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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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Interior Design Trends 2020

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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Pretty homes are not just for magazines

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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All about lighting

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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Interior Design Trends 2020

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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Designing your dream home with kids and pets in mind

Designing your dream home with kids and pets in mind

facebookinstagrampinterestIf you have kids or pets then you know it can be difficult to keep your home neat and tidy. I tackle this using two broad strategies to make sure that your dream home remains your dream home. Planning for your storage needs and choosing the...

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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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Ways to customise your flatpack kitchen

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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I'm always looking for new ways to break down the language barriers that exists around the design world. Without the right language, it's really easy to become overwhelmed and shy away from lack of understanding. I want more of us to be able to experience the daily joys design brings to my life. I do this by sharing my own learnings, my knowledge and my experiences so that everyone can have a beautiful home. It's not just about the aesthetic beauty, it's also about the spiritual and emotional beauty that can exist in our homes. 

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