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Monday, 6 January 2014

Expand your horizons with interior design books

It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn daily and that is thanks to the amazing range of Interior Design books that are available. Since completing my Diploma in Interior Design last August, I find I am still hooked on chasing the Interior Design files of the deceased, famous and new Interior Designers. Each book I read, new knowledge is taken on board, each Designer has very different ideas when it comes to design.

Which makes me think... Is this due to their own personal influences of history and designers?
We all seem to be taught, and learn the same or similar things when studying Interior Design, but I can't help but think, it's each persons own individual inspirational designer and loves of particular areas within design that makes each one of us take a different direction or gain a knowledge that is so powerful that it is taken on board by that person and passed on through the pages of their own books.

So if you are, or wish to study Interior Design, then I would like to say one thing to help in your study. And that is to read, read, and read some more, both old and new books, the library is a fantastic way to obtain knowledge and read books that perhaps you can't afford. I went through loads of books and in fact still do, sure I buy a lot now, in fact even when I visit the Queensland Art Gallery bookstore I will often look for a new book to purchase, or go to secondhand shops, eBay & garage sales.
I have some favourites of course, don't we all. 

I was also fortunate enough to meet last year at Grand Designs live in Sydney, one of my most inspirational Australian Interior designers and TV personality Shaynna Blaze. And yes she was kind enough to sign my book of hers that I bought and allow me to have a photo taken with her. I think for me this was the highlight of 2013, along with completing my Diploma in Interior Design. 
So what are you waiting for...start your book collection today, it's never to late. They look great stacked on coffee tables, on the floor, even in shelves, but you will always go back to your absolute favourites. Let the inspiration take you where you dream to go.

Here are a few books that would be amongst some of our favourites, if you haven't read them then I suggest you do. Happy Reading & Smi)es TP.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014 brings Pantone colour of the year Radiant Orchid

Well we have have arrive to the year 2014. New Years Day, and with that comes the release of the ever popular Pantone colour of the Year (along with a many hangovers, something we do not get, pheww).
So the Pantone colour of the Year is Radiant Orchid, the name itself lends to luxury and a little panache. So at TrEnvy Australia we thought it might be worth while showing a little Pintrest and Pantone colour co-ordination using Radiant Orchid. A wonderful array of colours that will compliment this luxe colour. 

Here she is in all her glory....Radiant Orchid, photo by

Pantone colours sourced from: 

Here are some other colours that will compliment and enhance your home together with Radiant Orchid. Always think outside the box and you will be amazed at just how well this colour can be teamed with Pantone's colour of the year.

Interior loves we have found from various sources on Pintrest for your pleasure, using Radiant Orchid.
This wonderfully eclectic interior gives way to a fabulous array of bold colours of yellow and aqua with hints of Radiant Orchid, it also features our beautiful mid century aqua Fu Dogs. 

Radiant orchid is used as a feature colour to brighten this rustic, almost neutral interior.

Photo sourced via Elle Decor on Pintrest.
Sensitive use of Radiant Orchid in this gorgeous interior, it shows with the use of colour in rugs can create a balanced and harmonious room, don't forget to accessorise accordingly. A few statement pieces will continue the flow. Your eye is not just focusing on the rugs as you look towards the ceiling you will notice the lighting is also balancing out this interior perfectly. And those amazing statement chairs....well say no more. Let's have coffee and chat awhile.

A bright yet cosy, homely beach or countryside cottage provides a luminous living space using Radiant Orchid along with teal, pastel lime, reds, orange and raw wood. Even with Purple roof and beams the spacious windows bringing in natural light creates expanse and not a closed in small interior. If it didn't have large windows allowing natural light in, this room could be very dark and would not work to its full design potential. Again the use of rugs creates balance, and the raw wood adds repetition! Bring the outside in. Charming and rustic chic, we love it.

Photo sourced from Pintrest.
An evocative room.... I personally love this classical look, crisp satins and velvets, with dark Olive Chinoiserie wall paper which highlights hints of Radiant Orchid. The sofa also assists in the repetition of this interior using the Pantone colour of the Year, with unique splashes of Hot Pink, Yellow, Royal Purple and Chocolate. Simple & divine elegance.

Mid Century Modern opulence in regal colours with a statement piece of artwork using Radiant Orchid. Large artwork is sometimes all that is needed to enhance one's interior and reflect a change in the room. A fabulous use of colour in this interior. 

Although not orchids, Hydrangea's often have hues very similar to that of the Pantone colour of the Year. This table placement uses the Radiant Orchid colour in small doses, but the entire interior itself, is a statement of luxury and elegance.

An office space with a difference, Radiant Orchid teamed with Royal Blue, White and Magenta brings back the 70's styling and it works.

Be bold in 2014 with the use of Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Colour of the Year.

We would like to thank, Elle Decor and members and all the fabulous interior designers who have brought these amazing interiors to life using Radiant Orchid. 

We wish all our readers a very successful, inspirational & Happy New Year 2014.

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