The style ex­perts give an in­sider look at the clever and cre­ative tricks they use at home and work

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This is typ­i­cally the first point your guests see on ar­rival into your home, so have a bit of fun with it and give vis­i­tors a taste of what lies be­yond the front door. In­vest­ing in some key pieces and com­bin­ing them with in­ex­pen­sive items is the trick to a suc­cess­fully dec­o­rated en­try. A strik­ing piece of art­work is a great place to start. Build on two or three colours from the art­work to choose other items such as a hall run­ner, ta­ble lamp, mir­ror and trin­kets for a ta­ble. Don’t for­get about your ev­ery­day needs: do you need a place to stash keys on the way in, or is it a dump­ing ground for mail and school bags? Think­ing ahead will pay offff in the long run, so make sure you keep this in mind. Emma Blom­field, in­te­rior stylist: @emma.blom­field. Look out for Emma’s new book, Home: The El­e­ments of Dec­o­rat­ing.


When plan­ning to a ta­blescape, it’s im­por­tant to take into ac­count the rea­son for the oc­ca­sion and the in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ties of the guests, and then fo­cus on the de­sign el­e­ments of style, colour, shape and tex­ture. I find if I plan this ini­tially, I don’t end up wast­ing time and money. Look at the shape of each piece from the side and at eye level, as this is of­ten the way your guests will view and en­joy the ta­ble. Vari­a­tion in height and rep­e­ti­tion of items – as well as ad­ding ‘real’ mo­ments with flow­ers, food or art­work – can of­ten be a sim­ple way to cre­ate in­ter­est. Tex­ture is also very im­por­tant and this can be as sim­ple as a hand­made ceramic bowl or fringed li­nen nap­kin. Claire Del­mar, stylist: @clairedel­mar


Play­ing with scale is an es­sen­tial trick of a stylist’s trade and ex­per­i­ment­ing with ob­jects of dif­fer­ent shapes and heights can make a big im­pact. Here, tex­ture and colour take cen­trestage with the long and spindly branch, stacked pic­ture frames, vel­vet horserid­ing hel­met and the length of blue-and-white striped Ja­panese fab­ric cre­at­ing a bold lay­ered ef­fect. Si­bella Court, The So­ci­ety Inc.: @sibel­la­court

“Look at the shape of each piece from the side and at eye level, as this is of­ten the way your guests will view and en­joy the ta­ble”


The key to a good-look­ing of­fice space is be­ing selec­tive with how your stor­age is pre­sented. Use con­sis­tent colour-blocked files to keep all the messy bits sorted and keep on top of loose pa­per­work on the desk­top. A clear workspace al­lows you to in­clude some­thing sculp­tural and in­spir­ing to look, such as a beau­ti­ful light or ob­ject. And for the home of­fice, din­ing chairs or stools work just as well if you aren’t sit­ting at them all day. Do­ing away with the tra­di­tional of­fice chair al­lows for greater flex­i­bil­ity in terms of shape, colour and style. Romy Al­will, Al­will In­te­ri­ors: @al­will­inte­ri­ors


Bed­ding in soft, sub­tle tones is per­fect for a room ded­i­cated to rest and re­lax­ation, but you don’t want a bland room that makes you yawn for all the wrong rea­sons. Add def­i­ni­tion and depth with lay­ers in darker tones of the same colour. For in­stance, pair a soft-grey quilt cover set with white sheets, then add a char­coal­grey throw and cush­ion to give the ar­range­ment some depth. Jes­sica Bellef, head of styling, Tem­ple & Web­ster: @jes­si­ca­bellef


My best styling tip for the bath­room is to in­ject your per­son­al­ity. Be brave with tiles in a fab­u­lous pat­tern or colour, or with just a dash of coloured grout. If you’re not feel­ing quite so con­fi­dent then lux­u­ri­ous, pat­terned tow­els are a great op­tion. For bench­top stor­age, I love us­ing pieces from my favourite lo­cal ce­ram­i­cists. Think small vases or cups to hold your tooth­brush, and tiny porce­lain dishes for soap or for keep­ing jew­ellery safe. And plants! Green­ery in beau­ti­ful ves­sels adds a won­der­ful fresh­ness and vi­tal­ity to any bath­room. Pet­rina Turner, in­te­rior de­signer: @petri­naturn­erde­sign


Kids’ rooms can end up a bit of a mish-mash, so it’s im­por­tant to start with a clear idea. At the very least, be­gin with a par­tic­u­lar piece of furniture and build your style from there – us­ing some­thing tan­gi­ble as in­spi­ra­tion can open your mind to pos­si­bil­i­ties you wouldn’t have thought of when faced with a blank space. If you’re keen to style the room around a theme, make sure you have a clear ref­er­ence, whether it be from a film, a place, a book or an art­work. Find three key el­e­ments that in­stantly speak to the theme, such as a rug, pen­dant light and art­work – and from there, the other el­e­ments will fol­low. Jes­sica Han­son, Inside Out style ed­i­tor: @jes­sic­a­han­son­stylist


Aus­tralia has a won­der­ful cli­mate for eat­ing out­side and of­ten, re­solv­ing the out­door din­ing and en­ter­tain­ing spa­ces is para­mount to our briefs. The first thing I look at is a home’s ar­chi­tec­ture and its re­la­tion­ship to the out­doors, and the bal­ance be­tween built form and deep soil land­scape. In some cases, I rec­om­mend no ex­ter­nal din­ing or en­ter­tain­ing spa­ces and that’s the ap­proach I’ve taken in my own home (pic­tured). If the house is open-plan and the in­ter­nal din­ing and lounge spa­ces are ad­ja­cent to the gar­den, di­vided by win­dows, there’s of­ten no need to dou­ble up on furniture, as it can be­gin to feel clut­tered. I love when gar­dens come right up to the glaz­ing line, as when you’re inside the home you can still be con­nected to the green space. Less be­comes more and it’s very cost efff­fec­tive, and pleases coun­cil in the plan­ning process. Wil­liam Dan­gar, land­scape de­signer: @williamdan­gar

“I love when gar­dens come right up to the glaz­ing line, as when you’re inside the home you can still be con­nected to the gar­den”

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