Category Archives: Contemporary Vintage

Colour Trend 2014 … FRESH

via British Paints


When I first saw this image

advertised for British Paints

in this month’s addition of Inside Out Magazine

all I could do was stare and stare.

I love …

the Colour of the Lining Boards,

the styling …

& the Simplicity.


If you need help choosing Colour 

for your Home

Please call me on 0409 433 058





blue colour trend 2013


How stunnng is this room!

The pops of royal blue are a highlight for me

and can you see that this royal blue 

is much warmer than the cooler grey blues of late?

 Colour contrast …

paired with different natural textures

of wood, metal & wool

make for an exciting Design!



Here is another room

accessorisd with blue

but the warmer blues in the first pic have red in them …

they’re new, on trend …

and very, very striking!



Not everyone can afford to change their interior

with each new trend 

so if you love blue …

keep in mind

that these new warmer blues

can be introduced in the way of accessories …

 bottle and flowers …


all pics via pinterest


 or just like in this industrial setting ….

think also cushions, rugs

vases, chairs & lamps.


Warm Blue – on trend 2013


Thankyou for visiting my blog!


MD Interior Design …

specialising in Colour Consultancy.


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The Art Deco renovation


Welcome! …

 to the Art Deco Apartment renovation …

one of my favourite Design Assignments for 2012!

My Brief …

‘contemporary but with retro influences,

a little quirky with something unexpected!’



See the bulkheads below the cornice?

Well, we needed power to the tv and split system 

but, because the Apartment was built in the 1930′s …

 nearly all the walls were made from concrete!

This meant that 

all the wiring had to be hidden in newly built bulkheads …

 so to be sympathetic to the art deco architecture …

any original cornice that had to be removed,

was subsequently replaced with new matching cornice.



Now for the paint and colour design …

I had just received a new Dulux fandeck,

so I really wanted to use all newly released colours …

colours that ‘spoke to me’

so I chose 

‘Dulux Subdue quarter’   for the walls

which is a beautiful white with a purple undertone …

(but not cold looking)

and for the fireplace …

‘Dulux Caboose’  …

a purple undertoned grey.

Painting the fireplace a little darker

makes a great focal foil for the t.v;

 adds atmosphere and drama to the room,

as well as complimenting the curved architecture

of the fireplace.

The dated 1970′s heater was replaced

with a new gas log fire.

 The floorboards were then sanded

and sealed with a clear lacquer.



In the living area …

I also included a small table and chairs.

Here the window is north facing

with beautiful light …

perfect for reading magazines

and drinking endless cups of tea!




and what’s an Art Deco renovation

without beautiful flowers?!!!



wFlowers bring an aliveness to any room



This room is the ‘quirky’ room …

originally just an empty walkway

that led to the front of the apartment …

but it seemed to me …

to be the perfect spot for a study.

So a desk was built-in

and the above wall was decorated with prints

 created by my client back in her school days …

Don’t they look perfect!

I chose ‘Dulux Smokebush’ …

a  subtle purple undertoned grey

for the desk wall.



Here is the dining room …

with Spectacular views over Ballarat.

My love of Swedish style

along with the brief for retro …

allowed for a Tulip Dining Table

and Harry Bertoia chairs.



Choosing a round table for this room …

also complimented the architecture

of the art deco curved wall.



and here is ‘unexpected’ …  

for people seated at the dining table

and missing out on the lovely view …

fabulous wallpaper adorns

the opposite walls!




Now we’re back in the living area

and heading towards the kitchen ….

 vintage posters from the 30′s

‘Gone with the Wind’


‘Wuthering Heights’

decorate the walls

and tie in with the history

of the art deco era.


This is the newly designed kitchen

with all the mod cons of today …

 black & white glossy cabinetry

says Art Deco Modernism.



A vibrant splashback in red …

adds retro influences to the design.



The original art deco design

made no allowance for a laundry

so this was carefully intertwined into the kitchen design …

so that both the kitchen and laundry

had their own separate identity.

The lower kitchen cabinetry was designed in white

along with the partitioning pantry …

and the laundry cabinetry was designed in black gloss,

more masculine and industrial …

but also contemporary and sophisticated.



now for the Master Bedroom …

my client requested ‘wallpaper and moody’

I choose the stunning blue turning to purple

‘Dulux Strap’    for the walls

with flocked metallic wallpaper for behind the bed.



I actually spent quite a lot of time …

matching the colour of the wallpaper flocking

to the wall colour ….

 because I wanted them to be perfect partners …

 in the design and decoration

of the art deco Master Bedroom.



I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing …

the Art Deco Apartment Renovation!


Design …

Styling & Photography …

by MD Interior Design


Many Thanks for visiting my blog!




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blue purple and pink


Seeing Red


Ever since first I laid my eyes

on yvonne’s beautiful home here

I’ve become quite partial to a splash of red

since then…

 my xmas colour theme was red,

 I repainted a chair in red,

 I’ve even been wearing a little red!

It’s funny how…

 when something really beautiful catches your eye

it can leave it’s mark in your mind.

 Don’t you just love the red ant chairs above

and what a great way to add colour to your home…

don’t be afraid to mix them up

 with other colours as well.



What a gorgeous room

styled by katja graumann.

We are in the painted furniture trend right now

and here the painted red chair

adds that little extra touch of exuberance.


above pics via 79 ideas


How pretty is this Cath Kidston vintage theme

and doesn’t the red chair fit in perfectly…

notice the shine to the chair?

Looks like it painted in a full gloss finish…



 via pinterest


Here the red accents

create a lovely colour palette

against the blue and all that white!

Thankyou for visiting my blog today

and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing red too!



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Summertime… around my home



Moody grey and colour


I’ve been thinking about…

moody greys with bright pops of colour


via via pinterest


This is purple undertoned grey with yellow

and what I especially love is

 how the yellow hue of the chair 

looks to have a touch of lime in it.


via 79 ideas via salvation jane


This is blue undertoned grey with primary red

and wow…

aren’t the colours striking!


via living etc uk 


This is green undertoned grey with blue

and although the moody greys

 will substantially darken a room 

 I do love how they make a great foil

for bright pops of colour!


Thankyou for visiting my blog!



If you are renovating or building in the Ballarat Area

and need help choosing colour for your home…

please call me on 0409 433 058


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Colour Inspiration… Lilac



This week…

it’s all about lilac.





Lilac buds placed on a backdrop

 of the beautiful fuchsia pink…

 Resene Smitten




the lilac moodboard…






I’ve been repainting some vintage furniture too….



(photography & styling by me)


Now that Contemporary design

is mixing old and new…

Vintage is huge

and a  great way to add a little vintage to your home

 is with painted vintage furniture.

 Get the look with

Resene Soapstone.


 I’ve so loved this week of

painting, floral photography and moodboards…

it’s been pure joy!


Thankyou so much for visiting me here today!



If you are in the Ballarat Area

and need help choosing colour for your home…

please contact me here


 MD Interior Design

obsessing over Colour and Design…

so you don’t have to!


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Decorating the Mantel

Hello friends,


I have a mantel shelf in my lounge room

  it’s timber

and probably a little too masculine for me

 because I am always trying to pretty it up

 with girlie things I love….



I love the romance…

 of fresh flowers and decorative glass jars 

and as you can see…

my craze on upcycled empty cans continues!

I also really enjoy changing the colour theme

today it’s blue purple and pink! 



I love glass, mirror and silverware placed together

and a black and white photograph adds a little vintage

I also love Ribbon…



and paper!



 (photography & styling by me)



All the things I love…

On the mantel shelf

to help make my house a home.


Thankyou for taking the time out to visit me here today!



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A Contemporary Vintage Home

 Hello friends,

Come inside and enjoy

a contemporary vintage home

so tastefully renovated and styled by josh and jenna

  from ‘the block’.

Don’t you just love the contemporary grey walls

and can you recognise the blue undertones?

Just look at this window seat…

it’s the perfect place to enjoy the sun

and I really love the styling.

Do you notice

 that the vintage bedside tables don’t match?

Now that design has moved away from

stuffy interiors…

they create a relaxed and lived-in atmosphere.

Simple flowers in a vase

also bring a feeling of aliveness to the room.

A walk-in-robe any of us girls would be proud of!

with lots of pigeon holes for shoes

oh joy!

Here is the kitchen

sleek and contemporary

with scandinavian influences.

I love the industrial globe lighting.

 In the dining area

 the star feature is

this 1000mm diameter

umbrella pendant.

It certainly has the wow factor!

Oh, and should I mention it costs ‘a bomb!’

 The Eames chairs

and the all white walls

echo scandinavian design.

Vintage posters keep the room

young and fun.

 Here is the living area…

simple and functional

with a vintage retro edge.

 all photos via ninemsn

The beautiful contemporary greys

continue from inside to outside

for elegance and stylish continuity.

Although josh and jenna’s home

didn’t to sell at auction….

they have decided

to start their own styling/design business

Bicker Design Co.

I wish them every success…

they certainly deserve it.


If you are in the Ballarat Area

and would like to see

Contemporary Greys and Whites

in your home

inspired by josh & jenna’s

renovated home…

please contact me here.

MD Interior Design

obsessing over colour and design…

so you don’t have to!

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Contemporary Vintage Romantic purple grey and pink

Hello friends,



Today is all about….

Contemporary Vintage Romantic purple grey and pink

(wow!…  that’s quite a mouthful isn’t it?)






I bought this gorgeous vintage teacup and saucer

in the shabby chic era,

  several years ago at a flea market.

As soon as I spotted it,

I fell in love with it’s colour, romance and prettiness.

It was very inexpensive

 because it didn’t have a matching saucer


a liitle further along the market I found this saucer….

exactly the same colour,

 even with the gold trim.

I couldn’t believe my luck!

Do you know what?

after all these years ….

this simple teacup is probably my favourite posession.



and can you see here

 how this Contemporary background

with it’s beautiful streamlined composite stone

clean lines,

and purple undertoned grey wall

 makes such a great foil for Vintage?


 (photography & styling by me)


This is what I especially love about Contemporary Design

and it’s minimalism…

 it allows

one simple vintage display to be the star…

one simple pretty item

can become the showpeace…

the showcase of any room.


Contemporary Vintage Romance…


   Have you ever found something at a flea market

 that you fell totally in love with?



  MD Interior Design

obsessing over Colour and Design…

so you don’t have to!  


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Hello friends,

Thankyou so much for joining me here today.


sweet peas in a simple vase say vintage


I’m still thinking about

purple undertoned grey and pink…..

 but with a Contemporary Vintage twist.

Now that design is mixing old and new… 

Vintage is huge.





I popped into my local flower market

to look for pink flowers that spoke vintage to me…

and these Sweet peas certainly did

and just look at the glorious colours!



After I photographed them just in a simple jar,

I thought I’d experiment

to push the vintage theme even further,

by introducing some vintage books as well.

I love how the yellow books

pick up the yellow in the sweetpeas.


Can you see how the clean lines

and sleekness of the contemporary stone,

together with the contemporary grey background

highlight the vintage books

and actually show off

the perfection in the imperfection?

I love this!



The polka dots on the letters say Vintage


 Here I’ve made a very simple garland,

and attached some letters,

letters are also very big in design at the moment.

and can you see my unique style…?


but with a definite girly edge.



 This photo frame was bought new

but it was made to look vintage.


Can you see how beautifully all the colours ‘pop’

against the Contemporary grey background?



Ofcourse I had to add some paper

(I really love paper!)


some simple paper butterfly punches

attached to the wall

 said it all for me.


Again the polka dots say vintage

 (photography & styling by me)


The thing I love about Contemporary Design

is it’s versatility and it’s ability,

to compliment Vintage

and perfect this design

of mixing the old with the new…

the shabby with the sleek.


Contemporary Vintage…

remember to have fun with it

keep it simple

 and enjoy it!




If you are in the Ballarat Area

and need help choosing paint colours

for your home

that reflect Contemporary colours of today 


 colours that are influenced by the ones you favour

then please contact me here.


MD Interior Design

obsessing over colour and design…

so you don’t have to!


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