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Shop The Look 5

  Love This Look? Click On Any Image To Shop It Banana Tree Artificial Plant Here we go, coastal! A proven mood brightener, Banana Tree Artificial Plant brings summer and good vibes into your home all year round so you don’t get the seasonal winter blues. Life-like...

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How You Can Have a Styled Home – Yes, Even With Kids!

For the first years of being a Mum, I honestly thought we wouldn’t be able to decorate our house until our kiddo(s) were grown up and moved out. I accepted it. I let the plastic toy explosion and chocolate milk stains of chaos rule our life. Refusing to live in a home...

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Interior Decorating Styles

What are all the different interior decorating styles? There are so many of them, so I’ve come up with a list and description of them all – well as many as I can think of. Do you know what your style is? Do you even have one? Do you need to have one? Well...

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Shop The Look 4

  Love This Look? Click On Any Image To Shop It     Charcoal Plaited Knit Cushion Cushion 50cm x 50cm100% Pure Cotton. The Plaited Knit cushions have been hand woven in a palette of earthy tones in super soft cotton. Classic clean and simple design, the...

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Cracking the Dining Room Code

Have you cracked the designing a dining room code yet? No? That’s ok, that’s what I’m here for – let me give you some tips How you go about designing your dining room is important. When you think about your dining room, most people today associate it with...

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Create A Spa Like Bathroom At Home With These Top Picks

There’s no denying that the concept of self-care can (ironically) seem overused in today’s social media. Every day I seem to read about self-care or morning routines, which never fails to make me question my own and make me feel like I’m not doing enough. Don’t get me...

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Shop The Look 3

  Love This Look? Click On Any Image To Shop It     Haven 3 Seater Linen Slip Over Sofa Fabric: 100% Linen; Cushion Fill: Feather Measurement 210cm W x 105cm D x 80cm H Seat Depth: 88cm Seat Height: 50cm Leg Height: 6cm Arm Height: 80cm Features...

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Why You Shouldn’t Hire an Interior Designer! What?!

I bet you’re surprised to hear this from an interior designer! But there are some very good reasons why full-service interior design is not for everyone Having a beautiful home that fits your style and budget IS for everyone, but that doesn't mean that you need to...

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Shop The Look 2

Love This Look? Click On Any Image To Shop It Artificial Peony in Aria Vase Pretty and pink, you'll never have to buy fresh flowers again with these super realistic looking peonies in a glass vase Dimensions 30cm Diameter x 34cm High $59 From Living Styles Sanari...

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Décor Design Done Online

So you need help with your décor design or your interior decoration? Maybe you don’t have time or maybe the know how to pull together the insta worthy room you crave – well you’ve come to the right place, because that’s what I do! I do décor design and I do it all...

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Shop The Look 1

Love This Look? Click On Any Image To Shop It Birch Branch Jasper Vase Artificial Plant Soften the blow of bold furniture decor with this Birch Branch - Jasper Vase. It provides a light decorative touch and calming effect in your home.Birch artificial branch with...

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14 Tips to Make Your Home Look Like a Display Home

There are some tips that you can use now to make your home look like a model home. I am serious! It isn’t as hard as you might think. 1. Float your furniture Move your furniture away from the walls. More often than not, you will make your room look more inviting and...

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A Home Renovation Checklist for First-Time Renovators

      Maybe you want to remodel your house (or at least a room) or maybe you’ll be doing a renovation so you can sell your property at the best price. So where do you start? Here’s our checklist to get you going. PRECISE PURPOSE: What do you want? Make...

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Don’t Forget the Curtains!

When decorating a room, the last thing to be considered (if ever) is the curtains and the windows. I know they cost a butt load if you want something nice. Well, save up! They’re a part of just about every room and require as much attention as the rest of the room....

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8 Signs That Your Home Decor Sucks

Does your home decor suck? You may not be aware, but people are talking. They are talking about your ugly room. They go home and are appalled that you haven’t noticed or even tried to make it look better. How could you? Maybe you don’t even know your room's ugly! Here...

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Before & After – Mel’s Cabin

I want you to meet Melissa who got some amazing results using my e-design service. Melissa and her husband were looking to purchase a holiday cabin in Inverloch Vic. They wanted something that would allow for them, their two young boys and for their extended family to...

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Celebrity House Tour

Kylie Jenner (#Kardashian) Pays' $125,000 a Month Rent for Her Beverly Hills Home Ahhh to be a Kardashian, or at least have their disposable income! This 19 year old member of the Kardashian clan is currently renting a $35 million dollar Beverly Hills Estate for a...

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Top Tips For Moving House

We’re all prone to forgetting things from time to time, especially when we’re all excited about moving house. With so many things to consider when moving, the small things sometimes get pushed to the side and quite often forgotten about. Problem can be though, these...

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I’m Not Perfect – And That’s Ok!

"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel" - US Pastor Steven Furtick Have you ever known an interior decorator whose house isn't always perfect? Well now you know one - me Here’s a truth...

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Create a Happy Home in Four Easy Steps

Decorating a new home is always an exciting and beautiful step in your life. So, as you move into your new home or renovating your current one, you will want to make it beautiful, but also happy. You need to feel happy in your own home, you need a home that gives you...

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How to Decorate Your Home for Free

Ok so you don’t live in your dream home, your carpet reminds you of Grandma’s house and that 70’s Lino on the kitchen floor has seen better days – I understand because I have had to live in homes like this over the years. You wish that you had the money to renovate...

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How To Decorate An Awkward Window

If you didn’t build your house or maybe you’re renting, you may find yourself with problem areas, such as an awkward out of place window. So how to you decorate an awkward window with doing a total renovation? Don’t worry, I have a designer secret up my sleeve that...

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5 Easy Decorating Tricks to Make Your Bedroom More Relaxing

For a good night’s sleep, your bedroom design should encourage calm and relaxation. So today I’m giving you 5 of the easiest decorating tricks that you can do in your bedroom to make it feel more relaxing and help you get a better night’s sleep. If you have trouble...

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House Tour – Newport Beach California

A year ago, my husband and I, along with our teenage boys were fortunate enough to travel to this beautiful place in Newport Beach California. By the end of our holiday, it was decided that if we ever won Tattslotto, this is where you would find us. I don’t know how...

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The 7 Must Have Indoor Plants

If you want functional decor, then look no further than the on trend houseplant. Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten a space but also purify the air -- and they're also helpful in creating a more relaxing, restful ambience in any room. Studies...

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Why You Need to Find Your Decorating Style

Your home is so much more than just a house and decorating - it really is so much more than just decorating. Chances are, if you’re here reading my blog, you already have an interest in making your home a more comfortable, happier place. But maybe you think you can’t...

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5 Simple Home Habits and Why You Should Make Your Bed

You've heard it before — getting into the habit of making your bed as soon as you wake up will make you more productive during the rest of the day. And I’ve said it before, your environment, aka your home, has a direct effect on your mood and well-being. Which is why...

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Home Organisation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

If you’re anything like me (and I bet you are), you know that the key to a stress-free, functional home is to start with a good foundation. And that foundation needs to be clutter-free and organised! I seriously can’t stress this enough! So for your home organisation...

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6 Non-Bedroom Places To Use Bedroom Drawers

Drawers don't just have to be used in a bedroom! Here are a few spaces and ways to use drawers outside the bedroom. In An Entryway Drawers can be used to store seasonal items in the entryway, sunscreen and hats in the summer, umbrellas and gloves in the winter. Or...

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Celebrity House Tour

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell paid $8 million for this triplex penthouse at 255 East 49th Street in New York! Let’s take a sneak peek ……… The 3,600-square-foot penthouse has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a granite fireplace, wide oak floors, and a 70-bottle wine...

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Why You Need To De-Clutter Your Home for a Stress Free Life

Clutter. It’s gotta go! No matter how you hide it, cover it up, or pretend it isn’t there, it’s dragging you down. And if you truly want the stress-free, functional home that is the envy of all your friends, all of those cabinets, drawers, boxes upon boxes have to be...

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7 Ways To Make Your Home Cosy This Winter

I don’t know about you, but in my house we have a love, hate relationship with winter. My husband loves it because it means that it’s finally footy season, I hate that. I love it because I get to pile my house with comfy cushions and throws and light up my candles, my...

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How To Style A Small Space Part 2

Small spaces don’t need to cramp your style. Here are more of my simple suggestions for making a small space look and feel larger than it really is Size Matters The visual size of objects in relation to one another is important. A small space can quickly become...

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How To Style A Small Space Part 1

“Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.” – Lenoardo da Vinci So you have a small space? Don’t worry, there are plenty of little designer tricks that will turn your small space into a cosy and inviting room that you will never want to...

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Celebrity House Tour

MILEY CYRUS’S $5.8 MILLION COUNTRY MANSION IN TENNESSEE Put on your boot scootin cowgirl boots as we step inside the home of Miley Cyrus! This surprisingly traditional sprawling home on 33+ acres, features 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. A modest...

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How to get ready to work with an interior designer

You’ve finally made the decision that you want to look into interior design services to help you with the design and styling of your home. You’re ready for a new look for your room or your new house and you’ve made the call to an interior designer – yay! But how do...

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Is there a downside to E-Design

So there is a bit of a risk, a small downside to e-design A risk that a “white” dresser online might not be bright white, but might actually be “cream”. And if we’ve specified a paint color that is a bright white, then the cream dresser might look dirty...

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Is E-Design right for you?

If you are new to home virtual home design services, it may be helpful to first ask is it right for you. E-design involves the use of online consultations, and a virtual online design studio to facilitate real-time communication, collaboration, idea...

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Who would benefit from E-Design

E-Design is perfect for anyone who would like to revamp any room in their home and make use of my knowledge and experience as an Interior Designer. Some clients may have a limited budget or may only be interested in concentrating on one room at a time....

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What is E-Design?

Harp Interiors focuses on a new and exciting, fast growing concept in interior design and decoration. E-Design is a convenient way of decorating your home without the expense of hiring an interior designer for an in-person consultation. E-Design gives you...

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How to Measure & Photograph Your Room

Whether you are an e-design client or a total d.i.y-er when it comes to furnishing and decorating your room - the most important very first thing you must do is measure, photograph and then measure again just in case - (you know the old saying 'measure...

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Boho Style

Bohemian, or boho-chic, boho style is all about meaningful individuality. It embraces free expression, unconventional displays, and colorful collections. The boho-chic space is where your own personal style and aesthetic shines. Some might wonder what...

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Scandinavian Style

Source - www.contemporist.com Scandinavian Style living rooms blend contemporary-chic with warmth and comfort. White on the walls is the go-to color, which makes the living room feel airy and fresh and also provides an impeccable backdrop for a great art...

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Minimalist Style

Similar to modern, a minimalist style is spare and streamlined while still being inviting, minimalism is charming in almost any space. With less clutter to wade through and mentally process, the innate beauty of each piece of furniture or art in the home...

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Modern Design

Source - estliving.com Modern interior design grew out of the decorative arts, notably Art Deco, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It reached its peak in the 1950’s and 1960’s, which is why designers and decorators today may refer to modern design...

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Industrial Style

Industrial is a design style that finds beauty in aged woods and worn textures mixed with forged or welded metal.  Tin, aluminium, iron, steel are all used in Industrial design so long as they have a matte finish and little hint of patina. Industrial works...

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Transitional Style

Transitional style is a very popular style because it borrows from both traditional and modern design to facilitate a space that’s not “too much,” in terms of one style or another. There’s a sense of balance that’s appealing and unexpected. A transitional...

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How to Get Lux for Less

So you want your home to look like those you see all over social media and in magazines but you don’t have the cash?   Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But don’t worry because I’ve got your back and I’m here to show you how you can get the lux look that...

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Why Following Trends Is a Bad Idea

Trends come and go, whether its fashion (hands up if you remember bubble gum jeans and fluoro socks!), food (did you try the kale smoothie? Yuck!) or home furniture (yes I’m talking to you yellow timber from the nineties).   When it comes to fashion,...

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Four Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid

Over the years my husband and I have renovated and decorated many homes, so if there is a mistake to be made then you can bet I’ve made it. The best part of this is that because I’ve made these decorating mistakes - you don’t have to.     Here are some of...

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Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid-century modern design refers to a particular design style prevalent in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The goal of mid-century modern style was to bring modernism to post-war suburbs, creating structures with windows and open floor plans, in order to bring...

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Contemporary Design

Are you drawn toward abstract artwork? Does your heart thrill at the sight of a clean-lined sofa? Do you find yourself de-junking regularly? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are a prime candidate for achieving a contemporary style in...

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Shabby Chic Style

Source - lizmarieblog.com Shabby Chic Style interior design presents a soft, feminine feel that differentiates this look from other vintage styles. Shabby chic is defined by layers of worn paint on furniture and simple fabrics like cotton and linen....

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Rustic Interior Design

Rustic Interior Design creates an eclectic look that emphasizes nature: homespun, timeworn, handcrafted, distressed items, constructed of natural materials or finished in a natural hue. The name of the game, when it comes to achieving a rustic style, is...

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Coastal / Hamptons Style

The thing about Coastal Hamptons Style, despite its name, is that it doesn’t have to literally translate to mean “on the beach.” Coastal style doesn’t necessarily require sea stars and surfboards, although it certainly can if the homeowner loves those things. That’s...

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French Country Modern Farmhouse Style

French Country Modern Farhouse style is an enviable blend of elegance and humble simplicity. Its given credibility by its old-world aesthetic, strengthened by the stability and presence of rustic finishes, and timelessly appealing with refined curves and...

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Traditional Design

Although structure and predictable order play a part, the traditional design style is ultimately about comfort, warmth, and familiarity. Warm Color Palette. Inspired from a time when a home’s colors were warm and encompassing, traditional style maintains...

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Moroccan Style

Rich in color, texture, and architectural design, Moroccan design is loved by many. Moroccan style is all about the individual craftsman, from handmade furniture to hand-woven tribal textiles, from hand-painted tiles to hand-laid mosaics. The style exudes...

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Hollywood Glam Style

Also referred to as Hollywood Regency, Hollywood Glam Style is a design style that tends to be luxurious, over-the-top and opulent. It’s a dramatic design style, perfect for a homeowner who enjoys making a statement. This design style can incorporate some...

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Tuscan Design

The rustic color palette of the Tuscan Design style is rooted in the humble earthy hues of the Tuscan countryside. If you’ve never been to Tuscany, no worries. You can’t go wrong with warming up your space in the rich, deep hues of autumn – umber browns,...

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