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Rose-Marie Hillier

/ Associate Editor, Sydney

I’ve been a journalist specialising in decorating, design and architecture for over 40 years and a former Editor of Australian House & Garden magazine, Australia’s established leading homes magazine.

My greatest passion is colour. I can’t live without it in my home, it’s always been that way — I remember convincing my Dad to paint my bedroom ceiling in a gloriously rich Chinese red gloss for my 21st birthday. Ah, the power of colour. When my son began school, I decided to work permanent part-time which gave me some freedom from the magazine to be a school mum and also turn a passion into reality; I trained up to become a colour consultant. As a social commentator and design journalist I have reported on the design influences and trends both in Australia and globally that have shaped our homes and lifestyles, and presented decorating seminars to homemakers, students, architects and builders.

My decorating style is eclectic and I love blending the refined with the quirky though I am always moving things around, mixing things up a bit – something my husband and son still can’t get used to!