Deb’s beautiful kitchen renovation was a major undertaking. She wanted her kitchen to be the heart of the home, and every detail was meticulously planned. It is the time between the first doodles and the picture of the dream kitchen where it is crucially important to get the right advice from experienced professionals. Deb’s design consultant from Freedom Kitchens helped her … [Read more...] about 5 things Deb learned about building a new kitchen
Deb chats with Australian style-queen Melissa Penfold about her blog and where to find inspiration to develop your own design style. In the video below, Deb tells Melissa how much she loves her blog and admires its broad audience appeal. Melissa's blog provides high-end style advice and product sources, but also how to create similar looks with stylish pieces at more … [Read more...] about Trying to find your own style? How to achieve that designer look without the designer price tag.
Deb loves the fact that Melissa Penfold’s blog is accessible and practical. The articles cover high-end decorating to affordable IKEA items. They both agree, it’s not always about buying the most expensive pieces, it’s about getting the look right. Deb asks Melissa, “When do I say, this is an investment piece, a key piece as opposed to cheap and cheerful?” Melissa’s ever … [Read more...] about Stylist Melissa Penfold’s advice on what to really invest in when decorating
In these videos, Deb continues to chat with our special Balance guest, style expert Melissa Penfold. When Deb worked with Woman’s Weekly home pages, they would feature someone’s home for restyling. She recalls walking into some homes before filming, and instantly thinking there was too much clutter. It’s easier to declutter someone else’s property for a film session, but … [Read more...] about Melissa Penfold’s No. 1 home improvement & affordable ways to refresh a room
Deb asks Melissa Penfold for her tips on where to start when styling a room. She asks Melissa, “What are the staples, the anchor points in a room that are really key?” Melissa describes it as the "70% rule", the same process you use getting dressed for going out. You always start by choosing your main item of clothing first. This translates to creating the backdrop, or … [Read more...] about Why style is all about layering. Melissa Penfold explains the 70% rule for interior designing