How shutters can enhance the appeal of your home...

 
 

Plantation shutters are a timeless interior design feature that add a sense of elegance to any room in your home. They’re a cost-effective and easy way to make your home more appealing and increase it’s value.

So whether you’re selling or upgrading your home, here are a few of the most attractive advantages of installing plantation shutters in your home.

 
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They’re practical

Not only do plantation shutters make a room look beautiful and sophisticated, they also offer several practical benefits as well as being easy to install and maintain.

Appealing from the interior and exterior, shutters add a touch of class and an enhanced sense of privacy. Firstly, they’re highly versatile and can be added to almost any room in your house. They will also last you a lifetime without requiring tricky cleaning. Plantation shutters are made with durable materials that are resilient against moisture, dirt and grime.

 
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They improve your curb appeal

First impressions matter, so when you pull up in front of your home you of course want to be greeted by something stylish and welcoming from the curb.

Plantation shutters emphasis your windows, add a beautiful contrast with the colour of your home, and might just make your house the best-looking on the block. They’re also easy to customise if you repaint your house and can be painted a new colour to suit.

They’re multi-functional

Plantation shutters act as effective insulators, protecting you from the outside elements and reducing your energy consumption, as you don’t have to heat or cool your home as often. Keep your shutters closed to keep the warmth in your home or prevent the house turning into an oven as the sun beats down on glass window panes. At any time, shutters can be opened by the slats or hinges to allow for easy ventilation.

 
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They allow you to control your privacy

Not only do you want to feel totally safe in your home, but you want to control your privacy and shut out the outside world when you feel like it. The unique advantage of plantation shutters is that you can have complete privacy from the street and neighbours and still let in an abundance of natural light just by angling the slats in a certain direction.

They allow you control natural light

Plantation shutters allow subtle rays of sunshine to beam into the house creating a beautiful look and feel. Plantation shutters offer many ways to control the way light filters into and permeates the spaces in your home. You can manipulate the light to suit any mood or activity.

 
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With so many functional benefits, an attractive price point and obvious aesthetic benefits, it’s hard to look past plantation shutters. Above all else, they are undeniably tasteful and stylish. A simple yet impactful way to adorn your windows and change the impression of any room in your home.

The last but certainly not the least important benefit of plantation shutters is that they are easy to install yourself. That means rather than paying for an expensive contractor, adding shutters to your home can be a fun DIY project. You don’t need specialised tools or technical know-how, just a willingness to give it a go. Save yourself money and accomplish something fun and rewarding along the way.

Dan Field is co founder at The Shutters Department. He’s passionate about using technology to make the complex simple, and is on a mission to make DIY plantations shutters cheap and easy for everyone.

 
 
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Trending | Floral Mayhem

 
 

By Alexandra Carter.

Spring has sprung and that means it's the perfect time to inject some colour into your home!

And the dining room is a great place to start... 

Fresh colours and florals celebrate the warmer weather, add a touch of fun and create a happy and inviting environment for those long lazy lunches.

Shop the edit below!

 
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Art: Greenhouse Interiors

Dining table: Fenton & Fenton

Dining chair: Barnaby Lane

Rug: Art Hide

Tea maker: Hunting for George

Mug: Milk & Sugar

Salad server: Designstuff Group

Salad bowl: Curious Grace

Vases: Marble Basics

Spice vessel: Marble Basics

Hand towel: Sage & Clare

Pendant: Odetoelma

Salt & pepper grinder: Norsu

Wrap knot: Jardan

 
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By Alexandra Carter


Gypsy Queen

A trend board created to help you replicate the feeling of summer inside your home when it's still a little bit frosty out there!

The colours and tones stem from the fun and captivating artwork by Jen Sievers - pulling out pops of pastel, textured furniture pieces and soft furnishings that are tactile and detailed.

 
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SHOP THE LOOK HERE

Artwork: Greenhouse Interiors

Teal cushion: Nathan & Jac

Side table: Beeline Design

Big cushion: Sage & Clare

Duvet cover: Sage & Clare

Bed frame: Ethnicraft

Pendant: Designstuff Group

Jewellery box: Arrival Hall

Candle: Mecca Cosmetica

Clock: Nathan & Jac

Pot: Lightly Design

 
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Stunning contemporary living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches...

 
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A 1940s beach house on Sydney’s Northern Beaches has been transformed into a three bedroom, two-bathroom, contemporary family home. The Avalon property belongs to the creator of bellaMUMMA, Nikki Yazxhi and her husband Adam, Creative Director at MAXCO.

After nearly 15 years in the family home, Nikki and Adam decided they would either need to sell in favour of something larger or renovate the existing house. “With our two boys aged 11 and 14, we were at a crossroads of whether to sell and buy something bigger, or stay in a house and area we love and renovate to make the house suit our family’s lifestyle." says Nikki.

 

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Friend and interior designer, Nina Maya was engaged to direct and style the home renovation. Following two previous renovations, this final makeover involved the family moving out for three months so that the house could be gutted and rebuilt. To achieve the simple and elegant interior, a refined palette of neutrals was chosen, using only natural materials such as European oak flooring, marble, stone and brass.

Nina designed a space that maintains the home’s original charm, while maximising the indoor areas with added storage. The original wall separating the living area and the kitchen was removed, and to increase the connection to the outside, full-height glass bi-fold doors were installed on the back deck and skylights were used to boost the amount of natural light, provided by Stegbar. The kitchen is one of the first rooms the family had outgrown. With Adam’s love of cooking and the couple’s passion for entertaining, the kitchen was maximised and upgraded with new appliances for a modern and contemporary space that performed as amazingly as it looked. The kitchen and the benchtop bar are now the hub of the house.

 
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The new kitchen appliances were selected for their aesthetic and functionality. “We loved the look of ASKO products first off, then we started doing some research and watching Adam Liaw's YouTube videos and realised how amazing the appliances were,” says Nikki. “The ASKO Elements range is sleek and sexy, and we are beyond impressed by how they make life so much easier in the kitchen. I think the first couple of months we were continually impressed with all the new features that we were discovering.”

 
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For the family, storage was the biggest issue. They needed to maximise the existing space and create extra storage in order to make the home more suitable for their growing family. Ultimately deciding to stay and renovate, Nikki and Adam put their savings towards creating their dream home featuring the highest quality building products. “When it came to choosing plasterboard to re-do our walls, we couldn’t go past CSR Gyprock’s Sensitive plasterboard,” says Nikki.

 
 
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An iconic Melbourne Hotel reimagined...

 
Interior Design by  Meme Design   |  Photography by  Tom Blachford .

Interior Design by Meme Design  |  Photography by Tom Blachford.

 

The iconic Prince Hotel in Melbourne's St Kilda has been reimagined and refurbished by the incredible design team at Meme Design. It's beachside location was inspiration for the softer palette of textures and hues, suggestive of Miami beaches and 'candy coloured ice-creams'. The Interior design approach paid homage to the hotels original art deco architecture, expansive windows and natural light. 

The choices of lighting and furniture in each room showcase Australia's diverse artesian makers. Each room offers a range of pieces, from handmade oak chairs by HR McCarthy, generous armchairs by Jardan, blush concrete tables by Nood Co, brass pendants by ISM Objects, cushions by Sly Australia and photography by Kate Ballis.

Every element within the Prince Hotel has been thoughtfully considered, from it's fresh aesthetic, it's relaxed vibes and it's uber comfortable furniture pieces. 

 
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SLY do it again - say hello to 'Tangence AW/18'

 
All images © Sly Australia 2018. Styling Bek Sheppard. Photography Annette O’Brien.

All images © Sly Australia 2018. Styling Bek Sheppard. Photography Annette O’Brien.

 

One of our all-time favourite homewares brands Sly have just launched their AW/18 collection Tangence and our jaws have dropped at just how stunning the range is!

The form, the shape, the colours, tones, materials.. it’s all to die for, check it out below!

The Tangence collection is online and available for pre-order here: onthesly.com.au

 
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Tangence"The act of touching. A collection formed around a sense of tactility, shape and tone. An alternate path of journey and discovery where simplicity and minimalism are at the forefront."

 
 

Axton Suspended Rail – Melbourne-made Axton is a multifunctional steel rail, powder-coated in a soft matte clay hue and features a single Tasmanian Oak rung.

 
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Cover: Elwyn II Velvet cushions return in Autumnal hues of Olive, Cobalt, Clay and Blush. 50cm filled.

 
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Knox Cushion – Knox is stitched in Australia with the finest perforated Italian Suede and brass hardware. 40cm filled, available in Buff, Clay, Navy and Olive.

 
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Tuck Floating Shelf – A versatile floating shelf folded from powder-coated steel and featuring a Tasmanian oak peg. Available in White and Moss. 

 
 

Omni Terrazzo Trivet Set – Omni is a set of four assorted Fibonacci Terrazzo Trivets created exclusively with Sly. Housed in a Moss steel cuff, each trivet has a unique colour, pattern and chip size. 

 
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3 Summer Bed Styling Tips from founder of IN BED Pip Vassett!

 
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In Bed have released a gorgeous range of 200TC Washed Cotton sets and singulars in the most dreamy and soft colour palette - floss, pale blue, sage and cloud. It's the perfect linen range for balmy summer nights... with a perfect lived in and relaxed look just like linen but with the crisp feel of cotton.

We chatted with the super talented and creative founder of In Bed Pip Vassett, about her top tips for summer bed styling!

 

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"For summer I really love to style my bed in soft, pastel colours rather than any colours that are too dark or heavy. I guess to emulate that breezy summer vibe indoors!"

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"I also really like to mix a few complimentary colours together as well rather than just having one block colour for the whole bed, it's a little more fun and I think summer is the time of year to be a little more playful. Our cotton range is great for this as all the pastels work beautifully together so it's really easy to mix and match."

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"I'm not big on heavy layers for summer so I'll often just use an untucked flat sheet as a bed cover, ditching the duvet on those especially hot days."

 
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Darren Palmer has launched a homewares range and it is gorgeous...

 
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Darren Palmer is the style guru we all know and love; from his books, tv shows, judging on The Block and just being an all round Interior Designer extrodinaire!

And now you can have a piece of his style in your own home... Partnering with Myer, the Darren Palmer Collection is a curated selection of stunning pieces that pay tribute to his signature style and flair. Think lots of Navy, touches of coastal, multiple textures, pieces for layering and a touch of luxe. 

The collection is online and in store at Myer nationally.


My Top 3 Picks!


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SAHARA SS17 - by Sly

 
All images © Sly Australia 2017 | Styling Bek Sheppard | Photography Annette O’Brien.

All images © Sly Australia 2017 | Styling Bek Sheppard | Photography Annette O’Brien.

Dusky sandscapes, the rusty hues of windswept dunes and blushing skies. Sahara by Sly is a celebration of earthy, summery tones working in harmony, bringing warmth and softness. Simplicity in its design means you can seamlessly bring the tonal beauty of the desert to your home.

We absolutely love Sly's latest offering and it's dusty pastel hues, brass detailing and the material of the moment terrazzo of course!! 

Nomad Cushion (above) - A summer edition of soft pastel cushions of 100% stonewashed linen in desert hues, featuring the return of the exposed brass zip. 

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Marlow Tray - Marlow is a tabletop marvel. Simply designed to suit any flat surface, Marlow can display, store or organise with minimal beauty. Featuring perforation detail for use in or outdoors. 

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SlySKIN Luxe Wash - The second addition to SlySKIN sees the arrival of two luxurious hand wash blends. Fresh, herbal and zingy, this blend is a delicious and refreshing way to cleanse your palms. 

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Harlan Side Table - A compact side table celebrating form and function. Combining powder-coated steel and unique Terrazzo detail from Fibonacci Stone, Harlan is both minimal and versatile. 

 

Heirloom by Lumiere Art & Co...

Lumiere Art + Co has released it's latest stunning collection 'Heirloom". Gorgeous new prints and decorative homewares to 're-cultivate your home' - just like a handful of heirloom seeds!  

How gorgeous is that?

The collection features bold prints with gorgeous metallic and pastel hues, a focus on bedding and cushions with giant spots and their signature prints in a fab new colour palette. 

Lumiere art + Co's designer, maker and director is Emma Cleine, she is renowned for her artistic talents, experimentation with printing techniques and finesse in dying fabrics. She has been featured in a collection of print and online publications including; Inside Out, The Design Files, Real Living, Beautiful, House and Garden and The Herald Sun. Her work is stocked in over 70 retailers nation wide - for your nearest stockist follow this link to her website - www.lumiereartandco.com.au

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