Tag: interior design Hills District

Why on Earth do I need a Rug on top of my Carpet?

Carpet has been used as flooring for thousands of years and is installed to provide warmth for cold feet, reduce sound and add colour and decoration to a room.  It helps a room to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer.  So now I ask you… why does my interior designer want me to put a rug on top of it?

DEFINING YOUR SPACE

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Interior designers consider the principles of design to create a well-rounded room.  No, you don’t need to be good at Maths to figure it out, but most of the time it’s based on feelings and common sense 🙂  Not only do they want to create balance in your room, but they need to think about the atmosphere (we’re not talking about oxygen here), consider the scale in the room and ways to apply textures and colour to get you the desired result.  The first reason for putting a rug on top of your brand new carpet, is to create a zone for a space.  This is especially important in today’s open living style homes  To give an example:  If your living room is next to your dining room or kitchen, a rug placement under your coffee table and sofas will define that space as separate and create a zone for an activity in that area.  Having a rug has the added benefit of grounding your furniture so that it doesn’t appear as if it’s floating.

PATTERN & COLOUR

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Placing a rug on the floor is the perfect opportunity to add patterns and colour.  By adding these, the interest in your room is heightened immediately and the effect can be very appealing.  Always make sure that your rug complements the carpet, so that they look married to each other and not out of place.  It also need to tie in with your colour palette, whether you decide on a neutral or coloured rug.

A LAYER OF TEXTURE

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Textures work in mysterious ways.  It has the tendency to create comfort, dampen noise and give a room visual depth.  Not many people consider textures carefully before making their selections for a space.   The reason for this could be because they don’t realise the potential of adding textures to their design.  Jute, wicker, animal skin or shag rugs can turn a one dimensional space onto a comforting, warm and inviting cocoon, ready for guests to relax and enjoy.

Our next blog will be about how to get rid of guests that enjoy being in your home too much (only kidding!)

Cheerio ’til next time!

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LYNDIE’S KITCHEN RENOVATION: The Reveal

Kitchen renovation reveal

If you’ve been following our home renovation, you’re probably eager to see the end result of our kitchen!  To see the first stages and how the renovation progressed, follow these links:

Before & After of Entry and Stairs, Before Photos of the Interior, Renovation, First Phase, Ensuite Bathroom Make Over, Kids’ Bathroom Make Over, Demolition day, Kitchen installation begins.

kitchen before renovation

This photo was taken just before demolition began – it’s amazing how quickly everything is stripped to the bare bones of the house.  We removed this benchtop that separated the informal dining and kitchen, to allow the dining area to become more part of the kitchen.

black and white kitchen dark timber floor

We went for a black and white colour scheme, but warmed it up with timber elements to resemble a country kitchen.  The old butcher’s block, which accompanied the butchery we purchased 16 years ago, was restored by my father-in-law.  It’s exceptionally heavy, so we fitted it with wheels in order to cart it where needed.

kitchen bifold window before

Here’s the kitchen stripped of all cabinets and benchtops – only thing remaining…those beautiful splashback tiles with depictions of fruit… We widened the window and replaced it with a bi-fold window to create better flow to the new entertainment area extension.

kitchen marble benchtop

Great improvement, even if I have to say so myself 🙂  The oil painting of our family beach house in South Africa, was a gift from my Mum for my 40th birthday and takes pride of place in our new kitchen.  The beach house reminds me of hot summers and an ice cold ocean, late night dancing, crawling through a window after curfew (and getting caught!), eating freshly caught crayfish with lashes of mayonnaise on newspaper and skinny dipping at sunset with my aunt and cousin.  This was what Christmas time was made of –  days at the beach with the entire family (only rarely fighting over who’s turn it is for cleaning the dishes or how the kids never help with washing the laundry – by hand in those days).

freestanding oven before renovation

What a beautiful sight, our yawning oven door and laminated cabinet doors.  How ever could we improve on this look?

freestanding oven and rangehood

Aaaah, that’s better!  My husband and I love entertaining and cooking, so we needed a proper oven and plenty of workspace.  The oven is now big enough to hide all my dirty dishes –  not just the plates –  when unexpected guests come over, jippeee!  I decided on white cabinets for the top half, as the black would’ve been too overbearing. To keep a unified look, we used brushed nickel handles, that works well with all the taps and accessories.

kitchen dining before

This is the old informal dining area off the kitchen during packing up phase.  We bought the large timber shelf that’s hanging against the wall at a scrap metal yard in Richmond.  It was used to be a display shelf at an antiques store.  Because of the size of it, we had to close up the door cavity that led into a guest bathroom out of the dining area, otherwise it wouldn’t fit!  What we’d do for timber shelves with character…  I decided to paint it white to fit the new scheme, as the timber imparted too strong a country feel in the space and didn’t have the same tone as the new flooring.

black and white kitchen table

The crisp white shelf has a fresher feel and creates such a nice backdrop for all my pretty knickknacks (crap, in my husband’s words… he knows nothing of decorating ;).  The small 6 seater dining table suits this space perfectly and is great when it’s just the four of us for dinner.  It was another council pickup find, which I painted black and white.

kitchen dining, painted shelf

A small sink and tap for quick rinse ups and a kettle for a cuppa and girly catchups complete the look.  I’ve used aqua as accent colour throughout, that was inspired by a painting in the lounge room.   Some of my knickknacks are from local retail stores, some are handmade and others from Salvo’s or Vinnies second hand stores.

Kitchen renovation, Kitchen dining

So this is the kitchen done and dusted.  Items used in this renovation:

  • Solid timber, prefinished yarrah flooring
  • Polyurethane cabinets with shaker style doors
  • Ceasarstone Statuario Nuvo 40mm mitred benchtop
  • Devon super white matte subway tiles from Beaumont Tiles, Castle Hill
  • Kethy handles
  • Wall paint – Dulux Dieskau and Vivid White for the trim
  • Farmhouse style light – Beacon Lighting
  • Provincial style taps in solid brass from Marina Isles, Castle Hill.

Next week, I’ll show you a new room with a new look. If your home is starting to look a little bit sad, give us a call to give you guidance for a freshen up.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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