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New Year, New Trends

It’s hard to believe it is the start of a new decade. We have loved 2019, but it is time to start looking into 2020 and the design trends upon us. We have compiled a list of what we anticipate to be the biggest trends set for 2020 and commitment-phobes beware, because there is one common theme, and it’s ALL about COMMITMENT.


We have put together a list of 6 stone products making waves in the world of design. From natural beauties to manmade alternatives, we have the current front-runners and future-favourites covered below.
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2019 Design Trends

Photo Credit: The Calile Hotel, Brisbane

From relaxed linens and natural products to hand painted Dolce and Gabbana toasters, the Interior trend we are embracing for 2019 is our love of the Italian coastline and the romance and vibrance of Positano. The relaxed lifestyle that embraces colour, pattern and tradition translates perfectly into the laid-back Australian way of living.

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The Designer’s Christmas Gift Guide 2018

It's that time of year again and we love giving presents (or hints) and this year our selection is a little less for the home and little more for us. Over the years, some presents have become timeless gift ideas and we have decided to revisit the classics and how they can fit under the tree this year.
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A Mexican Adventure

CG Design Studio designer Julia Stajanovic recently headed to Mexico’s beautiful beaches and gives her top tips and recommendations for a relaxing break in this tropical paradise.  
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Easy Tips for Your Outdoor Living Space

With the summer months fast approaching, it's time to pack away those blankets and start thinking about our outdoor living spaces. These areas get a little neglected during winter and now is the perfect time to spruce them up before the entertaining season starts. Outdoor living is one of the best ways to relax and de-stress in the summertime, which is why it's so important to have an adequate area. These tips can be followed to provide a more detailed living space. Although, some people might decide that it's easier to get a professional to come in and design their outdoor area for them. There are multiple landscape architects out there, especially because of all of the franchise opportunities available currently. Landscape designers are in high demand! However, that doesn't mean you can't design your own area. Here are some great tips for your outdoor living area.
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The Designer’s Guide to Storage

It’s so easy for a house to become overrun with clutter, and there’s some great storage solutions on the market to help organise your space. But if you think about your storage needs in the planning stages of a renovation, you can take advantage of often underutilised space.
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Top Australian Photographic Artists of 2017

Whether you're re-designing your kitchen or even bathroom, photographic art can find it's place on your wall. Gone are the days of cheesy sunset shots over the beach being your only option for photo art. With so many new artists popping up over the last few years, photos can be a really gorgeous addition to your art collection.

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.
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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.
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Top Kitchen Design Trends in 2017

Recently I wrote about ways to avoid as much stress as possible during a kitchen renovation. As I am currently planning my own kitchen renovation in my Brisbane home and doing my own research I thought I'd share with you my top five kitchen design trends for 2017. For those of you that could be looking at a costly home renovation and you're needing financial assistance, looking into home improvement loans can enable you to get your renovation work started sooner rather than later, as well as potentially increase your budget slightly!
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Top Tips for Planning Your Kitchen Renovation

Top Tips for Planning your Kitchen Renovation
It's the time of year where everyone is starting to think about what they want to do to their homes for the year. From getting new flooring installed, replacing the old oven with something brand new, to something simple as checking out sites like steel lighting co to find new lighting options, there is so much that can be done to give the kitchen an update. Personally, I am currently in the midst of planning my own kitchen renovation.
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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. Men, especially grumpy old father's, are notoriously hard to shop for, but there are some real classic gift ideas out there for dads that always work. Be it the ever trusty pair of photo socks (a little spin on the old socks) that some dads will never get tired of, to the more contemporary ideas, as long as the gift is personal and you've thought on it long enough no doubt your father will understand how much you care with what you give. One of these gift ideas is a brand spanking new watch, and you can click here for more information on how to get your Father an awesome new timepiece this year. Alternatively, a more modern present you could look at gifting might be the Segway ninebot max. This present could help with commuting or could also be used for spending more time outside exploring. You could also consider getting a new tie for father's day. 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!
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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…
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.