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Home decor and design trends we’ll be watching in 2018

Results are in and the moody grey hues are out.

Forget magic mirrors and crystal balls, here’s what hot for the year ahead:

  1. Modern farmhouse

Rustic country styling is going urban, but rather than embracing the theme in its entirety, just one or two elements makes the farmhouse feel a little more refined. Look for warm wood details with white and gold tones, cement elements and vintage lighting.


  1. Texture and Tactility

Raw materials, metal and wood can naturally and organically add fantastic accents to modern interior design and decorating.

  1. Pink is still pretty

The pink hair trend is alive and well but so too remains our fondness for pink interiors. With cooler temperatures comes a cooler palette and dusty pink shades for a ‘powder-room’ feel are certainly romantic, feminine and very easy to live with.

  1. House plants

Greenhouse inspired interiors remain in demand. The most popular? Colorful, hard to kill plants with lush ornately patterned leaves. Planters and stands are also enjoying a creative resurgence.

  1. Mini-me sophisticate

Increasingly reflecting the style and décor choices of the parents, nurseries and children’s rooms are becoming less childlike and more in keeping with the style of the home. Create a special haven you’d like to spend time in – no matter your age.


The hottest Christmas trends of 2017

Hit the panic button – 5 Friday’s til Christmas!

And trust us – you do NOT want to be at K-Mart on Christmas Eve playing tug-o-war with another shopper for the last set of fairy lights.

But we have your back.

To save you the hassle of last minute decorating, the team at Jim’s Interior Design have put together the must-have Christmas trends of 2017.

Often inspired by current fashion trends, this year’s festive decor tips include –

  • An all white, highly textured look. White Christmas trees and decorations can be absolutely stunning if executed well. It is a really elegant and chic look but make sure you add some baubles that are different textures to add interest and warmth.
  • We’re seeing a definite move towards organic, earthy and natural decorations around the home. Homemade pieces are always fun – think pinecones, gumnuts, ribbons and twine. Get the kids involved and thread some baubles on a branch from the garden!
  • Crystal decorations (or faux crystal is definitely a thing!), make for a truly eye catching look. Chock full that tree with sparkly sparkly crystal – amazing!
  • But if you’re a minimalist at heart, you can’t go wrong with fairy lights and fairy lights alone. Magic!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, full of love, happiness and a tipple of Bailey’s.

Don’t forget to check out the Jim’s Interior Design online store and snap up a special something for your special someone.

Melbourne Property Styling Blogs

Dulux Colour Trends 2018 Blue Biro

Melbourne Property Styling Blog Inspiration

Even Property Stylists need inspiration from time to time.

After styling homes across Melbourne day in and day out, we are always on the hunt for new, effective and compelling ways to display accessories, hang art, style a bed and arrange cushions.

Here are some of the places that we get our Property Styling Inspo fixes.

Have I missed any gems?  Comment below and tell me the property styling and interior design blogs that get you fired up (creatively).

If you are hunting down the latest Colour Trends, insights from international fairs,  how to tips and hints and much more, you’ll find local Melbourne based property styling inspiration in these blogs.

Even now, despite our experiences in hundreds of living rooms across Melbourne, we can still be surprised by tricky room layouts and confounding focal points.  That’s why I love articles like this one from Chris Carroll of TLC.  Its those handy and often practical ways to reassess a space to get the best out of it.  If something in the layout of furniture at home is not right with you then check out this Blog Post.

We are refreshing our Melbourne Property Styling themes.  If you are familiar with our work you may note that we have three key property styling themes, Mod Oz, Global Luxe and Nordic Coast.  These themes are currently going through a refresh and we are building out Property Styling & Renovation Guides to complement them.  So I was super excited to read Rebecca Judd’s review of the latest colour trends by Dulux.  My favourite new season colours are Flooded Gum, Mornington, Century Mist, Smokey Quartz, Ruski, Blue Biro and well, almost all of them!

Check them all out here.


*Image Credit: Dulux, Styling Bree Leech, photography Lisa Cohen.

Property Styling Prices in Melbourne

Property Styling Prices Melbourne

Would you like to know more about property styling prices in Melbourne?

In our Melbourne Property Styling Price Guide you’ll get reliable data from the 2016/17 financial year about both the property styling prices but also and more importantly your expected return on investment.

How would you like to make $1947 for every $1 you invest? Me too!

Well that is what our client’s have averaged over the past year.  That’s a return on investment that is up there with some of the most trusted and reliable home improvements before sale.  The RoI comes in time savings, peace of mind and physical dollars in your back pocket.  It’s important to understand property styling pricing in the context of it’s rewards and returns.

Property Styling Prices – Melbourne 2016/17

  • Average price of all property styling services in Melbourne 2016/17


  • Average price of *Partial Property Styling – Melbourne


  • Average price of Full Property Styling – Melbourne


*Partial Property Styling refers to usually owner occupied homes where only some furniture and accessories are provided along with design support.  This could also include vacant properties where the vendor elects to exclude some rooms from the property styling project.

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Property Styling Prices – Melbourne 2016/17

  • 1 Bedroom Property Styling Price Average*


  • 2 Bedroom Property Styling Price Average


  • 3 Bedroom Property Styling Price Average


  • 4 Bedroom Property Styling Price Average




*The average referred to is inclusive of both partial and full property styling services for homes of the nominated size.

Property Styling Prices – Benefits and RoI

  • Reduction in Days on Market

    37% reduction in days on market.  Homes we style sell on average 36 days faster than the suburb average.  This is a direct return on investment, saving you real dollars in mortgage payments.

  • Improvement on Suburb Clearance rate

    20% improvement on suburb clearance is achieved, which means that your chances of selling are improved. 98% property styled by us sells which equals peace of mind for you.  The current clearance rate in Melbourne hovers around the mid 70% mark.

  • Sell your home for more

    8% improvement on the suburb average and 5% improvement on your advertised price is achieved on average through property styling.  For our customers over the past year that has meant an extra $61,500 on average in real dollars in their back pocket come the final sale price.

  • Return on Investment

    For every $1 invested in property styling with us, our clients are averaging a return of $1947.  Not bad, if we don’t say so ourselves!

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Why the difference in Property Styling Prices between 3 and 4 Bed Homes?

The main reason for the jump in the average property styling prices for a 4 bedroom home (compared to a 3 bedroom home) is due to the fact that most 4 bed homes will have a second living space.

They are also more likely to have a study and a secondary dining space (ie a formal dining and an informal meals space).  It is often the case that homes of this size will also have more than one outdoor space.  Often these areas will have larger entry or foyer and hall spaces as well.

Ultimately it’s not the 4th Bedroom that adds so much to the property styling price but the ancillary rooms that come with larger homes.


If you know of anyone passionate about property, renovating and interior design we are quickly expanding nationally and are offering franchises as well as just one Regional Management opportunity in each state. 

Tackle Spring Cleaning like a pro!

Spring is fast approaching and the countdown to longer, warmer days and balmy nights is definitely on.

And as always, with the onset of Spring comes a plethora of resolutions – earlier starts to the day, improved fitness regimes and of course, the big one – tidier, more organised homes.

It’s no wonder that traditionally, people sell their homes in Spring. Gardens are in bloom, everything is brighter and people are happier and pleased to be out and about on a Saturday morning.

Whether you’re thinking of selling this Spring or just looking for some simple ideas to spruce up your home, the team at Jim’s Interior Design have put together the ultimate guide to decluttering, creating good energy and removing stress from your home and from your life.

  1. Declutter. A favourite method of ours is to simply grab a large garbage bag and see how quickly you can fill it up. It may be trash, but it may be someone else’s treasure. Either way, it is no longer in your home and you  are one step closer to living more minimally.
  2. Make your house sparkle! Go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning regime and tackle the big ones – windows, cobwebs, floors, walls, exterior walls and don’t stop dusting! PS – this qualifies as a workout plus you get to try out all those cleaning hacks you keep hearing about… did you know that lemons can zap microwave grime?
  3. Go through your closet, your partner’s closet, your kid’s closet. If you pick it up and you don’t feel immediate love and positive energy for it – send it on to someone who will.
  4. Look at your home critically and thoroughly. Check for water damage on floorboards or ceilings. Check for signs of pests and pest damage. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes, understand your home’s flaws and get them fixed once and for all!
  5. Create a welcoming entrance. Make the drive-by inviting. This is for potential buyers, but also for yourself and your family. Paint the door if need be, replace any damaged hardware, keep decorative items to a minimum and declutter the entrance area. It’s good to be home!
  6. Complete each task…. completely. Once you have decided where something has to go – take it there. Don’t let jobs drag on and on.

But home organisation and spring cleaning isn’t for everyone and that’s why there are experts on hand.

If you are looking for some help with decluttering, styling or preparing your home for sale, don’t hesitate to call the team at Jim’s Interior Design on 131 546.

Also, in exciting news – Jim’s Interiors have launched a small, exclusively curated selection of new, quality homewares and furnishings for sale via the online store. If you’re looking for a gift, or a beautiful piece to showcase in your Spring-ready home – check it out here.

Jim’s Property Styling Suppliers

Jim's Property Styling Stock Melbourne

After price, one of our client’s first questions is about the quality of Jim’s property styling stock.

It’s a great question to ask your stylist, and it’s also the first question we ask our customers when they start the process of comparing property styling quotations!  It is often the quality of the property styling stock that can be the greatest variable in how and why stylists quotations will differ.  This article about Jim’s Property Styling stock will hopefully answer many of your questions.

What is Property Styling Stock?

Property styling stock is the furniture, accessories, artwork, linen, floor rugs, lamps and much more that you will be hiring when engaging a property stylist.

This property styling stock is usually housed in a warehouse, which is what we do.  However, depending on the size of the property styling business it may be kept in the stylist’s home or garage or an offsite storage facility if they don’t have a dedicated business premise.

Here are just a few of the sources of property styling stock used in the industry:

  • Retail Purchasing The stylist simply buys at Adairs, Kmart, Ikea, Beacon or other retail store just like any consumer
  • Wholesale Purchasing: The stylist sources stock not available directly to the public, at wholesale providers and prices* (This is primarily how we purchase)
  • Importing: The stylist imports stock in bulk quantities, this activity is usually limited to only the largest property stylists. (We’re not there yet!)
  • Seconds and samples: The stylist, due to their industry contacts, is offered seconds, ex-display items and samples at a discounted price* (we are sometimes able to get samples and exdisplay artworks from our suppliers like Bayliss Rugs and United Interiors)
  • Liquidators and Auctions: The stylist can often source and attend commercial auctions and clearances allowing them to pick up various as new or unboxed ex display items* (we also purchase in this manner)
  • E-Bay, Buy Sell Swap pages and Gumtree: This generally involves buying used goods and whilst its not a practice we engage in it can happen across the industry.  Sometimes you can get a fantastic outcome and I am all for reusing and recycling but there is also a greater array of risk and the stock is effectively ‘used’ or often tired
  • Op Shops and Flea Markets:  This is quite similar to Ebay and Gumtree in the risk level.  Again not something we do but, its not an unheard of practice.  Although I do proudly, and with a lot of personal enjoyment, love browsing the shelves of ops shops for  buy second hand books for our property styling
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Property Styling Stock Quality Varies

Even when purchasing wholesale, which is how Jim’s property styling stock is acquired (except for secondhand books which I love sourcing from Op Shops!), the quality of the stock can vary greatly.  This variation can even occur within the stock ranges held by a supplier.

We’ve experienced first hand that we can buy amazing occasional chairs from one supplier but that the entertainment units they supplied were of a noticeably poorer quality and in the end they didn’t stand up to the rigors of our industry and have been phased out.    It’s critical to be able to strike a balance when selecting property styling stock to ensure that the furniture you purchase is:

  • On trend by not trendy
  • Damage resistant and durable – some materials like glass, colours or types of fabric are more prone to damage and deterioration
  • At a sustainable or commercially viable price point

It’s important to have an understanding of what quality of stock will be supplied in the course of your property styling.   To determine this you need to be able to consider where and how your stylist is sourcing stock and from who.  We are open about the stockists and suppliers we have used in our business.  We are proud of our suppliers and use suppliers whose product we are in turn proud to use.

You can check out our suppliers here.


Age and Condition of Property Styling Stock

The turnover of stock can also impact the overall effect of the staging.  A property stylist may have the highest quality lounge but if it has been moved 52 times over three years, it will inevitably begin to show signs of wear and tear.

As a guide the Jim’s Property Styling stock is on average 18 months old (as at June 2017) and we have a plan for property styling stock rotation that involves turning over stock either when its damaged and cannot be repaired without visual impact or its stained or marked and can’t be professionally cleaned.  Otherwise our ideal stock rotation involves:

  • Major Furniture Items – 3 years
  • Lighting – 2 years
  • Art – 2 years
  • Linen – 2 years
  • Rugs – 2 years
  • Accessories – 12 months
  • Cushions and Soft Furnishings – 12 months

At the end of its useful life (to us) we make our Jim’s Property Styling Stock (much of which is still in amazing condition) available online for purchase and will sometimes make slightly damaged stock available through here too.

Jim's Property Styling Stock Melbourne