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!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Matching your Higher Frequency

"Everything is here and now, but in various states of visibility and invisibility depending upon the frequency that you are operating on, and that means the belief system, the definitions that you buy into most strongly.

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics."

I'm not sure who the author of this quote is, but whether it's Albert Einstein, Darryl Anka, Bashar or an apocryphal, it rings true for me.

Yesterday we submitted our application for the greencard we won to become a permanent American resident.
Last year, not long after we landed here in L.A, Jas and I were sitting at our computers.
Jas said "wow I won a green".
Then he said;
"WOW you won one too"!
I wasn't quite sure how to react. And I certainly wasn't sure how I felt about it.
Jas asked me if I was excited. I guess because I didn't give him the immediate reaction he was expecting.
I needed a few days to let this BIG news sink in.

Driving home from dropping the kids to school. I belong here!
Reflecting on my reaction I believe I was scared.
Scared that the universe matched my frequency and provided what I needed to continue my growth.
As with anything in flow, it was effortless and profoundly significant.
I knew it wasn't an accident, or a co-incidence, and this scared the heebie-jeebies out of me.

The fact that we both won was surreal. I would have got one anyway, applying under my husbands.
But my message was in the very distinction that I won one.
Matching the frequency and manifesting my desired reality is something I've been told I do easily in some aspects of my life. I know this to be true but I can't articulate how I do it. I want to study this more in 2015 to learn how I can apply it to other areas of my life. My interest has been sparked!
If you are interested in learning more on how you can match your higher frequency I found this video a good place to start.
Likewise, if you are interested in applying for the American greencard, all you need is a high school certificate (and clean police record).
You need to enter in October each year and remember to check back for that years distribution. They do not send emails alerting you if you won.
There are many online scams asking you to pay a fee to enter. The legitimate one if FREE to enter.
Here is the website;
 Until later light seekers!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Art for your floor as well as your soul!

When designing spaces for my clients, I was once asked what is the first item I select. 
If my intention is for a patterned rug, I always choose the rug first. And it's a process not to be rushed.
If this special piece hasn't presented itself to me yet, I manifest my clear vision and soon enough it turns up.
A rug anchors a space and is a foundation to be built upon.
With so many choices out there it can be a lengthy exercise just editing the options.

Rima, my lovely new friend who also lives in Santa Monica, was very clear on her vision for her bedroom. She wanted a grounding sanctuary that embraced a bohemian sprit but one that was uniquely her own.
  When asked what colours she saw in her space Rima always returned to the same ones; deep pinkie reds and browns.
I saw these colours too plus a hint of navy!

So I began the editing process and presented her with 4 options.

I wonder which one she'll select?
Tom, my gracious rug supplier, certainly helped by making the process easier. There is nothing better than seeing the rug in your space.
I consider any beautiful hand crafted rug, like these stunning examples, a piece of art.
Just like artwork, a rug has the power to deeply resonate with us and take us to that desired place, within our special space.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Hero's Journey

Last week a very dear friend Patricia and her two children stayed with us for a few nights.
Patricia is one of those friends that never ceases to inspire & challenge me in a way I could only imagine a good life coach would do for their client.
Last week she taught me about The Hero's Journey
Have you guys heard of it?
I encourage you to read more about Joseph Campbell's ideas if you are either or all of the following;
1) feeling stuck in any part of your life

2) having trouble identifying your purpose

3) striving for more bliss
Our Ash

In a nut shell the Hero's Journey is the storyline behind many brilliant fables, novels and movies including George Lucas' Star Wars. Essentially there is a hero that is feeling lost, they have a dragon to slay (their fear) once they slay this dragon they find their true purpose....and the net result is blisssssss!
The link above explains it far better!

The whole Hero's Journey concept totally resonated with me and has helped me identify the current hero's journey I am on; the one where I have three young amazing children who are growing up so fast and who have so much to teach me.

Admittedly I ignored the call of this hero's journey for quite some time as I attended to the 'juggling a business and young family' journey back in Sydney. The call for me to be an even more hands on Mum was always there and getting stronger and stronger.
It wasn't until Cali that I had the courage to go on this journey. Recently completing a 6 week summer break with the kids, all at home, I fell like I have finally worked through much of this journey....slayed my dragon so to speak and come out the other end with more purpose, clarity and certainly more bliss. It just feels good when you are doing what you are meant to be doing.
I believe our life is full of Hero's Journey's. Some are short & some are long. And some are certainly harder than others. My next Hero's Journey is staring me right in the face....Arghhh! But maybe I'll share that when I've completed it!
Santa Monica Trader Joe's
I had the urge to share this with you when I was doing the grocery shopping at Trader Joes this morning. Feeling blissful and content, I wanted to share what I found a simple and helpful concept.
So in the words of Disney's Frozen (which I am now all too familiar with) 'LET IT GO'......
Clip of kids singing Let It Go! 
  and answer the call of your next Hero's's there and it won't go away until you complete it!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Space Healing Series: 11 Spruson Street - Part Three

 You have arrived at the end of my Space Healing series on Spruson Street so if you have not read PART ONE it's best to catch up before continuing.

The Wrap Up! 

(Cont)......Whilst we would love to embark on a larger renovation at some point we are now in no rush. I am so glad we took the approach we did, choosing a smaller remodel with emphasis on decoration taught me more about working with the essence of a home rather than simply creating a newer, bigger one.

I have always been of the opinion that coming into a home with preconceptions of certain styles and layouts is counterintuitive. Homes have their own story, their own rhyme and I believe it is our job to heal our home as best we can with whatever means we have.

You won't find your home in a magazine or a designer alone. To find your authentic and sensory home you need to dig deep to truly understand how your space can support you and combine this with what your space has to offer. This is the starting point and this is the healing approach I term 'Space Healing'. 

The hat I wear as an interior designer only gets worn well after the essence and purpose, (the 'why'), of the home is clear to me and my client. It is the interior designer that knows how to convert the 'why' into 'what' but it's the Space Healer that uncovers the 'why'.

Finally our new sisal stair runner with brass stair rods.


Now there's my authentic home! This is actually how we style our entry sideboard, featuring my Dad's vintage Meccano and family photos which I treasure.
This angle of our entry vestibule accurately portrays the proportions of the space where the others give a slightly false impression. Finding the right wall lights to fill the space either side was my priority. Without their elongated neck I would of had that niggling feeling something needed to sit next to the sideboard. You can't see it here, but every sideboard in our home was cut into the skirting boards so they sat flush to the wall. When you have limited space to work with this makes a big difference.
 Hugh playing with my faux tortoise shell. Sideboard styling with Tamara Maynes gold sprinkled horse shoe.
My Mum's friend gave us just enough ruby crystal knobs to fit every door.
I bought this vintage privacy lock from American eBay for the powder room.


The Reward

We recently moved to Los Angeles for my husband's work and we were thrilled to rent our home easily. It was so rewarding to show people through our home who so positively responded to its uniqueness.

Finally 11 Spruson Street was desirable in a way that drew people to it.
One of the last areas I felt I needed to restore before leaving for L.A., was the front façade of our home. It's small cottage appearance no longer appropriate.

We had a new painted timber gate & letterbox made along with a hand wrought arbor. My vision however won't be complete until the canopy of roses we recently planted welcomes you in.

I hope it is as beautiful as the vision I have in my imagination.
The font pathway of our home with the new timber gate, letterbox and arbor
and our magnificent crape myrtle tree.
Remember when I mentioned in part one how I wasn't 100% happy with the gloss finish of my wrought iron entry gate? Well I lived and leant and chose a hand peened finish, primed & painted in a low sheen enamel paint. It was perfection and gave me the exact aged finish I was after.

The beginnings of our new timber entry gate and letterbox.
Life is a little uncertain for us right now which is super exciting. We are absolutely loving living here in California and I have recently won a greencard in the lottery. Whilst the thought of not returning to Spruson Street pangs me, I do feel the changes I have completed will hold our home in good stead for any new potential owner.

To our knowledge our home does not have a name and interestingly we don't have plans to name it. For some reason it doesn't feel right for us to name it.....I think we will leave this to the next owners. 

But if we return sometime soon, the first priority will be painting the exterior. These pictures don't really show how desperately it needs a fresh coat and colour. I am thinking Dulux European White, apparently this is the exterior paint colour of Balmoral's Bathers Pavilion. 

We left our mark in other ways...
Bathers Pavilion at Balmoral.

How others felt in our home

I invited two people outside our family who have spent a lot of time in our home to write a few words. It was so interesting to read about their experience of the space. I was so impressed with the sentiments of our darling live-in Au-pair Catherine. I was going to write a whole section on how I used colour in our home but Caff has touched on it here like a pro!

A big thanks to Soph and Caff for these beautiful words and for being such a special part of our lives. After all, no amount of pretty fabric or furniture can substitute for the energy another human brings to your space.


 Written by our great friend Sophie Taggart

“To walk into Bron, Jas, Hugh, Ash and Darci’s home always felt good. I mention them all, because it was a home where everyone had a space and where everyone was fulfilled with their own Interests. It was a home for everyone who lived there.

Nothing was ever out of sort in the way my home seems to be with little children. Everything had a spot, everyone knew where their favourite things were and everyone was content. To walk into their space gave you a feeling of being uplifted and deeply peaceful.

The style, colours, unique pieces of furniture, lamps and collected ornaments seemed to wrap you up with inspiration. To be in ANY room, was inspiring, stimulating and calming all at once.

It was fun, playful and easy to be there, whether for five minutes or hours, unannounced or invited. The home was always stunning, always 'done', so really, it was like walking into an indulgent boutique hotel, you know, that feeling of awe and just being there is nurturing to your soul. Just to clarify, it was never 'done' so you felt you couldn't touch, there would be dolls and puzzles and little people to step over to get from the front door to the kitchen, but that just added to the realness of this loved and lived in (drop dead gorgeous) home. This was like stepping into a luxurious Boutique family hotel that just felt GOOD all over to be there.”
Edie, Max & Toby Taggart, (Soph's kids), with our kids. 

Written by our Liverpool Au-pair, Caff O’Connor

“Bron has been very successful in applying colour in her home to lend both a sense of energy and relaxation. Each space creates a desired mood.

The lounge space I find to be most fascinating as there is an array of colour and pattern which work well together to entice a range of emotion. The use of Yellow I found to be uplifting and energising, while Orange brings excitement and enthusiasm, as do her three adorable children. Feature walls add life and interest, while Blue conveys a sense of calmness and compliments refreshing green tones, allowing for maximum comfort in this space. With natural light almost always exposed and views of the wonderful garden and pool area, I felt this space to be extremely tranquil.

Each space has been carefully designed, from the eye catching entrance to the impressive 'Playroom' area, a place which encourages her children to express themselves and use their own imaginations. In particular, I love my space. Here I have a feature wall with a travel theme. This I find very personal and a place I like to spend time.

The home Bron has created is both warm and chic. It was an absolute joy to share this stunning home with the Ballantines. Happy home, happy family, gorgeous space.”
Caff, our much loved au-pair who stayed with our family for 10 months. This was her room.

How we felt in our home

Prior to leaving Spruson Street we were invited to dinner at our neighbours, Lyn and Peter Cosgrove. It was a farewell dinner for us all as Lyn and Peter were off to Kirribilli House to undertake the esteemed role of Governor-General of Australia. That night Lyn and Peter told us that they have lived in 26 homes (don't quote me) during their married life. Peter shared with us that one of the best things about living in their 26th home on Spruson Street was hearing the joyful play of our three children. We were always so conscious of the noise our children made and this was so incredibly heart-warming to hear and encapsulates our sentiments too.

With its enchanted garden and pool area, Spruson Street is a truly family & friend focused home and memories spent outdoors with the people we love are the predominate ones that remain. 

Our kids playroom (sadly the only photo I could find of this room) 




Flower shop for Ashley's birthday party.

 Beautiful friend Letitica helping with the flower arranging.

Hugh's 7th birthday pool party. Celebrating Darci's christening.

 Getting ready to let of some steam for our USA farewell party! 

Live music, paella & friends.
 I think I was announcing our move to the US here, a few under my belt maybe!
Beautiful friends, Sahara and Mina.


How I felt in our home

And then there are a few memories that linger just for me....
My dancing lace curtains 
Our lace curtains gave me endless joy and framed beautiful views from every window.

Experience it with me here! It's better than TV don't you think!?!

My restful place
One of my favourite things was seeing the dappled light from the Chinese Elm on my sheets.
One day I hope to put a dormer window in my bedroom to capture the North Sydney skyline. 

My creative space

And then there was my creative place, my soft furnishings shed just for me.

I think I will look back on the special time we spent in this home as the colourful years. I recently asked a few of my older friends, including my Mum, what the best years of their life was. All three of them said the homemaking years I am living right now....I can appreciate why.

Kids all half each others age here, 6, 3, 18mths, Nov 2012
I am turning 40 soonish and it is such an interesting time in my life. Our youngest Darci, just turned 3 and it marks a milestone for us as a family and me personally as a mother. Professionally as a designer I also feel a big change coming.
Over the years I have acknowledged feeling somewhat disempowered to do my job as an interior designer effectively. In my ideal world I would live in my clients home for a few days so I could help them determine their 'why' and then help them select the most suitable team to turn that 'why' into 'what'. I guess I would be the intuitive medium between helping them connect with their home....


I just wanted to take a moment to review some of the techniques I use to create supportive spaces that feel as good as they look in the hope that you can employee them too.

'Why' over 'what'

In general I am never consumed with 'what' I use in a space, it is always 'why' I am using it. If I was concerned with the 'what' I would have bought a very different artwork for our kitchen / dining area. 'Why' makes it feel great, where as 'what' may make it look great, (at least from a certain angle!). There is a big difference!
As a consumer we need to be so mindful of trends and interior styled photography where we never see the why, or more truthfully, where there is no why. This can be a trap that often leads to disconnected spaces when we give into desire for things that hold no association to us nor our space.
I recently watched the documentary 'I Am' by Tom Shadyac. I highly recommend it. Tom, a famous Hollywood director, was on a spiritual quest. During the documentary he sells all of his various mansions for a very humble home. There was one line in the film that I can't shake, he comments that some people, highly developed spiritual thinkers in particular, would consider having more than you need a mental illness. WOW, it got me thinking, do I need that sculpture, that vase, all those cushions....
I Am
....but just because they are ornamental doesn't mean they are not needed. Tom found his authentic home in a less is more way, but we are all on our own unique journey and our space needs to be true to the course we wish to take.
I am a big believer that our space needs to evolve as we do. I also believe strongly that our space influences our life enormously. 
For me these ornamental items were required. As a designer, they are my tools. Tools to create spaces to influence emotion. They genuinely contributed to my wellbeing, connecting me to the balanced, considered space which provided immense joy and proudly reminded me of why I love making magic in homes.
So in reference to these spiritual leaders, I conclude that it is the very fact that these items were intentionally considered for me and my home, that keeps me from the mental institution.

Where to start

Shy away from preconceived ideas and notions of what you like. Before you start with an 'inspiration board' determine how you want your home to feel. Ask the question that I ask my clients, 'what do you want people to feel when they walk though your door', use this in conjunction with your homes infinite potential and go from there.
If none of this 'space healing' comes naturally to you maybe you could create a 'mood board' instead of an 'inspiration board' with images that depict the feelings you want to create. My advice here is to limit yourself to one interior picture. One is enough and two is too many, it will cloud the vision and your understanding of the 'why'. Include images of nature, colour perhaps or even quotes.
Observe your space and become very familiar with the dull spots that need attention. Experiment with solutions; does it need light; will a mirror help; how will the shape and size of this mirror impact the room; what style of mirror will contribute to the intended feeling, and so on. Then when you have some clear direction start sourcing the 'what'. Here an 'inspiration board' may be of use but only if based on interiors and products that contribute to healing the space and not ones you simply like.
I guarantee it will be a very different board if done in reverse!

Determining priorities

Most of us don't live in skilfully created architectural homes where the interior architecture is so powerful it becomes ornamentation. If you are a Pinterest user you may agree that so many of the interior images we are drawn too are ones with stunning high or raked ceilings, arched or bay windows, grand open spaces. Rarely can we compete with that! When I 'like' something on my Pinterest page I try to disassociate the architecture from the decorating so to be very clear on what I am actually inspired by.
Our girls room is the nicest proportioned room in our house by far. It is large, it has 3 dormer windows, an amazing high raked ceiling and stunning views of the North Sydney skyline and palm trees. It's light filled architectural bones make it feel amazing regardless of the furniture I use. My space healing techniques are less concerned with these spaces, they have already been healed by my architect collaborator and are ready for a talented decorator's touch. And here lies within another point; I am forever warning my clients of the trap of over spending during the renovation stage
and not leaving money in the kitty for decorating. Whilst good architectural spaces are innately healed it’s not enough; you have to find the middle ground between architecture and is the icing on the cake that we remember and the reason why Jas and I decided to wait for our family room bay window!

   Our girl's bedroom with yellow pinwheel Armadillo rug.
Not much space healing needed with such beautiful interior architecture.

Balancing a space

 Personally I avoid associating myself to any one style. It depreciates what I believe in. Whilst my portfolio offers a variety of styles there are some common threads in my work which I guess may lend to a signature of sorts.

One common thread is balancing the space; this is where I pay particular attention to ensuring the material placement, auditory, energetic and light vibration of any one part of the room is counteracted (balanced) by the other. I did this in our galley kitchen at Spruson Street by adding the curtain and floor runner and numerous other places within our home. This is almost impossible to show in a picture as its success is determined by the peripheral experience of the space, when balanced, subconsciously makes the space feel comfortable and you in control.

I really struggle styling my interiors for detailed pictures and very much appreciate the work of good magazine stylists when I try. My natural inclination is to shoot wide to capture it all. My eye is so keenly trained to consider the peripheral vignettes rather than the direct ones, so I can balance my spaces and inject my healing touch.

My paragraph about defining the purpose of the space which I spoke about in part one is also key to balancing a space and directly impacts the energetic vibration. Working with the light vibrations of a room is another one. Many would disagree with what I am about to say here, but if your room is dim work with that. By all means paint it white but don't be deluded by the hope it will brighten your won't!

And, well, as for the auditory vibrations, that's pretty self explanatory. I'll never forget that first week in our home where I had no rugs, no curtains, just a whole lot of terracotta tile and black granite where the sound bounced around like a ping-pong ball. It was unbearable to live in that space.

Shape, Colour, Texture

Purity of form, blended texture and contrasting colours are other techniques I always apply to my work to make them a sensory experience. I try to keep my spaces fresh and relatively pure so they are easily understood. I achieve this in the shapes I use and the way I employ white or black to sharpen (freshen) my spaces.

Complimentary textures are also a big one for me and equally as  impacting than colour. Whilst I could live without colour I could never live without texture. Once more, this is nearly impossible to demonstrate in a picture but I believe I best achieved this in Spruson Street with the use of our cotton lace curtains. If my curtains were a polyester voile fabric for example the space would not feel (or look) as good. The light in the room, the way the breeze moves through the fabric, the way the curtains hang would all be significantly compromised; in a photograph however possibly undetectable.

Achieving the desired texture on my kitchen cupboards was another invested area I took great pride in getting right. I tried numerous techniques before I decided on the very subtle hand painted silver crossed hatch that illuminates my space in a rather magical way.
I always try to inject organic shapes into my spaces. Cowhides are a favourite as are circular shapes.

'Healed' over 'Designed'

Whilst the recipe list for creating my spaces may be complicated, I strive for the end result to look in keeping, effortless and authentic. I waned my space to be powerful, inspirational and impressive but I didn't want it to look overly designed or have any pretence.

In Spruson Street, I think it's our modest family room that feels the best and I am grateful to say that the before and after photos do come close to capturing the way the room felt. I would have never predicted the room I associated as being the worst in the house, would be the room I would end up being the happiest in. 


People say all the time how they ‘found the perfect house’….well it’s probably more true that it was the best house they could find, afford or in other cases, design. The key is to make the most of what we have and feather our nest with what is available; whether that be the calling of our own homes true potential, inspiration that unexpectedly falls our way, or more critically, a growing understanding for how a space can support us.
When it comes to your home, my parting advice would be that you never become complacent with your space; find time to be observant, experiment with it and enjoy the feeling of even the smallest improvement. Consider it like entering your freshly cleaned space, a considered space is equally as uplifting & rewarding.
 Thank you so much for allowing me to take you through my Space Healing process. I started this blog in January 2012 for exactly this purpose. As we enter a new age where science is increasingly crediting the value of our intuition and consciousness, I feel the time is perfect to share my intimate design process.

I am not much of a reader but I am sure there are many authors out there with a similar conversation. If you know of any please share. It is an important conversation and one I am very passionate about. I know the whole 'healing' association would tern many people off, but I can't discredit the role I believe our spaces play in our wellbeing.

I deeply appreciate the opportunity this home has allowed me to showcase the very essence of what I believe my gift actually is, and it's healing nature. I truly believe the space we occupy is responsible for the reality we live. It has been a joy to heal the integrity of Spruson Street and have this home motivate my, and my family's, life forward in a remarkable way.

I wonder what new home will bring...