Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sources of inspiration

"I don't know what I want" is often the lament of my clients, or "I know what I like when I see it, but I don't know how to make it work for my room", sound familiar? 

This post is to share a couple of my favourite sources of online inspiration, as I firmly believe that creating a scrapbook of ideas will shed light on your preferences and style of interior that resonates with you... even if you don't realise you had a "style" or that the style might have a name.  Your scrapbook is then a brilliant way to springboard into your project and will give your interior designer a great view of your taste and preferred direction to pursue.

So apart from being old school and then clipping and collecting images from your favourite interior magazines you can also use an online pin board  such as where the range of images you can find is as broad as your search words (for example, key in "sunny room" and dozens of different results appear from other peoples pin boards).

Further to this I often am found referring to a home design inspiration website, where you can also create "idea books" as well as keep abreast of current design trends and conversations.

Alternatively, of course, you can always follow blogs or facebook pages of interior enthusiasts.  You can find (and like) Interior Decorating by Sophie on Facebook.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Rejuvenated interior

It has been a pleasure to contribute to this 1980's home transformation.

Here is a "before" photo showing the living and dining
area prior to the make over.

Following a consultation with the clients at their former residence where I was able to see the furniture that would be brought to their new home and get a better idea on their tastes and interests, I was able to put together a new scheme for this tired space. 
New carpet was selected in a warm grey to tone with the mortar in the brickwork, and a soft cream paint was selected.  Both these new finishes were chosen to play down the pink tones in the bricks and still complement the clients leather and timber furniture.

The living and dining area were given a contemporary lift with an African influence.

With a familial interest in South Africa, it was easy to integrate the clients collection of curios into this contemporary interior, and draw inspiration for the rooms makeover.

Drawing mustard and purple into the new colour scheme is a beautiful Ikat rug from The Rug Collection.
These colours were extended through accessories and continued into the kitchen.


The original kitchen needed updating.

With a passionate baker frequenting the kitchen, the new space is put to the test.

A new kitchen was installed with bright white cabinetry, white subway tiles and Caesarstone benchtop to reflect the sunny aspect.  The new kitchen also needed the beautiful finishes to withstand copious use by a keen cook.

The colours selected for the kitchen meld with the adjoining rooms.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

This weekends photo shoot

I'm very happy to share with you new pictures showcasing some interiors from our photo shoot this weekend.
A large family friendly space.

Complimenting my clients collection of mid century furniture, this room features sofas I've had locally made in beautiful velvet fabrics from Warwick and Zepel fabrics. 

A sewing room is hidden behind the bar area
Creating a focal point to the room is the stunning wallpaper "Magnifique".  The bold colour palette and metallic texture work to link all the elements of the room together.

Vibrant curtains lift the master bedroom
Not shy of colour, my clients trusted me when we selected this gorgeous magenta taffeta fabric for the master bedroom curtains and blinds, the bold fabrics in the house are offset by paint selections have been neutral.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Check out my new cushions!

Over recent months I've been noticing (and admiring) scatter cushions that feature 3-D floral motifs.   Now we're in the depths of winter, I thought I'd try my hand at making these myself out of beautiful wool felt, and here are my results...

Making the centrepiece

The finished product

As well as making cushions just for fun, I source fabrics and design cushions to be professionally made to suit your project.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

About Interior Decorating by Sophie

With over 10 years experience, largely achieved in a front line role at a leading Armadale interior decorator business, I have an intimate knowledge of the elements of residential interior decorating and design.

Situated in the Glen Iris area, I easily service the eastern and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. 

With a strong understanding of what constitutes an aesthetic space, while working to client requirements, I deliver any project with creativity and flair.

Interior Decorating by Sophie is a home base business.  As such, rather than a showroom or store, I have the opportunity to provide cost effective products and to work within your budget, without compromising on quality.

Services include
  • Colour consultancy of both the interior and exterior
  • Source and supply of soft and hard finishes such as fabrics, rugs and wallpaper 
  • Design of custom made window treatments including blinds and curtains
  • Design and manufacture of accessories such as custom made cushions, lamps and bedding
  • Supply of furniture including locally made sofas
  • Kitchen design
  • Furniture layout planning
Sophie Kost 0422 725 805