The Difference Between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator?

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The job titles ‘Interior Decorator’ and ‘Interior Designer’ are often used synonymously – they sound similar and they are commonly mistaken for one another as they are within the same industry. However, these two jobs are different in several aspects.

Interior Designer

Interior designers match their client’s requirements with the functional layout of any given space – whether that be one room, an entire home, building or office. Typically they work on a building project from the start, sometimes even directly with the architect from the initial building stages. They look at how each room will be used and make sure they are designed practically for the client’s needs, including lighting, layout, sound and sometimes even down to the structure of a building.

Interior Decorator

Interior decorators focus on furnishings in a work or home environment. They use mainly furniture, accessories, textures, paint, fabrics, and colours to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room, home or office. Ultimately they are concerned with creating or enhancing the visual appearance of their client’s space. Their job is to help bring a client’s dream to life, helping to decipher which style is desired – modern, country, contemporary, traditional, etc. – and bring that vision to life with furnishings and accessories. Decorators typically come in after a building is created and do not make alterations to a building’s structure or foundation.

If you’re looking to the aesthetic in your new home or office, or if you want to update the look in your existing space, our interior decorators are ready to discuss your tast and preferences. With over 20 years of experience, our qualified team will run through all of your ideas and bring your design dreams to life. Call our team on 02 9712 2722 to discuss your next project!

 

Decorating Trends – Winter 2017

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Interior decoration trends are introduced each season. Two of our favourites for winter 2017 are velvet accessories and the use of a range of natural tones.

 

Velvet

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Velvet textures immediately add a luxe aesthetic to your space. It is trending in fashion and is equally fashionable in home decor in 2017. You can choose from major statement pieces, like sofas (see the image featured below), chairs and headboards, or you can accessorise your home or office on a smaller scale to embrace this trend. Objects such as cushions, stools, blankets and ottomans can be more cost effective and less overwhelming – but just as effective and on-trend. Particularly popular colours are blues, greens and pinks, but you can choose from almost any colour to match your existing style. The beauty of velvet is that even when the material wears in, it holds well so it can stay as a statement piece in your home long term.

 

Natural Tones

Photo: Warwick Fabrics

Caramel, brick, chocolate, and other earthy colours are trending this winter. You can choose to change the entire look of your room or home to match this look, or more easily accessorise with these colours for the season. The images below feature a very pulled together room styling, with each room focusing on a particular colour theme, but you can add this style into your existing decor as well. Dark green – and similar shades – has also seen a revival in the interior decorating world this season.

Luxaflex® 2017 Mid Year Sale – 20% Off

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Treat yourself to a Luxaflex lifestyle with the Luxaflex Mid Year Sale, starting today! Take advantage of 20% off# a wide range of Luxaflex Window Fashions for a limited time.

Included in this promotion is the exclusive range of Luxaflex® Duette® Shades. Duette® Architella® Shades are stylish and energy efficient, and can even help you save up to 43%1 on your heating costs. You can also enjoy 20% off# of PolySatin® Shutters, combining the matte lustre look of painted wood with the durability of Polyresin for the ideal addition to any internal or external application. The shutters are made to measure in Australia, water-resistant and easy to maintain – all factors which make them ideal for high humidity areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and exterior applications.

The Mid Year Sale also includes 20% off# of Modern Roman Shades, Roller Blinds, Panel Glide, Vertical Blinds, Wood Essence Blinds, Country Woods® Venetians and Aluminium Venetian Blinds.

The Mid Year Sale starts on Friday 2 June and ends on Tuesday 18 July 2017. Call our team to book your in-home design consultation or you can visit our showroom in Sydney’s inner west in Russell Lea. You can also browse the range of Luxaflex products here or download the new season sale brochure here.

 

 

# 20% discount off Manufacturer’s List Price. Excludes installation and motorisation. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Offer starts on 02/06/2017 and ends on 18/07/2017. Conditions apply, see in-store or visit luxaflex.com.au for details. † Promotion commences at 12.01am AEST on 02/06/2017 and closes at 11.59pm AEST on 18/07/2017. Visit luxaflex.com.au for full terms and conditions. 1 Savings are based on the installation of fully-recessed, reveal-mounted Duette Architella 20mm Blockout Fabric Shades in an average home in Sydney, compared with the House Energy Rating standard of Holland Blinds from AccuRate in that home. These calculations have been modelled by an independent third party. Savings will vary based on the window type and installation.

The Benefits of Motorised Window Treatment Technology

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Home automation, and motorised window treatment technology specifically, has never been more accessible to homes and offices across Australia. Even more, it has become more affordable and easier for you to control all aspects of your window treatments easily and remotely. With a range of motorised window treatment options now, you can control energy expenditure, privacy, shade preferences and activate different controls in different extreme weather situations year round – whether that be wind, sun, rain and more.

There is now a variety of both wireless and wired battery options, or choose from various remotes to control your window furnishings – you can even now control all of these aspects from outside of your home via smartphone apps!

You can also enjoy the benefits of better safety for child and pets as there are no cables to worry about, and aesthetically you’ll benefit from a cleaner, more streamlined look. From a functional perspective motorised technology enabled blinds and awnings to last longer and remain stronger.

Save money with motorised solutions as well – your furniture and art will be better protected from the sun with timers scheduled to provide shade in sunny times of the day.

Take advantage of some of the latest technologies in Australia:

POWERVIEW 

This technology from Luxaflex allows for motorised operation of some of the most popular window treatments with just the press of the button on the PowerView Pebble'” Remote or the tap of a smartphone app on your mobile or tablet. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can schedule actions for your window treatments throughout different times of the day. You can even schedule scenes that will activate automatically throughout the day – control the natural light in your home or office and personalise settings from each room individually or in the entire home.

QMOTION

Luxaflex® roller blinds with Qmotion technology is the only one of its kind available that has batteries inside of the roller tube. This creates a super quiet, wire free system inside a home or office. With the QMotion Timer Remote you can set up your blinds to operate and change at a specific time of day, to any settings you prefer for any room in your space. Installation and set up is easy, with a press of a few buttons you’re all set. The remote batteries also last up to five years.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MOTORISED SYSTEMS

Our team can meet with you and run through samples of the products and explain how each of these technologies work to establish which option is best for your preferences. Call us today on 02 9712 2722, or book a consultation online.

Luxaflex® New Season Sale – 20% Off Window Fashions

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The Luxaflex® Window Fashions New Season Sale is on now! You can save hundreds with 20% off# a select range of Luxaflex Window Fashions.

Enjoy 20% off# the stylish and durable Luxaflex® PolySatin® Shutters – combining the matte lustre look of painted wood with the durability of Polyresin for the ideal addition to any internal or external application. Made to measure in Australia, the shutters are easy to maintain and water-resistant making them perfect for high humidity areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and exterior applications.

You can also enjoy 20% off# of Luxaflex Folding Arm Awnings – including the compact sized Nisse Awning, a full cassette awning that can cover an area 5m wide and 3.5m in projection. It’s the perfect time to update your outdoor entertaining area.

The New Season Sale also includes 20% off# of these fantastic Luxaflex Window Fashions products:

  • Silhouette® Shadings
  • Luminette® Privacy Sheer
  • Pirouette® Shadings
  • Modern Roman Shades
  • PolySatin® Shutters
  • Ventura Awnings
  • Como Awnings
  • Garda Awnings
  • Ventura Terrace Awnings
  • Evo Awnings

To take advantage of this great offer, call us to book your in-home design consultation or visit our storefront in Russell Lea today to see the abovementioned products and many other Luxaflex products on display.

The New Season Sale ends on Tuesday 1 November 2016 – so be quick! Call our team today for a free consultation on 02 9712 2722, or you can first browse more of the range here.

Download the new season sale brochure here:

New Season Sale Brochure

 

# 20% discount off Manufacturer’s List Price. Excludes installation and motorisation. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Offer ends on 01/11/2016. Conditions apply, ask in-store.

Luxaflex® Evo Awning Range

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Looking for a beautiful solution for your outdoor space, with easy operation and customisability? Consider the range of Luxaflex® Evo awnings. All of our awnings can also be motorised with sun and wind sensors, making them even easier to operate.

There are several awning models in the range:

 

Cable guide

Side tension channel

Straight drop

Pivot arm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CABLE GUIDE

As its name suggests, sturdy stainless steel cable wires guide the awning as it opens and closes. Cable Guides offer precision control and stability and are the perfect option when tension channels (see below) cannot be affixed to the building.

SIDE TENSION CHANNEL

This has a neat, seamless finish, because there are no cables or wires visible in this model. Channels guide the awning as it opens and closes, stopping the fabric from ‘blowing out’ which gives you greater control over ‘gaps’ and means you can eliminate insects, as well as control privacy, wind and temperature more effectively. Side tension channel operation is usually recommended for high-wind areas.

STRAIGHT DROP

This version is generally used for uncomplicated building openings where a straight drop awning will effectively cover the space and where there are no posts or walls to affix the blind. Straight Drop awnings are fixed to the ground instead.

PIVOT ARM

Ideal as an external window covering, the Pivot Arm action allows you to change the angle of the awning and manage how much sunlight and glare comes into your home.

 

NEED MORE DETAILS?

Talk to a member of our professional design team today for advice on the most practical awning for your purpose. We visit your premises with samples and personally explain the different applications, showing you how they would look and operate at your home. Call us on 02 9712 2722, or you can view the range in more detail online.

Motorised Curtain Tracks, For the Ultimate in Convenience

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With advances in modern technology and prices becoming more accessible through greater competition in the market, it is more affordable than you may think to motorise your curtains. Motorised curtains combine the convenience and flexibility of automation for enhanced control and comfort.

At the touch of a button, privacy can be instantly achieved and you can effortlessly reduce heat and glare from entering your rooms. Opening and closing your curtains has never been easier and you’ll have no more ugly cords to untangle or dirty hand marks to worry about!

Motorisation can also give your home more security as timers can be fitted to open and close your curtains at a specific time to give the impression that someone is home even if they are not.

 

THE ULTIMATE IN ROOM COMFORT AND CONTROL

Decorating Decor Interiors’ high performance Saber motorised tracking system is reliable and quiet and features:

  • A sleek, compact design in matt black or white
  • A wireless remote-control for operating single, double or multiple curtains
  • State-of-the-art technology linked to your computer so you can adjust your curtains from another room or when you’re out and about
  • A manual function that enables you to open and close your curtains by hand
  • Three different systems to cater to a variety of curtain weights
  • Tracks that can be bent or curved to suit a variety of window shapes

 

SAFETY FEATURES

The Saber motorised tracks can be stopped by hand. With manual control overriding the motorised system, you can safely stop the curtain while in motion. If the curtain meets any other resistance, it will also automatically stop.

 

EXPERT SELECTION AND PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION

Decorating Decor Interiors’ expert decorators can advise you on the model of Saber motorised tracking that best suits your curtains and window span. Let us install your automated system for a new way of living with modern convenience – call our team on (02) 9712 2722 or enquire online for a free quote.

SoftShades: Product Overview

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SoftShades are a stylish, versatile window covering for both the home and office with unique built-in insulation properties. Why choose SoftShades as your chosen window treatment? There are a few benefits to consider:

 

ENJOY ENERGY SAVINGS ALL YEAR ROUND
SoftShades are a cost-effective window treatment because their cellular construction traps air to keep rooms cool in summer and warm in winter, which reduces your need for air conditioning – and your power bills. Honeycomb SoftShades’ unique cellular construction traps air to keep rooms cooler in summer and warmer in winter, reducing your need for air conditioning and lowering your energy bills.

EXCEPTIONAL VERSATILITY
SoftShades are controlled by a variety of reliable lifting systems and give you the option of having only the top or bottom part of your window covered: with the SoftShades lowered to cover the bottom half of a window you can enjoy natural light and total privacy while dining, relaxing on the couch, or working in your office. Move the panels to follow the sun, blocking glare and keeping damaging UV rays out of your eyes and off your furnishings when required.

STYLED FOR ANY INTERIOR
We custom-design SoftShades to suit a variety of window shapes, while you choose the fabric’s colour and opacity for the required impact. The shades’ thicknesses range from translucents through sheers, to blockouts. ‘Cell’ size can vary too, to suit the scale of your space or size of your window.

STREAMLINED LOOK, CHILD AND PET FRIENDLY
All SoftShades have invisible seams and a cord-free design that creates a smooth, streamlined look, while making them safer for children and pets.

 

WHICH SOFTSHADE SUITS YOUR INTERIOR?
Our specialist decorators can visit your home or business to show you the latest range of SoftShades and help you choose a fabric that’s a perfect match to your decor. And for peace of mind, all our window treatments are expertly installed by professionals and come with a two year warranty. Call us to schedule a free measure and quote appointment today on 02 9712 2722.

 

How to Choose the Right Blinds

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Deciding which blinds are right for your home can be daunting, especially when there are so many colours, textures and types of blinds to choose from.

For instance, did you know you have blinds made in fabrics that have fire-retardant properties? These are ideal for kitchen areas. Our team of professional interior decorators will be happy to answer any of your questions, or we can visit you at home for a free measure and quote.

Here are our recommended top considerations to help you get started:

1. AESTHETICS

Do you want to make a bold statement with window treatments, or do you want them to blend into the overall decor? This will help you to narrow down a style.

2. PRIVACY

How much privacy do you need at each window’s aspect? Do you want total blockout or a ‘sunscreen’ style covering, which will still offer some of the outside view – but also means your neighbours can see in to some degree.

3. SHADING

The sun’s rays can be damaging to floors and furniture.  Too much sun can also make your home hot in the summer months. How much indoor shelter do you need?

4. ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The blinds you choose can have an impact on the energy efficiency of your home and your ability to keep a moderate, comfortable temperature inside.

5. SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

Is it important for you to have sustainable fabric and materials in your blinds? If so, then some brands and ranges will use the eco-friendly supplies you’re looking for.

At Decorating Decor Interiors we know that sometimes help from a professional can be just what you need to make the right choice for your home, from among the exhausting options in home improvement, particularly in window coverings. That’s why we have a team of experienced decorators who can help you.

Whether you’re selecting roller blindssoft shade blindsskylight blindsVenetian blinds or glide panel blinds for bi-fold doors, you’ll find inspiration and expert assistance from a visit to our showroom or a chat to a one of our decorators.

The LUXAFLEX Mid-Year Sale is On Now!

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The Luxaflex Mid-Year Sale is running for a limited time, from 1 July to Tuesday 9 August 2016, and you can score 20% off* of selected Luxaflex Window Fashions for your home or office.

Enjoy 20% off* the exclusive Luxaflex ® Duette ® Architella ® Shades – the original energy-efficient honeycomb shade. With Duette Architella Shades you can enjoy cost savings of up to 43% † on your home or office heating.

In addition to the Luxaflex ® Duette ® Architella ® Shades, you can also save 20% off* our timeless Luxaflex ® PolySatin TM Shutters. These shutters combine the matte lustre look of painted wood with the durability of Polyresin, creating an ideal addition to any internal or external space. Duette ® Architella ® Shades are easy to maintain, water-resistant (perfect for high humidity areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and exterior applications), and they are also made to measure in Australia.

The Mid-Year Sale also includes 20% off* these fantastic Luxaflex products:

  • Luxaflex ® Duette ® Shades
  • Luxaflex ® Modern Roman Shades
  • Luxaflex ® Roller Blinds
  • Luxaflex ® Panel Glide
  • Luxaflex ® Vertical Blinds
  • Luxaflex ® Wood Essence Blinds
  • Luxaflex ® Country Woods ® Venetian Blinds
  • Luxaflex ® Aluminium Venetian Blinds

Looking to update the look and feel of your home? Take advantage of this great offer now and save hundreds – you have until Tuesday 9 August 2016!

Call us on 02 9712 2722 to book a free in-home design consultation or visit our showroom in Russell Lea today to see these products on offer, and many others. Our team will help you find the best solution for your aesthetic and practical requirements.

 

* 20% discount off Manufacturer’s List Price on selected Luxaflex Products. Excludes Installation & Motorisation. Offer starts on Friday 01.07.2016 and ends on Tuesday 09.08./2016. Conditions apply, visit www.luxaflex.com.au or see in-store for details. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. † Savings are based on the installation of fully-recessed, reveal-mounted Duette Architella 20mm Blockout Fabric Shades in an average home in Sydney, compared with the House Energy Rating standard of Holland Blinds from AccuRate, in that home. These calculations have been modelled by an independent third party. Savings will vary based on the window type and installation. © Copyright 2016 Hunter Douglas Limited [ABN 98 009 675 709]. ® Registered Trade Marks of Hunter Douglas Limited. ™ Hunter Douglas Limited has applied for the Registration of the Trade Mark PolySatin.

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