Our renovation has finally come to an end. We can now move freely around our home without leaving muddy tread marks all over the timber floors, we’re cooking in the kitchen instead of the garage and the bar has had an initiation of note! It’s time to reveal the much anticipated new extension. We’re extremely happy with the end result and can’t believe we can finally share the first images of the exterior. Next week, we’ll show you how the interior of the new extension turned out.
Windows are a key achor point in setting the tone of your space. These seemingly innocuous panes of glass are one of the first things people notice when entering a room and as such, they deserve the right complementary treatments.
Whether you want to turn your windows into an eye-catching statement feature or are looking to subtly spruce up the whole ambience of your space, here are the top window treatment trends home dwellers are currently loving.
ROLLER BLINDS IN NEUTRAL COLOURS AND RICH TEXTURES
If you’re looking to revamp your windows but want to invest in something timeless, roller blinds in neutral shades are your best option. Not only are these ideally versatile, but the current surge in minimalistic design gives them added bonus points. Crisp whites and simple greys are massive winners right now, and with DIY Online Blinds’ nifty Dulux colour match range of fabrics, customers can easily choose the best neutral shades to match their wall paint.
While it’s stylish to keep colours simple, many people are opting to inject a dose of personality into their roller blinds by choosing interesting textures. Our Australian-made Serengetti collection has proven to be a top seller, encompassing an intricate, slightly-chunky texture that adds that nice touch of flair.
The idea of pairing a fabric wrapped valance with roller blinds is gaining a lot of traction in the market at the moment. Customers are either pairing with the same colour/fabric as their blinds, or choosing something entirely different or mix and match. (The image below shows a Dakota Quartz Sunscreen blind with a Metroshade White fabric wrapped valance). This style offers a really clean and streamlined look, proving that the smallest details can make all the difference.
COMBINING RECESS FIT AND FACE FIT BLINDS IN ONE
This might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but trust me, it works. Double roller blinds are always going to be popular thanks to their dual functionality, but many customers are now choosing to take a new twist on the way they hang these window furnishings. Rather than opting for either a recess fit or a face fit, it’s becoming increasingly on-trend to recess fit a sunscreen roller blind followed by face fitting a blockout roller blind on top to provide better light coverage. Herein, residents are able to gain greater control over light saturation in a more compact set-up than a standard bulky double roller blind, plus they have the option of adding a valance (fabric-wrapped, if so desired).
Emanating strong vibes of nostalgia, plantation shutters are making a fierce comeback right now. Traditionally used as a feature in the renovation of period houses in Australia, many residents are now fitting their new homes and modern interiors entirely with plantation shutters. At DIY Online Blinds, we offer custom Australian-made shutters which can be delivered to your door in just four weeks.
Many residents are also becoming much more conscious of energy consideration in modern home-decorating, opting to furnish their windows with treatments like honeycomb blinds. These advanced blinds drastically reduce the transfer of heat through windows, thereby cutting down on the need to get that split system cranking during warm summer days or chilly winter nights. While predominantly chosen for their energy-efficiency, honeycomb blinds also harbour a stylish, contemporary look and boast a slim-line design, making them suitable for almost any window in the home.
It’s been a good 4 months of renovating and living in an environment of noise and construction mess. Can’t believe that very soon we’ll be stoking a fire at night, cook in a beautiful new kitchen and hang out with friends around the new bar. Next week, I’ll show you how the new extension turned out, but first, the finishes…
The tiling of the interior of the pool is well underway and the limestone paving around it, have come up a treat. The stone colours flow very well with the indoor tiles of the new extension and create a seamless look. We can start visualising hanging out on the deck around the bbq and taking frequent dips in the pool as the day heats up.
The brickwork is slowly disappearing under render – this new room will have a bright, fresh look for that perfect indoor/outdoor feel.
To get the massive new bi-fold doors to the back of the house, extra muscle was required. I couldn’t assist, as I was holding a “heavy” camera at the time…
Our photogenic dog, Chloe, is supervising the tiling process. She’s trying her utmost to be in every single renovation shot. These indoor limestone tiles from Marble Matters have lovely warm tones and tie in well with the interior timber flooring.
The last few bits, painting and electrical and we’re ready to roll. Don’t miss next week’s reveal!
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Decorating your home according to your own tastes and style is a must if you want to feel truly at home and relaxed. Diving into your own personality and sensibility is the key to pinpointing your inner interior designer and surfacing it. Therefore, don’t feel pressured about anything and allow yourself some time and research in order to reach the peak of your inspiration and creativity when it comes to home décor.
ADEQUATE LIGHTING SOLUTION
Every room deserves its own lighting style. In that respect, there’s no need to limit yourself to only a few lighting styles and options. Also, these days you don’t have to sacrifice functionality over the looks and vice versa, when it comes to lighting. You can easily check out some creative picks for lighting online and find even more than you hoped for. In general, don’t underestimate the power of light for your interior décor. It can make the whole home a lot warmer, brighter and pleasant to be in.
SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION
The best thing about modern age is that you don’t have to do everything yourself. There are magazines on interior design that could help you find your perfect style for décor. Websites such as Pinterest, are teaming with ideas and pictures that can motivate you to reorganize, repurpose and utilize many different things and items that you thought useless.
CAREFUL WITH COLOURS
Colours can always make the space warmer and more pleasant, but if you want to change the whole colour scheme of your décor, you should think it through first. If you’re set on changing everything, from your furniture and accessories colour to wall paint and/or wallpaper, you can make a big change like this, work. But, if you only want to play with the colours of your decorative details or repaint the walls, keep it relatively simple and make sure that the new colours won’t clash with the old scheme beforehand.
Nothing can make the interior more unique and decorative than statement pieces. You might not think that you’re ready for this step, but be brave and at least try one statement piece in your décor. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. There has to be something that you found very appealing while looking through the magazines and blogs, but your own comfort zone prevents you from acting on it. Taking a step forward is very important in both your life and home décor, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
BEAUTIFUL AND EFFICIENT LAYOUT
When you start decorating, the process itself can sometimes become overwhelming. This is especially true for various accessories that you find likeable. But remember, too many bits and bobs scattered around your rooms can create a lot of mess and, in that way, cause the impression of chaos and clutter. Therefore, don’t go overboard with accessories. Strategically placed details will make the home shine from the inside but you still need to achieve the effiency and functionality of the room layout.
TRENDS NOT A MUST
If you find that the current interior design trends are not all to your liking, do not feel pressured to use them as your own home décor. If you happen to love the contemporary home design trends, that’s great! But the most important thing about the look of your place is to represent your own self. And if modern design trends simpoly do not cut it in this respect, feel free to skip them.
Decorating your home, picking out different designs and accessories, choosing colours and all that jazz should be a fun and engaging process that soothes your soul and mind. That being said, you don’t have to rush things. Take it slowly, at your own pace. If you force the task before you, you might end up with a result you don’t like.
We will not bore you with a long post about the correct steps to decorate or how to copy a decor magazine look alike room. We want to teach you the tools to do it yourself and be proud of what you’ve done. So this is just a short blog to help you get started.
Not everyone has the budget or time for an interior designer. There are also many people who want to decorate their kids’ room by themselves, but feel a little bit overwhelmed on where to start. Sometimes you just need a kick of confidence! Here we go:
1. USE AN ART WORK AS INSPIRATION
We have written a blog before on how to help your teenager create and decorate their own room. (Read blog here)
The best place to start with many children rooms is art work. This will immediately define a colour palette and style for the room. In the image above we used an art work from Urban Road. They have a beautiful range of art works. Framed, unframed, and many sizes and prices. You don’t have to overspend. Then we added furniture and accessories from Target. Depending on your budget and time frame, this should be a fun project!
2. USE ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE AS INSPIRATION
Maybe you have that one amazing piece of furniture that you definitely want to use in the room. Then use it as your starting point. It could be a funky bed, an interesting bedside table or even a rug. Above we show you an example on how you can start your project. We began with a bed and then added furniture and accessories from Adairs. With digital decorating you can play around with internet and Pinterest images on your computer until you find the right look.
Are you also curious to find out what the next new phase in decorating is going to be? Copper and marble and chevrons have been here a while, so what’s the next big thing? A new playful backdrop is soon to arrive in our stores…
The minimalistic black and white grid has recently popped up in famous fashion, decor and stationery trends around the world. It has already been introduced in coffee mugs, canisters and table linen. However, it is slowly becoming more of a trendsetter and used boldly in fixed decor design elements too. Are you wondering where you might use it in your own home?
It is an easy pattern to fall in love with, as many people already love the typical white subway tile. When the subway tiles were first used with black grout, many people were shocked. Now every decor magazine has kitchens and bathrooms with white subway tiles and black grout. The typical rectangular square will soon be moving into a new “square era.” At the latest 2016 London Design Festival, this black and white graphic pattern was used in many different exhibitions as a backdrop or identified as a new design trend.
The question is always: How will this trend enter my own home? Where will I use it in my home? What will the shops sell?
Well, we will definitely see some black and white grid tiling in kitchens and bathrooms. Decor items like baskets, scatter cushions and bed linen will also be favourites among home owners and trendy decorators.
I’ve actually had black and white grid patterned bed linen on my bed for the last three years! Now that I was thinking of getting something new and fresh for this summer, now the trend is changing… bugger!
Happy shopping and watch out for the new trends and impress your friends for being up to date! You’re welcome 🙂
My husband will surely threaten to move out if I would suggest pink as my accent colour in our house. To be honest, 10 years ago I would never have thought of it either. Gradually pink was introduced into fashion as a very soft accent colour and we all got used to adults wearing pink again. If you walk into any clothing store now, the coral pink shade will be seen everywhere. I took my 15 year old daughter for her summer shopping last weekend. (Gosh, hard on the feet, hard on the wallet and even more challenging on the patience…) I only realised afterwards how many pink and white clothes she bought. Even the accessories were rose gold and black. So pink is here to stay for a while. Remember how surprised we all were when grey was announced as the new white? Hands up, how many of you love grey now?!
If you do it correctly, pink can be an amazing decor colour to work with. Add shades of grey and black to ground it, and you will have a romantic and relaxing room. It’s important to use the correct pinks though. Not baby pink or fluoro pink. Look at the style board below we delivered to a client this week. She wanted a contemporary Scandi look, with some pink accent colours. We gave her a few style boards with many options. It turned out beautifully.
As you can see above, the furniture pieces are all neutral. They form the base of the design and now we just need to add pink accent pieces. The client can now change the cushions, throws and artwork if she wants to inject a different colour in the future. As soon as all the furniture has arrived, we will go shopping for the accent pink accessory pieces. (She was so happy with the furniture, she ordered everything within 24 hours of receiving her design!)
As pink will make a statement, you only need to add a few pieces to pull off a beautiful design. Pink works best with a Scandinavian, French or Contemporary design style. Don’t buy a lot of pink furniture, but one statement piece like a sofa or accent chair that can become a great talking point. Especially because people might not expect you to be so bold!
Above is another style board of a living room we recently created for a client. Wallpaper installation etc only happens in two weeks from now, but soon, we will be able to show you how this room has turned out. A beautiful baroque styled living room with pink and gold accents. We ordered a stunning bright pink velvet sofa… can’t wait to show you! You can see how the two clients both chose pink, but the style and design is completely different!
Be brave and see if you can pull off a pink room somewhere in your house! A quick way to add pink is to buy a huge bunch of pink flowers (maybe lily’s?) and place them on your dining room or coffee table. Add small pink accessories on your coffee table like a tray, vase or small ornament. Personally, I am still far away from painting a wall pink or to buy a pink rug.
Pink is playful, romantic and very relaxing at the same time.
We all have that awkward room that we just have no idea on how to place our furniture. Today I will give you a few tips on how to decorate a living space where you have so many windows and doors, that it makes it very difficult to know where to place your furniture. Too many windows and doors mean that you don’t have enough walls to place your sofas and chairs against. It also makes a room feel very busy and the decision on where to hang your art work, is also tricky.
1. TIP ONE: MOVE FURNITURE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM
Sometimes it’s not only windows and doors, but it could also be a radiator or fireplace. If the room’s size allows it, move all your furniture towards the middle of the room. This will open up the areas around the obstacles and create a cozy conversation space in the middle of the room. This means you can now arrange the furniture as you want, without taking into consideration the placement of the windows and doors.
2. TIP TWO: USE A RUG
A rug will anchor the space in the middle and pull your attention away from the doors and windows. The rug will now define how the furniture will be arranged, and the space will be less awkward. The good thing is that a rug immediately adds coziness and warmth to the room too.
3. TIP 3: PLACE FURNITURE SYMMETRICAL
Use the symmetrical placement of sofas or chairs to counteract the unevenness and chaos of misplaced windows or doors. Symmetry creates order and will draw your attention to the middle of the room, away from the walls, doors and windows.
4. TIP 4: PAINT ALL THE WALLS THE SAME COLOUR
If you have multiple windows and doors, keep all the walls in the room the same colour and lean towards a light, fresh and neutral palette. It will make the centered furniture placement stand out, and make the room feel less busy.
5. TIP 5: KEEP WINDOW TREATMENTS SIMPLE
Stay away form tassels and busy patterns. I think you get the idea by now… Less detail to accentuate the number of windows and doors. More focus on the furniture. Keep the wall areas as neutral and simple as possible.
Let us know if you have any other awkward rooms you want us to address. You’re welcome to email us a photo and we might give you some advice!
Our front door opens up into an entry area and the first room to the left, is our formal lounge room. Previously, this room connected to the formal dining area, where we usually hung out during winter when entertaining.
The room started looking a bit dark and dreary with dark leather sofas, dated carpet and accessories that looked a bit tired. The pillars, which we disliked from the moment we moved in, didn’t add to the ambiance. Pillars do have their place in society and fit homes from Georgian to Federal to Greek Revival to Italianate to Romanesque to Classical Revival. They can provide privacy or create an ambiance of openness. In our house, they looked old fashioned and only created obstruction between the entry and formal living room, so they had to go.
The other pillars, between the new bar area (old formal dining area) and formal lounge area, housed supporting beams, so we decided to encase the beams in 1m nib walls on either side of the room. This plan was ideal, as cabinetry for the bar butted up against this new wall, but it also created a definite divide between the bar and formal lounge area.
The pillars and low nib walls were removed and we couldn’t believe what a difference that made to the space. Luckily, our builders knew what they were doing and the ceiling didn’t come tumbling down! Always check with your builder or structural engineer before removing any pillars or supporting walls in your home.
We removed all skirting boards and architraves in the downstairs area and replaced it with a higher profile to suit the new style. The old carpet was removed and solid timber yarrah floorboards installed.
My biggest source of inspiration for this area was a painting we purchased at the Kings Art Show last year. The artist is an ex-South African, Karen Tabac, who’s abstract landscapes focus on nature without human interference (which you’ll see in next week’s room reveal). It fitted the new style of our home, which has Colonial and Modern Country influences, but also provided a fresh aqua and bottle green colour palette to take throughout the house.
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Does your dog need a decorated room/special area? What? You never heard of this? Or even considered it? Let me share with you some inspirational images on how you can create that special nook in your home for your dog…yes… a special decorated nook! The last image is of me and my dog, Charlie.
A beautiful monotone colour scheme. How awesome are those timber blocks and black and white photos? I adore this little corner.
Time for a bath? A doggy “wet room” bathroom! A practical area to wash your dogs, but still beautifully designed to suit the style of the rest of your home.
A great idea for that sometimes awkward empty corner next to your stairs.
My dog always sits on my lap when I work on my computer. I wish I had such a great little corner for him close to my desk.
As you can see, I don’t have a special decorated area for my dog, Charlie. In fact, that would probably shock him as he doesn’t know that he’s a dog and not human. Nope, he thinks he’s the youngest, spoiled brat of our family. He sleeps in my cozy decorated bed at night, on the kids’ sofa in our rumpus room during the day, and casually joins us in the evenings when we enjoy a glass of wine. Our whole house is his “decorated area”.