The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - ANNA CALD­WELL

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.


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