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16Jun
16Jun

Half Painted Walls

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Painted Feature Walls are back but with a little more edge!  Half Painted Walls are the new thing, are easy to create and will transform your space instantly.  The best part is that you don't have to spend a fortune to create Half Painted Walls and anyone can do it!  All you need is some painters tape, tape measure, pencil, some coloured paint, paint brush & roller and then you're all good to go to create your Half Painted Feature Wall.  And you can still add some of your creativity and personal touch into this type of feature wall by the choice of design and colour scheme.  Half Painted Walls are perfect for those that want to add some colour to your space but are too afraid to paint either all walls or one wall a bold colour.  Check out these impressive ideas in how you can quite easily add Half Painted Walls to your space.

02Jun
02Jun

Roof Terrace

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Before the cooler Winter weather sets in, make the most of the balmy days and nights we have left on a Roof Terrace.  Roof Terraces are perfect if you live in the city or in an apartment where outside space is often limited, as not only does it provide an outdoor social area but also serves as a garden retreat / nursery.  Roof Terraces can be very simple and minimalist to elaborate and extravagant.  Whichever your style of Roof Terrace, they can be created easily to work with any budget and to fit any sized outdoor space.  If you love traveling overseas especially in Europe, take inspiration from abroad and create your own piece of outdoor paradise at home.  And if you have a view to impress, make the most of it and incorporate the view as the main focal point in your Roof Terrace.  Check out these impressive but clever ideas when it comes to creating your own Roof Terrace.....

19May
19May

Feature Wall Storage

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

We are all about being multi purpose and so too is Feature Wall Storage!  Not only does it create a focal point within a space but Feature Wall Storage can also be very practical and perfect for those areas that are lacking somewhere to store all your bits and pieces.  Extra storage is always a bonus for anyone so why not create a feature at the same time?!  Feature Wall Storage can be as bold as your dare or a little more subtle and more of a softer feature to a room.  And don't be scared to play around with materials, shapes, lines, proportions and colour.  Or why not customise your own Feature Wall Storage and make it yourself by thinking outside the square to create your own piece of artwork with a second function.  Feature Wall Storage can be used in any room of the house from Family Room, Bedroom, Study right through to Bathroom or Laundry.  If you have a spare wall to spare, then check out these space saving ideas in how you can add some Feature Wall Storage to your room!

05May
05May

Bench Seating

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

The perfect alternative to the dining chair or sofa is Bench Seating.  Not only is Bench Seating very practical, but also an ideal option if space is not on your side.  Bench Seating can come in all shapes and sizes as well as comfort levels.  Bench Seating can either be very simple and just used for seating or can be a little more complicated and have another function such as storage or part of your joinery structure.  And if you really want to liven up your space, then why not make Bench Seating an accent piece to a room by highlighting it with bold fabrics or striking materials like timber, stone, metal or concrete.  Bench Seating can even be used in both interior and exterior settings, making it a very versatile option when you are needing extra seating or to fill an empty space, nook or cranny.  You can never really have too much seating, so why not add some Bench Seating to your space with these adaptable ideas!?

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.

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