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Apartment Interior Design

Are you looking for home downsizing tips and how to optimise your apartment interior design? It’s no secret that apartment living is becoming more and more popular in Australia. Many people prefer an urban lifestyle close to infrastructure and amenities. As a consequence, they are downsizing to smaller houses, retirement resorts, or (studio) apartments for various reasons: saving money on furniture, appliances and energy, gaining more time for travelling and hobbies, embracing a lifestyle with less stuff and fewer chores to worry about, or starting a new chapter of their life.


On this page, you will find a selection of home downsizing and apartment interior design resources from my blog and podcast. To make it easier for you, they are sorted under the following categories:

  • Getting Started
  • Home Organisation, De-cluttering
  • Apartment Interior Design
  • Interior Design Styles
  • Home Decor
  • Outdoor Decorating
  • Colour
  • Mood Boards and Creativity
  • Downsizing Case Studies

Getting Started
Practical tips and smart resources for people planning to downsize to an apartment.

Overwhelmed with Downsizing? Here’s What to Do.
DWS 61: 7 Things to Consider When Downsizing
11 Brilliant Blog Posts for Empty Nesters
DWS 56: Downsizing with Pets
DWS 46: Strata Information Library
DWS 39: Granny Flats
DWS 04: How to Find the Right Retirement Village

Home Organisation, De-cluttering
Here’s how to de-clutter with a strategy and achieve results quicker, plus, you will find tips to stay organised at home.

Home Organisation: Decorating with Trays
DWS 65: 10 Tips to Stay Organised at Home
10 Tips to Improve Your Wellbeing at Home
DWS 57: De-cluttering Paperwork
De-cluttering by Categories
DWS 33: How to Organise Paperwork and Your Digital World
DWS 20: Tactics to Deal with Sentimental Items
Clever Storage Solutions for Clutter-Free Living

Apartment Interior Design
Using versatile and functional furniture and knowing how to make a spare room multifunctional are vital steps to enjoy your apartment lifestyle from day one.

DWS 53: Multi-Purpose Rooms
Make Your Spare Room Work Harder
DWS 44: Versatile Apartment Furniture
US and Online Furniture Stores
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Wall Bed

Interior Design Styles
Creative ideas and step-by-step instructions how to implement your favourite interior design style in your home.

5 Creative Ideas to Introduce a Nautical Style in Your Home
5 Steps to Create an Art Deco-Inspired Interior
Home Decor: Industrial Style Interior
Home Decor: 5 Quick and Easy Tips to Decorate in Boho Style

Home Decor
Be inspired by international colour and furnishing trends and learn about creative ideas to transform your house into a home.

DWS 70: Finding the Right Chair
DWS 66: 5 Tips to Spruce up Your Home
Furnishing Trends 2016/17: Wellbeing 4.0
Transform Your Home with These 5 Simple Tips
DWS 48: Love Your Home
Wallpaper Trend: How to Express Your Creativity at Home

Outdoor Decorating
Tips and tricks to make most of your apartment balcony.

How to Best Furnish an Apartment Balcony
DWS 09: Essential Things for Balcony Gardens

Colour Inspiration
Colour is the most useful tool to master when decorating. Find out more about colour trends and how colour psychology can improve your wellbeing at home.

DWS 72: Colour Psychology for Home Decorators
Colour Psychology: The Summer Personality
Colour Psychology: The Spring Personality
Colour Psychology: The Autumn Personality
Colour Psychology: The Winter Personality
The Pantone Colours of the Year 2016
Dulux Colour Forecast 2016
Resene Colour Trends 2015/16
International Colour and Furnishing Trends 2017
Dulux Colour Forecast 2017

DWS 74: Interview with Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux

Mood Boards & Creativity
Here you will find instructions how to make a mood board and use it to visualise your abstract ideas. Use this creative tool for your interior design projects or any other creative venture.

DWS 69: How to Visualise Your Retirement Lifestyle
DWS 71: Strategies to Boost Your Creativity
Why Mood Boards Encourage Design Thinking
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Mood Boards for Your Decorating Projects
3 Strategies to Find Your Decorating Style

Downsizing Case Studies
Read and listen to the inspiring stories of empty nesters, who downsized their homes successfully. Learn about their challenges, how they mastered their move and why it was the best decision ever.

Embrace Clever Design and Live Smarter
DWS 48: Living with Less
DWS 43: Interview with Chris Johnson, CEO of the Urban Taskforce Australia
DWS 41: US Case Study on Downsizing

By providing these home downsizing resources and interior design tips, I would like to encourage you to make a decision and get started. It is really all about trust and embracing the opportunities that arise when you step out of your comfort zone. One of my yoga teachers once said: “Challenge yourself, you deserve it.” I often think of this phrase when I am facing a difficult decision or starting to procrastinate a particular task or conversation.

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Downsize With Style by Bettina Deda