A backyard makeover that ticks all the boxes!

Modular Walls  x Little Dwellings

Kate Sparks, founder of Little Dwellings, is a children’s interior designer & product stylist – and we can now crown her Backyard Renovation Queen! Kate has completed a full backyard overhaul using a DIY modular retaining wall system from ModularWalls and our jaws have dropped at the stunning results!

Using the DIY VogueWall Retaining by ModularWalls, Kate has expertly created zones that are adaptable to any season, event or family activity. Her exceptional new backyard features a fire pit area, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor lounge space and freshly landscaped architectural gardens

“I love the outdoors and I love spending time with my family outdoors…I wanted something that was really practical, hands-on and absolutely beautiful.” – Kate Sparks, @littledwellings

By using ModularWalls’ DIY retaining wall solution, Kate has not only boosted her backyard’s functionality, she has created separate, but connected, living zones for her young family to enjoy all year round.

Modular Walls  x Little Dwellings
Modular Walls  x Little Dwellings
Modular Walls  x Little Dwellings
Modular Walls  x Little Dwellings

The retaining solution seamlessly worked in with the style of Kate’s home exterior and it was super easy to install with the help of her handy husband. The new outdoor area perfectly showcases Kate's unique expertise as a stylist and interior designer and it has become a space for her young family to embrace their dream outdoor lifestyle.

“Lots of people just put it in the ‘too hard’ basket – ‘I’ll get somebody else to do it’. But it’s actually not –it can take time, but seriously, sitting here and reflecting on what we’ve achieved – I wouldn’t get anyone else to do it!” – Kate Sparks, @littledwellings.

You can watch Kate’s full backyard reveal to find out how she used ModularWalls’ simple yet powerful DIY retaining walls to create the backyard of her dreams.

Feeling inspired by Kate’s journey? Click here to find out how ModularWalls could help you transform your own outdoor area!

Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovation

5 tiling mistakes that can derail your reno...

Amber tiles

Nowadays it’s easy to transform even the blandest of areas into a real show stopper given the amazing array of tiles to choose from. However, tiling mistakes can be a costly, and sometimes hard to fix, mistake if you choose the wrong tiles or have trouble when it comes to installation. 

Expert renovators Michael and Carlene Duffy certainly have learnt a lesson or two when it comes to tiles, having made their mark on the record-rating season of Channel Nine’s, The Block and the inaugural season of Reno Rumble.

The pair, who now run their own home renovation and design consultancy Cedar & Suede, are currently working with Amber Tiles sharing their savvy DIY and tiling design tips for their Love My Amber campaign.

We just love the look and feel of tiles however we’ve had our fair share of tiling mis-steps!” Carlene admits. “For instance, I now realise you don’t need to tile an entire bathroom floor to ceiling. Often playing around with the areas and creating contrast with painted walls and other features can lead to a more interesting design effect.”

“As there are so many choices out there, I’d recommend going onto a large site like Amber during the planning stage and playing around with their tile visualiser function before you commit to anything. It can give you great ideas about different tiles and how can work in certain spaces.”

Avoid getting out the hammer and chisel and make sure you get it right the first time advises carlene by avoiding these 5 mistakes:

Amber Tiles
Amber Tiles

1 - Not keeping tile choices in line with overall decor

It goes without saying that if your house is predominantly a beach-inspired vision in white and blue, then a funky, bohemian vibe in your bathroom may look out of keeping. Tiles should always be chosen in relation to an overall decor scheme. Also make sure other elements of the bathroom itself such as fixtures and fittings work well with the tiles. Take in to consideration colours of bench-tops, cupboards and painted surfaces and choose one hero feature such as a tiled feature wall.  

2 - Forgetting to buy enough tiles

Running out of tiles and then scrambling around trying to find more can be an absolute nightmare! It can also drag out labour costs, so make sure you calculate accurately before you start. If you’re not entirely sure, it’s a good idea to buy more tiles than you think you need. If not, the tile colours can vary from batch to batch or even become discontinued if you have to hunt more down. A good rule of thumb is to buy around 15 per cent more than you think you’ll use. This ensures against breakages, miscalculations, and difficulties in cutting to size. You can also keep spare tiles in reserve in case any tiles become cracked in the future.

3 - Getting a little too eclectic

Whilst using the same types of tiles in every room can be a little boring, too many varieties in the one space can cause visual chaos! I’d advise to limit yourself to no more than three variations per room. For bathroom walls, larger tiles are a good choice as they use less grout, making them easier to clean. Smaller tiles such as hexagon, mosaic and subway tiles also work well for feature walls and niches. 

Amber tiles

4 - Underestimating tile sizes

Make life easy and choose a tile size and layout pattern that suits the dimensions of the various areas. Large tiles are currently on trend, but just remember that sometimes if it’s way too large it can make it difficult for the tiler to achieve adequate fall in the shower. Elsewhere in the home, choosing tiles that aren’t a good fit for the area can also result in odd sized cut tiles and slivers around edges and corners which can look messy. On the other hand in hard working areas such as the bathroom, you don’t want too small a tile, otherwise all the grout cleaning may drive you mad.

5 - Neglecting maintenance considerations

Whilst many varieties of tiles are easy to clean, some natural stone options such as marble and bluestone require sealing and should be treated with care, which is an important consideration before purchasing. Tiling alongside other durable materials including glass, glass block, terrazzo, concrete, stainless steel, and tough hardwoods will also cut down on the amount of room maintenance in later years. 

Michael & Carlene of Cedar & Suede

Michael & Carlene of Cedar & Suede

Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovation

An Apartment Mini Makeover that will have you feeling inspired!

Styling: Lucy Glade-Wright | Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Styling: Lucy Glade-Wright | Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Not everyone gets to share and live in a piece of Australian Architectural History, but that has been a reality for Hunting for George co-founder Lucy Glade-Wright. Lucy purchased one of only 8 apartments in this iconic 1940 Art Deco apartment block back in 2008. After a decade of very happy memories and newly completed renovations, her apartment is now on the market.

The heritage listed building is located in Armadale and was designed by architect Stuart Hall in 1940. More recently this unique block of flats has been privy to a makeover both inside and out. A fresh new external paint job returned the building to its former glory and a Palm Springs inspired garden now wraps around the curved block.

“I've always been drawn to Art Deco buildings, they have a certain romance to them. It is a much loved building in Armadale and known by many of the locals. It has been so wonderful to hear positive feedback on its restoration from locals. People seem to feel a close attachment to this building, even those who don't live here. It's quite special in that way.” Lucy Glade-Wright


Inside, Lucy has transformed the interiors of her apartment with an overall modern coastal theme to reflect the Palm Springs aesthetic of the garden. With the apartment already consisting of ‘great bones’ there was little structural changes that were made. Instead, Lucy focused on cosmetic changes namely new window furnishings to accentuate the gorgeous curves of the building, replacing light fixtures and painting all internal walls to enhance the amazing natural light in the space.

The hub of the home is most definitely the living room as it connects you to the kitchen, courtyard and hallway. Towards the back of the apartment sit 2 bedrooms and bathroom, the apartment then extends further with access to an incredible rooftop for outdoor entertaining with clear views of the city.

And now this iconic apartment in Armadale is on the market!


A little big of history: The properties that now exist on Lalbert Crescent were once part of the extensive grounds of a mansion of the same name, that was built in 1880 for C.J. Ham. Following his death in 1909 the estate was progressively subdivided into suburban allotments.

As the demand for housing became greater, the development of flats increased, but there was fear that these residential flats were going to ruin the character of the suburb. So to counter the criticism, leading architects were employed to design these apartment blocks so as not to upset the local residents or ruin the charm of the area. Stuart Hall was employed to design this building which was completed in 1940. He designed quite a number of flat developments in St Kilda, South Yarra and Armadale during the inter-war period. His designs are all in the Moderne style, sometimes with Jazz or Art Deco detailing.

Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovation

Real Reno - Deborah Hutton's new look 'Beach Hutt'





It’s hard to imagine contrast as a stylistic theme of an almost exclusively white home, but for media personality Deborah Hutton’s newly renovated forever beach house, it can be seen in every detail through the use of light and shadows. 

Affectionately known as ‘The Beach Hutt’ in reference to the nickname ‘The Hutt’ given to her by a close friend, the beautiful two storey property on Sydney’s eastern coastline is one that only Deborah could have designed. 

“My home has been a passion project for the last 10 months and I have created the beach house of my dreams, not just a house at the beach. When I look at it I see elements of my grandparents’ traditional weatherboard Queenslander, a beach house I used to own, the Hamptons style I’ve fallen in love with and so much more. I’ve really poured my heart and soul into it,” says Deborah.

The moment you turn the corner onto Deborah’s quiet coastal cul-de-sac, the brilliant white home stands out in contrast to the yellows and browns of the neighbouring properties. The home captures the brightness of the location while creating interest with a slowly shifting play of light created by Linea Weatherboard by Scyon Walls which is used around the full façade of the home. 

“One of my first big decisions was choosing Linea Weatherboard. I had this vision of the light and shadow effect you see in coastal and Hamptons houses, so when I saw the Linea Weatherboards at the Sydney Home Show and found out they were more durable than timber and needed less touch ups I knew I wanted them for my home. I’ve added stone cladding in soft greys to the front and the natural shapes and texture of the rock contrast against the uniform straight lines of the weatherboard really well. It’s a look that runs through the home, creating a flow from the outside in,” she adds.





















“The house feels more like home than it ever did because I’ve had so much input. The layout of the fireplace, windows and furniture comes from a beach house I used to own. It’s the space I had laid out in my mind first and I ordered my oversized three seater sofas from America a year in advance, even though everyone warned me it would be a nightmare, it was fine. The same goes for the Ralph Lauren lights that hang over the kitchen bench - the wait was worth it.” 

 “I think I’ve made more than a pretty house. While I love how it looks, it’s the way the home is tailor made to my memories, my interests and my lifestyle, even down to the name, that makes it special to me. From the moment I see the Linea Weatherboard gleaming in the sun and the palm trees moving in the wind I know it’s the home I want to come home to.”

For more information about Deborah Hutton’s renovation journey, visit Renovation Rookie by Deborah Hutton at renovationrookie.com.au.

Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovation

Sometimes modifying the look of your home is as simple as adjusting the look of your cornice...


Australians have become fascinated with building design and interiors. We are so much more informed about the endless possibilities we can explore in creating our personal, private spaces. We watch TV shows, read as many design magazines that we can muster, and never tire of chatting with friends about our mutual obsession to create the perfect space.

So with the warmer weather comes inspiration to refresh and renew interiors. There’s also the opportunity to give a dated interior a facelift, or even just freshen up with simple maintenance that can make a big difference. Creating a visually pleasing space plays a huge part in how comfortable we feel in our home.

So if you’ve got the reno bug or are just feeling like tackling a summer DIY, here are three interior update tips to get the ball rolling!

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1. Attention to detail

Design is all in the detail and Gyprock cornices play an important role in establishing the look and feel of a room. Selecting a style that complements other interior elements will help bring the whole space together. Gyprock’s interactive Cornice Visualiser lets you experiment with a range of seven cornice profiles in a variety of room styles from country to contemporary to industrial, and can help you picture the way different cornices look in different settings. You can even adjust the wall colours, lighting and ceiling height to get a clearer idea of how they will look in your home.

“Cornices are often overlooked when homeowners are planning and updating their rooms, but the right cornice can quickly transform any living space and complete the look. Whether they opt for a traditional style or one with more slick and modern lines, there are many cornice design options, and the Cornice Visualiser tool will let them see what works best,” said Troy Green, General Manager of Marketing, CSR Lightweight Systems.

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2. Repairs and maintenance

The art of day to day household living can soon make a room look tired and worn out. If it’s just a quick update you’d prefer, there are a few simple and quick internal maintenance repairs you can undertake to refresh and rapidly improve the appearance of your walls and ceilings. The main areas of concern for homeowners are walls in high traffic areas and ceilings.

  • Light marks can be easily removed from plasterboard with a damp cloth and stubborn marks can be removed with specialty cleaners such as sugar soap.

  • Minor damage where only the paper surface has been scratched or dented, and the plasterboard core remains intact, can be lightly sanded and patched with a Gyprock topping compound.

  • For major damage where there is a hole or the plasterboard core is exposed or damaged, that section of plasterboard must be replaced. For all degrees of damage, Gyprock’s website offers DIY videos and guides to make the process manageable. These resources include a shopping list and step-by-step instructions, so no matter your skill level, you can tackle repairs with expert confidence.

Design - Gia Renovations

Design - Gia Renovations


3. Ventilation matters

When it comes to humidity and insufficient ventilation, mould and mildew can grow on walls and ceilings. It’s important to improve the ventilation and remove mould – whether it’s via a DIY vinegar solution or professional cleaning.

If you’re taking on a renovation or extending, it’s the right time to consider your lining choice. Plasterboard is available in a variety of types, with mould and moisture resistant Gyprock Sensitive being the best choice in this scenario. Sensitive is a great choice for the whole home, or specifically for the areas most affected by these issues – like bathrooms, laundries and bedrooms.

Gyprock has a series of support tools available; including the Make Your House a Home guide, ‘how-to’ videos, home inspiration gallery and detailed product information – you can do your research with confidence at Gyprock.com.au.

Source: https://www.dotandpop.com.au/renovationdiy...

Thinking of tiling your kitchen splash back? Our top 5 white designs to get you on your way!

Cantilever Kitchens | Tile - white subway

Cantilever Kitchens | Tile - white subway


Whether you are planning a new build, renovating your home or just wanting to give your kitchen a simple refresh, choosing the perfect splash back tile is not only difficult but a major decision that will affect the overall look and feel of your kitchen for years to come!

White is classic, it will stand the test of time, it will still add detail and personality but without over powering the other elements in your space. There are so many options to choose from, shape, size, texture, the way you lay them and the colour of the grout - and all of these choices will determine how the finished product will look. So make sure you do your research, have a play, get creative and have fun creating your gorgeous new kitchen splash back!

I’ve compiled our top 5 white tiled splash backs to help you get started…

Tom Robertson Architects | Tile - Artedomus ‘inax japan’.

Tom Robertson Architects | Tile - Artedomus ‘inax japan’.

Bicker Design | Tiles - Handmade Subway tile laid vertically

Bicker Design | Tiles - Handmade Subway tile laid vertically

Maly & Krasota Design | Tiles - Grid

Maly & Krasota Design | Tiles - Grid

Image via Adore Magazine | Tile - Herringbone

Image via Adore Magazine | Tile - Herringbone

Source: www.dotandpop.com.au/renovationdiy

How to get 'The Hamptons' Look on your budget!

Hamptons Look

Builder, Interior Designer and leading expert in the ‘Hamptons style’, Natalee Bowen has created stunning properties both here in Australia and in New York City. And now she has created three handy guides to achieving the Hamptons look for under $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000 for Scyon Walls.

On the blog today she’s giving us a sneak peek at her top Hamptons tips for any budget.

“Following generations of brick buildings, we now steer toward more sophisticated aesthetics. The Hamptons is a fairly new trend for Australia, which we’ve adapted to incorporate our long established love of weatherboard` seen in Queenslander and country properties. The Hamptons is synonymous with relaxed coastal living and it’s this easy-going elegance and resort-like home design that appeals to a growing number of us. The way we live also plays a huge part in the trend as it fits perfectly with our love of outdoor entertaining and open plan living,” says Natalee.

Hamptons Look
Hamptons Look

Hamptons style for under $10,000

Prioritising the main elements is key when your budget is on the lower end. Begin by painting your exterior in a classic Hamptons palate of whites, greys, creams and taupes. As the façade makes up two thirds of the building, there’s a lot of opportunity here to set your home’s stylistic tone.

The Hamptons aesthetic is made in the details. Use Axent Trim around windows on rendered homes to create elegant texture that will stop the façade from being plain. If you have a front garden, add Jasmin and box hedges to add colour and shape.

Moving into the home, try to clear as much clutter as possible to make room for key furnishings like linen lounges, cane chairs and large lamps. Accent your light and bright rooms with a blue colour palate in anything from navy to egg shell. Also add more textural layers with natural textiles such as jute rugs.

Hamptons Look

The Look for under $20,000

While elements such as neutral colour palettes, natural textures, internal panelling, high ceilings and traditional cabinetry all remain definitive features of this look, nothing is more ‘Hamptonsesque’ than a weatherboard exterior, which mirrors the shingles used in the US.

Shingles don’t do well in our often harsh climate, so my go-to in Australia is Linea Weatherboard. It provides the clean, horizontal shadow lines that instantly evoke a sense of timeless charm and has that beautiful appearance of timber, but is resistant to warping or swelling, fire and damage from termites and moisture.

Depending on the size of your building, you can start thinking about adding cladding to aspects of your home. Bring greenery into the home with large palms and vases of blue hydrangeas to create an indoor/outdoor feel that blurs the line between garden and house. You want the whole block to feel like one space. In the kitchen opt for shaker style cabinetry, the extra detail will add visual interest and is perfectly complemented by a subway tile splash-back.

Hamptons Look
Hamptons Look

Make a statement for under $30,000

With a little more money you can add a lot more detail. The Hamptons is all about keeping colour subtle and then layering on texture. On the exterior bump up the use of Linea Weatherboard as full a wrap if possible and add more shadow lines by fitting HardieGroove to soffits and eaves to make the façade look even richer. If you have the room, creating an alfresco space will help secure that Hamptons lifestyle of elegant entertaining and further marry the transition between the interior and exterior.

Oversized glass bi-fold doors will offer uninterrupted views and add to the versatility of the space while letting an abundance of light into the home. Hamptons is about ease of living, so if you have a bigger budget you can also look at restructuring the layout of the home. Aim to create an open-plan space and if you are updating your flooring, choose one material to use continuously out onto the deck.

Hamptons Look

Whatever your budget, the key to the Hamptons style is keeping a consistent aesthetic in neutral tones that is ostensibly effortless, but rich in textures and details.

To see the full guides for achieving the Hamptons look on a $10,000, $20,000 or even $30,000 budget visit www.scyon.com.au

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Our top 7 trend predictions for 2019!


2019 is quite literally just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to talk about what we will be seeing in the design world next year. Houzz have released their top 7 trend predictions for the home, renovating and design spaces.

1. Striking wall treatments

Vertical surfaces are set to be a new design frontier in homes. From walls to island benches, we will continue to see a more creative approach to these facings. In 2018 we’ve seen half-round oak dowels used to great effect on island bench fronts, shiplap cladding used in exciting new ways, and wool utilised as wall coverings. In 2019 Houzz expects to see new technological surfaces make their mark; at Cersaie 2018 in Italy, a range of 3D textures imprinted on tiles and new surfaces such as Kerlite – a thin, laminated porcelain reinforced with fibreglass - made a strong appearance.

Design - Fido Projects | Photography Lisbeth Grossman

Design - Fido Projects | Photography Lisbeth Grossman

2. Pastel colours in the kitchen

There is an increased demand for pastel-coloured kitchen cabinets, which is set to strengthen next year. Millennial pink made major inroads into decor in 2018, opening the way for other pastel-based hues, including baby blues, green washes and soft greys. These are proving to be a safe way to express colour in the kitchen, and in 2019 and beyond, are likely to rival all-white kitchens in popularity.

Design - Blue Tea Kitchens & Bathrooms | Photography - Pablo Viega

Design - Blue Tea Kitchens & Bathrooms | Photography - Pablo Viega

3. The star of 2019: statement vanities

Expect bathrooms to take over from kitchens as the key place to stamp your style in 2019. In particular, watch for the rise of statement vanities; whether personalised with statement handles,  furniture-like in the way they showcase original joinery, or painted in bold, saturated colour. Plain white and laminate surfaces will take a back seat, while the design-savvy step up and express their creativity in new ways.

Design - sw-architects | Photography - Sam Noonan

Design - sw-architects | Photography - Sam Noonan

4. Outdoors following indoor design cues

In 2019, we’ll continue to embrace our love for the outdoors as the look of exterior furniture moves closer to that of interior furniture. In Houzz’s AU Landscape trends study 46% of renovating homeowners wanted to create comfortable spaces through outdoor dining furniture.

Those who desire relaxed outdoor living are likely to forgo large dining settings and instead turn over their space to living room-like arrangements by choosing roomy modular sofas with accompanying coffee tables and statement armchairs.

Design - DOT + POP | Photography - Hannah Blackmore

Design - DOT + POP | Photography - Hannah Blackmore

5. The rise of the pod

Timber-clad pods have been popular as a way to add a separate backyard room, granny flat, teenage retreat, or studio for the past few years. In 2018 Houzz have noticed that pod-like shapes that are attached to, or inside homes. We suspect rounded pods will continue to pop-up in the centre of otherwise conventional spaces and rooms.

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6. Colour palettes that calm us down

The desire for physical wellness and mental well being will increasingly be expressed via soothing palettes that soften our environment and give us the measure of serenity we seek. Muted, chalky hues will grow in popularity with greens - from mint to sage - leading the charge, backed up by watermelon, subdued apricot and soft tans.

Design - Bask Interiors | Photogrpahy - Suzi Appel

Design - Bask Interiors | Photogrpahy - Suzi Appel

7. Designed (rather than afterthought) secondary spaces

We are seeing architects, building and interior designers utilising every inch of space in the home, be it under-stair areas, voids, end of joinery gaps, alcoves, even below-ceiling space, by integrating deliberate features into these forgotten areas. And, in their design approach, they are calling attention to these secondary areas rather than allowing them to recede into the background. Think alcoves turned into wine storage, under-stair areas becoming play spaces for children, display elements in disused areas, functional joinery built into narrow spaces and corners transformed into eye-catching studies.

Design - Carrera by Design | Three Birds Renovations

Design - Carrera by Design | Three Birds Renovations

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Why these 6 colours are trending in interior spaces…


Brought to you by Kaboodle Kitchens

Kitchen trends are ever changing, there is always a new colour, a new product, a new design that is taking the interiors world by storm. So how do you keep up to date with what’s new and current in the global design world? Kaboodle kitchen has launched its latest trends range, and it covers everything you need to know for a modern and timeless kitchen design.

Introducing six new colours to its collection of doors and panels, the range features matt black, smoked grey, a rich green, deep navy and two concrete looks.

Bold kitchen colours have made headlines in the interior design world with designers and consumers alike making brave choices for that stand out kitchen. Kaboodle’s Vivid Basil is a rich green that brings out an eclectic elegance. The perfect choice for those who like bold design, have a passion for striking interiors and want to make a statement.

Over the past few months I have seen green pop up in kitchen designs in various shades, from pastel and mint, to neon and forest – it’s a colour that can work in many settings.



Another interior colour that’s making waves is navy – the perfect choice for an elegant but bold look. Kaboodle’s Bluepea is a dark and inky navy blue, the perfect alternative to black or charcoal if you are wanting to take a step away from the safety of neutral tones. Team your navy cabinetry with a patterned tile for a modern edge, or keep it minimal with sleek stone-look bench tops and a matching splashback.

My favourite kitchen look for navy cabinetry is pairing it with a marble bench top and touches of brass, a super luxe look but still very classic overall.



A huge trend that seems to be here to stay is black – and that’s exactly what I’ve chosen for my own new kitchen - I’ve been waiting to design a black kitchen for so long! Black is the perfect choice for those wanting to take their kitchen to the next level and stand out from the crowd, and using a matt black will make even more of a statement.

A modern and minimalist option is Kaboodle’s new Molasses V - it is the perfect choice for lovers of monochrome design, and is made even more impressive with its anti-fingerprint technology and soft touch matt finish. Forever timeless, black never fails to make a striking statement.



Grey is trending in a huge way … and it looks like it’s here to stay. The great thing about grey is that there are literally 100’s of greys to choose from, which can be great but also daunting.  So if you’re after a modern/industrial feel with a textured and tactile finish that is perfectly on trend, try Kaboodle’s Light Truffle. This industrial textured look demands attention thanks to its raw finish and modern aesthetic, giving the impression of real concrete. If you feel as though grey could be a little bit too ‘cool’ in tone for you, pair it with natural finishes, such as timber bench-tops to warm it up and add a tactile element.

And for those lovers of grey, another trend-driven look is the ever popular ‘Scandi’! Pale grey is classic, refined and super on trend in the kitchen design world. Kaboodle’s Smoked Grey is versatile, timeless, contemporary and also offers a very sleek finish that can be adjusted to suit your level of ‘scandi’.

Go full on scandi vibes with white bench-tops and pale white washed floors, or for just a hint use deeper tones with your grey to anchor it and create depth.



Luxury is always trending, especially in the design world. To achieve a luxurious look and feel in the kitchen, try Kaboodle’s new Dark Truffle, a dark concrete shade complete with a unique textured look. Add a touch of luxury with its smokey velvety undertones and pair it with whites, light timbers, subtle grey or metallic for an especially modern finish.

I am a lover of dark cabinetry in the right space – if you are thinking of designing a darker kitchen, ensure you have enough natural light to balance the cabinetry, and ensure that your surrounding features such as wall colour and flooring will complement it.



Impress at home and make a statement in the kitchen with these new, contemporary, design-forward cabinetry shades.  Explore the new range at www.trends.kaboodle.com.au

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Review - the instant hot water Multitap 3N1 by InSinkErator


Brought to you by Multitap3N1


Designed and manufactured in Italy, The Multitap3N1™ is the latest and greatest instant hot water tap to come onto the market. Not only is it super convenient as it dispenses hot, steaming hot and cool water, it is also super stylish and the perfect addition to your kitchen! 

We had heard many great things about the Multitap3N1,  so when we were approached to review it of course we jumped at the chance. As we are currently in the middle of building our new house I unfortunately couldn’t install it in our kitchen, however my gorgeous sister in law Celeste was the lucky one and received a brand new Multitap3N1 (and yes, I’m totally jealous!) - read our review below!



The Multitap3N1 comes in three different shapes and two colours, meaning there is a style to suit everyone’s kitchen space. Celeste chose to install the classic ‘L shape’ in chrome to match her contemporary kitchen design and she couldn’t be happier with how it looks.

The Multitap has three clever functions in the one tap, cool, hot and steaming hot water - with the last function removing the need for a kettle on your bench, which free’s up valuable bench space and saves so much time, no more waiting for the kettle to boil!



Before deciding whether to have a MultiTap installed Celeste researched the under bench tank size - because as we all know, storage is always an issue in kitchens. She was very happy to find out that the tank has an extremely small foot print, it hangs on the internal wall of the under-sink cupboard, conserving as much space as possible - the unit size is approx. 310mm H x 157mm W x 206mm D.

The 2.5L tank capacity allows you to heat only what you need while conserving energy for environmental stewardship. The cupboard does not require ventilation as this is done through the spout which makes installing your Multitap3N1 hassle free and you can also adjust the heat settings, up to 98 degrees celsius.



With a toddler on the loose Celeste was interested in the safety features of the Multitap3N1 and we were both very happy to learn that the MultiTap has a built in safety mechanism. To access the steaming hot water you must use your left hand to push down on the lever and then pull it towards you, then as soon as you let go of the lever it flicks automatically back into the upright position stopping the flow of steaming hot water. An extra safety feature is that the flow of the steaming hot water is also at a much slower rate in comparison to the cold water.

Overall the Multitap3N1™ is super functional, stylishly designed and makes day to day life just that little bit easier!

For more info and specifications head to the Multitap3N1™ website here.

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Top tips to get your backyard summer ready with IXL...


Brought to you by IXL.

Photographer - Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine | Stylist - Alana Langdon | Architecture/ Design - Dot + Pop & New Living Constructions

Photographer - Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine | Stylist - Alana Langdon | Architecture/ Design - Dot + Pop & New Living Constructions


After what seems like a very long winter, summer is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited to get outside, spend time with friends and family and start using our outdoor spaces once again!

That first balmy night when you go out onto your deck to start up the bbq, you may notice that your outdoor area has been a little neglected over the cooler months… so let’s get your garden ready for those summer days and nights with these top tips:

Designed by  The Designory  | Photographer – Jessie Prince

Designed by The Designory | Photographer – Jessie Prince



Having a source of shelter from the sun is always important and depending on where you live you may need more than others. Look into options such as a canopy that can wind down when you need it, louvers that can open and close on the roof of your entertaining space, and even the humble umbrella can not only save you from the heat while you’re enjoying your lunch, it can also be a super gorgeous and fun addition to your backyard styling.


Install a multi function Heater/ lights

When those summery nights full of friends and drinks extend later than expected it’s great to have outdoor lighting and a heater to turn on when you start to feel the chill in the air. The IXL multi function Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater is an outdoor entertaining appliance like no other. The app controlled Fresco Aurora combines ambient infrared heat, dimmable task lighting and mood lighting in one stylish unit. It has been designed to be suspended from flat or gabled roofs and is ideal for external dining areas, verandas and balconies that will transform your outdoors into a cosy ambient space - all year round.

IXL multi function   Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater

IXL multi function Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater


Add some summer fun with decor items

Add a pop of colour and some summer fun into your outdoor space by using soft furnishings and decor items. Use outdoor cushions on your furniture, string up some festoon lighting, use statement pots and plants to add personality and if you’re up for it, you could even paint your fence/verandah/pergola for a fresh new look.

Outdoor furniture

Having comfortable outdoor furniture is a must if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the warmer months. If you’re an ‘entertainer’ think about how you like your guests to spend their time at your house, are you a long lunch/dinner type or a lounging in the garden type? If you enjoy relaxing and reading your book, look into a modern take on the sun lounger. There are so many gorgeous options for outdoor furniture in all shapes, sizes and price brackets.

Update your plants

Has your garden maintenance dropped a little over the winter months and your normally lush and green garden is looking a little sad and worse for wear? Now the weather has turned it’s time to get out there and start bringing it back to life! Start by weeding, pruning, mulching and fertilising your existing plants and they will happily spring back to life. Next, head down to your local nursery and pick up a few extra plants to fill in the gaps and make it feel lush. And the next step for the ultimate garden transformation is to add additional greenery in the form of pots, planters and hanging plants. By using movable planting solutions you can easily bring the greenery up onto your deck/verandah/balcony which will positively change how your space feels and make you feel as though you live in a tropical oasis!

Photographer - Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine | Stylist - Alana Langdon | Architecture/ Design - Dot + Pop & New Living Constructions

Photographer - Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine | Stylist - Alana Langdon | Architecture/ Design - Dot + Pop & New Living Constructions

Photographer - Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine | Stylist - Alana Langdon | Architecture/ Design - Dot + Pop & New Living Constructions

Photographer - Hannah Blackmore for Adore Magazine | Stylist - Alana Langdon | Architecture/ Design - Dot + Pop & New Living Constructions

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Kustom Timber has opened it's doors in the heart of South Yarra...

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Premium engineered timber flooring company Kustom Timber has opened it’s second Melbourne showroom– a pop up version in the heart of South Yarra. 

Launching in line with the release of Kustom Timber’s exclusive new ranges – Como, Habitat, Immerse, Studio and Outback - customers to the South Yarra showroom will be privy to a first look at these unique and innovative new oak flooring products. Specially designed and produced to offer ‘something for everyone’, the new ranges include products suited to high end homes, right through to apartment ranges and more.

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Kustom Timber Director Mark Chaz says they’re thrilled to be opening a collaborative pop up space in line with their new range releases.

“We’re very excited to be popping up in one of Melbourne’s premier suburbs. This boutique showroom will give us the opportunity to introduce both existing customers and new clients to our new ranges, whilst giving them holistic inspiration thanks to a space that mixes hard interior finishes with furniture and art.”

“Our new ranges have been carefully planned to offer clients practical yet stunning solutions for all types of properties – whether it’s high rise developments or million dollar homes,” he added.



Launched in Melbourne in 2013 by business partners Mark Chaz and Tristan Tiller, Kustom Timber has spent the last five years building a strong reputation amongst Melbourne’s boutique builders and renovators alike. Unlike their competitors, Kustom Timber provides a full service offering, from product supply to install, right through to maintenance and aftercare.

The Kustom Timber South Yarra Pop Up

439 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm | Saturday 10am - 4pm |

Sunday 10am - 2pm

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How to make your laundry more efficient for your lifestyle...



When life’s too short to be doing laundry, you want washing and drying clothes to be as efficient as possible. Since the laundry can take up valuable time and space in your home, a functional laundry will help free up time for you to do better things.

Whether you live alone in a studio apartment and do laundry twice a week, or family demands make it a time-intensive daily activity, laundry is easier when everything is in order.

No matter what size house or household, Fisher & Paykel has front- and top-loader washers and dryers to help lighten the load, no matter what size house or household.

Fisher & Paykel - Condensing Dryer, 8kg

Fisher & Paykel - Condensing Dryer, 8kg

Fisher & Paykel - Front Loader Washer, 8.5kg FabricSmart™

Fisher & Paykel - Front Loader Washer, 8.5kg FabricSmart™



When space is limited in a studio apartment, and a laundry is simply a single appliance in a cupboard, a washer dryer combo is a two-in-one solution that will save space as well as time.  

Compact all-in-one front loaders are easy to install under a bathroom or kitchen bench-top or into a hallway cupboard and will wash and dry an average load in less than three hours. Specific wash cycles range from delicate to heavy, so you can wash gym gear, delicate’s and towels without worry. And as no venting is required for installation, it means less humidity in a small studio space.




Space is equally valuable in apartments where washers and dryers are likewise hidden behind cabinetry. Side-by-side front-loading machines allow for usable benchtops above, or stacked machines make for efficient use of cupboard space.

With revolutionary SmartDrive™ technology, Fisher & Paykel washers intelligently adjust and optimise the wash cycle for better clothes care. Condensing dryers are quick and efficient and those with heat pump technology dry clothes gently at lower temperatures, which makes for better results and use less energy than condenser or vented dryers




Townhouses may have a small laundry room, but when space is still at a premium, stacking front-loading appliances will free up valuable floor or storage space. Perfect pairs of designed-to-match washers and dryers look good and perform well with complementary designs, dimensions and easy-to-use interfaces.

And because you love your clothes, Fisher & Paykel FabricSmart™ washing machines care for your precious garments. Your favourite pieces will look and feel like new with specialist cycles for woollens, delicate’s and gym gear.

In a rush? Most wash cycles take less than an hour to complete with Fisher & Paykel Vortex Wash, and the Time Saver option activates a special temperature profile and unique tumble sequence to speed things up even more when time is of the essence.

Fisher & Paykel - Top Loader Washer, 8.5kg FabricSmart™

Fisher & Paykel - Top Loader Washer, 8.5kg FabricSmart™


Family home

Larger laundries are a must-have when your kids’ come home in dirty school clothes and muddy sports gear. And while larger laundries offer more room to move, good design and functionality is no less important for efficient time and space.

Fisher & Paykel’s top-loading washing machine is the perfect choice for meeting the demands of families who do lots of washing, which is why it was voted as Australia’s most popular top-loader by Canstar Blue. The SmartDrive™ technology and flexible fins in the agitator work together to optimise the wash and offer superior fabric care. Based on the resistance of the load, the fins determine the fabrics, sense the soil levels and provide continuous feedback to the motor, creating thousands of specific ‘wash profiles’ in comparison to other brands that only have up to six wash profiles.

Fisher & Paykel’s top-loading washer ranges in capacity from 5.5 to 10 kilograms to handle family-sized loads and bulky items, such as doonas. And because the machine might be going all day, SmartDrive™ allows for a reliable, quiet and efficient wash while maintaining performance in back-to-back cycles.

So now you have the laundry sorted, you’ll always have fresh, clean clothes at the ready for doing better things.

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The Home Renovation Boom Continues...

Source - Mim Design Studio

Source - Mim Design Studio



2018 is on track to be another solid year for home renovations, with half of homeowners on Houzz Australia planning to renovate their home.

Renovation activity and spend was strong in 2017, with over 50 per cent of homeowners renovating their homes, at a median spend of $25,000. Repeat homebuyers invest the most in home renovations at a median spend of $30,000, followed at a distance by long-term owners and first time homebuyers with $22,000 and $15,000 median spend, respectively.

Kitchens topped the list of interior updates for renovation frequency in 2017, with more than a quarter of renovating homeowners tackling kitchens, followed by living/family rooms, bedrooms, master bathrooms and laundries.

Kitchens were also the most expensive room to renovate, with a median spend of $20,000 for a large kitchen (more than 10 square metres), followed by large master bathrooms (more than five square metres) at a median spend of $13,000.

Source - Tecture

Source - Tecture

Source - Taylor Knights Architects

Source - Taylor Knights Architects


"All of the evidence from our research points to 2018 likely being another robust year for the home improvement industry,” says Nino Sitchinava, Ph.D., Houzz principal economist. “Recent buyers and long-term homeowners alike are keen on investing in major projects like kitchens and bathrooms and they’re validated by the value these projects have brought to their homes."

While improving a home’s design or functionality are the top considerations during renovations, increasing the home’s resale value is an important renovation consideration for nearly half of renovating homeowners. In fact, eight in 10 homeowners believe their renovation had a positive impact on home value and nearly half of homeowners believe that their home value has increased by at least the full amount of the project cost post-renovation.

Source - Heartly Design Studio

Source - Heartly Design Studio

Source - FIGR Architecture

Source - FIGR Architecture


Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.

With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, find products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

For more information, visit houzz.au

Source - Austin Design Associates

Source - Austin Design Associates

Source - Kustom Timber

Source - Kustom Timber

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What everyone's kitchen needs... silent range hoods and exhaust fans by Schweigen

Designed by: Darren Genner, Minosa Design | Photography: Nicole England

Designed by: Darren Genner, Minosa Design | Photography: Nicole England


When building, buying or renovating a home, the kitchen will always be the heart and social hub of the home. The kitchen brings people together, it’s a place where we make memories, enjoy family gatherings and conversations.

There is no doubt that people love to socialise over food and cooking in the home environment, however there is always something that’s intruding on our gatherings – a noisy rangehood.

And here to save the day and our kitchen island conversations is Schweigen. Schweigen is the leading brand of creating solutions for noisy range hoods and kitchen appliances. They not only make quiet range hoods and fans, they make silent ones, and they do this by placing the motor outside of the home. Schweigen has been mastering the art of the silent rangehood for over 10 years, they are Australian engineered and German made, making them the leading brand in the Australian market.

Schweigen’s exciting silent, German engineered technology is not just made for the kitchen, they also make silent multi-purpose exhaust fans that are able to be installed in the bathroom, or additionally a pantry, laundry, garage or cellar.

Retailing at $449, the BR500 silent exhaust fan is Australia’s most powerful and energy efficient multi-purpose exhaust, whisking away humidity and odours in seconds.

Enquire about your nearest store here or on 1300 881 693.

Designed by: Eat Architects | Photography: Derek Swalwell

Designed by: Eat Architects | Photography: Derek Swalwell

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Snap Lighting - you will soon be able to change your own light fittings in just 5 seconds!


Game-Changing Technology lets you Swap Entire Light Fittings Faster than Changing a Light Bulb!


Snap Lighting is a new innovation that lets you change entire light fittings in just 5 seconds, safely, without tools, and without electricians.

We all know lighting is not only functional, it’s essential for setting the style and mood of a room, but it’s one of the hardest and most expensive things to change. Melbourne based founder and inventor Adam Cusick is changing all that with the launch of Snap Lighting.

The system includes recessed sockets and a range of compatible fittings for down lights, pendants, spotlights and more. The sockets need a simple one-time installation by an electrician or handyman, then fittings simply push in and push out with just one hand.

Once installed you can change your lights to the latest styles whenever you like, safely, without tools or electricians. It’s a revolutionary new idea, and people are already getting excited about it!

Snap Lighting


Founder Adam Cusick came up with the idea for Snap Lighting after he and his wife Rebecca renovated.

“After a while we didn’t like some of our new light fittings, so we had to get an electrician to change them, which was a hassle and wasn’t in our budget. As an engineer and industrial designer, I knew there had to be a better way,”
inventor and founder Adam Cusick said.

Since the initial light bulb moment Cusick has developed the idea from early sketches through to patented prototypes tested to international safety standards by testing service TUV Rheinland. He has manufacturers ready to start the tooling process and suppliers ready act on short notice. 

Snap Lighting is already attracting high interest from renovators, builders, interior designers, decorators, homeowners and renters. 

 Snap Lighting launched a few weeks ago on Kickstarter where people can support the project by pre-purchasing at discounted prices. The campaign runs until October 4th 2018.

After the Kickstarter campaign, Snap Lighting will be available in Australia mid 2019 through the Snap Lighting online store, and retail stockists. There are plans to expand internationally in 2021.



"Your product looks great!" - Adam Dovile, Better Homes and Gardens Presenter

“I LOVE this product! What a game changer!” - Zoe, thediydecorator.net

“So excited... this is pure genius!” - Hayley, mumlittlelove.com.au

“You guys have a great product” - Shay and Dean, The Block winners 2015

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Time to upgrade your home? My top 8 tips to help you get there!


Our lives are always changing, sometimes through choices we make ourselves and sometimes life will throw us a curve ball and turn our life upside down… and sometimes when your life changes, it’s time for your home to change too.

If you’ve come to the decision that it’s time to find a new home, one that will suit the new you, ensuring you have as much knowledge as possible is so important. NAB have a super helpful online resource called the Life Moments Hub which is literally a source for finding your way through life’s unpredictable moments - the perfect resource to help you through the life changing moment of upgrading to a new home. Just because life is unpredictable, your finances don’t have to be.

It’s time to turn a daunting and overwhelming situation into an enjoyable and exciting life changing experience…  



1.  Research

It is 100% worth taking the time to research the area that you are looking at. This will ensure that your new home will be your dream home and for some people it may even be your forever home. So, let’s talk through all the things you should be looking out for before signing on the dotted line. Check out the neighbours - if you’re brave, strike up a conversation with the neighbour to see what they are like, remember you will be living next to them for a long time and there is nothing worse than a difficult neighbour. If they seem nice, ask them what it is about the area they like, getting insider knowledge from a local is always beneficial. Look in to the level of crime in the area. Is there a lot of construction going on in the street? Are there properties with planning permits being advertised? If so go onto the local council website and have look at the plans being advertised to ensure there aren’t any apartment blocks going up next door, or across from you. Check the zoning of the area to see if high rise apartments are allowed, or if there are any plans for major roads in the future, as these could be deal breakers. Drive around the streets to make sure that it’s a neighbourhood that you would feel comfortable buying and living in. Another tip, always do drive by’s at different times of the day/night and weekday/weekends, so you will gain a greater understanding of what it would be like to live there.

2. Finance

Make sure you have your finance in place before you start seriously looking, or looking at all. There is nothing worse than searching online for hours, going to several open for inspections every weekend, finding the perfect property and then going to the bank and realising that your borrowing capacity isn’t what you thought. Remember just because you have the deposit, doesn’t mean you can loan what you need, so make an appointment and sort out your finance before you start looking. This will give you peace of mind as well as making sure that you don’t have your heart set on a house you think is your dream home, which you later realise you can’t afford. If you’re also considering whether you should or shouldn’t sell your current home before purchasing a new one, NAB has some helpful info here.


3. Do you have a growing family?

Do you already have children, or are you planning on having more children? If kids are in the picture there are even more factors to consider when choosing where you want to buy your new house – what are your thoughts on inner city versus the suburbs for raising your family? If you are a city dweller through and through what are your thoughts on compromising on a backyard for closeness to the city? It’s also a good time to check out the local schools, think about your new work commute and consider things like public transport and if you’re anything like me, taste testing the local coffee is a must!

4. What do you really need?

What do you need in a new home? Make a list of what is non-negotiable and what you can live without. How many bedrooms do you actually need? How important is ample storage to you? If the kitchen isn’t perfect do you have the budget to renovate it once you move in? Write everything down and it will make your life so much easier when deciding whether each home is a real contender for purchase.



5. Building inspections

You’ve found the one, but what should you look out for before handing over the cash? Always get a building and pest inspection on all homes, units and apartments, even if they are new. Only the professionals know what to look for when inspecting for termites, sinking floors, cracked walls and ceilings as well as damage from things like mould, rising damp and failing waterproofing. A building inspector will also point out issues to you such as poor workmanship and design flaws which you may not have noticed.


6. New or Old?

Have you ever considered buying a brand new home? In some cases, buying a brand new home, either off the plan, or recently finished is a great option to get all the things you want and need with the added bonus of it being perfect when you move in. Moving in without the need to fix or change anything sometimes means a little bit more money in your pocket.



7. Have you ever considered building?

Is building an option for you? If you have been looking and researching as well as going to inspections and auctions and you just aren’t winning the property, or maybe you can’t even find the right property, maybe it’s time to think about building. Building a home from scratch means you have all the choice in terms of your home’s design, floor plan, layout, fittings, fixtures, finishes and overall aesthetic. Although it’s a daunting and seemingly stressful exercise to take on, building a home to your exact needs, lifestyle and specifications can not only be a very rewarding and exciting experience but it also means that you will have your dream home!

8. Location, Location, Location

Do you have a dream suburb that you just need to live in? Most of us do and only some of us ever achieve it. It’s always great to have something to work towards, but if your dream suburb is currently just a little outside the budget, why not look at properties in the next, or a few suburbs over, to see what is available? Expanding your suburb search area a little wider may show you new and exciting places you had never considered living in, but have all the things that you would like. 



This article is a NAB paid promotion and was written in collaboration with NAB. As always, all opinions are my own. 


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Renovating - how to keep your budget healthy!


Renovating everyone’s talking about it. You turn on the TV and there’s a show about it on every channel. You scroll through your Instagram feed and yep, everyone is renovating! So how do people find the time, the inspiration and most importantly the money to start the process of renovating their home?

I’m going to share my top tips for succeeding with your renovation and how to do it within your budget, which is 100% the hardest part of renovating. Having renovated several houses, some a quick face lift and some literally starting from scratch again, I have learnt many things and finding ways to save money has been the most beneficial. Renovating can be an expensive exercise - but with some guidance and helpful knowledge it doesn’t have to break the bank.

NAB have a super helpful online resource called the Life Moments Hub which is literally a source for finding your way through life’s unpredictable moments - just because life is unpredictable, your finances don’t have to be. 



1 - Do as much as you can yourself 

You’re probably thinking, ‘easy for her to say when her partner is a builder’ and yes, that has meant that we have been able to do incredible things and some things that others couldn’t on the same budget but that doesn’t mean you that you still can’t do a lot of it yourselves. There are some incredible resources for learning skills to aid you in tackling your renovation in a DIY fashion.  Use blogs, google, YouTube, the staff at Bunnings, your father in law, or your chippie friend, to gather as much knowledge as possible. And you will be surprised at how much knowledge and skill your friends and family have, so ask around and even ask for a day’s help here and there… your mates will love helping in exchange for a slab!

2 - Shop around

If you love it, don’t buy it…just yet! It’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying things on the spot because you love it…. ALWAYS shop around, as in most cases you will find that exact item somewhere else for a cheaper price. This is especially the case for interior fittings and fixtures - the main items to always shop around for are: carpet, tiles, floor coverings, light fittings and tap ware.

3 - Do your research 

The most important aspect of any renovation is to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible. This is true for every single part of the renovation journey - what are you planning to do? How are you going to do it? What trades will you need? Do you need council approval? do you need plans and permits? and how long do you estimate it will take? Make a plan, plan a timeline, a schedule and LISTS before you start.

4 - Get several quotes 

Always get at least three quotes for everything, especially trades and you will be amazed at the savings you can make. 



5 - Be prepared

Depending on the extent of the renovation you plan to undertake try to be as prepared as possible. When you have trades coming to quote, try and have your plans mapped out as clearly as possible to ensure that you’re using everyone’s time efficiently. If you know your plumber is coming, ensure you have all your tap ware on site as neither of you want them coming back another day to finish the job because you couldn’t decide on black or chrome.

6 - Don’t get too excited and pick all the trends you see on Instagram

This saying applies for all sorts of things across your renovation! For example, if you are renovating your bathroom, do you really need 3 or 4 different tiles for the space? NO. This not only costs you more money in purchasing costs, it also costs a fortune more in tiling costs, mitering the edges of those bevelled edge, handmade, hexagon tiles you saw on Instagram means HOURS more work for your tiler, equating to an expensive bill! Before you go out shopping, know your style, pick your colour palette and don’t go over your budget.



7 - Do you really need it?  

This tip is following on from the above, just because someone else has it, does it mean that you really need it? So often we see beautiful images online and want that for ourselves, but if you’re renovating on a budget sometimes it’s necessary to go without, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, aesthetic or quality. Know your style and stick with it - you can’t go wrong. For example, a huge saving can be made in your bathroom by removing ‘the double basin’ - how often are two people both needing to use the basin at the exact same time? One basin means one set of tap ware, one basin, one mirror and a considerably cheaper plumbing bill.

8 - What can you live without for now?

If you’re nearing the end of your renovation and money is getting tight, try to only spend on the necessities and the less important things can wait until your budget is a little healthier. A few examples of ways to finish your reno without anyone else knowing it’s not 100% complete. Pendants can wait, get all your main lighting such as downlights in and bring the electrician back in a few months to fit off your pendants when you have saved enough to purchase them. Hold off on luxuries such as sheer curtains if you also have blinds. You can have the blinds installed for now and wait a little for the sheers. New furniture - you can probably live with your old furniture in your new house for a little while. I know it’s not ideal when you want to be surrounded by stunning items in the home you have slaved over, but if it’s choosing between landscaping your garden over a new couch, I would always choose having a gorgeous garden first!



This article is a NAB paid promotion and was written in collaboration with NAB. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Pastel Pops with Haymes Paint - Colour Library Volume 11



Cohabitate - Volume 11, Haymes Paint

The ultimate palette for creating an easy breezy space, where people can come together, communicate and spend time free from technology and the chaos of everyday living. The colours are light, airy and breezy in peach and pink skin tones, with a real focus on pastels being a starting point for introducing more colour into the home using minty greens, fresh lemon and duck egg blue.

Colour is one of the easiest ways to create a separation in a space without physically closing it off. The Cohabitate palette from The Colour Library Volume 11 by Haymes Paint is all about using colour to create spaces that foster conversation and togetherness, while still allowing a space to have multiple breakout areas that can serve a multipurpose.

Colours used are Haymes Streamwood, Haymes Passion, Haymes Ultimate Seamless Flooring in Storm and Haymes Ultimate Flooring in Chateau

Colours used are Haymes Streamwood, Haymes Passion, Haymes Ultimate Seamless Flooring in Storm and Haymes Ultimate Flooring in Chateau

Colours used are Haymes Light Admiralty Grey, Haymes Ultimate Flooring in Chateau and Haymes Simply Woodcare Aqualac Satin

Colours used are Haymes Light Admiralty Grey, Haymes Ultimate Flooring in Chateau and Haymes Simply Woodcare Aqualac Satin

Colour used is Haymes Ultimate Flooring in Chateau

Colour used is Haymes Ultimate Flooring in Chateau


 Suppliers Aura Home, Canvas + Sasson, Clickon Furniture, Cone 11 Ceramics, Country Road, CULTIVER, Designstuff, Domo, Halcyon Lake, House of Orange, Hunting for George, Ikea, Into the Wild, Lightly, Mud Australia, Open Room, Something Beginning With, Southwood Home, Space to Create, St Albans and Voyager.

Photography by Martina Gemmola
Styling by Ruth Welsby

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How to make a grand entrance... Interior Designer Sally Caroline gives her top tips


With a focus on making a great first impression, Corinthian Doors has added several fresh styles to its Blonde Oak Entrance collection.

Interior designer, Sally Klopper of Sally Caroline Interior Design says, “The Blonde Oak Collection has been created with purity in mind; the ability to develop a single, unified theme throughout your home. This visual consistency is crucial to interior design as it reflects a sense of calm - in turn, giving your home a more refined finish. The versatility of the new range means it can be adapted to honour any home style, now or in the future. The quality craftsmanship and materials mean that your door will look great now and can be refinished to create a new appearance if you choose to renovate.”

Here Sally opens the door to some of her favourite looks and how a front door can really make an entrance.

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Forget fussy fashions, ‘less is more’ has become a universal design concept. This look is typified by refined simple lines, quality finishes, neutral colours and clean-cut edges. Corinthian’s City pivot door adorns an almost sparse exterior, using vertical glass panels to give the illusion of height and a rich brown shade to the door becomes the understated focal point of a modern home.

“People are often drawn to minimalist interior style for its effortless simplicity, but it’s actually the contrast of tones, proportions and lighting that make the look. Try experimenting with different glass panelling to cast defining shadows in your entrance, and if architecturally equipped, choose a pivot door for a bolder opening to the home.”

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Modern Country:

Modern country inspired homes reflect a sense of warmth and light, by marrying warm colours like creamy whites and chestnut browns, defined by strong timber accents throughout the home.

“The Corinthian Blonde Oak door collection has a true Country style offering. The American White Oak veneer frame harmonises with a beautiful stone facade creating a seamless experience as you walk through the door. An open panel of clear glass allows light to fill the entrance, creating a cosy atmosphere in the home. Alternatively, frosted glass offers privacy for homes with direct visibility of the interior”.

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More than just a style, the coastal look is a way of life. Everything from the weatherboard, to the doors and windows take their aesthetic cues from the coastline and sunny skies.

“Corinthian’s Blonde Oak Coastal doors reflect the beautiful Australian shoreline. The sandy colours of the door embody the natural landscape, while horizontal panels accentuate the shadow lines of the weatherboard. For a twist – try making a statement with a blue base stained door, drawing upon tones the sea and sky.”

Corinthian Blonde Oak Collection is available from all good reseller stores across Australia. For further information please visit www.corithian.com.au

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