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Expert Interview | Our Interior Secrets: A Short Q&A With Our In-House Stylists

Hawkins 4 Seater Sofa Right Chaise - Oyster Beige | Charlene Side Table | Byron II Abstract Wall Art.
What’s our interior secret to premium designs + stylish spaces? Using quality furniture that’s different by nature and combining this with equally stunning styling! We’ve reached out to our Melbourne interior stylists to uncover the latest home styling tips and tricks that we use in our spaces to help create and elevate yours. Get to know our experts + learn how to achieve professional styling in the home today.

What first inspired your passion for styling + interior design?

ANASTASIA: I’ve always been very sensitive to my surroundings and notice how the environment affects my mood and well-being. I experienced love at first sight 15 years ago when I visited a friend’s place...I walked into a beautifully designed + styled apartment her mum created and instantly fell in love. That apartment sparked curiosity and passion, since that day I became obsessed.

Hawkins 4 Seater Sofa Right Chaise - Oyster Beige | Muriel Round Coffee Table | Byron II Abstract Wall Art.

What do you love most about your styling + interior design? 

DEMI: I love that it allows me to be creative and produce things that are out of the ordinary. Designing and styling is a lot of hard work and the feeling of satisfaction we get when we have made something that we can be really proud of is what it’s all about.

What’s an interior style that you can’t get enough of? 

ANASTASIA: I deeply appreciate every well-designed space and product. Although a long time ago I fell in love with Middle Eastern patterns, I still love Persian rugs.

What style trends can we expect in 2020?

ANASTASIA: 2020 brings us bold organic shapes, natural textures and neutral colour palette with beiges, browns, and warm greys dominating. DEMI: It appears that in 2020 people are designing more for comfort and less for impressions. Simple organic forms, neutral palettes and arrangements that bring a sense of calm into the home are what we are going for, with a lot more references to nature.

Hawkins 4 Seater Sofa Right Chaise - Oyster Beige | Charlene Side Table.

What’s your most favourite Interior Secrets product and why?

ANASTASIA: Hard question! I love so many products. I will mention a few! I personally love the deep blue colour and texture of Dane 3 Seater Sofa - Dusty Blue. The shape of it is just stunning. I feel comfortable just by looking at it. 

I like the Julio Console Table because of its beautiful geometric detailing on the drawers. And lastly, the Donna Lounge Chair - Blood Orange, I’ve been in love with this for some time now. This piece is full of drama and evokes a strong emotional response. The shape is so sophisticated yet cutting edge contemporary.

Donna Lounge Chair - Blood Orange | Dane 3 Seater Sofa - Dusty Blue | Julio Console Table - Black Oak. 
DEMI: We have so many beautiful products that my favourite changes all the time, but a stand out would have to be the Denmark velvet range. I really love products that bring a pop of rich colours and textures – something to add character to the space in an unconventional way. 

Typically, neutral palettes are used for base furniture pieces - I like to challenge this and give a space some personality with a bold, stand out piece and coordinate the rest of the styling around that. The Denmark velvet's are perfect for this. However, can try velvet green for elegant look!
Denmark 3 Seater Sofa - Velvet Green | Denmark 3 Seater Sofa - Dust Blue | Denmark 3 Seater Sofa - Dusty Orange. 

What’s your final styling tip for our customers? 

ANASTASIA: Start with the main pieces, choose the art that you love, smaller accessories and rugs can be chosen last.  A touch of greenery and quality cushions can make a lot of difference.

DEMI: My main tip would be – if you love it, you should go for it! There’s no right or wrong when it comes to design and styling, you don’t necessarily need to follow a trend – just go with what you love. If the space makes you happy, chances are it has been designed well and others will appreciate it too.

Hawkins 4 Seater Sofa Right Chaise - Oyster Beige | Muriel Round Coffee Table | Byron II Abstract Wall Art. 
And with these expert tips + tricks you’re now ready to create your very own interior styling + design in the home. Don’t forget to tag or @interiorsecrets for us to see your wonderful space and check out our Instagram for more home inspiration.