The Designer’s Guide to Northern NSW

Guide to Northern NSW
If you're on Instagram no doubt you've seen all that Northern New South Wales has to offer those with a discerning eye for detail and design. If you're planning a day trip to the region, you're going to want to extend it after reading through this divine list of stops along the way.
Design Tips /

Interior Colour Direction Tips

Colour Trends for Interior Design 2017
One of the hardest parts of changing up your interiors is choosing a new colour scheme. It may be difficult but interior colour direction is such an important part of a holistic design that flows beautifully throughout your home.
Gift Guides /

The Designer’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brisbane Fathers Day Gift Guide
With Spring now upon us and father’s day this weekend, here is a few last minute gift ideas for dad that are perfect for the season and will look good around your home – no wall mounted singing fish here. Out with the embarrassing ties left over from the 80's and Brut and in with the stylishly accessorised dad we all know is in there somewhere!
Inspiration Travel /

The Designer’s Guide to Cambodia

Every year I try to take a vacation in August, it sounds a little European but it is actually a great way to warm up from the chilly winter months and recharge for that last dash into Christmas. This year I took a trip to Cambodia, a beautiful and fascinating country steeped in history from the reign of the khmer Empire in the 11th century to the devastating rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge during the 1970’s. This is a country that acknowledges its past and is trying to redefine itself to build a future. In many ways its charm is its tradition and simplicity.
Items for Sale /

Curious Crabs

A selection of curious crabs has made their way into the studio. In various sizes, in silver and aged brass these stunning crabs will be a real talking point of your interior over the summer months.
Design Tips Inspiration /

Italian Classics

I have been doing some research to find the perfect signature armchair for a clients sitting room, a unique piece that is sculptural, a design classic and of course comfortable.

Design Tips Inspiration /

Going Green Indoors

Brisbane Interior Design Inspo
As a small child I ate a poisonous indoor plant which I think is the reason why for so many years I was very anti the indoor plant, but alas I have come around and even find myself hunting down the illustrious and illusive fiddle leaf fig. So as the cooler months approach and you’re spending less time outdoors why not think about bringing the garden indoors with my top 5 indoor plants.
Projects /

CG Design Studio’s Adelaide St House Recognised by Houzz

Houzz interior design article
Less than one year in and CG Design Studio has already won its first major recognition! I am thrilled to announce that we are one of a select few design firms to receive a Best of Houzz 2015 award for Design. The recognition reflects our popularity amongst the 25 million users that make up the Houzz community.
Design Tips Inspiration /

Trends

Brisbane Interior Design Trends

Earlier this week The Australian posted an article that outlined writer Claire Carponen’s predictions for top interior design trends of 2015 (you can read the article here). I found it interesting that the article had actually been syndicated from The Times in the United Kingdom.

Inspiration /

Finding Inspiration in Bustling Bali

Brisbane Interior Design Trends

Happy New Year! Before we all end our summer breaks I thought I’d relive a little of mine. I was lucky enough to get away to Bali for two weeks to do a little exploring, a little product sourcing and a lot of relaxing.

 
Gift Guides Inspiration /

Christopher’s Christmas Gift Guide

Geometric Print Inspo
So it is almost Christmas and for those of you who haven’t finished your Christmas gift shopping I have put together my top ten gifts for the design conscious. In no particular order there is something for everyone at various price points.  There may also be a few hints for those buying for me this year…
Inspiration /

Natural, Neutral and Classic

Brisbane Interior Design Trends
For many of us out there, Christmas is all about the wrapping, decorations and table settings. Sure, we love time spent with family and friends and the whole peace and joy thing. But if you’re anything like me, the excitement of being able to go a little over the top with seasonal ornamentation is too much to contain.
Inspiration /

Inspiring Time with Janie

Brisbane Interior Design Trends

Today I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Janie Collins. A colleague and old friend, Janie is an agent for some of Australia’s best furniture makers and a fabulous support to QLD design.

It is always a pleasure to spend time with Janie. Her enthusiasm is infectious and it is always inspiring to see all the amazingly well crafted pieces from the designers she represents. These are quality pieces that stand the test of time. I’m sure each will become a treasured heirloom, which is hard to say about a lot of the furniture available these days.

Design Tips Interviews /

CG Chats with Threads

Brisbane Interior Design Trends

Brisbane Threads is an online publication that collects stories from Brisbane's growing community of artists,restaurateurs, writers, start-ups, designers and shares them with those who are interested in exploring what flourishing Brisbane has to offer. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of a visit from Alice Duffield and we sat down and chatted about all things design.  Read the full interview and more on Brisbane Threads.

Projects /

Happily Busy

Brisbane Interior Design Trends

Those who follow me on Instagram will have seen a few regular posts of the beautiful beaches down at Byron Bay. I’m not shirking my duties. Between a piccolo on the beach in the morning and a Corona on the beach in the afternoon, I’m actually there to work on exciting interior design project. This is a little post to give you an insight into the project and how it’s coming together.

 
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The Summer of Radiant Orchid

Interior Design Art Inspo

If you’re in Brisbane like I am, you’ll definitely have the feeling that we’ve shaken the dullness of winter and autumn. Summer is nearly here with its warmth and light. If the sunshine and summery breezes are inspiring you to be productive and creative (like they’re doing to me), it might just be time to add a few flashy splashes of colour through your home. Here are a few of my tips for low cost, high impact ways to brighten up your home in time for the summer social season.