How to upscale your furniture and accessories

How to upscale your furniture and accessories

How often do you see perfectly good pieces of furniture out on a nature strip destined for the local waste facility?  It’s heartbreaking to see an item destroyed and clogging up landfill that with some TLC could be updated or repurposed. Over the years I have painted items of furniture that have dated or been.. Read more

My Guide to the Perfect Dining Room

My guide to the perfect dining room

I love my dining room.  It is lined with bookshelves and music and I love entertaining there.  I also just like to go in and sit at the dining table. It’s in the cooler part of the house, so sometimes in the summer I just camp there with my laptop to work. I know though.. Read more

Surf shack to stylish Byron Beach house

1950s surf shack to stylish Byron Bay beach house

How many of us don’t dream of having a gorgeous little beach house to escape to?  Somewhere that offers a completely different environment to our regular day to day abode.  I certainly do and what appeals to me the most is that rather than a sensible home in neutrals and white, it could be somewhere.. Read more

10 things you must include when planning a Mud Room

Who wouldn’t like to see the back of school bags, shoes, hats and coats cluttering up the entrance hall?  I would hazard a guess that this is pretty much everyone, which is why when you are planning a new house or renovating an existing one you should consider including a Mud Room. Once considered the.. Read more

Dulux Design Effects – quick decor updates

Quick decor updates with Dulux Design Effects

Creating a modern yet timeless feature wall that leaves a lasting impression in your home can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. Whether the aim is to inject playful colour into a child’s bedroom or add a touch of sophistication to a kitchen, a textured feature wall is guaranteed to bring the ‘wow’ factor into.. Read more

The Secrets to Modern Scandinavian Barn Style

The secrets to modern Scandinavian Barn Style

In the global world of design, the hot trend of the moment has to be Scandi Style.  Whether it’s our love of the Scandinavian mid century classic designs of the Modernist movement or the Danish passion for Hygge, we can’t seem to get enough of it.  While this has been a hot trend in Australia.. Read more

Hamptons style in Queensland

Hamptons Style in Queensland

The Hamptons style is becoming increasingly popular for homes nationwide, particularly as it suits the Australian climate. Nowhere is it more at home than in Queensland, as the majority of the population lives on the coast.  The Hamptons look is reminiscent of the style of traditional Queensland homes, making it easy to showcase in suburbs.. Read more

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

Neale Whitaker talks styling to trends

Neale Whitaker talks trends to styling

When it comes to styling a room, interior design expert, TV personality and Luxaflex Brand Ambassador, Neale Whitaker, certainly knows a thing or two. Recently visiting the bi-annual interior design trade show, Maison & Objet, Paris, one of the most important interior design events in Europe, Neale found the exhibition reinforced big-picture trends shaping the.. Read more

Australian Coastal meets Mediterranean villa

Australian Coastal to a Mediterranean Style Villa

Expert renovators Kyal and Kara Demmrich have wrapped up their latest project – a three-bedroom family home and studio just metres from Blue Lagoon beach on the Central Coast of NSW. Drawing inspiration from a Frangipani tree in the front yard of a small fibro cottage, the couple were able to realise their vision for.. Read more