How to use the 60/30/10 rule in decorating

Victorian Terrace House, East Melbourne

Would you like to be more adventurous with colour in your home but you aren’t sure how to start? One tried and tested approach is the ‘three colour rule” also called the 60-30-10 rule after the approximate percentages of each colour. In this scheme, one base colour dominates – let’s call it your hero colour.…

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Five essential Art Collecting terms explained

Editioned artworks are orginals in their own right.

If you are collecting art, what are some essential terms you need to know? Provenance Provenance means the record or history of an artwork’s ownership. Ideally, an artwork can be traced back to when it was first exhibited and sold. If it was acquired directly from an artist, the relationship of the first owner to…

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How to trend-proof your home

Arco Led Floor Lamp

Just like the fashion industry, the interiors industry packages styles and trends for the home which inevitably start to look dated after a few years. If you want to cultivate a more distinctive style that might even see you through multiple homes, here are some suggestions to guide you: Modern Classics Certain designs become classics…

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Fake or Fortune?

Frances Burke "Berwick Roses" oil on canvas

Do you have artworks in your collection that you really know next to nothing about? Have you ever wondered if you might be sitting on a work with potential to set the artmarket on fire and feature in one of those articles we all love to read about with titles like ‘Painting found in attic…

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Can you over-restore a home?

Victorian Terrace House, East Melbourne

If you are renovating an older home it is important to remember what attracted it to you in the first place. It’s definitely possible to ‘over-restore’ a home just as a conservator can make a painting look too new by overpainting and varnishing to remove all signs of age. Ideally you retain the best features,…

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How to commission a portrait

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Portrait of a Young Girl 1879 pastel on paper

The winner of the wildly popular Archibald prize was recently announced, and that has set me thinking about how to commission a portrait for your own collection, or as a gift. The Archibald might be the most famous, but it’s not the only prize for portraiture in this country. To name but two others there…

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How to choose a white paint colour

The problem that I hear about the most from home decorators is “I never knew there were so many whites available”. If you want to go with an all-white paint scheme, the choice of white becomes crucial. It is not so easy to choose between the subtle differences in white tones, but here are some…

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How and where to start collecting art

Photo of art gallery

If you are wondering how to start collecting art, then the best place to start your journey is where you can’t buy any. I refer to major public art galleries that have large permanent collections covering many periods and styles. Of course many of the artists whose works you will see there are either very…

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Top tips for lighting your home

Repulse Bay House, Hong Kong

Good lighting will make a huge difference to your home and is well worth investing your time and money in. If you are building or renovating, ensure that you start planning the lighting early on in both the design and budgeting process because getting it wrong can be costly. Start with a plan The best…

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