Category: Decorating Tips

Get rid of your head board now!

Why? This could be the single item that stands in your way of getting the look in your bedroom you always wanted, but never seems to get right. Okay, I am not talking to those of you that already have the perfect bedroom ..

Whether it is something you bought impulsively on the internet or you shop around for the perfect one for three months, your head board is normally the main focal point of your bedroom. Don’t be skimpy and leave it for last. No use having an awesome linen set, but you bump your head against the wall each night. If the budget is tight, you can even make one! (Read our previous blog for some tips)

THREE IMPORTANT TIPS WHEN SHOPPING FOR A HEAD BOARD:

  1. FIRST choose the style you want, that match the rest of your furniture
  2. SECOND choose the height of the head board your room can afford
  3. THIRD choose the colour – because this is easy to change if needed (fabric or stain)

Today’s blog post is not a lesson about design styles, but to show you how a specific head board can actually influence the mood and style of a room. In the end all factors like linen, cushions, lamps etc will bring your room together, but a head board is BOLD, and can not be hidden or forgotten! So get rid of your existing one if it does not complement your style.

 

IRON / COPPER HEAD BOARD:

It can work in a Vintage, Eclectic, Shabby Chic or Retro Bedroom. It begs for natural elements and a relaxed atmosphere. Mix and match and forget about impressing guests with a stiff hotel look.

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CONTEMPORARY FABRIC HEAD BOARD:

Do you always want to keep up with the latest “what’s hot and what’s not”, then you are probably already an Interiors addict and know that these fabric head boards are now the latest talking point. Are you quirky & colourful? Be careful that your art work don’t clash with your head board though…

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RATTAN HEAD BOARD:

Very popular in children’s bedrooms, but also in your main bedroom if you are a real “girly-girl”. Do you want the feminine look? The rattan also complements the beach/nautical look very well. It is important to stay away from a busy wallpaper when you have this head board.

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STAGGERED ART DECO HEAD BOARD:

A staggered head board always makes that extra bit of a statement. It can go any way: Art Deco, French or Modern. I love the styling in this room. Even though it is a busy wallpaper and a staggered head board, the colours blend seamlessly. Definitely asks for a few opulent accessories.

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RECYCLED TIMBER HEAD BOARD:

This is so popular lately! It complements many styles, like Vintage, Scandinavian or Contemporary. It literally gives you a natural and neutral blank canvas to dress your room in many different styles.

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MODERN FABRIC HEAD BOARD:

Do you love clean, modern lines? Do you want to give your room that “Hotel Feeling?” This oversized fabric head board is a good example of how your head board literally becomes art work. Your room needs to be big, and so does your bed. Aim for King Size! And don’t even consider this style if you are the clutter queen…

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THE MASCULINE TOUCH:

Just to prove that we do think of our male readers too! Nothing says “masculine” like a leather head board. This will work well with a Vintage or Industrial inspired room like in the picture. Add those neutral layers with cushions and linen, and your room is done! It will go well with your man cave next door.

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FABRIC AND NAILS COMBINATION

Don’t think as this style to be too formal. Yes, it looks fabulous in a Hampton’s styled home, but it is just as comfortable in the Nautical or Modern style.

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“JUST MARRIED” HEAD BOARD:

When the budget is low, but the romance is high (yes, we’ve all been there!), there’s not always enough money to style your room like you want to. So why not get crafty and make something funky that’s a talking point! Washi tape, permanent markers, polaroid photos or even magazine cut-outs can make a pretty good head board.

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So go on now, have a critical look at your head board that you have now. Does it go with the rest of your furniture in your room? Maybe you have been combining lots of different cushions, colours and lamps but just don’t get the style of the bedroom right? Now go back to your head board and use it as a starting point. Or else, chuck it out, and get a new one!

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann

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How to use inexpensive plywood as a decor item

With a very limited budget, common plywood can become a designer item within minutes! Grab your nail gun and saw and you will transform your room like a pro. Today you will be surprised and inspired! We also have a lot of tips for tenants too.

Yes, it’s actually a waste product, but very trendy at the moment. It is super strong, but easy to work with. Plywood is made by glueing many thin layers of wood together. You get different grades and the price may differ. The more layers, the sturdier.

TIP ONE: USE AS AN ART WALL

This is the normal the size of a plywood board, but you can cut it smaller of course. Just lean it against the wall for a perfect background to display images of your children’s art work. You can even paint it a funky colour. Great for tenants! If you may, you can hang it fixed on the wall too.

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TIP TWO: USE AS A HEAD BOARD

Cut it in any shape you want, and use it as a headboard. Cover with fabric or just a lick of paint. It will take you less than half an hour. That’s if you have the right saw! (more…)

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6 Decor Secrets to Create a Cosy Home

No home should look exactly like a magazine. They are styled for photo shoots and most of the time not at all cozy and inviting for your friends to grab a glass of wine or kick off their shoes.  Today, I will show you a few ways to cosy up your home with just a little bit of effort and with the furniture and décor items you already possess.

TIP 1 – PUT FOCUS ON ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL

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If you are lucky enough to be living in a home with character such as French windows, high ceilings or beautiful architraves, your job is half way done!  These details add instant charm to any home, as long as you don’t make the mistake of covering it up with heavy curtains or blinds.  It’s best to use sheer curtains or go without entirely, unless you have a peeping Tom problem in the neighbourhood.

TIP 2 – PLAY AROUND WITH PATTERNS AND TEXTURES

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Chevron vs Herringbone. Is it the same thing?

To me, the herringbone pattern is one of the most elegant ways you can display your tiles. Even cheap old subway tiles look amazing if you just use the herringbone pattern. When I spot a real timber floor laid in a herringbone pattern, it literally makes my toes curl and I just want to lay down on the floor. But is chevron and herringbone the same?

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NO !!!! Chevron & Herringbone is definitely not the same!

There is a distinct difference between Chevron and Herringbone. Make sure you give your tiler the correct information! The Herringbone pattern is timeless and elegant. It an be used in so many different rooms, with so many different types and colours and sizes of tiles or timber.af5c4f374e3ab2925cac43b68ba1621b (more…)

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6 Tips on how to style when Selling your Home

To hire an Interior Designer or Home Stager is a very effective way to get the best price for your home when it goes on the market.  Unfortunately,  a lot of sellers don’t realise the value in hiring expert advice.  Here are a few of my best tips on how to utilise the items you already have, to make the most of the big day.

TIP 1 – CREATE CURB APPEAL

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No matter how much money you spend on the inside of your home before putting it on the market, most potential home buyers will drive past the “For Sale” sign if the house looks worn and the garden a mess.  Your house will be judged before anyone has even entered it, so spend some time fixing the gutters, cleaning the dusty garage doors, weeding the garden, replacing a worn entrance mat and planting a few pots of colourful flowers for instant curb appeal.

TIP 2 – DON’T FORGET THE BACK

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8 Tips on Getting the Kinks out of a Bathroom Renovation

To tell you the truth, I thought my bathroom renovation would be a simple process without any headaches.  I thought I had done my planning carefully, ticked all the boxes and was ready for a smooth ride.  How wrong was I!  On the bright side, if everything had gone to plan, I would not have been able to give you some hands on information at all!  Here are my tips for getting it closer to perfect.

TIP 1 – HAVE A BUDGET AND DON’T BLOW IT!

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Be aware, everything is probably going to be more expensive than you think it is!  A good guideline for a bathroom budget is to not spend more than 5 % of the value of your house.   It’s also a great idea to set aside 10-15 % of your bathroom budget for any unexpected costs, because believe me, there will be! During my bathroom renovation I accidentally dropped a door on the tilers brand new IPhone 6.  Thus I had to replace and pay for his phone, screen protector and phone case before he could finish the job.  (Note to self:  Don’t do acrobatic moves climbing over rubble during a renovation process)

TIP 2 – GET SEVERAL QUOTES

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This is why THE BLOCK on Channel 9 is misleading us

Today I will show you why I am so disappointed with one of my favourite renovation programs on Channel 9 – Are they taking us for a ride?

This week there were three ex-blockhead couples competing for a final spot on this year’s THE BLOCK reality show.  Each team was given $10,000 to renovate and install one bedroom. This is where I get unhappy… If you see the final result of the rooms (which were awesome), you realise that there’s no chance in hell that you can create such a room on a $10,000 budget. I will proof it to you in a minute…

Firstly, it upsets me as an Interior Designer, as my client can’t understand why I am unable to create a beautiful space such as that for under $10,000. Secondly, it makes people think that, for a small amount of money, they can transform their homes into a space as if out of a magazine, but if they try to copy it they can’t get it right.

SO LET’S PROOF CHANNEL 9 WRONG:

Let’s have a look at Bec and George’s lovely room:

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I absolutely loved it. Now let’s go to the Official Channel 9 BLOCK SHOP and see the retail prices of some of these products as of today:

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If you add these products from their site together, (which show only SOME of the products in their room), it comes to a whopping $5,385. (more…)

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How to decorate when you have a cat

Days like today is what makes the life of an Interior Designer interesting…  This week we visited a new client in the Sydney CBD and one of their requirements for the design is to “create an interesting cat playground so that it forms part of the architecture and design of the room”. This is our first client meeting where one of the clients is officially a cat…

I am more of a dog person, so I have to do more research on this project. I did find a few easy, quick and cost effective ways on Pinterest how some home owners make use of shelving to stimulate their cats’ climbing needs. I thought I would share a few of them with you today, before I go back to the drawing board for my new “cat client” who lives in a beautiful Industrial Loft in Surry Hills. I better get my act together so that I can design an Industrial cat haven… I think I am going to need a glass of wine to help me get those creative juices flowing for this project.

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These white shelves are available at IKEA and is perfect for your cat. If you move out, the next owner can use it as a book shelve.

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Why not add a colourful cat playground that can double up as a book shelve? An easy way to add pops of colour to a room.

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This is a clever way of displaying your books and give your cat a staircase.  I am not sure if this was planned or by chance!

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Easy to make & create out of loose shelving units from your local IKEA or KMart. If you are handy, you can make this in a weekend! A useful book shelve with an almost unnoticeable  staircase for your cat.

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These shelves have a bit of an Industrial Look for the loft in Surry Hills, don’t you think?

If you have built interesting cat shelves at your home, please send us an image!

eriana bredenhann

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GET THE KNACK FOR DECORATING WITH BLACK!

Most people think that decorating with black can be quite depressing, sombre, too formal or modern.  I believe that a little bit of black is necessary in every room;  it is stylish and dramatic, it provides a grounding effect and can be used in combination with any décor style!  If done correctly, it enhances colours and shapes around it and creates a soothing warmth in combination with the right lighting.  I’ve put together 5 tips for you to remember if you are adventurous at heart.

TIP 1 – USE THE RIGHT AMOUNT FOR THE SPACE

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Like any dark colour, black can overwhelm easily.  Make sure that your lighting is adequate, but is doesn’t necessarily have to be natural lighting.  Some of the most beautiful hotel rooms rely on light fixtures to create a warm glow.  If you decide to combine black with white, then black should dominate the palette for a more elegant look.

 

TIP 2 – ACCESSORISE WITH CONFIDENCE (more…)

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SIX STEPS to create a perfect coffee table display EVERY time

Yes, anyone can do it! You just need to have a guideline… and focus! So today I will teach you how to create a picture perfect coffee display EVERY TIME. Just follow my six easy steps! It is fool proof. (Please don’t prove me wrong!)

It doesn’t matter what style of coffee table you have, it is about knowing which items want to be together on the table.

STEP ONE:   ALWAYS START WITH A TRAY

It is your foundation for the display! You need a place to chuck in all those loose bits e.g. TV remotes, knick-knacks or your coffee mug. Choose the style you want: Rustic, Metal, Glass, Wicket etc. Paint it, Spray it, Borrow it, Steal it. But get it!

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STEP TWO:  PILE UP YOUR FANCY BOOKS

Why is it called coffee table books? For a reason! To show off on your coffee table. Use your most pretty ones, with interesting colours, different sizes and for sure designer names or titles that your guests will find interesting to page through while you make the coffee. So focus on books with beautiful images… and not ones on how to improve your self-esteem or raise teenagers. Your guests want to relax! If you have many books, they should always be stacked on different heights. (more…)

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