Why Smiling Doesn’t Always Make You Happy

Why Smiling Doesn’t Always Make You Happy

They say that smiling is contagious. If someone smiles at you, then you can’t help but smile back. Of course, in some societies and cultures, smiling isn’t always appropriate! Still, for many of us, a smile is a sign of reassurance that we’re welcome and the people around us are friendly. Smiling is a really important part of how we communicate, and it can even be a big part of your job if you’re customer-facing. Did you know that smiling releases happy hormones called endorphins to relieve stress and trigger a good feeling in the mind? Some studies suggest there…

Entrance Elegance: Divine Doors for Decoration

Entrance Elegance: Divine Doors for Decoration

Entrance elegance can be the first thing people see when they come to your front door. It could be the innovative garage door. Or it could be the surprise behind the decorous door on the inside of your home. When many people decorate and design their home, they often ignore one key area – entrance elegance. It’s an integral part of the home because every room has one, and they are essential in modern homes. No other component of a house has quite the same impact as a door. This makes it a greater shame that people forget to focus…

Maintaining A HEALTHY Summer Glow

Maintaining A HEALTHY Summer Glow

Everyone loves having a healthy summer glow because it helps us look fit, well, and vibrant. But getting it shouldn’t put us in danger of being ill. Summer will soon be here and with it the feel of the warmth of the sun on our skin. I can’t WAIT! Many people love being tanned as it reminds us of how good summer can feel and leaves us with a healthy summer glow. There is nothing wrong with a healthy tan to go with your beach body, but only if it is, in fact, healthy. Although the sun is a vital…

Love Interior Design? So Do Nosy Passersby!

Love Interior Design? So Do Nosy Passersby!

Of course you love interior design; you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. But do you live in a neighbourhood whereby your interior design is on display? You love interior design concepts to enhance your home for you, your family, and your visitors. It is not for the enjoyment of people who walk past your home. However, if you live in a residential area, then you might have curious people looking in your windows, especially if there’s little space between your property and the footpath. It’s not their fault: if your house is on display and looks good,…

Lighting Matters: Don’t Go To The Dark Side

Lighting Matters: Don’t Go To The Dark Side

Of course, lighting matters in the home. It’s one of the fundamentals of interior design and decoration. We’ve already looked at various lighting matters including how to improve your home lighting, increase the amount of natural light your home gets, and how to create a lighting plan. However, we haven’t yet addressed an issue that many homeowners have when tackling the tricky subject of lighting; Balance. The truth is that there are plenty of mistakes to make when adding natural light, decorating with light, and choosing fixtures. Here, we’re going to address some of the most common lighting issues and…

TIMBERRRRRR! Essential Advice for a Shipshape Wooden Shed

TIMBERRRRRR! Essential Advice for a Shipshape Wooden Shed

A wooden shed can be charming and rustic or battered and worn. If it’s the latter then now is the time to shape up your shed. Winter is over and spring is here. As the weather warms up, more and more people hit up the garden. Let’s face it – summer is months away, but the preparation begins now. Anyone who wants a picture perfect garden has to start early to cover every base. This is where a wooden shed comes in handy. From storing unwanted rubbish to texturising the garden, it is an essential feature of any Aussie property….

Owner Builder Keys To Success

Owner Builder Keys To Success

Being an Owner Builder is a great responsibility to ensure your dream home is built on-time, on-budget, and on design. A lot of people are taking the decision to be the owner builder of their homes these days – and for excellent reasons. You can save yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars, create the perfect environment to suit your family lifestyle, and then sell for a respectable profit when the time comes. However, going down the owner builder route isn’t always as simple as it might seem. There are a number of pitfalls that can get in your way, quash…

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

An Environmental Home That’s Sustainable

Having an environmental home could be easier than you think. It’s not all about new build either, you can retro fit any home to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sustainability is something at which homeowners are now looking. As well as helping to protect the environment, you are also cutting down on your monthly bills so it is a win-win situation. Now is the perfect time to create an environmental home with these improvements. Environmental Home: Insulation One of the best ways of retaining heat in the home is through insulation, and this can be done in walls, ceilings…

Expert Advice on Starting a Renovation Project

Expert Advice on Starting a Renovation Project

Starting a renovation project is in equal measures exciting and daunting. ‘Out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ means making lots of decisions for which you may not be fully prepared. Are you someone who flips through style magazines and luscious interior design coffee table books? Do you wish you lived in a space like those you see in the books and magazines? If you are planning a renovation project, then all the options and ideas can seem overwhelming. Like most projects, a plan and some expert advice helps to alleviate stress and provide structure to your renovation…

Trans-Seasonal Flooring For The Perfect Finish

Trans-Seasonal Flooring For The Perfect Finish

Trans-seasonal flooring is becoming more high profile due to hugely popular TV shows like The Block, House Rules, and The Home Team hitting our screens. So while Australian audiences are inspired to undertake renovations based on current trends, winter renovations may be influenced by styles and materials skewed towards cold weather. However, Beaumont Tiles strategic designer Rachel Gilding says trans-seasonal flooring is a better long-term decision. “At Beaumont Tiles we are of course biased, but for good reason. Tiles come out on top, hands down, as the best flooring option when you consider durability, maintenance, room traffic, moisture levels and…

Best Flooring: Find The Flaw In Your Floor

Best Flooring: Find The Flaw In Your Floor

The best flooring is that which suits your purpose. There are so many options that it’s really not a case of laying carpet and that’s it. Unless you’re deep in thought, or in a state of deep shame, you probably don’t look at the floor or think about the best flooring. But just because you don’t look directly at it, shouldn’t denigrate its importance in your interior design scheme. Maybe you’ve agonised so much over the walls, windows, and appliances that the floor gets all but forgotten. Your floor’s aesthetic and fabric are key components that tie all the other…

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

A unique home is one that reflects your individual personality, needs, travels, and style. It’s not necessarily about architecture (although it could be) but is very much about how you design your life. Everyone wants their house to feel like a unique home. It should feel like it truly belongs to you, reflecting your personality and those of your family members. So, although you might take inspiration from magazines, you don’t want your home to look like it’s straight out of a photoshoot. You want it to be unique and not to look like it could belong to just anyone….

Your Ideal Bathroom Is Just A Few Stylish Steps Away

Your Ideal Bathroom Is Just A Few Stylish Steps Away

The ideal bathroom needn’t be out of your reach. From full blown renovations to tile touch-ups and chic accessories, you can create your ideal bathroom with a few simple tips. The bathroom is a place you go every single day. Whether you’re pampering yourself and spending time relaxing, or simply taking care of your basic hygiene needs, it’s important that your bathroom is both practical and enjoyable. When you go somewhere multiple times a day, it only makes sense that you should love it! If you want to create your ideal bathroom it can be just a few stylish steps…

The Easy Route to A Luxury Living Room

The Easy Route to A Luxury Living Room

A luxury living room is a totally useable space for the entire family not just for special occasions or adults only events. Not anymore. The luxury living room space is unquestionably the heart of any family home. It’s the communal area for daily interactions and serves as the ultimate venue for both entertainment and relaxation. Therefore, if budget dictates there’s only one room where you can ignite a sense of luxury, this is the obvious winner. However, there’s no need to overcomplicate the process. Use these simple tricks to complete your luxury living room transformation, and you’ll be enjoying the…

Gold Metallic Design for Opulent Excellence

Gold Metallic Design for Opulent Excellence

Gold metallic design was a standout at Milan Design Week for very good reason. A gold metallic design palette brings drama, moodiness, luxury, and theatrics – the key ingredients being opulent, desired, and classic… all that glitters is most definitely GOLD! Any design hack to turn a cheap apartment in a luxury abode will have elements of gold, albeit gold paint sprayed on an IKEA picture frame. Nonetheless – gold paired with white or black has a luxurious feel. But for these high-end designers, gold is not a hack. It’s an integral and very high-quality component of their unique brands…