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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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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Dress Your Guest Room To Impress

When you invite guests into your home, you want to make a positive impression. Although your living room, kitchen and bathrooms must all be well decorated, pay special attention to guest rooms to show off your personal style. Decorate your guest rooms with fashionable comforters, pillows, curtains and other décor to create a wow factor while making your guests feel at home. The focus of each guest room is the bed, so concentrate most of your time finding comforters, pillows, throws and shams that match your home’s décor and colour scheme. Adorn beds with an array of decorative pillows featuring stitched designs and complementary colours to create a luxurious feel. Lean larger pillows against the headboard, and arrange smaller pillows in front. A decorative throw draped across the bed is a courteous touch. No matter what scenery guests view out their window, make the area bright and beautiful with simple curtains. White curtains with ruffles near the bottom add a playful touch while lace patterns are appropriate for a more classic theme. To finish the look of your guest rooms, add a side table topped with a table lamp. Let the theme of the room guide your table and lamp decisions; a paper lamp is impressive in an Asian-themed room while a simple geometric lamp is perfect for a modern display. Keep in mind that the bed is the focal point of every guest room, but do not neglect other areas, such as the windows, floor and bedside. Purchase bedroom items that match the rest of your home, or add some creative fun by giving every guest room a different theme. Whatever you decide, remember that the comfort of your guests is your top...

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Lamp Shade Love: Be Bold With Prints & Textures
Nov24

Lamp Shade Love: Be Bold With Prints & Textures

Bold lamp shade prints are back in a big way this season with colourful patterns adding a quirky sense of personality to any space. Creating a visual story by incorporating different colours and shapes in any room of the home gives it a sense of purpose and is the ideal way to make it your own. Lamp shades offer a fast and easy way to do this. Leaf printed lamp shades are popular in nature-inspired and boho interiors. Keep it contemporary and chic with a crispy white drum lamp shade featuring a bold leaf pattern in either a neutral brown or black. Metallic colours and textures are going to continue to rise in popularity as we head into summer. To add some instant shine to any room in your home a reflective silver or gold lamp shade is the perfect option. For monochrome lovers a modern shade with a quirky design adds fun to home offices and hallway table lamps that otherwise go unnoticed. For something a little daring, a large cow print lamp shade offers an unexpected ‘wow factor’ to a room full of block colours. It appears as if we are going to be seeing more of the classic black and white cow print as it makes a bit of a comeback. A modern take on floral patterns means strong designs in white and cream set upon deep purple and wine coloured backgrounds. Shapes and geometric designs are still really popular with triangular and square patterns not appearing to wane in popularity just yet. Fabrics lampshades are great for adding another layer of texture to a living area or bedroom. Consider the fabric type and colour of your furniture if you are thinking of purchasing a fabric lamp shade to ensure it doesn’t clash with what’s already in the room. Whether you have a drab looking table lamp or a floor lamp that’s in need of a makeover, a fresh lamp shade can really work wonders! Images in the...

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A Clutter-free Bedroom, A Clutter-free Mind
Nov11

A Clutter-free Bedroom, A Clutter-free Mind

A new season is a great time to revive and refresh your home interiors. Bedroom aficionado, Adrian Galiazzo from Snooze shares his top tips on getting your place of rest spring ready. The first step in any bedroom makeover is to de-clutter. Remove any unnecessary winter throws and cushions from the bed. This is also good time to move your winter clothes from the wardrobe and store tidily elsewhere. Beds with underneath storage are a great option, providing extra room whilst not taking up floor space. Remember, to be stringent with your spring clear out. Gifting unwanted items to your preferred local charity is a great way to give your old bedroom furniture and accessories a new home. When deciding on colours for the bedroom, opt for neutral tones to create a relaxed calm environment. The bed is usually the central focus of the room, so changing your sheets and pillow covers is a simple yet effective way to spruce up a space.  Select a new colour tone or pattern for a refreshed clean look. As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to opt for a lighter weight quilt which may in turn help to give you a more comfortable night’s sleep. Cotton or TENCEL variants are suggested for warmer climates. To make your room appear bigger, try using a mirror to brighten up the space. The best way to get this effect is to use a large mirror that covers most of one wall – preferably opposite a window so as to reflect the light. Alternatively, mirrored wardrobes are also a great option. Taking down any heavy curtains and replacing with lighter alternative or blinds will open up the room with natural light and provide a more spacious look. Lastly, if it’s time you upgraded your bed but you’re unsure which sleep surface is most appropriate, try something like the bedMATCH™ system which takes a number of body measurements and prints out a small list of mattresses which may better suit your needs. It takes all the guesswork out of buying the right bed for...

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