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Auckland Interior Designer Hayley from Lou Brown Design, shares tips on how to style your interior successfully, latest industry goss and collections, events and loads more drawl worthy design goodness...
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PROLONG SUMMER With These Easy Design Tips Chase away the winter blues and extend the life of your entertaining space this season with these simple decorating tips. The best part is, you don't have to spend a fortune! Cosy it up with accessories Cosy up your outdoor entertainment area and create a nest by accessorising. Add cushions and swabs to your seating, making sure the covers are detachable and can be easily washed. Throw a few throws around that have different textures, patterns and…

PROLONG SUMMER With These Easy Design Tips Chase away the winter blues and extend the life of your entertaining space this season with these simple decorating tips. The best part is, you don't have to spend a fortune! Cosy it up with accessories Cosy up your outdoor entertainment area and create a nest by accessorising. Add cushions and swabs to your seating, making sure the covers are detachable and can be easily washed. Throw a few throws around that have different textures, patterns and…

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…

ARRANGE FLOWERS LIKE A PRO. Good afternoon, I hope everyone is having a fabulous week.  It’s been a big week this week! Have started designing a cafe, put forward a feature bedroom concept for Habitat Magazine (which will be coming out in September) and have finally finished painting the timber ceiling in our design studio! Hey ho.  Let’s talk flowers. The other week I attended the James Dunlop Vive Vanuatu ...

ARRANGE FLOWERS LIKE A PRO. Good afternoon, I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. It’s been a big week this week! Have started designing a cafe, put forward a feature bedroom concept for Habitat Magazine (which will be coming out in September) and have finally finished painting the timber ceiling in our design studio! Hey ho. Let’s talk flowers. The other week I attended the James Dunlop Vive Vanuatu ...

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

GET YOUR HOME PREPARED FOR SALE. A Real Estate Agent's Perspective So you're thinking of selling your home but you're not quite sure where to begin. This article will provide some clarity on how to prepare your house for sale. It has been written by Hayden Brown - an experienced and highly appraised Real Estate Consultant in West Auckland.  Hi, Hayden here....  Before you begin marketing your house for sale there are a number of things you should take care of to ensure a smooth...

GET YOUR HOME PREPARED FOR SALE. A Real Estate Agent's Perspective So you're thinking of selling your home but you're not quite sure where to begin. This article will provide some clarity on how to prepare your house for sale. It has been written by Hayden Brown - an experienced and highly appraised Real Estate Consultant in West Auckland. Hi, Hayden here.... Before you begin marketing your house for sale there are a number of things you should take care of to ensure a smooth...

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...

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…

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...

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