Style Tips

Short style tips for your pleasure

Home Call: Kat and James

Step into the quirky, eclectic and much loved home of Kat and James. This home looks and feels good, and the best thing is it’s been decorated on a limited budget. It’s full of preloved gumtree and Vinnies finds, given a second chance. It also has wise new investment pieces and many D.I.Y elements. If you want to some tips on how to make your home look good on a tight budget, grab and pen and paper and watch the interview below!

Off the grid

Hi friends!

It’s fashion week here in Sydney, (thank you Instagram feed for reminding me every single minute…) so to feel included I thought I’d do a fashion inspired post. I’ve noticed lately more home accessories are mirroring the fashion trends… like the grid print. Sounds mundane yes, but its simplicity is oh-so-beautiful. It’s been floating around the fashion world with Josh Goot, Cameo and Country Road having these sexy yet simple grid patterns splashed across shirts, skirts and dresses. It’s very modern, minimalist and chic.

Josh Goot

Josh Goot

Josh Goot

Josh Goot





Country Road

Country Road

Love it? Below are my favourite grid patterned homewares- and not restricted to just black and white! Enjoy.

Grid Items

Style Steal: Jessa

Fashion has always inspired our interiors, and vice versa, which is why I’ve taken to Jessa, from the hit TV series Girls for her cray style. Yes, like every other twenty something girl (and closet male) I am obsessed with the show. She’s a boho princess, a rocker and someone who just doesn’t give a damn. With her carefree attitude comes a unique style (or five) we can all learn from. Below are some classic Jessa looks and how to incorporate them into your home.

showcase_GIRLS_724331_LD_PILOT_JJW_111810_23791. Earthy colours work well together
Earthy colours look so beautiful on Jessa, and no matter how many hues she wears, it just … works. Think browns, beiges, oranges and ochres, teamed with neutral white to brighten it up.

It’s the same concept with interiors. I’ve always opted to use white for the majority of a space – on the walls or floors, for example, as it lifts the mood. Notice here how the white walls and bathtub lift the otherwise dark and moody colours in the rug and wall art.

These earthy colours work well in this eclectic bedroom and make for a cosy retreat. To get the same look, use natural textures like leather, animal hides, wool and cane to complement the earthy colours. If you want to liven it up, don’t be afraid to mix in a brighter orange – it pares back beautifully with browns and timbers, as you can see here the pop of orange from the flowers and pillows.

showcase_GIRLS_735664_1349392_4256x28322. White, floaty and soft creates the perfect boho style 
Yes, think lace, white on white and layer upon layer, like Jessa’s wedding outfit.

In the home, this look can create a perfectly soft, absolutely cocooning and undeniably relaxing room. It’s light, natural and pleasant for the eye.

To get this look stick to white and beige palettes and layer in different textures. I recommend using linen, woven rugs, marshmallow soft couches, macramé, beaded chandeliers and if you can sneak in some lace you get extra points. Keeping the palette very light and neutral is key.

showcase_GIRLS_757467_1921041_3456x51843. A bit of rock could be the edge you need
Jessa has an edginess to her; it comes with her whole attitude of not giving a damn of what others think of her. So yes, she rocks a dark T-shirt and plum lips every now and then, what of it?

You can inject some rock ‘n’ roll into your house with small touches. A great way of doing this is an edgy artwork, like this updated Frida. This way it won’t compromise your personal style but will add that edge you may need.

4. There is a time and place to be outrageous 
Clash colours, play with textures, (yes, I’m referring to those amazing feathers), throw in pattern and be outrageous!

This bedroom by Alida and Miller is a great example of how perfect opposites can work well together. The cushions and bedhead wouldn’t traditionally go with the dark wall colour and horse painting in this room, but it works nonetheless, in a good clashing kind of way.

A great way to get feathers into your room is by using Juju hats, also known as Bamileke feather headdresses. They look sexy yet soft when hung on your wall.  Don’t be afraid to mix up the colours and sizes to create an interesting feature wall.

showcase_GIRLS_757460_Girls_JM_ep304_5_3_13_72485. Paring it back gives you a chic look
Sometimes we just want a simple outfit we can slip into and feel a million dollars in. There’s nothing sleeker than a plain white silk dress with red lips and black heels.. thank you, Jessa.

It’s the same for your house. Sometimes you want a relaxing space with no distractions that simply looks good. The bathroom and bedroom are where this clean style works best, where all the relaxing usually happens.

Choose two or three neutral colours and work with natural materials such as white linen and timber. Leave the room free of clutter and keep decorating to a minimum.

You can catch Girls on Showcase at 7.30pm on Mondays, express from the US.

Which Jessa look do you gravitate towards most?

Meet my new love: tan leather

There’s nothing like decorating with tan leather to add warmth and sophistication to your room. It’s old world but at the same time can be modern. It can be used on mass, for example with a couch; or as a little hint like an accessory with leather details. I have my beloved tan leather butterfly chair with copper legs in my lounge room (as you are all well aware now…) and it adds so much glam to the room. People traditionally think anything leather is super expensive, but below I have found some leather accents for your home that are affordable!

Happy shopping xx

Tan Leather Post

New Girl Style: Recreate Jess’ Nanna Chic Bedroom


Hey friends!

So, I have some news. I have been lucky enough to write for Houzz and…. my first article is up!!! It’s about my favourite show at the moment, New Girl and a little style trend I like call Nanna Chic. Intriguing, yes.

Love Jess’ style? I’ll give you some tips on how to recreate it in your own home if you click through here.

Happy reading!