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Laundry Design Fundamentals

Laundries are an important part of all homes, even if they are not on display, they still need to work hard in terms of being able to store, wash, dry…

3 Ways to Future Proof your Home

Future proofing is essential when building your Forever Home as your needs will change as your family grows. To ensure your home can adapt to your changing needs over time,…

Top 3 Interior Trends for 2020

What trends are making their way into 2020, and what trends from 2019 are sticking around for a while longer? Read on to find out more and about the top…
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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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