Room Recipe – Casual Family Room

Advice, DIY, Furniture, furniture layout, Have a Plan, Room Recipe, rug, The decorating process

Have you ever been at a friends house, had the most delicious tasting cake, dessert, or meal and asked for the recipe so you could go home and cook the same?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could do that with our interior design for our homes? What if you could follow a recipe

Home Office Set Up Tips

Advice, DIY, Have a Plan, Inspiration, Interior Style, Office Styling, Organising, The decorating process

Who says your offices need to be bland?  Definitely not me.  Being a creative I want my office to be a place that inspires my creativity, a space that I visually love and a space that works for me and my working needs so that I can be as productive as possible.

I’ve worked with a number of clients who have called me in to help them design well-functioning and visually pleasing office space’s and they’ve always loved the end result.

I’d love to share my design strategy with YOU so you too can create some wow in your office as well.

Step 1.  Assess:  Step back, look at your space

5 Easy Christmas Tree Decorating Tips!

Advice, DIY, Inspiration, Styling

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!  Wow can you believe it’s that time of year again already?  I can’t……. however we did put our Christmas Tree up two weekends ago. Keen yes, but I just love getting in the festive spirit early.  Today I thought I’d share my 5 Easy Christmas Tree Decorating Tips with you. Here goes:

1. Make those branches decoration ready. If you are using a fresh tree this is easy but if you are using faux, be sure to spread out and style every branch so it looks as life like as possible.

2. Light it up. I always like to use warm globe lights as they give a lovely soft ambiance to my room at night. Put your christmas lights on first, make them even and vary the placement so some are back near the trunk some are mid and end branch to give your tree dimension.  We wrap our lights around the tree from bottom to top and we also switch the lights on while we are placing them so we can get the desired effect.

Gold and Silver theme

Gold and Silver theme

3. Beads. If you use beads or tinsel nows the time to drape your tree with them. I use a particular pattern for my bead hanging but just get creative with it. If you are going for a traditional look then pattern is the way to go if you are going casual, random placement works well.

4. Time now to place your beautiful baubles and decorations on your trees branches. I’ve heard it said that you need a certain number of decorations based on the height of your tree to achieve a sumptuously decorated tree. I have found this to be true. See below for guide. You definitely don’t want to skimp on the decorations.  You also want a good variety of size, textures and designs in your decorations. Buy multiples of 6 or more as repetition is important.  Place your decorations on the end of your branches, some near the trunk and others mid way along the branch.  Use your fairy lights to illuminate each decoration, this will drawer the viewers eye in and highlight all the gorgeous stories that your decorations are telling on your tree. Use a mix of string hung decorations, clips, or I even have little branches of holly and christmas styled mistletoe that I sit mid to back near the trunk of my tree as they add to the dimension beautifully and then I add some silver butterfly’s that I sit on the end branches so they look as though they’ve just landed on the tree.

Tree Height Number and Suggested Size of Ornaments
61cm 40 to 60 x 3cm ornaments
92cm 60 to 80 x 3cm – 5cm ornaments
137cm 120 x ornaments of different sizes from 3cm – 5cm
228cm & 260cm 300 x ornaments of different sizes from 5cm – 8cm
290cm to 365cm 450 x ornaments of different sizes from 7cm – 10cm
427cm 650 x ornaments of different sizes from 7cm – 10cm

Table converted from Christmas Lights Etc…

Lights purposefully illuminating decorations

Lights purposefully illuminating decorations

5. Tree topper. Find the BEST tree topper you can, be it a star or angel. This year we are using a star and we have it lit from underneath so it creates a fabulous finishing touch. Be sure to get the scale of your tree topper right too, if you are going for a fun theme you could go ultra big which will bring some quirky whimsy to the look, I find its better that your topper is on the large size than being too small.

Generally we follow a colour palette for our tree some people also use a particular theme too, this is a good way to go if you are wanting to create a cohesive look. I’ve found sticking to a one or two colour palette leads to a more stylised formal look where as multi colored is more casual and fun. For instance formal look tree colour palettes could be silver and gold; red and gold; silver and blue etc…. Casual themes could be hot pink, blue, yellow etc….

Either way it’s your tree, make it personal with meaningful decorations that bring back beautiful memories every year you put them on your tree, whether they be homemade decorations, family heirlooms, or carefully chosen ones by you and your loved ones it’s these memories that make this season so special.

I’d like to wish all my clients, blog readers, family and friends a very Merry Christmas.  Thank you for your custom and support this year. I pray your Christmas is a wonderful time spent with family and friends celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Merry Christmas,


Top 3 Tips for Decorating Your Home

Tis the season to decorate – 10 ways to bring Christmas to your home!

Advice, DIY, Inspiration

image from decoradviser.

I love this time of year as it’s Christmas which brings with it warm sunny weather and parties where we meet up with friends and family, eat yummy food and celebrate the birth of Jesus. I also enjoy christmasifying (I know I just made up a new word!) our home. The tree and all it’s decorations get pulled out of storage, our singing Santa gets hung at the door in our entry for lil and big visitors alike to get a laugh from.

We actually put our tree up super early this year. We enjoyed a wine, some Christmas carols played in the background while we decorated the tree. I’m still adding finishing touches to the rest of the house.

I thought I would share a few christmasifying tips I’ve gathered along the way.

1. Think outside of the box. This year I have put our 6″ high tree on a low table in the corner of our lounge room between both of our lounges. It makes a huge commanding impact on the room with it’s added height and also frees up some floor space. Not to mention it’s the first thing you notice when you walk through out front door. What a welcome.

2. Consider nature.  How about a fresh tree this year?  Enjoy the forrest fresh aroma a pine tree will bring to your home.  You could get some pine cones and display them in a nice big basket or bowl.  Take your party outside, set up your dining table in your backyard and enjoy the great aussie outdoors.

3. Choose a colour scheme and theme. Change it every year to keep things fresh. Our colour scheme this year is silver and gold. So all our Christmas decorations are silver and gold, we have left the tinsel of this year as we were wanting a more classic look so have used gold pearls instead. You could also have a fun colourful colour scheme and use pinks, yellows, greens, blues etc… Get the kids to make colourful paper chains and their own fun colourful baubles for a more casual bright fun look.

4.  Add meaning.  I always love to have a Nativity Scene as this reminds me of the meaning of Christmas.  I also like our Christmas snow globe that we chose to remind us of family members that aren’t with us.  You may have special handmade decorations that you hang on your tree every year that remind you of someone special or a special memory.  You can add meaning to Christmas by creating new memories.  Christmas is a special time, sentiment and continuing family traditions really do add meaning to this beautiful season.

5. Style a Christmas table that everyone will love to sit at. It doesn’t have to have all matching chairs or even tables for that matter. Put on a table cloth and a lovely home made centrepiece pulling through your colour scheme, or use some fresh flowers, candles, bon bons and sit down together to enjoy the delicious feast of food and great conversation.

6. Create inviting seating nooks. If you are having a party look at your seating layout and put out some side tables near chair clusters for people to put their drinks on and for some nibbles to be sat on so you are creating a nice little spot for 2 or 3 people to sit and chat. You can do the same with bean bags and low coffee tables. Your guests will love this.

7. Don’t forget the rest of your house. Style the surfaces of your home with your Christmas theme, remove and store everyday decorator items and recreate each space with a new look.

8. Fairy lights. Don’t be afraid to use them and lots of them. They add fabulous atmosphere to your home and to party’s. I am using warm white lights this year to go with my classic theme.

9. Music. Make a playlist. Get some Christmas carols playing. Get your guests in a good party mood from the moment they arrive.

10. Food. Bake, create, get out the old favourite recipes and spoil your guests with some scrumptious delights.

I’d love to read your tips of how you Christmasify your home.  Feel free to comment below.

I’d also like to say thank you for reading our blog this year and wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015!

Prue xo

Extra Resources:  Christmas Tree Decorating tips

How to style a bookshelf

Advice, DIY, Inspiration, Interior trends, Styling

Now there are bookshelves and then there are bookshelves. As long as I can remember I have always loved a well styled bookshelf, one that tells me something about the owner, one that tells a story and captures the imagination…. over the top? Maybe but hey, I say it’s time to make our boring book filled bookshelves beautiful.

6 Easy steps on how to style your bookshelf

  1. Take everything out of the bookshelf and begin with a clean canvas.
  2. Start putting your books into your shelf – books can be placed on the shelf both vertically and horizontally.
  3. Next…. add family photos, framed small pieces of art to your shelves.
  4. Place other meaningful decorative objects such as an interesting sculpture, a trinket that you received as a gift from your children or mother… basically anything that adds texture and interest to the bookshelf.
  5. Don’t be afraid of empty spaces.  Let the shelf breath and don’t overcrowd it.
  6. Lastly don’t make your styling too showroom perfect, you want your guests to feel relaxed in your lounge room not uptight – have some fun with it!

This bookshelf isn’t too perfectly styled, its fun and quirky.

Why not add a pop of colour to your bookshelves interior.

Why not add a pop of colour to your bookshelves interior.


Add some interesting shaped vases, sepia photos, gigantic shell and textured basket.

Add some interesting shaped vases, sepia photos, gigantic shell and textured basket.

You can style your bookshelf in a soft colour palette as pictured here.

You can style your bookshelf in a soft colour palette as pictured here.


You can use books as book ends, add letters, fresh flowers, art, bowls, woodwork, trinkets and more.

You can use books as book ends, add letters, fresh flowers, art, bowls, woodwork, trinkets and more.

I hope you feel inspired to update the look of your bookshelf, I’d love to read your comments below about any tips and tricks that you use.

Happy reading/styling!


Top 3 Tips for Decorating Your Home