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20Sep
20Sep

French Wash

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

French Wash is a subtle marble like finish that was discovered centuries ago by European masters.  This paint technique may have been around for many years but it can still easily be used with today's modern spaces and architecture.  This elegant yet timeless ragged effect can easily be created yourself with applying Porters French Wash over a lighter colour of Porters Low Sheen Acrylic to create a soft broken look. It can be applied to most suitable prepared plasterboard, plaster, wood, masonry and previously painted surfaces.  French Wash is perfect if your space is needing some subtle soft texture.  And it's not just for feature walls.  Think about French Washing your ceilings or even add some more interest to your space by applying two tone French Wash - one colour above picture rail or dado height and a contrasting colour below.  See how versatile and timeless French Wash is with these ideas.......

06Sep
06Sep

Window Treatments

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

When it comes to decorating there's one question many ask and that is "should I have curtains or blinds on my windows?"  The answer to this question really depends on the following - what you are trying to achieve, what are the views from your window and what is the style of your interior?  If you require night time and day time privacy, then you'll need a form of Window Treatment that has block out properites for night time and then maybe a sheer for during the day.  And if you have views outside you may not want to complete hide them with your choice of Window Treatment.  Curtains and blinds do both offer night time and day time privacy with the choice of fabrics.  Curtains can add softness to your space whereas blinds are more clean line and don't take up as much space.  Both styles can look as good as each other however one may be more suited to a particular window style and shape.  We have found some very effective ways how you can add blinds and curtains to your space and hopefully this may help you decide which way you will prefer to go when it comes to Window Treatments.

23Aug
23Aug

Kitchen Window Bars

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you love entertaining outdoors or just chillling outside, then a Kitchen Window Bar is a must!  Kitchen Window Bars are a great way to combine your indoor space with your outdoor space and are also very practical and useful.  By having a Kitchen Window Bar it means you can still be in the kitchen preparing food and drinks while your guests are outside but are not too far away from you so you don't feel left out of the party.  Kitchen Window Bars are also perfect if you are wanting to add some extra casual seating to your outdoor space as stools can easily be added.  And Kitchen Window Bars don't take up too much space so are ideal for any sized space, especially if your outdoor are is a bit more on the smaller scale.  Kitchen Window Bars can easily be created on any budget from adding an outside bench to an existing window to creating your design from scratch.  There are many types of windows available for Kitchen Window Bars and the choice of window depends on how you want it opened and how you want to use your Kitchen Window Bar.  Check out these ideas for inspirations when it comes to Kitchen Window Bars......

09Aug
09Aug

Palm Springs Style

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Palm Springs Style is a mix of mid century modern design come coastal but with a touch of glamour.  This style originates from sunny Palm Springs in California USA and the style is just like its location - bright, glamourous and influenced by architecture.  Palm Springs Style is part old-world Hollywood elegance with a minimalist modern side to it.  Think White with pops of bright colour as well as pastels combined with geometrics, metallics and timbers. Since Palm Springs is coastal but still near the desert, the palm tree as well as the cactus have become icons for this decorating style.  Many of us may not live in the US or even close to it but you can still create your own touch of paradise in your own home with Palm Springs Style no matter the country you live in. If you've always been fascinated by Hollywood glamour and Palm Springs, now is definitely the time to bring a touch of this into your own home especially as many of us won't be travelling for quite some time (in particular internationally)!

26Jul
26Jul

Concrete Floors

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Concrete Floors are an easy and practical option when it comes to choice of flooring.  Concrete Floors can either be left as polished concrete for a natural look or easily painted for a solid coloured look.  Polished Concrete Floors work well when creating an Industrial Interior and team back nicely against timbers, metals, stone and other natural materials.  Neutral painted Concrete Floors are ideal for earthy organic spaces or even ideal for Minimalist Interiors.  Or if you want to have a bit of fun, then think about adding a bold colour to your painted Concrete Floor, or even adding some stencils to create your own floor tiles.  The options are really endless when it comes to Concrete Floors.  We have found some easy ideas in how you can add Concrete Floors to your space no matter your decorating style.

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.

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