Thursday, May 30, 2013

Benefits of Styling: Before and After

One of my latest styled properties is now on the market, with a very happy client and very happy agents I am sure this one will sell quickly. I thought it might be a perfect example however to show you the difference between listing your vacant property for sale and listing it as a styled property.  For not a lot of money this client decided to style their home which they will greatly benefit from when it comes to signing that beloved contract of sale.

When I first walked in the front door it was vacant with old worn carpet and needed a good clean. The clients were already aware of all of these issues and were in the process of having the property cleaned, repainted and the carpet replaced, already I could see they were going to be fantastic sellers. They knew what they needed to do to sell and were very much on top of getting it done. And then it was my turn. We discussed placement of furniture, style and budget and we even worked together to select the carpet so that I was prepared for the carpet to be a different colour when it came to selecting my furniture and accessories. The client was happy and so was I, off I went to begin my styling process.

Once the property was styled and the professional photographs were put online it was a clear stand out from the rest of the properties on the competitive market, so please have a look at the before and after photos below. Let me know what you think!

Lounge Area


Master Bedroom




Dining Area


Outdoor Area


Which property would you visit during your weekend of inspections? I know which one I would rather go to!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Following Fashion Trends

Now majority of the time the new and upcoming trends in the home decor and interiors industry follow the fashion industry. If you see shops stocking all sorts of prints whether it is floral or stripes the interiors industry will be in the process of developing products and trends to meet this market.

A recent fashion trend I have seen coming out of Europe and the USA is the Oxblood trend. Oxblood red is not only a deep romantic intense red and but is one that not only designers but also celebrities LOVE! Check out this photo of the incredibly gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in this amazing Oxblood leather jacket.

The designers are looking at bags and accessories, like this stunner from Dorothy Perkins.

Or this luscious lip colour from Nars.

Oxblood red will be sure to take off whether it be a Renaldo Leather Armchair.

Or a range of cushions, an ottoman or even oxblood leather dining chairs. I can’t wait to see more and more from this fabulous colour!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

9 Interior Design Tips for your Home

I have been scanning the pages of Pinterest lately and found this fantastic post that I had to share from the lovely Shannin Williams from Two & Three Designers.  Check out the fantastic tips below:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Screw Me Lighting by Jonathan Rowell

Whilst scanning the recent blog posts by a fantastic blog called Contemporist I found these amazing lights, fell in love with them straight away and had to share. Designer Jonathan Rowell has created Screw Me, a family of lighting objects with a simple twist.


I really hope these fantastic lights make their way to our shores soon.....I want one!

Monday, May 20, 2013

DIY Trays

Did you fall in love with the trays in my last post? I certainly did and love styling my clients homes with them. I felt however that I might need a follow up post to give you some fantastic ideas on how you can style your home with your very own home made trays. I see many of these amazing decor pieces at the shops but never seem to find the ones that suit my style or my home. So below are just a few ideas to make the trays that you love in your style and preferably on a budget!

First up the Photo Frame Tray!
Basically pick up one of your favourite photo frames or purchase one that you love, then place either scrap booking paper or material behind the glass and there you go......home made tray! I have a sample in the photo below, however these people took it one step further by adding handles on either side to make it easy to pick up and move around. You can install some really funky or traditional handles or just leave them off.....up to you.

The Mirror Tray.
I have seen so many amazing mirrors available recently and most of them either have a mirrored frame or even just a classic frame. In the photo below the mirror is being used as a tray for this makeshift bedside table. Another fantastic idea.

The Oven Tray.
If you really want to put your crafty hands to work this one is another great idea. Dig out one of your old oven trays or even purchase one at your local supermarket and cover with contact of your choice. Remember covering those schools books and folders with contact to protect them and make then personal. Well do this with your oven trays and you get a fantastic, personal and fun tray.

The Draw Tray.
Another option is a very simple one, use old drawers from a cabinet that you no longer use. You can paint these any colour you want, add contact, add handles etc. All yours to play with and create.

Any more ideas of DIY trays? Comment below and share with the world.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Styling with Trays...

Style trends these days change so rapidly that sometimes it can be hard to keep up. From styling with coffee tables to an Ottoman...

Or different table settings, so many aspects evolve.

However more recently one trend that seems to be here to stay is styling with trays, whether they are decorative trays, set trays, side tables trays there are so many options.  Although I do find that some stylists or home owners tend to take it a bit far.

Decorative trays are definitely my favourite, trays that match the decor in your room. They create a functional yet decorative piece and can really add that extra style. Decorative trays tend to be used more often on coffee tables to add that extra decor, on lounges or an Ottoman  These items of furniture do not provide you with a hard surface to place your decor so a tray works perfectly.


Tray sets provide you with more of a functional use. They are generally a set of trays that can either be stacked up and styled or separated through the room to keep a particular theme. I find these are used more on a day to day basis to house those magazines, phones or the many remote controls that are accumulated with the growing technology market.


Then there are the side table trays. If you have a side table that you absolutely love and do not want to damage, then purchase a tray of similar or smaller size that can become a feature or can blend with your table. This will protect your furniture from those hot cups of coffee. These again are more of a day to day item. However you can purchase side tables from many home ware or department stores that work as a side table but come in two pieces. The stand/legs which will remain where the side table belongs and the top is a tray in itself that can be removed and placed elsewhere should you so require. I find these are a great piece of furniture with style and function. Next time you head out, have a look to see if you can find one, definitely worth the purchase.


As I mentioned earlier, I do find that some stylists can go a bit too far using their trays. I am constantly scrolling the real estate websites and interiors blogs to find new trends and generally see what is out there and feel that I almost cringe when I come across a bedroom that has been styled with a tray at the base of the bed housing coffee cups or books or even a small bunch of flowers. I understand why some stylists’ do this however I tend to believe it has no benefit to the home owners and provides more of a distraction to a potential purchaser than a benefit. Keep your trays in your living and meals areas please!