How to Bring the Outdoors In – Infographic
Mar19

How to Bring the Outdoors In – Infographic

Now this is a lovely design trend – bring the nature inside. It’s quite easy to blur the line between outdoor space and your home interiors. This type of design will make for a lovely and relaxing indoor environment, which will always keep you in a good mood. See the detailed and easy tips you can use to merge outdoors with indoors, and share your own ideas and experiments. The infographic is created by...

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Raw Wood Meets Industrial Design in the Kitchen
Feb16

Raw Wood Meets Industrial Design in the Kitchen

The modern industrial trend is taking off right now, combining the warmth of raw wood finishings with metallic and steel industrial elements. This trend is particularly noticeable in the kitchen where this beautiful pairing of materials creates a truly stunning effect in modern homes. Wood is a traditional material used in homes, but when it is complimented with metal accents and hardware it’s instantly given a contemporary edge. The modern industrial look clearly favours lighter wood tones in rustic, non-glossy finishes. How to mix raw wood and metal in perfect harmony The real key to this trend is forward planning that balances elements to create a kitchen space that appears cohesive and well put together. In order to do this you need to have the right balance of metal and wood. If you have wooden bench tops, a row of copper, silver or gold metallic pendant lights suspended over an island bench will make the perfect modern industrial statement. Compliment these with some metal stools to complete the look. To carry on with this trend throughout the space, use metal handles on your wooden cupboards and kitchen drawers. Of course, this same principle works in reverse too. If you have a lot of stainless steel in your kitchen that currently has a very industrial vibe, add warmth to the space by using a combination of wooden pendant lights that compliment your metal surfaces. The pendant lights you use, metal or wood, should be eye-catching, making a statement as the rest of the kitchen space should be fairly muted and bare, in line with the design principles of the modern industrial look. The whole idea of this trend in many ways is to soften the often harsh appearance created by a completely industrial styled kitchen. Images are courtesy of...

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A Multi-purpose Guest Room for the Win
Feb11

A Multi-purpose Guest Room for the Win

When buying a house you’re often making a bet that you know where life will take you. You’re betting you can keep up with the mortgage, that the neighbourhood won’t change around you (or will change in desirable ways), and you’re betting that your family won’t grow larger than the home you have. Regardless of your plans and how well you stick to them, many people are in the position of having just one spare room in the whole house. It’s easy to declare it the Guest Room and leave it at that – but that often means it sits unused for months at a time and only serves a purpose when people come to visit. Many people try to solve that dilemma by using the spare room in other ways – an office, a craft room, or even a storeroom – but this results in chaos when it’s needed as a spare bedroom, and turns it into a cluttered, disorganised mess. The answer is to be a bit more thoughtful about designing the room from the bottom up. Here are a few ways you can make that spare room more multipurpose. Choosing the Bed If the spare room has to be the guest bedroom, many people make the mistake of simply buying the largest bed that comfortably fits and making the room up as a bedroom. This means that trying to use the room in any other way is a difficult and unhappy challenge. Instead, go with a couch that folds out to a double bed; or a futon. This reduces the floorspace the sleeping area takes up and frees up the room to be used in other ways during the majority of the year when no one’s sleeping in it – but allows it to be converted instantly into a bedroom when guests arrive. Making Everything Serve Two Purposes With just one extra room in the house you may need the space to play several roles at once. The best way to achieve this is to make sure every aspect of the room has a dual purpose. For an office space or craft room, use a deep floating shelf instead of a desk. It’ll be shallower than a desk, and when someone needs the room to stay in it quickly becomes a place to put their bag or suitcase. To use the room as extra storage space when it’s not being used as a guest room, use rolling clothing racks that can be moved out of the space quickly and easily when it’s in use. In fact, any extra furniture that isn’t part of the bedroom set...

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The Amazing Australian Architecture
Jan05

The Amazing Australian Architecture

Ever wondered what is typically Australian in our architecture and what is influenced by other cultures? Learn more about the history of Australian architecture, and its development over the centuries. What inspired some of the greatest architecture landmarks in the Land Down Under? Find out in the infographic below:   Amazing Architecture in Australia by...

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Lighting Solutions For A Greener Home

There are many ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint and our power bills at the same time. With our heightened level of awareness of what impact our actions are having on the environment, many families are switching to greener lighting solutions that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Believe it or not, making some little changes to the lighting you use in your home can significantly reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Using outdoor solar powered lights Solar lighting options come in different forms to suit your outdoor space and current décor. Because they receive their charge from the sun, they work on their own without any intervention, most of them turning on at dusk and off at dawn. You just need to ensure that you have the solar panel for the light(s) in a prime position to receive optimal sunlight. Whether you’re looking for spike lights, a table light or a string of lights, you’ll be able to find a solar powered version to meet your needs. LED lighting for both inside and outside applications Why everyone is talking about LED lights LED lights are extremely energy efficient because they lose a minimal amount of energy production to heat. Most LED’s are now up to around 85% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Because they don’t waste energy on heat, they aren’t hot to the touch either. By using between 50-90% less energy they also emit far lower amounts of CO2 as well. LED bulbs also last significantly longer than other light bulbs which also adds to their level of efficiency. Once a LED bulb’s life span has ended, it is most likely recyclable too. Many people used LED downlights inside their home for example and LED flood lights to illuminate their back or front yard at night. You can now buy LED globes to match a huge variety of lighting fixtures both inside and outside the home. If you’re conscious about making greener choices, when it comes to lighting, solar powered lights and LED globes are an excellent choice. They will not only reduce your carbon footprint but they will also lower your energy bill...

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