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Five tips for a successful Spring clean

Isn’t it always a delight when Spring rolls around each year, and the mornings become milder, the evenings longer and the days generally feel brighter?

As we shed our thick jumpers and jeans and clear out our wardrobes to make way for Spring fashions, Spring is also a perfect time to clean out our homes.

We have put together five tips for those looking to undertake a Spring clean this year:

1. The one year rule

If you love something, you should always keep it, but many of us hang onto things that we don’t care for anymore and that are simply taking up space. So if you haven’t used something during the past 365 days, perhaps it’s time to let it go.

Whether it’s that tablecloth in the cupboard that you were gifted and have never used, or the lamp that you don’t love quite enough to take it out of the garage and into a room, why not send these pieces off to a new home via the local op shop, sell them online or put on a garage sale? Don’t they always say that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? A good tip is to sort room by room so you don’t end up overwhelmed or distracted.

2. Embrace change

As the weather changes, we can benefit from the different energy that is created by changing things up at home. Try moving around your couch and TV, rethinking the orientation of your dining table and the placement of your outdoor furniture. Little or large changes to our homes can reinvigorate and inspire us.

3. Visit the dry cleaner

Many of us use heavier doonas for winter, and swap these over to lighter ones – or even just sheets – for the warmer months. Don’t put that winter doona back into the cupboard just yet though – make a visit to your dry cleaner to freshen it up in time for when the cooler months come back around. While you’re there, why not take your pillows, mattress protectors and comforters too? Setting up routines each season helps to keep us on our best cleaning behaviour year-round!

4. Lemon fresh

Here’s one we learnt the other day: wiping the cut side of a lemon over chopping boards can help remove stains and smells. If we can get into the habit of doing this at least every Spring, our boards will last longer. That’s not the only use for lemon though: slice a lemon and put it in a bowl of water, then microwave this for 45 seconds and it will not only make the microwave smell better, but make stains easier to wipe too. You can also keep chopped up lemon in your fridge to keep smelly odours at bay.

5.  Recycling fun

If you have little ones in your life AND a pile of magazines that you know you’re not going to read again, why not plan a ‘crafternoon’? With some scissors, glue and notebooks, the kids can have fun creating their own ‘magazines’ from yours. Or, get creative yourself and put together a mood board with your favourite clippings to inspire your next interiors project!

If you have a great Spring cleaning tip, let us know in the comments below!

Image from here.

Three breath-taking runway sets from the Spring 2018 shows

As you well know, the interiors and fashion worlds are closely related. What we see on the catwalk – and indeed on the runway sets too – often reflects what is happening in the interiors industry, and vice versa. With this in mind, we have explored the very best sets from the Spring Summer 2018 Fashion showings to bring you three standouts – two that are futuristic and edgy in design, while the third is quintessentially Spring-themed.

If we think about how these looks will play into how we style our homes in the coming months, we expect to see lots of metallics and sequins along with bright, bold floral prints. Take a look…

Dior Spring Summer 2018

Taking inspiration from the space age, Dior’s runway set for Spring Summer 2018 was simply ‘mirror everything’. Assembled in mosaics, the mirror fragments reflected the bold colours of the couture on show and, according to Dior, took 80 people 20 days to create, using 80,000 pieces of mirror. The result is literally dazzling.

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Images: Getty & Dior

Coach Spring Summer 2018

Also inspired by all things that glitter, Coach’s runway set for the 2018 Spring Summer season looked like a floor to ceiling galaxy of sparkling stars. The couture brand engaged set designer Stefan Beckman to create a runway inspired by the evening lights of New York city, complete with rooftops, mailboxes and a car. The set complemented the apparel shown on the catwalk perfectly, with its metallic, sequins and burnished hardware features.


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Tory Burch Spring Summer 2018

In stark contrast with the dark and mysterious New York night-inspired set of Coach, Tory Burch’s 2018 Spring Summer collection was shown outdoors in the garden of the Smithsonian Design Museum. The foliage backdrop was designed in collaboration with landscape designer Miranda Brooks and was the perfect way to showcase the bold floral prints on show in the apparel. Tory says she was inspired by the celebrated interior decorator David Hicks, borrowing his floral and geometric motifs for prints across her dresses and tunics.

We wonder if this set was also inspired by Tory’s Hamptons manor and gardens


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What’s new in the world of design: October 2017

This month, playfulness and exploration is on our mind – and it seems the minds of many others in the design industry. As we look to what is new and exciting in the design industry, we explore a space that is all about imagination and one of the world’s most popular toys. We also see how one Melbourne-based company took inspiration from the circus for its latest range, explore paints inspired by pushing the boundaries and question “is fashion modern?”. Dive in…

1. Haymes launches Artisan collection

Haymes Paint’s new Artisan collection is designed to inspire bold use of paint. The range features textured finishes, which imitate concrete and stone, and can be used across a range of surfaces – both inside and out.

As Haymes Colour & Concept Manager Wendy Rennie explained:

“We want to offer exciting alternatives to our commercial segment offering up finishes that challenge and push the status quo by using these unique effects through texture, surface and colour.”

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Images from here.

2. Porcelain Bear’s Acrobat pendant light series

Melbourne-based lighting studio Porcelain Bear has launched its latest range: the ‘Acrobat pendent luminaire series’. The pieces are reminiscent of circus shows, where skilled performers swing from and balance at gravity defying heights. With names like ‘Back Flip’, ‘The Double Act’ and ‘The Forward Bend’, these pendants bring style and quirk.

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3. LEGO House launches

The Danish town of Billund – which is the home of the very first LEGO brick – can now make claim to a new attraction: the 12,000 square metre ‘LEGO House‘, filled with a staggering 25 million LEGO bricks.

The building is structured as 21 ‘bricks’ stacked on top of and across each other, creating spaces for ‘experience zones’. LEGO House took four years to build and measures 12,000 meters square.

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4. ‘Items: is fashion modern‘ at MoMA

While we have our own impressive fashion exhibition, ‘The House of Dior‘, currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria here in Australia, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is also focussing on fashion.

MoMA hasn’t held a fashion-centric exhibition since 1944, when architect Bernard Rudofsky curated the ‘Are clothes modern?’ show.

Now, 111 fashion items have be brought to the museum, to explore the present, past and, at times, the future of the clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.

According to MoMA:

“Driven first and foremost by objects, not designers, the exhibition considers the many relationships between fashion and functionality, culture, aesthetics, politics, labor, identity, economy, and technology.”

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Images by Martin Seck


Celebrity Insider: Tory Burch’s grand Hamptons home

Tory Burch may have made a name for herself as a fashion designer, but one of her lesser known passions has helped turn her Gatsby-era Southampton manor into an inviting family home.

As a young adult, Tory studied art history at Penn University, which included a ‘Semester at Sea’ program, where she travelled the world for five months from Spain to Japan, collecting locally produced art, textiles and decor. It was this introduction to different cultures and ethnic craftsmanship that influenced Tory in her designs and started her love for collecting.

So, taking ownership of this 1929 neo-Georgian manor, it was time for Tory to set about on some serious collecting missions to fill the rooms. Tory brought in architect and designer Daniel Romualdez and decorator Eve Hood to help her transform the once very formal interiors, which featured heavy chintz and needlepoint-covered English furniture.

The team wanted to create an inclusive, entertainer’s home, and to embrace the house’s history while also making it feel more relaxed and inviting. Tory scoured auction houses and estate sales for antique furnishings, and combined her finds with twenty first century pieces, including Pottery Barn rugs and Garrison Rousseau coffee tables.

The grand ballroom has been transformed into a welcoming living room, and throughout the home we can see hand-blocked Fortuny cottons; custom Iznik-inspired panels by France’s Iksel, Karl Springer and John Dickinson pieces and Burch’s collection of Imari porcelain.

The home is set among expansive landscaped grounds, which – thanks to Tory – now feature a sunken tennis court, a basketball court and a pool, with a skateboard ramp and outdoor pizza oven supposedly in the works to help entertain her three sons. The arched white trelliswork was restored and original photographs were dug out to help reinstate the formal garden.

So, take a look at this very grand, but very inviting Hamptons home, with images by Architectural Digest..


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