If you are looking for anything crafty or original for your home try Etsy!, But this advice comes with a warinng – you may get stuck on this site. And I dare you not to buy anything!!!!
Originally open only to those building a Porter Davis home, World of Style has now become open to the public. When my friend and interior designer called me and asked if I wanted to join, I didn’t really know what to have in mind. We took a trip to South Melbourne today to find out. We found a large space cleverly designed to showcase many products and finishes available when building, as well as a cool cafe. The kids room set up with little computers and tables to entertain the kids was also a standout.
Let me know what you visit. (All photos taken on my iPhone).
There is so much talk lately about ‘vignettes’. It’s like the buzz word going round. I even heard someone call it a ‘vinegarette’ recently by mistake!
So what is a vignette, anyway? In terms of interior design, it basically means displaying groups of objects around your home that are pleasing to the eye and tell a story.
Take a look at these vignettes below and you will see some common threads/rules:
1. Objects are placed in odd numbers
2. Objects are of differing heights – I’ve read that they should look like the NYC skyline.
3. Different textures should be used
4. Items should be placed at different depths – ie. not in a straight line.
5. The display shouldn’t look the same from left to right
via the design chaser
available via etsy
photography: Prue Rusco, styling: Claire Delmar, via Homelife
via Lotta Agaton
Having said all that, just remember that RULES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN!
Natalie Asseraf runs a fashion studio from home. Exterior Imports is essentially a private shopping space that offers a selection of beautiful imported clothing. Natalie has created a space that allows women to shop in an honest and welcoming environment. Trust me, I have tried it out!
When visiting Exterior Imports I have also had the pleasure of walking through Natalie’s home which of course caught my eye. Natalie has a mixture of classic and quirky pieces in her home that create a relaxed vibe. Thanks Natalie for allowing me to photograph your studio and home.
Favourite room in your house, and why:
I love my study, it is a sanctuary for me to do my work in, it has a calm feel and a space for me to hideaway and get creative.
3 words to describe your interior style:
Eclectic, colourful and quirky
3 top homewares/furniture stores to visit in Melbourne:
What are you most proud of in your home?
I am most proud of the overall interior look and feel, I have managed to create a warm and welcoming environment featuring all my colourful and eclectic pieces that tie in together with an effortless effect.
What will be your next purchase for your home?
A new piece of art for my bedroom
Name two items you should never skimp on in your home:
Bed linen, towels
Messy or neat? Neat, very neat
Best design/decorating tip you could give our readers:
I approach the way in which I decorate my house in the same way that I dress my clients, stay true to your own aesthetic but don’t be afraid to push the boundaries with highlight pieces that pick up on current trends, colours or design.
To book an appointment with Natalie in her studio, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see her beautiful website at exteriorimports.com.au
Do you need help styling a room in your home? Many people find they just don’t know where to start and need a little help. Here’s an example of where I would start.
I am so in love with this new rug from Ikea. I spotted it in a magazine and assumed it was from an expensive store. When I saw it was from Ikea I nearly jumped for joy. Seriously, it’s that good. The colours are fantastic and work so well together. I can think of a thousand ways of styling this rug.
Here’s just one of many ways to be inspired by a piece. (There are also plenty more products that could be added to this room)