Why you should include the hire of an Interior Designer in your building budget

Advice, Building/Renovating, Have a Plan, The decorating process

There is a lot of new development and expansion happening across Sydney, we’ve seen the plans advertised on television, through our local communities and you only need to take a drive around Sydney to see growth is happening under our very noses.

I know that my backyard in the Hills District of Sydney is definitely experiencing the growth pains. With new housing developments underway at The Ponds, The Gables, The Hills of Carmel and Halcyon Rise at Box Hill, along with continued development around Rouse Hill, even out toward Windsor at Vermont is experiencing growth. This is obviously great for the building industry.

Building a home can be an exciting and stressful experience all at the same time. There is so much to consider, many decisions to be made, negotiations, liaising with various stakeholders (especially if you’re an owner builder) that are involved with the whole build.

If I have any advice to offer anyone considering building or renovating who wants to see the finished result of their dream home match what they have in their mind or imagination it’s this, build in the hire of an Interior Designer into your building budget.

Why? You can’t afford not too. You may live in this home for 20+ years so you need to take this into consideration when making all your decisions for the build, we will help you make wise decisions that will not only look good but also stand the test of time. We can save you money, time and sanity. An interior designer will work with you and your builder to ensure that you get the look you want for your home meaning you have someone else that you can consult with when making your important selections.

We will begin with the end in mind by helping you determine what your interior style is, the feel you are wanting to achieve, colour schemes, furniture and their placement (this can help determine if that master bedroom that you are considering is going to be big enough for the 4 poster bed you have your eye on or will it be too big for the room) and a whole lot of other things that need to be considered and then we will use this information to create a big picture plan that we will work to and regularly consult when making selections for your home.

If you are an owner builder you will have a fair idea of all the decisions you will be making for your home, but if you aren’t you may not be aware of the very long list of decisions you will be required to make such as roof type and colour; guttering; exterior type and colour; window frame colour; door; garage door colour; door hardware; interior door type and hardware; paint colour; flooring type and location; wet area tiling; vanity; tapware; mirrors; kitchen benchtop type and profile; cabinetry type and profile; splashbacks; sinks and tapware; appliances and so much more. If this is the first build you will undertake your builder will at one point need you to make these decisions and will call them ‘your selections’, some builders have an onsite person to assist you with this, but wouldn’t it also be valuable to have your Interior Designer with you at this appointment to help ensure your big picture vision is achieved.

Lastly, another reason you should build in the services of an Interior Designer into the budget of your build is, when the builder leaves, we don’t. We will continue on with decorating and styling your home so that it isn’t an empty space but a home for when you move in.

When should an Interior Designer be brought in on the building or renovating process? I always say the sooner the better. I’ve had clients in the past hire me after they have realized they have selected the wrong bathroom tile, or chosen the wrong paint colour or flooring, by this stage (unless you have spare money to start again) there is nothing you can do, obviously I can use styling tricks to minimize the error, but had the client involved me earlier we could have avoided this.

Money doesn’t grow on trees! We know, which is why we don’t have a time limit on our service. We’ve worked with clients who have used us on an ongoing process with the designing and decorating of their home over two plus years.  This means that your house will evolve into a home over time and as your budget permits and we can be there every step of the way.

Call My Decorator today to ask us about our Building or Renovating Design Packages and all that includes:  0439 081 072  or fill in our form below, we’d love to have a chat and see how we can help.

Trade Show Report 2017 featuring upcoming trends and colour schemes for interiors

Inspiration, Interior trends

On the weekend I attended the Iconic Trade Fair that was in Sydney, this trade show has a huge amount of Australia’s best suppliers that stock furniture, furnishings and decorator items for the home.

Today I thought I would reflect on what trends I noticed coming through as I scoured the stands and walked the many aisles of the Trade Fair.  This trade fair isn’t open to the general public

Decluttering for the New Year by Local Professional Home Organiser Kirsty from Feels Like Home

Advice, Organising

I wanted to cover the topic of ‘Decluttering for the New Year’ and felt I should get in an expert to discuss this rather then me stumbling my way through.  I know as an Interior Designer it’s always great working in spaces that aren’t over crowded with clutter, and spaces that are clear always make way for a stunning end result. I also know we can all have tendencies to gather around us our treasured things but how can we turn down the clutter volume?  I’ve invited local Professional Organiser, Kirsty from Feels Like Home to share her pearls of wisdom with us.


Hi There Everyone,

Have you ever tried to get organised in the past only to find after a few weeks that you just give up and life goes back to how it was? It’s probably because you tried to tack it on top of everything you were already doing. Being more organised isn’t about doing more and it is actually about doing less. It is stopping the procrastination that inhibits you from ever starting or ever completing a chore, task or project. To become more organised and stay organised you need to eliminate things, reduce the stuff you have in your home, reduce the things on your schedule and change your thinking about your stuff and time. It is only then that you can look to give yourself more space and time to be organised over the long term.
Here are a few of my tips to reduce the things in your home, help you stop procrastinating and transform your mindset.

Just do it now!

This one tip has been game changing for me and my clients! Just do it now! I’ve learnt that every task has to be finished, because for me ‘later’ or ‘someday’ either never comes or makes me stressed when it does come! So when you think about a task, remember it has a beginning and an end, and if you “JUST DO IT NOW”, you’ll get rid of the anxiety of having to remember to get back to it or the stress of rushing around doing it when it’s become urgent! So here is an example. Laundry; the beginning of it is finding dirty clothes and putting them in the washing machine. The end of this task is the clothes have dried and been put back away and the washing basket is empty back in the laundry (or near empty and just waiting some more dirty clothes). You could procrastinate at a myriad of points during this task but having the mantra of “Just Do IT NOW” will help you to finish the task.

Ask the Right Questions

Marie Kondo’s famous question of “Does it Spark Joy?” can be helpful but not everything that you need in your home necessarily sparks joy (my wooden spoon I use daily for cooking dinner doesn’t spark joy in me!). There are lots of useful questions that you can ask to help you decide if items are supporting your goal of decluttering and to help keep you focussed on creating the space you desire, here are a few of them;

Does this item support my values and priorities? Does this item fit in the vision I have for my ideal space? Does this item feel essential and meaningful to me? Could this item be of more use and helpful for another person? Have I used it in the last year? If I were shopping would I buy this item again? Do I have a realistic plan to use this? Do I have a similar item that serves the same purpose? Would it impact my daily life not to have this item? Is this item really worth the space it is taking up in my home? Do I have the space to keep this item?

Keep like with like

This will help you to find things and to be able to set limits. It is hard to know that you have have 20 black tops if they are spread across 3 closets in your home. So keep like with like, for instance, all the mugs should be together, coffee and tea and sugar should be together in the cupboard/pantry, hammers and screwdrivers need to be together with other tools, not having one hammer in the junk drawer and the measuring tape in with the kids toys.

Give everything a home

This means that everything that lives in your home needs to have a specific place where it is stored so that you know where to find it when it is not in use. For instance, your keys should either be in your hand turning a lock or it should be in their home (hook, bowl or handbag for example). Throwing them on the kitchen bench and hoping that you will then be able to find them again when you’ve also piled the unopened mail and the shopping on top of them, and then the kids school bags is generally not going to work. You see where I am going with this… So this has to applied to everything in your home. A place for everything and everything in its place.

One in = One Out.

A good rule once you have decluttered is to live by the “One in=One out” rule. So when you buy a new pair of jeans, you need to choose one that you will either donate or put in the bin. You do not then relegate the old pair to the “round the house” pair, you need to let it go! Let things go!! Now I’m not saying that you all have to be minimalist and live with just 1 of everything but if you are serious about living an organised and decluttered life, I promise you that having 20 pairs of jeans is not going to be moving you forward in this lifestyle change!

I hope these tips and actions will see a transformation in your mindset towards your clutter and transformed home in 2017.

About the author: Kirsty is a wife to THE most organized man alive and has learnt most of her organisational skill through the osmosis process of living with him for the last 12 years! She is the mother of two cheeky and wonderful children aged 7 and 5. Kirsty has been a Professional Organiser for the last 5 years helping people organise their houses so it feels like home. You can connect with her on http://www.feelslikehome.net.au and http://www.facebook.com/feelslikehomepo for more inspiring and practical tips on organising.

Greenery – Pantone Colour of 2017 – How to use this colour in your interior space

Colour, Inspiration, Interior trends

Each year Pantone puts out what they believe will be the colour snapshot of what we will see take place in global culture over the coming year.  The colour serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

I always look forward to seeing what Pantone come up with for their colour of the year and then watching

Style Crush – Florence Broadhurst

Inspiration, Style Crush, Textiles, Wallpaper

This style crush is all about Australian designer Florence Broadhurst.

Florence Maud Broadhurst (28 July 1899 – 15 October 1977) was an Australian designer and businesswoman whose 1977 murder remains a mystery.   Born 1899, in Mt Perry, QLD a remote country town where she lived on a rural cattle station.  She rose to great notoriety mainly resulting from her compulsive ability