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Styling 101

How to choose the right art for your home

STYLING 101 – ART  Art can be a confronting topic and though everyones tastes vary your art should be meaningful or beautiful to you. My one big ‘but’ would be that no matter what your art represents and whether it be monochrome or colourful, acrylic or watercolour, photographic or typography its only design requirement is that it be proportionate to the space. A particularly large wall needs a particularly large piece of art or a number of pieces that
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Styling 101 – The Sofa

STYLING 101 – THE SOFA A sofa without cushions for me is like walks without my dog, gin without tonic or mornings without coffee, but getting the right cushions for that sofa is a big ask and with the cost of a single cushion pushing upwards of $80 you need to get it right – first time! Think about how you put an outfit together; is it instinct that tells you those shoes won’t work with that bag
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How to style your coffee table (in 5 easy steps)

STYLING 101 – THE COFFEE TABLE Stylists have a knack of grabbing what is available and arranging it in a way that looks perfect, without being too perfect and its all because of these 5 simple rules;  Vary your heights  Use odd numbers  Contrast colour Add an item from nature Contain smaller items And using these 5 simple things; Books; add a pile or add just one, books convey your interest, they provide the ability to add height
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Styling 101 | The Shelfie

STYLING 101 | THE SHELFIE Even when I’m not working I am. I’m not very good at leaving things be, and so a shelf doesn’t seem to stay the same for more than a few weeks, neither do cushions, nor art.  But then, with so many beautiful things passing through my home how can I not enjoy them, if only for a short time? This shelf was originally my sons book and toy shelf, its now home to
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Styling 101 | The Bathroom

STYLING 101 | THE BATHROOM Bathrooms are expensive, they are also one of the hardest rooms to get right.  That’s because the space is generally small and there needs to be alot in there for it to function as its purpose. A family bathroom is usually home to; a shower, a bath, a double vanity, a mirror, a toilet, a heated towel rail, tapware for the sinks, tapware for the bath, tapware for the shower, a toilet roll
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Styling 101 | Hallways and Entry

STYLING 101 | HALLWAYS AND ENTRY Having an open plan layout means that hallways are not in abundance in my little house.  In fact, during renovations I actually created them (losing precious space in the process) just so I could have them! Many Mid Century homes find themselves in this prediciment; the craving for light and open airy spaces not seen prior to this stage of architecture necessitated spaces that lacked doors and hallways. I wouldn’t trade my
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Styling 101 | The Bedroom

STYLING 101 | THE BEDROOM When my little house was photographed for Homestyle Mag the photo that seemed to dominate Social Media was our Guest Bedroom, formally our master bedroom.  It surprised me somewhat as the room had been styled by me, expecting that cropped shots would be taken, not for the doorway shot that ended up being in print.  You see to me the room is too busy; there are wall lights – that I would prefer
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Styling 101 | The Living Room

STYLING 101 | THE LIVING ROOM Most of us are blessed with more than one living space.  This space usually incorporates the Kitchen and Dining area, a sofa or two are usually placed somewhere in the configuration and it makes for easy living. I don’t recommend a Television in this space but most people add one so they can watch the news or such as they work in the kitchen.  My reasoning is clear; this space is about
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Styling 101 | Kitchens

STYLING 101 | KITCHENS I would love to be the owner of a home with 3.6m high ceilings, great feature windows with even greater architraves and original wooden flooring, but I’m not. We bought a tiny cottage and added (on a budget), added again (thankfully on a higher budget), but it’s still a fairly standard home, there are times when armed with my camera I wish it was bigger (or I was smaller) or that those windows weren’t
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