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Lyndie’s Kids’ Bathroom Makeover

My children’s bathroom was so far out of fashion it was almost back in again!  The tiles had lovely peach tones with a gorgeous gold framed shower and vanity mirror.  To complete the look, the profile on the vanity doors catapulted me into another era and the towel rail also had a very special gold finish which unceremoniously fell to the floor every time we removed a towel.

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Don’t get me wrong, I adore items from yesteryear that add character to a modern interior.  A touch of Provincial has always been a favourite and I’m never one to shy away from the warmth of rustic timber combined with crisp white in a Modern Country style.  Unfortunately, peach tiles combined with gold framed showers have yet to warm the cockles of my heart 🙂

Kids bathroom Inspiration Moodboard

So this is how I jazzed it up a bit… As this would be the only bathroom big enough to house a bath tub, I decided on a large freestanding bath to fit the country look and feel.  I fell in love with the grey toned timber look ceramic tiles at a recent visit to Beaumont Tiles and I selected a top mounted basin for the bathroom cabinet.

White country style vanity

In search of a new vanity, I realised that this item alone could easily blow the budget!  Luckily, I found a lovely timber cabinet for $400 at Knots Pine, which I painted a crisp white and finished in polyurethane.  I replaced the very ugly handles with something modern and stained the top to tie in with the floor tiles, then applied a coat of polyurethane for water resistance.

Provincial style taps

To complete the look, I decided on the Bastow Provincial range from Tradelink, as it ties in with the rest of the bathroom.  A niche in the wall next to the bath ensures that shampoos, candles,bath bubbles and my wine glass are within easy reach.  To add a sleeker look, we installed a frameless shower, a big improvement from the gold framed one!

Bathroom Renovation After

The laundry basket was a lucky kerbside clean up find.  One morning early, Eriana called me to inform me of this discovery in her neighbourhood.  She also threatened that if I didn’t take it, then she would!   As I’m such a good friend, I immediately found a spot for it in my home 🙂

If you’re thinking of a bathroom renovation and not sure where to start, email us for a price list or book an initial consultation.  We promise we won’t bite!  Our blogs about how to run a smooth bathroom renovation  and ideas on subway tile layouts, will get you started on your bathroom make over.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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My own Industrial Country Kitchen Renovation on a very tight budget!

It’s not everyone that can say their mom set their kitchen on fire. I can! For months I persevered with a totally burnt-out range hood, three stove hot plates that didn’t work, an oven with a broken thermostat and lastly, a slightly charcoal coloured tone on my previously white kitchen cupboards. I postponed the kitchen renovation, as my first initial quote to redo my kitchen to the style and design I really wanted, worked out to be $45,000. It took me three months just to recover from that shock. I mean, my kitchen is 3m x 3m.  As our budget didn’t allow for  a “kitchen of my dreams” at this stage, I decided to accept the challenge and see how I can get a unique look, with a very limited budget, but still something that reflects my style. So I ripped everything out, and $12,500 dollars later, I had a kitchen. (Excluding appliances)

I didn’t realise I would feel so confused when I did my own Kitchen Renovation… Oh the pressure! When I told people I was renovating my own kitchen, everyone said: “Oh I can’t wait to see what you will install in your own kitchen!”  The pressure was on, and the budget was non-existent. So today, I will share with you my new little kitchen. I feel very exposed!  Here we go… Of course it all started with a very clear budget and a style board:

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From $15 Kmart pendant lights, to bargain Industrial ALDI barstools. I did splurge on a proper oven & Caeserstone bench top with a waterfall! My unusual statement tiles are from Beaumont Tiles in Castle Hill. I love these funky patterned tiles, at it gives the otherwise neutral kitchen, an interesting and eye catching backdrop and ties in with the colour scheme in my dining and lounge area.  I made sure the cupboards are a combination of neutral white & timber doors, which adds extra warmth to the grey concrete stone bench top.  With such a neutral base, anyone can now add their own touch. (The budget did not allow for the 30mm thick bench top of my dreams!)

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My somewhat unusual splash back. To me, it’s artwork in the kitchen!
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It’s all in the presentation and accessories!
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$15 Pendant lights from Kmart, with vintage globes from Bunnings hard ware store.
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Black handles on the widest drawers ever!
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My $9 Kmart tray, IKEA placemat & IKEA plant, $12 Howard Storage Containers & $8 Target Timber Container.
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Who can say no to a blue, vintage, half price, Delonghi, floor stock toaster?
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I splurged on a waterfall benchtop. The extra few dollars was so worth it to me.

I guess we all have at least one regret after every renovation. Mine was to let my husband talk me out of using professional painter and tell me he will paint the walls. I am still waiting…

As you can seen, if you are clever with your accessories, you take the attention away from your neutral cupboards and small layout. It’s fun to play around.

Oh yes, in case you wanted to see the BEFORE photos:

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My old kitchen. I am now very happy to have a bin inside my cupboard.
Eriana kitchen before stove
I am very happy to be rid of all the old-fashioned cream colours.

Anyone else who wants to share their matchbox kitchen reno on a budget?

Until next time,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney

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Six Things that Date your Home Instantly

Sometimes, we get so used to our homes, that we don’t see the gold plated light fittings,  ceramic door knobs and beige trims any more.  If you’ve been living in your home for quite some time, you might not realise that time has moved on and it could be a good idea to take a critical look at your home again.   Here are a few things that has changed since your last home update 10 years ago:

1.  SPLASHBACK BORDER TILES

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Your kitchen splashback with pretty border might have been at the height of fashion when you moved into your home, but the contrasting colour cuts your walls in half, making the ceiling seem lower than it actually is. To modernise your kitchen, a stone mosaic tile in herringbone pattern, or subway tiles that extend all the way to the ceiling, will open things up instantly!

2.  SMALL FROSTED GLASS PENDANTS

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If your house was built in the eighties, there’s a good chance you’ve got small frosted pendant lights or something awful with a gold plated finish hanging over your kitchen counter.   For a more timeless look, go for something more substantial to balance out the size of the counter.  Glass (not frosted!) and steel is a great combination, or an antique brass finish, copper or nickel will update your room instantly. This is not an expensive exercise, as the cables are already there.

3.  TIMBER KITCHEN CUPBOARDS

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Maple and oak wood-stained cabinets with ornate carvings or round timber handles will give your kitchen an aged appearance.  Luckily, we know the magic paint can do, so a lick of paint and new modern handles will already make a big difference.  A combination of dark cabinets for the bottom and a lighter colour on top will show that you have a newfound knowledge of the style of a modern kitchen.

4.  DATED AND CLUTTERED ORNAMENTS

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A lot of us love collecting ceramics and china and other dust collectors to show off in our homes.  Ornaments are a great way to make your home feel lived in and homely, showing part of your personality.  Unfortunately, as with all things in life, there’s a right way, and a wrong way to do things.  Edit your collection as much as possible and part ways with outdated statues and children’s craft.  Group similar items and leave plenty of negative space for the eyes to take a breather.  Put the rest of your items behind closed doors and rotate the display seasonally.

5.  LARGE PRINT FABRIC SOFAS

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Prints and patterns go in and out of fashion constantly and can make a room look dated and busy.  If you’re buying a big ticket item like a sofa, it’s best to stick to something neutral that will always be fashionable.  An accent chair in a bolder pattern, cushions and a rug is a safer way to inject colour and pattern into your room.

6.  FLORAL CURTAINS

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Floral curtains, like the ones the older generation adore, are a big culprit when it comes to dated decorating.  The current trend is to allow plenty of light in and create a sense of airiness in the home.  If you would like something different, try a pattern that’s very subtle in a neutral colour or a textured curtain instead.  These won’t clash with anything in the room and make the space appear bigger.

Good luck and enjoy your home editing!

Cheerio ’til next time!

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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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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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