Interior Design

Add WOW Factor With Eight Cool Ideas

Add WOW Factor With Eight Cool Ideas

WOW factor is that cohesion of interior decor that just makes a house feel AWESOME. It can be indescribable, or it can be very specific. But it ALWAYS appears effortless. No one wants a house that makes people feel unwelcome when they walk in the door. Having a little pride about your home is important with many home lovers wanting to add a little wow factor (or alot). That’s just good sense. Changes don’t have to be expensive, either, which means you can add life to a home without remodelling the entire house. Sometimes, a new set of curtains or…

Focal Point Tips to Create Interesting Rooms

Focal Point Tips to Create Interesting Rooms

Creating a focal point in any room in your home can easily turn ‘rather boring’ into ‘effortlessly stylish’. When you have a focal point, or ‘Hero’ piece, in a room it provides a starting point for a design scheme. By having a focus from which other elements of the room are drawn, you create instant (with a little effort) wow factor. To show you how it works, let’s start with one important room for a focal point; the living room. Often, the focal point in a living room naturally becomes a stunning fireplace, amazing picture window, or some other architectural…

‘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…

The ‘Style Comfort’ Issue. Why Can’t I Have Both?

The ‘Style Comfort’ Issue. Why Can’t I Have Both?

Style Comfort! Style Comfort! Why do I have to choose one or the other? Why can’t I have both? With good design you can. If you ask anyone in the street what qualities they expect from their home, comfort is probably one of the first to come to mind. It’s no secret that we all want to be as comfortable as possible in our homes. Yet, the process of actually making your home comfortable can be surprisingly difficult. And sometimes it can seem tricky to make it work while still maintaining your sense of style and own unique decor. Fortunately,…

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…

Little By Little Unique Interiors Are Created

Little By Little Unique Interiors Are Created

Unique interiors are those created from the heart with items you really love. Perhaps they were collected from your travels, passed down as heirlooms, or perhaps from another source. Hmmm…. We’ve all been there: moving into a new home and desperately purchasing items to fill up the place. Hardly a plan for unique interiors. It’s a kind of rush to make things perfect. We rapidly scour stores and the web for what we believe we need: a dining table, a bed, a sofa, a desk. The list goes on. However, most of us simply find something appropriate, purchase it, then…

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…

Forget ‘Fall Season’ Inspiration: Your Home Needs All-Season Decorating

Forget ‘Fall Season’ Inspiration: Your Home Needs All-Season Decorating

Isn’t it fun to redecorate your home for each season? No? Well, perhaps you don’t have to. Fall may be here and you want your home to have that autumnal vibe. But you also don’t want to redecorate for winter, spring, summer, and then fall again. It becomes a never-ending cycle if you’re not careful, and you won’t get a moment’s rest in your humble abode without thinking about the next interior design project. See our article on ‘Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate or Decorate‘ If you decide, instead, to decorate your home in a way which fits EVERY…

Imaginative Home Renovation Ideas

Imaginative Home Renovation Ideas

Home renovation ideas abound when programs like ‘The Block’ and ‘My House Rules’ smash the ratings with viewers. But why? There are various reasons why people want to renovate their home (notwithstanding ‘The Block’): wanting to be house proud, preparing for retirement, or perhaps to simply improve the property to sell on one day. So for top comfort and top selling price, home renovation ideas need to be kept in check. Here are some facts and figures to give you an idea of why so many people are choosing to renovate these days. And whether it’s big or small, you…

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….

Modern Vintage: Blending Two Styles in Your Home

Modern Vintage: Blending Two Styles in Your Home

Modern Vintage: Once, vintage WAS modern. And now modern loves to play with vintage. Confused? Don’t be, as I show you some simple tips for blending modern and vintage styles beautifully in your home. For people who have created a very modern style in their home, it can often be difficult to know how to work in a few beautiful antique or vintage pieces into your abode. However, modern vintage styles meld beautifully together. Fusing together some contrasting styles is actually a great way to give your home a unique sense of character. Of course, you still want your house…

Spare Room To Fabulous Home Office! Here’s How

Spare Room To Fabulous Home Office! Here’s How

The spare room may seem to be a luxury in modern times as home owners either downsize or rent out rooms on Air B’nB. But what about another way to create income? Some people use their spare room for the best of intentions, such as a home gym, a room to sew, knit, or paint. But in terms of creating an income, why don’t you think about turning your spare room into a home office? In the modern world, it is a very valuable resource, especially as a lot of people are given the option to work from home now….

Two Popular Home Extensions For More Space

Two Popular Home Extensions For More Space

Home extensions are popular because when you don’t want to move house but you need more room, making the most of your space is the obvious option. Life can be cruel. We all know that. But sometimes it strikes out at one of the things that we hold most dear to us: our homes. Now, once you’ve lived anywhere for awhile, you become pretty attached to the space in question. After all, you’ve built memories there. You’ve crafted it into your safe space, your haven, your nest. So there’s always a little reluctance that comes hand in hand with accepting…