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


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!

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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.



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

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

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This weekend's DIY - Friendly Paving Patterns


With spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor entertaining area. And the best place to start is from the ground up with things like pavers, turf and pebbles.

Pavers are a key element for both design and practicality – creating a solid foundation and starting point for your backyard. While the ease of installation is one thing that makes paving a great choice for DIY projects, it also gives you the ability to get creative with different patterns.

“For variety, style and impact for your home, the flexibility that pavers provides is hard to beat. With any one paver, you can create four to six different paving pattern styles allowing you to find the right match for your home,” explains Adbri Masonry’s Brand Ambassador Jason Hodges.

Here, Jason shares his tips on paving in an array of DIY friendly patterns. When laying a paver, it’s important to leave a 3mm gap between each paver – this is for jointing sand that is swept over the surface once you’ve finished the job. This sand will help to avoid the pavers from rubbing and chipping.

The most important element for those looking at DIY paving projects is the fact that some areas and paving patterns require half pavers to fill gaps and this involves cutting. “Some paving patterns will require cuts via the use of a brick saw which can be hired from Bunnings or a local hire shop. While the hiring is easy, the operation of the saw requires caution and all of the required safety gear, so take your time or better still, engage the help of a tradesman,” says Jason.



Stretcher Bond -

Stretcher Bond is the most common paving pattern as it’s DIY friendly, requires minimal cutting and leaves little wastage. It’s a traditional pattern that replicates the classic look of brickwork and can easily hide imperfections in the pattern.

Stretcher Bond - Designed by  Lisa Ellis Gardens

Stretcher Bond - Designed by Lisa Ellis Gardens


Stackbond -

This pattern is an excellent choice when paving feature spaces such as entertaining areas and patios where the finished look is important. Stackbond is a great paving pattern choice for large format pavers and can make smaller layouts appear bigger – a great design hack. The pattern is simple to install by carefully laying each paver down by one corner, once laid you will see that all four corners of the pavers will meet. Keep in mind that lines do have to be straight, as this pattern will show up any imperfections.




Herringbone -

The Herringbone pattern is a savvy design choice that is making a stylish comeback. Using a smaller format sized paver, interlock the pavers on a 90-degree or 45-degree angle. It’s an eyecatching pattern that will make a great first impression.

Herringbone - Designed by Paul Gazerwitz of del Buono Gazerwitz.

Herringbone - Designed by Paul Gazerwitz of del Buono Gazerwitz.


Basket Weave -

The Basket Weave pattern is a design that adds character, dimension and complements existing brick surfaces. To achieve a Basket Weave pattern, simply lay two pavers the same way each time, swapping in direction every “set” of two pavers and repeat. When choosing a paving colour, be sure to take a close look at the bricks in your home, as they will be flecked with a few different colours. You need a rectangular paver to achieve this.

Basketweave - Via Pinterest

Basketweave - Via Pinterest


Mixed Euro Stone -

This is a new trend for both residential and commercial applications that incorporates mixed pavers of different sizes and colours for a modern paved look. It’s a great option for families as the colour variation can easily hide any stains as opposed to one solid colour.

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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!


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.


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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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!


How to incorporate being creative into your everyday life…


Brought to you by Nuffnang and Spotlight.

Creativity can be incorporated into your everyday life in so many ways… personally I am the most creative when I am designing interiors, styling homes and blogging, however the more you think about it you realise just how much creativity we can fit into our lives each and every day with just a little imagination.

You can easily intergrate creative habits into your daily life and the best way to start is to just pick something and do it! And trust me, we can all benefit from seeing the beauty in the world around us more a little bit more. Being Creative and thinking creatively isn’t only for when we are engaging on a craft project or for me when I’m working on a new blog post, it is actually already incorporated into our lives when we are deciding what recipe to cook for dinner, which flowers to buy at the market and what outfit we are wearing each day.

Spotlights Craft Month runs online and in store from 1st-31st March and it is the perfect time to start your new found ‘Life of Creativity’… so let’s start making and creating!

My top 20 ways to be more creative each and every day –

1.      Get outside into nature – balcony, garden, park, beach, anywhere that has some greenery in it and find inspiration.

2.      Get on YouTube and learn how to do something new; knitting, jewellery making, sewing, drawing…and then buy your products and get started.

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Image via Pinterest

3.      Find an art gallery or museum near you.

4.      Go for a walk around your neighbourhood and photograph anything that catches your eye. Now go through them and see if you can find any potential DIY or craft projects.

5.      Revamp an old piece of furniture with paint, new fabric or even sanding and re staining it.

6.      Make a card for someone and send it with love – try water colours or ink drawing.

7.      Keep a little sketchbook and pen you really love on the coffee table for drawing and doodling.

8.      Go to your local farmer’s market and buy yourself to a basket full of fruit and vegetables and get creative photographing and/ painting them before you eat them. or

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9.      Try drawing something with your non dominant hand.

10.      Rearrange your furniture.

11.      Subscribe to a daily email from an online creative business/blog/person for daily       inspiration.

12.      Daydream.

13.      Brainstorm with a friend for some fun and creative ideas.

14.      Pick some flowers and make your own arrangements – be extra creative and repurpose an old jar into a vase and add your own personality to it.

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Image via Pinterest

15.      Find an object around the house that you don’t need/use and find a way to give it a new life/purpose.

16.      Use watercolours and watercolour paper and play with colours and brush strokes.

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Image via Pinterest

17.      Go to Pinterest and search for DIY crafts and see what inspires you.

18.      Create a “inspiration wall” in your house by gathering images, items, quotes, artwork, and anything else that inspires you and put it on a cork board/large piece of cardboard and that way you can keep adding to it.

19.      Draw a 1 minute portrait of yourself.

20.   Spend 10 minutes drawing whatever comes to mind while listening to music you love.20

Inspired by Spotlights ‘Make it Yourself Movement’ I decided to take my own advice and get my craft on…

My project was turning some gorgeous but plain white ceramic cups and bowls into something a little more interesting and fun!


What you will need – all available at your local Spotlight store.

-          Ceramic table ware of your liking – I used Kitch & Co.

-          Porcelain Paint

-          Paint brushes

-          Paint tray

-          I also used cotton buds to create my design


Painting with Taubmans - Transformation tools


After renovating a few houses with my partner I understand just how painful painting can sometimes be... it feels like it will never end, you get sore arms and it's hard to know if you have done great or terrible job. Luckily Taubmans are here to help, recently unveiling their Taubmans Transformation Tools.

Their clever new digital tools will help all you DIYers with every step of your painting journey, from picking a colour, choosing the best product and preparing, to painting, cleaning up and styling the finished look, YAY... help finally!

The Paint Planner is an innovative, industry-first tool that takes the pain out of planning, and provides you with step-by-step plans for your painting project, from start to finish.

‘How To’ videos starring Shaynna Blaze – These 12 videos provide all the information, tricks and tips needed at every step of your painting journey, like how to select paint colours, how to prep a room for painting and how to paint. These videos are an amazing tool to have on hand and I promise will make your life so much easier when you pick up that paint brush!

Paint Your Own Room Tool is an easy way to visualise your chosen colour in a space by uploading an image of your room and then digitally re-colouring the walls to compare potential options. This tool is a major time saver - no more bringing home swatches and samples and painting patches on your walls, heaven!

Everyone is familiar with the traditional notion of ‘spring cleaning’, but the start of the new season can also be the perfect time to give your home a fresh new look to leave you feeling invigorated and energised. However, not everyone has the know-how to take on an interior or exterior transformation. That’s why I’ve worked with Taubmans to create expert guidance for DIYers of all levels – from first-timers to experienced painters.” says Shaynna Blaze

To try the new Taubmans Transformation Tools and get more expert decorating tips and tricks from Shaynna Blaze, visit

Taubmans here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here
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DIY with White Knight Paints


To celebrate the rising trend of DIY, leading specialty paint brand, White Knight Paints has launched #WhiteKnightRevive - a series of online videos designed to inspire DIYers to tackle their own at-home projects and renovations. 

White Knight has teamed up with DIY specialist Natasha Dickins who has created 9 short videos that showcase how easily you can achieve DIY's like a bathroom make-over, fence fix-up or resurfacing your deck at your own home. Each video is paired with a downloadable step-by-step tutorial, which includes items required, the steps to follow, along with expert tips from Natasha - You can view the videos here  

The video series includes bathroom and kitchen refreshes, a deck rescue, a chair makeover, concrete porch and Colourbond fence refreshes, a bathtub transformed into a loveseat, a drum turned desk, and a bookcase reimagined as a dollhouse.

"While not everyone is a professional DIYer, with the right tools, great products and a few simple tips, anyone can tackle a project that revitalises a tired looking room or item in their home. It’s amazing to see how simple projects can enhance a home’s appearance, and also add re-sale value down the track. With the #WhiteKnightRevive campaign, we’re hoping that people will feel not only inspired but also empowered to successfully accomplish their own at-home revivals,” says Natasha Dickins

Follow this step by step guide to rescue your Deck!

Sand away any loose wood fibres and give the weathered boards a clean using White Knight Renew It! Deck Cleaner, following the instructions on the label and Leave them to dry thoroughly.
“Waiting for the cleaned boards to dry out is the longest part of this easy project,” says Natasha.

Secure any loose decking boards, screws or raised nail heads and replace any rotting or severely damaged boards. Then remove any loose splinters.

If there are any cracks in the wood deeper than 5mm fill them with an exterior paintable sealant chalk.

Apply 2 coats of White Knight Renew It! Wood and Concrete Resurfacer, following label directions.

“White Knight Renew It! Wood & Concrete Resurfacer has a thick consistency that rolls on nicely to fill cracks and scratches up to about 5mm deep,” says Natasha. “It is so easy and will completely transform the look of your deck with little effort’.

You can choose from hundreds of Taubmans® colours to match the deck to the rest of your house. The colour used for this deck was Taubmans® Fudge Truffle.

White Knight here - You tube here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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Crafternoon with Nina... Hand printed pillow cases

Written by Nina Eberhardt.

Having my sister Eve home for a few days in Tassie was bliss. While most of our time was spent going out for coffee and wine, sunbaking in the backyard and making oh so pretty smoothie bowls, we did get time for a crafter noon! These printed pillow cases are super easy to make and are all printed by hand, so no silk screen or squeegee required! You can make one today and have it looking pretty on your bed by this evening. Get started now!

What you need:

  • A set of pillow cases – we used white, but you can choose any colour you like. For best results, use at least 200 thread count. We got ours for half price at Harris Scarfe, only $10 a set! 
  • Fabric paint – you can buy fabric paint at any art store or at Spotlight. You can buy a good size container for under $10. It may be called textile printing ink or paint, or something similar. 
  • Cardboard, thick paper or newspaper.
  • Whatever you would like to print with- I used a high density foam that came as packaging, it was perfect because it had a smooth surface. You could use balsa wood, smooth cork etc. Eve used a cotton bud to print her dots, or you can use a paintbrush if you would like to draw or write free hand. 
  • Iron and ironing board.

How to:

  1. Wash, dry and iron your pillow cases.

  2. To stop the ink going through to the back, place a piece of paper, cardboard or newspaper inside the pillow case.

  3. Choose what you will print with… Eve used a cotton bud for tiny dots. I cut some foam into a little triangle. Make sure you use a Stanley knife to ensure smooth edges.

  4. For the dots, simply put some fabric paint onto a plate. If you are stamping, you need to put some paint on a sponge, then use a brush to spread it out. Keep doing this while you are stamping, you want to have enough to cover your stamp but not too much!

  5. Now you are ready to print! Make sure you do a test on a scrap piece of fabric first. Especially if you are printing with a stamp. Have a play around with how much paint you need and how much pressure to use when stamping onto fabric.

  6. Pillow case time! Eve simply dipped her cotton bud in the paint then pressed straight down onto the pillow case. Re dip into the paint for every dot and use a new cotton bud every 10 dots or so.If you are stamping, make sure to re dip your stamp each time, making sure the paint coverage is even and not too heavy. I like to ever so slightly roll the stamp when pressing it onto the pillow case, just to make sure it prints evenly. Remember, as these are handmade, they will never be perfect, but that is part of the charm!

  7. Once you are done, very carefully lay your pillow cases, with the paper still inside, somewhere flat to dry.


    Once they are dry, iron them, following the instructions on your fabric paint. I place a thin tea towel over the top, then slowly iron over it for a few minutes, on cotton setting. 


    Now your pillow cases are ready to use! Pop them on your bed and feel very proud of yourself! 

Aside from triangles and spots, there are so many designs you could do...Why don’t you try:

  • Crosses.. printed or hand painted
  • Clouds
  • Writing … Mr / Mrs, Good Night / Good Morning, dream big… anything you like!
  • Multi coloured dots
  • Hearts 

With Love…Nina x

Make sure you Instagram your pillows and tag @dotandpop - Follow Nina on Instagram here

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