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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.

Tip – Find and retain the best real estate agents

Tips from an Expert Property Stylist on how to Find the Best Real Estate Agent – for you!

Meet with some agents and invite them to do an appraisal on your property for free.

Keep in mind the Agent suggesting the highest achievable price for your property is not necessarily the

best one.

Armed with your own Property Valuation or Research, the heat and pressure is taken out of an Appraisal because you already have a clear understanding of what your property is worth.

You can focus on what’s likely to matter more such as:

» How well they communicate with you and keep you informed

» The value of their property marketing package

» Their understanding of and presence in the local market

You can and should ask for the details of the last three people they sold a home for and maybe a couple of

people whose properties they are currently marketing.

Grab a cuppa and make some calls. Ask about their experience and outcome and it will help you make a great decision.

Tom Panos says, there are no blind dates in Real Estate and that’s never been more true. There is a lot of publicly available data on which agency is selling what, who is getting top dollar and suburb records and more review and comparison websites than you can poke a stick at.

You may even want to rethink whether you need a traditional estate agent at all. There are a lot of great alternatives entering the market place that are disrupting the traditional real estate industry model of high commissions. Some of them like Hello Real Estate and Purple Bricks offer flat fixed fees instead.

Renovating for Profit Case Study in Frankston

Renovation Coordination

Investing in property is amazing, especially if you can actually get across the line and buy that first investment property.  Renovating for profit is even better!  Whether you are selling or holding the property those crucial investments in basic repairs, maintenance and cosmetic improvements that will get you the best return on investment are critical.

Having the time to do all of that efficiently and reliably making the choices that deliver the best return on investment – well that’s a whole other story.

Jim’s Interiors has recently launched it’s Renovation Coordination Services.  We assist investors primarily, but can also help homeowners manage

It’s great for anyone that is time poor and those who recognise that sometimes getting a professional in is the best way to get that Renovation done quickly.

Our speciality is coordinated, quick, cosmetic renovations. Here’s an example of one we did in Frankston recently.

Purchase Price: $270,000
Renovation Budget : $40,000

This property was in its original unrenovated condition when purchased.  It also had extensive rising damp problems and consequently a very active, live and aggressive termite problem.  The bathroom had hidden asbestos and the site drainage needed to be addressed to prevent the recurrence of the termite and rising damp problems.

The house was also a rabbit warren of corridors and dark spaces.  On the upside the internal walls of this rabbit warren were not load bearing so opening it up for light and bright family living was easier than expected.

The original renovation budget was upped to $40,000 from a usual allocation of about 10% of purchase price to cope with the expenses related to:

  • Partial replacement of stumps
  • Termite treatment to the house and some native trees on the site
  • Redirection of site drainage
  • Partial rendering and repairs to brickwork
  • Replacement of floor bearers and joists in termite affected areas
  • Replacement of studs and lintels where termite affected

After dealing with the major structural problems and active termites, the primary aim of the rest of the renovation was to create an updated open plan living area.

The property was always to be held for a tenant so the selection of fixtures, finishes and colours were all made with that in mind.  Affordable and durable.

The renovation took eight weeks but could have been completed faster if we had not elected to do so much of the labour (such as floor sanding) ourselves.

Project Outcome

The renovation was within the increased upper limit of the allocated sum


  • It took 8 weeks, instead of 6, as we elected to do some labour ourselves
  • The property was immediately tenanted with a 3 year government contract that included mandatory, pre-planned rental increases and an extension option
  • The property is positively geared with rental income covering repayments and outgoings
  • The property was revalued at: $440,000 within 14months of the completed renovation
ROI: 36% within 14months (including Stamp Duty and Legals)


Nordic Coastal

Cleverly integrate Scandinavian and Hampton’s interior design trends and you get Nordic Coastal. A subdued, highly textural theme appealing to inner urban, mature and fashion forward first home buyers.

Nordic Coastal features:

  • White on white
  • Creams and beiges
  • Soft to mid greys
  • Chocolate browns
  • Dusty blues and pints
  • Hints of lavender

Materials used in Nordic Coastal include:

  • Blonde and white timbers
  • Distressed timber finishes
  • Faux fur and hide
  • Wicker and rattan
  • Flax linens and wool
  • Gloss and matte ceramics

Global Luxe

Global Luxe is all about understated elegance mixed with the eclectic and worldly. Its refined, classical and a little more moody.

Global Luxe features:

  • Black and whites
  • Creams and beiges
  • Mid to dark greys
  • Hints of petrol blue
  • Pops of luscious green found in house plants

Materials of the Global Luxe theme include:

  • Darker wood tones
  • Brass and Bronze
  • Leather
  • Marble and Stone
  • Tinted Glass
  • Matte Ceramics
  • Grass Cloth