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Timeless restraint

Interior designer Margaret Naeve Parker of M Naeve combines contemporary pieces with antiques found in her travels in Belgium, France and Scandinavia. Hers is a restrained approach with an emphasis on texture and a muted palette. What strikes me most is even with her love of beautiful, old pieces these rooms feel fresh and modern, timeless and sophisticated. 


Stalking in a family home in Melbourne

Today I'm stalking in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills. Just a simple Edwardian home chock full of period features with a modern open-plan extension and the obligatory pool. Think leadlight windows and fretwork transoms, fireplaces and generously sized rooms. Everything is in a very restrained neutral palette, elegant, refined, period perfection as you would expect from a tastefully restored historic home but then ... welcome to the 21st century family livingin the new addition. The perfect merge of old and new. Link here while it lasts.

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Feeling blue

No I'm not feeling sad. It's more that I'm loving the hit of blue in this otherwise monochromatic colour palette. This stylish combined living dining room may be compact but it's packed with tone on tone texture and a subtle hint of tribal. Cool blue, cool room by Amanda Cooper.

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Bohemian in the East Village

A little bohemian for your afternoon in this East Village apartment by Jill Danyelle of Verdoier. Fabulous neutral colour palette of mostly white and wicker and wood. 

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Monastic modern by Ty Larkins

This beautiful home designed by Ty Larkins is glorious in all its shades of white with black and neutral accents. Earthy yet modern. Monastic modern as Ty calls it. The basic DNA of this "Belgium style" embraces spareness and natural light, judiciously excludes superfluous details, but retains the use of honest yet substantial building materials, some re-salvaged, seemingly to provide warmth, age and patina but in the context of a clean, pared down shell, a very careful balancing act to say the least. In an effort to balance our all of the newness of this newly constructed home and suggest patina and history, enormous 200-year old plus re-salvaged beams were installed on the 14' tall ceilings in the family room and lightly white-washed to slightly modernize their inherent rusticity.