African design has been popular on and off for years now, but most incarnations of it have featured a colour story of blacks, beiges, whites and the occasional pop of burnt orange. Mix in a few animal prints, some leather and a splash of brass and you have a gorgeous - albeit subdued - African interior scheme (take a look at an example here).
I think I need to rename Real Rooms to 'Rooms that Make me Weep with Joy'. This latest instalment, which belongs to graphic designer Amber Stapff, is a Scandi wonderland with a minimalistic and calming vibe. You can totally see the designer at play in this space. And I have to admit, it's making me question my love of colour (please do not tell colour I said that!).
I half wanted to smile and half wanted to cry when I saw this photo hit my inbox. Smile because this Real Room from the holiday home of Lani Kirpichnikov is utterly, utterly stunning - and cry because I am so filled with jealousy right now (as I sit with my bar heater on) that I'm practically ready to release my own cologne, TLC: Envy. Just look at this fiery phenomenon; it's amazing!
I've always been a bit hesitant to introduce indoor plants into my living space. In the past, they've reminded me of a doctor's surgery or corporate office of the '90s. I don't know about you, but the thought of indoor pots with moss spilling out over them makes me cringe uncontrolably. Thankfully, I spotted this glorious solution to totally revamp the concept of greenery indoors - and all it takes is a few decorative wicker baskets.
[caption id="attachment_3582" align="alignnone" width="640"] 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!
Where does one start when it comes to describing Oz Design? While it's been around as long as I have (30 years and still doesn't look a day over 25!), in recent times it's multiplied its amazement factor. When I walked into the Moore Park store for my exclusive tour, I almost needed the store manager, Joe, to slap me across the face to wake me out of my design-induced coma; the current range is that phenomenal.
I'd known for a long time - being an absolute stationery lover - that an expedition to Little Paper Lane in Sydney's Northern Beaches was going to be an awe-inspiring experience. I wasn't quite ready, though, for just how jaw-droppingly amazing it actually was (cue the love song!).