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Posted on 10/06/14 homelife , No Comments

We are only days away from the opening day of MANYUNG gallery and the BMDC teams putting the heart back into home collaboration! Excitement is in the air as we finalise the artwork, furniture selection and floral arrangements. (squeal!!)

Thank you to the fabulous team at the ‘Brisbane Square Library’ for hosting us yesterday. We so enjoyed meeting all the beautiful ladies and hopefully filling their ‘inspiration tank’…It is amazing what can happen when we take time out to refresh our minds and step back from our circumstances to revisit the BIG picture. I’m looking forward to hearing ALL the wonderful results!

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we investigate the world of ART. We have been chatting to all the artists involved in the Manyung Gallery Group project and we are excited to share their journeys.

Have an awesome week – and why not do a little something for you this week?…When our inspiration tank is full we can better share with others.

Chat soon.



Posted on 09/29/14 homelife , No Comments

I find that come the warmer, longer days my energy levels slow down…some days to a grinding halt! It is common knowledge that I am a lover of gray days – cloudy skies and a cool breeze make my heart sing.

In preparation for the warmer months I like to not only invest time in doing the ‘Spring clean’ but also de-cluttering the home making evening and weekend clean-ups fuss free. Blankets are washed and put away from the elements. We relocate the beach towels for easy access on swim days and I tweak the open shelves within the kitchen area to accommodate all the items we need at arms length for family dinnertime and entertaining summer style.

Along with the obvious above mentioned housekeeping tips I also like to move the furniture around, allowing more open spaces for flow through areas. The oversized ottoman, come coffee table has been relocated off to the side so we can all sit on the large sofa and extend our legs. The scattering of occasional tables have also been repositioned to the outer areas, again increasing the general flow of the space.

Outside areas are next on the list. ALL cushions and upholstery get a brushing, followed by a wipe down and a fresh batch of outdoor candles are purchased and positioned ready for balmy summer evenings under the stars.

By making the time now, before the real heat sets in I find it allows me the time to ease into summer while enjoying my home.

Enjoy a fabulous week!

summer B and W

P.S. We would love to see you at the ‘Brisbane Square Library’ this Sunday 5th October! We are doing a ‘before & after’ slideshow…Inspiration is only days away!! Come down and have a chat.

P.S.S. Come join us over on instagram (bronniemasefau) this week for visual inspiration! (…and find out how you can get your hands on a beautiful BM tote!)


Posted on 09/08/14 homelife , No Comments

I am a Cath Kidston girl through and through…Floral ALL the way! So, it has been refreshing to see floral take centre stage, in both fashion and decor once again. (Well, for some of us they’ve always been in the spotlight!)

I love how new twists are placed on old favourites within the design world. Bold floral is being teamed back with even bolder floral making an eye catching statement. Fabrics, wallpaper’s, vases, rugs and artwork have not gone untouched by this fresh pop of colour and zing – we are certainly getting more confident with showcasing our personal styles within our homes! Further more, I am so excited that all colour combos are being explored. Mustard with dusty pink, Navy with all shades of blue – teamed with a pop of red…WOW we are entering a fun season!

So how do we introduce floral into a more contemporary home? – You may well be wondering – Begin with fresh flowers! Gather a selection of flowers and experiment with different colour combinations. Once you have a combination and flower type you enjoy, set about sorting some fabric through a designer or fabric house that you can have made into a cushion or upholstered into something more substantial.

We have a delightful Italian designer chair being re-upholstered for a client at present that will accompany some existing contemporary square framed chairs. The floral design we have settled on has a large repeat (Meaning the pattern design [in this case flowers] are large in size) the background colour is strong and the flowers are simple in design and minimal in colour, creating a fuss-free designer look.

Be inspired, as we head into the warming months by simply taking a stroll through a flower market or visiting your local florist. Nothing invigorates the soul more than the simplicity of flowers – reminding us with each petal just how magnificent nature is.

Have a playful week!


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Posted on 09/01/14 homelife , No Comments

Good Monday morning! As I sat and did my daily reading this morning, zoning out from all my commitments for a couple of minutes, I felt restored after a somewhat full weekend. I must confess to feeling a little overwhelmed as we step into spring today. The year seems to be racing along and I am feeling like I am running to keep up!

I am off to Brisbane this week. We are commencing another new project (-so grateful for faithful clients returning with their new dwellings!) speaking at libraries, doing some interviews and speaking at the ‘Elevation INC.’ SPRING event. (Check out their cool promo – Elevation Spring event)…What fills your week? I find that purpose is my energizer. When I fill my week with the busyness of life I arrive at Friday evening feeling sapped. However when I start my Monday focused on my purpose and action this a little each day I arrive at Friday – perhaps physically weary – but, mentally excited about the possibilities.

Enjoy the week ahead. Purposely weave in the good stuff and get excited about the road ahead.


MY INSPIRATION for the ‘Elevation’ spring event!

Spring promo


Posted on 08/16/14 homelife , No Comments

Great artwork changes the vibe in a room. We started investing in artwork a couple of years back and I can’t express how much we enjoy each piece. It is quite remarkable how new artwork blends seamlessly with the existing creating a body of works that we truly enjoy.

Before we made that first investment it was hard to lock in what we loved. We had hoped to overtime collect artwork however felt a little uneducated to step into an independent gallery. We began our journey at the National art gallery. We walked around the gallery and took note of the artists that had a style that spoke to us, also looking for both colour and pattern. It became quite obvious that we had a soft spot for the abstract.

Driving past a couple of privately owned galleries we took down their details and started looking at artwork online from the comfort of our living room. Once we found an artist or two we liked we took the brave first step, walking into a local gallery. They were delightful, making the experience one of enjoyment.

My tips for beginning your journey: Look through magazines and books, galleries and pinterest to establish firstly the style you enjoy. Next start enquiring at your local art gallery, putting your name down to be notified for upcoming exhibitions is always a good way to stay in tune with what is available. Ask lots of questions!…We asked for full bio’s on all our preferred artists, we wanted to make sure we were bringing healthy artwork into our home. (We always ask the reason behind the title).

Now,  just ENJOY the journey!

Art Gallery 03art galleriesart gallery 02For a little mid-week inspiration come join us over on our instagram page! bronniemasefau



Posted on 08/11/14 homelife , No Comments

Earlier this week I started the conversation about design styles. We talked about contemporary & modern in my previous blog now let’s chat about eclectic & traditional styles.

Eclectic: – The style of eclecticism is a borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and the art of combining them in a harmonious way. The eclectic style is one of the hardest to pull off well. Looking on, many may be mistaken to think its just a whole lot of stuff thrown together, however when you look into it deeper you will find that even though it is, as first stated a combination of different styles from many varying sources, there is indeed a thread that beautifully binds each piece to the next. This combining glue could be in an emotion in which each item was purchased, a colour palette, or a body of works. This I confess is one of my favourite styles.

Traditional: – this style celebrates simple elegance, through the use of classic shapes. Evidence of the traditional style are showcased with carved mouldings, fine woodwork, graceful lines and sumptuous sofas, normally overstuffed with a combination of feather and down. Also present in a traditional setting are window coverings, elegant fabric selections and detailed curtains with or without pelmets.

Hope these simple compressed style outlines have given you a little heads up for your next project.


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Traditional style

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Posted on 08/06/14 homelife , No Comments

If you have engaged the services of an Interior Designer or started talking to friends about a new renovation or build, I am sure throughout your conversations you’ve heard them make mention of styles such as Contemporary, Modern, Eclectic and Traditional to name a few…Have you been left wondering what in the world they are talking about? Following I’m going to demystify the designer lingo…Yep, keeping it plain and simple. Today’s blog will cover contemporary & modern and then please tune into my next blog for details on eclectic & traditional styles. Happy reading!

 Contemporary: – Means of the moment, present – living or existing at the same time as others. Contemporary spaces are always evolving with a collaboration of the new and old. Contemporary rooms are layered over time and whilst they might incorporate a vintage chair or traditional twist into the mix they are generally identified by their relationship to what is happening around them in the present day. Hence the phrase “Today’s contemporary is tomorrows vintage!”

 Modern: – Mid- 20th Century, roughly 1933 – 1965 – Modern refers to architecture, furniture, art and design that broke with tradition, offering a contrast to the ornate décor of earlier periods. Main colour palette is within the Neutrals range, white walls and pops of colour through art and the occasional chair. The palette was kept neutral to highlight the love of art throughout this period. Modern design is characterized by low, long furniture and natural materials like linen & leather upholstery and teak wood.



CONTEMPORARY with a traditional twist.





MODERN with elements of contemporary.todaymodern


Posted on 08/04/14 homelife , No Comments

Question: – What do you do with a rug you love that no longer works with your floor plan? Answer: – Get creative and transition it into a new object of enjoyment! Yes, this was a very real dilemma for us when we moved 6 months ago. We had purchased a beautiful playful rug for a bedroom and living space the boys shared at our previous property, however now that everyone has their own rooms and the adjoining spaces couldn’t accommodate the size of this rug we had to decide what would become of this family treasure. Do we sell it? Store it? Or Transition it?

We transitioned it! Determined to hold onto this rug we lovingly selected but not one for storing things I decided we would just need to get creative and transform this rug into a new object with purpose. We had been looking around for the perfect coffee table for our new abode, without much success until one night we put two and two together and came up with a design for a multi-purpose oversized ottoman that could fulfil our brief for a new coffee table as well as have all the warmth and colour of the rug we loved…and hey presto our rug was saved from the ‘for sale’ bin!

What do you have in your cupboard that could become your new ‘object of enjoyment’?

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Posted on 07/30/14 homelife , No Comments

The easiest way, and certainly the least expensive, to add a new dimension to a room is with soft furnishings. Soft furnishings (SF) can soften hard surfaces and make a room warmer. (During these cooler months adding these extra layers will also assist in removing any draught!)

Even if you’re renting you can still add that personal touch to your home through little pops of interchangeable colour and texture.

Generally, items that are cloth are soft furnishings – anything from curtains, chair covers and cushions to lamp shades, linens and throws…Even the humble tea towel can be classed as a soft furnishing element adding interest to your kitchen.

Following are some easy steps you can implement to start skipping down the path of comfort!

Shower curtains: – The plastic curtain is fabulous for keeping the water in however to add that little SF touch install a second cloth curtain (e.g. standard fabric curtain that you would install in your bedroom or living room) on the outside which will give an opulent finish as well as combat the hard surfaces with a shield of warmth.

Bedroom: – For bedrooms the good old faithful valance (Bed skirt) is on its way back! For something unique instead of heading to your local Myer or DJ’s drop into your upholsterer and have one custom made. A custom made valance (Either upholstered or loose cover) is a very contemporary look and beautifully compliments a modern/contemporary palette.

Budget tip: – If the budget is tight something small like new lampshades can also inject personality into a room. A bought or custom made lampshade will take your space to the next level of design. (Note: the shade should be slightly wider than the base and approx. two-thirds the height of the base) For a contemporary look change out your existing round shades for square, or rectangular.

Have a fabulous week!

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Posted on 07/27/14 homelife , No Comments

Gathering a grouping of cushions for a lounge is one thing but looking out for the feature show -stopper is a big deal. Finding that ONE cushion that will make your heart sing each time you enter the room takes time …and lots of travel! (Well, that’s what I told my husband!)

Proudly leading the pack of cluster cushions on my French chaise lounge is a stunning little hand made tapestry cushion I purchased in Stow-on-the-Wold while travelling back to London from Cardiff on a trip with my Mum many many years ago. Every time I see this beautifully made fine work of art I am reminded of our time together and the laughs had.

More recently, while in London with our eldest son Isaiah we purchased a cushion from the Portobello markets that again holds such wonderful memories and moments of joy.

Try not to rush the finishing touches. Invest time into those pieces that set the tone for each space and become launching pads for the rest of the décor.

cushion LOVE


Posted on 07/24/14 homelife , No Comments

Flowers are my favourite pass time. When I am feeling like a little change around the home I start with a fresh season blend of beautiful blooms. A cluster of roses brings elegance to a table top, while an overflowing cascade of fine fern, mixed with peonies says eclectic.

Before you race out and invest in a larger item to fulfil your need for change why not purchase a blushing bunch of your favourite flowers and transform your table top into a vignette worthy of inspiration!

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Posted on 07/21/14 homelife , No Comments

Nothing displays hospitality more than a comfy chair and LOTS of small tables. Having that little resting place for your coffee mug or side plate makes entertaining a delight.

A good measure for whether you have sufficient tables is to invite your family into the living area for a pot of tea and a slice of cake. Prepare the afternoon tea and proceed to serve them while they are cosily seated on the lounge. This is the test I do every time we rearrange our living area (…which is quite frequently!)

Do you have a coffee table to rest your tray on? Once the cake is cut and served has each person got somewhere to rest their cup of tea and cake? Is there sufficient lighting? (Floor lamps or a pair of lamps on your side or end tables) Are the tables scattered in a way that allows each person easy reach to their goodies?

Before long, it becomes very clear as to what is needed. I love doing the above test because we all entertain differently, so what works for me might be too much of distraction for you and your style of hospitality – however by completing the challenge you can tweak your living area to accommodate your needs and once again enjoy entertaining with your friends and family.

A great combination, if size permits is a coffee table in front of the sofa (this could also be substituted for an oversized ottoman with a large tray on top) a pair of end or side tables either side of the main sofa to house a pair of lamps as well as room for a cup and plate – remembering to make sure the lamp shades cover all the workings of the lamp from the seated position (Note: the lamps need not be the same, however same finished height works well) And finally – my favourite – is a scattering of occasional tables. Occasional tables are the finishing touches to a space, kinda like that final layering of throws and cushions on a sofa or blankets and pillows on a bed. Occasional tables are normally a little higher than the coffee table and a little lower than the side tables.

Tables are indeed a little thing that makes a big difference!

Happy entertaining!!

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 HELPFUL TIPS:  Coffee Tables approx. 450mmH – Occasional Tables – vary in height, creating layers to both the coffee table and side/end table – Side/End Tables approx. 650mm – 730mmH

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