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Injecting New Life Into Your Home

Over the last few months I’ve been presenting at various Rotary Clubs across Melbourne and Victoria discussing sustainability and downsizing. I have frequently been sharing my views on using what…
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Amsterdam Influences

A recent trip to Europe allowed me to retrace the steps of my family history in Amsterdam, as well as retrace my own steps of living in London and Amsterdam…
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Trend Predictions for 2019

It’s been trade show mania over the last couple of months. Two of the largest interior design trade shows, Denfair and Décor & Design, open their doors in the winter…
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How to Choose the Right Benchtop

There are many things to consider when choosing a benchtop for your kitchen or bathroom. There’s obvious thoughts about aesthetics, yet you also need to think about functionality. Expectations have…
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The Five Building Stages

Building a new home? Are you aware that there are many stages in the build process that are signed off by a building surveyor throughout the build phase? I work…
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Christmas Decorating

It’s that time of year again when Christmas will be upon us in a matter of weeks, so with that I thought I’d run through some decorating tips. Work out…
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Want to Create a Comfortable Home?

I’m hearing more and more from clients about wanting to create homes that perform well energy- wise. When we opened our home for Sustainable House Day this year, it was…
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Trends for 2018 – Part 2

Following on from my previous blog where I spoke about predictions for 2018 trends, here I’ll outline the other areas that are coming to the fore in the upcoming year.…
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Trends for 2018 – Part 1

The end of July saw one of the largest Australian interior design trade shows hit Melbourne  – Décor and Design. Not only did I get the opportunity to present on…
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Build new or Renovate?

You may have a current home, or plan on buying something that you intend to renovate, or you may desire a new home so that you can start afresh and…
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Downsizing Effectively

There comes a time when we may need to downsize. Our current home is too large, or we just need less. So what’s the best way to do this? Look…
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Decorating for Winter

It’s that time of year again when we need extra layers, and it’s also when I feel like I need extra comfort in my living spaces. I decided to incorporate…
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Book Launch Fever

  The last few weeks have been one incredible ride, to say the least. I officially launched my book ‘Your Forever Home’ at Domo Furniture on the 3rd May and…
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Briefing Made Easy

  Creating a brief is not something that everyone thinks of when about to build a home or engage any number of experts they may need to create the home…
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Future proofing your home

When you’re building a home that you anticipate being in for 15 year or more, you can expect that your requirements will change as your family changes and grows, and…
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Sustainable Money Savers

With the cost of energy constantly increasing, it makes sense to build a home that will use less energy, yet be comfortable year-round, which is exactly what a sustainable home…
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Things to Consider Before You Build

When thinking about building a new home, or renovating or extending, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare yourself for the journey. Frequently I have clients come…
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Bringing the outside in

Varying the colour palette in your home as we move into a different season is a lovely way to ‘prepare’ for winter. It’s common in Northern European countries to have…
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Decorating in Autumn

Autumn is a great time to reinvent your living and bedroom spaces as the cooler months settle in. Consider using different scatter cushions, heavier weight throws, perhaps even changing your…
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Christmas themes

It’s that time of year again when Christmas will be upon us in a matter of weeks (did I really write that!) and we wonder where the year has gone.…
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Top 5 tips for hanging artwork

Avoid hanging in direct light – sunlight can fade photos & artwork really quickly, so hang out of direct sunlight – particularly harsh afternoon sunlight. Hang similar styles together –…
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Top 5 tips for decorating to sell

Use Lamps – Table and floor lamps create mood lighting, add additional light where required and create balance with other items in a room. Move the TV – Left or…
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Top 5 tips for selecting benchtops

Think budget and investigate options – natural stone Vs composite stone Vs laminate Vs solid acrylic. Composite stone will not always be cheaper than natural stone, but it may require…
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Top 5 tips for lighting

Avoid casting shadows – downlights create shadow if not placed in the right location. It’s best not to rely on downlights alone but also use additional lighting. Think about task…
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Top 5 tips for window treatments

What’s the objective – to create privacy, insulation or blackout for sleeping? The best way to achieve all three is with curtains, which have made a great comeback as people…
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Top 5 Tips for Renovating

Spend money where it counts – hire an expert if you need to for advice on where best to splurge and where to save. There are plenty of ways to…
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