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REFRESHING YOUR FIREPLACE When it comes to artwork above your fireplace, go large! Either have it perched on your mantel and leaning against the wall or hung approximately a hand span above your mantel. The key is not...

REFRESHING YOUR FIREPLACE When it comes to artwork above your fireplace, go large! Either have it perched on your mantel and leaning against the wall or hung approximately a hand span above your mantel. The key is not...

WHY THIS WORKS - DINING ROOM GLAMOUR This room would be incomplete if it weren’t for the layered greenery at varying heights. It’s key when dressing a room to create areas of interest at different heights. Styling tip: if you don’t have...

WHY THIS WORKS - DINING ROOM GLAMOUR This room would be incomplete if it weren’t for the layered greenery at varying heights. It’s key when dressing a room to create areas of interest at different heights. Styling tip: if you don’t have...

HALLWAY STYLING - MUST KNOW TRICKS There will be no hall passes for badly styled hallways! Hallway styling is easy! But before we smash into this week’s blog, I thought I’d mention we still have a couple of tickets left  for our up and coming paint colour workshop at Studio Black. This event has previously sold out, twice! So get in quick and book your tickets for this fun-filled evening of wine, food, and colour!

HALLWAY STYLING - MUST KNOW TRICKS There will be no hall passes for badly styled hallways! Hallway styling is easy! But before we smash into this week’s blog, I thought I’d mention we still have a couple of tickets left for our up and coming paint colour workshop at Studio Black. This event has previously sold out, twice! So get in quick and book your tickets for this fun-filled evening of wine, food, and colour!

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CANDLES My candle burns a tunnel through the wax rather than evenly burning down, wasting valuable burn time, how do I prevent this? The first time you use your candle, burn the wax until the melted wax fully spreads across the top of the candle, this will... read more

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CANDLES My candle burns a tunnel through the wax rather than evenly burning down, wasting valuable burn time, how do I prevent this? The first time you use your candle, burn the wax until the melted wax fully spreads across the top of the candle, this will... read more

Let's take a look at how to use rugs in your interior, it's easy once you learn a few basics. Promise!  Before we start, there are two events coming up at Studio Black worth calling home about.  Firstly, next week our designer Fabric and Flowers evening and then in early June, the Lou Brown Design Colour Workshop - both will be loads of fun so see you there! Under the foot of your bed There’s nothing better than hopping out of bed and sinking your feet into a soft, plush rug. Especially…

Let's take a look at how to use rugs in your interior, it's easy once you learn a few basics. Promise! Before we start, there are two events coming up at Studio Black worth calling home about. Firstly, next week our designer Fabric and Flowers evening and then in early June, the Lou Brown Design Colour Workshop - both will be loads of fun so see you there! Under the foot of your bed There’s nothing better than hopping out of bed and sinking your feet into a soft, plush rug. Especially…

Let’s get those curtains right! It’s a beautiful day out today so let’s keep this one short, sharp and succinct so you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine! :)  Here are my top five tips to getting your curtains right.  [caption id=attachment_1114 align=alignleft width=564] James Dunlop, Contemporary Collection[/caption]                  Selecting the right pleat style   	If you like a plush and full look, go for a French pleat. This uses more fabric and therefore expect to pay more…

Let’s get those curtains right! It’s a beautiful day out today so let’s keep this one short, sharp and succinct so you can get out there and enjoy the sunshine! :) Here are my top five tips to getting your curtains right. [caption id=attachment_1114 align=alignleft width=564] James Dunlop, Contemporary Collection[/caption] Selecting the right pleat style If you like a plush and full look, go for a French pleat. This uses more fabric and therefore expect to pay more…

Before I kick start today's post on indoor plants, a super big thank you to all the people who’ve secured their spot in my Colour Workshop coming up this Thursday, it’s going to be a great evening!  Rightio - plants. Ok so, of course, you can kill them, but this line up of indoor plants are easy to look after, except the Maidenhair Fern which I just had to put in the mix because it looks so dam good!  I love plants, yeah sure they’re hot on trend at the moment, but that’s not why I love…

Before I kick start today's post on indoor plants, a super big thank you to all the people who’ve secured their spot in my Colour Workshop coming up this Thursday, it’s going to be a great evening! Rightio - plants. Ok so, of course, you can kill them, but this line up of indoor plants are easy to look after, except the Maidenhair Fern which I just had to put in the mix because it looks so dam good! I love plants, yeah sure they’re hot on trend at the moment, but that’s not why I love…

Phew! I survived the week! It’s been a busy one, with the Paul Henry show, an audition (for something I can’t leak just yet) projects coming out my ears, the NZ House and Garden Tour yesterday (which oozed with inspiration) and finally the gift fair tomorrow. I’ll be sure to show you loads of sneaky pics from the gift fair next week – stay tuned to my Facebook and Instagram.  Don’t forget, I’ve got my fabulous Colour Workshop coming up on Thursday 24th March at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss out on...

Phew! I survived the week! It’s been a busy one, with the Paul Henry show, an audition (for something I can’t leak just yet) projects coming out my ears, the NZ House and Garden Tour yesterday (which oozed with inspiration) and finally the gift fair tomorrow. I’ll be sure to show you loads of sneaky pics from the gift fair next week – stay tuned to my Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget, I’ve got my fabulous Colour Workshop coming up on Thursday 24th March at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss out on...

STUDIO BLACK. Our studio is really starting to look (and feel) like the amazing little workplace we had set out to create! We are all about the greenery when it comes to the...

STUDIO BLACK. Our studio is really starting to look (and feel) like the amazing little workplace we had set out to create! We are all about the greenery when it comes to the...

Lou Brown Design is a bespoke interior design studio dedicated to seriously good design. Design that is timeless and looks to its surroundings and context for inspiration rather than transient trends. Design that pushes boundaries so that you can live a better life; a life more beautiful, more practical and more enjoyable.

Lou Brown Design is a bespoke interior design studio dedicated to seriously good design. Design that is timeless and looks to its surroundings and context for inspiration rather than transient trends. Design that pushes boundaries so that you can live a better life; a life more beautiful, more practical and more enjoyable.

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