Your Home Rocks! 5 Ways To Add Stone To Your Interior

Your Home Rocks! 5 Ways To Add Stone To Your Interior

When you add stone to your interior you add nature, texture, a rustic vibe, and a sense of luxury. I call it Rustic Luxe. And adding stone elements is one of my fave interior design tricks. Stone needn’t be something reserved for paving slabs and garden steps. There are many ways to add stone to your home’s interior for an earthy and elegant look. You’ll see why I call it Rustic Luxe and how you can add this interior designer’s tip for luxury surfaces. Add Stone for Rustic Luxe Interiors Stylish Ceramic Floors Ceramic tiles are formed with clay, sand,…

Dia de Los Muertos Makeup

Dia de Los Muertos makeup is where you can go crazy with celebratory sugar skull-styled glam. Do you love to play dress up? Love to play dress up and scare people? The wonderful celebration of life that is the Festival of the Dead – Dia de Los Muertos – comes with sugar skulls, and a tribute to past lives lived well. This video, Dia de Los Muertos Makeup, will give you inspiration when the time comes for life to celebrate death. Now increasingly celebrated in Australia around the time of Halloween, you can see from the fabulous Dia de Los…

Stylish Outdoor Overhaul… It’s Easy

Stylish Outdoor Overhaul… It’s Easy

Stylish outdoor living spaces are an extension of our home environment. They provide a unique place for entertaining, exercising, relaxing or dining…the only limit is your imagination. Sometimes it feels more natural to rise to the challenge of sprucing up an indoor space, where limits stop at the four walls around you. It’s easy to spend time perfecting your interior. But then spring hits and you realise you now want a stylish outdoor area in which to spend the summer. With something as unique and full of potential as your own home’s outdoor space, knowing where to start can be…

Build Your Own Courtyard Firepit : A Step-by-Step Guide

Build Your Own Courtyard Firepit : A Step-by-Step Guide

If you thought a courtyard firepit was only good in winter, think again. While a courtyard firepit is warming in the winter, it’s also suitable for cooler summer evenings too. This step-by-step guide from celebrity landscaper, Jason Hodges, shows you how to easily build your own courtyard firepit. Plus, there’s a supporting YouTube video at the end of this feature. You might also like to read another article with top tips from Jason Hodges on Backyard Blitz. Jason Hodges Step-By-Step Guide to Building A Courtyard Firepit Materials Required, w/ AdBri Masonry: AB Courtyard York Blocks x 56 AB Courtyard Caps…

Decorating With Vintage Treasures And Where To Find Them

Decorating With Vintage Treasures And Where To Find Them

Vintage treasures are still wonderfully popular items with which to decorate especially in this age of upcycling and rejection of conspicuous consumerism. So if you’re looking to add a touch of unique elegance or quirkiness to your home – vintage treasures are the way to go. You don’t have to fill up your whole house with them, but a few vintage and retro pieces mixed with modern decor will completely change the look of a room. For example, an antique folding screen in the bedroom can turn your nighttime haven from plain to chic in a matter of seconds. They…

New Home Building : Three Vital Tips

New Home Building : Three Vital Tips

New home building has always been popular even though there is a huge resurgence in home renovations. Land parcels are opening up outside city limits so the CBD is no longer the focus for many families. The flexibility for new home building in even semi-rural areas has gained popularity. Communications and ease of travel mean many former employees are starting their own business and working from home. In moving away from the city and starting a business many new home building projects are also managed by owner-builders. However, there are still three vital areas owner-builders MUST have covered. New Home…

Small Gardens : Maximise Your Space Stylishly

Small Gardens : Maximise Your Space Stylishly

Small gardens can be BIG on personality, style, and usefulness… with a few key tips. In designing small gardens there are different ideas to consider. But it doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden that feels more spacious. In fact, there are many advantages to having a small garden; the biggest being that it’s low maintenance. It is possible to turn small gardens into havens or practical spaces for kids and pets to play. If you’re wondering how to turn your small garden into something mesmerizing, take a look at these great ideas. Ideas Perfect for Small Gardens Pot Plants…

Yes, That Money Pit You Bought CAN Be Transformed

Yes, That Money Pit You Bought CAN Be Transformed

The typical money pit often sucks the life out of your wallet usually because the purchase and renovation were not well thought out. But a money pit CAN be transformed. When it comes to buying a new house, either your first property or just the most recent, there’s a lot of thought that goes into its purchase – location, comfort, price, suitability, potential. But do you ever think that your dream home may just become a money pit? Probably not. You’re likely looking for something that’s perfect for you, at least right now. And it has to tick certain boxes….

17 Ways To Balance Home Temperatures

17 Ways To Balance Home Temperatures

Balance home temperatures on those unpredictable days when the weather goes a little crazy. Life is unpredictable, and so is the weather. Chances are you WILL need to balance home temperatures throughout the year without resorting always to flicking a switch. If you’d like to take back control of the temperature within your home, here are 17 ways to show you how. Balance Home Temperatures When It’s HOT! Put a bowl of ice in front of a fan and place it in the direction you need it. This works great when you’re hot in bed and need a cool breeze…

Best Deck Designs for Your Garden

Best Deck Designs for Your Garden

Best deck designs are a commonly searched topic because there is a deck option for every garden. They are as individual as your garden. Having said that, however, coming up with the right decking isn’t as simple as you may imagine. There are actually a lot of different factors that come into play when deciding on the best deck designs for your lifestyle. You need to think about what you already have going on in the garden, and how you can add to it rather than take something special away. If you have a relatively large space, then the hardest…

Tiled Kitchen Splashbacks Back On Trend

Tiled Kitchen Splashbacks Back On Trend

Some would say that tiled kitchen splashbacks have never gone away. Others will say they are back with a beautiful vengeance. Australians love entertaining whether it’s a casual backyard barbie, an elegant all-family affair, or a catered party with finger-food and drunken Trivial Pursuit (or Karaoke). The evolution of the Aussie kitchen has grown from a humble outhouse hidden away to luxurious open-plan spectacles. And tiled kitchen splashbacks have earned their place. Spurred on by Australia’s love affair with TV cooking shows and celebrity chefs, home-owners are not only honing their cooking skills to produce visually stimulating gourmet meals but…

Beyond Beauty: Practical Additions to Your Home’s Exterior

Beyond Beauty: Practical Additions to Your Home’s Exterior

It’s beyond beauty when it comes to practical and stylish ways to enhance the exterior of your home. It’s workable, useful, AND great looking. Making your home look beautiful is one way to care for it. However, sometimes you need to think of practicality before looks. Making practical changes to your home’s exterior beyond beauty doesn’t stop you from making it look nice. But there are some cases when you need to put practicality first and let aesthetics come second. These practical updates might be useful for your home. Beyond Beauty : Lighting Lighting outside your home helps to improve…

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable Natural Style Beyond Scandi

Sustainable natural style is the perfect way to transition from winter to spring. It’s light, breezy, easy to live with, and can be more dynamic than you might imagine. Basic doesn’t mean bland and white doesn’t mean wishy-washy. When you effectively mix elements of modern and classical decor, the results are stunning and relaxing. Warm whites, cool blues, soft blush pinks, tranquil pale greens, blonde timber and natural fibres insist that decor has a spa-like quality. But for a sustainable natural style with edge add in salvaged, recycled wood, forged iron, and divine metals that will give your home a…

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…