I’m not going to pretend that when I saw an email from Claire Bradley (Editor of Inside Out Magazine) in my inbox, my heart didn’t skip a beat.  Inside Out Magazine has always been a favourite of mine and the invitation to join their Open House along with 4 other bloggers was incredibly exciting.  Not to mention the fact that Rebecca Judd (of Rebecca Judd Loves) was there too, offering her expert advice and opinion regarding the house.

The event was a collaboration between Inside Out and Bugaboo and allowed us to have a sneak peek around the home of Matt and Lauren.  Their home will be featured in the May issue of Inside Out that is on sale today.

Matt and Lauren’s home is not just any home! It is spectacular – and I have seen many beautiful homes.  Matt runs Built By Wilson, a company that specialises in architectural homes, and Lauren, a lawyer, is helping out while she is on maternity leave.  It’s hard to believe that Lauren isn’t in the interior design business as her attention to detail and ability to create warm, beautiful rooms is immaculate.  Lauren told me that she prefers to layer a room over time and mixes high end pieces along with more budget-friendly items.


This 1930s Californian bungalow in Victoria’s Newtown, received a loving renovation that included an extra level added as well as an extension.  With beautiful oak flooring, extensive cabinetry, a picturesque garden and a kitchen that would be a dream to cook in, this really is a perfect family home.

The limited edition Bugaboo Bee3 + Van Gogh collection stroller is pictured below in the beautiful kitchen. Lightly ‘Godfrey’ copper lamps hang over the Boss Architectural ‘Ciment’ concrete benchtop.  The second kitchen benchtop in Carrara marble overlooks a splashback window filled with greenery provided via Jamie Durie ‘Vertical Garenwall’ blankets.




Rebecca Judd can be seen sitting here in the impressive toy room.  We were all blown away by the Bolon carpet tiles which Lauren has assured us are completely kid-friendly.  Lauren says that her and Matt have been known to fall asleep on this beautiful bench seat while the kids are playing – sounds like a great idea to me!



With three children, Lauren and Matt have created funky, yet practical kids’ bedrooms.  The room above features an Ikea cot and sideboard from Milkcart.  Lauren’s flair for creating impeccably styled rooms without looking over styled, can be seen here.



Lauren bought the pink chair above as a gift for her husband.  She has created a beautiful corner in this room, in front of a huge sliding door between the living area and play room.

A huge thank you goes out to Lauren and Matt Wilson for opening their home.  It was such a pleasure to meet Claire Bradley, Editor-in-chief, Market Editor Joseph Gardner, as well as Rebecca Judd who took us on the ‘tour’ of this beautiful home.

Typo to launch a new bedlinen range – the scoop!

I am big believer that it doesn’t have to cost the earth to have a stylish home.  With that in mind, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to chat with Jessica Granberg – Typo’s Head of Trend about the new bedlinen range, to be released this week.  Here is what she had to say.

1. Please give us a short description of your responsibilities at Typo.
My role as Trend Forecasting Manager is to provide our brand with global insight into trends, themes, styling, and product and colour direction that is suitable to the Typo brand. I’m responsible for working with the graphic designers on trends and colour direction while also supporting our team of buyers on what trends and colour palettes can be translated to our target markets and adapting it to all global regions. Typo is currently in nine countries and there are some regional and cultural differences!

2. What trends are you seeing in terms of colour this season?
We are capturing two directions with this collection; the first is building on our original story with soft aqua blues, mint and yellows, while also mixing geometric prints with neutrals. The second looked at picking up elements from different cultures by mixing strong black and white prints with neutrals to create a handcrafted Ikat look.

We also find layering designs and textures to get a good mix of plain versus hero graphics and colour works well for our customers.

3. What has guided the decision for Typo to start a bed linen range?
As always, our customers! It is an evolution of our product lines, from cushions to throw blankets to bedding, it was the logical next step.

4. Can you please describe the new range for us?
The bright geometric look is popular among our customers and the colours are in line with pastel trends we’ve been noticing. The stripe design is our key basic that suits anything you would already have in your home and want to add to. The Ikat design is a neutral direction into mix-and-match, and the grey is capturing the textural trend.

5. What products have been most popular from your homewares range?
We sell anything with graphics on them as our amazing in-house graphic team are creative geniuses. Statement pieces like cushions are stars. Our textured stoneware kitchen range has also been a winner in colours that are unexpected for a kitchen like bright yellow, aqua and also black. Our mason candle is also very popular due to its look and affordability.

I think the photos speak for themselves:


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That Summer-Time Feeling

It’s been so long since I have blogged and who can believe it’s my kids’ last day of school before Summer break.  I felt the urge to blog today about things that conjure up Summer.   The words that come to mind for me are sand, sea, cousins, green boat shed, sand banks, birthday celebrations and day light savings.  But as usual, it’s pictures that really evoke that feeling for me.  Let me know what Summer means for you…..





Christopher Polly architect, via archdaily



via perfecthideaways


via oldhouseonline, photographer: Randy O’Rourke


photography: Stephen Busken, via cushion and nooks


photographed by manuel gomes da costa for elle decor espana


via dustjacketattic


via myidealhome


via ohhellofriend

Add some spring to your home – part 1

Spring is here.  It’s not just that the calendar says so – I can also feel it.  The sun is shining through the clouds, the flowers are starting to bloom – and my son’s hey fever has gone crazy! It makes me want to move out all those earthy colour throws and cushions, and bring in some pastels.  But I won’t keep them too far, because it could be raining again tomorrow!


spring3via country road

spring4photo: Drew Kelly, via DomaineHome

spring5Kim Timmerman Design

spring7via Vintage Revivals

spring8via Johanna Vintage

spring9Interior Stylist: Charlotte Love, via 91 Magazine

spring9via 101woonideeen

I hope these inspiring images have given you the itch to redecorate. Next time I’ll show you some great products that are out at the moment that will help you reinvent your room – and add some ‘SPRING’ to your home.

Etsy Discovery

If you are looking for anything crafty or original for your home try Etsy!, But this advice comes with a warinng – you may get stuck on this site. And I dare you not to buy anything!!!!









World of style, by Porter Davis




Originally open only to those building a Porter Davis home, World of Style has now become open to the public.  When my friend and interior designer called me and asked if I wanted to join, I didn’t really know what to have in mind.  We took a trip to South Melbourne today to find out.  We found a large space cleverly designed to showcase many products and finishes available when building, as well as a cool cafe.  The kids room set up with little computers and tables to entertain the kids was also a standout.

Let me know what you visit. (All photos taken on my iPhone).









Did you say vignette?

There is so much talk lately about ‘vignettes’.  It’s like the buzz word going round.  I even heard someone call it a ‘vinegarette’ recently by mistake!

So what is a vignette, anyway? In terms of interior design, it basically means displaying  groups of objects around your home that are pleasing to the eye and tell a story.

Take a look at these vignettes below and you will see some common threads/rules:

1. Objects are placed in odd numbers

2. Objects are of differing heights – I’ve read that they should look like the NYC skyline.

3. Different textures should be used

4. Items should be placed at different depths – ie. not in a straight line.

5. The display shouldn’t look the same from left to right

vignette2via the design chaser

vignette3via mokkasin

vignette4available via etsy

vignette5photography: Prue Rusco, styling: Claire Delmar, via Homelife

vignette6 via Lotta Agaton



Having said all that, just remember that RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN!


Sticky beak into the studio and home of Exterior Imports (Natalie Asseraf)…..

Natalie Asseraf runs a fashion studio from home.  Exterior Imports is essentially a private shopping space that offers a selection of beautiful imported clothing. Natalie has created a space that allows women to shop in an honest and welcoming environment.  Trust me, I have tried it out!

When visiting Exterior Imports I have also had the pleasure of walking through Natalie’s home which of course caught my eye.  Natalie has a mixture of classic and quirky pieces in her home that create a relaxed vibe.  Thanks Natalie for allowing me to photograph your studio and home.

exterior studio

exterior shelf

Favourite room in your house, and why:

I love my study, it is a sanctuary for me to do my work in, it has a calm feel and a space for me to hideaway and get creative.

 3 words to describe your interior style:

Eclectic, colourful and quirky

 3 top homewares/furniture stores to visit in Melbourne:

Fenton & Fenton



What are you most proud of in your home?

I am most proud of the overall interior look and feel, I have managed to create a warm and welcoming environment featuring all my colourful and eclectic pieces that tie in together with an effortless effect.

 What will be your next purchase for your home?

A new piece of art for my bedroom

 Name two items you should never skimp on in your home:

Bed linen, towels

Messy or neat? Neat, very neat

 Best design/decorating tip you could give our readers: 

I approach the way in which I decorate my house in the same way that I dress my clients, stay true to your own aesthetic but don’t be afraid to push the boundaries with highlight pieces that pick up on current trends, colours or design.

extrior sideboard


exterior study

exterior wall

To book an appointment with Natalie in her studio, email  You can also see her beautiful website at

Need help styling/decorating a room?

Do you need help styling a room in your home? Many people find they just don’t know where to start and need a little help.  Here’s an example of where I would start.

ikea rug

I am so in love with this new rug from Ikea.  I spotted it in a magazine and assumed it was from an expensive store.  When I saw it was from Ikea I nearly jumped for joy.  Seriously, it’s that good.  The colours are fantastic and work so well together.  I can think of a thousand ways of styling this rug.

Here’s just one of many ways to be inspired by a piece. (There are also plenty more products that could be added to this room)

20140820-134256.jpgPlease get in contact via if you would like some help from me and my sister.  There are many options/packages available.


feeling under the weather

I’m not feeling so great today.  I think I am coming down with something and I’m about to hop into bed – very unusual for me! I’m lucky enough to have a beautiful bedroom, but here are some really cosy ones that I wouldn’t mind spending some time in.  I find that when I am feeling unwell, I really need to be surrounded by calm colours and tones.  And a cup of tea with honey helps too.……

sickBy esestudio

sick2via handcrafted in virginia


sick6found via luna belle tumblr


Let me know what comforts you when you are feeling sick.

i’ll let you in on a DIY secret……

I’ll let you in on a secret……I am hopeless at DIY! (Do it yourself)  I swoon over beautiful rooms, spend hours moving objects around so that they look perfect, could spend days shopping for homewares and furniture.  But when it comes to actually making things – not so good!!! I look at beautiful DIY projects and am in awe of the patience and skill of some amazingly talented people.  So I’ve put together a few examples for you below.  Click through on the links and you will see the instructions.  Let me know if you have attempted any of your own projects – would love to hear about it!!!! (Oh and by the way, my husband is just as bad as me, so between the two of us there’s a lot of procrastination when it comes to fixing things in our home!!!!)

short and sweetPhotos: Sarah Rhodes and Josh Rhodes, via A Beautiful Mess


photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes, via A Beautiful Mess

sweet3via everythingemilyblog

sweet4found on



fringe festival


via lagarconne


fringe3via urban outfitters


photography: James Stokes, via vtwonen October 2012

20140810-184533.jpgvia redefinedstyle

20140810-184737.jpgGregory Beauchamp, via design sponge

20140810-185027.jpgvia whowhatwear

20140810-185047.jpgAmira jewellery, available via etsy

fringe7photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy, via Anthology Magazine

fringe8available via etsy

run like the wind

windfound on yellow trace by Studio KO

wind2chloe via

wind3via toocooltobetrue

wind4Alexander Waterworth Interiors, photography: Emily Andrews, via Remodelista

wind5via Anthropologie

wind6Hotel Sam Georgio

wind7found on dezeen, photos by Roberto Ruiz, Colombo and Serboli Architecture

wind8Photography: Marion Brenner, design: Erin Martin


wind10via the style files

wind11Tanis store in Ibiza


especially for you


you2via Remodelista

you3Architecture/design by  Adi Gershoni Studio, photo by Bjorg Magnea, via Design Milk

you4via coco and kelley

you5Raw Architecture Workshop, via archdaily

you6via thebooandtheboy

you7via revistaad

you8via home edit, Alexander Von Waberer architect, interior design: Isabel Jover


by Jam Architecture, via knstrct

architectural masterpiece


Architects: Markus Wespi Jérôme de Meuron architects , Photographs: Hannes Henz

arcFound on

arc2Architect: Guilherme Torres, via archdaily

arc3photo: Ros Kavanagh and Barbara Corsico, architects: ODOS architects

arc4architects: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos, Photographs: Jaime Navarro Soto

arc5Architects: Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados, Photographs: Martín Schmidt R.

arc6Architects: Carles Enrich, Photographs: Enric Fabre

arc7Architects: Dierendonck Blancke Architecten, Photographer: Filip Dujardin



love letters

letter1found on

letter2image via goldandgray

letter3via weekdaycarnival

letter5found on


letter6Emilie Bedard Architect

letter7can be purchased on etsyletter8Morrocon Boucherouite rug via etsy

letter9photo by helynn ospina, via sfgirlbybay

letter10By Ganna Studio, via homedesgn