Christmas gift ideas – Decorating pieces

Christmas is only a few weeks away! Shown in the image below are a few pieces that would make beautiful gifts. Please contact me to order any of these items via the contact us page and I will get back to you as soon as poss. All items are shipped free if you live on the east coast of Australia subject to your postcode, availability and order confirmation by November 14th, 2016.


*Lilly pilly bowl $78.00 dimensions 43x26cm * Decorative bowl small – $104.50 dimensions 32x22cm *Decorative bowl large – $138.60 dimensions 42x47cm * Orb hurricane lamp small – $319.00 dimensions 27x53cm *Orb hurricane lamp large – $434.00 dimensions 39x75cm *Hammered metal bowl set $68.00 dimensions small – 13x13x10.5cm large – 16x16x12cm  *Art Deco mirror base round tray $475.00 dimensions 43cm  *Jessica side table $129.00 dimensions 47x39cm



Christmas gifts – stunning metal decorator plates + bowls

Christmas is creeping up on us all and if you are looking for something special for someone, look at these lovely gifts.  With free shipping to your door all of the beautiful pieces shown below are sand casted metal and are available in 2 metallic finishes champagne or nickel.

The top left image showcases the beautiful set of two oval leaf decorative plates – dimensions 37x17cm/45x18cm which which will make a statement in the centre of your dining table this Christmas. They are also perfect to sit on a hallway console table or alternatively on the wall.

The top right image is a decorative bowl in the organic leaf shape of the lilly pilly with the leaf imprint on the inside  – dimensions 43x26cm.

The bottom left image is a two piece decorative plate set featuring a round design with distressed edge, dimensions – 31×4.5cm/40×6.5cm.  Perfect to sit on a hallway console. or alternatively display as a table centre piece or display on the wall.

The bottom right image is the shape of a lovely palm leaf centre piece that is perfect to create a tropical setting in your home.  These centrepieces come in 3 sizes: large 89x38cm/medium 63x29cm/small 39x18cm. The small and medium sizes are perfect to use on hallway consoles with the larger ones more suitable as a dining table centre piece.  All are suitable to be used as decorative wall pieces.

All images are shown in the champagne finish and if you would like to see any of these items in the nickel finish please let me know.

To purchase these items please contact me via the contact us page on this site or email me at



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$112.20                                                                                    $78.00


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$160.00                                                    Large $186.00  Medium $112.00  Small $60.00


Freight free furniture + homewares

As a preferred Gallery Direct Australia distributor, in2out design offers all available Gallery products delivered freight free to your door on the east coast of Australia at metropolitan prices. This limited offer is subject to product availability, delivery postcode and order confirmation prior to December 10, 2016.

Make your selection from the product range at and provide the details to us on our contact us page on this site and we will come back to you with a personal quote.

I have shown two examples of their product range below.

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Kielder console table                                                        Kielder sideboard

On trend simple and unique console table and sideboard. Showcasing Nordic inspired wooden form and quality. Crafted from beautiful mellow solid Oak, with white hues to induce a sense of calm and serenity. The pieces in the range use the planked and jointed build method to create contemporary defined lines and also add the perfect touch to your modern or classic style. The pieces have exposed dovetail features on the top and side




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Exciting news

My new furniture + homewares online store  is launching soon with loads of beautiful products for you to purchase. I will blog again about this exciting news when the site is live and products are uploaded. The image below is  of  a stunning navy blue velvet bedspread scattered with an eclectic range of cushions on a mother of pearl grey inlay floral bed.



How to use the “Colour Yellow” in your little one’s bedroom

The colour experience All colours have a physical, emotional and psychological impact on us, that is dependent on a complex set of responses and experiences including biology, symbolism, culture, trends and our own personal experience. Colours have three main attributes, colour (hue), saturation (the purity of the colour) and value (the brightness of the colour).

Yellow can be overstimulating Yellow, at its purest saturation and with a high value, is intense and reflects a lot of light. This results in excessive stimulation of the eye that may cause fatigue and irritation. It’s true then that the use of this type of yellow, coupled with visual patterning and high brightness, may overstimulate any person, whether they are a baby or an adult. This shade is not ideal in a space such as a nursery, where a sense of tranquillity is preferred.


Finding the right shade The secret to using yellow in a baby’s nursery is both in the saturation and value of the colour, and the accents used to create harmony and balance within the room. There are thousands of yellows out there, from sunny yellow to citrus yellow, banana yellow and mellow yellow. The pastel end of yellow is ideal for a baby’s nursery, and can be harmonised with many accent colours, thereby serving the purpose of the room. If the need of the room is to make it cooler or more calming, green or blue-green would be an ideal accent. This soft grey has a restful feel.

baby bedroom gray and yellow             GrayYellowNursery

Alternatively, if you’re intrigued yet still nervous about using yellow in your baby’s nursery, as a safe bet use it as an accent colour. By doing this you can still create a warm, happy and soothing environment without it becoming overwhelming.

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 Achieving the right balance Please keep in mind that yellow is so reflective, it is a chameleon-like colour that will take on the properties of what it is next to, just like white does. The light source will also affect how the shade appears. Before painting a whole wall paint a small square as a sample, or use a swatch taped up on the wall to view the shade in all types of light.

Don’t be afraid to use yellow in your baby’s nursery. When used the right way it’s a wonderfully gender-neutral colour that will give a soothing and calm feeling, together with the warmth of sunshine. When you select the shade you are happy with be mindful of the saturation, brightness and intensity of it. With the right shade of yellow used with appropriate accent colours, you will be able to create beauty and balance in the room.

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Do Babies Cry More in Yellow Rooms

Carlton Wagner may have given yellow in kids’ rooms a bad rep, but could this sunny shade actually be right for the space? “Babies cry more, and temperamental people explode most quickly, in yellow rooms” claimed Carlton Wagner back in 1989.

During the last few years I have had many a discussion over whether yellow should be used in a baby’s nursery. You only need to search “Do babies cry in yellow rooms?” online and you will discover pages of comments from interior designers and home decorators recommending against using yellow in a nursery, for fear it will make babies cry more. Following yet another recent conversation by a client asking about the use of yellow in her baby’s room, I thought it relevant to discuss the topic in a little more depth.

Why yellow got some slack
Besides interiors, he also consulted on product packaging and branding, gaining credibility and influence with his understanding and use of colour psychology. For the most part, Wagner’s work was supported by research.

On the other hand, he also claimed that not only did the colour yellow make babies cry, it also made the elderly lose muscle control and shake in its presence, and predicted that Giorgio perfume would fail due to its yellow and white packaging. Back in the mid-’80s, American interior designer Carlton Wagner formed The Wagner Institute for Colour Research in Santa Barbara, California.

His influence created a silent embargo on using yellow within a baby’s nursery, which has continued to the present day. With little research to support his claim on yellow, rumour has it that he just hated the colour and even suggested it should be obliterated from planet Earth!


Next I am going to talk about how colour has an impact on us.

Mackay girls “Tips on Interior Decorating your home”

Hi everyone,

I have a few interesting tips to share with you on decorating a room with class, clean lines and shapes.

Keep your colour palette very simple. If you add a lot of colour it makes your space overdone and busy. If you use a range of colours in the same family it will give you a great result and will be easy to decorate.

Texture is very important, if you have too many smooth finishes this will result with a cold feeling. Add linens and weaves to your furnishings and this will add a beautiful touch. Great decorator pieces in clay pottery and porcelain compliment each other and add texture. “Keep it simple”

Add the personal touches by having great subtle wall pieces and add a great shaped glass vase with beautiful cut flowers or a simple branch from a shrub in your garden to add the personal touch necessary to create a beautiful space.

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I would love to hear from you and “happy decorating”




Renovate? Yes or No

You’re faced with the question of whether to stay where you are or move? It may be your family home where you have strong emotional ties or that you love the location but the existing home no longer meets your needs.

Do I stay or go?

Before you can make the decision to renovate, first ask yourself the question “I have the house, can I change it to make the difference that will achieve the ideal result and is renovation the best financial option”

What are our lifestyle, work and family needs? Will we entertain a lot? Will we want private areas for chilling out?

Renovation is an exciting and challenging time and to ensure it goes smoothly, planning and preparation are the major keys, regardless of whether you decide to prepare and document all the creative details yourself or engage a professional Designer/Decorator to work with you through this very important stage to prepare a “Brief” for your project.

You need “TO DEFINE YOUR LOOK”. The path to being happy with the result is to begin with great ideas, join Pinterest the online social bookmarking tool to collect and store ideas, thumb through magazines and books, search the Internet for inspiration, make a scrapbook of magazine clippings that appeal to you and also paint sample boards in the colours you are considering and look at them under different light levels. Take the time early on to sort out your details and don’t make hasty decisions.

At another time I will talk further on achieving the “WOW” factor in decorating your project.