Shopping in style

Shopping in style

Each year, soon after the arrival of Spring, we are invited to an Industry event in Brisbane. It’s a little like a street fair, with a number of suppliers who are located within the same precinct, opening up their doors to showcase their products. They decorate and cater and put their best frocks on and welcome us in the door like queens! And who doesn’t like to shop with a glass of bubbles in their hand?

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Interpreting Hamptons Style

Interpreting Hamptons Style

One of the biggest design trends this decade with no sign of disappearing, the ‘Hamptons’ style is undoubtedly gorgeous. A term originally inspired by a group of coastal villages in upstate Long Island, the modern interpretation represents a casual yet modern and elegant coastal style. Living in our beautiful and enviable coastal location (or anywhere in our gorgeous country), it’s easy to see why this style has been embraced so fully and is the most requested design style yet!

So how do you introduce this style into your own home, without ending up with a cookie-cutter finish? Read on for our best tips…

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Get your home guest ready for Christmas

Get your home guest ready for Christmas

It's crazy, but Christmas is only 12 weeks away! If you're like most of us, the downhill run after September passes in a blur of busyness and before you know it, the silly season is upon us with little time to complete the numerous tasks on the To-do list! We say, get organised this year and get your home ready for guests early, allowing you time to enjoy a glass of bubbles (or two!) with your loved ones.

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Ready for a kitchen update? Read this...

Ready for a kitchen update? Read this...

We’ve come to expect a lot from our kitchens over the last few decades and it’s not surprising, given the busy lives we lead today. Gone are the days when the kitchen was positioned in a separate room, closed off from the rest of the house and used only for cooking. Kitchens today function as the heart of the home, a gathering space for family, open to dining and living spaces and even outdoor living. So with these higher expectations, how do we create a kitchen that can meet all of our needs? Here are a few key features to consider –

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Master bedroom perfection

Master bedroom perfection

When it comes to our idea of a dreamy master bedroom, here at CT Design we automatically think of a calming sanctuary, a place to retreat, breathe out and recharge. To us, this is what the master bedroom should be – a space within the home that is quiet, peaceful and restful – a little oasis from life’s hectic schedule. Here is a room to really decorate as you please and allow a softer side to rule. We share our top tips for creating bedroom perfection –

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Getting your outdoor furniture right

Getting your outdoor furniture right

When it comes to choosing outdoor furniture, there are a number of elements, other than style, that should be given some thought. And with the amount of time we now tend to spend living outdoors, it’s vital that you make considered choices to ensure your furniture lasts the distance (trust us, your wallet will thank you in the long run!). The two most important considerations are location and material.

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The Mudroom - a must for modern family living

The Mudroom - a must for modern family living

The term ‘mudroom’ historically referred to a small space near the back entry of a farm or manor house, where you would literally take off and store muddy boots and coats. Fast forward to today and this room has taken on far more importance in the lives of modern families.

The modern mudroom is now an essential space located near the entry to your home, quite often from the garage, and can be either close to or part of the laundry space.The room’s function is to provide the family a place to store daily essentials on entering the home – kids can drop off school bags and kick off shoes, parents can hang coats and scarves, dog leads can be hung up and beach detritus can be deposited without dragging sand through the house.Can you see why this room is worth its weight in gold?!

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Creating a fabulous & functional laundry

Creating a fabulous & functional laundry

The laundry has certainly had its moment in the limelight recently and we are 100% for it. Gone are the days when the laundry was a dark and dingy space under the house with a washing machine in one corner, a utilitarian sink in the other and a family of daddy-long-leg spiders lurking! As for design and function, dream on! Thankfully, the laundry has become as much a consideration to the home design as the main bathroom, and so it should, seeing that it’s a space that holds such responsibility.

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Choosing style that lasts

Choosing style that lasts

In interiors and fashion, trends can come and go as quickly as a Queensland winter - blink and you can miss it completely! So how do you select finishes and accessories that won’t date quickly but that still hold great style credence? Here are a few pointers to guide you –

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Create a Living Room you love

Create a Living Room you love

The name says it all doesn’t it… Our living room is a place where we ‘live’ daily, a place where we can really relax and feel comfortable.  From watching a favourite series on Netflix, to snuggling in to the sofa with a good book, to lounging around with friends, to dare I say, even eating a few sneaky TV dinners – so much time and so many different activities take place in this one space. It’s easy to see why it’s so important to carefully consider the layout of the space and the furnishings you choose.

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Make an entrance

Make an entrance

The entrance to your home can say so much about who lives within and is one of the first impressions guests receive when they visit. Not to mention the feeling it evokes within you when you walk in the door. So what does your home’s entrance say about you? Make a style statement and say something fabulous! Where do I begin, you wonder? Here’s a quick guide –

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We love wallpaper

We love wallpaper

We have always been a big fan of wallpaper and it has certainly had a resurgence of late, as seen in many beautiful homes featured in decor and design magazines. And why not, when it is such a perfect medium to use to inject colour, texture and some serious personality into a space, which is of course, the very reason we love it!

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A quick guide to choosing artwork

A quick guide to choosing artwork

Choosing artwork for your home can be a very personal process and can really add so much personality to a space. Colours, styles, mediums, prints, canvas, photographic, textile – there are so many choices and some people find it easy and others difficult. Take into consideration the following before you begin and you will be on your way –
· Do you want a stand-out statement piece to take centre-stage or something more subtle to complement a room?

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Get your colours right

Get your colours right

Colour - love it, hate it, can’t decide? Everyone is different and it’s a subject that can be debated endlessly, but one thing we do know - if you get it right, boy is it wonderful! We love working with colour – it can inject so much personality, life and energy into a space, and can really tell visitors something about the owners of the home. However our best advice, is to use colour wisely and thoughtfully.

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Defining Designers - understanding who does what!

Defining Designers - understanding who does what!

With so many names and terms bandied about, it can be very confusing to know what exactly the scope of work is for different Designers in relation to a project and the world of Design. So we have put together a brief description of who does what and how we work together to create the best results. Read on to understand a little more of our world…

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Kerb Appeal - get your exterior up to scratch

Kerb Appeal - get your exterior up to scratch

If you watch any of the many renovation shows currently airing, you will have heard of the importance of ‘curb appeal’. Essentially it is ensuring the front of your home and garden look their very best, which is extra important if you are considering selling. So what do you need to do to get things looking their best? Ask a Designer of course! Our suggestions would be to look at the following –

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Downsizing - get the furniture right for your new abode

Downsizing - get the furniture right for your new abode

Moving house is up there as one of the most stressful experiences one can go through in life and most people vow never to move again once they’ve done it! But what happens when you’re downsizing and your furniture now doesn’t fit in your new space? Or the style is not compatible with your new abode? Deep breaths, don’t panic just yet! And do not rush out and start shopping! Being organised and planning ahead is your best weapon in this instance.

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Choosing appropriate furniture + furnishings for holiday rentals

Choosing appropriate furniture + furnishings for holiday rentals

Ensuring your investment property stands up to holiday use and abuse is just as important as making it look beautiful!  Having refurbished and furnished many a holiday home now, we have seen the results of clients choosing items themselves that simply aren’t appropriate for their end use. Trust us, after holiday use, the end result ain’t pretty! Remember the old adage, Function over Form. Just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the right choice. 

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