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?

9f4d5951fc3084122555b45c0d058397

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…)

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

CURB APPEAL
Image Source

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

(more…)

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!

white-bathroom

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

(more…)

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:

H4_L1_BG_bed01
The Block Channel 9

 

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:

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 2.36.25 PM

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…)

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.

a913c89bb1f3943ff91a9b589629e3b8
Image Source

 

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.

497b53f7cbc70c45fa0a134078fb6367
Image Source

 

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.

29a62130e1eda520ad16628c1fd68921
Image Source

 

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!

CL-double-cat_2
Image Source

 

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.

8f733458ab4284b57321c5ceed1dcf37
Image Source


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

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

black bedroom wall
Image source

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…)

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!

blue tray on coffee table
Image Source

 


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…)

6 Easy Ways I Reinvent my Cheap Furniture to make it look Expensive

To my husband’s dismay, our home is filled with items I found on the side of the road, second hand EBay and Gumtree bargains and some really awesome treasures from the local scrap yard.  In my opinion, these cheap finds can easily be turned into some ravishing pieces, so read below if you would like to learn some secrets…

 1.  PLAY WITH COLOUR, ORNAMENTS, TEXTURES AND PATTERNS

Entrance Hall vintage suitcase

Our entry way has been redecorated several times in the last few months – who doesn’t like the look of surprise on a guest’s face when they come for a visit!  This pine hall table was a lucky Gumtree find.  It only needed a coat of paint to earn it’s rightful place at the front door.   I added a dash of colour,  stuck some pictures on the wall with washi tape and added a few ornaments from a local home ware store.  Cheap, cheerful and easy to change for when the next visitor comes!  This green suitcase was bought at Doug up on Bourke for the photo shoot of our Sisterhood cushion collection.  It has also created great visual impact at a recent Vanilla Slate market stall and makes it easy to cart our home ware around.  The red timber crate is from a second hand store in Bowral and the soft animal throw from IKEA.  Add one of my authentic patterned backgammon boards from Egypt,  and a ceramic footstool  and you have a super interesting display!

2.  USE IT FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE THAN IT WAS INTENDED FOR (more…)

If your couch could talk… what would it say?

Even though magazines and decor books and blogs display perfect rooms, I am still a sucker for a well lived in old-fashioned leather couch. Those ones that are a bit torn on the edges and look like they need some well-deserved polish. The couch you think should be thrown out, but it is just soooo comfortable whenever you sink into it. Why do you keep it? I know why! So read on…

Image Source
Image Source

THINK OF ALL THE TIMES YOU SHARED WINE AND SECRETS WITH YOUR FRIENDS WHILE LYING ON THE COUCH.

There were also days when you felt a bit down and just sat there on the couch with your eyes closed, listening to music on full blast.

How many dreams and goals did you plan on that couch?

(more…)

Please give me a Christmas without tinsel and bling.

If I touch green or gold or silver tinsel… I literally get shivers down my spine! How can something plastic & unnatural be associated with Christmas? Maybe it’s just me, but I much more prefer real trees, pine cones & natural textures. Let me share six tips with you:

xmis decor without kitsch decorations

I love adding some Christmas spirit to my home every year. I just have a dislike in things tangled around my staircase or colourful decorations hanging everywhere and covering my coffee table, dining room table and windows. It then feels as if my house is in constant chaos and I can’t think straight! So today I want to share with you a few inspirational images how to decorate your house without bling.

(more…)