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  • Why Hiring an Interior Designer Will Save You Money

    <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704229593-VBDQJGF2WYSKMOVICM6V/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLDwgr9TZRScSxDbLPnGfJd7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0jRb3i7UjwNNySrgFE_nWavPoyNTANdlwR9BGB5JmkXsVeP1cLATrfLIFK7gGRbiwg/kitchen-aqua.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x4286" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="kitchen-aqua.jpeg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5dccd20f1e451264fd97591a" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704229593-VBDQJGF2WYSKMOVICM6V/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLDwgr9TZRScSxDbLPnGfJd7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0jRb3i7UjwNNySrgFE_nWavPoyNTANdlwR9BGB5JmkXsVeP1cLATrfLIFK7gGRbiwg/kitchen-aqua.jpeg?format=1000w" /> <p class=""><br></p><p class="">It sounds counterintuitive, but it really isn’t. Interior designers can save you money. It’s that simple. So, let’s bust the misconceptions surrounding just what interior designers do. For a start, many think designers only work for the rich and famous, the lucky people who happily shed their unwanted or outmoded possessions and spend a fortune on replacements. But no, most interior designers don’t get to work with the glitterati or even the outrageously wealthy, but for people like you and I. Interior designers can save you lots of money but also lots of stress and frustration.&nbsp; Here’s how:</p><h2>1. Discounts</h2><p class="">Furniture retailers offer interior designers discounts that range from 10 per cent to a whopping 50 per cent off. Also, tradies such as carpenters, tilers, painters and flooring specialists who often work with your interior designer will give you a great price. Why? Because they know your interior designer will send more business their way if their work is top-notch and their price is reasonable. Designers will often cover any design fees so by <a href="https://www.soulshapes.com.au/melbourneresidential/interiordesign/"><span>using an interior designer</span></a>, you get bulk prices without buying bulk.</p><h2>2. Recycle</h2><p class="">One thing you will discover about interior designers is they thrive on a challenge. So, if you just can’t throw away that sofa your grandparents gave you for a wedding present, then be prepared to see it reupholstered, with some fabulous new cushions. Interior designers also know that if their client is on a budget, then They also know that if, say, you’re a first home buyer on a budget, there are times when a new paint job and hardware can transform a piece of furniture. An interior designer’s magic can turn an ordinary room into an expensive looking one. minus the expense. </p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704474914-QARB1JXOQY4QJWB1BIGU/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kK5hD_VPmtS-CC8AJn8hSL57gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UW3dmZrxAI7WggZriQS4dIJaPnp6Bh1CzY_IY9EwU-m7SivL-CihHB2xQEhs50YsEA/mountain+dining.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="1534x2301" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="mountain dining.jpeg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5dccd313a5c805160d8081ab" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704474914-QARB1JXOQY4QJWB1BIGU/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kK5hD_VPmtS-CC8AJn8hSL57gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UW3dmZrxAI7WggZriQS4dIJaPnp6Bh1CzY_IY9EwU-m7SivL-CihHB2xQEhs50YsEA/mountain+dining.jpeg?format=1000w" /> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704740754-U4RKB6MURTR9998LXVHQ/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kK5hD_VPmtS-CC8AJn8hSL57gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UW3dmZrxAI7WggZriQS4dIJaPnp6Bh1CzY_IY9EwU-m7SivL-CihHB2xQEhs50YsEA/recycled.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="1534x2301" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="recycled.jpeg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5dccd41dad8d8a31b5ae335f" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704740754-U4RKB6MURTR9998LXVHQ/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kK5hD_VPmtS-CC8AJn8hSL57gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z5QPOohDIaIeljMHgDF5CVlOqpeNLcJ80NK65_fV7S1UW3dmZrxAI7WggZriQS4dIJaPnp6Bh1CzY_IY9EwU-m7SivL-CihHB2xQEhs50YsEA/recycled.jpeg?format=1000w" /> <h2>3. Time Equals Money</h2><p class="">Experienced interior designers who have amassed huge amounts of knowledge can size things up quickly and offer sensible suggestions on ways to <a href="https://www.soulshapes.com.au/soul-circle/lotushealing/sydney"><span>improve your space</span></a>. They will set up a plan with a budget, a timeline, and a priority list. They know exactly where to find that reclaimed barnwood furniture or which manufacturers can make a custom kitchen banquette. Interior designers answer thousands of questions on such things as finishes and sizes, so you don't need to waste your time trying to figure it out. They can’t walk on water, but they can coordinate with the retailers, architects, contractors, and other artisans to finish your project on time and well within your budget.</p><h2>4. Learn Something&nbsp;</h2><p class="">So much of the <a href="https://www.dmarge.com/2016/05/australian-furniture-brands.html"><span>furniture manufactured</span></a> now will date, like fashion, but interior designers know&nbsp; there is a broad range of furniture pieces that will never lose their value or become dated or old hat. They also know where to source this furniture, and also where best to use it. Your interior designer is your best friend who will advise you on which pieces to buy and where you buy them so you don’t waste money on rubbish but make sensible choices within your budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704675738-1JXFXO9XU06XREJDPKL3/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/dining+paris.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="2500x1667" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="dining paris.jpeg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5dccd3d967657b54b105748c" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573704675738-1JXFXO9XU06XREJDPKL3/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kLkXF2pIyv_F2eUT9F60jBl7gQa3H78H3Y0txjaiv_0fDoOvxcdMmMKkDsyUqMSsMWxHk725yiiHCCLfrh8O1z4YTzHvnKhyp6Da-NYroOW3ZGjoBKy3azqku80C789l0iyqMbMesKd95J-X4EagrgU9L3Sa3U8cogeb0tjXbfawd0urKshkc5MgdBeJmALQKw/dining+paris.jpeg?format=1000w" /> <p class=""><br>5. Impress&nbsp;</p><p class="">Nobody can pass by a picture that’s beautiful and eye-catching. If your home is in this category after your interior designer has finished the project, then if you want to sell up, you will reap the benefits. Your home will have increased in value, and that means a faster sale. If you’re not selling, then you’ll be happy that you have a stunning new living space that didn’t blow the budget.</p><p class=""><br><br><br></p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573703525905-FPZXR0WRK7M1M1CTN8NI/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGseepaEPvsLMz7sIbvEblZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVFPYIqlaWppYMYUf07PWU9jWjShpm6vf5mXyn0bVXYz9N1lH3P2bFZvTItROhWrBJ0/Screen+Shot+2019-11-14+at+2.51.20+pm.png" data-image-dimensions="372x468" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Screen Shot 2019-11-14 at 2.51.20 pm.png" data-load="false" data-image-id="5dcccf63a5c805160d801997" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1573703525905-FPZXR0WRK7M1M1CTN8NI/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGseepaEPvsLMz7sIbvEblZZw-zPPgdn4jUwVcJE1ZvWEtT5uBSRWt4vQZAgTJucoTqqXjS3CfNDSuuf31e0tVFPYIqlaWppYMYUf07PWU9jWjShpm6vf5mXyn0bVXYz9N1lH3P2bFZvTItROhWrBJ0/Screen+Shot+2019-11-14+at+2.51.20+pm.png?format=1000w" /> <p class=""><strong>Author’s Bio&nbsp;</strong></p><p class="">Alex Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, financial support and health care. He has used his knowledge and experience to work for clients as diverse as <a href="https://woodtech.com.au/"><span>The Wood Tech Group</span></a>, Cosh Living and Me Bank to help them reach their business goals.</p><p class=""><br></p>

  • Happy 1st Birthday - SOUL SHAPES

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I literally can not believe we have made the 1 year mark already!</p><p class="">I thought it best to mark the occassion with a bit of a look back and a little pat on the back to myself and my family and team for all their support!</p><p class="">I remember this time last year, running around getting all the last minute prices on, styling the store and just generally running around like a crazy person! I think it was at about 12 am when I just fell flat on to a huge pile of cushions and said ‘ I can’t do it, we’re not going to make it’ hagaaa I was EXHAUSTED!! Buuut we made it and our open day was a success!!</p><p class="">Over the year, we have seen growth every month and I’d like to thank all our loyal, amazing customers!! I value each and every one of you and really enjoy helping you nutt out your beautiful homes! </p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1572665806183-HI454Z513TDTC4WO26CE/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kNdzxjKe9o5FqqYmhbsB5QcUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcIAvo56jyIAMQg5cxmoStpHzB7-aBBzkeLY8xFS2fLK1CdMRys0AqCqsTf82h6BYZ/soulshapes-003%2Bcopy.jpg" data-image-dimensions="1440x840" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="Five Castles Photography." data-load="false" data-image-id="5dbcf9cb88977b62a36fa8af" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1572665806183-HI454Z513TDTC4WO26CE/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kNdzxjKe9o5FqqYmhbsB5QcUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKcIAvo56jyIAMQg5cxmoStpHzB7-aBBzkeLY8xFS2fLK1CdMRys0AqCqsTf82h6BYZ/soulshapes-003%2Bcopy.jpg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Five Castles Photography.</p> <p class="">It’s become clear that bringing sustainable , Melbourne made hardwood furniture and sofas to the hills was definitely the best choice! It’s so wonderful to see just how many hills folk value shopping consciously, I’m so impressed with just how many of you understand the HUGE impact quality furniture has on reducing landfill! Together we are definitely, making a difference whilst making our lives and our homes beautiful!</p><p class="">Some of the stand out achievements in my first year where being featured in Interiors Addict for my Port Melbourne project, being engaged to re design the Belgrave Hotel and also being engaged by Aveo Retirement to fit out the communal dining room at Edrington House Mansion. I’m looking forward to commencing a new concept design / furniture fit out for an apartment designed by one of Australia’s top design firms ‘Hecker Guthrie very soon! </p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1572642054562-84KC8Z6JNQSMRN7OYEJH/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGwvRg9EcGTSiKW7o5b4-XUUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKc-p1Hp_56tYAjig2R0ufRNFOj3ziTySTApPUaEAw3JSgspzgVYkcTR8S4_lRoX4g3/soulshapes-008+copy.jpeg" data-image-dimensions="1440x960" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="soulshapes-008 copy.jpeg" data-load="false" data-image-id="5dbc9d02646afb27490b0361" data-type="image" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/50c065c7e4b08e89974e605f/1572642054562-84KC8Z6JNQSMRN7OYEJH/ke17ZwdGBToddI8pDm48kGwvRg9EcGTSiKW7o5b4-XUUqsxRUqqbr1mOJYKfIPR7LoDQ9mXPOjoJoqy81S2I8N_N4V1vUb5AoIIIbLZhVYxCRW4BPu10St3TBAUQYVKc-p1Hp_56tYAjig2R0ufRNFOj3ziTySTApPUaEAw3JSgspzgVYkcTR8S4_lRoX4g3/soulshapes-008+copy.jpeg?format=1000w" /> <p class="">Thanks to my family who have been patient whilst the business and I found our feet! I’m having the best time, it really has been many years in the making to get to this point and it’s been amazing watching my dreams come true!</p><p class="">Lastly, I just want to share this has never really been about money for me, although I do understand we need money to continue to grow. But really, this is me , chasing a dream to fulfill my life purpose. I decided many moons ago that I would dedicate my life to try and help others find a deeper, connected sense of happiness and it’s through interior design that I have found a way to do that. I hope your loving my little baby , my dream come true in our beautiful hills and I hope I see you in the studio soon! </p><p class="">Thanks everyone, cheers!!!</p><p class=""> 🙏🏻😀❤️</p><p class="">Mel Sherwell</p>

  • Dulux colour Forecast 2020

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