Harper by The Rug Collection

We’ve fallen in love with The Rug Collection’s new nursery to living room collection – Harper.

Photography Jeremy Blode  /  Styling Little Liberty Interiors

The Rug Collection’s new Harper collection is just adorable. These rugs work so well in kids’ rooms or nurseries. They’re available in round and rectangle sizes like 110 x 160cm, 160 x 230cm, 150cm round and 200cm round (priced from $499), making them perfect for smaller spaces – even a study would look cute with one of these pastel coloured rugs. They could even be used in small living rooms.

Available in four pastel colours - Dove, Azure, Peppermint and Blush, the Harper collection features a loop pile design, made from a NZ wool blend, giving it a warm softness and cosy feel. Click here to view the collection.

These rugs work so well in kids’ rooms or nurseries.

MINT/BLUE COLOUR CRUSH

We’ve developed a new colour crush – seafoam and dusty turquoise hues! Here, we’ve rounded up our top 3 interiors that utilise this refreshing colour palette to fabulous effect.

1 KYAL & KARA

Former The Block contestants Kyal and Kara proved to be a formidable couple on the hit renovation TV show, and now the talented duo are sharing their own home renovation journey on their website! Their coastal dwelling couldn’t be any more perfect, mixing tones of sea blues with plenty of beautiful timber accents (which the couple were known for on their time on The Block). Their bedroom wall painted in Taubmans’ ‘Silver Mink’ suits the Easycraft VJ wall panels to a tee. The overall look is unmistakably contemporary coastal.

In the kitchen, they made the slightly risky move of painting their cabinetry in Taubmans’ ‘Midnight Hour’, a deep turquoise blue. But the risk paid off and the look is totally delicious don’t you think? Paired with the timber stools and gold tap and hardware, we think it’s a match made in heaven. Click here to check out their full renovation journey.


2 WRIGHTSON STEWART

Brisbane architects Wrightson Stewart certainly had some fun with colour in this Toowong apartment. The design utilises colour-blocking in a refreshing mint and dusty jade palette. The overall effect feels youthful and fresh. That painted front door has given me the idea of painting my own apartment door (well on the inside at least). A great way of injecting extra colour into a space. Click here to see the full apartment tour.


3 BIASOL DESIGN STUDIO

Photography Ari Hatzis

Photography Ari Hatzis

I personally think a restaurant/cafe’s interior is crucial to its success or failure, (and obviously the food needs to be equally as amazing). Melbourne has possibly the best designed eateries in Australia and just one example is this one – Kitty Burns. I absolutely love the way in which designers of the space, Biasol Design Studio, have dispersed this lush minty blue colour throughout. Against the blonde timbers it really is a fresh look. Even though this is a commercial space, I feel like a lot of the design principles and ideas could be applied to a residential design.

UNITED INTERIORS' NEW MELBOURNE SHOWROOM

United Interiors have officially opened their new showroom in Moorabbin, Melbourne and you’re all invited to celebrate with their pop up and warehouse sale.

Styling: Emma Blomfield  /  Photography: Ren Pidgeon

The new United Interiors showroom showcases their latest artworks, decor and rug collections, sitting alongside a carefully curated collection of furniture and decor, complementing United Interiors’ products. To celebrate the new bricks and mortar store, they’re hosting a pop up and warehouse sale on Saturday 23 July between 9am-4pm. During the sale, you will even have the chance to meet with United Interiors’ designer collaborators – The Block’s Alisa and Lysandra (10am-1pm) and The Living Room’s James Treble (2-4pm). Plus partner Dani Wales (pictured opposite) of Basic Habitat (and former The Block contestant) will be there with her pop up shop from 1.30-4pm. Basic Habitat will be offering a hand-picked collection of homewares and accessories not to be missed!

And it gets even sweeter, with the first 100 customers who walk through the door receiving a mini boxed chocolate from Insta-famous dessert artist Caroline Khoo of Nectar & Stone. Yum! Perk Me Up’s coffee cart will be stationed outside the showroom, to ensure shoppers are well fuelled for some serious shopping.

So what kind of sales can you expect on the day? Well in the warehouse you’ll find rugs from $79, cushions from $10, framed prints from $69 and canvas prints from $59. In the showroom, you’ll receive 10% off furniture and lighting, 20% off all decor, 30% off all rugs, and 40% off outdoor panels. Craziness! I so wish I lived in Melbourne to check out this fantastic event. But the good news is, if you can’t make the sale event, their showroom is open to the public six days per week (closed Sundays). More details about the grand opening pop up and warehouse sale can be found by clicking here.

Visit United Interiors' new showroom at
253 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin, Melbourne.

Store profile: Bungalow Trading Co

Anna Chisholm’s childhood dream of owning a shoe shop is not so far from reality when her job as a footwear merchandiser segued into opening a flourishing retail haven for fashion and home.

Words: Pip Miller  /  Photography: Annette O’Brien  /  Styling: Anna Chisholm

As one of Melbourne’s homewares meccas, Bungalow Trading Co (named after Anna’s renovated Californian bungalow) opened in May 2013. It was during her years at home raising two young sons that Anna discovered her passion was not just for shoes, but interiors as well, with hours spent ‘fluffing’ and styling her own nest.

“I frequented many of the small, unique and well curated homewares businesses around Melbourne – shops like Hut 13, Turner & Lane, Fenton & Fenton and Crate Expectations. There was nothing like these shops in my local area so I saw an opportunity and made my shop-owning dreams a reality – opening up next to a new, busy café.”

Bungalow was embraced by the community from the start and the business flourished and has evolved most recently with a fresh new look thanks to the help of Industria X furniture.

According to Anna, Bungalow’s core business is homewares (art, soft furnishings, decorative pieces, lighting) and a lovingly curated range of fashion, jewellery and accessories for women with some décor and toys for children.

With regards to Bungalow and its retail philosophy, Anna says that this is very much built on her desire to support local artists and designers and a commitment to stock as much locally made and designed product as possible.

“I am also passionate about the people I meet in this industry. I have the utmost gratitude for my regular customers – many who have supported the shop since we opened. Many are now friends and some are staff!”

Though not a huge fan of religiously following trends, Anna says she is awake to noticing what is new on the market and says that she is particularly partial to a resurgence of ceramics and textural layering with linen – especially the variety of luxe bed linen on the market. “I like to pick and choose from key trends and let them merge with favourite pieces and evergreen ranges. More often than not, trends emerge in either colour, texture or form.”

Anna does admit to a soft spot for styling with colour and at the moment is into mixing pastel pinks and peaches with forest green, orange with lilac, burgundy and pink, and mustard with soft blue. “Pink is a recurring favourite. I love pink.”

Bungalow Trading Co is just one of the many stores that stock Adore Home Magazine. Visit their store at 187 Booran Rd, Caulfield South, Melbourne.

A few of my favourite things

I absolutely am loving the combination of blush pink, black and white. Add a pop of gold, and a bit of marble and ooh la la, it gives my heart palpitations every. single. time. The Daily Edited would have to be my go-to label for luxe leather goods. Their handbags are out of this world good, and I’’m particularly enamoured with this pale pink shoulder bag. Equally as good are their thank you card sets. Paper on one side with leather-like backing on the other, you’ll love the thickness and luxurious feel of these notecards. As far as stationery brands go, I can't go past kikki.K and new-comer Jot It Down. Working from home means I'm always on the hunt for beautiful pens, notebooks and other bits and bobs to help keep my desk tidy and stylish. Pictured are just some of my favourite finds at the moment.

BAR STOOL SEARCH

The desire to update my kitchen has completely taken over and I’m currently in the process of getting quotes for re-tiling the kitchen splashback and changing the sink and tap to matte black ones! It’s all very exciting I must say. Another item I want to change in my kitchen are the bar stools. Today’s blog post explores some possible options. First off are these stunning marble stools ($299) pictured above, by Harpers Project. Their Scandinavian approach to design and philosophy of Buy once, buy well, really resonates with me. I’ve been guilty of buying things in the past, based purely on price or current trends, which hasn’t always paid off in the long run. It’s expensive to have to replace major pieces of furniture every couple of years – you could say I’ve now learnt my lesson. When choosing larger pieces I’m now opting for neutral colour, classic styles, and clean lines.

Photography: Annette O'Brien  /  Styling: Greenhouse Interiors

Photography: Annette O'Brien  /  Styling: Greenhouse Interiors

Another contender in the neutral Scandi/coastal aesthetic are these Muuto Nerd bar stools ($739) pictured above. They come in a range of colours – but my favourites are the light grey colour and natural beech timber finish.

Another design by Harpers Projects features opposite - their kitchen stools ($199) look to now be sold out unfortunately. They were featured in Rebecca Judd’s ‘The Style School’ renovation project. I absolutley love the colour scheme in this kitchen – so refreshing. For a small kitchen, it certainly packs a punch. I’ve got my eye on that sexy black tap! If you haven’t seen the rest of this space you should definitely check it out by clicking here.

Below, you’ll find Three Birds Renovations’ latest kitchen design, featuring OZ Design Furniture’s Tractor stools ($149). They have a slightly industrial/rustic quality to them, making them work well in a Hamptons or classic style kitchen.

I’ve done a round-up of my top 3 favourite bar stools in varying styles below. Which is your favourite?

Photography: Hannah Blackmore  /  Interior: Three Birds Renovations

Photography: Hannah Blackmore  /  Interior: Three Birds Renovations

MISTER ZIMI IN PALM SPRINGS

Fashion label Mister Zimi captured their Poolside SS16 collection across various sun-drenched holiday destinations including Palm Springs. Oh, this just feeds my obsession with this Californian desert town.

Photography: Ming Nomchong  /  Styling: Alice Roberts

There are few places quite like Palm Springs. A small desert town, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, sounds like an unlikely holiday destination on paper, however its mid-century modern architecture, soaring palm trees, mountainous location, and high temperatures make it the perfect oasis in the Californian desert. I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice now and still I never tire of it, usually I’m up for holidays to some place new, I rarely like to visit the same place twice. The exception to that is Palm Springs for sure. Oh take me back. These images make me long for the piercing desert heat, especially now that winter is well and truly upon us. Enjoy these images (and the fashion) from Mister Zimi.