Interior Design

Wet! Wet! Wet! How To Avoid Bad Bathroom Moisture

Wet! Wet! Wet! How To Avoid Bad Bathroom Moisture

Bad bathroom moisture is caused by a lack of care, maintenance, and adequate ventilation. Excess moisture WILL ruin your bathroom and cost you money to repair. Of course there’s something you can’t escape from in your bathroom: all of that water! Every pipe in your bathroom uses water and there’s always steam from hot showers and spa baths. Bad bathroom moisture is a curse. So your bathroom MUST be the best water-proofed room in the house. Otherwise, your walls will get wet and encourage rising damp and mould to develop. Extensive water damage to your walls and floors can be…

Energy Efficient Homes And Why You Need One

Energy Efficient Homes And Why You Need One

Our energy efficient homes will not only save money but they’ll save the planet too. Yes, it’s becoming a common mantra. It’s hard not to care about the planet and now it’s more imperative to save money. So having energy efficient homes has benefits for your budget; the planet saving is a welcome side effect. So if you’re not already doing your part simply to save on your money pit – you should. Here are all the reasons why. Energy Efficient Homes Are The New Black It’s good for the environment If your home is sustainable it won’t use as…

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…

3 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

3 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

Bathroom renovation mistakes will occur when you don’t get the right advice and don’t rely on professional tradespeople. Bathrooms are such a fun and exciting room to design and renovate. There are diverse choices for styles and surfaces from which to choose and it will take your bathroom from zero to hero. However, bathroom renovation mistakes are always lurking in the shadows. Having said that, there are elements of bathroom design that need to be thought through very thoroughly. More specifically, there are certain things you need to avoid doing when designing a bathroom renovation. Bathroom Renovation Mistakes To Avoid…

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…

Sweetest Re-Love With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Sweetest Re-Love With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The sweetest re-love is the recycling that delights and surprises. Look past what’s in front of you and visualise what can be created in the future. If you’re the type who finds fabulous furniture on the side of the road or snags unique eBay buys for the sweetest re-love then you probably love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s the no-primer no-sanding “let’s have fun right now” paint created by an impatient recycler; Annie Sloan. One of the hottest colour trends of the season are Dusty Pinks which play nice with rose gold, green, grey, orange, rich blue, and white. Create…

What Makes High-End Fashion Worth the Cost?

What Makes High-End Fashion Worth the Cost?

High-end fashion gets a bad reputation due to the culture that surrounds it. However, for some people, that culture is what makes high-end fashion worth the cost. Ultimately, it defines the type of person that would purchase a shirt for $300 or a dress for $800. It sounds like a super secretive club that can only be entered if you buy your way in. However, there’s more to high-end fashion than just money and ego.   Do You REALLY Know What Makes High-End Fashion Coveted? A Misunderstood Design and Production Process There are a lot of pretentious people in both…

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…

Floor Cleaning and Protection Tips for Every Surface

Floor Cleaning and Protection Tips for Every Surface

Floor cleaning and protection is part on the ongoing maintenance of your home. No matter how hard you try, you’ll always bring in some dirt and grime on your shoes to the inside of your home. This dirt eventually spreads out, accumulates on your floors and causes potential damage. So, if you want to protect your floors and keep your home clean, you must learn proper floor cleaning methods for specific surfaces and how to maintain them. This will save you a lot of money and time on renovations. Since every type of flooring needs to be cleaned, maintained and…

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…

Calm Outdoor Entertaining Spaces With Three Ideas

Calm Outdoor Entertaining Spaces With Three Ideas

Outdoor entertaining spaces can be big or small but they must be useful. With three simple tips you can create your own oasis for quiet thought or robust entertaining. Lots of homeowners fail to make the best use of their garden and any outdoor entertaining spaces. This may be because people lead busy lives and don’t have enough time to create purpose specific spaces. Still, anyone who takes a holiday from work could make improvements to benefit the entire family. The goal for most folks is to create a calm but fun space in which they can enjoy the sunshine….

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…

Are Ersatz Appliances Better Than Genuine? Could Be.

Are Ersatz Appliances Better Than Genuine? Could Be.

Ersatz appliances are those that are poor imitations of the original. If you are ‘ersatz’ it means you dislike something simple because it ISN’T original. But can you be persuaded otherwise? If you’re like most people, you want the genuine article, not Ersatz appliances. Despite what founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, might say about the virtues of fakes, there’s a desire for authenticity in all of us. Having said that, it’s important not to confuse our desire for something, and it’s objective capacity to improve our lives. Sure we could go with authentic leather shoes, but leather shoes tend to…

When Did Stylish Security Become A ‘Thing’ for Outdoors?

When Did Stylish Security Become A ‘Thing’ for Outdoors?

Is stylish security a priority when keeping your home safe and secure? It can be if you know what’s available. What do you want from your home sweet home? A home is a place that is designed to keep you safe and protected from external factors, being the bad weather or intruders. So why not have stylish security as part of that? Safety is a great priority in people’s lives. However, safety and security rarely look pleasing to the eye, from a thick wall to an automated gate at the entrance. Nevertheless, there are helpful and practical ways to create…