I think everyone will agree that mirrors are functional and essential household items, but they can also be beautiful and decorative additions to an interior space, like these mirrors (below) from Le Huge Mirror Company with their gorgeous ornate frames. They look stunning individually or grouped together in different colours and sizes.

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Or these Captain’s Mirrors from BDDW (above) which work to bring the side-table that sits beneath them to life and Porada’s Sensu Fan Mirror (below), which is more art than mirror.

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Mirrors, such as these Reflect Mirrors (below) can also be a quirky and interesting addition to any room.

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But…my personal favourite are these ‘water’ mirrors below by Rikako Nagashima and Hideto Hyoudou. They are insanely beautiful and sculptural works of art. Just stunning!! Even the detail in the edging is outstanding.

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http://www.ceocooleclecticoriginal.com/2011/09/virtual-nesting-project-2-kiddos-room.html

This is such a wonderful idea and so easy!!

I can’t decide if this lamp is really cute and quirky or just a little bit creepy, I’m leaning towards cute and quirky though. If nothing else, it’s definitely not boring and forgettable 🙂

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Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by fire and I absolutely love sitting by an open fireplace. It’s winter here in Australia so I could really use a fire right about now, and there are a huge range of designer fireplaces available at the moment and a lot of these are portable which is a fantastic idea, so you can .  move them to where they’re needed.

Apart from looking great and providing warmth a lot of these portable fireplaces have the added benefit of being powered by Bioethanol, which is a renewable energy source that burns without producing smoke and soot. It also produces low levels of CO2 (carbon dioxide) when burned.

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Exciting Lighting

July 25, 2012

We all know that lighting can make or break a room. It’s so easy to get it wrong but it’s just as easy to get it right. My background is in lighting design, so I really enjoy selecting lighting for interior spaces. Here are some images of some gorgeous pendant lights to love…

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Bloom by Prandina – I would love to use this beautiful pendant light in a contemporary kitchen.

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This beautiful and delicate pendant light created by Designer, Issey Miyake would be perfect for a bedroom or nursery.

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Tiara by Prandina – I’d love to see this pendant light in an office space, bathroom or bar area.

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Decorative lighting doesn’t have to be expensive though, the pendant light above has been made from an Ikea fruit bowl at a cost of around $70 and the pendant lights below have been made using teacups and saucers! They’re really effective and could easily be made from items that you may already have in your home.

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As I’ve mentioned previously, if you’re making your own light fittings it’s always recommended to consult with an electrician and always use a qualified electrician to install any hardwired fittings.

It’s no secret that I’m an art lover and I love the idea of featuring original artworks in interior design. I’m particularly passionate about designing rooms around artworks and making them the design inspiration for a space. So many artists and artworks spring to mind when I think of pieces that I’d love the opportunity to ‘build a room’ from. I’ve posted some of these below – what artworks do you find inspirational? Are there any pieces that you’d love to see as the catalyst for the design of an interior space?

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Margaret Ackland – Unbuttoned

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Samantha Everton – Siam

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Erin in Blue – Mark Demsteader

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Michael Zavros – Debaser Belstaff

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Johnny Romeo – Hooded Crawl Crew

 

Decorating children’s rooms and nurseries can seem daunting at first, because they’re restrictive in that they must have certain functional elements such as a change table, cot etc but they can be some of the most exciting spaces that you’ll ever work on and they’re an opportunity to be really creative with colour and design.

 

I personally love designing rooms for children because I have the opportunity to be really whimsical which is something that I don’t often get the chance to do when designing for adults.

 

I find the main constraint when working with kids rooms is budgetary. For the current project I’m working on I have a total design budget of $500 for two rooms (this figure is for decorative items only). Through working on this project I’ve discovered that a great way to provide impact for very little cost is with the use of wall decals. These are not only a low cost option but are able to be removed as the child outgrows the design and/or the usage of the room changes.

 

I found a huge range of decals on etsy and decals will be featuring heavily in my current project and I look forward to sharing it with you in the near future. In the meantime, you should definitely check out etsy (www.etsy.com/) – it’s well worth the look 🙂

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Light up my life

July 19, 2012

Light up my life

I love products that don’t try to pretend to be something they’re not. This stunning pendant light by Yellow Goat Design is called Big Dome…and..it is 🙂

It never gets old…

July 19, 2012

It never gets old...

Concrete Corbusier by Stefan Zwicky

Walls and Wallcoverings

I know this is still in the wall category but it’s technically not wallpaper and everyone needs at least one chalkboard wall in their home/office 🙂

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