In The Night Garden: 4 Essentials For Enjoyable Evenings

In The Night Garden: 4 Essentials For Enjoyable Evenings

A delicious night garden is the perfect venue for entertaining friends in the months from spring to autumn. So is your garden night time ready? With the weather heating up, you may be looking for ways to get the most from your outdoor space. In particular, to maximise the use of your garden as a beautiful night garden in which to cool off during those long summer evenings. The guide below will offer the best results for a delicious night garden. #1 Shelter and Privacy While you may not be too bothered about shelter overhead while it’s warm, having some…

Allergen-Free : Make Your House Mite-Y Again

Allergen-Free : Make Your House Mite-Y Again

An allergen-free home is vital for many home swellers who suffer from mild to severe allergies. And in this modern world there are all sorts of home-based causes. There are more potential allergens in the air now than ever before. We have so many toxins enter our body during the day that it can be very hard to get back to a balanced level of health and be allergen-free. You might think that your home is the one place that is completely allergen-free. However you may be surprised to know that your house contains more allergens than you realize. So,…

Adhesive Use: Tips So You Don’t Come Unstuck

Adhesive Use: Tips So You Don’t Come Unstuck

Adhesive use can be a sticky topic… or not if you don’t abide by the general rules for using glues and adhesives around the house. When you are undertaking interior design or home improvement tasks, a bit of glue can come in handy from time to time, excpet when you don’t understand adhesive use. When you are using particularly strong adhesives, you need to be careful to not get yourself into any sticky situations (only one glue pun in this article, I promise). So, here is some helpful advice to get you started if you are not experienced in adhesive…

Focal Point Tips to Create Interesting Rooms

Focal Point Tips to Create Interesting Rooms

Creating a focal point in any room in your home can easily turn ‘rather boring’ into ‘effortlessly stylish’. When you have a focal point, or ‘Hero’ piece, in a room it provides a starting point for a design scheme. By having a focus from which other elements of the room are drawn, you create instant (with a little effort) wow factor. To show you how it works, let’s start with one important room for a focal point; the living room. Often, the focal point in a living room naturally becomes a stunning fireplace, amazing picture window, or some other architectural…

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm… Make An Impression

Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm… Make An Impression

Don’t curb your enthusiasm when it comes to creating the right first impression for the front of your home. 4 easy ideas will make all the difference. In life and in our homes, first impressions matter. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply looking to make it look nicer from the outside, then improving your curb appeal can be money well spent. So don’t curb your enthusiasm for some weekend projects. Having said that, it doesn’t need to cost very much to make the front of your home look better. It can make all of the difference, though,…

Forget ‘Fall Season’ Inspiration: Your Home Needs All-Season Decorating

Forget ‘Fall Season’ Inspiration: Your Home Needs All-Season Decorating

Isn’t it fun to redecorate your home for each season? No? Well, perhaps you don’t have to. Fall may be here and you want your home to have that autumnal vibe. But you also don’t want to redecorate for winter, spring, summer, and then fall again. It becomes a never-ending cycle if you’re not careful, and you won’t get a moment’s rest in your humble abode without thinking about the next interior design project. See our article on ‘Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate or Decorate‘ If you decide, instead, to decorate your home in a way which fits EVERY…

Modern Vintage: Blending Two Styles in Your Home

Modern Vintage: Blending Two Styles in Your Home

Modern Vintage: Once, vintage WAS modern. And now modern loves to play with vintage. Confused? Don’t be, as I show you some simple tips for blending modern and vintage styles beautifully in your home. For people who have created a very modern style in their home, it can often be difficult to know how to work in a few beautiful antique or vintage pieces into your abode. However, modern vintage styles meld beautifully together. Fusing together some contrasting styles is actually a great way to give your home a unique sense of character. Of course, you still want your house…

Two Popular Home Extensions For More Space

Two Popular Home Extensions For More Space

Home extensions are popular because when you don’t want to move house but you need more room, making the most of your space is the obvious option. Life can be cruel. We all know that. But sometimes it strikes out at one of the things that we hold most dear to us: our homes. Now, once you’ve lived anywhere for awhile, you become pretty attached to the space in question. After all, you’ve built memories there. You’ve crafted it into your safe space, your haven, your nest. So there’s always a little reluctance that comes hand in hand with accepting…

3 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

3 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

Bathroom renovation mistakes will occur when you don’t get the right advice and don’t rely on professional tradespeople. Bathrooms are such a fun and exciting room to design and renovate. There are diverse choices for styles and surfaces from which to choose and it will take your bathroom from zero to hero. However, bathroom renovation mistakes are always lurking in the shadows. Having said that, there are elements of bathroom design that need to be thought through very thoroughly. More specifically, there are certain things you need to avoid doing when designing a bathroom renovation. Bathroom Renovation Mistakes To Avoid…

Sweetest Re-Love With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Sweetest Re-Love With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The sweetest re-love is the recycling that delights and surprises. Look past what’s in front of you and visualise what can be created in the future. If you’re the type who finds fabulous furniture on the side of the road or snags unique eBay buys for the sweetest re-love then you probably love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s the no-primer no-sanding “let’s have fun right now” paint created by an impatient recycler; Annie Sloan. One of the hottest colour trends of the season are Dusty Pinks which play nice with rose gold, green, grey, orange, rich blue, and white. Create…

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious Living Like J-Lo Is Within Your Reach

Gracious living isn’t about 24-carat gold tapware and endless money to spend on decor (although that would be nice). No, gracious living is about how to enjoy sumptuous sunsets in historic apartments that ooze class, charm, and uniqueness. There comes a time in many people’s lives when they just want a change for gracious living. And not the kind of change that will satisfy them for a short period of time, but something so drastic that perhaps their entire outlook on life changes as well. The way we live, eat, and communicate with other people is all based on the…

Are Ersatz Appliances Better Than Genuine? Could Be.

Are Ersatz Appliances Better Than Genuine? Could Be.

Ersatz appliances are those that are poor imitations of the original. If you are ‘ersatz’ it means you dislike something simple because it ISN’T original. But can you be persuaded otherwise? If you’re like most people, you want the genuine article, not Ersatz appliances. Despite what founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, might say about the virtues of fakes, there’s a desire for authenticity in all of us. Having said that, it’s important not to confuse our desire for something, and it’s objective capacity to improve our lives. Sure we could go with authentic leather shoes, but leather shoes tend to…

Fixing Bathroom Renovation Traps

Fixing Bathroom Renovation Traps

A bathroom renovation is currently on the agenda for two clients of mine. Both have decided their current bathrooms are dated and bland, so I’m embarking on three bathroom re-designs (yes, one has two bathrooms). The bathroom is one of the most commonly renovated rooms, and for very good reason. Although it is small (and easy to work with) it is also an important room that can be quite complex. A bathroom renovation attracts more different trades than other single room in a house. So you have to be precise. When adding value to your home, a kitchen or bathroom…

Garden Design for Family, Friends, and Pets

Garden Design for Family, Friends, and Pets

Your garden design can be as minimalist or fantastical as you like because enjoying outdoor living is a constitutional right. Right? If you own a home, you’ve probably already invested thousands of dollars in creating the perfect home environment for the whole family. A liveable garden is a place for everyone in the home to enjoy and for guests to feel welcome. So why not enjoy some garden design? Your garden is really another room of the house, and it’s often the biggest and most versatile. It’s easy to make a few stylish changes so that this fabulous space can…

Simple Winter Warming Ways for Everyone

Simple Winter Warming Ways for Everyone

Winter warming ways will help you save money on electricity bills and enjoy the colder weather without freezing… or wearing fifty layers of clothing. It’s that time of the year again for many Australians. The sun has left us, the cold has come out to play, and we’re freezing ourselves just sitting in our homes. You’ll need winter warming ways to feel cozier. Staying warm is probably the first thing on our minds during these few chilly months. We need to try and keep our bodies nice and toasty to make it through such a rough period. So to help…