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…

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…