The Block 2020 Winners – Jimmy and Tam

The Block 2020 Winners - Jimmy and Tam

Wow!  Jimmy and Tam walked away from The Block 2020 as winners with a cool $1,066.000.  House number 5, which was faithfully renovated in a Retro 1950s style, sold for a whopping $4.256,000 which was $966,000 above the reserve.  I must say that I am thrilled to see this outcome as they were the only.. Read more

Monochromatic colour schemes – Black and White

Monochromatic colour schemes - Black and white

Colour trends come and go.  When we didn’t think anything could take over from our beloved greys, beige has popped back up on the horizon and the warm terracotta tones are featuring everywhere.  It can be difficult to keep up so you should opt for what you like.  However there are two colours that are.. Read more

The Block Backyard and Pool reveal

The Block 2020 Back Garden and Pool Reveal

This is it.  The Block backyard and pool reveal is the final piece of the puzzle for The Block 2020.  This week has seen Sarah and George go from strength to strength and take out the final win, which I must say in my view, was absolutely deserved.  Their attention to detail, use of the.. Read more

Inside a Modern Scandi Conversion

Inside a Modern Scandi Conversion

Scandi style has been embraced around the world as it is a style that is underpinned by good quality design and the premise that less is more.  Simplicity is important with this style, with each piece in an interior being carefully curated to provide a look that is timeless.  No wonder we love modern Scandi.. Read more

The Block Garage and Studio Reveal

The Block 2020 Garage and Studio Reveal

The penultimate week on The Block 2020 sees the contestants working on their garage and studio space.  A garage is pretty straight forward with plenty of storage essential, but the studio is a completely different matter.  There is no doubt that a good decent sized garage with a studio is highly appealing for buyers and.. Read more

My top 7 tips for a Classic Coastal Scheme

My 7 steps to a classic coastal scheme

Have you noticed that interiors are very neutral now? I’m sure there is no way that you couldn’t have done.  White and Grey are the neutrals of the moment and of course they are very stylish.  Scroll through Pinterest and you will see that so many coastal schemes are also now very neutral, but what.. Read more

Connect the inside to the outside with Caesarstone

Connect the indoors to the outdoors

For many of us in Australia, our outdoor living areas are an extension of our home interior.  With clever design, a good outdoor space can provide an additional room that can substantially extend your useable living area.  Somewhere that can be used for a large degree of the year, and in some regions, all year.. Read more

The Block Front Garden and Facade

The Block 2020 Front Garden and Facade Reveal

The Block contestants are now on the home stretch with the commencement of the outdoor areas.  This week sees the reveal of The Block front garden and facade, which is a great opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the era they are designing to.  We had joint winners this week, Jimmy and Tam with their.. Read more

How to work with a dark colour palette

How to work with a dark colour palette

People tend to either love or hate a dark colour palette.  Those of us who do like them though are often too afraid to use them and the alternative of a light white or neutral scheme just seems an easier option.  Certainly, this can be true but often it isn’t the case of selecting either a.. Read more

How to create the perfect outdoor space

How to create the perfect outdoor space

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but with Australia’s beautiful weather and outdoor lifestyle, an outdoor room might just be the space that really captures the heart. This area, that bridges the divide between interior and exterior, can be an alfresco with a barbeque or relaxation destination the next. With.. Read more