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    Tips for Renovating a Small Bathroom

    When renovating a small bathroom, ensuite or powder room, clever design can ensure that the floor area is maximised and that a feeling of spaciousness is achieved. Here are our top tips for achieving this:

    1.     Choose a light white, off white or light neutral colour scheme for walls, floors and ceilings to give the illusion of surfaces receding into the background, thus making the room look bigger. (Pops of colour can be introduced for interest through accessories such as towels and these can be updated easily over the years).

    2.     A feeling of spaciousness is enhanced by having an uncluttered space. Ensure adequate storage is included in the design.

    3.     Recessed niches are a clever way storing items such as soaps and other shower items.

    4.     Mirrored cabinetry, a full length mirror or mirrored tiles will allow the space to appear larger and are also highly practical in a bathroom.

    5.     Frameless or semi-frameless showers are a great choice for small bathrooms as visually they don’t separate the space which in turn means the spaciousness is optimised.

    6.     If you are planning on installing a bath in the space, a freestanding tub is fashionable and appears more spacious than a tub that is surrounded by a hob.

    7.     Wall hung toilet suites are a great choice as much of the bulk is hidden behind the wall. The pan also appears to float, which assists spaciousness. 

    8.     A wall mounted basin rather than a vanity can save space and can look good teamed with chrome plated pipes.

    9.     Hinged doors can take up a lot of space due to the area required for the door swing, therefore it may be a better solution to replace it with an in-wall cavity sliding door, which won’t require a door swing allowance

    10.  Larger, rather than smaller sized floor and wall tiles elongate and heighten the space. 300x600mm or 400x800mm sized tiles work well. 

    11.  The more floor you can see, the larger the room will feel, so floating cabinetry, vanities and wall mounted basins are all good choices.

    12. Make the most of natural light via windows and skylights

    13. Strategic artificial lighting can also assist to brighten and create a sense of spaciousness.

    If you want to discuss the design of your bathroom, please feel free to call us on 0400927816.


    Kitchen Renovation Tips

    Tired Ol’ Kitchen?

    Do you sigh each evening when looking at your kitchen, dreaming about how nice it would be to have a brand spanking new one, or at least a kitchen that looks like it is from this century?

    If you don’t want to spare the expense and time devoted to a full kitchen renovation there are a few tricks available to give it a new lease on life, and save you time and money in the process.

    Here are 8 ways to freshen up.

    1. Paint!

    Paint is a relatively cheap way to give new life to a kitchen. Opt for light and neutral colours to brighten up dark spaces.  These days there are so many specialty paints on the market that you can paint just about every thing in your kitchen; from walls, cabinets, tiles and laminates, to timber and concrete. Even fridges and appliances can be given a lick. Just be sure to use satin or semi gloss on surfaces that will get messy. Grout pens or new grout can be used to cover discoloured grout.

    2. Cupboard Doors

    Cupboard doors can be replaced for an updated look (reusing the existing carcass) or another alternative is to reline the front of the cupboard doors. There are many options available when re-lining, such as timber veneer, glossy paints or for an industrial look re-line in stainless steel.

    3. Benchtops

    Just like the cupboard doors, benchtops can either be replaced or you can clad over the existing benchtop and side edging. Re-lining in timber laminate gives the look of a solid timber benchtop. Re-lining in stone look laminates give the look of a solid stone benchtop. Other options include colour laminates, stainless steel or a stone or quartz slab.

     4. Window Treatments

    Changing over a window furnishing can have a big impact on a kitchen. Currently roller blinds in a neutral colour are fashionable. If the window is located where it may get dirty, timber and aluminium shutters/venetians may be more practical as they can be wiped down and they are also fashionable. A good idea is to match the paint colour of the timber or aluminium to your kitchen colour scheme.

     5. Splashbacks

    Splashbacks are easy to change over. Some options for effective and good looking splashbacks are stainless steel, toughened glass or tiles. Toughened glass can be made to appear more interesting by back painting the glass or even wallpapering behind it. Tiles can be laid in interesting patterns or have a feature colour grout.

     6. Lighting

    Ensure any work areas are well lit and lighting is adequate for the task at hand – such as island benches, above dishwashers and sinks. Pendant lights above an island bench look great and you can go for a conservative look or bold and make a feature out of them.

    7. Tapware

    There are many options available. Just make sure they are practical for use as well as looking good!

    8. Handles

    Drawers and cupboards can be given a new lease on life just by changing over the handles.


    So there you have it. Simple ideas with great impact. If you want to discuss these items in more detail or are considering more thoroughly renovating your kitchen, please feel free to give us a call on 0400 927 816 to discuss.



    Hello Again

    Hello to all of our lovely friends out there,

    It has been quite some time since we last posted on our blog, as we have been in the designing vortex, working on lots of exciting projects and will soon have pictures of these projects up on our site shortly!
    However, we are hoping to be able to spend a little of our focus to share some more tips, trends and news with you. For this post, I want to chat a little bit about cushions and their importance within interior design. Really, the bang for your buck impact of cushions is high. They are like the jewellery within your spaces. Plus, you can change them up with ease when the mood takes you or even seasonally if you wish.
    Start by placing cushions on the outer ends of a couch and then work in towards the centre. If you have differing sized cushions, place the larger cushions on the outer ends, or if you are layering forwards, have the larger cushions behind the smaller ones.
    An odd number of cushions is aesthetically pleasing along a couch, however, if you are after structure and formality, even numbers can also work well. 
    For a traditional look, you can mix solids with simple patterns. For more impact you could mix multiple patterns and solids and textures. For a really bold look you could have three patterns plus textures and an accent throw! Endless possibilities!!
    Whilst a more traditional approach is to have all of the cushions (patterns and prints etc) within the same colour scheme, a current trend is the 'clash' look with cushions from different colour schemes and patterns and prints that would not traditionally be used together.
    That's all from us for now.



    Bed Heads

    Bed Heads

    A Lucy & Steph, we are wild about bedheads. In 2011, they come in all sorts of styles, materials and shapes.

    The tv program, Mad Men, has reignited a passion for upholstered, button designs...

    But there are also many french provincial beauties...

    And glamourous rococo...





    Full wall...

    DIY Bed Head

    To make a bedhead like the masculine bedhead above is easy and can be done as follows:

    1. Measure the width of your bed (with linen and doona covers on - otherwise the bed head will look too narrow).
    2. Measure the height you would like your bedhead to be. If you are going to have the bedhead raised up on brackets, and not freestanding, then ensure you make the appropriate height deductions.
    3. Get a sheet of MDF cut to size. Your hardware store may be able to cut this for you.
    4. Lay your cut MDF sheet onto a sheet of wadding. Mark out a 10cm border onto the wadding from each side of the MDF sheet. Cut the wadding.
    5. Check your MDF sheet is centred and then turn over the edges of the wadding, pull tightly and staple to the back. If you want extra thick padding, repeat this step with a second sheet of wadding.
    6. Lay your wadding wrapped MDF on top of your fabric. Mark out a 10cm border onto the fabric from each side of the wadding wrapped MDF sheet. Cut the fabric.
    7. Turn over the edges of the fabric, pull tightly and staple to the back.
    8. Neaten the back side up by trimming any excess fabric.
    9. Mark out the locations for the upholstery pins evenly.
    10. Hammer in your upholstery pins. (When purchasing the pins, ensure they are not too long, as you don't want them sticking too far out the back of the MDF. You also need ot make sure they are long enough to go through the fabric, wadding and MDF.
    11. If you are using brackets, then attach these to the bed head and to the bed, or alternately, place you freestanding bedhead behind your bed. 

    Voila! You have your new bed head.


    White Chritsmas Inspiration

    Christmas is just around the corner. We love these images of white Christmas decorations in a beautiful home.

    Photos courtesy of Everything Fabulous