The Block Hallway, Stairs, Laundry and WC

The Block 2020 Hallway, Stairs, Laundry and WC reveal

Known as Hell week on The Block, the completion of the hallway, stairs, laundry and WC is an overwhelming week for the contestants.  Linking the original section of the house to the more contemporary space at the rear is a design challenge which this week saw Jimmy and Tam take out first place, but only.. Read more

7 Tips for a Neutral Beachside Scheme

7 tips for a neutral beachside scheme

One of my favourite coastal looks is a neutral beachside scheme.  We are so conditioned to associate coastal style with the colour blue that we often don’t consider using anything else for this look.   Although blue is a favourite colour for the majority of us, in fact Pantone say 70%, we may not necessarily want to use.. Read more

Nat Wheeler’s 1920s Californian Bungalow renovation

Nat Wheeler's 1920s Californian Bungalow Renovation

Do you love Scandi style?  The decorating mantra of light, white, texture, beautiful muted grey colours, natural finishes and simplicity.  Where can you go wrong with that?  The team behind the successful Melbourne based Scandinavian Interiors store Norsu Interiors have lots to tell you and tempt you with if you love this style.  If you.. Read more

The Block Guest Bedroom 3 reveal

The Block Guest Bedroom 3 reveal

The Block Guest Bedroom 3 reveal has more than bedrooms this week and some great and not so great rooms. I have to say that I am a fan of Jimmy and Tam.  They are the only contestants who have really endeavoured to meet the original brief of decorating to an era and I like.. Read more

7 Tips for the Perfect Welcoming Hallway

7 tips for a welcoming hallway

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  What do you think of this old adage?  I believe that it is absolutely true, whether we are talking about people or houses.  That first impression really does count and is particularly important if you are in the process of selling your home.  But.. Read more

One bedroom – 3 colour schemes

One Bedroom - 3 colour schemes

I regularly hear that choosing a colour scheme can be one of the most challenging things to do, but it really shouldn’t be hard.  People tell me that they are afraid of colour!  This is so sad as colour has the ability, more than any other design element, to change the mood of a room,.. Read more

The Block Living and Dining Reveal

The Block Living and Dining Reveal

The Block Living and Dining reveal has been interesting as we have seen how the contestants have completed their open plan spaces and how successfully they have incorporated the living and dining areas into their kitchens.  If the contestants are being judged on their ability to meet the original brief of designing their rooms to.. Read more

How to choose ceiling fans

How to choose ceiling fans

Who doesn’t love the gentle whir of a ceiling fan? Along with frogs and cicadas, it is one of the sounds that signifies summer has arrived.  Those days when the roar of the cicadas actually make you feel the heat, is the time to ramp up the overhead fans.  A good architect will ensure that.. Read more

How to complete a room with sheer curtains

How to complete a room with sheers

Window dressings, in addition to looking great and finishing a room, are also extremely practical.  One of my favourite choices to dress a window are sheer curtains – curtains that are simple and unlined that you can just see through when the light shines on them.  Sheers can look contemporary or more classic depending on.. Read more

The Block Kitchen Reveal

The Block 2020 Kitchen Reveal

The Block Kitchen reveal is here with some stunning kitchens.  Kitchen week on The Block is always one of the most interesting as this is the biggest investment in the house and one that the contestants can’t afford to get wrong.  Butler’s pantries and integrated refrigerators are standard and gorgeous over-sized island benches are now.. Read more