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Are you confused or scared of vignettes?

Or better yet, are you wondering: “what on earth IS a vignette?”

Never fear – I am here to de-myth the glorious vignette that is ever so simple and effective when styled well!

A vignette is just a story of styling elements on a side, dining or coffee table.

Here’s 7 tips to get you started:

Tip 1: Find the light

Always style your vignette around a light source.

Otherwise no one will see it!

Tip 2: Be guided by your style

Let the items chosen for your vignette be guided by style of your room and home.

For example, if you have a traditional style, use even numbers.

If it’s a more relaxed vibe – mix it up with odd numbers.

 

Tip 3: Get colourful

Use pops of colour that you love or work with seasonal trends, you can change it up as your taste changes.

Tip 4: Style in odd numbers

If you don’t have a traditional styled home, I always recommend creating vignettes in 3, 5 or 7’s for big spaces!

Tip 5: Tall and short

Vary the height of the items used in your vignette.

You can use a pedestal or stack of books to bring them up to height if needed.

Tip 6: Create depth

Vary the depth of your vignette to create interest – there should be no straight lines!

Tip 7: Texture, texture, texture!

Incorporate different textures into your vignette.

Mix it up with natural materials, metallics, gold, glass and matte.

There you have it! Everything you need to no longer be scared or confused by vignettes – enjoy!

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Have you ever struggled to find the right cushions for your couch?

Some stylists make it look so effortless – and it can be! That’s why I’ve put together my top 5 hacks for choosing the right cushions that will take your living space to the next level.

  1. Identify your colour palette

Have a look around your living space. Look at the walls, carpet, lounge and curtains – what colours are present?

Keep this close when you choose your scatter cushions – opt for 1 or 2 solid colours, then add ones with different textures and patterns.

2. Let your style dictate your cushions

What style is your home? If you have a traditional theme, opt for an even number of cushions with one large one at each end and a smaller one in front of it.

If you have a more casual, contemporary or eclectic vibe, incorporate an uneven number of cushions and none that are matching.

3. Mix up your shapes and sizes

Gone are the days when we have to have the same shape and size on our lounges.

It’s all about different sizes and shapes – matchy matchy is no longer the way to go.

4. Add some texture

Not keen for multiple coloured cushions? That’s okay, just stick with one specific colour way and then use different textures and patterns.

You’ll be blown away by the result!

5. Have a few variations for different seasons

Want a more relaxing feel in winter when you’re lounging around the house? But don’t want to give up some of your favourite cushions all year round?

Add some punches with pops of colour and patterns during the warmer seasons – then you can put out your more muted palettes when you make the switch in winter – or vice versa!

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It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy day-to-day routine…most of us forget to schedule time in for ourselves even though this results in more productivity and creativity when we get back to work.

This is why it’s a great idea to create a room just for you, a room where you can listen to music, write, read your favourite book – anything that helps you to relax!

Today I want to help you create your own personal sanctuary. You might think having an hour to yourself every few days isn’t important but it is! We need to revitalize our body by having rest days and making relaxation a priority – that way you can perform better in business and in life! So here’s my top 5 tips for creating a relaxing retreat for yourself.

Step 1.  Get Rid Of All That Clutter!

Have you ever noticed when you are surrounded by too much ‘stuff’ you feel lazy, confined and not to mention unclean? It’s a fact then when you are surrounded by clutter your energy is down! Take out everything you don’t use that is just getting covered in dust and keep only what you really need or really want in your special space.

Image via Style Curator

Step 2. Freshen UP!

What colour makes you smile? Consider what shades are in style this month and add a pop of it  into your space using paint or some removable wallpaper for that extra bit of style. If you don’t have time to do that, go out and purchase some colourful cushions, throws and artwork (or make your own) to liven up a bland room. Add some colourful flowers just to finish off.

Step 3. Turn off that phone!

You are in YOUR space, trying to forget about the rest of the world. A phone ringing will bring you out of that Zen state straight away! So no Telephones, Computers, TV’s or IPads! So what if one of your guilty pleasures is watching your soap operas? That’s okay,  just make sure you turn off the TV as soon as it’s over! It signals too much stimulation and not enough relaxation.

Image via Interiors Addict

Step 4. Smells too good to be true.

When you have your favourite candle burning, it immediately sends you to a happy place. An amazing scent can help you feel relaxed and pampered. So make sure you have a selection off candles, oils or incenses to aid in the indulging.

Step 5. It isn’t a cell!

Ever noticed when you sit out in the sun for 5 minutes you feel better? Bringing natural light into your space is important as nature has a relaxing effect on us, it’s also good to get some vitamin D!  So put an armchair under a window or even a sun bed and soak it all up!

Enjoy!

Do you love these style tips? Click here to check out my Pinterest board for more style inspiration!

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Hi team, Naomi Findlay here!

We all love to hate the storage industry.

It can often feel like the bane of our existence because we have to manage it so much in this logistics heavy industry.

Pardon the pun, but sometimes stock can feel really heavy on our business.

That’s why I am joined today by Brooke Gillham, from National Storage, to talk about how you can increase the flexibility of your storage solutions.

If you’re looking to ease the burden of managing stock levels in your business, click HERE to listen to my full chat with Brooke.

Naomi x

Are you coming to the 2019 National Home Staging Symposium? You’re in luck! Brooke will be there to answer all your questions about storage solutions for the home staging industry! 

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With a change in season I find myself scrolling images for inspiration. Sometimes people think when winter comes around, you can’t have fresh flowers – totally not the case!

I love a beautiful arrangements of flowers. They can be used to either make a statement or to just add a touch of greenery to a room. Adding a touch of flowers can add a different element to the space, for example, making an area more cheerful, adding a hint of fragrance, adding a pop of colour or to even compliment or enhance the current style/design within the space.

The beauty of it all is there are no hard rules on how or where you choose to incorporate flowers. You can add them in your kitchen, living, dining or even your bathroom. The look you want to create can differ depending on whether you choose long and thin flowers or short and rounded shaped ones. You may find yourself varying the look and feel as the flowers need changing to truly create your own personal touch knowing you haven’t spent a lot of money.

Image from Homemaking cottage Image from Savor Home Blog Image from Hgtv.com Image from Alison Royer

The images included are some of my inspiring shots where the use of flowers complimented the entire design of the room.

Want to find even more gorgeous things to add to your spaces? Come shopping with me in Bali for my Buying Tour in August 2019! Click here to find out more!

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Hi everyone, Naomi Findlay here!

If you have been to one of our International Institute of Home Staging events before you know exactly who the incredible Jayne Day is.

If you haven’t been, Jayne is IIHS’s preferred Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) preferred partner and expert.

I caught up with Jayne this week to break down exactly what SEO is, and how you can incorporate it into your home staging business.

If you’re ready to get your business to the top of Google search results, click HERE to hear my full chat with Jayne.

Naomi x

Are you a home stager? Want to boost your career? Come to the National Home Staging Symposium! Click below!

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Creating the perfect dining space is something we can all achieve and guess what?! It doesn’t need to be done with a big budget!

Many families or households don’t take the time to regularly use the dining table as a chance to get together and enjoy a good meal and great company.

Dining spaces can be designed to accommodate each household’s lifestyle and taste. From a small family breakfast table to a large formal dinner, there are no set rules as to what you can and cannot include in your dining space. As long as your end result is a space that feels inviting and comfortable.

Some examples of items you could include in different dining areas could be:

Something traditional or conservative…

  • a timeless timber table and chairs
  • timber buffet styled with simple candles and/or vases
  • Contemporary artwork or mirror

Something modern or eclectic…

  • a white timber table
  • colourful chairs
  • quirky console table styled with plenty of fun personal touches
  • modern artwork or unique wall feature
Image via House Beautiful Image via Theinspiredroom.net Image via Douglasfriedman.net

With the styling industry ever evolving and many of us wanting to keep up with these changes, we can be pleased to know that sourcing that ‘must have’ item is achievable. The current market caters for all budgets with less expensive items to very costly, it really depends on what you’re after and what you’re wanting to spend.

Either way knowing you can create a space that has been designed and styled specifically for you should mean plenty of enjoyable times will be spent around the dining table, in style!

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Recently I have been working with a client that has given me no end of interesting blog topics to bring to you, this one is about how to choose the right  “shade of grey”.  Each time this client excitedly shows me a new home furnishing or interior element that is grey they often follow up by saying, “but it’s not the right shade of grey, why can I see brown in it?”.

(Inspired by the amazing images from “Arianna Interiors“.)

That’s why I’m going to give you my five rules for choosing a shade of grey for my home or client – they are a simple and a great place to start.

1. Decide before you start whether you are wanting the coolness of a blue grey or the warm of a brown grey.

2.  Be careful what light you are viewing the swatches under in the shop or showroom.  Depending on whether the lighting is  a warm yellow or a cool white light will greatly effect the way you see the colour.

3. Remember that the the human eye is not a machine and that the way you view colour is quite subjective.  What is a perfect grey to you may be different for your partner.

4. Colour is also relative, when you are viewing what you think is your perfect shade of grey at the paint suppliers it is one of many colours on the paint swatch.  The colours along side your choice will impact on how you view and perceive the colour you have chosen.  Where possible use a neutral coloured view finder to isolate the one colour of interest to minimise the impact this can have.

5. Finally, consider the final resting place of the colour.  All the elements of the room you intend to paint will effect the final product and result of your “shade of grey”.  The lighting, the shadows and the colours and furniture around it.  Make sure you test the paint on a large size card on the wall (A3 at least) and live with the colour test for a while before making the final decision.

With winter around the corner there is no excuse to put off updating the colour of your favourite space, maybe to a shade of gorgeous grey.

Do you want to come on the shopping trip of a lifetime? Join me for my Bali Buying Tour this August 2019! Click Here to find out more!

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Research into home buyer psychology tells us that we have just 30 seconds to make a first impression when selling our home.

So you need to nail the look and feel of your property if you want to sell faster and for more money!

If you want to get prepared before the property stylist comes to perfect your space, here are three things to avoid doing during the process:

Declutter

A lot of clients tell me that their homes feels comparatively empty when it goes to market. This is where the idea of cosy vs clutter comes in.

It’s often difficult to differentiate between the two when it’s your own home, however it’s essential not to get this one wrong.  The best rule is to try to avoid the “cosy” look when selling your home. Having too many accessories, personal photographs and other items in an attempt to create “cosy” will actually make the property seem cluttered and lose its appeal to the broader market.

Stick to stylish, understated and sophisticated accessories. There’s a fine line though, you don’t want your property to feel cold – but the property stylist can help you bring in warmth with great styling choices.

Living area styled by Naomi Findlay Not being able to look past your own personal style

This is an area of great concern when you are styling a property for sale. You have to remember that your personal taste is not necessarily that of the market. When selling, you need to appeal to as many people as possible so remember – when you have your home styled for sale it is not about you (I know that hurts but it will help you when you sell, trust me).

This is why bringing a professional in can be the best thing you could do to increase your chances of selling for more.

Keep your styling neutral Choosing furniture that is the wrong size for your space

The use of furniture that is too big or the wrong shape can drastically affect the way a potential buyer sees your home.  It’s all about scale and making the space feel light and airy. If your bedrooms are small, your choice of furniture could either emphasize the tiny space or completely transform the feeling for a potential buyer.

Your home stager can work with you to choose appropriate furniture if yours is the wrong fit.

Are you a home stager? Want to boost your career? Come to the National Home Staging Symposium! Click below!

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Moving house can be such a stressful experience, what with the packing, cleaning and then unpacking all over again!

But with some careful planning, you can make the process run a little smoother.  Follow these simple tips to reduce your stress next time you move:

1. Create a simple record keeping system

Whether it’s computer-generated or hand written, be very specific when recording things on this list.  What is in each box and where each box needs to go in the new property.

2. You’ll probably need more boxes than you think

Have plenty of boxes around, you’d be surprised how quickly they fill up. If you go through a moving company, keep in mind that any boxes you purchase but don’t use can often be returned for a credit or refund.

3. Last minute essentials

Have at least one box for each room set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies.

4. Protect your breakables

Use unprinted newsprint, packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods.

5. Designate a colour for each room in the new home

You could use yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room and so forth. Apply coloured stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home, place a matching sticker on the door to each room. This is a simple way for the movers to know where to put everything when they arrive.

6. Keep things together when you or the movers are packing boxes

Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes — to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit.

7. Get excited!

For all the interiors lovers out there think of all the homewares shopping that will NEED to be done to make sure all your existing things blend with you new home once you have moved in.  A great reward after a big job is well done.

Want to do your own homewares shopping? Click Here to come shop in Bali with me for my Buying Tour 2019!

Source gorgeous homewares in Bali for my Bali Buying Trip!

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