6 quick way to style your bathroom

 1. BASKETS  A perfect way to style or disguise. Roll up some pretty towels, use it as a bin or store a stack of toilet paper. Or add greenery by placing an indoor plant into the rattan basket. Smaller baskets can be used to place cotton bud or cotton wool to style the counter top.   WE LOVE :  MIFUKO  |  IKEA  |  KMART  |  PAPER PLANES

1. BASKETS

A perfect way to style or disguise. Roll up some pretty towels, use it as a bin or store a stack of toilet paper. Or add greenery by placing an indoor plant into the rattan basket. Smaller baskets can be used to place cotton bud or cotton wool to style the counter top.


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 2. Wooden Accents   Adding wooden accents create an element of relaxation. Creating a spa feel at home, allows for a more relaxed environment. You can add a wooden bath rack and body brushes.  WE LOVE :  MUJI  |  BODY SHOP  |  CEDAR MAGIC

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Adding wooden accents create an element of relaxation. Creating a spa feel at home, allows for a more relaxed environment. You can add a wooden bath rack and body brushes.

WE LOVE : MUJI | BODY SHOP | CEDAR MAGIC

 3. ORGANIC SKINCARE IN PRETTY PACKAGES  Skincare concise, buying skincare items that are more environmentally friendly and less harmful for the skin, is a trend that keeps on given with new brands and products hitting the shelves. Im a sucker for aesthetically pleasing packaging.    WE LOVE:  THE HARMONIST  |  OUAI  |  FRENCH GIRL  |  ASHLEY & CO

3. ORGANIC SKINCARE IN PRETTY PACKAGES

Skincare concise, buying skincare items that are more environmentally friendly and less harmful for the skin, is a trend that keeps on given with new brands and products hitting the shelves. Im a sucker for aesthetically pleasing packaging.

WE LOVE: THE HARMONIST | OUAI | FRENCH GIRL | ASHLEY & CO

 4. TEXTURED TOWELS  Say goodbye to white fluffy hotel style towels, that stain easily and opt for organic linen and cotton waffle towels. Add a mix of textures and colours to create a dramatic feel.  WE LOVE:  FLOCCA  |  AURA  |  FACE TOWEL  |

4. TEXTURED TOWELS

Say goodbye to white fluffy hotel style towels, that stain easily and opt for organic linen and cotton waffle towels. Add a mix of textures and colours to create a dramatic feel.

WE LOVE: FLOCCA | AURA | FACE TOWEL |

 5. TRAYS  Never underestimate what the addition of a tray can do. Place it either on a bedside table, on a coffee table, on a window cill, on a bathroom shelf. By simply adding stylish lotions, a small vase with flowers, or even a candle. Creating a cluster on a tray can add to the style of the room.    WE LOVE :  ZAKKIA  |  ZARA  |  H & M  |

5. TRAYS

Never underestimate what the addition of a tray can do. Place it either on a bedside table, on a coffee table, on a window cill, on a bathroom shelf. By simply adding stylish lotions, a small vase with flowers, or even a candle. Creating a cluster on a tray can add to the style of the room.

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 6. A TABLE MIRROR  A Table mirror is useful for many reason, perfect to see a reflection and a perfect to assist with applying makeup.    WE LOVE:  TROUVA  |  H&M  |

6. A TABLE MIRROR

A Table mirror is useful for many reason, perfect to see a reflection and a perfect to assist with applying makeup.

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How to style a beautiful guest room

Whether you wish to create a luxurious guest retreat or start a Airbnb, a beautiful guest bedroom is a must to make your guests’ stay a joyful experience.

The spare bedroom is often the most neglected of all rooms. Its a simple space to style without breaking the bank. With these few tips for decorating your spare bedroom it will ensure your guests have a relaxing stay.

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The Basics.

Simple changes can make a huge difference. Instead of replacing an outdated bed, save money by investing in a soft mattress protector to create a plush feel and allow your guests a good nights sleep. Selecting gorgeous matching linen and completed with fluffy, comfy pillows create for a inviting and comfortable bed. Select a colour scheme of neutral colours with accents in calming colours of blue, grey and sage green will create a classic and restful room for guests.

WE ARE LOVING: In Bed Store | i Love Linen | In the sac |

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The Essentials

Its important for your guests to feel at home, to achieve this make sure your room has all the necessities. A bedside lamp is a must for those who like reading to wind down. Invest in matching coat hangers for the wardrobe to create an elegant look. Opt for a clothes rail, if the room does not have a wardrobe. Make sure you steer away from plastic and use materials like, dark woods or black materials. Placing a bench or ottoman at the foot of the bed, brings character to the room and added texture. Before your guests arrives place a selection of fresh towels in the room in luxurious, thick fabrics, preferably in crisp white.

WE ARE LOVING: Bed Bath n Table | Adairs | The Beach People |

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Luxurious touches

To create a luxurious retreat for your guests, its important not to forget the decorative touches. Add an extra layer on the bed with a textured throw or an accented pillow. Place a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside accompanied with a scented candle, creates for a hotel-at-home feel.

If your spare room has a ensuite, place a hand wash and selection of bathroom products like shampoo, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste is a thoughtful touch. Its the finishing touches like these that makes your guest feel at home.

WE ARE LOVING : Hutwoods candle | Aesop | Ecoya | House of Isabella |

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Practical details

Practical details add an extra element that your guests will be thankful for. Place a spare phone charger and a power adapter in the small decorative basket, along with a spare ket and details of your wifi password. Opt for storage in natural materials like wood or rattan, this softens your guest room and create a warm environment. If your guests are visiting from overseas, by curating a local guide and placing some snacks, your jet lagged guests won’t go unnoticed.

Your spare bedroom should be a perfect balance between a hotel suite and a personal, relaxing extension of your home - so paying attention to the finer details will create a stay your guests will never forget.

WE ARE LOVING: French Knot | Sheridan | Cox & Cox |

My dream Pendants

Ay Illuminate

Currently obsessing over Ay Illuminate lighting Collection. Ay Illuminate is inspired by distant cultures and their traditional crafts. The Dutch design company works only with natural materials and applies local craftsmanship in Asia and Africa to produce their unique products.

Organic materials including natural bamboo, linen, cotton and sisal are brought together to produce an elemental, sophisticated lighting centrepiece. Absolutely drool worthy.

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Apartment full of character

An apartment full of character. All white walls, antique fireplace, wainscoting, soft linens and that built in bookcase is to die for. I can not get enough of that bookcase that frames the bedroom door and creates a perfect feature for the dinning room. 

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How to layer rugs in each room

Layering rugs in each room for the home. 

The right rug is key to making any room look and feel complete. But when hunting for the perfect rug, remember that sometimes the answer is more than one. Whether it’s to fill a large space or simply to double up on texture, there are lots of reasons to go the more-is-more route with your rugs. Read on for a few of our favorite layered looks.

  Hide Rugs   Give any space a touch of fashion-forward flair by layering a hide rug atop a natural-fiber style. One of our favorite decor pairings, these pieces create an intriguing play of earthy textures and contrasting shapes—and let you add just a hint of pattern without overwhelming the room.

Hide Rugs

Give any space a touch of fashion-forward flair by layering a hide rug atop a natural-fiber style. One of our favorite decor pairings, these pieces create an intriguing play of earthy textures and contrasting shapes—and let you add just a hint of pattern without overwhelming the room.

  Pattern on Pattern   A clash of patterns adds gorgeous textures, colours and pattern to a room. Don't be afraid to go bold.   To make the look your own, start with a plush, neutral-color Moroccan rug that suits the size of your room. Then center a vibrantly hued Turkish flat-weave on top. We love how the tassels peek out from the bottom here, giving the whole ensemble a relaxed softness.

Pattern on Pattern

A clash of patterns adds gorgeous textures, colours and pattern to a room. Don't be afraid to go bold. 

To make the look your own, start with a plush, neutral-color Moroccan rug that suits the size of your room. Then center a vibrantly hued Turkish flat-weave on top. We love how the tassels peek out from the bottom here, giving the whole ensemble a relaxed softness.

  Go long   Need to fill a long narrow space such as a foyer or a hallway? Skip the conventional runner in favor of two small or midsize flat-weave rugs. Place one or both at a slight, jaunty angle, and make sure the edges overlap to create a unified look. When done with traditional rugs, as shown here, the effect is effortlessly elegant; try it with colorful modern pieces for a more eclectic look.

Go long

Need to fill a long narrow space such as a foyer or a hallway? Skip the conventional runner in favor of two small or midsize flat-weave rugs. Place one or both at a slight, jaunty angle, and make sure the edges overlap to create a unified look. When done with traditional rugs, as shown here, the effect is effortlessly elegant; try it with colorful modern pieces for a more eclectic look.

  Soft underfoot    A large area rug makes any bedroom instantly more cozy—and there’s nothing wrong with stopping there. But for even more softness underfoot, and to give the bedside an inviting feel, layer a flat-weave accent rug atop the larger one. We love the pairing of two muted patterns above, but the look works equally well with solid styles. 

Soft underfoot

A large area rug makes any bedroom instantly more cozy—and there’s nothing wrong with stopping there. But for even more softness underfoot, and to give the bedside an inviting feel, layer a flat-weave accent rug atop the larger one. We love the pairing of two muted patterns above, but the look works equally well with solid styles. 

A studio of soft tones

A simple but highly stylish studio in Stockholm. 

Subtle colour palette of tones of grey, touches of gold and accents of mustard. brass lamps, light woods, and designer furniture.  A beautiful coherence, always welcome in small surfaces, the essential furniture and the elegant and minimalist style, inspire a slow pace, rest and silence.

 A studio adorned with a soft colour palette. 

A studio adorned with a soft colour palette. 

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Detail Oriented

A beautifully styled home with a minimalist styling approach. The beauty of the white walls and light wood floor boards allow for the perfect canvas. Each little nook is styled with hints of greenery, textured throws, pillows or a decorative light fitting. 

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Must stay places in Tasmania

The Barn Tasmania

Almost constantly booked out on Air BnB,

The barn is one of Hobart's most coveted place to stay. Capturing the rustic heritage of the barn, while bringing in the modern living. The design embraces the tension between new and old materials, with the gap between the new floorboards and existing stone walls in-filled with black ply to accentuate the narrow space, and the black palette of the kitchen in contrast with the sandstone and warm oak floorboards. Carefully-chosen midcentury and locally made furniture continues to build the barn’s unique character.

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Captains Rest

A stunning secluded waterfront Heritage Cabin, on the Tasmanian West Coast. 

Captains Rest is a generous 2 place for two. The best looking out the antique windows to the waterfront. A large light filled space delicately styled to pay homage to the cottage feel. 

A collection of linen, dried flowers, old portraits and a colour palette of white, greys and blacks. 

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 Glass doors in the kitchen have been replaced with antique french doors that are more beseeming to the original cottage feel.  The kitchen was designed not for practicality but one of beauty. "A place to play with collections, make a mess and able to hide all the dishes in the sink."

Glass doors in the kitchen have been replaced with antique french doors that are more beseeming to the original cottage feel.  The kitchen was designed not for practicality but one of beauty. "A place to play with collections, make a mess and able to hide all the dishes in the sink."

 Two hand-carved beds have been combined, making a one comfortable large bed. Offering a stunning view of the forest and ocean. 

Two hand-carved beds have been combined, making a one comfortable large bed. Offering a stunning view of the forest and ocean. 

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Satellite island

A secret retreat at the end of the Earth, an entire island to yourself. 

Located in a sheltered pocket of the D'Entrecasteaux channel Southern Tasmania, only reachable by boat. Once there, its just you, the house, wild deer and a lot of nature. 

A three bedroom, Summer House located on the highest point of the island, and the smaller two-bedroom Boathouse, sitting on the small jetty.  

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How to style a fireplace

Fireplace styling

Add a focal point to any room with a styled fireplace. Picking the right design, materials, and mantel will ensure your fireplace demands attention while complementing the space.

 Framing a fireplace with shelving, allows for personal items to be on display. Creating an entire wall as the focal point. 

Framing a fireplace with shelving, allows for personal items to be on display. Creating an entire wall as the focal point. 

 Layering artworks with touches of greenery 

Layering artworks with touches of greenery 

 Painting your fireplace a bold colour, you can get creative. 

Painting your fireplace a bold colour, you can get creative. 

 Painting the brick and mantel piece all one colour, allows for accessories to pop. When picking accessories choose items that are meaningiful. 

Painting the brick and mantel piece all one colour, allows for accessories to pop. When picking accessories choose items that are meaningiful. 

 Adding coloured tiles creates a point of difference. 

Adding coloured tiles creates a point of difference. 

Meaningful Walls

Filling your walls with art and accessories can be a fun task and does not need to be expensive.  Fill your walls with pieces that hold meaning for you and your loved ones and not just fillers. Get creative, below are a few examples of how to add artwork into your space. 

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Illustrations 

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Books, magazines

and record covers. 

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Hand writing, scribbles, magazine cut outs. 

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Woven fabric

family pictures

 

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Abstract images

 

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A collection of images of the same colour palette. 

Light + airy

A beautiful combination of modern and minimal furniture, with vintage items and styled with stunning accessories. The glass partition in the living room hides away the workspace, while still letting the light through, which is such a stylish solution as well.

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Ways to style your rental

A house is a home, and even if you are renting a house, you should be able to create a home, through showing your style and showcasing your most loved items. 

Working within boundaries of your landlord to style your home might feel overwhelming, but it can be simple, it's little things that will make an impact without costing a lot of time or money. 

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  Artwork :  Most landlords don't allow permanent fixtures on walls. Finding it difficult to hang artwork or precious items. You can simply add adhesive hooks, or get creative with the way you present your artworks. Artwork does not always need to be fixed to a wall, they can sit on a mantel piece, window frames or on top of console tables. 

Artwork : Most landlords don't allow permanent fixtures on walls. Finding it difficult to hang artwork or precious items. You can simply add adhesive hooks, or get creative with the way you present your artworks. Artwork does not always need to be fixed to a wall, they can sit on a mantel piece, window frames or on top of console tables. 

  Focal point :  Our eyes want to be drawn to something upon walking in a room, most rooms that feel underwhelming are because theres no focal point. A focal point can be a window, a fireplace, artwork or a piece of furniture. 

Focal point : Our eyes want to be drawn to something upon walking in a room, most rooms that feel underwhelming are because theres no focal point. A focal point can be a window, a fireplace, artwork or a piece of furniture. 

  Accessories:  Being able to express your own style is the easiest through accessorising. Accessorising with rugs, throws and pillows, is cost effective. Consider adding texture and prints through pillows, laying down a throw for some added texture to a bed and sofa. Rugs can add subtle patterns that can liven up a room.  

Accessories: Being able to express your own style is the easiest through accessorising. Accessorising with rugs, throws and pillows, is cost effective. Consider adding texture and prints through pillows, laying down a throw for some added texture to a bed and sofa. Rugs can add subtle patterns that can liven up a room.  

  Indoor plants:  A stunning display of plants help to bring the outside in and create a sense of freshness in any room. Selection plants in various shapes, colours. Also consider having a combination of climbing and trailing plants. 

Indoor plants: A stunning display of plants help to bring the outside in and create a sense of freshness in any room. Selection plants in various shapes, colours. Also consider having a combination of climbing and trailing plants. 

  Mirrors:  Mirrors are a great way to enhance a space, and they also trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it really is, which can be critical in a small apartment.

Mirrors: Mirrors are a great way to enhance a space, and they also trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it really is, which can be critical in a small apartment.

7 tips to style your Hallway

They say first impression never have a second chance. 

Your hallway is exactly that, your first impression of your house, your home and space that is a reflection of yourself.

The hallway is the room that is always neglected and usually a space you either do not know how to style or you never thought you had to style. 

The 7 styling tips:

 

  Console:  Simply adding a console table will create a focal point. A console table can high enough to place a basket underneath or a stool. Or you can opt for a lower console where you can layer styling objects, magazines or artwork.     

Console: Simply adding a console table will create a focal point. A console table can high enough to place a basket underneath or a stool. Or you can opt for a lower console where you can layer styling objects, magazines or artwork.  

 

  Greenery:  Foliage,   plants or greenery add an extra element and texture. Creates a sense of freshness. 

Greenery: Foliage, plants or greenery add an extra element and texture. Creates a sense of freshness. 

  Coat Rack:   A coat rack allows guests to easily hang items, or it can purely be a styling statement. 

Coat Rack:  A coat rack allows guests to easily hang items, or it can purely be a styling statement. 

  Rug:  By simply adding a rug instantly creates warmth and a patterned rug automatically creates a focal point. 

Rug: By simply adding a rug instantly creates warmth and a patterned rug automatically creates a focal point. 

  Statement:  A statement piece, a furniture piece that is unexpected. Could be a weathered bench like above, a statue or a piece from travelling adventures.    

Statement: A statement piece, a furniture piece that is unexpected. Could be a weathered bench like above, a statue or a piece from travelling adventures. 

 

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  Mirror:  Adding a Mirror instantly makes the space larger from reflection. A mirror that is circular or organic shapes create a focal point, it is practical and aesthetically pleasing. 

Mirror: Adding a Mirror instantly makes the space larger from reflection. A mirror that is circular or organic shapes create a focal point, it is practical and aesthetically pleasing. 

  Artwork:  The best way to create a focal point in a hallway, is adding artwork or wallpaper. 

Artwork: The best way to create a focal point in a hallway, is adding artwork or wallpaper. 

Off the grid housing

Built by The Sociable Weaver The Sociable Weaver and designed in collaboration with Clare Cousins Architects, located in the suburb of The Cape, a little suburb completely off the grid. This home is Victoria's first 10 star home, built with zero waste and biology philosophies.  

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The architecturally stunning home uses passive solar design and cross flow ventilation to heat and cool the home, which is achieved through concrete floors, under glad insulation, double glazed window and new technology insulation in walls and ceilings. Paired with efficient LED lightinng throughout the 4 bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms, this home is estimated to cost $3 per year to Run.

No more power bills, living the dream!!! 

Not only does this house possess a 10 star energy rating, its also aesthetically pleasing. The use of white painted brick, polished concrete flooring and timbers, creating beauty that is timeless and blends with the environment/landscape means that it won’t be knocked down and replaced in 10 years. 

The house features many Australian sourced items, couch by Pop & Scott, the ethical rugs by Armadillo & Co, art work by Caroline Walls, Hannah Nowlan and Brooke Holm, Recycled timber dining table by Finding the Grain, even down to the 100% soy wax and hand-poured candles by Posie, 

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Arty luxe - The Cottage

The Cottage, the perfect beach side cottage owned and decorated by renowned Australian Artist, Lisa Madigan. Located in the Kangaroo Valley of NSW. The  most charming and ascetically beautiful cottages you will find.

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The Interior Styling

Styled effortlessly, with raw textures and delicate features. The Cottage easily blends original features with contemporary touches to ensure your stay is comfortable and restorative. A notable soft colour palette of pale pinks, greys , greens and natural timbers a reflection of what can be seen through out her stunning artworks.

 

At each turn there are beautifully styled areas that are cohesive with the bones of the 1880's Cottage. There is a generous master bedroom and a daybed in the living area for the additional guest by arrangement. Hidden behind crepe myrtles and an old federation palm tree, you won’t want to leave this treasured place.

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All images are styled and photographed by Lisa Madigan.