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Designer Furniture from Oz Design

My number one rule is to never follow trends too closely. Instead, I like to do what I call 'interior grazing'; grabbing a few nibbles from every scheme that appeals to me. Doing this creates a room that feels balance and won't date. This post is going to explain my philosophy further!

Brown Sofa - Oxford - from Oz DesignA friend of mine recently told me she was at a loss when it came to decorating around her brown leather sofa. She had tried adding turquoise accessories but admitted that it felt a little expected (I have to agree with her there). Here are a few ideas to ensure your brown couch - be it leather or upholstered - is used successfully in your space and plays well with your other pieces.

100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life by Jonathan AdlerIf my mother told me tomorrow that I was adopted, I think I'd book a redeye flight to New York to declare myself Jonathan Adler's brother. We seem to share the same adoration of colour, a love of quirk, a fondness of humour and a partiality to a scatter cushion or seven. It's in his latest release - 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life - he cements himself as my ultimate go-to guy for out-of-the-box home decor inspiration. So, we may not be brothers, but we are at the very least cut from the same cross-stitch!

Ceramic Pineapple in White, Yellow and BlueThere’s simply no denying the fact that I’m a bit obsessed with colour. Yes, I understand and have even posted about the fact that beige can be beautiful - and I fully appreciate the swoon-worthy qualities that a Scandi scheme possesses. But for me, dear Creatives, it’s all about a high-intensity hues. You can see why I was delighted to feast my eyes on these Terracotta Treasures then (or what some might call ceramic pineapples!).

Temple & Webster Styling Workshop at ISCDIt's safe to say that nothing will keep me away from my love of styling. When I was offered the chance to attend the Temple & Webster styling workshop at the International School of Colour and Design on Saturday, not even the wet and wild Sydney weather could hold me back. Not only did I walk away with the tools to complete my living room look, but I got to meet Temple & Webster superstar (and my personal interiors icons) Karen McCartney. Cue the crazy fan moment!

[caption id="attachment_3582" align="alignnone" width="640"]Coastal Decor - Cushions, Couch and Lamp Achieving a coastal vibe is all about the right tone and texture[/caption]I have to be honest with you, Creatives; I have been into homes where I have seen things I cannot un-see. You know, sand in bottles, shells in jars, Gone Fishin' signs; all of the things that people thought you needed to create a coastal decor vibe. Thankfully, design therapy has taught me that you don't have to be so literal with your decor. If you're looking to channel a coastal vibe, it's simply a matter of using tone and texture - with a little accessorising - no sand in sight!

Emma Blomfield from Nest DesignsSelf-confessed design nerd Emma Blomfield works not only as a stylist for her own company, Nest Designs, but as a homewares buyer too. “I see all the products before they are released to the stores, so I can see what trends are coming out”. Jealousy alert! I caught up with this very talented lady - and put my envy aside for just a moment - to learn more about her work, home style and the trends that make her heart race the most.