A couple of months ago thehome.com.au held a competition to find Australia’s Ugliest Living Room… After sifting through hundreds of submissions we found the ugliest… The home belonged to a couple who have been struggling to pay off their mortgage for the last 17 years and were so ashamed of how their living room looked they stopped inviting friends over years ago. Their very kind son nominated them and prayed that his parents would win. I can honestly say they were the most deserving winners. It’s not necessarily a title you would want to be the proud owners of but if you check out the pictures below I think you’ll agree that it’s worth it!
When I went for the site visit I chose the wall colour with the rest of thehome.com.au team and then Haymes Paints got to work painting the entire room and ceiling – just seeing it with the furniture removed and a fresh coat of paint was amazing!
I selected a fresh contemporary look for the furniture from thehome.com.au. The previous pieces were chunky and way too big for the space (not to mention very dated and well worn). The TV was also not in an ideal position so I flipped it over to another wall that then allowed for much easier traffic flow through the room. I can’t decide what my favourite thing in the room is but I do love that we were able to display as many pictures of the family as possible on the floating shelf as family was clearly very important to the winners.
Images by Dara Tippapart via Adore Magazine.
It’s been a giant year… I’ve been on 24 planes this year and I’ve still got two flights to go before the year is out. I’m Sagittarius so I’m meant to have a strong desire to travel and travel I did this year! I’m secretly hoping to fly a bit less next year, but it’s already looking unlikely with numerous decorating workshops lined up for early 2015. Sign up to the newsletter if you are interested in attending a workshop as I’ll be running them in various locations next year.
Other exciting things that have happened this year:
- Hosting workshops across the country - I’ve hosted more than 10 workshops this year!
- Launching an amazing designer rug collection with Urban Road in August – I’m still obsessed with all 9 designs.
- Designing the Incy Interiors first Sydney Flagship store in Chatswood Chase with Marj from Decor Project.
- Been featured in a number of print and online publications, most recently a big feature in Adore Magazine.
- Battled my serious phobia of public speaking and spoke five days in a row at Reed Gift Fair about the importance of visual merchandising. Won’t be rushing back to torture myself though.
- Helping style a number of pages for celebrity interior designer Juliet Love’s book (to be released mid next year)
- Completing a whole host of private residential decorating jobs and adding some great new work to my portfolio
- Becoming a Houzz Contributor – once a month I’ll be writing content!
- Transforming Australia’s Ugliest Living Room with thehome.com.au into an amazing new living room! See the reveal here.
- And on a more personal note, travelling to LA, Palm Springs & San Fran for an adventure of a lifetime with my besties.
Another year comes to a close but 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger, I’ve been working on three secret projects for the past few months and I haven’t been able to share anything just yet but in the New Year I will be able to reveal them one by one… One project has involved a bit of a facelift for the website and blog – I think you’ll really like it
I hope you all have a lovely, happy and safe Christmas and New Year wherever in the world you happen to be celebrating and I’ll be back in the New Year to share my exciting projects!
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I’m back from my tripping about to rural NSW, we had so much fun making floral wreaths for Christmas. While I’m there I always spend some time with the local ladies needing a helping hand with the decorating process in their homes. I love chatting with them about their decorating dilemmas and helping them solve problems that they’ve had with their layouts or furniture for months (sometimes years!). I’ll be back again next year and hopefully I will be able to do some before and after reveals to show you how their properties have progressed.
Usually the workshops are strictly business and focus on interior decorating but this time we wanted to do something fun for Christmas and making wreaths ended up being really therapeutic!! Here’s a peek at one of the wreaths we made in the class.
If you’re tempted to try your hand at wreath making I promise it’s not difficult to do! All you need is an afternoon to play + dodder vine (available at your local florist) that you twist together to make the wreath and then some floral wire to wire all the flowers in place. Easy! (hint: Australian natives are easier to work with as they’ll last longer).
Santa’s coming to a town near you!!!!!
To celebrate the silly season (my favourite season of all) I’m hosting two Christmas styling workshops. One with the uber talented DIY queen Jade from Havven and the other with my friends at Oaten’s in Casino.
Spots are limited with both workshops so that we can spend time teaching you how to make the floral and succulent wreaths and other DIY projects so if you’re interested please book in fast!
See all the details below.
BERRY, NSW – IL LOCALE - CHRISTMAS DIY DECORATING WORKSHOP WITH HAVVEN
Thursday 21st November
Come along and learn how to DIY a succulent Christmas wreath, a handmade rope bowl and hand printed tea towel with DIY Queen and Havven creator Jade Rennie and meeee! Ticket information here.
CASINO, NSW, 2470 – CHRISTMAS FLORAL STYLING WORKSHOP AT OATEN’S
Thursday 27th November - Friday 28th November 2014
A workshop packed full of fun activities with a Christmas twist. Come and learn how to style your table for Christmas lunch, how to put a gorgeous bunch of Christmas themed flowers together and more. For all the details contact Maree at Oaten’s.
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Taubmans is one of my most used colour charts when I visit clients needing paint colour advice, and no, they didn’t pay me to say that. I find that their range of neutrals are the best on the market and their colour swatch book is pretty diverse compared to others. The other day I received their press release listing Taubmans ambassador Shaynna Blaze’s 10 Commandments of Colour and I found myself nodding along to all of them (not surprising considering how much I love Shaynna.) Here’s number one below and in my opinion, the single best piece of advice for those of you wanting to re-paint or select a new colour scheme but aren’t too sure where to start. You can see all 10 commandments on the Taubmans website.
Quite often when I visit new clients to discuss paint colours, they are too scared to take a risk with colour and end up choosing white everything – white walls, white skirting boards, white ceilings and white window trims – this is fine if you’re totally into that whole pristine white thing but you run the risk of looking a little too clinical – think dental surgery….! EKK! So Shaynna’s breaking the white wall mould and encouraging homeowners to take risks with colour.
Finally technology has caught up with some of the awesome things I’ve always wished for and Taubmans has created a ‘Paint Your Room’ tool where you can load an image of your room and it will virtually paint the walls (if only it would actually paint the walls…!!)
If you’d like more advice on colours for your home feel free to drop me an email to see how I can help you. I can help no matter where you’re located in Australia!
What’s the biggest struggle you face when trying to decide on paint colours?