Tag Archives: Interiors

Skona Hem Feng Shui Consultant


Swedish Online Magazine …

 Skona Hem (Beautiful Home)

features a new blog that has really resonated with me …

Jannice Wistrand from add simplicity.

Janice is a Colour & Style advisor,

Interior Designer, Photographer

 & Feng Shui Consultant.

Phew!..  How clever!



Jannice shows images of her own home,

(this is her office)

 explains the design …

but also how to add balance and harmony.

With today’s busy lifestyle …

who doesn’t need a little

balance and harmony in their own interior!


above images via add simplicity


This is Jannice’s super stylish living room

where greys, blacks and whites are a favourite

along with purple as a colour accent.



As well as her own home …

Jannice also features other inspiring interiors 

giving tips on Feng Shui …

(Balance and Harmony)

& Colour Advice.


from ellos via SKONA HEM


This is a great blog to scroll back on as well

I hope you enjoy

jannice’s simplicity blog here as much as I do!


Thankyou for visiting my blog!


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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were chosen …


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I have been working on …



Colour & Furniture Design,

 Styling and Photography 

by md


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The timelessness of the all white interior

allows for bright pops of colour


via freshome


flowers and pretty greenery

bring a room life


via  design attractor


Greys play a big part

in accent colour for Swedish Design


via stylizimo     all pics via pinterest


Industrial accents …

the coffee table and metal letter

are softened by pink flowers in the window


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If you are in the Ballarat Area

and would like to see Swedish Design in your home

Please call me on 0409 433 058


Moody grey and colour


I’ve been thinking about…

moody greys with bright pops of colour


via sfgirlbybay.com 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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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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Swedish Interiors and fuchsia

Hello friends,

How are you today?



How stunning is this Swedish Apartment?!!!

Firstly it was the architecture that caught my eye

but then I noticed the wall colour

can you see how it’s not quite white?

More of a greige…

a mix of grey and beige

contemporary and drier than the muddier taupes…

 grey but still warm

It looks so striking

and can you also see how fresh

 the sharp white woodwork looks

when teamed with this greige.

Now often when you have pale flooring

like this very beautiful parquetry,

the greige can look a little cold but…

it works because of the sharp white skirtings

 butting up to the greige and therefore breaking it up.

Greige walls come to life

when teamed with bright pops of colour

like the fuchsia accents here…

minimal colour accents

 that really ‘pop’.

Bright pops of colour is what is said

to turn the greys from drab to fab

and this room is a great illustration of this.



Here we have the dining room

and the texture of the black rug adds warmth here

again keeping the walls neutral….

makes the architecture the feature.

Incorporating a simple dining table and chairs

along with the transparency of the ’Ghost’ dining chairs,

 keeps the room looking spacious and airy.


all images via living with white 


Swedish design is all about maximising light,

keeping things simple and uncluttered

minimal, stylish

and timeless.


x Michelle


If you need help choosing colour

or introducing Swedish Design into your home

please contact me here.


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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!