In celebration of Easter I thought it would be nice to run up a "sweet" bedroom design for a girl. I've pulled the colours from the gorgeous cake pictured by Nordic Nordic. The colour palette uses calming colours like Porters Paints "Nettle" or "Napoleon" for the walls, grey furnishings and art followed up with navy and pink. Line the back of a bookshelf with a beautiful wallpaper to add playful pattern and accessorise with plenty of coordinating storage. Get in touch if you have a little person who needs a new bedroom design. If you're too far from Brisbane I can pull together an e-design for you.

I know it's not spring, however I have recently noticed a growing trend amongst my friends to reduce their possessions. I do not know if it is simply due to a stage in our lives or if perhaps society has reached consumer saturation because this is certainly beyond spring cleaning.
I do know that the clutter in my home makes me unhappy. I've always loved a good clear out, so when one of my lovely friends told me about the KonMari method (Marie Kondo) I was intrigued. The fundamental philosophy is that when you hold an item it should spark joy. If you are only surrounded by things you truly appreciate & love, you will ultimately be happier. It may seem strange for an interior designer to be discussing reducing the items they own, however interior designers believe a good edit of your home & only owning things you love or need results in a home you love. Ultimately, the items that are not sparking joy are hiding what you love.
I recommend reading the KonMari method for a true lasting change but here are some basic tips.
1. Review your belongings by category into 3 piles (charity, rubbish, love/ need). Marie recommends starting with clothes, however I prefer the kitchen because I have less attachment to kitchen items. If you love the item or need to use it frequently it stays. Otherwise, it needs to go. Be ruthless.
2. Before anything goes back, clean the area & pop in labelled storage if appropriate. For children’s areas use photos of what belongs in the container.
3. Only bring in new items if you truly love or need them.

Hello lovely people. Today I am sharing one of my recent projects. This bathroom was designed for a family home with a modern Australian style. The floorplan of this bathroom was reworked to create a bath shower zone on a platform, allowing the vanity to be accessed on entry to the room plus the benefit of a larger shower & bath. The zones have been separated by creating a platform for the bath & shower that has a darker floor tile laid in the other direction to the vanity zone. Matt white & concrete look tiles, combined with a simple timber vanity provide an uncomplicated fresh look. Oval features in the bath, mirror & basin soften the straight lines of the room & provide a feeling of spaciousness in what is actually a very small space.

Are you thinking about a refresh for 2017? 2016's blues and blush pinks are giving way to beautiful bright greens which will lend a wonderfully fresh organic feel. Try adding cushions, art or a lamp shade with botanic prints. Or if you’re feeling really bold try a wall paper or painting a wall. Pair your green with whites, natural linens and rattan for a really relaxed feel, or dress her up with metallics. Even if you are not interested in green accents, any home benefits from a beautiful green plant. If you’re a bit of a brown thumb try a good quality artificial plant. They are so realistic now. Whatever you do, make sure it is easy to change out when you tire of it and only bring it in if it’s something you love.

I am so excited to be kicking off 2017 by launching my website. Tonight I'll be raising a glass to a beautiful 2017.