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Designing for kids and pets

Designing for kids and pets

facebookinstagrampinterestdesigning for kids and petsDesigning for kids and pets, and creating a family friendly home doesn't have to be difficult and it doesn't mean you have to put off renovating until the little ones are older. If you have kids or pets then you...

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Dulux Colour Forecast 2021

Dulux Colour Forecast 2021

facebookinstagrampinterestEvery year we look forward to the Dulux Colour Forecast – an annual report revealing current cultural trends set to influence design choices for the coming year. This year’s forecast worked a little differently. As most European design and...

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Creating wellness within your home

Creating wellness within your home

facebookinstagrampinterestCreating wellness within ourselves is not new and neither is creating wellness within the home. Whilst I look for ways in which the design of the home can support wellness for those that occupy the space, my amazing friend Kezza Kat from...

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Small budget bathroom renovation

Small budget bathroom renovation

facebookinstagrampinterestThe bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home second only to the kitchen. The design and aesthetics of the bathroom can have a huge impact on how you begin and end your day and as such we are seeing the focus shift from one of...

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Bedroom Design Basics

Bedroom Design Basics

facebookinstagrampinterestThis year, I was lucky enough to visit the gorgeous Southern Highlands area where open fireplaces invited conversation and cups of tea, layering up during the day and snuggling down into a warm bed at night was the daily routine. I was...

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Five of my favourite neutral colours

Five of my favourite neutral colours

facebookinstagrampinterestLike every interior designer, I have my go-to favourite neutral paint colours that work in a variety of settings that I think you’ll find useful in cutting down the decision making process. Here, I'm sharing my top five neutral paint colours...

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Traffic flow, clearances and space planning

Traffic flow, clearances and space planning

facebookinstagrampinterestUnderstanding traffic flow and mapping it out on your plans will help you identify and correct errors before you start any work on your project. Understanding how each space works at its most efficient gives you clear insight into how you’re...

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Small space lessons

Small space lessons

facebookinstagrampinterestWorking on small spaces is always interesting because it challenges the designer to become creative, to think outside the box and to adapt ideas from grand proportions, all with the aim of appearing effortless. We can learn a lot from the...

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Tidy home, tidy mind

Tidy home, tidy mind

facebookinstagrampinterestTidy home, tidy mind.When the home is messy, it’s really difficult to feel relaxed and it doesn’t feel good to be in. Likewise, when my mind is messy, it's impossible to relax, I feel scattered and it’s really the last place that I want to...

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Designing a small bathroom or ensuite

Designing a small bathroom or ensuite

facebookinstagrampinterestWorking on small spaces is always interesting because it challenges the designer to become creative, to think outside the box and to adapt ideas from grand proportions, all with the aim of appearing effortless. The key to a good design in a...

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Behind the scenes at Trentini Design

Behind the scenes at Trentini Design

facebookinstagrampinterestwhat happens at an interior design studio?That glamorous end result you see in magazines or on social media takes weeks and months of planning and hard work. Hours in front of a computer, hours of research, telephone calls, procurement and...

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3 practical tips to create your sanctuary

3 practical tips to create your sanctuary

facebookinstagrampinterest3 practical tips to create your sanctuary I’ve always beat the drum that the home is a sanctuary, a place you can be your true self and whilst this hasn’t changed, what I realised was I was talking about the end product, rather than practical...

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How to give your flatpack a designer look

How to give your flatpack a designer look

facebookinstagrampinterestHow to give your flatpack a designer look Homeowners use flatpack solutions to save on costs but worry that the end result is going to look obviously like a flatpack solution. With a little bit of creativity, the flatpack solution can quietly...

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How to create wellness in your home

How to create wellness in your home

facebookinstagrampinterestHow to create wellness in your homeOur homes are one of the strongest support systems for our busy lives, yet quite often they’re not given the attention they deserve. Our homes should be sanctuaries from the chaos that exists outside, a...

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Is having an interior designer a luxury?

Is having an interior designer a luxury?

facebookinstagrampinterestIs having an interior designer a luxury?I've struggled with this very question for as long as I've been an interior designer and the story I told myself was really shaped by others experiences. When I was in design school in 2011, it was only...

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Sympathetic bathroom renovations

Sympathetic bathroom renovations

facebookinstagrampinterestSympathetic bathroom renovations If you’re renovating your bathroom and want to keep it within the style of the rest of your home you may want to think about using neutral materials or draw inspiration from existing materials or colours and...

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5 styled looks for the home

5 styled looks for the home

facebookinstagrampinterest5 styled spaces for the home When you’re bringing together a styled look in the home, seeing furniture pieces, decorative accessories and materials in-situ should give you a quick understanding of the feeling it would evoke in your home. I’ve...

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How to carve out a me time corner

How to carve out a me time corner

facebookinstagrampinterestHow to carve out a me time cornerCarving out a space within your home for you to take 5 minutes for yourself is completely doable and the good news is, it doesn’t have to be a permanent set up either. When I was in my early 30’s I remember I...

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How to achieve a timeless design

How to achieve a timeless design

facebookinstagrampinterestHow to achieve a timeless designIf you want your home to be fresh and relevant today, and for years to come, then timeless design could be the style you’ve been looking for. Timeless design is lasting rather than temporary and at its core...

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Redesigning the Baron Cottage

Redesigning the Baron Cottage

facebookinstagrampinterestredesigning the baron cottageRenovating the Baron Cottage was challenging and required meticulous space planning to create a modern family home. When homeowners are willing to trust the design process, magic like the Baron Cottage can...

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How to achieve a timeless design

How to work out your design style

facebookinstagrampinterestIf you're wanting to learn to decorate then you just can't go past Pinterest! You can find just about anything on Pinterest and it’s a really great place to find inspiration for decorating, styling, building or doing a home renovation. I'm...

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Redesigning the Baron Cottage

How to pull a living room look together

facebookinstagrampinterestWe're so excited to share with you our very first e-book How to Pull a Living Room Look Together a six part guide you can implement today. You can download your free guide below to keep and use whenever you're looking to decorate your living...

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Coronavirus Design Challenge

Coronavirus Design Challenge

facebookinstagrampinterestLast week on Facebook I was challenged to pick one followers' worst room each day and redesign it for them. My aim with this challenge was to shift focus from the depressing coronavirus news cycle and to bring a little joy back into our home!...

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How to achieve a timeless design

Interior Design Trends 2020

facebookinstagrampinterestDo a quick google search ‘interior design trends 2020’ and you’re bombarded with information. Filtering through the forecasts of what’s IN and what’s OUT I’ve picked five of my favourite trends for 2020. Let's take a look! I admit, I cringe...

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Functionality in the home

Functionality in the home

facebookinstagrampinterestThe function of a space may seem obvious and quite simple at first but when you factor in how you and your family live in the space and what your daily routine is, it becomes clear that functionality is determined by lifestyle and habits. You...

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Make your guests feel at home

Make your guests feel at home

facebookinstagrampinterestAs a seasoned traveller to family members homes I've learnt how to slot into my new temporary home with ease and little fuss. Packing the essentials often means I leave some of my creature comforts at home. Here are my top tips to creating...

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Small space living for a big luxe life

Small space living for a big luxe life

facebookinstagrampinterestTiny homes are nothing new, but in Australia our thirst for ever-increasing oversized homes means we’ve turned a blind eye to the benefits of small spaces. Whilst they have their challenges, living in a small space doesn’t mean you miss out...

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Stress of a renovation

Stress of a renovation

facebookinstagrampinterestDespite all the best laid plans, things can go wrong when you’re renovating. Yes, even though I'm a professional and this is what I do for a living! Let me tell you a story that really raised my stress levels and had me reaching for the...

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Redesigning the Baron Cottage

Pretty homes are not just for magazines

facebookinstagrampinterestIt takes a lot of planning and good creative thinking but you can have that dream home you’ve always wanted. Yes, even if you have kids or pets! Creating a beautiful low maintenance home comes down to a few key areas - functionality, finishes...

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Creating your home for great family get togethers

Creating your home for great family get togethers

facebookinstagrampinterestFamily get togethers can be as small as a shared meal or it can be a special occasion such as a naming ceremony or wedding. And if you’ve put your hand up to host the family get together then here’s some ideas on creating just the right...

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What to do before you renovate

What to do before you renovate

facebookinstagrampinterestIf you’re lucky enough to be renovating your dream home you may be busy thinking of the insta-worthy home you’re going to create. But have you thought about your budget, timeframe yet? Before you jump in, here are my top tips on getting to...

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What it’s really like to work with a designer

What it’s really like to work with a designer

facebookinstagrampinterestWorking with an interior designer should be fun and exciting! A good interior designer will be able to interpret all of your wants and needs into a space that is both functional and aesthetically beautiful; then they’ll take it that one step...

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Authentic Homes without the stress

Authentic Homes without the stress

facebookinstagrampinterestLiving a real life without the stress can be easy, it just takes some planning. No, I'm not talking about prepping meals or how you can fit that Friday night bath into your routine. Your home should be enjoyed to its fullest potential without...

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How to carve out a me time corner

All about lighting

facebookinstagrampinterestLighting is one of the most important features of your home, yet quite often it is only given consideration once the addition, renovation or build is nearing its end. Sure, most home owners think about general ambient light and will go about...

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What my dad taught me about design

What my dad taught me about design

facebookinstagramyoutubeMy father was first-born generation Australian. His parents were Italian pre-war immigrants who, like many before and after them worked hard to build a new life for themselved in this beautiful country they now called home.Unlike many other...

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Top 5 questions to ask before renovating

Top 5 questions to ask before renovating

facebookinstagrampinterestRenovation shows are fun to watch and make it look so easy! In reality, they rarely show the meticulous months of planning that goes into a renovation before the first hit of the hammer to start the demolition. Here’s a great list of...

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LUX Interior Designer of the Year 2019

LUX Interior Designer of the Year 2019

facebookinstagramyoutubeTrentini Design has been named the LUXlife Interior Designer of the Year 2019 - North Eastern New South Wales. Our nomination in these awards came as a huge surprise so a big thank you has to be given to whomever nominated our design studio!...

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How to achieve a timeless design

Picking colours that change with the seasons

facebookinstagrampinterestColours that change with the seasons can create the perfect home all year round. If you pick the right colour that changes with the weather, with the time of day and with the seasons you can have the perfect colour that suits your home and...

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What colours say about you

What colours say about you

facebookinstagrampinterestColour psychology is a powerful design tool that has more of an impact on the mood of a room than any other factor. Different colours conjure various emotions so it’s key to think about the kind of atmosphere you want to create and which...

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Functionality in the home

Cut the clutter from life with improved storage

facebookinstagrampinterestCutting the clutter from the kitchen bench, the dining table, the study or anywhere else we tend to accumulate stuff can be liberating! Improving storage throughout the home bring a sense of order and having a calming effect on your life and...

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Top 10 tips to a fool proof design for a holiday apartment

Top 10 tips to a fool proof design for a holiday apartment

facebookinstagrampinterestEven in winter we dream of that beachside holiday apartment. The sun, the sand, the surf...oh take me there right now! Or maybe you dream of conquering that black diamond trail. Got your own holiday apartment? Here are my top 10 tips to a...

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Habits for a relaxing home

Habits for a relaxing home

facebookinstagrampinterestCreating a relaxing home doesn't have to be hard. There is no meditation involved, no must-have scented candles, no tips on how to display your fresh flowers.  Use these simple ideas to create your own haven and embrace a calm, easy way of...

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Rugs for round tables

Rugs for round tables

facebookinstagrampinterestI've always had a thing for round tables. Mainly because it's hard for that daily crap we accumulate to sit comfortably on it for any length of time. This is a great question that came in from Katherine Appleby about what type of rug she...

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How to give your flatpack a designer look

Ways to customise your flatpack kitchen

facebookinstagrampinterestIf you're renovating you may be thinking about using a flatpack kitchen and if you're handy with the tools this is a great way to save on budget. If you're renovating on a budget you'll like the idea of a flatpack solution, but worry it's...

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How to find your design style using Pinterest

How to find your design style using Pinterest

facebookinstagramyoutubeYou can find just about anything on Pinterest and it’s a really great place to find inspiration for a home renovation. If you already know what your design style is then Pinterest is really effective for nutting out those finer details of a...

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