Styling to Live

Rug 101 | Laying down the basics

When it comes to refreshing your space, updating your floor coverings can make an ENORMOUS difference. One area that we often find our clients love help with is ‘what rug’ would suit my space… what type, size, can we go bold, do we need to fill the space, can I go plush… the questions (and choices) are endless. So, I decided to create a little RUG: 101, to help you get started.


What we will cover:

  1. Loop Pile vs Cut Pile vs Weave
  2. Different wool mixes
  3. What rug is best for what space


One fabulous thing to note is the choice is wonderfully endless. There are so many opulent and magnificent options available within reasonable budgets. Aesthetic, warmth and convenience, sustainability and wellness impact, acoustic insulation, endurance and simplicity of maintenance are all things that should be considered.

Almost all rugs/carpets fall into one of two categories: Machine-made and handcrafted. Machine-made is growing in popularity as new techniques continue to produce more luxe and push versions. The time and cost of production are generally minimised and synthetic threads are mostly more durable. We personally still love traditional techniques of handcrafting as nothing beats artisanal practices and how unique and stunning each piece is.


Breaking it down


1/ Loop pile: A carpet with a loop pile has loop fibers that are NOT CUT. This kind of carpet, which is made up of several loops of carpet fiber, is kept in its woven shape. When the loop fibres are at different heights, a patterned loop can also be created.

This is the one where vacuum lines and footprints are hardly visible and it is a little less soft/plush on the feet. Berber and sisal are two of the most well-liked varieties of loop pile carpets.

Source: Pinterest [Berber/Boucle rug]

Source: Pinterest [Sisal rug]


2/ Cut pile: The fiber loops are CUT to produce cut pile carpet. The ends of the carpet fiber are visible when the yarn loops are cut, creating an upright pile. Cut pile is often softer than loop pile and comes in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. The two most popular styles of cut pile are Saxony and Frieze.


Source: Pinterest [Saxony rug]

Source: Pinterest [Frieze rug]

3/ Weave: Woven carpets are a premium product that is mostly made of wool or a wool-based combination. Similar to the conventional method of making rugs, the rugs are created using a loom. The carpet strands are woven into the backing, creating a robust, long-lasting piece. Due to the durability of its structure, a woven carpet is said to last up to three times longer than a tufted carpet.

Source: nuLoom

For hundreds of years, wool carpets have been known for their high quality and resilience. They are still a very popular option for homes, as well as in the construction and hotel industries since they are so luxe. Wool is a strong fiber with fabulous aesthetic and retention qualities. When looked after properly, it is also highly durable, making it a great investment when it is time to upgrade your carpets


Generally, there are two types: 100% wool carpets and 80/20 wool mix carpets. Depending on where and how the wool carpets are being used, both mixes can subsequently be created as area rugs or in broadloom style(wall to wall), offering configuration options.

Natural Wool Carpet Made of 100% Wool 

100% wool carpet, often known as natural wool carpet or 100 wool carpet, New Zealand wool is much softer and whiter than British wool, which makes it the ideal fabric for neutral or lighter hue ranges. British wool is dense, robust, and has a distinctive feel. Merino wool from New Zealand is considered highly to be of greater quality. Natural wool carpets may be made from llamas, alpacas, goats, camels, and other animals with comparable hairy coats in addition to sheep wool.

80/20 Wool Carpet / Wool Mix Carpet

Wool carpet has inherent strength and doesn’t necessarily require the addition of another fiber to perform better, however in certain situations and for specific purposes, it is blended with other fibers, typically synthetic ones. 80/20 wool carpets, also known as wool mix carpets or wool blend carpets. For a variety of reasons, including to increase fiber flexibility, stain resistance, and durability, as well as to simplify dyeing and printing, manufacturers may opt to use synthetic components in the yarn. 80/20 wool options are becoming more and more well-liked since they enhance the qualities of wool.

Source: Best wool

New to the offering – Carpet tiles

Small carpet swatches made of broadloom carpet are known as carpet tiles, which can be laid and combined in a variety of artistic ways. Carpet tiles often referred to as “modular carpets” and “carpet squares,” are typically square and come in a variety of square sizes, including 48×48, 50×50, 60×60, and 96x96cm. They are also available in planks, which are long rectangular shapes. However, some producers also provide carpet tiles in a selection of unique forms.

In recent years, carpets have gained popularity and increasingly taken center stage in lavish and distinctive interior design. While we frequently associate style and modernism with hard surfaces and sleek tiles, carpets have the ability to add color, comfort, and warmth, offering designers a lot of creative freedom. Between the two possibilities are carpet tiles. Carpet tiles seem to combine the best of both worlds with its adaptability in terms of design and ease of installation.

Source: Flor

Breaking it down by space

For the living room

The heart of a house beats in the living room. The rug decision must include a variety of elements that both express your individuality, give the space some oomph and cater to the love that the floor receives.

Choosing as per design style of the room 

Area rugs should be carefully picked since they have the power to completely change the look of a living space and set the tone for the furniture, artwork and objects.  Also has a big impact on how formal you would like the room.

Colour and materials 

Darker-coloured, tougher-fiber rugs, such wool rugs are recommended when there are house pets or young children roaming around. These rugs provide durability and protection. If comfort is a priority for you, soft fibers like luxuriant bamboo silk and the velvety richness of silk area rugs are the ideal pleasure for your feet. If you host parties frequently, consider how simple it will be to clean them so that you don’t feel stressed out.

Size and functionality 

A smaller carpet will get lost amid the other aesthetic elements, while a larger one would overwhelm the area and make it feel cramped. The table and the furniture serve as superb decision-making tools. Or, just let the carpet end a few inches before the sofa if you have a larger rug that all of your furniture fits on. A rug that is the ideal size and colour will make a fantastic focus point and discussion starter.


Although you may adore the thick, silky velvet carpet or the silvery shaggy rug, they are more suitable for floors with lower wear and tear and do require a lot more attention. We love but we do not love looking after it twice a day. Now also consider the role of lighting. Viscose is one type of material that reflects light more than others. As a result, the appearance of the rug will change depending on the sunlight that enters as well as internal lighting with sheen changing according to how much light is bouncing off of it.

Source: Nordic knots

Rugs for dining room

A lot of houses are open plan and lack a separate dining room. A rug is the perfect way to delineate this space.

The right dining room rug will protect the flooring, anchor the space and produce the type of aesthetic you desire, formal, relaxed or statement and fun. Go bold as think of the usability of the space and pale-hued rugs are not our friends with spillage prone spaces.

Size of the rug and room dimensions 

The dining room, unlike other rooms in your house, has a statement piece of furniture in its centre—the dining table, this is why measuring the table is so important before purchasing your rug.

In order to create a solid, balanced visual impact, it is also important to leave an equal amount of space on each side, at least 65-70 cm bigger than the dining table. Choose to go larger if your dining area is spacious and there is a lot of room between the furniture and the walls. Every furniture leg preferably should rest on the rug. Also, selecting a rug that mimics the shape of your dining table also adds a nice aesthetic if it is round, oval, or rectangle.


It should come as no surprise that the material for dining room rugs has to be strong and resilient given that they support the weight of large furniture pieces, people sitting on them, and chairs moving in and out at least two times a day. Wool rugs are great,  resilient natural fibers. Although it may be more expensive to get a good, durable rug, think of it as a one-time investment to last you a long long time.

Source: RA’N interior design                                                                           Source: The house of silver lining

Rug for Bedroom

Always start with a bedroom rug while looking for furniture because the appropriate bedroom rug needs to set the tone for your entire home. A rug is the first thing you touch when you get out of bed in the morning, you should appreciate the experience. Choosing the appropriate-sized rug for the space and discussing the ideal bedroom rug placements for creating the most attractive room yet is very vital.

Make sure you measure correctly.
Measuring your bed is the first step in choosing the appropriate size rug. To access your dresser or other bedroom furniture, you should have around two feet of space on either side of the rug.

According to interior designer Kristen Nix, when measuring for an area rug, you should also consider the size of the bedroom. To accommodate all the furniture, she says, “I usually prefer to have the rug come approximately 25 cm off each wall.” The room will appear larger as a result of this.

If required, go large.
Whenever in question about whether to size up or down when choosing a bedroom area rug, it is always preferable to go larger rather than smaller. A large rug will make your space seem snug, therefore it’s always preferable to have one that’s too big rather than too tiny.

Don’t forget to consider the room’s functionality.
You must consider more than simply the bed’s size while choosing the right carpeting for a bedroom. With comparison to an adult’s bedroom, a child’s bedroom will probably need a greater surface area covered in a plush and soft rug. Consider your current flooring as well: Are you using the rug to cover up a carpet or wood stain that you don’t like? If so, use a size that covers more ground if possible.

Find the ideal rug placement in the bedroom.
In order to have a rug to walk on, an area rug should be placed in your bedroom perpendicular to the bed. Don’t cover the entire space with your bed; it should feel like it frames your bedroom furniture.

Be sure to account for wooden floors.
If your bedroom has lovely hardwood floors, you might only need a small area rug to add coziness and provide something soft underfoot as you climb in and out of bed.

Source: Pinterest

Placement of rug

Living room: Placing a rug in the living room is a little difficult, but it still relies on the size of the room and how you want to arrange your furniture. You will actually want a bigger rug that fits all furniture in order to unify the space in smaller living rooms where it can float in the space between the furniture but under the coffee table or if you’re attempting to make your space feel bigger. Get a larger rug to frame your space in larger spaces. Use various rugs to distinguish each space in the room if you’re trying to break it up into sections.

Dining Room: The experience of dining at the table is really the only factor to consider when choosing a rug for the dining room. Make sure the rug is large enough to fit all of the chairs under your dining table after centering it there. When the chairs are pulled out and away from the table so someone may sit in them, the important thing is to make sure they still fit snugly on the rug. When a rug is pulled out, you don’t want chairs partially on and partially off of it. Pull away the chairs from around your table and measure the area if you’re unsure of the size to ensure your rug will fit exactly below.

Bedroom: The size of your bed is the primary factor to consider when it comes to the bedroom. There are several alternatives for where to put the rug, but the recommended option is to partially tuck it under the bed. In this instance, you should lay the rug parallel to the bed and then drag it under, stopping just before the nightstands so that it is roughly halfway under the bed, with the bed centered on top. What should you bear in mind when placing a rug in any room? Consider using the visual illusion that some rugs can produce to your advantage.

Source: Fengshui by Bridget

Few items in a home have the decorative ability to unify a space like a rug. A rug may provide an unmatched element of interest, mystery and fun, whether it serves as the design inspiration for the room, a finishing touch or helps zone the space.


When finding the ideal rug, always think about how it will be used, how much usage will it have, the ideal size, what’s the right material and whether is it worth investing a bit more for longevity and stain resistance.  We hope the above has helped a little. Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog where we talk about rugs for other spaces and their maintenance.

Enjoy your rug journey.

Big love,

Aisha xox

Source: Good house keeping


Part 2 | Some Easy Tips to Get Your Feng Shui Qi On

Designing individual rooms with Feng Shui

As the new year brings in new possibilities and dreams, I throw the question out there…. who would love some more balance, flow, space and quiet moments in 2023?


I can comfortably say, I WOULD LOVE MORE PLEASE!


So, I thought now was a great time to share part 2, a deeper dive into Feng Shui, to help us start creating more balance and harmony in our homes.


It’s not difficult and with just a few simple changes we can attempt to start 2023 with a deeper, slower and calmer, B R E A T H …


BTW, if you want to recap on where Feng Shui comes from and how it works, read our Part 1 – Feng Shui : What it means and it’s adaptation in everyday spaces here.

Source : Stone mountain and casting

The flow of energies is one of the fundamental principles of Feng Shui. Each room has a different function and has different rules around flow.


This Chinese art of living emphasises certain basic rules in terms of layout, color selection, and material selection for a more serene environment. The key is to find contentment and to create a life oriented on well-being!


Let’s get right into it…

For the living room

A square or rectangle is the ideal Feng Shui layout for a living room, however these principles can be used in unusual or L-shaped living room arrangements.


Qi (good energy) will inherently be present in nooks. They are therefore perfect for activities that require slower, more relaxed energy. For nooks, having a reading corner with an armchair is ideal. Or it could be a perfect place to have a little desk for work, to slow down and focus.


When arranging the room, start with the biggest piece of furniture (typically a sofa), place it against a wall, ideally the one farthest from the entry, facing a door or other opening, and leave at least 10cm space between it and the wall. If you have extra pieces, like lounger or occasional chairs, place it so it promotes conversation. Avoid cramming the area. The intention is to encourage energy flow. Avoid choosing a coffee table with sharp angles. Simply contrast the shapes in the smaller elements if a circle or oval feels too out of balance with the rest of your furnishings.

Source : Peter Molick

For the bedroom

According to Feng Shui, some colours encourage calm feelings and deep sleep in the bedroom. We all want that. Select subdued colours like off-white, cream and taupe. Another excellent technique to encourage calm in your bedroom is to rearrange the layout of the space. 


According to Feng Shui, pairings foster a loving, harmonious spirit. Choose pairs if at all possible. That means having two nightstands, pillows, lamps, etc. To assist you to decide what should be in your environment to evoke the five senses, consult a Bagua map. Smell with lavendar essential oils, touch with soft bedding, earth tones through imagery, art or wallpaper. You can go for all five with lemon water for taste and calming white noise for sound.


Start with your bed and position it far from the doorway but not immediately facing it, just as you would in the living room. Avoid placing too many electrical devices close to where you sleep.


Avoid placing a television in your personal space if feasible. This frequently becomes the center of attention in the space, which lessens the relaxing energy. Combine masculine and feminine details, pick soft-coloured linens if your bed frame is made of metal or wood. Put comfy furnishings in your bedroom to entice a peaceful, calming spirit. This balance can be enhanced by the use of green and blue colours.

Source : Mind Body Green

Bathroom tips

The bathroom has more purposes than just performing everyday cleaning and preparation tasks. When decorated Feng Shui-style, it can assist in expelling negative energy and receiving good Qi. The bathroom receives strong energy in addition to your bedroom and kitchen, which can improve your wellbeing.


Regardless of where the bathroom is located, there are various solutions if you’re concerned that it will clog the energy drain. To start, green, green, green, bring in those plants and let the positive, cleansing energy flow. Next, not a very used technique, but it works, you can raise the Qi by hanging a mirror from the ceiling over the toilet. Next, to stop that energy from leaking into the rest of your house, always keep the bathroom door closed. Finally, you can take steps to maintain the bathroom’s functionality as well as its ongoing cleanliness, freshness, and organisation.

Source : DBS Bathroom

Kitchen Qi tips

The kitchen in your home symbolises the Feng Shui element of fire due to the stove. A kitchen in the middle of the house represents a fire at the home’s heart, which might attract unfavourable energy and luck. Don’t fear we have some tips to help increase the Qi coming up.


Just for reference, a favourable Feng Shui position places the kitchen in the north or northeast, as well as the south or southwest corner of the home. Now I know we can’t move the kitchen in our home but we can definitely set it up for the best Feng Shui possible.


Deep-clean your appliances, clear the countertops and make sure everything has a place in storage to get it ready for favourable Feng Shui. To keep everything clear and out of the way, use concealed storage options like pantry storage boxes, cabinet door hooks and drawer organisers. You know we love a storage solution and organiser. Keep blades sharpened and replace any crockery, cooking utensils or other objects that are cracked or non-functional.


The earth element’s yellows and beiges, which are connected to health and relationships, are the best paint colours to integrate into this space according to Feng Shui.

Source : KRB Kitchen and design

Positivity, balance and flow are captured by knowing how to provide harmony, serenity with your Qi.


You want your home to feel welcoming, comfortable and a safe place to live your best life in.


Decluttering is always is such a great start to get the positive energy flowing and a new year. Look around and see if you can make a few tweaks to get you started.


Although Feng Shui is definitely not our speciality, we do continue to try and learn and integrate it into the homes we curate.


We are always here to help you get your Feng Shui on, so book a consult if you would like some more zen, flow and organisation in your life.

Big love,

Aisha xox

Source : Extra space

Styling & Decluttering Ideas for Back to School

We are well into 2022 and the back to school (let alone getting back into the work routine) can be daunting, a bit chaotic, especially since so many of us have been home schooling for so long. We are all about lightening your load, simplifying the everyday and setting the home up for successful mornings, productive afternoons and calm, super chilled (tantrum free) evenings.



We have curated a few simple styling, decorating and decluttering tips to get you prepped and embracing the fun (and chaos) of juggling back to school and back to work.


I love this quote “it’s not enough to just hope for a happy and healthy life, it’s a combination of mindset, routines and habits working together that will get you there.” We would take it one step further, mindset, routines, habits and the right home environment to get you there…


Set your family up for success

Set up the night before and simplify your morning.


Everyone’s morning routine is unique… and that is unique with a whole lot of unplanned additions. Here are a few small hacks you can set up that make the morning a little more streamlined.


1. Visual Checklists and Organisers – when it comes to back to school the checklist and organiser has never been so important. We are all visual creatures, so having a visual checklist of what needs to be done, what is planned for the week and any variances in schedule really helps the routine. Also, everything having a place helps minimise thinking and creates habits that creates space for learning and quiet time.

There are a lot of stylish ones out there you can even make it a focal piece of your workspace.


2. Pack your bags (and your #OOTD – outfit of the day) the night before.

This is a good one for the kids and the adults of the household. I am a massive fan of this one.


3. Have your gym bag ready by the door. For the kids or the adults too.


4. Drinking water not only is a must for health it is a big booster for concentration. Set out water bottles (recyclable if possible) to remind you to take them, or fill them the night before and put them in the fridge.


5. Has everything got a place in your home? Where do you store your school bags, your gym bag, lunch boxes, sun creams, hats, keys etc.


6. Maximise your sleep – last but definitely not least, you have to have your sleep situation maximised as nothing beats a good night rest. 


We love to delve into your morning routine and see if there are any small changes we can help you make to simplify. It’s all about optimizing space and finding storage solutions that fit into your daily needs.


Ask yourself, what are our bottlenecks and pain points in the morning, and what can you create to make your life a little more streamlined?

Re-work and Re-love your Space

No one likes a cramped, cluttered, poorly lit or messy work space. It’s a huge distraction and there are many things we can do to help us keep focused and that promotes good and productive work habits in the home.

Whether it’s random junk that simply doesn’t have a place to go or it’s a collection of toys that your kids like to have on display, it all needs to be removed from the workspace and have a nice home that it can be easily located again.

Creating a work zone helps study time be study time and here are some elements to consider:

  • Proper Lighting – One of the most common mistakes people of all ages make these days is when they assume that the light given off by a computer monitor is enough light to work safely.  Back to school styling ideas should always include some plan for proper lighting.  
  • A Comfortable Chair – Having an uncomfortable chair is sooo distracting. This is a must for productivity, posture and also your eyes in the long-term.
  • Colour to stimulate focus – yellow is an energising colour and green is comforting, check your space and see if you have the right mix of colours that will keep you stimulated and focused. What are the colours you love and get you into the productive working zone?
  • Bring in the green – greenery is not only beautiful, but they also help reduce toxins in the air, boost your mood and improve productivity. If you don’t want the commitment of a houseplant, try adding a bouquet of flowers from the garden or succulents to your counter for an instant mood boost. Greenery makes an excellent addition to any room. Incorporating plants into your bedroom also helps for better night’s sleep!


Styling and decluttering ideas can vary hugely depending on the number of kids you have, number of rooms, routines and the WFH situation.

However, there are always some constants and making some of the above tweaks will make a world of difference. 

Here are some product we love that can easily help style your family set up:

Weekly planners
– Personalise with this Etsy monthly organiser
Office Works 
Miss Jacob’s Little Learners 


Stylish school chairs, desks & lighting:
Life Interiors 
Koala Living 
Royal Design 

Lockers for storage and organising: 
Mustard Made Lockers
Montana Furniture 
– Ikea Organisers 
RJ Living 


We help tailoring a study space for our smaller clients and help to make the daily school run smoother for the entire family.

This is what one busy mum shared with us...

“Being a single mum, my 13yo and 9yo had ended up with an array of different pieces of furniture and toys, games, clothes plus bits and pieces from different ages and stages in their bedrooms. Aisha and Jana suggested a functional session that they would host directly with the girls for a few hours in the school holidays and it’s been a gamechanger.  They cleared the clutter and the girls are more comfortable in and proud of their personal spaces.  I’d highly recommend this process to any parent (or anyone really) challenged by clutter and disorganisation in the home!”

Mum from Coogee

If you would love some help to get your family #BacktoSchoolReady then reach out for a chat.


Within a 2 hour declutter session we can have your space transformed into a productive retreat that will help you manage what else 2022 throws your way.


We are ready, let us help you!


Our 5 Key Ingredients to a Healthier & Happier Home

Often in life things feel complicated, overwhelming and cluttered. There is just way too much noise. Life has too much choice, too many things we ‘should’ be doing and just too many ‘tabs’ open. Who hears me?

At Hills & West Interiors we love a simple, purposeful yet playful outlook on life, and to our spaces, and for us, that comes with a few easy guides to steer us, in the right direction (we all know life is full of distractions).



Here are our 5 key ingredients to curate a happier home and everyday life.


1. A Mess Makeover 

Decluttering, simplifying and improving everyday life.

Disorganised stimuli takes your focus away from what is important.


Following are just some of the things we consider:

Making choices easier – how do you live and where are your pressure points?

Easy decluttering steps to improve productivity

– The ‘have you used it in the last year?’ test

Clutter free surfaces providing space to breathe

– Giving key items, especially items used every day, a place to live

Easy access – the value of open storage

Reclaim your mornings and weekend – what are the simple things that can make the morning routine stress-free?

2. It’s All About You 

Tailoring your space to your personality and lifestyle are all about creating havens that spark purpose, happiness and connection for you.


Bring more of;

– what brings you joy?

– what is the style direction that caters to your taste however also lifestyle?

– your personality into your space – memories, personal pieces from travels, words with meaning etc.

– art that speaks to you and crates a talking pieces in your home

– fun – what does that mean to you?


Remember that feeling when you have a fabulous outfit on and you walk with your head held high. What are the secret ingredients, colours, fabrics, combinations and curate that in your home. Your home is your safe space and must cater to your loves, needs and lifestyle… not anyone else’s expectations.


We love simple, purposeful & a little bit of playful.


A few small changes can have a huge impact on your everyday.



3. Functional Bliss

This is where the purposeful and functional come into play.

Focusing on functionality to facilitate easy living and architecting your spaces to cater to the lifestyle you want to lead.


This can all be curated by setting up;

– Clever space hacks

– Balance harmony, utility and intentional placement

– Optimising space – maximising space for how you live and use your spaces

– Reviewing how functional is your home;

      • Zones – rugs and placement
      • Comfort levels
      • Tricky nooks
      • Places for quiet, productivity, conversation corners, connection and fun
      • Flow and movement
      • Pet spaces
      • Exercise/wellness spaces


We feel when it comes to your home, you get what you give. The more you consider and curate your space the more it will give back.


4. Mood Maker

Carefully curating colour, lighting, some furnishings and accessories creating ambiance and the right mood for the right space.


There is so much power in colour, fragrance, window dressings and lighting, here are just some of the things we consider;

– Colour palette rules 60/30/10 (60% of the room should be a dominant colour, 30% should be the secondary colour or texture and the last 10% should be an accent)

– Your personal mood boosting colours

– Right colours for the right rooms – what is the function of the room?

– Let the light in (or create it)

– Mirror magic for light, space and function

– Accessories – sometimes less is more, however adding decorations can make all the difference

– Selecting window dressings to both service a function, such as privacy, sound proofing, sun protection; and mood, such as distinguishing the bedroom from the living space.

– Seasonal refreshes to settle you in for the winter or jump start the spring season

– Creating joyful moments


Building a personal space that feels like home and is that enclave of peace and reprieve is what we strive for.


5. Grounding 

If we can’t feel grounded and connected in our home, where can we?

Bringing in elements that ground you can make a world of difference, this includes;

– Grounding natural elements – greenery

– What is your fragrance? How can we instill a sense of safety, comfort and mood

– Textures it up – looking at the mix of woods, stone, floor coverings and finishings give you a sense of comfort and softness

– Home wellness – have you optimised your home wellness through ventilation, light, placement and memories


We work with you to create spaces that inspire you and allow you to live the life you want to live. No matter how simple or complex your interior styling requirements are, we execute every detail and make the most out of your available budget.


We are on a Mission to empower people to create spaces that enrich the way they live, work and play, ultimately enjoying a happier, more connected and stress-free way of living. It is that simple. We would love to create with you.


An easy way to start is to book in a mini mess makeover session. In 2 hours watch us makeover a key space in your home that will set you up for blissful success in 2022.


Do you want live differently in 2022?


Take that first step here. 



Aisha creates balanced, harmonius spaces that are bound together by a carefully considered design narrative