Archive for ‘GREEN’

April 12, 2012

Styling Idea # 404 Painted Window Frame


Did you like Styling Idea #373 – Painted Doorway but just don’t have the perfect space to pull it off? That’s ok why don’t you try Styling Idea #404- Painted Window frame! Wow I sound like I can throw in a second offer here with this cheesy tone….what about another image of a painted doorway just to show you again?

Remember to match it back to something else in the room so we get that lovely harmony effect…..try the window and doors like image 1 or the light shade as shown below in image 2!

Happy painting day!

February 8, 2012

Styling Idea # 363 Walls and Bedhead Same Colour


Is anyone else getting over lots of colour? Maybe it is just me (just today…tomorrow I will post about rainbows) but I feel the need for streamlined palettes and muted tones.

Could you imagine painting the wall the same colour as your tufted bedhead? Sounds full on and OTT? However, I think it has a lot of merit.

What do you think?

September 13, 2011

Styling Idea # 273 Lime Green and Grey


I make no apologies that I love posting PALETTES so much (for more palettes you know you can search the FURNNISH blog under palettes in the tag section?)

It is just beautiful to see what others have achieved with colour and when you see a new combination it can inspire so many ideas for your current space. Whether you are looking to upgrade the full space or have a base colour that is just not rocking your world at the moment use these palettes to think about accent colours. You only need the marriage of 2 or 3 colours and the room starts appearing in your minds eye.

Here I love love love the power of the lime green against textural greys. Also the green hue is repeated in subtle ways in the artwork and the flowers. Sometimes it pays to be considered with colour- however it should never look like you tried.

As the French  might say …..salut my belle!

Anya Adores

June 20, 2011

Styling Idea # 215 Dark Green


On the weekend I saw the White Guard- a play currently showing in Sydney with Miranda Otto. It was a pleasure to watch Australia’s other great Miranda in action and hold her own as the only female in cast of almost 20 men. If you are into all things theater it was worth it. One of my favourite elements of this polished Andrew Upton production was the set production. An early 1917 apartment in Ukraine was ironically verging on all things in vogue for interiors at the moment- minimalist lines,  mismatched fabrics, mismatched Windsors and spindle back chairs and a cane love seat to die for.

I was absolutely in love with the colour green they choose for the wall for the set.

Try as I might I couldn’t find this exactly in an interior shot worth sharing- but we enjoy Camilla’s beauty at the same time we admire the colour.

Camilla Belle for HQ Magazine


  • Paint all the walls and add white.
  • Even consider the set from the play – green 3/4 up the wall with white above a picture rail
  • Gold, bronze and brass please- no silver here
  • If you are a bit scared simply paint a piece of furniture in this gorgeous green- a table, side table or an armoire
June 17, 2011

Styling Idea # 214 Afternoon Tea Booth


Yesterday was cold cold cold in Sydney. Seriously this weather has to pick up because I am not sure how long I can allow myself a “treat” because it is cold.My office has erupted into a sea of cupcakes, mint slices, croissants, cinnamon toasts and cups of hot chocolate- all because ‘it’s cold’. Not a great idea for the waistline. If I was sitting somewhere like this and enjoying the moment in a twinset it would be worth it but mindless office munching must end- pronto.

I hope you enjoy some afternoon style treats over the weekend- I’m off of to the theater and otherwise enjoying a rare weekend at home so I will tell you about that Monday xxx

Lonny Magazine


  • I know I know, I have a thing for booths- but this one was so cute I couldn’t resist
  • Who could ignore something that is such a great use of space- one could have a put an armchair and a side table or an afternoon tea spot for five.
  • This is the perfect solution for mini sized homes these days- where do you create a sense of drama if you don’t have the luxury of a formal living space??? Here!
  • I think that this space would get used about 10% of the time for more than one person, 30% for a solo reader and tea sipper BUT it will look incredible and set the scene for the whole room 100% of the time. Worth it
  • I love the use of contrasting fabric on the chairs and the bold stripes on the upholstery. The colour and pattern combinations are endless so don’t be boring. Mix dainty with bold, stripes with florals, brights with neutrals.
  • This is one place I would not advocate cushions- keep it clean.
  • Are the tables too small for trays of scones? Maybe. If you are keen to expand the table top surface area look for a glass top table with similar finishes or even a modern perspex looking table would blend well.
  • PS please don’t ignore the perfect drapery in this shot- I may be an advocate for booths but I am about to get really big on window dressing- curtains are like a Hermes belt- expensive, not really necessary for their intended function BUT incredibly beautiful and important and creating a space that screams money and a designer eye.
June 13, 2011

Styling Idea # 210 Velvet, Prints & Mirrors in Hallway- Oh My


I am not really writing this today- hopefully I am relaxing by the beach enjoying a long breakfast in Noosa when this arrives!

But to thank you for checking in here is something to remember…

Lonny Magazine


  • Sometimes if you go way out it can be totally worth it!
  • Take this for example- not need for restraint – more prints, more velvet (in green) and mirrors…it creates an incredible light reflecting texture paradise.
  • Remember, I have said this before your entrance is not the place in your house where you live so it can be a little OTT (or a lot) AND it is the place that sets the tone for the whole house- make it worth it. Say- WELCOME!
  • The key here is the mirrored console- a must to create the reflect aspect of this entrance and stop the closed in feeling that would ordinarily be generated by the high prints on the opposite wall.
  • A very clever styling execution indeed. Minimalist need not apply
May 27, 2011

Styling Idea # 199 Green Chairs


What do you feel like for a Friday?

Somewhere you would want to sit and open a few beers?? I say YES! I also say that green chairs rock (so would yellow, red, pink or orange)

Colour can come in the most unexpected ways and chairs might just be my new favourite.

Happy weekend

Abigail Ahern

The Design Files