Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gold rush

Gold adds a touch of glamour and elegance to any space. It looks striking when paired with black or blue and fresh and oh so stylish when paired with white.
My favourite way to add gold to a room? Accessories! Frames. cushions, lamps or pots, anything that you think will works with your space. It can be as simple as adding a piccolo uashmama washable paper bag or dainty little gold doilies from Table Tonic  or perhaps a bottle of your favourite champagne...anything at all, just have a bit of fun with it!
If gold is not you, you might want to try and add another metal to your scheme, silver, bronze, copper or brass are also popular and can look amazing too.

images pinterest and the glossier nerd


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Make an entrance

Major crush today...this stunning entrance via decorista on pinterest
Im in love with everything in this room, the table, the hurricane lamps, the hide, the three black pendant lights with the gold detail...just one word: amazing!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Finishing touches

Let the fun begin...You have done the hard yards (you have planned your home, chosen materials and finishes, paint colours, bought furniture, and selected fabrics) now it's time to add your signature to the space, it's time to accessorise! Accessorising will give you the chance to play around and get creative. Finishing touches like artwork and other collections will help to really make the space your own. Items bought in your travels, at local markets or at your favourite gallery can all be displayed on your walls, shelves and cabinets. Ceramics, glassware, anything at all that you love can be grouped by a common theme and put on show. These collections will make your home unique and will give you a sense of joy and achievement. 
Below is a selection of images that show just in how many ways you can showcase your favourite pieces and they can include: artwork, rugs, pop of colour, ceramics, basket-ware, linen, mirrors, texture, lighting.

images via the gorgeous most lovely things on pinterest

All different. All beautiful.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday inspiration / back to Zen

Zen is a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism, it focuses its attention on the importance of meditation and intuition. In interior design we use the term Zen to describe a space in which the architecture shines through and only includes the basic everyday essentials in the decor. It's a clutter free space in which the mind achieves tranquillity and stillness through meditation. Realistically it's not easy to have such a space at home, in our culture we tend to collect too many objects/memories to be able to achieve the Zen look. I personally find it soothing to be surrounded by familiar things at home, things I inherited from family and friends or things my kids have made. In my opinion the best way to achieve a clutter free home and reclaim and bit of Zen is to design and include a good storage system in our homes - a great storage system is definitely paramount when building or renovating. That way everything has its own place and tidying up doesn't necessarily have to turn into an irritating inconvenience! 

images via the glossier nerd

Happy Monday!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

CALDESIGN on the weekend today show (channel 9)!

Yes, we managed to transform the today set last Saturday for the today show with the help of some great products. Our suppliers were: King furniture, Matt Blatt, Table Tonic Avalon, Urban Couture, Nordic Fusion, Freedom furniture, Chippendale restorations, Corban and Blair.
Here's a snapshot of the set and of me on the show!

It was pretty nerve-wracking stuff for a TV novice like me but it was definitely exciting and a wonderful experience :) Thanks to all our suppliers and everyone who helped, I couldn't have done it without you guys!

Check out our CALDESIGN news page here for an insight of what's been happening in our 'What's on / July-August.

Catch up soon,


Monday, July 14, 2014

Fine dining / part II

More dining inspiration on this dull and grey Monday...(see my previous post here)
You'll find a few different styles and ideas below
I adore images 4 and 5
To me nothing beats juxtaposition in interior design.
How about you?

All images pinterest 

Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today's love / neon

beaded hanging planters from hunting for george

neon sign from sparc


from my style file via pinterest

A pop of neon is a fun way to brighten up any room, it's a great addition to kids rooms, living rooms and work spaces. There are plenty of decorating choices when it comes to neon, including a great variety of fabrics, objects and paint colours - a real treat for the home owner and decorator. The sky is the limit really when it comes to decorating with bright shades and the good news is that there are no rules and regulations, just mix and match, add and take away until it looks and feels right. Try a few different combinations (give yourself at least a couple of options) before making the final selection. Just remember that if you want to keep it fairly neutral just add a few neon touches with scattered cushions or vases (they can be easily substituted) artwork or a single chair. If you want to go all out select a dark wall colour and add a couple of pieces of neon furniture, it'll look fantastic! Either way just have fun and change things around until you are happy.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Today's inspiration / timber panelling

Timber panelling can be a stunning feature both inside and out. It's versatile and has a lot of character. I must admit I am a huge fan. Growing up in Italy and spending most of my childhood holidays in the beautiful northern region of Lombardia definitely contributed to cultivate a deep appreciation of all things wood. I love the moody ambience that can be achieved with wood panelling. The look is earthy, warm and comforting. It's a favourite choice for alpine habitats and a cool element when used in milder environments. Definitely a winner.


images via arch daily and pinterest

Monday, July 7, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Victorian home in Melbourne

This single level Victorian home by Studio four is located in the heart of Prahran in Melbourne. It is a stunning example of impeccably executed design. When architecture and surroundings are taken into consideration the result is always outstanding. The neutral palette of whites and greys is offset by the oak joinery and flooring, the oversized windows make this home incredibly light and airy and help create the perfect setting for the owners' books and other treasured collections.
I think it's an awesome place to call home.

See and read more here 

Catch up soon