works for art on a wall as well. 4. Stack it! – Its is the interior designers favorite tactic, why spread everything around in a mess when you can create artful little stacks? Neat and...
Orient Express Yourself

Orient Express Yourself

It’s still a bit cold though the calendar tells me it is in fact Spring… what is one to do with this shoulder season? Take a mini break!  Steal a weekend in a fabulous hotel, then steal their decorating ideas for a whole new take on life once you’re back at home. Here’s one look we are dying to lift – and why! The colour palette is to die for, mustard never looked so good (don’t call it yellow). Chic, sophisticated and tasteful, it’s one you will never tire of and one that is oh, so adaptable. Cool grey paired with earthy mustard is a year round winner and can be given seasonal pizazz with the addition of just about any other complementary colour, especially emerald green or any jewel tone. Fantastict use of ethnic shape and global symbolism is always successful, and in this room it excels. The trick is to keep the ethnic touches  pulled back and take care not to overload a theme. In this room, three key elements add exoticism – the shape of the fireplace, the Moroccan lantern and the tribal artefacts on the mantelpiece. Any more than that and it becomes overkill. Mixing metaphors! We interior designers love to mix things up and it works too, too well in this room. A Bedouin rug with Louis  armchairs, Phillippe Starck inspired lamps with Little Miss Muffet side tables, a masculine, tailored bed with a fret work lace bed head, take-me-seriously wall colours on fantasy ceiling stanchions – it’s all going on but with such cool restraint it’s irresistible! Mannigan Edwards Interiors can help you escape September on your own...
Boho Glam Bedroom

Boho Glam Bedroom

I think we have found a bedroom  that manages to make pink look all grown up…we just might be starting to like this colour!  Plus this room feels bohemian AND  sophisticated at the same time.  It’s a great look, how do they pull it off? Baby pink on the walls was a brave choice by this interior designer, and it is counterbalanced with the strongest of colour palettes: dark brown, gold, leaf green and red.  This combination is not the least bit trendy which is really refreshing. The stylistic choices in this room are super eclectic, traditional lamps and bedside tables are paired with modern art and a boho paper lantern.  It is obviously a room full of things that are loved which makes it feel authentic. Notice the bed has a very low headboard  to keep the pillows off the wall and then that great piece of art acts like a really grand headboard. I love how the lamps are not centered on the bedsides,  they are closest to the bed which is just where you want them and little collection of books fill the rest f the space, keeps it casual and inviting. How great are these accent cushions?  Classic white, a sexy French floral, plus a modern black and white pattern!  Unexpected and fun. To get the look start with some  Italian Cotton Sheets  in crisp white (may make it a bit hard to get out of bed)!  The Art site Paper Cartel  has a great array of brightly coloured prints. For a nice traditonal bedside lamp, check out Bloomindales Lighting.  www.Hardtofind.com.au have  lots of great accent cushions and many  have free...