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The 10 Instagram feeds you will want to live in…

October 16th, 2015 tagged as INSPIRATION

Instagram is by far my favourite social media channel, not only a personal photo journal to record & share special moments, it is the perfect way to get your daily dose of interior, style, food & travel inspiration. Below a handful of my 'must follow' accounts, but be warned!.... They may leave you lusting for holidays in Santorini, craving margaritas at midday & feeling inspired to makeover every room in your house!

1. @ameliafullarton - Artistic, beautifully captured moments in the daily life of Aussie photographer Amelia Fullarton.

2. @inhonorofdesign - Design blogger & mum of 4 Anna Leisemeyer invites you into her colourful world full of inspiring family moments, design, style & DIY ideas.

3. @whitneyleighmorris - The Whitney Leigh Morris Instagram feed is proof that you don’t have to live large to live beautifully, her tiny Venice Beach cottage is a little slice of interior heaven.

4. @em_henderson - One of the most popular interior stylists going around, Emily Henderson's refreshing, honest sense of humour & accessible interior design inspo & advice make her well worth the follow.

5 & 6. @sarahshermansamuel - LA based designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s feed is filled with snapshots of her ridiculously photogenic home & everyday adventures as a new mum.

7. @gkstories - Author of one of my fave cookbooks 'Green Kitchen Stories', David Frenkiel takes us on a drool-worthy journey full of nourishing, whole food recipe inspiration.

8. @sincerelyjules - Julie Sarinana is the ultimate style & travel muse - best known for her laid back, effortlessly chic wardrobe/style inspiration, Jules spends most of her days globetrotting & sharing ultimate inspiration for that never-ending holiday bucket list.

9 & 10. @zachmilne - Australian travel & lifestyle blogger Zach Milne provides a daily escape to amazing destinations in our own backyard & around the globe.

11. @apairandaspare - Geneva Vanderziel is a blogger based in one of my fave cities, Hong Kong - her Instagram is full of wanderlust with secret Hong Kong hang outs, travel, style & DIY inspiration.

12. @emily_katz - I am a huge fan of macramé artist & indoor plant enthusiast Emily Katz, her feed is packed full of boho interior inspiration.

Live bright, Natalie x

How to create that perfect indoor to outdoor flow…

October 7th, 2015 tagged as Decorating

Well it feels like we have skipped spring and dived straight into summer this week in Perth! It is finally time to dust off the Havaianas & floaty dresses, I can almost taste the Pina Coladas - this is when Australian living really comes into it’s own!

Today I am sharing some beautiful homes that make the most of our lovely long summer season - homes that blur the lines between indoor & outdoor, living spaces that open up to the outside or rooms that bring the outdoors in.

Taking a cue from the below spaces, when planning new or renovating, don’t treat inside & outside areas as separate. Consider these spaces in relation to each other - materials, finishes & furniture should be complimentary or work well together to create a free flowing, seamless transition from indoor to out...

Above Images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Speaking of summer... I just had to share some sunny vibes from the Instagram feed of my clever customer Melissa (@teamtonkin) I love her handsome cactus sitting proud in one of our natural seagrass baskets. You can browse & shop these baskets here.

Photo by @teamtonkin

Live bright,
Natalie x

11 inspiring spaces that will banish those winter blues…

September 30th, 2015

This week it feels like spring has finally sprung! Lots of sun streaming into the house & it is warm enough to open the windows & invite that fresh smell of spring air inside. The natives in my garden are in full bloom & I am enjoying snipping the foliage & flowers to dot some beautiful, free arrangements around our home...

In celebration of the new season I have gathered some bright spring inspired interior inspiration - lots of fresh white & green, floral prints & natural surfaces to help shake off those winter blues...

Above Images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Links to browse the above pieces in store...

1 & 2. 'Ikat' Denim Cushion, 'Sita' Silk Kantha Cushion

3, 4, 5 & 6. 'Chandika', 'Sukhi', 'Vidhya', 'Nalika' Vintage Kantha Quilts

7. 'Alia' Kingsize Cutwork Bed Throw

8. Large Natural Seagrass Basket

9 & 10. Jute/Silver & Jute/Gold Metallic Stripe Entrance Mat

Live bright, Natalie x

Don’t forget this on your next building or decorating project…

September 23rd, 2015

Sightlines.... How important are they? The line of sight from one room to another, how 2 spaces connect, the 1st view of a space when you enter, those moments that surprise you & make you want to see more - I think these are important yet often overlooked things to consider when planning a room or space...

Above Images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

When planning/building a new home or renovating or refreshing an existing one, it is crucial to take time visualising walking into/through the spaces (I know! Easier said than done!). A few things to consider....

  • What view will visitors be faced with when entering your home? Do you want a line of sight right through your home to a view out a large picture window or tall glass sliding doors? Or do you want your main living spaces screened from the front entryway? 
  • Thinking about the aligning of windows & door openings to create focal points is a great idea - a cleverly positioned window at the end of a view draws you though the space towards it. 
  • When planning a bathroom, where possible hide the toilet out of plain sight, behind the door opening, behind a half wall or obscured by the vanity. 
  • When you open the door to a bedroom, do you see clothes baskets or an overflowing wardrobe? Or a beautifully dressed bed, feature armchair or striking piece of art? 
  • Walking through a hallway, is there something at the end that sparks interest & entices you towards it? 
  • Where possible you ideally want to keep private areas like bathrooms or laundry out of plain sight of your main living areas. 
  • When it comes to decorating, think about how 1 room flows to another - for adjoining rooms you may want to keep colour palettes & materials consistent so you have an effortless flow from one room to the next. 

For a new build you can design spaces with these ideas in mind, but for existing spaces it can be trickier; however - a simple furniture re-arrangement, space de-clutter or positioning a feature decor item like a chair, plant, lamp, mirror or artwork can be easy ways to improve sightlines & how a space generally looks & feels.

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Link to browse the above quilts in store... Adi, Aja, Naija, Kalyan, Revathi, Vaayu.

Live bright, 

Natalie x