According to Decorex trend forecasters, Victoria Redshaw and Shelley Pond from Scarlet Opus, as the latest Sex and the City 2 film release contains exciting desert and lively marketplace scenes filmed in Morocco (made to look like Abu Dhabi), it’s anticipated that the exotic and glamorous Bedouin style of the ‘girls’ will make its way from the world of fashion into our homes.

Inspiration can also be found in the cultural melting pot that is Istanbul – European Capital of Culture 2010 – with it wonderful architecture, crafts and colours.

This trend is all about a sense of escapism and adding a touch of the exotic into your life! It’s a fusion of old Moorish and Ottoman influences with a modern twist which results in an intensely stimulating style that also has a wonderful chill-out factor; a sophisticated yet informal look working with a warm colour palette of sandy terracotta shades and dark spices with intense blue accents and elements of bronze.

Shelley and Victoria advise that to create an exotic bohemian look in your own home use low-level seating and long cushions to give a relaxed ‘Hookah’ lounge vibe. Additionally, rugs, Ikat designs in fabrics and cushions and rich warm tones will set the scene.

As we enter the cooler months here in Australia, I think these colours and this style of decorating – with rugs, Ikat designs and rich warm tones – will work perfectly with our style of living.

I have chosen the colours shown here to represent this look from the Dulux range, which include the following:

Spice of Life
Velvet Rose
Kangaroo Pouch
Summerday Blue
Oasis Spring
Raw Cotton

You can find these colours on the Dulux website:

For more information on Decorex, London 2010 visit:


This year, Luxury Home Design was the official Media Partner with the HIA Home Shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Our stand was located adjacent to The Design Precinct, which returned to inspire visitors with all the latest trends for their home interiors. Presenting series V were six fresh, innovative and cutting-edge designers from Sydney who took to the challenge of creating International Style rooms, which you can also see here on my Blog.

Sincere thanks must go to those suppliers who helped make our stand a “stand out”! With vibrant red walls painted in Dulux Red Clown and fabulous Ystavat wallpaper by Marrimeko from Inhabit, the stand was hard to miss. The stylish furniture was supplied by Interstudio and the lighting was by Inlite.

Special thanks to Simon Hodgson who organised the L-shaped counter for us(had it made by Artline Kitchens and delivered to site) – he even ended up doing all the installation himself as the scheduled installers became delayed on another job – this was a full-days work for him and we really appreciated his assistance.

Our magazines were eagerly snapped up by enthusiastic homeowners and we had sold out of all our titles by lunch time on Sunday – thanks to Shaun and Hannah for their superb service.

Apart from the Design Forum, my favourite part of the show was the gloss Ferrari red Alex. Steinbach Sync-a-Vision baby grand piano – at a cool $40,000 this piano was a statement piece (which also played its own music and DVDs) and would look fabulous in my living room…

I can dream can’t I?

Best in Show

The HIA Sydney Home Show finished with a flourish last Sunday with massive crowds packing the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre. 275 exhibitors displayed a range of products and services for more than 26,500 visitors.

One exhibitor, Apollo Kitchens was awarded Best Stand (19-49m2) for its display of a European-inspired space, complete with electronic lift up systems, drawer pull out units and a gorgeous display of open shelving. The espresso machine on the stand was working overtime as visitors enjoyed the revitalising effects of a lovely brew.

Apollo Kitchens is a family-run and -owned business that has operated in Sydney since 1968 and is involved in myriad projects including residential, commercial, developments and office fit-outs. Two conveniently located showrooms – one in Smithfield and one in Beresfield – make it easy for the company to service both the Sydney and Newcastle markets.

A variety of Home Shows across Australia are organised by Exhibitions and Events Australia and Everything Exhibitions and Events in partnership with the HIA (Housing Industry Association). The next Home Show is scheduled for Brisbane from 30 July to 1 August. For more information follow the links below.



Images courtesy Apollo Kitchens


The Dreamweaver Design competition, now in it’s seventh year, has become a major part of the curriculum for RMIT University’s final year Textile Design students. The Award aims to highlight Australian Textile Design, and specifically the talent of our young Australian Textile Designers, which is of world standard. In addition, the Award endeavours to expose the great ability we have to manufacture and produce fabrics and furniture for the Australian furnishing industry that are sold and distributed not only locally, but throughout the world.

The winner of this year’s Award will receive a fully paid trip to Belgium to visit the major textiles trade show, MoOD (formerly Decosit), with accommodation and airfares paid by Warwick Fabrics.

Entrants for the award must design a woven upholstery fabric suitable for domestic furniture and present their concept to a panel of industry representatives. Three finalists will be selected during the first round of judging on 9th June. These three finalists will then work with the Warwick design team before visiting Beaulieu Pacific Textiles to have their fabric commercially woven. The woven designs will then be manufactured into a piece of upholstered furniture by Colby Furniture, Molmic and Nicholls Design prior to the final round of judging which will take place on 21st July during which the winner will be determined.

With entries for the 2010 Dreamweaver Design Award closing on 8th June, students have less than a month to finalise and submit their entries.

The winner will be announced at the 2010 Dreamweaver Design Award Presentation on August 4th 2010 at the Warwick Fabrics Showroom in Collingwood.

(Fabrics shown here designed by Laura Labrin, Dreamweaver Design Award Winner 2009)


Design Institute of Australia Design Gallery opens in Melbourne

The Design Institute of Australia – Australia’s only professional, multi-disciplinary design organisation – recently celebrated the opening of its new Design Gallery, a modern, public exhibition space at 175 Collins Street, Melbourne. The Design Gallery will host a continuing series of design-related displays and exhibits throughout the year.

City of Melbourne Councillor, Jennifer Kanis,opened the Design Gallery, describing it as “an exciting space for Australia’s designers”.

Geoff Fitzpatrick, DIA Director – Strategy commented “the Design Institute of Australia’s Design Gallery provides an opportunity to exhibit a range of design projects across multiple disciplines from throughout Australia. The gallery will focus on the work of students initially and expand at a future time to encompass post graduate work and mid and late career designers. It will present work in both two dimensional and three dimensional formats”.

The inaugural exhibition, ‘Tomorrow’s Design Today’, features the stimulating design work of finalists and category winners from the recently completed 2010 Australasian Student Design Awards (ASDA). Now in its 15th year, ASDA is a multidisciplinary awards program that attracts an exceptional range, depth and quality of entries from some forty tertiary educational institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand. The design disciplines represented are Interior Design, Interior Decoration, Exhibition/Design Design, Visual Design, Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Textile Design, Jewellery Design and Fashion Design.

The Design Gallery is located at the Design Institute of Australia on Level 1, 175 Collins Street, Melbourne. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm.

Design Institute of Australia
The DIA is the voice of professional design in Australia and has been actively improving the community recognition and status of designers since 1947. The DIA is the only multidisciplinary organisation representing designers in Australia. The organisation promotes the value of design and designers to industry, business, government and the community. The DIA provides a vibrant networking base on a state, national and international level. Through its international affiliations, the DIA links its members with designers in over 40 countries.

For more information: Phone: 1300 888 056
The ASDA Finalist Entries are also available to view at:


Pink is my second favourite colour (after red!) so when I found this house I was inspired. The house is the residence of architect Simone Micheli and family, located in beautiful part of Florence, Italy. It is not only an amazing design it shows how the architect has created a living space to reflect her passion for “ethical luxury”.

Architect Simone Micheli said “the new luxury does not mean immobility or habit, but rather freedom and movement. It is a light and stirring thought, at any moment we are able to choose where and how to live and to reinvent the environment we live in. As for architecture the new luxury is related to the idea of regaining the beauties and the truth of our daily life together with our inner feelings”.

Whatever you may think of the pink house, you’d have to agree that the philosopy of ethical luxury is one that should be incorporated into every project.

For more information visit: http://www.simonemicheli.com/casasimone.htm

Photography by Juergen Eheim


Donna Burrell – Liquid Colour, Newcastle. Showcasing Tokyo

Congratulations to Liquid Colour for winning the Best Stand in the Design Precinct (sponsored by Luxury Home Design magazine) at the HIA Home Show in Sydney on the weekend.

Congratulations to all the designers who took part; for me, it was the best part of the show and next year I’d like to see even more designers take part – to show what can be achieved by employing the services of professionals.

This year’s theme was “International Cities” and each stand was designed to reflect that look. Cities included Tokyo, Toronto, New York, London, Copenhagen and Berlin showing that style transcends all cultures and that design is diverse no matter what the ‘trends’.

The designers who took part were:

Barbara Bromley – Bromley & Tate Interiors
Charles Pryor – Baxter Creative
Kelly Ross – 3 of Diamonds
Donna Burrell – Liquid Colour
Habitat Living
Orson & Blake

Thanks goes to them all and to all their suppliers who gave support to ensure the Design Precinct was a huge success.

Barbara Bromley – Bromley & Tate Interiors, Artarmon. Showcasing Toronto, Canada

Charles Pryor – Baxter Creative, Sydney. Showcasing London

Kelly Ross – 3 of Diamonds, Sydney. Showcasing Berlin

Orson & Blake, Woollahra. Showcasing New York

Habitat Living, Newcastle. Showcasing Copenhagen

For more information on the homeshow and the interior designers involved visit the website:

DIA Welcomes South Australian Design Commissioner

The appointment of South Australia’s first ever Commissioner for Integrated Design has been greeted with enthusiasm by the Design Institute of Australia – Australia’s only multidisciplinary, professional design body.

The new Commissioner is Professor Laura Lee, Professor of Architecture at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh USA, recent SA ‘Thinker in Residence’ and highly regarded internationally as an architect, teacher and participant in various professional associations, committees, accreditation boards and panels.

Professor Lee has also taught at the Higher Institute of Architecture in Antwerp, Belgium; the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

An Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Professor Lee’s work focuses on the development and implementation of integrated design strategies and collaborative programs between the academy, government, industry and the profession.

She has been appointed as Commissioner for a term of three years, commencing on July 1st 2010.

Joanne Cys, National President of the DIA, herself a South Australian resident and design academic welcomed the appointment and said that under Professor Lee’s oversight, the new South Australian Commission for Integrated Design would have the best possible start. “Laura Lee’s multi-disciplinary understanding of design will enable the effective operation of the Commission for Integrated Design and allow it to harness the benefits all areas of design can bring to South Australia.”


Recently the Design Institute of Australia – Australia’s only professional, multi-disciplinary design organisation – inducted six new notable designers as members of The DIA Hall of Fame for 2009 at The Treasury Club, Sydney Town Hall, on Friday April 23. The formal announcement was made at the private cocktail function and then later celebrated at the Interior Design Awards Dinner at the Sydney Town Hall. The new members are Derek Wrigley, and Fred Ward [posthumously] from ACT, Alma Maccallum, David Davenport, Donald Goodwin and Edward Healy from New South Wales.

In making the announcement, Joanne Cys, National President of the Design Institute, explained that, “The Hall of Fame was established in 1995 as part of the Victorian Design Awards to highlight the work of Victorian designers, at all career levels and over a broad range of design disciplines. The program highlights the significant contribution made to Australia’s economic and cultural development by a dynamic design profession. In 2006 the program became national and included designers throughout Australia”, she said.