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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

What will an interior designer and decorator do for you?

I sometimes get the impression that people think what I do is a frivolous luxury.  When instead I believe my role as an interior designer and decorator is a serious role in the design of spaces with most attention spent on considering how my client lives in the space and how it looks and feels.

Numerous times I have been invited to someones new home, whether it is a nearly completed new house, or a recently purchased older home and I often encounter design resolutions (particularly with regards to windows) that clearly have no consideration to how the client lives in the space... enormous windows in bedrooms that have limited choices in window coverings, that likely won't be able to work in with the style of the architecture, bulk heads to contain window furnishings that clearly make no allowance for the blinds or curtains to fit! I often think architects would prefer their clients had no window coverings at all... but not many people are happy to sleep in a room without blinds or curtains to help them sleep, or to have a "fish bowl" existence.  

It's not my intention to architect bash, I very much admire architects and what they are trained to do, I just think that interior designers and decorators have a different agenda and purpose.  I look at your comfort when living in the space by considering the furniture layout (by making allowance for my clients existing furnishings and planning for future pieces), enhancing focal points (whether they be architectural, art or a view), traffic flow, position of artwork, window furnishings (and how they interact with the space) and of course selection of appropriate finishes of fixtures and fittings.

Really I think it is worth the minor investment of hiring an interior designer and decorator to discuss how to decorate and use the space before you start major works of construction or purchasing expensive furnishings.  Imagine how much better your home could be with professional and experienced assistance.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

My littlest has a birthday party... off topic I know!

My youngest son turned four on the weekend; cause for celebration as he is growing into this little person that makes me beam with pride as I watch his traits such as determination, consideration, humor and creativity develop.

As he has an interest in "things that  move" I decided to put together a Car party (not the Disney type, the homemade type!).   I also decided to be a bit creative and crafty so we had a good old fashioned party in the backyard!
Number Four cake with chocolate cars


Here's a break down of some fun ideas that you may want to try for your next party.


  • As an ice breaker I invited each of the children to decorate their own steering wheel made from a sturdy paper plate.
  • I painted a big picture of a car that was missing a wheel and the kids played "pin the spare wheel on the car"

    Pin the wheel on the car
  • We borrowed some old tyres from our local dealership (Beaurepaires) and the kids played a version of "rob the nest". I made a up story that each team of kids had a car with missing parts and they had to race each other to fix their cars by filling the tyres.  I used our Jumbo Lego (bigger than Duplo) for this game, which was chaotic but fun.
  • I had collected a couple of large cardboard boxes that
    my children and I made into "cars" for the kids to drive.  We painted them red (as red goes faster!) and used patty pan liners for headlights/tail lights and paper plates for wheels. I used jute webbing (usually for upholstery) for seat belts/shoulder straps
  • We played a version of "Giants treasure" where we put another jumbo Lego block in a tyre and I made up another story that the block was actually a replacement battery to keep in with the car theme.
  • After games, the kids sat down for party food and birthday cake (I made traffic light biscuits, wheel spoke fruit sticks, round chocolate biscuits as wheels etc.).
     

All the children had a wonderful time, and it was lovely to be out in the sunshine playing together.  I hope I've inspired you to get creative for your next kids party.

Sophie


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Six tips to a successful kitchen layout



  • Work triangle.  This concept isn’t new, and I mention it first as it is still a relevant design element; the work triangle points are made up between the refrigerator, stove and kitchen sink as each of these stations is frequently used in the kitchen.  It makes sense that a lot of thought is put into these being practically placed for easy access.   This goes for all kitchen shapes which are generally known as; straight, galley, L-shape and U-shaped kitchens.

  • Distance travelled between work areas and appliances; it
    follows on from the work triangle that you give consideration to how far apart the key elements on your kitchen area.
      If you have a lovely big kitchen, but you have to hike around a big island bench or kitchen table each time you would to go from sink to fridge and back, you may quickly find you have to travel some distance to prepare a simple meal and that your attractive kitchen isn’t particularly functional.

  • Rules and regulations.  Kitchen need to be practical spaces, but not only that there are some regulations when it comes to things such as safe set down areas beside cook tops as well as the size of your range hood and distance the range hood is from the cook top. There are also the type of materials used as your splashback, distance of electrical outlets from water sinks to consider etc.  As you can see, it’s important to seek professional advice when it comes to your design.

  • It goes without saying that items, implements and foods that are used frequently are placed in convenient and prime locations and making allowance for this during the design faze should not be overlooked.   For example, you might have your spices and condiments in drawers directly beside the stove so they are accessible while you are in the thick of cooking!

  • When it comes to the traffic of other people through the kitchen, it is most likely they are going to be travelling to the fridge or pantry, so they are best placed near the entry to the workspace rather than through it.  As delightful it is to have an enormous pantry, if you are having family stampede through your kitchen in search of a snack, the kitchen may not be all you dreamed it could be.

  • Finally from a practical view, when you are putting together your kitchen layout you need to consider whether you can open drawers, doors and appliances without bumping them into each other.  Also consider if the existing or new doors, windows and window furnishings will function correctly within the kitchen.


Now it’s time to start considering material and finishes selection.  This comes down to your taste and design aesthetic, budget and how you want the selections to last and wear as well as whether you require your kitchen for specialty cooking.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Expert tips for deciding between Leather or Fabric sofa?


I’ve been invited to write my thoughts as an interior designer on weighing the options between leather and fabric sofas, so here are some things to consider before making a decision.

With an almost inexhaustible range of fabrics to select from, allowing you to express your personality through fibre (linen, cotton, silk, polyester, viscose etc.), texture, weave, pattern/print and so on; selecting fabric for an upholstered sofa can be intimidating, but also extremely effective in creating a feeling or mood to a room.

As technologies improve expanding ranges of fabrics are chemically treated to make them resistant to spills and stains.  This is done early in the process by the fibres being chemically treated prior to the thread and cloth being created, rather than the fabric being treated following manufacture. 

I think it’s fair to say as a good guide fabric will not be as long wearing as leather; it can fade, threads can pull, it can simply wear through and oils from your skin can discolour the upholstery. Of course, you can have your fabric sofa cleaned and regular vacuuming is recommended by all fabric suppliers.   Choosing the correct fabric for the application can result in a happy outcome for many, many years; for example a velvet sofa is extremely durable and has an elegant lustre and is called a classic for a reason!
 
When making your fabric selection, think through the results the fabric has from rub tests such as Martindale (I would consider a rating of 12,000 a bare minimum for light upholstery, 20-25,000 for general domestic, and 40,000+ for commercial/heavy wearing) or alternatively Wyzenbeek  (30,000 double rubs for heavy wearing).  

You may also want to enquire about the fabrics score in light fastness (rating 1 - 8; 8 being no fading and 1 resulting in extensive fading).  Reputable fabric supplies will have technical information readily available on their sampling.
On the other hand leather is a durable hard wearing choice and an excellent option for allergy sufferers as dust doesn’t attract dust fibres as easily as it can for fabric. Also being a natural product, leather is breathable.

There is more than one type of leather out there and not all leather is of the same quality, in fact “Calendared Leather” is not leather at all (it is a PVC)! With a range of terms like Corrected (buffed), Aniline (natural with no colour treatment), Pigmented (coated with colour), Semi-Aniline (dyed) it can be difficult to choose the leather that is right for you and your household.  Some leathers age gracefully with natural patinas deepening over time (but are likely to scuff, stain from spills or oils from your skin), while others are very resistant to scratches, spills and keep a consistent look for many years.

Really the choice between leather and fabric comes down to what you need your sofa to live up to; where is it positioned in the room… full sunlight? Who is using it… are they rough and tumble or careful? How frequently is it used? How long do I want this sofa for?

Now you can start sitting in sofas and see which shape fits you and figure out your budget (topics for another day).  Good luck!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Lets talk ... about details!

Yes, yes, I know; this isn't a riveting topic. But clear and descriptive communication is important when a designer is putting forward a concept to a client to avoid a costly mistakes.

Consider curtains; over many years of designing and having made drapes, I know there are many ways of describing "floor length" curtains.  And there are different reasons to select each.


  1. Clearing the floor.  I use this option for clients who want a "clean" finish, as maintaining a tidy floor is easiest with this style.  I would describe this length as clearing the floor by about one centimetre.
    Clearing the floor
  2. Kissing the floor. For me I always imagine a long evening dress that just sweeps the floor; a casually elegant effect.  From a practical standpoint, this length is useful when the floor is uneven under the window (It's extremely rare to have no variation in length throughout a residence) as it disguises imperfections. I would say curtains sit on the floor by two centimetres when kissing.
    Kissing the floor
  3. Puddling or pooling on the floor. This formal length is often used on curtains that are held back by tie-backs or hold-backs to decorate and frame a window.  Depending on your taste, puddling curtains will be anywhere from ten to twenty centimetres on the floor.
    Puddling/Pooling on the floor

Interior designers and decorators are engaged for our sense of style, ability to express creative ideas as well as our expertise and experience.  It is our job to guide you, the client, to satisfactory solutions in the journey of making a house a home.





Monday, 26 August 2013

Five steps to a minimalist interior

I was recently invited to write an article about the Minimalist style of decorating; here is my interpretation of the style.

A successful minimalist interior is created by considering scale, proportion and the negative space around the elements of the room.  Fine quality finishes are a must as all the details are noted.  Furniture instantly becomes a focal point.  The materials used will need to contrast in texture (not colour); for example a highly polished floor, contrast textured walls (such as timber, stone, tile, wallpaper etc.) in a monochromatic scheme

The style is not restricted to “modern” furniture in a contemporary minimalist interior.  In fact heirloom, mid-century or simple rustic furniture can be an interesting juxtaposition to the clean lines of the interior.  You can still have a space that reflects your personality and history without filling the room with clutter.

En suite from one of my projects where the
freestanding bath and modern chandelier
overhead are the key features to the room.

My five steps to a minimalist interior;
  1. Select objects you love
  2. Choose furniture for impact; it will likely draw the eye
  3. Contrast the texture of finishes in the room to create depth
  4. Keep the colour palette monochromatic (with the option of splashes of colour for the focal point in the room)
  5. Be restrained

And that last point is key... Having a minimalist interior is an exercise in restraint; Coco Chanel’s famous quote "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory"   is perfectly relevant for this interior style.  It doesn't mean creating an empty room; it is about carefully considered selections.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

How a designer decorates their own home...

I have no doubt you are curious about how your favourite designers style their own space?  Are they completely conservative at home or wildly creative?  Or perhaps designers are like proverbial plumber with the dripping tap that never quite gets their own project done?  Here is a look at my place.

When it comes to my home I have surrounded myself in the colours and textures that make me feel comfortable as well as mementos and photos of good times or special occasions.  My master bedroom is painted in Dulux colour "Thermos" which is a warm caramel colour that I have complimented with a deep grey in the accents (like the tiles on the hearth and en suite and with black and white photos).    



A consistent colour through the house is green.  Whether that be the pot plants and fresh flowers that are a constant, the floral pattern on the kitchen blinds, the moss coloured walls in our fun playroom or the soft furnishings and patterned rug; Nomad Totem in the family friendly living room.  


We are renovating at the moment and I have just completed work on Mr. 6's  bedroom.  I have wanted to paint horizontal stripes somewhere for a while now and feel that his room is the ideal location.  He has a loft style bed (the perfect place for his Lego table to be stored) which I used as a starting place to align the central stripe (colour matched to the bed too) and then I brought the previously used "Thermos" colour into the room in the alternative stripes, to keep a sense of continuity which I think is very important in a home (no need to make everything feel matchy-matchy though!) 
 




Mr. 6 has requested an "under the sea" theme, so I have styled the room in this way with a few family treasures such as the chest a great-great grandmother used when immigrating to Australia and the handcrafted patchwork quilt made by Grandma from a collection of old checked shirts.


The effect of the room is that it feels much larger (because your eyes are drawn to the perimeter of the room by the stripes), and already a favourite room in the house. I've very happy with my paint work and would love to hear your thoughts too.


Sophie

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Five tips to consider when designing a small bathroom

Here are some of my tips for designing a successful small bathroom;
  1. Even though your bathroom may be small, always consider the view when you enter the room when planning the layout.  It’s far better to look at an attractive vanity or freestanding tub than looking straight onto a toilet commode.
  2. Stealing space from the walls for recessed shaving cabinets, for niches in the shower to hold your shampoo or for the cistern are all useful tools.  But also look beyond the walls to the rooms behind; I have had great success taking space from a neighbouring rooms robe, or over sized guest bedroom which has resulted in being able to squeeze a separate freestanding bath tub which otherwise would not have been a consideration for a small bathroom.
  3. Call me vain, but I want to look my best when I’m in my bathroom, so I like to select light neutral toned walls that won’t make me look sallow (like a blue, green or yellow room would for example).  I then use my towels and accessories to add seasonal colour.  These are then also easy to update as trends change.
  4. Of course hiding your clutter behind cabinetry is my best tip for keeping the room from feeling crowded, so don’t overlook good storage in your mirrored shaving cabinet or under your basin.
  5. Just because the room is small does not mean you have to do away with luxuries.  Indulge in the best quality finishes you can afford, including tiles (I like to see reflective gloss finishes as they help the room to feel light and airy)… it’s not like you’ll need too many tiles in any case; it is a small room!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A warm friendly boys room







Creating this boys bedroom was a pleasure.  For this room my client trusted me when I recommended a painted feature wall would be the best way to ground the room and add interest.  The paint is particularly successful as the selection  (Dulux colour "Squirt") is a blue that is warm and comfortable. 

Multi-coloured striped floor to ceiling curtains that compliment the colours already in the room; carpet, paint colours and bedhead complete the desired effect.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Retreat into this master suite

A soothing and elegant retreat was the brief for the master suite in this recently completed house in Melbourne’s south east.  An intimate and personal place is created by the subdued colour palette of taupe and duck egg blue drawn from the rich wallpaper.  

Bed head made by BQ Design


The frantic pace of daily life is forgotten when you immerse yourself in the luxurious deep pile carpet, gorgeous velvet custom made upholstered bedhead and the fullness of the sumptuous taffeta curtains.  



A neutral toned armchair and ottoman accented with a duck egg blue throw takes advantage of the light from the generously sized windows to create the perfect reading space. 


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Be my guest....


When it came time to create a well resolved interior to this south facing guest bedroom the brief was to make an elegant sanctuary.  This was achieved through layering textures while using a neutral colour palette and I must admit to being delighted with the results.  To the walls we put a monochromatic striped paper (I love the stripes!) that has a pearl effect for a subtle shimmer;  this is emphasized  by the bedside lamps.




Continuing the elegance, luxurious taffeta curtains installed close to the ceiling to emphasize height then indulgently puddle to the floor, while the linen buttoned bedhead adds a further element of texture and play on light.  




The contrasting finishes in the room help create depth and interest. The wallpaper, taffeta and velvet cushion  each have slightly reflective surfaces, these along with the white linen combine to make the room feel light and inviting.  





I look forward to sharing my next project with you.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Product launch of Horizons by Jamie Durie Signature

After The Rain 
Earlier this week I went to the launch of Jamie Durie Signature new rug collection “Horizons” for The Rug Collection.  Over three years ago Jamie released his first collection of rugs called Garden Room  which were botanical designs inspired by his favourite plants; given Jamie’s renown for landscape design this was an obvious decision. I was curious to see if this new range would continue the botanical theme.  I was delighted to see Jamie and his team have looked beyond the foreground and designed a contemporary collection of rugs inspired by and called “Horizons”.  

A custom hall runner for the designers own home
At the launch Jamie spoke of finding inspiration from his travels abroad and the changing light and colours in places such as the desert, of the ocean and of fields.  While the rugs are a simple overall effect of graduated colour, they are made by a sophisticated selection of pure New Zealand wool.  The rugs will be a beautiful foil to a modern-day home; not too plain, not too busy and gorgeous underfoot.

At the launch earlier this week
It’s always a testament to the designer when they make something they would have in their own home and in this case, Jamie has customized his design to make a hall runner over sixteen metres long for his own home. The rugs come in various standard sizes and of course I’m happy to take your inquiry about a rug for your own home.  
Regards,

Sophie 
Phone 0422 725 805





Monday, 3 June 2013

Designex 2013

At Designex... not dressed entirely in black!
I very much enjoyed my trip to Designex this year, apart from the exciting new products I love the atmosphere of being surrounded by fellow designers (yes, as expected there was a lot of black worn!).

There is very much an influence from mid century styling, that I saw in furniture and lighting too (think of Great Dane furniture and pendant lighting with smoky glass).

Porter's Paints shone with its range of papers and speciality paints (The liquid copper paint is inspired), while Dulux showcased its colour forecasts.

It was a pleasure to revisit fabric houses and their new products (natural fibres, decorative sheers and digitally printed cloths are going to be added to my favourites list!)

I won't go on listing all that I saw, but you can be assured I have been inspired and look forward to demonstrating that in future projects.

Sophie


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A makeover on a budget


I’m an advocate for recycling, up cycling and repurposing too, so when I was given the challenge of this interior design project I jumped at it.

I’ve had the pleasure of working on a budget makeover of a dated and tired apartment.  Gone are the 1980’s apricot walls, dirty cream carpet and dated sea green tiles!  As this was very much a practical project to a budget, (dressing up for new tenants), some of the existing finishes needed to stay (such as the kitchen benches and bathroom vanity).

We updated the original kitchen by doing away with the old mid blue cupboard doors with plastic handles and replacing them with a deep donkey grey timber laminate/chrome bar handle combination that tones in with the remaining soft grey bench tops.  The original kitchen tiles were painted to the off white trim colour of the skirting boards and architraves.



The walls were painted in a soft grey (Dulux Duck White) and a practical warm grey carpet was selected along with a blond plank vinyl floor to the wet areas.  New light fittings were selected to tie in with the new style.

Gone are the vertical blinds in the living room, updated with roller blinds to block out and floor to ceiling sheer curtains (made by BQdesign) to soften the look of the room while also adding daytime privacy.

The bathroom was given a lift with new white tiles, bath and vanity mirror.

Overall the result is one that brings the apartment to look as it belongs in this decade, without having to toss out objects that still serve their purpose.  The apartment is now ready for new tenants.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Finding Sofas & Soft Furnishings


Trade Event season must have started! 

Today I kicked off by visiting the Furnishings in Focus event.  It was an excellent opportunity for me to review a range of Australian soft furnishing manufacturers local to Melbourne, no imports.  I was able to see a wide variety of products and this allows me to stay in touch with quality makers (with, I must add, varying price ranges).  Again I have to mention the products are all strictly proudly made in Melbourne (the show is working its way around the major national capitals with local product at each city), something I strongly support.

Here are a couple of sofas I loved. 

This gorgeous velvet sofa looked very luxurious (can you imagine the armchair version upholstered in cigar coloured leather?... I’ll take two for my family room thanks.)

And this loose cover sofa in brushed cotton would sit comfortably in a home decorated in the Hamptons style that is so popular at the moment.



The big event on the Interior Designers calendar is DesignEX, to be held late this month (Yay its Melbourne’s turn this year!).  I look forward to updating you on what’s new, innovative and on trend for your home in 2013.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Are you too busy to choose?


A lot of my clients are simply too busy to research and source the selections for their interiors. Many people are concerned about making expensive mistakes.  I also have many clients who really just aren’t that interested in interior design… that’s ok because I am!

I love looking at a room and imagining it in its new incarnation, and how great it can be.  I have a wealth of ideas and solutions for finishes and styles, I know where to find the answers to get results and I am practical enough to work within a budget and with existing selections.

Don't hesitate to contact me by phone 0422 725 805 or email interiordecoratingbysophie@gmail.com

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Nothing like a getaway for a little inspiration



I’ve been enjoying the Autumnal weather and family time in the Easter school holidays.


During this time I’ve had the pleasure of staying with my parents in Port Campbell along the famous Great Ocean Road. 


I really enjoy the drive along the country side, through farm land and the bush.  I take great pleasure from strolls through the walking tracks and the cliff tops.  


I love the changing light through the day and the unpredictable weather.  All these things are refreshing and inspirational.  


They make me think of drawing colour palettes and textures from nature and how to use them in interiors.  

I look at the scale and balance of nature and imagine using these elements in my designs.  Enjoy these candid pictures taken from my old stomping ground.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Styling your home

At the moment I’m getting ready to do a photo shoot for a home I’m working on and one thing I always do is take a look at the space and style it first. 

Simply by this I mean I take a look at each room and imagine it as a pictures or "vignettes" and which details will complete the look of the room. This may mean sourcing soft finishes like scatter cushions for the sofas, area rugs to the floor. To side and coffee tables and other horizontal surfaces I consider lamps and ornamental accessories. 

But for the day of the photo shoot I always bring fresh flowers and pot plants as these show that the space is lived in and cared for and that helps makes a house feel like a home.

If you are interested in  getting the decorator look and having your entire residence or as little as a single room styled, please don't hesitate to contact me on 0422 725 805 or by email interiordecoratingbysophie@gmail.com to make an enquiry.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Almost Easter time already?

Can you believe that it’s almost Easter?  Not that it feels like it with this crazy hot March weather here in Melbourne.  The fast approaching Easter means my eldest son has almost completed his first term of school and my younger son has settled very naturally into three year old kindergarten.  It also means winter fashion is hitting the stores and it’s time to start thinking about making your home comfortable for winter.

For me it means getting cosy indoors with colour and texture.  Maybe it’s time to layer up and get some wallpapering done, an area rug, beautiful new scatter cushions for the sofa or bed, or lined curtains that physically insulate the room while adding visual softness to your windows.

Autumn is also a popular time to get stuck into D.I.Y. projects; hands up if you are about to get to work on some home maintenance or improvements?

So if you need some professional advice selecting your colours before you get the paint rollers out (or spend money on an expensive painter), or someone with talent and experience to source and supply new furnishings and accessories, or to design and supply new curtains, please contact me to discuss your project.

Regards, Sophie
0422 725 805

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Remembering your Yesterday


My Mother-in-law had a momentous birthday this week and has seen in another decade.  To help celebrate I have been searching for the ideal birthday gift for a significant milestone and it had me thinking about the passing of time, change of season (hello autumn, so glad to have you back again!), of creating lifelong memories, savouring them and remembering time gone by (especially the good times).  These thoughts led me to decide to arrange a photography portrait sitting for our small family spanning three generations plus one beloved geriatric dog, to try and capture this moment in our lives.

I strongly believe your home needs to reflect and showcase (in no particular order) your
  • ·         Personality
  • ·         History
  • ·         Hobbies/Interests and
  • ·         Family whether it be displaying special mementos, homemade gifts, art or through photos. 

A gallery in my kitchen.



In my case I have this wall in my kitchen dedicated to family photos and special pictures.  These are all in frames of different styles and sizes (collected over the years and more recently from op shops) placed randomly linked together by a similar theme of family and place as well as being painted a single colour; in this case black. 

Framed hand prints in the play room

Further to this; in the playroom I have a moment in time by framing a series of our hand prints in ascending order from baby through to daddy and in a colour that compliments the scheme of the room. I find it’s a playful way of adding interest to a bright and creative room.

Throughout my home, in a way that is natural to me, I have arranged and styled keepsakes that hold special memories alongside decorator items to help tell the story of me… and my family.

This brings me back to my Mother-in-law, who casually mentioned to me recently, in a stoic way, that her arthritis is playing up and she can no longer wear her wedding rings.  So for her birthday I also made this ring display in her favourite colours (shame its such a crummy photo), using Kaisercraft product (now I understand why scrap booking is so popular!) to rest on her bedside so these rings, that have seen decades of memories made, don’t end up tucked in a drawer or container out of sight to be forgotten.

Wedding ring holder with the caption "live fully, laugh loudly,
relax daily,love completely and enjoy the journey"

Oh and ....Happy birthday Carmel!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Do you know about my interior designer personal shopper service?


Recently I have been doing some short courses, keen to stay abreast with the how too and what not for a small business!  While I was chatting with my classmates I realised that you may not know of my personal shopper service, and it may be just what you’re looking for.

You may not want a decorator to makeover your entire house, but perhaps need someone with the skills and know how to help you select key pieces of furniture for your home.  It would be my pleasure to take you shopping to help you make the big selections, or research and make recommendations for you.  My time is charged at a reasonable hourly rate.

Products I can take you shopping for include;
  • Sofa/Lounge
  • Rugs
  • Dining Table and Chairs
  • Occasional Furniture
  • Artwork
  • As well as styling accessories such as lamps, cushions and throws to bring the existing elements together and finish a room.
Don't hesitate to make an enquiry by phoning 0422 725 805, or emailing interiordecoratingbysophie@gmail.com

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Interior Styling Game on Instagram

Bedside
I've recently joined the Instagram family, in particular I've found a way of playing with and sharing some interior styling images, just for fun! (something that I find very creative and rewarding as you will see from my previous blog entries) It has also been a terrific way to look at my own belongings and style with new eyes.









Love
Happily, I've found my new Instagram friends to be friendly, encouraging and complimentary (which, lets be honest, is pretty good for the ego!), as well as creative, fun and inspiring. I encourage you to give it a try and join in the experience.










Texture
All you need to start is a smart phone (these images in this blog entry are all from my smart phone, but if you've got a whiz bang camera you can use it instead!) and some inspiration; which I have found through Jen Bishop www.theinteriorsaddict.com (one of Australia's favorite interior design blogs) and a game called #7vignettes.










Pattern
Each month Jen posts a list of seven themes, then it's up to you to interpret these through small scenes in your home that you photograph and upload to your Instagram account over the seven days.  The game is open to stylist, interior designers and anyone interested in interior decorating and design  or photography who are wanting to play along.   Even if you aren't interested in joining the game, I highly recommend viewing the gallery of thousands of images.  You can find more of my images at the following address @interiordecoratingbysophie