Reclaim your space!

Which statement rings most true for you:


Hell hath no fury like a child who comes home from school to find their beloved seashell collection banished from the dining table




Hell hath no fury like a parent who has endured six weeks of their children taking over the entire house for the school holidays


Summer holidays are the best, no doubt about it. Long, languid days of relaxing with no school lunches, very minimal commitments, routines and rules relaxed, lots of unhurried time to hang out with the family and again, no school lunches. Bliss, yes? Puzzles and board games replace the Christmas tree for pride of place on the living room floor, and creative projects of all sorts of description take over the dining table.


Alas, all good things must end, and so too summer holidays. With the kids back at school, February is the perfect time to reclaim the space, and Sophie has been busy working with families from both Melbourne and across the Nullarbor via our online service to do exactly that.



As tempting as it is to get a massive big garbage bag and simply sweep the remnants of the kids’ projects and clutter directly into it, a better approach for the long term, we’ve found, is to get the children involved as part of (re)establishing their routines for the new school term. Have allocated places for their belongings such as school bags, homework requirements, and of course add ‘put away your belongings’ to their daily routines to put ownership back on them. The next step is to have places clearly designated for their stuff! We use big wicker baskets and inbuilt storage in a lot of our designs purely for the reason of them being stylish, functional and super family-friendly.


Another way to reclaim your space from the kids is to support them to create their own sanctuaries within their home, which our Tween Stylin’ package does so beautifully. It’s perfect for older children who are exploring their own style leanings without inflicting/including their experiments with colour and texture on the rest of the family home. Rather, we work with tween and parent to create a style solution that’s aligned to the rest of the home, harmonious and stylish.


Some creative and logical design solutions equals family harmony, no fury required.


You’ll find a ton of gorgeous and family-friendly storage solutions on our Houzz boards. If you’d like some support creating a family space that’s for the family, not just the Monopoly board and summer seashell collection, please get in touch.









It’s a MBA Christmas!

We can’t deny it a second longer- Christmas is upon us. No need for overwhelm- My Beautiful Abode have you covered!christmas-gifts


Gifts by My Beautiful Abode is a range of beautiful gifts that solve a range of interiors dilemmas, from creating a dream nursery, to styling the home of an empty nester. Here’s what our clients love about them:


  • They make the process of gift-giving simple. Don’t love fighting for a carpark at Chadstone? Gifts by My Beautiful Abode are your new best friend.
  • They help people give considered thought to their sanctuary at a time of year that can be particularly fraught, and when people crave sanctuary more than ever.
  • We all have someone who is a nightmare to buy a gift for, however no matter who is on your list (naughty or nice), we have the perfect gift.

And one bonus point:

  • Gifts by My Beautiful Abode do not require one to be within shouting distance of Chadstone Shopping Centre. Yes, we know we said that in dot point one, but we think it’s worth repeating.


Gifts by My Beautiful Abode is a convenient, thoughtful gift that will be simply adored by the lucky recipients. They offer creative support that helps people to achieve the enhancements to their home that they dream of. Our expertise makes an enormous difference to the way people use their spaces, and we believe Gifts by My Beautiful Abode will be received with delight by the lucky recipients!

Christmas made easy- that’s us! Find out more by contacting us by phone or email.

as seen in the media

Ok, I confess to planning my 2018 Christmas colour scheme a few months ago  and I know I’m not the only one who likes to start thinking all things Christmas early in the year… My Beautiful Abode was asked to contribute to this article about simple homemade Christmas decorations; read on



Tween Stylin’

You know how ‘they’ say never work with children or animals? Well, we’ve just finished a project working with a tween which was an absolute joy!

We first met with our client, Miss Tween, we’ll call her, after she’d reached a stalemate with her mother about wanting a black feature wall in her bedroom.


Hmmm… the challenge in this situation was to come up with a style solution that met both the wishes of our Miss Tween with those of her mother, and that was harmonious and aligned to the rest of the family home.  Tweens are interesting- they’re no longer babies, although they are often viewed as such, and they may have the same bedroom that Mum lovingly created for them when they left their cot. Whilst they’re very clear about their preferences, tastes and interests yet they still need (and secretly crave) their loved one’s approval and support- in the context of getting their way!


cabinet-makeover-painted-blackOur process is not to take sides in the equation, and we’re clear with our smaller clients that whilst it’s not unreasonable for their space to be a reflection of their style, it’s equally reasonable for it to be as stylish as the rest of the home.


For this specific client, we sat down with her and explored her thinking behind the black feature wall, then came up with a solution that met both her wishes and mum’s aesthetic sensibilities. The answer? A gorgeous cabinet in a delicious charcoal shade. Room instantly transformed from children’s play area to growing tween’s hangout, a place to plan, dream, scheme, and yes, maybe even play.


Don’t go fighting with your tween about their bedroom- bring us in! We have a gift specific to this issue, we call it the gift of family harmony- see for yourself.

A flexible approach to designing spaces

relaxed-bedside-stylingAt My Beautiful Abode, we work with people to create their sanctuaries within their space. We create places where people are comfortable and content, places to welcome friends and family, places to live. What does this mean though, in the day to day of working with us?

We have a cascading menu of support that we offer clients, menu being the operative word, with our services covering Entrees, Starters, Main Course and a delicious* collection of sides. Some clients need a full makeover of their entire house, whilst others feel that their tween’s bedroom needs a bit of a lift, or that their living room is looking a little too, well, lived in.

Our process with working with our clients usually starts with a home visit- although with some clients, geography gets in the way so we manage this via phone, Skype or FaceTime, complemented with a decent dropbox file of images of the spaces to be designed, decorated or styled.

We have an extensive brief process that we go through with clients to clarify the function and purposes of the space (s) to be addressed. We look at existing furniture and artworks, favourite aspects, the desires for the space and the absolute N.O. ’s and must-avoids.

From the brief, and depending on the menu package being provided, we create a lookbook for the room, as well as a thoughtfully and carefully curated shopping list with showrooms and suppliers for clients to visit to achieve the vision detailed in the lookbook.

If you’d like some professional help in creating your Beautiful Abode, please get in touch. We’d love to provide as little or as much support as you need!


*not delicious in a literal sense. Please don’t eat your window furnishings.




Room of the week feature

We are lucky enough to have one of our projects featured as room of the week on Houzz.  It’s a recently completed project of ours that really seems to have caught peoples imagination.  Click here for the link.



Rural Upbringing meets City Styling

Did you know our Director and Lead Designer Sophie Kost grew up on a farm in the South West of Victoria? This begs the question- how does a rural gal, born and bred in the country, become an interior designer and stylist for some undeniably urban homes including inner city warehouse conversions? We went straight to the source for this one.



I had a truly wonderful, idyllic upbringing near Port Campbell which is on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, somewhat half-way between Melbourne and Adelaide. My family lived and worked on a farm, and I have no doubt that my rural upbringing has hugely informed my city-based styling and decorating studio.


Our upbringing often becomes a roadmap which instinctively guides us in our directions and our endeavours. I often find myself almost subconsciously drawn to projects that lend themselves beautifully to a touch of country. A recent My Beautiful Abode project in Mitcham in Melbourne’s leafy East is a perfect example. The living room of the space had a wall of glass windows looking out onto an undoubtedly rural vista of gums. A beautiful tree-stump table I unearthed at one of my fabulous suppliers was the perfect piece for that space, and it’s gorgeous texture reminded me of ‘home’.


I love the sense of character and history that can be unveiled, discovered or celebrated through interior styling in even the most contemporary of urban settings, a blend of city and country that creates a memorable, beautiful space.


When one has spent their formative years trying not being blown off the Twelve Apostles and across the Southern Ocean, coziness and warmth becomes an essential to design.  Somewhat paradoxically, a feeling of openness and space is something I naturally gravitate towards creating in my designing. I love spaces that have a sense of freshness, relation or basically just ‘unstuffy’ interiors that are reflective of rural living, that are bright and airy. This is achieved through thoughtful consideration of colour, textures and materials, such as timbers, crisp fabrics, and blues and natural hues.


I love to use ‘country’ references to compliment, consolidate and give weight and stability to distinctly urban spaces. Window furnishings are a fabulous way to blend ‘traditional’ with urban and contemporary style, and the use of artwork that celebrates rural landscapes are a beautiful, evocative way to reduce the impact of living in concrete jungle, providing a visual respite and that sense of space and calm that’s symbolic of living away from the urban sprawl.  Some of my favourite photographers are Laura Manariti, Kara Rosenlund and Joanne Piechota and I love placing their beautiful artworks within an urbanised setting such as a warehouse conversion or a renovated inner city terrace, or a contemporary apartment.


Is your home a little too city and too little country? Or vice versa? We’d love to work with you to create a sense of space evocative of a rural landscape.





Creating A Welcoming Home

Our lead designer Sophie was invited to contribute to this article about “Creating a welcoming home”  here is the link to read on;

8 Ways To Increase Your Property Value

Our lead designer, Sophie, was invited to comment on this article about increasing the value of your property.  Here is the link to the article.

A Journey for the Eye

Oh, how we love a vignette here at the My Beautiful Abode studio. Take a wander through our Instagram feed and you’ll see how layered styling is an interior concept that defines our work. Why? We believe that a space with layers adds depth, specificity, personality, texture and interest, creating living vignettes that appear effortless, yet stylish and put together, or as our lead designer Sophie says (verbatim!) well resolved.


When a room is well resolved, the eye goes on a beautiful journey around a room, similar to the visual journey we have when standing in front of a beautiful, interesting picture. Consider a beautifully styled bedroom- from the entrance, the eye would travel to the end of the bed, then up towards the pillows and cushions, then across to a bedside lamp, then back to the headboard or artwork above the bed, across to the opposite bedside table where other details beyond the lamp are noticed, and then back to the end of the bed. It’s a circular journey that most people aren’t aware they are experiencing, and one which gives that sense (or not) of a space that is well resolved, balanced and interesting.


We see our role as interior specialists as creating spaces that are well-resolved, and we identify quickly missing elements that prevent a space from being all that it could. Our approach to layered styling is intentional repetition of colours, or of textures or even finishes such as metallic. Whilst no doubt we adore a beautiful vignette on a tabletop, we go beyond the usual horizontal surface styling to incorporate height and depth with lighting, greenery and artwork. We place the fundamental pieces in a room, and then add pieces to fill the gaps that create a journey for the eye to travel across and through, and create interesting spaces without cluttering.

There’s a fine line between clutter and styling. Our approach is intentional and considered. Every piece has a purpose, and is relevant and appropriate to the space, as after all, people need to live in their homes. The difference, as Sophie says, ‘we’re styling, not plonking.’


Take a peek through our Houzz boards and our Instagram and Facebook pages for examples of our styling approach. Of course, if your home feels less styled, and more ‘plonked’, please get in touch. We’ll transform clutter to seemingly effortless style.

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