I have been working on a very exciting pilot for a brand new tv show called REDESIGN, where I transform the ordinary cafe into Australia‘s best place to be, and take homes to the next level in contemporary design. The design and renovation process will unfold on your TV screen. I will take a basic design idea and craft it into something truly spectacular. In this nationwide TV show we travel the length and breadth of this great country to find cafes‘ and homes in desperate need of a makeover to create an inspiring and trendy interior for both the owners and their patrons to truly enjoy. It's all under wraps at the moment but I cant wait to share more! For now, here is a teaser....
Today I share with you my tips on selecting paint colours for your home.
For your free guide on selecting paint colours, and to see my top Dulux neutral colours I love to use frequently, head to my website to download now!
Pendant lights are a great statement piece to any room, so I want to share with you my tips on how to use them the right way.
Keep in mind the style of your home, and find a pendant that will suit as it will become part of the soft furnishings. Compliment your existing textures and a pendant light can tie the room together.
What will you be using the light for? If your after feature lighting, add a dimmer switch to create versatility.
What is the size of the space you are wanting to use a pendant light in? The pendant light needs to be in proportion of the space. A large pendant in a small room, can make the space feel cluttered.
If your hanging a pendant light over a dining table, they should be hung roughly 1.7m from the floor. This ensures the pendant light wont get in the way when seated at the table.
Pendant lights are a great way to zone areas and visually separate a large open plan space. You can do this by clustering pendant lights over a dining table or by using 2 larger pendants to make a statement.
You can use pendant lights as task lighting over an island bench and look better in odd numbers
They can also be used to fill a space such as stair voids, hallways or entrance areas.
I hope you find these tips helpful and please feel free to contact me if you need some advice on your next design project. You can email me at email@example.com
Have a fabulous weekend!
I just LOVE this festive time of year! I was too excited to wait until December 1st to put up our Christmas decorations- they were already up mid-November!!
There is something special about decorating for Christmas and I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite and easy DIY decorations you can create with your family.
Clockwise- from top left.
1. Add an element of greenery to your festive wrapping. You could use rosemary, ferns or eucalyptus cuttings.
2. This branch installation would look fabulous over a dining table or buffet as a feature. I found these paper hanging stars from Ikea. You can find them here. You can hang the stars at different lengths with twine or ribbon. add a few power operated fair lights to illuminate!
3. How cut are these mini Christmas trees?! They are from Kiki-Ki and are perfect for creating a little festive scene under a cloche.
4. You can use beautiful little tree decorations as napkin holders and double up as a little gift for your guests. If you are a great baker (that I am not!) you could make gingerbread trees and pierce a hole and thread some bakers twine.
I would love to see what DIY decorations you have come up with, so please tag me on Instagram at @melissa_lunardon !!
Have a fabulous weekend!
P.S If you haven't downloaded my DESIGN DIRECTORY yet, you can do so here !
I have put together a list of my favourite suppliers ranging from furniture, lighting and artwork, so you can tackle your next decorating project with ease!
What an amazing week it has been around here! Not only did I meet with lovely new clients that I cannot wait to work with, but also my Cheltenham project has been featured on Interiors Addict!
It has been such an exciting time to see my work appreciated by many others to enjoy.
You can read more of the blog here..
I was invited by United Interiors to style their showroom and art gallery which was lots of fun!
It was great to preview their new collections, which is all about muted colours and lots of texture.
As you may not have already noticed, I'm a big fan of colour, so I couldn't help myself by adding a huge "wow" piece of art in one of the lounge areas I styled!!
I was also asked to share a few tips on coffee table styling, which is real easy to follow.
You can read more about my visit here.
I've been busily pinning away as I will be styling 4 display homes next week for a photoshoot. I dig deep into Pinterest for inspo on all sorts of styling to help with the shoot. Styling for photography versus styling for everyday homes is completely different, as the camera lens takes a whole different view of the space.
While on my search, I have come across some beautiful, well styled coffee tables and I just had to share!
Its quite simple to make a coffee table look great, you just need to start with the basics that you may have lying around the house.
BASICS FOR COFFEE TABLE STYLING1. Start with a stack of books or magazines as its a great way to add height and colour to the table.
2. Add a tray next to the stack of books. This sections the area of the table and creates interest.
3. Add a natural element to carry through some texture. A nice bunch of flowers in a short vase, a crystal, coral or a timber branch. You can place this on the stack of books, or in the tray.
4. A scented candle always smell divine and add that special glow at night.
5. Lastly, add in some personal items whether it be trinkets from travelling, an old vintage time piece, or a patterned jar.
I adore homes that feel so cosy and inviting and the home that I shared on her blog is exactly that! The 20th century warehouse conversion was designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. I wont give too much away, so go over to Hayley Gemma to see more!
I have been researching lots of Hollywood Regency interiors this week, as it has been my inspiration for a new display home I am furnishing.
These gorgeous pics of Pinterest I have found, truly represent what I love about the Hollywood Regency style; luxe, over the top and colourful!
My Home Office/Studio Inspiration Board
I love the simplicity of a monochromatic scheme with added details of natural elements and pops of colour. I am envisaging lots of greenery throughout our house and believe including them in my home office will bring lots of energy and life to the room. I’m hoping I don’t kill them all in the first week of moving in!
1. Trestle Table Desk || Nordic Days
2. Ethnicraft Nordic Buffet || Globe West
3. Yellow Wire Stool || Pro Forma
4. 2015 Stendig Calendar || Beautiful Pages
5. Replica Eames DAW Armchair || Interior Secrets
6. Dandelion Flower Rug || Armadillo & Co.
7. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree || The Design Chaser
8. Steel Inspiration Board || Nordic Design
At this point, I hadn't read the article yet, I was simply blown away by gorgeous imagery and style of the space. Then as I was reading along, I realised it was a renovated house boat on Lake Eildon in Victoria!
I had been to Lake Eildon before, and seen the style of house boats sitting on the lake; old and run down but definitely looked like a fun family holiday home.
You would instantly think that the renovated house boat that the designers of Pipkorn & Kilpatrick so effortlessly designed, was a home sitting in a leafy inner city suburb of Melbourne!
The overall design is actually quite simple and lets the surroundings speak for itself. The natural beauty of the lake and the leafy bushland was their inspiration for the project.
I love the contrast of the black details and warm timber panelling which gives the interior a sleek and contemporary look.
The fact that they have a full size sofa and designer furniture pieces and accessories truly make this house boat a home.
I have loved copper ever since Tom Dixon brought out his Copper Shade pendant. But there is something about gold and brass that adds nostalgia and a "Palm Springs" or Art Deco charm.
I have collected a range of my favourite interiors with gold or brass details. It works great in a contemporary home, yet adds fun to an eclectic or vintage room.