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
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.
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?
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.(more…)
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
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.
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!
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)
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!
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…)
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
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…)
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…
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?
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:
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.
We recently had our rather weathered, colonial front door replaced with a timber, more modern door. This decidedly “country” look buffet and hutch had been welcoming our guests at my door for the past couple of years.
The timber cabinet was a lucky Ebay find (like many of my furniture pieces), that fit exactly into the nook between the pillar and front door. I had painted it Antique white and lovingly tiled the top with tiles I had painstakingly decoupaged by hand. Unfortunately, it was time for the “country” feel to be replaced by something a little more sleek and modern to go with the new timber door.
When we think about a painted door, the front door is usually the most obvious one that comes to mind. A painted front door is a great way to make a statement and creating a welcoming feel when guests arrive. Painting our internal doors, is a different story altogether, as not many of us would even consider it. I recently came across a few fabulously funky doors, so have a look at the possibilities!
This diagonally painted yellow door creates a fresh look to this home office. To create your own, follow these step by step instructions found on abeautifulmess.