Mustard is the colour of Winter

If you want to stay on trend this winter it looks like Mustard is the colour of the season.

“Mustard is a dull/dark yellow color that resembles culinary mustard. It is similar to the color Flax. The first recorded use of mustard as a color name in English was in 1886” (Wikipedia).

Mustard is a colour that adds depth, warmth and a ray of brightness to an interior colour scheme, the trick is to use it sparingly highlighted through artwork and accent furniture pieces. Gold tones work well with mustard and similar tones of blue to create intensity and drama, as shown in this image below.

Using a colour palette of warm tones of yellow, gold and brown create an intense and strong interior design scheme, perfect for warming up a cold winters day.

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For more mustard inspiration visit our Pinterest board “Mustard”

Live for what you haven’t done!

I read a great quote today by Donna Koran  “I live for what I haven’t done!” In today’s society we spend the majority of our time caught up in just living, in just keeping up with the daily grind and it is easy to get lost in the fog. Don’t forget about your dreams and goals, what are you aiming for? Keep your goals in sight and you will achieve them!


Often that may be the road less traveled, set out a plan, aim for it and do a little each day!

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Designer ish

Top 5 bedroom design Tips

Congratulations to our competition winner  3Angels_Agnes who requested a bedroom design inspired with contemporary wood tones. When designing a bedroom interior scheme it is important to create an environment using colour tones that promote rest and relaxation. Using natural materials and products enhance the interior to create a sophisticated and contemporary approach.

The request to use wood tones was incorporated through accent pieces where the materials and accessories worked together to create a soft muted colour palette of browns, white and golden hues as shown in the mood board below:-contemporary bedroom3a

Tip 1- Use wood tones sparingly

When designing with wood elements it is important to know you don’t have to use wood everywhere, this can overtake the overall design and we recommend to use wood tones sparingly in accent pieces.  The Lulu bedside tables in natural ash veneer and two pack white paint by  keeki creates a minimalist look working together with the Copenhagen table lamps by Beacon Lighting. To compliment the wood elements the Mallory fully upholstered queen size bed  with a lift base provides additional storage and the upholstered bed- head  creates warmth providing a perfect balance to the wood tones by Keeki.

Tip 2- Use natural materials

To create casual sophistication use natural linen and cotton bedding with soft tones for a timeless interior. Linen is a strong material that is breathable and lightweight providing comfort in summer and winter and combines perfectly with cotton providing additional warmth and comfort.  Cotton pillows are economical and add a colourful and fun element to the bedroom interior that can be changed regularly to keep up with emerging trends.

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Tip 3- Use artwork to balance the room

Artwork is the perfect platform to combine  colours drawing on the warm wood tones, yellow hues and white colours, perfectly depicted in the artwork by Rikki Drota “Sweet pea” available at Great Big Canvas.We recommend large artwork or elements of three to create a statement to the room, an abstract image promotes longevity and is timeless.

Tip 4- Use rugs to create warmth

Rugs are a perfect introduction to mix up the colour scheme of the room and similar to the artwork,  work together to seamlessly intertwine the colours of the room . In this scheme we have selected “Mwamba” from the legends of carpet range by Walter Knoll. Mwamba is part of a collection of hand-knotted wool rugs, using silk and nettle yarn from the Tibetan highlands inspired by the colours of Africa to create timeless works of art, available at Living Edge. 

 Tip 5- Use designer statement pieces

If you have the budget to enhance the overall interior a designer chair is a brilliant focal point in the bedroom. In keeping with the wood theme we have selected the GJ Chair in Oregon Pine, part of the GJ Collection designed by Danish designer Grete Jalk available at Living Edge. The GJ chair is the perfect piece of furniture to compliment the minimalist wood tone bedroom interior scheme requested by 3Angels-Agnes.

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Thank you 3angels_Agnes for the opportunity to design a bedroom interior inspired by wood tones with a minimalist look.

Please note Designer ish is not affiliated or paid to recommend the above products, we just love promoting great design.

For further inspiration please follow our Pinterest board “Bedroom designs”


Competition winner announced!

We are pleased to announce our lucky competition winner is:-



Here are a few examples of what to expect,simply let us know what style you like in comments and let Designer ish do the rest.

Coastal beach style inspired:-


 Pantone’s colour of the year “Greenery” inspired:-


Well as they say you have to be in it to win it, thank you 3Angels_Agnes for your support.

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Australia Day 2018

Happy Australia Day, a day to embrace and celebrate the diversity of the Australian way of living.

The colours of Australia are often associated with the richness of the blue sky, the red dust of the desert and the white sands of our beaches. I located this interesting image of the Australian flag represented in street art and appreciated the soft muted tones, still bold but subtle.


Enjoy the long weekend!

Designer ish

Top 4 tips on how to select the perfect sofa.

Furniture is expensive and it is important you make the right decision, otherwise you might find yourself looking at a sofa for the next ten years that you detest.  Designerish have put together our top 4 tips to assist you in selecting the perfect sofa for your living room to help you make the right choice.

1. Select the right size

Too often the sofa selected is too big or too small, you need to ensure you use the space proportionally. Very often furniture looks smaller in the shops so measure your space first and check you have adequate circulation space for movement, coffee tables and viewing distance from the television. When measuring 850-1000 mm is a good rule of thumb to allow adequate circulation space between walls.

2. Select the right shape, is the modular look really for you?

The modular lounge is very on trend at the moment but can be a disaster, especially if you select the wrong return so ask yourself do you need a right or left return? Here in this room layout we have selected the right return to delineate the area between the lounge and games room whilst at the same time creating a subliminal walk way.  The low line of the modular lounge create a soft and relaxing look with a mix of ottomans to inject an element of fun.  As all rooms are unique seek out a manufacture willing to custom design a sofa to your exact requirements, often this is at no extra charge if your supplier is local.  This layout is based on  the Amelie from Freedom Furniture

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Selecting the correct side return in a modular helps to open up the space and divide various areas to create zones within zones.

3. Determine the functionality of the room, how will you use the space?

To assist in determining the correct shape and layout of the sofa it is important to determine the functionality of the room. If the function of the room is for relaxation and conversation then it is imperative the position of the chairs are located appropriately to   promote engagement. An example is shown in this layout with a large three-seater sofa mixed with a two-seater and an individual arm chair. This layout promotes conversation and engagement without the focus being on the entertainment unit. You can have fun with this layout and select different furniture settings rather than purchase all items from the same range.

This layout is based on the Attica range and Box chair from Freedom Furniture.

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Mix various style and fabrics to keep the space interesting, you don’t want to look as if you have purchased everything from the same store.

4. Does your space maximise the audiovisual layout?

Is your layout correct, can you see the TV from where you are sitting? It is important to select the correct layout if one of the main activities is to watch TV.  To maximise this space a 3.5 seater directly positioned in front of the audiovisual center with two angled  chairs ensures each person has a great vantage point of the room. You can have fun with this layout by using both the arm-chair and sofa from the same range and inject an element of colour through selecting a designer feature chair. This layout opens up the room to create an informal and relaxed contemporary style using the Attica lounge suite and Box chair from Freedom Furniture


It is important to consider the vantage point of each seat for viewing of the TV if this is a key function of the room. Why not make the audiovisual area a feature of the room as shown in this inspirational image.


Once you have determined the size of the room and functionality you are better equipped to start shopping and thinking about the exact shape, size and layout you want to create in your living room. As you can see the possibilities are endless. The most important element is to have adequate circulation space to promote a seamless transition between various spaces within your home.

Please note we do not have any affiliation with the suppliers mentioned we just love their furniture and hope you can be inspired by our ideas.

Happy shopping, now go take advantage of the new year sales.


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Competition time 2018

It is that time of year again and we are offering one lucky winner a personalized concept board showcasing your look and style. Simply  note in comments what look and style you like and if you are our lucky winner Designer ish will do the rest.


Here are a few examples of what to expect,simply let us know what style you like in comments and let Designer ish do the rest.

Coastal beach style inspired:-


 Pantone’s colour of the year “Greenery” inspired:-


Well as they say you have to be in it to win it, comment today and watch this space as you just might be our lucky winner, announced 17th February 2018.

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