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Where should you spend the most when decorating?


One of the things Deb loves about Melissa Penfold’s blog is that it’s very accessible and practical. It covers 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 practical advice is, “The more expensive – the more useful and beautiful it needs to be.”

“For example, a really good sofa will anchor your room, so put your money into a ‘soulmate’ sofa.”

“Put your money into your staples. A good dining table, a lovely mirror.  I think buy two pieces of really good quality furniture a year, because in twenty years’ time you’ll have a really good collection of furniture that if you wanted, you could sell at Sothebys for example.”

About Melissa Penfold

Melissa Penfold is a journalist and author, and often described as Australia’s foremost authority on style and design. With a career in the lifestyle industry for over 25 years, she has an unparalleled reputation as one of the country’s most respected and trusted journalists and style influencers. Melissa has two best-selling books on the subject of Australian Style and Melissa Penfold’s Little Black Book: Sydney’s Shopping Secrets, which are the golden standard of reference books for architects, designers, stylists and magazine editor’s around the country.

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