Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday inspiration / Collette Dinnigan's home

Today's inspiration is Collette Dinnigan's gorgeous Paddo's home.
She's well known for her ethereal aesthetic, her many collections over the years have celebrated femininity and captivated the imagination of women all over the globe. 
She's a master of sophistication and fine taste, and those qualities are reflected in her home,
her interiors reveal innate elegance with an undertone of romanticism. A simply stunning home.
The images below are from Paddo to Palmy

Collette's home is featured in this month's issue of Vogue Living .


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Under foot / parquetry + timber floorboards

Parquetry and timber floorboards add timeless beauty to any space.
Their softness works well with both period features and contemporary elements
 making them a popular choice for homeowners and designers alike.
I personally love selecting floorboards for my clients, 
they are easy to maintain and even improve with age.
They can be treated, varnished, painted, 
or sanded back and re-polished later on if needed.
I do love seeing them in their original condition
even scratched they radiate beauty and elegance.
At caldesign we like to keep hold of salvaged boards 
and use them again if possible,
up-cycling is a great way to give timber a new lease of life.
Be creative, think of different applications too, 
don't limit yourself to floors and walls.
Recycled timber can also do wonders for spaces 
that have little charm and need some character or warmth.
Here are some beautiful examples of timber floors and parquetry.

all images pinterest


Monday, September 8, 2014

The art of colour

The owner of this Melbourne apartment, artist Miranda Skoczek, has a great eye for colour, she combines her amazing art with beautiful patterns in an effortless and uncomplicated way. 
The end result is a success story.
Read more about this home here

Some more glorious examples of how to add colour at home...

 Have a happy + colourful week


images via pinterest, dust jacket

Monday, September 1, 2014

Spring has sprung!

Finally September...
This month brings warmer weather and spring...yay...! 
I am sure we've all been waiting for this moment, I know I have.
Maybe that's why today I already feel happier, more positive and keen to take on all the challenges that the new season may bring.
Spring is all about the great outdoors so why not re-discover our outdoor rooms?
Invite your friends over for a bbq or afternoon tea and celebrate spring!

Things to do this month:
1) Add colour to your verandah with cushions, lanterns, crockery and glassware/the space will instantly feel warmer and more inviting;

2) Create an outdoor servery - they are a great and quick way to pass food from the kitchen to the outdoor verandah/deck and encourage conversation with your guests;

3) Create a relaxing and enchanting mood by decorating the outdoor table with hurricane lamps and candles;

And don't forget the inside...

1) Freshen up your interiors by changing the colour scheme, use soft pastel and crisp white for an instant spring pick me up;

2) Combine soft blues and orange accessories for a fresh new take on spring pastels;

3) Try a pink feature wall with a touch of gold and black accessories for a bit of glamour at home;

4) And finally add pretty pink everyday accessories to your life for a lovely touch of spring in the kitchen and the dinner table...

The everyday is what we should put all our effort into... 

So have fun and enjoy!


Monday, August 25, 2014

interior design trends / ethnic prints

The beautiful colours and intricate patterns will inject style and personality into any room.
Use as much or as little as you want, complement the look with rustic hardwood and/or a stone wall or balance it out with white walls and neutrals - explore all possibilities and settle for what you love.
Right now I'm embracing this trend and using ethnic prints in a lot of my styling. There are a few different ways to showcase the look, one of my favourite is to layer kilims on the floor for extra warmth under foot and add a kilim cushion or two on the lounge to finish off the look. 
At home you can start by playing around with patterns and colours, see what suits the space (get a clue from a favourite object or artwork) and once you've selected your colour scheme and your art is hung add your accessories - this is a great way to personalise the space - keep editing as you wish until you have achieved the result you are after.
Tip - this look is inviting and it suits a lot of decors so don't be afraid to try different styles, just select a print that you love and make it shine by pairing it with a dark neutral or navy on white or cream background (walls); choose a timber side table, add metal via a vase or candle holder or a metal floor lamp and you'll have a beautifully balanced space. 
If ever in doubt simply contact your local decorator - after all help is only a phone call away!

all images via pinterest

Happy Monday!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Pool and outdoor entertaining area / a caldesign project

 A first look at one of our latest projects - just completed.
The new design includes: pool, spa + cabana and casual gathering area with fire pit.
Stone walling, capping, travertine tiles, pebbles and fire-pit were sourced from Eco outdoor
Designed and installed by Caldesign

 pictures taken with my iphone
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday inspiration / nautical

Inspired by summer today...
If you are after a nautical theme for your home there are a few key elements that you will need to look out for. My top 10 are:


 shells, sisal, woven wicker pendant

 surfboards as art, wicker baskets as storage

 all white scheme with different shades of blue

 white panelling

high ceilings with exposed battens
images via pinterest
These components will help turn any house into a summer heaven!

Have a great weekend.