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20Oct
20Oct

TV Designs

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Nowadays the Television is a staple to any Living Room.  Our lives have become focused around the TV and with open plan living designs we now tend to do our daily activities whilst watching TV.  So why not make your TV a feature in your room?!  Long gone are the days of sitting your TV where ever you have spare bench space as many are now designing rooms around their TV when it can be done tastefully and part of your overall Interior Design.  Modern living is all about keeping out the clutter and sticking to clean lines without the fuss and this can apply too when it comes to TV design and where you place your TV in your room.  Check out these stylish ideas in TV designs and how you can make your TV a sophisticated feature in your space......

06Oct
06Oct

Featured Ceilings

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you want your space to stand out from the rest then look at adding a Feature Ceiling.  Featured Ceilings are a perfect way to add interest to a room and can be quite easily achieved.  Think of adding a different texture to your ceiling such as wallpaper, metal, timber, mouldings, paint effects, brick or tile or if working to a budget then re-paint your ceiling in a bold or contrasting colour to your walls.  Featured Ceilings can be very individual and can really show off your personalilty as they can be customised to any taste.  You can be as daring or as subtle as you wish by your choice of materials.  Check out these endless ideas in how you can add a Featured Ceiling to your space......   

22Sep
22Sep

Transitional Design

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you love both contemporary and traditional then Transitional Design is the style for you!  Transitional Design is the mixing of modern and classical coming together to give you the best of both worlds.  Think classical architecture with modern pieces of furniture and contemporary colours.  Or a modern clean line home dressed with some classical pieces.  This style is perfect if you have traditional pieces from either your previous home or that have been handed down to you as you can still use these but with a modern approach and without dating your space.  The best part about Transitional Design is that it's timeless unlike many current trends, so ideal for those that don't like to re-decorate very often.  Check out these ageless ways in how you can make your space Transitional.......

08Sep
08Sep

When Outdoors meets Indoors

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Many of us are lovers of nature and being Outside.  Our lifestyles now involve entertaining Outdoors and having Outdoor spaces that have become like another room of our home.  There has been a shift in building design where we are now wanting to bring Outdoor and Indoor spaces together to create one large open plan living area.  Not only does this give us more entertaining and living space but is also a great way of bringing more natural daylight and greenery to our Indoor spaces.  Outdoor Kitchens have also become the in-thing and ideal for those that don't like cleaning as it takes the mess out of cooking as well as eliminating those food odours that seem to get trapped Indoors.  And when you have guests over you can still cook in your Outdoor Kitchen with your guests sitting either Inside or Outside without feeling too far away from them to socialise.  So not only is it very practical when Outdoors meets Indoors but can also be a stunning feature to your living space!  Check out these impressive ideas in how you can bring your Outdoors In......

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.

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