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When I was a young child my mother took us 5 children on a guided tour of Brisbane. We visited the Brisbane City Hall, The Treasury Building and other nearby attractions. In the city hall I remember the lift ride to the tower and being taken in by the glorious glossy timber, crafted doors, long corridors and sweeping staircases. In my opinion it was just so fancy and a world away from our Brady Bunch style home in The Gap that had been built in the 1970’s.

I guess Mum not only wanted us to have the local knowledge, but to also witness old time beauty and craftsmanship that she loved and admired. I have grown to love classic beauty in architecture and homes myself and even when I design for modern homes, I sneak elements of timeless beauty into the spaces. You can never tire of quality or beauty. Patsy Stone once wrote that “One should never be the oldest thing in ones house.”

At the moment I see a common trend. People want everything new in their home. But it is the old classic pieces of furniture or decorative items that add the soul a house needs. You can very successfully mix old and new if you know how. Ralph Lauren continues to inspire me the way he does this in his home and with his home wares collection.  See a little snippet of Ralph Lauren’s home with Oprah. Wow! Let me know if your love his style.

So just consider old before always assuming new. Bit of both is best.


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Until next time,

Love your home and those within it,

Carmen x