The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

The Unexpected Costs of Owning a Home

Unexpected costs can completely derail your plans for buying, building or renovating a home. So if you are thinking about owning your first home, there are many different factors that need to be considered. One of the most important areas of unexpected costs is the financial commitment. You must ensure you can afford the expenses associated with home ownership. A lot of people assume they can afford a home without considering all of the unexpected costs entailed. The sale price of the home is just the beginning. It’s after you’ve signed the sale documentation that expenses you may not have…

How Does Your Garden Grow? Not Well Enough!

How Does Your Garden Grow? Not Well Enough!

How does your garden grow, with pretty maids all in a row? Great for nursery rhymes but not so good if you have a black thumb. If your garden isn’t growing well enough, then you’ll love these tips. All homeowners want the prettiest and healthiest gardens possible for their families to enjoy. Of course, depending on where you live in the world; you might not have the best soil, a great climate, or even enough room. However, if you want a great garden, even a small one, then follow some simple advice. To make your garden grow in a way…

3 Easy DIY Projects To Style Up Your Home

3 Easy DIY Projects To Style Up Your Home

Easy DIY projects are favoured for quick weekend jobs and by those who are not confident redecorators. And you can save money. So put your wallet away. You don’t need to spend a fortune on renovating your home when some easy DIY projects will help add more style. Despite what some TV shows might lead you to believe, some projects don’t need expert intervention. Yes, a professional eye can help, but there’s no reason why you can’t do some redecorating yourself. Virtually anybody can renovate their home with a healthy dose of DIY, because the changes needed may not be…

2018 Colour Trend Palettes from Wattyl

2018 Colour Trend Palettes from Wattyl

Colour trend palettes from leading brands are often released to celebrate a New Year. Since 1915 Australian paint brand, Wattyl, has been influencing the colours in our homes. Paint is one of the easiest decor features to change to give a completely different aesthetic. So the Wattyl 2018 colour trend palettes will help you stylishly paint an entire room, or a whole house, without agonising over colour combinations. Increasingly, our homes are our sanctuaries. As an Interior Designer, I am often told by clients that they have trouble understanding colour. They often default to white or beige. Now, white and…

7 Space Enhancing Ideas for A Bigger Home

7 Space Enhancing Ideas for A Bigger Home

Trick the eye with space enhancing ideas that make rooms look bigger. You’ll love these seven easy bright ideas. As cities expand, more people are living in smaller spaces, not to mention the popularity of the Tiny House Movement. However, you don’t have to live in a miniscule house to benefit from space enhancing ideas. There are ways to trick the eye into seeing a space that’s not really as big as it appears. As an Interior Designer, I am often required to rearrange and design spaces using tricks to make a space appear bigger. Apartment and townhouse dwellers in…

Crisp White Bedlinen Creates The Perfect Bedroom Decor

Crisp White Bedlinen Creates The Perfect Bedroom Decor

Crisp white bedlinen is my ‘go-to’ sheet combo mixed with textures of linen, velvet, wool, fur, and even the odd sequin. Not only do I adore slipping into freshly washed sheets, but as an interior designer, I find crisp white bedlinen is the perfect base for virtually any stylish bed decor. Regardless of whether you love industrial, rustic, classic, retro, or any other decor, crisp white bedlinen will help you create the perfect bedroom decor. Layering Your Bed Linen The secret is in the layers. The first thing to do is buy a set of crisp white bedlinen at Canningvale…

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….