Sitting at home sick of your cushions? Need a way to use that strange vintage chair you inherited? Stuck in a ‘blah’ all-white apartment? Before you pay top dollar for an interior decorator to reinvigorate your home, pick up your mobile phone and take a look at these taste-makers who offer inspiration and tips for free.
Who: A young Norwegian mother of two with a passion for design and art.
What: Perfectly neutral Scandinavian minimalism.
Best for: Streamlining your room, mixing textures and providing clever design updates like “marbleing” you Mac computer.
Who: One of Australia’s most popular interior design blogs, run by style enthusiast Lucy Feagins.
What: Furnishings, exteriors, interiors, food, beauty, appliances, real homes, and a bit of everything else.
Best for: Having a sticky-beak inside other people’s houses.
Who: A Sydney-based interior designer and food stylist who has featured on The Block.
What: Fun, simple, affordable room updates for 20-somethings looking to dress up their share houses.
Best for: Cool bedside tables, unusual flower arrangements, Aztec prints and affordable art.
Who: An environmentally-friendly Sydney-based store and online boutique.
What: Funky, modern design with that’s functional and colourful.
Best for: Unique textiles, cool kids rooms and ways to inject colours into a space.
Who: A Bondi-based interior stylist.
What: Relaxed, light-filled interiors with a nautical edge.
Best for: Covetable rugs and blankets and beach house design ideas.
Who: A young married couple with one child who make and sell in timber furniture and textiles. Mr White brings the furniture, Mrs White provides the textiles.
What: Stunning wood kitchen tables, Scandinavian chairs, healthy amounts of charcoal grey and some adorable black and white photos of little kids enjoying it all.
Best for: Timber, neutrals and kid-friendly minimalism.
Who: A warehouse workshop cooperative in Northcote, Melbourne.
What: The company provides free tools for wannabe furniture makers to create with and their account showcases affordable, DIY design.
Best for: Indoor plants, funky art and decorative pots.
Who: Dana Tomic Hughes, an interior designer and founder of design-mad site Yellowtrace.
What: Pure inspiration, from spectacular fireplaces to marble ceilings and stunning stain glass.
Best for: Escapism.
Who: The owner of a Brisbane interiors shop.
What: Girly, eclectic vintage finds and unique covetable fabrics.
Best for: When you want to spice up your living room or reupholster a boring armchair.
Who: A Melbourne interiors stylist.
What: A more masculine viewpoint, offering rustic decor and event ideas.
Best for: Getting your husband/boyfriend/dad/brother/male friend into interior design.