Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Home of Charles and Ray Eames

Scrolling my instagram feed yesterday I saw that a fellow Aussie designer was touring L.A. and had just visited the home of husband and wife design team, Charles and Ray Eames, in the Pacific Palisades California.


So I googled it and discovered I could practically walk from our Santa Monica home.


I made a booking to tour the home the next morning.

Today was my day to visit this iconic home and soak up the creative energy and integrity surrounding this sacred site. My 90 minute visit has totally reinvigorated my deepest passion and calling for design.

So many wonderful quotes from an extraordinary visionary.
My favourite being;
"The extent to which you have a design style is the extent which you have NOT solved the design problem".
By Charles Eames.
This home certainty was a space for living, ever growing, ever changing and spoke to my designer heart and my Space Healing design philosophy.

The interiors were decorated with plants and layered exotic textiles from around the globe, just the way I like it.
Jas and I have been talking a lot about the Eames armchair recently. We are looking for a lounge chair for our new bedroom and Jas keeps on coming back to this one. Even though Jas appreciates the design merits of the Eames Armchair, he's not easily warming to the price.....

Our children had a wonderful time at the Eames property making a house of cards under the gumtrees.

For a moment we felt like we were in Sydney again.

I took this Scandinavian vintage Luna chair designed by Odd Knutsen home on memo this week to show Jas. It was in our price range and was extremely comfy.

But it wasn't refined enough for Jas, with Eames on the brain and all.
So the search continues.
Tonight we agreed to pop into Design Within Reach and take a seat in the Eames chair just for fun.
 I think this is called striking while the iron is hot.
Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Space Matters

The space matters.... by Seth Godin
"It might be a garage or a sunlit atrium, but the place you choose to do what you do has an impact on you.

More people get engaged in Paris in the springtime than on the 7 train in Queens. They just do. Something in the air, I guess.

Pay attention to where you have your brainstorming meetings. Don't have them in the same conference room where you chew people out over missed quarterly earnings.

Pay attention to the noise and the smell and the crowd in the place where you're trying to overcome being stuck. And as Paco Underhill has written, make the aisles of your store wide enough that shoppers can browse without getting their butts brushed by other shoppers.

Most of all, I think we can train ourselves to associate certain places with certain outcomes. There's a reason they built those cathedrals. Pick your place, on purpose."

My gorgeous business partner in Complete Pad, (my Aussie online interiors shop), Patricia, emailed me Seth's post above. Our slogan for Complete Pad has been "Because Space Matters" for some time now. This is the email she sent to me late last night. I really wanted to share it with you.
In P's words....

"This is actually a very spiritual post - its about energy. He does not mention the word once. But he knows it is, I think he deliberately avoids it.

But you and I both know it.

Apart from our homes, we try to get this energy across when people visit our space online, CP (Complete Pad). It's what needs to go across. The energy.
There is actually a lot to this post when you read it a second time. I am going to read this a third time now. ;)"

This is just an insight to why I love this woman and the depth of partnership she offers me.

I particularly enjoyed P's observation on how Seth has deliberately avoided any reference to spirituality. It's so true. It's too confronting and therefore not cool. But he has delivered the message pretty powerfully, hence his genius and mass following.

I practice yoga when I can, it's not very often. My favourite place to practice is Naam Yoga in Santa Monica. I walked in recently and the girls were buzzing telling me about the world class research work they were doing on Sound. It kinda went over my head but the essence I got. They were proving, here and now, that what we call spirituality today will be called science tomorrow.

I can't wait until the Seths of the world can just be real about it. Then we'll know we have truly evolved.

Patricia recently flew over to L.A. to surprise me for my 40th birthday. Feeling very blessed to have her in my life and work with her each day. Here we are in my home in L.A. before my birthday dinner.

And here's my 5 year old Ash, walking down 3rd Street prom after our restorative yoga class at Naam.

Stay cool you guys and remember, Space Matters!


Saturday, October 3, 2015

My HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Entry

A few months ago, I was approached by HGTV, (The Home and Garden TV network here in America). They were visiting L.A. for a few days and asked me to come in and talk about some of my projects. We met in the beautiful Kravet showroom in the esteemed Pacific Design centre.
Yeap, it was a bit of a thrill!
I think they found me through my Houzz profile, which I must say has been the best referral network for a designer landing in a new town.
HGTV shared some amazing insights with me in that meeting. Their internal research had identified a trend towards authenticity in design and something they termed, The Light House effect. People were seeking homes that sincerely impacted their wellbeing and ones that let in nature and light.

HGTV asked me to become a member of their professional network to discuss design and my personal design philosophy through a series of interviews for their digital channel. I had to load a selection of images of my work to their professional portal and in doing so I was approached by another department within HGTV who were responsible for running their annual Fresh Faces of design competition. They suggested I enter. So I did. Middle Cove project made it to the finals!!! Whoot!

So I thought I'd take this opportunity to chat about this project in more detail today, and hopefully demonstrate more clearly my Space Healing design philosophy in action. The project was completed quite a while ago now but in many ways it is still very relevant.

Simplistically, my philosophy is based on my innate approach to my design work. It is very much like a decision making reference point, where the intent always comes back to one question, how can I genuinely enhance my clients wellbeing?

Decisions are never based on style outcomes. Rather, I start with determining design relevance by committing to a deeper level of enquiry and observation. I ask myself, how can design inform my clients best life and their evolution? What legacy are they trying to create?

Once I have clarity, I assess the space and hone into my design instincts, which I have learnt to appreciate is my most highly attuned skill. It is here where I instinctively sense how I need to manipulate the space to bring it's best foot forward, (and my clients), to co-create what I call, spatial and homeowner integrity.

After doing this work, I very quickly tap into style based visions, which are normally very detailed and descriptive. And away I go....


So this home was for a lovely family of four whom I have become very close to over the years since completing their home. In no particular order, I am just going to chat about each space as captured here by my photographer Matt...

This is the lounge room / dining room. An open plan space designed to promote the soothing and restful view where one can dream, nourish, reflect and revive. The bushy landscape was the reason my clients were so drawn to this property. Every design decision was informed by the healing aspects of nature. It's energising effects and its ability to transform our mood within moments. The interior was fashioned to bring into play these wellbeing powers to move us from dull and tired to enlightened and reinvigorated. My design solution was to keep the space as simplistic as possible and allow the essential materials to do the work and inform the view. With a carefully selected amount of colour to add comfort and joy, I tired to bring the view inside the home wherever possible.


This artwork is printed on a sheet of aluminium which shifts this piece from being familiar to something exceptionally unique and rare. The industrial canvas is genius for the space and the perfect additive to bring meaning and purpose to this thoroughfare, beyond its mere mechanical obligation.

Industrial by construction, I humanised the space with colour, a sense of flow and form. The rug and stainless steel coffee table provided the ultimate family friendly treatment for this heavily used space. Earthy tones were used to identify with the gum tree filled skyline.

An earth beaten pot suggests beauty and serenity come with age. In juxtaposition with the perfect white walls this pot represents that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect, just like as the Japanese aesthetic principles of wabi-sabi.

The client wanted a design that maximised cleaning efficiency. All decisions came back to this intent knowing we could make the space more with plants and towels.


It is all about the amazing contemporary staircase and artwork. The juxtaposition of the heavy materials and the delicate poppies are delightful and in perfect harmony making this space a soulful and soothing experience to transcend through.

The brief was to create open plan living spaces that incorporated independent spaces for various functions and experiences. We transition the occupant from formal to informal areas using different flooring and pocket sliding doors to allow flexibility.

The intention for the walnut timber cupboard material was to cocoon the occupant amongst the earth. Earth elements face your back while you face the earth outside. Visually needed to break up the mass of white, but from a sensory perspective, it was essential to create this nurturing environment for what was considered the heart of this home.


The custom made rug was crafted from 100% goat hair and glued together in stripes to add colour and texture in a flat pile finish which spoke to the concrete floors in a sympathetic tone.

The artwork was by an energy artist Sophie Taggart who embeds intentions into her work. I was involved in this process to guide the intention for the space whilst my client guided the intention for her family. The result speaks for itself. The client often emails me updates on how this piece has uplifted her life. Each time she expresses a new effect to her wellbeing, which I continually find fascinating and so rewarding to read. This is the essence to my work and what I deeply strive to achieve for each client.

Empty corners can negatively impact a space making it feel harsh and lacking. This was the case in this room. Adding the simple sheer drape with a very simple fold that complimented the minimalistic space was the answer and instantly imparted a sense of calm and balance.


The brief was to design a room that maximised TV viewing, nature viewing and family connection. We take this type of brief very seriously and at all times work towards an outcome that honours the inherent beauty of the space and the clients functional requirements. We achieved this by custom designing the modular sofa to work in 3 versatile configurations. Custom cabinetry for storage was designed to work with the unavoidable TV and designed with the intention of balancing the black box with pleasing proportions that spoke to the height, racked ceiling and tree-scape vista.

The desire for flexible seating drove all decisions for the layout. Being avid entertainers, the client wanted the ability to open and close the space to serve mixed functions; host large parties, meditation evenings and intimate movie nights for her family.

Shown here is the sofa configuration best suited to entertaining. Designed to have no back facing the guests, the modular sofa allowed for free flowing interaction from each and every space, inside to out. A robust, family friendly and affordable, wash and wear Warwick fabric was selected, Bronco Cloud. Budget and serviceability always at the top of our design relevance check-sheet.

The red lamp was chosen for its artistic qualities and proportions which filled the corner beautifully and provided delightful ambient lighting at night.

The outdoor dining was carefully considered using a outdoor quality dining setting with bench seating. It was a significant investment. My clients have expressed a few times since, how this investment has repaid them time and time again.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour and that is somewhat demonstrates how I work from the inside out. Less about the visual outcome and more about the genuine intent to bring house & homeowner in sync. Still interior design, but interior design driven with soul and purpose.

This project has been shortlisted in the Crazy For Color category in this years HGTV Fresh Faces of Design. I have been selected alongside a handful of other designers and welcome you to take a peak. All votes for my project are of course welcome!


As always, to you and your home in love and light.


Monday, May 25, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: A Special Session with Bronwyn


My New Service

I am launching my new service today and it's been a long time brewing. I am so excited to finally have it nutted out, test driven and official. I believe very deeply in the extraordinary power of this service and although essentially a very simple concept, it has taken me the best part of my (almost) 2-decade career to fully hone.

After relocating to California 18 months ago, I have had the opportunity to become very clear on 'why and how' I do what I do. I have identified my core design methodology by truly acknowledging my somewhat different approach and with this new found consciousness I have since enjoyed assisting family and friends with this more heightened awareness of my gifts.

Leaving my 17 year old design career behind in Sydney and starting my life over again here in Los Angeles, has given me the much needed sabbatical I have been seeking. During this time I have sought to understand more deeply my unique design technique. I have asked myself certain questions; What makes something beautiful? Why do I seek inspiration based on an outcome rather than a visual? And how specifically do I influence the feel of a space? What I now understand, is that I have a particular healing approach to my design work that I term, ‘Space Healing’. A process where I literally 'feel out' spaces and align them to my clients using colour, placement, texture & purpose.

Space Healing is my design philosophy and best described as the art of creating a home that is in complete integrity with my clients and their space. It is a design approach that honours the client’s wholly expressed uniqueness and pairs it with their space’s unrealised potential to create interiors that feel as good as they look. This has been my long time mantra for Touch Interiors and a responsibility I have carried since my first job in 1998.

So without further ado, I present my unique sessions that are on offer to homeowners worldwide.

My Family now living in America

What it is

This is a niche service and is very much for the client seeking MORE. More abundance, more clarity, more feeling, more love, more beauty, more life. This is not just for the client who has more to spend. My goal is to open up a pathway for more homeowners to get the help they need and allow them to truly connect with design, understanding fully that they are worthy of creating, rather than making do or simply making pretty.

I believe when your home truly reflects your authentic essence and the legacy you are creating for your life and your loved ones, so much more energy is freed up to create the life you truly want. My sessions create sacred time for you to be in intentional and constant creation with your home before you jump into solving problems with WHAT solutions. My sessions create time for the WHY, building your foundation so you can create your feeling, and dare I say healing, home.

There is no denying that a home that is set up to support you, is priceless. When you take care of your home, your life really does transform immeasurably. Imagine designing a home that erodes the busyness of the day as soon as you step foot inside, a home that inspires more productivity and a home that facilitates more joy for you and your loved ones. The aim of a session is to empower you with the tools you need to make the strategic design and purchasing decisions to create this home. Decisions that save you from costly mistakes, and not just monetary ones, and decisions that powerfully transform the quality and beauty of your world.

How it works

My sessions are conducted over Skype or Facetime and last anywhere from 2-3 hours. The first part of the session is devoted to a deeper level of enquiry where I listen and ask questions to bring more clarity and awareness to the things that really matter. It is this part of the session where we create your authentic intention for your home. The second part of the session is set aside to tour your home. You will walk me around your home and I will ask certain questions to prompt recognition and identify potential. You will be amazed at how this simple approach can help you reconnect with your space and see things that you were never present to before.

Once we have unearthed the WHY we can let the WHAT conversation begin. I will quickly tap into the colours, textures and styles that will work best for you and your space. I freely disclose all visions, all inspiration, giving you the jump start you need to develop your intentional and personal style.

Once our session has finished you will not be left alone. Whilst I anticipate just one session will powerfully set you up to create this very special home, at any point Touch Interiors is here for ongoing consultations and support. We have a large network of aligned stylists who can assist you with the specification and procurement services you may require to identify the very tissues required to make your home whole. Whichever way we do this, one thing is for sure, by doing the work you will truly receive all the joy and abundance that comes with creation. And this is the very gift our new service offers a new breed of homeowner who has been waiting for MORE.

I have limited appointments available for these very special sessions and I want to help as many people as possible. My direct email is if you would like to learn more. I'm really looking forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Neutral Bay to Bellingen and Space Healing all the way!

Quite some years ago my parents down sized from our family home. 
They moved to Neutral Bay into a three bedroom apartment which I was lucky enough to work on.

Mum & Dad's Neutral Bay apartment

Mum & Dad were keen to start afresh and part ways with their full suite of Jacobean furniture that my Grandfather built post-war. Whilst it was skilfully made, this type of furniture wasn't exactly my Mother's cup of tea.
Mum & Dad's previous home. My wedding day with Grandpa's Jacobean cabinet which my cousin now lovingly cares for.
The artwork, rug & candle sticks made the cut and are showcased in my parent's new Bellingen home.
It was time for a new horizon!

Looking back on my parents Neutral Bay apartment, it's gratifying to witness their journey and the part I played in helping them create their new reality. A reality that allowed them to step into their potential. A new way of living that truly represented their core and the things they valued most in life.
It was this very project that we embarked on together in 2007, that ignited a calling in me that I hadn't fully acknowledged prior.
My Space Healing calling.  

Detail from Mum & Dad's Neutral Bay apartment I designed. 

I invested much time to ensure the space I designed for my parents truly reflected their inner being. I wanted more than anything to create a space that felt really good for my Mum & Dad. A space that spoke to their authentic selves in a way that was honest and healing and naturally, beautifully designed.
Many of the skills & techniques I used to create this healing home were intuitive. Some were practical and others learnt. The success came down to being tapped in and invested in them as people and knowing how to translate that into design. 
All decisions were built upon inspiration found inwardly, intentions.
I wasn't seeking a look, or a style. I was seeking my parents. 

"We sold our two story home and bought a large waterfront apartment, something that we had always dreamed about. Bronwyn challenged what we thought we wanted, and suggested alternatives, encouraging us to be a little "bold". She proposed minor structural changes, located suitable furniture, fittings, hardware, soft furnishings, and colour scheme. Thank you Bronwyn, you drew us out of our comfort zone, made us think and feel twenty years younger. We love our apartment and so do all our friends." - Brian Poole

Dad's review I invited him to write on Houzz.
Last year Mum & Dad made the tree change to beautiful Bellingen just near Coffs Harbour on the mid north coast of New South Wales.
They moved from their Neutral Bay apartment to be closer to my sister Fi and her family.

Bellingen before shot with previous owners furniture

I distinctly remember the day Dad called me, excitedly describing the house he had found.

I couldn't wait to get inside. The Christmas before last, I had the opportunity to inspect this property to assess it's potential before they purchased it.

Instantly, I saw the magic my parents spoke of and we began discussions on what Mum & Dad envisaged for their new home.
After shot of Mum& Dad's Bellingen home
Fast forward a year, a year where my husband, children and I relocated to Los Angeles, I arrive back home to see what mischief my parents have been up to with their new home and its renovation.
Mum warned me...."if you don't like something then please tell me gently".... I wasn't worried!

Mum, (a stylish born & bred Queenslander and successful property agent with a dynamic sense of style) and Dad, (a naval architect with a keen designers mind & eager tool belt) had it under control!


Whilst I had a lot of influence, I never 'did' this home for my parents.
Inevitably, living overseas, I had to relinquish some control which previously I was accustomed to having.
Rather than doing it for them, I guided them, planting intentions, imparting skills and offering support.

I had complete confidence in them. I knew they were well equipped with an appreciation found at Neutral Bay for what it takes to make a home beautiful and whole and the immense payoff this will have on their wellbeing.

What bred from this experience is a distinction I appreciate more deeply and the essence to my Space Healing design philosophy which I would like to further hare with you here.
My favourite sofa overlooking the mountains
Peeping just behind, is the timber planter my Grandpa made. I was so happy when I saw it here.
Over the past 20 years, I have been blessed with all sorts of clients and all sorts of briefs. I spent most of my first professional decade manifesting clients who would let me do it all.
I wanted to build my portfolio and I wanted an opportunity to really experiment with different styles. 
I knew that if I was granted complete trust to run with my vision, things would get done. They would get done efficiently, they would get done well and they would get done within budget. I would be free to create spaces beyond my client's imagination.
It was the perfect business model for a designer and rewarded me with a growing portfolio that I was proud of.


Recently however, I have recognised a responsibility that has taken the later part of my two decade career to fully embrace.

As a skilled & passionate interior designer, I use to relate to myself as a designer who could heal spaces.

As a more experienced and in-tune designer, I recognise that a shift is occurring. Today, I am more invested in being a healer who can design spaces.
A Space Healer.
I am eternally grateful for the flexibility of this vintage B&B sofa which Dad and I found whilst manning
Dad's pottery store at Mitchel Rd Antique & Design Centre.
It's curved back offering the perfect solution to problematic columns in both properties.
I have always been intrigued by the healing that occurs when our home and our being are united through design.

Mum's favourite chair.
One of two of our wedding urns, which I made my mates carry into the chapel,
because I didn't want flowers on my wedding day.
I just wanted plants, trees even, in the church. I really owe them one!

I believe spaces transform us; just like a great piece of art, or the perfect dress that makes us feel unstoppable!

When our space becomes a physical expression of our authentic self, it becomes our true healing sanctuary.


I believe Space Healers have an extra something special to offer their clients beyond the design process.

They take their clients by the hand, on a journey of discovery, to find their extraordinarily whole home.

A home designed just for them.

I believe inspiration always starts inwardly, where truths unfold, shining light on the limitless potential of the client & the house that connects them.

When we move homes, or when we decide to make changes to our existing home, it's a sign that a great opportunity for personal evolution is taking place.

I have observed this in every client I have worked with. I believe tapping into this evolution is key.

Like the house that captures you, a space healer does the same.

They capture you, and see your potential, often in a way that is not even apparent to you yet. They connect this new you, with your homes unique potential, to create what I consider my ultimate professional responsibility; a home designed to feel as good as it looks.

Dad's genius use of yacht stanchions to hang their Tracey Deep artwork

I believe Space Healers are gifted listeners and decode using their innate sense for colour, placement, texture & purpose to bring spaces and their clients alive.

Treasured family heirlooms we had recovered 

They are the beacons that warn of poor decision.


Space healers don't impose their style. They dig deep to help their clients find their style. 
All their original furniture fit as if it were meant to be.

It is the ‘why’ before the ‘what’ that makes an extraordinary unique & whole home.
Space Healing is the art of helping uncover this very ‘why’ to design a meaningful & nurturing ‘what’.
Had you asked me last month if I successfully Space Healed my parents Neutral Bay apartment, I would have excitedly drafted a 10 page list of 'how' and 'why'.

After walking into my parents new Bellingen home this month, my thoughts on this have grown.

I can offer Space Healing without doing it all!

And more significantly, in not doing it all, I give my client the space to add that extra special touch of magic.
Mum wanted to 'surprise' me with her new kitchen despite many
phone calls begging her to disclose what she was up to. You nailed it Mumma!

My first impression of Mum & Dad's home was astonishingly radiant.

I was quite literally blown away!
 The designer in me resisted pointing out irrelevant niggly design annoyances; because really does the lazy splashback installation showing the adjoining edge matter? Well in some spaces and for some clients it would. But in this case it certainly did not.
What mattered, was that Mum and Dad truly found themselves in this home. A home they created together. A home they invested much time, intention and love into. A home that authentically spoke their truth and reflected their essence and supported their ever evolving journey.
"Beautiful Mumma" by family friend and Bellingen local Karlee Rawkins
Karlee said she wanted to paint a tree that spoke of my Mum - strong, generous & soft.

Whilst I was available to advise on paint colours, flooring and the general technical & creative stuff, they took the ultimate rein.

I could never have achieved the same essence if I took the reins completely, blinding them from the process.

Dad's incredible table he built. He specifically wanted the seat bench so his grandkids could run up and down.
It worked a treat.
 I am so proud of them.
I understand more deeply the gifts both of my parents have imparted to me; Mum's innate bold style and sense for warmth, and Dad's innate sense for design & function.
And always giving, as parents do, they gave me this journey to witness the truth I am continually seeking in my vocation. Helping cement my thoughts and techniques around my Space Healing design philosophy.
In the past, economics and design deliverables have dictated that I, 'the designer', take ultimate control. This used to be my client of choice. 
But successful Space Healing is even more potent with the client I would have shied away from in the past. One who is willing to get their hands dirty, willing to invest some time and willing to be guided & challenged along the way, with a coach, a 'Space Healer', always available.
Dad and I discussing the next stage of the Bellingen remodel;
their master suite extension!
More than ever I am seeking that special client who wants a Space Healer, so together we can create true magic. Magic that surpasses both our imagination.
 What a gift that would be.
Below are some of the before shots of this happy Bellingen home....

Before shot Bellingen

Before shot Bellingen

Before shot Bellingen
Before shot Bellingen

Before shot Bellingen

And to finish, a few final pictures of how we use the space now....
Dad and my son Hugh playing chess. Edge of extension table without extension leaf seen here.

My husband Jas and our daughter Darci on Christmas day 2014

Mum's Christmas table all set
Grandkids with the Christmas pinyada on the font lawn
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Until next time Lovers!