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25Aug
25Aug

Brick Walls

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

To paint or not to paint - that is the question....... when it comes to interior Brick Walls.  Brick is still a current trend and a well used choice of material when it comes to feature walls.  Some people like exposed Brick and some people hate it.  If exposed raw Brick is not your thing then the easy and affordable option is to cover it over with paint.  But if you have a love towards the Brick then flaunt it and show it off as a feature.  How you choose to show off or hide your Brick makes the world of difference when it comes to the look and feel you are creating within your space.  If Industrial is the look you are going for then opt to leave your Brick rustic and raw for that edgy natural element to your space.  Whereas if you are going for more of a light, airy minimalistic look then block out the Brick with a neutral coloured paint like a White to give your space that less is more feeling.  Whichever is your style, check out these examples of how to make Brick work best for you and your space.....

11Aug
11Aug

Modern Nomadic

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Modern Nomadic is all about being free spirited and all about the mixing of different cultures.  Think Boho meets Aztec meets African meets Moroccan.  Modern Nomadic can be quite colourful with rich and vibrant hues or can be more tamed down with neutrals and earthy tones.  If you are a collector of souvenirs, ethnic pieces and favour vintage stores then this is the style for you.  You can also have a bit of fun with Modern Nomadic as there are no real limits when it comes to this style - add some wildness to your space with cute cactuses or add texture with rattan and weaves.  And don't forget about adding Aztec prints in rugs and soft furnishings to really top off this look.  Check out these exotic ideas to help you create your own Modern Nomadic space.

28Jul
28Jul

White on White

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

White doesn't always have to be boring!  It's all about what you do with White that counts.  White can be just as interesting as any other colour.  Think about layering different tones of White and adding White accents in different textures to create the interest.  White is still one of the most popular colours when it comes to paint colours.  Many people go back to white as it's neutral, goes with anything and makes a good base for any style or colour scheme.  It also appeals to anyone since it's not a personal colour and doesn't really date.  Often people choose to go for White as they think it's the easy option.  However when they start to look at White paint colours they then realise how many are available and often can become confused.  But choosing the right white doesn't have to be a chore.  We've taken the hard work out of a White on White interior with these brilliant ideas.    

14Jul
14Jul

Modern Cabin Homes

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

There's nothing more relaxing than snuggling up by a wood fire in Winter and even better when you have natural forest and forest life outside your window.  Modern Cabin Homes are all about keeping in with the surroundings and what wildlife brings.  Think natural timbers to reflect the natural elements outside..... rustic timbers, earthy stone and brick, animal furs and skins (real or faux).  Or add an Industrial feel to your Modern Cabin Home with mixing these classic materials with accents of metals and concrete.  And if you are over dark timber and want to lightening things up, then opt to paint all or some timber out white for a more fresher, brighter and cleaner look.  Whichever your style, we've found some Modern Cabin Homes which we are sure will leave anyone wanting to escape to and to hibernate in during this Winter.

30Jun
30Jun

Maximalism

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

We have all heard of Minimalism, but have your heard of Maximalism?  This ongoing trend is all about more is more and is everything opposite to Minimalism.  Maximalism is all for decorating your space to the max with over the top pieces, colour and pure opulence.  You can never overdo Maximalism as the more prints, pattern and colour the better!  Maximalism is about surrounding yourself with what makes you feel good and what makes you feel a bit more glamourous than you really may be.  Maximalism is very individual as the style is made up of your personality- you can be as bold and brave as you like and as out there without having to confine to any restrictions.  If you like to have fun with eclectic pieces and show your true colours, then Maximalism is your style and all for you!  Check out these bare-all Maximalism ideas....

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.

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