Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Desire to Inspire

Hello there friend,

How are you today?





This week has been all about my desire to inspire

 through my creativity, my love of Colour & Design,

 flowers and an affirmation.

I really hope I can inspire you…



and only when…

we are no longer afraid

do we begin to live

in every experience,

joyous or painful;

to live in gratitude

for every moment,

to live abundantly.


by Dorothy Thompson







Design is mixing old and new…

  a contemporary composite stone shelf

with decorated vintage bottles  






 x Michelle


MD Interior Design….

obsessing over Colour and Design

so you don’t have to!






Swedish Contemporary Interior Design




Oh hello there my friend,

How are you today?

This week I have found myself passionate about

Contemporary Swedish Interior Design

so much so…

that I’ve been asking myself……

what is it about this Swedish style of design

that ‘gets me’ everytime?

What is it

that I find so inspiring…. so desireable?

So today…..

 I thought I would share with you

 the different design elements

 that make up Contemporary Swedish Design.






Whenever I see Swedish interiors

 the first thing that hits me

 is the magnificant element 

of natural light and airyness. 

The Swedish realise and respect the importance

 of natural light in their interiors.  

  Their winter months are long and cold

 with limited sunlight

so they keep their interiors looking light and bright

by painting their homes white or off white.   

White has the highest light reflective value

 (the amount of visible light a colour will reflect)

to bounce light around ensuring a crisp clear atmosphere.

When natural light is at it’s minimum

the Swedish rely heavily on artificial lighting

therefore they apply this approach 

with the use of decorative on-trend 

 contemporary lighting.  

Artificial lighting plays an important decorative role

with pendant lighting often being the favourite

along with standard and table lamps for task lighting.








The Swedish have the ability to stay disciplined

 when it comes to decorating their homes

by their extensive use of Monochrome

 (without Colour)

often keeping their whole decorating philosophy

 to White, Black and Grey.   

The results in doing this are ultra sylish

 with a restrained sense of sophistication and beauty.





 Clean lines

Clean lines and minimalism

 are an all important factor in

 Contemporary Swedish Design,

 therefore they have a definite organised,

 uncluttered look and feel to their homes.





 Texture and Contrast

Texture and contrast 

play an important role in Swedish decorating

with a play on

 light vs dark, warm vs cool,

smooth vs rough, soft vs hard

 and keeping in with Contemporary style;

 old vs new.



all above images via skona hem 


 Unique Decorating Ability

The Swedish have a unique ultra stylish decorating style

 using only star pieces in their homes

 and often on-trend contemporary decorative items.

 If there is something new and on-trend

you will usually see it in a Swedish home first.






 images via mamsell caramell



 Easy Access to On-Trend Homewares

One thing I have noticed

 is the easy accessibility of sourcing

 on-trend decorative items.  

The Swedish are at the fore of design

 and their homeware stores reflect this.




  It is a certain interconnectedness

 within all these design elements

 that make up a successful Contemporary Swedish interior,

 one of beauty and chic sophistication

 that in my opinion is second to none!


This is my favourite Swedish blog:

 Helt Enkelt

it epitomises Contemporary Swedish Design

If you would like to see this divine design

in your home

please contact me here


x Michelle


MD Interior Design

passionate about Colour and Design





Mid Summer Styling

Oh hello friend,

Thank you so much for dropping by

 I’ve been styling with some flowers,

  glass candy jars which I really enjoy collecting,

 some favourite ribbons and some butterflies.

I really felt compelled to do some styling work today

 as it’s the middle of summer here,

 the days are warm, (yay!)

the butterflies and bees are busy in my garden

 and the birds are singing their wonderful chorus at dawn.

 Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me

 with her vast array of colour combinations

 which I always find so inspiring.

 These Agapanthus flowers

 are classed as a blue violet on the Colour Wheel

 and the stems a yellow green.

I really enjoyed styling these items,

 matching up the colours,

 adding a couple of extra accent colours for interest

 and then studying the colours

 it brings me so much joy

styling and photos by Michelle Donald 

 I hope these photos also bring you joy my friend.

x Michelle

MD Interior Design…..

 obsessing over Colour so you don’t have to!

Specifying Grey

Hello my friend,

This is a Colour and Interior Design blog

so to start the new year off

allow me start explaining

what I have discovered about grey

my way…

my interpretation….

I am always conservative when it comes to specifying

greys and there is a reason….

you see…..

most greys are cool greys

except for taupe grey

which is a mixture of grey and beige.

The cooler greys are the ones that have green,

blue or purple undertones

but taupe grey has pink undertones

which makes it a warm grey.

Contemporary Design is now moving away

from yellow based greys to grey based greys.

The yellow based greys are complex greys

which means they have a greater range of colour

included in their formula

to make them muted, laid back or dirty

but the new on trend contemporary neutral greys

have a grey base with a minimum of colours

included in their formula

and this is why they are classed as neutral greys

and it’s also why

they appear cleaner and more contemporary

but also

cooler again than the (already cool) yellow based greys.

I hope this doesn’t sound too confusing!

Introducing cool greys into your home

can have a chilly affect on your interior

if you live in a cool climate (like me)

and I’ve been a witness to the stories

from both males and females

of how when painting their interior in grey

(they chose the grey themselves)

one was duck egg blue

- a  yellow based blue undertoned grey – cold!

it had an adverse effect on their personality

they described it as ‘mood lowering”

and gloomy.

I was absolutely fascinated to hear this

because I am all about…

people living their life authentically

and to do this

I believe….

surrounding youself

with the colours you love

really helps in living an authentic life

you know….

accepting who you are

your likes and dislikes

and running with it.

So here is my advice…. if you love grey

and let’s admit it,

greys do bring a chic sophisticated look to a home

but not forgetting…

it’s not just how your home looks…

it is also about how your home feels…

how it makes you feel


if you live in a warm climate

where you need to ‘cool’ your interior

then go for it!

Greys can look amazing

and my advice for those of you living in cooler climates…

stick to the taupe greys in your main living areas

because taupe greys have the warm, pink undertone

but if you would like to introduce a cool grey then…

I suggest using cooler greys in the rooms

you use less

like in a bedroom

where you can warm it up

with beautiful warm bedding textures and colours

or maybe give your home

a sophisticated and elegant first impression

with a grey entryway


this is Dulux Wayward Grey

 a purple undertoned grey

 very chic and on trend

 and doesn’t it look amazing?


all photography by Robert Reichenfeld via Australian House & Garden

or maybe

introduce a grey painted piece of furniture

like this one

(it all represents mixing old & new in Contemporary Design)

The green undertone of this grey

is really easy to see isn’t it?

It’s also a yellow based green undertoned grey

can you see how the yellow base adds warmth?

remember greys can be beautiful

and for the most part they are….

all they need is a little consideration

to make them an enjoyable inclusion in your home.


x Michelle


MD Interior Design… obsessing over Colour so you don’t have to!


My New Year Resolutions

Hello my friends,

and Happy New Year to You!



Here are my new year’s resolutions for 2011……



I will continue to balance efficiently

with the utmost care and attention….

my family


my design work

this blog

my creativity

and a little bit of clothes shopping as well!


In 2011 I hope to inspire others with ‘my story’

I was a stay at home mum

who at 39

decided to have a total career change

to follow my creative passion

I retrained

and started my own Interior Design Business

so that I could…….

live my life creatively and authentically


I  truly hope I can inspire others

to follow their own creative passion

to also live their life authentically

If I can do it – so can you!

In 2011

I will continue to see the beauty in each day

and give thanks

for my gift of creativity

and my love of

Colour and Interior Design.

I shall continue doing my favourite thing….

play and create with Colour

compare and distinquish Colour (and it’s undertones!)


obsess over Colour (so you don’t have to)

surrounding myself and my days…

with Colour

I will continue to

style, photograph

and illustrate colour

in all it’s beauty

to you my dear reader

for pure joy!

I hope this blog

will be somewhere you can

relax and escape to


you can

enjoy and learn about Colour.

I hope to share with you lots of

beautiful photos

inspired by my creativity

and my love of Colour, Flowers, Interiors

and all things beautiful

and I hope that you too

will be inspired!

I hope you

will continue

this journey with me

as I write about living my life creatively…..


and with gratitude.

Thankyou my Dear Reader for being here

you mean so much to me.

all photos and styling by Michelle Donald




MD Interior Design…… obsessing over Colour so you don’t have to!