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How to Select Colours & Materials for Your Home

How to Select Colours & Materials for Your Home

In one of my recent workshops with the Journey Home Decorating Club, we gathered together over trays of samples, working to create fresh yet classic combinations of fabrics, tile samples, paint swatches, and other materials. In other words, a design concept. It was a...

Can You Mix Metal Finishes in Your Home?

Can You Mix Metal Finishes in Your Home?

If you love classic style interiors, you may have noticed that metal finishes play a role in their elegant, sophisticated interiors. You can find metal in items like a stunning silver-coloured chandelier in a living room, golden tapware in a bathroom, or antique...

How to Plan a Bathroom Renovation in 9 Steps

How to Plan a Bathroom Renovation in 9 Steps

If you’re ready to plan your bathroom renovation, you’re probably wondering where to start. There are so many details to define, tasks to action, and quotes to acquire. In my experience, most people will head straight to the builder first, which I can tell you, is...

We’ve Moved! Our New Design Studio in Manuka Village

We’ve Moved! Our New Design Studio in Manuka Village

Well, we’ve done it—as of November, we have officially moved into our Manuka Village studio and placed all the major items in their new home. Like moving into a new house, we still have a few furnishings ordered and headed our way (like custom benches and fabric...

How Long Does a Bathroom Renovation Take?

How Long Does a Bathroom Renovation Take?

Today I’m tackling yet another difficult question: how long does a bathroom renovation take? In case you missed it, last fortnight we talked about how much a bathroom renovation costs, and I have to say, forecasting your renovation timeline is an equally complex...

How Much to Renovate a Bathroom (With Estimates)

How Much to Renovate a Bathroom (With Estimates)

How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom here in Canberra? Especially if that bathroom favours a classic, sophisticated look? These are questions you will need answers to long before beginning your project, and today, we’re going to give it a try. Having worked...

How to Plan a Room Layout

How to Plan a Room Layout

If you’re wondering how to plan a room layout, you’re in the right place. I firmly believe that every beautiful room starts with a plan, and it’s only after you have the layout just right that you can purchase your items with confidence, no mistakes, and effortless results.

How to Create a Colour Palette for Your Classic Home

How to Create a Colour Palette for Your Classic Home

Colour is one of the most difficult aspects of a decorating project to nail down. Or a renovation project, for that matter. Finding the perfect combination of materials, fabrics and furnishings is an art mastered over many years. And yet… your colour palette is often the foundation of your entire design.

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 original 1930s bathroom in my heritage home as an example. Nine months later, I've finally finished it! Now that I’m confident...

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...

Nadine’s 1930s Bathroom Renovation: Planning the Design

Nadine’s 1930s Bathroom Renovation: Planning the Design

Here’s the big question we’re asking this fortnight: How do you plan the design for 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...

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...

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