Glen Proebstel on Styling Your Home for Winter

glenheadshotAs creative visionary behind Domayne’s winter launch catalogue, prominent Australian and now NYC-based stylist Glen Proebstel is our all-time favourite style insider. In our second interview of the season with Glen, he  generously shares his expertise on decorating your home in readiness for the frosty nights ahead – and outlines his own Domayne winter wish list.


Can you share your tips for creating warmth and maximising comfort in the home this winter?

Add Layers of LuxuryI surround myself with woollen blankets and throws. I’ve even taken the liberty of purchasing a variety of sheepskins of various earthy colours and tones that feel fabulous under foot, or even on the bed!
Go for a Golden GlowIt’s all about ambience. Yes, you may have the heater up full tilt but nothing makes you feel cosier than ambient lighting at night. Switch off your down-lights and opt for table and floor lamps to add a soft glow to the environment.
Create Drama with Drapes – Curtains are often considered passé, however they are there for a reason. Not only to block out harsh light in summer, but also to assist with insulating a room in the colder months. Opt for large drapes of linen for maximum style and maximum effect.


What are some of the trending looks for bedrooms?

Bedrooms are often the least considered room in a home. They are often left last as most of the focus is given to the living spaces, understandably. With the introduction of new textiles from the Florence Broadhurst collection (pictured below) you can now make a bold statement with an upholstered bed frame. The ‘Prato’ Bed Frame (pictured above) is a particular favourite. The indigo coloured lattice pattern applied to this textile lends itself to a sophisticated style when paired with the grand scale of the bed frame. Your bedroom should be a place of respite and rest so look to create a space where you want to come home to.


Finally, what are your top three winter wish-list pieces?

1. Bordeaux’  Bedhead.
I’ve just moved into a new apartment and tend to prefer bedheads over full bed frame, especially as I have a king size bed. This would sit nicely behind my bed and matches the colour of the wall, adding a touch of texture. Also, I like to sit in bed at night surrounded by the plethora of ‘i’ devices and having a padded bed head I find rather appealing!

2. ‘Jersey’ Sofa from Molmic.
When this piece turned up to the studio, I was taken aback not only by its gorgeous style and finishing details but the fact that it was extremely comfortable. I’m a bit of a lush and I do love to lie out on my sofa, so this fits the bill.

3. ‘Letoile’ 9-Drawer Dresser.
Storage is always an issue, no matter what size home you have. I’m also in the market for a chest of drawers to keep things organised and tidy. At present the ‘valet’ chair in my bedroom tends to house all my clothes at the end of the day so it would be advisable to have keep things together in a ‘Letoile’ dresser. Elegant style with a practical purpose – my favourite!

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Glen Proebstel on Domayne’s Winter Collection


As creative visionary behind Domayne’s winter launch catalogue, prominent Australian and now NYC-based stylist Glen Proebstel is our all-time favourite style insider. Here Glen chats about our winter launch catalogue and the key trends of the season.

Can you give us an overview of the predominant looks for this winter?

Retro  – Bold graphics and pops of colour blend with contemporary furniture making retrospective influences more relative to our times.
Industrial – Introduced rather heavily into the marketplace in early 2007 vintage industrial is stronger than ever. Select timeless pieces that stand the test of time and mix with vintage industrial items for an eclectic mix.
Hollywood Glamour – Luxe and glamour are now attainable thanks to the selection of high quality furniture items and materials currently on offer. Glass, Chrome metals and glitzy dining chairs mix with white leathers and black lacquer for high class style.
Country Manor – Bring that weekend retreat sensibility to an urban landscape with a stunning range of country inspired furniture made from solid oak and soft-feel linen fabrics.


Which of these trends appeals to you most and why?

I’m quite partial to some of the pieces from the Retro theme, particularly some of the new sofas in the Molmic collection (pictured above). Not only are they designs and shapes on-trend but I also like to support the fact that these sofas are made right here in Australia. 


From all the amazing shots in the winter launch catalogue, do you have a favourite?

The ‘Maison’ Extension Dining Table (above) because I love a challenge. When I was informed of the size and scale of this extendable dining table, I had to ensure that we had a large enough set to accommodate. The mix and match of chairs brings more personality to the scene where as one type of dining chair would be too predictable. I drew inspiration from this look from events and weddings that I have seen and been to in country barns. I felt that this type of background would lend itself to this dramatic scale.


What are the predominant colour palettes for this season?

It’s all about ‘pops’ of colour this season. Walls, floors and furniture tend to be of a neutral palette, introducing key pieces in accessories or armchairs (such as the ‘Jersey’ armchair above) to give you up to date style without having to do a complete overhaul to your interior space. Select larger ticket items for their classical shapes and designs and work with fabrics that stand the test of time. That way, you can bring in hot trend colours on a whim – meaning you can stay current and inspired by your personal space.

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Sunny Side Up!

yellowlifestyleLet the sunshine into your home with a cheerful assortment of decorator pieces in welcoming splashes of enlivening yellow. Evoke an optimistic, happy vibe with eye-catching daffodil hues or take a softer approach with ‘mellow yellow’ lemon tints.

For more ideas on how to make your decor sing with vivid bursts of bold colour, check out our Just Add A Pop of Colour look book.

yellowgalleryTop row: Vegetaline Framed Print, ‘Chuck’ Chihuahua Sculpture, ‘Connor’ Cushion
Bottom row: ‘Splash’ Yellow Vase, Box Frame Yellow Single, ‘Smartie’ Lamp

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Vintage-Inspired Kids’ Rooms


Conjure a sense of whimsy and wonder in your child’s bedroom with the latest trends in vintage chic decor, as seen in our gorgeous Kids In Style Domayne Junior Catalogue.

Inspired by our new junior collection of Homewares, Furniture and Bedding, we chatted to Sue Kropp (our fabulous Homewares Product Development Manager) about styling the vintage trend, and the dos and don’ts when decorating kids’ bedrooms.kidsvintage2

What’s the simplest way to create a vintage look in a child’s bedroom?

Vintage bedlinen, chandeliers, wallpaper and homewares are always the easiest way to introduce fashion into a bedroom.  Manchester would be the best starting point for achieving this look.  A design such as our Shannon Fricke’s ‘Flowers in the Field’ quilt cover is perfect for a girl’s room.  The ‘Ashton’ quilt cover set in blue or taupe provides a great starting point in a boy’s room. The wonderful thing about vintage styling is that it’s very mix-and-match – this makes it an easy trend in which to incorporate existing pieces.

What are the dreaded don’ts when decorating a kids room?

DON’T use wall colours that will date quickly. Often, it is best to use a neutral pallet and introduce key colours with homewares pieces such as prints and cushions.  Having a neutral base gives you the ability to do anything.

DON’T be too age specific. Try and keep the room age-appropriate but not so specific that it needs to be redone every 12 months..

From a practical point of view – what are the essentials for junior’s room?

Lots of storage space! Kids have lots of toys and books – make sure there’s ample room to keep them tidy. Beds with built-in storage underneath are ideal for small bedrooms.

Pinboards are great as they allow kids to showcase their favourite works of art – without destroying the walls!

A quality mattress, pillow and quilt are essential for growing bodies. Plus a good night’s sleep for junior means a good night’s sleep for Mum and Dad, too!

Evoke a nostalgic vibe in your child’s bedroom with some of these new season favourites:


Top row from left: ‘Shirley’ Lamp, Locker Box, ‘Le Cage’ Lamp
Bottom from left: ‘Sunday’ Bedside Table, ‘Crochet’ Cushion, ‘Spot’ Cushion, ‘Ornate’ Frame Double

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Donna Hay’s Banana and Choc Chip Muffins


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Give the kids something extra-special in their school lunchbox with these moist, moreish banana muffins.

banana and choc chip muffin

  •  2 cups (300g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
  •  1 tablespoon baking powder, sifted
  •  1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  •  2 eggs
  •  ¼ cup (60ml) vegetable oil
  •  1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •  1 cup mashed banana
  •  ¾ cup (135g) dark chocolate chips
  •  icing (confectioner’s) sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla in a bowl and mix until just combined. Gently fold through the banana and chocolate chips. Divide the mixture between 12 x ½ cup-capacity (125ml) muffin tins lined with paper patty cases and bake for 25–30 minutes or until golden or cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar to serve. Makes 12.

muffinfancyClockwise from top left: Patisserie Patty Pans Pack of 25 Coco RosePatisserie Patty Pans Pack of 25 Brown, Donna Hay Measuring Cups‘Doily’ 2-Tier Cake Stand, ‘Comforts’ 3-Piece Kitchen Set

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Spice Things Up With Racy Red


Heighten the intensity and energy levels in your home by rolling out the red carpet and make a daring statement with a selection of homewares depicted in bold bursts of ruby, scarlet and crimson. Team with naturals and beige hues for a chic appeal or contrast with bright white for a fresh finish.

For more bright ideas on adding colour to your space, check out our Just Add A Pop of Colour look book.

redgalleryupdateTop row: Recipe Card Box, ‘Scallop’ Cushion, ‘Blast’ Pendant
Bottom row: ‘Kitchen Diner’ Clock, ‘Rise & Shine’ Egg Tree, ‘Jab’ Red Dots Melamine Bowl

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Discover Your Winter Bedroom Style

Dreaming of revamping your boudoir? Discover your bedroom style from the four key trends that constitute our fabulous new winter collection.

Hollywood Glamour

PratoHollywoodStyle Profile: For lovers of luxury, this glitzy high-impact Hollywood look appeals to those who wish to make a fierce fashion statement.

Get the Look: Team a flamboyant, high-winged bed frame such as the patterned ‘Prato’ bed frame with pristine white linen for a sophisticated statement. Add a touch of Tinseltown with a decadent ‘Optical’ mirrored tallboy and matching bedside table. Continue the vivid cobalt hue depicted on the ‘Prato‘ with the divine ‘Valentina’ Bedroom Chair. And the piece de resistance? A glamorous crystal ‘Luna’ chandelier, of course.

Road to Retro


 Style Profile: Be inspired by the bold block colours, oversized prints and Scandinavian furniture designs of the ’60s and ’70s with this fashionably funktastic retro-perspective.

Get the Look: Decorating with a retro influence doesn’t have to be far out, Man! Begin with the stylish Scando design of the ‘Calibra’ queen bed and bedside tables with Anegre veneer timber finish. Introduce a splash of bright ’70s flower power with the fresh floral motif of the ‘Giant Abacus’ Quilt Cover by Orla Kiely. Accessorise with citrus-hued scatter cushions and a cool retro-look radio and you have the perfect pad in which to peace out!

Industrial Revolution


 Style Profile: An eclectic mix of rustic and refined, vintage and cutting-edge contemporary, the Industrial Revolution trend transforms today’s urban lifestyle into art.

Get the Look: Begin with a classic canvas in the form of the exquisitely hand-buttoned ‘Chester’ bed frame and dress with the striking navy and scarlet layers of the ‘Monaco’ quilt set, ‘Nirvana’ red cushion and ‘Block’ throw. Add the industrial design of the ‘Montego’ bedside table and a luxurious cowhide rug – and you’ve revolutionised the look of your bedroom!

Country Manor


Style Profile: A nostalgic celebration of classic country sensibilities beautfully played out in an elegant composition of vintage floral prints, refined neutrals and natural timber finishes.

Get the Look: Evoke the serenity and romance of a charming country retreat in your bedroom with the ‘Sistine’ queen bed, bedside table and lowboy, crafted from Mountain Ash timber. Add a soft, feminine touch with ‘Flowers in the Field’ quilt cover  by Shannon Fricke and an ambient glow with a pair of ‘Ornate’ glass lamps. Create an extra comfort zone with the plush, hand-buttoned ‘Carnaby’ armchair.

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Urban Industrial Meets Country Manor

industriallifestylefirstquote Lisa Green, Editor-in-Chief, Australian House & Garden

Rustic industrial design and nostalgic country styling unite in our chic new Country Meets Industrial magazine insert, as seen in Australian House & Garden, Belle, Real Living and Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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finalfinalquoteDeb Bibby, Editor-in-Chief, Real Living

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The Great Gatsby-Inspired Dining


GGquoteTipped to be one of this year’s hottest cinematic releases, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby promises opulent, racy ’20s New York imagery – served in spades.

Thanks to Catherine Martin, Baz’s wife, collaborator and two-time Academy-Award winning production and costume designer, The Great Gatsby is tipped to be one of the best-dressed silver screen extravaganzas ever! Be inspired by the film’s lavish visual interpretation of the swinging jazz age and conjure an air of Gatsby glamour in your dining room.

GGDiningupdatedTop row: ‘Ornate’ Mirror, ‘Luna’ Chandelier, S&P Black Champagne Flutes (Set of 4), ‘Verona’ Pitcher
Middle: Crystal Cake Plate
Bottom Row: ‘Gabor’ Dining Table, ‘Arthur’ Chair

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Key Looks for Winter 2013


The ultimate guide to transforming your decor with the latest looks of the season, our stunning new Home Chic magazine insert 2013 Winter Trends For Your Home is out now. As seen in Home Beautiful, Marie Claire and InStyle this glossy, glam-tastic look-book is packed with expert style notes and inspirational shots.


Peruse three of the prominent trends for winter – Country Manor, Road to Retro and Hollywood Glamour, including colour palettes, patterns and textures and must-have Furniture, Bedding and Decorator pieces.


Browse our fashionable winter launch range online or head down to your local Domayne store today.

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