We have been enjoying a long weekend here in Melbourne. Slower starts and family movie nights has been the rhythm. The family home is filled will beautiful blooms and each nook has been slowly…and lovingly re-tweaked.
As I’ve been shuffling furniture and objects from one room to another, creating new vignette I am realising once again the beauty of the ‘+1’ items. Those items that were handed down or perhaps you purchased to fill a need…or want! Those items that don’t completely blend with the other object, however remind you of a time or place, a season – within your family…or a loved one. If you are like me, at times I have a love/dislike relationship with these items. Some days I have them sitting in the garage, determined to sell them at the next yard sale, but they never quite make it there, as a place is always found for them and before long they once again take pride of place and fill the home with their warmth.
Whether at work today, at home tweaking or contemplating what to do…make it a fabulous day!
Other uses for ‘hand-me-down’ or random ROUND dinning tables:- Hall table, bedside table, Work desk, library table or a corner display table – featuring flowers, photo’s and other objects of desire.
REMINDER – Don’t forget to book your next workshop today! This months TOPIC is Entering the fabulous world of design - Once your eyes have been open to the colourful world of Design NOTHING is the same again. Thoughtful design changes the way you live and brings a balance to a full home. Come join us on this exciting journey and learn how to enjoy what you have as well as how to purposely add what you need!
Good Monday morning. This week we are back onsite, with many new projects, but one that captures my heart is a Master bedroom setting we are installing later in the week. The bedroom, I find, is one of the more difficult rooms to pull together well. It requires many little decisions around soft furnishings that should be quality driven. A well-designed bedroom will relax and restore all the senses and prepare you for the new day.
We often use a simple base colour for our bedroom settings and enhance by shading and toning, both the walls and ceiling. The reason for this is a simple palette allows all the colours you layer the bedroom with to be activated. Whether you are styling a Tuscan dream, city haven or country retreat it is the balance of the base colour/s that locks in the overall WOW factor.
There are many options for lighting within your new bedroom. Wall sconces are great for those of us who like to keep our bedside tables uncluttered. A feature pendant is fabulous for setting a style mood and lamps, of course, are a thoughtful design choice that can add personality to a space, while being practical.
I try to always include some shiny surfaces within any space, the bedroom being no exception. Why? Because shiny surfaces allow the colours and light to bounce around a room, as well as add glamour. (Note: if you are a clean freak best to leave the shiny surfaces to the vertical surfaces – furniture legs, mirrors, frames and lamp uprights, as these wont gather as much visible dust or finger marks!)
A well-designed, and styled bedroom inspires cleanliness and dreaminess! (If even a word!!) If you feel at peace to meditate in your bedroom – sitting to replenish the soul, you have created the perfect backdrop for re-charging your mind, body and soul for the coming day.
Preparing for a good night’s sleep is a good investment of both your time and finance!
Have a delightful week!…Chat soon.
This week we are all over Melbourne doing what we love…Putting the heart back into the home! Before you race out and purchase anything it is important that you have an understanding as to what is available, so you can make a wise investment. Come join me this Wednesday evening, 26th FEB 2014, between 6.30-7.30pm @ Emerald Library - 400B Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald – as we discuss the key elements to making your house a home embraced by all.
Knowledge is key. These days research is at your fingertips, within seconds you can type in the item you are looking for and have options to consider. Yet many of us still race out and buy the first thing we see, only to replace it weeks or month later for something better, or worse have to stare at an impulse purchase for years because we can’t justify, or afford to change it.
Therefore why not invest time into finding out what you love. I resource, myself, before commencing any project by going online and seeing what is available, as well as looking through the latest mags, or more importantly going back to my collection of books – that I have thumbed through and marked all the looks, styles and items that bring joy to my heart. By the time I actually go to purchase a new object I am clued up as to what colour, style and function it is to perform and I know we, as a family will enjoy it for years to come.
How do you narrow the search down? You step into confidence. Decision-making can be a big thing when you are making a larger purchase that has many functions to perform and a price tag to follow! But if you have done your research and understand what is available and have confidence in your personal style you can go about making that purchase with excitement.
Research is free!…Enjoy the journey.
Our Discover your personal style Workshops commence this Thursday 27th of February. There are limited seats left for the Thursday evening session – available through the workshop link – however all other day and evening sessions are SOLD OUT. Thank you MELBOURNE for your wonderful support!
With primary and high schoolers back into study mode and most Uni students about to commence their 2014, now is a great time for a little ‘Study nook’ inspiration and insight.
The checklist for your Study area, whilst practical must also include personal touches. Some days you are bubbling with excitement about your topic of study and might be happy to pull up at any table to commence your writings, however more often than not a study session will begin out of obligation and will require some playful design to muster up inspiration and excitement for you to complete the task at hand.
Following I’ve listed 5 tips for leaning into your ‘Study nook‘!
Great lighting! Lighting can sooth, awaken and yes, put you to sleep! Make sure your lighting has a white globe and ideally a task light with a pivotal head, so you can position over your work.
For those that think their best thoughts while doodling, invest in a glossy laminate whiteboard table top so you can drawer away till your hearts content and wipe off when full!
Ventilation. Where possible position your desk near a window. Good airflow keeps your senses alert and natural sunlight beats any fabricated lighting alternative.
Artwork. From blu-tacked photos to framed works of art there is nothing holding us back from creating visually awesome workspaces! Budget is no longer a acceptable excuse when it comes to setting up your nook, so that only leaves 2 reasons why your nook is boring…Laziness or indecisiveness! Get online today and Google works of inspiration that will give you the get-up-and-go you need to begin 2014 with a study nook worthy of a scholar!
Storage – I know, you’ve heard it all before – BUT if this little piece of the puzzle gets over looked you’ll be in tangles before the week is out! This week write or photograph your work desk patterns and next week invest time and energy into finding the right solutions for combating your storage needs. If you’ve got a small work surface, you’ll need to get as much of your storage up off your desk as possible. If you have lots of subjects on the go, invest in a pigeonhole system that will allow you to ‘file-as-you-g0’. Thoughtful storage is a HUGE timesaver.
Now, go forth and create!
P.S. I’m looking forward to seeing all who have booked in to attend the Author event at ‘Logan Hyperdome Library’ tonight. Doors open at 5.30, for light refreshments, with the evening kicking off from 6pm!
Making a house a home requires time. Increments of home time where you can find your rhythm, creating your family melody. This weekend I had some home time - Time to play and enjoy the beautiful melody of our family.
It is such a sweet thing when the children desire to have their friends over ALL weekend! We’ve had children lounging in every area of the home and wet beach towels occupy each hook throughout the mudroom…Bliss!
I’ve enjoyed pottering around, transforming each nook…Dusting and cleaning, adding flowers and objects as I felt inspired to.
You may be thinking – How do you complete a decorative ensemble?…Well, it begins with pinpointing an object or a colour of inspiration for the chosen nook. When grouping items use objects with an underlining theme or a colour that springs off each piece. It also makes perfect decorating sense to work with odd numbers. A grouping of three or five objects works better then a pair and for a total WOW factor work on mass. (15 water bottles through the centre of a table, holding 15 singular buds…beautiful!)
To take your collection to a new design level, consider lighting. A table lamp, floor lamp or even under cupboard LED strip lighting can transform, an otherwise dull corner into a desirable nook!
However the most perfectly imperfect design is a display that shows your personal style. Character is the best showstopper. Inject a little humour or a travel treasure that becomes the speaking point at any gathering.
Schedule a little home time and find your family rhythm this week!
WORKSHOPS FOR 2014 COMMENCE IN 11 DAYS!…HEAD TO www.bronniemasefau.com.au TO SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
An eclectic palette demands your attention. These spaces had my attention at hello! I love the vibrancy and play on colour combinations, exciting furniture shapes and wonderful glamour…I wonder who occupies these delightful nooks!
It’s a new week full of possibility! How you start your week doesn’t always determine how it will finish, however it does make the journey a little lighter.
De-cluttering is a word thrown around in conversation, TV Shows and media often. Why? I believe it is because it can truly change, not only your physical world but also the daily running’s of your home.
A build up of stuff creates barriers and obstacles in life. We even know this to be true in our emotional life. If we hold on to old baggage of unforgiveness it hinders our daily outlook. When we address our history and clean out our stinky thinking it frees us up to enjoy our tomorrows…the same can be said about de-cluttering our physical world. When we invest time in the clean up and out it creates opportunity for us to see the light in our homes and gives us inspiration and the energy to invite others into our world again.
How? The how can be daunting, depending on how long you’ve allowed the old baggage to stack up. However, following I’ve listed a few different tips that will allow you to identify what stays and what goes: -
Clothing: Hang all your cloths up on hangers and turn the hangers the opposite way to usual. Than over the next month, as you use the item, wash and when you return it position the hanger the correct way. You can very easily see at the end of the time what you use and what you don’t. Bag up the items unused and give them to a friend or charity, or sell them. (This is best completed as two separate wardrobes, winter and summer)
Kitchen goods: Remove every item from the cupboards. Give cupboards a good wipe down, using sugar soup and then return ONLY the items that are unchipped, have their correct lids and that you genuinely enjoy serving in, or eating off. If plates are scratched so badly they have lost their colour it might be a good time to throw them out and replace them. When repositioning the items, where possible try and only layer the same items behind the same items. E.g. try to place side plates behind side plates. Items stacked at the back of cupboards are very rarely accessed. (If you are holding onto something, just till you have time to replace it, leave it out on the counter as a reminder…once placed in the cupboard it is out of site, out of mind and will not be replaced.)
Maintenance: I find the best way to de-clutter is in small increments. You will be empowered to see how much can be achieved with 15 minutes dedicated time each day! My favourite 5 min speed clean/de-clutter is when I am waiting for the kettle to boil. Tackle one drawer or cupboard each morning!
De-cluttering is not a once a year thing, it is a lifestyle. Make it a healthy habit to de-clutter frequently so you can enjoy a clutter-free life.
This month marks the first of our ‘Workshops’ for 2014. The topic – Discovering your personal style. I see this session being a foundation to conquering many of your design fears. If you have a sound understanding of ‘Who you are’, ‘what you love’ and ‘what you value’ it allows you to walk alongside your family and peers with a beautiful confidence.
Grasping a better understanding of your environment, means you can add to your space with ease and enjoy the journey. It also gives you the confidence to release those things that were meant for just a season, to others to partake of.
Do you have the confidence, the boldness or the passion to install that piece of artwork you love?…Or is it in your closet because you are unsure others would agree with your taste. Did you walk passed that fabulous pink sofa that took your breathe away as you entered the design store and instead head over to the tan leather section…just because it seemed like a safer option? Or are you living in a timber veneered wall panelled home, everyday dreaming about how wonderful it would be painted out in white?
Why put off for tomorrow (or for when you have the bigger house, when the kids get older or when you’ve received resounding yes’s from every one you know!) what you could decide to do today…and genuinely make your heart sing!
Sometimes the outcome wont be totally fantastic and you might have to go back to the drawing board, but what if it’s awesome? You could have gone a lifetime being average and missed out on living your biggest life yet!
Dream big with confidence and sign up to our workshop today! A house designed well, becomes a home ALL can enjoy!
We’d love to introduce you to your best designs yet!
Good Monday morning!
With January down and dusted we are excited to step into February poised and ready for a wonderful month! Hope your day has started well and the week ahead is full of purpose.
While overseas I had much opportunity to fill my inspiration tank and see new possibilities in old favorites. During a walk along the streets of Paris we stumbled upon the ‘Fleux’ brand of stores and it sent my excitement levels through the roof. Their streamlined ‘Copenhagen’ designs and quirky colour combos were refreshing and thoughtful. Determined to leave with something I purchased an apricot trolley…Can’t wait to set it up and find a new possie for it in our home.
When traveling I enjoy bringing home new purchases for our family home. Items that will carry memories of our adventures as a family. I find that the best way to do this is through items you use daily. Hand towels are a favorite for me. They are light in weight and yet can remind us daily of our travels. While in New York last year our daughter chose colourful bedding for her new updated-double-digit-bedroom-makeover!
It is also good to note that so many big favorites – Anthropologie, Cath Kidston, J.Crew and many of the homewares stores now ship to Australia from their online sites. So enjoy the shopping experience, however before you head to the checkout pop online and see if the same is available. If so make the purchase online so it arrives home the same time as you without the hassle of having to cram it into your limited luggage space!
Travel and shop with ease, enjoying the benefits of online shopping!
January has started with a burst of colour and inspiration from the streets of both London and Paris. Happy New Year one and all. I hope your Christmas and new years was full of hope for this coming year.
Family is so important. Yes, there are those moments when we have challenges to overcome; however growing together is a high value in our home.
I am in Paris as I write this message, having come from London a couple of days ago where we officially launched my new book ‘Inspiring through creative design’. Whilst this has been such a special achievement, nothing has been more beautiful then being able to share this time with my family. My eldest son, Isaiah has been traveling with me, along with my manager (Mum of the year!) and niece Laara (LaLa) – We have laughed, till our ribs hurt too much to breath and shopped till the last doors have shut!
Making time to sharpen the sword can be the difference between getting through a season and truly making a difference. There is so much additional work that goes into preparing for going away, however it is always so worth the effort when you arrive at your destination and can take in the sights and inspiration on offer.
I feel like my time away has been like looking through a Kaleidoscope – New colour combinations and visual ideas are everywhere I turn. Last week in London I completed a course with Gillian Wheeler from ‘The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers’ and can officially say my tank is full with inspiration for this coming year.
There is so much happening at the ‘Bronnie Masefau Design Consultancy’ for 2014. We have workshops kicking off from February 27th, new design projects - and talks all around Australia!
I hope you are excited about what lies ahead for this coming year. Possibilities and opportunities are always JUST around the corner however, require action, in order to be activated. Take a step in the right direction this year and create the future you hope for.
Be blessed! Bronnie
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Thank you to all our faithful supporters. We have enjoyed such a wonderful year alongside you. We have seen many of our dreams become a reality and had the opportunity to celebrate HOME with so many delightful, mighty and influential women.
We have crossed paths with people we have admired from afar and been given the opportunity to walk alongside them, learning and better equipping ourselves, one step at a time.
As we come to the end of another fruitful year I am feeling a little empty…but in a good way. Empty because we have risen to every occasion given and so very thankful for my beautiful team that have been there every step of the way.
Having friends and family to share the highs and lows with is a blessing I find hard to put into words. Every time we crossed a bridge I could feel them there lifting us up in prayer and celebrating our every moment. Each time we found ourselves in a valley, they again were there lifting us up in prayer and with loving words of kindness.
This is our last blog for 2013. We are having a much-needed break with our families and looking forward to enjoying the little moments. Our children have been chatting about all we need to get done before Christmas, including -baking, table setting, finding all the board games, setting up the guest room, visiting the Christmas lights…and so the list continues and I am so EXCITED at their love for family time.
We will be back in the world of blogging on Monday 27th January 2014…Sending words and lots of pic’s of inspiration from London and Paris!
Thank you again for tuning in every Monday. For engaging in conversation, for sharing our news with enthusiasm, for telling your friends about our message of HOME and for showing your support through your purchasing of our books.
We are grateful that we get to deliver a message of hope to so many because of friends like you. THANK YOU. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Be Blessed!
Sitting in bed the other evening, getting excited about our guests arriving on Christmas day I started to write a list in my head (a little like that scene in ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’) about all the bits and bobs I needed to run my eyes over before Christmas day celebrations began.
Not one to normally chat about D.I.Y. projects however ‘tis the season to be jolly’ so I thought I would give some tips on how to do a quick pre-guests-arriving-update for your home. Following are some inspirational tricks that need not break the piggy bank…if there is anything left in it this time of year!
A) Re-frame existing artwork or pictures. Such a small thing that can change the whole way you and your guests view something. Also taking a smaller B&W photo and increasing the size of the frame, by adding a thick white mount can take a photo from eclectic to contemporary.
B) Add some new cushion covers to the current mix. Again, an inexpensive makeover that can take a space from drab to fabulously new with no sewing required. Even adding a plan or textural cushion cover can be that very punch of NOW a space needs. (Also the same can be said for updating the inserts!)
C) Remove clutter! If you are lacking all interest in your abode, perhaps you have crossed the line of collecting into the world of CLUTTER. Head down to your local fruit store, Bunning’s or the likes and gather some boxes (Check out IKEA for their PAPPIS – Box with lid $1.99 each…These also look great stacked!) Pack away a portion of your home and over the holiday season ONLY reintroduce the items you love and really need.
D) Update your Lampshades. Linen shades, in all shapes and sizes can be purchased from Target, Kmart, Bunning’s, IKEA and most fabric stores. Or for something a little delicious head to your favourite HOMEWARES designer store. The shades are normally what date a base with the build up of dust or discolouring from the sun. Have a look around your home and this little change-up could be all that’s needed!
E) BLEACH. Yes, you heard it from me. Sometimes all a bathroom needs is an hour of TLC and a whole lot of bleach! Take to the grout lines, and remove that build up of mould. Scrub the toilet and wipe down ALL surfaces. Once you see your reflection in the tiles it is time to think finishing touches. Add a new hand towel. (That’s right, you don’t need to replace ALL towels, just lash out on new updated hand towels.) And last but not least add a room diffuser, be it surface mounted or plug in. Nothing says fresh better then a yummy scent!