When it comes to colour, I’m a serious maximalist. For years I’ve been a journalist by day and decor addict by night. But when minimalism is favoured by many homewares chains, I’ve always felt a little off-pace with my more-is-more approach to colour.
When I found my white-walled art deco apartment in Brisbane’s inner-north New Farm five years ago, it was the perfect blank canvas upon which to layer some serious sass. Shantung silk navy and pink ikat to cover store-bought lampshades. Cushions in garden party prints. Books stacked in the order of colour, not title. A bar cart with all the right ingredients for a basil gimlet.
My style doesn’t follow rules. It’s all patterns that don’t match, DIY tricks mixed with my grandmother’s antiques and, of course, splashes of hues I adore with zero regard for the colour wheel the guy at the paint shop tried to show me. I’ve been guided by a belief in always returning from an overseas trip with a treasure for your home, as well as holding on to something you love for years before you find the right place for it.
On this page every week, I’ll showcase style secrets from all corners of Queensland and beyond – a mix of how to do it, where to find it and what to look for. Join my decorating adventures on Instagram @notes_from_monroe and hashtag your best decor shots with #qweekendloves. I’ll feature my favourite picture here.