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12Jul
12Jul

Walk-In Robes

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Walk-In Robes are any fashionesta's dream and definitely a must have!  Walk-In Robes can either fill a small space or can make up an entire room.  They can be luxurious and decorative with extra comforts such as seating, or very simple and minimalist with just racking, shelves and drawers.  Some people like to have all their clothes and accessories on display and others prefer to keep things concealed behind closed doors and drawers in their Walk-In Robe.  Whichever your style is, you want your Walk-In Robe to look good but also for it to be practical.  If your Walk-In Robe is lacking space, then you want to make sure you are making the most of the limited space with the correct layout and design.  You certainly don't want wasted space in your Walk-In Robe, especially if you don't have much storage in any of your other bedrooms.  When creating your own Walk-In Robe and trying to make the most of space, it's always worth the extra money speaking with a designer to make sure the layout works with you, the space and your clothes and accessories.  We have found some impressive Walk-In Robes that'll knock the socks off anyone!

28Jun
28Jun

Add some sparkle with Glitter

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Who doesn't love a bit of sparkle and shine?!  Whether you are trying to create a glamourous space or a pretty girl's bedroom, add some Glitter for instant sparkle.  Glitter can be used in key decor items such as furniture and accessories, or in larger doses such as feature walls.  You can't go overboard with decorating a girl's room covered in Glitter, but if using Glitter in your main living areas then remember less is more if you want to keep your space tasteful.  And yes, there is such a thing as Glitter Paint!  Now you can add Glitter to your space with Dulux Glitter Effect Paint.  Available in Silver, Rose Gold and Diamond, you can instantly transform your space or a piece of furniture and make it shine.  Check out these ideas in how to add some sparkle to your space with Glitter.

14Jun
14Jun

Kitchen Dining Rooms

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Many of us have our Kitchen and Dining Room together in the same space.  It may be due to lack of space or open plan living but having the Kitchen and Dining Room together can work well especially in socialising and entertaining situations.  You can still be in the Kitchen preparing food whilst your guests are sitting down at the table and still having a conversation with you.  But many struggle with how to furnish these two areas and how to make them look good, especially if space isn't on your side.  We've found some inspiring ways in how you can bring these two areas together in style no matter the size of your space.

31May
31May

Home Theatres

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Whether you are building or renovating, a Home Theatre is often one of those rooms many of us dream about.  If you already have a Home Theatre or adding one to your home, there are several things you want to consider.  Of course you want your Home Theatre to look good, but you also want it to be practical.  Choice of lighting, warm under foot flooring and comfortable seating is a must for any Home Theatre.  You want dimmable lighting and no direct lighting over your big screen as the last thing you want is light glare ruining your viewing.  And since you'll be spending hours at a time in your Home Theatre you want to make sure you are comfortable so correct choice of seating is also important as too is flooring.  If you prefer hard floors for your Home Theatre consider your choice of material and opt for something that absorbs sound and don't forget about adding a floor rug to your seating area for wamth and comfort.

17May
17May

Create your own Home Office

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Our lives certainly have changed since Covid-19 and many of us are now working from home.  But not everyone has a home office or a space set aside for working from home or for studying.  Many living and house expenses can be claimed through tax if you are working from home, however in order to do so you need an area designated as an office space.  This means an actual desk and chair to sit at and not just at the kitchen table.  But don't worry if you don't have an overly large home or room as you don't need an enormous space to create your own home office, just a small nook or area that will fit a desk and chair.  Home Offices don't need to be boring either.  They are an area you'll spend a lot of time working at, so you want it to look good as well as being practical.  We've found these simple yet stylish ideas how you can add a Home Office no matter the size or style of your space.

03May
03May

Stain your Timber Black

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

One trend that has been around for years and is still ever so popular is Black Stained Timber.  If you are wanting that Black Timber look it can either be painted black (to hide the timber look) or stained to still show the character and grain of the timber.  The great thing about Black Stained Timber is that if you don't like the natural colour of your timber, you can hide it easily while still retaining the timber look.  Black Stained Timber works with many decorating styles and is a timeless way to protect your timber. It's also very versatile as it can be used with cool tones or with a warmer colour scheme, depending on how you use it.  And Black Stained Timber can be used for interiors as well as exteriors as it works back nicely with bricks, stone, concrete, metal and other timbers.  If using for exterior and a good quality product is applied it can last longer than clear timber coatings due to the pigmentation in the product, making it an even better choice for exterior timber.  Check out these ideas how you can add Black Stained Timber to your next project.

19Apr
19Apr

Timber Cladding

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Timber Cladding has been a well used material for many years and is still being used today in current modern architecture and interior design.  It's a great material of choice for using in highlight feature areas such as ceilings & walls and perfect for disguising surface imperfections.  Timber Cladding can be left as natural timber for a textural earthy organic look or painted over with an enamel (to make it chip resistant) for added colour to a space.  If you are wanting to add some height to your space, then hang your Timber Cladding vertically, but if your space is lacking length then think about hanging your Cladding horizontally.  Timber Cladding is a very versatile choice of material as it can be used internally as well as externally and it teams back well with concrete, stone, brick and other timbers. 

05Apr
05Apr

Brown is the New Grey

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Warm Browns are the New Grey!  Grey hasn't gone away completely as it's still being paired back with these ever so popular warmer earthy tones, but it certainly has taken a back seat.  The great thing about this emerging colour is the warmth and how versatile this colour palette is.  Earthy colours are timeless and don't tend to date, so you can be assured that this colour scheme is going to look as great as it does now for many years to come.  Brown is the perfect colour to look at if you are wanting to create a neutral interior, but with a bit of depth.  And there are so many variations of brown from soft latte colours right through to rust browns and walnuts.  Brown teams backs perfectly with whites, blacks and greys and it's how you layer the colours that makes the difference.  Think of going monochromatic (different tones of brown) for depth and colour, or use accents of browns to create features within your space.   

23Mar
23Mar

Painted Cupboards

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Many of us are self-isolating at the moment and trying to find things to do around the house or looking for small projects to begin.  Painting is something that can be done to help pass the time and to keep yourself socially distant from others.  Many of us have an outdated kitchen, bathroom vanity or piece of furniture, so why not refresh your outdated cupboards with paint?!  Sometimes all it takes is 2 coats of paint in a new colour to really transform your space...... it can be really that easy.  And the best thing about paint is that it's not that expensive and a very painless fix.  Unsure about what colours to choose for your cupboards?  Well we have found some ways in how you can modernise your cupboards just with a new paint colour. 

08Mar
08Mar

Lime Wash

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you love mixing a bit of old with a bit of new and want a paintable texture for your wall, then look no further than using a Lime Wash Paint! Lime Wash will instantly give your wall some depth with variation of tone and texture, creating a soft feature within your space.  The great thing about using Lime Wash paint is that it can be tinted to almost any colour, making it very versatile with many decorating styles. Lime Wash can give your contemporary space some warmth and interest or can give a classical space a real tuscan / Parisian feel.  You can also play around with the application to achieve the texture you want.  And if you need your wall to be wipeable, a matt wall sealer can be easily applied over the paint for extra protection.  Porters make an interior Lime Wash paint - Porters Interno Lime Wash which can be applied to most suitably prepared plasterboard, plaster, masonry and previously painted surfaces.  Check out how adaptable Lime Wash can be to any interior with these ideas........

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