Articles tagged with: interior design

02 March 2020

Australian designed and made that’s far from kitsch!

Creating a space in your home that’s uniquely Australian

Decorating with good ol’ Aussie pieces seems to go through periods of being ‘in’ and being ‘daggy’. Right now with the amazing movements such as #buyfromthebush supporting small Aussie businesses that are located in areas of the country suffering from the drought we’ve seen a huge resurgence of Aussie themed décor items that are definitely not daggy!

If you’ve been following for a while you’ll already know about the Vinyl Living and Vinyl Design Aussie themed ranges, that are all designed and printed right here in Australia …

Our Australian map chalkboard is perfect for jotting down a shopping list, reminders, or even marking off holiday destinations.

In our Vinyl Living range you’ll find our ever-popular 100% linen (fantastic for drying glassware!) teatowels featuring the quintessential koala or kangaroo. We’ve designed a range of zippered pouches that are perfect for makeup, stationery, or as a casual yet chic purse(!) and with designs like koala, cockatoo, wombat, echidna, platypus, kangaroo, or even the Sydney Opera House in a range of colour prints we’ve got just about everything covered!

Looking further afield we’ve found some amazing Australian décor pieces that we’re pretty sure will be on your wish list as soon as you see them (they’re on ours!):

Twisted Willow have a stunning Terrazzo Planter that would look equally amazing in either kitchen or verandah/outdoor area. Paired with the hanging Terrazzo Planter it would be a great talking point, and you’d be supporting a drought-affected business too!

Described by the Duchess of Sussex as “beautiful ceramics” during her visit to Dubbo last year, we’re sure that you’ll agree. Gemma Ruth Ceramics are handmade and each piece individual. All pieces are dishwasher and oven proof, although hand washing recommended for any lustre and general longevity.

Erstwhile have lots of super cool vintage style wall-hangings, seriously you’ll be hard pressed to choose just one! But one that caught our eye and is along the Australian-décor theme is their Vintage School Map of Australia. It’s huge too ... just like the ones we had hanging in our classrooms when we were growing up.

We’re creating an amazing space with our Australian design choices and we think you’ll love Franco Crea’s bespoke furniture pieces for their simplicity, timeless design and minimalist aesthetic. One of our favourites from the range is the Mila chair: featuring hand-stitched quilting, a floating back-rest and webbed-seat for the ultimate comfort, it’s absolutely stunning! 

Australian design doesn’t need to be kitsch and souvenir-ish, it’s all about choosing your pieces wisely for style and functionality … and of course making sure that you’re supporting Australian-made at the same time.

We’d love you to share how and where you’ve used your Vinyl Designs decals and any of our blog picks with us – share on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #vinyldesignaustralia or tag us @vinyldesign.


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05 December 2019

Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute?

We’ve rounded up some truly lovely gift ideas that you can still order for pre-Christmas delivery and look like you planned months ahead!

How does it happen … we pack away the Christmas decorations, get back to work and school, get through winter and then all of a sudden it’s DECEMBER again and we haven’t finished the shopping?! Life is crazy hectic busy at the best of times for most of us so you can be quickly forgiven for being a little unorganised in the present buying department. And if you are one of those organised rarities … hats off to you!

All of the finds we’ve gathered for you can be delivered pre-Christmas – don’t leave your ordering too late though because at this time of year dates can always change! We’re so happy to be supporting other small Aussie businesses just like us this Christmas!

Scarf from original artwork by Trudy Lowndes

This Lime Green and Purple Scarf is lovely! It’s a massive 140cm x 140cm which makes it so versatile … sarong, headscarf, evening wrap? Trudy has lots of other pieces created from her original artworks on her website, so much choice! (order by 15 Dec for pre-Christmas delivery)


Hand-poured candles by Two Foxes

A beautiful candle is always a welcome gift! We’re sure you’ll be hard-pressed to choose a scent, but choose you must! Hand-poured candles from Two Foxes in Mudgee! (order by 13 Dec for pre-Christmas delivery)


Something unique from Indie Art & Design?

Indie Art & Design stock such an amazing array of beautiful and unique products from independent artists and designers in their online store. There’s lots of choice in the Denim and Blonde collection, what’s your favourite? (order by 13 Dec for pre-Christmas delivery – they also offer free local delivery to some Sydney suburbs)



28 August 2019

Spring is just about here, and we’ve rounded up our favourites in early spring decor!

It’s time to brighten up your home!



This winter has been particularly cold across most of Australia and we bet that you’re just as ready as we are to say …. “Hello Spring!”.

Over winter our homes become our haven of warmth and protection from the dampness and chill that is waiting for us beyond our front doors. As we look to the end of winter and the beginning of the blossoming of spring we’re also eager to bring that brighter decorating inside our homes.

Here at Vinyl Design and Vinyl Living we’ve been following the trends for the upcoming season and picked some of our favourites that we saw at Decor+Design last month in Melbourne.

Design Influences

Our wider world is changing and has been in a state of change and upheaval ... this will reflect in our interiors trends. We’re going to be seeing a lot of experimental styles and designs, bright and bold colours, innovative materials, adaptable products, and dynamic patterns. We’ll be seeing vintage, handmade and bespoke ahead of the mass-produced pieces of recent times.

It’s about being authentic to you and styling your home in a way that brings happiness, a sense of wellbeing, and harmoniousness. Are you ready for this exciting new trend?!


The trend in colour is toward the colours of nature that instil a sense of calmness and tranquillity - colours that have their own richness and self-assuredness. We’re expecting to see the colours of nature in its gentleness: misty morning hues, stonewashed blues, dusky shades of rose, and pale fruity apricot tints. Mixing beautifully with the fresh crispness of mint, melon, and the warmth of rich cocoa.

These colours are beautiful and it’s certainly a trend that we’ll be embracing!

Our favourite finds

So, what have we found that embodies the sense of wellbeing and happiness that are foremost in the late trends for 2019 and early 2020?

For the budget conscious decorator, Target have a new handcrafted range. We’re particularly loving their new Round Cotton Jute Rug with Tassels and the faux leather Kali Ottoman which are both perfect for most rooms to add a touch of texture and warmth. While the Marble Jewellery Box or Gold Shell Trinket Dish will add a touch of natural glamour to bathroom or bedroom.

Always a favourite is Pottery Barn (and if you sign up to their newsletters, they have fantastic sales!) and this season is no exception! The new Living Edge Wood Hurricanes are stunning – made from hand blown glass and wood, each one is unique in texture, shading, and size. Also new this season is the Basilia Print Cushion Cover: made from lovely soft printed velvet this fabric is also manufactured using eco-friendly methods which do not generate any water, air or noise pollution.

For Aussie made and designed style that is all designed and manufactured in Melbourne you can’t not think of Bonnie and Neil – Aussie designers gone global! Their new range is stunning! We were hard-pressed to choose just one, so we settled on two: the Marguerite Amber Large Vase is hand painted by Bonnie onto glazed terracotta and the Marguerite Amber 60cm Velvet Cushion with a design by Bonnie hand-screened individually onto each cushion - each one definitely a one-of-a-kind pieces!

We’d love you to share how and where you’ve used your Vinyl Designs decals and any of our blog picks with us – share on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #vinyldesignaustralia or tag us @vinyldesign.

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26 July 2019

Pretty, brights, luxe … girly, wall decal ideas for girl’s rooms that you’ll love!

We’ve got the prettiest, cutest wall decals for your little girl’s rooms.


This month we’re thinking about pretty things … and creating a pretty, girly space where dreams of bunnies, hearts and dandelions are made!

Here at Vinyl Design we love to design wall decals that suit all ages, tastes, and styles. But, it’s soooo much fun designing for the little people in our lives, girl’s rooms especially. Whether it’s a playroom or a bedroom little girls love having a space that’s decorated and styled just for them.

So, with your little girl in mind let’s look at how the clever use of wall decals can be the vital piece of creating a beautiful backdrop for her very own space! With so many gorgeous colours to choose from we imagine it’ll be a lot of fun making the big design and styling decisions together too!

Hot Air Balloon Wall Decals

We love the idea of hot air balloons and the whimsical, dreamy feeling they evoke … floating in the clouds over far away places, way above the world. Who isn’t dreaming of up, up and away?!

Cute and Cuddly Animals and Critters

What little girl doesn’t love a snuggly bunny, or is fascinated by ladybirds?!

We’ve got quite the collection of bunnies and critters for you and your little girl to choose from … we know it will be difficult to choose though! In our collection you’ll find a flutter of butterflies, the sweetest trail of red ladybirds(!), or a pair of chubby fluffy bunnies!

Show the Love

Hearts are the universal symbol of love and we’ve got a set of 30 heart wall decals in our collection that you could easily combine with other decals or use on their own … imagine a mass of hearts across the wall, or maybe mix it up with our butterflies decals for a really sweet pretty effect!

Dandelion Wishes

Our Dandelion wall decal is one of our most popular in the nature series … soft, delicate, and so, so pretty! The seeds can be spread as far across your wall as you like, or they could spill close if you’re short on space.

So … have we given you some inspiration in creating a special space for your little girl? We do hope so!

We’d love you to share how and where you’ve used your Vinyl Designs decals and any of our blog picks with us – share on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #vinyldesignaustralia or tag us @vinyldesign.


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24 June 2019

Get ready to cosy up for Winter!

Now’s the time to make sure you’ve got your winter warming décor at the ready.

Late autumn is the time to get our homes ready for winter! How often do you find that the sunny days of autumn all of a sudden (seemingly overnight!) become chilly, chilly winter days when hibernation feels a real option?!

We’ve done the rounds and have picked our favourites of the new season décor items for your homes to keep you and your family warm this winter.


Warm underfoot as well as soft and inviting to lie on to watch tv or a movie, rugs do the hard work in our homes. High pile textures are comfortable on your feet on even the chilliest of days!

Miss Amara are fast becoming Australia’s favourite online go to for rug shopping. It’s easy to see why! Such a great selection to suit every décor and piles and material to suit every lifestyle!

Miss Amara also offer free shipping … and a free return if it’s not as perfect for your room as you thought it would be! To help you make your decision before you purchase Miss Amara have a great app that allows you to see any of their rugs in your room … you simply upload a photo of your room and the app does the rest!

Sheets, bed linen, and throws

Flannelette sheets have lost their ‘shades nanna’s house’ and are now available in so many designs and colour-ways that you’ll wish they were practical for all year ‘round! Cotton Box have 47 (yes, 47!) designs and colours to choose from … you’re sure to find the perfect match for your winter bedroom.

No winter lounge or family room is complete without a stack of soft, fluffy throws for the family to snuggle into to watch tv or a movie. Some of our favourite throws are found at Adairs … and the St Albans Champagne Mohair Throw tops our list!

Entryway décor

A space to catch the drips from your umbrella, hang your coats, and keep the mud from your boots off the floors in an essential in any home at this time of year.

The Kubu Hamper (available in two sizes) from Provincial Home Living is perfect for storing throws and blankets beside the couch, or for storing the multitude of shoes and boots we accumulate near our front doors in the cooler months.

If you are looking for a statement piece for your entryway you can’t go past the Monokel Umbrella Stand by Klong available through Royal Design. Made from brass and stainless steel this umbrella stand is sure to add a classy touch to even the plainest of entryways. And, psst … they’re on sale at the moment!

Our own Vinyl Design coat hanger wall decals are a great way to decorate your entryway wall décor this winter! We’ve four designs in a huge range of colours for you to choose from … and we even include the hooks! Because all of our wall decals are removable and won’t mark your walls they’re a fantastic option for renters, or for people who love to change up their décor to suit the season!

Wooden bowls

There aren’t many materials that are as visually warming as timber. Satara have a range of absolutely beautiful wooden bowls – bowls, platters, vessels … stunning and sooooo warming!

New artwork

For your walls is a great way to warm up your home environ. Curious Grace always have a beautiful selection of wall art (whatever time of the year). Our eye was especially caught by this print ‘Splenda’ by Australian artist Scott Petrie – such lovely colours that create a warm, soft feeling for winter, yet in the warmer months could just as easily give a fresh, summer vibe. If you sign up to the Curious Grace newsletter they have a very nice welcome gift too!

We’d love you to share how and where you’ve used your Vinyl Designs decals and any of our blog picks with us – share on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #vinyldesignaustralia or tag us @vinyldesign.

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12 April 2019

Do you decorate your home for Easter?

Our top picks for Easter decorating!

Decorating our homes for Easter is a pretty new ‘thing’ here in Australia, but it’s definitely a styling period that we are in love with!

There are SO many stores and small businesses (including us!) with amazing Easter decorations and tableware … we’ve been browsing and have collated some of our favourites:


All of Oxfam’s profits go to helping communities worldwide and the products that Oxfam sell are ethically sourced and produced as well. We particularly love the Painted Wooden Eggs in Oxfam’s Easter collection – each design has a story behind it. These would make such a lovely gift for all ages, but especially for children they would learn about other cultures and families at the same time!

Vinyl Design :)
We have lots of Bunny themed wall decals, from a Set of 21 mini bunnies to a Chalkboard Bunny to put on your wall or your fridge and a super cute Bunny wall sticker for power outlets

Pottery Barn
Ok, hands up who else has an ongoing crush on Pottery Barn! Pottery Barn have everything you need to set a beautiful table for Easter lunch. We reckon their Easter tableware is so beautiful that it would be such a shame to only use it once a year! At the moment you can save a beautiful 20% off all of the Pottery Barn Easter range and if you sign up to their newsletter you might be lucky enough to save a little bit more before Easter too!

Nordic Fusion
Do you prefer to give a gift at Easter instead of chocolate? Nordic Fusion has the most beautiful range of bunny dolls that can be dressed up or cuddled just as they are. They make the most adorable gifts, and not just for Easter!

Bed Bath ‘N’ Table
One of our favourite stores for bedding and napery is Bed Bath ‘N’ Table, and oh my gosh … they have over 300 pieces in their Easter range! You’ll be absolutely certain to find at least 5 pieces here that you must have! And even better than just finding beautiful decorating items at great prices, if you’re quick you’ll catch save an extra 25%!

The Cheeky Project Perth

If you’ve got people with allergies or other dietary preferences it can be really hard to find Easter Eggs for them! We’ve discovered The Cheeky Project Perth makes the most delicious chocolate including those really hard to find Easter Eggs! Even their images and descriptions will have your mouth watering!


Have you been inspired to decorate your home for Easter?

We’d love you to share how and where you’ve used your Vinyl Designs decals and any of our blog picks with us – share on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #vinyldesignaustralia or tag us @vinyldesign.

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23 January 2019

Décor that’s purrrfect for every cat lover … we’re not kitten you!

Cat-themed homewares and styling accessories that cat lovers will love.


We loooove cats here at Vinyl Living and Vinyl Design! Cats bring joy and charm us … even when they’re being obnoxious. Cats aren’t just pets … they are also good for us! A cat’s purring sound is a precious feeling that can put us into such a relaxed and peaceful state. Research has found that cat owners are more socially sensitive, trusting, and like other people more … cats help us to be likeable (as if you weren’t likeable enough already!)!

Decorating with our loved moggies is so much fun! We’ve created a range of cat-loving décor and practical items for Vinyl Design and Vinyl Living - check ‘em meowt:

  • Our cat makeup bag is as practical as it is good-looking! Don’t let the word ‘makeup’ confuse you … it’s just as practical as a pencil case, to hold bits and pieces in your handbag, or even as a carry pouch (phone, keys, cash) when your out and about but don’t need a big bulky bag.
  • Our ‘cat with yarn’ design is available printed on a handy canvas tote or a cushion cover … if you’re a knitter (or know one) this is a lovely gift! We use top quality cotton canvas and all of our printing and stitching is done right here in Australia.
  • Have you got a blank wall that’s meowing for some kitty cat love?! We’ve got cat wall decals in two styles:
  • Cats Pattern – scatter these playful kittens across your wall!
  • Le Chat Noir – two real sized cats and a butterfly … look pretty quirky ‘playing’ on a couch or shelf!
  • This cat sticker for powerpoints and sockets is one of our most popular wall decals – a touch of unexpected whimsy!
  • The outside casing of our laptops are pretty boring … show the world your love of cats by decorating your laptop with our Cat Laptop Decals (available in black or white)!

Remember nearly all of our wall decals can be made in your choice from our range of colours … go fancy with metallic gold or silver, magenta, or even green cats across your wall! Our vinyl wall decals are removable and won’t damage your walls or other surfaces.

18 December 2018

Where in the world?!

Are you a travel lover, do you feel the lust for travel?


There’s not one amongst us who hasn’t the desire to see “somewhere else” … whether that’s another country, or just another town. The grass isn’t always greener, but it is often a different shade ;-)

Are you a traveller? Have you travelled the world? Or, are you just getting started on your dreams of where you would love to go first?

In the Vinyl Designs collection you’ll find our super popular World Map with Animals wall decal.

Now, this wall decal was created for children’s wall décor but because the animals and the map are separate you could get two different wall decal décor items from the one product ;-)

Here are some ideas using one of our most popular wall decals in your home …

  • The perfect addition to any child’s playroom! Use the different animals that are included in the World Map with Animals set to educate … where does each animal come from?
  • Again in a child’s room … use the map and sticky dots (not included) to mark off countries visited ad countries they’d like to visit. The animals would look fantastic on the wall near the map as an extra decoration. Our World Map with Animals looks amazing, builds imagination, and inspires travelling dreams!
  • Use the animals to decorate your child’s room (they’d look awesome on a bathroom wall!), and use the world map in your family room or personal space … sort of like a travel vision board!

17 October 2018

A French Bulldog stole my heart!

Decorate your home and yourself with an adorable ‘frenchie’!


Bondi Vet says that the French Bulldog is often described as a “clown in the cloak of a philosopher” because of their mischievous attitude hidden behind their sometimes stern face. We reckon that pretty much sums them up!

With great personalities and loving natures they make wonderful family pets … so it’s really no wonder that we also love to decorate with their likeness!

Here at Vinyl Design and Vinyl Living we simply can’t resist creating products with the (not so humble) Frenchie:

  • With our French Bulldog wall decal you’ll feel your heart strings tugging madly as she watches you with ‘those puppy dog eyes’ … and you can have our adorable Frenchie on your wall in any one of our range of 25 colours. The almost perfect solution if you’re not allowed to have a dog ;-) The same adorable Frenchie can go everywhere with you (well, wherever your laptop goes) coz we also make her as a laptop decal!
  • Our hand printed canvas range features the most handsome and noble French Bulldog on either our canvas tote bags, or our canvas cushions. Love this guy in his dashing bright red bowtie!

05 October 2018

Give your home a tropical beach vibe wherever you live !

Rattan furniture, leaves prints, jute rugs and everything else for the perfect beach house!


We all love the relaxing feel that we get during a summer break, and who doesn’t dream of kicking back in a tropical paradise without a care in the world?! We sure do!

The trouble with the tropical paradise dream is that it’s not always possible to get there … and if you do get there It doesn’t come back home with you. That is … until you decorate your home with that relaxing, soothing, refreshing tropical vibe!

We’ve done some online browsing and have made a list of some of our favourite decorator items to make it easy for you to give your home a tropical beach vibe … wherever you live.

Rattan furniture is making a comeback and is gaining in popularity as we speak! Did you know that rattan furniture not only looks GREAT but it is also environmentally friendly too? Rattan grows all year ‘round and the planting and harvesting of the growth assists in restoring the decrease in the population of trees and forests … and it’s a fantastic alternative to logging too.

Melbourne-based The Family Love Tree hand craft beautiful rattan furniture and homewares using traditional methods and supporting small villages and communities along the way. We love the whole range of The Family Love Tree’s rattan pieces, but the Latitude range has really grabbed our fancy! The Latitude range is described as “elegant, understated design meets lush, tropical sensibilities” and we couldn’t agree more! From bedheads, to planter boxes, to bar stools this range screams “TROPICAL” to us, don’t you agree?

Freedom Furniture has a range of tropical inspired homewares too – affordable and look amazing! Our top picks from Freedom Furniture this month are: Monsteria Leaves in two sizes (look real and you don’t have to water them!), the very glam Ritz 3-tier drinks trolley (makes us think of a posh tropical hotel!), and the very stylish and of so practical Araby Basket and the Landoni Basket.

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