Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Home Perfection: Fall In Love All Over Again

Has your home perfection slipped from your grasp? Has your sparkling castle become tarnished? When you first move into your perfect home you’re likely to love everything about it. You’ll think it’s home perfection on a stick. If there were any issues, you will have most likely of noticed them before buying, and fixed them as early as possible. But we all know all too well what happens after a few years. You’ll start to notice annoying little issues that get on your nerves, yet you never seem to have enough time to fix them. Are we right? Well, with…

‘The Block’ Winning Rooms from the 2017 Blockbuster

‘The Block’ Winning Rooms from the 2017 Blockbuster

The winning rooms from this years reality renovation show, ‘The Block’, have been keenly anticipated. The southeast suburb of Elsternwick in Melbourne has never been as high-profile with the latest season of ‘The Block’ taking over an entire street. Five weatherboard homes… OK… complete wrecks… were transported and positioned side-by-side to be transformed into winning rooms and complete homes by first-time, amateur, and semi-pro house renovators. With home renovations at an all-time high, viewers were taken on a rollercoaster ride of inspiration, drama, let-downs, and hysterics. But somehow the five weatherboard houses, some without floors and ceilings, were transformed into…

A Perfect Poolside and How To Get It

A Perfect Poolside and How To Get It

What is your idea of the perfect poolside? The weather? The company? The drinks? Depending on your mood, budget, and garden there are some different ways to ensure you have the perfect poolside you crave. The Ancient Romans got it right, and in some places like Marrakesh, it’s still used as an iconic and necessary part of daily life. It’s a pool of glorious cool blue water in an outdoor space. It’s the perfect poolside around which to entertain and in which to cool off. In fact, this is a simple design that you can use for a relaxed outdoor…

Multi-Generational Homes Distinguished With Paint + Colour

Multi-Generational Homes Distinguished With Paint + Colour

Multi-generational homes are becoming more the norm as more families choose to live together either due to the economy or just true love. Modern families need modern design solutions. Which is fine if you’re a couple with kids. But what if you are an older couple with kids in their 20’s living at home? That’s the reality for many families living in multi-generational homes. The over-65’s is the fastest growing age bracket in Australia. In addition, home ownership is beyond the reach of many young people due to barriers of entry – high median house prices. In fact, 60% of…

Small Kitchen BIG Improvements

Small Kitchen BIG Improvements

A small kitchen was suitable ‘back in the day’ because it was not a place where everyone congregated. It was just a space for preparing food, cooking, and cleaning up dishes. Now, kitchen spaces are easily among the most important in any modern home. Not least because they tend to be used on a very frequent basis for a variety of tasks and are often the hub of the home. However, if you have a small kitchen and can’t take out any walls to expand the space, then clever design solutions may be required. After all, it’s not the size…

Dream Home Design Build From The Floor Up

Dream Home Design Build From The Floor Up

Your dream home design build has four key areas that involve the planning and execution of the house you hope will be your home for a long time. When it comes to house hunting, you will begin to see how difficult it is to find the perfect property. Many will completely miss the mark. Others will be passable. Some will be frustratingly close to exactly what you want but have one or two flaws that you find it difficult to overlook. The answer to ensuring that the home you move into is ideal from the floorboards up is a dream…

Garden Surfaces : Find The Right One For You

Garden Surfaces : Find The Right One For You

Garden surfaces are many and varied depending on need, use, topography, geography, weather, and seasons. To maximise your garden, which garden surfaces are right for you? In your outdoor space, you will probably want to have garden surfaces that are different from your lawn area. This is the place where you can entertain and from where you enjoy outdoor fun. However, with several different options out there, you may be wondering which one is the best for your garden. Well, to help you out, here is a guide of a few of the most common garden surfaces and a few…

Where Technology Meets Interior Design

Where Technology Meets Interior Design

Where technology meets interior design. What happens when these two worlds collide? There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that technology has drastically affected the way in which we live in many ways. It would be challenging to try and list all the ways that this is true. But one thing we can be sure of is that it when technology meets interior design our homes and lifestyles change significantly. For interior designers like me, responding to the ever-changing cultural landscape is an integral part of the design process. This must inevitably include paying respect to the developments in technology…

Black Flame: The Brave New Paint Colour

Black Flame: The Brave New Paint Colour

Black Flame is the surprisingly versatile new Taubmans 2018 Colour of The Year that’s perfectly paired with whites and tans through to berry tones. As an Interior Designer, I have to keep up-to-date with new products and ideas. What a chore… not! I love it. So I was very intrigued with Taubmans announcement of its 2018 Colour of The Year – Black Flame. Now, I like vibrant jewel colours as much as anyone, but I am also rather partial to dark and moody interiors where appropriate. Like Taubmans 2017 Color of The Year, Violent Verbena, Black Flame has chameleon-like qualities….

Spare Room To Fabulous Home Office! Here’s How

Spare Room To Fabulous Home Office! Here’s How

The spare room may seem to be a luxury in modern times as home owners either downsize or rent out rooms on Air B’nB. But what about another way to create income? Some people use their spare room for the best of intentions, such as a home gym, a room to sew, knit, or paint. But in terms of creating an income, why don’t you think about turning your spare room into a home office? In the modern world, it is a very valuable resource, especially as a lot of people are given the option to work from home now….

Your Next Garden Get-Together Needs These Four Things

Your Next Garden Get-Together Needs These Four Things

Planning a garden get-together now that the weather is warming up? If it’s been a while since your last soiree, check list these four things you need to do. If you’re planning on having your friends over for a garden get-together, there are a few elements you must consider first. Making sure you consider the right things before they come over will ensure you all have a better time, and that you’ll have less stress once they’ve left. Here’s what you should be thinking about: Garden Furniture Your garden furniture should be able to seat pretty much everybody you invite….

Easy Ways To Have An Eco-Friendly Period Home

Easy Ways To Have An Eco-Friendly Period Home

An eco-friendly period home is within your vintage-loving reach with a few renovation and replacement tips. Period properties are an attractive prospect because they have more character than many new buildings. Houses these days tend to be built to strict specifications and entire areas are full of houses that are all carbon copies of one another. So how can you convert your beloved unique home to an eco-friendly period home? For all of their grand architectural features and intricate decoration, period properties still have their problems.  When these houses were first built nobody was interested in making them environmentally friendly,…

Make Your Garden A Fabulously Social Space

Make Your Garden A Fabulously Social Space

Social space at home is where you relax, entertain friends, or hang out with the family. A garden is usually the perfect place for a social space and socialising. Is yours? You can host garden parties in the summer, play games and have meals al fresco. To help encourage this, it could be worth making a few changes to your garden space. Here are a few ways that you can make your garden a more social space. Tidy it up If your garden is an unkempt jungle, people won’t want to congregate out there. Make tidying up your first priority….

How To Install A Stylish Splashback

How To Install A Stylish Splashback

A stylish splashback is a relative newcomer to modern kitchen design. There are several options but can you do-it-yourself? Once you’ve designed your perfect kitchen, you may notice one thing that’s missing behind the stove or hob; a stylish splashback. Having a splashback protects your walls from food splashing on it whilst making an attractive feature in the room. However, splashbacks are not the sole preserve of wall space behind the stove. Now, a stylish splashback will take up an entire wall – and look fabulous doing it. Whether you decide on kitchen splashback tiles or a glass splashback, you’ll…

Best Fresh Flowers and Plants for Your Home

Best Fresh Flowers and Plants for Your Home

Fresh flowers and house plants are wonderful accessories to complement your decor and brighten up any room? But which ones do you choose? The easiest way to freshen up our homes is by opening the windows and allowing in the scent of fresh flowers. Unfortunately, that isn’t always practical as the weather outside might be terrible, or there could be lots of bugs about. So, what options do you have when you need to leave the windows closed? Well, you could plug in some air fresheners, but their fragrances can often be quite strong and overpowering. Thankfully, there is a…