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House-Proud Women Series: It Factor & Money Mindset

House-Proud Women Series: It Factor & Money Mindset

In classic Journey Home style, I have another controversial topic for you today: Money Mindset. If you have ever had thoughts like these, this week’s topic is for you: “Designers only work with rich people.”  “Having a professionally designed home is beyond my means.”...

Nadine’s 1930s Bathroom Renovation: Before

Nadine’s 1930s Bathroom Renovation: Before

Last winter, I shared some insight into how to plan a bathroom renovation, and I used the beginnings of the bathroom renovation of my own 1930s heritage home as an example. Nine months later, I've finally finished it! Now that I’m confident that I have something...

How to Think Like an Interior Designer

How to Think Like an Interior Designer

An experienced interior designer doesn’t approach a home the same way most people would. We have a different way of viewing a home, the way you use the space, and what you want your home to inspire in your life. This is no different from how other experts excel at...

What are the Design Elements of Classic Style Interiors?

What are the Design Elements of Classic Style Interiors?

The other day, I realised that I talk to you about classic style interiors all the time, but I’ve never explicitly shared the characteristics that make a space "classic". For example, if you browse through our portfolio, you might notice that every space has that...

What You Need to Know about Renovating Heritage Homes

What You Need to Know about Renovating Heritage Homes

As you can imagine, specializing in classic interiors means I encounter a tonne of heritage homes. These days, newer architecture leans in a bland modern direction. With so little to choose from, those of us who appreciate character and traditional, classic details...

Everything You Need to Create Your Forever Home in 2021

Everything You Need to Create Your Forever Home in 2021

I was speaking with one of the women in our Journey Home Membership a couple months ago, and she said, “You know what you’re doing, Nadine? You’re helping me take a leadership role in my home.” This is a huge compliment and exactly what I want for our members… and...

How Does Your Home Stack Up During the Holidays?

How Does Your Home Stack Up During the Holidays?

With Covid resulting in kids moving home and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays just a couple weeks away, your home might be getting fuller than normal. Soon, you’ll be hosting extra visitors, entertaining, and maybe even cooking for a crowd. And your home? In my...

5 Tips for Living Beautifully in the New Year

5 Tips for Living Beautifully in the New Year

I know we still have more than a month before the New Year, but this fortnight’s topic is one that can apply to your life right away. Recently, my Journey Home Club members and I have been talking about how to create their forever homes. Naturally, many people...

How to Style Accessories in Your Forever Home

How to Style Accessories in Your Forever Home

The finishing touches of any home, especially your forever home, is… styling accessories. This means layering in items and decor that add warmth and sophistication, invoke meaningful memories, and elevate the design. With modern design, you can get away with almost no...

What Really Happens on Furniture Installation Day

What Really Happens on Furniture Installation Day

It’s finally furniture installation day! This is the space you have been dreaming about and planning for months… and it’s about to come together. You wait by the door, eager for your furnishings to arrive so you can start arranging them. But wait... I know...

What You Need to Know about Ordering Furnishings

What You Need to Know about Ordering Furnishings

Would you believe that to order furnishings for two complete rooms, I have scheduled into my diary about 3 working days? THREE. And I still think it might need a tad more. The reality is that most people have no idea how long it takes to order furnishings, not even...

How to Plan Your Bathroom Renovation

How to Plan Your Bathroom Renovation

Here’s the big question we’re asking this fortnight: How do you plan a bathroom renovation? Answer? Thoughtfully. I am currently doing my bathroom up, and — no surprises here — I’ve had to do exactly what I always suggest to our clients. First, you get inspired. Then...

How to Select Furniture & Get Quotes

How to Select Furniture & Get Quotes

How do you select furniture for your home? Do you need to get quotes? Should you buy one piece at a time or save up for an entire room? This month’s post in our Plan Your Design Year Series will help you answer these questions and more. Here’s a quick recap of where...

This Will Completely Change How You Design Your Home

This Will Completely Change How You Design Your Home

This week, I have an idea brewing in my head and I can’t let it go. It’s got me SO excited. I’ve been pondering whether to share it with you, but then I realized — you are the PERFECT person to hear it first! Here’s the backstory, and I admit it’s still in the “raw”...

How to Design an Elegant & Cosy Winter Retreat

How to Design an Elegant & Cosy Winter Retreat

Every year winter comes around again (as it does), I’ll pile some firewood into my 1930s open fireplace for Anzac Day, and I’ll start to sprinkle in just a few design elements into my living spaces to embrace the cosiness of the season. Truthfully, embracing winter in...

How to Create a Beautiful & Functional Room Layout

How to Create a Beautiful & Functional Room Layout

This week, I am taking you through the steps to create a beautiful and functional room layout on your own. Why is this step so important when decorating your home? Well, imagine going out to the shops and buying that sofa you’ve been dreaming about. It’s delivered to...

How to Design Your Forever Home (from a Safe Distance)

How to Design Your Forever Home (from a Safe Distance)

I have to ask… are you getting as tired as I am hearing about all the virus stuff going on?? I know it’s a pandemic, but isn’t a little normalcy good for our bodies and minds? I sure think so. Which is why I am fully on board for keeping calm and carrying on…...

How to Create Your Forever Home’s Design Concept

How to Create Your Forever Home’s Design Concept

The next stop on our Plan Your Design Year Series couldn’t be more timely… design concept dreaming. This is the FUN part. As we’re all spending quite a bit more time at home these days, we could use a little joy and creativity, don’t you think? (Retirement test run,...

Signature Decorating Stage 1: Furniture Layout & Style Goals

Signature Decorating Stage 1: Furniture Layout & Style Goals

Imagine going out to the shops and buying that sofa you’ve been dreaming about. It’s delivered to your home, assembled in your space, and you realise… “It’s WAY too big.”  When it comes to big ticket investments, you want to be sure to get them right. Furniture that...

How to Begin Your Home Decorating Project

How to Begin Your Home Decorating Project

How should you begin your home decorating project? Where do you start? Whom should you enlist for support or assistance? These are some of the most common questions that come up when deciding to decorate a home. Though I’m tempted to dive into our 4-Stage Signature...

How to Define a Strategy for Your Interior Design Project

How to Define a Strategy for Your Interior Design Project

Can you believe it’s March already? Summer has zipped by way too fast! Since it’s the first week of the month, we’re moving ahead to the next stop on our Plan Your Design Year Series. If you missed our other PYDY posts, there is still time to join us!  January: Look...

Before & After: Classic Master Bedroom in Deakin

Before & After: Classic Master Bedroom in Deakin

I met with a former client the other day, and over lunch and good conversation, the memories of her classic master bedroom project came flooding back!  Since we just launched the Journey Home blog, I thought, Why not take you behind the scenes of her project? This...

How to Declutter Your Home with Conviction

How to Declutter Your Home with Conviction

If you want to declutter your home but are feeling intimidated I have relieving news for you: it doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right approach and sense of purpose, your experience could even be… dare I say it?… enjoyable. Decluttering can be filled with...

How to Accurately Calculate Your Home Contents Insurance

How to Accurately Calculate Your Home Contents Insurance

As bushfires continue in Australia this week, you've probably considered your level of home contents insurance at least once. It has certainly crossed my mind, especially after we were burgled before Christmas.  Yep, the bugger came right into the bedroom in the...

How to Manage a Decorating Project Like a CEO

How to Manage a Decorating Project Like a CEO

Would you love to manage a decorating project like a CEO? Do you crave the rewarding, high-level challenge of creating a vision, assembling a solid team and playing conductor? That rush you get from  bringing short- and long-term goals to life? To be honest, these...

How to Create an Interior Decorating Budget

How to Create an Interior Decorating Budget

When it comes to furnishings and decorating your home, how can you create an interior decorating budget? Well, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. If you look around at our Signature  4-Stage Decorating services, you might even say, “Nadine, what does ‘from $1,500’...

7 Behind-the-Scenes Things Your Home Decorator Does for You

7 Behind-the-Scenes Things Your Home Decorator Does for You

Today, our clients returned to their beautiful forever home, styled to picture perfection... but just a few hours earlier? Not quite the magazine-worthy interior it would become! As with every home decorating project, there were some bumps during our installation, and...

Interior Decorator vs. Designer: Who is Right for You?

Interior Decorator vs. Designer: Who is Right for You?

Here’s a question I get asked ALL the time: What’s the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator? There are some key differences I’m sharing with you today, but I want to preface this post by saying that one isn’t better than the other — it...

Is your builder screaming for decisions!

Is your builder screaming for decisions!

If your builder is screaming for decisions and you are tearing your hair out!  Nadine shows you in this short video how we can guide you to create your own design scheme in a day and get your construction project on track. We all want a happy builder!To visit our new...

Our Ainslie Heritage project wins two HIA awards

Our Ainslie Heritage project wins two HIA awards

Congratulations to Mic and the team from Vision Building Group for winning two categories in the 2018 ACT HIA for our Ainslie Heritage cottage project. Heritage ProjectRenovation Project $350,000 – $500,000Mic’s team brilliantly executed my...

2018 on reflection

2018 on reflection

I can’t believe it was this time last year I was in Spain visiting family,  the year has flown by.  As a designer I felt the year went extremely well, the builder for our Ainslie heritage renovation project won 2 HIA awards.   The Deakin revival project...

Merry Christmas from Nadine

Merry Christmas from Nadine

These are photos of our former Brisbane heritage pied-à-terre.  I worked with the green carpet and my husband wanted Red.  Needless to say, it was magical at Christmas time.   I am taking a little extra time this holiday to spend it working on new exciting...

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