Getinmyhome awarded in ‘The Best Australian Interior Design Blogs’

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It’s such a treat to be recognised by HiPages as one of The Best Australian Interior Design Blogs. Sitting along side the fantastic The Design Files and Interiors Addict, it’s a big honour to be listed.

Here’s what HiPages said about getinmyhome:

Emily Osmond began her career as a news producer, video reporter and magazine columnist, but launched Get In My Home in 2012 as a way to document the latest trends and products in interior design. Her readership has grown significantly since then, and the blog has won numerous awards and accolades including Top Design & Architectural Blogs of 2016.

Along with sharing inspiring trends, handy tips and stunning photography, Emily also regularly features interviews with up and coming designers and entrepreneurs, giving readers an insight into what it’s like to work in the design industry.

In addition to her blog, Emily also runs a marketing business which offers design, strategy and coaching to small businesses. One of the great things about her blog is that it puts a lot of emphasis on Australian products, giving smaller Aussie businesses and start-ups a chance to shine.

Take a read of the full list of bloggers here.

 

The Studio Roller by George and Willy

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I love a good story about how a product came to be, and childhood friends George Wilkins and William McCallum of George and Willy certainly have that.

Stumbling upon an old roll of butcher’s paper while rummaging through one of their granddad’s boat sheds, the pair created a simple wall bracket to hold and dispense the paper. This quickly became their main way to brainstorm ideas and making lists.

But it wasn’t until visitors to their workshop started asking for a roller for themselves, that George and Willy developed the concept into a product for others – and now it’s one of the most-loved item on their online store.

The ‘Studio Roller’ can be used to write menus and specials, sketch and draw plans or draw up notes and ideas. I’d love this in my home office – perfect – and can see it as being a fun and functional addition to many of my favourite studios, cafes and boutiques.

Check it out below and online here.

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The Block’s Shaynna Blaze launches rug collection

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We all know Shaynna Blaze as the divisive judge from Channel 9’s The Block TV show. However, what you may not know is that Shaynna boasts a range of self-designed homewares under her name.

The TV star and interior designer has teamed up with The Rug Collection to create an exclusive collection: Woven Simplicity.

This nine-piece series of rugs celebrate the Spring/Summer season and offer contemporary colours, luxurious textures and – being designed by Shaynna – practicality.

Shaynna says that Woven Simplicity is all about bold textures created by the lush knots, plaits and weaves.

“I wanted to create something visually quite simple but divine underfoot. As the name suggests, Woven Simplicity is effortless.”

It’s no secret that the new ‘look’ for our homes is the pared back aesthetic, which is exactly what the neutral-coloured collection encapsulates. So introduce your gorgeous, simple rug and combine it with fresh florals, block colours and soft furnishings to bring your room together.

The Woven Simplicity collection features four subtle shades: cashmere, ink, pewter and chinchilla. Take a look…

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My 10 favourite pieces from Icon by Design

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Scandinavian design is the new ‘timeless’. Its clean lines and wooden statement pieces paired with plenty of white really make any room sing with character and style.

I recently found a hub with more than 300 pieces of gorgeous Scandinavian style furniture pieces. It is ‘Icon by Design‘ and it is a company started by David Light and his son Adam.

The duo have listened to customers’ feedback to curate their online store full of pieces made using sustainable materials and premium craftsmanship while being very wary of offering attainable price points.

David says that sourcing directly from the maker is central to the Icon by Design ethos. What I love is that if you pre-order your piece, you’ll save a huge 20% on the already very fair price.

“This ensures no middlemen drive up the cost, and the focus rests solely on ensuring we produce quality, on-trend pieces for the right price. To make sure we never forget our design dream, three core principles define everything we do, namely providing timeless design, beautiful craftsmanship and exceptional value.”

David and Adam work with their hand-picked suppliers to source oak and walnut from sustainably harvested, FSC-certified forests in America, choosing the wood for its longevity and quality.

“All of our products are made to commercial standards, with solid timber components. The sort of quality you can feel. The sort of feel veneered wood or MDF can’t replicate. The sort of feel that ensures a piece becomes part of your home and your life,” says David.

I’ve chosen my ten FAVOURITE pieces (yes it was hard to narrow it down!!) from the Icon by Design collection – I’m dreaming of them all now just slotting perfectly into my home.

Take a look below then read my read my five ways to make your home a Scandinavian haven to pull your look together!

1. Maya Solid Oak Bench – $639 on preorder

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2. Noah Armchair in solid oak with dark navy fabric – $1,599 if you preorder

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3. Jonas Bookshelf with drawers in oak – $719 if you preorder

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4.Oscar Round Dining Table – Glass + Solid Oak – 130cm Diameter – $999 if you preorder

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5. Inga 3 Drawer Entertainment Unit in solid oak – $1,119 if you preorder

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6. Sixties 3 Seater Sofa in mud grey – $999 if you preorder

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7. Sixties Armchair in peppermint – $559 if you preorder

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8. Hans Wishbone Dining Chair in solid oak with a cord seat – $349 if you preorder

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9. Jensen Bar Stool in solid oak – $299 if you preorder

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10. Inga Console Table in solid oak – $679 on preorder

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See the full Icon by Design range here.

Why shutters are all about sophistication

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Have you ever noticed that the shape, size and – importantly – the dressings of windows completely change the mood of a room? There has long been research pointing to the impact that natural light has on our productivity and mental health. Even without that research, I’m sure you know what I mean when I say I just feel really GOOD being in a beautifully sunny indoor space. 

Which leads me to my favourite ways to achieve a well-lit room. First of all, large windows are key, and ideally ones that have an outlook that isn’t the brick wall of the house next door or the concrete expanse of an apartment building. We all know that they are mood-killing vistas!

Second of all, and this is the one we have control over, is what we do with our windows. What we want to avoid is drawing attention to the window dressings or blocking off the light, and instead let the view do the talking and the sun stream in. My favourite way to do this is to use muted colours and a combination of shutters and drapes.

Plantation shutters have a classic luxe feel to them and remind me of gorgeous Hamptons homes. They can also be seen from the outside of your home, adding that special something extra to its design. It’s hard to find a home that shutters don’t work in, and because they are a timeless option, they can add value and appeal to your property. To me they represent the ultimate sophistication for homes.

My tips are to stick to a white or off white and for living rooms and bedrooms, add slightly darker toned curtains each side that have extra length to puddle onto the floor. This will adding glamour and drama. If you want an easy option, DIY Online Blinds (an Aussie company) lets you order custom shutters online (choose from ‘Alpine White’, ‘Ivory’ and ‘Vanilla’ – I love those names!) and they will then deliver and install them. Easy!

Take a look at some of my favourite looks with shutters…

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