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How to uplift your home with indoor plants…

May 28th, 2015

Heading into winter when the daylight hours are shorter & it is too chilly to keep windows open is the perfect time to freshen & uplift your home with nature & greenery. Indoor plants are not only beautiful to look at, they act as amazing natural air purifiers.

Our indoor plant family consists of a happy little maidenhair fern & a fiddle leaf fig; a few favourite, low maintenance indoor plants on my wish-list are the rubber tree, string of beads, mother in law’s tongue, aloe vera & jade plant.

Below a storyboard of beautiful ‘indoor plant moments’, if you want more, check out these exciting plant studios who offer great inspiration for all things indoor gardens;

Loose Leaf - (Melbourne)
Little Leaf Co - (Perth)
Pippis plants (Barwon Heads, Vic)Garden Life (Sydney)

On Instagram look up the lovely feeds of @aleajoy & @emily_katz who’s beautiful homes are filled with greenspiration.

Above images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

Live bright,
Natalie x

How to decorate that neglected, yet so important space in your home…

May 26th, 2015

The hallway is often a neglected, uninspired part of the house but it is quite possibly a space you walk through every day & the 1st room you & your guests walk though when you arrive. A beautiful hallway can be a striking surprise & a memorable moment - simple or busy, functional or decorative, light & bright or dark & moody. Different homes & hallway types call for a different approach but a little love & thought goes a long way in this often overlooked space...

  • In a character home, it can be beautiful to keep decoration & colour to a minimum, let architectural features sing - use striking pendants & perhaps a feature piece of artwork as interest. 
  • Make use of a vast expanse of wall & create a gallery like feel - family photographs or art - a line of pieces evenly spaced or a cluster of works in mismatched frames. 
  • White walls make the space feel bigger & more open, dark painted walls inject interest & personality. If your hallway lacks natural light, dark walls can make the space feel closed in - if you want bright or dark colour in a dark hallway, consider half or dado height painted colour and keep the upper section & ceiling white. 
  • Mirrors are a great way to reflect light into a hallway or to trick the eye into making a space feel bigger. 
  • A hall runner will not only protect your floors, it can add warmth, colour & life to a dark or dull hallway. 
  • Don’t leave a wall at the end of a hallway plain - a piece of art hung on this wall provides a focal point and draws the eye forward. 
  • Keep narrow, long hallways clutter free, run framed photographs/artwork along the walls, but go for fewer, larger pieces rather than lots of small works. 
  • Wide hallways - could the space be used as another room, rather than just a passageway? A wall of handy built in storage, a beautiful big bookshelf or even a study nook?

For extra inspiration - a few of my favourite hallway spaces below (you can find more here)...

Above Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

Live bright,
Natalie x

My top tip to create a welcoming, warm & cosy home…

May 7th, 2015 tagged as Decorating

The cold weather has well & truly set in, the slow cooker has an almost permanent place out on the kitchen bench & I have sudden random urges to bake fruit crumble. At this time of year many of us spend more time indoors - entertaining at home, spending rainy Sundays indoors... board games, baking, reading, movies or Game of Thrones marathons ; )

There is something quite lovely about hunkering down on these days to enjoy simple pleasures. For me, it is a time when home becomes a cosy, welcoming shelter from the outside world, extra layers are added to beds & sofas, colours & textures are swapped in and out to create a feeling of warmth.

If I could offer 1 tip for adding cosy warmth to your home it would be texture, texture, texture!

The number one way to make a space feel cosy is to layer & mix different textures & materials - this is especially important in an all white, or neutral scheme that doesn’t rely on colour to bring in warmth.

Use materials like leather, wood, fur, linen, velvet, embroidered/hand stitched textiles & metallics, choose a few different types to layer for each space. You can do this over time, sometimes just 1 piece can make all the difference to a space - a plush rug, fur throw, velvet cushion, a hand stitched or crochet blanket. A raid of your linen cupboard could be fruitful, or you might want to add a few new special pieces to your home over time to build that luxe, layered, cosy texture.

Below some spaces that use texture in different ways to create a cosy warm vibe...

Above Images; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

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Live Bright,
Natalie x 

Want a peek inside my home?

May 1st, 2015

I have been excited to share these images ever since our home was so beautifully styled & shot by clever friends Jo Carmichael & Jody D’Arcy for Australian Home Beautiful magazine last year. The feature was released this week in the latest issue so I finally get to share a sneaky peek with you.

We designed & built this house & I know new builds are not everyone's cup of tea but I hope our home proves that a new build or newly renovated house does not have to be devoid of character. You can have fun, use colour, texture, pattern to add warmth & interest, display pieces you love - old & new, high end & budget to add personality & soul to make a new house feel like a warm & happy home.

The magazine feature includes the story behind our home, info on fixtures/finishes & extra images so if you are wanting to see more, be sure to pick up a copy!

Above images -
Photographed by Jody D'Arcy - @Jody_Darcy
Styled by Jo Carmichael - @jocarmichael

1. Terrance Bar Cart - natural

2. Vintage Kantha Quilt 'Lakshman'

3. Silk Vintage Kantha Cushion 'Kali'

4. Drum Stool - natural/marigold print

5. Kingsize Cutwork Bed Throw 'Rosa' - natural

6. Cutwork Cushion 'Fae'

7. Barrel Side Table - wenge

8. Kingsize Shibori Kantha Quilt 'Lotus'

9. Silk Vintage Kantha Cushion 'Pele'

Live bright,

Natalie x