Open plan vs Individual rooms

Open plan vs Individual rooms

When it comes to buying or designing a house, do you prefer open plan spaces or a series of more intimate individual rooms? Both layouts for me have their merits, but I think you have to be very careful when opting for a full open plan solution.  Before getting carried away with designing a house.. Read more

How to use black for kitchen cabinetry

How to use black kitchen cabinetry

Have you ever considered black for kitchen cabinetry? It can be a bold decision and one that I think many people would shy away from.  But a black kitchen has many benefits from a design perspective.  Read further to see whether this could be the right choice for your next kitchen renovation. Design benefits from.. Read more

The Block 2023 Kitchen and Laundry Room

The Block 2023 Kitchen and Laundry

Without doubt, this is the big week of reveals on The Block 2023.  A Kitchen and Laundry and a Butler’s Pantry for each is a huge amount of planning and designing for each team.  These rooms certainly sell a house – or not!  Again, I wasn’t completely in line with the judges’ comments on each.. Read more

The Block 2023 Master Bedroom

The Block 2023 Master Bedroom

This week I did agree with the judges on first and second place on The Block 2023 master bedroom reveal.  I am a big fan of Steph and Gian who were clear winners this week.  Their master bedroom and walk in wardrobe was pretty much perfect.  From the colour palette, to the layout, there was.. Read more

How to display a statement artwork

How to display a statement artwork

Did you know there is an art to hanging an artwork?  How to display a statement artwork I realised is a complete topic in itself.  If you want to make a statement, you really need to do just that and not something that is just halfway there.  Large pieces of art can be a big.. Read more

The Block 2023 Living and Dining Room

The Block 2023 Living and Dining Room

I think that this week I was looking at a different season of The Block to the judges.  I thought that Steph and Gian were the clear winners of this week’s Living and Dining room reveal.  Really, I can’t see how there would be any debate about this.  I don’t think that I agreed with.. Read more

Single storey coastal home

Single storey coastal home

Located on the Illawarra coastline in New South Wales’s South Coast, ‘The Bach’ is a single storey coastal home that showcases relaxed living at its best. Transformed from a dark and outdated space to a spectacular coastal holiday home, The Bach effortlessly combines coastal charm and contemporary influences to create a space that feels relaxed.. Read more

The Block 2023 bathroom

The Block 2023 bathroom reveal

I was generally impressed with this week’s bathroom reveal on The Block.  There were some highs, a couple of lows, but some very solid rooms that I thought worked really well.  Leah and Ash did take out first prize, but only by using their gnome.  I did feel that Brett and Kristy’s bathroom deserved the.. Read more

What colour do I paint my cornice?

What colour do I paint my cornice

The cornice is the plaster detail that covers the join between the wall and the ceiling.  It’s an area that isn’t usually paid a lot of attention until you have to select one or decide what you should paint it.  There is a very straight forward answer in terms of painting and that is that.. Read more