Your Forever Home- The Podcast

Join award winning interior designer, author and Forever Home expert, Frances, as she takes you on the journey to create the Forever Home of your dreams.

Frances will help you navigate all the big ticket items, and all the little details that get lost along with way when renovating or building a new home.

Focusing on sharing key information to ensure you’re planned and prepared for the journey, she’ll share how to ensure your home is functional, sustainable, durable, and aesthetically beautiful.

Guests will also join Frances to share their insight and expertise on various topics, so you’re getting well rounded information from a wide source of specialists.

Frances has helped hundreds of people create Forever Homes that are designed for their lifestyles and reflects who they are, and is super passionate about your getting your Forever Home right. She’s also built her home Forever Home, so she knows first hand what it takes, and what you need to know.

Share the journey, and let Frances guide you along the way.

Episode 51: Forever Home LIVE – Kitchen Needs Assessment

In this Forever Home Live, Frances chats about how to determine the functionality required in your kitchen and determine what you actually need. She outlines how this will enable you to assess your kitchen design with your requirements in mind, rather than just aesthetics.
She walks through the Clear Clarity Design Worksheet (a resource provided in the Beautiful Kitchen Design Course) and how these prompts you to think about your needs and how you will store items, and cook in your kitchen.
Finally, she touches on The Top 12 Must Do’s resource (as part of the course) and how that helps with the process for designing your kitchen.

Episode 50: Kitchen Design Essentials- Kitchen Taps and Sinks
There’s so much more to Kitchen Taps and Sinks than you may think. In this episode, Frances and her podcast guest Trisha Narde from Reece discuss kitchen taps and sinks and what to look for in each. What makes a good quality tap and sink? What material composition should you look for in standard sinks and taps, but also in black? Not all black is the same!
They also chat about Billi and Zip taps and how to allow for them in your design.
Episode 49: Kitchen Design Essentials – Butler’s Pantries and Pantries

In this Episode of the podcast, Frances discusses the key differences between Butler’s Pantries, Walk in Pantries, Pull-out Pantries, Appliance Cupboards, Cupboard Pantries and Step in Pantries. She also walks through the key components of a well-designed walk in pantry, and discusses some key questions relating to pantries – doors, cabinetry fronts, sinks and windows.

Episode 48: Forever Home Live – Ideal TV placement

Frances is not a fan of TVs being the focal point in a room. In this Forever Home Live, she walks through different options for TV placement, and how they do not necessarily have to be wall mounted and centred on the wall. She discusses how to balance the TV with other items in the room so it’s not all about the TV! Finally she talks about TVs above a fire and why this is not ideal.

Episode 47: Kitchen Design Essentials – Key Kitchen Measurements

In this episode Frances outlines the essential measurements to ensure your kitchen is functional and workable. She discusses the kitchen triangle and the theory behind how this works in your kitchen, cabinetry size standards, appliances, splashbacks and also some of the regulations to check.

Episode 46: Forever Home LIVE– Ceiling Heights

In this Forever Home Live Frances discusses ceiling heights and why you would opt for an optimal ceiling height of 2.7m at a minimum and why the investment is worth it. As you Forever Home, Frances is a strong believer in getting your building structure right, and ceiling height is one of those core foundations.

Episode 45: Kitchen Design Essentials - Internal Elevations & Joinery Design

Frances is pretty passionate about internal elevations making or breaking the outcome of your home, which is definitely apparent in this episode of the podcast. She outlines what internal elevations are, what advantages they provide, and further, what can go wrong if you don’t have proper internal elevations for your kitchen.

Episode 44: Forever Home LIVE – Onsite Visits

In this Forever Home Live, Frances has just been onsite and runs through the type of things she was checking onsite, and why you need to negotiate with your builder to get access and be on site at certain stages of the build to check what’s going on.

Episode 43: Kitchen Design Essentials – Flatpack Vs Custom Designed Kitchens

In this episode of the Kitchen Design Essentials Season, Frances outlines some core differences to be aware of between flatpack (off the shelf) and custom designed kitchens.

She walks through some of the core differences and what compromises may need to be made with a flat pack kitchen with its sizing constraints.

She also discusses material and hardware differences that may impact your decisions. As always, the focus is on Forever Homes, and she chats through compromises that may impact you later on, and cost a lot to rectify.

Episode 42: Forever Home Live – Feature Walls

Feature walls do not necessarily mean a bold colour on one wall in a room! In this Forever Home Live, Frances chats about elements you can use to create a feature wall in your Living Room, with a big emphasis on not having the TV as the focal point. She highlights the use of texture through various materials such as wallpaper, textured paint, Unitex and stone to create impact and layers in a room.

Episode 41: Kitchen Design Essentials – Cabinetry Materials

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right cabinetry material for your kitchen. Budget, aesthetics, cleaning requirements and durability are just a few. In this episode, Frances outlines seven different materials to consider and some of the reasons they would work well in your kitchen, or if you may need to think about something different to meet your needs.

Often people resort to the products they know, rather than being aware of all that’s available and selecting a product that will really work for them and their lifestyle. This episode will arm you with information on the many options out there.

Finally, Frances chats about kickers and how they can be approached in the design of your kitchen.

Episode 40: Forever Home LIVE-We are Open – Stage 4 Lockdown

In this Forever Home Live, Frances shares her story as a Small Business owner during Covid 19 Stage 4 lockdown and what it means for her business White Pebble Interiors. She outlines how as a small business she has been able to adapt, be flexible and still serve her clients, and use the processes and systems that are already in place from serving regional and interstate clients for several years now.

She is super grateful and proud, that she can has not laid off any staff, and is proud to employ a team during this time.

Episode 39: Kitchen Design Essentials – Splashbacks

Splashbacks can be a key feature of your kitchen and create a real point of difference. In this episode Frances outlines several splashback materials including glass, stone, windows, mirror and porcelain, that can be used, including her favourite – tiles. Further, she discusses how a splashback is a wonderful opportunity to inject colour, texture or shape into your kitchen. She is a real advocate in the splashback being a chance to reflect your personality and create a point a difference..

Episode 38: Kitchen Design Essentials-Benchtop Criteria and Materials – Part 2

In this episode Frances continues the benchtop discussion outlining an additional 10 benchtop materials to consider. She also outlines the criteria to assist in deciding what benchtop material is going to be the best for your kitchen.

Episode 37: Forever Home LIVE- Upholstered Furniture: Quality Vs Cheap and Cheerful

In this Forever Home Live Frances discusses the reasons for opting for good quality upholstered furniture and the options it provides you over decades of use. She discusses fabric considerations, construction, the sustainability considerations, and outlines what reupholstering can provide and the impact on your choices today.

She walks through solutions for families and how to maximise the life of your good quality furniture.

If you’re in the market to buy new or replace your upholstered furniture, this gives you some great advice and insight about your purchase.

Episode 36: Kitchen Design Essentials – Benchtops part 1

In this episode, part 1 of benchtops in the series, Frances welcomes her guest, Laura Neville from Cosentino to discuss three main benchtop applications – reconstituted stone, natural stone (by Cosentino) and Dekton.

They outline the differences between the 3 products and why you may choose one over the other, considering functionality, durability, budget and aesthetics. Fabulous insight is provided on manufacturing differences, cost differences and application.

Episode 35: Forever Home LIVE- Mirror and Window Splashbacks

In this Forever Home Live Frances discusses the option of having a mirrored or window splashback and their advantages and disadvantages. The ability to create extra light, to create a sense of space, yet also the high requirement of frequent cleaning.

Episode 34: Kitchen Design Essentials – Key Kitchen Design Mistakes

This episode brings back our guest Fabieli Fontana, from White Pebble Interiors. She and Frances discuss some of the key design mistakes they have seen (and mitigated). Windows in a location that compromises design and functionality, the consideration of materials, and how they affect design outcomes. Some big-scale issues with pantries, using corners, right down to little details such as lining up cabinetry, power point locations, picture windows, and visual bulk mitigation. They discuss how the rationale of the kitchen design is critical to understanding how it works. That your desires may not be a functional choice, so understanding the rationale of the design is crucial in the process.

Finally, they cover why elevations are so important to design details and discuss how not having them leads to big issues later on.

Episode 33: Forever Home LIVE-Holiday homes and Covid 19 Lockdown 2 implications.

In this Forever Home Live Frances is on holidays, and chats about holiday homes in general and what they represent to her. She references how holidays during Covid 19 are a different beast, and how people are now diverting their holiday funds to improving their home. She chats about the implications of Covid 19 lockdown 2 for Melbourne and how her business has pivoted to service clients in the ‘new normal’. She also references the great desire by many to paint original timber accents and features in a home and her view on this.

Episode 32: Kitchen Design Essentials – The Builder’s Insight

This Kitchen Design Essentials episode has special guest, Jeremy Gates from Gaia Construction chat with Frances about some of the key mistakes people make when embarking on creating a new kitchen – and not really understanding the impact of these decisions. Jeremy shares his vast experience as a carpenter and builder on how to avoid mistakes when designing your kitchen, and how a builder can really assist you meet expectations, if engaged early on in the process. A very insightful discussion for getting your kitchen right.

Episode 31: Forever Home LIVE- Styles - and how a brief determines the outcome

In this Forever Home Live, Frances discusses the outcome of projects and how they are determined by the brief for the designer. She chats about how the style created in a place is the outcome of the brief, and that as a designer, she may not necessarily like everything personally herself, but as long as it’s cohesive, has flow, and colours, tones and materials all relate to each other – this is the important part. And most importantly, the client loves it. She gives some examples of recent clients, and their briefs and how that will determine the outcome they create for the clients.

Episode 30: Kitchen Design Essentials -Kitchen Design Layouts and Location

Where your kitchen is located in the home, and getting the layout right is critical to good kitchen design. In this episode, Frances, and guest Interior Designer, Fabieli Fontana talk about the different locations of a kitchen in the home, along with different layouts and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are of each. An interesting discussion between two interior designers on optimum kitchen design!

Episode 29: Forever Home LIVE- Working from Home – how to create an ideal space

Frances recorded this Forever Home Live during the Covid 19 isolation period, when many people were working from home for long periods of time. She talks about what you can do to create a working from home space that is productive, personal and allow you to work in a happy environment. Lots of tips to allow you to carve out your own space!

Episode 28: Forever Home LIVE- Walk in Pantries – With or Without a Door

In this Forever Home Live, Frances outlines reasons why having a door on your walk in pantry is a good idea. She talks about the ideal door scenarios too!

Episode 27: Kitchen Design Essentials - How to Determine What You Need in Your Kitchen

What do you need to do before you start designing your dream kitchen? In this episode, as part of the Kitchen Design Essentials Season, Frances outlines how you determine what you need in your kitchen (rather than worrying about what everyone else has) and how to determine the what, how and where for your storage requirements, critical to the foundation of your overall kitchen design.

Frances also discusses the importance of your lifestyle, and your cooking requirements to really determine what you need in your kitchen and how you need it to work for you. Being the hub of many family homes, kitchens need to perform many roles, and be many things, so thinking about how you live and what you need out of your kitchen is critical to getting a design that works.

Episode 26: Forever Home LIVE: Tapwear colours – to use black or not

To black or not to black – that is the question often asked of interior designers regarding black tapwear and accessories. Will they date, and should you use them? Frances discusses this topic in this Forever Home Live, putting her view forward, along with industry experts she’s chatted with too. And if you do decide to use black – how to buy quality.

Episode 25: Forever Home LIVE- Rugs and How to Choose Them

In this FB Live Frances chats about rugs and how to choose them. She discusses the use of rugs to anchor a space, and creating a soft space to relax on. She outlines their other uses for noise mitigation, creating layers in your room and adding texture and colour.

Episode 24: Kitchen Design Essentials - Season Overview

Kitchen Design Essentials is a podcast series to provide all the information you need for your kitchen renovation, new kitchen or kitchen makeover.

Frances provides an overview of what to expect in this specialised Kitchen Design Season and outlines all the areas that will be covered in this multi episode podcast. All you need to know to complete your kitchen will be covered, from layout, design considerations, materials, lighting, storage, pantries, taps, sinks and appliances.

Episode 23: Forever Home LIVE- Storage in bathrooms

Storage in bathrooms cannot be overlooked. This Forever Home Lives goes through the importance of storage in bathrooms for them to function adequately. Bathrooms should not only look fabulous, but they need to work for us too. Frances runs through storage solutions for all bathrooms.

Episode 22: Forever Home LIVE – Choosing Taps and Bathroom Accessories

In this Forever Home Live, Frances chats about choosing tapwear, showers and bathroom accessories and how they need marry in with each other for a cohesive scheme. What taps are best for the kitchen and laundry and how they don’t need to match all the other taps in your home!

Episode 21: Choosing Carpets for your Home

Confused about all the different types of carpets available and how to select the right one? In this episode, Frances outlines different carpet types, from twist to plush to loop pile, along with carpet weights and fibres and how to choose one over another. Further, she chats through the important aspect of what colour carpet to choose, and dispels all the misnomers about having a dark carpet to hide stains.

Episode 20: Forever Home LIVE-Benchtops and the options

There are so many different options available when it comes to choosing benchtops for kitchens, laundries and bathrooms. With new materials launching all the time. In this Forever Home Live Frances runs through the main considerations when selecting your benchtops.

Episode 19: Forever Home LIVE- Homebuilder Stimulus Package

Frances runs through the criteria and parameters around the Australian Government’s Home Builder Scheme, and who is eligible for the $25K grant.

She also discusses window splashbacks for above a stove. The likes and dislikes about this scenario.

Episode 18: Forever Home LIVE- Flooring and why it's so important

Why is flooring so important? In this Forever Home Live Frances discusses why choosing your floor first is critical to getting all your material choices right. Floors take up a lot of budget, cover a large area and need to work super hard, so get the low down on floors in this episode.

Episode 17: Forever Home LIVE - Sink in the Island Bench - to do or not to do

In this Forever Home Live Frances discusses the topic of a sink in your kitchen island bench and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of a sink in the bench. This episode will allow you to make an informed choice on which is the best option for you.

Episode 16: Toilets and what are the differences

Not the sexiest topic when it comes to interior design, but a necessity never-the-less! The episode covers the differences between toilet styles and types of toilets so you can decide on the important components and which type of toilet is the best for you. Not all toilets are the same, and Frances covers rimless, back to wall, hidden cistern and floating pan options.

Episode 15: Forever Home LIVE- Internal Spatial Planning

In This Forever Home Live Frances discusses the importance of spatial planning and how it affects other choices and selections in your home. She discussed the importance of conducting this at floorplan stage and the reason why.

Episode 14: Forever Home LIVE- Joinery Drawings and Why Do Them Early On

Don’t leave your joinery drawings until you’re part way through the build. Frances outlines why this is not ideal, and what you can achieve in completing internal elevations and joinery drawings before building. She outlines how you can save money, compromises you can avoid, and why you’ll get a much better result with them.

Episode 13: Choosing Colours for Your Home

Choosing internal and external paint colours for your home is not as easy as it seems. There are many factors to consider to ensure you get it right and asking an online forum is not the ideal method to getting the right colours for your home. Frances chats through what to consider to get it right and how not all colours are the same.

Episode 12: Forever Home LIVE- Trends for 2020

In this Forever Home live, Frances outlines her view on the top 3 trends for 2020 and what will be with us to stay.

Episode 11: Specialists for Your Forever Home

There are a number of specialists required to make your Forever Home a reality. In this episode Frances discusses key specialists she believes are required, and that they be engaged early on to maximise on their expertise. Rather than them working in silos, experts are able to add massive value to your overall Forever Home Master Plan.

Episode 10: Forever Home LIVE- Preliminaries and Timelines

In this Forever Home Live Frances outlines some of the preliminaries to consider when planning your Forever Home, and the timelines to allow for them. There is a lot to plan for in advance of getting your home designed, and this is discussed in this episode.

Episode 9: Forever Home LIVE-The Importance of Internal Doors

The importance of doors is often an overlooked element in home design as people strive for open plan living. In this Forever Home Live, Frances discusses the importance of doors and the many benefits they provide in for Forever Home design, including their purpose in different scenarios.

Episode 8:Who Is Frances Cosway?

Frances shares her personal journey of how she became an interior designer, along with sharing her passions, her design philosophy and her influences.

Episode 7: Forever Home LIVE- My Sustainable Forever Home

Frances built her own award winning sustainable Forever Home in 2014. Here she runs through what was done with her home to make it sustainable, comfortable and energy saving.

Episode 6: Forever Home LIVE- Interior Designer- The Right Fit

Frances chats about how connecting with your interior designer (and other specialists) on many levels is so critical to your project.

Episode 5: Forever Home LIVE- Future Proof your Home

Frances provides an overview of what to consider to Future Proof your home design so it can copy with multi-generational living.

Episode 4: Laundry Design Fundamentals

This episode runs through the essential elements required for a well designed family laundry. How functionality needs to combine with storage requirements. Laundry chutes are also discussed in terms of how essential they are!

Episode 3: Forever Home LIVE-Decorating While at Home

Frances chats about decorating quick fixes in this Facebook Live, discussing elements to incorporate into your home to give it a new lease of life. Things you already have at home, or won’t cost a fortune.

Episode 2: Forever Home LIVE- Floorplans

As part of the Forever Home Live series, in this broadcast, Frances discusses the importance of floorplans and what aspects can affect how your home adapts over the years.

Episode 1: What is a Forever Home

What makes a Forever Home different, and what is a Forever Home anyway? Frances discusses some of the key things that make a Forever Home different to any other home, and what important elements you need in your Forever Home, more than any other home.

Your Forever Home Podcast Overview

In this introductory episode we reveal what you will learn and benefit from listening in to the Your Forever Home Podcast. You will be planned, prepared and learn all there is to create the Forever Home of your dreams.

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