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Interior Design Love




I love this Room ..

I love the styling

I love the Architecture

I love the wall colour – grey with a hint of colour

I love the Sharp white Trims

I love the accents of Gold

I love the Parquetry Flooring


If you are building or renovating

in the Ballarat Area 

 and need help choosing Colour for your home

please call me on 0409 433 058

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





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



Gorgeous pops of colour


How I love this picture…

when I first saw it

all I could do was stare and stare

it was the colours that initially got me…

the greys with the gorgeous pops

 of pink and purple



Don’t you just love the styling here..

the simplicity

but also the everydayness the milk carton evokes

and again the pops of colour



Here the neutrals, greys and whites

play up the purples



Just one minimalist pink flower

  can still make an impact


via 79 ideas via siren lauvdel photography

 styling by krakvid/D’Orazio


I love the coolness of the blue whites

mixed with the warm milk whites

and again…

 just that tiny punch of pink.


Thankyou for visiting my blog!



If you are building or renovating

 in the Ballarat Area

and need a Colour Consultant…

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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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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