Ask Jacqui

Ask me any interior decorating question and I’ll answer it!

I want you. Yes, you.

Are you about to makeover a room but:

a) Don’t know what your style is, don’t know anything about colours, and shopping makes you anxious

b) Don’t think you have enough money to actually make it look good

c) Wish you could hire an interior stylist but can’t afford one

d) All of the above

Please contact me! I’d love to come and work along side of you. Develop your style, pull a look together and show you where to find those perfect pieces for your home. All of this within the budget you set.

Be brave, contact me. Send me pictures. Send me mood boards. Send me a colour sample. Send me anything. Except nudes. Lets keep it PG rated people.

It will cost you nothing. Just a sneaky blog post showing off your rad new room.

Email through to jacqui@stylelingual.com.au

Ask Jacqui: Where can I find cool bedding?

Q: Hi Jacqui,
I’m wondering if you could help me…I am looking for some new bedding, doona covers in particular, that will be unique….can you recommend anywhere that does this apart from the big department stores?
Thanks,
Sally

A: Hi Sally! Here are a few options, all are online so you can have a peek!

Aura– Amazing Australian designed, good quality, fun colours and prints! Great for a more savvy kids quilt cover as an alternative to princesses and pirates.

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Kip and Co– Quirky, great for kids and playful adults. Really eclectic patterns and colours…I love!

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Country Road Home– I’m loving their new bedding range, just amazing, I bought a beautiful quilt cover there last year and still love it to death!

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I Love Linen– A Melbourne online boutique, amazing quality, they have a great eye for detail. I love the prints, mix and match with you pillowcases!Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.17.31 pm

 

H & M Home– Cute designs and quite cheap, they open in Macquarie Centre Sydney in October! And in case you live under a rock they have been opened in Melbourne for a while now.

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Castle and Things– Simple but amazing quilt covers, love the designs! Pair it back with one of her bright throws. Rachel has also collaborated with the launch of Gorman homewares last year,  she has a really unique style!

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Down That Little Lane– This is like a cool eBay, you’ll find lots of different brands on here, just type quilt covers into the search bar and you’ll find some cool designs!

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Hunting for George– Cute boutique store, there’s a video of the bedding range on the home page which makes you just want to jump in to their freshly made beds!

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Major Minor– Sydney based, mother and daughter run label, great simple linen quilt covers in beautiful colours.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.33.57 pm

Hopefully these brands are something special compared to the big department store brands. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a little!

Jacqui

Brass coffee table, yay or nay?

Question: 

Dear Jacqui,

I was both excited and relieved when I read your post featuring copper revival. I found a matching set of a coffee and side table on eBay this morning which I am intrigued by, but am not sure if we could make it work in the new apartment.

$_57

Is it too daggy? I think the glass will be ideal to make the space seem less cramped – it’s not going to be huge!

The space is painted with 1/4 dulux hog bristle walls and close to white ceiling. Carpet in a darker but similar tone to the walls.

In terms of other decisions to be made, I’m liking the idea of light and airy with wide birch venetians in the bedroom, a matching birch bed base. I think curtains in the lounge room don’t need to be super darkening, could get away with flowy white ones?

I realise there are a lot of things in this email and a lot of it is up in the air, the main question is about the viability of the tables though – they will go soon I bet! The place is basically a blank canvas, so any input you’d like to have is most welcome! I think that would excite you 😉

Many thanks,
Your loyal subscriber,
Jez

Jacqui:

Jez this coffee table is not daggy at all, WHAT A FIND! Looking for similar coffee tables will cost your a fortune new. But, whether it will work in your new apartment will rely on a few styling factors. You are right, the glass top opens up the room where as a heavy wooden coffee table would feel clunky. I would suggest going bold with your couch, get a retro flavoured couch. I know freedom has some at the moment, or if you can try Matt Blatt. This will move your apartment style into a modernised 60’s look, which can be very fun! Think madmen, bright pops of colour, minimal clutter, strong lines and lots of curves. Add some plants, a nice rug, a floor lamp and one arm chair and your room will look fab.

Another way you could make this work, and maybe the safer option regarding the hog bristle colour, is to go down the ‘luxe look’ path. This look is high end. When picking your decorative accents, go for neutrals and pastels. Think, large plush couch, with soft cushions and throws adorning. A neatly stacked pile of books on the coffee table and a gold sculptural piece on top for some interest, with a vase of peonies next to them. A light beige to white cowhide on the floor would warm up the room. This definitely is the cosier option! This way it would tie in with the birch in the bedroom which is oh-so-hot-right-now! And definitely get soft white flowing curtains, not only will they look lush but will soften the harsh sunlight, but not completely block it out.

The way I see it, this coffee table is an absolute steal. I say buy it, work around it as a statement piece and when you get over it, a) give it to me and b) it’s not a big loss as it was only $150. Happy shopping!

 

Ask Jacqui

I would love you to ask me ANY styling questions about your interiors! Don’t know what to do with your empty corner? Don’t know if the colours you have chosen match? Don’t know how to arrange the cushions on your bed? Or Arrange the furniture in your lounge room? JUST ASK ME!

Send through some photos and descriptions to askjacqui@stylelingual.com.au and I’ll get back to you through the blogosphere.

Peace