interior decorating

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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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!


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.

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

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


winter wonderland

winter1via vtwonen


stylist: gray label, via style files

winter4Mozhaisk House by Alexandra Fedorova, via homeadore

winter5via justthedesign

winter6via planète deco

winter7source unknown


winter9Parsonson Architects,Photographer: Paul Mcredie, via archdaily

Sticky beak into the home of Style on the Hunt

This beautiful home and artwork belongs to Gina, of Style on the Hunt.  Gina is an artist, a mum and many other things in between.  Read the interview below to find out more.  You can also follow Style On the Hunt on Instgram.








Describe what you do:

I greatly enjoy balancing work and looking after 2 kids. I have recently returned to my first love,  painting, after a 10 year hiatus.  During that time I was buying and working in my own retail fashion,homewares and accessories stores. I have had a varied and exciting career which has included working as a knitwear designer in New York for many years, artist/painter and    fashion retailer in Melbourne trading as Hues Gallery. I am now drawing on my experiences over the years of being a designer, colourist and stylist to find new direction with my artwork and am absolutely loving it! While I keep a stock of paintings, I especially enjoy commissioned work and dealing directly with clients and decorators. My aim is that the customer will end up with a piece they love.

Favourite room in your house, and why:  

I love my kitchen/ family room as that is where I spend most of my time. But my favourite vista is appreciated while reading in bed, looking out the window at our magnificent liquidambar tree, which wraps around the front of our home.

3 words to describe your interior style

Eclectic, practical, colourful.
3 top homewares/furniture stores to visit in Melbourne:

Hues Gallery, of course, was my favourite but is now closed. Now I would say Space furniture and Domo. I have purchased some timeless pieces from both these stores which add a great deal of style to our home. Thirdly, I would have to say  that I love markets and secondhand furniture stores. I have great satisfaction in revamping vintage pieces and making them modern.

What are you most proud of in your home?
My kitchen table which I bought in a secondhand store and used to display home-wares in my store, Hues. I brought it home, took the top off, sprayed the base, which had beautiful, ornately carved legs and made a new top to give it a modern feel. My modern chandeliers in the dining room add a great feel to the room and adjacent entrance.

What will be the next purchase for your home?

Now that the kids are a bit older I’m planning to re-cover the furniture in the multipurpose media/ lounge/ play room. With all its functions, the room gets a lot of use & the furniture has been heroic, so it deserves some love.

Name two items you should never skimp on in your home.
Lighting for its practical and aesthetic and flooring : it can make or break the look of your house.

Messy or neat? A combination of both

Best design/decorating tip you could give our readers:

Less is more. I’m not a lover of painted feature walls. Treat your house as a blank canvas and take your time finding pieces that reflect your own personality . Don’t over decorate a room, keep it simple, choose key pieces to make a statement.




To enquire about artwork email

texture tutorial

You know when you see something in a home or store and you just want to touch it? Probably because it screams texture.  A really effective way to create interest in a room is by using different textures.  Try a shaggy rug with a smooth, copper light.  A raw wooden table with beautiful leather chairs.  Instantly these different texture will make a room seem warm and inviting.  See if you can pick out the different textures used in these rooms. Don’t forget to scroll down to see my mood board of textured products too.

texture8photo by herz-allerliebst

texturePhotography: Sharyn Cairns – Styling: John Mangila

texture2via Lotte Manou

texture2via housenumber15

texture3Via KITKA design toronto

texture4source:  Jamais 203

texture5via abigail ahern

texture6via style files

Here are some products I found that make me want to run my hand over them: (I’m not suggesting you put them all together in one room!)





Scandi style is extremely popular at the moment and is a very definite ‘look’.  But how do I create this look for a client in a home? Firstly, check out these few examples and then Ill show you some key pieces to buy that help create Scandi Style in an instant:


Home of stylist Lota Aggaton, photography: Pia Ulin


via temple and webster blog

Now that you have seen what I mean by Scandi Style, here are some great products to try: (ALONG WITH PAINTING YOUR FLOOR BOARDS AND WALLS WHITE)

scandi3sheepskin via HKLiving


wall mounted moose available via ebay

scandi5black and white print via


scandi sideboard available at replica furniture


cushions from adairs

Here’s a little mood board of my own I put together.  Looking very scandi already!!!  Feel free to ask any questions.


New kid on the block – Glass Merchants Cafe

Im always excited when a new cafe opens up in my ‘hood’.  The Glass Merchants Cafe (next to The Wall) in Balaclava is ultra funky! With artwork by David Bromley, white brickwork and amazing high loft style ceilings this place is definitely on trend.  The coffee hit the spot and my daughter was pretty happy about the old toy car she got to play on.  Ill definitely be a repeat customer.  Come to think of it, this would actually be the PERFECT spot for a party!!!!








under the weather

A bit under the weather today (nothing serious).  All of these images are looking appealing to me right now! What do you crave when you are feeling under the weather?


via urban outfitters


stylist Lotta Agaton


Photography: Monica Wang for Style Me pretty


stylist Joanna Laven for Yellowtrace

weather5found on trendenser 


found on indulgy


found on etsy by Chris Maher Design


styled by nest, via The Design Chaser, photography Kate Grewal


Most of our kids’ rooms don’t look like this, but wouldn’t we love them to??? There’s no reason your kids room can’t be inspiring, playful and fun.  Which is your favourite?

kids12Photo : Louise Desrosier for milk magazine

kids1via Fawn and Forest


via kenziepoo


via petitevintageinteriors


via jefferson and jane


via decor8


available at Ikea


source unknown











geometric copper light, seen on calloohh callay



via wearemaven


copper2found on garden life




 vtwonen apr2012,s tyling Marianne Luning, photography  Anne de Leeuwcopper6 copper7

Shoot stylist: Jenny Hjalmarson Boldsen, Photography Hannah Lemholt For Elle. Via Coco Lapine.




found on annaleenashem


found on Anthropologie