It's time to 'Escape to Paradise'... 5 minutes with founder Sacha Alagich

 
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Escape to Paradise was founded 12 years ago in Sydney's Iconic Manly Beach and the brand has captured the imagination of the world with its vibrant island lifestyle offering and it’s goal to bring holiday bliss to everyday life.

Escape to Paradise designs a wide range of premium luxury homewares and accessories, from bags to cushions to beach towels.  Founder Sacha Alagich is a global gypsetter and surfing enthusiast who travels regularly to exotic destinations around the world to help build the narrative behind her brand.

Sacha has always felt that there needs to be more to a label than for it just to be pretty, the brand needs to be a vehicle for change. 'I want to use the brand to be able to make a difference and support causes that I am so passionate about, such as environmental projects to plant trees in rainforest regeneration areas or marine conservation programs, so it isn't just about the products but about the difference we can make in the world' she says.

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How/when did Escape to Paradise begin? 

My initial dream for Escape to Paradise began when I was only 7 years old on a holiday to Fiji where I made tropical flower decorations to sell to guests at the resort I was staying at, from that moment onwards I always knew that one day I wanted to have my own business, especially something inspired by beautiful tropical destinations…then 10 years ago that dream finally came true when I launched our first collection of handbags and travel accessories. We had humble beginnings at the Bondi and Kirribilli Markets as most brands begin this way, shortly after we discovered the world of trade shows and from there the brand grew over time to now be a truly global brand where our designs can be found throughout the US, Canada, Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand and of course Australia.

How would you describe your current collection?
Our current collection is inspired by the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki Beach. I just love the vibrant colours and tropical feeling when visiting this iconic hotel, I wanted to translate this into a collection where everyone can have the feeling of paradise in their own home.

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What inspires you when designing a new range?
I think of the most beautiful destinations around the world and ways to translate this into products through the colours and patterns associated with the feelings from these destinations.

Your top 3 tips for creating a luxurious tropical space?
1. You can’t go wrong with palm trees. Having either real palms or décor items with palm tree motifs will always set the tone for a tropical space.

2. Use furniture in natural materials such as cane or wood to create an earthy feel.

3. Let the sun shine in. Having lots of natural light in a space will always make a space feel more coastal. Use lots of white for the walls, upholstery and light shear curtains so the light will bounce off these surfaces and give the room a fresh tropical feeling.


Where can we buy your beautiful products?
We have over 300 stockists Australia wide in all of the major coastal locations so our products can be found at most beachside suburbs, such as Swish in Warriewood, NSW, Coasting Home, Forster, NSW, Whitebeach in Perigean Beach, QLD, Biku Furniture in Bundall, QLD. We also have an online store www.escapetoparadise.com.au

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What can we expect next from Escape to Paradise?
Our next collection will be inspired by the islands of Tahiti, so keep a look out for beautiful aquas, teals and coral motifs to reflect the beauty of these islands.

We love that you give back by donating to not for profit charities, why is this so important to you and your business?
I always believe in helping to make the world a more beautiful place and by giving back to charities who help conserve the environment this is a way to help have a positive impact on the world. For every item sold on our website this helps plant trees in rainforests around the world where they have been depleted.

What is your favourite tropical holiday destination?
I have so many favourite tropical destinations around the world it is hard to list them all, but my top places to visit are Tahiti, Hawaii, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

 
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Playful, patterned and perfect for autumn... Sojourn, the newest collection from Kip & Co.

 
Kip & Co Sojourn

As always Kip & Co have hit it out of the park with their latest collection, Sojourn, inspired by extended, idyllic getaways, full of adventure, charm and the unknown. 

The collection embraces an elegant simplicity, layered with tones of peach nougat, lychee, iris, coconut husk and fresh bouquets. Also featuring heavily is this season’s must-have colour palette of soft and natural earthy tones, paired with florals and bold pattern.

The stunning campaign was shot at Heidi Middleton’s Palm Beach home, continue scrolling for the collection of stunning images or shop the full range here.

Kip & Co Sojourn
Kip & Co Sojourn
Kip & Co Sojourn
Kip & Co Sojourn
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6 top tips to create a sophisticated master bedroom with Manchester Collection

 

A sophisticated bedroom evokes a sense of elegance and luxury. The aesthetic is modern, the colour palette is refined and it’s a space that will stand the test of time and continue to evolve as your style does.

With the help of Manchester Collection we have compiled our top five tips to help you create the bedroom of your dreams… and rest assured, it doesn’t have to be a complicated or super expensive makeover, just a few tweaks and we will have you on your way!

Shop Manchester Collection’s full range here.


1 - Colour Palette

The first step is  to decide on your colour palette. The easiest way to do this is to pick out  a piece art that you love, a quilt cover that you plan on using or an accent item such a bedhead or item of furniture. Now you have your main colour,  so it’s time to work with it by adding in 2-3 complimentary colours in the form of accessories and linen.

2 - Texture

To create a space that has warmth, depth and a feeling of cosiness you need texture. Using bed linen that is the same tone (think grey, charcoal and white as a combo) and adding interest to the space by using different textures - imagine pure linen bed sheets and covers, quilted cushions and a knitted throw.


3 - Layering

Layering adds the luxe factor and creates a bed that you will want to run and jump in. Opt for high quality sheets and quilt covers, add a quilted bedspread to the bottom third of the bed and then layer that with a throw rug for a polished sophisticated feeling. When it’s time for your pillow placement it can be overwhelming, personally I like the euro pillowcases to match the quilt cover, the standard pillowcases to match the sheets and then add a couple of accent cushions to finish the look.

4 - Go big

When choosing a quilt and quilt cover it’s important to always go for a size larger than your bed. For example use a king quilt on a queen bed, a super king quilt on a king bed and so forth. It allows the bed linen to drape over the sides of the bed to creates that soft and lovely styled look you have swooned over on instagram!


5 - Accent items

Try using a certain material different ways in the space. For example, you could use brass pendant lights, a brass vase by the bedside and a touch of metallic in your artwork. Another option would be to use timber as the accent, timber frames around your artwork, a timber bench seat at the end of the bed and timber bedside tables. It naturally brings to whole look together and makes the room feel more cohesive and thoughtful.

6 -Add a touch of greenery

Adding greenery to your space will give it the finishing touch and will make it feel inviting and lived in. Flowers by the bed in a beautiful vase, a hanging planter with a cascading plant or a basket with a fiddle leaf in the corner are all great ways to utilise green in your room. 

 
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Introducing Terra Collection - new from Sage & Clare

 
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Get excited, Sage & Clare have released their AW19 Collection and it is just as amazing as we imagined! The Terra Collection has a distinct nod to 70s with it’s feel-good vibes. The range merges American folk influences and retro florals with earthy hues and delicate embellishments. It brings together the traditional and the contemporary to deliver all the happy homeware feels.

Shop the full collection here.

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Sage and Clare Terra Collection
Sage and Clare Terra Collection
Sage and Clare Terra Collection
Sage and Clare Terra Collection
Sage and Clare Terra Collection

Styling: Julia Green from Greenhouse Interiors Noël Coughlan from NC Interiors | Styling Assistants: Alison Lewis, Erin Mellington, Alexander Carter, Aisha Chaudhry, Janneke Coyle, Jess Retallack and Jemma Bell | All images: Armelle Habib with assist from Edwina Hollick

Furniture, lighting, accessories and paint suppliers CCSSPop and ScottLights, Lights, Lights, Moda PieraSarah Ellison via Life InteriorsBraerDulux Australia and Natalie Jade via Greenhouse Interiors.

 
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Because office furniture can be super stylish too... Studio Collection by Jardan

 
Jardan Studio Collection

One of our favourite Australian furniture designers, Jardan, have just released their latest range ‘Studio Collection’. The range was designed around the knowledge that in Australia today, most of us spend more a lot of time in the office, sometimes even more than we do at home.

Jardan have created the studio collection as a way of bringing the work and home environments closer together by bringing a sense of calm and warmth into the places where we spend most of our time.

Find out more about the Studio Collection here.

Jardan Studio Collection

“Workplaces used to be about the employer, but now they’re about the employee. We’re focused on balance now – on creating environments that make people happy,” says Tom Shaw, Head of Design at Jardan. “So the Studio Collection brings everything that we’re known for into the office. It’s not uptight or stiff or boring. It has the practicality of the office, with the warmth and softness of home.”

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Jardan Studio Collection
 
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What's new... Marmoset Found has released pleated glassware

 
Photography - Armelle Habib | Styling - Julia Green

Photography - Armelle Habib | Styling - Julia Green


Homewares label Marmoset Found is renowned in the interiors world for it’s stunning ceramic wares and lighting, so when we saw that they were releasing a new collection we were that excited! And their latest venture is nothing short of incredible, say hello to the most stunning pleated glassware you have ever laid your eyes upon.

This beautiful collection of glassware could be displayed as sculptural stand alone pieces or used as vases to house your gorgeous blooms, and you have the option of adding/removing the timber bases to transform the vases look.

We just can’t get enough of the elegant lines, soft hues and sophisticated presence of these pieces.

See the full collection here.

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Our top 5 picks from Kmart's new Inspired Living Range...

 

It’s time to celebrate the diversity of home living with Kmart’s newest design-led living range, which spans across bedding, furniture, interior and outdoor décor, dining, kitchen and home storage. The new range is built around three key trends; each with a unique story to tell, but all filled with dreamy colour palettes, plush textures and on-trend finishes.

Home divisional merchandise manager, Meryn Serong says “the new Inspired Living range is packed full of different textures, finishes and colours and we think it really has something for everyone. Customers will be able to mix and match products to those they already have in the home, and create their own unique style.”

Our top 5 picks from the Inspired Living Range are…

 
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What you need to know about Interior Colour Trends in 2019!

 

Heidi Albertiri is the super talented founder, editor and stylist behind The Life Style Edit and we’ve called upon her to share her expert colour predications for 2019, ahead of her appearance in the Conversation Series at next month’s Life Instyle Sydney event. 

The world around us is changing at a super fast pace, so it’s no surprise that the colour trends we can expect to see this year have been largely designed to assist us in slowing down and reconnecting to both ourself and our spaces. Colours set to have a strong presence in 2019 will centre around creating a sense of simplicity and calmness in our homes, disconnecting us from digital and busy-ness and essentially connecting with more authentic, grounded experiences. Think greenery, blushes and living coral features. 

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Inartisan


Greenery 

For 2019, green is still ever present, be it through plants, paint or soft furnishings - forest green is nurturing, calm and grounding. Found in varying palettes across the board, green is paired strongly with ground hues of the Australian landscape, such as ochre, rusts, cinnamons and sandy tones, which will continue to be reflected in the tones of this year. 

Reflecting this trend is Life Instyle exhibitor, AKA. Adding touches of greenery to your home can instantly add that calm, grounded feel and AKA is the perfect way to add those touches in any room in your home. AKA creates tiny planters for succulents and cacti, making it really easy to add greenery to your surroundings without filling the space with large plants.

Another great way to add greenery to your home is through artwork. McMurtrie Illustrations has the perfect solution. With bold colours, the artwork adds both greenery and pink florals to any setting.

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Bendo


Blush obsession 

The obsession with blush will continue, however changes to the hue will come into play with dusty blushes and rosy neutrals.  With a yearning to create peaceful zones in our home, we are searching out these softs blush tones to help us wind down. Paired with grey, greens and creams, these understated tones also add a simplicity that is timeless.

A really easy way to please your blush obsession is with Fleuressence. Renee Tsironis, founder of Fleuressence, creates beautiful imagery from freezing flowers and capturing the pinky tones in blocks of ice. The stunning photographs are perfect for adding a range of dusty blushes and rosy neutrals to your walls, without overdoing it.

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Mulberry Threads

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Long Courier


Living Coral 

To spice things up, Pantone’s colour of the year is Living Coral. “Vibrant, yet mellow Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

The colour of coral is social and spirited to encourage light heartened activity. Symbolising our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits when work acts as such a heavy load for many of us, Living Coral gives way for some good old-fashioned fun. 

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Barefoot Gypsy

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Turn Funky


Heidi will join the panel of industry experts taking part in the Conversation Series at the Life Instyle Sydney event next month, leading an informative session surrounding trend forecasting for the New Year.

For further information surrounding the Life Instyle Sydney event and how you can get involved, visit - http://www.lifeinstyle.com.au

 

2019 Kitchen Trends with Fisher & Paykel...

 

2019 has arrived which means it’s the perfect time to talk kitchen trends. Fisher & Paykel know A LOT about kitchens and which kitchen design trends we will all be embracing throughout this new year.

The traditional kitchen hasn’t just evolved in recent years, it has also moved into the living area and in many cases merged with it… check out what you will be seeing pop up in your Instagram feed in 2019 below!

Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer for seamless appliance integration in the O’Grady Street kitchen |  Interior design:  Whiting Architects and Carole Whiting Interiors + Design

Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer for seamless appliance integration in the O’Grady Street kitchen | Interior design: Whiting Architects and Carole Whiting Interiors + Design


Kitchens as an extension of the living area

In the past, kitchens were usually located at the back of the house and designed as a separate space to be used by one person. Over time, however, the space has gradually moved forward into the spotlight, to become the heart of the home. As well as this literal shift, kitchens have also shifted in function — no longer just a place where food is prepared but also where it is shared. It has become a meeting place for the family: a place to work, entertain and socialise. And sometimes, we still prepare food in our kitchens — but even that is changing.

Fisher & Paykel has identified a strong trend in kitchen location, layout and design through our collaborative work with architects and designers, who are now increasingly considering the kitchen as a piece of furniture that inhabits the living space.

This means kitchens are being designed with a strong emphasis on integration, detailing and customisation, which is particularly relevant as kitchens increasingly become the central focus of modern living, providing functional and adaptable spaces. From compact apartments to spacious family homes, we’re gradually seeing the line between the kitchen, dining and lounge areas blur.

Fisher & Paykel oven, cooktop and rangehood in the Broad Residence kitchen that is an extension of the living area |  Interior design:  Baldwin & Bagnall |  Project photographed by:  Katherine Lu

Fisher & Paykel oven, cooktop and rangehood in the Broad Residence kitchen that is an extension of the living area | Interior design: Baldwin & Bagnall | Project photographed by: Katherine Lu

Fisher & Paykel oven, cooktop and rangehood in the Broad Residence kitchen that is an extension of the living area |  Interior design:  Baldwin & Bagnall |  Project photographed by:  Katherine Lu

Fisher & Paykel oven, cooktop and rangehood in the Broad Residence kitchen that is an extension of the living area | Interior design: Baldwin & Bagnall | Project photographed by: Katherine Lu

Fisher & Paykel Integrated French Door Fridge for seamless appliance integration in the Broad Residence kitchen |  Interior design:  Baldwin & Bagnall |  Project photographed by:  Katherine Lu

Fisher & Paykel Integrated French Door Fridge for seamless appliance integration in the Broad Residence kitchen | Interior design: Baldwin & Bagnall | Project photographed by: Katherine Lu


Seamless appliance integration

The practice of integrating appliances has been a major movement in the kitchen design world for several years and has become increasingly popular in Australia and New Zealand kitchens.

Selected Fisher & Paykel refrigerators, CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawers, DishDrawer™ Dishwashers, and range-hoods can be installed with custom panels matched to your cabinetry, which gives the kitchen a seamless appearance. This allows for some serious design freedom where we choose what to hide, and what to show or use as a feature product.

In smaller spaces or those with an open living plan, this integration can provide the opportunity to have more or larger appliances without them overwhelming the kitchen or living area; instead the joinery can be designed to help the kitchen feel like part of a cohesive, larger space.

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Fridge for seamless appliance integration in the Beechworth Farmhouse kitchen |  Interior design:  Doherty Design Studio |  Photography:  Derek Swalwell |  Styling:  Jess Lillico

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Fridge for seamless appliance integration in the Beechworth Farmhouse kitchen | Interior design: Doherty Design Studio | Photography: Derek Swalwell | Styling: Jess Lillico

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Double Dishdrawer™ Dishwasher for seamless appliance integration in the Beechworth Farmhouse kitchen |  Interior design:  Doherty Design Studio |  Photography:  Derek Swalwell  Styling:  Jess Lillico

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Double Dishdrawer™ Dishwasher for seamless appliance integration in the Beechworth Farmhouse kitchen | Interior design: Doherty Design Studio | Photography: Derek Swalwell
Styling: Jess Lillico


Distributed kitchen designs

In traditional kitchens, a single cook worked between the three stations of the stove, sink and refrigerator, which were arranged closely to give quick, easy access to each with minimal movement. However, Fisher & Paykel have observed how the ways we are using our kitchens have changed over time. These days, more than one cook might be working simultaneously, or the kitchen will double as a space for entertaining guests. People might want to heat up leftovers for dinner one day, or cook a gastronomic feast the next, so kitchens need to be flexible and do many things well.

In contrast to the purely functional, out-of-sight cooking areas of old, today’s kitchen is also on show to guests and family alike, so design aesthetics matter more. Thinking ‘outside the triangle’ has given our designers opportunities to innovate. After all, not one size fits all.

Fisher & Paykel has designed a family of appliances that can be distributed throughout the kitchen to support contemporary patterns of use. Good kitchen design allocates areas in which specific tasks are grouped. Areas for preparation, washing, storage and baking fall into cooking zones, where as an entertaining or breakfast area might have its own zone.

For example, you can install a CoolDrawer™ Multi-temperature Drawer for drinks near the dining table, and perhaps a DishDrawer™ Dishwasher for crockery by the sink, with another for glasses by the bar. This is a design concept called ‘distributed appliances’, allowing you to configure the kitchen to suit the way you work and live.

Fisher & Paykel oven and cooktop for seamless appliance integration in the Parkville kitchen by Carole Whiting Interiors + Design |  Interior design:  Carole Whiting Interiors + Design |  Photography:  Julie Renouf

Fisher & Paykel oven and cooktop for seamless appliance integration in the Parkville kitchen by Carole Whiting Interiors + Design | Interior design: Carole Whiting Interiors + Design | Photography: Julie Renouf


Intuitive technology

Intuitive technology in kitchen appliances promises to make your life easier. An example of this is Fisher & Paykel’s Integrated Columns Refrigeration series featuring Variable Temperature Zone technology that gives the customer a new level of storage flexibility.

The new series features a range of modular fridge (610mm and 762mm) and freezer elements (457mm, 610mm, 762mm) that can be installed side by side or independently to each other throughout the kitchen. Customers can choose to personalise their temperature settings in the fridge Column between Fridge, Chill, and Pantry food modes or Freezer, Soft-Freeze and Deep-Freeze options in the freezer Column. Each mode is optimised to provide optimal food-care, suiting the way you shop, cook, and entertain.

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Fridge-Freezer in Sally Caroline’s Sorrento home kitchen that is an extension of the living area |  Interior design:  Sally Caroline |  Photography:  Shannon McGrath |  Styling:  Nat Turnbull

Fisher & Paykel Integrated Fridge-Freezer in Sally Caroline’s Sorrento home kitchen that is an extension of the living area | Interior design: Sally Caroline | Photography: Shannon McGrath | Styling: Nat Turnbull

 
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Designer Australian Furniture - The Hoshi Collection by Skeehan Studio

 

Skeehan Studio is the design firm headed by founder Tom Skeehan, based in Canberra. The Studio designs and manufactures here in Australia, working closely with local vendors to ensure quality articulations of its designs, fostering local support and efficient sourcing of materials.

Skeehan Studio produces commercial furniture as well as product design, adopting a uniquely considered, material-minded process. Their designs have been awarded and exhibited internationally with high acclaim.

Tom is committed to education, his own learning and also activating knowledge of just how great good design can be. He regularly presents talks and events encouraging community participation, sharing of ideas and most of all enjoyment.

The Hoshi Collection is calm, inviting and honest. It uses classic elements of a campaign chair and lounge design with a pure materiality and a sober, functional design narrative.

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Loom Towels Opens Christmas Pop Up - Don't miss out!

 
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Loom Towels… the softest, most luxurious limited edition towels you have ever laid your hands on! Handmade in a small workshop in the south of Turkey on 100-year-old shuttle looms using only the highest quality organic materials and dyes, Loom towels are plush with intricate weaves, patterns and colours. 

And for the Christmas season they have opened their first Pop Up Shop at 408 Smith St, Collingwood.

The space has been designed by Studio Edwards, who also happen to work from the office space at the rear of the building. It features high ceilings, modern lighting, grey washed ply, aluminium and of course the stand out - the towels!

The Pop Up provides a chance for customers to see, feel and shop the entire range for the first time! Customers will also enjoy complimentary organic iced tea by Chamellia and Turkish delight while in store… sounds good to me!

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Loom Towels POP UP

Loom towels are limited edition, once they are sold out, that’s it! However with new collections arriving every 3 months, there is always an equally stunning design on the horizon. The designs are limited because the process of creating each piece determines the amount - it depends on the colours, the roll of threads, the design, and the shuttle-loom, usually around 90 pieces are made per size in every collection. Loom’s newest design, Opal, has 20 colours in it and it was designed on their recent trip to Turkey in August.

Loom Pop Up is only open until Christmas, but you still have a few more days to check it out - 408 Smith St, Collingwood. Open from 10am, 7 days a week.

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Loom Towels POP UP
 
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How to choose and style a rug in your living room - with Flooring Xtra

 

Brought to you by Flooring Xtra


 

There are so many elements to consider when choosing, shopping for, styling and positioning a rug in your living room. It’s a major purchase, something that you hope you will have for a long time and it really does set the tone of your whole space… so with that said, it’s super important to make the right choice!

The position of your rug is the first thing to get right and it all depends on the layout of your space. Generally, the rule of thumb is – if you have small space, place your rug in front of your couch. If you have a large open plan space, choose a large rug and place the couch onto the rug, whenever a rug is placed under a sofa or sitting under furniture it should always be larger than the furniture. If you have two couches facing each other, place the rug between the two couches. And any additional furniture you have, try to put the legs of the pieces onto the rug so they feel like they are part of the space. We love this huge 3m x 4m rug from Flooring Xtra, perfect for a modular sofa in a large room - Everest – Ivory Texture 1630

The look of the rug is the next big choice and a major one. If you are confused with where to start, collect some imagery of spaces and rugs that you like and make a mood board that you can refer back to. Choose a rug that compliments your homes style and the space that it will be in as well as thinking about how it works with your existing furniture and art pieces.

 

 

Choosing a rug that contrasts against your flooring is important, you don’t want it to blend in completely. If you want to go bold and bright with your rug choice, ensure that it works with your other pieces and that there is balance in the space. The Mirage – Navy Morrocan 359 from Flooring Xtra is bold, patterned and a gorgeous Navy Blue but it’s also subtle enough and will work with simple furniture pieces that won’t fight against it.

Functionality is super important and not to be looked over. Choosing a rug with long and plush piles means it can be flattened easily in high traffic areas, so think about where the rug will placed before choosing a soft fluffy rug, choosing a rug with a short looped pile may be better in high traffic areas.

The shape of your rug can transform your space – you don’t have to have a standard rectangle! If you’re looking for something a little bit different, choosing a round rug is a very on trend choice and it will work in more spaces than you may think. Round rugs look great under circular dining table settings, they work well in open plan entryways, kids rooms and placing a large round rug in the living room adds interest and is very functional.

 

 

Colour is also a factor when thinking of functionality. If you have kids and/or animals try to steer away from a pale or very dark rug, they will show up dirt more quickly. Try choosing a mid-toned rug with texture – it will hide the mess for a little longer! A jute rug will stand the test of time and lots of foot traffic too, the Atrium – Natural Shapes Pilu from Flooring Xtra is sustainably sourced and a stunning rug for any look.

Flooring Xtra has rugs in all shapes and sizes with many stores across Australia that can help you with all of your flooring needs.

If you are in need of a rug or flooring upgrade Flooring Xtra are running an amazing promotion – Receive a Free Designer Rug* with any Quick-Step Waterproof Laminate Purchase. Details & terms and conditions here.

 
 
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How shutters can enhance the appeal of your home...

 
 

Plantation shutters are a timeless interior design feature that add a sense of elegance to any room in your home. They’re a cost-effective and easy way to make your home more appealing and increase it’s value.

So whether you’re selling or upgrading your home, here are a few of the most attractive advantages of installing plantation shutters in your home.

 
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They’re practical

Not only do plantation shutters make a room look beautiful and sophisticated, they also offer several practical benefits as well as being easy to install and maintain.

Appealing from the interior and exterior, shutters add a touch of class and an enhanced sense of privacy. Firstly, they’re highly versatile and can be added to almost any room in your house. They will also last you a lifetime without requiring tricky cleaning. Plantation shutters are made with durable materials that are resilient against moisture, dirt and grime.

 
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Shutters Dept

 

They improve your curb appeal

First impressions matter, so when you pull up in front of your home you of course want to be greeted by something stylish and welcoming from the curb.

Plantation shutters emphasis your windows, add a beautiful contrast with the colour of your home, and might just make your house the best-looking on the block. They’re also easy to customise if you repaint your house and can be painted a new colour to suit.

They’re multi-functional

Plantation shutters act as effective insulators, protecting you from the outside elements and reducing your energy consumption, as you don’t have to heat or cool your home as often. Keep your shutters closed to keep the warmth in your home or prevent the house turning into an oven as the sun beats down on glass window panes. At any time, shutters can be opened by the slats or hinges to allow for easy ventilation.

 
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Shutters Dept

 

They allow you to control your privacy

Not only do you want to feel totally safe in your home, but you want to control your privacy and shut out the outside world when you feel like it. The unique advantage of plantation shutters is that you can have complete privacy from the street and neighbours and still let in an abundance of natural light just by angling the slats in a certain direction.

They allow you control natural light

Plantation shutters allow subtle rays of sunshine to beam into the house creating a beautiful look and feel. Plantation shutters offer many ways to control the way light filters into and permeates the spaces in your home. You can manipulate the light to suit any mood or activity.

 
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With so many functional benefits, an attractive price point and obvious aesthetic benefits, it’s hard to look past plantation shutters. Above all else, they are undeniably tasteful and stylish. A simple yet impactful way to adorn your windows and change the impression of any room in your home.

The last but certainly not the least important benefit of plantation shutters is that they are easy to install yourself. That means rather than paying for an expensive contractor, adding shutters to your home can be a fun DIY project. You don’t need specialised tools or technical know-how, just a willingness to give it a go. Save yourself money and accomplish something fun and rewarding along the way.

Dan Field is co founder at The Shutters Department. He’s passionate about using technology to make the complex simple, and is on a mission to make DIY plantations shutters cheap and easy for everyone.

 
 
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Just Bedding... the perfect place to makeover your bedroom!

 
Styled by DOT + POP

Styled by DOT + POP


 

Spring has sprung and Summer is well and truly on it’s way, so what better time than now to give your bed and bedroom a little refresh for the warmer months! Ditch those heavy quilts and darker shades, instead opt for light and bright, whites and pastels.

Using pieces all from Just Bedding I made over my bedroom (above), I kept the bed linen soft neutrals with just a hint of charcoal and added some fun and warmth with artwork. For this look I used: Tyler Silver Quilt Cover, Chambray Granite European Pillowcase, Cornell White Square Cushion, and the Tyler Silver Decorator Cushion.

Just Bedding was founded in 2005 with the mission to provide the largest range of bedding found online and it quickly became one of Australia's favourite online bed linen stores.

Just Bedding’s aim is to provide the best experience for anyone wanting to buy bed linen online, due to their abundance of choice, brands, styles and fair prices.

 
Styled by DOT + POP

Styled by DOT + POP

Styled by DOT + POP

Styled by DOT + POP

 
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The stunning new 'Rumah' Collection by Sage x Clare has landed!

 

 

Inspired by the tranquil village vibes and the soothing colours of twilight, Rumah – meaning ‘home’ in Indonesian – encapsulates that rare charm of authentic Bali. A colour palette featuring the rich blue-greens of the ocean, the pinks, oranges and reds of a summer sunset, lush botanical greens and earthy sand tones offers a bold yet soothing combination. And floral motifs, organic shapes and playful imagery are set against rich textures, ensuring this collection delivers an expression of laid-back luxury.

Indoor and outdoor living are taken care of thanks to woven waffle towels and playful accessories, some past Sage x Clare favourites have been re-released in fresh colour-ways and, as always, embroidery, hand-weaving, beadwork, tassels, shag and tufting offer a nod to authentic artisanal techniques. Rumah is a modern take on traditional design, with the same level of detail and craftsmanship you’ve come to expect from Sage x Clare.

Create your own tropical escape with this wide-ranging combination of homewares that celebrates the very best of Bali in a fabulous mish-mash of pattern, colour and texture.

See the full collection here!

 
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Beautiful bathrooms start with a stand out vanity...

 
Loughlin Furniture

 

We loved loved loved the recent ‘Two in Twelve’ series by The Stables and one of our favourite features of the whole series was the beautiful bathrooms which both featured timber vanities from Loughlin Furniture - so we obviously just had to share their quality and stunning designs with you.

Loughlin Furniture, founded by Rob Loughlin, designs, hand-makes and manufactures individual pieces primarily from solid timber. They specialise in custom-designed pieces and also have a range of beautiful vanities, front doors, mirrors, barn doors and more. Rob Loughlin is a true craftsman who has a real passion for working with timber which began 20 years ago when he first started working with slab timber, and the business grew from pop-ups at the Paddington Markets into the in-demand business they are today.

“Natural elements possess inherent beauty. Our process is to enhance this natural beauty and celebrate it, giving new life to the raw material as an individual piece of furniture.” 

Check out some of our favourite designs of theirs below or see the full collection here.

 
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Loughlin Furniture
Loughlin Furniture
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Penney & Bennett - Spring styling tips for your bedroom!

 
Penney & Bennett

 

With spring upon us, it’s the perfect time to revamp your bedroom and your bed. We spoke to Penney + Bennett director Sarah Carson about the best ways to breathe some spring into your life… and your bed!

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For styling, I like to place euro cushions at the front of the bed. It makes the bed feel more luxe and creates a cosy spot for reading.

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I like to use contrasting printed euros or pillowslips from the rest of the bedding, for me colour evokes emotions, and that unexpected pop of colour to keep things interesting.

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I love to invest in fresh bedding for spring, we are about to release a range of crisp 100% cotton bedding in our cascades print, which is the perfect print for warmer weather.

 
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New Zealand homewares lable Penney + Bennett are devoted to creating simplicity, materiality and questioning the conventional in contemporary textile living-ware. They have just released their latest collection and we love love love!

They use only the highest quality natural cloth sourced internationally, the silks are hand picked and the linen is woven and dyed for Penney + Bennett. The fabrics are the base for experimental prints consisting of a range of traditional painting, drawing, photography and digital techniques.

 
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Penney & Bennett
Penney & Bennett
Penney & Bennett
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The Ridge Collection - Beeline Design

 
Photography by  Lachlan Bourchier

Photography by Lachlan Bourchier


 

Beeline Design originated out of a love of crafting beautiful timber furniture using traditional joinery techniques, however the release of their third collection signals a step in a bold new direction. 

The 'Ridge Collection' features gentle corrugated curves covered in soft Australian leather paired with solid Timber or Stone. Handcrafted from sustainably sourced Tasmanian Oak, Corrugated Metal and Australian Leather; every aspect of the Ridge Collection is carefully considered and executed.

“Our goal was to create a collection using what is regarded as quite a utilitarian material and elevate it to a new level of luxe by covering it in leather and pairing it with stone and timber.” says Lucy.

 
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The ‘Ridge Collection’ is inspired by Adam’s childhood growing up in the South-West of WA; surrounded by farming land dotted with traditional corrugated iron sheds. “I had wanted to incorporate the use of corrugated metal into our designs for a long time but had not found the right execution” says Adam.

After launching at Denfair this year the range has had a great response and there are already new products underway to add to the collection. This coupled with the brand’s expansion overseas with a deal inked to stock their furniture in 23 stores across mainland China signals a very busy few months ahead.

 
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Styling - Melissa Chatfield and the following students from Design School: Lauren Egan, Laura Stanley, Dijana Carpinteri, Sharna Kirkbride, Aneta Schultz, Annaliese Byrne, Kathy Giannakopolous, Rachel Portaro, Amber Bennett.

 
 
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Trending | Floral Mayhem

 
 

By Alexandra Carter.

Spring has sprung and that means it's the perfect time to inject some colour into your home!

And the dining room is a great place to start... 

Fresh colours and florals celebrate the warmer weather, add a touch of fun and create a happy and inviting environment for those long lazy lunches.

Shop the edit below!

 
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Art: Greenhouse Interiors

Dining table: Fenton & Fenton

Dining chair: Barnaby Lane

Rug: Art Hide

Tea maker: Hunting for George

Mug: Milk & Sugar

Salad server: Designstuff Group

Salad bowl: Curious Grace

Vases: Marble Basics

Spice vessel: Marble Basics

Hand towel: Sage & Clare

Pendant: Odetoelma

Salt & pepper grinder: Norsu

Wrap knot: Jardan

 
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