Category Archives: Romantic Style

Inspiring Grey Interiors


How beautiful is this swedish bedroom!

I love the super stylish contemporary grey walls

with their blue undertone…

the perfect complementary colour

for the pale wooden floors.

 The bed is not overstyled

and the atmosphere is relaxed.


Here is grey, dark and moody

and what I particularly love about this room

besides the architecture and parquetry is…

how the coloured eames chairs

 relax the room

  fun it up

and stop it from looking formal and stuffy.



 no link!


Who says grey can’t be girlie?

Again the atmosphere is relaxed…

but very romantic.



Gorgeous swedish interior styling

I could just stare and stare…


and again….

awesome styling with grey.


I hope you’ve enjoyed these pics from around the web

 via pinterest

they make a great illustation of how… 

Design is moving away from

formal, stuffy interiors.



Which room is your favourite?





If you are in the Ballarat area

and need help choosing a beautiful grey

for your home…

please call me on 0409 433 058

or here.


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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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Displaying fresh flowers in your home

Hello friends,


Today I’d like to talk about flowers

and the importance of fresh flowers in the home.

Nothing gives a feeling of aliveness

or creates atmosphere

 like fresh flowers,

even the most simplest display

can bring a room to life.



If you are feeling down

or if life seems a little tough right now,

getting back to nature

will always help to ease the pain

and soothe the soul.

 Surrounding yourself with flowers

can be extremely comforting

as there’s just something about them isn’t there?…

their beauty, their colour

but also an aliveness

and reminder of how

it’s the simple things in life

that ultimately are the most important,

like nature, family and love.




As Design moves away from fussy interiors (yay!)

we can feel free

to use our own creativity in displaying flowers.

Here I’ve chosen to

use simple bottles and vases

and even an empty spaghetti can!

 I’ve grouped together single stems of flowers

and kept the theme to glassware

in different shapes and sizes

from plain glass to crystal.

I love how the empty spaghetti can

adds some unexpected interest,

a relaxed vintage touch

and compliments the glassware.

Silver and glassware

go so well together.



When displaying in groups

keep the taller vases and stems to the back

with the smaller ones to the front,

this will help eliminate shadowing

and they will be easier on the eye to see.

Remember, anything can be used

to display flowers,

the rule is…

if it holds water

it can hold flowers.

This gives a whole new meaning

to recycling!



 (photography & styling by me)


I hope life is treating you well my friends.

Enjoy the beauty of flowers

and the promise of Spring!



 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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Home Interior Love…

Oh hello friends,

How are you today?



Whilst perusing my local Real Estate Guide

I came across this beautiful home

Isn’t it stunning?

It’s not often I see a home interior

 that really appeals to me in such a way,

but this one had me at ‘hello’

it’s so inspiring!

I love the decorative cornice

decorative skirtings, mantel

and the chandelier ofcourse!

As for the Contemporary grey walls

well, I just love them too!

And can you see just

 how much this contemporary grey

loves the sharp white woodwork?

The white sofas

and black rug

pull the whole monochrome scheme together

and the floorboards act as

a warm accent.

I really love floorboards,

they really relax a room,

 as they do here.



Here we have the kitchen

and doesn’t the dark charcoal accent wall look fabulous?

And it’s a great foil for the black and white

cabinetry and bench top.

The same colour splashback

gels what is, a very large space together.

Can you see how high the ceilings are?

Sometimes it can be really tricky

when designing a kitchen,

to make it look right

when there is no bulkhead,

but here you can see,

 the design works.



Here the kitchen incorporates

a fantastic living area

and notice how the T.V. cabinetry

mimics the kitchen cabinetry,

this again ties the whole room together.

Oh! Those ghost chairs….

they look divine

as does the pendant

and the cowhide rug.



It just keeps getting better doesn’t it??!!!

Look at the bedroom…

Gosh, it’s a dream

and the Colour!

The contemporary grey walls and rug!

That’s what grabs me at first glance,

it just looks so elegant

and complementary

against the baltic pine floorboards.

And look at the furniture,

see how the bed, bedside table

and chair are curvy

as well as the details in the mantel?

They add the romance to the room;

but the architecture of the room

with the square-set bulkhead,

keeps it contemporary.

It all looks so beautiful doesn’t it?

I wonder who did the Interior Design?

This devine home is currently on the market

with a price tag of $1,300,000 (Aus)

 The Agent – Allister Morrison,

can be contacted on  0438 508 855 


 Oh!  if only……


x Michelle!


MD Interior Design

obsessing over Colour and Design…

so you don’t have to!


If you would like to see this divine design

in your home,

please contact me here.


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Creating Romantic Style in your Home

Oh hello there friends,

How are you today?

Lyn Gardener’s home via The Design Files


I’m still thinking about Romance…

so I thought I’d share

my thoughts and interpretation

on the elements

 of creating Romantic Style

in your home.


Shabby Chic 


Romantic Style is all about

 appealing to the senses…

setting the mood

to spark the emotion.

Few can deny the emotion felt

 in the Shabby Chic era

when Rachel Ashwell

created an overnight phenomenon

with her take on Romantic Style

and the emotion felt

 from this revolutionary era

still lingers today.


Shabby Chic 



 we can all recognise Romantic Style

but what are the elements

that help pull this Style together?

When focusing on Romantic Style

we need to think feminine….

 curvy, pretty, elegant,


 dreamy, floaty,

 shiny and sparkly….



Living etc




light reflecting and sparkly

chandeliers create an atmosphere

of elegance and romance.


Shabby Chic



If you prefer traditional Romantic Style

then keep your Colours

pastel, dusty or powdery


Blues, greens, pinks

and mauves (think french hues)

and ofcourse white

 all help in creating a

dreamy, pretty, feminine




If you prefer Contemporary Romantic Style

then stick to Contemporary whites, taupes


purple undertoned greys.





If you love wallpaper

then Romantic Style

allows for the ideal opportunity

to include wallpaper

in your home.


above images via British Homes and Gardens 


 This is a perfect illustration

of how to do wallpaper

without locking yourself in

to a permanent wall

of paper and paste.

Wallpaper can add colour, elegance

and prettiness to a room.


 Aura Home



Scroll back and forth

through all the photos

and notice the curved furniture.

Curves say feminine

and therefore

 add a definite feminine

element to the atmosphere.

Notice though….

the mix of curved

and squared-off furniture;

this helps to keep the design modern.

Whilst dark timber furniture looks masculine,

 white & pastel painted furniture is

an ever popular inclusion

in Romantic Style

 as it looks feminine and pretty

 and helps in creating

a relaxed atmosphere.


 British Homes&Gardens



 The architecture here

exudes atmosphere and Romance,

if you are lucky enough to have panelling

or even decorative cornice

then you are already

on your way to Romantic Style.


Living etc


Romantic Accessories

Accessories play an all important role

in completing Romantic Style

so add a decorative mirror,

accessorise with pretty colours,

shiny, sheer, silky, velvety luxurious fabrics,

pretty, feminine vintage items,

and simple vases of fresh flowers.

Flowers play a big part in

Romantic Style

especially roses…

nothing says romance like roses.


 Shabby Chic


 I hope you’ve enjoyed

looking at the different

 elements that help to make up 

Romantic Style.

I’ve had such fun writing it!

 x Michelle 


If you would like to introduce

Romantic Style into your home

or maybe just one room

then please contact me here.


MD Interior Design

obsessing over Colour and Design…

so you don’t have to!