trending: obsessed with ombre (and how to pull it off at home)

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One of the big trends to come out of Paint Place’s 2014 forecast was Ombre – the art of graduating colours from light to dark. It’s been big in hair for a while now (think balayage) and as with most things, the fashion has spilled over into home decor. I’m currently obsessed with it and love that it can be applied to an array of materials from fabric to wood to ceramic and plastic. Let’s look at some successful applications and figure out how to apply it yourself at home!

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where is all the purple decor? (my homage to this polarising hue)

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I dare you to open your latest homewares mag and find a spread – or even a page – that’s laden with purple. I’ve tried this and I can assure you it’s no easy task. It seems this misunderstood hue is often left behind when it comes to interior styling – and having spent time last week looking at colour psychology, purple’s omission from the mags has been playing on my mind. Today I’m paying homage to this hue and giving you a little inspiration to use it in your own home (and figuring out why it has been so neglected).

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what’s your can’t-do decor colour?

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I’ve been studying colour psychology this past week in my course at ISCD and my most recent assignment was to think about – and then make a collage using – my most loathed colour. The purpose behind the exercise was to make you think about how you could come to like the colour, or at the very least appreciate it, if you were asked to use it in an interior design scheme by a client (a real ‘make it work’ moment). It didn’t take long for mint to come to mind as my most-loathed hue. The harder part was figuring out why I didn’t like it and then finding a way to appreciate it stylistically.

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trending: stylish skulls (and where to buy them)

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The skull trend is showing no signs of slowing down. I spotted my first one earlier in the year when they were most prominent in the market, but the trend just doesn’t want to go away. Not that I’m complaining; I love the edginess this look can give to a home. And luckily, they’re popping up not only as ornaments, but in pot plants, cushions, glassware and more. Let’s take a look at some of my fave skull discoveries (and where you can nab them, of course!). The one above is from Sky Parlour¬†and is an absolute standout.

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styling flowers at home: tips from the expert

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting floral mastermind Naomi Lee at the Ginger Elliott Open House – and I got treated to a styling masterclass that’ll change the way I display flowers at home. Of course I’ve nabbed the insider secrets from Naomi to share with you, Creatives. So here they are; things to bear in mind when buying flowers, staging them in your home and how to make them last longer!

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furniture fix: how to dress a brown sofa

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A friend of mine recently told me she was at a loss when it came to decorating around her brown leather sofa. She had tried adding turquoise accessories but admitted that it felt a little expected (I have to agree with her there). Here are a few ideas to ensure your brown couch – be it leather or upholstered – is used successfully in your space and plays well with your other pieces.

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trending: say hello to yellow (and make it work)

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I’ve been a big fan of a sunny yellow for quite some time (my business cards are splashed with this hue). Thank the decor gods above, then, that Spring is bringing it to all my fave stores and homewares mags, making it the undeniable colour of the moment. If you’re plugged in and ready to play with yellow (it would be criminal not to), all you have to do is introduce it into your home in the right way so it doesn’t offend your current furniture!

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celebrating my brother’s life through a custom-made piece of art

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I know it’s always sunshine and lollipops in TLC land, but I wanted to write a more serious post to share a special moment that happened to me this week, that really highlighted how the creative community can help one another through grief. The lovely Skye Tiernan from Little Pearl Designs sent an artwork my way that she had been working on for a month or so, that I asked her to create to celebrate the life of my brother David, who passed away in November last year.

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four delicious new colour trends for the home

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Each year, leading Aussie paint retailer, Paint Place, develops and releases a series of trend forecast colours and themes specifically for the local market. This year, I was lucky enough to attend the media breakfast and hear trend forecaster Lucy Sutherland and stylist Deb McLean speak about the delightful new trends! Scope out the four looks below and let me know which is your fave (there are so many crafty project ideas in this post I can barely contain my excitement!).

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hue how-to: break the rules and mix colour

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Rules are such a snooze. You know, blue and green should never be seen and all that jazz. Sure, the colour wheel does dictate that certain hues are complimentary while others are not ideal together, but there are ways you can ignore these rules when it comes to home decor. It can all work wonderfully if you keep a few simple concepts (not rules) in mind. Let me get on my tutorial glasses for this educational experience.

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