5 couches that are perfect for small lounge rooms!

 
 Image credit | Globe West

Image credit | Globe West


 

Having a small lounge room does not mean that you have to be limited with your furniture choices. There are an abundance of gorgeous and on trend options for creating your dream relaxation space, even if it is a tad on the small size! 

When choosing a sofa for a small space, firstly think about furniture orientation and what will make the space feel bigger and more open. Try not to have the back of the couch as the first thing you see upon entering the space, if possible create a 'walk way' into your zone, this will ensure an open and spacious feeling.

Keep your colour palette neutral and calming. White and light tones create a sense of space as well as reflecting light and you can add in pops of colour with cushions and artworks. 

Keeping your furniture up off the floor with legs can be a wonderful way to create a sense of space and avoid 'boxy' shaped larger items when possible.

And lastly, try to choose items that are the correct size for the space, you don't want to over power and dominate a small space with a huge sofa or coffee table, although an over-sized rug is a great choice for a small space!

What are your top tips for furnishing and styling a small room?

 

 
 
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Top tips to achieve the perfect lighting for your family home...

 
 

A dated 1920s Californian Bungalow, located in Glen Iris, Victoria, has been transformed into a Nordic inspired, blush-toned wonderland, in five short months. The norsuHOME, built by Nat from norsu Interiors and her husband Dan, is a family home that exudes visual design and practicality, whilst meeting the needs of a young family.

 
 Photographer Stu Morley | Stylist Beck Simons

Photographer Stu Morley | Stylist Beck Simons

 Photographer Lisa Cohen

Photographer Lisa Cohen


 

When it comes to lighting plans and design, Nat from norsu worked closely with Gerard Lighting to find the perfect balance between architectural design and practical application for family living. “Lighting shouldn’t be seen as just a mere necessity; instead it’s an important design process in achieving the overall mood and feeling of a home,” says Nat.

“Gerard Lighting’s extensive range and their expert advice enabled us to create a carefully thought out lighting plan that met all of our objectives,” continues Nat.

 

 
 Photographer Stu Morley

Photographer Stu Morley

 Photographer Stu Morley

Photographer Stu Morley


 

Starting with interior lighting, it’s important to create a signature statement about your individual style with a carefully curated range of feature lighting. The home features Pierlite Litelux Opticolour LED Downlights, which have the ability to change colour temperature when dimmed and Pierlite Astara Real Ambient Sunset Dim LED Downlights, allowing the user to “colour shift” the light output for a balance between visual comfort and ambience.

Today’s modern technology now allows for smart home connectivity – making life easier with lighting control solutions. Being able to operate lighting by remote control helps to create a home that is more energy efficient, secure and satisfying. Offering state-of the-art simplicity, Gerard Lighting suggested the Diginet Sitara Lighting Control system for the norsuHOME. The homeowners can personalise the way they control their lighting via their smartphone or tablet, whether it be setting different lighting levels in a range of rooms, choosing lighting moods or having lights turn on to simulate occupancy whilst they’re away.

 

 
 Photographer Lisa Cohen

Photographer Lisa Cohen

 Photographer Lisa Cohen | Stylist Beck Simons

Photographer Lisa Cohen | Stylist Beck Simons


 

“We have two young children and having the ability and luxury to turn lights on and off remotely were extremely appealing to us. Our children are still at the age where they are at times frightened by the dark, so the Diginet Sitara wireless feature allows us to control the dimming of their lights from the comfort of our sofa,” says Nat.

“We can also utilise the timer feature to ensure we’re being sustainably conscious once they’re asleep. Being able to turn on the lights at night wirelessly before entering the home ensures we always feel safe. Additionally, we love the colour coding of the switches knowing we can quickly identify the right light the first time and it also helps the little ones,” 

"Gerard Lighting also made invaluable recommendations such as the Diginet Smart Scan Sensor MKII to control LED strip lighting in the bathroom and laundry, ensuring a safe passage for the children during the night,” says Nat.

 

 
 
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House of Home - Bathware Excellence Awards

 
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It’s time - House of Home are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Bathware Excellence Awards and we LOVE who you, the public have voted as your winners!

This year’s awards have been very exciting with thousands of votes from Australian bathware enthusiasts. The results for all of the categories were incredibly close which reflects the unique design qualities that each nominee offers.

“When it comes to choosing bathware for a new bathroom or renovation, Australians are spoiled for choice. The shortlist of manufacturers should be commended on producing on-trend, quality fixtures for Australian bathrooms. Quality, design, function and price are integral parts to choosing the right fixture for a bathroom. When a manufacturer nails all these categories, it gives the renovator confidence with their bathware choices.” Bec Senyard | The Plumbette

Without further ado, drum roll please, the winners are....

 
     Best Shower Brand:    Phoenix

 

Best Shower Brand: Phoenix

  Best Vanity Brand:  Timberline

Best Vanity Brand: Timberline

  Best Tapware Brand:    Phoenix

Best Tapware Brand: Phoenix

  Best Bathtub Brand:  Vizzini

Best Bathtub Brand: Vizzini

 
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Nailing Design within your budget - workshop event with BuildHer Collective

 

 

Do you want to build your dream home, but still need to stick to a budget? BuildHer Collective can show you how!

BuildHer Collective was created to empower women with the right tools to build the home of their dreams. Rebeka Morgan and Krisbashini Hannon of BuildHer Collective have created an online course that guides you through every step along the journey, with the support of like-minded women. This fantastic duo brings their vast construction and renovation experience and mission to help women create their dream home with clarity and confidence for a unique, strategy-packed workshop!

NAILING DESIGN WITHIN YOUR BUDGET - 4 HOUR WORKSHOP EVENT SATURDAY, 23 JUNE 2018 2 - 6PM

 
4 Hour Workshop

 

The Nailing Design Within Your Budget Workshop!

Learn how to "Build like a BuildHer" and get the design you want, whilst managing your budget at the same time.  It's tough ask though right?... BuildHer get that, and although winning the lottery will solve most of your budget problems, most of us haven't (yet).

Money is a massive thing to think about with any build or renovation project.  You can get crippled by the fear of going over budget… you don't want to blow it and if you do, how can you afford to fix it and finish???

Everyone’s heard ‘those’ horror stories and continue to hear them.  However, the reality is that if you follow BuildHer’s simple process, you can make sure that you are in the best position possible and avoid overwhelm, conflict and regret.

 
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You don't want to put yourself in the position of having to make massive sacrifices at the end of your renovation because of bad budgeting AND you want to be able to shop for the "fun stuff" at the end like fittings and furniture obviously. You know that new couch you've had your eye on would look perfect in your new dream home!

BuildHer Collective can show you how to "get that designer look" whilst managing a "realistic budget".  They can help you set up your build to ensure a winning outcome!

So whether you're thinking about building or have just started, this workshop is for you.  Not only will you learn some super practical and relevant information, there will also be some tasty treats and beverages for you to enjoy from Chef - Michelle Boyle.

 
Build Her Collective

 

Here’s what the workshop covers:

-The practical and relevant information to understand the right renovation and building options, without having to make massive sacrifices at the end of your project.

-The simple steps to navigate a fun and fulfilling building process whilst knowing exactly what to ask from your designers and architects. (Communicate your needs with a clear 3-step process!) 

-The strategies and how-tos to create stunning details without ever being worried about going over budget.

 
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You’ll leave the event with a clear plan that works for the project that’s guaranteed to save you money during your project - without sacrificing an ounce of style.

P.S. It’s important to know that the workshop is limited to just 30 people, so don’t miss out!

The goal is to create an intimate, exclusive workshop for you to get the steps you need whilst sharing your current ideas, challenges, and get your questions answered! Think of it as the opportunity to spend the afternoon with your own renovation and design think tank for just $197.

Plus, the steps and strategies to create your dream home with clarity, confidence, and support.

Grab your spot HERE!

 
 
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A builder is just a builder right? 

 
 Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

What you need to know about choosing a builder with Director of Nexus Home Improvements, Matt Keogh.


 

Customer experience is the biggest factor when choosing a builder. You aren’t just purchasing products, you are purchasing a home, your home - something in which to make your life better! Therefore your builder should always make the building process enjoyable for both of you by focusing on providing a premium customer experience as well as a premium product.  

Choose a builder that is suitably experienced. This helps to ensure that there are no costly mistakes made along the way and that you can put your complete trust into them, knowing that you will receive your dream home at the end of the process.

Choose a builder who you feel comfortable with, it's important to be working with someone that will follow your instruction if need be.

 
 Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 

How did you find this builder? A lot of quality builders will source their work through referrals and word of mouth, so speak to your friends, look online, read reviews, can they show you current examples of their work, where was the last house they built? 

Big - but not too big is important. Ideally it’s best to deal with a boutique company where the director or owner will personally work on your project - they will have a support system of supervisors, trades and designers that will assist with the day to day running of your project.

 
 Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Nexus Home Improvements complete Second Storey Additions, Home Renovations, House Extensions and Custom Designer Homes. Their attention to detail in build quality, design and finish, coupled with modern building techniques ensure that they stand out from the crowd and that their projects are second to none. 

Nexus Homes Improvements major focus is on creating the optimum customer experience through good design, thoughtful consideration of client requirements, expectations and budget. Part of this involves having a skilled and enthusiastic team of designers and trades people, coupled with careful planning to minimise variations and really listening to what you want!

 
 Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 

Building with Nexus you are always in contact with a director which allows for organised communication throughout your building process.

Something that we love about Nexus is their Prefab 'pods'. They are a super modern ‘pod’ addition which contrasts perfectly against the traditional and/or original facade of your home. The ‘pod’ addition is a modular extension, which in basic terms means it is pre-made and finished offsite and then craned into place (scroll down for progress pics), this allows for a faster build time, less chaos at your home over an extended period of time and it’s obviously just pretty amazing! 

 
 Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 Nexus Homes

Nexus Homes

 
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Trending | Mixed Metal Tapware

 
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MIXED METALS SET TO BE ONE OF 2018’S MAJOR STYLE INITIATIVES

Dorf’s bold mixed metals range is leading the way in bathware innovation – and right now, there’s no hotter trend in interiors than mixed metals.

For some time, various metals such as silver, gold and rose gold have often been paired with “flat hues” to create complementary schemes. However, in the last few years, designers have started to think outside of the box in order to come up with new, fresh design aesthetics, pairing differing metals together as they discard previous design “rules”.

According to experts, this new mixed metals’ trend will be one of the hottest elements in interiors for 2018 and is here to stay. Think rose gold vases on top of silver platters, brass hooks alongside silver edged picture frames, and even differing finishes combined into the one item such as a gold and silver mirror frame.

The Dorf range features a wide variety of tapware in the most progressive mixed metals finishes - such as black/rose gold, black/chrome, white/chrome, black/gold and black/copper. 

Dorf creates minimalist and cutting-edge products that strike the perfect balance between form and function and has established a reputation built upon innovative thinking and creative functional designs. Behind Dorf’s stylish aesthetics are leading edge technologies that have enhanced the functionality of all Dorf products.

 
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3 steps to coat your deck - long weekend DIY!

 
 

The Easter Long Weekend is here, therefore it's the prime-time for home improvements and outdoor entertaining. So why not tackle those odd jobs and DIY tasks around the home that you have been putting off!

Just in time for the 4 day weekend Cabot’s have released a decking product called the 'Finish in 1 Day system' - turning what is usually a six-week gruelling and time consuming process into a one-day job, yes ONE DAY! This fantastic new product means long-term updates are now much faster, giving you more time for outdoor lounging and entertaining on your fresh deck!

There is a 'Step by Step guide' below as well as a super helpful 'how to' video!

 
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Step 1


Take your Cabot’s New Timber Prep and apply it evenly to the boards with your Cabot’s Deck Prep Scrubbing Brush.

New Timber Prep imitates the exact effects of weathering, by drawing out the timber’s tannins and oils. 

After 15 minutes, rinse away the residue with a hose, leaving the surface ready for coating.

 
 

Step 2

Immediately clean the timber with Cabot’s Deck Clean.

Cabot’s Deck Clean should be mixed with water (1:4 parts) and applied to the timber’s surface using a bristle brush, like Cabot’s Deck Prep Scrubbing Brush.

After 20 minutes, it should be rinsed off with a high-pressure hose.

 
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Step 3

Once the deck is dry, it is ready for coating.

Stir the Cabot’s Aquadeck to ensure that the colour is well mixed and even.Start by carefully cutting in around the edges of the deck with a paintbrush. Apply oil to three or four boards at a time using the Cabot’s Deck Coat Applicator.

Always work along the whole length of a board to a natural break to prevent patchy results.

Allow 1 hour to dry for the first coat and then reapply.

 
 
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Thinking of an outdoor shower? My top 12 designs for you!

 
 

12 outdoor showers to get you excited!

 

We love outdoor showers... we love the coastal feel, the holiday vibes they give, the novelty of being able to shower outdoors if you feel like it and just the overall idea of having one!

The best thing is you don't need a lot of space, if you're lucky it won't involve too much plumbing and as long as you do your research and put it in a place that will drain adequately, you're good to go (I would advise getting professional advice on where to put it, better to be safe than sorry)!

 
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Via Pinterest - designer unknown

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Via Home Beautiful - Photo Chris Warnes

 Designer -  Shareen Joel Design  | Photography Brooke Holm

Designer - Shareen Joel Design | Photography Brooke Holm

 Via Inside Out Magazine

Via Inside Out Magazine

 Image via Brooke Holm

Image via Brooke Holm

 Architect  Robson Rak Architects  | Photography  Shannon McGrath

Architect Robson Rak Architects | Photography Shannon McGrath

 

Thinking of updating your space with Wallpaper? Check out these Wallpaper Tips from Luxe Walls...

 
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Top Tips for incorporating colour into your space with Wallpaper!

 

Choosing wallpaper can be a little overwhelming with so many available options, but if you stick to these top tips from Luxe Walls you are guaranteed to create wall coverings that you love looking at.

Before you can decide on the perfect wallpaper, you need to consider the style of the room. Is the wallpaper going in a traditional or contemporary space? What is the purpose of the room - a casual or formal living area or a quiet place for rest and relaxation. Are you wanting to create impact with a feature wall, or wallpaper all walls in a room with an overall pattern. The look you want to achieve will be different depending on your answers to the above questions and so too will your wallpaper choices.

 
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Formal spaces lend themselves to stripes, traditional florals and damask patterns, where bolder patterns such as geometrics look fabulous in rooms with a contemporary feel. Bedrooms are the perfect place for your personality to shine through, but remember they are the place of rest so stick to calming colours and patterns.

With seasonal change upon us, new colour trends are appearing to excite and inspire. Gone are the bright colours of summer -  instead we are being tempted with earthy shades, sage greens, warm neutrals and shades of red and orange. These brighter colours are being mixed with warm neutrals to create shades of terracottas, a new favourite of the season. Grey greens are another key player for Autumn 2018. To create coziness, combine terracottas, rusts and warm neutrals to your grey greens for an autumnal feel.

 
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At Luxe Walls, we see many trends come and go, and a couple that are shining at the moment are florals and wood panelling. Florals can change the vibe of the room depending on the colour and size of the blooms and we can modify your pattern size depending on the look you want to achieve. A small delicate pattern works well for wallpapering a complete room and gives a subtle visual to your walls, especially in soft greys . Alternatively, an enlarged floral pattern creates impact and works better as a feature wall.

 
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Wood panelling is another on trend wallpaper at the moment, with many requests being received for our Wood Panel wallpaper in a variety of colours. At Luxe Walls, we can customise your artwork choice. We can match any pantone colour, change the size of a pattern and even alter the width of wood panels.

Wallpaper is a versatile wall covering option and the perfect way to personalise and create interest to the walls in your home. Whether you are choosing to follow seasonal trends, or following  your own creativity, with over 100 million images, Luxe Walls has you covered.

 
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Time saving and oh so smart, say hello to the LG TWIN Wash...

 
 

Everyone is busy - whether it be work, family, kids, friends, trying to have a social life or all of the above! Our day to day lives are hectic at the best of times and because of that I know that finding new ways to save time is always a good idea, especially on the less than exciting things like laundry!  

So it’s time to start saving a few precious moments of your day to day life, and what better way to do it than with the new LG TWIN Wash – smart, efficient and most of all time saving! 

 
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First and foremost, the feature I am most excited by is the Dual Loads feature, yes you heard me correctly - you can wash 2 loads at once! With the uniquely designed Mini Washer for those all-important small loads and delicate items, you can do two loads of washing at the same time - boom, life is already better, getting all your washing done in a flash is my type of washing machine! And as an added bonus, even though it’s a front loader it has a Mid Cycle Pause feature, so you can always get that lost sock in.

My next favourite time saving and life changing feature is the Washer/Dryer Combo. The front loader in the LG TWIN Wash also doubles as a dryer, so you can load it, set it to wash and dry, and then come back and TA-DA it’s all done in one click of a button! The Washer/Dryer Combo also saves you valuable floor space in the laundry by having just the one laundry specific appliance… and isn’t storage space just the best thing in the world?! Time to say hello to more of it!

 
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Now we all love a bit of technology, it’s the way of the modern world and now you can get tech-y with your laundry appliances too! The LG TWIN Wash smart phone integration feature means you can manage your laundry anytime and anywhere through your mobile phone with the LGSmartThinQ app! You can remotely start or monitor the wash cycle while you’re at work, on the move or even outside watching your kids play – excited much?! 

 
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And I just need to add because it is such a major factor for me and I’m sure for many of you, that this washing machine is oh so sexy… sleek, modern and with an anti-fingerprint stainless finish - what is that you say? literally your fingerprints won’t end up all over this, so you don’t need to add that to your cleaning list, hallelujah!

Although mundane daily tasks like laundry exist when we would all much prefer to be sunning ourselves, sipping a cheeky vino and reading a book, LG makes it a whole lot better with inventions like the Twin Wash! Now, when will they make a robot to actually load the washing for us?!

 

Disclaimer -  LG gifted me the Twin Wash to trial and review, all opinions are my own. 

 
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Ultra Violet - Pantone's 2018 colour of the year... what do you think?

 
 
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We all love finding out what Pantone's colour of the year will be - and this year it had everyone talking more than ever!

18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET is the colour and Pantone has said  "Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come." 

 
 

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energises the communities that gather there and inspire connection. 

 
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Exterior Paint Trends 2018...

 
 

The end of 2017 is soooo close, 10 sleeps close to be precise... so it's time to start looking to the new year and what trends will be flooding our screens and pages. 

For our first trend report of 2018 let's talk about exteriors! The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, however it sometimes gets forgotten about, neglected or just left until last, and it's time that changed.

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see when they visit you, it's the first thing you see when you arrive home and it gives everyone an idea of what they can find inside... So whether it's cute and quaint, modern and bold or minimalist and refined, it's time to bring your exterior into 2018 and the easiest way to do that, is with paint!

 
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BLACK & WHITE - Via #houseonthompson

MONOCHROME - keep it traditional with white and add a touch of modernity by adding black accents.

  TAUPE & WHITE -  From Casa Haus

TAUPE & WHITE - From Casa Haus

SOFT NEUTRALS - always a classic choice, and one that will stand the test of time. 

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CHARCOAL & WHITE - Via Pinterest

GO BOLD - darker hues will be huge in 2018. We love this look, try it by choosing a dark charcoal as your main colour and lighten the overall look by adding a contrasting colour, such as white.  

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PALE GREY & WHITE - Via Dulux

BEACHY - pale grey is always a winner and it's not going anywhere! Pair it with white for a relaxed coastal feel.

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WHITE ON WHITE - Via Pinterest

TRADITIONAL - white on white will always hail supreme. Adding a coloured door will add your own personal touch.

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WHITE & NATURAL TIMBER - Via Topolgy Studio

NATURAL ELEMENTS - add a natural material against your paint for contrast and wow factor. 

 
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12 Christmas Table Settings to make you go 'HO HO HO'

 
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Christmas is less than two weeks away, yes you heard correctly - less than 2 weeks people!

At this point you have most likely decorated your tree, your house, you've hung that wreath and you've started your Christmas Lunch shopping list - so now it's time to start thinking about your table, the centre piece of the whole day and the where you, your family and friends will gather for a long lunch, many wines and lot's of conversation, oh and delicious dessert or two of course! 

I have compiled my favourite table settings to give some Christmas table styling inspiration - the common theme as you will be able to tell as you start scrolling is 'GREENERY', so try adding some fresh flowers, native greens or foliage to amp up your table and add that extra Christmassy feel!

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Christmas Decorations to ensure your tree is FAB not DRAB...

 

Christmas is just round the corner and I've been noticing people have been putting their Christmas Tree's up extra early this year... and just let me assure you right now that I am not one of these people, I'm a last minute type of gal!

So if your someone who gets in early and makes your house all festive and fun on the 1st of November or if you like the mad dash of leaving it until the last minute (Christmas Eve like my mum) - at the end of the day we all still love to have a beautiful tree..

So behold my Christmas Tree Decoration edit, to ensure your tree is the prettiest they ever did see!

 

 
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You’ve renovated your dream home, now it’s time to insure it…

 

As a renovator, the partner of a builder, home owner, landlord and interiors enthusiast, I deeply value the importance of stunning architecture, quality building work and interior design. From my years of experience in the design and building industry I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into creating a beautiful home for yourself, whether you have designed and built it from a patch of dirt, gutted and renovated a home you have purchased or, if you have completed cosmetic upgrades to a home you have bought to make it your own and put your stamp on it. Regardless of how you did it, this home brings you joy and protecting this home and the happiness it brings you is so important.

When designing and renovating I pour my heart and soul into every single aspect; from the initial sketches, to floor-plans, choosing each and every fitting and fixture, hard surfaces, furniture selection to finding the perfect backyard pieces. Once these ideas, plans, processes and hard work are realised, it’s time to remember the importance of insuring the dream home you have created!

And that’s where RACV comes in…

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RACV home insurance covers you for those unfortunate events that may happen to your home. It is a name you know and trust and a company who looks after its members’ interests. They offer a range of products to ensure that you are covered for just about everything that life throws at you and at your house! One of the key features I love is the automatic new for old replacement cover. It covers your belongings if they’re stolen or damaged, even if you leave a window or door open and there’s no sign of forced entry.

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If you want to go a step further to protecting your beloved home, RACV offers a range of Home Security plans – and let’s be honest, your home is the biggest purchase that the most of us will ever make, so why wouldn’t we take that extra measure to protect it? From high quality CCTV systems, to smart security systems, security monitoring and patrols – RACV will tailor a solution to suit every family’s needs. Fun Fact - having a home alarm system could actually reduce your home insurance premium!

Now, we all know that life can and will throw curve balls at us, like a broken kitchen tap when you have a dinner party about to start or a burst water pipe in the middle of the night. And that’s where RACV’s Emergency Home Assist comes in to save the day. It’s a fast response service for common plumbing, electrical and lock out emergencies and it has 24/7 coverage with no out of hours’ surcharges. You can also feel safe knowing that you will always receive a qualified tradesperson at your door step within the hour.

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Now after all this talk of renovating, dream homes and insurance… it’s time for a competition!!! Who wants to WIN $10,000 towards a home makeover, courtesy of RACV?!

The competition is open to all Victorians - Either go in-store or online here before October 31st to be in the running!

I have received a financial reward from RACV entity for this blog post.  The statements and opinions contained in this post are my own and not those of RACV entity or the issuer of RACV Home Insurance, Insurance Manufacturers of Australia ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678.

RACV Home Insurance is issued by Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Limited ABN 93 004 208 084 AFS Licence No. 227678. Please consider the Product Disclosure Statement before buying. For a copy call 13 RACV (13 7228).

 

Embrace Spring & Summer trends with removable wall paper...

 
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The weather is warming up and the coats are going back in the cupboard - finally the feeling of spring is in the air. But this seasonal change isn’t just tied to the weather - it's also the perfect time to add some spring love into your home with Luxe Walls removable wall paper... how stunning is the floral print above? Bedroom feature wall anyone?

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And your wall paper is up, add finishing touches to your space with on trend accessories and tactile soft furnishings to tie your wall coverings in with the rest of your room and add depth to your new look. Follow high street fashion for a bold look and use accessories in a pink/red combination, plants will transform the feel of your room, whilst paying homage to the botanical trends, or keep it soft with a blush throw and geometric cushions.

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Luxe Walls offers three different textures to print on: ● Luxe Canvas - Removable Wallpaper ● Luxe Linen - Repositionable at installation ● Luxe Crushed Stone - Repositionable at installation

And at $79 per square meter, Luxe Walls wallpaper is an affordable way to add impact.

Luxe Walls is the leader in removable, reusable, self-adhesive wallpaper. They offer thousands of high quality images which can be printed on our wallpaper and used to transform your home, business, corporation or event or even upload your own image to give it an extra personal touch.

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“We are seeing a huge following of the Tropicana trend at the moment, and on the flip side, a love for the softer tones, especially in the Blush hue. Mix this tone with botanicals and you have a real winner”

“Another popular trend right now are florals, especially when featured with dark moody backgrounds. These contemporary Renaissance masterpieces will create drama and impact in any room!” says Julia Hill, Director of Luxe Walls.

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Tips to make your office a space you love...

 

Our office is a space that many of us know to well, whether it’s at home or at work we spend much more time there than many of us would like. From late nights staring blankly at the computer screen, to early mornings squeezing in last minute tasks – it can almost feel like we live there.

Although limiting the time we spend there is not always possible, we can definitely make it a more comfortable space that can be enjoyed (almost as much as a day off). 

We’ve put together a few simple tips to create not only a stylish office space, but an inspiring and functional one that you actually enjoy – and we've used a few key pieces that will be on display at The Retail Quarter - Reed Gift Fairs modern and exhilarating re-launch of their September fair - check it out here.

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Image from Pinterest - source unknown,

De-clutter - Get rid of the clutter. Although there may be a thousand of things going on in your head, it doesn’t mean this should be reflected on your desk. Don’t make your office space a dumping ground for mountains of coffee cups and piles of paper work – keep your office clutter free and organised.

Storage is key – You’ve probably heard it time and time again, but we can promise that if you get some really great storage for your office space – you will significantly improve your productivity.  Organising your tasks into separate folders not only gives everything a home, but also reduces the risk of losing things. For the variety of pens sprawled across your desk, coffee cups make excellent (and stylish) penholders and there are thousands of designs you can choose.

Find the perfect lighting  - For those lucky enough to have large windows in their home office – why not maximise your use of natural light by keeping the curtains open and letting in the natural light. If you need a bit of privacy, sheer curtains in a lighter colour are the perfect answer. However if the lighting is dull – don’t fret, as the right desk lamp, just like this one from One World Collection, not only provides the lighting you need, but also adds an element of stylish to your home office.

Bring the outdoors, indoors

Although most of us would rather be outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather than working – why not compromise and bring the outdoors, indoors. Fresh flowers are a great way to brighten up your space, making it fresh and inviting. If you’re a hay fever suffer, why not go for terrarium or hanging pots such as these fabulous ones by Urban Products and All Seasons Homeware to add some lush greenery.

The finishing touch – accessories - Candles are the perfect addition to any space, and when it’s the room you’re spending most of your time in of course you want it to smell amazing. With so many options to choose from, why not select a scent that’s going to make feel like your working on the beaches of Tahiti. Endless Candles has created a scent to help you do just that.

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All of these products will be on display at The Retail Quarter – Reed Gift Fairs modern and exhilarating re-launch of their September fair. For more information about how you can get involved, visit http://www.reedgiftfairs.com.au/sydney-september/

 

Zip Water launches brand new HydroTap All-In-One ARC design

 
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With modern kitchen trends focusing on de-cluttering the kitchen sink, Zip Water introduces the beautifully designed Zip HydroTap® All-In-One ARC design which now delivers all home water needs from a single tap. The new design is a result of overwhelming demand from Zip Water customers wanting a product that delivers all – instant filtered, boiling, chilled and sparkling water, combined with a regular mixer tap with unfiltered hot and cold-water options - perfect for washing up. 

With advanced energy efficiency and best-in-class cooling technology, the Zip HydroTap® All-in-One ARC also performs to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Unlike water-cooled systems, its air-cooled ventilation system doesn’t use precious water during the cooling process, instantly quenching your thirst while doing its bit to help the planet. 

It has also been announced that the new Zip Water HydroTap® All-In-One ARC has been awarded a Good Design Award for Product Design in the 2017 Good Design Awards in Sydney this month.

Every Zip HydroTap® also comes with a 3-year warranty supported by Australia’s largest company-owned installation and service team. When water is this irresistible, it’s easier than ever to drink more and improve your wellbeing, health and happiness. 

 

Teeny tiny space for your laundry? Read my top 6 tips now!

 

Unfortunately not all of us have the luxury of a spacious laundry.. or even a whole room for a laundry for that matter.. hands up if your laundry is in a cupboard? Me!

So it's time to break down how you can still have a very functional, easy to use, beautifully designed laundry that you will enjoy using.. well maybe for a few weeks until the reality of washing clothes hits you right back in the face again! 

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Designed by By Bruno

1 - Shelves, drawers or cupboards - fit in as many as you can, storage is so important. And go as high as you can... build those cupboards right up to the ceiling.

2 - Add in a bench top - even if you only have space for a washing machine and dryer side by side in your space, throw a bench top across the top and bam, you have a surface to sort, organise and fold on.

3 - Use hanging rods and hooks where possible - just look at the inspo pic above to see just how beautiful a hanging rod can look!

4 - You don't NEED a sink - if your space doesn't allow for it, don't worry. Modern washing machines have hand wash and delicate cycles that will be much better than your actual hand washing anyway.

5 - Choose a door that works for the space and makes for easy accessibility - think about sliding, centre opening, bi-folds, concertina or doors that slide back into the cavity.

6 - And remember your laundry doesn't have to be it's own room - you can put it in the bathroom, the ensuite, in the hallway, in a cupboard, hide it in the kitchen or even the garage. 

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From - Pinterest

 

DIY TRENDING | DUSTY PINK

 

Not all pinks are made equally and 'Antoinette' from Annie Sloan's range of Chalk Paint is the perfect dusty hue for brightening up your bedroom, kitchen, furniture or walls with a little DIY action!

As one of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts, Annie Sloan brings decades of knowledge – and plenty of style – to her hugely popular line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®. And with books, brushes, stencils, and fabrics, her inspirations are transforming more and more homes every day.

I've chosen my favourite pink furniture transformations to inspire you shown below, or for more DIY inspo click here!