1. Gather your Inspiration
Pinterest and Instagram are rich grounds for interior design inspiration!
“I spend every spare minute of my day and night on Pinterest for inspiration which never fails to deliver!” says Blockley. “I also love to read architecture magazines every month!”
2. Focus on one area at a time – but buy your items all together
“If you’re updating an existing space, stick to one area at a time, and complete it fully. Don’t purchase items one by one, if you can avoid it, as you will end up without a cohesive look and many regrets,” she says.
Instead, plan carefully, sort your desired look for the space, and set a budget.
“Once you’ve identified what’s on your wish list, then it’s all about bringing that to fruition within your budget,” says the designer. “Which is exactly what we do with our Landmark clients.”
Some of Rosie Blockley’s favourite places to shop include CC Interiors, Citta Design, Boheme Home, Sarsfield Brooke, antique stores or flea markets
"And you can find some treasures on Trade Me too," she says. “I bought a beautiful solid brass light fitting for $100 on Trade Me, and it was my best purchase yet!”
3. Add some difference with art
One of the biggest misconceptions the design consultant sees is the idea that art needs to be very ‘samey’ throughout the house.
“Art only needs to match the room it’s in,” Blockley says. “I encourage my clients to go wild. Your art pieces can vary wildly throughout your home.”
Her best advice – select something that makes you smile! You can shop for art prints in many places besides prestigious art galleries – including chain stores and online shops like Papier HQ.
You can also style art walls with family photographs in a layered format – but always try to match the colour of the frames for a cohesive look.