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Mood Enhancing Decor To Love Where You Live

Mood Enhancing Decor To Love Where You Live

Mood enhancing decor can take your home from bland to grand with a few simple tips. Even if you are renting, these five expert ideas will give you inspiration and motivation. Your home really is your castle. Mood enhancing decor that’s personal to YOUR lifestyle is essential to making a house a home. However, sometimes it’s not easy to decide what you need to do. You may ask yourself “How do I style my home the right way? To match both your tastes and your lifestyle it can be difficult to make decisions. Because trying to pull together comfortable living…

Top Design Ideas To Modernise and Beautify Your Home

Top Design Ideas To Modernise and Beautify Your Home

Top design ideas differ from trends in that top design ideas have longevity as well as style. There are ways to modernise and beautify your home without great expense and without fearing a short-lived trend. Perhaps you love your home – the location, the neighbours, the amenities – but you need some tweaking to make it more of a dream home. The top design ideas below will help you to create the home you desire by simply tweaking what you have. Top Design Ideas for Your Kitchen Your kitchen is a place where everyone comes together so it must be…

Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

Home Makeover Tour: Ranch with Open Floor Plan

Let’s go on a home makeover tour with Diana Smith who will share beautiful tips for arranging and decorating an open floor plan ranch-style home. Truly one of our most popular lifestyles, open plan is here to stay. This home makeover tour isn’t a single home; it’s showing great concepts from different homes. This way, you can pick and choose the ideas that suit your floor plan and lifestyle. So… have you always wanted a home with an airy, stripped-down appeal that invokes minimalism and communal living? If the answer is yes, then an open floor plan is just the…

Create Space With 5 Value-Adding Design Ideas

Create Space With 5 Value-Adding Design Ideas

The desire to create space can be a dilemma in modern homes. Many people around the world live in small or period homes that are not designed for modern life. And it’s not just storage. Our modern lives demand both privacy and communal spaces drenched in sunlight and fabulously functional. If you are struggling with storage or how to create space, there are several design options to make the most of your home without moving. There are options for different budgets to help you gain more comfort and function from your home. Create Space With An Extension The most obvious…

7 Ways To Squeeze More Space Into Your Home

7 Ways To Squeeze More Space Into Your Home

Do you need to squeeze more space into your home? Perhaps you live in a tiny house, a small apartment or a modest home. However, even people who live in BIG houses often complain of a lack of space. So how can you maximize the space you have? With homes becoming more expensive,  homeowners are having to squeeze more space into smaller living areas. Whilst small can still be trendy, many people are having to downsize due to financial necessity; particularly if they are trying to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder. That said, just…

Australian Interior Design Trends That Work in 2018

Australian Interior Design Trends That Work in 2018

Australian interior design trends have a sense of freedom and a connection to the earth making them suitable for any home in 2018. Diana Smith investigates further.  Interior design trends are changing so rapidly and monumentally every single year, and keeping up with all of them is rather hard. That’s why people usually just follow those that are characteristic for their own region only instead of paying attention to all global trends. So it’s wonderful to introduce Australian interior design trends to you. Every region has its preferences, and when it comes to Australia, people usually stick to clean, simple,…

Creating Unique Homes: Goodbye Cookie Cutter House

Creating Unique Homes: Goodbye Cookie Cutter House

Creating unique homes is a goal to which we should all strive. Our homes reflect our personalities, lives and loves. Your life is unique to you so your home should be as unique as you are. And the good news? When creating unique homes only a few rules apply. Creating unique homes is easy… and not easy. It’s easy to craft a home that is a little, well, boring. Sure, it can be well put-together and look aesthetically pleasing, but there’s little that makes it stand it from all the other homes on the street. The tough bit is that…

4 Fabulous Home Boosters To Give You More Space

4 Fabulous Home Boosters To Give You More Space

Your fabulous home must be functional as well as stylish to ensure you love where you live. So if you need more space or the illusion of more space, ensure the changes you make work with your lifestyle AND contribute to you having a fabulous home. When you have your interior design hat on you you may wish you had more space with which to work. You immerse yourself in the stunning home design magazines and long to recreate the chic interiors that are spread across the glossy pages. You may even tell yourself you’ll have a fabulous home if…

5 Tips on Creating and Decorating Your Open-Plan Home

5 Tips on Creating and Decorating Your Open-Plan Home

The open-plan home has been steadily gaining popularity with homeowners across the globe. Over the decades it’s become one of the most powerful statement designs that brings spaciousness, freedom of movement, and timeless aesthetic appeal to any home. In a modern world, the open-plan home design aims to alleviate the stress of everyday life through the smart use of space and decor, while bringing a sense of spaciousness to smaller homes. While undeniably aesthetic in nature, there are certain rules and considerations you should take into account if you want the open-plan design to come to life in your house….

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…

Celebrity Chrissie Swan Shares Her Kitchen Renovation Tips

Celebrity Chrissie Swan Shares Her Kitchen Renovation Tips

Chrissie Swan is best known for her big personality and her role as co-host on Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny radio show. She’s also the Mother of three small children… and recent owner of a daggy kitchen. Having gone through a recent renovation, Chrissie Swan wants to share with you her top tips for undergoing a kitchen transformation. The daggy kitchen exists no more because Chrissie finally decided to rework and modernise her family kitchen. With a ‘robust’ family and a love of cooking, the age and poor design of the old kitchen wasn’t cutting the mustard anymore.  …

25 Luxury Living Interior Design Tips

25 Luxury Living Interior Design Tips

Luxury living interior design can be achieved on a budget… and not a big one. As a seasoned interior decorator, I’m going to share 25 of my top ideas for creating your own slice of heaven at home. If you’re on this website you’re probably as obsessed with architecture and interior design as I am. Excellent! Isn’t it a wonderful hobby or career? Or both? Whilst there are LOADS of expert tips, many of which appear on the pages of this blog, these are some of my favorite go-to solutions. Of course, I strive to be an interior decorator for…

Minimalist Home Design: How to Get It Right

Minimalist Home Design: How to Get It Right

Minimalist home design isn’t simply sleek, stylish and Scandinavian. It’s a design mindset that can change the way that you live your life. Having a minimal home will definitely help you to be more organized and less stressed. Why? Because this design style enables you to get rid of the clutter that takes up space in your home and occupies your mind. You’ll have more space for the things that matter and your home will look bigger too. If you want to embark on some minimalist home design, you can change your entire property into something sleek and new. Make…

The Perfect Pantry with Expert Storage Tips

The Perfect Pantry with Expert Storage Tips

A perfect pantry may seem like a dream to you; but not anymore. Whilst traditional options are often the best, storage must work in order to be effective. These expert storage tips for the perfect pantry will help you to organise shelves and pantries like a pro. Consider carefully your kitchen storage options and space otherwise you’ll have tons of space but no jars or crockery that fits anywhere. So before you rearrange cupboards, decide what you want to keep in the kitchen and what can be thrown out or stored elsewhere. You probably know from experience that the hallmark…

Add Unique Style To Create A Home You’ll Love

Add Unique Style To Create A Home You’ll Love

Unique style is not the exclusive preserve of interior designers. Whilst we can all redecorate our homes, does that reflect a unique style? Choosing a colour palette and furnishings are very personal, so does your home look effortlessly ‘styled’? Would you like it to be? Unique style is personal to you, however some styling tips never go astray. Wherever you live, everyone can think like a decorator with some expert tips and design basics. Sure, redecorating involves colour choices, furniture positioning, and flow but does that reflect your unique style and the ambience you wish to create? If you’d like…