WHY INTERIOR DESIGN MATTERS

How many hours a day do you spend in your room or your office?

You’re sleeping in your bedroom for at least 8 hours a day. You’re in the office working another 8 hours a day. And a good portion of the remaining 8 hours in your day is spent cooking in your kitchen or watching Netflix in your living room.

There are only a handful of spaces that we spend the majority of our time in. Why wouldn’t you want to make it an area that makes you feel happy?


3 Ways Good Interior Design Improves Your Life

#1. Motivates you to work harder

Having the right interior design can make it easier to push through the last handful of tasks on your to-do-list or motivate you to get up in the morning and do some exercise.

Depending on what goals you want to accomplish, by changing your environment you make decrease the effort it takes to take action. This means reaching your goals become easier.

For example, you can change the colours and decorations in your office to improve your mood. Instead of having gloomy rooms with depressing walls and zero sunlight -- good interior design can open up the office to make it more sociable and find ways to brighten up the atmosphere.

#2. Improves efficiency

Each space serves its own purpose.

A living room is to relax, an office is to work, and a bedroom is to sleep. But if the space isn’t designed correctly, it becomes hard to accomplish each purpose.

For example, a bedroom that makes you uncomfortable makes sleep difficult. An office that kills motivation makes work impossible. And a bedroom that promotes stress makes sleep a nightmare.

Good interior design can make each space more efficient in accomplishing its purpose. This in turn greatly improves your quality of life.


#3. Increases comfort

It’s hard to be comfortable in a place you just don’t like.

By improving your interior design, you can make an area your own. Create colour schemes that please your eyes, add fixtures that make using your space a joy, and add personal accent pieces that make your space feel homely.

Need professional help with interior design?

Contact me today to get in touch and discuss your needs.


Phone me on 0402 441 934

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ART INSTALLATION FOR TOOWONG QUEENSLANDER

I was recently engaged to assist the new owners of historic Craigsmount with their interior design and decoration. Built in 1886 in the leafy Brisbane suburb of Toowong, the house is listed on the Brisbane City Council Heritage register.

A young family live in the home and their original brief was to furnish and accessorise the home in a traditional way to work with the period architecture. However, I’ve been able to convince them that we should be less predictable, by creating a blend of old and new that still pays homage to the character of a Queenslander while showing a playful and adventurous side.

On Saturday, I got our hanging team to install a number of artworks. I’m also creating black and white photo gralleres around the home that showcase family memories.

More photos to follow …..

The living room is anchored by a Persian rug. The James Stewart sofa is a contemporary version of a traditional Chesterfield that interprets the period architecture in a tasteful but playful way, while the marble coffee tables and luxury linen and velvet scatter cushions bring a touch of luxe to the scheme. The room is finished with a classic Hanover sofa from James Stewart and a Ruby Star monochromatic cabinet. Artworks are from Designer Boys.

The living room is anchored by a Persian rug. The James Stewart sofa is a contemporary version of a traditional Chesterfield that interprets the period architecture in a tasteful but playful way, while the marble coffee tables and luxury linen and velvet scatter cushions bring a touch of luxe to the scheme. The room is finished with a classic Hanover sofa from James Stewart and a Ruby Star monochromatic cabinet. Artworks are from Designer Boys.

INTERIOR DECORATING FOR GUYS

I’ve noticed a definite trend towards more single men wanting design and decorating advice when setting up home. Many admittedly have gone through a separation or divorce and are downsizing into apartments, although there are some who simply realise it’s okay to be a bloke and have a home that is stylish, just as it’s okay to dress fashionably!

The main thing to consider is to ensure the space represents who you are and how you live. Here are some general tips to guide you.

#1. Go gender neutral with a masculine edge

While it’s okay to be masculine, try not to turn your space into a man cave. Don’t make the colours too heavy or the furnishings too dark - but do have elements. For example, a dark leather sofa is great, but make sure you tone the armchairs down to something lighter in tone and look. A piece of sporting memorabilia is okay but don’t turn the walls into a homage to rugby. Do represent who you are though: don’t dress the space just to impress, show your authentic self with items like books on the coffee table that show off your hobbies.

#2. Ensure you have a unified scheme

A unified scheme simply means that everything in a space works together. That doesn’t mean to say it should look overly formulated - in fact a scheme that just “works” without it being obvious why is the way to go. Make sure that some common elements repeat through the spaces: an oak coffee table in the living room with an oak dining table in the dining space, and perhaps oak bed side tables. Again the trick is not to use a material or colour too much and make everything match, but enough not to make a scheme look piecey.

As a general rule, I like to keep a scheme fairly neutral but vary the tones: a charcoal sofa with light grey armchairs, with a rug that marries the two tones together. Don’t introduce too many features - the eye has to know where to rest. And use colour sparingly - books, artworks and feature chairs for example. The result will create a harmonious scheme that is restful but not boring. Again, create a masculine edge but don’t overdo it.

#3. Don’t be afraid to accessorise

Women tend to like accessories more than men - scatter cushions, ornaments, vases and the like. Generally speaking, men tend to keep to the main pieces and functional items. Perhaps people see accessories as more feminine, but there’s no reason why you can’t accessorise in a way that represents the male: coffee tables that show off our hobbies, candles with more masculine scents such as leather, wood or tobacco, and floor or table lamps in bolder styles with darker colours. Finally, one or two scatter cushions on your sofa or bed in colours and materials that are more masculine.




Need professional help with interior design?

Contact me today to get in touch and discuss your needs.


Phone me on 0402 441 934

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HOW TO DESIGN YOUR HOME FOR HIM & HER

You and your partner might agree with a lot of things…

But you might also have completely different tastes in others. And if interior design is one of those...

Well, there’s going to be a lot of arguments when it comes to decorating your home.

But it doesn’t have to be the most stressful situation of your life. If you follow these tips, you might actually enjoy decorating your home together and get through it in one piece.

#1. Mix and match

You prefer a traditional European style decor, while your partner loves the modern look.

Instead of sticking to one single design style for your entire home, why not mix and match?

Maybe you use the living room space more, while your partner prefers to relax in bed. Find what REALLY matters for you and your partner. Now make the decisions for the things that matter the most to you and let your partner make the decisions for what matters the most for them.

And if you have several things that both really matter to you…

#2. Compromise

Sometimes you just have to accept that things aren’t going to go your way. But that doesn’t mean nothing should.

Instead, you can take turns choosing what you want. Let your partner choose the appliances, while you choose the beds.

But sometimes it’s better to just…

#3. Play it safe

Instead of going crazy with design choices…

Sometimes playing it safe is the better option. This might mean neutral colours, minimalistic decor, and toned down accessory choices.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t put some personality into things.

Pick a few of your favourite items and let your partner pick some of theirs. You can both go crazy with these and make it just the way you like it.

The perfect home for him and her

In the end it might not be the perfect home for you. Or for your partner.

But if you follow the tips above and find a way to both be happy with your home…

It’s the perfect home for you as a couple.

And when you’re looking to design your home for him and her, that’s what you should be striving for, shouldn’t you?

If you have any further questions about interior decorating for couples, feel free to get in touch