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Low Maintenance Workspace Plants

Low Maintenance Workspace Plants

Low Maintenance Plants For Your Workspace  Sitting in an office all day can make us miss being outside, so why not bring the outdoors into your office by adding some plants to your workspace? Adding plants to your workspace not only enhances beauty but it also has a...

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The Modern Office

The Modern Office

The Modern Office Design When we talk about modern design in our office space or workspace, the images that come up are wide and varied. But from experience, the woman who likes a modern design can often possess certain traits.  When we choose the right style for our...

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7 Home Office Style Ideas

7 Home Office Style Ideas

Here's how to decorate your home office in perfect style. Look, I know most women feel a little ashamed of their home office or workspace. Is yours in the corner of an unused part of the house or squeezed in a spare bedroom next to the double bed with it’s mismatched...

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HOW TO STYLE OUTDOOR AREAS

HOW TO STYLE OUTDOOR AREAS

I love to entertain outdoors because here in sunny Queensland, Australia we have great weather for doing just that. No matter where you live though, I think it is important to have a little outdoor sanctuary to sit with a warm tea or cold glass of wine or a place to...

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CREATE THE COASTAL STYLE

CREATE THE COASTAL STYLE

When it comes to creating a coastal-style living room then there are a few factors that you should bear in mind in order to create the perfect coastal look. When you think coastal style, you think of words like serene, calming, peaceful and relaxing and both the...

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METALLIC DECOR IN YOUR HOME

METALLIC DECOR IN YOUR HOME

MELLATICS BLOG Using metallics in your home are right on trend and is a really easy way to add some edgy elegance to your interiors. When interior styling ...(your expertise here!) You can find plenty of stores that stock metallic homewares in my Online Homewares...

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SUPER FRONT DOOR COLOURS

SUPER FRONT DOOR COLOURS

FRONT DOOR ANALYSIS What does your front door say about you? Sometimes you pass a home and just want to head right in and say hello like you already know someone. Other times a home can look prickly and uninviting. The key to having a great front door colour to find a...

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HOW TO DECORATE CLASSICALLY

HOW TO DECORATE CLASSICALLY

I must say that I do have a soft spot for classic decoration and design. Needless to say that I am drawn to it and I find it a peaceful style to live with if not too formally executed. If you too have a bit of a love affair you may find this useful. Use this...

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HOW TO DECORATE WITH NEUTRALS

HOW TO DECORATE WITH NEUTRALS

THE BASICS OF NEUTRALS When you are furnishing your home many of our homes start with neutral colours as the wall colour and we can build our furnishings and our decorative theme from that base. Neutral colour palette Cream Brown Grey White Taupe Advantages of using...

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SIMPLE VASE CENTREPIECE

SIMPLE VASE CENTREPIECE

Here is just a very quick, simple and of course economical way to create a focal point or simple centre piece on your table. We don't always have the time or funds for fresh flowers and using lemons in a vase or other fruit is a great alternative. Lemons in a vase...

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Workspace Declutter

Workspace Declutter

Workspace Declutter Do you find yourself spending hours trying to find paperwork, letters and stationary? Well, you are not alone and you have come to the right place. We all want to make our lives easier, save time and reduce stress, and being organised is one way to...

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4 Scents for Enhancing Office Mood

4 Scents for Enhancing Office Mood

4 Scents for Enhancing Office Mood When we go to the shops we are overwhelmed with thousands of different fragrances to choose from, so how do we know which one to choose? Just like the colours, furniture and décor in a space, fragrances help to create a particular...

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Product Study – Desk Organiser

Product Study – Desk Organiser

I Kissed Many Organiser Frogs Before Creating My Organising Prince By Guest Blogger Carol Havener Carol was fed up with the standard of workspace organisers and decided it was time to create something that was not only practical but stylish to boot. Enter the Space...

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TECH ORGANISATION IDEAS

TECH ORGANISATION IDEAS

Printer Storage - in a drawer! Ever thought about tucking your printer away in a drawer or cupboard with a shelf that pulls out. I have recently designed a workspace where we did just that and it works a treat. For starters a printer takes up valuable desk space and...

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Store Study – Mud Australia

Store Study – Mud Australia

So on my trip to Melbourne, I thought I would walk to Fitzroy to check out the homewares stores and the other gorgeous boutiques on offer. I love the creativity and vibrancy of Melbourne and it was just such a delightful day for exploration. Wandering past these old...

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SANITY SAVERS: KITCHEN STORAGE

SANITY SAVERS: KITCHEN STORAGE

For most women out there, the kitchen is either your best friend or worst enemy. Having a cluttered, untidy kitchen can make cooking for friends or family a lot more stressful than it ever needs to be! Whenever I am designing a kitchen for a client, storage is one of...

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THE TUSCAN DINNER PARTY

THE TUSCAN DINNER PARTY

The Italians like to say "It is around the table that friends understand best the warmth of being together." After travelling throughout Italy last year, I fell in love with how the Italian culture embraces the act of coming together for a meal with such passion and...

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CREATE A STYLISH CHRISTMAS TABLE

CREATE A STYLISH CHRISTMAS TABLE

Great Christmas Table Styling Ideas The internet has the most extraordinary amount of beautiful Christmas decorating ideas. So being an Australian Christmas, I thought I would share a few Christmas tables that suit our flora and unique way of life. Australia is hot...

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LIVING WITH SIMPLE DREAMS

LIVING WITH SIMPLE DREAMS

We can all get caught up in our life with comparing ourselves and our homes to others. The thing you need to remember is this...we are not all on a level playing field here. People are all on different incomes, the number of children we may have can vary, the head...

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ART ATTACK

ART ATTACK

STEPS TO CREATING YOUR OWN ART When it comes to making our own art we often feel we are not confident or talented enough to produce a piece of art. Because we are not artists, we don't feel we can create something of our own for our home. Is it that we are afraid...

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Restaurant Love in Florence

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My School is Sprouting

Well as you know a while back (actually years ago) I started up my design school to teach women about how to design and style for their own homes, but to be honest, it's been extraordinarily tough getting it off the ground. I never thought that creating online courses...

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Photography Becomes a Love

PHOTOGRAPHY In the last few years, I have I become way more interested in photography. Up until then, I had always been a pretty hopeless photographer, but on one particular trip to Europe in 2015, I fell in love with capturing the beauty I saw around me and believed...

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