VIBRANT LUXE

A more vibrant take on a refined and luxe living room. 

Shop the look by simply clicking on the images to take you directly to the suppliers product page! 

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BEACHY GOODNESS

Lately I've been finding myself drawn to beachy, relaxed interiors - it may have something to do with it being summer or my new found love for the beach (I have seriously gone more in the last month than in probably the last 5 years!). But it's got me appreciating the laid-back effortless look. 

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HEY, WHOS THAT FRAUD?

I've been listening to a lot of podcasts the last few days, mainly by Jaharn Giles from Your Creative Start. She interviews creatives from all fields and talks about their business, how they started and their advice for creatives. 

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THE H&G COLLECTION

H&G Designs have just released a new extension of their current offering called The H&G Collection which is available exclusively through affiliates (which includes me!)

This is basically a curated collection of their signature products, their OMMO products and new exclusive homewares such as; pendant lights, throws, cushions, mugs, smaller homewares - this list goes on! 

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HUNTING FOR GEORGE

For those of you who haven't heard of Hunting for George, you're missing out. This may sound dramatic, but after looking through their website, you'll see this ain't no exaggeration. 

Hunting for George was created by sister duo Lucy Glade-Wright and Jo Harris. Their aesthetic is simple, good quality and well thought out but not fussy. They have done things quite differently to a lot of interiors retailers, including having a journal and online blog called 'Community' which includes a Meet The Maker section that highlights the designers and artists that are stocked in their stores. 

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KATE LEABEATER

Kate Leabeater is an Interior Designer and Stylist based in both Sydney and Melbourne. She has been in the industry for over eight years and works on both residential and commercial interior design, styling, colour consultancy, editorial work with magazines such as Real Living and also branding. 

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THE SIDE HUSTLE 2.0

I did a post about 18 months ago called 'The Side Hustle' talking about why I chose to study and start my blog on top of working full-time. The funny thing is that I got so used to having a 'side-hustle' that I feel weird or lazy if I don't have a side project (or multiple) going at once. 

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THE ROUND UP: MY FAVE IG ACCOUNTS

We all have our fave Instagram accounts, the ones we actually go onto to check for updates or watch their stories with intent. Here are my ten fave accounts, they are creative's from varying disciplines but the one thing they all have in common is a load of talent! 

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HOUSE CRUSH: COS INTERIORS

Warehouse conversions are right on the top of my wish list. So many possibilities with the open layout, so many windows, so much natural light, exposed structure - wood, steel, concrete. Oh, the list goes on. 

I found this insane conversion by Cos Interiors in Fitzroy, Melbourne and had to share - I mean look at it!!! The mixture of materials in here is an absolute dream and the black framed glass is calling my name.

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BARNABY LANE

It's always such a privilege getting to know a little bit about the people who created products and brands that I really love and Barnaby Lane is one of those! And when the creators are as lovely as Rae, it make you love the brand that little bit more. As the saying goes; "people don't buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it". 

Barnaby Lane are well known for their beautifully designed and crafted dining chair, occassional chairs, stools, benches, side tables, pendants, plus more! 

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GETTING PERSONAL

Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with Interiors! 

Today's blogpost is a something a little different and certainly not something you may expect to find on an interiors blog, but as this is my platform I've decided to share something quite personal to me as I always like to read about peoples experiences that are similar too mine, so perhaps a few of you can relate. 

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BREATHE EASY

Lately I have been finding myself drawn to images of calming interiors. By all means calming does not have to mean boring or plain! Gone are the times of calming interiors being only whites, creams and soft fabrics.

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CATHERINE HERAGHTY

The Stables is a property styling company in Sydney, lead by their Creative Director - Catherine Heraghty.  Catherine has been in the styling industry for over 10 years and has developed a distinctly simple, clean and vibrant style! 

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ARRIVAL HALL

Arrival Hall is homewares store in East Perth, with a difference. Not only is it a stunning converted warehouse space but it's also a concept store. The ground level is full of amazing products and the second level is a living room / dining area / kitchen (you can even purchase a killer coffee!). This all sounds great but it looks even better.

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MICHELLE HART

Michelle Hart is the woman behind Bask Interiors. She is a Melbourne based interior/product stylists who's work has been featured in Real Living, Adore Magazine, Australian House and Garden and more!

Her work is also bright and fresh with rich colours/textures creating a strong but complimentary contrast. Her philosophy is "When you walk through your front door, I want you to forget about the stresses of the outside world. Your home is your sanctuary. Your interior space should make you happy and you should want to bask in it. As if you were on the beach in the sun. Reading a book. Sipping a coconut. No – a Mojito!"

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THE HOME OF STEVEN & CAROLE WHITING

While scrolling through Instagram and blogs as I do on any day, I came across this masterpiece. 

This is the Melbourne home of Whiting Architects’ Steven and Carole Whiting. For me personally it ticks every box I could think of, extremely functional, modern, cosy, simple and clean with unmistakeable touches of personality and style. 

“It is not about making a massive statement,” Carole says. “It is, however, about finding the balance between simplicity and warmth and creating a sense of home.”

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MEGHAN PLOWMAN

Meghan Plowman is a local Perth creative. She is a photographer and art director, she also has a paint range in collaboration with BAUWERK and her own range of photographic prints available on her website. 

It's very clear to see from her work that Meghan has a deep appreciation for great design that is simple and doesn't need to hide behind distractions. She has worked with a number of impressive clients, including; Status Anxiety, Mast Furniture, Once Was Lost and more! 

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BE BRAVE

COLOUR.

It can be a little daunting. I myself, have been quite conservative on colour in my own interior choices, mostly sticking with a calming palette of blues, greys, white and black. And while I do love this relaxed vibe, I often find myself looking at more colourful interiors thinking 'I wish I could do that'. 

I went to the Styling 101 workshop with Julia Green at The Design School in Melbourne and she asked us what we thought neutral colours were. We all said tans, beige, cream etc. If any of you have seen Julia's work, you'll know that she's a big fan of colour, she said to her the most staple neutral colour is a blue/teal. It got me thinking how subjective colour is and how interesting and layered a space can be with a combination of colours, not to mention the amount of subconscious feeling different colours can invoke in people!

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