Prior to buying our home, I thoroughly enjoyed our San Francisco loft life, but it was really more of a holding pattern. Buying a crazy old house was about creating a family home, a place for our son to grow up – a place that becomes a hub for family dinners, Sundays with friends and holiday gatherings. No pressure!

But I’m excited to cultivate a considered home. This time it’s about the journey. It’s about creating an environment that reflects who we are now and creates a calming, welcoming space that nourishes mind, body and soul. Not one that just fills the holes or makes due. I’ve done that for years. We’re all in a rush for perfection or function, but the art of curating a home – rather than simply filling a home with stuff – takes time. And that all starts with taking a measured approach to designing each space. To kick off that process, I’m continually banking inspirational home tours for ideas and this Australian stunner is one of my all time favorites.

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I have always been a sucker for Australian design. I think this table vignette might be one of the most pinned of all time. But I totally get why. I desperately want to create something similar in my upstairs hallway.

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Designed by Whiting Architects – this home is the perfect example of decorating with intention. The space features all white walls, but they’re anything but stark. They instead highlight the well placed artwork, wall decor and furniture pieces that are works of art in themselves. It’s getting me very excited to make strategic use of our all-white walls. It’s like curating a gallery.

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Despite this home’s muted color palette, the space doesn’t feel cold. Rather, the warm wood tones dotted throughout – the floors, bathroom vanities and side tables and kitchen table – add a homey feel. The pops of black in each space feel modern and cool. And I love the strategic use of my color du jour – dusty pink! I’m into the idea of taking a single color and sprinkling it through your home in unexpected places (and I’m now obsessing about what my color might be…). I’m also obsessed with the oversized tile in the bathroom, obviously! The Muuto knobs are another fun touch. I can’t wait to repurpose mine.

The house also feels decorated without being crowded. The secret to achieving this look is to layer without cluttering. Objects are considered, grouped together in tonal patterns and given space to breathe. Slubby linen bedding and cozy textiles add an additional layer of texture and a homey feel throughout the house. I love the dark moodiness of the bedroom. It’s inspiring me to find a dark bed coverlet and rug for our master to really anchor the space.

What do you think? Does this space inspire decorating ideas for you?

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images via whiting architects

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