Monday, 24 October 2016

Working with small spaces can be tricky... So here's a few tips & tricks that will help you manage your space and even make it look bigger:

Once you have chosen a style & colour scheme for the space, stick with it. Try to avoid adding too many different coloured furniture pieces, instead use homewares & art work to bring in colours.
Do not put any space to waste. The inside of kitchen cabinets can he used for additional storage. You can also add drawers beneath your kitchen sink. 
Choose the larger pieces of furniture very carefully. Don't be afraid to use bigger pieces, but to give the illusion that there is more space, make sure the frame structure isn't too bulky and has more of a slimline style. To create even more space you could choose a sofa that has space between the seat and the ground. This will open the space up and not make the sofa look like it is too big.

Use the height of the ceiling to your advantage, by using pendant lights to draw the eye upwards. You can also use ceiling to floor length curtains and build your kitchen cabinets up to the ceiling to create vertical lines that can help make the space look bigger, and is also good for extra storage space.

Using glass furniture can trick they eye and give the illusion of more space than there actually is. You can also hang mirrors, instead of artwork as these will create reflections and bounce light within the space.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

It’s RUG season….

A rug can dramatically change the look and feel of a room, so read this guide before buying. We currently stock, Bayliss Rugs, The Rug Collection Rugs and Armadillo & Co.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to finish off the look of a room is to add a rug. Yet it is an item that you should actually consider first. Flooring is often an afterthought, and even when it is added, many times it's done incorrectly. That's because a large part of decorating with rugs is based on the principles of proportion. Not to mention balance with colour and texture and the element of style, too.

Think about the following before you make your decision.

The fit
A rug needs to be scaled to fit in with the rest of your decor. A small rug in front of a large sofa will seem miserly. As a rule, it's best to be generous and treat a rug as an anchor point for a room.

If you have the space, place all your furniture on a rug, says Mandie Wright, interior designer at Tailored Space Interiors. "A large rug grounds a furniture collection."

Zones You can also use rugs to define different zones of a room. Therefore, in a large open-plan living space, you could use a rug to differentiate the living from dining areas. The furniture in each space could be placed on its own large rug. If you're not sure, use newspaper or masking tape to map out the size of the rug you're considering, says Jodie Fried of Armadillo&Co.

Getting it right There are two options for choosing the correct size, for a living room you may choose the contemporary oversized method [mentioned above] where you place all of your furniture on top of the rug – in most cases a 2.5m x 3.5m size is best – or the traditional method whereby you place your sofas around the rug and only your coffee table on top."

In general, a 1.6m x 2.3m rug is the same width and length as an average three-seater sofa, Joanne adds. If you're putting it under a dining table, a six-seater generally needs a 2m x 3m rug and an eight-seater a 2.5m x 3.5m. These sizes should allow for the chairs to still be on the rug when people are sitting on them.

And while 2m x 3m and 2.5m x 3.5m size rugs can look huge when they are hanging in a showroom, they usually seem smaller when placed on the floor at home, Joanne says.

When it comes to dining rooms, rugs really need to be large enough to accommodate a dining chair in the pulled out position – the chair legs should not ‘fall off' the rug.

Think first Be careful not to fall into the trap of buying a rug simply because you like it, without considering your circumstances, climate or lifestyle. People who select a rug based on their lifestyle or usage requirements are happier long term because their educated choice means the rug will look better, be easier to maintain and, best of all, will last much longer.

Ask yourself Is there much foot traffic in the room? Do you have children or pets? Do you want the rug to be a feature of the room, or simply add subtle texture and finish off a space? Does the room get much sunlight?

Options Classical styles include Persian and Oriental rugs. More contemporary rugs can be made from plain, natural materials such as sisal, jute and hemp. They can also add graphic elements to a room.

Graphic imagery and patterned rugs can add another layer of texture to a space where existing furniture may be a little lacking in strength. Placing an interesting rug within a furniture setting has an instant impact and refreshes a space immediately.

Approach Whatever style you choose, when decorating any area, it is often best to build the scheme from the floor up. Set the atmosphere and palette by selecting the rug first. In most cases this will guide you towards your complete desired interior. If you are selecting the rug after you have furnished the room, however, look for colours in a rug that complement a favourite piece of artwork or blend in with your soft furnishings.

The look
Texture and colour "A rug can be a great way to introduce these into a room – use natural sisals for warmth, and plush woollen rugs for colour."

Balance Just remember that if you add a colourful rug to a scheme, you need to ensure it balances against all the other elements you are considering for the room. These include fabric and paint swatches as well as furniture and lighting shapes and sizes, says Mandie Wright.

Colour doesn't just mean bright, either. Rugs made with traditional weaving techniques and natural dyes that have a ‘faded and worn' quality, can add a timeless character to a room.

Renting? And, of course, rugs are a great way for renters to add colour or interest to a room when painting walls or hanging artwork is not an option. Likewise, bright colours work well in areas without much furniture, such as hallways entrances or stairs.

Here are a few of our favourite rugs that are trending this season and available to view in our design showroom.

Contact us on to inquire about any of the products you see here.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Junior Stylist Competition 2016

How lovely are all these young girls bedrooms! ... we were so overjoyed with the entries we had for our Junior Stylist Competition. The lucky winner was Emma Matusch. 

Big thanks to Urban Road & Madras Link for adding vouchers themselves for the winner of this competition. 

We can't wait to see what Emma creates with her prizes, stay tuned! 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

See How We Transformed This Beach Cottage!

Our initial site visit to this property in Budds Beach near Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, was lets just say 'interesting.' The property was being rented by a few boys in their 20's who did not enjoy domestic duties it seems.

Our Director Bec Lawson was able to transform this property into a beautiful beachside cottage. For a small investment from the owners, we are sure they will achieve a great result on the sale of their property.

This property is getting so much attention, it even landed itself a post on To see the article follow this link:

 See all of the before & after photos below!

Building or Renovating? We can help!

Our Design Director, Mandie Wright is an expert in home design and renovation. Unlike some interior designers, Mandie is able to work with the clients personal style and taste to bring their home dreams to life. She listens and boasts many years of experience in this field. 

How We Work With Clients in the Pre-Build Stage:

After receiving the detailed plans, elevations and specification schedule, we schedule an appointment to discuss the desired outcome for the home. We gather Pinterest mood boards and any clippings that the clients may have collected for inspiration for their dream home.

Client appointments are held in our designer showroom to help select the required finishes to commence the build. Our consultancy space is equipped with samples from the following leading suppliers: Caesarstone, Smartstone, Quantum Quartz, Laminex, Polytec, Formica, Eco Outdoor, carpet & flooring options, Dulux & Taubmans paints.

During the appointment we cover off items like:
  • Roof Colours
  • Window frames & door colours
  • External colours
  • All internal paint colours
  • Skirting/Cornice
  • Cabinetry selections, 2 pac, laminate or melamine for kitchens and all bathrooms 
  • Stone or laminate bench stops for kitchens and all bathrooms
  • Main flooring, tiles, timber, polished concrete, carpets, including external areas
  • Tap ware and plumbing supplies 
Appointments start at just $350 for internal or external renovation or pre-builds.
Alternatively, appointments to cover the entire project are $660.


Below are a few mood boards that we have recently worked on with clients. Each client has a different vision and style and that's what Mandie loves about what she does. 

Black, White, Grey - Repeat
Our clients love the timber grain tile look that has been a family favourite.
The tile hides a multitude of sins with 4 young children. Gorgeous feature tiles were also welcomed in this home. 

Casuarina Coastal Home
The fresh neutrals are teamed back with a concrete look Caesarstone bench top in the open plan kitchen. 

Hamptons Classic Black & White 
Our clients are taking on a huge Mermaid Water's renovation inspired with a Hampton's look and feel. Dark timbers, soft greys with a black and white twist.....Pics to follow over the next few months of this gorgeous water front home renovation.