| Melbourne Cool |

The Design Files is an amazing blog featuring gorgeous Australian homes and creatives. The home is a 1930’s “Tudor Revival” owned by an architect and electrician !

There is a serious design boom going on in Australia and I can’t get enough of it. It’s very refreshing and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more.

In my opinion, the home has many diverse design elements in terms of how the couple styled it. You’ll find cool contemporary pieces mixed in with preserved historic elements, contrasted with a calm Scandi inspired bedroom and then a desert/ arts and crafts dining area.

Love it. Check it out !

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^ The deep teal blue accent sofa paired with the preserved wood and fresh white strikes a great balance of color and style.

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^ I love this super neutral dining room that uses texture and some accents of color to bring interest. And those dining chairs are amazing…

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^ At first I was like “Whoaaa super departure from what we were seeing before.” But then I figured its a great idea to make the bedroom seem almost like an escape for rest and relaxation. And those cool colors are doing it for me. *ready for a nap*

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^ Who knew wood paneling could still look good ? It works so well mixed with the tile floor and greenery. And the clean white office with great statement pieces (large art, gorgeous chair, Nelson lamps) is screaming timeless taste.

I have stamped my approval. x

All photos by The Design Files.

| Pantone Love |

Sooooo… can we just talk about 2016 Pantone color of the year ?

They didn’t just select one color, they selected… two !

Ah, it just can’t get better than this. I feel like this pairing has gotten a lot more attention than previous years, and for good reason.

Say welcome to …..

ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

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The names are just perfect alone. Pantone explained:

“Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

So here’s a little inspiration for application of these gorgeous (and meaningful) colors:

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| Instagram Worthy |

We’ve all thought at one time or another,

* This is such an Instagram moment…*

And stumbling across Emma Solveigsdotter’s (@solveigsdotter) feed, it looks like her whole life is an Instagram moment. Which, I wouldn’t complain about if it were mine. Her photos are beautiful and curated, capturing moments of stillness and happiness in daily life.

Take a look for yourself ! x

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| Morten Jonas |

Norwegian designers Morten & Jonas exemplify quintessential Scandinavian style.

I can imagine my home having clean white-washed wood floors, pure white walls, over sized windows, and Morten Jonas pieces sparsely scattered throughout…

A girl can dream. x

| Meet Me reading lamp for NorthernLighting |
| Meet Me reading lamp for NorthernLighting |
| Hoff sofa |
| Hoff sofa |
| Oy stools |
| Oy stools |
| Up and Down floor lamp |
| Up and Down floor lamp |

| Lene Ronfeldt |

Muted tones, serene light, and room to breathe. How I love the stylings of Lene Ronfeldt. As an interior stylist it is Lene who makes those breath taking moments and makes product photo seem evocative and transporting.

Lene specializes in interior styling, art direction, visual identity, and project management. By taking an internal vision and implementing it into reality, the images below of Lene’s work makes you feel something, makes you think, communicates without words…

Ah, so refreshing to see such creativity derived from simplicity.

Enjoy x

Lene Ronfeldt

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http://leneronfeldt.dk/

| Day One |

First, welcome.

I hope to look back on this post in a year or so and laugh at my awkward first typings into the blog world…

*oh wait, hahahaaa……too late..*

Another (serious) hope is to use this platform as a reflection on design of all kinds while collecting visual memories that peak my interest, thought, and spirit….

*”woooohoo that’s quite an aspiration”, you may say*

Yet, I am being real. Design resonates with me. Good design does. That which makes me stare in wonder, hold my breath, utter a low “wowwwww…”, and wrinkle my forehead trying to comprehend the beauty that was before me.

One of my first teachers while in college, would always say its all about:

“Truth and beauty.” 

And those words inspire me. Such a simple phrase made so much sense and stuck with me in my search and creation of great design.

“Truth” = The function of a space, the foundation, the honesty and authenticity.

“Beauty” = The wow factor, the piece that makes you realize you are witnessing something wonderful but you can’t identify exactly what it is. Its the feeling of a space even more than just the aesthetics.

Put the two together and you have an amazing balance of human life and human idealism. Hmmmm….does that make sense? ….I’m working on it…..

Well, thats my mini spiel. I guess another hope, *for goodness sake how many*, is to share my experiences, thoughts, and journey of being part of the design world to inspire and guide others.

Storytelling is the ultimate learning tool. And design is just one big story, all coming back to the human experience.

That’s some deep sh–

Peace x