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A before and after e-project

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One of my interstate clients sent me some photos today of the progress we have made in her bedroom redecoration, and I thought you might enjoy a look at the changes. I used to do quite a bit of work for e-clients, where all the work was done via email and photos sent back and forth. It was a great way to pick up work when I first started my own business and most of my clients found me via this blog.


These days my Melbourne and in-person work keeps me very busy, and I don’t really do email work anymore, but this bedroom shows that it is possible to make cosmetic changes solely via email- without ever meeting the client!


When this client contacted me she had a bland bedroom that she didn’t love. Baby number 2’s arrival was imminent and she wanted the bedroom to be more colourful, more cosy and more welcoming. She wanted colour and pattern against a base of black and white, with some Asian and ethnic influences. Here are the ‘before’ shots:

There was a lot of pine, in the floor, the bed and the bedside lamps. The client had already recently painted the room, and wanted to keep the black Louis chair, the Chinese screen above the bed and the Indian gown, but was happy for everything else to go!

We opted to keep costs down by retaining the existing white bedside tables, but added some colour with accessories and lamps. Here is how it looks now:

It made sense to stick with the original layout with the bed against the old fireplace. We covered a lot of the pine floorboards with a bright green Madeline Weinrib rug, and switched the old pine bed for a custom-made black upholstered headboard, behind a white bed from Ikea that also provides some under-bed storage.


We got rid of the old mannequin and instead hung the Indian gown on a white Chinese ladder. The wooden lamps were replaced with yellow ginger jar bases and shades made with a Florence Broadhurst fabric. We added a bone inlay stool and suzani, ikat and trellis fabrics for the cushions to bring in an ‘ethnic’ influence.


The chevron yellow and green storage baskets for the shelves in the bedsides are still on the way, and we need some more artwork for the wall, but overall much more cheerful!

Naomi xx




Blues and pretty things

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Over the weekend I spent a good portion of my down time looking at properties for sale on Domain and thinking about how I’d decorate them if they were mine. In an ideal world I’d have a few different houses in various locations that would suit the different colours and styles I love (country house, beach house, mountain chalet, modern city pad etc.) I do like to dream! I’m quite taken with the very dark blue (or is it black?) walls and door above for an entryway, especially mixed with the interesting shapes and collections in this Serena & Lily ad.


Again, it’s all about contrasting styles and shapes (and blues) in this room. The lack of symmetry in the furniture layout, the off-centre rug and the small central table shouldn’t work, but they do combine to make this room more relaxed and ‘young’. The fiddle leaf figs trees and pink flowers are the stars here though.

Relaxed, rustic, casual, textured: all perfect for my beach house (above)..

There’s a lot going on here (above), but it’s a fun space and I like the white and neutral base with the colours added through cushions.

The soft greys, blues and pinks here would be perfect for a reading corner in my country cottage, or perhaps a ladies’ guest room?

Have a great Monday!

Naomi xx

Naomi Stein’s apartment

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On a completely different topic to yesterday’s post on my Christmas ponderings, take a look at Naomi Stein’s apartment. The Nina Campbell peacock wallpaper is what caught my eye, I love the way it looks as a backdrop to those vintage zebra-covered chairs! But I also like her collection of (self-made) ikat cushions and the suzani tablecloth paired with the black faux-bamboo dining chairs. You can see the rest of the apartment over at Design*Sponge.

Have a great and colourful day!


Today, I’m looking at..

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This cool black/white and green office. I actually really like the step down into the room, and the way the floors bring all the black elements together. And I love that snakeskin- finish bookshelf!

A grey scheme with this studded yellow stool – such a great colour combo and love the shapes.

These chairs that are currently for sale on etsy. Why, why, why are there always ten million cool bamboo pieces for sale in the States and never any here? It really drives me a little crazy sometimes, but I still like to look and dream.

Need I even comment? Who wouldn’t love and covet this real velvet French sofa?!

michael s smith

And this – Cindy Crawford’s mix of colours and cushions (I love Michael S Smith’s work because it’s very non-matchy-matchy and undecorated-looking, with a real mix of pieces and fabrics and very stylish).

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