Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Find your home style with these tips from interior designers

I can pick a nice cushion, artwork or candle, no problem. But when my collection of cool things come together, they often don't work in the space.

I lack the ability to take a big-picture approach to decorating my home, and Perth interior decorator Zoe Gilpin says it's not just me.

"People can get stuck in the trap of following trends and trying to reproduce catalogues and store displays instead of creating an interior space they love," she says.

David Justin Urbas Interior

"As shoppers, we can get sucked into impulse purchases which leads to mismatched interiors or too many items."

My lounge room feels so seen.

I spoke to Ms Gilpin and Warrnambool interior designer Jess Griffey for their top styling tips — and traps to avoid.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How to Decorate Small Spaces Like a Pro

Decorating small spaces can feel like an impossible puzzle. You want to fit as much in as possible, but the room mustn't feel cramped. You want it to be filled with personality, but it can't look chaotic and cluttered. But it's possible to have a small space that's as stylish (or perhaps even more so) as their sprawling counterparts. Whether you’re starting out in a studio apartment or choosing to live a more minimalist existence, you don’t need to sacrifice style. We’ve gathered our favorite ideas for decorating small spaces to help you tackle your own petite dwelling.

David Justin Urbas Design

You may need a desk and a dining table, but do you really need them 24-7? Consider installing furnishings that can fold up when not in use. You’ll free up floor space and avoid the stacks of mail and work that inevitably pile up on these surfaces. If you have a one-wall kitchen, folding doors can conceal clutter when not in use.