Style + 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…