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21Apr
21Apr

Garage Doors

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

The choice and colour of a Garage Door is one concern for many when they are building or renovating.  We are often asked what colour Garage Door they should choose.  If working to a budget and it's a new door being installed, then it's best to choose a powdercoated door and one from the Colorbond Range as this will be the cheapest option.  But if you are selecting on design as opposed to price, then the options are endless especially if you are wanting your Garage Door to be a real feature to your facade.  Whether to highlight the Garage Door by a contrasting colour to the rest of the house is another asked question and it really comes down to the look and feel of your facade and what you are wanting to become a focal point.  If you already have many materials on your facade (i.e. brick, stone, timber, metal etc), then sometimes it is best to keep your Garage Door plain and to blend in with the rest of the house.  Placement of your Garage is also important when deciding if to make the Door a feature as if this is the only part of your facade guests will see, then you may want to make the Door more of a feature to add interest to your exterior.

10Apr
10Apr

Japandi Style

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Japandi Style is the mix between Japanese Zen and Scandinavian.  It's all about minimalism modern which comes from the Nordic with a fusion of traditional elegance from the Japanese.  These two styles are very similar as they are both based on clean lines with a modern approach and it is this that makes them work so well together.  Scandinavian is usually based on a very neutral colour palette and some find this a little too clinical, but when Japanese Zen is added to the mix it is what adds the warmth to this hybrid decorating style making it more appealing to many.  To create this look, start with a neautral base that has some slight saturation and then add some light timbers mixed with stark and black tones.  The overall colour scheme that is made of Japandi still is quite neutral like Scandinavian, but with a few more vibrant or darker colours sometimes added through natural sources like plants and materials.  We believe this modern yet timeless style will become a staple in design and will be around for quite some time - you can't really go wrong with combining these two ever so popular and successful styles!

17Mar
17Mar

Black Basins

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you are renovating or building, you'll soon realise that there are so many options in the current market when it comes to choosing your selections.  And this now also applies to your sanitary fittings and fixtures.  White is no longer the only choice for hand basins and sinks as one trend that has become ever so popular is the use of the Black Basin.  Black Basins work well with many styles from Modern Industrial through to Classic Farmhouse.  And it's all about what you team back with your Black Basin to create the look you are after.  The extra details pay off when it comes to your final selections, so consider the tapware (style and colour), tiles, bench top, joinery and lighting in the room when putting everything together and to really make your Black Basin stand out from the rest.  Check out these bold ideas when it comes to Black Basins......

03Mar
03Mar

Mirrored Surfaces

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you are wanting your space to really dazzle then add some Mirrored Surfaces!  Mirrors are the perfect option for choice if you are wanting to lighten up your room with adding natural daylight and to make your space appear larger due to their reflective properties.  But Mirrors don't have to only be the traditional framed style and only used to see your reflection when brushing your teeth.  Think outside the square and use a Mirrored Surface as a material for your splash back, front of joinery, feature wall or even as an outside wall.  Check out these endless options when it comes to using Mirrored Surfaces.

17Feb
17Feb

Parquetry Flooring

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Parquetry Flooring is one of those trends that doesn't really date.  It has been around since the 1600's and comes from the French, meaning "a small compartment."  It is an effective decorative option fo conventional timber flooring, but just as practical and timeless as timber floorboards.  Parquetry can give any space a more elegant feel as well as making a strong floor statement.  Parquetry can be laid in various patterns or why not try something different and add different colours / timbers to your Parquetry?!  With the extensive range of timber stains on the market, you can have lots of fun and add some creativity in how your Parquetry pattern is formed or plain on stain and opt for a grey based undertone to bring your Parquetry into current trend.  Whether you have existing Parquetry or adding some to your space, we have found some fabulous flooring options when it comes to Parquetry.

03Feb
03Feb

All about Artwork

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Artwork is that key piece that can really make a room. It can add colour and texture to what would be a plain space, it can evoke emotion, it can add your personality making the room your own and / or it can make a statement by playing with proporations with oversized Artwork. But how you display your Artwork is what really matters. There are a few factors you need to consider when it comes to displaying your Artwork.... the wall it's going on (colour, material etc), the surrounds, size, where to hang and the style of the Artwork. We have taken the worry out of hanging Artwork with these examples to make your space all about your Artwork.

21Jan
21Jan

Black Bench Tops

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

One Kitchen trend that has already emerged for 2019 is Black Bench Tops.  White bench tops were the previous favoured choice when it came to current kitchen trends and are still being used but are now being used with Black Bench Tops as well.  Long gone are the days of keeping all your bench tops the same as the trend for 2019 is to mix things up with your bench top colours and materials.  Kitchen Island benches are the perfect feature to highlight by opting for a diferent colour and/or material to the remainder of your kitchen tops.  And not only is black being used for just bench tops this year, but also for cabinetry making 2019 all about 50 shades of black.  Check out these Kitchen Designs where Black is the New White when it comes to bench tops.

06Jan
06Jan

Industrial Farmhouse

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Do you like a bit of classic rustic but also like modern with an industrial feel?  Then Industrial Farmhouse is your style!  Industrial Farmhouse is all about these two styles meeting together to achieve a timeless but modern look.  Industrial Farmhouse has the warmth and extra character that other modern styles sometimes lack. Think rustic large scaled timber pieces and features, exposed natural brick and stone with more polished industrial metals to create this look.  Industrial Farmhouse is all about detail so don't forget to add these finishing touches to your space with character mouldings and joinery profiles, timber cladding and exposed timber beams, pressed metals etc.  The great thing about Industrial Farmhouse is that this style is easy to create yourself as you can work with any existing rustic pieces you may already have simply by adding some modern decor to bring your space and pieces up to date.  We have found some creative ways in how you can reclaim your space and pieces by styling with Industrial Farmhouse.

23Dec
23Dec

Children's Rooms

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

School holidays are here again and now is the time when parents are racking their brains working out what they are going to do with their kids during this long break.  Well worry no more as now is the perfect time to update your Children's Room!  Renovating your Children's Room is an ideal way to get them involved with problem solving with some hands on fun and also a great distraction to get them away from computer games and other electronic hand held devices.  Children's Rooms are all about them and creating a space they love and want to be a part of.  You can never go over the top with a Child's Room, so let your hair down and go crazy with some of these fun Children's Room ideas.

02Dec
02Dec

Terrazzo

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Terrazzo is something you either love or hate.  This popular material from the 1920's can still be found in many older homes and spaces in its original form (generally used during the Art Deco days).  Terrazzo has reared its head again with a modern twist as this practical composite material is being used again today as flooring, wall panels, furniture, bench tops, splash backs, and even in home decor and fashion accessories.  So if you are renovating your home / space and find original Terrazzo, refrain from replacing it with something else as Terrazzo is back!  Not convinced?  Well check out these ways Terrazzo is being used tastefully today and why many are opting to use this once ancient material again.

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