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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 Art of Display

What a beautiful tableau…personal and chic without being to overly contrived. Sometimes it is the small spaces that make a space special more than grand or expensive gestures. What is about this little corner that is so wonderfully nuanced by the interior designer?

Bigger IS Better (at least when it comes to house plants)

I’ve never really been a big fan of small house plants…perhaps it was growing up in the 70s when those awful trailing ones used to be everywhere.  Even the new trend towards hanging plants leaves me feeling a bit squeamish…making the macrame holder in neon does improve it’s standing…a little too hipster /art student for my taste.  Now, the obvious exception is a nice herb garden in a sunny window, brilliant, and the other exception is big ass plants, the more tree like the better.  Here’s why I love them: Large house plants are very dramatic and inject a bit of colour that doesn’t actually need to match anything else! They Improve air quality and reportedly in encourage positive and calm feelings They remind me of resorts and tropical vacations. Adds some height into a room when most furniture is waste high or lower…this is especially important in double height spaces So what kind of large house plant?  You can’t go past a nice palm like …easy to take care of.  The interior designer of this room  (see above) is a genius in my book.     Fiddleback Fig trees….love those big leaves. A classic choice    Giant bird of paradise…this was my choice for the interior design of my house on the Gold Coast.  It looked amazing in my living room for about 2 years and then it decided it wanted to be outside and it’s getting some much needed sun and rain. My parting advice…if your plant doesn’t look robust and healthy with ALL the brown trimmed off…better not to have one at...

Timeless Appeal

A classic and timeless room that will never date…it ticks all the boxes – the interior design of this living room is inviting, casual but elegant, comfortable and chic.  How does a room manage to look fresh and yet not overly trendy? White sofa – If it is humanly possible to pull this off in your own house (I have small children so no go) than a white sofa will ALWAYS make a room look so very chic. Bookcases – They add texture and colour all while making you seem so smart and cultured!  This one has a dark  background which makes it MUCH more interesting and hip than an all white one. Pendant lights – they aren’t just for over a dining table.  They add warmth and interest to the ceiling, give good light, and this case they are mismatched – one black one white…very cool. Mid century modern – Adding a collectible piece like this butterfly chair just seems to add depth and soul to a space.  This room successfully mixes pieces from all different design eras. The chesterfield – This style sofa in that gorgeous distressed leather is a true classic, comfortable, handsome and always in style.  A great counter balance to anchor a light room. Eclectic accents – None of the throw pillows match in size or fabric and that keeps the space from feeling too traditional or formal.  The books are also arranged in an eclectic atyle, not filling the shelves entirely like a library. Neutral colour palette – If you want truly timeless, go for white, black, and natural and then just throw in a few coloured accents...

Visual Feast

Wow love it!! And so simple too. Who isn’t a pushover for an all white room with a fireplace! Normally we think of white as a bit impractical to live with but this dining space is as usable as it is gorgeous…how come?

A Dramatic Entrance

There may not be a lot to this space, but what there is, we LOVE! This is a great example of how a few grand gestures can really make a room. What makes this entry foyer by so dramatic?

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