Top 10 Coffee Table Books

Decor, Styling

It’s a fact – I am obsessed with books, especially as styling pieces. They’re the perfect way to polish off your decor and I believe that they help to tell a story in your space. It is important to have a mixture of books, wether it is high fashion, interior design, travel, architecture or gardening. Find the ones that set your soul on fire and help to define your tastes and interests.

The wonderful thing about books as decor pieces, is that you can style them in SO MANY different ways. Sitting down, standing up, within beautiful book ends, spines showing, spines hiding, decor pieces on top, decor pieces beside….the possibilities are literally endless and each different way brings a new life to your space.

I’ve popped my top 10 interior styling coffee table books below, with direct links to where you can find them.

1. Tom Ford

One of fashions greatest icons, Tom Ford transformed Gucci from a stagnant accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased Gucci sales astronomically and has helped transform and build the brand into the luxury goods conglomerate it is today.

Available to purchase through Hampton Lane

2. Simplicity

Nancy Braithwaite

Interior designer Nancy Braithwaite’s long-awaited first book is a striking tutorial in the power of simplicity in design. In the world of interior design, Nancy Braithwaite is known for her single-minded devotion to the principle that has guided her work for more than forty years: simplicity. Braithwaite’s work is luxuriously minimalist, its beauty inextricably tied to its Shaker-like purity.

Available at Provincial Home Living

3. French Country Cottage

Courtney Allison

A romantic interpretation of French country style in a California cottage. With beautiful photography and tale about a little forgotten house that could, Courtney shares the story of her renovation of a 1940’s cottage in the California countryside. An abandoned vacation house, set in the center of rolling fields and trees becomes the cottage home of her dreams . . . a French country style cottage filled with original elements and an exquisite mix of rustic and refined. 

Available for purchase at Booktopia

4. Ballerina Project

Dane Shitagi

With over one million followers on Instagram, Ballerina Project has the largest network of followers in the world for ballet and has become an online phenomenon. Created by New York City-based photographer Dane Shitagi over the span of eighteen years, Ballerina Project has become the most significant, unique, and creative photographic archive of renowned ballerinas in the world. 

The artistry, strength, and dedication of over fifty accomplished ballerinas are beautifully captured here with over 170 inspiring photographs in both black-and-white and full color. Iconic locations across the globe including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, London, Rome, and Paris create a timeless backdrop to these remarkable portraits.

Available through Booktopia

5. The Game Changers

Samantha Brett & Steph Adams

The path to success is rarely straightforward. However, with more female trailblazers out there than ever before, achieving their career goals in the worlds of business, entertainment, fashion, politics and beyond, the game is being changed forever.

Journalist Samantha Brett and editor and art director Steph Adams have spent more than two decades between them interviewing and profiling some of the most inspiring and successful women in the world. They quickly realised that these women had a few distinct qualities in common- they are fearless in their pursuits and unafraid to go after what they want, and they do not let fear of failure stop them.

Available to purchase through Amazon

6. Dior: Catwalk

Alexander Fury

Dior: Catwalk is the first comprehensive overview of the legendary house of Dior, featuring more than 180 collections presented through original catwalk photography.

Every haute couture collection is represented inside, as are ready-to-wear collections from the arrival of John Galliano onwards. Complete with an introduction and designer profiles by Alexander Fury, Dior: Catwalk offers a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the most influential and luxurious fashion brands of all time and discover rarely seen creations.

Boasting more than 1,100 images, Dior: Catwalk is a treasure trove of inspiration and a must-have for all Dior fans.

Available to purchase through Peters of Kensington

7. Peonies

Georgianna Lane

Peonies have always been a favourite with gardeners and cut-flower fans alike, but in 2016 their popularity went beyond bridal bouquets as the blooms took over social media – their gramming power was so huge this year that by May, Elle UK had already crowned the flowers as ‘The New Avocado’.

First outlining the history of the peony, Peonies is then split into chapters Pure, Dramatic, Romantic and Fragrant, and includes over 50 beautiful varieties as well as detailing when they bloom, their size, and, of course, what they’ll look like. From Shawnee Chief to Sarah Bernhardt, you’ll discover an eclectic selection of specimens from those that have the best visual appearance to those with the most fragrant perfume. The final section, Growing and Care, outlines those varieties which are easiest to grow and which produce the best flowers for cutting.

With contemporary commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everyone who appreciates the beauty of the majestic peony.

Available to purchase through Amazon

8. Homebody

Joanna Gaines

#1 New York Times Bestseller – In Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts as well as your likes and dislikes with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style.

Room by room Homebody gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you’re drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A removable design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in Homebody will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.

Available to purchase through Target

9. Paris

Serge Remelli

Paris… so familiar and yet surprising. In pastel shades and dazzling details like the palette of French Impressionism, Serge Ramelli presents a unique and personal photo homage to the City of Lights. With romance and history in her blood, Paris shows her tender side as never seen before.

Only Paris offers the inimitable stage that can turn every photo into a film still. In its architectural splendour, its wealth of churches, palaces, parks, and grand boulevards, the city is peerless in its beauty and allure. Add to that a long, rich, and influential history, and this coveted capital is art in its purest form.

From the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, to Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Pres – the traces of painters and photographers and echoes of actors and movie directors can be found all over the city. In this exquisite Paris photo book, Serge Ramelli pays tribute to this unique legacy of art and culture, capturing the city’s poetic flair. As in vintage postcards, with glowing street lights or only certain details in colour in a black and white panorama, Ramelli accentuates particular picture elements to create a modern, 3D effect, while retaining a close connection to Parisian history.

Available to purchase through Booktopia

10. Paul Bangay: Small Garden Design

Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay is renowned for the expansive and elegant gardens with classical lines and symmetrical plantings that he has created in Australia and all over the world. Yet gardens on this grand scale are not accessible to everyone. With more of us living in apartments, townhouses and terraces, our gardens are now being squeezed into small spaces such as balconies, courtyards, lightwells or rooftops – and this makes for challenging garden design.

Available to purchase at Provincial Home Living

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Entryway Reveal

Building, Styling

As I step foot inside the door, I immediately feel calm. I feel safe. I feel joy. Within these walls we laugh, we dance and we slide down the hallway in our socks. We are 100% ourselves and I would never ever want it any other way.

Our entryway is made up of a few spaces, each of them with their own purpose and each of them I love equally because they work together to welcome us home.

I love bright, white and fresh interiors, so knew that the interior of our home would be predominantly white. White walls and white ceilings with a few pops of interest here and there. During the planning stages of our home, I informed (read: warned) Dave that we would be having timber mould panelling EVERYWHERE. I am sure he thought I was either joking, or that I would grow out of the idea. I can tell you that neither will ever happen. I take my moulding very seriously and it’s possibly one of my favourite design features that help to bring texture and character to a space. Believe it or not, we’ve actually added more to our home since we moved in! Being such a white space, I was looking for ways to bring warmth and interest to our entryway. I chose to install Shiplap on the ceiling (also known as VJ panelling). I love the way it draws your eye upwards. We’re planning to install some gorgeous feature lighting in the hallway, but i just haven’t found EXACTLY what I am looking for in Australia yet. Another little project to look forward to creating later on down the track.

Our hallway leads down to the part of our house that we call the ‘entryway’ – even though technically it all is. This space has changed in the 4 months we have been in our home….and probably the space that has changed the most dramatically! I never, in a million years thought that I would be painting any wall in our home black…..but it happened. And I LOVE it! It has added real depth, mood and a touch of luxe. Another thing I love is the gorgeous stone bench. Originally we were going to have a piece of stone floating between the two walls, but I am delighted that we went with the downwards return (also, the stone floating was ridiculously heavy and we would have needed brackets, really taking away from the look we were trying to achieve). The gorgeous stone legs add another view of our stunning EssaStone Calacutta, and I couldn’t be more obsessed with it. I love that it can be styled as either a welcoming space, or that it can also be used as a quiet little study nook and a place of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. We popped some power there too to charge laptops and power lamps if we want to change it to a study nook. The versatility of this space is going to be great down the track. But for now, it’s just a peaceful and welcoming space as we enter the home.

…and can we all stop for a moment to appreciate that exterior pendant? It’s a little (big) showstopper, and I adore it. As soon as I saw this style, it was love at first sight. I have another of this pendant featured somewhere else in our home…can you guess where?

As you would have expected, we have used the same floors throughout all of the home. And we used them all through the last build. Yep – we are obsessed. The quality is BEYOND and their durability will rival any other flooring. Not to mention that colour. *smitten*.

Throughout our designing, planning and building stages, I asked you, my beautiful Insta Fam, what colour door you thought we would go with, and a majority of you said pink…UNDERSTANDABLY! And to tell you the truth, I really did have my heart set on it. But I asked Dave how he would feel about being the guy who lived in the house with the pink door. He thought about it for a bit and said he was ok with it….but I could tell he wasn’t 100% keen. Completely fair. We decided to choose another colour together and used a lot of inspiration from our last trip to Paris. We had light blues and forest greens picked out and didn’t totally love them. Black was the one colour that we really loved – and I am so glad we went with it – it really makes the brass finished POP!

Speaking of the door and the brass finishes (excuse me while I wipe away my drool), do you remember the struggles I had trying to find a brass door handle?! I searched high and I searched low. I trawled the internet and looked in all the hardware shops both local and in Sydney. And none of them were quite right….you know how fussy I am about these kinds of things. They were either too orange in their brass, or not the right style. But when I found these, they were meant to be. So happy that we could make them work on the exterior and in the interior of the door. The other brass accents including the bell, dummy door knocker and kick plate just work together to finish it off.

And then there is the actual door itself….it’s a beauty! It’s gorgeous and is from Corinthian Doors. We knew we wanted something traditional to really support the exterior architectural moulding and painted brick finish, and this was the only door from the beginning. In previous houses we had chosen pivot doors which were a LOAD more expensive, just for the way that they close. Having had one house previously with a pivot door, and one without, we really couldn’t justify the expense of them and decided to invest the money somewhere else. And it’s not a decision we’ve ever regretted. If you’re looking for great quality and beautifully solid doors, I can 100% recommend Corinthian Doors.

I hope you have enjoyed this little welcome to our home. If you have any questions about anything, you are always welcome to leave a comment below or send me a quick email through the Contact Us page. Be sure to sign up to become an email subscriber here…my subscriber recieve all the goods before anyone else…and more!

Thanks for joining me – I cant wait to bring you the next room reveal!

Front Door – Corinthian Doors

Tiles – Beaumont Tiles

Fiddle Leaf Fig – Pillow Talk

Doormat – Pillow Talk

Architectural Moulding – Mould It

Light – Beacon Lighting

Stone – EssaStone

Flooring – Quick Step

Mug – Cristina Re

Brass Pendant – Canalside Interiors

Mood Board Monday – Elegant Entryway

Styling

Welcome to this weeks Mood Board Monday, Elegant Entryway! I decided to do things a little differently this week, and boy has it been fun! Rather than you guys choosing the space and me creating it to my style, I wanted you guys to take the lead on this one! Thank you to everyone who responded to my stories today and sent through a piece of furniture, a rug, an artwork or a gorgeous decor piece. You guys have amaaaaaazing taste! (Let’s be real, I’m not even surprised!)

SO – the piece i chose to work with was one of the first that came through and it COMPLETELY knocked my socks off! It was beautiful, elegant and so versatile. The gorgeous Insta Pal (you know I HATE the term followers!) who sent this trough wanted to see it styled in an entry way, and boy would this space look SENTATIONAL brought to life. The piece she sent through was a gorgeous Fenton & Fenton blush bone inlay console table. I’ve popped it below so you can see what I was given to work with. Isn’t she a beauty?!

This whole Mood Board Design took me just under an hour, that console gave me so much inspiration! You know that I am a massive fan of the texture and character that timber moulding gives, so it was a no brainer that that entryway included the elegance that it provides.

You know I am a MASSIVE fan of beaded chandeliers, so this gorgeous Elok chandelier was my first choice. I love the curved lines in this lighting fixture that compliment the arches in the beautiful mirror that rests on the console. As it would be located in the entryway, this console needed a beautiful little trinket tray to catch your keys and sunglasses when you walk through the door. And you know that I can’t go past a marble tray, especially one adorned with that brass trim….(drool factor!)

Just because something is beautiful doesn’t mean it can’t be practical as well, so this chic little blush Black mango chair and basket from Ollie Ella are in the entryway for you to be able to sit down, take your shoes off and pop them into the basket out of the way. what a gorgeous rug to land your feet on, while also being ridiculously practical. Did you know Jute rugs are one of the best wearing rugs, while also being environmentally friendly? Win…and win!

And hey….what’s a solo chair without a gorgeous print sitting above it? And this one from The Paper Collective has been on my list of perfect prints to use FOR EVER and it was worth the wait, it just ties everything altogether here. So here she is, and all of her elegant glory. What do you think?

Listed below are the individual pieces used which have been put together to create this stunning Elegant Entryway. These pieces are linked straight to the business websites, so click on through to check them out!

Console – Fenton & Fenton

Tray – Coco Republic

Rug – Miss Amara Jute rug

Flooring – Quick Step Impressive Ultra Soft Oak Light

Basket – Ollie Ella stocked at Norsu

Chair – Black Mango

Artwork – Paper Collective

Chandelier – Elok

Mirror – Temple & Webster

Cherry Blossom Flowers – Pottery Barn

Hope you found a little bit of inspiration from this gorgeous Mood Board Monday. I’m already looking forward to creating next weeks design. Make sure you vote on my Insta stories what you would like to see me create next!

Much Love,

Mood Board Monday – Black Beauty Bathroom

Styling

Welcome to this weeks Mood Board Monday, Beautiful Bathroom style! It’s an absolute beauty this week, a Black Beauty to be exact. A little different to my usual neutral white style, but I’m absolutely LOVING it! And of course, with anything I do, you’ll always find that little pop of blush! So scroll on down and check out all of the pretty little details!

As usual, I’ve linked all the products below, happy shopping!

Listed below are the individual pieces used which have been put together to create this stunning Black Beauty bathroom. These pieces are linked straight to the business websites, so click on through to check them out!

Tiles – Beaumont Tiles

Concrete Basin – Nood Co.

Tapware – ABI Interiors

Robe Hook – ABI Interiors

Handles – Lo & Co Interiors

Vanity – The Blue Space

Towels – Adairs

Mirror – West Elm

Chandelier – Restoration Hardware

Hope you found a little bit of inspiration from this gorgeous Mood Board Monday. I’m already looking forward to creating next weeks design. Make sure you vote on my Insta stories what you would like to see me create next!

Much Love,

Room Reveal – Laundry

Building, Decor, Home, Lifestyle, Styling

It’s officially here! Our very first room reveal. And I have to admit – it is one of my favourite rooms of the whole house (disclaimer: you are going to hear me say that A LOT in the coming weeks!). This room is a space that i designed to be 100% functional. Room for storage, the appliances we wanted and for it to also look pretty (not necessarily in that order).

Functionally, I wanted lots of bench space for folding, plenty of overhead cupboards for storage, a hanging rail for drying, a pull out laundry hamper to hide away the dirty clothes and, most importantly, a wine fridge for celebrating when all the work is DONE!

Being a laundry didn’t mean that it needed to be bland, boring and have no thought go into how it was going to be used. I changed the position of the sink at least 8 times throughout the design process. Ultimately this design works the best for us, for how we use the laundry, but also for how it connects to the rooms around it. The laundry is one of our first points when we enter the house, so it needed to be calming and welcoming. It needed to be an extension of the rest of our home, so neutral colours with a splash of brass (HELLO ABI Interiors brass fixtures!) and plenty of natural light was essential for the flow of our home. It is also connects to the outdoors via a full pane glass door, so it needed to be planned in a way that we could glide through easily (primarily to slide on through and grab a drink from the wine fridge!).

I did a lot of research into the products that I wanted to use in here. I tossed up between engineered stone and Laminex bench tops and in the end decided to go for the Laminex. The laundry is a space that we use daily for so many different functions, so I wanted to be sure that the products I used there would be able to withstand this. e.g. washing out paintbrushes with turps etc. For me personally, I would have a difficult time accepting damaging stone, so for this reason, Laminex was the winner. We went with a design that complimented the rest of the stone throughout the house and chose the Carrara Marble in a gloss finish (you can find all the products linked below).

Now for the pretty touches! The entire aesthetic behind the laundry was based around brass fixtures, so beautiful ABI Interiors were of course my first choice. I had seen them in my favourite magazines and knew that they would make a statement in our laundry. I also featured the same fixtures throughout the rest of our home, which gives a gentle and continual flow from the laundry to the rest of the home. It was important to me that all the fixtures had the same brass finish, so even the tile insert (drain/waste) in the floor had to be brass.

I am a firm believer in the finer details being spot on, so this was something that was non-negotiable. The fab part about selecting all of our fixtures from ABI Interiors is that the finish and colour of the brass completely matches. You would think that brass would be the same universal colour, right? WRONG! There is a huge variety in brass finishes (some are more gold, some much more orange) and then there is polished brass, antique brass, satin brass, distressed antique brass….the list goes on. Trust me when I tell you how valuable it is to find one company who are as versatile in providing such a huge range of products to fit out all the areas of your home like ABI Interiors does!

So here it is, our very first room reveal! I hope it was everything you expected and more. I can’t wait to bring you more spaces within our home!

I’d love to hear what you think of our Laundry – make sure you leave a comment below if you have any questions of comments, I always love to hear from you!

Brass Sink – ABI Interiors

Brass Tap – ABI Interiors

Brass Floor Waste – ABI Interiors

Door handles – Lo&Co Interiors

Tiles – Beaumont Tiles

Benchtop – Laminex Carrara Marble

Glass jars – Kmart

Cork Top Bottle – Kmart

Brass Curtain Rod – Spotlight

Round Brass Tray – IKEA

Mood Board Monday – Classic Office

Styling

Welcome to this weeks Mood Board Monday, Home Office edition! And in all honesty, this mood board could not come at a better time. In speaking with you through my Insta DM’s, due to the current gloabal situation (let’s not mention the ‘C’ word….I am sure you are sick of hearing it by now!), so many of you are now working from home, and have discovered that your home office needs a little freshen up! So I am here to help. Fingers crossed you are as obsessed with pink as I am and this will tickle all your fancies. Let’s get to work!

Coming in a close second on the weekly Insta Stories polls, the gorgeous space I have designed this week is a classic home office. For all the pink lovers out there (ok, that HAS to be you, otherwise what are you doing here?!).

Natty and Polly are my absolute go to at the moment for pretty wallpaper. They seem to have every shade of every colour of every texture and pattern available. So this week we are going with a gorgeous pink plaid wallpaper in the fabulous shade of Rosa. There is something so old school, homely, yet also structured about this particular design. The perfect choice for the classic home office.

THIS CHAIR! I can’t go any further without mentioning this chair. Isn’t it everything? So luxe and so pretty, it was made for this space! Good news, it is a beautiful Pottery Barn piece (one of my faaaaaavourite chain stores for home furniture and decor)…..bad news…it is only available in the US. Fingers crossed they get their act together and start launching pieces like this in Australia soon!

Bringing some french provincial (when don’t we love that style?!) to this classic office space is the gorgeous desk from Interiors Online. The style and the colour of the oak is just to die for. It’s a winning combination to draw in the timber from the Interiors Online pendants.

As you know, finding art has always been the challenging part of interior decorating for me. But as soon as I knew I was doing this space, I knew exactly the artist that I wanted to include here. Georgianna Lane is the most stylish and creative photographer and captures classic beauty in everything she sees. Architecture, florals, decor, life and cities around the world. Georgianna has just released the third book in her collection, ‘London in Bloom’. It is an absolute treat for the eyes…and honestly, flicking through the gorgeous pages of her books makes my heart skip a beat and my mind start mentally packing my suitcase to jet set off to the glorious places she photographs.

Last but not least in my list of special mentions, is the stunning Linden Lamp, designed by Kelly Wearstler and stocked in the swoon-worthy Montauk Lighting Co. I love the simplicity of the white and the brass, but the bobble texture is a delight to the senses and definitely adds a sense of luxury and sophistication to this work space.

As usual, I’ve linked all the products below, happy shopping!

Listed below are the individual pieces used which have been put together to create this stunning Pretty In Pink girls room. These pieces are linked straight to the business websites, so click on through to check them out!

Flooring – Quick Step Ultra Impressive Soft Oak Light

Wallpaper – Natty and Polly Check in Rosa

Ottoman – Brosa Marken Large Round Ottoman

Pendants – Interiors Online Haven Bell Pendant

Rug – Miss Amara Kapoho Jute Rug

Artwork – Georgiana Lane

Vase – Marmoset Found Cloud Vase Icy Pink

Lamp – Montauk Lighting Co Kelly Wearstler Linden lamp

Hope you found a little bit of inspiration from this gorgeous Mood Board Monday. I’m already looking forward to creating next weeks design. Make sure you vote on my Insta stories what you would like to see me create next!

Much Love,

Mood Board Monday – Pretty In Pink

Styling

Our next installment of ‘Moodboard Monday’ is here and it’s an absolute beauty! It’s sweet, it’s dreamy and it’s one of my favourite spaces to design. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating this area of your home…so I bet you’re wondering…What are of the home have i designed for you this week?

You voted…..and here it is! A pretty little girls room!

When you voted for a girls room, I have no doubt that you expected it to be a little heavy on the pink (have we met?!) – so I hope I didn’t disappoint!

I’ve always had a massive crush on this stunning Ferm Living wallpaper, since I first laid eyes on it in Minty Magazine back in 2017 as advertisement for Pip and Sox (a gorgeous Australian boutique children’s store). It comes in the most beautiful soft tones and makes a statement without being too bold. It has always been on my list of ‘must use’ pieces, and I am delighted to be able to feature it in this weeks mood Board Monday.

Without a doubt, this room needed an Elok chandelier! They remind me so much of beautiful strings of pearls, and the fact that they can be customised to any colour is so perfect. This one listed below is their Dusty Pink, and it is just perfect for this space!

I’m always o the hunt for pretty art pieces, and if I am honest, I always find this the hardest part. But as soon as I laid my eyes on this gorgeous Christine Hoel Alpaca, i knew it was perfect for this space! Alpaca’s are so on trend at the moment, but this one is so sweet and the colours within it allow for it to be styled in so many different ways, making it a really versatile investment!

I blieve all rooms need to bring their magic, and a Numero 74 canopy will always seal the deal. not only are they aesthetically pleasing, the also are a great way for framing a space, and in this case, framing a little reading nook for little girls who are getting really interested in books and telling stories. Paired with the gorgeous pink velvet lounger, it creates a wonderful little moment in time for a little girls room.

This bed is pure perfection! Pink, velvet and those little pops of brass for the feet – it ties this space together beautifully….and imagine popping your feet out of the bed onto this gorgeous soft Ollie Ella rug. Now THAT’s one way to start your morning!

My little girls is often invading my desk to draw and colour and create things, so I felt the need to create a little desk area n their beautiful room…and that delicious pink velvet ottoman with a touch of brass – my idea of heaven!

Listed below are the individual pieces used which have been put together to create this stunning Pretty In Pink girls room. These pieces are linked straight to the business websites, so click on through to check them out!

Flooring – Quick Step Ultra Impressive Soft Oak Light

Wallpaper – Fern Living Rose Pink Harlequin from Leo & Bella

Ottoman – Temple and Webster

Chandelier – Elok Wood Beaded Chandelier

Rug – OllieElla etched berber rug

Artwork – Christine Hoel Alpaca

Canopy – Leo & Bella Numero 74 in powder Pink

Velvet Lounger – Onxy & Smoke

Lola Bunny Doll – These Little Treasures

Faux Alpine Fur Pillow – Adairs

Desk – Temple and Webster

Hope you found a little bit of inspiration from this gorgeous Mood Board Monday. I’m already looking forward to creating next weeks design. make sure you vote on my Insta stories what you would like to see me create next!

Much Love,

Mood Board Monday – Hampton's Style Living Room

Styling

Our first ever ‘Moodboard Monday’ is here and I am so pumped! I could go into the importance of moodboaring when you’re planning a room, or design boarding as I usually call it, but we can do that another day….lets just jump right on in!

Typically, the Hampton’s Style of interior design is very light, white and beachy. It is sophisticated, effortless and calming. It is an American version of French inspired interior design styles, hence why it is one of my absolute favouite interior design styles.

This week, for our very first Mood Board Monday, i put the question to you, my amazing Insta Pals to let me know what you wanted to see first! The votes were unanimous, you wanted to see a Hampton’s style Living Area, so here she is!

Listed below are the individual pieces used which have been put together to create this stunning Hampton’s Style Living Room. They are linked straight to the business websites, so click on through to check them out!

Flooring – Quick Step Ultra Impressive Soft Oak Light

Wallpaper – Natty & Polly Pratt Weave Navy Blue

Sofa – Coco Republic Avery Sofa Linen Pearl

Mirror – Temple & Webster White Arch Mirror

Ottoman – Freedom Navy Velvet Copenhagen Ottoman

Light – Homary Distressed Wood Beaded Chandelier

Rug – Miss Amara Alta Ivory & Cobalt Blue Distressed Transitional Rug

Side table – Facebook Marketplace Find – Temple & Webster Similar find

Clam Shell – Raw Sunshine Coast Large Clam Shell

Artwork – Life Interiors Winter Tide Canvas

Hope you found a little bit of inspiration from this gorgeous Mood Board Monday. I’m already looking forward to creating next weeks design. make sure you vote on my Insta stories what you would like to see me create next!

Much Love,

Planning the Perfect Wardrobe

Building, Styling

Ever seen one of those AMAZING ‘instagrammable’ wardrobes, fallen a little in love and then said to yourself ‘as if it really looks like that!’ Surely it’s not possible to have a walk-in-robe that looks good but also actually functions well too, right?….I’m here to tell you that IT IS possible to achieve with a little forward planning. I’ve put together my top 5 tips on how to create the perfect wardrobe using the IKEA PAX system. I’ve used it in 2 of my builds and they really are worth the money and time you invest in getting them juuuuust right.

I’m hearing you loud and clear…I asked a little while back what was your biggest frustrations about your current wardrobe, and the OVERWHELMING response was that you don’t have enough space….and I guess there are three possible reasons for that:

a) the space you have is really limited

b) you have too much stuff

c) your wardrobe isn’t functional, so it feels overwhelming

One of those is really easy to fix (it’s time to ditch those neon leg warmers, Jessica) by some serious decluttering, Marie Kondo style. The other 2 take a little more leg work. So i’m going to offer you my 5 top tips for planning the perfect walk-in-wardrobe!

Get your mind out of the gutter girlfriend, it’s time to get jiggy with some numbers and figure out the actual space you’ve got to work with! If you’re a perpetual planner and if you are in the beginning stages of building a new home or renovating a current one, this is the perfect time to investigate and plan for the type of wardrobe that you want. If you know that you will be having a wardrobe custom made and installed by a tradesman, this makes things a little different – the cupboards can be made to suit your space. However, if you’ve decided to go down the path of installing an IKEA Pax Wardrobe system, start researching their sizing. The cabinet frames, or the ‘shell’ as i like to call them, is available in a few different widths and depths. If you can, plan the size of your wardrobe around this. I always opt to go with the 600mm deep shells, as they comfortably fit the size of your standard coat hanger inside it. Going anything smaller can mean that your clothes and hangers start poking out and that would send me and my OCD over the edge.

To give you an example, i’ve popped a plan below of a walk-in-robe i have designed.

To me, natural light is everything, and I wanted to make sure I had enough room for a 610mm window and it’s architraves, plus the depth of the IKEA PAX system which is 600mm.

If you’re already in your home and just looking at updating your wardrobe only, and not to renovate and reconfigure etc, grab your measuring tape and some masking tape and start mapping out some sizes. Physically taping the outline of the PAX system onto the floor will allow you to see if you will still be able to walk around inside of your wardrobe. Cause…you know, that’s kind of essential. As Shayna Blaze says, “…it really is all about functionality…”

While you’re measuring, be sure to check the height of your ceiling as well. The PAX system comes in a few different heights. We got stuck with this once as we had a bulk head in our walk-in-robe…shucks, we forgot about that bad boy! Luckily, Dave was able to knock the bottom of the wardrobe off with nothing but a hammer and a few choice words.

Another thing to consider when measuring – do you have skirting boards on your walls? If you need a tiny little bit more wiggle room to make that sucker fit, you can always ditch the skirting boards…you won’t see them behind the cabinetry anyway and it might give you the extra millimeters you need to make it work.

Functionality…I’m talking about FUNCTIONALITY! Now it’s time to figure out how you want to use your wardrobe. I like to do this by figuring out what is working well, and what is driving me BAT SHIT CRAZY about my current wardrobe. For example, my current wardrobe (we are in a rental while we build and it is literally KILLING MY SOUL!) has no place for me to store my winter wardrobe. You know, all the bulky jumpers, jeans, jackets and coats that take up all the room….SO in my planning for my next robe, I made sure I included some shelving right up the top to pack these things away. Out of sight, out of my way. I had this system in the last build and really loved that I could be a bit more seasonal with my clothing and rotate clothes in and out as I needed them, freeing up more space.

Another thing that is currently annoying me, is that i have nowhere spacious to organise my jewelry. I like to be able to see what i have so that it is easily accessible and is actually worn. No point sitting there collecting dust! So in this next robe, i have included some glass front and top drawers to display my bits and bobs.

Some things you might want to plan for, that I know are driving you guys crazy (thanks to your answers on my Instagram questions!): scarves, hats, shoes, jewelry, handbags. I’ve popped a few solutions below that might help:

Basically, turn your negative storage problem (current lack of jewelry organisation) into a positive by making sure you include a storage solution in your new walk-in-robe plan!

Instagram account featured on my phone is @rosaaalieee

Get pinning, lady! Don’t tell me you don’t have Pinterest…that’s almost a crime against humanity in this day and age. If you don’t *gasp* have an account – go immediately and set it up!. It’s free, but more importantly, your next inspiring pin is just a simple scroll away. Pinterest is LOADED with amazing inspiration on literally almost any topic you can think of.

A good start is searing for ‘IKEA Pax wardrobe‘. Heaps of ideas and different layouts will crop up. You could also get much more specific and search for ‘jewelry organisation‘ or ‘shoe storage‘ etc. Maybe also try the style or theme that you’re looking for e.g. ‘luxury walk-in-wardrobe‘, ‘boho walk-in-wardrobe‘ or ‘hamptons walk-in-wardrobe‘.

Once you have searched, scrolled and pinned, go back and have a look at what you’ve been drawn to. Is there a similar theme? Colour? Layout? Try and find similarities in the things that you like and pin-point what it is that you love about it. It might be something as simple as all the cabinetry was white. Or all the pics included lots of drawers. You might like that the shoe organisation was on show. Or that there were shelves to display your favourite pieces. Make a ‘Wish List’ of these specific things – it will definitely help when it comes time to draw up and tick off your wish list.

Be sure to take inspiration from yourself too…sounds a little corny right? But take note of your own wardrobe to guide you. What type of clothes do you have a lot of? You might be a real dress kinda gal, and therefor need more room for longer dresses. Or you might have a real thing for shoes, and want to show them off in all their glory on a display shelf rather than sitting on drawers. This wardrobe is being DESIGNED FOR YOU so your preferences for certain clothes and accessories should be what guides you.

All images sourced from Pinterest

If you’re really set on getting your wardrobe EXACTLY right, i would highly recommend creating a design board. You can create a physical design board, where you print or cut our pictures and pin them on a pin board together, or glue them on a piece of cardboard. Alternatively, you can create a digital design board (what i prefer to do for each space) and collage your images there. I’ll pop below the design board i have created for my walk-in-robe.

Grab a pencil and a piece of paper (yep, get old school) and start drawing! Check that ‘Wish List’, refer back to your Pinterest inspo and get going. It might take you a few drafts to get it just right, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t turn out perfect first go around. Label your drawing so you know exactly what you were including when you come back to refer to it later on. Be sure to include dimensions and heights of the space you’re working with – trust me – these dimensions will come in handy later on down the track when you are doing that final check.

When you’re drawing, some elements you might want to include are:

  • drawers
  • drawers with glass fronts
  • drawers with a glass top
  • shorter hanging space for tops
  • longer hanging spaces for dresses
  • pull out shoe drawer
  • pants organiser
  • overhead storage
  • open shelving
  • scarf organisation
  • jewelry organisation

If hand drawing isn’t your thing, you can definitely head to the IKEA website and create your dream wardrobe from there. however, i prefer to do it a little differently…..

In my opinion, go in-store with your final drawing and have the wardrobe assistants at IKEA do the ordering. I’ve heard too many horror stories of people who have ordered the items themselves online and they’ve come to assemble it and found that they forgot to order the shell, or thought they had ordered enough drawers. and lets face it, cabinetry is expensive, so it’s not something you want to muck around with.

In store, you’ll sit down in front of a computer and they will create a 3D mock up of what your walk-in-robe will look like. I’m a visual person, so this gets a big thumbs up from me.

Another advantage of going in store is being able to see the colours of the cabinetry in person – this is never a bad thing! You might also see some other options that you didn’t see online that will assist with making your wardrobe the perfect place to prepare for the day ahead.

Once you have finalised your design, you can also choose to have your order delivered to your door. DO THIS! In the wardrobe i just ordered a few days ago, i have 72 pieces coming. yep, that’s 72 boxes. Imagine trying to fit them into the boot of your car…oh – that remind me of a little cautionary tale I have…..

….last build I decided that it would just be easier if I went and picked it up myself. Listen to me when i tell you THIS IS A BAD IDEA. Long story short, I got there late (surprise surprise!) when IKEA was about to close and was left with a 14 year old attendant who, out of the goodness of his own heart, made his mum wait in the car when she came to collect him while he helped me load up a SHIT TONNE of boxes into Dave’s ute. Those boxes are DAMN heavy, and between the two of us, you would have seen more muscles on a mosquito. In the process, I managed to get my finger jammed in between two enormous boxes and I felt so bad for this kid stuck helping me out that i didn’t want to say anything.

So trust me. Put the keys down and step away from your vehicle.

I REPEAT, STEP AWAY FROM YOUR VEHICLE. Get it delivered. It’s worth every damn cent.

I hope this little blog has been of some use to you. I have my delivery coming in the next few days, so between now and my next blog, my hands will have permanently transformed themselves into Allen keys from putting all 72 boxes together……

Happy PAX planning,

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It was love at first sight.

The moment i laid eyes the amazing spaces Three Birds Renovations created, i knew I had to work with them. The opportunity arose to be part of their Reno School community and as soon as i signed up, i sunk my teeth so deep into the modules and i was literally swimming with ideas, strategies and a whole lots of interior inspiration…and it came at just the right time, we had started planning our next building project, and i was in need of a little direction and reassurance. Despite this being our third construction project, it was the first time we have decided to take on….HOLD YOUR BREATH….an owner build. Looking back now, i can’t even imagine what we were thinking. Probably something along the lines of

“we’ve built before, surely it cant be that hard

(Insert future Jo’s eye roll and forehead slap). Rookies. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but thankfully The Three Birds did, and the guidance they have provided through the use of their Reno School program has been incredible. A life saver, and a real game changer. You would think that the concepts of renovating and building would be vastly different, but what i have come to realise is that the planning and preparation is so similar. Despite this being a ‘renovation’ guide, it REALLY works for a new build to. The modules within the program include the areas of planning, finding the right trades, and planning stunning interiors, kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. They also offer advice on how to transform the exterior of your home as well. No stone is left un-turned!

And then this happened….Meeting the Three Birds Renovations girls was beyond fabulous. They are as down to Earth, helpful and as gorgeous in person as you could imagine they would be. During their guest appearance at the Sydney Home Show, they spoke candidly about their work and offered tips and tricks to bringing your dreams to life. I only had one question for them:

“How do you convince you builder…AKA husband…that white everything is a good idea?”

Thankfully Dave was with me at the time, and heard it straight from the source.

“It just is. It always is. Trust in your wife, she knows what she is doing.”

THANKS BONNIE!

I’m not going to lie and say that this piece of advice has avoided further arguments, but I can tell you that line is used over and over again when Dave tries to take the reigns on the design front! They reminded me to go with my gut instinct on design and to follow with my heart. That our home is our sanctuary and it needs to be a place we fall in love with over and over again when we wake up each morning.

So if you’re not sure where to start on your building or renovating journey, i can not recommend highly enough The Reno School by the Three Birds Renovations. You’ll find their content informative while also thoroughly enjoyable. They also offer amazing discounts to their tribe which can really save you a bundle. Their online videos make you feel as though you are a part of their design conversation and also offer plenty of laughs in what can be a really stressful experience.

I’d like to personally thank these amazing women for being so open in sharing their knowledge and advice and for letting me be a part of it. And also for giving me a little ammunition in the ‘creative discussions’ (that’s a nice way of putting it, right?) that i have with my husband when I inform him of my next design choice!

I owe you one girls…!

I can’t wait to share my spaces with you a they are brought to life. Make sure you are following along over on my design page, @dreaminginteriors to keep up to date with all the progress – wont be long now!

If you’re currently building, about to build, want to build, plan to build in the future, want to reno your current house, have a reno project you’d love to tackle, or are even slightly interested in any of the above, you HAVE to pop over and check out The Three Birds Reno School. Click HERE to find the answer to ALL of your questions!