Interior Design

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…

Japandi Design : Introducing The New Luxury At Home

Japandi Design : Introducing The New Luxury At Home

Japandi design is a modern fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian. Don’t Call Me Penny writer, Catherine Collins, has investigated this calm and dynamic design duo. Ready for a new trend in interior design? Then meet Japandi design. Japandi is a fusion of Japanese philosophy and Scandinavian design. It blends Scandinavian minimalism with Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy of embracing imperfection. Many designers say that the future will belong to Japandi interiors and for all the good reasons. It’s clean and minimalist, warm and cosy, and not to mention utterly beautiful. Here’s how you can achieve the perfect Japandi design interior. Warm and…

Open-Concept Bathroom For Master Suite A New Trend

Open-Concept Bathroom For Master Suite A New Trend

An open-concept bathroom is the latest trend hitting master bedroom suites. Not for the faint-hearted, but they are brilliant. Lana Hawkins explains. Washing up in the same room where you sleep used to be found only in low-budget motels and dorm rooms. But, in the last decade, the open-concept bathroom / bedroom design has become a must-feature in every luxury hotel around the world. The open-concept bathroom can be difficult to imagine, especially with our modern-day notions of privacy, so it’s naturally a topic that incites a lot of controversy in the world of interior design. Most designers and customers…

Expert Advice on Starting a Renovation Project

Expert Advice on Starting a Renovation Project

Starting a renovation project is in equal measures exciting and daunting. ‘Out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ means making lots of decisions for which you may not be fully prepared. Are you someone who flips through style magazines and luscious interior design coffee table books? Do you wish you lived in a space like those you see in the books and magazines? If you are planning a renovation project, then all the options and ideas can seem overwhelming. Like most projects, a plan and some expert advice helps to alleviate stress and provide structure to your renovation…

Kitchen Makeover Mistakes To Avoid

Kitchen Makeover Mistakes To Avoid

A kitchen makeover is undertaken somewhere in the world every 15 minutes! Even if that’s not strictly true, it can seem that way sometimes. Are you one of the thousands of people thinking of remodelling your kitchen? Before getting started, make sure you’re not about to make one of these kitchen makeover mistakes – it could be costly, impractical or even dangerous. Here are some of the big blunders, along with what you should do instead.   Moving Fixtures Ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, and sinks can be expensive to relocate. This is because you will have to pay for extra plumbing…

Perfect Party Decorating Tips (six of them)

Perfect Party Decorating Tips (six of them)

Expert party decorating tips can add to your own imagination when you are planing the perfect special event. Your role as host doesn’t begin and end with supplying drinks and food. The décor is important in order to get everyone in the right vibe. So regardless of who you are inviting to your home, you’ll need some party decorating tips and tricks for hosting the perfect special event this season. Party Decorating Tips #1: Blow Out on Balloons No party is complete without a few balloons. You can buy standard balloons, or get creative such as going with a colour…

Fixing Bathroom Renovation Traps

Fixing Bathroom Renovation Traps

A bathroom renovation is currently on the agenda for two clients of mine. Both have decided their current bathrooms are dated and bland, so I’m embarking on three bathroom re-designs (yes, one has two bathrooms). The bathroom is one of the most commonly renovated rooms, and for very good reason. Although it is small (and easy to work with) it is also an important room that can be quite complex. A bathroom renovation attracts more different trades than other single room in a house. So you have to be precise. When adding value to your home, a kitchen or bathroom…

Feminine Inspired Workspaces for Hardworking Women

Feminine Inspired Workspaces for Hardworking Women

Feminine inspired workspaces are not the preserve of fluffy and frou-frou; not according to an Architectural student and design blogger, Lana Hawkins. Inspiring and stylish feminine inspired workspaces will motivate any hardworking woman to continue reaching for the stars even when she comes across obstacles and difficulties. Working in an environment that exudes elegance, sophistication and stylishness is much more satisfying than fighting over a dining table with your family members or working in a dark and boring box office. In just a few easy steps, you can design a chic and inspiring office that will enhance your efficiency and…

Summer Bedroom Changes With Six Simple Ideas

Summer Bedroom Changes With Six Simple Ideas

Creating a summer bedroom isn’t difficult. Because when the weather changes your décor can too. You don’t have to make massive summer bedroom changes either. Just a few small changes can make all the difference to the way your room feels and looks. Here are 6 simple steps you can take for a simply better summer bedroom.   Go For Blackout Blinds Over Curtains Blackout blinds are the ideal summer bedroom window treatment. Not only will they help you to stay asleep when the sun comes up, they’ll also keep your bedroom nice and cool. Curtains can keep your bedroom…

Trans-Seasonal Flooring For The Perfect Finish

Trans-Seasonal Flooring For The Perfect Finish

Trans-seasonal flooring is becoming more high profile due to hugely popular TV shows like The Block, House Rules, and The Home Team hitting our screens. So while Australian audiences are inspired to undertake renovations based on current trends, winter renovations may be influenced by styles and materials skewed towards cold weather. However, Beaumont Tiles strategic designer Rachel Gilding says trans-seasonal flooring is a better long-term decision. “At Beaumont Tiles we are of course biased, but for good reason. Tiles come out on top, hands down, as the best flooring option when you consider durability, maintenance, room traffic, moisture levels and…

Best Flooring: Find The Flaw In Your Floor

Best Flooring: Find The Flaw In Your Floor

The best flooring is that which suits your purpose. There are so many options that it’s really not a case of laying carpet and that’s it. Unless you’re deep in thought, or in a state of deep shame, you probably don’t look at the floor or think about the best flooring. But just because you don’t look directly at it, shouldn’t denigrate its importance in your interior design scheme. Maybe you’ve agonised so much over the walls, windows, and appliances that the floor gets all but forgotten. Your floor’s aesthetic and fabric are key components that tie all the other…

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

Your Unique Home: Buy, Convert, Renovate, or Decorate

A unique home is one that reflects your individual personality, needs, travels, and style. It’s not necessarily about architecture (although it could be) but is very much about how you design your life. Everyone wants their house to feel like a unique home. It should feel like it truly belongs to you, reflecting your personality and those of your family members. So, although you might take inspiration from magazines, you don’t want your home to look like it’s straight out of a photoshoot. You want it to be unique and not to look like it could belong to just anyone….

Your Ideal Bathroom Is Just A Few Stylish Steps Away

Your Ideal Bathroom Is Just A Few Stylish Steps Away

The ideal bathroom needn’t be out of your reach. From full blown renovations to tile touch-ups and chic accessories, you can create your ideal bathroom with a few simple tips. The bathroom is a place you go every single day. Whether you’re pampering yourself and spending time relaxing, or simply taking care of your basic hygiene needs, it’s important that your bathroom is both practical and enjoyable. When you go somewhere multiple times a day, it only makes sense that you should love it! If you want to create your ideal bathroom it can be just a few stylish steps…

The Easy Route to A Luxury Living Room

The Easy Route to A Luxury Living Room

A luxury living room is a totally useable space for the entire family not just for special occasions or adults only events. Not anymore. The luxury living room space is unquestionably the heart of any family home. It’s the communal area for daily interactions and serves as the ultimate venue for both entertainment and relaxation. Therefore, if budget dictates there’s only one room where you can ignite a sense of luxury, this is the obvious winner. However, there’s no need to overcomplicate the process. Use these simple tricks to complete your luxury living room transformation, and you’ll be enjoying the…