10 Tips for Redecorating Recession Style

Whether you live in a studio apartment or a large
rambling country house there are lots of ways of creating a new look
without spending a huge amount of money.  You can recreate spaces so
that they become far more warm and inviting.  It’s all a matter of
restyling your own beautiful or even not so beautiful possessions, books
anhouse_gardend nic nacs to create the new look and feel.

1.   Group furniture, colours and textures to maximise the appeal of the pieces and add interest and impact.

2.   Lamp light, fresh flowers in shades that compliment the furnishings and

3    Clever grouping of books and decorative items can turn a house into a home.

4    Look at your existing pieces with fresh eyes to
eliminate the pieces that you are just hoarding or have inherited and
don’t have the heart to dispose of.

5    A room can look very cluttered with a myriad of
small pieces of furniture. Choose your favourite of key pieces and note
what pieces you need to find for the room to function or work.  Often
the right piece will bring the room together or be the focal point if
there isn’t already one. Often a lesser piece can find a home in another
less important room if it really must stay.  Generally less is more
still applies and will create a more elegant feel and showcase the main
pieces you have.

6.  Placement of furniture can depend on how you live
your life.  If a sitting room needs to be the quiet haven where adults
retreat from teenage children then make sure you have lovely big
armchairs with a reading lamp or a small desk where you can bring some
work to do.  A  sunny corner or one with a  view  of a sitting or family
room can also be an inviting spot for a pair of comfortable armchairs.

7. A variety of seating options is important for different age groups and body shapes.

8. There is usually a focal point in a room which will
provide something to group furniture around.  A fire place is an
obvious one or even an entertainment unit/TV or even French doors to a
garden can offer the same solution.  The grouping of furniture should
allow for easy conversation with the practicalities of side tables or
coffee table s for drinks, books etc.

9.   Generally furniture of ample proportion  will
give a grander feel to a room as long as it doesn’t crowd the room too
much.  It is important to have pieces that add height to a room such as a
higher sideboard/console or armoire/bookcase, otherwise you end up with
everything down at the same low level.

10.   The scale of pieces can make or break a room.  A
sofa with a higher back can be enough to break up the space. In the
dining room or space designated for dining you should buy the largest
table that will sit comfortably in the space.  A small dining table in a
big space will never look right.  If a large dining table is not ever a
requirement then create a small area to eat as part of another space.
For example a small dining table can be perfect at one end of the
sitting room or  in a bay window.


Interior Design Checklist



This list is a starting point for you to get your head around and the sorts of decisions necessary when building/renovating an entire property or just one room. It may also form the basis for putting together a budget. I will elaborate further on some areas such as electrics at a later date.

Living/Dining/Family Rooms/Bedrooms

  • Heating – Fireplaces – Underfloor Heating – Airconditioning
  • Electrical – Telephone/Fax – Power – Home Entertainment – Computer – Intercom – Security
  • Lighting – Decorative Ceiling/Wall Lights – Downlights – Picture Lights – Dimmer Switches
  • Ceiling and Wall Treatment – Cornice/Skirting/Architrave – Paint/Wallpaper
  • Doors/DoorFurniture
  • Built-In Joinery – Storage –
  • Skylights
  • Window – Locks – Double Glazing – Window Seats – Curtains/Shutters/Blinds
  • Flooring – Timber – Carpet – Tile/Stone – Rugs
  • Furniture – Lamps
  • Fabrics – Curtain/Blinds – Upholstery – Cushions
  • Artwork/Decorative Items

Kitchen/Laundry (Additional)

  • Sink/Taps/Waste Disposal/Stove Microwave/Fridge/Freezer/Dishwasher/Rangehood
  • Washing Machine/Dryer/Ironing Board/Hanging Rails
  • Splashback/Benchtop Material
  • Joinery/Storage Requirements

Bathrooms (Additional)

  • Bath/Spa
  • Taps/Shower Fittings
  • Toilet/Bidet/Toilet Seat
  • Basin
  • Heated Towel Rail
  • Shaver Socket
  • Toilet Roll Holder/Towel Rails/Soap Dish
  • Mirrors
  • Joinery
  • Shower Screens

More Pastries for Potts Point as Bourke Street Bakery Opens



I wasn’t all that excited when I heard about the iconic Bourke Street Bakery opening in Potts Point as we are a little spoilt for choice already, however it does offer an entirely different take on breakfast.  Given its rather subterranean location, well one does walk down into it, it has a great vibe.  Bustling with activity and endless trays of pastries appearing from the kitchen it is a fun space.  What I am attracted to however are the outdoor tables and chairs along Crick Avenue with its majestic Plane Trees.  So cool and inviting on a hot day, just far enough away from Macleay St to be a perfect spot to unwind with a coffee and one of those fabulous pastries.

It is of course perfect timing with the loss of another icon Yellow.

Rustic Charm From Master Craftsman Andrew Farquahar


I have just received news of these beautiful rustic yet somehow so refined American Oak tables.  Manufactured by Master Craftsman Andrew Farquahar in the Southern Highlands.  These gorgeous country kitchen tables, at home in either a rustic or very contemporary interior are available through Cotswold Furniture and will soon be on show in their Sydney Showroom.  Cotswold’s John Jessop declares them antiques of the future.  Already featuring in Melbourne, they are designed to seat 8 or 10.


Andrew Farquahar is well known for his handcrafted furniture and his wife is the very talented stylist Coty Farquahar.cotyfarquahar.blogspot.com


National Treasures From Liberty by Paul Smith


Liberty in London are currently featuring a selection of one of a kind products by Britains best loved icons in a silent auction in aid of British charities.  My very favourite piece is the Paul Smith Sofa.  Fashion Designer Paul Smith has combined his love of 19th century English country house sofas with original Liberty print colour swatches (chosen from their early silk swatch books) printed onto beautiful pure linen.

This sofa style is itself classic in every sense of the word.  I have seen it placed in both traditional and extremely contemporary settings.  The choice of fabric is the key!! It is a style that translates well into any size from a neat two seater to an oversized three seater or larger.  I had this style made to order to fit the full length of wall in our television room/study and because of its size it looks rather opulent.  It is actually covered in a fine wool which is, if anything, smart casual and very inviting to curl up on.



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